Fifth Week

88/100. Getting back there!

I exercised every day this week, except was really slack one of the days, so I lost a point there. Mostly VRT, and got some walking in 3 days.

All week I practiced the same 3 Midnight Oil songs: River Runs Red, Arctic World, and Sometimes. Then on Sunday night I played them at a coffee house in Richard’s church basement, accompanied by Richard. It was fun taking the lead vocals again. I was a bit nervous, but it’s a very forgiving and familiar audience, and once again some friends were quite encouraging about how it went; they’re the type to tell it like it is too.

I did less fixing/sorting/helping than in past weeks. I put new strings on my acoustic guitar for the first time in way too long, I fixed a badly clogged sink (yuck), attempted to help a friend with a VB.Net/SQL Server problem (and mostly didn’t succeed in the short time I had) and helped set up the (my) sound system for the coffee house. Alex: no, I didn’t find any new magazines last week, but you’ve got first dibs if I do!

I played more Super Luigi Galaxy with the kids; we’ve got 50 stars now, so just 10 short of rescuing Peach for the 3rd time. We also watched another 4 Super Mario Bros. Super Show episodes. And I brought my two oldest girls along to the coffee house, so Mr. Lappala could teach them a new word.

I finished Genesis and the first 18 chapters of Exodus this week, and continued plowing through On the Edge; I’m about 2/3rds done now.

Carla and I had a good night out on Valentine’s Day. Food at Montana’s, and wandering around Staples/Future Shop/Winners/Chapters after.

I’m looking to get a new laptop, but it seems I’m going to have to get it from Dell. I want a Core 2 Duo T7500 processor (it’s the cheapest one with a 4MB cache) but it appears to be too high-end still to make it into most consumer laptops. Also, for professional reasons I need Windows XP on the computer, and that’s getting difficult to find. It’d be a waste of money to pay for Vista then erase it, plus you never know if there will be some hardware in the computer that doesn’t have a WinXP driver.

I did do a little bit of work for my math game idea; we received some more math books in the mail and I read through some of them looking for ideas, and got a few more good ones. I got quite a bit of work done on the paid game work; I’m making a scripting language for the story/cut-scene parts of the game. It’s something I’ve never done before, so it’s pretty fun, and I’m learning a bit of Lua at the same time.

2 Responses to “Fifth Week”

  1. Alex Matheson Says:

    Dunno if you remember me, but you knew me as Jason “Jay” Matheson back in the Comp Sci days @ LU in the mid 90s.

    Anyway, I recently picked up a C64 DTV and who do I see in the credits, a “Robin Harbron”. After some Google-fu, I end up here.

    Just wanted to say “awesome job”….it satisfied some gamer itches I could not scratch after my folks threw away all my Commodore stuff. *shakes angry fits* Thanks again!

    -alx

  2. Erin Says:

    Good job with the game of life….maybe i should do the same…
    Wish I could have been there for the midnight oil songs, and the new word- I miss out on so much:)
    If they have a 2 for the price of 1 sale at Dell we could go together on it. think ours is dying. the fan always goes on super loud like a plane is flying through our living room and then everything slows down. We have to restart it all the time.
    Looks like we will have to be home this summer/fall so you can help us pick one out then perhaps. Or maybe you have an old one that is still good to sell to us? We don’t need any particular programs or anything.
    Anyway, fun reading about all your activities. We are going for a walk today with a Mongolian Family. I am helping their girls learn English..maybe they can help me with my russian:) Erinose

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