[IRL] Am I Getting Old…

… or was Drake in the second intermission of the 2012 NHL All-Star game not so good? I’m hoping someone can tell me that the sound was bad and it’s just not me failing to understand current music? They know… what? I couldn’t tellwhat he was rapping about.

I mean, I like the Black Eyed Peas  but didn’t like the superbowl performance last year, I think that was due to the sound being bad over the TV.

Same deal?

[update] I dug up the song on YouTube and it sounds a lot better there, though it still makes me feel old.

Young vs. Old?

Naw, it’s a matter of having nothing to lose vs. having something to lose. I can remember when I was kid (WAAAAAY back when) and crazy stuff like seeing Police cars flipped or set on fire might have stirred something negative in me.

But that was the ignorance of youth. The lack of understanding what it is the Police (and other authorities) do for you because it’s not readily apparent to kids, buried in debt, struggling to find a job or who really have yet to be on the other end of something stupid like what was done in Vancouver yesterday.

I just had a post about how stupid teenagers could be and I recognize not everyone rioting was a teenager or young adult or post-secondary student – some were grown men (women?) doing stupid shit either because they had nothing to lose or were too drunk or simply too stupid to realize what they were doing.

I’m not making excuses, it was just an observation at all the young rioters cheering at the destruction of property belonging not only to the women and men that keep them safe, but also fellow citizens… that could be the vehicle of a family member or a friend or a someone who could have an impact on your life in the future.

Again, lots of videos on YouTube, Facebook pictures and Twitter pics/threads… I hope these people get caught.

Dumbasses.

Gut Check Time

Vancouver Canucks – it’s gut check time and while you’re checking you guts, look for your balls because you’ve lost those apparently. Sedin standing there taking it while Marchand punches him in the head not once, not twice but three four times?

WTF?

Stand up for yourselves! It’s embarrassing.

Boston has been totally dominating the Canucks in Boston. Last change really helps them stiffle the Swedish twins, but better players can and do overcome this advantage.

I’m pretty sure Boston will take this one even though they haven’t beat Vancouver at home; all of those games were really close, unlike Vancouver in Boston.

So sad.

By the way, can someone ask players something other than, “How do you [get back into/stay ahead in] the game?” We don’t really need to hear the typical spiel. Honestly, the answers are the same for either one, “Get pucks deep, keep our feet moving, get some shots on net…”

Summer Thrash 2011

Either I was dead tired yesterday (which is likely the case because I almost fell asleep while peeing) or I’m starting my typical, “OMG THERE IS SUN OUTSIDE AND MY GAMES ARE BORING ME!” thrash of the year.

Even LBO was a little  bored last night. He gave up on MC after a short bit even when his friend from up the street was over to play MC. We couldn’t find his authenticator so he couldn’t play WoW. If I can’t find it, I might have to detach it from the account.

For some reason I couldn’t connect to a server for long. I was able to log in, just couldn’t connect. I played a couple of levels of SC2 then tried WoW again.

I wonder if some of it is just having a breather after killing Nefarion? Also I like to poke around in the lower level areas and level up stuff from time to time but I’m running out of options. I could poke around with my Rogue or Druid some? I was sort of partnering my Druid with LBO’s DK which he hasn’t played in a month. I also have a Warlock sitting in Westfall which was sorta paired with my son’s Warrior. Hmm… it’d be neat to play through the newer content on each of the continents. Maybe PVP some?

I popped into the Witcher (first one, I decided I’d play through that one before continuing the second one) for a brief moment. Didn’t do anything for me.

Watched The Glades. Guessed which guy it was in the first few minutes of the show. Pieced together why shortly after.

Also watched some hockey. Vancouver was looking good then seemed to buckle and come undone. I think there was far too much taunting and not enough focusing on the game. Bruins made them pay, good for the Bruins.

Decided to go to bed at that point.

Play options?

  1. WoW
    1. farm Heroics for Valor Points (Smaken still needs a T11 chest for the T11 4pc set)
    2. level my Rogue or Warlock or Warrior.
  2. MineCraft on HellsGamer server.
  3. The Witcher
  4. StarCraft 2
  5. Get a new game (bleh)

Depending on weather I’ll likely be outside playing with the kids so I’m really talking about when the mosquitoes chase us indoors or when the kids are in bed.

