So, this morning, I heard water running. It sounded more splashy than the water from next door, so I went to check the shower. It turned out to be a stream of water dripping out of a crack in the ceiling in the bedroom. There were several other watery patches. I got the bucket, and stuck a knife into the crack to let all the water out into the bucket. I sent an email to the condo people (10:30) and went out to check the roof. There was a bit of damage there, and more over my kitchen. I found damp spots there too, and sent another report to the condo people.
At 11:30, after a titanic crash, I opened the door a crack and saw a cloud of insulation. I shut the door, and reported that to the condo people. At noon, I got a reply to the first email, telling me to call them. I did, but she was out. I reported that to the condo people. At 12:30, I got a reply telling me to call again. After spending some time on hold, I read my first email out loud. This impressed them enough to call a roofer, who will arrive at some point between now and January, and not this weekend. Because the mess is now inside my unit, I’m responsible for cleaning it up. And while they will put the ceiling back, only after the roof is repaired and after it rains, so they can see the roof still doesn’t have dozens of huge holes in it. I think they just didn’t want to deal with it before a 4 day weekend.
I’ve cleaned up most of the filth, put a drop cloth up over the hole, but I don’t know if the room is habitable. It smells, there is still detritus embedded in the floor, and the seal isn’t air tight. Plus, it breathes in and out, and crinkles every time.
I liked it.
I could see where it could be seen as ponderous, and indeed a children’s story as compared to LotR. The story lacked scope and scale. Given that it was not actually written as a trilogy, it doesn’t have the same sort of ending as, say, A New Hope. Many of the characters aren’t that distinct. The fight scenes are perhaps too fast and chaotic, and oddly bloodless. It might have just been the 3D, but it was hard to actually see anything. It was my first 3D movie. I was able to see the effect, mostly, despite my eyeball issues. I think it’s a waste, though. It isn’t that immersive, or at least wasn’t able to overcome the uncomfortable seat and deafening sound level, and I noticed it mostly as artifact. The poop wizard and scrotal king are pretty off-putting. It also suffers from WoW’s giant NPC syndrome, in that the boss monsters are all 3 times the size of the rest of their species. Conversely, if dragon attack is a remote possibility, perhaps putting a giant door exactly the size of a dragon on your otherwise impenetrable underground city wasn’t a good idea. I didn’t get why Saruman and Elrond wanted to stop their quest ( ! Also, defeat the trolls, loot epic swords. Upgrade!). I think the Man is just keeping them down.
It continues LotR’s attention to detail, and New Zealand’s landscapes. Much of the music continued the LotR themes, but I liked the new stuff as much. I actually remembered the riddles, from 30 years ago. I liked that hat. Epic performance by a hedgehog.
I don’t like it, either.
They removed the iTunes DJ, which is annoying, but every attempt to recreate that is broken, which is downright off-putting. For example, I have a dynamic playlist for a random 25 tracks from every track at least one star and not played in the last 7 days. This removes the character one attributes to the DJ when it decides to play the same song several times or keeps going back to one album all day, but is exactly what I’d want. Thing is, the random thing doesn’t update, ever. The last played condition does not remove that track from the list unless you are looking at iTunes when the track finishes.
The up next feature does not have the previously played songs list like the DJ had. The miniplayer is not available if iTunes is in full screen mode, so I can’t have it up to use the controls in my work area, while leaving the full listing up elsewhere.
The up next feature does not include podcasts, so it is still impossible to play a set of podcasts. The other podcasts lists are nice enough, though I didn’t notice the refresh button is now an icon on the left. I have only one daily podcast, so I don’t pester them all daily. Though I don’t know why they didn’t go “full iPod” on the podcast views, with the embedded text display and speed options. On the “unplayed” view, the screen is mostly empty space.
Almost none of my music has images, so the 2 other views are still useless. Conversely, none of the icons have hover text. Some of them pop menus, some of them do stuff, so clicking on them can be a bit of a gamble.
I got the ridiculously expensive Grand Expedition Yak (plus: the passengers don’t complain if you drop them off. minus: they are grummles), and the merely expensive 4 jeweled cats, and the expensive times 4 onyx cat, which is made by combining a second set of the 4 jeweled cats. I haven’t had time to complete the reputations past Revered, except for the bugs and all the tillers. I’m up to 3 full farms across 5 characters. I don’t have time for fishing, though, so I only leveled cooking to max on one. I can’t get into rep grinding for any other characters, given that I know the Commendation is coming in the next patch.
