That’s right, just 21 short days until I will have the wonderful pleasure of getting married…
Here are Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems comic strips for this week… and don’t forget to vote on the Fat/Ugly subject to firstname.lastname@example.org. Matt would love to hear from folks that are reading his strips.
Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems # 358 – Vote Now! – June 4th, 2007
Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems # 359 – My Space – June 7th, 2007
Just three weeks and I will be a married man!! I bought the rings this past weekend and so all that part of things is all done. Now it’s all about waiting for the day to get here! And I am getting more and more nervious. Worried that something will get in the way somewhere. *whimper*
The other dates between now and then that are important are the 13th (when I move from the 11th floor to the 13th floor at work) and the 22nd (which is my final day of work before the vacation I am taking for the wedding and honeymoon)….
Lets see… we finally returned to EQOA properly this week. Not for a lot of time as Arpiean has been ill and Whyaylooh has transportation issues that are out of his control. But we DID play. Not doing anything special. Just collecting more XP from the Ice Giants in Giant Valley. Repetitive and grinding, but we are pushing towards the next level. And slowly it feels like there are fewer and fewer people in the world on our server. I wonder how much longer Sony’s going to keep this going. Is SOE working on a ‘next generation’ of it at all, to run only on the PS3 to try and get it some more people? What is going on… what might be heard this August at the EQ FanFaire? Oh, well… I don’t really care. If Mhari remembers about her annual membership this year, maybe we will quit in September, as the price has gone up by $50 for the next year.
On Eve Online the mining and the slow purchase of higher skill levels is creeping onward. I toyed around with moving tradegoods last night… I suppose I could start making money that way rather than mining. But I am not sure it’s worth it. Mining is something I can leave happening on the system with only minor monitoring to change targetting for the mining lasers and for going back in to base to unload and sell. I’m trying to learn the level 5 skill I need to unlock the use of bigger, better mining ships… but to get that skill level is going to take 24+ days of REAL TIME to train, during which time my alternate character can’t train any skills either. Bleah. A whole month away… at least I can have the character training while I am away on honeymoon. 😉
I am back to only being a wall sitter on Second Life again. There’s a ‘new’ policy on Second Life called Keeping Second Life Safe, Together where they appear to be lashing out at some of the adult fantasy elements that have been finding a home there. And while I agree that the items they are speaking of are wrong when actually carried out in Real Life are WRONG… I find myself concerned that they are inviting griefers to go about becoming morality police and reporting every tom, richard and harry that they don’t like that they see doing something even remotely adult. And that the efforts they are going through is just another step to making their world bland and non-expressive.
Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT in support of any of the things they mention in that blog. Some of those things turn my stomach. But Second Life already requires that EVERYONE on Second Life be AT LEAST 18 years of age. And they are making steps to introduce real Age Verification methods within the technical ability that such can be done (Which is another can of worms, believe me). And they have ways where people can mark their areas as PG or Mature. And further give people ways to control access to their land in all sorts of ways so that people that don’t want to see certain sorts of material really have to make an effort to find the objectional things. They can’t just stumble upon it. (At least, they can only stumble upon the stuff that is put out there by the clueless, the activististic, the people that get off on flaunting the rules, and the griefers that want to make the place less desirable for the rest of us.)
Linden Labs keeps saying how their view of Second Life is as the next big revolution of the internet, where one day all websites will have a ‘Second Life’ style representation in the virtual 3D world. Well… if that’s what going to happen, then there is going to be exactly as much of the Adult Material there as there is in the 2D internet of today. LOTS. Weither anyone likes it or not, the genie is out of the bottle and adult material will always be able to be found by anyone that wants to find it and many, many, many of those that never openly desired to find it.
Of course, my other take on this is that perhaps Linden Labs is being smart… after all, they’ve made the Client program for Second Life into Open Source. And I seem to remember word that they have, or soon will, release an Open Source version of the Server side software… something that will make it possible for anyone with the resources to do so able to host their own Servers… without Linden Labs being involved, other than possibly at the level that ICAN is for the main Internet. If this is the case, then the Adult Industry will get into hosting SL-Style servers all over the place. Likely hosted in countries that don’t have the same Indecency laws as some of the places that Linden Labs is having breath down their throats… so maybe this is a very calculated stance Linden Labs is taking. One that will quietly create a market for their products and services from other companies that are already well-versed (and flanked with lawyers) in combating those that want to stamp out anyone that can even remotely consider what might be under a person’s clothes. But maybe I am just reading too much into things….
So… for now, I am backing off from Second Life. Until they make it a lot more clear just what they meant by this statement they made on May 31st… after all, maybe, like LJ, they got ‘taken in’ by some ‘Soldiers of impeccability’.
And my joy of City of Heroes continues. I’m starting to find the characters I am interested in, now that I have gotten to 50 with my Mastermind, Commander Kitty. It would appear that Purple Moose, my now-level 23 Fire/Fire Brute is my prefered character. I’m enjoying burning everything about in the game and getting lots of invention salvage drops and all that. Over on the hero side I realized that my long-neglicted character of Flying Fox could actually go add the wings he should have had as a part of his costume. Wings he should have had from day one, 2 years ago. And wings I could have added to his costume MONTHS ago when they added Veteran Rewards! Silly me… well, he looks ‘right’ now. And that gave me new interest in playing him. It’s quite pleasent, actually. I only wish they had a way where I could speed things up a little for him without loosing the play balance. He’s a Defender with heavy focus on his Secondary Set and only two powers in his Empathy primary set. It makes him quite capable. Just it can take a WHILE to get through a mission. Not as long as it takes a Controller on solo. But still longer than it would take a Blaster, Scrapper or Tank. And not as long as a Defender with more healing focus than offensive focus. FF has the Boxing Pool, from which he took Kick and has Tough. It can make a real difference having that extra defenses. And he has the Flight Pool, of course… it would be silly not to with wings and the word ‘Flying’ in his name. He works fairly good.
So, all in all, the week was fine, I am doing okay. Mhari’s… well, she’s had some rough days this week. Her back is bothering her again and it’s going to be a trial for her making it to Sunday and our appointment with Dr. James. I worry a lot about her when she’s suffering in one of these cycles like this. I sure wish I had a magic wand I could wave and make it all better. I’m doing what I can for her. But my right shoulder is out again, limiting what I can really do. At least I am walking straight again. (Slammed my left foot into some furnature on the sunday before Memorial Day that left a big bruise. It’s all healed now and the swelling is almost all gone, thank the powers that be. It was slightly dislocated, but Dr. James corrected that on the same night.)
So… that’s my world for the week ending June 8th, 2007… I better get to work now.