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Keeping the holidays classy thanks to Troy and Ron!

kung_fu_monkey: (B&W profile)
So, let's see what I've neglected to post.

- Lower right back molar was cracked, infected, and pulled. Ultimately, not a big deal though I'm strangely feeling better.

- This week, we had close friends [livejournal.com profile] coloskind and [livejournal.com profile] lvlndlthr stay for a few days while [livejournal.com profile] lvlndlthr's daughter was married. They were locals but moved back east to help out their parents. Whilst here, we visited The Butterfly Pavilion and Dave & Busters and had great socialization. I do miss those guys.

- Our girl cat, Ioliel, has been ill. At first, she was having hairball related "urps" but when she was getting sick and no hairballs were present we started worrying. When she started being unable to make it to the litter box before peeing, we knew something was wrong. Our trip to the vet revealed that her kidneys weren't functioning as they should and her blood numbers were way off, so we took her off to the ER for a weekend stay. After hooking her up to an IV and giving her plenty of fluids and rest, we were told that we could pick her up tomorrow morning. Of course, us being doting parents, we swung by today to cheer Ioliel up. She was looking really good, very social and cuddly, and was praised by the staff as a highly cooperative cat. (That's my girl! You rock!) Reluctantly, we gave her back for one more night of care and they're going to check her numbers one more time to get updated values. (We're awaiting those results as of the time of this writing.) One final doctor visit tomorrow and she should be good to come home with a treatment plan.

- Working out at a gym with an Arms/Legs/Cardio rotation play this past month and I'm feeling pretty good about it. I'm nowhere near where I was during my peak training, but that's okay. No need to kill myself for my job anymore. Whee~~!

You can find pics of recent events over on Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/kansaimonkey/
kung_fu_monkey: (Descent:JitD)
Special thanks goes to [livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic, [livejournal.com profile] mahannie57, Jason, and Matt for the marathon session of Descent on Saturday, enduring a gauntlet of baddies, traps, and tasty snacks to complete the Trollfens campaign!

It was close on several fronts, and I did manage a TPK (total party kill), but the heroes pulled through in the end. Great job, everyone! I'll upload a few pics later today showing some of the maps we used.

Still here

Aug. 1st, 2014 05:30 pm
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Yeah, I've been quiet, but I've been busy.

I've redesigned the school's website; it's now modern and updated, but nothing so fancy that I need to obsess over it. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I'm pleased with that. This, of course, makes me Head Web-Monkey for the school, which evolved to also include Head Social Media Monkey, giving me access to our FB, G+, YouTube, Vimeo, and Twitter feeds. So, yeah, I'm working to keep our signal broadcasting and our audience engaged.

Training for the upcoming first TSD black belt test looms in just 2 months. I've got the technique, I've got the drive, I've got the knowledge and history, but I need to hit the cardio just a bit harder than I have. It's not bad; it just needs to be better to ensure my success. (Of course, then I need to maintain it for the next one in Sept.) So close to having two black belts! So close!

I bought some neat armor for my sparring matches: two lovely padded leather grappling gloves, a nice set of headgear, and a lightweight armor shirt. The shirt isn't as padded as I'd hoped it would be, but it's fine for our Super Happy Fun Light Sparring sessions. I kept my heavier chest piece for fights during test or Full Contact matches. Pics of them soon(-ish).

Oh! I've also been given permission to teach the kwan dao form to the kung fu students. This is positively exciting; I don't recall our instructor giving any other student permission to teach a new weapon before, so I'm both honored and nervous. No, it's not part of our traditional syllabus, so they won't be officially tested on it, but I'm not going to complain.

I was toying with the idea of doing some tournament competition, but I'm not quite there yet. It's tougher to prepare for those when you're 40 than when you're in your 20's, and I'm definitely noticing my body changing from age. I'm now aiming for the September event.

Aside from all the work stuffs here, I've been puttering about the house and spending lots of lovely downtime with Beemer. We're nearly finished beating the new EDF (Earth Defense Force 2025) on both Normal and Hard difficulties, and we're huge fans of the new classes and weapons. Now if I could just get him to stop hitting me with his missiles...

Anyway, we're off to see [livejournal.com profile] bryree and his wife a bit later tonight, so I'm signing off here.

