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Dr. Daniel Messer
Circulation Supervisor
Queen Creek Public Library - A branch of the Maricopa County Library District
21802 S Ellsworth Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
(602) 652-3362

Your very own Dr. Gonzo.

E-mail: greatwesterndragon (at) gmail (dot) com

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The Great Western Dragon is:

Dr. Daniel Messer
Circulation Supervisor
Queen Creek Library - A branch of the Maricopa County Library District
21802 S Ellsworth Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
(602) 652-3362

Your very own Dr. Gonzo.

E-mail: greatwesterndragon (at) gmail (dot) com

Distant Early Warning: My personal blog.
Hyperlinked History: My podcast (see below).
Dioecism Squared: My adult entertainment and human sexuality blog.
LISNews: To which I'm a regular contributor.

Tales From the Circ Side: Gonzo Cyberpunk Librarianism- Currently in progress

New Age Musician and Composer:
Awedessy (1999)
Back in the Day (2005)
Spiral Dancer (2006)
Sonoran Standard Time (2007)

Your host for Hyperlinked History, right here on the LISNews Netcast Network!

Digital Pin-Up Artist:
My work has been featured on several websites, MySpace profiles, and, strangely enough, an Israeli gay pride website.

Computer Programmer:
Author of HMPH (Held Materials Printer Helper) and Kaishakunin, two utilities for use with the Polaris Integrated Library System.

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New blog at website

I got everything finished and uploaded for my new blog at my personal website. Using Easy Blogs, like the name implies, is pretty easy. Once you get a feel for their templating system, you can put blogged content on pretty much any type of page you wanted. If you wanted it in a side bar or side box, that's possible. Just specify that in your code using the freeware template package.

Easy Blogs

I've recently hunted down some blogging software that would work well with my website and ISP's webserver. Unfortunately, right now my ISP's webserver doesn't support much. No PHP, limited if any CGI, no Perl access, nada. Sometimes I'm surprised the damn thing suports HTML and CSS. Anyway, I needed something that was almost 100% client side and would work with my existing layout.

The sweet sound of racheting

Approx. half an hour ago, we got our dot matrix receipt printers back online. I never thought that racheting sound would be so welcome.

Up and down, in and out

To paraphrase the great British philosopher Arthur Dent, our computer system is like a military academy, bits of it keep passing out.

One, count 'em, one of my receipt printers worked this morning. I've got four in my department, but one is working. Since I haven't had printing for over two days now, I don't know if this is cause for celebration or alarm. No e-mail, though rumour mill has it that a few people are able to get into their accounts. That's nice and everything, but of course I'm not one of those lucky shmucks.

Computers down

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the folks in IT stayed all weekend performing upgrades and network reconfigurations on our computer systems. As of today, we're still not back up completely. Our automation system (Gaylord Polaris) is working about 95%. We're able to do everything except print check-out, hold, and fine receipts. Needless to say, when they get the printers back up I'm going to be up to my ass in reserved books.

Website and RPG Update

My website update is complete! I haven't got a new essay up yet, though I do have a complete one ready to go. I just need to find pictures and captions for it.

Also, the rough of the first chapter of Per un Pugno di Polvere Nera is complete! You can check my site for details and a new illustration I've done for the book. I hope to get everything proofed and start on Chapter 2 this week. My goal is to finish a chapter, and proof it while starting the next. That way I have one in writing and the other in editing.

A new car!

Bought a new car last night, a nifty 2004 Chevy Aveo. I seem to have a thing for Chevys. I'm selling an S-10 pickup, I still own my S-10 Blazer, and now I have an economy car by the same manufacturer. While I love my Blazer, the gas milage isn't all that much to speak of. It's not as bad as a Hummer (10 miles per gallon) but it's still not great. I do have a motorscooter, Honda Elite 50cc, that gets around 100 miles per gallon, so when I go somewhere, that's what I usually drive.

Per un Pugno di Polvere Nera

Last night, while working on the site update, I had a brainstorm. The title of the open source RPG I'm writing is officially Per un Pugno di Polvere Nera or For a Fistful of Gunpowder in English. I wanted to give it an Italian name since that's the genre, and I wanted to sound kind of like a Sergio Leone film title. Leone did two movies with such a title, Fistful of Dollars and Fistful of Dynamite. So I figure this fits.

Open Sourced RPG Revisited

Okay, now that I have some things down on paper and core stuff is coming along nicely, I'll actually talk about the open sourced RPG book I'm working on.

Spammity Spam! Wonderful Spam!

Jumpin' Jesus on a pogo stick, is it just me or is anyone else getting a massive inundation of spam in their inboxes? And I don't mean you typical "send spam here" inbox e-mail account. I'm getting so much BS in my personal inbox I could spread it on the garden outside and get tomates the size of bowling balls.

Finally done with Math (I hope)

I took my final for Math 105 today, a class that I've done through correspondence with the University of Arizona. So, if all is well with the world, that should finish my requirements for the BA in History. With that in hand I can start making headway towards my MLIS.

Open Source RPG

I've recently delved into a long term project that should keep me busy for the better part of the rest of the year. For the last few months, I've had an idea for a role playing game (RPG) running around in my head. I've fleshed things out a bit, and I've started work on actually writing it. It's going to use the Open Gaming License developed by Wizards of the Coast. In other words, it falls under the d20 system of gaming.

City Of Heroes and Stupid Library Children

So I pick up a copy of City of Heroes a couple days ago and all I can say is "Damn!" Yeah, not bad. This is what online gaming should be. The whole superhero thing is well done, and the character builder lets you build your hero from the ground up. It's pretty shweet and if you're into online gaming, you really need to check it out.

Starting fresh...

Okay, time for a fresh start. I've been wanting to get back into the whole blogging thing for quite a while now, but haven't had time up to now to do so. Thanks to a new baby, work, and other stuff, I just hadn't had the time to update as often as I'd like. But hopefully, now I can change that. This is a pretty easy forum to get to, post to, and edit. And best of all, it's free! Ya gotta love LISNews!

Okay to start, here's a little background info on me, then we'll progress into what I think I wanna try and do with my blog here.

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