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When the Stars Align

Today was a pretty nor­mal day for the most part. Took Selena in for a quick checkup vet visit. Went to work and audited an advanced Excel class (that I’ll be teach­ing soon).

Reg­u­lar, nor­mal stuff.

Except when you apply a ‘space’ layer to the day.

Driv­ing home from the clinic with Selena, I heard Go! — a very cool music / archival audio mashup by Pub­lic Sys­tem from their new The Race For Space album. Video below.

Then also noted that Sid Meier’s Star­ships is due out for iOS. Yes, video below. iTunes link when it’s live on iTunes.

And finally also noted that Buzz Aldrin’s Space Pro­gram Man­ager is ALSO out tonight for iOS. Yes, video ALSO below.

Of course, it’s a silly thing to think that I’d not be pick­ing up all three. Only prob­lem is that this will cut in to my Kerbal Space Pro­gram time ;)

 

 

A few bumps but we’re all right.

Well the GameA­Thon got off to a bit of a bumpy start, with Twitch TV tem­por­ar­ily ban­ning me for not show­ing gam­ing con­tent. So now I’m stream­ing on You­Tube… had a bit of scram­bling around to hook it up but it’s done.

Gaming-wise, we loosely stuck to the sched­ule with Pathfinder Adven­ture Card Game lead­ing off, fol­lowed by some com­pet­it­ive Halo. Looks like we blew over the time allot­ted for Dwarf Fort­ress, but I’ll pick up the sched­ule in a few minutes with some Pan­demic on the iPad. I may stick the whole hour or, if I lose too quickly, will find some­thing else to play. Either way, I’ll be stream­ing it and you can watch the stream here. Next update in a few hours. Oh, and thank you for spon­sor­ing me! The pups appre­ci­ate it!
 

In less than 24 hours I’ll be gaming for 24 hours to support CaliCan Rescue — Cheer me on!

Tomor­row night, Fri­day night, I’ll be start­ing a 24hr mara­thon gam­ing ses­sion to sup­port my friends at CaliCan Res­cue. I’m one of the folk who’ve accep­ted the Play4Paws2 chal­lenge, so yeah, I’ll be gam­ing, catch­ing up on my gam­ing defi­cit over the last few months ;)

It’s been years

Yeah, years since I stayed up ’round the clock. More, actu­ally since I have to work tomor­row morn­ing, so I’ll likely be up over 36 hours. So I’m not sure what to expect, except that as my sleep-deprived brain tries to play games, you can bet that I’ll suck more as the even­ing wears on. Ah well.

UNDERDOGIt’s about the Underdog

Ok, so I’m look­ing for­ward to it, mostly, though the tired bit I’m dread­ing. But it’s not for me I’m doing this, I’m try­ing to raise funds to sup­port the organ­iz­a­tion that brought Bog­art and all the other fosters into our (and oth­ers) lives. It’s about the people in an organ­iz­a­tion that works hard and cares about both the anim­als they res­cue from death row (yes, they pull from kill shel­ters), and they care about the people they match the dogs with. Amaz­ing work, amaz­ing people.

So yeah, in addi­tion to fos­ter­ing, donat­ing, encour­aging and pro­mot­ing, this is me try­ing to find another way to sup­port them. How ’bout it, can you help? Donate here. Bid on silent auc­tion items here.More

A Classic Dungeon Crawling Silent Auction — for charity!

Thanks to the kind friends at Beam­dog I’m able to up the ante for incent­ives to my spon­sors of my 24hr game-a-thon par­ti­cip­a­tion in Play4Paws2 — sup­port­ing CaliCan Res­cue Found­a­tion.

Butt Kick­ing, for Goodness!

Baldur’s Gate. Baldur’s Gate II: Shad­ows of Amn, Icewind Dale. These games hold a spe­cial place in my heart. I was at the Edmon­ton Baldur’s Gate launch party when I was cov­er­ing it for local TV news. Then later, when I worked for BioWare, I con­trib­uted to the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tions efforts of these games and the Infin­ity Engine that they’re built on.

At the time, there was abso­lutely noth­ing else that could bring the true D&D exper­i­ence, the party-dungeon-crawling-holy-crap-is-that-a-Beholder exper­i­ence to the com­puter as these games did.

