Month: May 2012

Age and the Like

When I was younger I couldn’t fully understand what age meant. For me, 60 seemed like that feeble old man in a wheel chair with an oxygen  mask.

Well, my Dad is turning 65 and he’s still wrestling with his three grandsons, so that goes right out the window.

Hell, at the time, 30 seemed like an odd age to be. Not retired, no longer in school, it seemed like this odd middle age(if you will) of existence.  I bring this up because I’m turning 37 this year, and while that’s approaching 40, I’m also looking at the unbuilt(but soon will be) Star Wars Lego sets on my desk. I don’t feel 30, 37 or 40 for that matter.

I feel…me. Which I guess is how it should be.

Yes, over the years my tastes of changed. Stuff that used to excite me at 20 no longer does(most anime comes to mind). But at the same time certain things will always peek my interest(cool gadgets and whatnot).

When I do feel it, it’s body wise. My balance isn’t where it used to be(wall jousting champ no more!), my joints ache a certain amount, and I’m not as energetic as I used to be.

Now, that could all be caused by fatherhood, but let’s call it aging Smile

So what am I saying?

I really don’t know, I just thought I’d point out the Rob Halford will be 62 this year and Iron Maiden, whom I’m seeing as a birthday gift from my lovely wife, are all in their 50’s.

So there. Smile with tongue out

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Lunch Time Demos: Orcs Must Die

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When I downloaded this game I really didn’t read the description. I find that true with most apps/games that I grab. I skim, I look at the pictures and since it’s free I download it regardless.

With this demo I thought I was getting a pretty standard FPS, but what I actually got was an FPS Tower Defense. And I’m not even upset about it Smile

Here’s the description from the site:

Orcs Must Die! challenges players to defend fortresses under siege. With a wide variety of traps and weapons to choose from, Orcs Must Die! dares players to find the best ways to hack, launch, flatten, gibletize, and incinerate an endless army of filthy orcs and their vile allies.

When the game loads there’s not much of a tutorial going on. There’s a screen saying how to move(standard WASD there) and some other keys that I forget. Then you pretty much jump right into it. The first thing it tells you to do is open your spell book and choose your weapons and traps. And then you choose where to plop down your first set up traps, and then you start killing orcs.

It’s really that easy.

Of course you only start out with so much money but as you kill orcs you get more money. There’s also breaks in-between the waves so that you can setup more traps. And you can always set traps as you’re killing orcs, as long as you have money. The first wave doesn’t start until you say so, so you have that extra amount of time to lay things down or at least look around to see what the map is like.

Like other Tower Defense games, the orcs start on one side, the the portal is on the other. And you’re in the middle with your stuff. Initially you only start with two weapons; crossbow and sword. I never used the sword only because it was close range and, well, I started to die pretty quick. The crossbow also has a secondary attack of stunning groups of orcs. I wonder if the sword had a secondary attack?

Graphics wise, it was pretty good. But the screen shots tell it better than I would.

The writing was also a treat. Very much on the light side with quips such as “The orcs always break down the door, we should really look into that”. But it wasn’t bogged down in it with the main hero saying things all the time that might start to get annoying. In fact, the only time I really noticed was when the orcs were getting further along than they should. So it’s informational as well.

The demo only had three levels, but gave I think enough of a hook to make you want to buy the rest of the game.

It’s currently $15 on Steam and if you have the extra cash, I would recommend it. If not, there’s always the Demo Smile

Habits (mostly Bad)

We all have them. Good, bad, productive or not, we all have some habits we like and some that we don’t.

I’m of the impression that I have more bad than good, but that could just be my perspective.

What got me thinking of this today was washing dishes. When I have to manually wash dishes, I’m the guy that leaves the water running so that I can wash and rinse quickly. If I have just a few things to wash then it doesn’t make sense(to me) to fill up a sink then use more water to rinse. And, if I was doing it properly, I’d save water in the long run. If I was doing it properly.

I don’t.

I have the water shooting out of that faucet at full force, all the time. That’s not the right way to do it. But, as I’ve been doing it that way since, well, forever, that’s how I start out. It’s not until I’m about half-way done that I think to lower the output to a more reasonable level. And this happens every day.

But I am thinking of the amount of water that I’m wasting and doing something about it. And slowly but surely, day by day, I turn the water down to a more reasonable level sooner and sooner in the course of washing dishes. And one day, soon I hope, I’ll start that way.

