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status: homeless; have gaming laptop, have car

This is my blog page; some of my ramblings will be here. Feel free to bookmark whichever page you would visit most. The most important PC tech ramblings will appear on my PC page, but there may be a more in depth story here in my blog.

January 24, '15 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 196: Free for a weekend - Link
I ramble a bit about Saints Row IV, which was free for a weekend. I also ramble briefly about what else I've been playing lately.
January 20, '15 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 342) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

This week I deal with the mystery of bleeding and not bleeding from somewhere you should never be bleeding.

January 17, '15 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 195: A chalice that's massive - Link
I ramble a bit about an early entry game, Massive Chalice. It's a turn based strategy / resource management game similar in style to the new XCOM. There's a lot to like about the game and it shows a lot of promise, but being early access it's not feature complete, and there is currently a game stopping bug.
January 13, '15 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 341) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Classes seem good this quarter. I'm super happy being a TA gain. But with my unemployment running out and my friend stopping her online work I was doing, I fear things may turn bad quickly in 2015.

January 10, '15 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 194: Dark reflection - Link
I ramble a little bit about a dark classic science fiction show I found recently called Black Mirror. It's a bit like Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits, but with a focus on modern social media and what it may evolve, or devolve, into in the future.
January 6, '15 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 340) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Things begin to return to normal after the console network coming back up, but the end of the fail week brings bad news and the outlook for 2015 begins to look bleak.

January 3, '15 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 193: Late night triple feature picture show - Link
I ramble about some of the movies I've been waiting to see. Knights of Badassdom was as awesome as it looked in trailers. I still can't understand why it was held back for two years. I, Frankenstein was meh. And Sharknado 2 was a pretty big disappointment. It just seemed to mimic what made the first one good, but did so in a 'me too' kind of way that just felt too predictable that made it feel like it was trying way too hard.
December 30, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 339) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

An otherwise sad holiday time is made even more sad due to stupid ass hackers attacking PlayStation Network and preventing me from being able to play with online friends. It seems I am one of a small number who still can't get on, and while I'm homeless, there is little I can do to try and repair the situation. As usual I am left in a helpless situation where I have to wait and hope the situation gets better. I can't help but feel like a failure, as it seems there is so little left, and the one thing that I could do with friends may now have be taken away.

December 27, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 192: Not an Xmas special - Link
I ramble about a few things I've done lately during these times of few new games.
December 23, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 338) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Things are extra sad this week as the holiday times remind me how alone I am and how few seem to truly care about my sad situation. Also, a scare with my console falling over and shutting off makes me concerned I may lose what little I have left.

December 20, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 191: Going below - Link
I finally got to experience Destiny's Dark Below expansion. In this podcast I talk about how it compares to a more traditional MMO expansion, and how and why such comparisons may be confusing when applied to a shooter.
December 16, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 337) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

In a nice surprise I was asked back to TA. Long weeks begin as school shuts down for the winter break. Terrible nightmares disturb me for a day, but in a way remind me that I haven't completely forgotten my old life yet. Somewhere deep inside, I am still there.

December 13, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 190: Transmutations and explosions - Link
I talk a bit about the new Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion for Hearthstone. It enhances some of the things classes were currently lacking, as well as adding many new cards to specifically counter some of the more prevalent current meta. It also adds a new minion type, 'mech', which allows for some new synergies and deck styles.
December 9, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 336) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Sad times as the end of the quarter nears along with the end of another calendar year.

December 6, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 189: Inquisition's inquest - Link
I talk a bit more about the things which bother me about Dragon Age: Inquisition in relation to what I recall the first game was.
December 2, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 335) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Sad times on Turkey day weekend and coming up to the end of another school semester cycle cause me to be very sad and miss me.

November 26, '14 - Wednesday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 188: The Inquisition continues - Link
I talk about a few of the things which bother me about Dragon Age: Inquisition. I find levels of enemies sometimes hidden, which can be quite frustrating as you can easily bump into an enemy which is higher level than you which kills you. I discuss some of the good aspects of collision detection, but there seem to be more bad points about it than good. After having played about a dozen matches I have some thoughts about multiplayer.
November 25, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 334) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Distractions this week help me to ignore my sad times.

