Thursday, August 29, 2013

Not like I'm providing any news that you won't read everywhere else, but I'm doing this, as a show of support.

Erin reveals her big secret.

My response, at a gut level is "That's it?"  But I understand how big this reveal is for her.  My response is much more an indicator of the level of effect this has on my friendship with her. She's still a kind and giving person. She's still the person who researches nuclear physics for the sake of accuracy in our rpg, because she strives to give us a good game (and she does).  And above all, she's still my friend.

And a warning any potential trolls reading this:  You WILL be nice about this, or you will kindly shut your digital piehole and be somewhere she's not.  Whatever your thoughts on this matter, violating Wheaton's Law will go very, very poorly for you.


 (Yes, I'm using the feminine pronoun, and will continue to do so until I'm given a reason to change.  It's how I know Erin, it's how she identifies, it's how my mind perceives her.)

Friday, August 9, 2013

All I need is to learn to sail...

And I can already hold my own in small motorized craft.

It seems that MIT (Yes, THAT MIT) has a program in which one can become a certified pirate.

It appears the course involves training in “pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing.”  If you've been here for long, you know I know pistols.  I haven't shot my bow in a couple years, but I can hold my own well enough with it.  I've got a foil and glove in the garage, awaiting the return of my old fencing partner, and an ultimate goal of learning saber as well.  But not epee.  That's just some nonsense.

I've never run anything with sails on it, but I own a small motorboat, and have driven plenty of others, up to and including a large tour boat on Lake Okanagan (it's amazing what you can get away with if you're friendly and willing to ask...)  I guess I need to get one of my friends to give me instruction in the older ways of travel, though.