Happy New Year to all! I haven't yet written the date with 2010 in it, I know it's gonna be weird when it happens. I can't seem to fall asleep and I've run out of tweets and RSS feeds to catch up on. Rather than type out a proper detailed post, all I can bring myself to do is some quick updates.
Christmas was great! It was wonderful to see my family and get to spend some quality, leisurely time with them and Lisa in Poland. Interesting country, too. Couldn't help but wonder why my entire seventeen years of education skipped it over with the exception of being invaded in the war. Warsaw and Krakow are spectacles in their own ways and I consider myself lucky to have visited them.
My big Christmas present this year is guitar lessons. I've been meaning to dedicate time to learning an instrument since last Christmas. Lisa knows me well and understands that we both benefit from the structure of a lesson and I look forward to starting up the rocking soon.
Borderlands is a slightly different approach to both the RPG and FPS genres. I only recommend playing it if you can secure a few friends for an entire campaign. I enjoyed the mix of gear hunting, talent progression, and use-based skills with the Halo-esque tactical assault missions. Good stuff.
Steam's annual holiday sale was again splendid this year as the year prior. Games added to my collection: the complete Star Wars collection (mostly secured for Jedi Knight series and KOTOR), Beyond Good & Evil, the Space Quest series, the Max Payne series, Torchlight, Indigo Prophecy, and the guilty pleasure that is Zombie Shooter. Most of these games I've played through before, but for whatever reason don't currently own. The sale prices were so good that I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to own them now and through such a robust system as Steam.
I was poking around the archives and thought this post was funny for one reason: the hardly-mentioned Felicia Day. It was my first exposure to her work and I had no clue I'd be standing in line to meet her at Dragon*Con in 2009!
The house is still coming along, but not yet worthy of pictures. I have some cable management to complete, we need a few more items of furniture, and some stuff needs to go on the walls. Once we accomplish these goals, we will be very happy to show your our home! I used a power drill to mount something to a wall today. First time I've ever done that, but I can build a computer from parts in under sixty minutes. Sigh.