The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

Updated software

| August 7, 2014

I’ve updated Owncloud (the thing which hosts the galleries and video) and WordPress (the thing phentermine which hosts this blog). If anything is busted or doesn’t work, drop me an email or comment here.

Swim time…

| August 3, 2014

Liz bought the boys an inflatable pool doodad:

Pool thingy

Pool thingy

It’s pretty cool – you need a compressor to inflate it, and you leave it hooked up to the hose and it sprays water all over, but it’s loads fancier than the injected molded plastic thingies that we used to have when we were kids. There’s a upper pool, a lower pool, and a slide connecting them, which is pretty awesome.

The boys seem okay with it:

Miles

Miles

Max

Max

Gaming table update

| August 3, 2014

For fathers’ day, Liz got me printed maps for my table, to replace the ones I made up myself last year. These are large format single prints, rather than US letter size taped together. So, you don’t have any tape lines, and there’s no repetition, which is nice. Much more aesthetically pleasing.

It took me so long to get them on the table, because I had a demo game of Alpha Strike set up from before the boys were born, which Liz and I finally got a chance to play on my birthday. While she liked the aesthetic of Battletech, the classic rules are tremendously in depth which means that it’s a bit complex for a casual game. You need to know how every weapon and bit of gear works, and you need to be quick on the dice and quick on filling in the dots (and there are so many dots to fill in, I’ve heard people say that it reminds them of taking standardized tests). If you do not, it takes FOREVER. Like, I’ve had games where each person has 2 mechs and it takes 2 hours to play – which is about all the time one can expect to have on a weeknight. Alpha Strike is loads better – Liz and I played a game with 2 mechs per side, including my explaining the rules, and it took us half an hour. She says that she still prefers Warmachine, but that this is loads better than classic BattleTech.

Anyway, table pics.

Water map

Water map

Space map

Space map

Both Maps

Both Maps

Home improvement

| August 3, 2014

So, Liz redecorated the upstairs bathroom, which will be used by the boys as they grow up.

She says that there is a subtle theme… I’m not certain that I see it.

Upstairs bathroom

Upstairs bathroom

Upstairs bathroom

Upstairs bathroom

A few more pics

| August 3, 2014

Not a whole lot more pics of the boys this month, but we did take a few.

Updated the gallery, remember, the newest are at the bottom.

But, I am watching the boys today, and they’re napping and I’m watching TableTop, so I figured I’d update… I have a couple more posts to write up, at least for as long as they’re sleeping.