Okay, so my birthday itself wasn’t actually all that bad.
Beth and Jason came down and there was some hanging out and a good time was had by all. With the possible exception of Beth.
Not much in the way of presents, but Jason did see fit to expand my capital warship fleet by a Nightlord, an Essex, a Lola III, and another Kyushu (apparently he was trying for a Kirishima but missed.) That’s another 3.13 megatons, for a total of 5.22 M-tons for those of you keeping track at home. Unfortunately, none of the four new ships are painted (perhaps I should figure out how to paint them myself?), but they’ll still work for an AT2 game…presuming only that I ever play one again. :P
Beth brought me some cookies, which I have very nearly finished. My teeth don’t let me wolf down cookies like I used to — which isn’t exactly a bad thing. They’re a touch scorched on the bottom, but I don’t really mind.
Spent some time over the weekend hanging out at Steve Tate’s and playing a fair amount of Supreme Commander. It’s almost scary how much I still had to learn after being able to reliably defeat the game’s best AIs.
Three things bugged me:
1) I’m 26. In absolute terms, that’s not old, but I’m now closer to 30 than 20, no matter how I look at it, and I’m nowhere near where I wanted to be at this age.
2) My parents were both out of town. Both had legitimate reasons, but I missed them anyway. At least my brothers were around, and I even got to spend some time with Alison.
3) It being my birthday meant that Alison’s birthday is coming up, being only 5 days after mine. She’s still obsessing over Jonathan, the Canadian I can’t get her to give up, and things are getting worse. I finally contacted Alison’s father to try to get her some help, but I still really don’t know what to do.
In other news, I’ve finally got my un-named Kubuntu machine working for day-to-day tasks. AFAIK, Samba doesn’t work, but I have MPEG playback capabilities and Fallout and Fallout 2 are running with only minor glitches.
On the other hand, Apache2-php5-mySQL is being a bitch to set up for development purposes. The last time I installed it, it was displaying .html files fine, but kept trying to offer .php files for download rather than parsing them and displaying them as .html. Hopefully, a reinstall will fix this. *fingers crossed*