A New Year

Well, due to one thing or another I didn’t get to making an entry last week. So here are FOUR of Matthew McAndrew’s fine comics, the first two the last of those for 2006, and the other two the first two of 2007:

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems # 312 – Merry Christmas 2006 – December 25th, 2006
Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems # 313 – ’08 – December 28th, 2006
Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems # 314 – Happy New Years 2007 – January 1st, 2007
Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems # 315 – Fan Complaint – January 4th, 2007

So, this one is to cover two weeks, not one…. okay.

Well, Christmas was good. I took Mhari out to a semi-fancy dinner on Christmas Eve, bought her flowers on Christmas, and proposed to her on the 26th. She said "Yes". (This was mentioned in a post on LiveJournal dedicated to it on the day it happened.) It was a blast. I’m very happy I managed to pop the question at last, and even happier that she said yes to it.

The rest of the week was pleasent relaxation and just generally enjoying myself and my vacation. There was much MMO playing, and the like. On Saturday I went to my usual bi-weekly role-playing game session and had a fun time playing a pair of Fantasy Hero games. The Sci-Fi game that Ray P. had been running has been put on long-term hold as Ray just feels he doesn’t have it in him right now. He lost his father a couple of weeks before Christmas, so he’s still recovering from that and finding his place in life again. I know how he feels. I went through that years back, and I’m still not fully over it.

This week has been good, too. The New Year rang in a little quieter than I used to ring it in. The only celebration I did of it was to call Whyaylooh shortly after midnight and wish him a happy new year.

The rest of the week has been getting back into the work grind. And ramping up for Further Confusion 2007, which is coming in two weeks. I will likely be laminating the Dealer Assistant and Vendor Tags this weekend, so as to have that chore out of the way other than the changes that happen between now and the con.

I’m still playing EQOA on Mon and Thursday evenings. We skipped it for the final week of 2006 (didn’t want to play on Christmas and one of our players forgot on the 28th). This week we have resumed. Found a new hunting spot for our level 48’s last night. We will likely return there. We lost Arp once when we were jumped by a Ice Giant Renagade, but we got him back and out of debt again.

EQ2 is still happening on Mon and Thur nights. Filthi is level 48 and I have started a Fae Wizard by the name of Boke, to play with the folks when they switch to them. The big news on E2 is that I. and K. are both level 69! So they are pushing for 70. We are hoping they will hit 70 during our session this coming Monday. Then all we need is Whyaylooh to get EoF and we can all play Fae for a while or something.

City of Heroes is our prime game still. Mhari and I are playing it a lot. Schduled times are Tue and Fri nights for Villains, and Wed nights for Heroes. Commander Kitty is nearly 43, but I think Eric P’s Demon Voltage is going to beat her to it. Mhari’s Pink Squirrel isn’t far behind. But with his schedule and being ill over the holidays, Whyaylooh’s Broulin is at the tail of the pack for the Primal Darkness villain high-levels. I think he may be 1 level behind or just barely into 42.

WoW: Well, Mhari installed the trial version over New Years weekend. She’s not impressed at this point. And I was a little bored going through the lowbie stuff yet again. I might buy her the full game and time cards after the new expansion comes out, but we really don’t think we will add it to our games. I still plan to play it on Sundays on the server my neice is on.

Second Life: What with all the issues they are having with growing pains (they hit 20,000 cocurrent connected users reciently) this has gotten less of a place to be. I still keep Jethric Mousehold connected and wallsitting at Chaos Theory Gaming for some free L$ on one of my extra machines. It doesn’t hurt, and it doesn’t cost anything other than the electricity to run that machine. And it’s one of my lower power boxes. Just not that interested in hanging out in SL right now. *shrug* But I will keep going back there to explore from time to time. It’s Free!

The big changes to come with the change of the year was something I worked on the whole last week of 2006. I changed the software behind the Modem Problems website. It now uses something called JAlbum 6.5 and uses a ‘skin’ called ‘BluPlusPlus’. I had to make a slew of little tweaks to the skin to make it work for the Comic Strip. But I think it looks a lot nicer now. This also takes it away from the Collage content management software that I have been using for it for all it’s existance. That software was getting dated, and didn’t work with the latest Java versions, and was painfully slow under IE 7 which I use on the machine I like to edit my websites on. I will continue to tweak and modify the skin to improve the site. It’s some very Photo Album oriented in design, but it only takes some tweaks to use it for a Comic Strip instead. It’s takes about the same amount of work as the old way did, a little more time to upload the site to the server, but it’s all worth it to make it look better. I hope folks like it.

Well, that’s it for me this time. Time for me to get to work. Thanks for reading!


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