Assorted random kuwento

Adel Gabot

7:34AM

We arranged for some people to haul out “dead” appliances from the house.

Ever since I can remember, we’ve kinda sorta been pack-rats at the old house, or hoarders, if you prefer that term. My mom, when she was alive, wasn’t too keen on throwing old things away, and the rest of us just followed her example. So, we ended up with piles of things we were never ever going to use again: clothes, crockery and cutlery, magazines and books, toys, gadgets, appliances and other assorted what-have-yous, even after she passed. I guess old habits die hard.

Since my brother came back last week to live at the house again, space has been at a premium, specially with all his damn stuff, and we decided to get rid of the junk appliances scattered around the house: stoves and ovens, a microwave, refrigerators and other stalled or broken gear.

So earlier in the week, we got some guys come to take the junk out.

My God, it was a chore! Some of those things were heavy. And you wouldn’t believe the detritus that collected under these appliances. Who’da thunk such an amount of flame-retardant padding could come out of an electric oven?

Anyway, most of it is gone now, and the house is sort of cleaner and roomier for all that. Some dead appliances are still around, notable a huge-ass airconditioner and a few kitchen gear, but we’ll get to those sometime in the future. For now, this is enough.

Sheesh.

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Finally got a chance to catch up on my movie-and-TV-episode-viewing. I watched all the latest episodes of my favorite shows I’ve been collecting these past weeks, and I mean ALL of them.

And just yesterday, I watched two of my must-watch-but-never-got-around-to-it movies: Deadpool and 10 Cloverfield Lane. There are a ton of movies still, both old and new, to watch and I’m working my way to watch all of them. Slowly but surely.

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My clean-shaven face is holding up nicely, and I’m coming around to preferring it to my old look—I look way younger, for one. But the downside is, I have to shave more often now. Trimming my beard, I could get away with three or four days of not touching it, but now that I’m clean-faced, I gotta shave literally every day, otherwise I’d sport a 5 o’clock shadow the whole time.

There’s gotta be a better way.

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Damn this Overwatch beta on my PS4. It simply doesn’t want to launch—it keeps disconnecting me from the game servers from the very beginning; either that, or it simply doesn’t want to connect. Seeing as the beta is only for this weekend, I’m S.O.L. Even a big update this morning didn’t fix the situation.

So I decided to delete the damn beta from my system and download it again. All 9 GB of it. (Plus the update, 11 GB all in all.)

Hey, what can I lose? Apart from pausing all the downloads in the network and leaving my PS4 to have at it alone so it downloads faster, nothing much. Besides, I guess it’s the only chance I have to play the game; it’s not like I’m going to buy it. I suspect it’s a lot like Battleborn, another FPS it’s being compared to.

I played Battleborn in its beta test too, and while I liked it some, I’m not going to make it a habit to play the game. I deleted that with no regrets, and I think Overwatch will suffer the same fate. Although its pedigree is a lot better than Battleborn. Blizzard has always done good, as far as I’m concerned.

We’ll see later when it’s finished downloading.

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While we’re on the subject, I’m pretty excited for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

It’ll be released on Tuesday, and I’m going to be at DataBlitz when it opens to pick up my pre-order. Yes, I pre-ordered it some time ago, that’s how much I want it.

The embargo for reviews was lifted a couple of days ago, and the game websites are falling all over themselves praising it, and running out of platitudes to describe it. Top marks from literally everyone.

I don’t buy a lot of PS4 games these days, but I made an exception for Uncharted 4; I’d been playing the previous games on the PS3, and it’s an old favorite, and I’d be damned if I missed the latest one. And it’s on the PS4 no less.

I also made exceptions for purchasing Tom Clancy’s The Division—which I got last month and already played to death—and Doom, which I was going to get until the recent open beta disappointed me and turned me off to it. It was simply… too fast? I guess I got used to the relative realism of The Division to like another shooter that worked too well that you just zip through hallways. jump chasms and turn corners like you were on a roller coaster. Not for me.

That’s it for PS4 games for 2016, with the possible exception of the new Tomb Raider game towards the end of the year when the Xbox One exclusivity deal runs out and they finally release it for the PS4. At least I think I’m buying it.

Dang, I can’t wait for Uncharted.

 


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