We haven’t done this in a while, and lately I have been writing these draining five thousand word posts, so let’s do a reader participation thread once more. Plus I just finished updating my about page so I’m still kinda in a Q&A mode so we might as well do this. I’m going to ask some questions and provide my own answers, and you can join in below.
What game are you playing right now?
As you know, I have been trying to get Kerbals to and back from the Mun lately. Before I got the space exploration bug, I was playing The Walking Dead: Season One which was actually really good. I’m planning to write a full review once I finish it.
If you have glanced at my Steam profile recently, you have probably noticed I just got the new Thief game. So fat I have put only about 3 hours into the game, half of which was spent trying to make the game run faster than like 10FPS on ultra low settings. Turns out the culprit was Fences which is a nifty little app that lets you organize crap on desktop, which also is extremely good at killing performance on certain games. I still had to turn down shadow quality quite a bit because every time my character had his back to a light source the game would literally choke for 3 seconds. Also I’m super annoyed that I can’t fucking jump. What kind of bullshit is that?
Speaking of jumping, I’ve been also playing Thomas Was Alone, but I only seem to be able to take this game in low doses. Turns out that I mostly enjoy jumping when I’m able to bunny-hop my way through FPS games like a crazy person, but not so much when platforms are involved. I kinda hate platforming.
What TV shows are you watching right now?
Currently I’m watching The Walking Dead which continues to shake things up, and kill, torment and torture beloved characters in very fucked up ways. I recently caught up with Sherlock and I’ve been sort of collecting notes on a lengthy rant about Steve Moffat’s writing on both the above-mentioned series as well as on Doctor Who. So that might happen at some point.
I’m working my way through Torchwood which is the offbeat Doctor Who spinoff set in Cardiff of all places. It is rather decent even if completely goofy at times. Also, in the first season the seem to be obsessed with doing these birds eye, panning shots of the Cardiff cityscape which are breathtakingly flat and unimpressive.
I’m also watching Parks and Rec which is pretty great as usual. That’s basically the first sitcom I have gotten into since Arrested Development. If you have never seen it, definitely check it out. It is very different type of humor than Arrested Development but the series has its own charm and unique style.
Oh, and I’m really excited for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.
What book are you reading right now?
At the moment I’m reading Integral Trees by Larry Niven. It is a pretty cool setting, but so fare none of the characters are very likable. Hopefully it will get better/ I actually have like 3 book reviews queued up in various stages of completion. It’s kinda hard to write interesting reviews of books that are good, but not mind-blowing.
I also started reading Transmetropolitan which is a book of the comic variety.
What movies have you watched lately?
This is kinda surprising, but the only thing I’ve seen since Pacific Rim was David Cronenberg’s adaptation of The Naked Lunch which was… Well, it was quite an experience really. The impact of the movie was amplified by the fact that I have somehow never actually red William S. Burroughs’ novel it was based on. I’d recommend it, but it is weird, high brow and on the surface the plot makes no sense whatsoever so it is definitely not for everyone. If you do decide to take a plunge, this Brows Held High review will definitely help to contextualize some of the esoteric weirdness and nonsensical plot-twists.
And yes, I haven’t seen The Hobbit 2: Electric Smaugaloo, Gravity, or Her yet, though all these things are on my list.
What movies are you excited for?
I haven’t been this excited for a movie since… Well, since The Avengers really. Guardians of Galaxy looks absolutely amazing. I love pretty much the entire cast, and the trailer seems to be jam-packed with all kinds of crazy Marvel lore. Movie Bob actually went through the entire thing frame by frame recently and after watching his analysis I’m more excited than ever.
I love the direction Marvel is taking the cinematic universe. Superhero stories are supposed to be fun, crazy, exciting and his movie is exactly that, with emphasis put on the fun part. As much as I loved the Dark Knight, I’m really sick and tired of the grimdark and somber themed comic book adaptations. Less Nolan and more Whedon please.
Also I really want to see Life After Beth because… Well, Aubrey Plaza plays a zombie.
What are you coding right now?
Eh, more or less nothing. Last few months I’ve been building and deploying Windows 7 images on desktops and laptops in a valiant push to eradicate Windows XP from production before Microsoft pulls the plug on it. It’s terribly uninteresting work, especially since it has to be done about finicky users who either demand new computers, or threaten to quit on the spot unless we give them a written and notarized oath that we will not put Windows 8 on their computer.
In my spare time I’ve been toying around with some ideas for a silly Rails based app. I haven’t used Rails for anything in years (I’ve been building all kinds of stuff using the Sinatra framework which is great) so I figured I might as well do something with a full stack framework for a change.
Also I’ve been trying to convince myself to take a plunge and try building a native iOS app for Markdown Journal but every time I sit down to do it I realize just how ugly Objective C is.
How about you? Let me know in the comments?