King’s Personal Musing 1/29/13: Portal 2 Co-Op Series, iPads and MS’s Surface Cost Too Much and more…

I muse about the new Portal 2 Co-Op series I'm doing, iPads and Surfaces costing too much, some notes about the blog and more...

I muse about the new Portal 2 Co-Op series I’m doing, iPads and Surfaces costing too much, some notes about the blog and more…

Latest Happenings and Musings:

Phew, life is busy. The past couple of days have been me working on both schoolwork and my own personal projects. Schoolwork though, feels easier than last term. With the exception of a slightly frustrating second week, I’ve been keeping up pretty well. Which I’m glad. I feel like part-time schooling has a good balance of social life, work, schoolwork and my job for me. I think schoolwork last term just weighed me down too much. I spent so much time and effort on it and the result of it was, well, not pretty. Thus I suffered from a lot of anxiety and stress. It didn’t help that I wasn’t enjoying the schoolwork or, at times, not getting some of the concepts we were supposed to learn. I still managed to pass my CIS class, but I didn’t feel very good about it. This term, it feels like my brain is grasping Python concepts a lot easier than last term. Plus, it also helps that the profesor seems to be adjusting the class schedule based on how the class is doing. Not necessarily making it easier just so we’ll pass, but so that it helps us learn the material better. Learn the material, man, I wish professors were more concerned that we learn the material rather than shove it down our throats and hope we learn it by sheer force. I’ll be honest, last term left me pretty ragged. So this slower and more balanced pace is really working well for me. Still, I’m kind of expecting a storm from college work to arrive…that’s probably just my paranoia. Hopefully…

So I uploaded the trailer to the next series going on my YouTube channel. Its a Co-Op adventure through the Portal 2 game with my good friend Gareth316. Though after one recording session with him, I worry that I’ve opened the Pandora’s box ;). It was a little while back that I did a podcast with Gareth about the Portal franchise. Taking a look back through the archives, I did it…..around the time of this personal musing. Geez, was it only a month ago? Seems like it has been longer. Anyway, I don’t recall if we recorded the conversation in that podcast but he and I briefly discussed doing a Portal Let’s Play series. He seemed agreeable to the idea and I wanted to do it but since my computer was going through its troubles at the time, the idea sat on the back-burner. Until I got back into things recently. I emailed him and asked if he still wanted to do it and he said yes. And so we’re doing it. It will be a weekly-at-most series with him and I going through the Co-Op campaign of Portal 2. Afterwards, we’ll take a look at the community puzzles and put up the ones that are interesting enough. I’ve been looking forward to doing a series on Portal 2 for a while now as its still a game I enjoy playing even now. Only problem was, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to tackle it. I didn’t really feel like I could do a single-player campaign and make it interesting enough for the viewers, so it wasn’t until the podcast that the idea of doing it with Gareth came up. I’m really rather excited about this series. Between this and Cthulhu Saves The World, it’ll keep my YouTube channel busy for quite a while. Oh and yeah, Cthulhu will still keep operating as normal.

A few notes for A Paladin blog. I mentioned that Personal Musings aren’t going to be sticking to a schedule for a while and it looks like that will continue for a while longer. Hopefully sometime in February I’ll get myself set again, but for now, its basically whenever I feel like writing one up. The upswing to that is, that the PMs should be more interesting to read. Also, I’ve decided to approve my Greenlight Musings posts as a regular series for the forseeable future on the blog. That’s why you now see a section in the categories to the right for them. I enjoy doing them and they get a pretty decent amount of attention. This will be the second series I do on this blog regularly. The main reason I feel comfortable with doing these Greenlight posts is because Valve’s release schedule for approving games has been easy enough for me to keep up and not feel burned out. I very nearly made this mistake with “Ongoing Reviews” which is why I quickly cut that series from the blog. So I’m looking forward to putting more effort and work into making that series better, so stay tuned for that. I don’t know what or when the next review/musing/thought will be right now. I’m just going with the flow but I’m hoping to do one soon enough.

