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Grant Glewwe

January 22, 2008

Dilbert Widget

Filed under: General — Grant @ 11:15 am

November 8, 2007

Arggg… CC is dead!

Filed under: Tech, General — Grant @ 8:22 am

In the Cooper Cooler  post I told you all about my great love for this device. Well, after just under a year, it has gone bad. It turns off quickly when I load it and start it. Luckily, my birthday is approaching.

I need this!

Funny how wants become needs…

Games I Own

Filed under: General — Grant @ 8:18 am

I’ll be  dropping this list in the “Gift Ideas” page as well; a list of things NOT to get me, but my love of strategy games, well, games of any sort, has been long lived. In no particular order:

  • Puerto Rico
  • San Juan
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Alhambra
  • Gardens of Alhambra
  • Carcasonne
  • Carcasonne the City
  • Settlers of Catan (and Cities and Knights of Catan, both with 6 player explansions)
  • Jiggity
  • Cranium
  • Bang (and a few expansions)
  • Munchkin
  • Lost Cities

I know there are more, and I’ll edit this post later as I think of them as well as dropping it on my Gift Ideas page.

September 26, 2007

Kmart Experience

Filed under: General — Grant @ 9:42 am

As I was on my way to gaming Tuesday night, I had a few extra minutes. I intended to run into Kmart for a quick trip. As I opened the door, a commanding elderly black woman pushing a cart told me to “keep the door open for her” in a no nonsense town. Gentleman that I am, I held the door for her as she pushed a shopping cart out of the store with a heavy-looking suitcase in it and some sort of plastic bag in the child area. She then matter of factly started telling me how rude the store manager was, and how rude some other customer had been, and asked me to help her get the suitcase out so she could retrieve a camera. She wanted to snap a shot of a table she had told another customer to buy. She even encouraged the customer to make an offer instead of pay the posted price. She seemed miffed the manager or customer (not sure which) had not compensated her for her suggestions by giving her something. We got the camera out, and she took a polaroid of the table in question that was sitting outside. She kept up a running dialog of “trained as an architect”, “live in Brentwood”, “I don’t expect to be disrespected”, “I sold cars for a day and was the most successful salesperson. They gave me a car.”  She either has led the most interesting life imaginable, or she is a bit off her rocker. I couldn’t tell if she was waiting for someone to pick her up, or if she might even be homeless. She was dressed very nicely, thanked me warmly for helping her with the bag, and we parted ways. It was a very surreal experience. I went with the flow and helped her, was polite, and nodded my head appropriately. I hope I went a little way to brightening her day (”that nice young man that helped me at Kmart” sort of karma).

September 24, 2007


Filed under: iPod Touch, Tech, General — Grant @ 9:54 am

Sandra and I discussed the idea of me giving up costly vices to achieve justification of purchasing an iPod Touch. The two vices I came up with that have monetary costs attached were:

  1. Consumption of carbonated beverages; typically caffenated - sadly, I rated this at about $5/wk (sadly, b/c that is too much in any case)
  2. Consumption of gourmet espresso beverages (Goodbye Starbucks!) - I rated this at $10/mo (one every two weeks)

I identified a third as I wrote this post:

  1. Lunch “out” at the company cafeteria; it means I have to stay a little better prepared, but saves $5/wk

All three of those means I save about $50/month. The 16 GB iPod Touch will run me $437 less 20% on $425 of it ($85 savings - I can get Circuit City cards at 20% through a gift card program - e-mail me for details). That means $352 for the iPod Touch. At $50/mo, the iPod Touch is paid for by the end of April. Here I go!

August 23, 2007

Scott Sigler

Filed under: Hobbies, General — Grant @ 1:19 pm

Scott Sigler has created some podiobooks that I have enjoyed listening to recently. I first listened to the podcast of his book Earthcore. I enjoyed it enough that I have moved on to Ancestor. I have one more to listen to after this, and then I’ll explore further to see if he has anything else I am interested in.

I discovered Scott’s art through a podcast called Stranger Things. Stranger Things featured a short story of Scott’s in their first content video podcast (a bunch of video before that, but it was all “here we come”). You can find Scott Sigler at


You can find an incensed clown by the same name at


The books are violent. He strikes me as a Stephan King relying on blood, gore, and futuristic tech for the meat of his books. All his press photos make him look like a psycho.

July 30, 2007


Filed under: General — Grant @ 2:43 pm

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