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I'm not dead... [Mar. 18th, 2009|08:08 pm]
Marshall Myers
[mood |happyhappy]

I haven't posted in awhile, but it's mostly because I can't access lj from work anymore. Usually, once I get home I'm to busy to post, and when I do get on my computer I want to play WoW, not type away on a post for 10-30 minutes. In any case, I am alive, things are going well if a bit scary. Some good reasons, some bad reasons.

The bad reasons things are scary - the union contract cwa has with AT&T is up in 18 days, and so far negotiations aren't going well. The issues of health-care seem to be the problem as usual. Despite that, I am lucky and glad that I still have a job and that so far, my job seems fairly safe. Still, I'm not sure how things are going to go, and CWA may be going on strike here within the next 3 weeks...
The good reasons, and one I'll leave off here... My wife and I are expecting our second child! :) It was a bit unexpected, because we weren't exactly trying for number two, but we weren't trying to prevent either - if you know what I mean. Still, we're very happy, excited, and a bit scared. Not scared because of how it's going to change our lives - not like with Ashley. Rather, scared because of the economy, my possible strike etc. Heh, I guess just life stuff when you think about it.
Well, that's all folks. Besides those things life is pretty good really. I can't complain to much. Well, off to watch Criminal Minds!
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(no subject) [Nov. 6th, 2008|07:58 am]
Marshall Myers
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

Well, I haven't posted in a long while. Ever since my work blocked out LJ, I just haven't been around much - mostly because when I'm at home I tend to focus on other things. It's no secret that I do love me some gaming, and when I'm at my computer at home I don't do things that would take away from that time. Well, I was sick on Monday and decided to call in to work. I stayed home for 3 days to rest & recuperate. I will agree, I was pretty lazy and all but I also feel rejuvenated both mentally & physically. I'm going to get an occurrence ( I hope only one) but I have been a good worker and shouldn't have any in my record, or at the very least only 1. Every other time I've had to miss work I've gotten the absence approved by FLMA. I didn't want to take the weeks upon weeks of stress leave that some people do, but I did need something because work was really starting to get to me and bother me. In any case, I am ready to refocus. Already this morning I have been a busy body, taking care of financial things.

There are a few things that I would take a time out for to write some in LJ. One of those is Fallout 3. Readers of my journal might remember that I have a certain love for this series, it's up there with Final Fantasy. I recently got F3 for my birthday and while at home sick I played it alot. It is an amazing game, and so awesome in so many ways. I love me some post-apocalyptic themes, and F3 takes the cake. It takes place in the DC area of the Eastern US, and when you first emerge from the vault there is a very cool effect of your 'eyes' seeing the sun for the 1st time and then the view is breathtaking. You are on a steep rise in rocky terrain, and as you look over the countryside you see the ruins of the Washington monument in the background (the obelisk). Burned out and rotting corpses of houses, streets, & vehicles litter the landscape. One of the great things about F3 being a 'next gen' title is that the graphics can finally convey just how much of a wasteland the countryside is - 200 years after the bombs fell. It is amazing and breathtaking & poignant all at the same time. The game is also brutal, in a mad max sort of way. I thing the designers really got the essence of the game right, and went even beyond that! The gameplay itself is changed as well, being that everything is now fully 3d over the isometric view from the 1st two games. At first one might describe it as a first person shooter because it has many similar mechanics, but behind the scenes there are actually numbers being crunched to determine how much damage you do, what body part you hit, and if you do critical damage etc. In that respect, it's not a true 1st person shooter. Leveling up, there is a cap placed on skills this time around which is actually welcomed. Pretty much, the cap is a 100 or 100% on skills. Higher skill %'s really do make a difference, and you don't have to keep pumping skill points into something beyond 100 to make it uber. From 90 to 100% it already is. Tagging a skill means it's a specialty of yours. It gives you a 15% bonus to the skill but doesn't do much beyond that. In F1 & F2, a tagged skill increased 2x as fast (I.E. you put 1 pt into it and it went up by 2 pts.) In F3, they only increase by 1 regardless of whether it's tagged or not. You also get a perk every level, which is very nice I think. The perks don't seem to have been toned down either to compensate for this change. The game, while it does have 'silly' moments, seems a lot more serious overall this time around. There are a few humorous people & encounters, but you're not going to come across the knights of the round table, or face the bridgekeeper here. Overall, I am really loving this game, they did a great job on it and it feels more like fallout than F1 & f2 did, if that makes any sense, but of course you wouldn't have f3 if it weren't for those games either. It does a great job of pushing the series forward and I look forward to seeing what else Bethesda does with the series.

