Back In Town

Fair warning: This post is going to be random as hell. 

I returned home today, after spending the last several days out of town. I managed to finish up all of my classwork along with getting all of the posts in order for the end of Blaugust and The Digital Backwoods before setting out on Saturday. As I mentioned in some of the notes towards the bottom of those posts, I wouldn’t be able to do my Nuclear Throne daily runs while I was gone, but that I’ve been thinking of continuing them beyond Blaugust, along with maintaining the daily posting. I just know that some days during the Blaugust event, there were posts that were a bit of a reach, and things that I might not have posted (skipped a day) under normal circumstances. So I’m not going to promise that the daily runs and daily postings will continue forever, but for now I have been enjoying this madness. I will however, promise that The Digital Backwoods will be getting new posts each day for the foreseeable future. By the way, thanks to the community for all of the submissions recently, it’s made scheduling out posts that much easier! I’m always willing to take more, and you will be credited for your shot. See my introductory post on that site for more details.

So the reason for my trip, if I hadn’t mentioned it already (I can’t remember and I can’t be bothered to look right now), is that my sister is moving out of state in a couple of weeks, and I wanted to see her one last time before she goes. There’s the possibility that I won’t see her in a very long time; this might even be the longest we’ve ever gone without some sort of contact in our entire lives. Time will tell. During the visit I also managed to see my old roommate whom I’ve mentioned plenty around here, his brother (who is his current roommate) and another friend of mine who I learned got into a motorcycle accident not too long ago. The good news is he survived, the bad news is he’s still pretty beat up. He was doing much better than when he was in the hospital though, so that was a definite plus. I also managed to have two separate dinners with my Mom, and it’s always nice to see family especially when you don’t live in the same town anymore. But it’s good to be home!

Being mostly unplugged for four days puts you behind on the Internet comings and goings, so I’ve spent the evening trying to catch up. I missed the entire NALCS Gauntlet, and was surprised to find out that Cloud 9 managed to win the entire thing. They reverse sweeped (lost two games and then won three in a row in a best of five series) Gravity. They did it again to Team Impulse (so much for my team making worlds this year) and then beat out Liquid (the other team I was rooting for) 3-1. Crazy shit. This upcoming weekend is the Spring Promotional tournament, so we’ll see which of the two teams (Team 8 and Enemy) who did poorly during the summer stay in the LCS, or which of the two Challenger teams (Team Imagine and Coast) might promote into it. Coast would probably be a safe bet as they were in several splits in the past, but otherwise I have no idea. None of them are particularly brilliant.

I watched a couple of movies while I was out. Focus, starring Will Smith as a con-man, was an interesting ride for much of the film, but ended up falling flat towards the ending. Really strong writing and plot twists for 3/4 of it though, so you might want to check it out yourself. It Follows, aka “the spirit STD” had a solid premise but also fell flat towards the end. The teenie bopper horror movie trope needs to go away as well. I’d skip it. I also re-watched Mad Max and it was just as fantastic the second time around. I need to get that one on Blu-ray. Lastly, a new Netflix Original Series popped up the other day, called Narcos, centering around Pablo Escobar and his cocaine empire. I’m only a few episodes into it, but it has already surpassed my expectations. The only part that is semi-irritating is the fact that there’s a lot of spoken Spanish in the movie (makes sense as it mostly takes place in South America) so you have to be paying full attention to subtitles much of the time. Otherwise it’s been a gripping story. Recommended.

I also did a little gaming, mostly playing Awesomenauts Assemble on my friend’s PS4. Of course you already know my history with the game, having played it on both PS3 and PC. He had only played the game on PS3, so AA has more new nauts for him to try out and has most of the balancing and fixes from several years of development that weren’t present in the PS3 version. It’s still a fun game despite being frustrating as hell on occasion. I was tempted to try out Destiny, but they didn’t have any free character slots. I thought about trying Farcry 4, but for some reason the disc wouldn’t read. So eventually I tried out Rocket League, and I don’t get everyone’s fascination with it. It’s fun for a game or two, but then it gets boring really quick. Glad I never paid money for that one. Lastly, the other day I also got to try out the remastered Gears of War on Xbox One, and I have to say that’s a game series I wish I would have been able to play all the way through. I’ve enjoyed what the original has shown me so far, much moreso than Halo. But I digress.

That’s all I have to ramble about today, and that’s still 1k words. Apparently doing this daily thing snowballs to the point of being second nature.

Having been out of town and not being able to play means the rust is showing already. Another short-ish run with Chicken.