mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
  • 07:49 @starstryder That's right! you need Katamari Damacy instead: tinyurl.com/iPrince #
  • 07:51 Wow. Absolutely exhausted yesterday, nearly wrecked on the way home. Think I'm feeling better this morning. #
  • 13:33 @queenofpith If a Richmond Dave & Busters installs the VWE MechWarrior simulation pods, I am so there! #
  • 14:56 Job perk: had lengthy hallway discussion with boss this morning about Dollhouse, Dr. Who, and BSG. Local PBS may be showing 4th Doctor eps! #
  • 17:30 Just watched Blizzard's Uldar preview video. Holy smoke! For the first time ever, I'm really sorry that I've never done endgame raiding. #
  • 18:42 OMG, this History Channel program on the secrets of the art on the dollar bill is complete bunk. #
  • 19:42 Microsoft will ban you for XBox Live for being out as gay. Not that my money matters, but they won't get a gaming dime from me now. #
  • 20:55 This History Channel program on Atlantis is also bunk, but at least I expected that going in. #
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mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
So Christmas has begun early - as it often does in my house, for some reason. Starr got me the Wii I have been waffling about since its introduction: I wanted one, but couldn't really justify one (which makes it an awesome gift, if you think about it).

As I mentioned on Twitter, she also picked up the Iron Chef America game, which I found surprisingly entertaining, and potentially Repetitive Stress Injury-inducing. I think it'll go over well when we have friends over, as it's fairly easy to pick up and a round plays fast. Plus it's got the voice acting talents of the Chairman, Alton Brown, and Masaharu Morimoto, so you can't go wrong.

Now that I have this new console, a quick poll for purposes of future wishlisting: what games on the Wii are the most awesome and should really be in our library?
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cartoon)
(This would have been posted this morning were it not for the LJ downtime)

If I should pass away from exhaustion and allergy-caused asphyxiation, I just want you all to know that I died the way I lived: semi conscious and sniffling. Seriously, this morning I was so wobbly, I thought I might wreck my car on the way into work... and tonight I'll be putting my back into it again and hauling more boxes.

QQ, I know, but I'm honestly having some trouble coping at the moment. I'll manage, of course, but oy. I'm in a closed office for the next hour, doing a software upgrade and tapping away on the Newton, and it's awfully tempting to take a nap. Bad Idea.

On the good side of things, I played some PS2 Fatal Frame on a five-foot plasma flat panel TV last night. That was kinda fun.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
If you can understand this guy's comedy routine, without speaking his language or checking out the title of the video...


then you might be a fan of Blizzard's computer games.

(I had the Battlecruiser captain stuck in my head the other day. It was a strain not to start conversations in his accent.)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (decipher)
Most weeks I wait impatiently for my Kingdom of Loathing turns to build up to a useful level. This week, I've been sitting at the max of 200 turns for days, but I don't have time to mess with it. I guess it's a sign I'm using my time well... KoL isn't exactly productive... but on the other hand, you can't be productive all the time. Makes Jack a dull boy, you know.

On that note, I am going to watch a movie this weekend. Either in the theater, or from my list of DVDs to watch or re-watch. I don't remember sitting through an entire movie since we watched "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" together.

Large Hadron Collider webcam.

One of the two 400MHz CRT iMacs that have been sitting in my office gathering dust since I left Decipher has found a good home - it's in the possession of Starr's youngest sister. She'll probably want to give it an external FireWire HD and/or a memory upgrade before long, it's only got a 10GB drive and 256MB of memory. But it'll do Word and Photoshop and play DVDs, and she seems thrilled with it, so happiness all around. I need to find some old games to pass along that don't involve serious mayhem.

Speaking of productivity, I am attempting to do something personally productive at least once a day. Either spend at least an hour on a personal project, or sit and write something with some thought in it (thus the recent outbreak of philosophising every week or so in my LJ). It doesn't come easy: I am a slacker and procrastinator. But time moves with or without me, and I'm not going to be left behind.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (passing)
After watching Yahtzee take apart the XBox 360 game "Too Human", I saw a trailer for the new Warhammer Online game starting up, so I stuck around. Now, I won't be playing "WAR", as it's called, if for no other reasons than a) I'm still enjoying WoW just fine, thank you, and b) as is so often the case, I'm using the wrong OS. One WAR developer's mentioned with a wink that he's working on something important involving his non-Windows computer, but I take that with a Massively Multiplayer Grain Of Salt (MMGOS).

