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Next Gen Gaming, Patch 2.0…

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

…in which I talk money and game systems.

So last night, I finally decided to say “Fuck It” and go out and buy an Xbox 360 Elite. Initially I went to Best Buy to find one, but had no luck. In my meandering around town to locate one (which both WalMart and Target had the Elites in stock), I came upon a solution I’m happy with. I’m going to procrastinate. The money I have from the tax return would pretty much pay for an Xbox 360 Elite flat, which would leave me with an Xbox and no games or Xbox Live Account or anything. However, if I put the money in my account and just feel at ease to buy the books I want to read this year, and maybe some DVDs here and there, when I get the money for photographing the wedding at the end of March, then I’ll be able to buy an Xbox 360 Elite with the wedding money, and probably (hopefully) still have some of my tax return money left over for a game or two. Additionally, that gives Microsoft another month to announce the release of a Blu-Ray addon or a full blown Blu-Ray Elite. For the time being, I’m getting myself some Bluetooth headphones to listen to music on my cell phone.


To Game or not To Game…

Monday, February 25th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

…in which I talk about “extra” money and video games.

Heather and I have decided to not buy the new back door at this juncture, and instead we will buy the back door with the incentive check this summer. With the remainder of the tax return, we will each get a bit of money to do with whatever we want (we have already paid off a credit card with it, so its not all frivolous cash). This means it is once again time for me to do the Video Game system dance, wherein I weigh heavily the advantages and disadvantages, wants and needs, of having a new game system. I have now, successfully talked myself out of an Xbox 360 no less than three times when I had the money to purchase one. There was a time that I played a lot more video games than I do now, and there are times now, where I really wish I played more video games than I do. I enjoy them quite a bit, and I miss playing them. › Continue reading


Thursday, July 28th, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 3 Comments

It appears as though I’ve got a kind of theme going on here with my posts, so I thoughtI should atually type somthing to interrupt it.

I’ll be talking about various subjects in this post, so lets color code them, shall we? I’ll be ranting about UNT, Discussing World of Warcraft, and Highlighting this week’s movie night

I really am miffed about the loss of yet another tree around the Art Building, now granted, this one was pretty beat up in a couple of storms recently, and was probably a safety risk, but still. They’ve cut down three trees in the past year and haven’t planted a single replacement. Keep Denton Beautifu really does give away two tress to every resident (while supplies last) every fall. After two years I’ve run out of places to put them in my yard (except, well, where I put the one that died this past season) and thought “why not play Johhny Appleseed” and put a couple trees around campus. I’m sure UNT would rip them out as fast as I put them in, but it might be worth it just to see what happens at least.

I finally got into another raid last night on WoW. Tavis and Bridgit invited me into a UBRS raid, and while the only things I need in UBRS are fantastically rare drops, I really wanted to go on a raid so I went. It stared out kind of shaky and Leroy-ish, but things got smoother once I got there. We did have enough deaths in the raid that I officially dubbed myself “Dr. Rez.” Tonight, Tarkas and I are planning a Scholomance 5-man. I hope we pull it off, I haven’t done Scholo in a while. I also want to do Strat again, but we’ll see.

This week, it turns out, we will be watching Clue. That’s CLUE, not National Treasure, not Army of Darkness, and not The Man Who Knew Too Little. Clue. That is all.

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Saturday, July 23rd, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 2 Comments

So I’m starting to think there are a lot of bugs in the 1.6 patch of WoW. You can die and not be able to res – but apparently we knew about that one. Now it turns out that your guild page may or may not load or update. I’m now finding out that you can occasionally loose your characters (not permenantly, you just go to log in and it says “Character Not Found”). This is starting to get pretty annoying. I was having a good old time playing my Priest, but now it seems he doesn’t exist and he can’t res. Fun! Fun!

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Monday, July 18th, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 4 Comments

Silver Hand is full? When was the last time that happened?

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Friday, July 15th, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 7 Comments

michaeltlh, when I saw this, I thought of you.

In other news, I’m a Beta Tester for Sony again. Yay ME!

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Monday, July 11th, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 6 Comments

Well, as seems to be the most popular way to update journals, it’s Monday and I feel like writing about what I did this weekend.

Friday was pretty uneventful, but in a good way. Heather and I had a nice dinner, watched some movies and TV and I played a little WoW. Finally got my Horde character into the double digits and got to spend that first talent point. Also got absorbed into the new guild, so I am no longer a Crimson Eye, I’m now a Maleficient. I noticed that these guilds are a lot more active and effective and not just a social gathering. I need to figure out how to instill those ideas into the Silver Talons.

