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Fantasy Football Week 4

Week 4 of Fantasy Football

Another win!

This week was pretty close. Entering Monday, I was losing by a handful of points but I fully expected Stafford and Megatron to score me a bunch of points. Oops, they turned in their worst week of the season so far and I barely won.

But a win is a win. And I almost watched a game this week.

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Freeways, Scrolls, Fantasy and Who

I work about 5 miles away from where I live and most days it's a pretty easy commute. I've got basically three ways to get there the freeway to the east of us, the freeway to the west of us, and the main surface street that goes north-south in our area. I usually don't take the surface road because for some reason there's always construction along it somewhere within the 5 miles that I have to drive to work. The freeways, on the other hand, are usually pretty good and go through pretty quickly so that it takes me anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to get to work every day. Add a little rain to that and of course Southern California freeways turn into parking lots. It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour now to traverse that 5 miles. It is really crazy. I don't know what's worse a little half inch of rain on a Southern California freeway or the 18 inches that they got in South Carolina for the hurricane the other day – though California would wash away if it ever got that much rain…in a month…or maybe even a year.

The Elder Scrolls on PS4

Many thanks to Talyn for explaining how to get screenshots and videos from my PS4 to my computer. It's pretty simple to use the USB drive, and voila, I have pictures from my adventures. I still need to work on the 'taking' part of the PS4 screenshots…

But I got better…

And better…

Soon I'll have the whole thing down. In the meantime, I am enjoying Elder Scrolls on the console and have ventured much further than I did on the PC.

Final Fantasy XIV

I got a few minutes to ramble a bit more in FFXIV and I finally got to use my abilities.

The Population Control quest had me running around right outside the city killing off fungi. And then I ran into my first Fate which seemed a lot like Rift's rift system. I like the mechanic in both games and hope all future MMOs continue to have something like it.

Dr. Who – Under the Lake

This week's episode of Dr. Who was a bit of a let down from the exciting Dalek adventure that filled the first 2 episodes of the season, and I'd have to say that Clara is not my favorite companion. This week, we encounter ghosts, and I was expecting a scary feel akin to how I'm always frightened with the Weeping Angels, but it was not to be. While the story is interesting, the episode just didn't grab me like so many have in the past – perhaps the second part of the story will get better. Interesting note, I watched this after The Leftovers premiere, and both had deaf characters in significant roles – glad to see the diversity.

Morning Ramble #65


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Surrender in the Championships

Another quick post tonight since I have been too busy for much gaming or for anything the past few days. I was able to watch one of the first matches of the League of Legends World Championships and boy was I surprised. I've watched a few of the games in previous seasons, but this was the first time I've actually seen a team in the champion ups surender. Invictus Gaming surrendered to Fnatic after going 1-8 in a little over 30 minutes. Perfectly crazy. I suppose they knew they had lost since they were up against a world class team, but I usually hold off on surrendering unless my team is in chaos.


Oh well, they have a few more chances to get their first win in the chanpionship.

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Brief Beginning to my PS4 Gameplay

I suppose I have a bit of learning to do…I played my first bit of The Elder Scrolls Online on my PS4 tonight and it seemed pretty much like the same thing as on PC. Basic beginning and I made it through the tutorial so not much the write about, but I need to figure out the screenshot thing. The PS4 will take screenshots and videos for you, but I can't figure out the mechanism to upload them anywhere but Facebook or Twitter. I want them to go to a photo gallery so I can share them here. Anyone know how this process works? Oh wel, I'll figure it out – that's what Google is for.

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Fantasy Football Week 3 – Another Win

Not too shabby, but I was down by 10 going into Monday's game.

Jamal Charles really had a good game though and it was over pretty early. I actually didn't even watch the game, but my app kept me updated with all the scoring.

My sports focus has been baseball where my team – the Angels – are fighting for a playoff spot. Baseball always takes precedence over football for me.

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An Interesting Class I May Take

Coursera periodically sends me emails about courses that might interest me based on the couple of classes I've taken with them. This week one that caught my eye is Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World.

It looks pretty good, but also looks like a lot of work. The description says it will take 8-12 hours a week for 11 weeks, but I figure that's for fast readers.

The whole idea is to read a classic novel or set of short stories each week and discuss it – assumeably in class forums. They cover books such as Alice in Wonderland, Frankenstein, The Martian Chronicles, and Dracula. Sad to say, I haven't read any of those, but would like to. The only book on the list they are reading that I have read already is the Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin, which is a pretty good book.

I haven't decided if I'm gonna sign up – if nothing else to get some motivation and maybe be able to see what others have to say about the books covered – but that's a lot of time that I don't have right now.

