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Vacation Achievements

January 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, it’s back to work at the apocalypse tomorrow. Time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished during the past week or so now that I’m rapidly running out of time to slack about. Here’s what got done during the vacation:

* Visited with the folks, my brother, my adorable nephew, my grandparents, and my second cousin for a few days after Christmas. It was a very concentrated sort of visit – two full days of driving hundreds of miles in a rented Shoebowl on either side of a couple of days of hanging around the homestead and gorging myself on turducken. I also owe a visit to some folks in Fernandina Beach. I’m hoping time will allow in the very near future!

* Added about 100 pages to the new OtherSpace Wiki.

* Tweeted a bunch.

* Picked up a new iTunes FM transmitter for the Juicebox and the second season of Babylon 5 at Best Buy.

* Got No Son of Hekayt, Book I, online for free download at http://www.jointhesaga.com – a move that I made because I’m more interested in drawing newcomers to OtherSpace MUSH and the book’s a more tangible hook than a plain old invitation to explore the abstract concept of an online roleplaying environment. I also tweaked the main website a bit, adding buttons to link to the Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress pages – as well as the new forums, the Wikis, and the old community site. (If you’d be so kind as to become a fan of Jointhesaga on Facebook, that’d be great! And if you want to follow me on Twitter, that’s also cool.)

* Scored the Loremaster of Outland achievement on World of Warcraft. That’s Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, and Outland finished. Now to wrap up Northrend so that I can claim that Loremaster tabard. Also, got Stamp much better geared and statted for the DPS role that I intend him to play, thanks to a lot of pick-up group runs. (Got the Perky Pug pet too. Best virtual pet in the game, if you ask me.)

* Leveled in Fishville and Mafia Wars, but Farmville is slow going. I may be losing patience for the farm. Feels like such a grind.

* Got Huck a full dental workup, grooming, and a blue kerchief. He looks great, but will be on antibiotics for a couple of weeks to clear up some skin issues.

* Saw Sherlock Holmes – twice. Once with my brother in Orlando; second time with Karen at Southpoint in Durham. It didn’t seem as good to me on second viewing, gotta admit.

* Saw Avatar, again, but this time in IMAX 3D. Big pretty is still pretty, although the story’s definitely very formulaic and simplistic.

* Watched Terminator Salvation, finally, on Movies On Demand. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t as bad as I had expected.

* Watched UP again, on Movies on Demand. Sad part is still sad, but the movie’s still very enjoyable. Classic work.

* Wanted to watch O Brother, Where Art Thou? again, but discovered that the DVD is SCRATCHED. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?! Must get a new one ASAP.

Who’s got two thumbs and bought tickets to the wrong IMAX Avatar show?

December 23, 2009 1 comment

THIS GUY!

I don’t know how it happened, really. Saturday night, I went to the IMAX website to order tickets for (I thought) the Dec. 23rd showing because everything was sold out Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

It did not occur to me to look at the date on the email receipt. I didn’t print it out, either. So, we all loaded up in the Juicebox and zoomed from Cary to Raleigh to pick up the tickets at will-call, only to have the pimply kid in the kiosk say, “For the 30th, right?”

I was livid, but apparently the shows for the entire week had been sold out. What I saw on the website, it seems, were the next available showings – and they weren’t this week.

Lesson learned!

I drowned my sorrows in a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts instead. However, in doing so I learned a sad fact: My limit for consuming Krispy Kremes in a single sitting is now down to three. I’m way off my game, folks.

Avatar: Taffy Smurfs vs. Col. Gargamel!

December 18, 2009 1 comment

I went into this movie with extremely low expectations. The company paid for us all to take a field trip to see it, so hyped on free popcorn and Cherry Coke, it’s safe to say I was in the mood for a fun sci-fi adventure.

This movie’s a blast. It really should have come out during the summer.

Now, yes, some things just make no sense. A metal called “unobtainium?” That’s code for “We’re not even trying.” The “flux” makes mountains float, but the people and machines moving around on them are held down just fine? The movie’s final resolution is also heavily telegraphed.

But. But. But. BUT!

It’s so very pretty, especially in 3D. The combat sequences are astounding. And the colonel who is apparently half-Terminator? Fantastic in a drill sergeant-gone-Ahab sorta way.