Monday, January 15, 2018

Don't Puke on the Gym Floor! Vlog 2018-2

Continuing (mis)adventures in getting fit. Gotta drop that holiday weight, and get ready to start running outside when the weather warms up in a few months!

If I, as a middle-aged gamer geek, can manage this, it's definitely within the reach of any able-bodied gamer.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Year, New Goals, 2018 Edition

Last year's goals.

2017's goals are done, it's time for some new targets. I actually came pretty close to some of my original objectives, at least in some areas, and now it's time to define five new goals for 2018.

1. Motorcycling - Last year's goals were to take the MSF Experienced Rider class and just ride more. I missed the class, mainly because South Dakota stopped offering the MSF curriculum and switched to something else that didn't have an equivalent, but I definitely got the ride more part in. Road trips to Minneapolis and Sioux City were good, and logging my first Iron Butt was fantastic.

For 2018 my goal is to do my first in-state Saddlesore 1000.

2. Health & Fitness - 2017's goals were to be under 200 lbs, have a consistent workout schedule, and run a 10k. Truth be told, I made pretty good progress towards all of those, but I only successfully met the 10k run.

I go into 2018 down 14 lbs from the start of 2017, but still over my 200 lb target. My regular workout schedule collapsed after I finished the 10k, so the first step is getting that back on track. Then the focus is going to be on getting in shape for my first half-marathon. The pounds ought to mostly melt off as that race target comes into focus.

3. Youtube/Twitch - Last year's goal was consistency. I didn't do so hot on that one overall, so I'll be going for the same thing this year. Three videos a week, and two decently long Twitch streams each week.

4. Writing - Much like Goal #3, consistency is the key that was missing last year. I got to write some really cool stuff, both here, and elsewhere, but to do more, I need to focus on more consistent writing.

5. Reading - Total success last year! I just wanted to finish Atlas Shrugged and read something else. I actually finished fourteen books, so this year's goal is to finish at least fifteen.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017!

From all of us (okay, it's still just me) here at the tiny corner of the internet tubes that is this blog, plus my Youtube and Twitch channels, I hope you all have a Merry and blessed Christmas.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Marooner's Rock Game Review: Heliborne

I really wanted to like Heliborne, the first game from fledgling developer JetCat Games. Casual survey-sims are rare enough for any subset of aviation these days, helicopter focused sims even more so.

"Play Ride of the Valkyries!"
Screenshot via JetCat Games

Unfortunately, what I found was a game that tries very hard to lock all its fun moments behind an aggravating progression system and inexplicable limitations on user choices. There's plenty of enjoyment to be had by players willing to invest time into unlocking the game's best moments, too many flaws to recommend it as a starting place for new fans of the genre.

Heliborne review on Marooner's Rock.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday Vlog: Amateur Journalist

I got to wear my real journalist hat and do journalist things! Er, except I didn't sexually harass anyone, so I guess I'm still a rank amateur.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Let's Play Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance - Battle 3, Mission 4

After a rather long intermission, it's time for another X-Wing Alliance mission. This time you're in an A-Wing, tasked with a "simple" recon and capture mission

Of course, it's never that simple. If it were, this would just be training. Recon should go smoothly enough, but once the Python arrives to board the Comm Station, you're going to find yourself very busy.

Fortunately, the Escort Carrier doesn't carry anywhere near the numbers as an Imperial Star Destroyer, so successfully destroying all the fighters can leave the carrier open for attack. With a bit of time and patience, it's not too difficult to whittle away the shields and hit the squishy center.

Monday, November 27, 2017

November Burnout

It's been a very slow period on the blog this month. I noted in Monday's youtube vlog that there's a lot of reasons for this, with a bit of burnout and a total lack of buffer being the chief ones. I pushed really had to hit my 10k race goal, but the comedown was more difficult than I anticipated, and I definitely took more time off to refocus than I had planned.

But that's behind me, and what's in front is a refocused schedule, and some goals to get things back on track by New Year's. That's going to still be a challenge, but I think it's achievable.