Mac and Me: A Funeral for a Friend

It’s difficult to explain losing a friend you knew exclusively online. Some might argue that it is impossible to call someone a friend if you never met them face to face. That is something I would have to flat-out shoot down right here and now. It is very possible to build a meaningful friendship with someone who you interact with solely online, be it in exchanging e-mails, liking status’ on Facebook or playing games with them. With all that in mind, I would like to tell you the story of one of my online friends, Mac, who recently left this world.

I made first contact with Mac in late 2008. I initially met him through Co-Optimus, a website dedicated to cooperative video games. I had just purchased a PlayStation 3, and with this new world of online console gaming I was looking for some new friends to play with. Mac and I, along with several others on the site, were in the same boat, and many us would get together at night to play co-op sessions of Resistance 2 until the wee hours of the morning. It was through this game that I started to form some of my first online friendships, and Mac was there from the start.

Eight people were able to play a match of Resistance 2 at a time, so initially it was difficult to differentiate who everyone was. However, the next major game I played online was Uncharted 2, which had three player co-op, and here I was able to start getting to know Mac a little more. Then Dead Nation came out, and being a two-player title I was jonesing for a solid co-op partner to blow through the campaign with. Mac was ready and willing, and tackling and completing this game (earning the Platinum trophy together in the process) really solidified our bond as co-op partners. Read more

Requiem for the Rangers 2013-2014 Season

 

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Let me start off by saying this…this is the second post I’ve written about this topic. I was up early this morning (obviously didn’t get a good night’s sleep) and began banging out this ridiculously long-winded post about the ups and downs of the entire Rangers post season, and it was just too much.

In case you haven’t heard or figured out from the title of this post, the Rangers lost Game Five of the Stanley Cup Finals to the LA Kings in double over-time, with a final score of 3-2. I want to keep it classy, so first thing I’ll say is congrats to the Kings and Quick, who was such a huge force for them in their playoff run. I have huge respect for Quick, and see him as being in the same league as Lundqvist. His goaltending in Game Three was phenomenal, and he is the sole reason the Rangers lost that game. They played hard, had a lot of good opportunities, but he was in the zone and denied everything the Rangers threw at him. That being said, I wasn’t happy about how far down the receiving line he was before being offered The Cup last night. Goaltenders are what define a team. Just look at Washington. You have Ovechkin, who had the most goals last season (51), yet the Caps didn’t even make the playoffs. You need a solid goalie to succeed, and I didn’t like how the Kings snubbed Quick.

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Improving the Garage

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When we first moved into the new house in October, the detached garage was a low priority for me. We weren’t planning on using it for cars since it was inconvenient compared to parking in front, and I didn’t have any “manly” stuff to put in there, so it was just a place to toss boxes and other junk that had no place anywhere else yet. That all changed when my parents and father-in-law came down last month and help me change the garage into a second mancave.

Let’s start with the “before” pictures:

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Tracked Down my First LEGO Simpsons Minifigs

 

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Gotta catch ‘em all

In celebration of The Simpsons 550th episode, they teamed up with LEGO to produce an episode centered around the popular building block toy. It was a solid episode, and definitely worthy of a 550th milestone, but what was even better were the products that came out as a result of the episode. LEGO released a set of minifigs in blind boxes, and they recently went on sale to promote both franchises. Amazon has them available for $6 a pop, but I wanted to be able to find these blind boxes in brick and mortar stores so that I could try and figure out what I was getting. I wandered into my local Target and finally found them as an endcap attached to the Nerf aisle…that’s right, they were not in the LEGO section but hanging out with foam weaponry.

I tried feeling the bags to determine what heads were inside, and also tried deciphering the bump codes to tell which characters were housed inside. I was hoping to get Maggie, Burns and Ralph for myself, and a Lisa for Shell. After spending fifteen minutes in the aisle groping and studying the bags, I grabbed four that I thought were what I was looking for. I rushed home to check out my score.

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What could be inside???

I carefully got my scissors out and opened the first bag:

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They’re no longer mint condition! Oh the horror!

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Crosby Dives into Second Round of the Playoffs Against Rangers

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The always popular “diving” pic

The first round of the 2013-2014 Stanley Cup playoffs were intense for Rangers fans. As usual, they made us sweat it out and made beating Philadelphia into something that was a lot more difficult than it should have been. However, I do have to give Steve Mason credit…he was pretty incredible in goal for the Flyers. Not to sound like a jerk, but too bad his injury didn’t sideline him longer to give the Rangers some breathing room between rounds.

And so it is that only two days after dispatching Phili in the first round, the Rangers move on to the other Pennsylvania team as they now face the daunting task of dispatching my arch enemy: Cindy Crosby and his band of Penguins. As much as I hate them, I can’t deny that they are not a hockey team to underestimate.

The first game starts tonight, and I thought I would kick this second-round series off with some awesome Crosby pics. Enjoy! Read more

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