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Day 17: Board games and coffee…best..combo…ever!

Yesterday went pretty well. I woke up pretty cranky but my pills took care of that. Then my sister wanted to get dinner with me and we did; so we went back to the same Korean place the day before. After we went to this place I wanted to check out; Snakes and Lattes. I actually like the idea of a clean place to drink a coffee and play a couple board games with friends and such. Though there’s a $5 per head to play, it beats watching a movie. Anyways, it was pretty neat; we stayed there for like a good five hours just playing random games and chatting. It helped get my mind of video games (I’m off video games, not board games for 4 more days). Though this is kind of late to type. I though I would send this one out early morning than forgetting and putting into a longer blog. I know you guys hate reading long blogs; to the point, am I right?

This whole week, I’ve been obsessed of going back to my teenage roots. In this case, I wanted to go back to listening to all the music I use to listen. So I started listening 30 Seconds To Mars, Cute Is What We Aim For, Paramore, Taylor Swift, some All American Rejects, Panic At The Disco and Fall Out Boy. I kind of miss those days of just really good rock music (in my opinion, it’s good). Just those that really have a deep meaning or enough to drown the world away and be flooded with music. I miss those days where I would just lay in bed with my eyes closed and my music blaring to take me away from stress. Now I’m always worried that I might go deaf or waste my life away (or both) so I haven’t really done it so much. Actually; more I think of it, I don’t really could remember any great euphoric moments of my life. Seems like I fall into one disaster into another. Huh…huh…man, my life feels so empty and unfulfilled and I’m so young. I feel like I lived half a century and not noticed.

If you’ve been nit-picking at my blog, I’ve been adding hyperlinks as a courtesy in case anyone wants to check out some of the stuff I’ve done and stuff that I found interesting. Making it easier to pass some news for my awesome readers of tech and life and such (insert pat on your back here)! I’ll try and do it more often, but I just like typing rather than editing. I just like to just “shoot the shit” for a lack of a better definition. It’s just something great to do when you need to get something off your chest plain and simple.

Plans for day 18 are pretty much read some of your comments and such and maybe respond since I would like to read some interesting responses and maybe get into some discussions on other blogs like I always do. Then get more stuff off my chest and give you a nice little daily progress report and how I plan this home stretch.

Until tomorrow (or later today for those who are in Thurdays right now), have a quiet morning and hug your love ones and tell them what you think about them.

Appreciate the comments. Here’s a new one to think about, what do you miss about your teenage years? The music? The style? Your friends? All the random stuff you use to do?Anything, anyone, anywhere, anyway? Sharing is caring!

I’m bushed from board games so I’m going to crash until I can type again. Nighty-night!

Day 11 and 12: Stargate and Stuff

I didn’t blog yesterday sp this is kind of an update of day 11 and an planning blog for day 12. Currently I really have something really planned. So far, I still have to make a couple phone calls. Besides from that, it’s just wait for spring. I’m not really inspired just sitting here and I really need to find a place of total contemplation and reflection so I can really pull through in writing poetry.

(Next paragraph is my nerd-gasm for Stargate. May contain spoilers, read on!)

Recently, I heard Stargate Universe is not going to be on SyFy. It’s a shame when people don’t really understand the stylized concept of the series. The first season was pretty good, it really stuck to original series but really spun it to their own live action tale of the human condition and emotional endurance. The arcs that never finished in the last seasons of SG-1 really come to light. For a few of those I especially enjoyed was the Lucian Alliance, the free Jaffa and the origins of the Ancients. Though the Jaffa was somewhat explained but there could be lots of good material; but in my eyes, they could really work in a video game. Most particular concept of Universe is the rusted features which is questionable but reasonable. Most of the internal and external areas of the Destiny is rusted, however, it requires the presence of oxygen to produce iron oxides. So if that is rust on the outside of the ship, that’s almost unlikely to impossible since the last time I checked, it’s in an under  –200 degree Celsius (under –400 Fahrenheit for those counting in imperial). The inside is a plausibility however, thought the starting sequence of the first episode suggests depressurization prior to the Stargate from opening. Counter argument would be that during it’s time on auto-pilot, it sustained weapons fire from energy based weapons causing oxidation. That I would give some thing too, though it would be unlikely if it doesn’t pose a threat. That was a good tangent, but the characters are really believable and sound very realistic with their perks and flaws. This is a first where the franchise took itself a bit more seriously but keeps an injection of witty punch lines. By the half of the second season, I was on edge. I’m not going to go into it except to suggest to watch. To me, I always enjoyed how the writers took Stargate into a more than just another Sci-Fi. In it’s own right, it’s very artistic in both visual and theme using the Gate as story telling device. Though flaws about Universe is that it shifts from the Gate to Destiny. Within the one and a half seasons, they really brought in more story arcs that could last another season to explain. But a good series is one with complex story arcs that end with something highly climatic. Like SG-1 and Atlantis, they ended in closing one or two arcs with ships and fireworks (Even Star Trek took it in that direction in the 90’s). Anyways, would suck to see one more favourites down the drain. First the game gets the boot by the end of the month and now the series.

