Not all pain is physical...
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alexx_kay
So, now that the neck injection is over, I'm allowed to take Ibuprofen again. Yay! (The injection itself isn't expected to 'kick in' for 3-5 days.)

So why am I awake right now?

Sentinels of the Multiverse released a new build to the beta testers this morning. So I got a *little* sleep, but I *literally* dreamed about obscure rules combinations, and eventually the uncertainty woke me up completely and I spent a few hours posting questions on various online forums.

*sigh*

Time for a snack, more drugs, and then sleep attempt, take 2...

OW.
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alexx_kay
Tomorrow, I go in to get a neck injection that may help with my chronic pain issues. But in the biting irony department, for 48 hours beforehand, I have to stop taking ibuprofen. Last night did not feature much actual sleep. And what sleep I did get was punctuated by dream featuring such restful topics as "wandering around awake because I couldn't sleep from pain" and "watching really bad Star Wars sequels". It's gonna be a looooong weekend, and not in the good way.

ParaHistorical Patreon
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I have finally gotten around to setting up a Patreon to support, at least in a limited way, my ParaHistorical Studies. If you're one of the people who follow my LJ for that sort of thing, please check it out.

Lucky Thirteenth
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Thirteen years ago, on this date, kestrell and I were wed.

It's a cliche, but thinking back on it, that may legitimately have been the happiest day of my adult life so far. Asking Kes to marry me is absolutely the number one all-time cleverest thing I have done.
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Testing full circle
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I've been playing tons of the new Sentinels of the Multiverse app. I've also, being me, been making lots of suggestions / bug reports on their forums. I have made myself sufficiently annoying/useful that they've invited me into their beta, so I can give more immediate feedback :-)

It occurs to me that my very first toe-dipping into the games industry was an unpaid gig as a beta tester for an early computer version of Magic: the Gathering. You can take the boy out of QA, but you can't take the QA out of the boy :-)

Sometimes the cards tell a story
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So I was just playing a game of the new electronic version of Sentinels of the Multiverse. Fanatic, Bunker, and Absolute Zero, versus Advanced Omnitron in Insula Primalis. This was *not* a fortuitous group of heroes in the circumstances, but the game had an amusing aspect.

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Covert in the news
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Our first outside bit of PR just hit. We're still a long way from being able to make a big PR push, but I'm happy that we're already of some interest :-)

http://betaboston.com/news/2014/10/17/chalking-up-latest-wins-and-losses-in-the-local-videogame-scene/

Signal boost: Fund Siderea posts
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siderea is perhaps the most thought-provoking writer I know. Sadly, her writing output has decreased in recent years. But now, there's a way to help increase it. Give her money.

If you haven't encountered her writing before, I cannot recommend it highly enough. The link above has links to sample writings, which I encourage you to follow.

Specialist sought
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alexx_kay
Anyone out there have an orthopedist to recommend who meets the following criteria?

* Specializes in muscular problems related to heavy keyboard / mouse use
* Is MBTA-accessible (bus acceptable)
* Takes Mass Health

My current ortho specializes in Sports medicine, and he's just striking out time and again, after literally years of trying things. I'm hoping that someone who specializes more in people like me might be able to identify some more obscure -- but actually useful -- approach to my problems.
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The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont with Pauline McLynn / Shakespeare's Globe
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OH man, I wish I had the budget to go to this...

The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont with Pauline McLynn / Shakespeare's Globe

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