Pokémon Generation Slugfest

Enjoyment level of Pokémon generations for me:

Gen 2 – 92/100 (Crystal)
Gen 6 – 91/100 (X)
Gen 1 – 85/100 (Blue)
Gen 5 – 78/100 (Black 2)
Gen 4 – 68/100 (Pearl)
Gen 7 – 38/100 (Moon)
Gen 3 – 25/100 (Sapphire)

There’s some cool things in each generation, but Gen 7 and 3 didn’t grab me or really make me want to play- mechanics and story both fell a bit flat. For whatever reason the pacing in each game felt off. Apparently I don’t like Pokémon games set on islands? These are also the two generations after my favorite ones- I’m willing to admit there may be a bit of “letdown syndrome” at work here.

Silver was very enjoyable, but something about Crystal took the game to a whole new level- hours and hours were spent making my Tyranitars the absolute best they could be! As for X, if I could have found a good way to stream “Wonder Trade Runs” I very much would have (the ways I tried just didn’t work out for it to still be enjoyable); it’s the only generation I tried speed running without an emulator.

2015 Gaming Backlog

I’m not going to replace anything since I’m still working on the last one. I will be adding to it though!

  • Pokemon Omega Ruby (Complete 2016-01-01)
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (Complete 2016-01-01)
  • Wasteland 2
  • World of WarCraft – 10th Anniversary Achievements (Complete 2015-01-02)
  • Marvel Heroes – Prestige back to 60 & 3 Geared Characters (Complete 2015-01-31)
  • Xenoblade
  • Mario Kart 8
  • New Super Luigi U
  • New Super Mario Bros U
  • LEGO Batman 3
  • LEGO Marvel Superheroes
  • Defense Grid 2 (complete 2015-03-09)
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth – Complete Achievements (complete 2015-02-20)
  • Planetary Annihilation
  • Space Run
  • Magika Expansions
  • Transistor

Comics Pull List in 2014

Remapping my comics pull list after catching up on most stories. May switch to digital for some of them, but I prefer supporting my local comic book shop as it were.

There’s a chance I’ll be dropping Justice League, but the Lex/Batman dynamic is entertaining for now. The only confirmed so far from the big two are Detective, The Flash, New Warriors, and X-Force; Daredevil, Batman, and Captain Midnight will probably make the list. All Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are on the list already, too.

I’m still not sure how I feel about Spider-Man; even with Peter coming back I’m not sure if it will stay in my pull list. I will probably give it the first 6 issues again to see if I like it enough to stick with it. Same with Ms. Marvel and Red Hood.

Aside form the pull list there’s a few I get as trades: Hawkeye, Gambit, and World’s Finest.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Ending

DS9 is probably my favorite Star Trek show; I really wish they had done at least one movie with that crew. I recently re-watched the ending and, I know this will cause some to declare heretic, it’s probably the best done ending of all the shows. The next closest is TNG, and that’s something to think about for another article, but it only wrapped up one story line I feel while DS9 wrapped up pretty much every major story line or left them in a place that made sense- except Jake, but they seemed to abandon that character early on early. Back to the ending, the villains introduced in the beginning are swiftly and completely dealt with, there’s no ambiguity as to their fates at this point. O’Brian starts a new chapter, Worf has a real send off, Ezri and Julian are left together, and Quark is the last real Ferengi in the Alpha Quadrant- just the way that things had been building up. Odo and Kira finish their relationship in the best way it could have ended, and the Station keeps spinning- alone and yet surrounded.

In normal tradition there’s so many other things to go over but I’m stopping it there. Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end, and this one was good on both counts.

heroku, nginx, Python, Gunicorn, and Django

I just had to do this for a project at work and realized there wasn’t a lot of good direction out there for how to do it; here’s a minimal approach to getting you working with nginx in front of django requests via gunicorn. Most of the work is really done by ryandotsmith, this is just for Python instead of Ruby.

Buildpack directions

heroku config:set BUILDPACK_URL=https://github.com/ddollar/heroku-buildpack-multi.git
echo 'https://github.com/ryandotsmith/nginx-buildpack.git' >> .buildpacks
echo 'https://codon-buildpacks.s3.amazonaws.com/buildpacks/heroku/python.tgz' >> .buildpacks
git add .buildpacks
git commit -m 'Added multi-buildpack nginx and python'

gunicorn.conf

import multiprocessing

def pre_fork(server, worker):
    f = '/tmp/app-initialized'
    open(f, 'w').close()

bind = 'unix:///tmp/nginx.socket'
workers = multiprocessing.cpu_count() * 2 + 1

Since New Relic has a free tier, and it’s so easy to use, I’m adding it here, too.

Procfile

web: bin/start-nginx newrelic-admin run-program gunicorn -c gunicorn.conf AppName.wsgi:application

I’m not dead yet…

Not dead yet, just debating on what I want to write on and/or do; plus a really busy work schedule.

I am coming up on one year of trying to get in better shape spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. So far I feel partially successful at all of them, but not really high on any of them or really low (which may be the bigger accomplishment!), Maybe I will find some time between overtime and performances to catch up on the backlog of blog ideas that I have; especially the ones based on notes from re:Invent and programming things I’ve been thinking about recently.

Magic: The (First) Tournament

We’re technically way overdo on finishing out work tournament at this point and I officially can’t lock in first place now; but I can finish as high as second now- though fourth is now the most likely scenario. I’ve gone 2-0, 2-1, 0-2, and 2-0 so far in our games. With only one game left, against probably the strongest overall deck, I will most likely go 0-2.

There’s two people that have the potential to tie, splitting first. The prevailing theory is that the strong deck could finish 10-0 putting me to where I will most likely finish 4th; though the despairity between fourth and third is going to be rather entertaining- the bottom two may end up with 0 wins each.
All in all its been a good way to follow up our work team even by letting people take some time to get to know each other over something a bit different than what most companies do.