Testing the iPhone app.
Undead Nightmare October 27, 2010
The new Undead Nightmare DLC was released yesterday. I downloaded it last night. It was nearly 2GB of data, so it took awhile. Since it was late, like 11pm, I debated whether or not it would be too scary for me to play it. I don’t like scary games, movies or anything else that has to do with zombies, ghosts, monsters, etc. I got the DLC because I love RDR and if the DLC is too scary for me, I won’t play it and it will be $10 down the drain.
I looked at my friends list on the PS3 and saw that T was playing, so I messaged him and asked if the game is scary. He messaged back and said there are a lot of zombies, so I may want to wait until daylight to play it. Great. So here I have a new DLC and have to wait until tomorrow to play. After a few minutes of debate, I decided to woman up and play the darn thing.
I inserted the RDR disc in the PS3 and selected Undead Nightmare.
The game loaded, the music started, then the Vincent Price like voice started talking. Uh oh. Should I have waited? Naw. I watched the entire intro. While John was driving the wagon to his ranch, a zombie cougar was shown running behind the wagon. Okay, so that didn’t look too scary.
The next zombie scene came while John, Abigail and Jack was in the living room. Thunder, lightning and then a nasty looking hand goes up to the window. Still not too scary.
I continued playing for awhile. The first up close and personal zombie that shows up is Uncle. He comes busting through John & Abigail’s bedroom door looking very bad and making weird noises. John hits him over the head with a lamp and down goes Uncle. Really? That seemed awfully easy to defeat a zombie.
John runs out to the barn to get his rifle. Why is he keeping his weapon in the barn? A lot of good that does when an intruder is in your house. Next scene shows Abigail running out of the house with Uncle right on her heels. She falls down outside and Uncle bites her. Uh oh. John yells at him and then I finally was able to take control of John. A pop up intructs you to kill Uncle. So one shot with the rifle and Uncle’s head is blown clean off his body. What?! Uncle is still alive near the end of the main story. How could he die now? Undead Nightmare takes place a few months after John and his family are reunited and before he fights the Army with Uncle, right?
Anyway, Jack comes running out of the house to a scene he can’t believe he’s seeing. He runs over to his mother and what does she do? She bites him! John runs to the barn again and gets a lasso. You get control of John again and a pop up instructs you to lasso and hogtie Abigail and Jack. A cut scene shows him putting them in the bedroom and bringing them food. Abigail gets a nice big juicy T-bone steak while it looks like Jacks gets grilled cheese sandwiches. I don’t know what’s on the plate, but that’s what it looks like to me.
Once that is done, John rides off to Blackwater to find a doctor. He find Professor MacDougal instead. Things don’t end well for him, poor guy. After that you are instructed to find survivors. You do find a few and then you have to save the town by helping the survivors kill all the undead. Ammo is a hot commodity and hard to come by. Searching the corpses of the undead and opening the chests provides you with ammo. Doing deeds for people gets you ammo too.
I found even with all the zombies on the screen, it didn’t scare me at all. I can play this game without having nightmares. Woo Hoo!
Live RDR Scenes October 25, 2010
Last month I took a trip to Alaska. Yeah, I know I haven’t posted any pics yet. I am very far behind on posting. Summer is just really busy and then at night I don’t feel like typing.
Anyway, while viewing the pictures I took, some of them reminded me of scenes in RDR. What do you think?
The picture of the outhouse was taken at one of my friends house. She lives in a valley surrounded by mountains on 350 acres of land. The original house was torn down and a new one built, but the outhouse stayed. The hole is filled in so it’s just the structure of the outhouse. It’s a 2 seater.
Turn on the Heat September 27, 2010
It’s only September 27 and I turned on my furnace this morning. It’s cold! As I’m writing this it is 55 degrees outside and of course it was colder this morning. Are we going to have another year where summer ends, Fall lasts one week and then we go right into winter? I hope not. Unfortunately, the leaves are so dry from lack of rain, they’re mostly brown and already falling from the trees. I doubt we have a colorful Fall in this area.
Bunnies and other Creatures September 8, 2010
This summer we saw quite a bit of wildlife around the house. It started with this bunny that I would guess is in it’s equivalent of teen years. It lives underneath our neighbors porch. I saw it everyday for a couple weeks, then never saw it again.
A few days later, I saw an adult rabbit sitting in the middle of the yard. To me, she looked like she was feeding. So after she disappeared from sight, I went outside and checked. Sure enough, there was a small hole in the ground, but I couldn’t see anything because the left a layer of her fur on top of the hole. I wasn’t going to disturb it.
