my adventures in wwii


Sheesh!  I’m all for killing nazis (I mean, who isn’t), but the graphic nature of Sniper Elite 3 just floors me!  I was sitting down stairs playing this game with my nephew on looking and I had to take out a guy from a pretty far distance.  I lined up my sights, took a deep breath, and then decided to relive this guy of the burden of living his life as a hate mongering demon.  As I watched the time slow down and the camera follow the bullet.  It slowly approached the skull of my target and entered it very slowly, then with x-ray vision I was able to watch as the bullet as it did all of the damage inside of his body.

The bullet went into his head, then out through is face.  I was lucky enough to watch as it destroyed all of his facial bones bones, explode his jaw and even destroy his eyes.  At first it was very disturbing, but oddly enough I suppose I became desensitized to it.  I guess I wrote it off because they’re nazis and if they had the chance, they would do the same.  War is hell and all that.

The game is very fun.. I will give it that.  It’s more strategy than the last one.  Killing has to be done in a particular order so that nazi #1 doesn’t see his friend’s head explode and alert everyone else.  I’m on a particularly stressful mission currently where I have to infiltrate a very large base with more nazis than I can shake a stick at.  I have to be super sneaky, but I’m also trying to take my time with this game. It’s like a delicious steak.. you just want to take your time and enjoy it…. even if I do decide to put BBQ sauce on the steak ;).


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my adventures in space


So after the Steam Summer sale, I walked away with four games.  They’re all indie games so it makes me feel better to support the smaller developers over the large ones.  I decided to buy Spacebase DF-9 since it looks like a neat little game where you run your own space station.  I got it for a cheap price so I don’t feel jipped at all, but I do have some serious questions about what the developers were thinking.

Firstly, holy crap.. where is the tutorial?!  I don’t usually play tutorials, but a couple of hints would have been nice.  My first couple of stations were a complete failure and everyone died due to starvation, asphyxiation, or explosive decompression.  All in all I wasn’t so surprised, since games like this are usually a learning experience.

My biggest complaint is the fact that it looks like I’m commander of some of the stupidest aliens in the entire galaxy.  I had a derelict ship enter my sector, so I sent some guards to check it out. Well as soon as they did, they decided to take brief naps afterwards.  It wasn’t so bad trying to get them to leave, but when the oxygen generators failed, they started running around like chickens with their heads cut off.  My genius repair technicians decided to head over there and fix the problem, but their first step was take off their life giving suits and join the orgy of morons by running around with them.  Why they didn’t just keep their suit on, fix the unit and then take off those stinky suits is beyond me.  My only option was to destroy the ship with all the morons on board.

All in all the game is addicting, even with all its flaws.. Here’s hoping they fix this craziness with some better AI or at least more logical ones.


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i’m babysitting mah kitteh…


As the heat wave hits us here in Virginia, I am grateful that I have a nice air conditioned apartment to hang out in.  My girlfriend is going out of town for the wedding of her sister, so I decided to offer my services as a cat sitter.  One of the benefits is that her place has a wonderful air conditioner, whereas my basement apartment does not.  Sure, the fans help keep me cool and I will also miss my motorcycle, but during a heat wave I think it’s best for my sanity that I keep cool!

My girlfriend will be gone for a week and I’ll miss her like crazy.. I am praying left and right that she returns safely to me.  I did recently purchase me a nice gaming laptop so at least I won’t be too bored.  She also lives in town so there’s a plethora of restaurants for me to choose from and a bit more to do than in the sticks.  I got to eat at Taco Bell tonight!!!  It’s the small things that keep me happy!

I’ll be going to a wedding for my friend this weekend so it looks like it’ll be a busy week for me.. Also the stuff with my business should wrap up soon I hope.  That means that hopefully I’ll be moving back into town as well and will be able to enjoy the same amenities as I’ll be enjoying this week.  Well now is the time for me to return to download some more games for this new toy.  Much props to Asus for making such a kick ass little laptop!


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d-day ceremony and memorial


On Friday I decided that I should finally get around to going to the D-Day Memorial.  I always told myself that when I visited the memorial, it should be when they have the anniversary and speakers to go along with it.  I arrived pretty early, parked at the designated areas and was bused to the event.  I will say that I don’t remember school buses having such little leg room!

When we pulled up to the event I saw many people in uniform; some were reenactors, some from current military, some police, and many others in military dress that had actually been in WWII.  If you know me at all, you will know that I have always had a soft spot for World War II and the history of the war.  I walked around the event for some time, visiting the various tents that were set up with military and historical artifacts from the war.