So, through the help of Beam­dog, I’ve got cop­ies of the Enhanced Edi­tion ver­sions of these games. And Vir­ginia, they are enhanced — for example, the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition:

Run­ning on an upgraded and improved ver­sion of the Infin­ity Engine, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edi­tion includes the entire Baldur’s Gate adven­ture, the Tales of the Sword Coast expan­sion pack, and never-before-seen con­tent includ­ing a new adven­ture and three new party mem­bers: the Cal­ishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.

I want my BGII and so do you!

Here’s how you can sup­port my fun­drais­ing efforts through a silent auc­tion and get one of these amaz­ingly enga­ging and chal­len­ging Dun­geons & Dragons world games, specifically:

The silent auc­tion is over at a Face­book event page. The rules of the auc­tion are pretty simple:

  • The auc­tion will be live until I’m done my 24hr game-a-thon at 7pm on Feb­ru­ary 28th.
  • I’ve cre­ated one post per item available.
  • Bid by pla­cing a com­ment in the item you want to bid on.
  • Highest bid at the time I fin­ish gam­ing on the 28th claims the auc­tion item.
  • I’ll inform auc­tion win­ners via FB mes­sage and/or reply in the rel­ev­ant auction.
  • After you’ve been noti­fied, place your con­tri­bu­tion at the Play4Paws2 dona­tion page at CanadaHelps.org — https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/play4paws2-this-time-its-fur-sonal/
  • I’ll for­ward the winner’s details on to Beam­dog — they’ll con­tact you regard­ing claim­ing your game through Beamdog.

Simple no? So why are you still here and not over there bidding!

Thanks for your sup­port, and see you online on the 27-28th. I’ll need your sup­port and encour­age­ment then too, either through Face­book, Twit­ter, or maybe even through a livestream… stay tuned!

 

Can I buy your support? It’s for a great cause.

Update:


If you read this post (I’m Crazy and I’m gam­ing for 24 hours for an amaz­ing cause! Spon­sor Me!) then you know that I’m doing a bit of fun­drais­ing for my favour­ite dog res­cue — CaliCan Res­cue.

But I’ve noticed that I’ve still not received any spon­sor­ships, even though I’ve gone to the extraordin­ary effort of post­ing once about it on Face­book, and writ­ing the afore­men­tioned blog post. Hmm, I think I need some­thing more to get my friends involved. :)

So, unlike Rene (one of CaliCan’s awe­some head honchos), I’ll not be wager­ing any­thing that brings (or doesn’t bring) a razor near my noggin.

Rather, I thought I’d reach out to some friends at BioWare and see if they can provide assistance.

And they have. Behold!

My friends at Bioware have gen­er­ously donated the per­fect things for gam­ing into the wee small hours. And I get to give them away to folk who spon­sor me!

  • Toques
  • Con­tigo water bottles
  • Con­tigo hot drink travellers
  • A couple of other branded drink containers
  • Bioware pens
  • A nice, light­weight Bioware backpack!

The details

Now, given the anti­cip­ated high demand for these premier branded items we’re look­ing for a min­imum dona­tion of $20.00. One dona­tion per item. And we’ll fig­ure some­thing out for the pens. :)

We’ve only got a couple of each item — what you see in the photo is what we’ve got — so I anti­cip­ate the more pop­u­lar ones will go quickly, espe­cially the toques… come on! Bioware inven­ted the gamer toque (or beanie as it’s called else­where)… I know, I was with the com­pany at the time!

But any­way, there you go. Bioware branded swag and the warm fuzzy feel­ing of sup­port­ing one of the best dog res­cue organ­iz­a­tions on the planet.

Simply by spon­sor­ing me :)

(oh, and after you’ve done that (thank you!) just send me an email and we’ll fig­ure out how to get your swag to you — brad­b­log At gmail.com)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 lands ‘nicely vertical’ within 10 meters of target … in the ocean


And that’s how it’s done.

SpaceX’s Fal­con 9 came back to Earth after a suc­cess­ful launch today, land­ing in the ocean within 10 meters of its actual tar­get. And though it didn’t make the plat­form as ori­gin­ally inten­ded, the com­pany thinks that absent rough weather, the rocket have worked as planned.

Rocket soft-landed in the ocean within 10m of tar­get & nicely ver­tical,” tweeted SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. “High prob­ab­il­ity of good drone­ship land­ing in non-stormy weather.”

… via Ven­ture Beat