Kevin C. Wong

January 2022

Diary - Jan 08 to Jan 14 2022

Sat Jan 08 2022

Sleep 0345 to 1115. 1 hour nap. (8-1/2 hours)

  • Organized my novels book case.

Sun Jan 09 2022

Sleep 0515 to 1200. (6-3/4 hours)

  • Twitch streams ended early so got a chance to take a shower and go grocery shopping.
  • 49ers beat LA Rams (in LA), now 10-7 and in the playoffs.

Mon Jan 10 2022

Sleep 0400 to 1215. (8-1/4 hours)

  • Bought Bundle of Holding Stars Without Numbers bundle.

Tue Jan 11 2022

Sleep 0030 to 0200. 1600 to 1830. (4 hours)

  • Two hour HOA meeting with EV charging participants. I feel for David who was coming into this meeting hoping to get group consensus decision and coming away with a bunch of information he needs to get before people are willing to commit. Meanwhile there is a deadline sometimes this Fall before we lose our subsidies.

Wed Jan 12 2022

Sleep 0315 to 1145. (8-1/2 hours)

  • Now committed to continue Bunnies & Burrows campaign. Session #5 originally scheduled for Mar 21 2020 before lockdown and stuff.

Thu Jan 13 2022

Sleep 0345 to 1145. (8 hours)

  • After a lot of work I wrote up a 5-page GURPS OSR B&B rule summary and character sheet. But after transferring one of the characters over the numbers were still too good and really all I want is to use GURPS 3d6 skill tests. So in the end we have two modifications:
    • Every Trait has a Skill Level = Trait Base + Trait Level.
    • Skill modifier = (6 - DV) * 2. e.g. DV 8 is a -4 modifier

Fri Jan 14 2022

Sleep 0315 to 1115. (8 hours)

  • Received my semimonthly salary $2734 vs $2728 last year. This is after a modest salary raise and increasing my 401k contributions. Looks like I calculated correctly.

Bundle of Holding - One-Roll Engine

One-Roll Engine bundle is semi-interesting because I just read about the history of it in Designers and Dragons. But other than the dice mechanic the rest of ORE is a bit too narravist.

Godlike - rpg about super powers in WW2
Wild Talents 2E - rpg about super powers in the modern age
Better Angels - rpg about super villains

Black Devils Brigade - Godlike campaign
Will to Power - Godlike supplement
Grim War - Wild Talents setting
eCollapse - Wild Talents setting
This Favored Land - Wild Talents setting

Only one adventure/campaign make this rather uninspiring so I'll pass.

Bundle of Holding - Stars Without Number Revised

Stars Without Number is an OSR RPG starting with Basic D&D and adding science fiction stuff, some of which is from Traveller. The concept is interesting so I was probably going to buy the bundle even before looking at its contents. For $22 we get:

Polychrome (2011) [$5] - cyberpunk supplement
Skyward Steel (2011) [$10] - Navy supplement
Suns of Gold: Merchant Campaigns for Stars Without Number (2013) [$10]
Dead Names: Lost Races and Forgotten Ruins (2014) [$10] - supplement for creating dead civilizations
Starvation Cheap (2015) [$13] - military supplement
Sixteen Stars (2017) [$7] - 16 locations with adventure seeds
Stars Without Number: Revised Edition (2018) [$20]
Stars Without Number: Revised GM Screen (2018) [$5]

No adventures but on reading reviews SWN is more toolkit and sandbox. Actually Sine Nomine Publishing doesn't seem to do adventures (there is one), though there are 3rd party publishers that do them. It would be nice to have a few adventures or a campaign. On the other hand it's $22 for $80 (retail PDF) so a pretty good value.

Diary - Jan 01 to Jan 07 2022

Sat Jan 01 2022

Sleep 0330 to 1315. (9-3/4 hours)

  • Bundle of Holding: Five Torches Deep (OSR based on D&D 5E) and Vagabonds of Dyfed (OSR based on Apocalypse Engine) RPGs. Not really interested in either of those rule sets so I'll skip this bundle.

Sun Jan 02 2022

Sleep 0330 to 1130. (8 hours)

  • 49ers win at home. Now 9-7 and will make the playoffs if they win next week and maybe if they lose (NFL went to 17 game season this year). Trey Lance started for an injured Garoppolo and did ok with one really nice deep pass for a TD.
  • 232.4 lbs

Mon Jan 03 2022

Sleep 0300 to 1100. (8 hours)

  • Bundle of Holding: Modern Age and The Expanse RPG. This is a re-offering from 13 months ago with nothing new (they mention if there are new books). I still think it's too heavy on sourcebooks and not enough adventures. I'd like enough for a campaign and many bundles fall short of that.

Tue Jan 04 2022

Sleep 0230 to 1030. (8 hours)

  • DriveThruRPG New Year Sale. Old Basic D&D modules for 35% off which is better than most DTRPG sales.

Wed Jan 05 2022

Sleep 0200 to 1100. (9 hours)

  • About a 10-min power outage this evening. Seemed fairly localized but we did get a PG&E alert just before the power came back on.

Thu Jan 06 2022

Sleep 0315 to 1115. (8 hours)

  • Going back to office pushed back to Mar/Apr.

