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Howling Winds, Revised

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2016 by urbannight

Thursday was so beautiful that we had windows opened up and I went to bed with my bedroom window left open. It became very windy during the night. In fact, the wind howled and whistled and sounded much like the blizzard we had a few weeks ago. The one I tried to drive to work in. I did not make it.

It was blowing very badly right into the windshield. Huge fat flakes that made visibility difficult. This area has a phenomenon called Thunder Snow. It is a snow storm with thunder and lightning. It is very pretty. The lightning reflects in the clouds and against the falling snow turning everything blue.

When it faded away, visibility was even worse. The power in the area went out.  Now I couldn’t even see the road more than a few feet in front of me.  I could see tire tracks so I just followed them and they got off on the next exit.  I went home.

(Now the day Thursday was beautiful but the night was terribly window.) I have not idea what that sentence was supposed to say.

Like I said, Thursday was lovely but the night was another story.  The wind was howling and whistling just like that blizzard.  The whistling kept waking me up.  Every time I closed my eyes and feel asleep I would see the snow blowing straight at my face.  It seemed so real that I had to get up and look outside.  It was very shocking NOT to see snow even though I knew it was supposed to be far to warm to snow.

We did have another beautiful day Friday, but I felt like it wasn’t right.  I felt sure that it had been snowing that it was really supposed to be cold.  It was such a strong and overpowering sensation that I simply could not adjust to the facts of reality once I was up and about.  It left me feeling off kilter and discombobulated all day long.

One of THOSE days . . . .

Posted in Gaming, Life, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2013 by urbannight

At 8:32 am I’m resorting to a cup of coffee. I hate coffee. I’m that desperate. I’m unbelievably sleepy today.

It doesn’t help that we are expecting a major snow storm this afternoon. Half the people are walking around talking about leaving early. Schools closed preemptively. Despite the fact that the heavy show has been pushed back until 2:00 today. The light flurries have been pushed back until after the noon hour. The Winter Storm Warning has been pushed back to noon Thursday through noon Friday from 6:00 am on the aforementioned days.

Other schools were a bit smarter and are having half days. But maybe the whole day is better. Is it harder for working parents to deal with the whole day or the half day? I don’t know.

Anyway, I think it is going to be one of THOSE days.

There is a group of mostly clerical staff, with a couple of professional members, that seem to think it is a party day. In fact, they spent half an hour being loud yesterday and have already started today.

This is a point of contention. My unit is always getting complaints that we are too loud. But we are the phone unit. We are taking incoming calls to report losses or check up on claims all day long. We have to spend all day talking. It is our job.

These people are not phone people. They do have some phone tasks, a few are lunch time backups. Their loudness does not come from any phone work. It is coming from half hour long chatty breaks.

These built-up, over-sensasionalized storm days result in people talking all day and not working. Part of the staff is leaving at half day to get home before the storm hits. Several people said they would just take the day off. That means the rest of us will most likely have to stay until the bitter end.

I could also do without the dire build up on how awful the day is going to be, weather-wise, and the build up of hope for office closures, but then the weather ends up getting pushed back so that it only affects the drive home, if it even hits that early. These storms usually get pushed back to the evenings. It ends up being both a distraction and a let down.

Top it all off, there was some major guild drama and a lot of high-ranking, highly involved guild officers split from the leadership and quit the guild.

My raid leader started his own guild. Part of my team is still in the old one and part in the new one. Some of the guild officers left and joined his guild.

You see, the man who originated the guild, 8 years ago, (it is a massive organization crossing many games and servers and not like any other guild I’ve ever seen) wrote a letter and put it on the forums in which he stated whom he wanted to be his officers and why and went so far as to actually insult and threaten some of the very people he wanted to keep. Which is why some of the people he wanted ended up quitting.

He wrote stuff that totally went against everything he has said the guild stands for in every single guild meeting I’ve been to. It sounded so different from him that some people had originally thought someone might have hacked him or somehow gotten into his account. It also sounded very much like drunk ranting. But no, turned out he sent a draft of the letter to a senior officer who verified that this was the actual guild leader’s words.

I ended up staying late to read this letter and all the responses to it and the letters from the senior officers who found the entire thing distasteful enough to decide they had to leave the guild.

