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Manchester and Wales

In the morning we got up and went down to the Clava Cairns, which were only a couple of miles from our B&B, although we went the long way around since we are foolish tourists 🙂 . The Cairns are the remains of an ancient burial ground from as long ago as 2000 B.C.! 4,000 […]


Yes, more logs from the trip… I know I am lame, but I’ve been playing too much City of Heros and Doom3.

Took a taxi/limo to Heathrow, then BMI airlines to Inverness, Scotland, theoretical home of the Loch Ness Monster. The airport is fairly small, as one might expect, but nice. So small that the […]

This Is London

Again, for the historically disinclined, the title of this blog article is taken from Edward R. Murrow’s broadcasts from London during the Blitz of 1940. He always started off with “This is London.”

In our last full day in London we of course had to see everything we hadn’t seen before. This meant going to […]


More travel log from June trip to Europe…

For those not historically inclined, Londinium was the name of London during the Roman occupation.

On Wednesday we just kind of went around the city of London. We took a taxi up to Harrod’s and after a brief breakfast at a pastry shop nearby, looked around the […]

5000 Years in Day (or Stones and Bones)

Another day on our vacation. Sorry for the delay in posting.

Today we took a tour into the west English countryside to see some sights and be “real” tourists 🙂 A tour van picked us up at our hotel and took us to a rendezvous area where we switched for the 5000 Years in a […]


Today JC and I went to Wimbledon for the first day of play (June 21, 2004). Since we had no tickets (since we hadn’t won any in the ballot in January, and I was unwilling to pay $500 or more for a debenture ticket), we had to queue up early in the morning to try […]

Arrival In England

Editor’s Note: Sorry for the seriously out of order execution, but I had no net access for most of the trip, so I am posting these in order of the visit, which roughly corresponds to the order of my completion of them.

Today was our first day in England. Our plane arrived at Gatwick […]

Mibu Gishi Den

One last post before I’m off to Wimbledon.

I saw this movie on a JAL flight last year to Tokyo. It was great. However, it took me until a few weeks ago to be able to find out what the movie was called since all the titles, etc were in Japanese. I finally did. It […]

Thank You

Having meant to write some thank you’s for my birthday presents, but having not gotten around to it because of various reasons (unread work email count ~500, etc.), I’d like to take a moment to tell everyone thanks for the presents.

Full Metal Jacket

I’ve recently bought the DVD of “Full Metal Jacket” by Stanley Kubrick. I already had the VHS tape, but hey, I had to go digital. You know, that movie isn’t really meant to be a comedy, but I’ll be damned if parts of it aren’t funny as hell. The quotes from this movie are second […]

June 6th, 1944 D-Day

In honor of the 60th Anniversary of D-Day aka Operation Overlord (and my 34th birthday), I am releasing version 2.0 of my D-day scenario for Combat Mission called Big Red Omaha. This scenario has been completely redone using accurate maps and weapons lists for the Widerstandnesten (Reistance Nests) on the Fox Green area of […]