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status: homeless; have gaming laptop, have car, unemployed

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.


August 27, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 263: Doomed - Link
In this podcast I talk about how the newest Doom is a perfect restart of the series. It retains all of the speed and fight of the first, while adding on an intriguing single player campaign which feels both engaging and true to the original storyline, while still adding new elements. There are plenty of classic elements done perfectly, as well as plenty of new surprises for fans of the original.
August 23, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 425) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week is another homeless birthday. But unlike years past, I have several presents, and far fewer worries, and it is a better birthday than more years than I can count. Though in the last few days of the fail week I get horribly ill, which puts a damper on the celebrations.

August 20, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 262: Galaxy delivery - Link
In this podcast I talk about Space Run Galaxy. It has the same solid tower defense like experience as the first, but a whole lot more, such as a new and easier quest selection, upgrades to your ship design, a new economy, new enemies, and more.
August 16, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 424) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Another new game with different people. It went as expected, which means it wasn't really my style. While disappointing, it is something social to do, and it does clarify what I am really looking for.

August 9, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 423) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week I do a role playing game with people. Preparations were quite distracting, and for a time I feel a bit more like my old self.

August 6, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 261: Grim Scrolls - Link
In this podcast I talk about Grim Dawn, which is an action role playing game. It is made by the people behind Titan's Quest, so it shares a similar class based talent system. However, it differs from that, and other current A-RPGs in a few ways. Grim Dawn allows for a dual class system, allowing more flexibility in the build, items and item modifiers which allow skills from different classes, and an additional layer of customization through what they call the devotion system. It has a vast amount of customization, however, level ups feel like they have very little meaning because of this, and the customization actually feels overly complex in a bad way. Additionally the maps are static, providing seemingly little replay value since the maps (and theoretically monster and boss positions) would remain the same every time. However, the world is different from other fantasy games, so that provides an interesting diversion from the norm. I think there is probably more bad than good, but if you are looking for an A-RPG which isn't the norm, and can be played offline, you may want to give Grim Dawn a look.

I also give a brief overview of what makes Elder Scrolls: Legends different from other online digital card games .Though my thoughts are a few months old, there are a few things that help ES:L stand out from the rest.

August 2, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 422) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Changes begin to happen, but I may not see the result for a while.

July 26, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 421) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

With the money finally in my account, bigger things that have been on hold can be done, and smaller changes that will hopefully help me regain balance are put in motion.

July 23, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 260: On the headphones - Link
In this podcast I talk a bit about the new HyperX Cloud 2 headphones I got. They seem pretty solid, but lack the deep and high tones of previous headphones I've had. They are very sturdy construction, feel nice, are quite loud, and bock out external sounds. They ship with both faux-leather ear cuff and a cloth one, which you can switch. And they have a 4-pole plug so they can be used in mobile devices or new consoles, as well as a USB connection for attaching to PC.
July 19, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 420) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

I finally get the first of my monies from my aunt. Some is spent, but most plans for it have to be put off for a bit. But as more options open up because of it things return to the previous homeless normal of when I had a job. And, due to a few unexpected surprises, I am reminded of just how much has been lost, and how much of a stranger I am to my previous life.

July 12, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 419) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

As the first week of year 9 truly begins, and I get closer to the boost in money, I have renewed hope. Yet I find myself reflecting more on the bigger issues which will remain unaffected, creating a mix of happiness, hope, a depression that I may never truly recover from these scars.

July 9, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 259: The 'verse - Link
In this podcast I take a peek at Rebel Galaxy; an inde game about flying around in a big spaceship blowing stuff up and hauling cargo.
July 5, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 418) - Link
The start of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

The rest of week 418 continues, as year 9 begins on a seemingly positive note.

June 30, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 418) - Link
The end of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

Early posting of week 418, as these are the last days for year 8. As things come to a close it doesn't really feel like a close and seems like just another day in the unending cycle.

June 28, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 417) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

As things continue to come to a close, the endings continue to make me sad. Though with recent positive movement I hope that when things start anew I'll have an easier time feeling hopeful again.

June 25, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 258: Killin' aliens - Link
In this podcast I talk about XCOM 2; what makes it cool on its own, what's changed since the first one. The game takes place 20 years after the first, after the aliens have taken over the Earth. There is a new board game like element where you need to manage the events you go to and watch the clock. There is also a new loot system which helps your force stay strong, even if you lose soldiers. There are also two new resources, Intel and Supplies, which you'll have to balance spending on. Overall if you enjoyed the first, you'll enjoy the second.
June 21, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 416) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

Another school quarter comes to a close, and with it the sadness of what's passed and what hasn't changed; compounded by the nearing due date of the unpaid car registration, and the approaching end of Fail year 8 and start of year 9.