On a lighter note, it’s not officially the halfway point and I think I stopped kicking and screaming for video games. I still wanting my fix badly. But beyond from that, 10 more days to the clear and hopefully I don’t abandon the plan until then. So plan of the day is to make that phone call I’ve been postponing. Wait, it’s the holidays. Okay, maybe in two weeks. For now, I guess a meal is in order. Then likely hand around on the second last day of the first decade of the 21st century.

As always, feedback is appreciated and stuff. Happy new years and if you’re drinking, don’t drink and drive!

Day 10: Half way but half ass

Afternoon, I just had a wonderful lunch of pasta and sausage. I know I promised that retrospect, but I decided to scrap that idea since my memory of 2010 is pretty personal and short. But without a shadow of a doubt, I’m still going strong in fighting my addiction.

Today, my headaches stopped sort of. I can still feel my head throbbing like mad, but it doesn’t hurt as much. I still feel tired and pathetic; but hey, my 9 day headache is almost gone. I think I might pull through this, I just to hang in and hold firm. Definitely sitting here and typing than playing really makes the difference. Rather than shutting down, I’m just letting it out and just calming down. Well, not really calming down; more like being open of my unfortunate situation. My sleep cycle is still out of whack, I might have to tweak around a few things to get it right. I just hope I don’t relapse; or worse, get through this all over again.

You know how you were a kid and you had that one thing that made you happy and without it you feel pretty sad? That’s me and video games. Like most of my childhood was video games. It raised and taught me the finer details in life no mater how obscure or exaggerated they are. It was always there to reward and punish me. The one thing I turned to when I need to be comforted and feel needed. Listen to me going on like this; but that’s the underlying truth, video games is my only friend and it’s hard for me to turn my back to something I really put my trust in. Without it, I just feel empty inside like I lost a part of myself.

The plan today is to nap considering I only slept for 3 hours, then maybe make a couple phone calls and maybe try and call whoever reached my cell phone yesterday during my walk. Apparently, someone called and I didn’t feel my phone vibrate. I’m that kind of person who doesn’t want an auditory distraction, there’s just too many phone like that. So I took a simple and polite approach to my phone and just set it to vibrate so it doesn’t annoy anyone. After I took my necessary rest, I think I’m going to have either eat or type more to get away from the game icons. I really need some inspiration since I haven’t written a poem since November. Maybe bug my girlfriend a bit when she’s not busy.

As always, sharing is caring so leave a comment or suggestion. I’ll will definitely be seeing you all tomorrow!

Day 9: Updates and really nice stuff happening (sort of)!

Hey everyone, guess who woke up early. I’m really excited about today because I’m going to be very productive today. I even got everything itemized just to keep up. First off, I’m going to check out those board game stores for D&D dice and maybe a monsters guide. It’s likely too expensive but at least I can check it out. Secondly, I’m going to bring along my little black book for writing and maybe check out Chapters for books. That’s going to take around 5-6 hours, hopefully. Okay, it doesn’t sound exciting but I will be far away from my computer as much as possible.

But before I do, I have to update my game clients since all of them would have started a Christmas theme event in-game. Usually these events are pretty extravagant, so I might as well do it now and get it over with.  It’s going to be pretty annoying to sit and wait. However, I’ll be persistent.

My writing project right now will involve a New Year blog about all the happenings in games and popular news. I though it would be a nice way to have some sort of reflection on the world this year. Going to involve lots of reading and looking into and it’s going to be a lengthy read so I hope you brought your reading glasses (or a cup of tea) for this one.

Comments and suggestion, don’t forget to hug someone or go outside if it’s a sunny day. It’s going to be a pretty busy week, stay turned (I mean, subscribed)!

Day 7: The ultimate test of patience

I totally forgot how excruciating Christmas is when you have nothing to do except play video games. But I survived it, I pretty much ate cereal and sleep through a whole 10 hours of the day. But I think Boxing Day would be pretty good tomorrow. Store will reopen and maybe I can go to a restaurant or something and eat. Scratch that, I have a lot of food to get through.

