Real Life Strikes!
Well, I don’t honestly have a lot to report this week. I’ve been inundated with real life stuff and have had very little time to write. And that’s been eating at me. A lot. I’ve spent a ton of time working on other parts though, including finishing my Taylin map (at least to some degree) and working with Aeon Timeline (part of the NaNoWriMo winner things) to come up with a good timeline for the Taylin world. It’s 15,000 years old, after all.
Aeon Timeline isn’t the easiest program to be use. I’ll be honest, there’s a substantial learning curve. In truth, I think what I need it for isn’t really what it’s designed for. I remember trying it out for The Orion Project. And for the record, when trying to deal with multiple timelines having to do with temporal changes is something that the program just completely fails at.
However, I doubt Time Travel stories is Aeon Timeline’s primary target.
No, this week, I’ve been doing two things. First, I’ve been enjoying SKYRIM on the PC. Now, I played this on the Xbox 360 a bit and just couldn’t get into it. However, Skyrim on the computer is a different story. Why? MODS! I’m totally in love with the sheer amount of awesome detail Skyrim mods have. I can have a rebuilt airship as a home with every sort of crafting tool? Yes please. I can craft boxes and bags and bandoliers, not only for myself but for my companions? Oh HELL yes. And the companion system? Awesome…especially with more mods.
Way too much fun. Seriously.
The other big project? Last week I talked a lot about the new sound system I was going to get. Well, ironically, I didn’t end up getting the speakers. You see, UPS lost them…
So when I got my receiver, I didn’t want to go without speakers, so I just hooked up my existing JVC speakers and realized they sounded great. A lot better than they used to. After one night, I realized I didn’t need new speakers at all! I just needed some good re-wiring and a new sub.
Now, I had my eye on a subwoofer on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. It was the Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Monitor Series Powered Subwoofer. I was pretty frustrated about the disappearance of the Yamaha speakers and I asked Amazon through their customer support for the pricing for the subwoofer (it was $69 for a unit that goes for about $240 normally. This sub was also the highest rated and best seller in it’s class on Amazon at present). They turned me down with a rather foolish tale about them not being able to honor “Lightning Deals” after the fact (it wasn’t a lightning deal, it was a Cyber Monday special).
That day I find a great deal on a Yamaha subwoofer on Craigslist. Friendly guy, seems honest. Heck, his daughter had a birthday the same week mine did! So I make plans to get together with him in Brea on Monday. I contact Amazon, telling them that I’ve decided to go another route with all of this and I want a refund on the speakers that never came (they offered to overnight me a new set or just refund it).
I wake up in the morning to a new email…offering to give me the Polk Audio sub for the price I wanted.
So I contact the Craigslist guy, thank him and decide to go with the Amazon subwoofer and get next day shipping.
And then I get a text from UPS saying that my Yamaha speaker set will arrive later the day. I get an email from Amazon telling me to refuse delivery and they’ll handle it. The next time I open my front door…a 5.1 Yamaha Speaker set is sitting on my porch.
The good news of all of this chaos? I got the Polk Audio system today and set it up. The music is glorious.
In fact…it’s EPIC.
And of course, I test it out using this amazing piece…
Seriously, listen to it. It’s freaking amazing.
And my expression upon listening to it?
Pretty much sums it up. Even better watching “Daring Don’t.” 🙂
I’m happy with it. I’m also just happy it’s done.
Okay folks, I’ll be honest. I’m fading out here. I’m super tired. Been up too late with a combination of converting a bunch of my DVDs to digital format and playing too much Skyrim.
Laura’s been feeling under the weather. So bad that we had to move Caitlyn’s birthday party one week. Sinus infection. Bleh. Caitlyn’s actual birthday was spent doing a few things. I took her to IHOP and we watched “Princess Twilight Sparkle” on my iPad while enjoying pancakes, eggs and bacon. And then we watched some Pony when we got home and finally went to see Despicable Me 2 at a budget theater. First time at a theater. She loved the popcorn…and sitting in my lap or Laura’s lap. And Tali did really well there. 🙂
The real party is this Sunday. 🙂
Other things…other things…oh yeah. I had to get both the power steering pump and the power steering hose replaced on poor Kasumi, my 1999 Honda Accord. I also have only 1MM left on my brakes, my alignment is horrid and my two front tires are ready to totally go out. So I’ll be replacing my brakes on Friday and doing my tires on Saturday.
I hate car stuff, especially since I just had my radiator redone a few months ago.
One Final Writing Note
I’ll be taking charge and starting a Critique Group with the OC Writers this January. I’m looking forward to it. Should be pretty darn good. 🙂
And that’s all I can think of at the moment. So I’ll leave you with the latest AWESOME outing by Jan Animations, the god-like animator for Button’s Adventures with his own version of…”Don’t Mine At Night.”
This guy is freaking AMAZING.
Good night folks. I’ll be playing a bit more Mass Effect to test out my speaker system. 😉
Good luck and have fun!