That’s one word to describe me right now.

I was browsing, and came across some of the old Amarillo Design Bureau that we used to play, like Starfire, Star Fleet Battles and Federation and Empire.

For some reason I started reading more and more about the last one on that list, Federation and Empire, which we never got to play, back in the day or more recently when we played a couple of games of Federation Commander.

But my interest in tabletop wargames perked my interest in this grand scale Star Fleet Universe game, so I pulled out my set from 2000, and compared it to the specs for the 2010 set.

Basically, I would need to get an updated rulebook and 3 countersheets from ADB, which included a $14(!) shipping charge.

But checking eBay, I found a ‘ding n dent’ copy for about $3 more than just the parts, so I went and bought it.

The game should be arriving next week.  I’m gonna solo play this, if at all possible.

10 Years Ago

Barry Bonds hits career home run #756.

This is my photo that I took of the moment, sitting in the upper deck with Glenn.

As I said the night this happened, Glenn and I have been present for a lot of Barry’s milestones:

  • First grand slam as a Giant
  • Career HR #500
  • Season home runs #71 & #72, but we were not sitting together
  • Career HR #600
  • Career stolen base #500, even though we had left the park, we were across McCovey Cove
  • I *think* we were present for career home run #700…

Sure doesn’t feel like 10 years ago.

Voodoo Tech Support


Power on

Fan malfunction

F5 for diagnostics

On Fan diagnostics: error message, QR Code, which I scan, and it tells me to update the BIOS

Update BIOS

Power on

Fan malfunction

Power off

Remove battery

Remove bottom

Remove fan

Locate similar laptop, remove it’s fan

Place replacement fan in original laptop

Power on

No fan error

Close up original laptop

Place faulty fan in second laptop

Close up second laptop

Power on




Or perhaps I should just get back into photography.

I did buy that fancy lens a while back, and have not really taken full advantage of it.

Perhaps it’s time.


I've spent the last few days downloading and trying out drawing apps on my iPad.

I haven't been happy with any of them.

I think I need an actual sketchbook, for doodling.

To be continued…