Sep. 16th, 2012 12:05 pm
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OK, I am re-evaluating (again) social-media usage.

1. Who is still reading me over here?

2. Who is reading me over here, but not on facebook?

3. Who is reading me over here, but not on G+?


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Well, that was a busy weekend.
Already have been back to work, and since we did so much advance work Friday, in order to get Monday off, today was not a difficult day at all.
The weekend started with a good day at work Friday, again, a lot of advance writing. The evening was not so pleasant. I was having a lousy night emotionally, and the local team opened the season by losing a game it should have won. But Alethea Toscano   got a visit from a friend who helped her mock up a gown for coronation.
Saturday more than made up for Friday for me. My father-in-law is a private pilot, and he and my mother-in-law "popped over" from Maine, making the 90-minute flight. We went for a walk of several miles along the Feeder Canal in Fort Edward, then went to the Adirondack Pub and Brewery for lunch. (Guess whose idea that was?). I got to try a beer I am writing about this week. Fiddlehead Farm in Hartford grew hops and the brewers at Adirondack made a beer out of it. It was good, and so was the food. They took off (literally and figuratively) after a short ride, we napped, and then I did some serious playing on Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Sunday, Sara Collins came to get us in her new Kia Soul so she could get her iPhone fixed at the Apple Store at the Crossgates Mall. Other than the hour -- yeah, and hour, maybe more -- in traffic because of an accident on I-87 near Exit 7 on the Northway, that was a fabulous day that included visiting with Nefertiti Smith, burgers at Johnny Rocket's, Barnes & Noble and our first visit to the new Trader Joe's in Albany. More SWTOR ensued.
Monday was a little more relaxing, though I did have to write up the football game and a couple of other things for work. Got a good deal of cleaning done in the kitchen and the dining room either Sunday or Monday. In the afternoon, Sara  invited us up for a Labor Day barbecue that included ribs, chicken, corn, basked beans, German potato salad and blueberry cheesecake.
All in all, a very good holiday weekend.
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Preliminary class schedule for EK Northern Region War Camp.
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I have codified all the information on my resume-writing services.
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I am trying really hard not to be critical of the SCA's Board of Directors, but this sure reads like "It's a done deal," even though they say it's not.

Sending proposed changes to Corpora out for commentary is part of the required process for changes to our governing documents.  Proposed changes are not a ‘done deal’ at that point in the process, commentary is necessary for the BoD to be able to make the most appropriate decision for our organization.  After the commentary period is over, the BoD has to decide whether to (i) approve the proposed change, (ii) submit alternate wording for commentary, or (iii) reject the proposed change.  It takes a unanimous decision by the BoD to approve a proposed change to the Bylaws of the SCA and a two-thirds majority to approve a proposed change to Corpora or to the SCA’s Corporate Policies.  Given that Directors represent multiple kingdoms, diverse SCA activities, differing levels of SCA experience, and decidedly individualized opinions, achieving a unanimous decision or even a two-thirds majority is not easily done. We want to thank everyone who has submitted commentary in the last few months on current topics – the response has been much more substantial than in the past, and we greatly appreciate it.

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Listening to the Red Sox.

Writing newspapers.

Drinking coffee.

Posting to facebook.
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I was up just before 7 a.m., and I have spent the last 75 minutes finding the articles I need to work on, collecting information, setting up the NPR player and hydrating.

Not even any coffee yet.

I may lay down for a quick bit, then get to work.

Buncha stuff to the for the paper.

A couple of resumes for folks.

Cover letter for my wife.

Maybe some general writing.

Good think I love to write.

Some photos to do.

Bills to do.

"Day off, eh?"
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Trust me.

She knows what she is doing.


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Well, since I let my LJ account go and re-up, I guess I better use it more.

I am more active on facebook as Bill Toscano, and I keep trying to kick-start G+.

Working as a reporter/editor in upstate New York and hoping for some positive life changes.

Questions, anyone?

I am also looking for new groups/folks to read.

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I have a cunning plan!