Yes, I’m still going to be raiding.

Bite Me… Err.. Him

Burrows bit Bergeron. Why? Because Bergeron was shoving his hand in Burrows’ face and his finger went in his mouth.

What was he supposed to do? Deep throat Bergeron’s finger that was padded by the glove? It’s not like he pounced on the guy and bit him.

I’ve had kids or animals bite my fingers or even a car trunk closed on them. Stop being a pussy Bergeron.

It’s a defensive reaction to someone else trying to shove something in your mouth. It does not deserve a suspension in the playoffs.

 

 

The Sound of Choking…

Vancouver Canucks. 3-0 series lead dropped to a 3-3 series tie.

And a little gagging come from the Buffalo Sabers too, but not as loudly.

Of course, I’m doing my best to avoid mentioning the 8-2 drubbing the Pittsburgh Penguins ate on Saturday.

RoT: Because You Wanted to Know

A bunch of random bits since I’ve been lax with the updates.

Salt and pepper, boxer-briefs.

I’m going for the Penguins in the East and the Canucks in the West.

WoW guild is 8/12 on regular mode bosses; Magmaw, Omintron, Maloriak, Atramedes, Chimaeron, Halfus,Valiona and Conclave of Winds all down. We’ve started to rotate extending lock outs. One week we extend BWD and reset BOT then the next week we extend BOT and reset BWD. Working on Council in BoT. Downed Halfus on his tougher combination – involved three tanks. Craziest raid involved PUGing six people – yes, I said ‘six’ (6). Only people present were the guild leader, two officers and an advisor – it went well, we downed 4-5 bosses.

The more and more I read about guilds having problems with Cata raids, the more I realize just how good we are and how good are raid leaders are at keeping things as simple as possible. Honestly, one of the most common thing we hear from PUGs who apply is that they like how our raids are run.

I ran a raid. Hated it. I like attention, but not authority. Don’t want it. Get enough of it at work.

Love for Mike and Dennis as raid leaders. Love for Mike and Jason in picking out PUGs. Love for Jason recruiting. But I’m going to keep heckling. I can’t help it.

I need to say ‘no’ more.

Right?

Yes. Err. No.

Damn.

I set up a Minecraft server locally (as in my home LAN kind of local). The boys like playing it and love spawning stuff. Opened a port for the kid down the street to also play on it. I thought I’d work on an area away from where they were creating large holes in the world with TNT and spawning gaudy building materials so I created a house up on an earth/stone pillar – I was hollowing it out and creating some mob prevention). Was going good.

Then LBO blew it up with TNT while I was off doing something with TheWife (watching TV…).

I cried.

Not really.

But I was annoyed and saddened. I deop’ed them for a few hours as a punishment. LBO, having played on a server where he can’t spawn stuff or teleport around wasn’t too impacted by it, but you’d have thought I crippled the kid down the street. “Awww, but spawning is the fun part!”

Later they planted TNT in LLO’s house. He figured out what was being done so he didn’t set it off but before he could ask me to come sort it out, the kid down the street set it off.

LLO cried.

Really.

I wasn’t pleased. LBO didn’t do it and the kid down the street didn’t realize LLO would be so sensitive about it (LLO was tired) and apologized. I quickly rebuilt a house for LLO.

Achievements were added to Minecraft and weather too. Seems stuff also spawns in your house now if your bed is close enough to an external wall. I’m a little hazy on this. Weather was neat, though the rain continues underwater. And LBO already has all the achievements. I’m missing the one where you ride a pig off a cliff. The one for the mine cart riding took awhile to set up but it was a team effort between myself and LBO. That includes my only death during the construction of the 1km long railway; I stepped up near the lava and LBO bumped me in. Team effort.

Played some Super Mario Smash Bros Brawl (I think it’s called?) with LLO. That game makes little sense to me. Being the type that enjoys figuring out systems and mechanics for games on an intuitive level (I don’t need to bother with the precise mathematics of it.. but I can). I soon discovered the complex scoring system in that game consisted of: mash buttons – mindlessly seems to yield decent results.

