Posts Tagged ‘reading’

The big achievement for today was actually an achievement.  I got The Peterson achievement today ahead of my planned schedule.  Fifty hours of FIFA Soccer 09 – crazy.  It’s the last achievement I can get for the game since the EA servers supporting the game were turned off earlier this year.

My playtime was interrupted when my daughters broke the toilet seat connectors in the upstairs common bathroom wrestling over who was going to get a particular orange towel.  I had to run to Home Depot to get replacement parts and fix the toilet seat.  A small kink in the day.

The rest of the day was just hanging out with the family.  We watched Family Guy’s Blue Harvest and Something, Something Dark Side, parodies of Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.  The movies are hilariously inappropriate like all Family Guy episodes.  The blu-ray set has profanity, so be advised.  I read some of my Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition Player’s Handbook and hit some roleplaying-focused blogs during the movies.  At 9 PM, we switched over to the Discovery channel to watch Shark Week.


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Nearly done with The City of Towers.  Really I just have to read the appendix – a guide to Eberron of sorts.  The story was very good and it kept me engaged.  Fantasy fiction can be difficult to read if there are a lot of action scenes but The City of Towers read more like a thriller or mystery.  I’ll be getting the next book from the library once I finish The Terror.

I did my five mile run today.  It’s hilly but I was able to keep a 7:40 mile pace.  Not bad.

I also watched We Were Soldiers with my wife tonight.  We had seen it before many years ago.  It seems a very realistic depiction of the first major battle of the Vietnam War.  But it’s not just about the battle.  It’s about the loyalty that Lt. Colonel Harry Moore commanded of his men and the impact to the families back home that would be the tip of the iceberg.  It’s up there with Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers as far as a quality, impactful war film goes.

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I watched a little TV today (actually, TV shows on Netflix) – The Incredible Hulk from the 70’s and Iron Man: Extremis, a moving animation cartoon.  Iron Man: Extremis was a pretty cool story.

I also played a few games of FIFA Soccer 09 to stay on pace and busted out The Elder Scrolls V: Oblivion, which I haven’t played in forever.  The achievements are easy to get but very time consuming.

Feeling a little tired tonight, though.  I didn’t sleep at all last night.  I may just go upstairs and read until I pass out.

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It was a late night yesterday – up until nearly 2 AM watching movies – so it was a late morning.  I had some coffee and caught up on some blogs and email before the inevitable, planned run to Home Depot at about 1:30.  I needed to replace a shower door sweep and the shower valves in the master bath to fix the leaking shower faucet that is starting to add up on the monthly water bill.  My house fu is not so good; it was fixing to be a bad day.

I purchased a new strip for the door sweep and some valve wrenches.  I worked on the door sweep for a little while until I could turn the water off (other chores going on).  Unfortunately, my silicone sealant had oozed out the back over my caulk gun and I had to spend quite a bit of time getting that fixed.  With no sealant for the door sweep, I moved onto the valves.

The hot water valve came out with little work.  The cold water valve was…difficult.  The home is about 35 years old.  Corrosion is everywhere on the plumbing.  I really had to work hard to get the cold water valve out.  That’s when I noticed what I thought was a part missing from the hot water valve.  It turns out the faucet seat came out with the cold water valve – it turns out this is not normal – but I didn’t know any better and thought I had broken something.  I got it straightened out though – I now own a seat wrench that I’ll probably never use again – and bought a pair of replacement valves with the help of the Home Depot staff.  The replacement was pretty simple once the valves and seats were removed.  I was able to take a hot shower this evening without any leaking in the plumbing and without any leaking from the faucet once I was done.  I did probably met my annual quota for profanity today however.

Relaxed with some pizza for dinner and a few brews.  Watched the last two-thirds of My Sister’s Keeper.  It’s a movie about a girl who was largely, or at least partly, conceived to provide donor assistance for her sister.  She sues her family to become medically emancipated, which is really just a cover so the dying sister can die.  The court battle is the McGuffin that drives the meat of the movie – coming to terms with the inevitable death of a child and the powerlessness that goes with that.  It’s got a few tear jerking moments if you have kids or if anyone close to you has died from some debilitating disease.  Not bad.  Not uplifting though.

Also so Up in the Air with George Clooney.  The movie was OK.  The downer near the end of the movie, which I knew was coming in some form, really took it down a peg for me.  I do not have a poet’s heart or mind, so the happy ending was lost on me until my wife pointed out other opinions voiced online.

I also read some more of The City of Towers.  It’s moving pretty quick.  I should have it done soon.

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I’ve been reading chunks and swaths of this book for a week or so.  But I think I’m going to hunker down and try to read the whole thing.  I’m sure it’ll be a fun read.

I’ve been amazed at some of – what must seem in hindsight – gaping holes in design logic.  Questions like: What is the experience value for a +1 arrow?  What effect does Symbol of Pain have on monsters (particularly the –2 to Dexterity)?  Why doesn’t the Druid have access to the Reincarnate spell?

I’d like to take some sensibilities from other editions and run a D&D 2nd Edition game again someday.  We’ll see how far I can get before I move on to some other hobby.

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Here are the books I’ve finished since my birthday on April 14th:

  • Blackest Night
  • Blackest Night: Green Lantern
  • Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps
  • Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Volume 1
  • Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Volume 2
  • Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns

…written and illustrated by a number of folks.  This is a great collection of DC’s Blackest Night arc.  I suppose these are all technically graphic novels, but whatever.

I also (finally) finished reading Writing the Fantasy Film by Sable Jak.  It caught my eye and is quick reading when you actually sit down to read it.

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