Wednesday, May 24, 2006


I've started to play the bagpipes again, after a few-year lull. Had the chanter stock fall off earlier today. The rubber ring holding the chanter stock to the bag had disintegrated. Me thinks I should've taken better care of it; too late now. I think I'll give fixing it a try, but suspect that a new bag is in order. Some net-searching turned up zipper-openable bags, which seems like it'd make for easy cleaning, as well as making it easier to find escapee drone reeds.

Finished playing the New Super Mario Bros for the DS. It's fun. Nothing really new; the game is standard 2D Mario fare with elements from the 3D marios (wall jumping, double jumps). Ground stomping is in there too. Some of the new features are more novelty than anything. There's a big mushroom, which'll make you as tall as about 1/2 the screen, however it's really only cool for a level or two. The same can be said about the tiny-ifying mushroom. Regardless, the game is fun and the level design is especially good. I do wish the game could be played on a TV though, as this'd be a nice game to play with a few people.

Am starting to take up archery. I've gone to two archery shoots/practices run by a local club, The Carolingian Company of Bowmen, which is SCA based. They've been lots of fun and I plan on going to more practices. After the first shoot, the fingers on my right hand, the one I use to pull the string back, hurt quite a bit. By the second shoot, I started using a glove. That seems to have fixed that problem.


Darren Torpey said...

I'm glad to hear you're picking up the bagpipes again -- and I'll be glad to hear you play again, too! =)

I had been meaning to ask you if you had considered them in the last year or so. I remember you also bought a flute at the Renaissance fair last year; have you played it much since then?

Have fun with the archery; I may pick that up, too, some day. It was fun at Boy Scout camp.

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