It’s been colder than I am used to. But not cold enough to prevent there from being two new Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problem’s comics… so here they are:
Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems # 304 – Plan B – November 27th, 2006
Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems # 305 – Would You Believe Plan C? – November 30th, 2006
And here’s the usual update of meaningless personal weekly life:
What I have been up to in general:
Last Friday, when we got back from our Thanksgiving trip, we settled down into just relaxing. The drive had been amazingly easier than either Mhari or I had expected. There had only been a slight bit of slow traffic from Salem to Albany, and a bunch of rain for the first hour or so. Then it was rain on and off to the Oregon boarder… and from there on we were ahead of the storm. It was beautiful weather and we were tempted to stop along the way, have dinner, and stay over night at a hotel to sort of further celebrate having a good trip. But as the day wore on and we chatted, it just felt more natural keep driving. Of course we had to stop often to handle the demands of Lasix and our bladders, but other than it being a little chilly, all was well.
We managed to get in to home right around 8 or so. We stopped at the store, got some food, and went home and watched TV and rested in general.
And the next day, Saturday, I got the cleaning bug. You know, the one where that house cleaning that you have been putting off for months suddenly hops up and bites you in the gonads. When I got back from lunch and some chores, I dove into my room with a purpose. First the bed got lifted up and propped up against the wall. And then I started tearing the place up. Moving boxes, sorting the things from within. Throwing away things, vacuuming, etc. Five hours later I was out of daylight, my computers were all disconnected and buried under things, and I was WAY out of steam and hurting all over from my exertions, ‘almost-in-tears-tired’ and wondering why I had even begun.
Mhari and I went out to dinner at Sweet Tomatoes, then over to Circuit City where I bought a new TV (just a flat screen CRT sort, as it’s inexpensive and low-guilt, as apposed to the $400-$700 flat panel LCD I could have got) because my old one which was getting moved out of my room proved to be dying. We got home and Mhari gave me some positive reinforcement and praise for my activities as we watched TV and went to bed.
Sunday was more work on the room. But by the end of four hours of intense activity, I got it where I would have my own bed to sleep in that night, and the little personal entertainment center was back running so I would have music to sleep by… and we went off to our chiropractic massage appointment with Dr. James and he repaired some of the troubles I got my body into with the exertions. That night I slept heavy.
Monday I woke feeling a mess. I managed to go into work, but it’s like over half the office was out sick. I put in a half-day and headed home. Where I put another 3 hours in on my room. This time it was the computers I got back into working order… and I put in the balance of my work day from home.
My room is not done, but the rest is stuff that I can do in bits and pieces to slowly get the remaining junk out and create a more usable space. But all told I managed to really, really, really make myself a better place to live in. And things are arranged to take advantage of the sunshine during these cold winter months to come rather than hide from it like I preferred to do in the hot summer ones.
Health and well-being:
Well, other than all the aches and pains from my weekend cleaning stint, I seem to be doing okay. I took thursday off from work as a sick day, and that appears to have dealt with the last of what felt like a cold coming on. *knock on wood* Mentally I am doing much better, with fewer down days. The week-long vacation of last week and the cleaning of my room this past weekend helped a great deal.
We’ve started (first while we were away on our trip and more when we got back) watching Dead Like Me. It’s a quirky cable tv series from a couple of years back where this cynical girl gets killed by a toilet seat that fell off the russian space station as it burned out of orbit and crashed into her. She ends up recruited into the ranks of the reapers. They get assigned a person to go meet just before their appointed moment of death (usually in some strange bizarre way) and ‘claim’ their soul before the horrid event, if possible (and if they do, the soul doesn’t have the trauma of the death on them) so that they can move on to their reward. All the reapers are strange people and our main character, Georgia (or George for short), keeps peeking in on her family as they deal with her passing. Lots of good acting, bizarre situations and characters, and lots of allegories and strangeness. Likely it was too ‘deep’ and ‘weird’ to last more than the one (or was it 2) seasons.
As to Heroes, we watched this week’s episode on Wed, I believe. It was the ‘six months ago’ episode, that showed a lot of where things started and reveal Syler’s origin, among other things. Very good, very interesting. And next week will be the last new episode until next year. Or so they are hyping. And it looks like it takes place back in the ‘present’.
I didn’t mention this in my last post, as I was writing from a hotel before getting back on the road to head home from vacation. But two weeks ago this coming saturday the games begun again. We played the first game of a new Fantasy Hero campaign run by Eric Z, and more of the space game by Ray P. Both were good games. I don’t really have a lot of detail for here. Tomorrow we would normally be gaming again, but Ray P’s father passed away the sunday after last game (on the 19th) and Ray’s off on the east coast spreading the ashes of his parents and visiting his kinfolk. My heart goes out to him. Losing the last of your parents hurts like no one that has not gone through it can ever know. And it hurts for a long, long time. I still miss mine, too.
