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Shoulder issues are improving under physical therapy. Glacially slowly and irregularly, but the trend is pretty clear. I'm sometimes having good nights of sleep again, which is a relief. Still not *well*, but getting towards it.

Had a good-in-an-odd-way night on Friday and into Saturday. Was awake in the middl of the night for non-shoulder-related reasons, and went to get my computer downloading a game I was interested in. While that was going, I figured, I'd fire up another game for 10 minutes or so, then try going back to bed. I didn't get back to bed, but I did manage to break for lunch...

The current addiction is Torchlight 2. I loved T1, and picked up 2 when it came out several months ago, but that was The Week All The Good Games Came Out At Once, so I only played a wee bit of T2, and not enough to get into it. It starts fairly slowly, but keeps doling out new gameplay systems, loot types, and general coolness that it gets amazingly good by Act 2. Highly recommended to anyone who likes Diablo-style gameplay.

Circling 'round to health issues, after a day of extreme over-indulgence in mouse-clicking, my right arm hurt... a little. About as much as I would have expected before the serious shoulder issues started happening. Though that turned out to be a local maximum, and not an "I'm cured!" watershed.

Really, one of the biggest ongoing frustrations with these problems is the complete disconnect between what I do and what results I get. The amount I exercise and the amount of work/game stress I put on my arms both vary significantly day to day. So does the amount of pain I feel. But there doesn't seem to be any obvious correlation between these variances. The pattern-matching part of my brain takes offense.
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Had an uneventful flight Friday morning. During the flight, I finally got around to reading Fredric Brown's _The Screaming Mimi_. On the whole, an average Brown mystery -- which is to say, above average for the genre, but not a must-read. On the other hand, the first page of it is priceless, and good reading aloud material. When [livejournal.com profile] rickthefightguy picked me up at the airport, I read it to him on the way back, and then read it again to [livejournal.com profile] tamarinne when we arrived. I append it to the end of this post, under an lj-cut.

Friday night, we went to see the stage play adaptation of Cory Doctorow's _Little Brother_. It was quite good. It's not a trivial story to adapt, and the playwright did an excellent job. Mark Harvey starred as Marcus, and did an *amazing* job. Also brilliant on the tech side, great set design, music, and multimedia integration.

Saturday was D&D overload. A bunch of folks came over for a double-length stand-alone session. Hypothetically, this was to be eight hours, but what with late starts, socializing players, cooking breaks, eating breaks, fireworks breaks, etc., it ended up running until 3 AM! On the one side, it's good to know I am still capable of gaming until 3 AM, but I'm definitely too old to do it regularly any more! This was my first experience with 4th ed., and I quite like it. First level characters are *way* more fun than they used to be.

After that epic day, Sunday was definitely low-key. Mostly just sitting around chatting about media, ranging from Italian Ren epic poetry to modern superhero comics. Which topics aren't nearly as distinct as you might think :-)

Home again with another uneventful flight. Very happy that the sun seemed to come home with me! Less happy about the ongoing lack of either internet or microwave at Melville Keep (which is part of why this post is being made belatedly and from work). And the sun proved fleeting.

Ah well, this too shall pass. In the meanwhile, have a delightful literary nugget, on me: Read more... )

Diary

Sep. 21st, 2007 08:32 pm
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I haven't written in a while, but life has been, on the whole, good. The hole in my mouth is, after two weeks, finally healing to the point where I don't need painkillers just to stay sane, at least during the day.

Cut for length )

Diary

Sep. 21st, 2007 08:32 pm
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I haven't written in a while, but life has been, on the whole, good. The hole in my mouth is, after two weeks, finally healing to the point where I don't need painkillers just to stay sane, at least during the day.

Cut for length )
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On Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] kestrell and I went on our annual date to the MIT Press Loading Dock Sale. Last year had been something of a bust, but this year we scored major loot. Two books for Kes, 2 presents for friends, and way too many books for me. And that was after we put several back.

At one point, I was reading Kes the back cover copy of a book, and some snippy man said, "Why don't you take it *home* and read it. Kes shut him down pretty quickly: "He was reading it to *me*, because I'm blind." "Oh."

On the lighter side, we ran into a few of her ex-classmates from CMS. There followed much tossing of books back and forth.
"Hey, I found another copy of that Babylon 5 book!"
"Did you get the Star Trek one?"
"I got the one about the Computers of Trek..."
"What about the Biology of Trek?"
"No, I have to draw the line *somewhere*."

While checking out, I glanced down at the cash register, and saw a total readout of $7,988.98. I remarked on this, as the clerk tried to figure out what went wrong and what to do about it. The fellow behind me in line said, "That doesn't say 'sale' to me!" Kes was like, "Hey! Does this mean we bought *all* the books? Cool! But -- where would we keep them?"

