Monday, March 15, 2010

Up To Date

I finally tore open my copy of Final Fantasy XIII over the weekend.  I’ve been waiting for this game for a while now, eager in my anticipation, ready for an excellent story and classic RPG experience.  So far, the game has been more than beautiful, and the HD viewing makes it even more eye-pleasing.  I only had time to play for about and hour-and-a-half, so I didn’t really get very far into the Exposition, but the plot seems like it will be grandiose.  The only negative thing (besides the occasional eye-rolling cheesiness) has been the voice acting/ character development of Vanille.  She’s quickly getting on my nerves.  Other than that, so far so good.  Now, if I can only find time to play the game…

I also started two new books over the weekend.  Coming off the dark, grittiness of Best Served Cold, I wanted to read something different.  Why You Say It, provided to me by Thomas Nelson Publishing House, traces the history to over 600 common everyday words and phrases, and it’s definitely a different type of reading for me.  The other, The Good Thief, has been on my TBR pile for a while.  Neither are in the typical genre I read, but I’m ready for a break.

The Sunday School class had a board game night on Saturday.  Several of us got together and ate and played a few games.  Good fellowship.  Great food.  Excellent time.  Then, on Sunday morning, we started a new study (which I think I mentioned a week or so ago) called Forgotten God, a book by Francis Chan.  One chapter in and I’m already hit hard.  Should be a challenging book.

I started a new regime today.  I normally get up near 7:00am, which gives me the amount of time to get ready and commute to work.  Today, I set my alarm for 6:16am.  I rearranged our study over the weekend, pulling the desk closer to the window and moving some bookshelves around.  Now, in the mornings, I fully intend on reading and studying Scripture before I head off to work.  I’ve sadly been neglecting the Bible for a while, reading only a verse or two each day (RSS Feeds!) as opposed to reading and meditating on a passage.  I pray that I’ll glean from this and get closer to God.

My boss is on vacation all week, which worked out great for me taking off early on Wednesday to go see Pat Rothfuss.  I didn’t realize it until last night, but Wednesday is St. Patrick’s day.  Pat has mentioned on the Facebook event page that he might do something special for this reading.  Heck, maybe he celebrates it for a completely different reason, as he shares the name with the Irish (?) saint.  To me it’s just another day, but not this year.  No sirree.  But I need to think of some sort of memento to bring and give him.

I’ve been listening to a lot of harder music here lately.  Mainly Coheed & Cambria.  As some of you know, I usually listen to folk or bluegrass or acoustic music, stuff that’s mostly soft and simple.  C&C, on the other hand, is really pretty heavy.  They’re a prog-rock band telling a complex narrative through concept albums, with titles like The Second Stage Turbine Blade, In Keeping the Secrets of Silent Earth or Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Vol One: From Fear through the Eyes of Madness.  It’s hard for me to follow or understand the story, but it’s interesting and surprisingly entertaining.  You can check out one of their more famous songs here or here.  These videos are silly, and the lead singer, Claudio Sanchez, definitely doesn’t match his voice.  Good songs, though.

I’m not entirely sure how to manage my layers with MicroStation.  I have my USGS Quad map on one scale.  I have my different contour layer on another, which is matched and scaled differently, anchored to a certain point location.  Getting the two aligned is proving more difficult than it should be.

Sophie and Stella are getting along better, though there’s still a way to go. 


Krista said...

I read The Good Thief and I really enjoyed it. Definitely different from what I normally read, but still very good. I'd love to read more books like it, too.

Funny how a man could do so much for Christ that in honor of his legacy, a day is set aside to honor him... and we "celebrate" the life of this man by getting drunk before noon, wearing green, throwing beads and acting stupid on Greenville Ave. Once again, we've missed it.

Have fun meeting Pat! Jealous? Yes, I am! haha!

All the best!

Bilski said...

Microstation is the devil

Crystal said...

I've heard good things about FFXIII.

I started Warbreaker this weekend. So far, so good.

I'll have to check out Coheed and Cambria. I love finding new music. I listen to just about everything. Have you heard of a alt-rock band called Temper Trap? I won tickets off the radio and I'm seeing them perform tonite at the Hard Rock Cafe here in Seattle. I'll probably blog about it.

David Wagner said...

Good luck on your new Scripture-reading regime. I trust it will prove effective and beneficial.

And say hi to my good pal Pat Rothfuss for me! Oh, yeah, he and I go way back...

OK, fine, I've never met him, sheesh! You see right through me!

Verification Word: cheakeal

David Wagner said...

Bah, 'regime', 'regimen', what's the difference!

logankstewart said...

@Krista: So far I'm liking The Good Thief, but I've only read around 50 pages or so. It should be good, though. Yeah, I'm not really sure why St. Patty's day is a holiday, nor do I understand why people use it for an excuse to get hammered, either.

@Bill: Indeed, sir. Indeed.

@Crystal: I hope the game holds up the my expectations. I've loved nearly every Final Fantasy game I've played, and I've played a lot. Enjoy Warbreaker, and have fun at your *free* concert. Never heard of Temper Trap, but blog for sure.

@David(x2): Ah, I couldn't decide if it should be regime or regimen, so I just went with it. Too lazy to look it up, I guess. I'm sure it'll be beneficial. You're the second person to tell me to say hi to Pat for them.

marky said...

How ya doing dude?

Aye, I started FF13 last week too. I’m up to chapter nine, and it’s great. I’ve still not opened up any side quests yet. Apparently you don’t until chapter thirteen. I’m loving the new combat system. It’s the best yet!

I finished Heavy Rain, and swapped it for FF13. If you get the chance, give it a go. The story is very good, and it’s got a few curve balls in it. It’s only got about eight hours worth of game play, but it’s still worth a punt.

Tell Pat I said hello! You lucky, lucky blighter.

logankstewart said...

@Marky: Ah, friend, I wonder about your health and well-being from time to time. I trust you're doing well? I'm great.

Yeah, FFXIII has been sweet so far. That crystal lake thing is awesome looking. Mesmerizing. Hypnotizing, even.

I really really wanna play Heavy Rain. A few of my friends have told me how great it is, and the possibilities are nearly endless. One of these days.

I just might have to tell Pat. Take care, friend.

Krista said...

Well, Logan, I know why we're supposed to celebrate St. Patty's day... He was the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. He and his disciples converted thousands and built churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message.

logankstewart said...

@Krista: Hey, thanks. I had no idea about the history of St. Patty's day, but it's definitely something to know. Fascinating. Now it's even more boggling to wonder why this holiday is associated with alcohol.