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The event had many speakers and while I wasn’t always able to hear them I did see thousands of people who came out to show respect and honor to the people who had survived and lost their lives in service of our country.  It was a very moving experience and while I toured the grounds I saw more veterans than I could count.

As the day went on I found myself looking for shade and found a small area away from the main event to sit at picnic tables and purchase water from the vending machines.  While sitting there a couple of gentlemen walked up and asked if they could sit at the table with me.  I encouraged them to join me without realizing that one of the older men was an actual veteran from WWII.  We talked for probably thirty or forty minutes about where he came from and his experience in the war.

He told me that he had joined up as infantry and while he didn’t storm the beaches, he was there shortly after the fighting had stopped.  He told me that he had never seen such a sight before.  Ships that were sitting straight in the air from where they had been destroyed, others that were literally being held together by chains, and German soldiers that had been taken captive.  He explained that while he was in the service, his commanding officer told him that they needed personnel to be medics.

“I’ve never worked as a medic or had the training” he told his CO.

“You can drive an ambulance, can’t you?” his commander responded.

So from then on out, he was working with a medical unit.  He told me that from watching nurses and doctors, he learned enough to even teach the arriving medical personal how to do their jobs.

As I sat there and listened to his stories, I couldn’t help but let my mind draw a picture of when this old man that sat in front of me was young and enlisted to serve is country and do it proudly.  We talked about how the army shaped his life and taught him lessons that he still used to this day.  He told me that you should be happy with what you do and when you’re happy with it, do the very best you can.  Simple words, but a great philosophy.

After our talk, he and his son decided to leave and visit the gift shop.  I told him that I appreciated his service and sacrifice; he thanked me for being there and listening to him.  I thought the rest of the day how maybe he doesn’t always have someone to listen to what he has to say and in our lives how we very rarely take the time to listen to the stories of the senior citizens in our lives.  I fear so much history is lost by merely reading about it in books and not listening to those people who actually lived those events.

I must say that the day was a nice change of pace and I thank the people who serve our country for standing up and defending what is right.

Here is my album of photos that I took while I was there


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‘allo lovelies.. May 29, 2014 at 05:17PM

Greetings strange earth beings.. I’ve decided to switch a few things up around here.  I guess the most obvious should be my change in domain names.  I decided that since I am getting older the old nickname I used to have really no longer applies.  So welcome to the mind of ben!  Guess I should start off by saying that I’m going to try to update this blog a little more frequently and provide little insights into the days of my life.  Maybe even throw a little techno-mumbo jumbo into the mix every now and then.  Followed by a bit of personal news that involves me in some way.  With that being said.. here’s a bit of goings on in my neck of the woods!

Firstly.. it’s spring (summer) around here and while I’ve been enjoying living under ground, it does tend to get a bit hot during the wacky days where the temp flies into the 90′s for no good reason.  Fortunately it still gets rather cold at night so I don’t have to sleep in a tub of ice!  Not having AC really makes the difference and I’m thankful for my visit’s to the girlfriend’s house where AC is just the flick of a switch away.

IMG_20140529_170443Nextly.. I have joined the ranks of the criminally insane by purchasing another motorcycle!  Fortunately I’ve grown too old to even think about getting a ‘crotch rocket’ and instead gotten me a lovely cruiser that used to belong to my dad.  Since his stroke, he felt uncomfortable with riding and so I have inherited his bike:

I’ve been trying to get back into the feeling of the air rushing over my body as I paranoia of other cars hitting me races through my brain.  I must say that the first time I hit the road it was a lovely mix of fear and adrenaline, just like the first time I road my other motorcycle.

I also have news about my business, but that’s on the hush hush right now until certain things are final.  Needless to say I might not be living with my sister for too much longer, but the time I’ve spent here has been pretty awesome.  I had forgotten how nice it is to have people around to talk to or fix dinner for.

Let’s see.. anything else really been happening…. Not really!  I have been able to spend much more time with my nephew since he visits every other weekend and it’s been nice to see how he’s turned out.  I’m really surprised since when he was a tiny thing, he was always so spoiled!  He’s turned out to be quite a fine young man and I think with his smarts and very polite attitude that he’ll go pretty far in this world.  I really am super proud of the man he’s becoming.

I think on that note, I’ll wrap things up.  Going to work on the site a bit, but I think this new direction will be quite beneficial to both my sanity and the few people who actually visit this part of the web.  Ta ta!



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