Well, that's done. There's really no plot to speak of, the characters are tissue paper thin, I've used every terrible sci-fi cliche in the book, there's absolutely zero conflict, resolution, or character development, I wasted way too many chapters on unnecessary exposition, and the protagonist wound up spending the majority of what I had planned would be a cheesy science fiction space opera type of thing working at a sandwich shop. It's total crap, but it's fifty thousand words worth of crap kicked out in twenty five days, so I guess that counts for something. I'm not going to link to it, because it's complete junk, but the industrious URL sleuth can probably sniff out where I've left it.
Now, I've got some movies and video games to catch up on.
Hey, I finished my first official race this morning, a little five mile run, and already got my results in from that fancy computer chip thing they stuck on us. I finished in just a hair over an hour, so I'm getting about twelve minutes to the mile before. I guess that seems kind of slow, but considering that when we started in September, I couldn't even jog for five minutes at a time without feeling like I was dying, that's not too bad. The running on the road was a lot easier than our training runs along the trail, I think - the five miles today felt a lot better than some of the short three mile runs we've done. So, that marathon in February is starting to look a little bit more doable now.
After de-stinking and refueling a little, we went to Icky and Emily's for thanksgiving dinner. Eric's parents were out for the holiday, and they seemed really nice - I have no idea how they produced a psycho like Eric, but hey. Super tasty turkey and pecan pie and stuff, and then I had to make Icky cry like a little girl by schooling his sorry ass at DDR. More practice, white boy!
Now, a little more writing (only 7,000 out of 50,000 words this month to go!) and then a lot of sleep.
A few days ago, I made the grave error of ordering Half-Life 2 from amazon. I realized the dual nature of this mistake when it showed up on my porch yesterday. First, I thought I could resist the temptation to installit "just to see for a minute", before finishing the work and writing that I had to get done today. I couldn't. Fortunately, the second part of my error surfaced shortly after - the CD that came in the box wouldn't work on my desktop PC, which is my primary gaming machine, but I knew it wan't bad, because it came up without a hitch on my laptop, which I use mostly for work, and really isn't suited to playing heavy games like HL2, anyway. It turns out, it's not a CD, it's a DVD, and there's no DVD drive on my gaming machine. This seems like a problem, but it was actually a blessing in disguise. Instead of getting sucked into Gordon's little nightmare world, I actually managed to get some stuff done, and kicked out three or four thousand words towards my NaNo goal. Just one more week, and then I can fully indulge in my digital debauch for a while. Oh, and, uh, work real hard!
Also, I think I'm catching a touch of dyslexia. That's a pain in the ass.
Also along the lines of making my life easier, I recently discovered Bloglines, which is a pretty bad-ass web based RSS aggregator. I've made a couple of small efforts to build one of these for myself, and it's no kind of fun. So now, I don't have to! This actually saves me a lot of reading time, and it turns out that I can plow through a lot more stuff in less time than it took me to click through my daily rounds before. Now, if only the rest of those comics would get it together... Anyway, between Bloglines for syndicated content, and del.icio.us for keeping a big stack of tagged bookmarks online, I'm starting to think this whole Internet thing may be worth looking into a bit more, after all.
In my copious free time, I've been catching up on a little television here and there. Well, not television. I mean, it is television, but not on the television. If we get an antenna hooked up just right, we can maybe get one local channel to come in - the TV in the living room is pretty much only used for video games and movies. What I have been doing though, is setting up Bittorrent (or whichever spelling it is that pisses off Bram) to automatically grab torrents for shows that I want to watch. Lately, I've been keeping up with the new Battlestar Galactica, and Desperate Housewives, and I was just realizing that I have no idea what network they're on, or what day or time they show. This must almost be what it's like to have a Tivo, only free, and you can only get a handful of shows that a lot of nerds are interested in.
Today, without thinking, I actually said, "Yeah, I don't really feel like I'm ready to really start running before doing three miles or so. It gets a lot easier after that." At least, it sounded like me saying that, anyway. Doesn't really sound like something that would ever come out of my mouth, though. We're up to about fifteen or sixteen miles a week now, and we've got about nine more weeks before the marathon. Totally insane.
I finished up my gig working on a Flash-based map kiosk thing for Handwire - who rule, by the way - a couple weeks ago, and now I'm doing some C programming for the first time in about a decade, building a demo app in BREW for a company back in San Francisco that my pal Emers8n hooked me up with, Gamut. It's taken a lot of work to not only get back into the lower-level stuff after being spoiled by Perl and company for so long, but the BREW environment and development kit is pretty unwieldy as well, so it took a few weeks to ramp up. It looks like it'll be pretty fun, though, and it sounds like if things go well, there's plenty more where that came from, so, woo!
Also, for some reason, I decided that the marathon training and the new job weren't enough to keep me busy, so I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. I'm cranking out a ton of pure crap, but I've somehow been able to pretty much keep up with the schedule - I'm just under 15,000 words right now - and still manage to squeeze in all my chess games. Oh yeah, and I finished all the story missions and a bunch of sub-missions on the new GTA: San Andreas - I'm somewhere above 80% now, so hopefully I can make it to 100% before too long, so I can take a crack at Halo 2.
And yes, somehow I'm still managing to sleep every night. Completely wacky.
Well, that sucked.
"We are accustomed to think of ourselves as an emancipated people; we say we are democratic, liberty-loving, free of prejudice and hatred. This is the melting pot, the seal of a great human experiment. Beautiful words, full of noble, idealistic sentiment. Actually we are a vulgar, pushing mob whose passions are easily mobilized by demagogues, newspaper men, religious quacks, agitators and such like. To call this a society of free peoples is blasphemous. What have we to offer the world beside the superabundant loot which we recklessly plunder from the earth under the maniacal delusion that this insane activity represents progress and enlightenment? The land of opportunity has become the land of senseless sweat and struggle. The goal of all of our striving has long been forgotten. We no longer wish to succor the oppressed and homeless; there is no room in this great, empty land for those who, like our forefathers before us, now seek a place of refuge. Millions of men and women are, or were until very recently, on relief, condemned like guinea pigs to a life of forced idleness. The world meanwhile looks to us with a desperation such as it has never known before. Where is the democratic spirit? Where are the leaders?"
-- Henry Miller