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Jul. 22nd, 2014 @ 11:53 pm Back to work this week it seems
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Foundation Trilogy
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I've already done two days and turned down the shift I was offered for tomorrow due to a late night last night and the fact I did sleep during my lunch break today. I'm not really sure what the likelihood of more work is, but I've been questioned about Thursday and Friday. Yesterday started out easy as I ended up finishing up the take off of a magazine after bundles were wrapped, then it got harder as I ended up checking the print on the subscription copies. Those bundles were quite heavy and I needed to move quicker. Today was much simpler as while the bundles I dealt with were bigger the paper was lighter, and the bundles were going through far less quickly.

After downloading it months ago I've finally started listening to the BBC radio adaptation of the Foundation Trilogy. Much easier than reading the books, although I am missing portions as I try and do other things online.

My efforts as cleaning came to a standstill through the week, I expect it was partly due to the depression I felt due to the weather and lack of work. I don't really remember doing anything in particular last week other than going out to play games. That and the conversation with a friend that lasted until after 0300 one morning as we caught up on what each other had recently been up to.



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Jul. 15th, 2014 @ 11:51 pm (no subject)
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: blahblah
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I woke up today after a dream in which I'd been playing a game I don't believe actually exists yet. I then proceeded to spend what I'm guessing was 30 minutes trying to solidify rules before giving up and actually starting to do things. My expectation is that it was largely a result of seeing a lot of the Spiel des Jahres nominee videos over the past few weeks.
The fact I slept in until early afternoon the past couple of days may also have had some impact, it was about 1330 that I woke up yesterday and today. Far more reason for it yesterday though, I stayed up until nearly 0400 chatting with a friend then. Today I tried to sleep about 0200.

My motivation to do 'things' has been very low over the past week it seems, I've done nothing more on making the foamcore insert for King of Tokyo since the day I got the second sheet. On the other hand, I did manage to wash dishes, deal with laundry and a few other things of that nature over the week. I'm nearly to the point of having the couch and such in the lounge clear of my stuff and my room has slightly less stuff as well.

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Jul. 8th, 2014 @ 11:34 pm Somewhat longer than normal today it seems.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: lethargiclethargic
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The 7 Wonders foamcore I made looks to work well enough that it will be useful, and it does fit everything in the main box with some room left over. If I was doing another one I'd be more careful about the dimensions of the relative pieces, it wasn't possible for me to have the entire thing join as it should have. I'm probably going to be making the King of Tokyo box (which I realised was a better choice than RftG or Catan) in a slightly different way as a result of what I "learnt" this time. The most relevant thing will be ensuring that it's easy to get components out of the box.

I've missed out on gaming at a couple of things recently, tonight at SAGA because there was only 6 people show up and three were very keen on a five player game. Leading to me sitting out and spending my time reading the rule book and watching the game play out. On Sunday afternoon I showed up what seemed like 15 minutes late to join a game that was going to take several hours. I probably should have left soon after that so I could head to the Stray Dog gaming but I didn't think about it until at least an hour had already passed. Fortunately one of the Wednesday night group was interested in getting a small group together somewhere else nearby and I went to play there. The guy that was new to each of those games won them, both by a significant margin.

Math follows...
I spent last Friday at work doing a simple job, inserting magazines. What that basically means is "Pick up what is getting inserted into the main magazine, open the main magazine, put the insert in the magazine". Repeat until the bundle of inserted magazines is the right size, usually the size of a bundle of the uninserted magazines. I got a feeling about half way through the shift that I was doing more than at least some of the others and as I walked home did some mental math. There were 16 boxes of one insert (with some number of loose bundles of the second) and 10 of us doing the inserting, meaning that an equal distribution of the work would have had each of us deal with 1.6 boxes worth. I'm not completely sure of the amount I went through, but at the start of the shift, before we actually begun the inserting process most of those boxes were emptied onto the tables and one guy emptied two in the same space before getting asked to do something different. I moved to there and took a small bundle with me as I walked over. By the end of the shift I only had an even smaller amount of that insert left where I'd been working, which makes me think I went through just over 2 boxes worth of it. If everyone else was working at the same speed that means they did 1.555 boxes to my 2. But the guy working beside me seemed to go through the same amount as me from what I saw, which would mean the other 8 did 1.5 boxes to our 2 each. That wasn't the first time I've been made aware I work faster at that particular job than others do, at some point last year I tracked how many bundles I was getting through and at the end of the shift had done 1/7 of the work while there were eight of us doing the job, and some of it got done by the supervisor.

