Saturday, April 18, 2015


The Battle of Gettysburg is one of the most important, most misunderstood events in American history.  People always talk about the brilliance of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, but in the same breath, you always hear Gettysburg as the one time that he really screwed up, that maybe if things had gone differently on that third day, the whole course of the war might have changed.

Perhaps in the short term, but I doubt anything changes overall.

Friday, April 17, 2015

5 Things on a Friday: Trying to Buy into the New Brand

By the time you read this, I will be enjoying some much-needed time off with one of my very best friends in the entire world.  As I type this, I'm sitting on a train headed into New York City for work, and I can't wait for the weekend.

Happy Friday folks!  Hope you have a good one.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sketch in My Notebook: The Order of the Blackened Glaive (Part 10)

Our story so far...

Drakar has been forced from the Sentralian Military Academy because of his half-demon heritage.  However, angels of the goddess Nyx visited him in a dream, commanding him to seek out Fortress Abbadabas and the fabled Order of the Blackened Glaive.  Drakar traveled south to the city of Jakara, where he met a girl--a young wizard named Elaina Emboo.  

Having saved Elain from certain death, she and her ship, the Trident sail with Drakar towards Fortress Abbadabas and his destiny.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

D&D Story Starter: The Demon's True Name

Wizards of the Coast ran an Open Call for designers a few months ago.  My submission was good enough to get past the first cut--from approximately 250 entrants to 38 finalists--but not good enough to get past the second cut--from 38 finalists to 9 newly approved designers.  C'est la vie, non?  For better or worse, this is why I work as an engineer.

Anyway, the open call had a few requirements.  Would be designers had to write two encounters, one combat and one non-combat, involving ruins, an elf noble, orcs, a manticore, a pit trap, a secret door, and either exploration or conversational elements.  I may be leaving something out, but that was the jist of it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tri Training Log: 4/4 to 4/12 (Week 4)

The good news is that I finally managed to get back out on the bike.  The bad news is that I did it largely because my right knee was so sore after running on Friday that I was afraid to try to run again this weekend.  I'm getting concerned, but the coming week is a scheduled Rest Week.  That at least gives me the chance to maybe heal a little.  We'll see where we are after that.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


I spent a little time redesigning the blog this morning, and as a result, I gained enough space at the top to build a new archive page.  I decided to call it #goARMY.  You can see the results below.

Although it's never been my intent to blog a lot about the U.S. Military Academy, I'm an Army Football Season Ticket Holder and diehard Army fan, and over the last few years, I've accumulated quite a few posts about West Point, Army Football, Army Swimming, and the Army-Navy rivalry in general.  These are archived below.

Friday, April 10, 2015

5 Things on a Friday: Age of AppleWatch!

This may be the shortest 5 Things in history. Maybe that’s good; who knows?

1. Daredevil premieres tonight!
That’s right.  Netflix’s new series Daredevil is available right now (!), and it’s gotten some of the best reviews I’ve ever seen.  Various media outlets have said that the first two episodes alone would be among Marvel’s finest films if they had been released in theaters. Let's hope the rest is just as good.

I can’t wait!