I finished The Protector’s War by S.M. Stirling this morning. All I can say about it is that it is very good, and it really seems like me that magic is starting to come back into the world. But it’s barely there, yet. What will NOT be found in this book is a full blown war. The war that is happening is a sort of luke-warm cold war. One of forces gathering and and planning and skulking. It sounds to me like the war must take place in the next book, which is called Meeting at Corvallis. It’s interesting to me all the more from taking my little vacation trip up to Oregon and seeing some of the place names there.
And the book I have just started is called The Wizard of London. Funny, but the beginning of the book feels so familiar. It’s starts with a boarding school where food is brought to the back gate after tea time for any hungry children that might be there. But I think what that is, is a echo of an earlier book as I think the male wizard that is featured for a tiny bit so far (the husband of the headmistress of the school) was a urchin off the streets of london and that was what happened to him. Or something. We will see as I read. It is by Mercedes Lackey, one of my favorite authors, though I have not liked many of her more current works of late.
EQOA – We got back to this, this week. Nothing exciting to report, really. Just up in Permafrost and the Snowblind Plains fighting mammoths and anything else we think we can handle. We’re ranging further about in these travels as the old mammoths are getting blue and white to us mostly rather than the yellows and reds we were used to. But then we are level 47 these days. But really I can’t be very excited about this game…
EQ2 – Again, back into place here. Filthi hit 44 on Monday, I think. Or was it that she just progressed. It starts to blur for me. And on Thursday she was mostly working on her trade skills. Made two levels in Tailoring, and am now a level 35 tailor. And out of pelts and roots, so it will be time to go out resource hunting again next week.
WoW – Didn’t do any of this on Sunday because my room was torn apart and my computers all detached from the network and even from power. But I did do a little on Wed and I think my Priest is level 16 now. Not progressing as fast now. But then I am not putting in as much time on it. The high point here was getting connected on teamspeak and chatting with the other members of Cannon Fodder. That was fun, though some of the folks are awful chatty.
Second Life – Barely touched it. However, the update that went live on Wed is VERY nice. And once they get all the database issues dealt with that have cropped up, it is going to be much better. New privacy controls. You can now make it so the fact of your being on-line or not can be hidden from the rank and file with a simple preference setting. And over-riding that is a new depth to the Friends list. So now you can have one setting for the general public (in my case that is ‘don’t show’) and then different settings for the people on your fiends list. You can set each friend independently to being able to tell if you are online, where exactly you are, and you can allow them on a case-by-case basis to edit objects you own (this last is most usable in shared spaces and the management of that). There’s more than that, but that was the part I loved the most. It almost sounds like we’ll be able to have actual privacy soon. Though I really doubt that.
City of Heroes/Villains – Didn’t play Friday, or any on the weekend at all. But Issue 8 went live on Tuesday!!! Tuesday night we went and played on the Evil side, and had a rather good time all told, with Demon Voltage being 40 (Eric P), Mistress Myst (Mhari playing her Mercs Mastermind at level 24 or the like), Commander Kitty at 41 (myself), Broulin at 40(Whyaylooh), FullDark is 24 or so (Zafel), and Trackless Shade is somewhere in the 20’s (Eric Z). It was fun, though I worry about the non-mastermind lackey’s getting any real action with all the henchmen trampling all the action. We did a EB battle against Demise (A commander kitty mission) and went and rescued Ramsey from the Shadow Shard (a Broulin mission). I think we did one newspaper mission, too, but my mind doesn’t hold the details well.
Wednesday was a wash, as due to a comcast broadband issue, from 7-10pm we couldn’t connect to the game. So the Hero night was just Nightwind and Zafel out there. I did get on after 10pm as Knight of Power and did his cape mission and a costume mission to get a costume slot. Then made two alternate armor costumes for him. Now he has medieval (his original), an Asian one with wings, and a Futuristic one with a cape. And he seems to just barely be able to solo missions now. Just barely. Which is nice. My other healer, Stand In, can’t solo worth a darn, no matter the respec I do for her.
Somewhere Thursday evening I started a new Peacebringer on Guardian by the name of Sister Lung (demon winged asian armored furry woman) that I rather like. Maybe I will get back into the hero side again. Who knows.
Tonight it will be villain time again. Not sure I want to play Commander Kitty right now. Wouldn’t mind playing Purple Moose (Brute) or Glacial Leopard (Dominator).
Well, that’s it for now. I got half of this written before heading to work, and the rest on my lunch break. I have too many meetings today! And one as soon as I get back from lunch. So I better upload this now… thanks for reading.