Archive for August, 2007

Goddamn, It’s Hot!

Friday, August 31st, 2007

I mean… damn! It’s literally 100 degrees out right now! We’re keeping relatively cool at home, but our little wall unit A/C thingy can only do so much on its own. We’re having the gang over tomorrow night for board games and beverages, so we’ll do our best to keep the place a reasonable temperature. We’re gonna play “Apples to Apples” and/or “Pictionary”, so it should be good times!

Too hot to blog, talk to y’all later. 😛

Withdrawal OK

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Thanks for the kind words, all. I’m doing fine on my now WoW-free lifestyle, and I have been filling the time with various C++ related projects. I’m still working through the teach yourself VC book, and it’s going quick. Not a great lesson on C++, but it does show how Microsoft Visual Studio works, which is useful. I’ve also been re-reading an old C++ textbook I still have from college. Kinda dry, but a good refresher. Lastly, I’ve been working on my friend Darren’s old NES emulator code. I got it to compile in MSVS 7.1 (it was written for 6.0), so that’s good news. I also got it put up on SourceForge. Now I just gotta figure out how it works. =)

I came across this interesting article on what’s wrong with how we (as a government) deal with small farms in this country. I think the author raises some good points.

Done

Friday, August 24th, 2007

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft now since almost launch, which is a long time by any measure. Two and a half years, with over 56 days of in-game time is quite a lot of my real life free time.

So I’m quitting, cold turkey.

Why leave? Well, aside from playing this game for what seems like forever, it’s just not as fun as it once was. I’ve got my level 70 character, and I’ve played a couple of alts. I’ve got some phatt loot, which is nice, but will be worthless in six months or so when the next expansion comes out. PvP doesn’t interest me (also, I suck at it), and I guess I’m just feeling like I’ve done all this game really has to offer.

On Tuesday I came home from work, dungeon crawled for six hours, and went to bed. After that I was like, “Wow. I just spent six hours on something that in the grand scheme of things will not matter even a little bit.” If I was excited and thrilled it might be different maybe, but I guess I’ve been playing WoW for so long that it’s just not worth it anymore.

I’ll miss the world quite a lot. With how much time I’ve spent there these past couple years, I have a lot of fun memories tied to them. I especially miss playing with my Megs, and she hasn’t played in a year. But most of all, I’ll miss the community I found. The people who I only knew online, and the real life friends like Matt, Devin, Jacques, The Megans, Shelby, and Eric. You guys are the best, and without you I probably would have stopped playing months, if not years ago.

Thursday Night Fun

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Tonight our office decided to do an unofficial end-of-summer get-together at a local watering hole, and I just got back from said event. Fairly decent turnout and I got to chat with some folks who I don’t normally get to interact with for a change, which was nice. Not much else to say on that subject, but “wheeeeew!”

I still haven’t decided what to do about my WoW habit, but I did not go Raiding tonight, even thought I was signed up to. I went out and socialized instead, which I think was the better choice. I’ll keep y’all posted.

That’s all for now.

Deep Thoughts

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

In Chris’ ongoing saga of continuous posting, here is the Wednesday Edition.

Last night, I came home from work and immediately went Raiding in World of Warcraft from 20:00 until 02:00. That’s six hours, folks. Afterwards, having realized that I’d spent my entire day in front of a computer, almost half of that wasted in Azeroth, I had some serious pause for thought. How much time would I reclaim if I ceased playing this game? According to the in-game statistics, I’ve put more than 56 days 6 hours into my three main characters in this game. That’s continuous, total time. I mean, damn! That’s nuts! For the first time in a while, I’m considering quitting. I’ve been playing this game for over two and a half years now, so I think I can say I’m done with “business-related research”.

Still, I’m torn. When I think of “leaving forever”, I start to think of all the things and places in the game that I will miss. All the comradery and fun memories. The real life folks I don’t get to see often, like Devin. It’s been such a huge part of my free time activities these past couple years that its absence would definitely be noticed.

Even so, I can’t get as excited about the game as I once was. I’m playing some of the high level content now, and I’m seeing a limit to the new experiences I can have. I’ve played different types of characters to some degree (not to Matt levels of insanity, but some.) I’ve received some phat loot. I’ve also made lots of new virtual friends, but I’m just not feelin’ it anymore, you know? Maybe I’m burnt out, but when I think of just “taking some time off”, I don’t get as excited as I feel about “quitting forever.” If I do cancel my subscription, I can always resume it later and my characters will still be there waiting for me, but it’s one more step to keep me from just plopping down in front of the computer and wasting a few hours, or an entire weekend.

Anyways, no solid decision just yet, but we’ll see.

More Posts, You Say?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

So, apparently Kim has thrown down some kind of virtual gauntlet to post every day for some length of time. I can do that.

As Matt and Jacques would say, “It’s turkey ice cream ON!”

Last weekend was unremarkable. Played video games, did laundry, hung out with folks, yadda yadda. Oh, and Megs and I saw Stardust, which we both rather enjoyed.

Lately I’ve been trying to sharpen up my C++ skills. All I’ve ever really done with it is tinker around and what I did in college. I found an old “Teach Yourself Visual C++ 4 in 21 Days” book on my shelf, and although version 4 is about four or five versions behind what’s current, I’ve managed to adapt the conventions in the book to what’s done in version 7.1 (.NET 2003), which is what we use at work. In two days I’m up to Day Ten in the book, so it’s quick going. Not sure how useful it’ll be in the long term. It glosses over the more technical details of C++ and focuses more on the MFC API, which I guess is good to know, but I’m still fuzzy on such basic things as typdef’s and pointers/addresses. I think I have another book on the shelf back home that’ll be more language oriented.

Lastly, this is awesome.

I’ve Been Mocked!

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

So, it seems I’ve been slacking in my blogging duties, and I take my duty very seriously. I can’t let the younger generation pass me up like this for long. I think I still have everyone beat though, with my seven year streak of not missing at least a couple of posts a month, so HA!

So, recently I’ve done some stuff. Last weekend for instance, Megs and I went with Jacques and Other Megan to BlizzCon, which was a lot of fun for Blizzard (game company) fans like us. Here’s Jacques and Megs lounging outside the convention hall while we take a break.

BlizzCon

We got to play a Starcraft 2 demo at the show, and I can’t wait for it to come out! I could just play the 15 minute demo over and over again as it is.

This weekend Megs and I are going down to Long Beach to hang with the extended family for Uncle John’s birthday. I haven’t seen some of these folks in a while, so it’ll be good to visit.

And last on Chris’ random list of unrelated items, Megs and I just finished watching the first and only season of Heroes last night. Cool show, we really like it. I hope the next season keeps the coolness going.

I’ll try to post more often. Sorry for the slacking.