I really enjoy playing the game of thrones board game. You can play it straight up where everyone is against eaveryone, or you can have alliances and all sorts of shenanigans can ensue. It always ends up at some point, there will be a betrayal or some sort of unexpected events happening. There really isn't a way to win without some teaming up or mayhem. Everyone place nice, til they can screw over another. That is how you play the game of thrones!
I am still playing Horizon Zero Dawn. I am really enjoying it. I am playing it on the hard difficulty amd have about 37 hours of game time into it. Speaking to Greggles and others, they beat the game at roughly 50 hours. That is not going to happen. I haven't even uncovered 2/3 of the world map yet. This is turning into a dilemma as the new Mass Effect comes out on tuesday (some already are playing it!). On reason it is taking me so much time is that I keep getting sidetracked as a completionist attack hits and I spend 1-2 hours sidetracking from missions to look for collectables or unlocking certain things... Glad events in game are not real time...
I work in a lot of different offices. A lot of them are heat controlled. Meaning someone gets to control the thermostat for the entire building. That means, depending on what floor or area they use as their baseline, people can be freezing or sweating while a few people are comfortable. Most often than not, I seem to be in places that are boiling. I do not do well in heat as I'm sure I've said many times. Sometimes, I get lucky and I am in a place that doesn't have a dress code or it is very lax, and I get to adjust what I'm wearing to fit whatever it is I'm going to experience that day. Most places I do not. When most people go to work in an office in winter they are concerned with making sure they have a light coat or layers to stay warm. I'm always praying I don't sweat through my clothes and wish I can rock other layers.
I am loving Horizon Zero Dawn. It is so much fun to play. I can be stealthy or just run around destroying things. I also get to hijack mecha-animals and ride on them! There is so much to do and I'm trying to do em all! They have a great mechanic that really pays out so well in the whistle. You can lure people and mechs to separate them from herds and groups for silent kills. The only problem is you also can whistle to beckon your previously hijacked mecha-nimals to you to ride. Needless to say I don't pay attention, and often find myself using the wrong one...
Last weekend, Logan premiered. It is kinda like Old Man Logan, but not really. The Hulk hasn't had kids and they haven't caused mayhem and killed all the things Wolvie loves. He is old in though, and basically all he cared about has been taken from him. He is not the same. He is old, beaten down, and more passive. That is until events unfold taht requires him to be an angry badass again. Now, I LOVE Wolverine. When I started reading comics, I latched onto him. Not because I saw a lot of myself in him, but just cause he was awesome, and he was a fighter. I tend to really connect and appreciate those that have training. Wolve, Shatterstar, Ironfist etc... I do connect with them through that lens. We have been trained since a youngin in the art and discipline of fighting. It is why I love Hwaorang in Tekken (we both are Tae Kwon Do specialists who tweak it to match who we are). Hugh Jackman has portrayed our clawed friend for the past 17 years! I had no idea it was that long. He has given us what he could. I think this movie finally gave HIM something back finally. I true to Wolvie stance in life. If you haven't seen it, go now. Stop readin this and go now. It is glorious.
Astroneer is a space exploration and resource management game. It is along the lines of minecraft but in space. It is in early Alpha, but for what they have is pretty polished. We played the crap out of it for 2 days (and then Jorizon Zero Dawn came out). I still like it and plan on playing it a few hours a week at least. I put a lot of effort into my 2 habitats! It is multiplayer so I had some FYN and others jump in and play with me in my universe. It was a learning curve as we tried to figure out what things did and what things were. Some required accidents to learn our lessons...
NASA recently announced that they have detected a number of planets in the next galaxy over that are in the "sweet spot" where they could sustain life of some sort as they define it. Who is to know what kind of unique beings there could be. We have such a limited understanding of what life is, why should we pigeonhole other beings? I bet we can't even detect when there is life cause we don't know what it is. Meanwhile, maybe what we consider fantastical beings, are actually in existence somewhere.
In my profession, I work at a lot of different places. On any given day I could be at a government agency, some base, or just an office. A number of times I have gone and sat at a security check point or desk while people are trying to get in, our get their credentials and badge for access to that facility because they are going to work there for a short period or permanently. It is interesting to see the differences in their security protocols and policies. Some places you expect to be hard to deal with are not, and some places which I personally don't think need it, have incredibly extensive and strict procedures. The other thing I found interesting is the amount of times that they don't follow their own.
Don't you love it when someone complains about things and then as their argument says that everyone else is having issues? Meanwhile, in reality everyone else is prefectly fine with whatever it was. I witnessed this the other day. Someone complained about how everyone was being migrated to windows 10 but they shouldn't be since their apps don't work on it. Funny thing was that everyone else on her team could get it to work. Turned out she had installed an old version. She wasn't supposed to even install it, the IT team was supposed to do it since they had all the current versions. She tried to drag her boss in on it who was like "what are you talking about??" and then got in trouble for not following procedures. good job!
I finally decided to work on my Chirruit cosplay again. I got the right materials like 3 weeks ago (since it turns out I was completely wrong last time I was working on it). Normally my process when working on a cosplay is to find a bunch of reference pics (usually I do videogame characters so this usually means playing the game for a while.. just to make sure I know what it looks like from multilpe angles and stuff... yeah...... that is why....). When they are other characters it sometimes means binging on whatever show or movie they are from then pulling out whatever fabric scraps I had or go buy whatever cheap fabric that was semi-close to accurate. This time, I started before Rogue one even came out. I had to rely on screen caps from the trailers (which lead me down many wrong paths). Afer they started showcasing the outfits at various events I used those. I didn't see any close up stuff so once again, I made incorrect choices. After it came out, there were books and more and better pictures of the outfit as well as actually descriptions so I finally knew the actual material they used.
Now, normally after I have the fabric, I usually make stencils for the pieces, grab booze and start making a mess of my creation. This time, I actually care about the end product. Thus, I decided to not drink and try to be careful. I'm still working on it (I'm actually going to start sewing as soon as I finish typing this up), and we shall see how it goes...
Shantz - Director of dice rolling failure and comedic timing