Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Light Blogging, Continued

Still working on getting my schedule back to normal. Too many little disruptions, still trying to find my proper groove, and running with no buffer. Regular content back Soon(TM).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Light Blogging, Very Tired

Who know waiting to audition for a future season of Survivor would be this tiring?

Actually it's not that which has knocked me out, it's the running, and a couple of late nights. Back tomorrow with more, and trying to get back on track next week.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Let's Play Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance - Battle 3, Mission 3 - Blow The Doors Off

It's a small taste of how things are going to be later. A recon mission that turns into the destruction of a small space station. All you have to do is destroy the exit hatch, fly inside, destroy the reactor core, and then get out before the whole station blows up.

That plan might sound vaguely familiar for some strange reason...

Friday, October 6, 2017

Let's Play - Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance Battle 3, Mission 2 - Balmer Peak!

It's back! Finally! After an almost two month hiatus for moving, I finally got back to playing X-Wing Alliance. It only took me a total of four game nights to finally beat the mission I left off with...

The big trick with this mission is to not get greedy. Save the bonus score heroics for running later in the sim with a better ship than Aeron's beat up YT-1300 the Sabra.

 Get the containers inspected before you take out all of the defenses, because once the Razor fighters and gun platforms are gone, Black Sun shows up with a bunch of Supa fighters. These things aren't particularly maneuverable, but they pack a wallop!

Fortunately, the Sabra can easily outrun the Supas, so as the Container Transports head out to the rendezvous point, make your own escape. If all goes well, you'll have another mission successfully completed.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Survivor Season 35 - Episode 2 - It's All Fun and Games Until You Lose a Challenge

The following blog post contains spoilers for Survivor Season 35 - Heroes, Hustlers, and Healers - Episode 2.

Episode 2 finds the Heroes tribe coming back from their first tribal council. It's pretty clear that Alan put a pretty big target on his back, but tribal seems to have given everyone a resolution to not go back for as long as possible.

After this we get a lot of Day 4 scenes of what seem to be generally happy camp life for all the tribes. On the Healers, Probation Officer Joe is idol hunting, again, and comes up big with a little help from Cole the Rock Climbing Guide. If Joe can back off from his early aggressivness that'll help him a lot.

Lots of concentration on Patrick the Small Business Owner and Simone the professional B.S. peddler (Sorry, "Diversity Advocate) which tipped the hand too early that these two were on the chopping block.

Sure enough, come challenge time, the Hustlers blew a massive early lead, and lost out to both the Healers and the Heroes. Simone tried to hustle her way out of trouble, but once again goes to show that the biggest danger in early Survivor gameplay is standing out from the crowd.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tom Petty - Around the Clouds

Farewell Tom Petty. I can't say I was a huge fan who knows all his songs, but two of them always resonated with me.

"I Won't Back Down" has been one of my anthems ever since I heard a cover of it (by some band I don't recall). The original is so much better.

Singing this song at karaoke with my fellow soon to be unemployed coworkers after getting laid off was remarkably cathartic.

"Learning to Fly" I shouldn't even have to explain. Yes, I realize the song can be read as being about the ennui of growing up, or maybe drugs, or all sorts of things, but when you're in flight school, finally learning to soar around the clouds, there's only one reading that's obvious.
I'll miss his voice.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Road to 10k - Training Week 11

Making progress this week. I had to take a couple of extra days off because of weather and final cleanup of our rental, so my overall timetable got pushed back a couple of days, but I'm still on track for a 10k at the end of October.

Next year I'm starting my training earlier. 5k races are easy to find. 10k races a little tougher, but still not too difficult to find. But getting into the half-marathon length like I want to do next year, there's fewer of those. It's going to require a lot more training to be prepared for thirteen miles in September.