Monday, November 19, 2012

Weekend Review: Nov 17th & 18th

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!

Call of Duty is Call of Duty. I started playing the first COD that wasn't even a COD back in 2002. Made by the group that would eventually leave and form Infinity Ward. It is ten years later, Infinity Ward has left, but people are still making COD games. Black Ops 2 released this week and I have already put heavy hours into the multiplayer. The level of customization continues to get better. The future tech (the game is set in 2025) is fun to play with (Dragonfire) and/or super effective (Guardian) and I love party systems over dedicated servers.

Now that Kaden has crossed the threshold of watching an entire movie film we are watching more of them. Funny how that works. One day he could not sit still and then another and he sits enraptured. This summer I was hoping Brave might be his first, but we were not there yet. So instead we watched it this weekend. He loved the three younger brothers and all of the bears. Scary ones and otherwise. I loved the CG, stunning set pieces and crazy hair tech. It was a fantastic story that never left him worrying too much about the characters, a reoccurring theme lately, see below.

UFC 154
It had been 18 months since George St.Pierre stepped into the octagon Saturday night. To face a fighter in Carlos Condit that I actually root for as well. Being a long time St. Pierre fan it was tough to parse who I would be pulling for when this fight actually started. I ended up cheering for skill and technique as both fighters put on a grappling and striking clinic. It was a fantastic show from bell to bell. Lots of bloody violence throughout the show and some big knockouts too. Top notch MMA.

Mid-week Kaden threw down two stars (our discipline and reward system) to watch a movie. He picked Up, a movie we have owned for a while, but he never watched. Crystal was concerned that the beginning (super sad) would get him worked up. I assumed he would be fine. He did not seem to comprehend what was going on at first, but then I could see the gears turning in his head:

Him: What happened to that old lady?
Me: His wife? She passed away.
Him: Why?
Me: She got old.
Him: [confused look] Why?
Me: When people get old they eventually die.
Him: [confusion turning to fear/sadness] Does that mean I will grow old and die?
Me: [panicked] Uh, no, no not at all buddy, you will be just fine.

After my three year old faced down him own mortality, the rest of the movie was all talking dogs, funny birds and flying houses.

1 comment:

Grant said...

Man, "Up" does run deep.

It may be time to start an intravenous line of Miyazaki's age-appropriate work: "Ponyo," "Totoro," "Castle in the Sky."

Learnin' to dream from the hand-drawn East, not only California's 1's and 0's. Lookin' forward to the process in a couple of years myself.

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