Monthly Update

Or so it seems.  I really don’t mean to wait so long between posts, but it seems to happen every month. Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in my world.

  • New job is still great and I’m loving the travel. I hit Silver with Hilton and am over halfway to Silver with Delta, hoping some more trips to the West coast before year end will get me there.
  • Bought a new car!! I hope to have pictures up soon, though I’m guessing it will be Thanksgiving when I have a good chance to take some.  Thanks to my parents looking out for a sweet deal while I was scrounging around Atlanta, Dad test drove and fell in love with an awesome car.  According to the family it fits me and I’ve loved every minute of it.  2004 Nissan 350Z Roadster, silver with black leather interior, touring package, and well maintained with a great warranty.  I have loved these cars ever since I witnessed one beat the snot outta other cars during a drift racing demonstration. A stock 350Z with half the lap time as other heavily modded drifters. I love it.
  • Warhammer Online hasn’t kept me excited enough to play regularly and I’m not sure if I’m losing interest in MMORPGs or what.  I’ve kept up with City of Heroes/Villains and hit another milestone a couple weeks ago in Veteran Rewards.
  • I bought Red Alert 3 last week and have been playing it whenever I get a chance.  I don’t like the graphics as well as Command & Conquer 3, but I love the new Co-op Campaign options and the new faction Empire of the Sun.  The online game play menus have been streamlined and connections are smoother than with previous C&C games – good thing since we can’t run co-op campaigns over Hamachi/LAN.
  • I’ve continued my addiction with Arkham Horror – board game based off Cthulu mythos and H.P. Lovecraft stories.  It is absoulutely amazing – I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun playing a board game (Clue perhaps).
  • I’ve been getting more involved with the local music scene and have been impressed by several – Kristin Tinsley & Aclarion. Kristin has a great voice and performs solo with her acoustic guitar and original songs, as well as some classics.  Aclarion is reminiscent of Incubus, Pantera, Deftones, and Nine Inch Nails, but with a style all their own.  Depending on your tastes (or a mixture if you’re like me) I suggest checking these artists out and see if you can catch Kristin and Aclarion live in concert.
  • I am expanding the Shadowrun storyline I’m working up for the RPG group I run with in Murfreesboro, TN.  I’m utilizing one of my unused websites Peacekeeper Productions for a web portal to expand our game time between monthly sessions.  This will allow us to handle character maintenance and solo sessions without slowing down the group, especially when we can’t meet regularly and time is a factor.

Added Calendar

I realized all my travel with work is hard enough for me to keep up with, much less everyone else. I have spent quite a bit of time trying to update everyone of where I have or will be traveling. Since my friends are spread all over the country, and some overseas, I will try to make time to visit you if I’m in the area. Just remember these are business trips and my ‘free time’ will be limited.

With this in mind I added a Page and quick reference to my Google Calendar for travel purposes. I will only be posting what city I’m in since I’m not sure how much information I am allowed to share about my projects.

Next Age of MMOs?

I have been losing interest in WoW lately, only occasionally logging in to PvP with friends when asked. I know the expansion is coming out soon, but I’m sure it’s going to be more of the same. The weekends are spent on CoX (City of Heroes/Villains) or C&C3 (Command & Conquer 3), since this is the best time to game with the friends across the big pond.

I’ve heard good things about a new MMO about to be released, through friends in Closed Beta. Sat night I picked up a Pre-Order at Target and signed up for Open Beta, which starts Sept 7th. I spent several hours researching the classes, lore, and plans for Warhammer Online and am very excited about this new experience. The Target Pre-Order costs $.99 and includes a $5 coupon for the game, Open Beta access, & 2 in game items. I know they don’t really do Pre-Orders through target, but it’s still not a bad deal to just check it out. I also learned there was a misprint on their Open Beta Access keys where O and 0 are actually Q, so if your code won’t validate try using Q instead. It worked for me.

Check out the game here:

Upcoming TV & Movies

The Fall line-up starts this month and many of my favorite shows are coming back, but not all. Here’s a quick list of what’s to come:

I’m also looking forward to the return of Battlestar Galactica in Jan, Reaper is to be announced (already signed on for another season) and would be perfect for the Spring line-up, and I’m eagerly waiting for Moonlight to be picked up by another company (though I’m afraid this may be another Firefly-esque blunder). I saw a preview at the movies for The Cleaner which actually has me interested in watching. Though it’s been playing for a few episodes already, I plan on checking it out tomorrow – if nothing else for something to satisfy my entertainment until the above shows kick off.