Saturday, we went to the Movie Tavern for spazzy444‘s birthday. We saw the Fantasic Four, and while Heather and I would probably have enjoyed Batman Begins a bit more, we still had a good time and the movie was pretty fun. I thought the food was fairly good and for $30 we got two tickets, an appetizer, two meals, two drinks and a dessert. I don’t think two people can go on a cheaper “dinner and a movie date” anywhere. zero_interrupt and I got this 82oz, self cooled tower of beer, too. It was a bit tough to pour up drinks in the dark (we could have left it up on the table/bar area which is dimly lit, but then we wouldnt’ have been able to see half the screen, so we put it on the floor) but it was really different to have beer in the theatre. It was $13 for whole 82 oz and we weren’t able to finish it during the movie. You can also get a 38oz mug of beer for $12 but that breaks down to $7 for the mug and $5 for the beer. The cool thing is, you can keep the mug and come back again and fill it up for $5 every time you see a movie. How cool is that? I’ll have to determine if Heather and I will be going with any kind of frequency before I invest my $7 though.

I had just enough time to get home, get my stuff, and head back out to go to Steve’s D&D game – which went well. We got to do some investigating, some killing, some more climbing (ugh) and made off with some pretty decent booty. Steve did, however, remember why he doesn’t run pre-written modules and next time we will be back in the City, following some original stories of death and intrigue in the city of towers.

Sunday I worked on my D&D setting. Yeah, you have to go pretty far back in my past journal entries to find the last time I said that. I think I’ve finally got myself a method that works for development. Its a bit more chaotic than my previous attempts, but at the same time more organized. I’m defintely further along than I ever have been before. Speaking of which, I have more to plan for the setting.

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Sunday, July 3rd, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 1 Comment

Somebody explain to me what I’m doing still awake. I’m going to snap back to reality, get a drink (cause it be hot in this house) and crash.



Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 8 Comments

Well, Heather and I took a couple days off work for our sanity and if anything, it showed us our lives are really boring and non-productive. Some sanity.

We watched a bunch of TV and a bunch of movies, I played a LOT of WoW and she got going on painting the cabinet doors for the kitchen. I keep milling around the house trying to think of something more productive to do, but everything that I could be doing instead of WoW is about the same level of productivity. I could be working on my D&D setting. I could be reading book three in the Cleric Quintet. I could be painting minis. All of that has about the same value in the world. So instead I sit on WoW where I can at least chat with people I almost know.

At any rate, I did see some really good movies. I saw The Boondock Saints, which I had added to my Netflix queue on a whim, and ended up giving it Five Stars! Wow that was good, so visual, so visceral, and so entertaining. This was no film, which one reviewer complained about, but it was some damn good entertainment. Do yourself a favor and check it out. When I went to rate it on Netflix, I found that everything that was listed as “similar” I’d given five stars also, no wonder I enjoyed it (Snatch, Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Crow, Hackers, Desperado, El Mariachi, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, A Life Less Ordinary, and Fight Club).

We also saw Tampopo, which fairly well defies most description. Its kind of a longer attention span Kentucky Fried Movie that centers around the importance and value of food in Japan. Its got one long story, all about making the perfect bowl of ramen, a mid length story about a gangster and his erotic obsession with food, and 9 other shorter stories that all relate to food in some way. It was good, but I definitely looked to Heather for confirmation on how good/bad it was on many occasions, as well as a lot of “What the Fuck” moments.

So, as you may have noticed, I like to make userpics. I’ve all but tapped my most recent cache of ideas but am still in the mood to make some more. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please feel free to suggest them and I’ll see what I can come up with. I used to be on some UserPic contest communities, but all the winners looked the same and they all looked different than mine, so I quit. I need a bit of focus to go ahead and make more. So give me your tired, your hungry, and your lame ideas and I’ll try to capture them in still or motion 100×100 pixel imagery.

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Monday, June 27th, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 2 Comments

Okay, so now I’m out of the lab and the blind spot has faded – so I’m doing better.

This weekend was pretty passable. Nothing amazing happened and I didn’t feel like the weekend was nearly long enough. I played a lot of WoW – I mean a lot. The big thing on Sunday was starting a new priest character with the specific intent on starting a new guild dedicated solely to priests. I got so sick of waiting to start a raid because we needed a priest, I thought I’d just start a guild that does nothing but collect priests and encourage people to create priest Alts to join. So I spent the day getting my new priest up to lvl 10 and buying the guild charter. Now I just need 7 more people to sign the charter for me.

We took the dogs to PetSmart to buy them food yesterday. I’m not exactly sure why, taking them out is such a hassle that it should be more of an adventure and not just a quick errand, but Heather insisted. Knight had never ridden in Heather’s car before and he leapt all the way across the car when he jumped in. He actually jumped from my side of the car into Heather’s lap. He seemed very confused when he landed. While we were at PetSmart, I started looking at the big 5 gallon watering stations and ended up buying a slightly cheaper 2.75 gallon water station for them. They have this bowl which is not exactly small that they drink from and you pretty much have to fill it up as soon as the finish drinking because the two of them can empty it together. I will be the first to admit that I’m no good at giving my dogs water, so I thought this would be a bit better. It takes longer to fill up, but I don’t have to fill it up as often.

We watched four episodes of Firefly with starburstlvr, blu3warri0r, and his wife on Friday (zero_interrupt and spazzy444 showed up too). I think they’re all hooked and we’ll probably do it again next week. Remember, this week is Movie Night. Picture up at 7:45 as usual.

Anyway, I’m bored, but not bored enough to keep rambling.

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