Weekends, past and future

Last Saturday, we went to the Guidpact magic prerelease. I judged there, and it was enjoyable, but there wasn’t anything particularly exciting from a judging perspective. (Which is okay.)

This coming Friday & Saturday is the 2006 Network Stress Test at our house. I haven’t heard from many people, so please let me know if you’re coming (by emailing me per the directions on that page).

The following weekend, the first weekend in February, we’re going to Grand Prix Richmond, as players, which hopefully will be a lot of fun.

Question of the day

There are a lot of electronic money transactions nowadays. My “paycheck” gets electronically transferred from my employer’s bank account to my bank account, from where it is electronically transferred to merchants I do business with.

My question is, is there traditional cash (in the form of dollar bills) somewhere that is associated with all this electronic money? Or is there some currency in circulation that just begins and stays electronic?

The Cooper 2006 Network Stress Test

I’ve put together details on our 2006 Network Stress Test taking place starting at about 7:00 P.M. on Friday, January 27, 2006 and lasting through about 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 28, 2006. More or less. If we know you, or can meet you, you’re welcome to come. See the page for more details.

And in other news, I installed a wiki on cooperjr.name again (which I haven’t had since moving to GeekISP). This time I’m trying out MediaWiki.

Getting to Richmond

I’ve confirmed the time off of work and booked the hotel room for Grand Prix Richmond the first weekend of February.

So now the grand question is, should I get there by plane, train, or automobile? I’m very much leaning toward driving down right now, since it looks cheapest, but I’m not looking forward to a 10+ hour drive. Is there a good cheap alternative somewhere that I’m missing? Money’s the main factor that I’m looking at, as I am willing to drive down. But it seems like there ought to be a better way. I think that if it were just me, it might be just as cheap to fly, bus, or take a train down, but with two of us, it costs the same to use the car, and costs twice as much via mass transit. I may be carpooling with others in the area that are going down, but that’s very up in the air right now.

Magic Rating Update

My good record at that GPT I went to a couple weeks ago pushed my rating in limited just shy of 1700, ranking me within the top 250 limited players in Massachusetts. That’s kind of exciting. I’m not a pro by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m above average.

We’ll see if my success continues at another GPT this Saturday in Hartford, and we’re currently planning on heading down to Richmond for the actual Grand Prix. Anyone want to come with us?