Posts from 2008

Video Christmas Cards from Jacob and Matthew

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Jacob’s: Jacob’s Christmas Card 2008 from Chris Brooks on Vimeo. Matthew’s: Matthew’s Christmas Card - 2008 from Chris Brooks on...

Snow Continues to Fall in Sherwood

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We are getting no relief here. We thought Sunday was crazy - about 10” of snow followed by a hard crunchy shell of ice about 1” thick. This is a photo of our...

Salishan Gaming 2008

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I hosted what has become an annual gaming event at our Salishan home earlier this month (read about 2005, early 2007, and late 2007) earlier this month. Doug...

Thanksgiving in Salishan

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I’m back at Salishan this weekend - three trips in less than a month after not visiting for over two months! We had a great Thanksgiving weekend here with th...

BGG.CON 2008 Wrapup

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(Don’t forget to check out my 2007 BGG.CON wrap-up) BGG.CON continues to impress and remains at the top of my list of conventions to travel to, surpassing Or...

BGG.CON - Day 5

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Sunday at BGG.CON - the exodus begins and gamers try to fit in an as many games as they can before the library closes. Jim had been lugging around his copy o...

BGG.CON - Day 4

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Saturday began with a scheduled game of Steam Over Holland with David Fair, Tom McCorry, Jeff, and Jim. This was a last-minute substitution over 18VA and tur...

BGG.CON - Day 3

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Friday started with a mini photography meetup with Mark Hamzy, Jeff Jones, and me. We enjoyed chatting about equipment, lenses, and Sony vs Canon. We also de...

BGG.CON - Day 2

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Day 2 (Thursday) was a day of longish games - a series of 3-4 hour plays that were very rewarding. Jim and I hung out around registration and played The Batt...

BGG.CON - Day 1

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Thanksgiving weekend gives me a chance to catch up on my BGG.CON posts. As much as I’d like to crank these out while at the convention, gaming takes preceden...

Jacob, KC, and a little Beatles action

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Enjoy: Norwegian Wood - KC, Jacob, Chris and Julie from Chris Brooks on Vimeo. We need a drum section - Matthew hopes to take care of that by m...

History of BGG.CON Posts

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As the gaming world turns its attention to the “vast gaming experience” that is BGG.CON, here is a summary of my posts on the convention from 2005 and 2007 (...

We the People, Agricola x 2, Dominion x 3

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I took what I think was a deserved break from volunteer activities this weekend, allowing Julie to accompany the boys on a scout camp-out. I proceeded to fil...

Recent Gaming: Steel Driver and Dominion

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For the first time in many moons I hosted a game night on Tuesday night and had a strong turnout of six people. Steel Driver was the top priority for the nig...

The End of Another Football Season

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The season wrapped up for both boys on Saturday with dramatic victory for one young man and a heartbreaking loss for the other. Jacob’s team faced their neme...

Jacob’s Second Touchdown Catch

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Jacob is getting more and more plays at tight end, and had a great 25 yard touchdown catch and run last week. Both boys’ teams are 5-1 going into today’s gam...

Tough Loss for Jacob’s Team

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I’ll share some more video soon, but Jacob’s team had a tough loss to a very strong Westview team on Saturday night and dropped to a 3-1 record. On a brighte...

Jacob Football Highlights

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I have a couple of highlight reels to post for Jacob’s football so far this weekend. The first one below is a collection of defensive highlights for Jacob, i...

Football is Life

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Or at least it seems that way this time of year, though no regrets. My typical day these days: up at 5:30am, carpool downtown at 6:30am, work until about 4pm...

Wilco in Bend

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I saw Wilco in Bend on Saturday night. Check out some nice photos at this guy’s Flickr set. This might be the best concert I’ve ever seen. The last time I sa...

Review: Dragons of Kir

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I received a (rare) complimentary copy of a game to review - Dragons of Kir (publisher page). Jacob and I sat down to play last week, and here are my thought...

Video Journal from WBC-West

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Dave is producing a video journal of our gaming group wargame retreat in Sunriver. I’ll arrive late Thursday afternoon.

Session Report: Napoleonic Wars

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Next weekend I’ll be spending about 3.5 days in Sunriver with Doug and crowd at his “WBC West” event. This will involve mostly wargaming with a little bit of...

Summer Camp - Camp Gorton

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The boys and I spent last week (hah! last month - can you tell how long it is taking me to get through the write/edit cycle for posts?) at Camp Gorton on Lak...

Keuka Lake 2008, Week 4

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Week 4 at Keuka Lake is a wrap, and I’m sitting here in the grey cottage watching heavy rains over the lake as we do final prep for summer camp at Camp Gorto...

Europe 2008 - Summary

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Given the, er, spread out nature of my Europe posts, I figured it would make sense to post a summary. London, Day 1 London, Day 2 London, Day 3 B...

Europe 2008, Paris Days 4 and 5

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We began the day at the Rodin museum, an impressive display of sculptures and other artifacts of his life (the museum is housed in his former residence). N.B...

Europe 2008, Paris Day 3

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Day 3 in France started with an early morning trip to Île de la Cité for a visit to Notre Dame de Paris, famous for gargoyles, gypsies, and hunchbacks. We sa...

