Well, back at it

The Big News
The big news of the last week is that I was not selected for the position of Director of Communications and Marketing at work. I was one of four finalists to interview; I had the coveted fourth-to-interview position among the finalists; and I spent my interview day on Feb. 29 thinking I rocked it. I had one of those days where I just felt like everything was clicking. I closed the day with an open-forum presentation to a group of a little over 30 people from around campus — most of them people I knew and had worked with — and I performed about as well as I could have hoped there. But, for whatever reason, I wasn’t selected. I can’t go back to my interview in my head and find anything that I wish I could’ve done differently. So I move on knowing I did the best I could do, and see what happens next with the office’s new director.

What I’m Watching
I made a point to watch the season finale of The Walking Dead last night, rather than waiting a few days for a decent time to catch it off the DVR like I typically have to do. The group’s escape from the zombie herd that descended on Herschel’s farm was about as good an action sequence as the show has had so far, and the fact that it took up nearly the entire first half of the episode was pretty spectacular. Then, the episode ended with what could be a character shift for Rick, who isn’t dealing well with Shane’s death, and not one, but two really interesting cliffhangers that are going to make the wait for Season Three to begin this fall very difficult to bear. It’s to the point that I think I want to just break down and start getting the comics.

Over the weekend, I watched Battle Beyond the Stars on Netflix. I remember my parents taking us to the theaters to see this when I was a kid; eight years old or so maybe. I hadn’t seen it in forever – 20 years or so, at least, and probably closer to 25. Even considering its age it isn’t very good; but it’s pure low-budget Roger Corman craziness. I had completely forgotten that the dude who played Johnboy Walton was this movie’s Luke Skywalker; the cast is actually packed full of recognizable actors. Robert Vaughn; George Peppard; John Saxon; lots of familiar faces. I enjoyed the opportunity to watch it again, but now that it’s done I don’t need to repeat the experience for another few decades.

And as a factor of my steadily-advancing age, I’m quite curious to know what movies my kids are watching now will eventually become their Battle Beyond the Stars, a terrible movie they have fond memories of because they watched it with their dad.

What I’m Playing
I spent some time over the weekend dinking around a bit with Boxer, a really cool DOS emulator that runs like a charm on OS X. I’ve been playing Origin’s classic industrial shooter Crusader: No Remorse for the last couple of days. This is one of those times where my pack-rat nature, and lack of desire to dump the old DOS games I bought for my 486 in the mid-1990s, has come in very handy. Crusader was a spectacular game in its day, and despite a rather challenging control scheme it holds up amazingly well nearly two decades later. I’m having a blast playing it. This is the kind of game that would absolutely sing on a modern console in the hands of the right development team.

I’ve also installed the game’s direct sequel, Crusader: No Regret and will play through that once I beat No Remorse (which I am almost positive I did not accomplish back when the game originally came out. I was never a game finisher – I started them, played the hell out of them for awhile, then moved on to whatever was next whether I finished it or not — usually not). I also have installed each of the first six games in Origin’s seminal Ultima series, but they’re not playable; the emulator isn’t allowing me to save characters to the virtual hard disk, so I’ll have to mess around and see if I can resolve that. I also cannot play System Shock, which is one of my favorite games of all time, as my MacBook Pro cannot read the CD. I’ll have to find another computer that will read it and create a disk image, and then install the game from the image. I should also try to install the Wing Commander games, and it would be a blast to try and play X-Wing or TIE Fighter or Dark Forces again as well.

What I’m Listening To
Nothing at the moment, but my entire day at work was spent with In Flames’ “Sound of a Playground Fading.” It was a Scandanavian death metal type of Monday, and In Flames always helps. Such a good album…

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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  1. Bria Grossnickle says:

    I’ve actaully got X Wing running again. I’ll have to look for the website that gave me directions how to do it.

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