Weak spot in the clouds

I loitered in Sydney for an extra day so that the VFR could get a service. The folks at Western’s finished up just before lunch and I hit the road suffering through a warm sunny day. Trading some fun for time, I stayed on the freeway until Golden Vale Rd, enjoying the fresh, just serviced feeling of the VFR (It had really been feeling like it needed a service this time) and a new chain and sprockets.

I stopped as I exited the interstate for a drink and to set up the Action Cam. As I did I eyed off the clouds forming all around me. It was clear that what had started as fluffy white clouds had more ominous intentions. Some great big cumulonimbus had been growing throughout the past couple of hours, with some very dark patches behind me. So should I change from my jeans into my waterproof touring pants. This question would pop up again several times over the coming hour or two.

I rolled on and completed the Highland Way arriving a Marulan for fuel. Checking the weather radar suggested that my route to Tarago would be clear but there were some cells developing right on top of Tarago and in a line stretching north. I might be able to slip around the south end of all the weather, depending upon what happened at Tarago.

So it was back on the bike and off towards Tarago. The weather was still clear with patchy clouds. I eventually gave up worrying and pulled over to change my pants. While I did this, I could hear thunder in the distance from somewhere ahead of me – I was expecting a sporting finish to the ride now.

The last leg into Tarago had some great black clouds and lightning to the south and it had obviously been very wet in Tarago not long before I went through. There were clearly more cells coming, but it was obviously a weak spot in the wall of weather that I slipped through. From this point I had a few scattered showers and some damp road but by the time I hit Bungendore the road was only damp. I was well home when the rain started caught up and started at my place.

6 months?

So I think I managed about 6 months before WoW Crack sucked me back in, lol. What got me back, a combination of factors that I talked some about in the “Should I come Back?” post. I have the time now that I could level with the others, making it a lot more social for me than any other expac, that’s a big plus. I’m curious of course about where the story is going, hey I’ve been in this story for about 7 years. Logging in for the 10th birthday is actually a bit of a drawcard. The final drawcard is the level boost if I preorder.

Once the decision was made the first step was to log into the website and set up the subscription. Then it was time to download the 30GB of game. I immediately noticed that the Mac client is much more slick than before. Also the chat function in the launcher is new to me. It also spoiled the surprise for my guildies, as a friend spotted me even before the game had downloaded.

I’ve dusted off my 4 main toons for a review. With only Mabaho (Enh Shaman) at 90, I have an 85 priest (Magdasal), 77 lock (Mabango) and 57 warrior (Pumatay), I’m looking at perhaps one of the last two for the boost to 90 so I started out levelling Pumatay to get him to 60 – if I pick him, I can take advantage of the profession boost for toons over 60.
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I think I will like to boost Mabango over Pumatay and level Magdasal the old fashioned way, she only has MoP to level through. Alternatively I could start a whole new toon, but I would like to get the profession boost.
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So what professions are suggested. Mabaho already has Alch and herbs. Magdasal has mid level in ench and tailoring. I would really like to take engineering as I have always wanted to make some of that stuff. That leaves one spot most likely for mining or jewelcrafting, and I’m leaning towards mining.  Any opinions?
 
Apart from that its time to get back into Curse and make a new UI. Any suggestions for a HUD style mode?
 

Triple crown….

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Portal 2 completed.

Three games in one year I’ve finished now. And one of them I only started this year! (The three are Tomb Raider, Walking Dead and Portal 2, Portal 2 being the one I only started this year).

The last chapter and finale levels had a couple of curly puzzles in them. I admit to resorting to the INTERNET on a couple of occasions. But it was certainly a fun jaunt and some cool puzzles. I might go back and play the first one, but that would mean adding another game to the cupboard.

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I highly recommend Portal 2 if you haven’t tried it. A great game to while away those server shutdowns and the like with some brain teasers.

But what’s next….

Looking into the Steam Library I see some Assassin’s Creed, Batman: Arkham City (not sure why I bought that, I have it on the PS3 as well) and Trine 2. Or otherwise there is WoW, Eve or Mechwarrior???

Maybe its time for that PC now?

 

Portal Progress

2014-08-04_00001I’d become bogged down a bit in Portal. A couple of real puzzlers had me taking a long time to get just a little bit through the game. In the end I needed a little prompt from YouTube, which was disappointing.

However the trials are easy again. I seem to be getting close to the finish, I’m in Chapter 8: The Itch. I’m out of the old testing area and back into the original one. Here the crazy AI that I helped at the start (before he through me down the hole) is in charge. Testing me.

They’ve turned easy actually, even with the new twists created by the tractor beam type thing.

Should I come back?

Warlords-of-Draenor-Banner-LogoSo MWO is just a hassle, I’m too lazy to keep rebooting. I started thinking that I actually have settled into a routine so maybe gaming Sun-Thu is workable. And with a new expansion I can level up with the others and perhaps join in, instead of spending the entire expansion just trying to catch up to my friends (gee, I’ve been trying catch up ever since I first logged in so many years ago).

So I’m considering returning to WoW.

What do you think?

(oh and a 90 boost, who for… and even worse, the boosted toon ends up a higher ilevel than my main…. oh the embarrassment)

Three weeks in one page.

