Memorial Recovery

May 27th, 2008 by Shalewind

Well our Memorial Day barbeque was a success. Pink and I managed to successfully cook some spare ribs on our first try. Good tenderness and a fair (but very spicy) sauce and rub. My first mustard based sauce was a bit spicy as well, and not well liked by the wife but overall was a good experiment. I hope all of your BBQ for the weekend was as enjoyable as ours. Minus watching “Revolver” that is.

We played some Halo this weekend and the re-entry was very pleasant, we won or tied all of our games. No mean feat, even if some of our opposition was shall we say less than spectacular. As a side note, implementing the name changes of two FTA member was not easy on the stat tracker.

Now I’m prepping for a VP meeting at work this afternoon. I’m presenting on a number of technical architectures. Tough stuff but I’m confident we’ve got a handle on it now even if we have been rushed and pushed to the end of our wits to get here. Such is the corporate world.

Starting to get pumped about the 4e DnD release (and my new campaign in it of course). All of EnWorld’s previews and reviews of the material are very encouraging. I’m sure I’ll bore any readers with a plethora of comments in the subsequent weeks after I get the books.

Final weekend update: lets talk about the new Indiana Jones. Wow… Well first off, the movie, for the first 90% of it, stuck the atmosphere and feel of the first movies very well. I have nothing but good things to say about it. The action and the comedy were both top notch and it was very entertaining to watch. Even Shia LaBeouf was fine. My beef with the movie is in the aliens part (yes, that’s right – there are aliens IN the movie). If they had kept it mysterious, it would have been fine. But the over the top ending and really “out there” deus ex machina really hurt the film in my humble opinion. Still a fun flick to catch though – just go in expecting the from right field ending.

That’s all for now. Signing out.

  Current Mood: Dutifully Preping      Listening To: Dreaming in Metaphors – Seal

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proud to report

March 31st, 2008 by Shalewind

Just a few things here before I continue with a very busy morning. My performance appraisal went very well and I’m very pleased with the outcome. Now I’m still working on putting together a secure web application. It’s very tough, but still pretty cool. I will say its awesome being able to use the skill set I tuned up to make for something I’m getting paid to do. Got a big meeting this morning over its architecture.

Did some steaks last night – tried a new bottom round cut. Wasn’t too bad, but I need to find a better tenderizing solution – the marinade I use for the thinner low-end cuts didn’t work as well. Live and learn.

I’ll have my 1000 in Lost Odyssey this afternoon, got everything but the final skill learned and the last boss. I’ll post my opinion of the overall after I finish it but so far, still very impressed. Three things:

  • The Temple of Enlightenment sucks. It reminds me of the crashed dungeon in Lufia II only this is in 3D. Not particularly fun especially if you are looking for treasure. Sorcerer Fu… Easy even at level 68.
  • The Immortal wasn’t too hard but he took some getting used to. I got him on my first try at level 69. All I can say is that double cast Reversa (with Ming and Sarah) and HP Max 3 Reversa (with Kaim and Seth) is essential to beating his 175,000 HP in 30 turns or less. I think I did it in ~20. Persistence is a must, as is careful timing of your revives so you don’t get wiped out. I didn’t bother healing, because it just makes Reversa stronger.
  • Treasure Trove is not a good achievement. I have it now, but I still think it is not a good achievement. Fair warning – not every item is in the Prima guide. And also – there are 24 under sea treasures, 2 under sea treasure hunts, and 1 undersea pirate. Yes, they count.

I finally played some Halo 3 Heroic Maps. Not much to say about Rat’s Nest. Foundry is not my kind of board. I hate having enemies come at your from behind and this happens to me constantly on Foundry. I’m in love with Standoff though. Pretty awesome map: warthogs, bases, a variety of other weapons, and no sniper rifle. Simply cool.

That’s about it for now. Have a great Monday!

  Current Mood: Busy   
Listening To: This is Your Life – Switchfoot

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Back in Action

February 25th, 2008 by Shalewind

Back up and running. My wife tells me I’ve been neglecting my blog, which I have so I figured it was time to get back up and running. A few things have happened since then. I’m really proud of all the Halo modifications to the FTA site. The video capture and movie presentation of our Warthog run through the Ark is fantastic, but took about 4 hours of editing to accomplish. I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys that can put together high quality machinima films.

