A number of friends have been in hospital recently. Most notably (from my perspective anyway) has been caseopaya, who had some minor surgery in the scheme of things, but with a longer recovery period. I've been out to see her every day except Saturday since admission, and as good as Cabrini can give, I think she's getting bored of the fairly pleasant view (wouldn't anyone?). I've also noticed that missmalice has also had some time under medical care recently, and finally two work-related friends had accidents whilst on a skiing trip in New Zealand. Let's hope that's the last of that little flurry of activity!
On Saturday most of the LUV committee took the journey down to the La Trobe Valley to host a Linux miniconference in Morwell, held at St. Mary's Anglican Church (thanks to the Rector, Archdeacon Heather Marten, for her support and assistance). My presentation was on Why Linux is the Future of Computing, looking at some of the major trends in software and hardware development, and expressing concerns of non-technical roadblocks. Many of the attendees were from the local U3A which has a Linux group, and they have formed the core of a new chapter for Linux Users of Victoria. Afterwards we had dinner at the local RSL which certainly provided good and plenty food, although I do find such places are little overwhelming culturally. Utterly exhausted in slept in until after midday the following day.
RPG Review Issue 22-23 is running a little late; last article coming in as interview with Tadashi Ehara, editor of the highly inspirational Different Worlds magazine. Looking for release early next week. In other gaming updates, on Thursday night the continuing Masks of Nyarlathotep game saw two investigators put out of action, one kidnapped by cultists to live out a life of servitude, and one driven indefinitely insane by being possessed by Nyarlathotep and deciding it would be far easier to obsessively care for homeless kittens in the back streets of Cairo. Finally, today played some GURPS Middle Earth which involved organising some negotiations between goblins and talking salmon whose conflict was affecting a local water supply (think The Hobbit or even Father Giles of Ham rather than Lord of the Rings).
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