Let’s see if we can shake the rust off with a “Things I’m Stupid for this month” post.
1. League Of Legends
This is hands-down the biggest time waster on my hands nowadays. Originally started as a Warcraft 3 mod called “Defense of the Ancients (DOTA)”, League of Legends is a top-down RPG-like champion based RTS. I think. Ish.
How ever you try to describe it, it is easily the best free multi-player experience I’ve had. The champion selections are plentiful and well fleshed out and the strategies unique and stimulating. Sometimes the community can be a bit… dickish, but that’s a risk one takes when dealing with any multi-player game.
If I were to try and figure a gripe I have with this game, it would have to be the lack of maps to play on. At the time of this writing, there are only two to choose from (a 3v3 map and a 5v5 map).
I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted away playing as Heimerdinger or Jax in matchups. I CAN say that I’ve played 148 matches… and lost 72 of them. Not that bad, I suppose. If I can maintain a 1:1 ratio I can’t get too mad at myself.
With the notable exception of Hunter S. Thompson’s Raul Duke, the realm of journalism is lacking in off-the-hinges-batshit-insane characters you can admire. Transmetropolitan, however, has graced us with Spider Jerusalem. The world seems better for it.
The story itself takes place in a dystopian future chock full of Bowel Disrupters, transient half-alien humanoids, and more drugs than Spider can get his grubby veins full of. The story is well written, the art quality superb and the detail is sometimes overwhelming.
I was a bit late in the game to pick this comic up, but the name Warren Ellis sounded familiar. After a quick search, I found out he is also the writer of the steampunk comic FreakAngels (of which I am also a fan). Clearly this man is out to make me go gay for him.
I can only hold out for so long.
3. My Nikon d40
This would have been my #1 if I had actually been holding it this very moment. When I moved from California, debris of a failed life in my wake, I somehow lost my d40, as well as whatever images were on the sd card. Whether it was honestly left behind by me, or stolen by the sketchy Mexicans who came over to a last-minute rummage sale through my apartment I will never know. What I do know is the gut-wrenching realization that I had lost a then-$700 camera that had immense sentimental value to me.
A year and a half passes. One day my father asks me to digitize our entire family photo album. I grin through a swirl of cigarette smoke and say “On two conditions.”
“Oh yeah? What’s that?”
“One, you give me that old pair of headphones in the garage you aren’t using.” (nod) “And you get me a d40 for my birthday… or at least strongly consider it.”
Now at least I know for sure that I’m getting the camera on the 26th. Not exactly my birthday, but hey it works. And you can bet your ass I’ll be photographing as much of this cruddy little city as I can.
4. Verizon Droid ERIS
For the longest time, I sneered at the idea of the iPhone. One giant screen, prone to getting greasy fingerprints and cracks from slight drops. My Blackberry Pearl would weather the toughest conditions and (more or less) retain functionality.
Then I walked into a Verizon store. I wouldn’t have done it if the T Mobile service in my area wasn’t so goddamn awful that I needed a cloudless day on a hill to listen to my voicemail. I started messing around with the ERIS and felt a strange tingle in my nethers.
“Buy” they said. My testicles rarely ever talk to me (out of some personal grudge I think), so when they do communicate, I typically listen. I broke my contract with T Mobile, dropped the 80 bucks on this baby and commenced the obligatory downloading of useless apps to entertain my chimpanzee attention span.
The only real drawbacks to it are the obligatory data plan (an extra 30 a month-ish) and the lack of a file manager. For the most part though it’s quite lovely. Fills the empty time at work with videos of cats eating boogers and Silence of the Lambs songs.
5. Dual Monitors
There’s something wonderful about having two awesome wide screen monitors on a good gaming rig. While I’m playing Minecraft, I can set up Winamp or watch a flick on the side to keep my attention while smelting/mining a big haul.
Though, to be honest, I’m not using it to it’s full potential. Soon I hope to have ZBrush tutorials playing while I follow along… My free time, however, is about to go completely out the window with work.
Other than that, things are same old same old. Pastor Shepherd is going to the New York International Latino Film Festival (YArly) and I’m still working at the bowling alley (ahem… “bowling center”). I’m working on a new original script I hope to sell and generally piecing my life back together. Made lots of progress.
Till next time!