Down to NOLA!

Posted by Jordan on April 18th, 2011

Jeanne and I had a great trip down to New Orleans in March. Tons of fun and so much great food! Another place I look forward to visiting again.

Long time…quick update.

Posted by Jordan on July 19th, 2010

I haven’t been posting here much of late, just too danged busy I suppose. The Twitter/Facebook combo seems to flow better for me these days.

Super quick updates: Anniversary weekend was great, L20 was excellent. Lots of fun geeky stuff going on…Finished up Firefly with the Serenity movie which I really enjoyed. Playing Deathspank on 360 which is a really fun and silly action/rpg. Also hitting up Comic-Con in San Diego this week which should be a lot of fun. Things are going good and I’m really enjoying the summer scene this year. Oh yeah and I’m old now… at least on paper. 😉

Back from PAX…eh…Seattle

Posted by Jordan on September 8th, 2009

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Well we are back from PAX/Seattle. The show was pretty cool and I can see how for many gamers it could very well be the ultimate convention. You’ve got all flavors of gaming and geek culture including music and art all under one roof, I overheard more than once that it is kind of the woodstock for gamers. For Jeanne and myself, I think we are just a little “conventioned” out. Don’t get me wrong, it was a very cool show and there was a ton to do for gamers of all types. It is just that after GenCon and E3 already this year, plus all the shows of years gone past I had a little bit of the been there done that effect. To combat this we spent more time exploring Seattle and the countryside which in a lot of ways was much more memorable and rewarding for us both than the actual PAX show.

As for the show, no surprise it is mostly about games, with a slant on the kind done with electricity. For me Diablo III, Dragon Age, Borderlands, Rock Band Beatles and StarCraft II were the games that caught my eye and I had a good time checking out. There were others but those are the ones that stuck out the most to me. The Rock Band Network where individual users and independent groups can track and upload songs for purchase in the online RB store was very interesting. They use Reaper as a base DAW and through MIDI edit notation they implement the charting along with their custom templates and plugin. I think it has a real chance of catching on but there are definitely some “ifs” and variables out there to just how successful it will really become.

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The fun highlight conference for me was hanging out at the The Guild panel with Jeff Lewis (Vork), Sandeep Parikh (Zaboo) and Producer Kim Evey. The played through the complete second season and then had a Q&A afterward. It was pretty damn silly and well worth my time. There were some other panels as well that were interesting, a couple examples being the Rock Band Network and a panel on Tabletop gaming and Game design. There were plenty of others as well but it was hard to fit them all in so we just got to the ones we could and didn’t worry too much about the ones we missed.

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Interestingly enough I think the highlight of the trip was the afternoon on Saturday that Jeanne and I headed out to Rattlesnake Ridge trail in the Snoqualmie area east of Seattle. This was very much not PAX. It was a couple miles up and a good workout but the view was quite spectacular and well worth the hike. We had the clouds and mist rolling in and varying levels of sun, it made for some really awesome imagery. We sat at the top for a while and soaked it all in before heading back down, which was a lot easier than coming up! If you are ever in the Seattle area and have an afternoon free I highly recommend this excursion, it was really worth it.

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I hadn’t been back to Seattle since I think around ’91 but it was pretty much as I remembered except the downtown area seemed a bit “nicer” and more well kept. Most of our Seattle experience revolved around eating, big surprise, huh? Overall, we had a good fill of some pretty awesome food. The night we arrived on Thursday we trekked out to Ray’s Boat House for a really nice romantic dinner which was quite good. Salmon was the star but the views were nice too. On Friday we ate a huge lunch down at the Market which included clams, mussels, prawns, crab, and some really good fish and chips, oh and of course don’t forget the chowder. Friday night we met some friends for some really good Chinese Hot Pot at Seven Stars Pepper in the International District, dare I say even a bit better than Lao Sze Chuan! Lowell’s at the market did us a great breakfast on Sat morning to get us set up for our hiking. And finally we couldn’t leave Seattle without some sushi so we hit up a 100 year old home style sushi place called Maneki. It was very good and the home made Gyoza was really special. The sushi was top rate but Mr Katsu your sushi is still the best!

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Overall we had a really good trip and interestingly enough the things not even at PAX ended up being the the stars for us. And a special thanks for Jeanne for setting up the hike, well worth it and very memorable.

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There are a lot more pictures over in the Gallery section plus I uploaded a bunch of them to my Facebook account as well.

Pizza with Paul

Posted by Jordan on June 2nd, 2009

Just had awesome Spaccanapoli style pizza with Jeanne at Pizza Mozza. She sure was on the money about the place. Oh and Paul McCartney and Dave Grohlo (foo fighters singer. I’d never had known who he was but Jeanne id’ed him) had a few pizzas with their respective ladies; was that baby shower gifts I saw, Paparazzi anywhere? Slightly surreal but fun none the less. No pics though since I wouldn’t let Jeanne do it considering they were sitting like 2 feet away!


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