Tuesday, September 2, 2014

PAX Prime 2014: a Gathering of Nerds

Seattle is an interesting city. Hop on the 545 and ride it straight over Puget Sound and you're in for a city that's large, tall and full of interesting characters. Even more interesting is how many hipsters in denim actually exist here. (And I say that knowing full well I own two denim shirts, but that's beside the point.)

This past weekend Seattle hosted something even bigger: PAX Prime. PAX is a gathering of nerds: gaming card games to tabletops to video games. Gaming cover bands come to perform. Famous, professional players come to meet their fans and like-minded gamers. League of Legends members compete for the big titles. Gaming companies--big-time and indie--showcase their big titles coming soon. Fans from all around come to gawk, cosplay and participate.

Usually, convention ticket prices are too rich for my blood (and by that, I mean, I was always too poor to even afford a good DragonCon ticket), but PAX came at the right time and we managed to snag passes this past weekend so that I could go Saturday, the husband and I could go together Sunday and he could go Monday (today) while I worked. It was an amazing time, and I went wearing my Animal Crossing swag both days. We definitely did a ton that I didn't photograph, but the first day I just enjoyed the convention and the second day I bought merch and tried to take pictures when I thought of it.


A booth that sold tons of old game discs and cartridges going as far back as the NES. I also managed to get two figurine sets for Animal Crossing here.

I bought this AMAZING Joker wallet from The Killing Joke at a booth near the tabletop games, and I am so happy. I was just saying I needed a new, smaller wallet. 

One round of the League of Legends final spots for the world tournament.

This was an awesome, very in-character, Iron Man, and I considered running away with him. By the way, I can't stop laughing at how huge my hips look here. 

My Portal tank top! 

An awesome Isabelle (from "Animal Crossing: New Leaf") cosplayer, who was a sweetheart. 

Riot's League of Legends character Annie with Tibbers her teddy bear.

Yeah, it was fun!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Choices: Surface Pro 3?


So, let's disregard the source of this photo being some review site, and actually look at how fancy and pretty this laptop+tablet, the Surface Pro 3, looks.

Have you test-run/owned one yet? I'm looking to play around with one, because I want a new laptop, and this is looking like the best option for me. It's got everything that I love/revere functionally about Macbook Air, with a design I love and Windows on it.

I do not hate Apple, and I'm not a Windows-purist--I love my iTunes, iPhone and iPod. And my husband's iPad is great. (Wow, we sound so privileged. Let's be real, if you're reading this, you are, too.) But I do love Windows. And the more that I'm exposed to Windows 8 with my work laptop, the more I have found that I'm not afraid of it, and understand it better. (I knew it'd just take some time. Even Millennials can be technological grouches, too. Have you seen the way we act when Facebook changes?)

So, what is your opinion? I need help.

Always Wandering

With all the stress that can come with work and the inability to take time to cook and clean as often as I would like, taking time during an off day to just make a nice breakfast and then take a walk down a trail enjoying the outdoors. It's actually been awhile since I have wandered as I did. I made it down a new part of a trail I had yet to explore, and then circled through downtown. It was a nice, breezy walk. Although, my pale skin did get a bit sunburned.

This weekend I will be spending time at PAX Prime with friends and coworkers, and I cannot wait. The only downside is that DragonCon is in Atlanta, and many of my friends will be there, but at least we're all getting to have some nerdy fun. It's like being together, without really being there.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Six Months Ago...

We've hit the six-month mark in our marriage, which means that we're halfway through the first year. The "tough year" as it's known for. I haven't noticed it being tough at all, but that's a good thing, I say.

Some months ago we were finally given the rest of the pictures that Trey's family friend took of the reception. It's nice to look back on it all. I miss Georgia, my friends and family. But life here is great, too.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Your Word, My Word, The Word, a Word

Connotative and definitive meanings can differ vastly from word-to-word. Our language is fluid and expandable--due to colloquial use and traditional tense. And one word that garners more support and hate in a single moment, is the word "faith." 

faith, noun (source)
  1. confidence or trust in a person or thing:
    in another's ability.
  2. belief that is not based on proof:
    had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
  3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion:
    firm faith of the Pilgrims.
  4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.:
    be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
  5. a system of religious belief:
    Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
  6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.:
    to appear would be breaking faith.
  7. the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one's promise, oath, allegiance, etc.:
    was the only one who proved his faith during our recent troubles.
For the religious or spiritual, it means something beyond us. For the patriotic, it means something religiously loyal. For the positive, it means more than it does to the cynic. 

What I have often found with those who say they have no "faith," is that they disregard the little acts of faith we display every day--those moments where we let go of our reservations and allow ourselves to believe that someone or something will come through for us. We trust each other, we trust what we create, we even trust what others create. If we can do that, even in the smallest ways, then believing that others have faith elsewhere can't be that hard to wrap one's mind around.  But it is, because it's easy to poke fun rather than to empathize.

The religious affiliation of faith is often referenced to someone that cannot be seen. There isn't an ignorance or blindness that comes with faith; it is what it's lexical definition portrays it to be: faith. Just because it is not tangible, does not mean it is in no way there. There are mysterious of this world that we have yet to uncover in all of the centuries we have inhabited it. What we choose to take from our experiences on this planet are ours alone.

Those who exhibit faith in someone or something shouldn't be put down, but uplifted. Those with faith--of any kind--dare to believe in something. They do not wish to live their day-to-day believing there is no reason for anything. Those with faith are brave, and those who recognize their faith--religious or not--feel fulfilled and satisfied. Isn't that what many of us want?