Archive for November, 2005

Game On

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005


Originally uploaded by FngKestrel.

The Tech Museum is hosting an exhibit called, “Game On” which features games and the gaming culture throughout history and from different countries.

Last night was also a discussion on gaming and ethics hosted by Santa Clara University. In attendance were Assemblyman Leland Yee, Pop Culture and Video Game writer Mike Antonucci, Limelife CEO Kristen McDonnell, and SCU student Caroline Ratajski.

It was extremely interesting and I’m in the process of getting a copy of the discussion.


Monday, November 28th, 2005

Bleh, been sick all through the Thanksgiving weekend. Actually, I started to get sick on Wednesday, or somewhere about that time. Dunno. Just remember feeling achy and nasty. Spent Saturday in bed. And most of Sunday. Got out just long to have dinner with some extended family. Gotta kick this habit before December 4th though.

Thanksgiving at the Fans

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

So, we’re not really home makers. At all. For Thanksgiving dinner, my mom and I drove around and looked for open restaurants to eat at. Turns out that it’s a ghosttown right now. Duh. But thanks to Boston Market, my mom and I went home with a rotisserie chicken, three sides, cornbread and pumpkin pie. Yum.

The way you do one thing is the way you do everything.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Originally uploaded by Paula A..

I’m playing ‘Settlers of Catan’ with my coworkers and I get to a point where I can either expand out to a port and almost assure myself of a win, or connect my cities together. I opted to connect my two cities together, and I did get longest road for a while, but I ended up severely screwing myself because I lost control of the port.

So what I find that in games, I tend to myself and my own issues before daring to venture out and take control of things. If I wasn’t so concerned about my interior spaces, I could have gone on to win.

Now, I don’t think it’s a failing necessarily. I mean, the very fact that I tend to me and my friends makes me an excellent support player in anything we do. I mean, every game we play, I’m the healer. And I don’t mind it, as long as I continue to feel useful.

Maybe useful isn’t the right word. Maybe, appreciated.

In my life, I also tend to my own issues alot and miss opportunities because I’m unwilling or unable to take the leap that is required. I’m so compelled to get myself in order, yet knowing full well that I’ll never be completely in order, and more importantly, any person I date won’t have all their shit in order either. I think I want to have all my shit in hand so that I can always be appreciated.

But seeing the folly of my hesitation really reminds me that I can’t sit on my ass forever, tending to things within arms reach. In games, or in life.

Now, I know I’m missing opportunities while I tend to myself, but I’ve found that the opportunities are always out there. It’s a matter of skill to take advantage of those opportunities. Luck is a matter of skill meeting opportunity.

So if I’m not worried about opportunities, then what am I worried about?


Because while opportunities flow by me like salmon in a river, time is finite and soon it won’t be the opportunities that stop coming, it’ll be me.

Russ’ Makeover!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Russ’ Makeover!

Originally uploaded by Tommy-toe.

I was complaining about the need for a makeover and Tamiko and Jasmine were looking to give me a makeover. So we went shopping last night for much needed pants, shoes, and jackets. We went back to my place and they gave me a haircut.

Thanks Tamiko!

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up…

Monday, November 21st, 2005


Originally uploaded by FngKestrel.

Here’s the link to my photos from the night of the pub crawl. This pic in particular is indicative of my relationship with my friends.

“Hey, Russ fell over. Someone pick him up.”

“Wait, let me get my camera first.”


Wow, that was a drunken post.

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

So I just read my last post. Wow. That was about as good as a drunken ramble as I could get. But it’s sincere. So, no shame in that.

I wanted to put so many pictures up on flickr that I broke down and bought a pro account for 2 years. That ups my upload limit to 2 GB a month, up from the 20 MB a month that I was contending with. In addition, I can make more sets. And as people who know me know, I’m a little anal about my digital organization. Mainly to counter my lack of analog organization.


Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Man, I am so wasted. I’m sure everyone who reads this journal was privy to me hoarking in front of Katie’s. I vaguely remember people singing happy birthday to me as I threw up 4 times. Anyhow, I want to wish a hearty thanks to those who came out. For me, friends are paramount. But those of you who know me know that that’s the way I operate. I’m deeply indebted to each of you. And especially to James and Mike, who dragged my sorry ass home and then did the hour long drive back up to the city. And Jacob and Helen, for coming down. And Leon. And everyone. Thanks. This is a 30 to remember…or forget. Either way, someone’s going to remember this night, be it in photos, or in the recesses of someone’s hazy memory. I know when I wake up, the only thing I’ll be thinking is… “OW”.

God bless you all. But since I’m agnostic (atheist of days ending in Y), I want to say, “Allah bless you.” or even “Buddha bless you” even though he could stand to work out a little bit.

Good night, and good luck.

Three…Uh oh…

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

I’m thirty! 3 decades of uninterrupted bodily functions. Scary. Not a whole lot planned, just a pub crawl tonight and catching Harry Potter some time this weekend.

Garry in Motion

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

My coworker Nick put up video of Kasparov visiting us, available here. Funny video, unedited. It shows people scrambling about and an overlong camera shot on me.