Well at least the half hump is going to be easy tomorrow. I can easily get out and do stuff rather than cooped up in my room staring at all my game desktop icons and wishing to play each and every one of them.

About a decade ago I opened up my first bank account and the bank gave me a piggy bank as a gift. I over the years, I stashed it somewhere in my house and I’ve been searching for it ever since. Until today, I wasn’t able to find it. Who knew it was sitting next to my Gameboy Advance and my old school supplies. Now I can use it to store some coinage on my desk that I also recently cleaned up all and almost tidy. Along with that, I found my old lighter, some newspapers dating back around 2005 or so, and some cheap earbuds.

Aside from my Christmas treasure hunt, I added new widget on my blog. Some have noticed it but I want to let you know, the 5 star rating. For people who want to be all like “awesome, 3 stars”, there you go; just thinking of you.  Since it is Christmas, I emailed my girlfriend her present, she like it. It was awesome. I liked her reaction. Okay, I loved her reaction. Totally worth 2 months of editing and rewriting; I’m very satisfied with results.

In borderline game news, I received another gift code from Runes Of Magic. (Wait Eric, before you start…explain yourself!). RoM’s an MMORPG similar to WoW. It’s got farming, housing, pets, crafting, and a lot of dungeon raiding. But I redeemed it and hopefully it will be still active after January. So I guess that’s a little Christmas miracle because I rarely do get any gift that special.

This morning, I spent about a good 2-5 hours running through 3 chapters of that D&D handbook. I think I got the gist of it, but it looks like “more lumber is required” (WarCraft 3 reference). I still need a game board and some crazy looking dice that’s going to set me back. but at least I know how to play, basically.

Currently planning on day 7, I’m unsure what to do. Hopefully it will involve either eating or checking out computer shops and such. Something about computer stores fascinate me. Even Future Shop and Best Buy sometimes brings that effect to a certain degree. But those little shops that sells you hardware are pretty sweet; you can literally buy anything computer related and usually costs pretty good compared to big box stores. Like my custom computer was 2000 bucks and that’s with monitor, OS CD, keyboard and mouse. At places like Best Buy it would’ve been like 3 or 4 grand. So yeah, if you ever wanted a good business or want to make a good deal; independent computer parts shop, it beats buying stuff through the internet.

Anyways, that’s it for me. I’ll give you guys an update tomorrow. As always, comments and suggestions; stories if you got them.

Merry Christmas!

Day 6: Learning curve and reading fast (2 things I would never ever do at once…until now)

Morning everyone and Merry Christmas Eve to all those Christmas people.

Well I didn’t get much sleep the last couple days. Not sure if the addiction is raging back or I’m just experience some hormonal change, though I do hope it’s the latter. To sum up my activities for the last 12 hours was reading 4 chapters of my Player’s Handbook for Dungeons and Dragons. I might have to resort playing by myself until I can find people who would be interested. By the looks of this game, it could be pretty hard considering my generation’s lacking attention span.

As you can tell, it’s day 6 of my cold turkey campaign on computer games. Good thing D&D is a board game or else I would be so screwed. All I’ve done is unpack and read D&D like mad, I haven’t even gone into drink a bag of expiring milk my sister gave me as well as mushrooms for my pasta sauce. The closest I’ve gotten to computer games is when I was installing the drivers for the game controller and I was just fiddling with the commands and such. Though I am really back up to a 11 of 10 to jump into the games on my computer and play for hours on end and talk about it. I’m so tempted that I wish someone could handcuff me to my bed (maybe on more than just restricting me from video games). Anyways, I used my ADHD for something good for once. I cleaned most of my desk from receipts dating back to 2007 and not I have some space for a few other things. I have a long ways to go to have a nice agronomical desk with a burn mark (another blog, another time). I still have to fix or find a use for my printer or just toss it and use that space.

Alongside with my problems and due to my sister being away, I have to water her plants which involves a nice 1.6 km walk through snow and slush  there and back. Probably I should do it today so I can go downtown and get some tacos from Taco Time. I’m sop tired that everything sounds good to eat; which reminds me, I have to get cereal.

Man, it’s going to get so busy today; but I have to suck it up and get through it. The next 3 days are going to be a test to my willpower since everything is going to be closed for Christmas and Boxing Day is going to be swamped with people chasing for deals.

Man, writing this; I can really see my tics. All the hand rubbing and squeezing and the fidgeting. Has anyone had that experience when they start noticing that stuff and even though it’s you, you just go, “that’s weird”? Share in the comments below while I try and stop myself. Though I might be tired, so I might have to get some rest.

