Dec. 7th, 2009 09:33 pm

past week

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While I'm procrastinating the weekly Dreamwidth update, you get a real life update.

This past week has been exciting in real life ways!

I participated in the "Battleforce Challenge" which was a Warhammer 40,000 event taking place at the local game store. The idea is, you buy a battleforce (army in a box) for $90 and then you are entered in a tournament event. You come and play and at the end of the tournament whoever has the most points gets their money back (or gets a second $90 box).

The bad thing about battleforces is that they're not all created equal. There is one for each army (Warhammer has a bunch of armies) and they all have a "box of models" but they're not all the same point value. (In Warhammer, units cost points. More points = better.) The rules of the tournament were that you could field anything that came out of your battleforce, in any configuration you want.

This means that my Tau Empire battleforce hit the field at 733 points. An Imperial Guard battleforce could only barely get to 500 points. The Space Wolves battleforce clocked in at 1,430 points. In theory, an army with more points will win, all things being equal. I didn't expect to win, and it turns out that I didn't.

My first game I played against Necrons. I managed to fight them to a draw, but only because the hour time limit was up. Had we gone the full length he would have whittled me down. (Necrons have a close to 1,000 point battleforce.)

The second game was against a guy named Ryan who fielded the Space Wolves. It was a grotesque slaughter and he beat me. That's typically what I expect when fighting an army that has twice as many points, though. In retrospect, I might have been able to get a tie out of him as well (due to the time limit) had I planned a little ahead, but I didn't and lost.

By the third game I knew I was going to be losing the tournament and I was up against someone with Imperial Guard (very weak battleforce), but he was also a really new player. We spent the game just going slow, very carefully and thoroughly going over rules and tactics, and basically turned it into a teaching game. He was very grateful for that and in the end we tied, so that was good.

I really like going to the games store, and try to make it over there for a few hours every couple days. The people there are very friendly -- and actually, a large group of Baptists, interestingly enough. Gives me some pangs of regret for no longer belong to a church -- not because I miss being religious, but I miss that sense of belonging to a group of people that are friendly and nice.

Anyway.

Another new thing that I tried, from hearing about it through the game store: LARPing. Yes. I went to a LARP. I've never done it before and I wasn't really sure what to expect, but it turned out to be amazingly awesome.

One of the guys from the game store, Chris, helped me roll up a character. I'm Tom Peters, a Malkavian who was a photojournalist (read: paparazzi). Carries around a camera and notebook. Ends up being turned in Florida and then runs away as fast as possible, ends up in Mountain View. Then some Things Happen. I don't have time to go through it, but it was great and I had a lot of fun.

I've also played a little EVE lately. Mostly I'm trying to get the alliance I'm in (Antaeus Combine) sorted on their web properties. I did lead a roaming gang out tonight but there were only four of us (and one was a covops with no guns or scrambler) and we lost the covops and a Cerberus. And killed a Punisher+pod. Oh well, better luck next time. (Morsus Mihi scrambles quickly... lesson learned.)

...

Time to go write the update.
zorkian: Icon full of binary ones and zeros in no pattern. (Default)
This weekend went by a little fast. I actually spent some hours (both Saturday and Sunday from about 9AM to 2PM) playing EVE Online. Crazy times in my world, I found some time to indulge in one of my favorite activities! Oh hey. It was pretty fun too, especially Saturday, which was just an amazing sequence of events that basically ended up with us totally destroying the enemy gang.

Of course, today they fielded 450 people against our 150. We decided that discretion is the better part of valor and pulled out, denying them any real targets. (As much fun as it is to shout LEEEEROOOOOOY and go charging in, this is EVE... it's expensive and really terrible to throw away a fleet!)

Anyway.

This weekend I also spent some hours going through the existing patches and getting a bunch of things reviewed and committed (or reviewed and kicked back for some work). Didn't do much coding of my own, but darned if I'm not going to make sure that other people's code keeps chugging along and gets in!

Tonight we saw Watchmen, finally. It was interesting. I never read the comic (missing out? probably) so I wasn't sure what to expect from the movie. I really liked the story and how it ended, even if I'm not quite sure how it got there. It felt a little weird and disjointed of a movie, but overall I enjoyed it.

Time to sleep. Early Monday meetings, woe!
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Today was a really productive day on many levels. Let's see...

Successfully attended violin lesson. Granted, since I didn't practice much this week it was kind of just a paid-for practice session. (As my instructor says: "Hey, if you want to pay me to practice with you, that's fine by me!") She spent a while going over what an A-minor scale is and how to play the harmonic and melodic versions of it. I'm happy to report most of that went over my head.

Upon getting home, we went to Subway and had lunch as a Housing Unit. (I.e., the four of us went.) We've been neglecting going out together lately and so it was good to go get some food and talk. (For those of you who don't know, Janine and I share a house with [personal profile] jproulx and [livejournal.com profile] iseebi.)

After lunch, Janine, Nicole, and myself went outside and spent two hours attacking the yard.  Janine mowed, I edged, and Nicole pulled weeds.  It was a lot of work but we managed to get the yard into some semi-reasonable state.  We also cut up the Christmas tree.  Yes, it is March.  Shut up.

I spent some time on Dreamwidth after we finished with the yard.  I've been working on the payment system.  My mind wandered a few times but I managed to stick with it and I'm starting to get things pulled together.  It's probably going to be at least two weeks of working every day to get it into a reasonable state, though, for what we need.

At some point I fired up EVE and checked in with what was going on.  Turns out there were some people invading our home system, so I offered some help defending.  Spent some time chatting with some friends and generally hanging out.  Didn't end up getting to shoot anybody though, oh well.  Maybe next time.  Too many cat and mouse station games make for a boring EVE...

Then I worked on DW more!

Janine wanted to watch Dollhouse, so we went upstairs and did so.

Now I'm here writing this post and working on DW a bit more before going to sleep.  Janine's already crashed and is asleep next to me.  Fudge at the foot of the bed.  Come to think of it, I'm a pretty lucky guy.  And that makes me want to sign off this entry in a way I used to but have long since abandoned...

Peace ya'll and snugglies to the one I love!
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Tonight was almost literally a code implosion.  After I got home from work I took a brief nap, got some food (oatmeal + red bull, heh) and then got to work.  Spent the next four hours straight fixing bugs, implementing things, reviewing patches, and following it all up with a code push.  It's a great feeling to see a plan start to come together.

We're really hoping to double the number of people in closed beta this weekend.  We're waiting on the S2 team at the moment though, as we don't want to loose everybody on core1.  I'm pretty excited!

In other news...

Hmm, not sure what other news I have.  It's now the weekend.  I think [personal profile] nova is planning on coming up tomorrow to work on Dreamwidth.  But that's not "other news" -- that's more of the same!  I guess I'm sort of a broken record lately.  I do really feel that my life only consists of three things right now:
  • work
  • dreamwidth
  • wedding
And to be fair, I'm not doing tons of wedding stuff right now.  I've cancelled my Warcraft accounts, my EVE accounts lie half-cancelled and totally-languishing.  I've not played any games in months.  I've been Mr Focused and Driven.

Driven like a crazy man.

At the one-on-one with my boss this past week, he gave me pretty good feedback.  Says I'm doing really well and he's very happy (and somewhat impressed) at my ramping-up speed.  Today, my tech lead said that he thinks I will be ready for an on-call shift before the traditional six month waiting period - but I don't think I'm going to volunteer quite yet.  ;-)

Time to sleep.

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