Storypost | 2017.08.20

Battleborn screenshot intro cinema ship

Disassembling a pool pump, Battleborn, and a couple of short trips.
Travel

Airplane window flyover state engine Detroit airport tram layover

Of course more east coast trips. I can't be mad, I brought some Pot Belly peppers back this past time. And the one before that I got to ride the sweet Detroit airport tram that is overhead in the terminal.
Prop shafts

Hayward RS750CA pool pump motor

I noticed the pool was losing water pretty quickly. At first I suspected the pvc connections, but quickly found that the pump was leaking out of the housing where the basket connects to the motor. After ten years of use I figured it was reasonable to replace, but when I saw that model had doubled in price I decided to pull it apart. Six bolts later it was pretty obvious a seal was worn out. I ordered the replacement kit that included a few more seals that just required pulling one more panel.

Hayward pool pump seal replacement

At the same time, the garbage disposal decided to stop working. Electrical hum, no grinding. Couldn't turn it by hand (reaching down into it). Breaker didn't change anything (as you would imagine). The electrical hum with no motion made me assume a mechanical failure. In going to HD to get a replacement, I noticed they sold allen wrenches for cranking out blockages (using an exposed nut on the bottom). This is probably common knowledge but I've never run into it.
Battleborn

Battleborn screenshot bow Geoff

J and I started Battleborn, the fps team brawler from Gearbox. The critically-panned team brawler from Gearbox, I guess.


At first glance it looks and feels like Borderlands - no doubt there was plenty of code share. So in that respect it's a strong fps.

Battleborn screenshot ISIC

There was more PvE than I expected. We've only played a little bit - so I don't know the full scope - but it's at least on the level of $20 steam game content. It's a great way to try out characters and get inventory as you go.

On the subject of bosses and inventory gathering in a brawler, it would be kind of cool to have a survival mode that would grant inventory and other rewards. Often this game mode is just endgame high score challenges, but if it was a legitimate way to get stuff for other game modes, well that's just synergy right there. (Disclaimer: if it exists, I'm new to the genre outside of HotS).

Battleborn screenshot character select Thorn

Of course the main game mode is fps brawler. It has all the elements of HotS and the like - heroes, squishies, fortifications, mercs, etc. It's a well-proven model with solid shooter mechanics, so I'm not quite sure why this game isn't loved. Of course, J and I are in the pre-mmr pool which is pretty empty; like I-sat-for-20-minutes-and-didn't-get-a-PvP-match empty.

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Battleborn screenshot intro cinema

One of the coolest surprises was the anime element with intro track by Deltron.

Etc.

Wedding panorama

Shane got himself married (table 17!) and all the stuff that goes with it.


It was a pretty epic event: lawn games, signature cocktails, tray passed deliciousness, cigar bar...

Party boat Big Bear Lake Cabin Bear Mountain

X Wing miniatures Heros of the Eturi Cluster TIE Bomber Interceptor

We've been doing some more office x-wing. I have my own on the way.



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