The amount of email I’m receiving is rising each day, so I started responding in a horrible, sarcastic manner. I will be posting these emails.
On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 8:28 AM, Robert Cull wrote:
Sir, I am currently receiving public assistance through no fault of my own. I am 61 years old and prior to this have never asked for any kind of aid. I feel I am only getting back some of what I contributed for many many years. I certainly do not need you or any of the other un-American tea partiers to tell me where I should live nor am I in need of any instructions as to “personal hygiene” thank you very much. Looking forward to your defeat, Robert cull
Dear Mr. Cull,
While you may not be in need of “personal hygiene” instructions, how do you feel about grammar lessons? That paragraph was a mess.
Do you know about the Enter key? It’s on the right side of your keyboard, above Shift, and under the backslash key - wait, if you don’t know what Enter is, you surely won’t know what a backslash is.
The sentence you had hoped would deliver an impactful, disgusted end to your email was ruined by your choice of punctuation - or lack thereof.
I too am looking forward to your defeat, Robert cull (with a lower-case “C”.)
“I only want your vote if you know what a backslash is.”
Thanks to @Keadin for linking this. I can’t stop watching it.
Yes, it’s 12 year old humor, and yes I lol’d.
We’ve been making progress with this little industry of ours haven’t we? Each year the budgets get larger, the voice talent gets better, the graphics improve, the stories become deeper, and we gain a bit more mainstream acceptance in the quest for the hard-work of our dedicated employees to be regconized for what it is - truely amazing.
I implore you to gather your emploees this morning, buy them lunch, put them in the company’s largest conference room and discuss what can happen if you stop saying you are making the best experience you can for the gamers, and start making that experience.
Discuss what happens when you don’t allow the outside pressure of marketing plans, metacritic predictions, release dates, launch parties, or anything else to distract you from making the best product that you can out of a passionate, genuine desire to create something moving, something revolutionary.
I am not exactly sure how Blizzard keeps pushing itself further each game release, but this trailer gave me goosebumps, connected with me on an emotional level, and got me ready to stand in line for 10 hours for a game I only previously had a marginal interest in purchasing.
There’s much to learn, but I’m sure we can get there… There’s no shame in learning something new, even if you’ve been in the industry before it was an industry. There’s no shame in looking to a company that teaches us something revolutionary every few years - even when we thought we’ve seen it before.
Some people would think that I travel differently now that I own my own business, and I’m not expensing it all back to Microsoft. Believe it or not, that isn’t the case.
I am a frugal guy by nature. This is different than cheap. I waste $70 per meal on The Rock, but won’t buy shoes that cost more than $40.
When I worked at Xbox, I used to go through the list of flights, and pick one of the cheaper ones. I used to look at local hotels and stay at the Marriott across the street instead of the W 20 miles away. I’d eat a Subway sandwich instead of getting room service.
That said, I want to be clear in my point - spending lots or being frugal should be a desicion - not a standard.
If spending $80 more per night means that you can rest easier the day before your presentation then do it. If you want to splurge and get that Lobster dinner once per year on the road - indulge.
It’s not smart to be wasteful, but take a look at the big picture. What are your costs when you factor in time, effort, stress, and worry?
I do, however, have one regret from my years of travel with Xbox. I’d like to apologize to Quinn Edamura who had the pleasure of coming with me during December to Ensemble Studios, where we stayed at a Marriott, ate at what was basically a hospital cafeteria, and walked through the slush with our camera gear - all in an effort to save money. I owe you a steak dude.
An acoustic cover of the classic 80s song Take on Me by A-Ha. I didn’t even try to hit that high note. Generally I don’t have the vocal range for high notes.
Being a business owner means that my schedule is a bit more flexible than that of my wife and friends. That said, it’s nice to feel somewhat normal, and sync my schedule with that of the rest of the world.
It was great to catch up with some friends that I hadn’t spent time with lately, and I got to take in a few new games, and movies.
Here are some brief reviews of the non-gaming entertainment bits that I injested this weekend:
Red White and Dead Zombie Walk: While we didn’t participate in the Zombie Walk, I was surprised to see the large turnout of folks in their full-on zombie gear. It was cool to see several hundred undead doing the Thriller dance. Pictures were taken, and we think that there was some flirting between a friend of mine and a zombie female in her late 20s, but we’re not really sure. For the record, I’d suggest this event be named Dead, White, and Blue.
Twilight Eclipse: I was expecting this movie to suck. I expected emo vampires, and corny dialog. I expected to be bored to tears. Luckily the movie lived up to every expectation I had. I get that women wish that they had some perfect romantic life, but this movie didn’t have enough gore or fighting to keep me interested at all.
The A-Team: I was expecting to dislike this movie, and wound up really enjoying myself. It’s clearly a “turn off your brain and just enjoy” experience - but I am most fond of those experiences. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was actually a decent BA Barracus, which surprised me a great deal. I am glad that we went to see the movie, and more glad that I have the ability to turn off my logic and revel in the tounge-in-cheek corniness.
World of Warcraft Miniatures Game: I finally got to play some 2-on-2 battles. I loved it. The game mechanics are straight-foward, yet there are enough tactical strategic options that the non-gamers and the games in the group had a good time with it. I’m sad that there are some transitions going on (UDE lost the license, and Blizzard is supposedly taking the game over), and hope that it continues.
Inspired by Matthew Good, I had the first verse, and part of the chrous written pretty early on in the process for this song, along with words.
That usually doesn’t happen with me. Usually I come up with the chord progression, and sit on it for a month or two.
While I am not 100% in love with my voice, I like how the dual-vocal tracks, and the dual-guitar tracks (one strumming, one picking) turned out.
For a death-metal-head, I find that I have been writing lots of acoustic stuff lately. Wonder why.