Okay, but I do read the blogs from the beta testers, and it looks like while WAR won't be a revolution in online role-playing, they have a few nifty ideas, and kudos to them if they make it all work. As I've said before, I've long grown out of the idea that my fandoms and other people's fandoms must engage in steel cage matches until only one can stagger out. But the point of this whole entry is the reaction I had to the trailer, a reaction that surprised me. While I might have been interested in the game under other circumstances, I hated the trailer. I had an intense negative reaction to it. Why?

WAR has two 'factions' one can play: Order and Destruction. In the trailer, we see Destruction assault a capital city of Order. Death is everywhere, people dying of (bloodless) sword wounds, spear wounds, arrow wounds, magical fire, magical ice, and crushing mass. The trailer shows us the Dwarves, Humans, High Elves, Dark Elves, Greenskin, and Chaos forces slaughtering each other as the city is knocked apart around them. (I am somehow unsurprised that both Elven 'hero' avatars are females who manage to make it through the trailer unscathed, and in the case of the Dark Elf, scantily dressed.)

So, of course there's war. It's called Warhammer! But the video made something abundantly clear: in the world of Warhammer, Destruction wins.

It may not look like it. The last scene of the trailer shows the three Order races facing some huge monster, and we are led to believe that the resolution is up in the air. But look around the heroes. There are bodies everywhere. The city is smashed. Even should the monster be defeated, Destruction can just come back tomorrow, to a city that's still smashed and carpeted with the dead.

(Oh, I know that in the game, the city will reset overnight, buildings will spring back into existence, and the citizens will respawn. I'm not talking about the game, I'm talking about the fictional world.)

It takes years to build a city, weeks to construct a building, and decades to produce an adult warrior. It only takes hours, minutes, or seconds to end that existence. Destruction is easy. The years of food and housing and training and socializing that went into that warrior are countered with a single arrow. If all one cares to produce is wreckage, the world is quite willing to help.

(This, by the way, is why I had to give up on Battletech fiction after a while. Excellent games, and the individual novels ranged from okay to excellent, but they painted a reality where a star-faring humanity nearly pounded itself back to coal and steam, called a truce, recovered long enough to rebuild some technology, and then immediately resumed smashing everything within the reach of a Jump Drive. And they did this cycle repeatedly.)

Now, the game isn't exactly its fiction. Once online, Order and Destruction have nigh-infinite resources in the long run, and new weapons, warriors, and metropolises with the click of a mouse button. But the fictional background shown in that trailer is far too bleak and pointless for my tastes, and unless the WAR loremasters have something up their sleeves, this is a world that offers me little appeal.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)

  • 17:59 Played Guitar Hero 80s on Med. (4 chords) instead of Easy (3). Having a hell of a time keeping track of which finger presses which button. #

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  • 08:20 Reading rumor that Diablo 3 will not support LAN multiplayer, only Battle.net multiplayer. This makes kitty sad. #
  • 19:25 @meiran Tell her that 'film noir' is when the lighting guys aren't doing their job. #
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mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (daicon-girl)
I wasn't a fan of Kid Rock before, but he's dead to me now. How can a digital mashup of "Werewolves of London" with "Sweet Home Alabama" be a 'new song' even with new lyrics? It's not even a re-recording of the music, he just loaded them both into GarageBand and went with it. Total junk.

On a brighter note, when I switched radio stations, they were playing "Surrender" by Cheap Trick. To my amusement, I found myself muttering the "Guitar Hero 2" chords under my breath during the song: "Red, (beat, beat), orange, (beat, beat), green..." I do it for Dance Dance Revolution cuts too. Anyone else do this?
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (crusade)
Today in Paris, at their WorldWide Invitational event, Blizzard Entertainment announced their upcoming game Diablo III.

That is all. (That's plenty!)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (TARDIS42)
This weekend was good. I got to chill a little bit, which I'd long needed. Had caviar for the first time ever; it tasted mostly of salt, and slightly fishy. I've heard it's served on buttered toast, and I think that would improve it quite a bit.