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Jul. 1st, 2014 @ 11:55 pm Half way
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Mark Kinney, Mags, and Carol - AGC News Early July 2014 (32:14)
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I had spent most of this afternoon thinking I'd reached the end of this cold that I've been dealing with, only to have the cough return in force shortly before I headed out to SAGA. In addition to that I've been experiencing a headache for the past couple of days that I can't help but wonder about the cause. My new glasses have a noticeably different frame, and I've been instructed to have them sit lower on my nose than I kept my prior set. What I see through them is therefore different, not because of the prescription, which barely changed, but because of the way light reflects, and where.

The foamcore insert for 7 Wonders was simple enough to manage, especially after having made the Carcassonne insert first. My only problem ended up being the fact I ran out of foamcore two pieces short of actually having it done. So at some point soon I'm going to have to get another sheet to finish what I've done so far, and will probably use the rest of that sheet to see about SAGAs RftG or Catan games.



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Jun. 24th, 2014 @ 05:41 pm Sick again this weekend just been
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: sicksick
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I'm thinking that June is not a good month for me health wise. This time around I missed getting to see a friend over the weekend as it seemed unwise to leave the flat for any length of time. I did go out and buy bread on Saturday (detouring not for DVDs like I have oft done but for a craft knife), as well as to head to church and get groceries on Sunday.

Getting the knife was the last thing I needed to do before I could start on the foam core inserts I'd been thinking about since the start of the year. Saturday night I spent a while making up the Carcassonne box insert I'd already effectively done with cardboard years ago. Next time I need to break off the blunt section of the knife instead of progressing with it but other than that I'm mostly happy with how it worked. Biggest lesson learned is don't assemble the insert in the box, due to the tightness of the fit and the glue seeping out there seems no chance of me getting the insert out of the box now it's made.
On Thursday night I'm going to borrow SAGAs 7 Wonders and the two expansions, so I can see if the insert I've seen video of will work well enough to hold all that the club owns in the base box. That should serve to reduce the apparent size of the game, and make it more likely that those putting things away put pieces away in the "right" way.



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Jun. 17th, 2014 @ 05:40 pm I am my father's son
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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And it seems he is his mother's son.
I spent a few hours on Saturday with my family at my parents home, the first time I've been there in three years. On the way back to Christchurch my sister and I were talking and the topic of 'hoarding' came up. It's been apparent for quite some time that I don't like throwing things away, hence the piles of things in my room (and all my school books still being stored in a box in my parents garage). This can be likened to my father accumulating CDs, DVDs, and other things. Something I had not heard until the discussion I had with my sister was that my maternal Grandmother had been hoarding many things in her home, this was explained as a holdover from the post War rationing and shortages.

On Friday night I went out to a KAOS event and spent less time just watching/observing than I had at the prior event. I still didn't really talk to people, especially people I didn't already know, but I had a good time again. Something out of the ordinary happened as well, one of the youngest present started talking with me and asked how old I was. Her surprise was evident when I told her, apparently I look to be about 24, or did outside at night.

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Jun. 10th, 2014 @ 11:56 pm I continue to not talk about things
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My appearance is going to be changing before the month is done, in a way I wouldn't be surprised to have a small number of people not notice. Partially at the urging of a friend I spent a portion of Sunday afternoon having my eyesight tested, for the first time in nearly 11 years. The difference between what my current glasses have as a prescription and what I'll be getting is not a lot. With the minimal change I'm not surprised I haven't felt inclined to get my eyes tested in the interim.

My mother had some surgery today. I don't think I've told anyone that it was happening. Nothing really serious, besides it being surgery of course, but it's still something that I "should" have mentioned at some point. That also led to my sister coming back to NZ for a short visit, and I got to see her for a little while this afternoon. But I'm not all that likely to see her again before she heads back away as I've got plans in the evenings and hope to keep working through the days.

Tomorrow morning a friend (the one that urged my eyetest) is heading north for a few days and I'm unlikely to get to spend a lot of time communicating with her over that time frame due to the internet connection issues. And her reason for going up, three days of study. Considering how much the two of us been communicating recently it's going to be weird until she gets back.

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Jun. 3rd, 2014 @ 05:40 pm Post Buckets come down
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Work picked up last month, so I'm hopeful that I'll continue to get enough days to be comfortable for a while yet. There was about a week where I thought that there had been a job shift at the temp agency and I'd be dealing with someone else, but that hasn't been the case. The work itself has continued to be what it has always been though, simple but boring.