November 22, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 187: The Inquisition of dragons - Link
I have started playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. I haven't had too much time to play so far, but I talk about early impressions of the game overall, the character creation system, the graphics, the flow of combat, and the size of the world.
November 18, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 333) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Things begin to balance out as I again change my routine to play online from the food store (for free.) Even though things are settling again, I still feel a growing sadness as more and more I am reminded by everything that I do that I don't have a home, and my never have one again.

November 15, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 186: Warriors and BlizzCon previews - Link
I talk about a free to play team based battle game called World of Warriors. It has cool quicktime combat, but also collection based game elements. It seems like it could be a lot of fun, but may be too much for my iphone.

BlizzCon announced Hearthstone's first expansion; Goblins vs. Gnomes. And in a surprise announcement they talked about a brand new game called Overwatch.

November 11, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 332) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

It seems this week happy activities only serve to remind me of what I don't have.

November 8, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 185: Puzzles and a sack peep - Link
I talk about Puzzle to the Center of the Earth. It's an interesting match game for iOS, but also incorporates jumping puzzle features of a platforming game. It can be played for free, and the first section will last you a few hours. When you get to the second section the difficulty will ramp up considerably and you may have a harder time playing without spending real world money due to it's time restricted nature on life respawn times.

Run Sackboy! Run! is an iOS game based on the super cute Little Big Planet universe. Run Sackboy! Run! has all the look and feel of any full Little Big Planet game. It's fun, charming, and super cute. It's free to play though micro transaction purchases will allow you to unlock costumes or boosts faster than you would get with free in-app money.

November 4, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 331) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

As we get closer to my money stopping, and we get closer to this year's holiday time and winter, it seems harder and harder to ignore my sad life, and more and more difficult to remember who I was.

October 31, '14 - Friday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 184: Not quite a Halloween special - Link
I talk a bit about what makes Gotham a great comic based TV series.
October 28, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 330) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

A mix of happy and sad things this week. While there are many happier things, they seem to only remind me of how different my life is, and that my sad things are not normal things.

October 25, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 183: Still on the phone - Link
I have played Boulder Dash: 30th Anniversary briefly. It seems a pretty faithful recreation of the original in a modern format and is pretty fun. It's free to play, but the in game currency seems to be unnecessary. I dislike the virtual control stick, but for this game that is kind of unavoidable. If you liked the original you should definitely give this a look.

The Bot Squad is an interesting mix of tower defense and a puzzle game, leaning more towards the puzzle side. It has interesting aspects from both categories, and as a free to play game it's worth a look if you think you might enjoy that. The only down side is that there are real world time based elements and an energy system, so it's one of those games which more often tells you when to play, than you tell the game you want to play.

October 21, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 329) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

This week I'm feeling sick, I'm feeling better about class as I go from being behind to being ahead, I play my game with some friends, and at the end of the week I'm feeling very sad and having a difficult time with my sad life.

October 16, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 182: On the phone - Link
I picked up an interesting iOS match thee type game called Adventure Xpress. It has a few differences from the traditional match three game, and it's free to play.

While I never picked up Zombie Highway 1, I noticed Zombie Highway 2 was out and it is free to play. I decided to give it a try.

October 14, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 328) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Things seem bad this week, as I completely run out of money. With no offers of help and no notes of concern it seems more and more I am on my own and noone seems to care.

October 11, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 181: Rambly ramblings - Link
I don't have anything really to focus on this week, so I ramble about various things. I ramble about a recent Facebook game I played; Prime World: Defenders. I talk about how I'd like to play, but can't afford, Shadows of Mordor and Alien: Isolation. And I talk a bit about what I can and can't do with Destiny due to lack of money and other resources normal people have who play.
October 7, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 327) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

As we near the end of 2014 and things get tougher it becomes more difficult to stay positive. The weight of these last almost seven years hits me, and I become very sad as I ponder the friends who I've seen get out of tough situations like mine and the reality that they did so because others helped, and I seemingly have noone who can.

