Freak the Mighty
New Munchkin!
17 December 2010 @ 12:16 pm
My friends and I are having a Magic tournament on New Year's Eve. Buy in is one Magic booster from any set. Winner gets first pick at the majority of the boosters, 2nd gets a couple, and 3rd gets one. If any of you guys are interested, drop me a comment and I'll send you location and tourney rules info.

I am super excited about the next Munchkin expansion. We don't play Munchkin often, even though I bring my box (Star Munchkin - Kill the monsters, steal the treasure, and stab your buddy... in space!) to almost every game night we have. This new expansion might be enough to move it to the top of at least one game night list.


The set will be released in April. And it comes with a special die, which, of course, I will covet. Once can never have too many dice.

I've told two of the people in our gaming group about this expansion and both of their reactions have been "Is it out yet? We need to have a Munchkin night." So, YAY!
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Magic the Gathering icons
21 November 2010 @ 02:50 pm
For the one person who might actually want these, other than me :o)

Nissa Revane

Elspeth, Knight-Errant

Jaya Ballard, Task Mage

All My Badass Ladies

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Freak the Mighty
Magic the Gathering Deck Box
07 November 2010 @ 01:11 pm
For my friend Joe's birthday last week, another friend (Nick) and I decided to make him a deck box. Since our house rules dictate we all have to play with 3 colors, our decks are about 90 cards and won't fit in the standard deck boxes.

Nick built the box out of 3/4" hickory and I woodburned and painted the top. Then we felted the inside (not all that well :o)). We learned a lot about felting. Hopefully it will look at lot nicer on the next boxes we make.

It has room for two 90+ card decks, and a center section for dice and counters.

Here's the initial layout of the lid:

And the final product (the paint was acrylic, and then it was sanded a little after it dried):

The inside. That's the dice bag I got Joe for being my best man at the wedding:

The style of painting on the lid was kind of an accident. I had planned to just do a light color wash on that area, but the blue was too thick. I let it dry and was sanding it off to reapply it when Nick looked over my shoulder. He fell in love with the look, so I copied it to the other colors.

We gave the box to Joe at his birthday party last weekend. He was pretty amazed. He didn't cry though, so we'll have to come up with something even more epic for next year.
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Transcripts and other stuff
25 August 2010 @ 11:49 pm
According to the online application status thingy, I have to provide a high school transcript along with my college transcript. I have not found a way to do that online, so it looks like I have to go back into the belly of the beast.

Perusing the district directory, the same secretaries are at the high school that were there when I graduated 10 years ago. They didn't like me then. I have little to no desire to beg them to help me now. I'm hoping a trip to the district office will accomplish my goal instead. Hopefully I won't actually have to set foot in that dungeon again.

What do you think of the new icon? It's from the totally badass cover art of the UK edition of The Deed of Paksenarrion omnibus edition. Which I just so happen to have in my hot little hands. Yes, that's right. I ordered an overseas edition just for the cover art. But come on. Isn't it awesome?

With text:


Original cover art:

Both icons are free for the ganking. The Deed of Paksenarrion is a trilogy by Elizabeth Moon about a female mercenary fighter who becomes a paladin. Well, okay, it's more than a trilogy, but only the first three books are in the omnibus edition. She just released a new book in the series this spring. I read the first book through the library (the closest copy was from Illinois!) and got hooked. The omnibus edition feels like an ancient tome. It's hefty and intimidating. The font is not minuscule though, which is good.

I'm also reading Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind, which was the basis for the TV show Legend of the Seeker. I'm reading the series and watching the series at the same time. Unfortunately, the TV series was canceled after two seasons. Stupid TV. But the book series is like a million pages long (with teeny tiny font) so I have plenty to entertain myself with until John Scalzi's next book comes out :o)
File under: i can read, icons, school
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The Geek Vows
19 June 2010 @ 11:46 am
We are back in Missouri. In lieu of whining about the epic suckitude of that statement, I will instead post the vows that I wrote and spoke to my now legal wife on Wednesday evening.

I probably wrote 3 or 4 versions of this in my head. Some versions had more math and physics, some were a lot shorter, but none really said everything I wanted to say. So the night before the wedding, I sat down with my best man and two pages of ideas and we finally hashed out an acceptable version. He was the only one who knew what I was going to say when I pulled the sheet of notebook paper out of my pocket during the ceremony.

