Update April 2010

Well 4 months have gone by and .. let’s see what is new since December 2009 ..

  • Rhonda and I acquired a “Winter beater” of a car, a 2000 Chevy Blazer (can you say deathtrap? view the crash test video if you think Minis and smart cars are bad..) but hey it has studded 4×4 tires so it plays nicely on ice and snow.. an important thing when you live in Canada — here in Alberta it can get -20 to -30 C during winter (Winter, that’s 8 months out of the year?)

  • Pretty much left the world of SecondLife, although I run my own stand-alone version of it, that’s right, a region and full size sim on my own PC, using the OpenSimulator software, which you geeks would say is the SERVER component to SecondLife, the CLIENT component being the chosen viewer which people sign into their SL accounts with .. Did you know there were other grids other than SecondLife? Oh yes, plenty of them.. and other viewers other than the Linden-issued viewer? Why yes, there are lots of those too! Beyond the scope of this article of course, but for those that are interested just do a google search — OSgrid seems to be the most popular (and fully opensource) grid other than SL.. It’s really a toss-up for what the non-standard viewers are, but it depends if you are a builder or not. Long gone is Onrez’s viewer (since LindenLabs gobbled them up, both their viewer and webstore are long gone.. sniff..) .. popular viewers are the Hippo viewer, EmeraldLife (which some people fear may be used as a makeshift copybot, even though most claim there are safety mechanisms in it to prevent content theft .. really though, anyone who thinks they can make significant real-world income by selling textured prims in SL as more than a casual hobby, eh perhaps should get a reality check IMHO, but what do I know? I believe in OpenSource and sharing your creative gifts with others in a mutually beneficial environment (e.g., OSgrid) where there is no Lindens to Dollars being exchanged either way and yadda yadda yadda I do it all for the love of art and keep my builds full-perm copy them all everyone.. Those not familiar with XstreetSL or SL itself will be far lost by now, so let’s move on…

Pirates online! They charged me another year of gaming automatically and instead of ranting about it I decided to give it another go, and nice to see it has been improved in many ways.. Unfortunately they expanded all the island maps so I am hopelessly lost about anywhere I go LOL but it’s a nice experience overall. For some reason, a throng of people have decided POTCO is a great 3D chat universe, so hang out blabbing at each other and lagging the main servers (shrug) however I simply like to play, level my character, level my weapons, complete whatever quests they have going (which they keep adding to, nice one disney thank you again).. I only hope they work on one area which is sorely lacking in the game, and that is avatar and ship customization (okay that is two things, but oh well) and for bloody well dang it please please add more ships besides your basic sloop, galleon, and frigate of the 3 kinds we have a TOTAL of 3 in our inventories of 9 choices.. come on, really, there were more than 9 ships floating about the Carribean. Perhaps open the non-player ship types open to people for purchase, I for one would like to float my own BlackPearl (which is a large sloop, I gather) or Goliath (which is a large, erm, frigate? shrug) or perhaps my own Skeleton ship with a ghastly crew to help me out.. LOL … wouldn’t that be great? If you don’t have a crew maybe you can use some gold to have AI driven players on your ship, heh, that would be neat.. what else..

Cars.. I am in the process of selling my 68 Mini and 08 smart car, I really want a newer model Cooper S again, missing Mindi which was technically my first MINI .. the supercharged ones are nice, the turbocharged ones are nice, I really don’t see myself being happy with a Cooper (non-S) since, well, they are slower… hehe.. they handle well of course, but I like that WOOSH of a supercharger or adrenaline fun of a turbo.. as long as I don’t get tickets hehe.. would trade both cars for an adequately matched Cooper S if someone wanted a trade 😉

Rhonda still has her Nissan Altima tuner car, trying to sell that on Kijiji as well… Our garage just isn’t big enough for the two cars I brought up from the states, and heck that old Chevy Blazer is fine sitting outside anyway, that’s what beaters are for 😉 What else can I blab about?

Beer.. Canada, at first I thought all your beers were boring, clear, lager or pilsner. I am glad now that I was totally wrong, and that good beers, good ales DO exist in the cold North, and I strive to test them all out 🙂 We’re not talking about BigRock (though their beers are nice, they all kinda are near each other in formula).. Rickards, yes those are nice, the Red they have is good. Keith’s, yes, good ale there too… by far though the best brews I have had yet are from Wild Rose (in Calgary) and Grizzly (in Canmore).. in the harder section, everyone here seems to drink or mix Rye Whisky as the poison of choice… That I don’t mind, since I like my Scotch, but you need to be discerning here as well.. there is a lot of cheap shite here along with the better stuff. Rhum is second, apparently to Ceasars (which is a Canadian version of a Bloody Mary) … I found a great Rhum called Captain Jerry’s, actually from New Jersey but it’s better IMHO than Captain Morgans and stronger albeit nice and smooth stuff..

What else? Hmmm.. Weather here is strange. There is a saying, in Alberta, if you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes.. That has to be experienced to be understood. In the scope of today, for example, we started out sunny and warm, I’d say it was 15 degrees C outside … then it moved to rain. Then large flaky snow (the kind that melts right away) then changed to wet mushy snow.. It was windy through part of that and calm at other parts.. Now I am not sure what it is doing out there, but I am toasty warm inside the house..

Hockey… the sport of Canada it seems, everywhere, it’s Hockey. I am a bit sorry the Calgary Flames lost their chance at the finals but really folks, we saw it coming. Yay to the San Jose Sharks hehe, they are #1 right now and I see them going all the way to take the trophy this year… San Jose CALIFORNIA yeah duh that’s where I am from hehe.. I always rooted for the Sharks and going to their home games is a blast, even though I’m not really a big hockey fan.

My other sport of late which holds interest is Curling. Take a sort of ice rock thing and push it like shuffleboard on ice and then have people with brooms try to wave wind in front and around it to direct the thing, speed it up or slow it down, that is quite a sight. Sundre has a rink/arena and curling team I gather for those interested, though who has time for that? not me.. not yet anyway, but it looks like fun. Spring is here (except for the winter part) so people will be fishing, hunting, rafting, swimming, camping, and doing other things that end with ING … Our small town of 2500 grows to about 10000 or 15000 people say maybe more.. That makes us a tourist destination for seasonal, uh, visitors .. hehe wee!

On the musical front, I finished a song called “Tusk” which you can download from the music directory.. it is a sort of virtual audio journey to the land of Amberly Kinsella (creator of the land of Tusk) take a listen and let me know what you think, or if you can’t find your way there (mystery that this is..) let me know … LOL at least I know someone is out there who has a pulse, listening to me music… who knows, may inspire me to make more or less of the same 😉

Well that’s about all I can babble on and on about for now, hope you my esteemed followers or people browsing around stumbling upon my site found the mouthful of some interest..

Cheers!

–Christopher “StarLord” Calhoun

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