Awesome. Pretty impressive that he could still fit into his shirt after 40 years, but it must have been a bit of a squeeze. I look at this picture and... can't imagine working that long at the same school. Recently my days seem Sisyphean, largely the product of being a homeroom teacher for a group of 28 13-year-old girls. Let's just say I didn't get the class fast-tracked to be doctors. Anyway, here are a few things I found cool this month.
So yeah, it had been a little while since I had fired up the old battle.net, but with HotS out and me watching some more streams, I thought I would mess around a bit and see what the fuss was about. Those widow mines blow up just about everything don't they.
Enjoyed playing some 2v2s with CharlieMurphy, who I was randomly paired up with. Typical Charlie, he randoms, and then goes cannon rush, 7 pool, or mass ravens. It forces me to play well though, and I am so rusty that I need the practice.
Recent game you should watch? BboongBboong vs Hack game 1 in the last round of the WCS America qualifiers was pretty awesome. Bboongboong showed awesome base defense and the game featured an extended, almost 10 minute long, ramp fight with streams of terran reinforcements holding the line against a zerg desperate to break out.
Who has fucks to give? Not this guy.
It is hypnotizing. I didn't think I would watch more than a minute, but I ended up watching the whole thing just to see if he would stay consistent.
Pile of Shame
So last month I wrote about my plan to tackle my impossible pile of shame. Then I installed SC2 again and lost the whole fucking month. I played the first half of Quantum Conundrum, which was probably enough, and went through Journey twice with my daughter, but yeah... StarCraft. I may have to rethink this plan, although in August I will not be on my PC at all, so that might be a chance to tackle the PSP backlog.
I taught him everything he knows. His highlight of the month was getting socks with dinosaurs on him. As I looked at the very serious discussion he had with himself the other morning, on whether it was a triceratops kind of day or a t-rex kind of day, I felt a great joy. I wouldn't mind it if he stayed that innocent a while longer.
Things to read...
Recently I haven't been reading as much longform because I have been commuting by bicycle rather than by train with the nicer weather. However, there are a few things I thought were worth reading.
- Inside the Call of Duty lawsuit between the creators and Activision/Blizzard. Click Here
- How Kodak, which used to be one of the top 4 brands in the world, totally missed the digital shift. Click Here
- The science behind a face transplant. Spoiler alert, it is un-fucking-believable. Click Here
- Cannonball Run! A crazy person’s quest to break the coast-to-coast driving record. Click Here
- Sweden is apparently a hotbed of Oceans Eleven junkies. Inside a movie-like heist. Click Here
- Rising sea levels and a city built on limestone. Goodbye Miami! Click Here
- Russia keeps the UN corrupt to keep a hold on aircraft leasing contracts. Click Here
- What makes a good serialized show? Inside some of today’s favorites. Click Here
- mp3 players in prison. How they work, and the companies that specialize in selling them. Awesome title, ‘Captive Audience’. Click Here
So this summer I am heading back to my homeland, BY MYSELF, for more than three weeks. I cannot overstate how awesome it is to go home BY MYSELF. As in, NO CHILDREN. Holy god I can finally be on the aircraft rolling my eyes at the parents whose kids are out of control, rather than holding a ball of inertia on my lap from 11 hours. It is my first time home by myself in six years.
I will be cycling for three days by myself on Vancouver Island, and following that with a with a week-long loop in the Kootney mountains with a friend. You can see the route above. Don’t call the embassy.
I plan to eat many many bags of chips that are not flavoured “seaweed” or “consume soup”.
It breaks my heart that there is a generation of kids who have grown up without Mr. Rogers. Everyone needs more of Mr. Rogers in their life.
Have a good month!