XOXO,
Monkey
kung_fu_monkey: (timmy)
X-Men: DoFP manages to be a great film in it's own right, fixes two bad films, and sets us up for a potentially solid sequel. That's quite the feat!

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[livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic and I went off to a retro gaming bar called 1Up to bid farewell to a friend of ours who will be moving from Denver to San Francisco. We wish him well, and have a few high points of the night to share with you.

Memories at 1Up by Kansai Monkey
Memories at 1Up, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

The photo booths here in the US are quite tame compared to those in Japan, but Beemer and I still had a great time of it.



Speak, Hear, See by Kansai Monkey
Speak, Hear, See, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

Shenanigans during our lengthy wait at The Old Spaghetti Factory.

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It's been a hell of a day for us.

First, let me start off by saying that I've passed by brown belt test for Tang Soo Do. It was a rough test from my perspective; not that it was intentionally more difficult than usual, but rather I felt that my performance was notably sub-par. My fighting distinctly lacked my usual strong defense/counter-attack ability, leaving me open for more hits than normal. Forms were, in my opinion, lacking sharpness and detail. My knowledge and breaking techniques were pretty good, so I can take some solace in that. Despite my own criticisms, I was informed by everyone else (including the parents of the kids I teach) that the forms looked great and my fighting was solid. Maybe I'm being to critical of myself, maybe I'm just trying to hold myself up to a higher standard since I'm going for my second black belt. Anyway, it was a success, and I'll be posting links for pics and video from Flickr soon.

After the test, and just as I was about to unwind and go into a healing coma, I got a call informing me that a long-time acquaintance passed away today. She was battling a strep infection that spread to the rest of her organs, and the body simply shut down. Her husband and two children remain, and though I wasn't particularly close them, or her, I'm ready should they need me. It's humbling and depressing, but the reminder of our own mortality makes me appreciate what I have and what I've accomplished. I'll pour a libation for her tomorrow.

Right now, though, I'm absurdly tired, quite sore, and kinda down. Perhaps tomorrow after some work at the school I'll head out for the evening. I could stand to get out for while.
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With the test come and gone, I had foolishly thought I would have some spare time. Ha, no. Thanksgiving had us take a trip over to Nebraska to visit B's parents for the holiday dinner. They're currently living in a tiny town (population around 150) surrounded by miles of pretty much nothing, and I'm fairly certain I only saw 10 people moving about during our three day stay. Good socializing, but not a lot to do.

It's also that time of year when B finds himself frequently traveling to assorted conferences, leaving me to keep watch over the house as he heads off to San Fran, Austin, etc. Normally I don't get to travel with him as our schedules rarely sync up, but this week turns out to work in our favor; a quick 2 day trip up to Estes Park is in our future with us staying at the (in)famous Stanley Hotel! B will be busy getting his science on and being all professional which lets me explore the hotel, taking the hotel tour, and generally putting about the city at my leisure. Despite living in Colorado for as long as I have, I've never been there, so this will be a fun bit of exploration.

Today's temperature was around 29 degrees (F), leaving these poor monkey joints stiff and sore. I did manage one of my 2 mile jogs, but I'll have to pass on tonight. Ouchie.
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I'm taking the month off from my contract at the library to focus on getting the black belt, and given that workouts and running routines are keeping me fit, I should be ready barring unforeseen circumstances. That said, today's classes focused on the tempo of the sword form to improve the slow/moderate/blast speeds at appropriate points. Previously my efforts were okay, but today's session solidified it into an elegant, dynamic form that somehow remained hidden from me.

To help with the training at home, I've cleared out the downstairs even more than it was to give me LOTS of room to do forms. It's a bit inconvenient to do weapons forms right now as there happens to be a lot of junk in the way, but B-kun promises to help analyze/dispose of most of it tomorrow.

Sorry, I'm a bit distracted. Our lil' girl cat, Ioliel, is lightly snoring next to me with an almost gentle *sigh* on each exhale. It'd be downright adorable if she wasn't such a hellion today, but it's still cute.

B-kun and I went to see Wreck It Ralph with [livejournal.com profile] heypyro and a host of other local guys last night. Fun movie, well paced, a bit too saccharine at times, good comedic timing, and plenty of cameos to keep any gamer's eyes actively looking at all the background characters. 3D added some nice layers to the race scene, but it's not a requirement for viewing.