Along with some computer news, I got NHL 2009 so once I’m done with the next 15 days; I might try and find some people to play a season or something. Though I think my mind would be more into playing Grand Theft Auto IV. I think it’s one accomplishment I ever wanted, it was to collect all DLC’s for a game as long as the original and the DLC’s are not pirated. Pirating games isn’t cool. Pirating anything isn’t cool. Maybe you want to just sample real quick then buy, but my view on that is if you like it, buy it.

So plans for the next 24 hours; water plants, sleep, eat, no staying in the house, maybe write and learn some more and find something long term until the 3rd (or was it the 5th of January?). Anyways, I’m wanting my game fix,; I think I should take a nap and see where I’m at.

I’ll regroup with you guys either today or tomorrow morning. For now, I leave you this. Post comments or suggestions on how I should really go with this.

Thanks for reading!

Day 4: Irony in this situation

Well today, something great will go down. Nope, not getting married (…not happening in the near future that is) and I’m getting a new car though that would be sweet if I had a license. Well based on this title, my fellow readers; I’m getting a game controller for my PC. Of course I can’t use it until January 3rd, but I’m getting it used at a sweet deal. Just at 20 bucks, I’m getting a Logitech RumblePad 2; which I think is pried at around $50 Canadian. Even at good condition and used once, it’s not a bad price. Downside probably minor like no refunds and void warranty. But it shouldn’t be a problem.

Since we’re on the topic. DAY FOUR! I’m one fifth there…almost. Just have to hold out long enough until I don’t feel the pain. Last night, I just tossed and turned all night. When I woke up after probably hours of fading between my conciousness, all I did was look up trailers of games. I feel so weak but it felt good. Well, I’m not going to play a game so it’s not bending the rules; I’m just walking that fine line.

Plans for today include TV, YouTube, a movie, installing software for my gamepad and poetry. Though I really should add finishing touches to my present for my girlfriend, she’s going to be surprised when you opens her inbox on Saturaday.

Tomorrow, I have plans with my sister again before she leaves. Then after dinner and back here to blog about it before I sleep. If not, the blog will be the day after and maybe on the same day, finishing touches to my present.

Today’s fairly uneventful, so I’m going to get right down to it. I’ll see you fine people tomorrow!

Day 3: Banter and Boredom

Morning and afternoon everyone! Well I woke up around 3, but I knew my sleeping habits would change since I started this plan. Today’s plan is pretty simple, maybe some grocery shopping and some net surfing. Rules to that; no games and must be something I have to read considering I hardly read books anymore.

I’m also looking for a netbook since I found them pretty handy recently in terms of what I can do with it on my bed…which is surf the internet, you naughty bloggers! Though it would be pretty sweet to have it around so I can blog and stuff on my bed before I sleep. Problem with netbooks are that they’re not very customizable unlike a laptop or a desktop. Storage is somewhat atrocious, unless you have an external storage device. And as a gamer, I think the processor is kind of slow. Honestly, 1.66 GHz is nothing compared to a quad core 2.4 GHz. Though on the upside, it is ultra portable and you can pretty much carry it anywhere you desire to access the Internet which is literally it’s primary function (“net” book, duh!). I’ve also noticed portable computer are really prettier than anything I’ve seen in the past 5 years too. Even netbooks are getting the same treatment. You can find them in white, black, green, blue, red and even (my new favourite colour for a PC) purple now. Well I guess I’ll add it to the stuff I want to get once I get a job. Also I think I should buy some batteries since I’m running two chargers now. It’s horrible wince the labels for my  Pure Energy batteries can be ripped up easy and they leak when you keep in abnormal temperatures. I like the Energizers my sister bought and gave to me. These are really good for my wireless keyboard though the mouse should be using the rechargeable it came with; but luck would have it, I don’t have a 5 volt DC adapter for the dock. So it’s a pretty hard decision, either buy the adapter and waste one of the last 2 spots on my surge protector or buy the batteries to charge in one of those spots. Well I guess I could get the adapter cheap, though it is a really bad technical flaw.

I guess we have a techie in our lives if that techie isn’t you. Especially when you need some software troubleshooting at 12 in the morning or just to resolve hardware issues for almost no cost.

