Archive for January, 2006

Still at Work

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Well, once again I’m still at work as the night progresses. Thursday night I was here until 22:30, and Friday until 21:30. It’s now coming up on 21:00 and I’ll probably be here at least a little while longer after that. Still, I don’t really mind too much. I like my job and it’s good to be useful. We’re just crunching until tomorrow’s internal deadline and then things should slow down again. Generally all I’m doing here is converting models from Maya binaries to the internal format that our game engine uses. Then I load ’em up and the artists can see how they play out in the “world”. I’m also helping to uncover various bugs/features that we may not have known about. Kinda tedious, but not too bad.

Not much else to report. Megs and I went and saw The Matador Saturday night. Not a bad movie. Oh! And before we saw the flick, I got a new jacket that I really like. It’s dark blue and swanky. Here are a couple of crappy pictures. Hard to tell, but I assure you that the jacket is dark blue and not black. These pictures were not taken with my new camera of awesomeness, but with the old camera I have at work.

Speaking of work, I’d better get back to it.

Disney Buys Pixar

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

The headline really says it all, but I thought I’d share with folks who may not have already heard. The Walt Disney Company today purchased Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion, which I think’s cool cuz everyone knows Pixar makes some good stuff and if Disney wants to remain a world leader in family animation they need to be a part of that. The previous distribution deal Disney had with Pixar was scheduled to end in June with their next film, “Cars”. Got a nice little “heads up” email from Disney CEO Bob Iger this afternoon along with a lengthy press release. Cool stuff.

Lesee, what else has been goin’ on? Matt’s birthday is coming up in less than a week (30th), so everyone be sure to wish him a happy one. I think he’s turning 23 this year. Man, I feel old. Not as old as I’ll feel when I turn ONE QUARTER OF A CENTURY in about two and a half weeks, but relatively old.

Mother-in-Law-to-Be Weekend

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Megan’s mother, Susan, visited us down in California last weekend, and we had a nice time hanging out and doing this and that. The three of us went to IKEA, The Griddle pancake house on Sunset Blvd., and Venice Beach. Megs and her mom also went wedding dress shopping, however I was intentionally left at home for that venture. A dress was purchased, and it’s currently hanging in an opaque bag in the closet. I have not seen, nor will I until July. For more details, check out the wedding blog; I think Megs posted something over there.

In other news this week has been blessedly quiet and uneventful. I like uneventful weeks these days. With all the hustle and bustle of the past few months, it’s nice to just relax and play DDR, watch TV, and spend time in the World of Warcraft.

Speaking of World of Warcraft–Megs, Matt, Devin, Robyn (Devin’s girlfriend), and I have all started new Horde characters on the Dunemaul server. It’s kinda weird playing as “the enemy” after having played as Alliance for so long, but I’m enjoying it. I’m currently a level ten Troll Shaman, which is proving to be a lot of fun. Some say the Shaman class is overpowered, but I’d say it’s powered enough for me. The Horde doesn’t have a Paladin class like the Alliance does, but the Shaman class is kinda similar in some ways, which is one reason I’m playing it.

Nothing else terribly interesting to report right now. You’ve all heard of Fark, right?

Feelin’ Kinda EPIC

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Last night was the conclusion to a long chain of events in World of Warcraft leading up to my acquisition of an Epic Mount. This was a major pain-in-the-ass series of quests, but it’s worth it in the end. Having an “Epic Mount” is kind of a status symbol in the game world that shows not only did you make it to the highest level of experience (level 60), but you also put in the extra effort to get that neat glowing horse you ride on. Allow me to go into a bit more detail on the final phase that took place last night–Scholomance Basement.

First off, we got started a bit late due to general human nature of just trying to get everything finished for five people before we roll out. Originally scheduled for 18:30, we ended up getting started at 19:30 and there was me and four other guild mates going into the old haunted school of necromancy, Scholomance. We did pretty well until the end when the server almost crashed. People were getting frozen mid-spellcast, not seeing monsters that others in the same area could see, and outright booted from the server. All of our other guild mates were offline by the time we finished, but control and normality eventually returned and we were victorious!

