Monthly Archives: January 2014

Lego Lord of the Rings…

Dear Reader,
I will finally write that review I promised. “Lego: Lord of the Rings”. I will confess, I was, at first going to rip the game for a plethora of reasons; not limited to the game being frustrating, tedious, and at time monotonous. I was conviced until recently, that this was in fact the worst game Lego had ever brought to life. Then enter “Lego Movie Game”. Worst game EVER! However, this is not a review on the latter, so back to the subject.

Given that I’ve seen the worst Lego can do so far, I will give credit to “Lego: Lord of the Rings” for at least not being annoying. If anything it was semi educational, (yes, games can educate) in my case it gave me the short version of Tolkien’s massive work. I understand the over used phrases like “…My precious!”.

So that being said, I will say this. “Lego Lord of the Rings” will be a test of patience for sure. I get it, the whole book is about some guy or group of guys walking to a really far, far away place. Point taken, seriously, I see where Lego is going with their games and frankly I like the idea of the open map. I had some experience with it in “Batman 2” and even a bit on “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Those games did it well, in fact, so far, my favorite on that end is Batman 2. My problem has never been that the map in Lord of the Rings by comparison is huge. That… I actually liked. The part that I hated was the fact that even with the teleporting there was still an unnecessary amount of walking. Slow walking at that. I mean, at least in other Lego games you had, The Flash or Superman among others.

I understand, the games are intended for a young audience, but children are not as infantile as we would like to believe and their attention spans are definitively not what they use to be.

Let me be honest and say, that the subject matter was not exactly my favorite. I was not one of the fans that ran to the movie theater to watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Nor did I read the books by Tolkien. So maybe that is another reason to stick to the things we know. I mean there are certain subjects like super heroes that even if you didn’t read every last comic you still get the subject matter.

This game was also one of the first Lego games to use voices. Quite frankly I thought I would hate it. I was pleasantly surprised how well they work not only as comic relief but in my case to understand a game’s subject matter. So over all, this game is worth playing, and if you are a fan of Tolkien it will be as pleasant an experience as it was for Potter fans when Lego Harry Potter came out.



Dear Reader,

Oh yes, about right this second I feel like screaming into my pillow. Frustration much? Oh yes, very much! See, since I moved here, there has been this endless parade of music, loud and annoying. It was off and on, here and there. I could never pin point the source, but it was there. Last night it kept me up way past my now usual bedtime. of 11 PM.  Today it started an hour ago, the same CD with the same ruined tracks that skip.  Last night they let the CD Skip for well over 15 minutes.

The noise came from the flat above me. Grrr! And tripple Grrr!

If things don’t improve tonight or tomorrow that is three strikes, and management will have to be notified. I need my sleep. Sleep equals awesome dreams. Sleep also leads to feeling rested, feeling rested leads to smiles, smiles bring about good Karma, followed by fun emails. Fun emails equals happy me. Happy me leads to good cooking, creativity and such. I so need sleep!



Feeling better for now…

Dear Reader,

Update on my health it’s been up and down for the past month. It’s been hazy at times and others I been so sharp I felt as though it was over. Right now it’s a good day, yesterday was not and the day before was even worse. Thank heavens for video games. I finally finished one I was working on for months. More on that later though. Oh it’s going to get it’s own post.

Today I woke up sick of being sick if that makes sense. It was one of those days where I made myself get out of bed smile and put on some music. I also went out for some fresh air. Oh yes, despite the nation being on zero or bellow temperatures around here it’s been…. Freezing to the bone of course, but survivable. Today the temperature was nice and no wind. So I went out for a walk on the fresh air for about half an hour, and it helped. Cleared my head and when I got back, I cleaned up my place. Yes, when we feel sick we need to stay in bed, nothing against that there just comes a point where being in bed makes me in particular feel worse.

So clean house and fresh air around the place, some Pandora Radio tunes and it feels normal for the first time in a month. This flu season was no joke. It kicked my ass. Let’s see if this ‘feeling better’ moment last longer than a day. I will keep you posted, until next time. Time for some more really horrible tasting medication.

Stay safe kids. Smile, and above all, be the best you you can be.

Anonymous Wishes…

Dear Reader,

First of all Happy New Year.  I’ve had a very eventful last two weeks of the year. As it happens with holidays, it is a time to see family and wish them the best. I visited Mom about three nights in a row, met with her as she welcomed my uncle to the Valley and sadly also saw the ugly face that lack of patience and understanding brings, to put it simply, I witnessed people people acting as I never thought they would. All due to stubbornness and miscommunication, still, you would think adults would be a little more classy.

Mom, she is my hero, she cooked yummy food and brought a smile to my sick face, and I do mean the word sick literally. I been feeling like I’m at death’s door for about 12 days now. The influenza virus is serious and it hit me with the force of 1000 horses. Still feeling run down today, but I have hopes I will feel better soon.

Still, I have high hopes, high chocolate cake in the sky hopes. (Bet you thought I would say Apple Pie. I’m not an apple pie kind of person so Chocolate Cake yum is my thing.

Yesterday two hours before the end of 2013, someone wished me Happy New Year, apparently this person has texted my mobile before. So he or she remembered me and Wished me a Happy New Year.

It was a happy out of left field type thing. It gives me a smile and hope that soon my health will improve.

Until next time though. May all your wishes come true. It’s a new year, may it be filled with joy and happiness and lots of chocolate cake. (yeah, I really, really want a chocolate cake). Still the sentiment is there. Think fondly of people who are or were at one point a part of your life. Send happy thoughts the world around. Focus this new year, in the horizon of your destiny and may it be a fun ride.

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