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Life is killing me. No, really, it isn't. That song's really damn catchy, that's all. Life has been really busy. Between work (gotta remember to install that evaluation copy of Ghost on Thursday), school (I wonder how I did on the computability test and when the first database test is), play (was fun playing Sims 2 with jenniever today), and all the trappings of life... my plate's pretty full. Many things, including this, have fallen to the wayside. I've been too busy living to be journaling, as I've repeated as my excuse. Quite a few of you have teased or pestered me about my lack of updates.

When I started this thing years ago, I was trying to fully catalog my life. Sure, I'd do other random shit, but I'd attempt to faithfully record the major events of my time on this rock. In that mission, I've been failing royally. I mean, fuck, I still have to post about these things:

But I haven't, and I haven't even bothered to post captions for those photographs. Or comment on this party or that party. I'm a bum. A slacker. With enough skills and family friends, maybe I'll be a professional party guest.

Anyway, yeah, life's been busy. I haven't been around. Many of you have commented on this online or off, and I'm still here. Really. And I even have a couple of massive updates mostly written. I guess I just need an illness or injury to find the time to get them up.

Hoboken is getting a new resident. As you might have read, jenniever's moving to the_boke. Right around the corner, in fact. That's pretty wonderful. She's been living with petemagyar and I for the past couple of weeks, which has been nice, though cramped at times. It's a two bedroom apartment with a pair of night owl bachelors who have their routine, and while she's gone to extreme lengths to make things easier for us both and has been a totally wonderful roomie/guest, it's a small place. I feel like I'll actually see her more, with regards to quality time, when she moves in to her own place - though I know I'll miss the constant contact on some level.

So that's a new apartment in the_boke, a faculty position at columbia_u, and all in the space of a month or so. That's pretty amazing. I expect her to cure cancer by the end of the year.

Fable is (as asked by graye fun. Fable is wonderful. But Gabe's harsh commentary on it fails to lie. Yes, the world's small. You don't really get to explore each of the small areas, and end up teleporting around to save time. Yes, the game's kind of linear and the world fails to evolve around you. So over the course of a couple of days my character ages by decades, yet his wife stays just as young and firm as ever. Well, it is a fantasy game. But seriously, you really don't get to change the world as advertised. You go on your little quests, you become evil or good, and pick up some fame along the way. At first people snicker out ``chicken chaser'', by the end they're cheering for ``avatar'' and swooning at your feet.

My character's a good spellwarrior nicknamed avatar (Ultima fanboys unite), who spent most of his time evil and will return to that path. By exploiting a source of endless experience points, he's an ancient sixty-five year old bald dude with beard and mustache. Tattoos cover half of his face and most of his body, but he's often wearing armor. Bright magical robes when he wants to impress people, dark spikey evil plate when he wants to take names. Over the course of a weekend, still going out and doing other things, I managed to beat most of the game. At this point I'm just taking care of side quests, buying up towns Ed Bloom style, and so forth. One day I'll sit down and beat it. The main quest is probably around twenty hours of gameplay if you don't race through it, nowhere near the depth of Fallout 2 or some other classics, and gameplay itself is on the easy side of things.

Is it worth buying? It's worth renting. Everyone should own an Xbox already, of course, so pick up the game for a few days. Odds are, you'll beat it, and know whether or not you want to bother buying it and playing it after that. Peter Molyneux has already apologized for the game, but I still think it's a fun diversion if you ignore the hype or get over the disappointment.

Sims 2, on the other hand, exceeded my expectations. Having spent a fortune on the original, I demanded a pretty good reason to spend yet more money.
  • $50.00 on game itself
  • $30.00 on Livin' Large
  • $30.00 on House Party
  • $30.00 on Hot Date
  • $30.00 on Vacation
  • $30.00 on Unleashed
  • $30.00 on Superstar
And I didn't even spend the other $30.00 for Makin' Magic. Still that totals two hundred and thirty bucks on Sims so far. So shelling out another fifty on a franchise I've already spent a ton of money on made me wary.

But Maxis delivered. Making a town from Sim City 4, community lots and other essentials added to the original in expansions already included, aging, aspirations, and a great new engine all helped to win me over. Today jenniever and I were laughing as a little baby toddled away from a busy parent to the bathroom, and started splashing in the toilet. I've already enjoyed watching my single father's daughter have a successful birthday party, turning into a teenager before my eyes.

Maybe it's a growth thing, like how I couldn't resist Pokémon after getting my first Pokémon to evolve into another form. Josh warned me that after that I would be hooked, maybe it's some sort of parental instinct acting here, hooking me to the game.

Sure, I miss things from many of the expansions. I wish I could have pets and train them, I wish I had the large amount of cool textures and such from House Party, and I wish my Sims could go on vacation. I'm sure Maxis will let me pay for the privilege of doing that all over again, but like a sucker, I'll be happy doing it.