Speaking of insane wealth, the black market auction house has been disappointing. There’s nothing on it, most of the time, and anything I’ve bid on has been outbid in seconds. I can’t spend all day standing there. I’ve never even seen anything like the one item I’d hope would be there, the now unavailable tiger mount that never dropped for me.
My hunter got a Sha of Anger group right after hitting 90, and was #7 on the dps. That’s 4 90s, 1 86.
The guild has not been raiding. People haven’t been showing up, and the pugs aren’t geared or reliable. Plus, some of the guild isn’t, either. I may have to join somebody else’s raids again. I can sustain 40khps, but I should look the glyphs again. I have been tanking the old raids, sometimes on the shaman because even Wrath bossed don’t hurt that much. I still have to get even the lfr version of the latest raid.
I have leveled my Tiny Fox Kit to level 20, but need to find a 19-20 area to fill out the team, or level up the several 16-17 I captured. I need to level up my other teams before I can challenge the other bosses, or hope the Fox at 20 can just demolish them no matter the type. I went looking for the Arctic Fox, but they only show up in the snowy weather. I name all my spider pets “RoswellStudios”. They make the webs.
It’s looking good. I’m a week behind, but the new shows in the sci fi weirdness genre are looking great, the relationship shows aren’t completely sappy.
Btooom! is a disappointment, in that the protagonists appear to be idiots. GIRLS und PANZER was disappointing mostly because it wasn’t Sora no woto, Upotte!!, or even Strike Witches. Magi just failed to engage me.
Shin Sekai Yori (From the New World), My Little Monster, Blast of Tempest,The Pet Girl of Sakurasou,Kamisama Hajimemashita, Code:Breaker, Psycho-Pass are all at least adequate. Like I didn’t already have too many things to do.
Still very busy at work, but I have a couple of revered reputations, but because I haven’t had the time to also run dungeons, I don’t have the points to spend on their gear. I did however make the Golden Lotus gear for my shaman, and bought another, so with a lfr drop, that’s 4 epic pieces. I can once again top the healing charts in the lfr. I think I need to rework things, because Healing Wave is too costly to keep using as a main heal.
Speaking of which, the lfr is very chaotic. Some of that is people don’t know what they are doing, but the fights take place across huge areas and force you to move. There is a lot of damage, some of which is avoidable, some of which will kill you instantly. Few people, I think, are used to using their own defensive abilities. Or not standing in fire. Or standing in healing rain. I’ve seen people move out of healing rain.
I have a completed farm, which is oddly satisfying. I still don’t have the full cooking ability, but I can grow my own crops. Cooking is the only secondary profession I don’t have maxed out.
The guild is getting back into raiding. We did Ulduar, which was hilarious as 1 person could do 40,000 dps on trash that didn’t even have 40,000 health. I did 86% of the total damage, mostly because I’m still the only person who knows how to kill the Flame Leviathan.
I haven’t had a chance to post anything recently, First I was working hard Pre-Panda to get enough free time, but then Post-Panda we got even more work. Work, Warcraft, and Sleep and hygiene: pick 2. I’ve been simul-leveling 3 characters and all the professions. I haven’t had the time to keep up, so I’m only 87,88,89.
Overall, it has been good so far. No server crashes or massive log-in times. The developers have clearly worked on the view distances, so the graphics are way more impressive in spots. Materials are plentiful, and you can sometimes make rares, so any crafting profession can be profitable. Archeology and fishing are less irritating. I haven’t even gotten through half the Horde’s storylines yet. I have not had time to get my monk past 11. Tanking didn’t seem to have a heal spell. I’m assuming one comes soon, because the whole point of leveling as a tank is the 0-downtime managing your own health can bring. The puns and odd pop culture references are plentiful. The Pokemon battles are fun, if an odd addition.
Minor irritations include that the lengthy opening sequence and quest chains are un-skippable. I brought my tailor up to make silk, but the first flight point isn’t connected to any of the non-phased ones, so you have to ride out to the valley of silk every time he needs training. Also annoying that there is no auction house in Pandaria, even with faction specific zones. The Pandaren are pretty silly. The monkeys are even sillier. As much as I love anime’s furry comic relief characters (♥ nekomimi), I’m not sure basing an expansion on the concept was a great idea. I also noticed just now the screenshots are only the bottom left quadrant.