Seems like it’s been busy but not actually doing much. Often been finding myself browsing through Youtube videos at the moment or watching 80/90s movies I’ve recorded off TV (Mad Max, Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours and some others) not really doing much. So not much MWO or Portal.

I got MWO running, logged in and had no idea what was going on before I died. It’s still a hassle to be a solo player, especially when you can’t remember the key binds and the rest.  It’s also a pain to reboot all the time to swap OS.

School holidays came up, so I took my two girls to my sister’s property in rural NSW. Their first time on a farm and a chance for Mrs Mab to have 5 days relaxing on her own (considering I get to do that every week it’s only fair).

6 hours of driving and cold weather, but girls loved every minute. They especially loved the week old lamb that played chase almost non stop with them. Driving tractors, climbing trees, feeding ducks and horses. A great experience.

I also got a new push bike to get out there on the mountains. Dad found a great condition second hand (basically brand new) 2014 Giant Trance and brought it over for me. Just need the weather to clear up to test it out.

Took the Daytona home last time, and even managed a Putty ride while Dad minded the kids, so that was cool. Cool was a good word for the trip back in my leathers not my touring gear. Caught up to a mate on the same ride that night, just as he finished up being booked for speeding. Bummer.

Will get back into some stuff tomorrow I hope and have some more to write about.

 

Over the Mountain

IMG_2240A cool but sunny late autumn day dawned on the Friday for my trip back to my family in Sydney. It seemed like a great opportunity to try a alternate route that had been recommended to me. The main reason that I hadn’t yet tried this way is that I estimated it would take around 6 hours – that’s double my normal time, door to door, and being a new route, I would be taking it easy.

I also had been warned that snow and ice were real possibilities on this route so weather was also a big concern. But we’ve had a long unusually warm autumn in South East Australia this year (barely making the single digits, let alone snow and ice temps) and several rain free days before today. A quiet week at work meant that the chances of getting away early where high – all I needed was an early knock off.

I slipped away early and soon after I hit the road west from Queanbeyan. My route took my to Tarago, but here I turned North to Goulburn, where usually I head straight across towards Bungonia. At Tarago I deviated slightly to check on a couple of bikes I saw stopped in case they were lost. No problems there so I turned north. This road is the more well known route than my normal way, and its’ not a bad ride. A bit shorter and straighter than via Bungonia. Plus it adds more interstate.

IMG_2232After getting a little lost in the streets of Goulburn, I fuelled up and turned for the unknown. Again, more northerly towards Taralga (NOT Tarago or Tarana… can get a little confusing). The roads were pretty open and flowing, mostly through farmlands. Some resurfacing was underway and the low winter sun often annoying, but otherwise the ride was very enjoyable. And the kms were swiftly covered.

The road continues north over the Abercrombie River. The descent and climb down to the river crossing were fine twisty roads, without markings, but generally wide enough.

IMG_2229Up from Abercrombie you head towards the back side (from a Sydney perspective) of the Blue Mountains. Again the roads were wide and flowing, but empty. The area is obviously pine plantations and the odd logging truck may need to be avoided.I arrived in Oberon, grabbed a small lunch and topped up the fuel again. This should easily last me until my doorstep, so no requirement to stop again.

From Oberon, you join up with the road from Jenolan Caves and head towards the Great Western Highway at about Mount Victoria. This stretch before the Highway is the last fun before the grind over and down the mountains. And it’s a pretty good bit with some nice vistas of Aussie mountains (so really slightly bigger hills than the rest of the area – not real peaks with snow etc)

IMG_2238The Highway is being expanded and sorted in a massive upgrade that has so far taken several years so there are slow speed roadworks zones, and the newer areas have reduced limits (because the tin tops can’t help running themselves into barriers and off the road all over the place). And the traffic was …. well there actually was traffic, so the fun was over. Still takes about another hour to get over the mountains to home.

A really nice ride and I think heading the other way would be nicer (get the annoying bit out of the way at the start). Pity it is so much longer than my normal route so I’ll have to save it for next time the stars align.

Of course the mighty VFR ate it all up without hesitation. It’s now about 500km short of 150,000 and then only 11,000km until it rolls over 100,000miles. Its not impossible to hit that by Christmas.

Oh Cross Platform

So I’ve been playing Portal 2 during the last few weeks at Canberra where I play on my iMac. When I go home to Sydney to see my family I don’t usually play anything as it takes away time from my family. I only get two nights at home and I don’t want to waste it.

However this past Saturday I found myself with the chores done and the kids engrossed in a video (and amazingly it wasn’t Frozen!) so I downloaded Portal onto the PC at home. I knew it was a cross platform purchase so I figured Icould muck about in it.

What I didn’t expect was to be able to continue from where I left off last week in Canberra on the Mac! Now that is cool. And a surprise because I had tried that with something else and it didn’t work that way (oh that’s right it was Borderlands 2).

Of course I only got through one room after spending an hour waiting for it to download, before the kids came wandering in having finished the movie

And here’s another cool thing. It’s a great clean non(ish) violent puzzle game. So we puzzled our way about in the next room without much success.