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summer update [Aug. 7th, 2010|02:37 pm]
Sivart Thirteen
Today I had my new More Expensive But Much Smaller desk (courtesy Room&Board) delivered, fufilling the desk-size-reduction drive I've had since moving into this apartment three years ago. Now maybe I can consider switching out my rental cable modem for the one I bought when I moved in. Someday.

And I caught up on my flickrs, which was backlogged by about a hundred photos to meaninglessly caption. At least I don't bother to tag them. Notable events pictured: a visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium (amazing), the opera (strange), the SF recycling center (rad), some criticalmasses (typical), and Voxtrot's last (SF) show (sad).

I am basically sick of Facebook; no matter how many people I hide from my feed it doesn't stop producing information that doesn't matter to me. I've cut down my website-refreshing habits to Twitter, LJ and Google Reader. If Twitter and LJ occupied the same space that would be great. Given that probably less than ten people I know have updated LJ this year.

At some point I have to get a hair cut. Other than routine sideburn maintenance, it's been growing continually since the great hair reboot of Mid-January 2010.

I installed Windows 7 because Just Cause 2 won't run on XP. I guess now I kinda sympathize with Microsoft with regard to supporting a decade-old OS; I always thought putting DX10 on Vista+ was a dick move, but given the version fragmentation problems on iOS and Android I've started to see it in a new light.

Recently I've played through Starcraft 2 (amazing production values, bad writing), most of Just Cause 2 (very relaxing sandbox, ultimately unfulfilling), some of Dragon Quest 9 (obnoxiously oldschool, borderline unplayable), along with some movie-watching and what have you. I've just about stopped reading books altogether. It makes me fall asleep.

I am grateful for the Nintendo DSiXL I bought, as it keeps me awake in times of boredom, notably Caltrain. Picross 3D is great.

Basically I've spent the Summer not challenging myself in any way, which is comfortable. The summer is a great time to sortof exist without having to expend a lot of effort doing so. It's winter when I always have to go out of my way to stay entertained.

Looking forward to:
Movies: Scott Pilgrim
Games: Fallout: New Vegas, Rock Band 3, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Grand Theft Horse whenever Rockstar feels like putting it on PC.
Shows: Tokyo Police Club next week, Treasure Island.

[User Picture]From: charcoalgrey
2010-08-08 09:54 am (UTC)
How was the opera?
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[User Picture]From: sivart13
2010-08-09 03:39 am (UTC)
Reasonable. I got to check "seeing a part of the Ring Cycle" off my life-checklist, but I think if I was going to see another opera it'd have to be something more contemporary.

Taking a Red Bull to drink during the thing helped a lot.

Despite the dated material they set it in a modern context (Valhalla is an art-deco board room, the Valkyries are ladies in Amelia Earhart paratrooper garb, an act takes place under a highway overpass) which was nice.
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[User Picture]From: elhatcho
2010-08-08 03:52 pm (UTC)
That is too bad about Dragon Quest 9, I had heard only good things until now. Probably better that I held off as I'm not a fan of the "obnoxiously oldschool" style of game design.

How was Starcraft 2 aside from the production values and writing?

I caught a preview of Scott Pilgrim, I thought it was pretty good. Have you read the comics?
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[User Picture]From: sivart13
2010-08-09 03:46 am (UTC)
I've read 1-4, purchased physical copies even though I initially read them on the computer. I think it looks a lot prettier blown up on the LCD than in those little digest books.

Starcraft 2 is a great piece of work if largely a showcase of what you can do with a dated game mechanic and a tragillion dollars. The campaign kept me interested and every mission is different, very few falling back to just "win a skirmish battle against this other guy".

The framing device is maybe the best part, even if the writing is too cliche; you don't have a huge amount of choice over what missions occur (like Dawn of War II) but there's enough going on between missions to make things exciting.

And it's incredibly easy on Normal mode, which I take as a plus. Every mission has a different gimmick and there seems to be a lot of padding built in to make sure you understand the gimmick and don't get overwhelmed.
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[User Picture]From: elhatcho
2010-08-11 03:27 pm (UTC)
I might have to bite the bullet and try Starcraft 2 then.

If you liked 1-3 of the Scott Pilgrim comics, you'll probably like the movie. The later books don't factor into it as much.

(Also, Happy Birthday)
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