I also tried the Lord of the Rings online role-playing game. The first thing I noticed is that it's certainly prettier than WoW (and therefore needs more video processing power than, say, my desktop can handle). I enjoyed the Minstrel class I tried - there's something entertaining about whipping out a lute in the middle of a melee and dealing damage with a few bars of a song.

But, when all's said and done, I enjoy the slightly surrealistic graphics of WoW - they seem to fit with a world which has so many fantastic shorthands for everyday actions - and the LotR game takes itself fairly seriously, which also isn't really what I'm here for. I might play it if there were a Mac version and no other competitors, but my subscription will stay with Blizzard for now.

This week's Doctor Who episode brings the Series 4 average down to .667. Even discounting the goofy, thoughtless science - which is hard, since one element is a major plot point - there wasn't much special about it. Donna was great; her emotional arc about the future of humanity and our ethics, and the conditions of the Ood provided a welcome touch of development.

But overall, the episode was fairly formulaic, including at least one completely gratuitous CGI death, and someone trying viciously to kill the Doctor for no reason at all. One touch I did like: minor spoiler )

Fun fact: the episode was filmed in sweltering heat - yay for fake snow. And I'm looking forward to seeing some old foes of the Doctor next week!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
  • 12:56 Mirandala dinged 66. I know this is a matter of vital national importance. #
  • 13:06 Looking at the first few scenes of the unearthed Infocom Hitchhiker's Guide sequel game: tinyurl.com/5su79h #
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mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (slaine)
Hmm. I learned something from my last post that I wasn't expecting to learn, which is of course more fun that way.

It seems that most of the people I know would put themselves somewhere between "Way of Life" and "A Nice Hobby" on the fandom scale, so apparently we do need another node for the 21st century.

Or do we? I think perhaps I should have stressed more that FIAWOL does not necessarily mean "shallow, pasty, anti-social nerd with nothing to look forward to in life but the next Stargate: Atlantis episode." I answered FIAWOL for myself because fandom touches almost every part of my life, even when I'm not specifically geeking out. Just to name two examples, I got my first job in Hampton Roads because of miniatures gaming; and my significant others have all been fans, and we've had some good times because of it.

When you've got a closet of costumes, a vast library of genre media, at least three devices on which you play video games, have extensive convention staff (or even chair!) experience, and can put Chris Pike and Jon Archer in either chronological or created order... you might just be a Way-Of-Lifer. (I'm not referring to anyone specifically. If you thought I was referring to you... then that perhaps should tell you something.)

But really, you know, that's okay. As long as the bills get paid, the bosses stay satisfied, friends and S.O.s get the attention they deserve, and we get out into the sunlight on occasion, FIAWOL is an entertaining way to spend the days.

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] jdunson suggests that the "F" in each refers to an outdated type of fandom prevalent in the 60s and 80s, and that the fan culture most of us currently inhabit is a different beast completely. (I paraphrase heavily.) Interesting concept, and I believe I can see his point. Thoughts?
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (TARDIS42)
See, this is how you "rickroll" someone. Rather than just posting random stupid misdirected link, post YouTube video claiming to be Muppet bloopers which even a savvy person will want to click just in case; then, play skillfully re-edited video of Beaker and the Electric Mayhem singing "Never Gonna Give You Up".

The funny thing about Blizzard's "Molten Core" joke is that you can still find people writing games for the Atari 2600, though they're almost always played on emulators. It's quite the programming challenge to get a fun game tucked into less storage space than my LJ user icon requires.

Two days of warm weather have produced an explosion of plant sex here. My car's turned an unhealthy yellow-green, the streets have pale stains, and there are drifts of powdered lemonade in the gutters. We'll see if I can breathe by the end of the day!

This weekend, I found out what the "Age of Aquarius" actually means. The Earth's axis wobbles a tiny bit (but does not fall down). Some astrologers define a "Great Year" as the time it takes the axis to perform a complete wobble, approximately 26,000 years. A Great Year is divided into 12 Ages. Astrology being the exact science that it is, the Age of Aquarius is to begin sometime between 2062 and 2680. Or maybe it began in 2000, though any way it's supposed to take a while to get up to speed. But now I know! (Yeah, I like that song. It's happy.)

Gonna try to finish Technicon posts today.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (gaming)
The latest from our masters at Blizzard:

The new playable character class in World of Warcaft... Bard!

