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New computer is up and running…

Finally have an upgraded gaming machine. I’ve been putting off as video cards stayed crazy expensive and I was doing ok with the only but capable machine on my desk (beside really). I finally took the plunge this spring to get moving on something more modern. Nice to have a more responsive machine that isn’t slowly aging out 🙂

Now I’m helping my sister’s son spec out parts for a machine of his own. Should be at the point soon where he can order parts as well and I’ll help him handle the integration process.

Next steps (see pandamallet where that sort of stuff lives) will be to get some Unity coding going, put together some WebGL stuff and see where things can go in terms of fun coding.

From Disney to Coca Beach Today

Had a great time at the Yacht Club at Disney. We hit all of the parks at least once, had some great meals and last night saw the current version of the star wars fireworks and dessert party (ate the dessert, did not just see).

We’re now packing up and going to grab breakfast at Epcot France before picking up the rental car to head for Cocoa beach for a few days.

Great weather and a beautiful place to stay so far. Right between Epcot and Hollywood Studios (within walking distance of each).

On the walk to Hollywood Studios we could see thee  pylons that will support the new skyway that Disney is putting in. I expect that to be pretty cool and hope to have a chance to ride it sometime soon after it goes into service.

No pictures yet as I’ve not had time to post-process anything…barely have them in LightRoom (and this laptop has an older version of LightRoom so the G7 pictures don’t process at all). Once we get to Cocoa Beach, we should be running slower and thus have time to dip into the shots and post process a few selected one.

Looks like there may be a space-x launch happening this afternoon (had been scheduled for yesterday, but appears to have been delayed) so if everything lines up I may get some more launch photos.

Picked up two new Star Wars games…

I’ve played wargames and role playing games for a long time (though not very actively in recent years as time and other players become a problem).

I’ve recently been paying more attention to gaming though time hasn’t become more available :). I have a pretty complete Star Fleet Battles set that covers the Star Trek end of things but I have tended to ignore Star Wars as I haven’t been aware of any credible attempts to build games around that universe.

I recent saw the pre-order announcement for Star Wars: Legion and it looked like it might be an interesting attempt to put some rules behind the world of bumbling storm troopers and wise cracking dead shot heroes in that universe. My copy just arrived and I expect to give it a dry run, solo sometime soon.

I also picked up the tactical ship to ship game Star Wars: Armada offered by the same company and have quickly read through the rules but no more.

I’m hoping that these two work well as games and capture the feel of the Star Wars universe. I’ll post more about them when I’ve had time to dig in a bit deeper.

Ursula LeGuin has passed away

I was saddened to hear that another one of the iconic authors of my younger days passed away this last week. I’m not sure which of her works I read first, but her breadth of material and depth of content made her work stand out. She tackled difficult subjects in engaging forms provoking growth in her readers while they enjoyed her tales.

She was equally comfortable writing fantasy, science fiction and main stream prose.

I’m currently re-reading some of her shorter science fiction works in memory of her passing. Sad to see another amazing voice passed from this world…