Item the first: My el-cheapo monitor bit the dust this weekend, so our household is once again without a working computer. If you need to get ahold of us, call.
Item the second: after much urging, I have finally equipped the Lady and myself with that abominable modern nuisance, the cell phone. I will post my cell number in a separate, friends-only post. Barring any issues with the phone, I’m planning on deprecating my old landline number in favor of the new one, with the possibility of deactivating my old number at some unspecified date in the future. So update your address books.
Now is probably as good a time as any to let you all in on one of my little quirks: I hate the phone. I hate that it interrupts important activities like sex, sleep, or daydreaming with shrill, urgent alarums. I hate that it gives bill collecters, salespeople, public school teachers, and other undesirables the power to invade the sanctity of my abode. I hate that talking on the phone combines most of the impersonality of an online conversation with none of the convenience. I hate that the only kind of silence in a telephone conversation is an awkward one. I hate the fact that even though my eyes are left free to be distracted, I am incapable of productively splitting my attention while I am on the phone. I hate the way my ear aches after a long phone call.
Which is not to say that you shouldn’t call me. Just that I much prefer other forms of communication, such as email or IM. They suit my deliberate, word-oriented thought processes better. I don’t mind talking face to face either, preferably while walking or over a cup of coffee. Both these activities give me something neutral to look at and/or fidget with, a condition that has to be met for my speech centers to function. If you need to get in touch with me quickly don’t hesitate to call. But don’t be surprised if you get my voicemail, as I much prefer to treat phone calls the same way I treat email, as a serial input queue rather than as an unmaskable interrupt.
Item the third: We are definitely attending the MD Renn. Faire on October 3rd. Hie thee unto the Faire on that day and make merry with us, else I will taunt you a second time, you silly English knnnniggets.