My ego finds the idea very interesting. The rest of me is trying to beat it into submission and silence. I still love the idea of blogging, but I’m having a devil of a time finding the time to do it. Add the fact that I’m not really playing any MMOs (or any other game) right now and you get a big fat nothing to write about and very little time in which to write it.
Sometimes Facebook is just easier.
I can’t believe I just wrote that.
And yet my ego wants me to tell you all about myself (again) for no particular reason other than its own pleasure. Perhaps confessing the kinky temptation will make it go away. Thirty lashes for the ego and get back to work, dammit!**
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*As an aside, the demise of Google reader appears to be spelling the demise of my blog reading. Feedly is okay, but it’s not as clean as Google Reader. There’s also the fact that I don’t have time to read blog posts these days, which might be the more important factor. Still, I don’t like change. Boo hiss. I’ll get used to Feedly but I’ll complain about it first.
**As another aside, one of the characters in a play-by-mail game I ran years ago (or it may have been one I played in) was a Spanish knight called Ivor Hujego. Loved that name. Still do. May have to steal it for a game someday, even if it means I have to transgender it to Iva Hujugo or something.
Today I logged back into TSW for the first time in, uh, some months, and it made me wish I hadn’t neglected it so. After some pretty strong disorientation, that is. I always get that going back to games – what’s this skill? How do I do that? Oh crap, the B button isn’t Bags, it’s Browser here (something I remapped immediately). How do I walk and talk, let alone chew gum or kill things?!
Still, it was fun. I instantly spent a bunch of freebie lifetime member points on a snazzy new outfit, then I went off in chase of the End of the World quest, which I’m still working on since walking and talking was proving to be such a challenge. Oh, and because I decided to work on a Blade/AR build I’d been pondering months ago before I stopped playing.
Anyway, it was a day without work, which has been pretty rare of late and thus makes it great and fun by definition. Also it’s Christmas Eve, which rocks, since that’s traditionally when presents are opened in France. One’s Christmas expectations seem to be formed in childhood, so I’ve never really got used to the whole wait-for-Christmas-Day business. Fortunately the spousal unit appears to endorse any option that means opening presents earlier.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyful Oh-The-World-Didn’t-End – whatever it is you celebrate or don’t, be nice, be kind, and have fun.
This just landed in my inbox:
We’ve just made a major change to the business model of The Secret World in that we no longer require a subscription to play, and have instead introduced an optional Membership. As a lifetime subscriber this will only affect you in a positive way, read on for all the changes to our game!
The Grandmaster Pack continues as a powerful and lifelong commitment to the game for those with true dedication, and contains all the benefits given to members and more [etc etc.]
I doubt anyone else in the blogosphere will be surprised. I’m not disappointed, bothered or offended either – when I bought my lifetime sub it was as much to support the idea of the game as to get a lifetime sub, and I was well aware the game would be free-to-play fairly quickly (though I’ll admit, I didn’t think it would be this quickly).
I’ll get a bunch of goodies points and whatnot, which is fine by me since I like fluff and goodies. In fact, that one email was enough to make me bust out the launcher and start the (long and stupidly laborious, with my internet connection) process of getting the game patched and up to date. It’s probably been about 3 months since I last did that, so I should be ready to play around Christmas.
The shiny new feeling of Pandaclysm is wearing off, too, though I’m still having fun there when I have time to play, so maybe I’ll poke my head back into creepy-land and take on a bit more challenge than WoW offers a non-raider.
It’ll go well with the insanely creepy-scary nightmare I had a couple of days ago, about which I will say nothing except “lunch truck full of cannibal kids”. You can imagine the rest for yourself; it was more Stephen King than SAW, but it was still scary enough to make me extremely relieved when I woke myself up from it.
There you go, a little personal anecdote for free. Now back to work for me!
Whoops. The actual blog ‘birthday’ was a month ago, August 13th. I noted that it was coming up a couple of days before the day itself and meant to do a long and involved post, but in the end Real Life took over and… I didn’t.
TAGN sort of reminded me the other day, because his blog-birthdays can’t be counted on the fingers of one fingerless hand and he posts regularly – more than Syp at the moment, and that’s saying something!
Happy belated also to Harbinger Zero, who I’m pretty sure has almost the same anniversary as me, since we both started blogging through the crazy CoW crew (should that have Ks in it to make it more hip?).
So anyway, I started this blog 4 years ago in honour of Warhammer Online. I’d be happier doing a HBD post-type thing if I’d actually posted much of anything in the last year and a half, but I haven’t and it feels sort of like cheating to claim a blogging year when you didn’t do any blogging.
