Whopping, Hearty Congratulations Are In Order

My best buddy Brad and his wife just gave birth to their first child, Kate Emerson, yesterday evening. Momma and baby are doing well by all accounts. I have no firsthand accounts of Brad’s behavior, but I’m willing to bet he’s tickled pink.
Drop by and leave him your compliments.

Bah, Says I

As Andy(I) helpfully pointed out, this past weekend was host to this year’s incarnation of the historical rivalry between Lehigh University and Lafayette College. Unfortunately, Lehigh snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yet again, making them losers in 3 out of the last 4 contests against the hated LepersLeopards. Coach Higgins, come back!
The weekend was enjoyable otherwise, as my wife, Will and I headed up to Lehigh for the tailgates and then made our way back to Little Doug’s house to catch the end of the game. We got to see friends that we hadn’t seen in quite a while and then spent the evening hanging out with Little Doug, Andy and his wife and Aron and Heather. Andy hooked us up with 32 pounds(!) of Ronzoni pasta, courtesy of his current employer, which means that we’ll be eating carbos till the cows come home. We hit Outback Steakhouse, which has always been and continues to be wildly overpriced, for dinner and then headed back to L.D.’s house for a bit, after which my family and I headed home. It was an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday, except of course for the humiliating defeat. I just know Brad is going to be insufferable, seeing as his teams won out the weekend. Ahh well.

Site Comings And Goings

Good news, everyone!
With the host switch complete, I decided that it might be a good time to start sharing the wealth, as it were. I went from a hard limit of 1GB of files and 70GB of transfer/month on The Host That Shall Not Be Named to 4.8GB of storage and 120GB of transfer/month with disk space increasing automatically by 40MB per week and transfer increasing by 1GB per week(!) with Dreamhost. Pretty sweet.
As such, I offered several friends the opportunity to start their own blogs here. I convinced Brad to move off of Blogspot (completion of that transaction pending) and have two Andy’s ready to go. Brad’s new blog (Agent Orange Relocated) is available at http://agentorange.zamoose.org and Andy H.’s blog (Muy Caliente!) is available at http://muy-caliente.zamoose.org. Andy W. hasn’t picked a name yet, but once he does, I’ll be setting him up.
All of their sites (as well as my own personal test blog) are running the latest nightlies from the WordPress 1.6 dev Subversion tree. 1.6 is shaping up to be pretty slick and I was amazed at how easy they’ve made importing your old posts from other blogging systems. The Blogger import, in particular, impressed me greatly. With little more than a username and password prompt and a couple of mouse clicks, I was able to suck down all of Brad’s Blogspot content, all in a matter of around 5 minutes. Very cool.
I’ll be adding things to the roots of both zamoose.org and literalbarrage.org soon, pending a content management system decision on my part. I’m leaning towards Joomla, although that might be a bit heavyweight for my purposes. In any event, watch this space for further updates in the days and weeks to come.
Oh, and still no baby.

First Quake 4 Reviews Hit The ‘Net

PC.IGN has posted their review of Quake 4, giving it an 8.2/10.0, which is actually a pretty decent score. It appears that, after the multiplayer-only diversion that was Quake 3, the team at Raven (id subcontracted Q4 out to them) focused almost solely on the singleplayer portion of the game, leaving the multiplayer portion behind. It ships with a paltry 9 MP maps, although I’m sure that once the SDK hits the streets, we’ll be seeing plenty of user-made maps.
The game looks incredible and goes beyond the cramped tunnels of Doom 3. That look also would appear to exact a price on one’s hardware – I’m sure that, were I to try to run it currently, it would physically rip my video card out and proceed to stomp it into itty bitty pieces. Once I get that particular shortcoming taken care of, though, Lawton and Brad better watch out, ’cause it’s Lehigh vs. Clemson all over again, baby!