Fri Jan 07 2022

Sleep 0130 to 1030. (9 hours)

  • We had a war room and we're working on a possible regression issue today (found by some of our automated tests). Pretty much 9 hours straight though my manager was the most active and doing the thinking, doling out tasks to me and another developer as needed.

Fantasy Football League Final Roster

QB1 Matt Stafford (LAR)
QB2 Joe Burrow (CIN)

RB1 Nick Chubb (CLE)
RB2 Saquon Barkley (NYG)
RB3 Melvin Gordon (DEN)
RB4 Chase Edmonds (ARI)
RB5 Darrel Williams (KC)

WR1 Amari Cooper (DAL)
WR2 Terry McLaurin (WAS)
WR3 Tyler Lockett (SEA)
WR4 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (TEN)
WR5 Kendrick Bourne (NE)

TE1 Travis Kelce (KC)
TE2 Dawson Knox (BUF)

IDP Harrison Smith (DB, MIN)
K Robbie Gould (SF)

IR1 Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB, WAS) - went on IR in week 1 and never came back but Joe Burrow more than made up.
IR2 J.D. McKissic (WR, WAS) - had some great games then lost him the final third of the season.

Once we got into the playoffs my policy was no roster changes so I ended up with one empty bench spot and my bench was actually not good.

Fantasy Football League Final Results

Regular Season

Division 1

  1. Nate (12-1) PF 2546.28
  2. Kevin (7-6) PF 2278.12
  3. Gerber (6-7) PF 2438.74
  4. Btente (5-8) PF 1982.56
  5. Budda (4-9) PF 1901.56

Division 2

  1. Bitsy (10-3) PF 2334.44
  2. Emad (8-5) PF 2223.34
  3. Noob (6-7) PF 2118.58
  4. Sepehr (5-8) PF 2257.88
  5. Ranger (2-11) PF 1802.48

Tie breaker is total points scored.


Winners Bracket

Round 1

#1 Nate and #2 Bitsy get byes.

#3 Emad 183.90 beats #6 Noob 149.78
#5 Gerber 210.02 beats #4 Kevin 188.00

Round 2

#1 Nate 184.46 beats #5 Gerber 144.66
#3 Emad 179.58 beats #2 Bitsy 161.36

#4 Kevin 157.54 beats #5 Noob 137.64

Finals (two weeks)

#3 Emad 437.34 beats #1 Nate 366.14
#5 Gerber 342.80 beats #2 Bitsy 331.44

Consolation Bracket

Round 1

#7 Sepehr 181.36 beats #10 Ranger 128.16
#9 Budda 134.16 beats #8 Btente 109.60

Final (two weeks)

#7 Sepehr 321.96 beats #9 Budda 250.86

Final Rankings

  1. Emad (11-5)
  2. Nate (13-2)
  3. Gerber (8-8)
  4. Bitsy (10-5)
  5. Kevin (8-7)
  6. Noob (6-9)
  7. Sepehr (7-8)
  8. Budda (5-10)
  9. Btente (5-9)
  10. Ranger (2-12)

Diary - Dec 25 to Dec 31 2021

Sat Dec 25 2021

Sleep 0245 to 1015. (7-1/2 hours)

  • Christmas! CW3 gave me a turtle dice bag. Dad and mom gave me money. Dave W bought me some Steam games.

Sun Dec 26 2021

Sleep 0200 to 1000. (8 hours)

  • Drove home from parents. At times fairly rainy. Only saw one accident and passed another which I didn't see but Apple Maps said it was there.

Mon Dec 27 2021

Sleep 2300 to 0800. (9 hours)

  • It's so cold. Makes me not in the mood to do anything. Winter Break starts out badly.

Tue Dec 28 2021

Sleep 2330 to 0400, 0500 to 0900. (8-1/2 hours)

  • Went to DMV to have my identity verified for Real ID. Was worried that printed copies of my bills wouldn't work but they accepted it so I'll be getting a Real ID in a few weeks.
  • There were a dozen people in line but an appointment gets you to cut the line. Then you get a number and go sit waiting to be called. After verifying and paying for the ID you go to another line for photos (there was one person in front of me). All in all took about an hour.

Wed Dec 29 2021

Sleep 0000 to 0800. (8 hours)

  • Setup this Hue Light Switch I bought when I moved in like three years ago. It's a five minute process but I would always think about doing it but then forgetting to do it. It's set up to control the living room and computer area lights.

Thu Dec 30 2021 Sleep 0230 to 1030. (8 hours)

  • Epic Game store really slow today, I think because they're giving away the last three Tomb Raider games.
  • Been trying to figure out why VMWare Fusion with guest macOS 10.5.5 (security update) and alter the keyboard and mouse stop working. Spent most of a day and still can't solve it. Guess we'll again some day.
  • The reason I was using VMWare is I wanted to download the macOS installers since the old ones have expired certificates. But here's a page that points to MDS, an app that will (among many other things) will download the installers for you.

Fri Dec 31 2021

Sleep 0130 to 11:00. (10-1/2 hours)

  • Finally catalog and rearranged my military history/fiction bookshelf. The objective is to not have any more mil his/fic books than I can fit in the bookshelf and right now not much space left (even using the top as a shelf) so might not have room after I finish my pile of unread books.