On Sunday, I played some WoW, and had a few notable things happen. Rumpelstilt (my Gnomish Mage) finally reached level 60, and bought himself a shiny new Epic Mechanostrider. That left him feeling a little cash poor, but the situation was soon fixed, as an Auction House sale for just over 300 gold went through. It had been a large investment, and took a few weeks to sell, but was still over 200 gold of profit.

Now I have an odd dilemma. There are lots of quests left for Rumpelstilt to do, but now that he's level 60, he won't get XP for them. But in a few months, the expansion will come out, raising the level cap to 70, and allowing XP growth again. So the min-maxer side of my personality wants to hold off on adventuring until the expansion comes out. But adventuring is *fun*. Ah well, there's no real "lose" scenario here, whichever way I go. Maybe I *should* take a break from WoW and play some of the other games I've not been playing for the last year...

Work continues busy, but good. Milestone day tomorrow, after which the craziness level should settle down a bit (at least for a month).
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On Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] kestrell and I went on our annual date to the MIT Press Loading Dock Sale. Last year had been something of a bust, but this year we scored major loot. Two books for Kes, 2 presents for friends, and way too many books for me. And that was after we put several back.

At one point, I was reading Kes the back cover copy of a book, and some snippy man said, "Why don't you take it *home* and read it. Kes shut him down pretty quickly: "He was reading it to *me*, because I'm blind." "Oh."

On the lighter side, we ran into a few of her ex-classmates from CMS. There followed much tossing of books back and forth.
"Hey, I found another copy of that Babylon 5 book!"
"Did you get the Star Trek one?"
"I got the one about the Computers of Trek..."
"What about the Biology of Trek?"
"No, I have to draw the line *somewhere*."

While checking out, I glanced down at the cash register, and saw a total readout of $7,988.98. I remarked on this, as the clerk tried to figure out what went wrong and what to do about it. The fellow behind me in line said, "That doesn't say 'sale' to me!" Kes was like, "Hey! Does this mean we bought *all* the books? Cool! But -- where would we keep them?"

On Sunday, I played some WoW, and had a few notable things happen. Rumpelstilt (my Gnomish Mage) finally reached level 60, and bought himself a shiny new Epic Mechanostrider. That left him feeling a little cash poor, but the situation was soon fixed, as an Auction House sale for just over 300 gold went through. It had been a large investment, and took a few weeks to sell, but was still over 200 gold of profit.

Now I have an odd dilemma. There are lots of quests left for Rumpelstilt to do, but now that he's level 60, he won't get XP for them. But in a few months, the expansion will come out, raising the level cap to 70, and allowing XP growth again. So the min-maxer side of my personality wants to hold off on adventuring until the expansion comes out. But adventuring is *fun*. Ah well, there's no real "lose" scenario here, whichever way I go. Maybe I *should* take a break from WoW and play some of the other games I've not been playing for the last year...

Work continues busy, but good. Milestone day tomorrow, after which the craziness level should settle down a bit (at least for a month).
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Well, lost Saturday, anyways. Spent it all in a GTA:SA haze. Finished the bulk of the San Fierro content, and moved on to the desert outside Las Venturas. Currently going through one of the few annoying sections, mandatory flight school. Planes and helicopters are fundamentally much harder to control than ground vehicles, and I'm annoyed that they don't give the player more assistance here, or make it optional. The bulk of the missions are still fun, though, and the characters and story are consistently silly.

Had an "I've got to tell [livejournal.com profile] kestrell about this" moment, when I realized that the head of the local Chinese triads was (who I had met in the midst of a drag race) was blind. This being the sort of game it is, his other senses are enhanced to the point where he doesn't actually have difficulty performing tasks like, say, drag racing :-)

High point of emergent wackiness: I'm in the middle of a car chase with an enemy of mine on the freeway -- and a completely unrelated police/criminal car chase happened to occur on the same highway at the same time. That made *my* car chase a *lot* more challenging!
alexxkay: (Default)
Well, lost Saturday, anyways. Spent it all in a GTA:SA haze. Finished the bulk of the San Fierro content, and moved on to the desert outside Las Venturas. Currently going through one of the few annoying sections, mandatory flight school. Planes and helicopters are fundamentally much harder to control than ground vehicles, and I'm annoyed that they don't give the player more assistance here, or make it optional. The bulk of the missions are still fun, though, and the characters and story are consistently silly.

Had an "I've got to tell [livejournal.com profile] kestrell about this" moment, when I realized that the head of the local Chinese triads was (who I had met in the midst of a drag race) was blind. This being the sort of game it is, his other senses are enhanced to the point where he doesn't actually have difficulty performing tasks like, say, drag racing :-)

High point of emergent wackiness: I'm in the middle of a car chase with an enemy of mine on the freeway -- and a completely unrelated police/criminal car chase happened to occur on the same highway at the same time. That made *my* car chase a *lot* more challenging!

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