I kid. Mostly. I’ll have to read the instructions for a better idea of what is what.

LBO caught the tail end of Oceans 11 and he liked it. I’m scared.

Ugh.

Updates, because you care. Actually, because I like to occasionally dump what’s on my mind (at least what I’m allowed to dump) out into a list to make things seem less stressful than they feel. Usually a list seems small or I can look at the positives on there.

Reading

Done reading Towers of Midnight, good stuff. I still don’t really see how it can end in one book unless it’s really abrupt.

I haven’t started the other book I bought yet but managed to steal some time to read up on the changes Pathfinder made to classes.

Computer “Crisis

Computer is at the shop (Future Shop) awaiting on the manufacturer (Gateway) to send them (FutureShop) a new part (video card). Dude said it could take about a week or so as I was eyeballing the video cards on the shelf. I contained myself, letting the warrant I purchased do its thing even if it would have only taken about ten minutes to replace the card myself.

The old computer is working well enough though I hate the set up on the kid’s table and the lack of a second monitor. Keyboard on top of the table slides while I’m playing which may have made me miss an interrupt of Arcane Storm… or two. *cringe* Cataclysm is playing fine on it, when I get a chance to log on.

WoW

Tank gear is getting there though it pains me that I’m not getting a chance to earn some cash, level some alts, farming some mats, doing the TB dailies, running dungeons with guildies trying to gear up for heroics/raids and running the daily heroic dungeon. Missing the daily heroic makes me feel a little like I’m letting the guildies down because I’m one of a few tanks in the 10-man guild so that means most of them are stuck in sucky long queues and facing bad tanks.

The guild seems happy with raiding and want MOAR. I want to help deliver that but at the moment, it’s going to be too costly for me. I’m definitely having fun.

We just got Maloriak down on Tuesday after two-shotting Magmaw and Omintron (those will be one-shots soon). Maloriak still needs some work. We would have had it sooner but we kept losing a DPS which meant hitting the enrage timer not once, not twice but thrice! Last time we were down to a Mage (Sjae rocks!) and a Holy Priest in Angel of Shame mode (I’m so happy he ditched Discipline and went back to Holy!). Sjae managed to finish off the last 100k or so (for a good time click here).

DC Universe Online

I haven’t touched it for almost two weeks. Kids haven’t asked about it. I think I’m going to cancel when I get my main computer back. I suppose I could cancel sooner if I figure out which email I created the account with.

Minecraft

Stop it Tim!

Pathfinder

The shift to Pathfinder is complete. Everyone was assimilated and we had our first session last night. It was fun, nice changes.

I flipped over from a Half-Orc Fighter to a full Elf Rogue. It was an interesting switch and I have to admit the rogue changes look good so far. The hit rolls are a little low, but they’ve compensated by adding in more bonus abilities which allow you to, optionally, pick up more combat related feats. Short of it, Rogues are a lot more flexible, not just in skill points as was the case in 3.5e.

First session was interesting. We tripped over a few of the mechanics but otherwise it went well enough. I don’t know if it was just a matter of me being tired but it seemed louder than usual – lots of people talking over each other. It was more of an enthusiastic loudness though, with people going on about some new ability they got.

Things should be interesting.

Hockey

This year my hockey viewing time has plummeted significantly. I simply haven’t made the time to watch any of it at all. That’s probably a good thing because Ottawa isn’t doing so hot this year.

I’ll leave work and family out of this post. Happy Birthday to TheWife… that’s all I’m going to say.

Efficiency or Lazy?

I’m dead tired and the Men’s Olympic Semi-finals for Canada vs. Slovakia are on tonight at 9:30pm. I want to watch it, but I also want to get to bed right after the game.

So I’m thinking I could eliminate the time it’ll take me from going downstairs to upstairs if I move a TV up into the bedroom.

The other option is to just sleep on the couch.

I’m opting for sleeping on the couch, because moving the TV upstairs means moving it back down later.

Maybe I should drag a fridge over next to the couch…