Jun. 12th, 2005

mellicious: pink manicure (buffy quote - flawed design)
My weekend up north got me thinking about air conditioning. Now, air conditioning is an amazing thing, don't get me wrong. Life in this climate wouldn't be tolerable without it. If you live up north, you may not fully understand this. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, who has a choice lives without air conditioning down here. It would just be insane.

(Having never lived outside of Texas, it took me a long time to understand that there are parts of the world where air conditioning is considered optional. The first time [livejournal.com profile] karen_d came down to visit me, she said something about renting a car with air conditioning, and I laughed. Because down here, you can't rent a car that doesn't have it. They all do.)

I was driving down the freeway today, and I rolled my window down some, because my air conditioning is being sort of cranky and right now we're still at the point where the outside air is sort of tolerable anyway - at least when you're hurtling down I-45 at 70 mph. What I immediately noticed was how much noise certain vehicles make. Pickups with diesel engines (very popular in these parts) and motorcycles seem to be the biggest offenders. And I was wondering if they get away with this partly because everybody is driving around with the windows up and the a/c blasting anyway, so they don't notice.

We tend to live in our own little worlds around here, at least this time of year. All over the southern half of this country, people go rushing from their air-conditioned houses to their air-conditioned cars, from their cars to the stores, with as little time outside as humanly possible. I'm not exactly advocating that we all stop and smell the roses or anything, you understand, because frankly, it's hard to enjoy smelling the roses when it's 95 degrees and 80% humidity. And it doesn't take but a few minutes of that before you smell a lot stronger than the roses yourself. But there's got to be some side effects of living in the bubble that we're not really aware of.

(I don't know if there's any real point to this little rumination. I was just thinking.)
mellicious: pink manicure (KoL - vampire slayer is you)
I am newly obsessed - again - with Kingdom of Loathing (known by certain people on TUS as "Kingdom of Creepy" mostly because game-talk, as I'm about to amply demonstrate, doesn't exactly sound like English). Jick (finally) implemented Ascension, the long-promised new content. It involves completing the last quest, which involves battling your way up the Lair of the Naughty Sorceress, defeating her and freeing the King, and then you are rewarded with access to a portal which you can jump through to Valhalla. Once you get tired of Valhalla (which takes about a minute and a half, Valhalla is excruciatingly boring - I assume that's deliberate!), you can ascend - be reincarnated as a new character. There are different paths you can take, and you can choose a new character class and keep one skill from your old class.

The Sorceress Quest turns out to be pretty difficult, even with spoilers. I have two characters, and I've gotten one character through it, but I'm still working on the other one. Since they are different classes it takes different equipment, and I still haven't hit on the right combination of stuff for my Disco Bandit! (Any tips on that would be greatly appreciated.) Ascension, once you've managed to get there, turns out to be surprisingly fun. I did "softcore" ascension for my primary character, which means you have limited access to your stash of stuff, but if I ever get my DB past the Sorceress, I think I'm going to go all the way and do hardcore.


In other news, we went to see "Mr and Mrs Smith" this afternoon. It was very fluffy but fairly fun. (A little too long, was our main gripe.) And the Astros actually managed a sweep this weekend, of the Blue Jays, who had previously been playing pretty well. Next they have Baltimore, on the road, which should be a little more difficult.

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