Day 4 began at 6 am, when I woke up just minutes after my alarm would normally go off, glanced at my clock, and decided to Van Winkle it. In fact, lack of sleep is such a mighty theme for me, I’m thinking of doing the legal name change. Wouldn’t that be cool?
“Hey, it’s Van Winkle!” Just rolls off the tongue, don’t it?
Oh! You could just call me VW! Y’know, without the diesel problems. (That one’s for you, Neal.)
Which makes me think, maybe once we’re all grown up we should have to change our name to the popular figure or character we most resemble. It’d make getting to know people a whole lot easier. For instance:
“Well, Mr. Judas, I’m not sure I can just take your word for it…”
“Thanks for your application, Mr. Ripper, but we’ve decided to go with another candidate.”
Anyway, once I got myself moving a few hours later it turned into a jam packed day. Let’s review:
Study – a million types of investment products, including bonds, equities, and stuff that no sane person should ever invest in. Anybody ever tells you that gambling is illegal, just laugh at them and mention the derivatives market or speculation. You just gotta be rich to gamble legally, that’s all. But, despite the late start, I clocked another 5 hours, which really calls for a “5 hours on a late start” achievement. Anybody good at graphic design wanna mock that up for me?
Creative – uh… time was short after my studying. (Did I mention that it was 5 hours? On a late start?) I did order a new webcam. Does that count?
Strata – went across the street to check on the new stairs, and ended up talking to a neighbour for an hour about various things that need to be done. Good times, my friends. Good times. I think that deserves a “Took responsibility for other people’s problems” achievement.
Dinner – an aborted attempt at BBQ chicken, which fell apart when I realized the propane tank was empty. But fear not, good reader! I am a master of culinary chicanery, and quickly turned that into butter chicken for me and chicken and cranberry for the kidlet. That’s gotta be good for a “Last minute menu swap” achievement.
Sountrack – a little Rock ‘n Roll Jesus from Kid Rock, some Scissor Sisters, and “Move like a soldier” on repeat courtesy of my young ‘un.
What’s with all the achievements? Well, I figure I gotta gamify this thing somehow. You’d be amazed what people will do to get meaningless achievements in games. Or maybe that’s just me… but listen, a 20% achievement rating on Steam just means that I haven’t played my games enough!
Ummm… what problem? I don’t have a problem.
Although, now that I’m thinking about it, Operation Screaming Condor is seriously in need of an achievement list!
Right, so, speaking of games, we played a board game called Machi Koro at the board game cafe last night. It’s got a lot of mechanism that’re similar to Catan, if you’ve played that one. Build a little town, roll the dice, get income from buildings in the town that match the die roll. Race to build.
BUT… this thing dragged out way too long. Probably because we’d never played before and the copy at the cafe came with two full expansions. It also had a ton of cards that let you steal from each other, so building up piles of money was hard. It was more of a spend it or lose it scenario. Anyway, I think the game would be worth playing without the expansions, for a shorter experience. Not sure I really enjoyed the long game.
And now I’m off for a little Robotech reading and some sack time.