June 14, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 415) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

This week the cold continues to beat me up and I am emotionally very low because of it. But, there are a few better days among the sad feelings.

June 11, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 257: Be Witchin' - Link
In this podcast I talk a bit more about my experience with Witcher 3. I still have much of the same opinion as before, but loot seems more limited, combat seems more pattern oriented, and I boggle at how easily you can die 'falling'.
June 7, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 414) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

In a huge surprise much of this week turns out to be good days, but today as the week ends it is brought down a bit by a terrible cold.

May 31, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 413) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

An otherwise sad week ends with very warm weather, and an event being with people for a brief while on Sunday.

May 28, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 256: Witching - Link
In this podcast I talk about my experience so far with Witcher 3. Someone got it for me as a gift, and I'd never played the previous games, but it seems a fun open world mix of the Batman Arkham games and elements of Jedi powers.
May 22, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 412) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

A big donation helps to cover most of the things, a surprise game donation, a surprise beta invite; but the inevitability of the sad things continue to weigh on my mind and soul and make it hard to stay happy.

May 17, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 411) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

In the early parts of this week I feel better emotionally, but as things go on I am more and more worried about money, and that it seems I won't be able to pay for all the things that need to be paid.

May 14, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 255: Sad life update - Link
In this podcast I talk about sad life things.
May 10, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 410) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

Things continue to be sad, and I again feel heartbroken.

May 3, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 409) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

Still having allergies, a fun project shoot, a super attractive director girl, and a missing person.

April 30, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 254: Paragons and Syrins - Link
In this podcast I talk about a peek of the Paragon test client. It's a new MOBA which is from a 3rd person perspective focusing more on action. However, I found it incredibly slow, and not very different from existing MOBAs, and the elements they were stressing would be different didn't seem different.

I took a look at some soundtrack software for role playing games called Syrinscape. You can get a few sound sets free and it seems like an interesting option for those looking to add some background sounds to the pen and paper (or board game) play.

April 26, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 408) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

Beaten down by a cold or allergies, it is tough to hang on and not let the worries of bills get me down.

April 19, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 407) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

The cold weather and the cold I have had seem to be leaving. But in their place come memories of who I was, and how that is not me anymore. I worry for my future of me emotionally, as the big bills coming soon loom closer and closer.

April 16, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 253: Battleborn beta - Link
In this podcast I talk about the reasons why I was just not interested in Battleborn after spending only half an hour playing. For me the pacing doesn't feel right, it still feels odd to not have levels or traditional loot, and it really just feels like a game that does little more than taking the Gearbox style to an extreme and doing little more than something that's just fan service to the Borderlands fans.

I also talk briefly about my update to Windows 10, and the lack of native Blu-ray / DVD support.

April 12, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 406) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

The second half of the first week of school passes. Warm spring days start off the fail week, but they are lost as the rain returns. I struggle with enough sleep, and not enough sleep, as stress and a cold beat me down physically.

April 5, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 405) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

I survive the second half of spring break, and get a big enough donation to cover a big bill and sign up for classes. Though there is no money left, things seem on track to continue as they should... for the moment.

April 3, '16 - Sunday - System recommendation updates - systems link
New system recommendations posted.
April 2, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 252: Grouping and Guilds; because, reasons - Link
In this podcast I talk about the reasons why I tend to solo more often than I group, and why I tend to shy away from guilds. They are things I've talked about before, but I didn't have anything else and thought others might not have thought about why they do or don't.
March 29, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 404) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

My favorite holiday is again spent homeless. Things are super sad, but a donation came and that allows me to sign up for a class and have things looking normal again.

March 22, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 403) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

This week things are shaken up with a power outage, the beginnnig of the end of classes, and a visit to help someone with a project in their home which I was alergic to.

March 19, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 251: Return to Warframe - Link
In this podcast I talk about my return to Warframe after probably a 2.5 year absense. If you missed the original podcast (#103); Warframe is a science fiction shooter which is loot based. It is free to play and though it feels a bit grindy due to not having a lot of content, it is on par with other current shooters in terms of looks and style. A lot has been done to alliviate the grind since I left, as well as a few new systems being put into place that make it a bit more interesting than it once was.
March 15, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 402) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

This week I get an unexpected break and have fun playing; a rare thing these days. But overall I continue to feel more and more stressed about the coming bills that I am currently unable to pay.

