This week is Desert Bus! Seriously, I'm watching it basically non stop. Not only is it incredibly entertaining and entirely for charity, but I always learn things while watching the Loading Ready Run crew in their annual fundraiser. All the money goes to Child's Play, which donates toys and videogames to children's hospitals, and is the same charity we support with Headshots from the Heart. Desert Bus was an incredible inspiration and the crew was a great help in getting our first year off the ground, so I always check them out and throw a bit of money their way.…
More than usual. Sure, twice a week on Youtube, but this week the Ignite Waterloo 13 videos came out, including my talk on the unsung benefits of charity events (which wasn’t my best, but turned out a lot better than I thought). I also make a brief appearance in Mad Art Lab’s Carl Sagan Day video, which is probably the closest I’ll ever come to making a video with famous people.
Other things are also afoot, Headshots from the Heart is getting rolling, music is happening, and I’m putting together a nerd event here in KW!
The fact that I have been remiss about these posts is telling not just here but in my real life, where I’ve done less and less interesting things because I relieved myself of having to write about it. Blah blah this will change, we’ll see. Still, slowly working on getting things off the “Meant to do” pile and onto the “Done” one, but we’ll talk about Jim productivity another day. In case you weren’t aware, NIGHT/SHIFT was wicked cool, and I’ll have some video highlights on Tuesday. Between Nerd Nite, game night with the G. I. Janes where I was the worst elder god ever, and a great party, it’s hard to pick a best part of the week, so I won’t. But it was great.
It just feels so good. This past Thursday was the annual Hagey Lecture, a lecture jointly sponsored by the University of Waterloo and the UW Faculty Association. I’ve been up to my ears promoting it for the past few weeks and organizing it for the past few months. And it all paid off. With a crowd of nearly 500 people, we welcomed Oxford historian Margaret MacMillan, who lectured on the root causes of World War I and whether they were choices or accidents. Short answer, yes. The whole thing should be up on Youtube soon, and I’ll do a video and put a link up when it is.
Well, Dragon. My D&D game fought one today, and that and the fact that it’s about a million degrees hyperbole in my space have got me pretty much exhausted. I love running dragon fights, there’s something really special about them. Everybody gets a kick out of it, they don’t happen too often, and most of the group nearly dies. This dragon was a medium blue named Gerald. Because reasons. But I don’t want to talk about dragons all night (Though I could. This one time a party fought a Chaos dragon. They have this killer confusion breath that left everyone shooting arrows into the wizard except for the warrior, who soloed it like a bos–I’m done). I keep thinking about my job, a big part of which is being nice to people on the internet. (more…)