Here is the first draft of a Pennsic class.

It will be taught from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.on the middle Saturday in East Kingdom Royal, but is part of Pennsic University and open to all.

I will probably reprise it on the middle Monday.

I would love to get some ideas about what to discuss in the class and some semi-commitment from peers who might coem visit, especially non-Eastern and royal peers.

SCA 102: Two hours. The first hour of this class will discuss topics such as awards, titles, officer positions and other items of interest to those who have a small amount of SCA experience. (Note: Brand-new folks are also welcome to attend). The second hour will discuss the peerages and how to combat "peer fear." We hope to have a number of peers, both Eastern and from other kingdoms, on hand to talk to participants and share their newcomer experience.

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Yes, I really will start posting here again!

I wanted to make sure no one missed the following:

1. Prince Ajax of the Mists has accepted the offer of elevation to the Order of Chivalry. His ceremony will be at Pennsic.

2. Duchess Kaye of Calontir will be elevated to the Order of the Chivalry. I do not have a date.

3. Don Fergus McRae and the Laurel we all know as Vairavi will become baron and baroness of Carolingia in May.

4. Svan of Anglespur is now Mistress Svan and is a member of the Order of the Pelican.

I love this game.
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Here are some immediate reactions to the new alliances at Pennsic.

First of all, it's a creative, bold idea, and I think it will revitalize the war. Things had gotten into a rut.

Personally, I think it's great that we get to ally with the Midrealm, plan with them, fight with them and drink with them. For two long, fighters in the East have been told to dislike the Midrealm and beat Midrealmers at Pennsic. This will bind the kingdoms better.

I do not fear losing friendships with Atlantia and Aethelmearc, which were once part of the East. Those relationships are solid.

In terms of fighting and war points -- assuming those are in the plan -- it's all going to come down to additional allies. Ealdormere and Ansteorra will be among the keys. They tend to bring good, solid armies. In the past, Calontir has allied with Ansteorra by treaty. How about if Bloodguard is fighting behind the Calon Shield Wall? Norhshield will also carry some importance, and it will be interesting to see where the other kingdoms go.

In fencing, I feel even more strong that Ansteorra can change the tide. I hope they do fencing as they have been -- two mass battles and a champions' battle.

Ok, now to think some more.

What do you think?

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Pennsic XLI is going to be different from any Pennsic before it.

For the first time, the traditional opponents, the East Kingdom and the Middle Kingdom, will be fighting as allies, against Aethelmearc, in whose lands Pennsic lies, and Atlantia.

The alliances were announced at courts in the four kingdoms' on Saturday, Jan. 7.

At East Kingdom Twelfth Night in the Barony of Carillion, Prince Kenric announced the alliance, as did Prince Savaric at the Midrealm's 12th Night in the Barony of Northwoods. Both men will be sitting the throne for the first time.

Prince  Bryan and Princess Brianna of Atlantia made their announcement the at Winter Ball in their Barony of Bright Hills.  Andreas Morgan, prince of Aethelmearc, made his announcement at 12th Night in the Shire of Sylvan Glens. He, like the prince and princess of the Midrealm and the East, will be on the throne for the first time. Prince Bryan has reigned before.

Pennsic has traditionally, for the last four decades, been a war between the East and the Middle with the other kingdoms allying on either sides. Some kingdoms do have treaties or agreements on who they will fight alongside at Pennsic. The announcements of the sides is a major part of Opening Ceremonies, even though most of the decisions have been agreed upon by them.

Details of the war points and battles have not yet been announced. Additional alliances have not been announced either.

Pennsic will take place from July 27 to August 12, 2012, at Cooper's Lake Campground in Pennsylvania.

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From The Merry Rose, Atlantia's mailing list:
Their Highnesses Bryan and Brianna, and Andreas and Kallista of AEthelmearc announced today at AEthelmearc Twelfth Night that Their Kingdoms would stand together to forge an alliance against the Kingdoms of
the East and the Middle at Pennsic War.

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