Thursday, August 30, 2012

At Both Ends

So a balance will be found between work, my gaming with Guild Wars 2 and some actual relaxation time. It just won't be found tonight.

We're still going to be burning the candle at both ends tonight because it's time for the first dungeon run in Guild Wars 2.

It also happens to be the exact time that work explodes into complete madness and responsibilities and projects fly through the air like crazy.

It saps energy, it destroys waking up in the mornings, and I'm loving every minute of it.

That's probably just the delirium talking though.

Punch it, Chewie!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Free Wheelin'

Tonight's installment comes from a conversation with a friend who is very entrenched in the X-Family of Marvel Comics. He brought up the point that the once-leader and visionary of the X-men was being a real jerkwad recently, coincidentally while he regained the ability to get up out of that wheelchair and walk around.

His opinion on Xavier's current annoyance factor, it made us wonder if there was some correlation of legs to jerk for the follically-challenged one. Personally, I think it would be some kind of hilarious if as Charles became more ambulatory he also had less making him humble so his ego or attitude begins to run amok.

It may not mean much to the rest of you, but the fact that I can make a doodle that doesn't have to do with Guild Wars 2 is pretty amazing. I'm willing to do anything for stable internet all weekend long, up to and including cutting power to neighbors nearby to give my house that much more of that precious bandwidth (I have no idea how I would even go about this so no actual crimes will be committed). Umm - we're excited! 'Nuff said.

Punch it, Chewie!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I Am Legend- Wait For It--

In the original novel I Am Legend, Robert Neville was the last human left alive on earth but in his loneliness felt he could bring humanity back from the brink. It didn't turn out too well for him then, being captured by the rebuilding vampire society and all.

What if Neville had a buddy to converse with or to tell him not to trust any pale folks that show up telling him they were in no way whatsoever vampires coming to abduct him?  Hopefully he'd either have solved his crisis or realized that things could always have been worse: it could have been a world full of werewolves. Can you imagine the size of those errant dust bunnies left everywhere? And you can just say goodbye to in-home carpeting, that fur just does not come out.

The countdown for Guild Wars 2 is in the single digits at this point folks, and I could not be more pumped to log in and play at... wait, does this say I won't be able to log on until 2am Saturday morning? Are they out of their minds, or am I for the pathological need to be present that instant the servers get flipped on and I can rush into a game I'm going to spend most likely the entire weekend playing? Don't answer that and keep it down, I should start storing up extra sleep now for all that I won't be getting soon.

Punch it, Chewie!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Outdoors! The outdoors are awesome! I love the idea of having all your gear, packing it up and heading out into the wild. The only problem is that you get it out there, and the outdoors has the audacity to get dirt and grime all over your stuff.

Or it's just possible that I'm too used to the indoors.

No, let's stick with the outdoors should have less dirt.

Sometime in my past, I must have been spliced with an amphibian or a reptile. Recently I had a run-in with a blade in the kitchen that left me with a chunk missing off the end of my finger. Luckily it hasn't hampered my work at a computer (as you can tell because I'm still posting).  For me though, I appear to be bouncing back much faster than would be normal from it and hopefully all those layers of skin will just fall back into place.  The many different bandage combinations I've tried and worked out might have something to do with that as well, but I'll chalk it up to accidental freak gene-splicing.

Punch it, Chewie!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nerdmade Craftsmanship

It's amazing what you can get used to when it's a necessity.  A few months ago, my sweet high-backed leather office chair finally snapped and went to the big supply closet in the sky.

Like any other motivated problem-solver, it was easier to find an immediate solution rather than replace the original item. That's how I came to sit in a folding camp chair for the past three to four months instead of leaning back in leather-y comfort.  Well no more! Amazon, I come for thee!

Fingers crossed once the seating problem is solved, I'll be able to put the time I've been neglecting into a few ideas. Don't worry though, most of them won't include me building items or altering my home in any way. Mostly.

Punch it, Chewie!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Some Pleasant Nighttime Reading

Ever since I could read, I've enjoyed reading a bit before bed. I know I'm not unique in this, it's just something that helps to get your body and mind to wind down enough to just fade into that blissful slumber. There is the distinct possibility that you'll get caught up in whatever you're reading and actually energize yourself to the point that sleep doesn't come easy.

On a completely different tack, sharing a bed with someone means that from time to time some considerations need to be made, and this has led to all manner of different bedside lamps, awkward book-lights on lanyards and weird positions so that you're not annoying to anyone.

It is nice to have devices for that kind of thing, with that soft back-lit glow keeping your items illuminated while not throwing off enough light to really affect any other person.

This doesn't substitute the feeling of looking at a book from the side and seeing your progress, however. Having those pages in hand to turn really is a great way to experience what entertains you. It forces you to slow down and really digest what's happening on the pages in front of you.

That is, as long as Mr. Sandman isn't helping you nod off... (it probably can go without saying that I'm a bit tired this evening).

Punch it, Chewie!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gut Of A Champion

We're kind of a unique household. Unlike most of you, we've been watching a lot of the Olympics and I can tell yo - What's that? Basically every person on Earth is watching the Olympics? They know more about literally every event than I do? Alright then.

Unfortunately since I'm not able to really stream any events while I'm at work I haven't been able to keep up with the soccer (football) events too much, but I've been loving all the volleyball, beach and court, that we've been able to catch.  On both counts the women's teams just seem magnetic on the screen and it's amazing watching May-Trainor and Walsh continue their unreal winning streak.

All that being said, I have to go get ready in case any good events are on tonight!

Punch it, Chewie!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Young Buck?

In creating a character as powerful as Batman I really think it comes down to equal parts luck, genius writing and community interest to give those writers time to stretch out in that creative space.

I'm just grateful for the evolution from that mysterious detective (prior to his origin story he even carried a gun - something his modern iteration is fundamentally against) to today's martial arts expert-billionaire-philanthropist.  Had any one choice in his character, such as cape or no cape would by degrees have degraded how captivating the ideas and images of The Batman are. In nearly every story, I'm just pulled into his brooding images and I love knowing that In Batman We Trust, he'll be able to figure out what's going on or come to some kind of resolution to whatever mystery or crime he's dealing with.

That being said, I was really disappointed after reading through DC's Final Crisis story event from a few years ago. DC's crisis stories have always made me raise an eyebrow, but this one seemed to go beyond what I thought they would do. While it does a good job at setting the stage for a few follow-up events involving Green Lantern (hooray!), the writing was almost hallucinogenic and overly vague to seemingly cover up the fact that even the writers couldn't really wrestle with the concepts that they were expecting us readers to. After letting this one sit with me for awhile, I'd suggest anyone interested in comic book events give it a pass. Read Batman's Night of the Owls event that came out earlier this year instead, it's fantastic.

Punch it, Chewie!