June 29, 2004
Meeting went well
perhaps now I can rest with my family for a while...
June 27, 2004
I'm all over the place...
Apparently, it's not enought to have just moved to California and become a father for the second time...I keep finding myself pre-occupied with a variety of other things...
I have three ideas for novels which I actually think are pretty good (I've always got ideas, but they rarely strike me as good). Two are sci-fi and one is fantasy. I have no time at all to work on these, so instead I just blurt out plot ideas and scenes to Kimberly in the hopes that she'll help me remember when I DO have time. I'd actually written some of one of them, and tOAD and I began to collaborate, but then work interrupted and we never got back to it.
I finished the first book in a new series by Margaret Weis. Disappointing. Since then, I've been plowing through Asimov's "Foundation" series whenever I have the opportunity. Honestly, I'm not enjoying it much, but it's a gaping hole in my "conquered book" list. I'm half-way through "Second Foundation." I suppose the best thing I'm garnering from it is how difficult it can be to create identities that are distinct and interesting when you write about centuries at a time.
I've also been reading a non-fiction book called Mind Wide Open, which is so far facinating, but because I've taken it to work, I really have made much progress on it.
And of course, I have several different game-related ideas all vying for mind-share beyond my primary concern, UO.
Not to mention that I have a "big meeting" at work tomorrow, and I'm still working on some of the materials, except I'm writing this. Oh, and I'm on "paternal leave."
Oh, I forgot to mention the constant day-dreaming about lifting. That's just a constant background noise.
And I have some other things I can't stop thinking about regarding religion and purpose, but I'm not sure I'm ready to dive into that in a public forum either.
Y'know, why do I even have a blog if I'm never actually going to TALK about anything? :)
June 26, 2004
Okay, we've been home one day now. I had forgotten how hard it is to sleep with a newborn in the house...*sigh*
Anyway, I've tossed together a quick photo album.
I especially love the ones of Araceli holding Trinity.
Trinity is fair skinned, with straight hair that looks darker than Araceli's. Eye color to be determined, but they are lighter than Araceli's were.
June 24, 2004
New Baby Girl!
Trinity Nichole Castoro was born yesterday, June 23rd, at 2:34PST.
She weighed 8lbs 4oz and was 20" long! That's almost 1lb heavier than her sister, Araceli.
She's a "pink" baby with dark brown hair. I was going to post pictures now, but I can't find the power-supply for the camera cradle :|. It may be at the hospital.
Momma is doing fine, although still recovering. More news when I have time.
June 21, 2004
Another one bites the dust
Today it was announced that War Hammer Online has been cancelled. MMO projects are dropping like flies in the face of stiff competition, seemingly limited audience and very high barriers to entry.
These games are "lifestyle games," but there's a heckuva lot the packaged goods products could learn from them about how to add value online. It's too bad to see another online game get cancelled that's for sure. What is that, the 3rd one in 3 months?
June 18, 2004
Interview at corpnews.com
Earlier this week I did an interview at corpnews.com. You can read it HERE.
Some nice direct questions in this one.
June 01, 2004
I fell off the wagon...
Since my weekend was spent putting my A/V setup together in the living room, I made the mistake of "testing" out my X-box to see how the higher res options work. I think I got Knights of the Old Republic for X-mas, but I had only put 4 hours into it before I got side-tracked...until yesterday. 14 hours later... WOW. What a good game. Sure, the console controller is a bit cumbersome for an RPG, but that's about my only complaint. The D20 combat rules are great and the dialogue is out of this world. I can't wait to play through on the dark side...of course, I'm nowhere near finished my first run-through.
Ah well, back to work tomorrow. I probably won't see my X-box again until the weekend...