So, election night we were very excited to watch history unfold on the tv. It was also exciting to see that Indiana would be "blue" for the presidential race in my lifetime too. Amazing.

Ashley is turning into a goofball, such so that it's hard not to laugh when really we should be scolding her. Despite that, she is a great kid and everyday I am proud to be her dad. She is still jabbering words, but everyday those words start to make sense. She picks up on things very quickly too. Halloween was a good example, and after some trouble at the first door she knew what to do after that.

Well, I havta get going. I hope you enjoyed the update and hopefully it won't take me a month to write again.

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(no subject) [Aug. 29th, 2008|11:10 pm]
Marshall Myers
[mood |blankblank]

You know, there are alot of things I've been wanting to write about - sad things and good things and frustrating things, but since I am often ahead of the game at work, I usually do it then... except big brother killed lj after like 5 years... I get a blocked message, with the reason being something along the lines of Online community or some such. Yea, it sucks...

I'd like to post more right now, but it's late and I'm tired. Plus, the weekend is going to be kinda hectic. I'll post some quick blurbs though, just in case people have been dying for updates or something.

Sad news: Our beloved cat Bela died 3 weeks ago. I'm just now posting about it because it actually hit me quit hard. She was having major problems, losing weight, not eating. We took her to the vet and they wanted to run tests on her. We decided to do the tests but they weren't going to be until the following Monday so we opted to bring her home until then. We are glad she did. Saturday evening while watching a movie with my dad, I picked her up gently and set her in my lap. She laid her head down and got comfortable. That was my last moment with her, and the next morning while we were getting ready to leave for breakfast, she crawled under our kitchen table, laid down and just stopped breathing. I think having to handle the body afterwords is what got to me, because I didn't really want to have my last moments with Bella be that - but I just tried to remember the night before when she was in my lap, and I got to say my goodbyes.

Good things: Gen con was a total blast, and the entirety of what I did is too long for this post. My buddy Chris came down and we had a really good time hanging out, playing various games and just taking it all in. We even took a break and got to tour the new Colts stadium which is very large, and has one of the longest and highest freaking escalators I've ever been on. Ashley had a blast riding it though.

Frustrating things: Lack of communication between Emily and I made Gen Con weekend also highly stressful. The good news out of that though is that we learned a thing or two and I think next year will go much smoother.

This weekend we are giving our kitchen a facelift. We'd like to gut and redesign but since we don't have the money, we're opting for just making it look nicer. For help in this project, my Dad is coming down, and also Emily's Mom, Stepdad & half-sister - so it's going to be a full house to say the least. Here's hoping everything comes together.

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test post [Aug. 19th, 2008|03:00 pm]
Marshall Myers
After 5 to 6 years, my work finally blocked lj. However, some of it still appears to work. I can see posts, but apparently I can't reply to posts... now I'm testing on if I can make a post to my own journal.
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(no subject) [Aug. 6th, 2008|10:51 am]
Marshall Myers
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

Been awhile since I posted.
I'm getting excited, Gen Con is coming up next week and I'm all ready for it. I've managed to save up some money for it, so I'm going in prepared but will try not to just splurge because I can. Emily shook her hand at me yesterday and warned me not to buy a bunch of card games when I'm trying to sell off my magic & WoW cards. I chuckled, nodded and said yes mam. Point of fact, as I get older, I'm getting much more into board games & the like, stuff that is all there with one purchase. Plus, it's harder to play the collectible games in a way because none of my friends do the card games anymore - meaning my Magic The Gathering collection is collecting dust. The only card game I've been interested in lately is the Eye of Judgement game for Ps3 - and the big reason is because 1) it's a great concept & more importantly 2) I can play it online but still have the joy of collecting. So, I'll actually get some use out of it. Problem is, the game costs 70 bucks to start (You get the eye toy, the ps3 game disk & a starter pack of cards) so it's going to wait for more important things.