Buckets of Dice happened over the weekend just been, and apparently had the second highest attendance over it's 20 year run. I spent much of my time there playing games (save Sunday afternoon) although there was the usual issue of taking time to choose a game to play each time something finished or people arrived. I still managed to play 16 games while I was there, and then another couple in the evening at my normal Monday Night gaming. http://boardgamegeek.com/plays/bydate/user/Avron/subtype/boardgame/start/2014-05-31/end/2014-06-02
Even better was managing to play many of the games with a couple of friends, and none with either of the two people I decided to avoid. I do feel a little bad about stepping out of one game that I'd agreed to play until I realised who was going to join it though. Especially when at least one of the others wouldn't have necessarily realised what that person is like to play against.

Today I only got dressed after my shower, shortly before 1600. Before that I was dealing with the inevitable catch-up required due to not spending time online while at Buckets and not really spending a lot of time online while I was at home. Mostly due to realising that I should sleep instead in an effort to avoid great sleep deprivation. I went to bed last night, instead of this morning, and seem to be not as tired as I would have expected to be. But I'm still intending to be sleeping before midnight tonight, even without work tomorrow. The details for games played at Buckets (mine and the SAGA account) will be added tomorrow I think and there'll be almost nothing else needing caught up on it seems. Either I follow less stuff than I used to or I read things quicker today than expected.

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May. 20th, 2014 @ 11:45 pm Information is cheap
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: HowStuffWorks.com - How Teaching Became Women's Work
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I have managed to copy the info from the soon be shut down website that I mentioned last week and it didn't take quite as long as I'd thought it might. I'm not sure what use I'll actually make use of the info at any point, but I like that I have another copy of it. Spurred on by that I did get a little distracted and I've also tried to make a list of all the movies I actually saw in the Cinema. As compared to those I waited to see until they were aired on TV, or purchasable on DVD. So far I've managed to come up with fewer than 20 movies.

I came down with something at the end of the weekend, spending much of Monday with a cough and some of it with a runny nose. That caused me to skip gaming last night and turn down the work offer for today. Fortunately I was feeling much better today, although I did spend almost all my time between getting up and preparing to head to SAGA sitting on my recliner. For about five hours of that I was watching the original Flash TV show from 1990, something I remember a lot of from when it was on TV back then but not all by any means. Being unwell was probably also the motivation I needed to make my bed warmer, there's now more blanket, and my electric blanket as well.

Gaming on Thursday night was teaching one of my friends how to play a couple of games. One of which I failed to explain well enough for her to be competitive. Oddly enough it was the harder game that I seemed to teach better. Wednesday I did better with teaching things, in each game I taught at least one new player did as well or better than I.

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May. 13th, 2014 @ 11:50 pm Good bye to the co-op
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: tamswitter
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Several years ago, nearly a decade in fact, I started using a website (more accurately a group of websites) that tracked "consumption" of things. At the time it was one of three places I was tracking the books I read and it also allowed me to track where I'd been, the movies I watched, things I wanted to do and at least a couple of other things. At the end of this month that website is going down permanently so I'll be spending some of my free time over the next week or two copying information from there to other places. There's more information there than i remembered so I'm probably going to get at least a little distracted as I go through things, that is after all what happens when I try and sort through things in my room.

I played a game of Terra Mystica on Wednesday night and actually found myself doing well, notable change from the prior four games I'd played. Having one completely new opponent and another who'd played one less game than I probably served me well. There's a reasonable chance that the next time it's offered I'd be willing to play again, now I feel like I can play at least competently. That night also saw my first couple of games of One Night Ultimate Werewolf which I don't think I'll be wanting to play a lot, as there seemed to be a lot of randomness in it, but it does provide a Werewolf like experience in a much shorter time.
My Thursday night saw my first game of Colosseum for a few months, without me even getting around to requesting that it be taken to SAGA. I scored respectably, even though I felt I wasn't picking up the tiles I wanted. It also saw a bunch of us in our first game of Ladies & Gentlemen which I'll probably not be inclined to play again, mostly as it's a team game where you can't really communicate with your teammate. I have enough issues with co-op games in general, I don't want to be working with someone that I can't talk to.

Over the course of my weekend I spent a lot of time with a friend, getting to play DC a few times and I saw the Pretender for the first time in about five years. It was good to get out of the flat without really having set plans. I also got to see another friends new place, all the way across the car park from her old place.

Buckets of Dice is happening in about 2.5 weeks and I'm not sure if I will get enough sleep this time. Last year I ended up sleeping in on the Saturday as my alarm didn't wake me and I went to church on the Sunday morning instead of going straight to games. This year I hope to avoid being late and I won't be going to church.

In less good news, I spent almost all day at work feeling quite down. Without obvious cause besides the weather change and the negative comparison to a good weekend.



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