Robert Jordan, 1948-2007

Robert Jordan, one of the best-known fantasy authors of our time and creator of the Wheel of Time series, passed away yesterday of complications from amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy. While the illness was known even by his fans, it’s an unexpected and very unfortunate loss. My thoughts and prayers go to his friends and family, and to his dedicated fans. His last words were to tell his beloved wife Harriet that he loved her. Tami Baribeau has a screenshot of the original posting.

Another Dash of Comedic Spice

Thanks to Jack Thompson, notorious anti-gaming lawyer, we have another dose of inanity. This time, he is filing against the creators of BioShock (which, interestingly, has nothing to do with Rockstar as he claims). Here’s the link and here’s a clip: “Take-Two… is aggressively marketing its newest Mature-rated video game to kids under 17 years of age… On this Friday’s night’s 8 pm Eastern time airing of WWE’s wrestling program “Smackdown,” there were repeated ads for Take-Two/Rockstar Game’s Mature-rated, incredibly violent BioShock … This rampant fraudulent trade practice is precisely what ‘Big Tobacco’ did with its ‘Joe Camel’ and other teen-targeting ads, while at the same time lying to Congress that it was not marketing its adult product to kids.”

Ultimate

So I’ve actually be doing something physical lately. Crazy, I know. I’ve been playing Ultimate… you know, that game you play with a disc (aka a Frisbee) that is kinda like soccer except you can’t run after you catch the disc. It’s completely awesome. At 38 Studios we’ve been playing every Tuesday and Thursday during lunch for a couple months now, and I’m ready to start looking for pick-up games in the area. Tonight I may roll to Westborough to check that out, but I’m also thinking about going to a pick-up game in Hudson and Framingham once a week. If you are in the Boston Metro West area (I’m in Marlborough) and play or know of good places to play, I’d love to know!

The New 7 Wonders of the World

Did you realize that on 07/07/07, the new 7 wonders of the world were unveiled? I didn’t. Then again, I haven’t had cable since early June, so I’ve been in the dark. The new 7 wonders of the world are: The Great Wall, China; Petra, Jordan; Christ Redeemer, Brazil; Machu Picchu, Peru; Chichén Itzá, Mexico; The Roman Colosseum, Italy; and The Taj Mahal, India. Runners up: The Acropolis, Greece; Alhambra, Spain; Angkor, Cambodia; Statues of Easter Island, Chile; Eiffel Tower, France; Hagia Sophia, Turkey; Kiyomizu Temple, Japan; Kremlin/St. Basil, Russia; Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany; Pyramids of Giza, Egypt; Statue of Liberty, USA; Stonehenge, United Kingdom; Sydney Opera House, Australia; Timbuktu, Mali. You can find out a lot more at New7Wonders.com.

Search Fun: Uber WoW Rogue Build

Since a number of people seem to have found this site by searching for “uber build rogue,” even though I don’t recall ever mentioning anything about any builds at all for World of Warcraft (or any other game for that matter), I will oblige and give you one. This comes from the collective knowledge of millions of rogues in WoW. Millions. Okay, it’s mostly from the knowledge of someone I know with a few modifications by me. Behold, the uber WoW rogue build. Okay, that’s not one, but if you use it then you deserve to suck. Here is an actual really good build for a WoW rogue. Enjoy!

Michael Moorcock’s Elric Saga

A movie based on the Elric Saga is in production by Paul and Chris Weitz (via Universal). Holy. Crap? Michael Moorcock may very well be my favorite fantasy author of all time. At the very least, he’s right up there in the running for first with about 5 other authors (Feist, Martin, Salvatore, Stephenson, Zelazny). Whatever the case may be, this has me more excited and worried than any other movie in production by a long shot. This could be so ridiculously awesome that my brain hurts just thinking about it. Oh yeah, here’s the link for more information. Note: The Eternal Champion really drove me to want to write. It’s one of my favorite book series ever.

The Future Is… In the Future!

The Microsoft Surface is totally neat, but I’m not sure how practical it will be or when it will become practical. I can already imagine making some games specifically for the Surface, but many current games will totally suck on it. Not to mention the rumored price tag is in the $5000-$10000 range, so I won’t be getting one any time soon. The future of interesting computing that may or may not catch on is supposed to come out in Winter 2007, and I’m pretty excited to look at my shiny wedding pictures on it (which also is in the future… I’m like a prophet).

Baseball CAN Be Exciting

I’m not a big fan of baseball, but given that my boss is Curt Schilling, I’ve started watching Boston Red Sox games. In particular, I watch games he pitches or Red Sox/Yankees games. Tonight was both of those, and it didn’t look too good going into the 8th. It was 6-2, with the Yankees in the lead at the bottom of the 8th. Then the Red Sox rallied, and managed to pull ahead to 7-6. Top of the 9th, 7-6 in favor of the Sox, and Okajima kicks some ass for the save! It’s probably the first time I’ve ever been excited while watching a baseball game, and it won’t be the last. Congrats, Curt and the Red Sox.

How the Lord of the Rings Should Have Ended

Funny, and sadly true: How the Lord of the Rings Should Have Ended. In the words of my coworker, Chaz, “yeah, simplicity and common sense would destroy many a horror flick too.” That’s not the only hole in the LotR story, but it doesn’t matter, because it’s a great story. All that really matters to me is that a book is an enjoyable read and has a good story, with at least decent writing that doesn’t have a ridiculous amount of glaring errors. But it’s still hilarious.

Virginia Tech Shootings

My deepest condolences go out to those close to the tragedy that occurred today at Va Tech. Those of us who had to go through something like this 8 years ago are here to support you. I know it feels like insanity and these next few weeks or even months will be absolutely surreal, but things will get better. You have my love and prayers, and if you need someone to talk to, you are more than welcome to contact me.