Then, knowing me, for no reason, blast it back up again. But until then, I’m working to break this habit.

Yes, that’s another bad habit; rambling. But it’s what makes me me, so I’m less likely to change that.

Productivity. That’s also a bad habit. I know that there are a lot of things that I need to do or get done, but I’m unlikely to do them unless prompted. Sadly, this is both true in work and home life.

Again, I’m trying to resolve this. I’m making more use of my iPhone for this. Scheduling reminders for various work tasks is a good start. This way both my laptop and phone beep at me at certain times of day to remind me to do something. I just hope that it doesn’t get to the point where I see these all the time and start to ignore them. But that’s part of the process I guess. Doing things on time.

Changing topics half way through writing. That’s another one. But much like rambling, that’s just not gonna change.

I wonder how many of these bad habits come down to just being forgetful or absent minded(is there a difference)? I suspect that if I had a better memory(either through training or otherwise) then I would have less bad habits.

You never know.

Lego

My brother and I were talking Lego before dinner tonight. Their son(my nephew) is really into the Star Wars Lego and mostly gets them for the mini-figs. It’s to the point where, when his parents buy a set, they’re doing this mini-fig/$ math to see if it’s worth it. At this point the Death Star is actually the most economical set for that ratio. But it’s still $500. But DAMN if it isn’t cool Smile

As the discussion went on, I was thinking that, if I had all the money I needed, I would go get Liam all the more recent City sets. This way he could build his own Lego town. Darcy had this, and it was awesome!

And it was around this time that MASK(wow, lots of links in this post) was on the air, so we started to convert the buildings and whatnot to be weaponized bases and whatnot.

We would also build a whole story around it and play our scenarios. The Mayor was always the dumbest while the used car salesman was the mastermind of the whole place. Fun times for pre-teens.

And it kept us out of trouble.

So yea, if I had all that cash, the City sets would be first on my list for Liam. Then the rest of the Star Wars sets for me Smile

Guess where I wasn’t?

And if you guessed Ottawa Comic Con, you would be right! That, and you’re probably reading my twitter/facebook posts 😛

Yes, good old Captain Procrastination didn’t buy his tickets in time and missed out. The only upside(for lack of a better term) is that the people I was going to go with also didn’t buy their tickets, so we all didn’t go at the same time.

Yay us!

Since I wasn’t there, but others were, here is a list of sites that have pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/banerixat/sets/72157629712587160/

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/canada/Photos+Comiccon+Ottawa/6612719/story.html

http://ottawastart.blogspot.ca/2012/05/even-more-costumes-photos-from-ottawa.html

http://ottawastart.blogspot.ca/2012/05/costumes-aging-celebrities-photos-from.html

I was also reading that the guests that were doing autographs were charging for them. The Shat was charging $75 each, which seemed a little steep to me. The Hulk was charging $30 I think. I’m not sure how I feel about this to be honest with you. I mean, for some of these folks, that’s how they make their living. But you would think they also get paid to actually show up as well. Don’t they?

So if I had gone, and was told I was going to be charged to get a picture or autograph, I think I would have been a little disappointed.

Am I the last to know about this kind of stuff?

Anywho, we’ve all decided that we’re going to try for next year and actually buy our tickets at a reasonable time 🙂

 

Long Long Ago….

I used to post what ever came into my head. Whether it was work stuff, life stuff or whatever.Rants, raves, drunken rambles, I posted it.

And now.

Well, not so much. Over the years I’ve tried changing direction with this blog. Making the updates more meaningful, or more interesting. Adding some meat. But that’s a lot of work 🙂

Just recently I decided to watch all the Godzilla movies and review them, also games during my lunch break. But, like most things, it fell by the wayside.

In fact, I suspect I’ve even written this post a few times too 🙂

But sitting here, worrying if people are still coming by to read it(and they aren’t really, at least that’s what Google is telling me) makes keeping this blog kinda stressful.

I feel like I’m letting those that are showing up down a little. And since I’ve made over 1500 posts, it let’s me down as well.

But things like Twitter and Facebook have kinda taken the blogging idea over and made it easier to boot. Not that I update those much either.

Now, I’m not getting rid of this. Oddly enough I’m too stubbern to let it go, I’ve invested too much.

But I think I’m going back to basics. I will not make promises that I will break. I will just post when the time is right and when my mind is full of stupid things that I want to share with the world. I’m going to treat it more zen like and just flow with the words and see what happens.

So, stay tuned, stuff might be happening.