Friday, August 31, 2007

Thu, 30 Aug

An odd green/brown discoloration has recently appeared on the veiny side of my left wrist. At first I thought it was a bruise. Had I lain on it overnight? Was I torturing myself in my sleep? Gangrene perhaps? It didn't hurt and it wasn't odorous - whatever could it be? Today I solved the mystery: the metal of my cheapo watch is doing the chemically thing cheap metal does, resulting in a green stain which makes its way onto my skin. My parents got me the watch for my 21st birthday. I think they paid three bucks. For now, at least, I am Wriststrong!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Fucks

Today is regular move-in day at my dorm. My dorm this year is the most expensive NYU housing option. All of the cars outside are Lincolns and Lexuses. The rich fucks.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Books, Games, and Chinese

Back in New York.

I flew into Seattle last friday (it's thursday now) and got to visit Valve Software. Oh my, how it was awesome! I took a taxi from the airport and got to Bellevue around noon. After a little of being lost in the Bank of America building, I finally arrived at the Valve offices (they're on the 10th floor - they are the 10th floor). The office is balls sweet. Their next offering, The Orange Box, is in the very final stages of development and needed to be done-done in a matter of days, so everybody was very busy. The extremely generous Greg Coomer took time to show me all over the place and introduce me to the folk. ChrisB and the Shermanator were away, but I did meet the Valentes - Doug and Jen - and they were really great. After Greg toured me through the 9th, 10th, and 11th floors (they're expanding) I went to grab some lunch. Full of pizza, I returned around 2 to meet the man himself: Gabe Newell.

Gabe really is the nicest guy. He took me around to meet some other folks and I got to play Team Fortress 2 on the Xbox 360. That seemed to be what everyone was playing. There are 360s in every office. And huge flatscreen monitors. And mysteries of The Future. I suck with a gamepad so I did very poorly, but I am maximum-psyched for this game. I can has TF2?

Gabe then showed me two new character videos: Meet the Solder, which was just released, and the next one. It's hilarious.

Then I was sat down to play Portal at a proper PC. I love Portal. Portal is some of the best writing of any game I've played. It's is wicked funny. I didn't play all the way through and I didn't play any HL2: Episode 2 because I wanted to save the pleasure for the done thing, but now that I look back on it, that machine was a lot nicer than my hunker and I probably should have played all I could on the uber-nice hardware.

After saying goodbye and thanking everyone again, I meet up with the Hangs and spent the rest of the evening and the following day with Lizzy and her fam. There was a lot of Chinese I didn't understand (all of it), but we got to go to the Space Needle and the Experience Music Project and Pike Place. And the Chinese food was really great.

Then it was back to MN for a few days. I finished my book (Spook Country) which I didn't particularly care for but which was partially about an idea Sam and I had years ago called the Outernet. Anyhoo, I also watched some Battlestar and visited Cora and Brittany.

My mom and my sister and my sister's friend and I all flew back to NY on Monday. We youngins saw Spring Awakening and mom saw Phantom. They left yesterday and now I'm all alone in my new place. My roommate hasn't arrived and I haven't unpacked. I'm reading a new book on Sam's advice and am loving it oh so much. More later. Next week I'll try to make it to Boston. More later.

Stay soft, pink, and healthy.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Just Realized

I have all new underwear and it's white. I just realized what that means: poop stains.

Friday, August 17, 2007

A Real Post

It's been a while since I've done a proper "what I'm up to" post. Here's the quick and dirty.

  • Summer school ended. It was a mixed bag, but I survived.
  • I'm wrapping up my Google Summer of Code project. That's also been kind of a mixed bag experience, but, again, I survived (and got paid).
  • I popped by MN for a week to smooze the losers at home. It was fun fun.
  • I came back to NY for three days (am there right now) to move to my new apartment. It's very huge and in a great part of town - the seaport.
  • I moved. It was no fun fun. Haven't unpacked yet.
  • I'm reading the latest Will Gibson book. I'll tell you all about it (there's stuff to tell) later.
  • I woke up today (Thursday) at something like 4:30 pm and had Chipotle. Then I rode the Staten Island Ferry there and back (just because) and read some.
  • I'm leaving on a plane in, like, three hours back to MN and then straight to Seattle. I'll tell you all about that later too.
  • Then I should be back in MN for two or so days, then back to NY to see some shows and play fucking Bioshock. I'm seriously so stocked.
More as it comes in.

P.S. My new favorite song is "Before I Drive Away" from the album Songs for Ice Cream Trucks (iTunes link - DRM: ug)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Why I Just Shat Myself

Bioshock is coming to Steam.

I'll have more posts later. And not just gaming stuff.

Monday, August 06, 2007

This Just In

I am Holden Caulfield.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Holy Fuck!


Of course I bought the Super Pack. Did I even have a choice? I blame the id.