The result is that I am very tired today. I didn’t get enough sleep. I had to drive because my roommate normally has class on this night. When I asked about his classes getting canceled he turned the entire thing in to an argument and an exercise in semantics that I decided he just didn’t want to go in to work together. When I ran into him at work, he said he went to tell me that he did NOT have classes but I had already left. I was tired and hungry and not in the mode to play games. So yeah, I left so I could get to work early enough to get breakfast.

Now I’m sitting here, drinking nasty coffee, drinking Pepsi, trying to get rid of a headache, and trying to stay awake while working on various tasks. I can’t keep my eyes open and it is going to be a LONG day.

A Little Bit of Gaming History.

Posted in Entertainment, Gaming with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2012 by urbannight

What happens when Exhaustion, Heat, and Gaming Grumpiness collide?

You find something old to play.

I played some Guild Wars this weekend because it was Winter’s Day in July. I also played some SWTOR this weekend. But both were kind of boring me. I was sleepy, cranky, uncomfortable, and channeling the outside heat. My AC was working itself to death attempting to drop the temperature from 76 degrees to 72 degrees inside. The external heat was so overwhelming that it was overwhelming my AC.

I realized that I was tired of running around killing things. Zeus: Master of Olympus was sitting there. City Building sounded more fun. City building with objectives and not just random city building like Sims City Social, or whatever it is called, the name escapes me right now.

As the names Impressions Games and Sierra Entertainment play by, I realize how much I miss Sierra and Impression games. I liked an awful lot of their games. I have Pharaoh and Cleopatra. I think I have one of the Caesar games as well. I never got the expansion for it, Poseidon: Master of Atlantis. I don’t actually remember seeing that anywhere.

I think that Pharaoh seemed a little more flexible and easier to control various administrative details. If you were short workers, you could allocate focus. Zeus tells me I can if I’m looking at the staffing for a particular building, but when I try to find the interface that lets me do so, I can’t find any way to control or change it. All I seem to control is wage and tax rates.

On the other hand, I like the ease of the military screen for Zeus better. There is also an interesting cheat code that allows you to go in and tell the tower archers to shoot cows instead of arrows. Some of the wandering citizenry have names such as Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Hugh Hefner. I’ve not clicked on those citizens so have yet to find them.

I am struggling with the current mission. I had two of the 4 objectives already completed when the mission started. I had to wait for the monster to show up before I summon the hero. Of course, I had all the supplies and didn’t have to wait on that, but it also took a while for the hero to actually how up, find the monster, and kill her.

This left me with one objective that is proving hard to meet. I have to have 11 trade partners and I have all 11 routes and piers/posts built. But two of them are not trading ATM. One is the one that lost contact w/ the world after the Maenads are first discovered. I thought that by defeating and killing the Maenad would cause them to open up again. Nope. And I don’t know why the other one isn’t trading. That city is on good terms with me. So I’m a bit bored just letting the city run until they change their minds. There doesn’t seem to be anything I can do to get them actively trading again. I searched. I can send gifts to the second city but I can’t interact at all with the first city.

It loses some of its value as a gaming alternative, for when I’m not in the mood for online games, if I can do nothing but sit and watch it run and wait for those cities to resume trading.

Impression Games I’ve Played:

Zeus, Master of Olympus,
Pharaoh,
Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile,
Caesar, but not sure which installment,
Lords of Magic, (which I didn’t really like very much)

Sierra Entertainment:

I liked Sierra a lot, in part, because one of the founders was Roberta Williams. The industry has very few women in it and very few successful women. She was a big name even in the early days of computer gaming. The name, Sierra, also speaks to the very beginning of pc gaming and gaming systems as it was started in 1979.

I had all eight of the King’s Quest games and both Shiver’s games. I think I also played Leisure Suit Larry. There were a few games that were advertised inside the games I got that I wanted but never saw in the shops. Space Quest, Phantasmagoria, and Homeworld might have been some I wanted.

It is now defunct, 2008. Through a series of sales over time, it ended up under Activision Blizzard. The same Blizzard we know and love for WoW and various types of ___’Craft games, Diablo, and other stuff. In fact, a list of dist of defunct gaming companies that were purchases and closed by Blizzard makes for an interesting read. 7 Studios, Activision, Bizarre Creations (Raising Hell Productions), RedOctane, Shaba Games, Sierra Entertainment, Underground Development, and Vivendi games.

I know many people who are much more into hard core gaming than I am. They think I’m a bit of a poser calling myself a gamer girl if I refuse to spend an entire month finding the solution to a puzzle by going through each and every variable or spending all my play time over the course of a week trying to get one datacron.