Things have been quite in the land of Eve lately, mostly because I haven't been playing much of it. I got into the Ps3, and now I'm really heavily back into Titan Quest. Such a great game, and one of the very few to get the 'formula' of hack n slash loot games really down. I was crazy for Diablo 2, and TQ carries this fine tradition forward. It goes without saying that I'm extremely looking forward to Diablo 3.

Two other games I'm looking forward to: Deadspace & Fallout 3! Especially the latter of those two since I've been a huge fallout fan for a long time.

Ashley is doing well and continues to both impress & do funny things. Yesterday, both Emily and I swore she said "I can't find it." and "where is it?" though it wasn't spoken very clearly as of yet - but we are pretty sure that's what she was intending to say. She can also say "I love you" sometimes. Whatever the case, she's a trip.

At my work place, when things go wrong we like to blame 'the system' which is to say this esoteric, entangible computer intellegince that is responsible for sending and monitoring orders. We like to say things like "It (the order) needs time to flow through the system." or "The system released it prematurely." etc. It's kinda fun knowing we have our own personal SkyNet fucking things up on a regular basis...atleast that's what I tell my other geek friends.

Not much else to say. Things are going pretty well really. I've started working out again, and so has Emily so we are getting more healthy. We've got plans for our house that are starting to come together which is fairly exciting. All in all, things are going well.

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First post on DnD 4e [Jul. 21st, 2008|11:20 am]
Marshall Myers
[mood |complacentcomplacent]

I'm not going to talk at length just yet about 4e Dungeons & Dragons. In general, I like it - though I'm sure it's going to turn some people off. In essense, it's like a complete rewrite of the whole she-bang. I mean, as far as 3e & 3.5 was vastly different from 2e, 4e is vastly different from 3 & 3.5e. Still, there are some things carried over - checks are still made with a d20. But, rather than go into anything in detail just yet, I thought I'd just list what it doesn't have:
No Bard, Monk, Druid, or Barbarian class's. I'm not sure why, or if they will make an appearance somewhere down the line. I personally think they will. There is already quite a bit in the new book. Each class has a good 10 pages each, so I think they got cut for space reasons. That is my more optimistic reason. Hit points gained are static - you don't roll anymore. You get a set amount, and constitution only adds once at character creation, not at each level. There is no Half-Orc class, but otherwise all the other races are present including a new one - A Draconic race (think half-human, half-dragon). There is no Sorcerer class, however there is a new Warlock class which replaces it (Sorta). Given the new system, I can actually understand this decision. I'll go into it later. All classes gain some sort of healing power, but (and this is my assesment) you still need a cleric (or palladin) to make healing more effecient. A fighter is still pretty much a fighter, and she/he won't last long in a big fight without some sort of healer present. Clerics aren't just for healing anymore, which is actually a very nice change. They get some attack/heal abilities which is kinda cool I think. Again, more later.

That's about all I have time for right now, but I'll be presenting some more in-depth thoughts about things later. For now, my general concensus is that I like it.

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uhg [Jul. 15th, 2008|02:27 pm]
Marshall Myers
[mood |goodgood]

Well, I had that cold earlier last week, and it turned into a lovely sinus infection. By Sunday it felt like my cheeks and forehead were going to explode from the pressure. I went to the Dr. on Monday and got medicine and already I'm starting to feel better. I remember from when I was a kid there used to be a sudifed medicine that were little red pills that always seemed to help me with sinus pressure. Turns out, it's just behind the pharmacy desk now - thanks to the meth heads out there.

3:10 to Yuma (the new one, haven't seen the 1957 original) is a damn good movie, and looks freakin awesome on blu-ray.

Hmm...I don't have much else to say. Been taking it kinda easy due to the illness & all that. I really really really need to start exercising again.