In other news, I’m working on my first SSL ASP.Net application for work. This will be an interesting trial run because it is a high priority project and I don’t have the skills I need to do it, yet… But every challenge is a good opportunity to learn so we’ll see if I can’t get some good web knowledge out of this.

I’ve been playing with a lot of graphical editing stuff lately. I might post some of the first attempts but I think I might have a good way of doing a new style RPG intro.

More to come, soon.

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October 8th, 2007 by Shalewind

Just testing a little to see if I can blog from work. Apparently I can. Who hoo! I went to my grandparent’s memorial this past weekend. The entire family was able to make it so it was quite an event. My grandfather was a full bird colonel in the Air Force. Did you know that you get a number of guns in your final salute according to your rank? A colonel it seems nets an 18 gun salute. The full 21 is reserved for upper echelon generals and the president. I was given one of the shells from display. Overall it was a very nice ceremony and I’m very glad I was able to attend. Rest in peace grandpa.

Halo 3:Working on getting some new content up. The gallery and some background should be available shortly

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Robert Jordan has passed…

September 17th, 2007 by Shalewind

Yesterday we lost a great to the fantasy fiction world. Robert Jordan has passed away from heart complications caused by amyloidosis. Jordan was in the middle of writing his final book in the Wheel of Time series: Memory of Light. While in the hospital and still in fair condition he is quoted as saying “I’m getting out notes, so if the worst actually happens, someone could finish A Memory of Light and have it end the way I want it to end.” The decision whether to posthumously complete the book has been left to his wife Harriet and Tor Books president Tom Doherty. I hope your legacy is completed in a fitting manner, RJ. Rest in peace.

News: If you haven’t heard, France has said Europe needs to prepare for war. Let me repeat that… France as said that European Union countries need to prepare for War. Why? Well the new French president, Nicolas Sarkozy has a much more hard-line stance towards Iran and the possession of nuclear arms. The exact statement was that if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, there will be war. Political analysts are saying that due to Sarkozy’s stances that US relations could improve. Go figure.

Halo 3: There may be clan support by Halo 3 launch yet. Some rumors have been leaked over some semi-legit sources. It’s possible a September 25th dashboard update might include the Clan Support menu that is XBOX Live wide. This would also include the plug in support that Halo 3 would need for clans. In a word: awesome… if true. The good news is we should here more soon when the dashboard update is officially announced. More details here.

Video Games: I await Eternal Sonata, it looks very pretty and fun to play – plus it might be fun for a wee bit before the Halo emerges from its dread cocoon of life sucking goodness. I have been watching some Mass Effect trailers. Now, part of me feels like my best buddy – I don’t want to get too hyped up because of previous failures. After watching some of this though, it is very difficult to not get excited. Some of my favorites here:

·        New Character Creation seems to indicate that you can also play a female character. This is very important for getting wide demographic sales.

·        Some of the prettiest stuff in the game may be galaxy exploration. The map is fantastic!

·        This is one of my favorites, and negotiation and interrogation… sort of. Be sure to watch to the end. Dave, your option is finally here.

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Here comes 28…

September 9th, 2007 by Shalewind

Video Games: Well I finished up Bioshock last weekend and the game delivered in its entirety. There is a protection mission, but there is not penalty for failure. I did take this as a challenge though and made sure not one splicer got their bloody little hands on my ward – not one hit. I also got my 1,000 points in one play through – around 25 hours. This was sixty bucks well spent. The game has a 60 second ending but may be one of the most touching I’ve ever seen (yes, I got the “good” ending). Overall, Bioshock is one of the best games I’ve played on a modern platform, hands down.

News: Well in case no one has heard, Steve Fossett is missing. Fossett is the millionaire that’s been involved in breaking most of the aviator and world speed records through his 60 some years. My favorite feat though is the round the world trip in a hot air balloon. He’s lost in a downed airplane somewhere in Nevada. I hope they find him alive. Half of me still thinks he might turn up at a gas station some 1000 miles away and use a payphone to say – “Here I am!”  

Halo 3: Gearing up for the event. Plan is the have the dangerous four person commando team take on the prophets on Friday September 28th – starting in the morning. Yes, I have taken the day off work. Pray to whatever power you hold dear that this 4 person co-op thing works! If so – it will be the coolest thing ever! Regardless, this game is going to break every sales record.

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