Tech and Gaming News To Read:

iPad 4Well, Apple went and announced the newest version of the iPad 4 today. Basically, all that changed is that its now available with 128GB of internal storage. How much will it set you back? Well, how bad does $799 for the Wifi version and $929 for the LTE/celluar version sound? If that’s you groaning in pain, I don’t blame you here. This newest version of the iPad will be available Feb. 5. This new iPad 4 does not change anything other than the hardrive size. This is a pretty dang expensive version of the iPad. 128GB is fairly impressive in such a thin device but beyond that, paying $800 minimum for an iPad seems a bit insane to me. That doesn’t include the cost of accessories (which are pretty hideous in price) or Apps that you’ll need. $800 paid for most of my new computer and it can do a lot more than this thing can, just to put it in perspective. I really cannot recommend this version. Your better off slapping some more money down for an iPad Air at that price point. Or anything else really, $800 is just too high. And I thought Microsoft’s Surface prices were insane…

It does make me wonder though if we’ll see either a new version of the iPad or an iPhone 6 with 128GB of space. Apple hadn’t shown much interest in increasing their hardrive space in these mobile gadgets…until now. Still, I can’t imagine that many people paying for a really expensive iPhone (well, maybe I can…) so I guess we’ll find out later this year. Also, iOS 6.1 was released today and it was, frankly, really unimpressive. So unimpressive I’m just mentioning it here in a side note. Apple used to do better updates and so far iOS 6 has been one big disappointment. I hope iOS 7 is better but….yeah… Oh, speaking of Microsoft’s Surface…

Surface TabletThe new Microsoft Surface table Pro is shipping next week and it has one major problem. Buy the 128GB version and you can only use 83GBs of hardrive space. Get the 64GB version and you only get 23GBs to use. That sound bad? Because it is. Quite frankly, it comes close to scam-territory. Your shipping hardrives with more than half the space not available to use. That has to be false advertising or dang close to it. I really hope they warn people about this but something tells me they won’t. Or at least they won’t warn people in clear English that their tablet won’t have the full amount of space available. Sure, the iPads don’t give you 16/32/64GBs completely as you lose about 3GBs or so to the operating system, but that’s a reasonable loss. Losing more than half of your hardrive to the Surface’s Windows 8 OS? That’s unacceptable. I have to wonder why this OS is so chunky and why Microsoft thinks this is ‘ok’.  While I am bemused by their statement that we can hook up hardrives for additional storage, that’s just one more cost on an already costly tablet, which costs a minimum of $900. This is quickly becoming a tablet I can’t recommend, that’s for sure.

Photos To See:

My new networking equipment arrived for my second computer yesterday, ahead of schedule. Go Amazon for the super-fast shipping on that one. Amusingly enough, despite buying an Ethernet cord, I had forgotten I needed to buy two. Thankfully, I found an old one that I had never used so it all worked out.

Someone looks pretty cute and cuddly today

Foggy day is foggy.

A post shared by Joe Mastroianni (@billybob476) on

I’m not sure whether its lucky or not that we aren’t getting snow right now…

This is a cool screen shot from Cities XL. That’s a game I’ve wanted to try and really get into, but not had the time…

An amusing commentary about the new iPad 4 128GB version.

Audio of Note:

An interesting drum/combat song. I liked it anyway.

If your looking for more free music, who isn’t, then check out Zelda Reorchestrated’s website for some really cool music that covers many of the Legend of Zelda games. I’ve been going through it when I can and it sounds great. I’m still waiting with eager anticipation for their Twilight Princess album which is still not available…

ZREO

Interesting Videos To Watch:

Ahh LGR, your reviews of the Sims 3 content packs is entertaining as always. Its always interesting to hear his take on the latest content pack for the Sims franchise.

After DayZ is a well executed short-film from CorridorDigital. I really liked the setting and the characters they had in the video. I think they did a great job and you should check the video out:

I don’t…even….wat….is….yeah, just…watch this…I…yeah, this game is just…weird…

I hope you enjoyed this post and until next timeeeee!…

-KingIsaacLinksr

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