Do you have a problem that can be solved with an odd mix of math, reflexes, and determination? Roswell Studios has a mountain of gold to prove our valor. If you are on Nord or Duskwood, say hi to RyuRyu or SunYunMei.
Note to self: name a spider RoswellStudios. It makes the webs!
If you attend only 1 Lim wedding this year, it should have been this one. It was tasteful and restrained. Even the children were tasteful and restrained. The site had great views of my side of the Hudson Riven. I’ve been on top of nearly every hill across the river. I think I’ve been near the water tower in the distance, but I’m not really sure where that is.
Though I was disappointed to go to a Korean wedding and only hear one “Gangam Style” remix. I also should not have eaten somebody else’s dinner. (He’d left, it’s not like I snuck it off his plate while he wasn’t looking.) They were both good.
We needed to create podcast feeds for a client. Rather than code it up, we used Podcastgen. However, we needed to create more than one distinct podcast feed. This is probably not the best idea, but I hacked it to do that. (Another option: just copy all the files to new dir with a basic setup script, then let the setup/ script do its thing.)
In keeping with the GPL, here is the source: podcastgen_multi.tbz. I release any copyright on my changes to the public domain.
It is not the nicest code, and it is not a polished product like Podcastgen. You need to be able to edit setup.php, especially the username and passwords. If you need hints as to what goes in there, look in setup/.
Other handy new feature: it can store podcasts and release them in the future. Set up a cron job to run cron_generate.php.
It is supposed to be in the 70s next weekend, too, so I’ll probably go out at night again at least once more before it drops into the 50s, but after the Labor Day Weekend Marathon/Death March (4-5 hours every morning), I can barely consider moving any at all right now.
In all, an excellent season. Only a few minor shin cuts, one mysterious rash on my arm, and because it was all at night and early morning, no sun or car exhaust complaints. I made it as far north as I ever have, despite trying not to after what once happened to my knee in Nyack. (I used to be a bicyclist like you, but then…). The route up through Tappan and NY’s Country Roads up to the top of Lake Deforest is very easy, and much easier and less traffic than 9W to Nyack. I found many new historic markers up that way, like the site of last witch trial in New York. I discovered a number of nice places on the Palisades, including the foot path by the river with the spiders, the ruins filled with spiders, and the mostly spider-free overlooks. I saw the parrots in Edgewater, but very little wildlife, mostly deer, a few cats, and a family of raccoons. I saw the sunrise from pretty much every notable point between the Tappan Zee and GWB. I tried to visit every pond and stream in the area, but most of them are inaccessible, either because its actually in somebody’s back yard, or the roads run around it, so it is surrounded by private property or thick woods. Coopers Pond is huge on the map, but totally invisible from the road. I did find a couple of very nice new parks that way, though. I floated in a stream twice. Breath-taking-ly cold, but very refreshing and you dry off fast enough back on the road. Or for fewer amoebas, just fine a sprinkler that hits the street.
Possibly the most notable thing would be the cop who pulled me over because he thought I wasn’t wearing shorts. At the time, he gave me the impression Tappan is crazy at night. Which is odd, given the only person I saw there was the one guy that passed me, turned around, passed me again, turned around again and parked in the middle of the road, and started talking to me about nudity. However, months later, I was near that same road, and met another bicyclist who was way too chipper for 4 am, riding without lights or helmet. So that cop may have had a point, after all. Drugs are bad, kids.
The weirdest thing would be the ghost. I was on the Clarke Rail Trail, going south, and saw a ghostly apparition coming north. It was horrible in its appearance (gangly tentacle-like appendages, skin like one dead or a mole man that does not know the sun, garbed in crude rags stained with unknown fluids and solids and riven in a few places that could be embarrassing if you looked closely, not shaven like any civilized man, but like one whose electric razor is loud and doesn’t easily get some spots), but also familiar. I could see directly into my light, seeing every detail of the LEDs, and tell it was on, but it emitted no light. Like looking at a drawing of a light. It can’t get any lighter than the page, or in this case, the mist. The reflection was convincing enough as a physical object for me to say “You need a light” when I first lit it up and try to move over to avoid it.