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Previously, I wrote about my friend Beth getting me hooked on Guitar Hero. So in celebration of being halfway done my MLS, I gave in to my new Beth-induced addiction and purchased a Guitar Hero bundle. Right now I’m working on mastering the medium difficulty in general, and “No One Knows” as made famous by Queens of the Stone Age from Guitar Hero 1 in particular.

Here’s a pic of my co-worker Kenny and I rocking out in the break room.

Playing Guitar Hero

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June 9, 2007

My Mom having flown to St. Louis earlier in the week, we hop in my car and started drive to PA. We make it all the way to the Eastern edge of Ohio before stopping for the night. We arrive in West Grove the following afternoon.

June 12, 2007

I drive up to Lancaster to have lunch with Paula at the Papaya Grill—a pan asian restaurant in the Park City mall. Over lunch we have a nice discussion of copyright law, amongst other topics.

Afterwards I head over to the F&M campus and check out all changes to the campus. Lots of stuff has changed, and yet it still felt familiar. I buy a nice new F&M window sticker for the car in the new bookstore.

June 13-16, 2007

I attend the American Theological Library Association conference at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Philadelphia along with 3 of my coworkers. On Saturday, one of my coworkers takes a fall on the campus of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and breaks her leg in 5–6 places. Ouch!

Guitar Hero Cover

June 19, 2007

I visit my friend Beth, who introduces me to Guitar Hero. Once again, Beth gets me hooked on something. (Beth has previously turned me on to anime, Dance Dance Revolution, and Fluxx.)

June 20, 2007

I start my day by driving down to Baltimore, MD to visit my friend from college Wendy. Wendy and I take her daughter Laura to the National Zoo via the DC Metro. Wendy’s husband Jeff had to work that day, so I get to play substitute dad, helping to push Laura’s stroller and pointing out animals.

Visiting Wendy
Wendy, Laura, Me

After spending the afternoon with Wendy and Laura, I drive up the road a little bit to have dinner with my Internet friend Liesel and her family. After dinner, I introduce Liesel and her sister Abigail to Setters of Catan. I narrowly beat Liesel by one point, and manage to get her hooked on the game. (Now I’m getting people hooked on stuff!) In return, Liesel introduces me to P.D.Q. Bach.

LieselAbigail & Liesel
Liesel; Abigail (l) & Liesel (r)

June 22, 2007

My Dad and I set out for St. Louis.

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I can’t believe it. I haven’t played Battletech since some time in high school… Until today! My multi-year hiatus finally came to a close with my epic battle with BT newbie James McGarry.

My knowledge of the rules was a little hazy, but after a little skimming of the official rule book, most of the basic rules came back to me. Even so, there were a few occasions where I felt that something special was supposed to happen but I didn’t remember what exactly, so I had to further consult the rule-book.

The battle scenario that I selected involved both James and I deploying two mechs each—one lightly armed and one moderately armed. The end-game condition was destroying either one of your opponents mechs.

The initial placement had James’ light mech in relative close proximity to both my light and medium mechs. This gave me an early advantage as I was able to immediately bring to bear the firepower of both of my mechs upon his light (and thus easier to destroy) mech. However, James used some wooded terrain to thwart many of my attacks. Meanwhile, James’ medium mech closed in on the skirmish and used its long-range firepower to deal heavy blows to my medium mech in addition to the damage my mech was receiving from engaging his light mech. With my medium mech drawing James’ fire, I had my light mech seek safety in depth 1 water. As the battle raged on, I continued to focus my attacks on James’ light mech, he continued to focus his attacks on my medium mech, and we gradually whittled each other down. He eventually destroyed most of my medium mech’s armor and came within two points of destroying its right leg. I destroyed both of his light mech’s arms, one of its legs, and one of its side torsos. Finally, after James’ medium mech failed a death-from-above attack against my medium mech, my light mech delivered the death blow to the center torso of his crippled light mech.

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I’ve been playing DDR at home for a while now—sometimes an hour a day. What do I have to show for it? Well, besides dropping a few pounds, my skills have also improved considerably. My first few attempts at various songs were miserable failures. However, I quickly managed to pass some songs in beginner mode. After some more practice, I was soon able to pass songs in light (easy) mode. After reaching the point where I could get mostly A’s & B’s on 3 or 4 foot difficulty songs in light mode, I started trying similarly rated songs in standard (medium) mode. Initially, I failed a lot, but after even more practice, I started passing and then getting decent grades. Soon, I was even passing some 5 and 6 foot difficulty songs. And now? Well, check out some of the results below.

Matsuri Japan
Light Mode · 4 Feet
Light Mode · 3 Feet
Love Shine
Standard Mode · 4 Feet
Standard Mode · 4 Feet
Aoi Shoudou
Standard Mode · 5 Feet
Come On Eileen
Standard Mode · 4 Feet
Standard Mode · 7 Feet

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I think it’s official, Dance Dance Revolution is a recognized weight loss tool. The Associated Press recently ran an article on that subject. As for me, thanks to watching what I eat and some occasional hour-long DDR sessions, I’m down 15 pounds. Sorry Jed, no Pixar DVD’s for you.

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