In this galaxy there is a mathematical probability of 3 million earth-type planets. And in all the universe, 3 million million galaxies like this. And in all of that, and perhaps more, only one of each of us. The molecules of our bodies are the same molecules that make this building and the world outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are star-stuff. We are the Universe, made manifest, trying to figure itself out. And as we have both learned, sometimes the Universe needs a change of perspective. After so long, we are finally getting our change of perspective.

You have been my trusted right arm for ten years. You have helped keep my course true and steady. You have been my mentor and guide. You have helped me recognize the best parts of myself.

I have learned that Susan is always right. I should listen to Susan. I should not ignore Susan's recommendations. Susan is God.

You are the Ruth to my Idgie. The Megan to my Larry. The Sam to my Frodo. You bring rationality to my flights of fancy. You keep me sane in the nuthouse. You keep me going when all hope is lost. Chris wouldn't have got far without Susan.

So today, I vow before you that I will walk where you walk. I have sworn myself to your side. I will follow you into fire, into storm, into darkness, and into death. My heart beats only for you. I swear to join with you and stand with you against all who would oppose us. In short, I love you. The end.

There are a lot of references here from my favorite stuff. So if you think you've heard some of this before, you likely have. My audience thought it was all original though :oD I made a lot of people cry. CJ wrote the last line, in case you were curious. He didn't know what the rest said, but he was adamant that I had to put "the end" on there. I did, and he was happy.

I see places where I could have elaborated, or where I could have smoothed out the transitions. My biggest thing was, I didn't want to be talking for 20 minutes, which would have easily happened if I'd said EVERYTHING I wanted to say. So I kept it to the core parts and while it might not be 100% English-professor perfect, it was perfect to me.
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Freak the Mighty
14 October 2009 @ 11:27 am
I have been kicking a bunch of computers out of here this week. I started Monday with a full bench - 7 desktops and 4 laptops - plus 9 desktops on the floor and 4 laptops waiting. I'm down to 9 desktops total, plus 5 laptops. And a lot of those desktops are dangerously close to being done.

I'm also working on three stitching projects. One is the knotwork pattern for our wedding next summer. That's going to take a while. I've been working on it off and on since August. I figure it will be done in March. When I take a break from that, I work on smaller projects for my friends and family. I have two of those in the works right now, with the materials for another two waiting to go. All but the marriage pattern are video game sprites and/or geek related.

This is a guy named Hechter that Joe requested. I'm hoping to have it done by his birthday in two weeks. It's about a 5 x 7 size.

File under: crafts
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Wall-E and Eve
29 September 2009 @ 02:30 pm
Finished another project.

It's 5x7. Took about 3 weeks. There are over 25 colors in Wall-E, about 6 in Eve. Not sure all the extra colors were worth it, but I do like the way it finally turned out.

Here's what it looked like about two weeks ago:

Pattern for this found in the SpriteStitch Forums here:
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Portal Cross Stitch Project
15 September 2009 @ 02:19 pm
Finally finished the little project I was working on. It's a reference to the game Portal - the weighted companion cube. It's probably not nearly as funny if you don't know what that is... or why the cake is a lie.

I gave this to Joe and Jenny. Might have to stitch another one if Joe decides to take it to work with him. Both of them were quite tickled with it.

Sprite Stitch has become my new favorite site. They pointed to a pattern by tastethehappy which I started working on but then realized I didn't really like the way the letters looked at all. And it was a little smaller than what I really wanted. In the comments someone had posted their version (Mostly Becky) but no pattern.

So I got a free pattern making program and drew a pattern based on the bigger version. The only thing I really changed was adding a slice of cake in one of the borders. Again, you'd have to play Portal (or be really into Internet culture) to really get that reference.

Now I'm working on a Wall-E & Eve one. Looks kinda like this (minus the words):

I'm almost through with the black outline. Just have Wall-E's head, then I can start on the colors. It's going to be roughly the same size as the Portal project was (5x7). No pictures of that just yet.

After I get that done, I'm either going to work on a surprise for my mom or a custom request from Joe. Guess it depends on what money I have since I have to get thread for Joe's project.

Oh, I also made a zombie pattern! It's not really ready for the public just yet though. Maybe closer to Halloween. Still needs some tweaking I think.
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How 'bout I give you five bucks?
05 June 2007 @ 06:52 pm
For those of you who wanted it (you know who you are!).

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Bad Girls icons
26 December 2004 @ 01:39 pm
Bad Girls

- Helen/Nikki -
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