Monday, September 24, 2012

Weekend Review: Sept 22nd & 23rd

Every weekend there are new sights, sounds, and taste to consume. There are other sensory inputs that tickle my brain too, but saying there is stuff to feel sounds creepy. This is a weekly journal of my weekend endeavors. Enjoy!

Apple Picking
For 4-5 years now we have been going up to Carter Mountain to haul down apples. The first time, pre-kids, it was a great mid-week date trip. Now it is a family tradition. After mountain biking all morning Sunday I got home and wanted a nap in the worst way. My pregnant wife and three year old son played their apple picking hand masterfully though. By noon we were on the road to Charlottesville. Every year it seems to get a little more crowded. We have not had a pickin' stick in 3 years, but there are always enough apples in tip toe range to fill your bags. Oh and apple doughnuts and cider are bomb. It's a good time, every time. Apple pies may be in next weeks review.

Borderlands 2
In 2009 I was pleasantly surprised by Borderlands the First. It was a game that at one point was marketed on it's trillion gun feature and that struggled to establish it's art direction. It turned out to be really good. One of the best coop games I ever played in fact. I bought it twice (PC and 360), I bought all the DLC and I played through it completely three times with three sets of friends. So buying Borderlands 2 was a given. Thankfully they recaptured most of the magic that got me the first time. The PC version got all the bells and whistles this time too. Tons of settings to tweak, menus that are not built for controllers (but work with them) and no port forwarding. It's great!

UFC 152
The main event was an incredible fight. Jones was the closest he has ever been to being finished, in the form of a first round arm bar attempt. I thought it was over. His arm popped, but did not break and he shook off Belfort. After that it was all Jones. In the stand up he had the reach and speed. When it went to the ground, Belfort started pulling guard oddly, he was defending the arm bar and beating up "The Phenom" in the process. The flyweight (125lbs) championship was not incredible. It pitted a heavy handed, but slower wrestler in Benavidez against an elusive, fast, volume puncher in Johnson. It was a formula made for a boring decision. If you gave them 5 more rounds you still wouldn't see the match up ended.

Satellite Dish
Apparently I have a creative man crush on Justin McElroy. From discovering his work at Joystiq, to following him to Polygon and everything in between. The Satellite Dish is a podcast about TV that he and his wife produce. Television usual falls to the very bottom rung of how I want to use my leisure time. A podcast about TV, that is funny leap frogs the leisure time competition though. Most of the shows they discuss hold little interest for me, but occasionally there is some overlap. Which makes those moments that much better. It is thanks to them that I forced my wife to watch an episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. A show she hated and that I delighted in watching her hate. So there is that. Thanks. I guess?

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