As the year has gone on I have found myself blogging a lot less. I am not sure why but it just isn’t a big part of my hobby life. As well, I have been hosting my blog on the calgarygamers.net domain which I have used, for the past few years, to host a gaming site and forum. Neither the site nor the forum really worked out the way I wanted and it isn’t really feasible to keep the site running when it isn’t serving the purpose for which it was started.
The current hosting plan ends on September 24th and I am in discussions with the local Blood Bowl league to have them take over hosting the domain and the forum since they are the primary users of the site.
Even of they take it over, the blog won’t be hosted on it any further and so I will take my occasional hobby rambling back to my WordPress site: https://zacgaming.wordpress.com/
Quite a lot of gleeful nattering has been going on in the far corners of the internet with the news that Games Workshop’s stock price dropped 24% is a single day after disappointing sales results.
The folks at Masterminis also followed up a few days later with news of GW firing the staff and closing regional GW HQs, like GW Germany, and also starting to look at the performance of their retail outlets.
This is a pretty standard reaction for the Games Workshop management. They have been slowly paring the company down for more than a decade now and it was inevitable that they would inevitably get to the point where they had no games to cut and instead starting slicing away at the meat of the company.
We finished watching The Empire Strikes back with the twins tonight. Lots of sad eyes at the end which is understandable given that the movie is not a happy one.
We are going to be viewing the movies in the Machete Order as I think that it presents the movies in the best manner and also makes Return of the Jedi have a more nebulous beginning.
My least favourite moments of As It Happens are Jeff Douglas’ ruinous attempts to deliver a pun, or heavens forbid, an entire joke. Jeff is not funny. He is sadly not even so deficient in humour that his attempts at it generate the odd laugh. No, Jeff is a humourous void. A dark place that strips any mirth or jocularity from every possible utterance turning the merest joke into a horrible verbal train wreck. I can’t tell if it is his delivery or if perhaps Jeff isn’t truly human and is a vessel for dark eldritch forms from beyond this world. Whatever the reason, he shouldn’t be allowed to tell a joke in public. Or perhaps even in private.
I have not written to mention this in the past because I actually like Jeff’s speaking style and interviewing. The moments of teeth-gnashing discomfort that often accompany the beginning and ends of the show when Jeff attempts to deliver, what in other hands would be, a groaner of a pun or clever turn of phrase are, many times, reconciled by his calm and measured delivery of headlines and news. If it means that, across Canada, one or two listeners daily are sent into gastric distress or mad hallucinations by Jeff’s unique style of “humour” then that is the price we must all bear. Or at least I thought so.
Today though was different. After talking about the announcement of a Monty Python reunion Jeff attempted to riff on the Argument Sketch that had just been recently played on your show. It is distressing enough to listen to Jeff punish and torture the material that the CBC staff writes for him but I have to draw the line at Jeff taking the warm recollections of a wonderful Monty Python sketch and turning it into something horrible and deeply wrong.
In the immortal words of Delbert Onglow, “Please make it stop”.
Had a chance to take in World War Z the other night and I think it is difficult to find a movie so uneven in its pacing than this. The movie flies by through its first two-thirds until the end when the movie’s climax is a scene involving Brad Pitt and a group of medical works slowly and quietly walking through a medical building. It is the antithesis of an action movie with the movie starting out with almost immediate action and then blasting through to the end where you want to go to sleep.
Brad Pitt’s character actually nods off at one point in the climax.
This is then followed up with a short VO sequence in which we are told that the war is only just beginning and that the story isn’t really over. While this ending wasn’t as disappointing as the end of the Amtrak Wars series it really made me wonder why the movie didn’t explore that upcoming battle more instead of ending on such a weak point.
Pretty much everything after his plane crashes on the way to Cardiff was really not very interesting and certainly a hell of a letdown after seeing Jerusalem overrun so quickly and thoroughly moments before.
Quite a disappointing end to a great movie.
It appears that Microsoft are even bigger assholes than you thought.
I was just putting together some quick type samples today and ran into an interesting “feature” in Illustrator. Apparently there is now a View option that shows or hides the edges of text selections. The result of which is that if the Hide Edges option is set you won’t see a selection when you select text.
I am unsure who benefits from this but a quick search online shows just how many people thing this is a bug and have reported it as such. I struggle to think of how this was added to the application and even more puzzled as to why this was enabled by default.
So the blog has, another, new home and with this change of location will come a change of focus.
For quite some time this blog has just focused on my gaming hobby and nothing else and with this new site that will change and there will be posts about my work, life, politics, and other things far from gaming. I will still be posting about gaming a lot but don’t be surprised to see the odd post about Canadian politics, WordPress, the joys of MySQL and other topics.
The current theme is a temporary one and I will be working on a new theme in the next few weeks to replace the default 2012 theme that comes with WordPress.
Sometimes you find yourself doing odd things and today I spent some time cleaning up my email Contacts. Its something I would recommend that everyone do from time to time because email clients and OSes have a tendency to add all sorts of odd contacts to your address book that you might not expect them to. And if you do a lot of work online and with various hosting companies you soon have a contact book filled with “Support” and info@ addresses that are of limited value in retaining.
I have been on a bit of a mission for some time. While in Vancouver and now in Calgary I have been actively trying to get to various gaming communities to try to come together under a single forum and/or website to help broaden the reach of the individual gaming groups that are in each city.
Stores have their own forums, Warmachine groups have boards distinct from 40K gamers and no-one really seem to talk together.
I’ve always seen it as a major failing of the community. People seem to want to compartmentalize into small groups and there isn’t any apparent desire to build something bigger that helps the whole community advertise itself and grow.