As far as movies go, there are several on my interest list, though none jump out at me the way the summer blockbusters did. Here’s a list of the ones I’m interested in:

New Job

I started a new job last week and am loving it so far. It’s nice to have a challenge again, learning skills that will continue to be useful on down the road.

The company is Manhattan Associates and contrary to what it sounds, I will still be living in Atlanta. The company started in Manhattan Beach, CA hence the name and deals mostly in software for warehouse management. However, this is still only a portion of what we do. The company as a whole develops Supply Chain Solutions for their clients ranging from inventory projections to warehouse optimization, minimizing cost and increasing profit. I am in the Hardware Dept. of the Services division, working closely with the Hardware Sales team to implement and trouble shoot the devices used with the Warehouse Management programs our clients use. This includes computer mainframes, wireless networks, bar code scanners, voice recognition terminals, etc.

To stay competitive we have to research all the new technologies, upgrading where we can, while still supporting the old. This can be challenging, but fun. I look forward to building a career with a great company and team.

Spam Bots

I hate them. They are basically internet terrorists dropping bombs of explicit links on innocent victims. My blog is hit regularly but my protection settings block them while the few that get through sit in the background awaiting my approval/deletion. Apparently my Wiki project is not so fortunate. Most of the spam is blocked, but recently a MySQL database error caused the site to reset protection settings to default which allows anyone to post.

I apologize to anyone who happened to find one of these links. Until further notice the wiki site will be inaccessible. This shouldn’t be an issue as it is an organizational tool for my personal project and isn’t ready for public access. At least now some of you know where the missing links to JS Wiki have gone.

Red Shirt Fridays

If the Red shirt thing is new to you, read below for how it went for a man…  

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who’d been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home. No, he responded. ‘Heading out?’ I asked. ‘No. I’m escorting a soldier home’. Going to pick him up? ‘No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq, I’m taking him home to his family’. The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that although he didn’t know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier’s family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.  ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United StatesMarine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign.’ Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.

So here’s a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do. 

Red Fridays.

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the ‘silent majority. We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing. Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of  America  supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday — and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that every red-blooded  American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV — let’s make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED. It will let our troops know the once ‘silent’ majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked ‘What can we do to make things better for you?’ is. ‘We need your support and your prayers’. Let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday.


Forum Signatures & Gaming

Throughout the history of gaming there have been websites and forums dedicated to informing the masses. I have met many new friends through these and love to keep in contact with them even after the games are gone. The one group that stands out the most is Salslak, which originated as a SWG (Star Wars Galaxies) guild/clan/tribe/corp. Their forums went down a few months ago and I thought I had lost contact with them until a good friend linked me to their new forums. Not many of them still play SWG, but we all keep in touch about our latest gaming choices and the forums have grown into subcategories for the different games. World of Warcraft, Age of Conan, City of Heroes/Villains, & Lord of the Rings Online are just a few of the current big hits.

I was trying to update my signature for the forums and realized what I want to post there requires too many characters even though it doesn’t take up as much room. It’s designed to be very slim, but alas it will not fit. I have decided to post my different forum sigs here instead. These should auto update with status changes.

World of Warcraft

City of Heroes

City of Villains

Summer Movies

Every summer I make a list of movies I’m eagerly awaiting and this year is no exception.

Iron Man was a Blockbuster smash hit and I saw it twice during the opening weekend. I am a HUGE Iron Man fan and he’s always been my favorite comic book hero – flawed, human, realistic. If you haven’t seen it yet please do, but make sure to stay through the full credits for a cameo appearance and sneak preview.

I’m looking forward to seeing these films as well:

05-16-08 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
05-22-08 Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
06-06-08 Mongol
06-13-08 The Incredible Hulk
06-27-08 Wall E
06-27-08 Wanted
07-02-08 Hancock
07-11-08 Hellboy 2
07-18-08 The Dark Knight
07-25-08 X-Files
08-01-08 The Mummy:Tomb Of A Dragon Emperor
11-21-08 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

These might be good too:

08-22-08 Bangkok Dangerous
08-15-08 Tropic Thunder

Site Updates

I updated WordPress, which  fixed a bug with aNobii Plugin and now they both work. I cleaned up some backend maintenance and the site should load a bit faster.

aNobii works like Flickr, but with books. My library is my most prized possession and I am in the long process of cataloging  everything I own. This is no easy task, for I buy every book I read and I love to read.