Fender Guitar

Old dogs, and new tricks…

So, I haven’t written in a week or so, it has been a busy time. Once again, I am going to try to learn the guitar, I have started lessons. I have had a beautiful Fender acoustic for years but I have always had one reason or another not to learn, but excuse never get the job done.  I am taking free lessons at the Guitar Center, I must say, I have gone to one of the local music shops twice now (I bought the guitar there, and I would rather support local business when possible) and I have been treated very poorly because of my lack of knowledge. Guitar Center on the other hand has been nothing but helpful, so big corp wins this time. Continue reading

It’s a long way to the top…

If you wanna rockin’ roll, this song by AC/DC has been going through my head a lot lately, because it is true.

As October is winding down and I have just finished my last part of our 31 days of horror installment at Nightfall Unlimited, I am glad it is over. I have had lots of fun doing it, most of all realizing that it has been a while since I have watched the films we talk about. It has been harder to get out regular articles however, and I look forward to getting more diversity out of the posts.

Things have been going really well for us at Nightfall, our podcast is gaining a larger audience, and site traffic is up.  We have also been busy finding new ways to make the site more interesting. It is all great fun, but exhausting on days when mundane life takes up your energy.

That aside, for those of you that are wondering about my beard growing, here is a pic.

My beard in the morning

Sorry, I just woke up.

I have not put any beard oil in it yet, today. I have found that putting it in every other day works best for me. I also try to only clean my beard every other day, even though I tend to end up cleaning it daily anyway.

So, Gaming Month is our next theme for Nightfall Unlimited, I think that will be a great month as we look at the past, present, and future of video, card, and board games. I hope everyone that read my personal blog, also goes to Nightfall Unlimited, because we are working hard to put up interesting content. Remember the more you comment the more we know what you like.

-The Idiot

The face of failure

Extra Life – technical failure

 

So, I was all prepped to do my 24 hours of gaming in one epic run. I stocked a mini-fridge with caffeine and hydration, gather several stacks, wasted time I should have been sleeping testing my games for updates and doing a short run of the broadcast software (Raptr at first).

After several hours getting everything correct, I went to sleep at 9:30pm. Getting up at 11:30pm, I could feel I need more sleep, but I am not one to bow before a challenge. My brother logged on and we worked on the streaming issues that I was having (I love many Raptr features, but often have little issues).

Right before 12, I find that the issue seems to be tied to some beta software that I thought I had deactivated. Everything seems OK, so I start my marathon. I start playing Rift, I play a new character still in Freemarch (Defiant all the way, baby). I am still tweaking my broadcast because my brother is seeing bursts of low-quality.

I want to say 2ish, my brother is doing Tough Mudder the next day, so he needs to log off. As I play I get traffic on Twitch but many people leave pretty quickly. I just figure I am not interesting enough to stay (I was feeling rough from lack of sleep, what can I say).

About 5ish, I realize that my broadcast is worse than usual, and I need to do something.

7am, I have tried 3 different broadcast programs, restarting the system several times, contacting support (Which was helpful, just not miracle workers.) All while still gaming as much as possible.

That is when I realized that my efforts were not going to work, I was exhausted from the day before, and my system had betrayed me. I went to sleep, and woke up and played some games without Twitching for parts of the day.

I clocked about 12 hours that day, I would like to Twitch another 12 very soon to finish my commitment.

This is a great event, and I am still fighting to reach my goal!

I hope you will consider giving to my cause, I still have November to complete it.

http://www.extra-life.org/participant/intricateidiot

 

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Extra Life – 24 hours of gaming for the kids!

So, it  is less then 24 hours before I begin my own 24 hour gaming marathon for Extra Life (http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=122630). I am definitely nervous, as my day job, spending time with my daughter, and podcasting has kept me consistently busy.

I am planning on staying in the Trion family of games, such as, Rift, ArchAges, and Trove. I might jump over to Team Fortress 2, if I feel my energy start to flag, because I normally get a energy boost from playing it.

I am going to Twitch most, if not all of the marathon. My channel is here! (http://www.twitch.tv/gatewaynomad)

The current plan is to start at 12:00am (central time) and play on until 7pm (I am allowing bathroom breaks, and I will probably eat as I play). At 7, I will take a short break (about 45 min), in this time I plan to get ready to go to a Halloween party, once arriving there I plan to finish my hours playing board games like Zombies!!! and Boss Monsters.

Doing anything for 24 hours is challenging, and I expect to feel pretty rough by the end. Things that will help make the time go easier will be chatting with me on Twitch or jumping into the game that I am in, and playing along! All the games I am playing are free to play, so there is no reason not to jump in, if you send me a message that you entering the game, I will make my best effort to get you to my location. (This might be challenging if I have several viewers following my progress.)

Another way to give me a boost is to donate, I have my phone set to alert me of any donations. I am still short of my goal, and nothing would be more of a pick up then to see the total raise. http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=122630

Well, I hope to see you on-line!

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Extra Life! Level up for the kids!

Controller with halo

So, I am not going to make this a long post, because I have another to make on nightfallunlimited.com, but I am very excited to be taking part in the Extra Life 24 gaming marathon. I am trying to raise money for CMN (Children’s Miracle Network), and even a $1 donation is appreciated, although more would be better. 100% of the donations go to CMN.

If you are an avid gamer and think that you can take on 24 hours of laying down the law, I would love to have you on the team. We have not cemented a day, but we are leaning towards the 25th (Which is the official date).

I will keep you more updated in the next couple of weeks. but for now, here is a link!     http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=122630

Because everyone’s face should be silky smooth…

Day one of growing my beard

First day attempting to grow a full beard with GBS.

So, I have been told that I get excited about strange things, I won’t deny it, it is true…

I love fall, this time of year the leaves change in the Midwest and the air is just chilly enough that you can’t decide if you want a jacket or not (I normally pull out my macho card and keep myself warm with just that and the occasional shiver). Another thing that many people born with a Y chromosome like to do is grow some face fuzz out.  In years past I have done that in a lazy manner, just letting it grow, doing some half-assed growing and then shaving when the itching feeling becomes unbearable. Continue reading