With that in mind, here are my final grades for my major 2018 initiatives, and my general plans for 2019.
Fitness - B
Content - C
Finances - D+
Going to do better next year!
|Sing it with me now: "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn't the same..."|
|After grate removal. Can't expand the hole to the left because there's a wall stud there.|
|Feline help from Romana the Time Kitty did not decrease the task duration.|
|Yeah, this drywall anchor isn't going to work. I don't know why the original grate was set up with that screw so close to the edge of the hole.|
|A lot of the best dialog moments come from interacting with Lefty - the |
long-time proprieter of Lefty's Bar, who's seen all the changes in the world
in the past 30 years.
|The face of a happy kid who can read a clock across a room again.|
|X-15 Pilot photo via Wikipedia|
|Image via Marooners' Rock and Bethesda.|
Despite the multitude of arguably offensive flaws, I am having a really good time with Fallout 76. Although, I must admit that I am a member of the game’s super specific target audience. Built on the framework established by Fallout 4, which was built on surprisingly old Creation Engine, Fallout 76 feels more like an ambitious mod or expansion than a new game. That aside, the setting of West Virginia, being able to traverse the Wasteland with friends, an abundance of new creatures to fight, and lots of items to collect keeps me coming back for more.
Fallout 76 is a multiplayer survival title that focuses on a much smaller pool of players on a server rather than the framerate crashing masses found in an MMO. Imagine Fallout 4 with the ability for others to run around as well. When it works (we’ll get to the downsides shortly) playing Fallout with a group is pretty awesome. Firefights are easier to manage with more people and exploring with others can be extremely engaging. West Virginia is captured fairly well, focusing on the general outline than actual realism. This means that certain areas of the map have been shifted a bit and for those familiar with the state it can get a bit confusing. Either way, it is incredible to come upon the capitol building in Charleston or walk the remnants of the Morgantown Airport.
|Cruise at 175mph, 510lbs useful load with full fuel, 4+ hour endurance... That'd put a lot more places within reach|
without having to deal with TSA! (official phot from Van's Aircraft)
|Back when Wing Commander originally came out, the game box came with these lovely blueprints for each of the four fighters that you flew. Very official looking, and very cool. I wish I knew where mine had gotten to over the years.|
|That mileage number doesn't include the miles I rode on demo fleet bikes, including my dream bike, but even so, I was still under 1,200 for the year.|
“The problem with that statement is that you, I, and everyone who has ever said it does have the time to become good at something.”
|This what what I made time for this year. I sacrificed a lot of game time, and a fair bit of good riding weather to hit the goal. The next goal is going to take even more work.|
“The moral of the story is simple: don’t tell yourself you don’t have time to accomplish the things you want. You do, but it’s up to you to decide if you’re willing to sacrifice that time for something else.”
|"Oh, you think you've got tech debt? Let me tell you a story..."|
"You win bro. I've got this round. Dilly dilly."
Image via Holly's Cheat Day