Monday, November 24, 2008

Ye will be missed

Patrick Mormann, 31, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 151.

I loved Patrick Mormann, he was one of the better DJs on the radio these days. KAT-FM was lucky to have a DJ as exuberant as him. The airwaves will miss you Patrick Mormann.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Horror, Oh the Horror!

We finally got in our first game of Arkham Horror that Nate purchased some time back. This game is set in the Call of Cthulhu universe with crazy Lovcraftian monsters. The game is a purely co-op affair which is rare in the tabletop gaming arena. The wife enjoys the co-op games so I'm always on the look out for more like Pandemic and Battlestar Galactica (this is only sudo co-op, someone is a cylon) I enjoyed the flapping 20's setting, not unlike the time period in Penny Arcade Adventures. The game is quite complex and we didn't get down all the game's rules and nuances this first time though we are confident we will be better prepared next time. This is one of those meaty games that will take the brunt of your gaming day/night vs. the half hour to hour games of Munchkin, Aquaduct, Last Night on Earth, etc.... Overall I really liked Arkham Horror and I look forward to visiting Arkham again soon. It's also way over produced and full of hundreds of bits in typical Fantasy Flight fashion. They always seem to have amazing production values.

Chad and I are also investigating the Call of Cthulhu LCG for some more standard, quick, card based play. I'm digging the LCG format that Fantasy Flight is pioneering. Instead of buying pack after pack after pack of cards hoping you might get a rare these will be released in fixed sets. You buy the set you have all the cards. Done. Now it's not about who spent more money to get that rare card but who is better at deck building and strategy. Go Fantasy Flight.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Time to make myself look big.

I love the Cat from Red Dwarf. He acts exactly like I imagine Nemo would act if he were a 3 million year evolved cat born to two retarded cats.

Talking Cat

For whatever reason the sound of this cat makes my cats go ape shit. They game flying from all ends of the house converging on my laptop pissed as hell thinking there was a nother cat in the house.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Solo Gamer in a Multi World

Being a solo gamer in a multiplayer world is a great read over at destructoid. I grew up on a lot of great single player games like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Realmz, etc... Today's gamer has a different mindset I think. I also like playin a good bout of classic solo gaming. gimmie case of Diet Dew and a round of the latest Spiderweb Game. I suspect after the baby pops out I'll be the one up all night with it so I might get re-acquainted with a lot of my classic favorites.

Give this article from Destructoid a read.

Reddish Dwarfs

So I just found out that Red Dwarf is on Netflix Watch now which is awesome. I used to love this show as a kid late night on PBS with Doctor Who coming home late from the Raunt. The Bad news is it's only on until Dec. 1. It looks like netflix is loosing all their BBC licenses. Which sucks. I"m going to try and make it through as many episodes tonight as my beer will take me. After that Might have to look at getting the DVD collection I like it enough that I'd consider it. I loves me some Red Dwarf and Dr. Who.

Also only 4 beers. Send some more stat.

Check out Red Dwarf.

Red Dwarf Complete Collection

Must be Christmas, the cashescams are in full swing.

Wii Logitech Cordless Keyboard.

50 Bucks for a Nintendo sanctioned wireless keyboard for your Wii. The same Wii that will accept your 5 dollar USB keyboard just fine. Now I'm a person that's willing to spend on a decent peripheral but 50 bucks for a cordless keyboard. And it uses a dongle and not Wii built in Bluetooth. 35 bucks tops for this thing. You know, a couple bones more than a controller maybe. This is the same 2.4ghz technology that Logitech sells here

for 30 bucks. But hey it's christmas kids, go WHAHHHHH WHHHHHAHHHH WHHAHHHHHHHH gimme gimme gimme.

But I'm the grumpy old Humbug cuz I won't buy anything for any family, I just bought 4 kids coats for the winter, sponsored a poor family to buy sock and some other nececcites for christmas, and donated a few bones to Childs Play. I'm the humbug because I don't need anything, you don't need anything, plenty of people do need something and I'm willing to let them get it before you and I do. I'm the humbug. Take yer Christmas Society and shove it up yer rear. I'll be waiting for you @ Wintereenmas.

Little Farther In Geneforge

I made my way a little farther into Geneforge 5 last night. I have to say that I'm really digging the way the game just tiles out to whatever monitor size you have. I have a monstrous monitor, I just get to see more of the world. I hope Basilisk Games can implement something like this in Eschalon Book III when they get around to making that. (Book II is locked down at 1024x768).

