My Appreciation

It has waxed and waned over the past few months but I am attempting too grasp a true appreciation in life. I’m taking stock and even thought to myself the other morning, as I was listening to my morning as conference call and cleaning out the dishwasher, that I should write down the tidbits here and there that make me smile. I specifically want to note the high spots that I never seem to be able to remember when I’m feeling down on myself.  I have heard from those older and wiser that many times it is those little things…

I was a big fan of Mafia II:: Video: Mafia III Reveal Trailer

So I admit I saw this sponsored in YouTube.  I really loved the second one.  I don’t remember playing the first but the play-ability was decent and the story itself was fabulous.  Besides a really really hard part I was stuck on for a long long time, I finally beat it and finished the game.  I was not disappointed… by the game, but it didn’t leave the characters in a great spot.  I wasn’t even thinking sequel at the time.  Hopefully this does as well of a job of capturing the time period.

A Bump

I was given information last night at IOP that instantly filled me with trepidation, doubt, fear… I have a copay.  Yet another promise based on nothing, no proof, just a usually… And of course my insurance is different.  They have a payment plan and I shared my concern with the person in charge: that I can’t afford it right now and I am afraid that will either directly impact my ability to continue or that I could use it as an excuse for not continuing.   

Thoughts While AFK

If I want to listen to Paranoid Android, why Spotify, would I want to listen to Interpol. You should know my age by now.  No, bad Spotify! Also music related, has Pitbull purchased stock in makers of Fireball whiskey? It’s become a thing and then I hear his song which makes me wonder which came first. The song even breaks down”we are bringing it back”  …or maybe he invested in Prilosec. One of the side effects of not only the night of ill repute (6/4-6/5) but the afternoon of attempted mitigation (6/7) was poison ivy/something. I know what to look…

DIRT Rally / Mortal Kombat / Dead or Alive 5 / Carmageddon / ESO

On tonight’s agenda was Dirt Rally. I got the email about the early access and had to jump on it. 10% extra off isn’t much but l loved everything they’ve dive since Grid.  It was way underrated but DIRT really brought then front and center.  Showdown was a good effort, it fell short but filed the demo Derby hole in my library for a while.  Wreckfest (by Bugbear) is shaping up to be quite nice.  They’re doing the same result access but they’ve got an entirely different genre of racing. DIRT Rally really does create the feeling of keeping your…

RockSmith

So far is been a good couple weeks playing RockSmith (RS). I came into it knowing nothing so the pick holding tutorial was right up my alley.  It did not really touch on the fingers though, which is the current challenge. I expected to go through a tedious process of strumming one string at a time, learning basic cords,  and otherwise simple maneuvers.  I was pleasantly surprised when almost immediately it was encouraging me to try a song. The first few songs you try only use the E string, then the C string… keeping with the top 5 frets.  Before…

He Said “to blooog, and to blog is to bluff!”

I was asked by my friend Dan if I blogged anymore.  I guess the answer is no; not personally. The reason? I’m partially paranoid, covering my tracks,  but I also don’t take the time.  I would use it as my outlet,  but I’m less figuring out life now as trying to practice it,  so there’s not as much to write other than “Yep,  still hard.  Going to keep trying because I can’t give up” There are plenty of parenting blogs,  mothering blogs, fathering blogs,  single patenting blogs… All so much more interesting than anything I could come up with. All I’d…

The other side of Elder Scrolls Online

Horses and catapults and castles. It’s always been my dream since I was little. I had Legos to build the castles and countless battles on their walls. Entire stories would unfold on that coffee table. It is only now why I realize it couldn’t just stay set up there all the time. I have enjoyed the knights and castles games of previous yore, experienced the endless grind of WoW and played anything that smelled of questing. Oblivion won me over with it’s expanse, it’s lore. The story is told nowhere else other than though the game, many games, which all…

Hazamum

I used to have time… Oh so much time. It may yet return but just totally found a phenomenal review on GOG… It was written by me, I was nodding and yes yes yesing to 2012 me, which I saw once I got to the end. I noticed I hadn’t really posted lately and there is a ton to elaborate on. New coding both for work and home with projects like using visual studio for web design with aspx. I got a little into Leap programming (got it to connect) and need to try some more coding for glass. I’m…

How Much Fun is Goat Simulator? A Troughful.

So I bought into Goat Simulator in the early days where it only loved in our hearts and minds (and a gameplay video). The Internet demanded it, and it was brought forth, the only bugs fixed were those that made it crash. It was briefly touched, packaged and sent out into the world. You will love it, and even if you only play it once you could still be spending your $10 on worse things, like a live goat for example. It is so simple, it’s a world set to go, to explore, as a goat. There are buildings and…

Review – South Park: The Stick of Truth

So the stick of truth will be out on Tuesday. I’m stupidly excited for it. I have always appreciated South Park, as they are. Potty humor, downright gross humor, it enables them to bring an otherwise unobtainable method down to a very simplistic, but not dissimilar metaphor. As the years have progressed and they’ve gotten better with the digital it’s just been a matter of time that it would translate into a video game. It would have been especially cool if the episode timed for the game’s release actually occurred as intended and the game elaborated on a touched on…

Battlefield 4: Second Strike

So I don’t think I really got into the China Rising pack but here I have some observations on Second Strike Second Strike was released on Tuesday for Premium members on PC – this was the “XBOX Exclusive” level that was released first instead of China Rising. It contains 4 levels from previous versions and they’re ridiculously detailed. Operation Firestorm Operation Metro Gulf of Oman Caspian Border There is something to be said for adding a few bushes and rocks to otherwise familiar levels. In Operation Firestorm it turns the sandy expanse of open killing ground into a much more…

Battle Report – Battlelog / Battlefield 4

Battle Report – Battlelog / Battlefield 4.   Bomb mode — demolition?  destruction?  annaliation? I think that’s right, has some serious balance issues.  2.5 hours for that round because no one could get the bomb to the target without getting dead.  Plus the bomb would jump like 2000 feet in the air and no one could get it so it would reset to the next position.

Review: BioShock Infinite

The world forms around you. You enter a familiar place but it is still very new, dropped into a preloaded consciousness. You had a job, you knew why you were here, simply follow the instruction and the goal will be complete. You’re lifted into this futuristic utopia high in the clouds,  where so many are so happy to go about their day but there is a dark brooding, uneasiness to it all. It can’t be that perfect, a distrust. There are sins too foul to wash away. You explore, hearing much about the status quo and the rebellion trying to gain traction. Rights,…

Reflecting on “Threes Company”

Originally drafted 2004 07 15: >I just watched an episode of 3s company and I had to write this quote. Krissy’s father the minister came to visit, was all angry that Jack was living there… “I wanted to bring you home so you would be surrounded by people who love you. Well you don’t need to come home… you are home.” You form a bond with the people you live with. You have to care about someone in order to get along with them well enough to live with them. Thats what being home is all about, being surrounded by…

It Hertz More Then It Should

So I’ve taken a break from the 3D for better 2D. 120hz is what I’m talking about. I suppose if I put on VSYNC it should now try to do 90? 120? BF3 was surprising. I had been playing with vsynch in order to prevent tearing, but I disabled the 3D, put the glasses in their nice felt bag and tonight was all about the 120hz Battlefield 3. Enabling 120hz for Games There are several steps which you need to do in order to switch between the two modes. One of which is the hertz (naturally). For Nvidia it is…

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