Just Checking In – 30 Day Blogging Challenge, Day 2

I’m on quite the streak with new blog posts this past week, and it’s going to continue.

I’m going to try to challenge myself to do a thing every day, every 30 days. For July, that thing is updated this blog. I might have little to say, or I might start something that I can’t finish but post it anyway.

So, What’s Up?

What I’m Watching
Let’s see… I just saw Wonder Woman. It was pretty good. Definitely the best live action DC Comics film yet. There were some weird jump cuts that could have been avoided with better overall scene layout. Our heroine and her crew would often pop around the scene to be where they needed to be most. This isn’t uncommon, especially in action movies, but I noticed it a whole lot. Otherwise, three cheers for a good DC film, and a female-directed super hero movie about a female super hero. They really nailed it.

I thought Cars 3 was pretty good. When the first Cars hit theaters, I liked it, but I thought it was sort of a weak addition to Pixar’s lineup. I saw it again when it came out on DVD and gave it a bit more credit. I saw Cars 2 in theaters, and thought it was a lot of fun, but I haven’t seen it since. Cars 3 was even better than the original, and like the first, had a great moral, and ended with a really great spin. Plus, I think Pixar was pretty self-aware with this one. I don’t want to spoil it, but it is worth catching if it’s still at your drive-in.

What I’m Playing
The Steam Summer Sales really had a go at my wallet this year. I’m a sucker for silly couch co-op games, and I’ve been sucked into the first couple hours of Fallout 4. So far, I’m enjoying it, but it doesn’t feel all that different from Fallout 3, and when it does, it feels a little washed down. Still, I’ve barely scratched the surface so I’m sure I’ll love it once I get through the first impressions. Also on top of my game pile is Rayman Origins. I’ve loved the Rayman series since the very first game, and Origins is nearly perfect. Rayman Legends, which is next on my list, takes Origins and polishes it even more, and is on my top 10 of all games ever. Plus both run on my non-gaming laptop, so that’s just dangerous.

The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild has been my main game the past two months, ever since I got my Nintendo Switch. The level of immersion (immersion to me is not realizing you are playing a video game with video game rules and video game mechanics) was incredible the first hundred hours or so. I’ve needed to take a bit of a break after finally beating the main quest and nearly all of the subquests, but the Master (aka extremely difficult) mode and some other new content was released on Friday. Maybe I’ll stream a Master run. Otherwise, I’m casually jumping around between Pokémon X, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and plan on starting Pokémon Sun. Someday I’ll catch all those little fuckers so my OCD-addled heart can finally be at peace.

What I’m Reading
Right now I’m going through Brandon Sanderson’s first Mistborn book on Audible, and reading What If, by Randall Munroe. The first is a really solid magical fantasy story about a girl who gets her magical powers by burning various metals in her stomach, and the later is a collection of commonly asked hypothetical science questions answered by a former NASA scientist. Questions like what would a mole (the number) of moles (the small furry mammal) look like, and could you actually build a jetpack out of machine guns (the answer is surprisingly yes).

What I’m Doing
I mentioned this briefly, but I’m going to challenge myself to blog once a day, every day this month. I’ve got no plan other than I need to hit that publish button and get some words on here. Beyond that, I’m still futzing around several personal projects without really getting anything off the ground. I think I have one that will be coming to fruition, but it’s going to be a while before I’m ready to talk about it. HINT: It involves animation.

I’m also looking at houses. I’m pretty picky, so who knows how long this process will take. I put an offer on one a few weeks ago and the owner got cold feet and decided to take it off the market. Everything I want is typically just out of my price range, or has some major disqualification.

What I’m Drinking
Fat Frog Red, by Montezuma Winery, is one of my favorite wines. I like my wine sweet and fruity, like Ocean Spray. I’m also sipping Piehole Apple Pie Whiskey, and I’m really enjoying it. I know, say what you will about flavored booze, but if I want to drink a pie, let me drink a pie.

I’m going to end it at that. Maybe I’ll even share this post out on social media. I never do that.



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