It's been a relatively relaxing Holiday season. When it's July, I tell myself I'd rather take time off when everyone ELSE is working, and then get caught up while the office is quiet. Then every year I get to the holiday season and wonder why I'm one of the few guys in the office when I desperately need some time to unwind. This year, I said screw it and I've managed to work 5 days in the past 2 weeks and as of this afternoon I'm off until 7am on Monday.
We've seen Star Wars 7 on the Imax 3D screen twice now. I went in not expecting much and was happily surprised with the result. The first showing we went to was at lunchtime on the day of release - the theater was sold out (at lunchtime!), and the audience was almost entirely people in their 30s and 40s (i.e. "my age"). This was such a fun setting; while waiting we chatted with those around us like old friends. When the lights went down, all phones went away and the nerds got focused. We cheered when the Falcon came on the screen, and again when Han and Chewie showed up. At the end, we clapped politely, then all sat and watched the credits roll.
Perfect movie? No, not at all.* But I was a Star Wars kid of the 80s, and these are the friends/characters I've wanted back on the screen nearly the entirety of my life. When the special edition (revamped original trilogy) returned to theaters in the late 90s, there was a huge buzz around the franchise and things finally looked good for Star Wars fans. This was of course followed by a big kick in the nuts called Episode I. So let's face it, it could have been a LOT worse. Episode 7 is a fun ride if you let it be fun.
But -- on the Horizon for Dog's Breath. I have my year end wrap up post that will hit on the 31st or 1st. I am unhappy with it and will need to spend some time reworking it (unlike most posts, I've already been through it twice now).
I have a monster Shadows of Brimstone How-To post that's drafted but needs a ton of pictures imported and formatted. Mrs. Durden and I have been playing SoB whenever possible (though I had to clean up the dining room table for Christmas dinners) and have been thoroughly enjoying it.
Ingame, I have been cleaning out old inventory (necessary evil) and running lvl4s. I am trying to get some of the cruiser anomics to spawn so I can recheck my fits; this will result in hopefully some updated PVE guides.
I've been looking at the default templates and may ditch the red/gray star motif for something a little easier to read. The red/black gets fuzzy on some of my devices. Open to ideas.
No timetable for any of this (other than the year-end post) but hope that my weekends will remain free through January allowing for more online shenanigans.
*Note: There have been no perfect movies since the Goonies.