Europe 2008, France Day 1 and 2

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My goal is to finish my posts on Europe before my next trip to Europe. Nothing like setting the bar high. We finished our tour of Belgium near the French bor...

Keuka Lake 2008, Week 3

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We are half-way through our stay in NY, having spent week 3 with our guests the Ginns. The weather is warming up here with most days sunny, humid, and in the...

One month with the Amazon Kindle

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Scott Hanselman and I met for lunch a few months ago and he showed off his Amazon Kindle to me. This product was nowhere near my radar, but as I approached m...

Keuka Lake 2008, Week 2

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Another great week at Keuka. We had our usual mix of weather but managed to get in a good range of activities, including some hardcore track work down in Ham...

Europe 2008 - Bulge Tour, Day 3

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This is my final post on our tour of Battle of the Bulge sites. “About time!” I’m sure some of you are saying. Our last day of sightseeing was in the Malmedy...

Keuka Lake, Week 1

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We are a week into our 6-week stay at Keuka Lake, and the pace is intoxicating. Rather than trying to squeeze in every possible activity over a 7-10 day spri...

Europe 2008 - Bulge Tour, Day 2

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Day 2 of our Bulge tour was geared more to accommodating our tourists stops, so there was not much rhyme or reason to the sites we visited. We ranged from Ho...

My Office for the Next 6 Weeks

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About a year ago Julie and I committed to spending a full 6 weeks at Keuka Lake in 2008, and we are making it happen. This meant no baseball for the boys thi...

Europe 2008 - Bulge Tour, Day 1

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Apologies for turning these Europe posts into a drawn out series of publications not unlike a pulp serial series. Life has been busy again and blogging usual...

Jacob Teaches Dad How To Program

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Jacob is doing quite a bit more programming these days. In addition to some of his self-study of Ruby he is enrolled in a game programming class at Sherwood ...

ogpc 1.0 - What a Great Start

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I had the pleasure of helping stage the first Oregon Game Project Challenge (ogpc 1.0), a state-wide project and team oriented computer game programming cont...

Jacob is County Spelling Champ (again)

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Jacob won the Sherwood middle school chess spelling tournament earlier this year and was given the chance to compete at the county (actually Northwest Oregon...

Gotta Love Ticketmaster

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Would somebody please start providing some competition for these guys? Uploaded with plasq’s Skitch!

Salishan Weekend

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We’ve had a great relaxing weekend here at the coast. The weather was sunny, warm, and calm on Friday and we met some Sherwood friends for some tide pool act...

Europe 2008 - Tourism in Belgium, Days 3 and 4

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The weather in Belgium was very thematic for Bulge historical site visits, but not so nice for some of the activities we were hoping to do. Matthew helped pl...

Europe 2008 - Tourism in Belgium, Days 1 and 2

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I’m going to break my Belgium report into two sections - tourism and Bulge military sites. This is the tourism section! Our day started very early with a wal...

Ruby, Rails, and Macports

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It should be easier than this. I thought I had a decent Rails installation running on my MacBook Pro but TextMate was giving me some grief when shelling out ...

Notre Dame and Hanging Gardens

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Some quick thoughts on two games I got to play tonight - Notre Dame (finally!) and Hanging Gardens. KC, Rita, Ian, Mike and I first played a five player game...

Europe 2008 Trip - London, Day 3

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Day 3 (Saturday) was our last full day in London, and the weather started to turn cold and windy. This would be the trend for the next 5 days or so in the UK...

OSCF State Chess Tournament

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We are in Seaside, Oregon at the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation state tournament. The boys are each tied for 1st place after 4 rounds in their respective...

Europe 2008 Trip - London, Day 2

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Where can you get a cup of coffee at 6am in London? I set out to answer that question on Friday morning after waking up bright and bushy tailed at 5am (8 hou...

Europe 2008 Trip - London, Day 1

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Time to start the steady flow of photo-journal posts for our Europe trip! I’ll break this into a day-by-day journal and will include plenty of photos. If you...

Off to Europe

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You won’t believe the list of backlog posts I have, but it looks like they will have to wait for a while. We are off to Europe tomorrow, approximate itinerar...

Digging Last.fm

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I stumbled on Last.fm via the nice MacHeist app CoverSutra. You can find my profile here.

Twitter me

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If you are into the Twitter thing, you can follow me.

Eugene Games Gala

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Two weeks ago I journeyed down to Eugene with KC and Rita (and back with Doug) for Lorna’s Eugene Games Gala. This is a small weekend event held at a hotel i...

Agreeekola, not Agruhcola

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Ahh, finally, another chance to try Agricola.  Mike sprung a nice surprise on us yesterday, letting us know he had a copy of Agricola and had spent the weeke...

Non-Gaming Catch Up

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We’ve been pretty busy over the past month, but not so busy that I have a good excuse to not write.  Let’s get caught up, shall we? We spend the week between...

My Five & Dime Report for 2007

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I just finished tabulating my games played for 2007 for Mark Jackson’s annual Five & Dime report. This was a down year for me in terms of total games pla...

What a Kid Wants - Top Games from Games Class

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I ran my weekly Game On! games class for 3-5 graders again this fall and had a great time; I think the kids did too.  I surveyed 22 of the kids at the end of...