Well, I normally would be at work right now, but my schedule this quarter is odd. My first class is at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and while I have office hours scheduled at 11 a.m., it’s the first week of the quarter. I will probably try to get into the habit of leaving home around 10 to be on campus in time for my office hours.
Tomorrow’s my birthday, and as one does, there’s a little reflection going on (mostly in the back of my fuzzy brain). There’s nothing super special about this birthday, I’ll be 57. It’s weird realizing that I’m that close to 60, but what the hey? I’ve made it this far.
SCA stuff: I have been (slowly) working on a history of the West Kingdom (kind of condensing down the West Kingdom History website) — this is not an easy task. Picking and choosing the most important elements is tough. Right now the document I’m working on is 20 pages, and I’ve gotten to around year 11 of the SCA. However, I think from this point forward there will be less “important events”. The earliest part of the Kingdom’s history has a lot of major items that need to be mentioned (creation of other major groups, creation of major awards now used across the SCA, etc.). There are still some big items, but overall it will slow down a bit … or … I suppose one way of looking at it, it will speed up a bit, as there will be less “stops” along the way.
Other stuff … not a lot. Last weekend (SCA again) we went to Tres Pinos for the Towne Faire event — this is a new type of SCA event and went over pretty well with those who attended. It was mostly set up as booths and such, with some “standard” SCA merchants, and a lot of other interesting items. The “White Rose Chapel” had some early SCA artifacts in it, which was fun. We day-tripped the event but overall had a good time.
Just kind of felt like I should post something, I think. There’s not a lot of interest going on right now. CJ’s job is keeping her really busy, my job is wiping me out, but I have Fridays off, as I moved my office hours to weekdays. I am hoping I’ll see more students that way, and not feel like I’m wasting my time. Mondays and Wednesdays I have three classes, but they are scattered over 8+ hours (one at 8:45, one at 1:00, and the last at 6:00pm). Ack. Oh well. Hopefully this quarter only. We’ll see.
I started talking to some folk (more SCA stuff) about working with coders to create a custom Content Management System (CMS) for the West Kingdom History. We won’t be able to start until September (the person with the most experience in this area is busy), but I can work on specs, and all that. I have some ideas, and am excited about the idea of making management of all this easier (and something I can eventually hand off to someone else who won’t need to know how to write HTML and all that …). The goal is to include the media as part of it (photos, videos, etc.) and incorporate the whole thing into one system, allowing folk to comment on events and photos, upload photos easily (the current system doesn’t seem to be very popular, sigh), and again comment/tag/etc.
We’ll see. I have hopes. I could probably try to do it myself but I’d rather rely on someone who’s done some of this type of stuff before. I will be learning more about PHP in the process (one of the many web programming languages, I use it a little for some of what I do now …).
Feeling generally exhausted lately. I’m sure this will pass. Maybe this weekend I can sleep in a bit. We’ll see.