March Update post.

It was birthday yesterday and I spent it doing the things I like: Gaming (playing the Division at the moment and I thinks its pretty fucking good), listening to audiobooks (currently re-listening to the First Law Trilogy so I can go into the Steven Pacey versions of Best Served Cold and The Heroes), and cooking.

I’m having a ton of fun playing the Division, it’s basically a 3rd person shooter with a mmo type gear grind with limited pvp. It’s pretty fun solo and better with a group of friends, the group is maxed a 4 which is a pretty good number for people. Most of the content can also be 3 manned with a good group, which is also pretty nice. It’s thrown me off playing WoW, I haven’t logged on a since I got it, and that is a pretty good indicator of the game’s quality.

I should have all the parts I need to upgrade from my AMD FX 8350 set up to an Intel i7 4790k set up within the next week or two, which I’m looking forward to put together and also upgrading to windows 10.

Also, Daredevil season 2 starts soon.

So, like Ice Cube said, Today was a good day.

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Harding Grim’s words for Rudd Threetrees.

Dogman nodded, took a long ragged breath and blew it out. ‘Anyone want to speak for Threetrees?’

Dow flinched and looked down at his boots, shifting ’em in the dirt. Tul blinked up at the sky, looking like he had a bit of damp in his eye. Dogman himself was only a stride away from weeping as it was. If he had to speak another word he knew he’d set to bawling like a child. Threetrees would have known what to say, but there was the trouble, he was gone. Seemed like no one had any words. Then Grim took a step forward.

‘Rudd Threetrees,’ he said, looking round at ’em one by one. ‘Rock of Uffrith, they called him. No bigger name in all the North. Great fighter. Great leader. Great friend. Lifetime o’ battles. Stood face to face with the Bloody-Nine, then shoulder to shoulder with him. Never took an easy path, if he thought it was the wrong one. Never stepped back from a fight, if he thought it had to be done. I stood with him, walked with him, fought with him, ten years, all over the North.’ His face broke out in a smile. ‘I’ve no complaints.’

‘Good words, Grim,’ said Dow, looking down at the cold earth. ‘Good words.’

‘There’ll be no more like Threetrees,’ muttered Tul, wiping his eye like he’d got something in it.

— Joe Abercrombie, Before They Are Hanged.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for March 2016.

About 20 more days and I get basically a new computer by changing out my AMD fx-8350 CPU and Gigabyte 990fx motherboard out for a Intel i7-4790k CPU and an ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 motherboard, which I’m pretty excited for. I went with a i7 because I rip a lot of the blu rays movies and special features from the Blu Rays I buy each month to my external HD and the planned upgrade should cut the time I transcode movies from MKV files to smaller but very similar quality MP4 files.

Which leads me into … What I’m watching this month. It will be a fairly decent amount as a couple of bigger movies are coming out on Blu Ray this month, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 3 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I will be getting both and I hope to have upgraded to my i7-4790k CPU and Windows 10 by then. I am also contemplating picking up Casino Royale (so that I have all the newer Bonds on BR), and Cloverfield. I’m also going to watch Daredevil Season 2 which is supposed to be out soon. I’ve been watching the Netflix series Love and like it’s hilariously awkward humor. I finished up Jessica Jones mid February and goddamn it was good, after I’m done reading the Fables graphic novels I will be picking up the re released Alias graphic novels. I also plan to watch the Extended cut versions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit Trilogy, I’ve been watching the Battle of Five Armies special features and finally finished watching both of them (combined around 9 hours long.)

At the moment, I am just playing WoW because I’ve found it pretty cool to be able to cap out (or come very close to capping out) all my toons (6! DK, Rogue, Priest, Hunter, Shaman, and Mage) by just doing the daily battleground which awards 225 conquest. However, this will change when Fallout 4’s DLC hits or I get the whim to replay the Witcher 3 or the Assassin’s Creed games (Rogue and Unity) or play Crysis 2. One thing is certain though, I will be playing the Division when it launches next week and looking forward to that.

On the Audiobook front though, things are a bit more exciting. As I have some extra money now, I picked up another 3 credits to pick up Book 3 of Neal Asher’s Owner Trilogy and 2 Witcher books (The Sword of Destiny and The Last Wish.) This means I have about 6 audiobooks to listen to, having just finished the first part of the Owner Trilogy, which is pretty good and narrated pretty well. Mark this down as another good recommendation from Felicia Day, her goodreads reviews are pretty good and I’ve already added another book to my wishlist based on her review of Zero World. The audiobook for Zero World is read by Gideon Emery, a voice actor of note and who had a cool part in the first season of Daredevil. Along with Zero World, I plan to pick up Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn because I was very impressed by the movie which I recently watched on Netflix and I enjoy comparing it to the source material to see how well adapted the movie is. I will pick up Zero World and Gone Girl later in the month. It does not end there, however, I am planning to re-listen to the First Law Trilogy and the First Law World books, as Best Served Cold and The Heroes (2 of my favorite books in the series) have been re-released with Steven Pacey as the narrator, providing a single voice for Abercrombie’s First Law series. So that means for March, I will have 8  new books in total to listen to (The Witcher: Sword of Destiny, The Witcher: The Last Wish, Zero Point, Jupiter War, Best Served Cold, The Heroes, Zero World, and Gone Girl) and 4 others to relisten to (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings, and Red Country.)

I’ve slowed down considerably on my reading as netflix and numerous audiobooks take up a lot of my time, so I still have a couple of Fables graphic novels to read. I have The Good Prince to read as well as War and Pieces.

I’m looking forward to completing my upgrades this month. I’m also looking forward to setting up an excellent birthday dinner because I like to cook and make everything myself. Besides reading and gaming, I enjoy cooking. I am also extremely looking forward to this weekend and UFC 196 McGregor vs Diaz and the co-main event as well. I’m team 209 (wut bitch, stockton motherfucker!) and going with Nate “Real Motherfucking Ninja” Diaz over Conor McGregor.

Hope whoever reads these ramblings, that you also have a good month and I wish you long days and pleasant nights.