My entries usually start with a link to the week’s two Modem Problems comic strips by Matthew McAndrews. Modem Problems has been going for 5 years this coming October, as it has been going since October 1st, 2001. I have been hosting that strip, and maintaining the site since it launched. It was originally a weekly strip, but on the first of 2006, Matt decided he was up to providing me 2 strips a week, and thus it has been since then.
Now, on to more personal things.
Watched some episodes from the third season of West Wing wednesday night… the first of them was the episode that they aired in place of their season starter, right after the events of 9/11/2001. Issac and Ishmael was the episode title. It’s outside the regular continuity of the series, yet fits right in there without a problem. In it they handle some topics that really are still quite proper to be reviewing now. The bigest of them was how we can let our anger at some faceless foe cause us to lash out at someone just because they are in some way (be it color of skin, place of national origin, religon, political party) remotely associated with the faceless foe we want to strike out at. Unfortunately this reaction is seemingly a part of ‘the human condition’.
Otherwise in TVland I mostly got to watch baseball or the weather channel, because that’s what Mhari Lindhaven leaves on when we are playing EQOA and things. I am a big A’s and mild Giant’s fan. I like baseball. A lot. But I am getting a little tired of the announcers and the really, really, really lame commercials that are on during the games. Plus it sometimes leaves us distracted. Especially bad when I am trying to keep track of a battle in EQOA, checking the websites for clues in our next part of the current quest, AND a big play comes up. My attention just gets so fractured that, occasionally, it is strongly disorenting and it takes me a little to get my focus back. Especially if I am asked a question at the same time. I guess I just don’t multi-track like I used to.
Last week I managed to put together the bones of a cast off computer, a video card and an inexpensive 250GB hard drive and made TERRABASE, our new NAS on our home LAN. It works great. Nice to get to use those cast off parts. But I discovered that the hub behind our easy chairs, where TERRABASE needed to be hooked in, was only a 5-port and was full (uplink, 2 PS2’s, my downstairs PC and a downlink to the other hub in the room). So, this past week I went to Frys and bought the least expensive 8-port switch I could find. I also found a great deal at Newegg (thanks to a listing on Engadget or BoingBoing or some such about it) for an NEC 3550A DVD burner… it came in and I bought an inexpensive USB 2.0 external enclosure for it. So now I can burn DL in both + and -. So I got my fix of being a geek and computer nerd. Felt good.
Feeling a little better this week. Both physically and mentally. Still getting ‘stuck’ in my head at least a few hours a day with the mini-depression. And occasionally feel a little disjointed, but not as bad this week as last. Physically I am doing better, that’s for sure. I am taking those stairs out of the BART station faster. And people aren’t looking at me quite so weirdly as I do warm up exercises on the platform while waiting for my train. I am also cutting down on the sweets intake even further than I was before. The combination of the increased exercise with the lower intake is starting to work. Now, if I can just keep it up. My next plan is to start decreasing my soda intake and increase my plain water intake.
Pen & Paper Role-Playing:
Last weekend was game weekend. Our last one for the next 6 weeks as people’s weekends get clogged up, or at least that of one of our main GM’s. And the rest of us agreeded we would rather take the time off than try doing only the one game short a player. Especially as the new game really needs that player to feel right.
Speaking of the new game, it went rather well. It was mostly a ‘get the characters all together for the first time’ and all that goes with that. All of us trying to get a handle on our characters. My ‘Nick Meers’ or should I say ‘Captain Nick Meers’, feels like a ‘person’ to me. Which means that I’ve got a handle on him. Having that happen with the very first game is a good sign. And the GM seemed to like him, too. Eric Z. seemed to be doing okay with Maxwell, his ‘loyal retainer with the checkered past’. Ron B had Dr Parks, a young woman with CSI training and a good head on her shoulders. She’s a real looker, too. Vic B. is playing Engineer Tsing (or was it Tsung… I don’t have my notes). I think she is going to be a fun character, too. Our NPCs are Hank Devlin (again, not sure on the spelling or last name), pilot and maverik. He was really down on his luck when we found him. He had just been drummed out of the space navy for doing the right thing against direct orders. He’s a hot shot. The other NPC is our Robotechnition and general assistant all around. He has a long arabic name, and seems to be a mussilm or islamic. He asks that we just call him ‘Ken’ (I think that was right. It might have been ‘Dan’.. but I think it is ‘Ken’) as most people have a hard time pronouncing his real name.
Its going to be an interesting game. We have a custom built ship called The FourDuece, because her callsign ends in 2222. Our next game, in six weeks time, will be the ‘shakedown flight’. As this craft has never lifted from her cradle as of yet.
