Force Unleashed 2

While I only somewhat enjoyed the first Force Unleashed game, the idea of being a force wielding bad-ass is just too much fun to pass up, even just as a distraction here and there.

I definitely look forward to giving this game a once over once it is released. Not to mention how great the CGI in the teaser is…

Why I Don’t Talk to My Mom

Recently, my aunt contacted me via Skype and wanted to know when I would start talking to my Mom again. Over the last year, I haven’t said anything to her due to a variety of different factors.

The first reason has to do with my brother. I don’t want to go into the story right now, but suffice to say, my Mom would stress herself out due to living with my brother and his girlfriend. She would then contact me and talk things through. I’d give her advice, and she wouldn’t take it. While some of my advice might have made my brother’s life harder. I’ve thought for a long time that he’s ready to be his own man, but my mom wouldn’t let him. In the end, she moved to Kingston from Ottawa, in part to separate her life from my brother’s. She said she’d never put herself in a situation where she’d live with him as it stressed her out.

I told her that she has to do what’s right for her, but as usual she didn’t listen. I warned her that if she and my brother lived together again, I wouldn’t talk to her. I didn’t want the drama in my life, nor did I want to be the middle man between my brother and my mother.

Add on to that the fact that the few times I did go visit her, she didn’t really make any time for me, and then add to that her lack of visiting or contacting me, and I felt justified in continuing to ignore he lame attempts to get a hold of me once she realized that I was no longer talking to her.

Lastly, in a more self-oriented issue, I found that during my year and a half depressive bout, the idea of being there for anyone else was just beyond my abilities. I couldn’t partake in the drama she surrounds herself with, and so just decided to take myself out of it.

While it is definitely a shame to have family members that you just can’t talk to, I think that everyone needs to do what is best for themselves with regards to communication. I’ve never been a fan of drama, and have worked hard to expunge such people from my life as much as possible.

This isn’t to say that I will never talk to her again, but I think that if nothing else, I need to wait until her situation changes, as well as my own.

Relationships should make people feel better, connected, and wanted. I didn’t really feel any of these things from my Mom over the last decade and that’s why I don’t talk to my Mom anymore.

Coworkers

I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about the previous post about my job as a web developer. While I don’t always enjoy the job, and while some people get under my skin, overall, I work with some pretty great people.

I work in the wing with both HR and IT, as they are mashed together in one department. My boss, and bosses boss are amazing people, with personalities on what I’d consider different ends of the scale, but still both amazing.

The HR women are all very nice to me and welcoming. They’ve made my stay in Walkerton much more bearable, and have brought almost a sense of family to my life here.

The IT guys and woman are great as well. One specifically has a youthful geeky side that is really great. The other web developer for the County is someone I usually see eye to eye with. His skills in PHP are better than my own, but he’s always been super helpful and patient.

In the end, I don’t think I could keep working for the County if it wasn’t for the more than a dozen people that keep my spirits up, make my job easier, and my life better.

Jobs are all about the people you work with, and if I could move the people, and the job to somewhere like Ottawa, I think I would be much more happy, as the lack of any enjoyment in my personal life bleeds into my working life, making the whole experience harder than it should be.

Gaming on Macs

I love that Steam is working to become the center point when it comes to the future of gaming on Apple computers. Often, on my Macbook Pro, I’d wish that I could play games with my friends, but unfortunately, the only one that worked on my machine was EvE Online. Now, dozens of titles are working via Steam for Mac and the most recent addition is Team Fortress 2.

While most Apple computers don’t have the best video cards, I still think it is great that finally one company decided it was worth their time to be a platform to push gaming forward on the OS X operating system. Now if only they could get their client to work on Linux, and get some games compatible for that OS. Maybe then I’d go back to dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows 7.

The Future of Gaming

If you had asked me two years ago if I thought the monetization of gaming would go beyond subscription fees, or purchasing upgrades for advantages, I would have told you that you were crazy. Now we have higher level speeches about gaming and how it effects both people and businesses.

On the flip side, I always knew that big companies like Coke and Ford would get into gaming in one way or another…

First check out this video where Adam Walden talks about the evolution of video games.

And then check out this scary video:

Movies I Want to Watch For the Rest of 2010

In no particular order, here are the movies that stood out to me as ones I want to see over the course of the second half of 2010. Many of them I hope to see in theatres, but to see them all on the big screen would cost far too much.

The Karate Kid
Grown Ups
Knight and Day
Twilight: Eclipse
The Last Airbender
Predators
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Inception
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Adjustment Bureau
Beastly
Centurion
Despicable Me
Dinner for Schmucks
The Eagle of the Ninth
The Experiment
The Green Hornet
Gulliver’s Travels
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One
The Joneses
The Karate Kid
Megamind
Mr. Nobody
Tron: Legacy
The Warlords