Archive for June, 2010

Dark Lord of the…Hurricane Harbor?

Hey folks.

Had a three day weekend with my lady love. We had an excellent time at Hurricane Harbor, though our shoulders did get a SLIGHT bit burned, the rest of us did not. That’s quite remarkable for me, given that I usually come out of waterparks with sunburned neck, shoulders, face, ears, arms, and the top of my feet. She made me reapply a couple of times during the day, so I guess that did it, heh. She’s way too good to me. We’re definitely going again at least once more this summer, so those of you who are around or can get to the DFW area, let me know if you wanna come with!

We also saw A-Team on Monday. And it was amazing. Several times I found myself looking at Karen saying “This is best move EVER!” And while that may be an exaggeration, slightly, it was both incredibly well-written and well acted. The dialogue had me laughing at numerous points throughout. I’ve only seen a couple of episodes of the original show, so I couldn’t tell you for sure if they captured the proper spirit of it, but on it’s own, I think it delivered very well. The action and special effects was, at many points, over-the-top ridiculous levels of crazy, but it was so much fun, I didn’t care. I enjoyed every second of it, and can’t wait to see it again!

If you’ve been paying attention to the tech news world lately, you’re probably aware that the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, is going on right now. This is pretty much the biggest videogame convention in the world, and it’s the place to show off new things coming in the gaming world. There’s a TON of stuff that could be talked about, including the Nintendo 3DS, or Microsoft’s new Kinect platform for the 360, but I’m not as excited by those, not yet anyway. No, perhaps the coolest thing to me that’s come out of E3 thus far is the news about Star Wars: The Old Republic. This is the second Star Wars MMORPG that will be available to consumers (the abysmally bad Star Wars Galaxies being the first), and this one looks phenomenal. It’s being made by BioWare, the developers of the highly acclaimed Star Wars RPGs Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and set in that same time. Players can pick one of two factions to join, the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire, each of which has 4 classes available to players. BioWare has a very good reputation as a company for making games that are legitimately fun, so I have high hopes for this game to not fall into the same sorts of mistakes that tend to plague MMORPGs.

I suppose now the only only question is, will you join me as the Sith conquer the galaxy, or will you side with the Jedi slime and be exterminated? Heheh.

Here’s a trailer that debuted at E3. Watch and be excited!

Last night, I finally subscribed to Tom Merritt’s new podcast on the TWiT Network, Tech News Today. It’s a daily Tech News podcast, similar to my longtime favorite, Buzz Out Loud (which Tom Merritt formerly cohosted) from CNET. So the real question is….do I have room in my day for TWO tech news podcasts? And if not….who’s going to win the battle? The long-lived standard in this area, or the legendary host’s young upstart show? Will the battle even need to be fought? Why did I subscribe to the video version of TNT? And why is Tom’s beard so amazing?

Done for now, my friends. Talk to you soon!

Undead, Pirates, and Tests of Valor: A Bmatt/Karen Date.

Karen and I had a lovely date last night.

First, we journeyed to a remote little piece of land on the other side of the river. There, we lit a fire. And then some random dude attacked us. I don’t think he expected to face two of us, though, because via teamwork, we fairly easily took him down.

We then journeyed back to the city and informed her superiors of what happened. Apparently, it was all a test for her. The guy who attacked us worked for them too. He then asked us to take this random container full of energy over to the nearby inn and bring the dude back to life. Which she did. After the dude thanked us for resurrecting him (and complaining about never wanting to do that duty again), they taught her how to perform that same ability on her own.

Undaunted at the strangeness that had befallen our evening, I decided to take her on another adventure, exploring a set of old ruined catacombs. I figured we’d learn some history, see some amazing architecture, and have some nice time to ourselves.

Well it would have been a good idea, if it weren’t for the ugly brutes that were running around the catacombs…and the MUMMIES. Ugh. Friggin’ mummies. Well, you know how that goes from there. They attacked us. We fought back. They died. We didn’t. We set about burning the mummy bodies so they couldn’t rise again. It wasn’t a total loss though. The brutes had some strange metallic bars that appeared like they would be worth something, so we started collecting a set of those each. I also spotted a large number of locked burial chests scattered all over the catacombs. Well, you know me and treasure, so I picked the lock on every one of them I could find! After going through about 21 of them and finding nothing but junk, I finally found one with a gold ring in it! I thought, “Oooh, this could prove useful later…hehe”, but then I looked at it, and there was some engraving on it. Turns out, it was stolen from someone we knew. Oh well. It was yellow gold anyway, not a color my dear love would enjoy. We decided to return it to her later that night.

On our way out of the catacombs, we spotted a woman locked in a cage. Apparently the brutes had taken a prisioner. We never did figure out what they were going to do to her, but we decided it didn’t matter anyway. We freed her and helped her escape.

Well that was two attempts at some romantic alone time ruined. Don’t get me wrong, the mass amount of fighting we had done WAS kinda enjoyable, but we were hoping to just have a night of the two of us, you know? So we were a little miffed. There’s only one way to deal with that. We grabbed a couple of friends and raided a pirate-infested mine, destroying any who dared to oppose us! Which was pretty much everyone in there, cause, well, y’know. Pirates do that.

After destroying the leader of the Pirates, and his many minions, we returned back to the city, triumphant, if a bit tired. With a kiss, we bade each other good night.

Oh, and did I mention this date was entirely in World of Warcraft? Heh. I love mah Karen.

Love. Ya gotta love it.

Mushiness incoming. You have been warned.

Karen and I have known each other since college. I thought she was pretty cool then, and definitely a great friend, but I really just never had any interest in her romantically.

Now I look back and wonder what the HECK was wrong with me.

I love this woman, so very much. I’ve been dating her for nearly 10 months now, and I’m still shocked and awed (yes I just went there) about how every small aspect of her personality and character make me love her all the more. We can be discussing the most minute things, and in the middle of our conversation, I’ll just be struck speechless as it hits me yet again just how amazing she is.

I’ve decided that I don’t care if it’s weird or not, I never want it to end. I want to continue being awestruck at her beauty. I hope that every day, something she says triggers this feeling. I’ve been told by some cynics that it’s inevitable that this “lovey” feeling fades away. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I hope it isn’t, and I’m going to strive to be an exception if it is.