Though looking back on yesterday and how packed Christmas shopping is and we have a few more days until the day, I thought I would share my stance on gifts. Though we do rationalize that cost equals to love or appreciation, this in my own opinion doesn’t make much of a decisive choice when it comes to gifting. I see gifts of more of a appreciation of the person and not the amount of money for stuff someone might not wear or use. Like you don’t go around buying jewellery for someone who just wants a damn MP3 player for Christmas. Stick to what you know and don’t try and out-do expectations (“Little Miss Whine-A-Lot wants that T-shirt at that one shop, so I’m going to to the most expensive place and get her a hat that costs 500 bucks. It’s cool because it’s a designer brand”).  Exaggerations aside, pick something functional that suits the person’s current interests as well and keep it under budget. usually the second best presents are still the best because it shows you as more of a listener. But what if you don’t have a financial budget for those gifts. Cliche as it sounds, spending time with the person and making memories is the most invaluable gift. It can never be bought and always can be given.

Later tonight I think I’m going to settle down by writing poetry or a short story. Get some brainstorming ideas. I’ll definitely share them with you.

Post a comment or suggestion and I’ll try and get back to you on it. Until tomorrow, think about what was your favourite gift ; both material and non-material, share in a post.

Thanks for reading!

Day 2: Munchies and Munchkins

Day two, I’m starting to feel the pinch now. I’m really tempted to log into Steam and play some Team Fortress 2 or start up Grand Theft Auto and play for a day. I just woke up from sleeping and I can’t sleep. It’s like I’m a cigarette addict just wanting to smoke. Well, just another day closer I suppose.

Besides the heartwarming chinese food and the crowded shopping malls, it was very much usual. My sister totally and abandoned that Pacific Mall trip for another time after new years. So we bought some cards for her Munchkin collection and just played with them until I left. Overall, it wasn’t as eventful as I hoped.

So what’s up with day 3? Well, I plan on buying some vegetable and some meat and make some good food. I wanted to at least learn a recipe or two. Maybe prep some meat for the dehydrator since my sister will be out for a week and I can do that while I’m there. I can’t wait to make some beef jerky by myself. Anyone else know any good uses for a dehydrator? Share recipe ideas in the comments, I would love to know if there’s anything awesome I can do with beef or the dehydrator. That would probably consume about a week or so; hopefully with better results than last time. Though I was the guinea pig/quality assurance for the first batch.

Maybe wrote more poems or start a short story, I may want to get to one of those. I really do enjoy writing for certain people just to give them joy; one of the many emotions I never really have in my life, which in fact sucks epically on an epic scale of epic-ness.

Well I’m pretty stoked about that considering I have 10 days to make a large batch of beef jerky. I like beef jerky; on top of many other things. Ha! I’m rambling again, it always happens. Anyways, I’m going to get a snack at two in the morning and roam around WordPress for stories and such.

Until tomorrow, readers!!!

Day 1: Sibling-ness!

Hey guys, progress report on my 21 days. Though it’s been a day, I’ve managed to live a day without games. I’m starting to feel a craving coarsing through my skin but it shouldn’t be much for now. Probably later, I will be scraming for some Grand Theft Auto or flipping out on the small stuff.

Besides from that, my sister and I hung out today. Pretty much planning out stuff and helping her with a few things. She’s going to be away and I’ll have to tend to her plants for most of the time. Next week, she’ll be off like any other Canadain traveller traversing theTerran skies to meet an acquaintance (though if I had the cash, I would do the same. Why does she have to live in Hawaii?). Also I’m planning to work on a little short story. Maybe I’ll share it with oyu guys, only if you guys would like to hear a bit of romance and (likely) some teen romance.

Day 2 of the plan is going to be simple. I’m scheduled to meeet with my sister again so we can have some lunch and play a bit of Munchkin card game.For those RPG fans, try Munchkins; it’s a pretty good game, especially around a dinner table.Maybe Monday (day 3) I’ll check out some hobby shops and check out some comic books or graphic novels. Ever since Scott Pilgrim vs. The World came out, I wanted to read the graphhic novels or at least read something like a graphic novel. By the way, Mary Elizabeth and her fictional counterpart are two really beautiful girls, I wish I could meet her in person (Ramona Flowers, I mean). Then after maybe hit up Internet and find a music stand for my sister or go to an electronic store like The Source and get her an MP3 music player pouch or something.

Tjat reminds me, I have to get more rechargable batteries for my wireless gear. My  sister was going to toss her old keyboard and mouse set since she’s going to move within the next six months So I graciously accepted the LX700 from Logitech. It’s pretty freaking old; but for the price, it’s pretty good. I don’t get full wireless coverage in my room, but I can type this whole blog out on my bed. Anyways, I thought I could bring a little snapshot on my progress on Plan 21.

Leave a comment or suggestion on what to do with Plan 21. I still have to figure out the next 19 days. Good night world (or morning depending on when I publish and stuff…oop, ADHD tangent!)

P.S. Note to self:write some poetry.