It’s a little bit odd these days to write a blog post. It’s so easy to post incremental thoughts on Twitter, G+ or Facebook that they often end up there - but looking back over the last few years, one of the things I really like about blogging is that it’s *mine* - and it’s persistent.
I can look back over the last few years, and see what’s happened. So… what’s happened recently? Yeesh. A lot of stuff. The kiddo’s growing up quick. He’s getting bigger, talking a LOT - he talks about just about everything, and every day, his thoughts get more and more complex. It’s really, genuinely wonderful to see him learning about the world, and drawing new connections to things. He’ll say things like, “Oh! Oh! That car is blue… like our car!” Or all kinds of other, weirder things that show he’s actually looking at the details of the world, and using them to make connections.
We’re about to pull the trigger on a fairly extensive interior remodel of the house - finally repairing the bathroom. Well, not so much “repairing” as “completely changing everything about” the bathroom, but it is what it is. We’ve got more space than we know what to do with, so might as well make the things we use regularly work as well as possible.
Around April this year, Self Aware Games was acquired by Big Fish Games. That transition’s been really interesting and educational. In many ways it’s wonderful, but at the same time, I think I miss (and I really, really didn’t think this is something I’d miss) feeling *critical* to the process. I feel like I’m definitely replaceable now, and that even without me, things could continue to progress in a positive way, which is something I had my doubts about before. This is both a great thing and a very odd one, and to be totally honest, it does make me feel like something’s “missing” that I valued. It’s just an adjustment, though - in all, the sum total of the change is wildly positive.
Let’s see - what else? A few months ago, we went to the Big Island of Hawaii, and it was awesome. Just totally awesome. We got to spend time with friends, see somewhere new, and the kiddo loved it. Later this year we’ll probably swing up to Ottawa for the X-mas break, and see my family up there, and introduce them to the kiddo, which will be excellent. I’d like to go to Australia next, but I have no idea when that might work out. Maybe I can convince work to send me (and the family) to PAX Australia. Ha.
I did go to PAX last weekend, which was pretty darned fun. Intense, and busy as hell - I haven’t been that wiped out in a very long time, but we got to see a ton of people interact with Casino & Fleck, and one thing was fairly clear - PAX is definitely the crowd to push Fleck to when it’s ready for a bigger audience. Folks who saw it almost universally “got” it.
Otherwise, stuff continues to chug along. Been playing some games - Transformers: Fall of Cybertron was excellent. Sleeping Dogs is fun so far. Playing a bunch of stuff on the iPad, from Bastion to still cranking away at games on Hero Academy.
Been cooking stuff from Ferran Adria’s “Family Meals”, which have been awesome so far. Picked up the book on the recommendation of a friend who I haven’t seen in more than 10 years, but hung out with a few weeks ago. It was great to see him (and another friend who I hadn’t seen for a similarly long time), and the cookbook is absolutely excellent.