Next week is Siguccs down in Baltimore, where a crapload of us will be presenting. Heading down from drewuniversity will be windexcowboy, blackbytes, johnstevensaul, oidhche, and our hero kingfox. The five of us will be presenting a total of five papers. While my co-workers in CNS have presented before, this is my first time. windexcowboy and I will be presenting a paper on eXtreme Deployment.

It's also my first work-related conference since getting hired by drewuniversity. Our friends at Hornbill will be there, and quite a few of the presentations look interesting. Good times.

Mexico is where I'll be early November as you might have read. Unlike last time, I mean it. We're going down for the big ¡Circus Mexicus! that Roger Clyne throws annually. Jick and Mr. Skullhead from KoL fame will be there as well, which will be cool. It's going to be an insane weekend. Flying down to Arizona, sleeping, driving to Mexico, attending the concert, sleeping, and flying back up to Arizona for a flight back in time for work the next morning.

Later that month is cessna182's wedding. Just reserved my tux earlier today. They're both amazing people, her family's great, the location is quite something, it should be wonderful. I'm very excited for it.

Though I am nervous about one thing: seeing my father for the first time in five years.

It'll be good to see my mother quillter under better circumstances.

So yeah, how are all you doing?

Feeling: excited excited
Listening to: Beavis and Butthead

Chorus of 11 demons || Preach it
From: graye Date: October 9th, 2004 11:58 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Doing good, thanks for asking!
kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 10th, 2004 08:29 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I'm glad to hear that. I was worried there for a while, and really rooting for you to pull it out.
celaeno From: celaeno Date: October 10th, 2004 02:43 am (UTC) (Hard link)
yet his wife stays just as young and firm as ever.

Firm? So does she sag later on in the game?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 10th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Nope, she never does. She never ages. No one ages except for you.

It was said, in interviews about the game before it came out, that you could drop an acorn and have a mighty tree in that place by the end of the game. No such luck. Nothing changes. The only change you can really make in a town is slaughtering all of its residents, or dragging them out of town, and buying up the houses they left while waiting for new residents to move in.

Ok, I lied, three other people aged. But that was between the very start of the game where you're a little tyke and the rest of the game, so that doesn't count.
slave2tehtink From: slave2tehtink Date: October 10th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Dreading deployment as usual. Wednesday begins my lengthy "Moving Onto Boat" process with a seabag of uniforms & underclothing, to be followed Thursday and Friday by civilian clothing and books (space determined by that remaining after uniform onload). Then next Monday, the day of our departure, I will bring my computer, sewing paraphenalia, and fabric stash.

It's a lengthy logistical process, really. And given that I'll probably fly home early, tons of my cash will be spent shipping things back from one port or another as necessary.

Also do you collect any small (possibly tacky) objects? Persons who send actual letters are eligible to receive small (possibly tacky, almost definitely strange) objects from overseas, so if there's a specific sort you prefer, best to tell me!
noelr From: noelr Date: October 10th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
pretty good, pretty good.
runstaverun From: runstaverun Date: October 10th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
nice post... its nice to see you stop back in for an update, withgout even falling for the old trap of "I'll update more" which is pretty tough to follow up on... if living is the reason for not documenting your life, then all the better as long as living is pretty good.

I even clicked on some of the links!
kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 10th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Thanks. Yeah, I tend to follow up on things like updating more when I don't promise. I get more done on cybersphere and log on there more regularly when I don't make a sweeping oath to do as such.

I could be updating more if I just took a fraction of the time I spend on KoL or Sims 2 or Fable or whatever and put that towards taking the notes I take for writing updates and translating them into actual posts.

I hope you clicked on this one. I thought of you when I first saw it in koan's journal.
runstaverun From: runstaverun Date: October 10th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
oh, I hadn't even moused-over that one!

[delay while I looked at it]

WOW, I'm a big fan of ICE's work,(the photographer that I linked to is a member of their digital photography division) but I hadn't seen that one, their quilts are of varying quality, but this is the first zoom one I've seen - I approve!
on a side note, the 100th and final ACiD pack was released a little while ago, I haven't had a chance to download and look at it yet, but at 450 megs it's got to have some good stuff it it! (and definately wouldn't be reasonable on a 14.4)
on a related note, my computer does not have a modem in it. Ten years ago I would have predicted that no reasonable computer would come without a modem in 2004...
runstaverun From: runstaverun Date: October 10th, 2004 09:57 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
and after looking at some of the recent quilts, this one is good, but the comments above it make it even better

runstaverun From: runstaverun Date: October 10th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
http://zoomquilt.nikkki.net/ -- how they did it -- it's neat!
Chorus of 11 demons || Preach it