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100% agree. New Vegas overall with its choices and factions makes a superior gameplay experience. However, the Mojave vs the Capital Wasteland is so surprisingly different. I enjoy exploring more in FO3; it feels more satisfying somehow.
The Capital Wasteland really felt like just that - a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Terrible things happened there and it showed everywhere. The Mojave felt like it was (obviously) a desert to begin with, and the real devastation was mainly concentrated on Vegas proper. In FO3 there's a feeling of isolation, which changed a lot with NV and the various factions, in my opinion.
It's been a while since I've pubski'd or contributed at all. Lurking is my life.
Work is garbage. Keifer knows - the entire company is behind big time, and peak season has just begun. If you haven't made your orders for Christmas already, you should get on that ASAP. Also, you should pray to whatever deity you prefer that things make it intact. There are ~17 days left before things will definitely be late for December 25th. The hours are awesome and the money is fantastic but the physical abuse is already taking its toll. 11 years in the industry have numbed me to most of the mind games from local upper management, so I guess that's a plus?
I've been playing a lot of Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3 in my off time. Mostly 3 recently. I put so many hours into it back when it first released, and I am reminded now how good it was. The environment is so engaging compared to New Vegas, in my opinion. There have been some situations I can feel my heart rate rising, and I find myself actually a little afraid as to what will happen. The game has aged so well and I'm so glad to be able to enjoy it all over again.
I've been half-assed knitting a hat for a coworker. It'll get done eventually, but when I get done with the work shitstorm, I don't feel like doing much anymore besides binge watching things or just idly dicking around on the internet. I might get it done by Christmas. I do thrive on the pressure of deadlines, so that might just be it.
I really like that hat! (I'm primarily a hat knitter, and cables on hats make me so happy.) Took me a long time to build up the courage to try cabling, but like much of my knitting adventures I realized that I was psyching myself up for something that isn't really all that scary at all.
For both projects, what yarn did you use?
Slightly past "this week" in regards to the intent of this post, but I picked up Fallout 3 on the autumn Steam sale, so that's been my current go-to game. Work is a horrible shitstorm so it's been nice to have something to fall back on that is really deep and also familiar. I played this for many many hours back when it released, so it's fun to revisit something that I haven't seen for ~10 years.
New Vegas was my recent go-to, and I enjoyed what I played. I admittedly toggled god mode and blew through the main quest for the story experience, and it was very cool. I appreciated how many choices I had for so many seemingly insignificant things. I've been popping in and out of seeing keifermiller's playthrough, and his is much more interesting than what I experienced.
A coworker is selling us his Xbone in the next couple of weeks, and I'm pretty excited for that. It's been a long time since I've played any kind of reasonably current-gen games. I'm not entirely sure where to start with that, though.
So done with American Psycho. I wanted to be scared by Patrick Bateman, not so irritated by him. I got to yet another chapter where he and his shitty friends were discussing "rules" of clothing, and I wanted to throw my Kindle.
Back to A Song Of Ice And Fire for me. I never quite gave it a proper chance the first time I tried to read it, and I'm appreciating it much more the second time around. Granted, I'm only ~150 pages into the first book, but it's so refreshing after reading a bunch of genuinely mediocre fiction (lookin' at you, Neil Gaiman).
I did knit a couple of baby hats a few weeks ago for my coworkers who are having a baby in October, but that's been the only real FO I've felt like I needed to finish, and baby hats are not much of a time commitment. Every year I think I'm not going to procrastinate any Christmas knitting but I always do. This year I don't plan on doing any, and if any gets done then that's just a bonus.
I definitely understand the therapeutic aspect of keeping the hands busy. I've kind of been in a weird funk lately and need to -make- something. With the cross-stitching I get to fulfill that need to create.
I've been really enjoying seeing peoples' pictures of the eclipse, so I'm looking forward to seeing yours too! In 2024 Keifer and I are going someplace where we don't have to travel the day of to see totality. Possibly somewhere in Texas, but the path is so open to possibilities that we have some time to plan.
So. My first Pubski. Let's do this already.
I've been reading American Psycho. I finally watched the movie after it being on my "To Watch" list for approximately oh 17 years, but I saw and enjoyed it, and decided to read the book. To say I'm enjoying it so far is a little so-so. I'm almost halfway through, and I understand why he's so obsessed with what people are wearing and how much they paid for it, but the word "hardbody" makes me roll my eyes every single time I see it, and it's in there A LOT. This may be one of the rare occasions where I actually enjoy the movie more than the book.
Next on my list - reread A Song of Ice and Fire. The show is ridiculously good, and I never gave the books much of a chance. keifermiller says that the books are better in this case, so I'll give it a genuine shot this time.
I've wanted to brew some beer, but I've been a little meh about my homebrew. It all has the same weird off flavor to it, and it's not particularly cost effective. Fun and enjoyable to watch, but an expensive hobby.
Knitting has been uninspired, as summer tends to do. There's nothing I want to do less than knit warm things when it's hot out, so that's on hold.
I did decide to cross-stitch a piece for my sister-in-law and her fiance for their upcoming marriage. This is by far the biggest thing I've ever done, and my tendency with these sorts of things is to bite off more than I can chew (this project is ~8000 stitches), but since it's only two colors, I think I can manage this. It's been so long since I've done any cross-stitching and it's refreshing.
Floated down Missouri's Niangua River with my sisters and our friend this past weekend. The last time we went was a pretty shit time. I had to babysit drunk people and the river was low and there was just a whole mess of unpleasantness. This time was SO MUCH MORE FUN. We got storms on Friday night, and that was exciting in tents, but it got the river level up enough on Saturday that we weren't dragging our canoe much of the trip. Everyone had fun but did so responsibly, and I got some ghost pepper beef jerky from Osceola Cheese. My sisters and I have been out there several times now, and this was by far the best.
The eclipse was yesterday, and the initial plan for keifermiller and I was to head north of town 90 or so minutes to see totality. Woke up, checked the weather, clouds and rain and general shit weather. I wasn't prepared to drive that far for such disappointment, so we decided to stay in town and see the 99.7% or so eclipse.
Clouds. We had clouds from the start of the eclipse (I did see the first few minutes through my potentially dangerous glasses) til it was over. I was pretty bummed about the whole thing, but it wasn't a total loss. At peak eclipse it got so much darker than I imagined it would, and it was still so eerie to see at 1pm. I'm not messing around in 2024.
From the KC area, I can attest to the fact that traffic here is the easiest I've ever experienced anywhere. When I visited friends in Chicago I was floored when I learned that the 20-ish mile drive from downtown to the suburb we were headed to could take at least three hours. Going from La Guardia Airport to a different part of Lawn Guyland was a nightmare, and that was midday.
Things like this make me appreciate that my daily 35 mile, ~40 minute commute one way is not anywhere as bad as it could be.
I worked at a smoothie shop for a few years, and by far my favorite was a mango green tea smoothie. I don't recall the exact ratio of ingredients, but it included thawed frozen mango, matcha powder, water, some of your sweetener of choice to your level of preference (mine is typically very low), ice if your blender can handle it, milk or yogurt if it can't.
We did also make a coffee-style smoothie, but the owners insisted on using instant coffee powder. Same thing pretty much, a little water or milk or both, sweetener if you like it, coffee (the stronger the better), and ice. A lot of folks ordered it with chocolate syrup as a mocha style.
These days I like to toss in some chia seeds or protein powder for thickener. You can even use silken tofu for some filling protein, if you're using it as a meal replacement.