In any case, I wanted to point it out for anyone interested in reading some classics in a guided fashion with an instructor and other interested readers.


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The Week That Was…September 27th, 2015

This week has been crazy. Work has been holding my attention most days from 6am to 7pm and I'm pretty exhausted afterwards. But that hasn't stopped the real world – I'm pretty sure we have some raccoons or other critter(s) that have come to live in the attic. So my time not thinking about work has been spent working on a solution to extract said rodents…not fun…and if I was leveling up in this skill, I'd say it's a grind. No entry or exit is obvious when looking around the outside of the house, but they make noises and scratching sounds around 5:30am the past few days. I think it's time for a professional…



On the gaming front, I've already rambled about my frustration with AFKs and lag in League and my struggles with DOTA 2's camera movement, but I am pleased to say that after 4 days and many calls to Time Warner Cable, I downloaded the content for Elder Scrols Online and Destiny for my new PS4. I haven't played yet because of my other activities, but they are ready and waiting for me.



A look at the TV side of things, I was able to watch a few of the new shows, and I'd have to say so far, my favorites are The Muppets and Scream Queens. Both shows surprised me. The Muppets we're clever and did not turn me off – being more “adult” than other Muppet shows, and SQ was actually quite funny and as we all learned with Guardians of the Galaxy, a great soundtrack can make a show – all the 80s and 90s music really had me paying attention to the details that they obviously paid close attention to. Definitely going to keep watching these 2 over the next few weeks to see if they can keep up the good stuff that interested me.


Oh well, once again I don't have much time, so I'm gonna leave it at that. Pretty good week, but busy as hell. Hope things go well this week and work starts to slow down; and of course we come up with a solution to the raccoon/rodent problem.

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DOTA 2 can be Rough on Noobs

DOTA 2 is not easy. Not even after playing a bunch of League and Heroes. I think the biggest part of my trouble lies in the movement/camera movement – it's so different. I am having a difficult time getting used to the click to move and mouse to the edge of the screen to move the camera. I just want a nice following camera that I don't have to deal with while trying to move and fight. I never realized how much I liked being able to click on a spot in the map and keep my mouse down and nicely keep moving in that direction. And I can now understand why I sometimes see people clicking all over the place in League – they came from DOTA. In any case, it's gonna take some getting used to.

On the other hand, I love the fact that I can play any champ I want.

All champs are open to use and there are lots of them. This is good and bad. I love the options, but I hate that I am likely to bounce from champ to champ struggling along until I win a game or two with one. So far I haven't even succeeded once – except for the tutorial training match – and I immediately lost a game using the champ I won that match with.

So I tried out a couple games and other than fighting with the camera and the click movement, and the fact I had no idea what the abilities of the champs were, and the fact I seemed to keep picking squishy champs, I was having fun…Until my 3rd game…somehow, I after 12 minutes, I ended up as the only person on my team still playing. All 4 of my teammates had a disconnected symbol on their icons. Then I saw this…

Yeah, on the bottom right, you can see the button that says…Disconnect. What the hell is this? And right above it…This game is safe to leave??????? What is this??? How can the game be safe to leave? Is this condoned AFK? If someone doesn't think they are doing well enough, they can 'safely' disconnect? Not sure I like this. I'm gonna have to find out more about this…I'm not sure I want to be playing a team game that condones leaving.

BTW, I wasn't able to find this screen in my next game, so I was very confused. In any case, I have a lot to learn about DOTA 2.

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Dipping My Toe Into Star Wars Uprising

Not much time today, but I did start up character in Star Wars Uprising on my iPad.

I haven't got very far, but I'm looking forward to it because…Star Wars

I created a Twi'lek since I like their look and of course I chose red skin because…red.

I'll get started when I have a bit more time.

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Researching My Transition to DOTA from LoL

It just so happens that Kotaku had an article today talking about transitioning from League of Legends to DOTA 2. I was happy to see it since I am seriously looking to move from LoL to something else because of all the lag, toxicity, and AFKs as I mentioned yesterday.

The article mentioned a resource – dotabuff.com that will help with the transition, particularly in picking some champions to try out that are similar to what you play in League. So I headed over there is give it a shot to see what the results were.

For my League champs, I selected Ahri, Morgana, Zyra, Thresh, Twisted Fate, Heimerdinger, and Xin Zhao, covering a range of mid laners, support, jungle and top laners. I think these are the champs I tend towards when I have the option.

So here are the results of my selection…I'm not really sure who any of these champs are, but they are certainly ones I'll try out to start my journey into DOTA.

I think I'll give Leshrac a shot first since he seems to be pretty popular and has a win rate over 50%.


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