OK, I’m done talking about Warcraft now if you’ve just been skimming this entry. Tonight Megan’s mom arrives and will be staying at our place for the next few days. Big plans for the weekend include dress shopping, IKEA, and something else that eludes me at the moment. Anyways, should be fairly relaxing, all told. I think dad’s back stateside sometime next week, too. Three-day-weekend!

And finally, GLOW-IN-THE-DARK PIGS!!!

Mo News

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

This coming weekend Megan’s mom is going to be staying with us in L.A., so this evening I plan on tidying up a bit around the apartment. This is becoming a tradition of mine–whenever company is expected, I go and clean stuff. That way when they walk in the door, the first thing I can say is “Sorry about the mess.” Drives people crazy. Anyways, she’ll be here from Friday night until Tuesday evening. I believe she and Megan are going dress shopping at some point, otherwise I think it’s going to be pretty laid back.

In World of Warcraft news, I’m really close to getting my Epic Mount. It’s been a long journey since I first began down this road on the day I turned level 60, but I’m finally ready for the final assault, which involves a 5-man raid on the Scholomance basement. Trust me, it’s harder than it sounds. I helped a few guild mates out with this quest a few weeks ago and it’ll be tough. We go tomorrow night at 18:30, so wish us luck. It could take over three hours, so it’s a good thing I have some leftover pizza in the fridge.

Remind me to post some more pictures up here. I keep meaning to do that.

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Posting From Home

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Thought I’d try something different and actually post a blog entry from home. I know it’s crazy, but it just might work!

First off, I wanted to share with the world that Matt’s blog has moved once again (as in a week or two ago). The new address is linked here. Go post something and what not. Makes Matt happy.

OK, now to actually rant about something. I don’t understand these blog posts that are just snippets of song lyrics. You may have seen what I’m talking about–some folks will just post a few verses of some song and that’s it. No context, no explanation on why these lines are important, nothing. Just doesn’t make sense to me, and I almost always skip these entries. Sorry folks, I know that some of my readers do this on their blogs from time to time. Perhaps if someone could explain to me this phenomenon of posting song lyrics so I could better understand. Done ranting now.

Lastly, Megs is looking to buy a simple acoustic guitar in a couple weeks, and she’s currently looking for buying tips and general guitar advice. She’s has never played before and will therefore be teaching herself to do so. She has started a forum thread on the subject, and since we know that a lot of our friends out there are musicians, we were hoping for some good feedback. Either leave comments here or in the forum thread.

Warp Speed!

ChrisBack 2005: A Year in Review

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

lina Island. They were quite nice places to visit and I hope we can go with friends and/or family the next time. I’ve got some pictures posted, too.

NERD MUSIC: Went to not one but TWO concerts featuring video games this year. The first was called “More Friends” and featured the music of the Final Fantasy series. This was probably my favorite of the two, but “Video Games Live” at the Hollywood Bowl was pretty cool, too. They had lasers!

YOU CAN’T TAKE THE SKY FROM ME: This year was also the year I came across the coolest show ever to be on TV, Firefly. It was also the year the corresponding movie, Serenity, came out. If you haven’t seen Firefly yet, WHY THE HELL NOT?!? Your Blockbuster burn down or something? Go watch it! Go! Go now!

TEH CARZ0RZ! Alas, this year also had several things go wrong with my poor car, but I still have it! 150,000 miles and still going! Got the turn signal fixed finally, and a variety of other things. What’s really weird is that my turn signal suddenly started canceling itself properly a couple weeks ago. I didn’t do anything to it, it just started working. It’s NEVER worked, in the entire five years I’ve owned that car. It was one of the very few things that was broken on the car when I got it. Too weird.

BEST FOR LAST: Of course, what list of 2005 wouldn’t be complete without mentioning that I GOT ENGAGED THIS YEAR! Megs and I are thrilled to be getting married this coming July, 2006, even though there’s a million and one things left to do beforehand.

OK, this is long enough now. That was your 2005 Chris Year in Review!

Oh, and I shaved yesterday.”