I admit it. I’m a geek. I’m your more classic kind of geek, OpenBSD server in a hand made rack mount hanging in the top of my utility closet, as well as your food and sustainability geek.

These things do in fact collide more often than one might think.

Case in point: I just made the dinner menu for game night. Game night means a Dungeons and Dragons style game, though for this particular campaign, we’re playing Pathfinder from Paizo Publishing, using my own game world. The dinner below isn’t a one off. This kind of thing is rather common.

Pre-dinner cocktail: Manhattans (Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, Lillet Blonde, and American Spoon Balatons Cherries)

Main course: Venison stew

Side dish: Batate All’Abbamelle (baked Sweet potatoes with a sardinian honey and pollen reduction)

Dessert: Pannacotta kin Abbathu (Custard with abbamele and berries)

Wine pairing: Riverside Red from Purple Feet Winery

Beer pairing: Black Velvet (my own hard cider, with Faircy Irish Stout from Arbor Brewing Company)


I have an Audible.Com account, which I’ve used to buy some audio books, but I saved up some credits and have just bought a year subscription to BBC Newshour. I used to listen to it every weekday, but with work starting at 8am, I don’t often get to on my local NPR station. Now it will be delivered to my iPod each day to listen at my leisure.

I’ve also subscribed via iTunes to the Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me podcast. News and entertainment, all in a little white box the size of a card deck.

From my last General Assembly Planning meeting, I’ve learned some interesting things about WiFi in St Louis. So here is your preview for GA 2006.

First, those of you in the Rennasaince Grand (or just hanging out there) have free Wifi in the lobby areas, and I suspect it’s the same in the Ren Suites. It’s $9.95 a night if you want it in your room, which is standard across all of Marriott’s properties.

This year, we have a rather nice perk: America’s Center offers free wifi in the lobby areas of the convention centre! From what I’ve seen, it doesn’t work in the Plenary or Exhibit halls.

Delocator says there are a number of coffee shops in the 63101 area code around the conference centre, but I’m unsure which have free wifi.

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