I, on the other hand, see the people who don’t know what a MUD is and who have no idea who these landmark gaming companies are and look confused when you tell them your first computer/game platform was a Vic 20 as the posers. I guess it is all a difference of perception and what you value.

I value fun and land mark games and systems. I don’t have a blind devotion to solving all puzzles myself and once the puzzle becomes a source of agrivation and frustration, I will see if someone has posted the solution. I am also devoted to the PC as platform and don’t want to buy other expensive game boxes when I have a perfectly good PC to run it on. Now it is hard to find games made for pc and other platforms. I remember when that was the NORM!

Other people value the skills and won’t accept anything short of solving it themselves. I have also noticed that these people are more likely to have multiple game systems and are always looking for the newest, latest, greatest of toys.

Sure, it is an over generalization, but one with a certain amount of truth to it.

The Life of a Madwoman.

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Food, Life, Movies and Theatre, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by urbannight

I must be mad because this doesn’t feel sane.  I’ve got a Tardis project going.  Friends are suggesting I do some Daleks a scarf like garland and make it all ornaments for a Doctor Who themed Christmas tree. 

I’m working on designing a wedding sampler for some friends who are getting married in December.   I have to finish designing it and start working on it if I want it to get done in time.  I’m starting to cut it too close.  I’m starting to chang Keep It Simple Stoopid to myself.  Sure, I’m aware of the misspelling there.  I don’t think it good to call yourself ‘stupid’ so I’m splitting hairs and changing the spelling instead.  That has to be another indicator of my insanity.

I have three sessions of dogstitting this month and I took a trip to see my grandmother.  My cats are going bonkers and last night, the first night home after 4 nights away, one kept stomping me all – night – long……   I guess he needed to make sure I was really there.  At one point I put him out of the room.  I then kept dreaming people were repeating things to me over and over and over.  I think it was because the cat sat outside my door and yowled, over and over and over, for nearly an hour.  I let him back in.  Then the whole trampling me thing resumed.  I eventually got up and slept on the couch.  He can’t trample me there.  He goes back and forth walking across my head and neck.  On a couch, there is no room.  All the can do is lay on me.  At least he then sits still and I can finally fall asleep.  I have one more weekend gone.  They are going to go nuts next weekend.

At least the dog sitting slows down then.  But I am also trying to work in more time on writing.  I kinda stopped for the most part last November when our office moved.  It was something I did during the down time that used to crop up for short periods during the day.  It was a way to keep busy and look like I was working.  Now I’m taking some of the time from when I would normally be keeping up with the blogs I read.  So I may get behind on some people because I’ve got a fairly large number of people I really love reading. 

Not to mention that I REALLY have to find time to lose the weight I gained the last two years.  I was put on a blood pressure medication that had a bad side effect.  I developed an insanely violent cough and it took forever for them to figure out it was my blood pressure prescription.  In that time, it got so bad that any effort, including the walk up to my apartment, triggered coughing fits.  I had to stop working out at the fitness center because people gave me nasty looks for going to the gym with a nasty cough.  Then I had to stop working out because I couldn’t do much before I started coughing myself sick.  Literally.  By the time they identified it, changed the scrip, and my system normalized again, I had gained 35 lbs, have foot and joint problems, and a 30 minute walk will nearly cripple me for the next three days.   But I have to get started and do something because most of my problems will clear up if I lose the weight.

And I promised my roommate I would make my lasagna.  But tonight is the only night this week where our schedules line up and I can make it.  Only I’m ready to crash.    I didn’t get anything done last night because dealing with server transfer issues took 3 hours last night on SWTOR and I had to deal w/ Blizzard as well because someone hacked my Battlenet account and changed my passwords.  I’ve taken a break from WoW to play SWTOR but I still don’t want my ‘toons robbed while I’m away.

I have two gift scarves in progress, one blanket in progress, and I was going to make fancy smancy dishrags out of sock yarn for christmas presents. 

My brain hurts and I have a mountain of clean laundry that needs to be sorted.  My cats used it as a bed while I was dog sitting and some of it needs to be rewashed.  I also have an end table of books still waiting to be read, a pile of borrowed movies to watch, a huge queue of Korean films on Netflix that I have not watched because I never sit down long enough to read a movie.  I keep trying to multitask instead. 

All of this excludes a project I was trying to work on for work.  Maybe there is a reason I’m so tired all the time.  There simply isn’t enough time in a week to work on stuff.  So clearly I MUST be insane.