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(no subject) [Jul. 10th, 2008|04:29 am]
Marshall Myers
[mood |disappointeddisappointed]

Senate votes for retroactive immunity

So...I'm wondering right now why most americans fought so hard to get the democrates in power a few years ago? Cause right now, it doesn't seem much different than the republicans...And Obama, wow man I'm actually pretty disapointed in you. I thought you were by far the better candidate but Hillary voted no! You are still a lot better than the alternative, and I know better than to pull my support, but still - unless you do something really ballsy here soon, then I've lost alot of that feeling of hopefullness I was having over this campaign year. I feel that your support of this bill has lost you alot of the support you were getting, as people are once again disenfranchised by the government.

Sad, just sad.

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(no subject) [Jul. 9th, 2008|04:24 am]
Marshall Myers
[mood |aggravatedaggravated]

I appear to be getting over the cold, so it hit me heavy at first but dies fast. Yesterday I litterally crashed after I got home, and slept for a good 3 hours or so. When I got up, I felt way better so I did go see Wall-E. Excellent movie! However, it was expensive - 7 bucks for a matinee now... jeez.

I turned in my ps2 at gamestop. My work-mate said they had given him 60 bucks for it, but I either got royally screwed or he had alot more stuff with it than he let on (or he could have been exagerating too I guess). You know, Gamestop actually really sucks for trading in games. Honestly. They won't take ps1 games anymore, nor will they take pc games. They hardly even sell PC games anymore actually, unless it will make them money - like WoW. Anyways, I had one ps2 game and they gave me a whopping .75 cents... for something they'll turn around and sell for 20 bucks. My system, they were going to give me 35 $, which I guess isn't horrible, but then the guy looked at the cords. One of my cats (probably Smokey) chewed on the cord, exposing the wires a bit (but not chewing through them). So he wouldn't take one controller but would take the other, which also had 'dents' in the cord from my cat. I guess he was doing me a favor? Oh, did I mention this was the same guy who sold me the ps3? So yea, weirdness here too. He flat out tells one customer that he had his back turned to the customer because he was already helping me, and because he (salesman) was a dick. I kid you not. Anyways, so with only 1 controller they would have to 'refurbish' the system, which was a 15 dollar fee that reduced my 35$ down to 20$ You know, if I go looking on E-bay and see I could have sold the ps2 for way more than that, I'm going to be a little miffed - miffed at myself for not having the balls to say, "You guys suck corporate ass." and leave the store. Alas, I did not do that and like a chump I took the credit and put it towards a pre-sale for a Civ game on ps3.

However, their were two interesting things that happened. The first was the lady who thought she'd just park her van in front of the store when the curb was clearly marked yellow. She brought her kids, so she clearly intented to look around and get her kids something. It's not like the parking lot was 10 miles away, and as a matter of fact there were some very good spaces available. Anyways, a few minutes later a cop comes in and asks who was the driver of the van. "You need to move your vehicle, otherwise I'm going to tow it and call animale controll." That leads me into the next part, as I left the store, a little white dog was trying to get out of the van but got stuck on the open window and was yelping in frustration and maybe even pain. I went back in and told the lady.

But wait, there's more! As I was leaving, another customer approached me and asked me about the ps1 games Gamestop wouldn't take. He looked at them, (One was an rpg, the other an action game) and wanted to buy them... not really knowing their true value I told him two bucks and he could have them. I then, out of the kindness of my heart, gave him the controller GS wouldn't take - what the heck was I going to do with it? It was useless to me.

After that adventure, I was feeling a little rundown again, so I went home and fell asleep on the couch for a bit. Then I got a call from one of my Aunts who invited me out to dinner, so I went to Santorinie's Greek Kitchen (our fav greek restaurant) and had dinner with two of my Aunts which was very nice. Went home, rested a bit, then took a shower and went to bed.

Now I'm at work...

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(no subject) [Jul. 8th, 2008|06:53 am]
Marshall Myers
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

Working this shift is bad enough, but when you come down with a cold on top of it, terrible.

So, I'm taking a half-day to go home and try to get some rest. Emily is out of town and Ashley is spending the night at the baby-sitters, so I think around noon I'm going to go see Wall-E. I've been wanting to catch a movie recently, but there are several good ones I want to catch, so I couldn't decide... finally I figured that since I REALLY wanted to see Wall-E more than any of the other movies, then that's the one I'll go see.

So, sleep then movie.
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