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August 22, 2009

For All You Mecha Lovers Out There

Smith & Tinker are the uber-cool folks who bought the FASA licensed properties back from Microsoft. Which really means only one thing…

Gigantic fighting mecha action!

This is REAL MechWarrior. Not that warmed-over Xbox crap version!

Check out the whole trailer for MechWarrior 5 right here. Yummay!

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May 13, 2009

Things About The Bus Tour That I’ll Always Remember

It really was a beautiful as I thought it would be.

Yes, I know I was eerily silent during the bus tour, blog-wise. Funny thing is, despite all the time spent driving, stuff was always happening. We were headed somewhere all the time, unloading or loading swag, setting up the equipment for the AYC game. And connectivity was often hit-or-miss at the stops. It was all I could do just to get my scads of pics loaded to Facebook.

And once we got into the longer driving stretches for the stops between Kansas and L.A., there wasn’t a whole lot of connectivity to be had, period.

In some ways tho, blogging about it post-tour might be the only way for me to really get to the heart of what it was really like.

Things about the bus tour that I’ll always remember, in no particular order…

  1. Playing Two Truths and A Lie to learn about each other
  2. Getting my “bus” legs 
  3. Born To Run played live by Springsteen and the E Street Band
  4. Finding I can still hit correct pitches while singing Sex Pistols/Lenny Kravitz/Jimi Hendrix/Skynyrd/The Cult on Guitar Hero World Tour
  5. Ryan’s knee being used as more cowbell by Dana, repeatedly
  6. Having the coolest drivers ever, Mark and J
  7. Having a 2×4 and fries well-done at In-N-Out, my first time ever eating there
  8. Desert sunsets and sunrises
  9. Hanging with Vince in Denver
  10. 450 people at a stop in Kansas City
  11. Nearly every question in the live version of Are You Certifiable?
  12. Santa Fe and Bandalier National Park
  13. Hanging with Vince again in Vegas
  14. The amazingly delicious Brazilian steakhouse the final night in Vegas

Most of all tho…it’s the people I’ll remember. All the different folks we met along the way, and seeing old pals who came out to say “Heya,” just because I happened to passing close by. But it wasn’t just those folks.

I’m having serious entourage withdrawal from my fellow busmates. A few of them are still here at Tech-Ed this week, but most of them are already home. And I miss the heck out of them. Which completely blind-sided me, because I never expected that at all. One of us said it felt like we were a little family. Which we kinda were.

And that’s what I’ll always remember, most of all.

|| posted by chris under community, game, more cowbell, nostalgia, shoutout, thumbs up, time, travel || comments (0) || ||

December 18, 2008

An Irish Pub In Winter

Going to undergrad in the Dayton area, you get very accustomed to Irish pubs. At the midwestern Ohio version of them anyway.

Is there anything more awesome than that?

CiNPA AKA Cincinnati Network Professional Association put together a “Twas The Night Before The Night Before Christmas” get-together on the 23rd of December.

It’s happening at Molly Malone’s, just over on the bluegrass side of the Ohio River.

Here's the pub, here's the windows. Open the door...and talk about Windows!

Since it’s Tuesday, there will be live Irish music, and Texas Hold’em (starting at 9p) for any night owls who want to keep pumping up the jam.

If you’re within striking distance, we’d love to have you come hang out and help us all get our community on. Even if you’ve never darkened the door of a user group before, this is a great chance to kick back with peers in a way that I never seem to get as many chances to do as I’d like.

The only requirement is that you please please please sign up beforehand. That way Kevin and the Kentucky Posse know how many bodies they need to plan for, and they can pass the word to Molly’s.

Here’s the signup link:

Hope to see you there!

|| posted by chris under business, community, it pro, mid-market it, mobility, nostalgia, travel || comments (3) || ||

November 2, 2008

T-Shirts Of The SEC: Louisiana State Tigers

[suggestion: play the Mortal Kombat theme song while reading this post]


LSU...where work-release coincides with gamedays!

Time for Alabama to pin the tail on the Tigers over in the spooky spooky romper room they like to call Death Valley.

This is the Saban Bowl. The most one-sided rivalry in all of college football. For Alabama fans, it’s just another SEC West matchup.

For the great unwashed masses of LSU fans, winning this game will be the closest the voodoo capital of North America ever comes to vanquishing a man they schizophrenically refer to as the Antichrist.

More than anything else though…

I wonder what crazy, cockamamie, bordering on insane tactics Les Miles will try to pull this year.

Mike Singletary already used the mind-blowingly Milesian tactic of dropping his pants in the locker room, albeit at halftime, a week ago. Maybe Miles will take it to the XTREEM!!!! and drop his on the sidelines during the game?

I’m sure the faithful LSU horde (of drunken Cajuns) will need something to smile about after Mr. Saban takes his team of +100 Asskicking south this coming weekend and reminds the swamp kitties how a real coach with talented players gets it done.

|| posted by chris under clueless, game, kma, more cowbell, nostalgia || comments (12) || ||

October 31, 2008

Sleeping Pumpkin

Thanks to my two small daughters, this time of year becomes a non-stop parade of crowns, magic wands, and taffeta and satin gowns.

Apple of My Eye is always very concerned that I don’t ever have a costume picked out for Halloween. After all, it’s something she spends months carefully deciding. Big stuff when you’re a kid, since it’s a whole ‘nother YEAR before you can dress up again.

So when it came time to carve a pumpkin this year, both Apple of My Eye and Cute as a Button had definite ideas about what they wanted.

AoME doesn’t like scary stuff at all. To the point that she doesn’t even like to think that villains are anything worse than naughty scamps. CaaB is more fearless, but even she prefers fun scary to the scary scary. Altho, it is important to note that CaaB is afraid of neither Cybermen nor Daleks, but is scared of ghosts.

So the choice was obvious…Sleeping Beauty.

Someone else took care of the heavy lifting. Namely, the thankless job of scooping out the pumpkin guts and scraping the inside wall of the pumpkin.

Then I got busy with a template and some carving tools. An hour or so later, I had this…

OK OK, so it doesn't look like all that much in the light. And yes, it's been a couple of days, so it's starting to dry out, which is why some of the thinner pieces have warped just a bit.

Which is already pretty cool. But NOTHING beats what it looks like with the lights out…

Yep, that right there is wicked badass. If I do say so myself.

Already looking forward to next year. I’m laying odds it will be Tinkerbell.

|| posted by chris under nostalgia, time || comments (1) || ||

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