October 4, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 180: Queen's loot - Link
I talk a bit more about Destiny's Queen's Wrath event, specifically the rewards and loot. And I got to briefly preview the new loot system before this recording, so I have some early thoughts about how good the changes look.
September 30, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 326) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

It's nice to be back at school with time to do all the things, but sad life still seems sad due to my forced windows of time where I must do x or I don't get a chance to do it at all.

September 27, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 179: Subtraction and Addition - Link
Blizzard has officially canceled its next MMO, which previously had the working codename 'project Titan'. It's had a rocky road with it's recent third redesign and predicted 2016 launch, but for several reasons Blizzard has now officially decided to halt production and cancel the project. While this may be good news for World of Warcraft fans, I state why this news is disappointing to me.

In very sad news for me, Double Fine has effectively given up on Spacebase DF-9. I'm not sure what will be put in before the game is called released, but they had lots of features planned which will never be implemented and it won't be the game they set out to make.

Destiny is currently having its first special event; Queen's Wrath. It will run until October 6th and there are some fun and interesting bounty quests and special mode story quests you can do to get gear and build up Queen's Wrath faction.

September 24, '14 - Wednesday - System recommendation updates - systems link
New system recommendations are up.
September 23, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 325) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Sad times become more sad as my having money to play Destiny at the Internet Cafe remains on a fixed clock. Testing at the food store were promising, but without something like a Gaems PGE case the reality of unpacking, packing, taking, re-unpacking, and re-packing my console over and over seems problematic.

September 20, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 178: More Destiny - Link
In this week's podcast I have some more thoughts about the release client for Destiny. I've now reached nearly level 26, with somewhere around 75 played hours. I discuss how I felt about the story, how I feel about grouping, and how I feel about level design.

I've seen a lot of poo pooing of Destiny in many reviews, and in the second part of the podcast I offer some counter points to consider. I discuss how the story is not only just a start, but how story telling in Destiny is different because you aren't 'the one' in the same way the main character is in nearly every other game. I point out that many reviewers are ignoring the fact that Destiny will be updated over time. And I discuss how hitting max and being finished is not the point of Destiny.

September 16, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 324) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

My fun week of playing Destiny is at a close and I must now return to 'homeless normal'. From now on I'll basically be 'hourly' and only able to afford a few hours a few times a week, with an occasional free day pass every few weeks. For those curious to see how far I got, you can peek at me here. (Note that Bladedancer is the subclass I normally use. I'm set in Gunslinger to level it up.)

September 13, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 177: A taste of Destiny - Link
In this week's podcast I have some early thoughts about the release client for Destiny. At the point of this recording I'd played roughly 10 hours and was level 12. (At the time of this writing I'm now at about 20 played hours and almost level 21.) I talk about some of the changes to aim assist, differences in drop rate compared to the beta, and have some early thoughts on the story.
September 9, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 323) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Feeling both excited and sad at Destiny's impending launch. Getting pretty sick and hoping it doesn't get worse.

September 6, '14 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 176: More TV time - Link
I don't have much going on with gaming at the moment, and with no games, no job, and no classes right now I've got a lot of time to kill. I've recently picked up three series people might be interested in. The first, Hemlock Grove, starts extremely strong in its first season, but kind of falls down for the second. It starts off as an interesting mix of Twin Peaks, Supernatural, and True Blood, but in the second season things get a bit weird and off track.

The second series I talk about is From Dusk Till Dawn. About half of the first season introduces us to the characters an their background, a quarter loosely follows the events of the first movie of the same name, and the last quarter expands on the lore the series has added going above and beyond the first movie. I'm interested to see where its second season goes.

The third show I talk about is Lost Girl, which I like quite a bit. I've only seen most of the first season, with four seasons available and a fifth (and final) season airing supposedly in December. The show basically revolves around two characters who are basically private eyes. One is a succubus and the other a regular human. They frequently need help, and a few other characters commonly make an appearance, making the show more of a cop buddy show or sort of a crime drama. It's an interesting mix, and there's a lot of cool Fae lore on top of it all.

September 2, '14 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 7 (week 322) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 7 is up.

Time slows as I run out of things to do. The days get more and more difficult to remain distracted. Most of the week I have a sniffly / sneezy cold.

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