I've got two vacations lined up for Summer 2007 -- one short, one long -- and hopefully a few lazy weekends I can spend ready books on the back porch or down the shore.
As a result, I've slowly started to compile my summer reading list, and I'm looking for suggestions from readers, as well as comments on what you'll be reading at the beach this summer.
Here's what I have so far:
I love it when a geeky plan comes together. A few weeks ago I heard a story on the Geek Acres podcast about a grade school teacher who installed Ubuntu Linux on a bunch of iMacs that had been donated to his school. I have a lime-green G3 iMac at home that's been running Mac OS X 10.3 … but is just crying out for experimentation.
According to the Morning Call, Apple is going to be opening an official Apple Store in the new upscale addition to the Lehigh Valley Mall. This means we'll no longer have to trek to Bridgewater, N.J. for our Mac and iPod goodness.
It's been months since I last wrote about my son Luke, and what an eventful couple of months it's been! Luke learned to crawl at around 6 months and started pulling himself up shortly there after. Now, at 11 months, he's starting to "bridge", moving from one item to another in a precursor to walking. Along with this new-found mobility has come a desire to explore everything … which means we've had to start baby proofing in earnest.
You can always tell how frantic my Fridays are (and thus, how much I really, really need a Game Day) by how long it takes this column to get online. Yesterday I had a working lunch out of the office, and didn't even sit down at my desk until 3 p.m.
Fortunately though, there was Game Day. Kicking off this week's gaming goodness was the arrival of my Savage Worlds core rulebook, which I've been eagerly anticipating ever since I registered for the Savage World of Solomon Kane and Sundered Skies GenCon events two weeks ago.
It's hard to find good geeky clothes for babies -- oh, I was able to get a "newbie" onsie for Luke just before he was born, and they do have a few other shirts of note, but it's telling that they lump their dog clothing in with their kid stuff.
Aside from that, it's mostly an vast, unending forest of pastel dinosaurs, teddy bears, butterflies and assorted too-cute animals. If you're lucky you might find a good astronaut or rocket outfit, but those are the exceptions.
This weekend saw my home improvement efforts redoubled as I patched and primed the walls of our third-floor bathroom, dug up a third of our admittedly-small backyard in order to sow grass and clover seed, and pulled staples from our hardwood floors in anticipation of getting them re-finished. And naturally, all of this gave me plenty of time to listen to podcasts.
Thoughts about Nuketown's upcoming Monster Week extravaganza leads off Episode #49 of Nuketown Radio Active as I discuss about the movies I want to review and ask listeners for suggestions. With the monsters out of the way, I talk about my progress on the geek fitness front and my experiences registering for GenCon 2007. In Netheads, I take a look at the upcoming SimCity game for Nintendo DS, suggest folks check out the Dire Cafe social networking site, ramble on about Pirate solitare, and discover a Geek Dad Blog at Wired.com. Finally, this week's review is the board game Catan for Xbox 360, a computerized version of the classic German board game Settlers of Catan.
The first day of GenCon registration was a frustrating, aggravating experience that took an hour and a half to complete, with most of that time spent trying (and failing) to "check out" and purchase my events. I'd be astounded by just how badly registration behaved … if I hadn't heard how it took hours to complete registration last year. Instead, I'm just disappointed by a process that clearly needs some quality time with some load-testing specialists.