In the Fantasy game, we started out camped a distance outside of a town that straddled the opening of a pass (it’s a HUGE city, actually, filling this little valley) that is the only easy overland route between The Heartlands and Targos, the city we are trying to go to. It was 12 days to this midway point. Our prarty is comprised of two Felor (cat-peple, one of which is my character, Leon, and the other is his mate, an NPC by the name of Hel’lanna), 4 humans (Espey – Eric Z’s character (a young girl rogue-like character), Nicoli – Vic B’s necromancer, and Drazen the Grey Ray P’s enchanter/wizard and Sarah (and NPC), a girl that we were taking to Targos to reunite with her mother), a Half-Elf Bard NPC, and 2 Dark Elf Ex-ShadowKnights cum Paladins of Asterann(also NPCs). The problem we have is getting the 2 dark elves through, as they are considered ‘the enemy’ by most of those in this part of the world. In fact, they had been enemies of ours until the God came down from on high during an earlier part of our adventures and they saw the light… so to speak.
So we had to contact people from the ShadowKeepers, an organization we are a part of that is trying to keep things from going too far to hell with corruption and the like. They contain a lot of spys, thieves, and others that one would normally consider to be working for ‘the dark side’ but are actually working for the light in their own way. (One complication in our party is that Nicolai is a member of The Circle, a magic order that keeps Neutral and NOT a member of the ShadowKeepers.) Drazen and Espey went into town (after waiting HOURS to get in the gate past the customs and security checkpoint) and hunted up a ShadowKeepers contact. That contact arranged for us to be escorted through the city in near secrecy around 1am in the morning. It took us almost to dawn to get through the city.
Then it was another 12 days to Targos. Once there, we got in with little effort (for many of us, Targos is where we started the campaign, and people remember us from before the campaign). Leon took his mate, Nicolai, Sarah and the Bard to a really, really seedy INN called The Bloated Boar that he used to find bareable (ICK… what did he EVER see in the place… of course, that was back before he was touched by The God), while the others took the 2 dark elves to the ShadowKeepers to seek a place for them to find a purpose and a place that would accept them. That accomplished, we stayed overnight (ick) at the bad inn, then moved to a MUCH better place in the morning. At which point Nicolai took Sarah to the local tower of The Circle, where Sarah’s mother had been working as a servent while waiting for us to reach there. Sarah was reunited with her mother, Laura, and all was well… except that Nicolai found out that he was now nominal ‘owner’ of Laura, and also thus of Sarah, as The Circle had bought her writ from those that owned her on his behalf when he had directed them to save Laura from some illness he had seen in a vision. (It gets complex in there, and really needs more back story… so just trust me here.)
We had come to Targos to see Sarah back to her mother, and the dark elves to someplace of their own. We weren’t expecting to come out of it with Sarah and her Mother. Oh, well. Complications, complications. And all the while, we are searching for info on a baron that was our Bard’s ‘father’. (More complications.) And then there is the God’s Work, which Leon is on, to reunite the tribes of the world and thus end the war that has been going on for centuries.
(And all that was from one day of gaming!)
EQOA – We did part 2 of our Level 43 side quests on Monday, and Part 3 and finished them on Thursday. Not bad, really. Of course, we were Level 45… 😉 Now we need to do our Level 45 quests… but first, we want to get to Level 46. We won’t be playing on Monday, so next Thursday it will be back to Mammoth hunting.
EQ2 – Got Filthi to level again (is that 35 or 36? I don’t remember) on Monday. And Thursday it was mostly time out hunting down things for stale quests on my Solo night. Also found a new dungeon that has a Solo version as well as a group version. I took the solo quest. It will give me something to work on for my solo nights.
CoX – Last Friday we did City of Villians from around 10pm to 1am. It was fun having the 3 masterminds together again. And we took along a friend. It was reba’s corruptor. I forget his name at the moment. That’s me… bad for names. Tuesday on City of Heroes we went out, Momcat and Stand In, and beat on things in Crey’s Folly and Founder’s Falls. Nothing special, really. I don’t remember details. Mostly it was street missions Stand In had. She takes those missions because there is No Way that she, as a Defender made for group support, not firepower, can do door missions of her own level. So she takes street missions and goes for things she can handle. We did okay, and I think she got out of debt from her KO the prior week. Only other thing I did in the City was take Static Kat out and got her level 12. Did a Mayhem Mission in Kings Row and got her KR temp power.
WoW – Yes, I am considering going back to Wow. But likely only for the month of September. We will see. Depends on if I can find the time.
SL – I spent a fair amount of my spare time in SecondLife. Though a lot of that time I was idle while I was actually active on one of the MMOs. Luskwood released a new Avatar on Thursday night: Wildcat/Lynx. It’s really, really, really nice. Moving ears, Moving tail, ears back/front, tail up/down, eye color change, expression change (2 facial ones, 4 eye states), and claws on/off. L$900 and worth every linden of it.
I think that’s about it. I’ve spent enough time on this, and I really need to get to work. Thanks for reading. I still plan to actually post something of substance one of these days. Rather than this drivel. 😉