A Song of Ice & Fire

A great of deal came to my email the other day. For those who subscribe to Audible the first book of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series A Game of Thrones which is normally a two credit purchase is currently on sale for one! It was a well spent credit for me. I had the book in my Wish List for a while and the audiobook itself clocks in at a little over 32 hours total. The book itself is long so that fact is not surprising but still is impressive.

The reason for Audible’s kind generosity is due to the upcoming release of the new Game of Thrones TV series on HBO. From what I’ve seen it looks pretty good. They apparently released a nice long video showing the first 15 minutes of the first episode. I haven’t been able to watch it though because it seems so many people are trying to watch it that the buffering is really bad at the moment. Will check it out later.  The series premiers on April 17th. I hope it does a good job of presenting the books.

Crisis of Nature

Nature’s running a little crazy today. Earlier today an earthquake registering at 8.9 occurred a little over 100Km off the coast of northern Honshu Japan. Friends of mine in Iwate were reporting in on Facebook and Twitter instances of aftershock after aftershock with loss of power and cell coverage. After that though a tsunami occurred and raced towards Japan’s Eastern coast. It was not just a shock but honestly watching the water rush over the rice patties taking everything with it with fires erupting as well was quite shocking.

Of course though it doesn’t end there. A tsunami is headed toward Hawaii as well. I noted earlier tonight on twitter when the sirens began.

Tsunami sirens just went off here #tsunami #hawaii
@ryuuchiba
Donald White

We’re safe though as we live in the valley with mountains protecting us on all sides but I know not everyone is as lucky. HawaiiNewsNow has been doing a great job keeping everyone up to date with information regarding the tsunami.  It’s 1:19 am and it isn’t supposed to hit for another two hours but still staying up to keep up with any information concerning the situation. I probably should be putting more info here with lots of details but I’m pretty exhausted and can’t do detailed work.

I hope all my friends in Japan is doing well and that everyone in Hawaii is staying calm for the impending tsunami. As the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy says;

Don’t Panic

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!

On this fine day everyone becomes a little Irish as we fall under the influence of the festivities. Green is a must and I got a couple things that are green so I wont be worried about getting pinched haha.  Planning on going to Chinatown and enjoying the entertainment there this evening after work. Should be fun.

I will try to get a little more written on my thesis today too.

Assassins and Portals

I decided to get Assassin’s Creed 2 and boy am I not disappointed. I played the game a little over the weekend and it was a blast. A combination of puzzles, action, and mystery just makes this game one of the best I’ve played in a while.

The story is follows events that occurred in the first Assassin’s Creed but even without playing it (like me) there are no problems.  It’s set in 1480s Italy with a nice supporting cast of notable people like Leonardo de Vinci and Lorenzo de Medici. The last one made me laugh as my job has a study abroad program at the school named after him.

I also purchased The Orange Box too as I got addicted to the Portal demo. I don’t think there’s a person alive that could fault me for that.

I have decided though that I wont be buying anymore games (all formats) until I have a job on the mainland. So go willpower.

In other news thesis chapter 2 got shredded by my editor and adviser so it’s in the middle of a huge overhaul which has messed up my planned timeline but I think I’ll be able to get it together this week and push chapters 2 and 3 out this week.

STEAMing with excitement

After battling with Steam for over a day with games freezing on the splash screen I finally go it to work. I did two things actually. I uninstalled steam completely and reinstalled it but I also uninstalled all the Microsoft C++ programs I had installed (had both 2005 and 2008 versions). After that it worked great. Went through demos of Bioshock and Batman Arkham Asylum last night just to make sure things were fine. After that I was going through games and tried putting together a list of games that I wanted so I wouldn’t buy on impulse.

I feel comfortable with going with one of three games. Assassin’s Creed II, comes out on the 9th. The graphics look great and I’ve heard good things about the series. Also if I were to pre-order it I would get three extra maps. Very tempting though the $60 price tag is a little scary. I understand that that is the new standard price for new games but still, ouch. The second is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Sith Edition. I had a chance to test it out at a friends place around when it came out for consoles but haven’t seen much since. I like the style of the game and I’m tempted by that but the reviews for it have been rather low. It’s hard to weed through it though as I can’t tell whether people are upset with the port having nothing new or if it sucks on the PC. The last is Prototype, a pretty cool looking game from what I’ve seen. High paced action with a story to boot.

I am really interested by Steam and how the PC gaming work is getting better. While there have been good PC games for a while now, it was often a different image than what was then popular on console system. With the boost in PC gaming I feel less of a desire for wanting a next-gen system as I can buy the game without having to buy a system to play it on. It makes having paid for high-end parts worth the upfront cost.

Now I’m sure people around me will be first to point out that why am I thinking about playing a game when I have my thesis to be more concerned about!!!! Well to be frank, I need time to cool down and relax. Video games do that well. Especially action games in relieving stress. Also Video games count in my area of research so no complaining! HAHA

Now I must sit down and consider my options….