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Game Of Thrones Season 5 Episode 6

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Holy FUCK!

My friend Dan and I both had that reaction and emailed each other as much after last night’s show.

The compressed season definitely has a forced feel to a lot of events; but I am still enjoying Game Of Thrones as much as ever. There are only two episodes left for this season. This makes me wonder how the show will leave us with a cliff-hanger.

I won’t say anything further because that is not this blog’s primary purpose. There are other great resources out there for anyone who wants to dig deeper and/or get spoilers.

But…holy FUCK!

Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

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Game Of Thrones Season 7 (No Spoilers Here!)

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Just…wow! No Spoilers. I promise. I won’t talk about anything that happened in last night’s episode.

I am glad that I added HBO to my cable package for this. I’m still cancelling it immediately after Thrones ends in 8 weeks. But…wow!

Winter is here at last and things are going to get very interesting. There is already some intriguing character development.

I can hardly wait to see more.

Nine More Days Until Game Of Thrones Season 7!

Friday, July 7th, 2017

I don’t think I have ever talked about Game Of Thrones on this blog. I am a big fan though, of both the show and the books.

I’ve never subscribed to HBO before. But I am – temporarily – subscribing for the duration of Season 7. In the past, I have worked hard to avoid spoilers until the Blu-ray release is available. That would not be too bad if the wait were just a few months like it is for most films. Game Of Thrones is over by the end of summer and the Blu-ray release isn’t until mid-winter. Agony!

Here are some of my favourite GOT resources online:

Both YouTube channels explore histories of the Ice & Fire world as well as fan theories and trailer analysis. Each has a unique style and approach that is compelling and interesting.

Now for George R. R. Martin to finish The Winds Of Winter!

Civilization 6

Monday, October 31st, 2016

imageCivilization 6 was released a little over a week ago. I have owned every major Civilization games since the first one; so it was a done deal that I’d buy Civ 6 too.

I confess that I barely played Civ 5 though. It was simply a matter of not having enough free time. I am hoping that won’t be the case this time around. On Friday night I stayed up until midnight – just … one … more … turn…

Civilization remains as addictive as ever.

imageMore challenging too. Perhaps I am a bit rusty, but in my first full game – even set to the easy Settler mode – I got my butt handed to me. I ended up resigning because I just couldn’t continue in any meaningful way against the barbarian onslaught. I went back to replay the tutorial mode and to pay more attention to the advice of the advisor.

My current game is doing much better now, but I am still struggling a bit to maintain the upkeep of my units. The delete button does not appear to work; so now I am paying for units that I no longer want or need.

I keep forgetting that you can no longer stack units. This often screws me up in a battle. But I will get used to it eventually and make better decisions.

Just watch the opening trailer movie in the link above. Narrated by none other than Sean Bean, the opener never fails to capture the imagination and inspire.

Hopefully I don’t stay up until midnight tonight. There are other things to do this week!

Faith No More

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Last Monday, July 27th, I caught the Faith No More concert at the Southside Ballroom in Dallas!

It took at least 2 full days for my ears to stop ringing.

Faith No MoreThe opening act was Napalm Death and I can’t say that I enjoyed that. At first I didn’t believe their singer when he described themselves a “impenetrable fucking noise.” But with 20/20 hindsight (and Wikipedia), that is exactly what they were.

Fortunately, Faith No More put on a great show that more than made up for the opening. Of course they played their big hits from the past but also added in the new material from the Sol Invictus album.

The lighting was great – almost mesmerizing. Most of the stage and the band were in white, so the light show took full advantage of that.

Alas, my cellphone camera could not do justice to the event.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing FNM performing together again.

A Song Of Ice & Fire

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

woiaf

Last week I finally finished the fifth book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire series.

Of course, it was the HBO Game Of Thrones that got me into this. I started with season 1 from Netflix and then immediately bought seasons 1-3. I can’t wait for season 4 to become available.

If Martin doesn’t hurry up with book six, HBO is going to catch up to him!

Most recently, I bought The World Of Ice & Fire. This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen! It has a soft, faux-leather cover and the artwork is simply incredible. I love seeing the impressions of Westeros and its inhabitants through the eyes of others. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for any fan.

Jagged Alliance: Back In Action

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I have been playing the newly released Jagged Alliance: Back In Action.

Back in my college days, I played Jagged Alliance 2 and loved it. Back In Action sports updated graphics but is essentially the same. Nearly all the same characters and even the dialogue.

In spite of how close it is to JA2, there are still differences that I miss a lot. Notably, the cut scenes with Queen Deidranna and her lackey Eliott as your mercenaries progress against her. Those were really funny and well done. I was disappointed at the missing personality quiz method that let you build your own mercenary.

Despite those detractions, I’m still really enjoying the game. It has consumed just about all of my free time since I bought it.

Lego Star Wars: Super Star Destroyer

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

My first weekend back home from my vacation saw the completion of the Super Star Destroyer Lego model. This thing still takes my breath away when I look at it!

Super Star Destroyer - complete 02Just shy of 50″ long, this is the longest of the Star Wars Lego models. It totals 3,152 pieces of eternally amazing Lego bricks.

My friend Adam estimates that it took about 10 hours to build his model. I wasn’t timing myself; but I may do that for my next major build.

The next Lego purchases for me are going to the two newest Architecture series, The Brandenburg Gate and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House.

Super Star Destroyer - engines closeup 01I think that my favourite view of this spaceship are of the 13 KDY engines.

Lego Star Wars Models

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

I have returned to the wonderful world of Lego building in a rather big way (though not nearly as big as some).

Last week I purchased the Lego Star Wars models of Darth Vader’s Executor-class Super Star Destroyer and the Lambda-class Imperial Shuttle. I have completed the shuttle and am now working on the Super Star Destroyer.

Imperial Shuttle - angled

I decided to create a Lego Models photostream on my Flickr site to show off both commercial models and my own future custom builds.

My friend Josh owns the Millennium Falcon model. That still reigns supreme as the model with the most pieces to date. Adam beat me to building the Super Star Destroyer – he already has that on display at work.

I love this. It lets my imagination run wild. In my mind’s eye I see a huge space-based assembly plant slowly bringing shape and purpose to a 20 kilometer long command ship!