March 8, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 401) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

This week my mind still dwells on the big bills I have coming up, and I worry if this will be the time I can't pay them. I barely made it through last cycle around this time of year, and with fewer seeming to watch out for me, paying for all the things that need to be paid seems unlikely.

March 5, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 250: More Overwatch and Division peeking - Link
In this podcast I talk a bit more about the Overwatch beta experience so far. I've played between 20 and 30 hours and I talk a bit about how it feels more interesting as you learn more characters and learn new strategies, yet how it also feels somewhat odd for solo players since it is a team focused game.

I played in the second beta weekend for The Division. Nearly everything thing that was locked before was again locked. And after seeing some high level game play I feel very concerned that people are going to burn out on the game very quickly. Again I recommend caution and suggest people wait and see what reviewers think about a week after launch.

March 1, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 400) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

I continue to try to hang on. But with fewer and fewer donations I am unable to pay for the critical needs. With nothing extra I have nothing to look forward to, leaving me feeling like there is no future for me.

February 23, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 399) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

With things beginning to look very bleak I continue to try to hang on to hope.

February 20, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 249: Overwatch peek - Link
In this podcast I talk about my limited Overwatch beta experience so far. I believe I am level 8 with about 3 hours played so far. I have peeked at several games and discuss the overall design of the game and how it plays, as well as some early feelings about how a hero based goal oriented shooter feels.

I had some gift certificate monies left, so I was able to see two movies that I've really been wanting to see which are Deadpool and Zoolander 2. One I thought was awesome, while I found the other quite disappointing.

February 16, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 398) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

Things feel very sad lately. Again it feels like there is nothing I can look forward to due to lack of money, and again I feel like what little is left will be lost.

February 9, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 397) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

The otherwise good news of finding my food stamp money continuing is shattered by a bad day in the shower, and my replacement laptop power brick suddenly dying.

February 6, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 248: Divided about The Division - Link
In this podcast I talk about the beta weekend for Tom Clancy's The Division. Characters started at level 4, and none of the character creator was unlocked, so you had to pick from about 4 pre-designed characters (for each male and female). The RPG/cover based mechanic does feel weird, but if you have played other cover based shooters the system will feel familiar very quickly. Much of the character customization was unlocked, but I did get a peek at what the system would be like overall. I was also very surprised how addictive the loot system was in terms of both being able to spec my character the way I wanted and in terms of being able to tweak my favorite weapon types. I do still have very serious hesitations for the real / modern world spin they have taken, as that heavily limits the freedom they have in bad guy and location design. If you are very into modern world shooters it will likely be fine, though may be short on content, but if you aren't you probably will want to wait and see what reviews say at launch.
February 2, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 396) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

Focusing on just today has helped with feeling broken hearted, but each day I get closer and closer to nothing.

January 30, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 247: 2016 preview, maybes - Link
In this podcast I talk about what I'm looking forward to in 2016, but have reservations about. Tom Clancy's The Division could be the perfect combination of MMO and shooter. But, it's RPG shooter style, and fact that it was originally designed just for consoles, does indicate that it may have a very short single player experience, and overall may be short on content.

The Warcraft movie looks incredible. It looks like it will have a very deep and emotional story of a struggle between two people. However, with lore as rich and deep that it's drawing on, I wonder if the movie will come off as epic as the lore, or if it will just seem shallow and uninteresting.

January 26, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 395) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

The struggle with feeling broken hearted continues.

January 19, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 394) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

All the nice things lately help me hang on, but this week I am feeling very broken hearted and homesick.

January 16, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 246: 2016 preview - Link
In this podcast I talk about what I'm looking forward to in 2016. For gaming; XCOM 2 (0:42), Overwatch, and the thieves' guild content for Elder Scrolls Online. For movies; Deadpool (8:47), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War.
January 12, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 393) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

Still getting over my cold. School starts up and things get busy busy busy.

January 5, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 8 (week 392) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 8 is up.

The new year is just starting, and the sad vacation time is over and school is open again. I don't know what this year will bring. Currently things seem set to rapidly spiral down and be worse than ever. But I try to hang on to hope, as I do with all times of change.

January 2, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 245: Finishing 2015 - Link
I found a way to break down that junk in Fallout 4, but really this podcast is just rambling about where the podcast was intended to go, how I feel that it hasn't been continuing towards that, and how I feel a bit sad about what it's become due to the sad things in my life.

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