I wish I didn't have STACKS of homework this week and could focus on settling into this amazing game since the MRS. is out of town this weekend. With Fallout 3 and Tales of Vesperia on my plate too I might not get to some hardcore Geneforge until the baby pops out. I guess baby and I can settle in for some long nights.

I also want to get to battlestar galactica some time this year, you know since I bought it n stuff.

In other news I'm probably only a couple weeks from getting a CPAP machine and getting better sleep than I have in 20 years.

Keep Egg Rollin.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The latest and Greatest in RETRO AWESOMENESS

Spiderweb Software has today released, the latest, and last game in the Geneforge Series Geneforge 5. This new game sports a new OpenGL GFX system that scales to your monitor. I can play it on 1680x1050 awesomeness, it's pretty swanky and sweet. Mac version is out now, Windows in 2009 as usual. You won't find more game for your buck than Spiderweb RPGs.

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Spin Cycle - High

I was webdrifting a bit last night instead of doing homework or playing with the pretty neat NXE update and came by this little gem. Seriously, a fucking fryer with a spin cycle. This is the economy my tax dollars are supposed to prop up. Spin the fat out. Jesus George at least your grill was moderately useful for a quick burger. This is just. I need whiskey.

In other news the NXE update has grown on me, other than half the frames are trying to plug some digital download this or that it's damn slick. I like how they crammed all the old blades into the guide button. I mean you can literally navigate the whole shebang from the guide button now or drop into the admittedly slick new interface. Netflix functionality is nice, I was hoping to move the Roku unit upstairs but apparently Netflix has to license content per device, not globally for the watch now service which is how I assumed it would be. As is no sony pictures content is playable on the Xbox. Way to be jerks Sony. Also my First Party Remote is missing functionality that the controller currently has. With the controller you can use the bumpers to page through your qqqq but with the remote you have to go item by item. I've filed a bug report to see if they can't fix this with a patch. Heroes HD looked pretty sweet and didn't choke on my 6 meg connection.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Looks like you're trying to free humanity

So I went to see a Doctor in Mexico

So a couple weeks ago I went to see my doctor about snoring. He referred me to a specialist from Iowa City. He proceeded to stuff a 12 inch camera down my nose to, you know, do whatever doctors that stick cameras down your nose do. I don't recommend this as it is incredibly painful. Anyway he's decided my uvula is rather large, no shit, and that I have a lump on my larynx. Enter this past Friday where he scheduled a Direct Larponscopy with a biopsy. Got to spend muh whole friday in Iowa City at the hospital.

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Things I learned.

It is hard to find a vein in my thick skinned hand. This causes much pain as they root around several times for blood flow.

When they don't find a vein somehow I still bleed gallons.

I don't like shots in the ass.

I have a small mouth that is difficult to get multiple surgical instruments in, thus causing chipping of teeth.

I like hydrocodone.

After all this I'm no farther on the snoring equation than I was before. I have a sleep study this sunday in Iowa City. Then a couple more appointments after that. Then they'll decide what we can do for treatment, be it a cpap machine, lazering bits, whatever. I read the lazering is not fun. As in 3 weeks of soft food not fun.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

America the Great

America has elected it's 44th president, Barack Obama. Was he my first pick. No. Will he be an effective leader. Yet to be seen. Is he a charismatic who will bridge divides, heals political wounds, and tip this country's collective chin upward in hope and dreams. Absolutely. And isn't that what we really need in these trying times, the hope and dreams of a better world? Not the negative nonsense the republicans were trying to push. We're mavericks, America is being attacked by every angle, blah blah blah. This election proved that as a collective we won't be bullied by the rich and wrangled by fear and destruction. 

John McCain, this great nation owes you it's thanks and gratitude for your continuing service. I don't think for one second that you've ever thought of anything but bolstering America for the future. And for that we thank you. However, you weren't the person to lead this nation into a new generation of prosperity, and America knew it and voted accordingly. We're in a transition to brand new day, and I hope Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between will band together to support America in this pivotal moment in history to persevere and maintain the values, civil liberties, and opportunities this great nation has always represented.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Welcome back, Comrade'

Well I managed to snag myself a copy of Red Alert 3. I would have held out for a Mac version but

A. There is no word of one.
B. Bing Gordon is a lying piece of dog shit that needs to put up or shut up (Where's Kane's Wrath jerk).

I wouldn't normally get a Special Edition but Red Alert 3 came with some neat stuff in addition to the usual special edition tin. The Premier edition comes with some additional maps. Meh. A music CD and a bonus video disk with interviews and a Women of Red Alert video. You're peaking my interest. And a Women of Red Alert poster. Sold.


Worth the price of admission right there kids worth it right there.