Nevertheless, I’m not gone yet, this blog isn’t quite dead yet, and I’ve resumed posting, albeit sporadically and without a great deal of content. Thanks to those of you who have stopped by in the last fingers-but-no-thumb set of years.
No fat pig bought, but a busy 10 days spent in France both to sort out the usual sorty-outy stuff following my dad’s death and to catch up with my step-mother (who had to be there for the same reasons). And yes, we did go to the market; French markets are ace. Much bread, cheese & meat was bought, along with giganormous bouquets of whatever the hell flowers are seasonal – I don’t garden, but most of them were purple and orange – and some hand-made soaps for gifts to people here which had every single security check between Blois and Albuquerque (3 to be exact) examining my carryon for explosive residue. Oops.
It’s amazing how much you have to run around in France just to get the most basic things done; the only thing we’re even marginally efficient about is food, and even that takes time if it’s to be done right and properly enjoyed. I also managed to forget that in August, EVERYONE in France goes on holiday, or vacation as you Americans like to call it. Offices run on skeleton staffs when they don’t just close outright for 2 weeks, people don’t want to give you appointments (too many Facebook updates to catch up with then they do make it back to the office), and overall somehow WE were the inconsiderate ones for needing to do annoying stuff like, you know, let various entities know that there had been a death in the family and all the other stuff that comes with it. Dad, being French himself, really ought to have had better timing.
Nothing happened that warrants posting in what is still mostly a gaming blog, apart from a much-delayed flight back to the US (5 bloody hours) and further delays on connecting flights once I was got there. I am now officially too old to be awake 26 hours in a row – granted, I dozed in various planes, but in some cases (and yesterday was one of them) that dozing only seems to end up making you feel even more tired.
Currently the proud owner of a juniper-offended nose (welcome-home allergies for the metaphorically-challenged) and 2 perfectly poached eyeballs. Someone pass the Hollandaise sauce and some Canadian bacon.
Normal service may or may not resume next week. I haven’t played anything (even Freecell) in the last couple of weeks and the GW2 launch happened while I was sitting in the Charles-de-Gaulle airport lounge trying to convince United Airlines people that mere hydraulic & pressure issues shouldn’t prevent our plane from flying 5000 miles. Initial reports on GW2 seem pretty favourable so far – going only by FB and twitter and whatnot. My RSS feed too can wait another day.
EDIT: Oooh and WordPress’ quote for the day when I posted, which needs to be reproduced here because I’m so concise and to the point. Always. Yep, that’s me. Shorter is better. More matter, less art. Anyway:
I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter. Blaise Pascal
I haven’t had much time to play anything in the last week and a half.
For some reason, a particular game demanded to come back out of the closet and that’s what I’ve been putzing around with when I have the odd half-hour before bed. There are times when I’m too tired to chop up zombies.
Bet you can’t guess which game it is.
Gah. Now I’ve given myself REM’s eponymous cover version as an ear worm. I guess there’s worse ear-worms to have.
Every now and then I look at the search engine terms people use to get to my blog, and some of them are priceless, so I’ve decided to keep track of them. Yes, I stole this idea off someone though I can’t recall who. I’m thinking maybe TAGN? Anyway it’s an homage, not outright plagiarism.
(And then I found the handy-dandy link that lets you see all the search terms for your blog, evar. If you don’t hear from me inside 2 weeks, someone come rescue me.)
In no particular order:
- great old ones (my fave, with about 7 different entries including THE great old ones, lovecraft, cthulhu great old ones, etc.)
- ysharros (no shock there)
- boss don’t ever leave me in charge again
- ack i’ve gone to look for myself
- getting old
- surprise cannibalism (this is a pretty high-up result. I’m wondering what I ever wrote to lead to this… mmmm BRAINZZZZZ)
- thoughtless people suck (my mantra!)
- do want (my other mantra)
- marmite (4th all-time search term leading here. That’s several thousand irritated searchers…)
- captain hindsight
- group hug
- persistence of time
- very tired
- صور خيالية (if you can read this, do let me know what it says – according to Google translate, it’s “fantasy”. I’m disappointed)
- kindness (awww)
- internet addict (shaddap!)
- katana woman (I am slicey, hear me rawr!)
- The Beatles’ Happy Birthday (only about a million times… I guess I used a picture?)
- not tonight Josephine
- various Iain M Banks & Culture search variants (from a single post, years ago, IIRC)
- animaux cute (Well ‘ello my British chums!)
- stop posting shit
Guess I’d better follow that last piece of advice…