The Gree, Space Opera, and Visual Neatness

(The following has been dictated by Nexus 7 and it’s built-in speech to text application.)


   So I got this new Nexus 7, a few weeks ago, and I thought I would give dictation a try. I have read a lot of things about this application, and given that the Nexus keyboard is super f****** tiny it, only makes sense to me that I speak to it instead of type on it. I just have to make sure I am aware of children flying into the room, shouting and throwing strange words into my dictation. The app is fairly cool, although I have to admit some of the dictation is a bit messed up. I’m not sure if it’s the way that I speak, or the fact that my dictation program is just stupid, but sometimes it types out the craziest s***. Not to mention that the dictation program continues to censor my foul language, which really kind of pisses me off. I’ll have to find out where to turn that off.


   Star Wars The Old Republic has begun its next episode in weird encounters with semiannual events. The Gree have decided to show up and bring with them some missions and some blah blah rewards. I ran through a series of missions last night, twice. I dunno… to me it seems not really worth doing. It takes way too long to acquire the given reputation points that you need, with the Gree, in order to be able to access purchasable items or areas. The missions are Daily, so there is a reputation point cap for the day.

   At level 50, with my most powerful character running through all but the last 2 missions in PvP, I was able to acquire a meager 1710 reputation. It takes 15,000 just reach friend level with the gree, and who f****** knows how much it takes to reach champion level with the Gree, in order to obtain Gree weapons. And to be honest some of the weapons are kinda cool in appearance, but not something that should require this much work to acquire. I think that either the points you earn need to be raised, or the item costs need to be lowered dramatically.

   This is where I agree with HawtPants. This event only lasts two weeks, yet it will take much longer than that to obtain the required reputation points that we need to buy the items that are available from this event. How fucking stupid is that? (Yay! I found the censor button!) So, I’m really not sure if I even want to bother. I’ve been told that this event will repeat itself. I’ve been told that this event will be recurring. Of course, they also said that the rakghoul plague event would return. We seen how far that’s gone, haven’t we?

(End of dictation effort.)

   I think world events are a fair idea, but swtor seems to be banking too much on them and the cartel crap. “Hey guys! Let’s distract them with shiny shit, so they don’t notice our lack of content building!”

   We need more content. More species. More Space! Bigger PvP environments. I’m not talking flaggable areas we can get ganked in. I mean WAR. We are at war. Republic vs. Empire. We need world events of Battles. Often. We events where the Imperials flood Coruscant and put a server wide call out for the Republic to come defend the planet. Things like that.

   Probably never happen. But it would be interesting.


   So, I’ve decided to buckle down and begin doing hardcore research for a SciFi novel I have been mulling over for years. I love Astronomy, but let’s face it, compared to real Astronomers and Astrophysicists, I have a rudimentary knowledge, at best. I can’t exactly write a good Space Opera novel without understanding the fundamentals of stellar environments, gravity, magnetism, spatial physics, extra dimensions, spacetime, etc.

   Currently, I am reading Lisa Randall’s “Warped Passages” and loving it. She has a knack for helping non-math minded people (like yours truly) comprehend these basic principles. Go Lisa! After I have finished this book, I will definitely read the rest of her works. If anyone has other books that might help me in this endeavor, feel free to let me know. Just pop me a message on twitter (yes, I finally caved and made a twitter account). You’ll find me at @scottishguard


   Been so long since I have blogged… actually feel guilty. Not that anyone is just Dying to read what my semi-nuts mind has to offer, but yeah… just a bit of guilt. Maybe because I like to procrastinate. I dunno.

   Oh, I have also finally acquired a TV worthy of the name. For years, 32″ was the biggest thing we had (and could afford). Well, we decided to (I know… I know… bad bad bad) bite the bullet and rent-to-own a 60″ LCD HD TV and buy a Blu Ray (another first) player, and set up a home theatre surround system. I also bought the Farscape series and have been watching the great galactic love affair of John Creighton and Aren Sun on this monster of a television. Wow. That’s all I got. Just… Wow. Also been watching Star Wars (all of them) and Lord of the Rings. Very much the movie theatre experience (minus getting tea bagged on over-priced candy and popcorn). Next move will be to start the Buffy series on it.

   That’s right. I said Buffy.   😛


   Anywho… time for work. More soon.