It's the summer. WHOOO. It's coding season at work and it is busy. While that eats up a lot of my time, Erica and I make sure to spend time with non work pursuits. For example, we recently purchased a grill (we had one as a gift from my dad previously, but it was very small and low to the ground and somewhat difficult to use). Today I made some delicious burgers (Erica can confirm). Also, up until a couple of days ago, some of my family (parents and two brothers) were out here visiting, and I had a chance to grill for them too. I'M LIKE A GRILLING PRO NOW.
Also yikes in the long time since the last update a number of games have been played on our PCs and consoles...Portal 2, Red Dead Redemption, Alice: Madness Returns... all of which Erica has been blogging and youtubing about (and has been doing a fine job of it :P) Of course TF2 is still in the rotation...and the server(s!) have exploded in use after years of...not exploding in use. We now have 4 TF2 servers in the US, one of which is in the top 50 on game tracker (actually that's the one on the right side of the page). Then we've also got a UK TF2 server now as well... and to top it off, my TF2 site Will It Craft? got mentioned on the official blog! That was pretty sweet. Made for some fun stats graphs (~1000% traffic increase).
Meanwhile, Erica built a new machine with a kickass core i7 processor just last week, and it's running at a cool 4.3 Ghz. I'm jealous :( Her machine dominates mine. In every way possible. Benchmarks, windows experience index scores, arm wrestling matches, you name it. Her RAM is still in the "WHAT IS GOING ON, NEWEGG" stage though. There was a sweet sale and I offered to get her some new RAM (since she needed DDR3), and the pack was a 2x4GB set. So, being a sneaky ninja, I ordered two to get her 16GB (ridiculous but hey I'm supportive of her machine being ridiculously badass). Except only one set showed up. Instead of two packages of ram, we got one, plus a usb cardbus adapater thingamawhatsit. Sadface. Already sorted it out with Newegg (you still rock Newegg, even despite this screw up....though you get a fist-shaking for it).