Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Obey Giant

Even in New Hampshire, Andre has a posse. I snapped this shot of the side of an abandoned light industrial building. The intertubes snake their way around the world and into the New England zeitgeist*. If this were a wider angle photo you might be surprised by the lack of snow.

*Sorry. I just wanted to be one of those guys who can casually toss a really pretentious word like "zeitgeist" into his blog once in awhile.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Melvin goes shopping

Melvin found an open shop on level 4, even though it's Christmas! They didn't have much, 2 lamps that when rubbed turned out to not be magic, and an extra food ration. The shop was a nice place to read a scroll (enchant weapon) and try on the dwarven cloak which turned out to be +1.

Now he's on dungeon level 6, as a level 6 Bachelor with armor class -1 and a +3 long sword. With only apples and carrots for sustanence, Melvin remains optimistic though a bit peckish.

Further updates as events warrant.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Melvin of the Apes


Well, you know how it is. Things get sorta hectic and there's work stuff and suddenly the tree crew is hauling huge oaks out of your backyard on this awesome tracked vehicle with an hydraulic claw, and the cat kinda freaks out and darts past the dishwasher repairman and hides under the car and by the time you've grabbed her and hauled her back inside it turns out to be just a switch next to the garbage disposal so you've still got time to decorate cookies and make it to the basketball game. Which is cool because you've done most of your shopping and wrapped stuff so you can leave it in the closet when you go to Southern Pines, where it will stay (in the closet I mean) until sometime in 2007 (see Casino Royale by the way) and you can make it back down and give it to your Dad so it can rain all the way back home like it did 3 or 4 times in a row until last time, when the weather was just a little bit nicer than it was for the flight to Boston which was actually very smooth, maybe because we approached Logan from the west instead of over Boston Harbor and it wasn't as turbulent so we actually made it to NH ahead of the presents which showed up the next day for the most part thanks to UPS who's logistics rock on toast.

I totally reamed out my laptop and put on a fresh windows install and an extra 256MB of memory, so it feels like a much faster machine now. If your windows install is more than 18 months old, I highly recommend it.

I'm playing Slash-EM (Super Lots of Added Stuff Hack - Enhanced Magic) this holiday season. Let me introduce you to Melvin. He's a Lawful Male Human Knight. He has a horse, but he's around a corner right now so we can't see him. Melvin is trying to recover the Amulet of Yendor (somewhere below level 25 of the dungeon). He's not the brightest guy in the world, but what he lacks in brains he makes up for in shortness.

Gotta go wrap presents soon. Melvin says "Hey."