WoW Bard in Action

And, coming soon to game consoles: The Molten Core! (For once I have the right system to play it!)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (TARDIS42)
Yesterday was a real roller-coaster ride.

I was slammed with tickets at work yesterday, and fell behind despite my best efforts. I'm catching up a little bit today, but what a mess. There is never a lack of things for me to do here, let me tell you!

So, back in April, the driver's door switch in the Hyundai broke. The car believed that the door was constantly ajar, meaning I couldn't keep the power locks locked while the car was in motion (BAD), the dome light wanted to stay on all the time (turned it off), and the open-door dinger would chime erratically (psychosis-inducing).

While I still have to take the car by the dealership for several reasons, it finally occurred to me that with three pennies and a bit of duct tape, I could restore proper function to the switch. Now the locks work right, I've got my dome light back, and the dinger is no longer suggesting that I go on a three-state murder spree.

Then we headed over to [livejournal.com profile] ptownhiker's superhero game; and, less than a block away from the venue, someone's cat darted in front of the car. It was over before I registered the blurred shadow. We pulled over immediately, and found the owners, but it was far too late. The owners thanked us for having the decency to stop and find them... thank goodness I was heading straight to a big gathering of friends, because that was a hell of a downer.

The WWII superhero game, on the other hand, may have been the best session we've had in the campaign. All the heroes pulled together as a team and contributed something vital to the rescue of a torpedoed troopship in the North Atlantic, and the evening was full of crazy plans and laughter. One of the heroes has what is basically the Portal super power, and we come up with a new way to abuse it almost every session :)

And this morning I found where I'd accidentally hidden my iPod from myself. So, an eventful day-and-a-half.

EDIT: Here's a Flash version of the Portal game. I wish I hadn't found this at work :) http://portal.wecreatestuff.com/
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Bummer. New Katamari game coming out in less than a week, and it's only for the XBox 360.

I don't have a 360, or a PS3 (the PS3 version was cancelled, because Sony has forgotten how to market game consoles). If I bought a new console, which I'm not going to anytime soon, it would probably be a Wii.

The original designer wasn't involved in this game, which is a small consolation. Maybe I could give it as a present to a local friend who does have a 360 in exchange for visitation rights.

No, I'm not awake yet.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
I got Guitar Hero 80s last week. First-ever five-star ratings - on "Radar Love" and "Turning Japanese", naturally. This has an excellent song list as far as I'm concerned!

The weather down here lately has been incredible. Clear blue skies, sharp edges on all the polygons - err, objects nearby, and temperatures in the high 60s to mid 70s. On the other hand, It's really dark when I get out of bed now, and the sunset is happening sooner and sooner. I don't like this at all, no sir.

Still trying to figure out if I've got the money to do all the traveling I'd like to do in October. The pirate wedding was a reminder of how much I miss old friends.

I wish I was doing more interesting stuff to talk about. If I can do the traveling, that'll help a bit :)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
I spent a fair chunk of the weekend 'suffering from brain weasels' as they say... just listless, depressed, and grumpy. As near as I can tell, it wasn't anyone's fault, or due to anything going on around me - perhaps my body chemistry fell out of whack, I can't tell. Last night, I consumed a fair amount of chocolate - it seemed to help.

After months of waiting for the money to be available, we have a new kitten! She's 8 weeks old, and is a grey tabby we picked up at the local shelter. Her name is Midori, and she's already fixed and microchipped - she goes in for her first vet visit (since moving in with us) on Thursday. She's sweet, but full of mischief - in other words, perfectly normal.

I may have addicted [livejournal.com profile] ptownhiker to Guitar Hero II Saturday night. Heh, heh, heh. Now to spring Katamari Damacy on them!

Finally got your questions ready, [livejournal.com profile] fishy1. Sorry about the wait!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (gaming)
Those that play computer games should wander over to http://www.blizzard.com today. Seriously.

It's sort of embarrassing to know that someone's sold me a game before the thing's even finished. But that's the truth, and so it goes. The CGI trailers are AMAZING. I don't know why Blizz is talking about shooting the WoW movie in live action, their CGI people should be winning awards right and left.

If there's anything that company does well, it's detail. The level of polish in their website, trailers, and their actual games are amazing. None of that would help if there was no solid foundation, but that's been taken care of too. Of course, simultaneous Mac releases are also a plus for me :)

"Hell. It's about time."

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