Now while all this was going on, I noticed a nice sized hole leading under our porch. I kinda knew that mama bunny had been busy making this hole to move the babies into a larger space at some point. Sure enough, the next day after I took a picture of the peeking bunny, I saw them go underneath our porch. Not only do the bunnies live there, but a chipmunk does too. He came out one day, jumped up on the porch and started chirping at me. He’s been around for a few years and I’ve named him Chippy. Yeah, creative I know.
When I took the pictures of mama and babies together, I was surprised she didn’t move and they continued feeding. I took a lot of pictures, but I only have so much space on here to post them.
Three days after I took the above pictures, one of the bunnies was out on its own.
After enjoying watching the bunnies for a couple weeks, I never saw them again. I assume they all moved on to their own rabbit holes. I really missed them for a few days. But then one day, I saw this rabbit, which, to me, looked like one of the baby bunnies all grown up. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a racoon in the yard. It wasn’t very big and it was quite entertaining watching it trying to get into the bird feeder.
Legends and Killers Pack August 10, 2010
I downloaded the new Legends and Killers Pack DLC for Red Dead Redemption today from the Playstation Store. For $9.99 you get 9 new Gang Matches and Free For All locations, 8 characters from the game Red Dead Revolver, a new throwing weapon – the tomahawk, new single & multiplayer challenges and trophies.
I rarely play Gang and Free For All matches (PVP) unless the BPC is playing together. The characters from Red Dead Revolver, well, I didn’t like that game at all, so that was no big deal for me. The tomahawk is cool and I enjoy the new challenges and getting trophies. So why did I buy the DLC if it wasn’t all that interesting to me? Just because. And I was hoping that a few BPC’ers would get it too and we’d play more PVP matches. Hasn’t happened. But it is nice that I can play as Annie Stokes, a female character that dresses sensibly for being a gunslinger.
The DLC that I’m really looking forward to is the Liars and Cheats Pack, which will be available next month sometime. One of the additions will be the multiplayer version of Liars Dice and Poker, as well as horse racing against each other. I’m hoping some folks from the BPC get it so we can play against each other. I don’t know how to play poker, but in the single player version of Liars Dice, I’m pretty good.
Our Container Garden July 29, 2010
This year we decided to try out container gardening. We’ve grown tomatoes, basil, parsley and other herbs in the past, so adding a few things shouldn’t be a big deal. Our plan was to grow red & green bell peppers, cucumbers, radishes, green onions, basil, parsley and tomatoes.
We did something radical, we bought the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter to grow the tomatoes in. Why not, right? For the containers, we went to Home Depot. We were thinking we needed something fairly large to hold all the plants in. The only thing we were finding were the huge storage containers. We decided to ask one of the employees that works in the garden area of the store. The lady that helped us was a gardener herself, which helps a lot. We told her what we were planning. She showed us a flower box that was 26 inches long and 9 inches wide. What?! Did she not listen to how many plants we were going to plant? She said everything would fit into two boxes. She explained how to organize the plants and we would be fine. Okay then. She’s the expert, right? Turns out she knew exactly what she was talking about.
Later we went to our local nursery and bought all our plants.
- One Early Girl Tomato
- One Better Boy Tomato
- One Straight Eight Cucumber
- One sweet basil
- One parsley
- One green bell pepper
- One red bell pepper
- Two packets of bell radishes
Even though three basil seedlings had been given to us a few weeks earlier, we bought the one basil plant in case the seedlings didn’t survive.
We planted everything the way that the woman at Home Depot told us to. When it came to planting the radish seeds, we didn’t know how many seeds to put in the hole, so we put two in each. Later we found out that one would have been fine.
I didn’t get pictures of putting the tomato plants in the Topsy Turvy. But it wasn’t hard. Just had to be careful not to break the stem when inserting it into the bottom of the container.
We planted everything on May 15. On May 22, I saw the radishes peeking out of the soil.
These are pictures from June 8. This is the container on the left, with the cucumber, green bell pepper and radishes.
This is the container on the right with the red bell pepper, green onions, radishes and basil.
So you see the small cucumber above? Here it is 7 days later. I can’t believe how quickly they grow.
We’ve eaten some of our green onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. They were all so fresh and delicious.
Of course we’ve been using the basil and parsley a lot. We’ve made pesto with the basil and have added it to several dishes. I love caprese. The way I make it is slice some tomatoes, sprinkle a bit of salt on them, top with fresh mozzarella cheese, top that with fresh basil leaves and olive oil. I could eat it everyday. Delicious!