What I’m Up To

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I still don't know who half the people are

It’s been quite a while since I last posted so I figured I’d enlighten my lovely readers (anyone still there?) with a glimpse of what I’ve been up to recently. It’s nothing exciting. As much as I would like to enthrall you all with some sexy tale of sexy spyness or something (I did watch Skyfall the other week, I guess that’s something), I’ve pretty much been consumed by work. Yep, it keeps me busy. That and I don’t actually think there’s been a huge load of excitement in the MMO world this past month. I suppose it’s just that time of year.

Anyway, here’s some tidbits from behind the scenes.

What I’ve been playing

Still WoW, I’m sure you’ll be happy/ashamed to hear. As much as I never developed a taste for raiding, I have somehow in the past couple of months grown to really enjoy the Raid Finder feature. I never thought I would and I’ll admit I was incredibly cynical when I first tried it out with my new minted level 90 monk but I have to say it is rather wonderful. Y’know, standard PUG complaints aside. It does pretty much what it says on the tin and I really enjoy the fact I can get to experience almost all of the WoW content now instead of feeling that I always missing out on the endgame. Hats off to Blizzard and their mission of bringing content to the masses.

I also picked up Heart of the Swarm this week and it’s fairly decent. I’m enjoying it but haven’t been blown away like I was with Wings of Liberty. Part of me just dislikes the whole concept of splitting the game up into three components and keeps wishing it was a single contained game as opposed to this weird expansion trilogy thingy. Kinda sad to think that I will have to watch another two years to play the single player campaign for my favourite race, the Protoss.

What I’ve been watching

Game of Thrones season two. Call me a sucker for HBO’s graphic violence, adolescent banter and soft core pornography but I can’t help but love it. C’mon, you’ve got to give credit to the makers for sneaking in full frontal nudity at every unlikely opportunity. I suppose boobs and willies are cheaper than computer generated dragons. Anyway, it’s almost made me want to finish Dance of Dragons except I still I have no idea who half the characters in it are.

For those closer to home in the UK, my wife and I have also been captivated by the Great British Menu. I know cookery shows are so incredibly passé now but this one still manages to engross, especially when you’re tucking into a pizza as they whip up some two Michelin star masterpiece. The critics are also a blast. I’m surprised the chefs never punch them in the face after watching back some of their comments.

What I’ve been reading

After re-reading the entire Wheel of Time saga bar the last and latest book (still awaiting its arrival on the Kindle… I refuse to punish my feeble arms by trying to hold up a 1,200 page hardcover monstrosity whilst reading), I went on a Brandon Sanderson binge. Simply put, The Way of Kings is amazing and I’m actually squealing with anticipation over the next volume. The first Mistborn book? Not so good. Sacrilege, I know, but I just felt the whole thing was a bit contrived and Sanderson’s prose far from elegant. There’s only so many times you repeat the phrase ‘X rolled his eyes’ in a single novel. Or chapter. Or page. Let’s keep Brandon untouchable though and blame it all on poor editing.

Finishing my Sanderson affair, I’ve just now moved onto the Vorkosigan Saga sci-fi series, starting with the Warrior’s Apprentice. It’s pretty good. The series has been written by Lois McMaster Bujold since the mid-80s and this particular book is nothing if not well-written. She has a fantastic way with words, for sure, and nothing to roll one’s eyes at (see what I did there?). Still, sci-fi has never been my preference over good ol’fantasy. I think I will move onto The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie next. Is it any good?

So that’s me. Now you pretty much know my entire life. Next article, what I had for dinner.

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