It Is A Good Wednesday.

Yes indeed it is. First of all, my Astyanax speedrun has finally been posted to SDA. Further, the traffic I got from there made today one of my biggest days ever in terms of traffic (There’s a link to the site at the bottom of the comments). I guess the audience for speedruns is actually pretty large, or at least large enough that a new Emptyeye speedrun caused traffic here to spike noticeably.

By the way, to those of you who got here via the link in the run comments, welcome! Hopefully you know of my other runs, and I hope I’ve done Astyanax justice. Don’t forget to check out my music while you’re here too.

The speedrun is really a minor thing, though. The big news is that today I put a holding deposit down on an apartment, making me (And Jess) one step closer to actually moving out. Sometime after Memorial Day, we’ll officially sign the contract, and hopefully move in around early June. This is a rather huge step for us, and it’s nice for me personally in that I’ll be about a mile away from work–close enough to bike or even walk if I want to. Put another way, since I like to complain that Americans as a whole are idiots and will gladly pay exorbitant prices for gas (A part of why prices continue to rise, which most said Americans seem unable or unwilling to figure out), I’ll be able to put my money where my mouth is and almost entirely eliminate my weekly gas consumption.

That’s just one perk, of course. I was trying not to get too excited about the whole deal until it was official, and while I’m not there yet, putting the deposit down is a big step toward resolving this whole thing. Oddly enough, the person (I’ve been communicating with several people, all of whom are part of the business) thought I and/or Jess had a dog, which isn’t allowed at this particular complex. I’m guessing wires got crossed somewhere, but he almost shooed us away before we pointed out that we did not, in fact, own a dog. After that, it was relatively smooth sailing–my credit is just fine, and I’m not a big partier (To paraphrase Lifting Shadows‘s description of Dream Theater bassist John Myung, I simply prefer my own company to that of strangers. For that matter, I usually simply prefer my own company to that of my friends and family.), which he liked a lot. So out came the checkbook, and thus the apartment is being held for us until we decide to move in. This will likely be in early June, as between weddings and parties, we’re pretty booked until the end of May, unfortunately (The person seemed eager to have us move in as quickly as possible).

So that’s my big, life-changing news. This probably means that work on pretty much everything will be on hold for a bit while I take stock of what I actually need to get together, pack up, etc. before moving out, but I do plan on getting all of my projects done eventually.


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    • MatrixTN on May 15, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Congrats on your Ast run going up, and the new place. Haven’t watched it yet, plus I’ve never played it so this should be interesting.

    Just pulled an insult to injury in Wiz; in the “Monster Allocation? Center” room of level 4 where you’re supposed to fight two L7 Figs, two L7 Mages, two High Priests and a ninja, I got lucky and ended up not fighting them cause they came up as friendly thereby giving me the option to leave peacefully (insultingly, I beat them previously but bit the bullet on my way out and I had gotten the Death Ring (which I was going to sell once I got out since it drains the HP of whoever’s holding it)) Long story short, I have the Blue Ribbon and didn’t have to fight hell to get there. Everyone’s presently in the L11-12 area (my thief is the only 12er atm, lol)

    • Anonymous on May 15, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I, too, want to offer my congrats on your new place. But I must ask, in what decade did you ever ride a bike? Walking to work would be more your style, but be careful if there’s no sidewalks.

    • James on May 15, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Cool, you’ll like the apartment life–and much like yourself, I’m a fan of “alone time” as well. Unless I have to, I prefer to live solo or w/ a potential girlfriend, etc. — no more room mates! I’ve also never seen you ride a bike but there’s always time to start! (I bike or walk to work everyday, it’s a good way to start your morning).

    Astyanax isn’t a BAD game per se, but it does have ultra-stiff controls which kind of hinder its replayability (very similar to early Valis titles). Still, good job getting the run in!

    • MatrixTN on May 15, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Heh, I have Valis III on Genesis, could never get through the ice levels for beans.

    • emptyeye on May 15, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks for the congrats and well-wishes everyone. And I had a bike long, long ago, so I guess I technically rode a bike, um, in the 1990s I guess.

    As for Astyanax, I obviously liked the game enough to speed run it, and I think I gave it a good score on GameFAQs a long while back, but it is very much style-over-substance. Great big graphics, a lot of the music is great as well, but the game just laaaaaags like no tomorrow most of the time, especially (Ironically) when speed running it.

    By the way, that’s a neat Wizardry trick, Matrix. I unfortunately don’t have that option, because I went Evil for my party (In hindsight, something of a stupid move).

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