I've been plodding through Darksiders II for the Xbox 360 with mixed reactions. Using the formulaic progression found in the Zelda titles, the rich settings and spooky background like the Legacy of Kain series, and the loot-collecting properties of MMO's like Warcraft, I can see how the dev team at Vigil took the best aspects of many games to create a reasonably fun title. Sure, it's a visual treat and a heroic tale, but the core mechanics aren't different enough to make the elements distinct from the inspiring games. At one point I acquire the Deathclaw ability. It's all glowy purple and ominous and whatnot, but it's little more than the Hookshot with a fresh coat of paint. Not to say that Vigil didn't try, but I think there could have a bit more innovation here.

Let me add that some of the missions/plot points are annoyingly tedious and feel like busy work; King X wants me to acquire his 3 Y's before he can get me to plot point Z. However, Y2 wants me to find his 3 lost A's before he'll come with me, all of which are IN HIS OWN MAZE. You'd think he'd know where they are, or at least have an easier time finding them than I would, but, no, like all protagonists, I must do everything for everyone despite being the Death, one of The Horsemen of The Apocalypse. Seriously? Fetch quests? Yawn. Gripes aside, it's a fun treat with plenty of customization available, tons of optional side quests, and some impressive stages to admire.
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A while ago, [livejournal.com profile] musikub swept me up into an exciting evening of chocolate and alcohol, starting with the revealing of new flavors concocted by the Chocolate Crisis Center.

http://www.chocolatecrisiscenter.com

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kung_fu_monkey: (BM)
"The Jedi and I went to the alien ethnic plateau for the Trandoshan meatery. Suddenly, the Jets made a sneak attack on the Sharks, complete with dance off, but Jedi used Force Telekinesis and took away all the guns and went all GI Jane to disperse the scene. I hid behind a bush because reasons. We then continued our search."

This? This is from Beemer's Star Wars campaign.

Monday?

Aug. 31st, 2012 01:29 am
kung_fu_monkey: (Descent:JitD)
Attn: Descent players,
Monday is shaping up to be an ideal day for trying out 2nd Edition. I have two participants already, but we can run a second session if more than four people want to play. Leave a message and let me know!
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I had heard of this via [livejournal.com profile] drdeleto during one of his games nights and while I missed seeing it in action first hand, I did some research regarding what changes were made as improvements over the original version. Sure enough, 2nd Ed. is a distilled version that works to speed up everything, from character creation to adventure modules to board set up.

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Prometheus

Jun. 8th, 2012 10:41 pm
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Gaiden: Japanese term used to describe a side story or spin off from an original source. Often not used in prequel or sequel context; instead, it's treated as a tale concurrent to the main tale.

In the case of Prometheus, however, it's a prequel loosely connected to the Alien canon which allows for ample room for a gaiden saga.

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Duncan and I head back to his place to keep the plants watered and other duties. He's happy to be back.

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Microscope

May. 17th, 2012 01:23 am
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Beemer and I played a game called Microscope with our friend Ted this evening. It's labeled as an RPG, but there's an inherent misnomer involved with this limited classification. You and the other players essentially create a series of events within the confines of a specific timeline. Let me give you this link so you can do a bit of reading on the product.

http://www.lamemage.com/

I want to give you a full write up on what happened and how the game works, but it's far too late to this now. Instead, I'll give you an idea of some of the key concepts.

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ouchie!

Apr. 30th, 2012 04:15 pm
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While practicing some forms with weapons (mostly to see how compatible they are), I wound up scraping my head a bit.

(Warning: a tiny amount of blood is shown. Viewer discretion and all that.)

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After the KF classes, I swiftly headed home to finish up some minor cleaning details before the party. I won't bore you with that, but instead I will tell you that the party went splendidly!

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Boarder

Apr. 16th, 2012 02:12 pm
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)
This is Bob.



Archaeologist, geologist, lover of puns, and overall fun geek, Bob is staying with us as he transfers from his job in Phoenix to his new position here in Denver while Jeff, his partner, is working on selling their house. We've prepped the guest room and bathroom for him during his stay (this was primarily why I spent so much time doing home repair recently). I'm happy to have him here as he'll share his experiences of the three years he spent in Japan, and I get to cook more. Do say hello to him if you get the chance.
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Met up with [livejournal.com profile] zalena today, who bequeathed unto me some very nifty gifts. Go ahead, be jealous.



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