Thursday, November 26, 2009

GameLog 122

Football Manager 2010 (30h) - T.Bowes - FM 2010 AAR is going along pretty well. Floundering a bit in the league, but getting deep into FA cup territory. Team on paper should be doing a bit better than what it has. The game seems more difficult than previous years.

Dragon Age: Origins (5h) - Alim, 8 Elven Mage - Playing second fiddle to FM2010 mainly because I need to play this after the little ones are in bed. Just as easy to keep FM going. I know though that I'll be playing FM for a long time (hundreds of hours) so this one is just the variant to keep in touch with the rest of the gamers.

Torchlight (2h) - Scott picked this one up while he was here, so I managed to play a few characters through it. Very much like Fate, but more polished. Wonder if the same enchantment exploit is still in there?

Bejewelled Blitz (2h) - Another big score at 322K to see of the rivals.

Monday, November 16, 2009

GameLog 119 - 121

Finally finished up my teaching prac. Somedays there was virtually nothing to do while other days had marking and lesson preparation eating away at my game time. A 3 week summary this time. I guess I'm going to miss some of the odd little games, but luckily FM2010 kept most of my time contained in one game...

Football Manager 2010 (40h) - It always seems a shock when the game reports more than a day of play time, but in terms of hours it seems alright when it ticks over to 40 in a week (my goal). Started unemployed and landed a job at Bath 1/2 way through the season. A crash 10 hours in lost the lot, but luckily the restart had me starting at Bath again, just a little later. Lucky because I had already written up about 4 posts on my new AAR about the move to Bath: T.Bowes - FM 2010

Dragon Age: Origins (10h) - Alim, 7 Elven Mage - Newest purchase. Great to see it at $50 on Steam, but a 15Gb download ??!? Fairly impressed at the story building, but the overall moving about the world and interaction with items seems a bit behind the times. It's still better than Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights, but it seems to be the part of the game that hasn't advanced over the past 10 years. Combat seems fairly touch and go, which is nice. The party system seems to also raise some interesting choices. Looks like there's a looong way to go in the game too.

Dominions 3 (5h) - Kept interest until FM 2010 came out.

Bejewelled Blitz (3h) - Most weeks I can get over the 250K limit to grab the maximum stars, but the personal leaderboard is a fantastic motivator. Actually I'd like to see 2 more leaderboards: People in your region (coax people into sharing their location) Overall leaderboard for the week. I'd still keep the personal leaderboard as the default, but it'd be nice to have other challenges to feed that 'one more go' mentality.

Trackmania Nations (3h) - Spent some time racing through the single player tracks. Got almost all green medals now.

Wii Fit (1h) - Probably should be spending more on this, but at least Sandy is sticking at it.

Geodefense Swarm (1h) - 5 minute breaks at work when there's too many things on the go to start another one.

No Regrets

With a little bit of short notice I managed to put together my "No regrets" Sermon about my life journey from a while back. Fit very neatly into the readings for the day. Very, very neatly...

No Regrets.mp3

Notes for the sermon:

Hebrews 10:22
" let us draw nar to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience"

" Lord, let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight oh Lord our Strength and Redeemer, Amen."

Personal Testimony.

- What did you want to be when you were young?
5 or 7
- Baker: pound the dough.
Fireman, Policeman

Growing up on the farm Gaeta, and going to Gin Gin high school
Grade 8:
- Architect: drawing house plans. Designing space.
Grade 9:
- Didn't want to be a farmer.
- used to the work and the lifestyle, but there seemed to be much more interesting things to do.
- Slept in & missed the bus.
- Dad seemed a little annoyed, but not as annoyed as I thought
- worked all day
- never missed school bus again.

Grade 10. Guidance officer
- Become an Architect?
- taken graphics & liked it.

- Discussing at home
- Words that would change my life
"Don't regret the choices you make in your life"
- warning against wasting opportunity
- you don't know what doors you will shut. Keep your options open.
- my understanding:
accept that the choices you made were the best at the time.

- So, the choice of a career?
- Through year 11
- more discussion with Dad
"What about something in computers?"
"Yeah, but that's just a hobby. It's too much fun to be real work"
"not everyone thinks they are easy"
- confirmed with Guidance officer
- less entry requirements
- more job prospects
- win win!

- No regrets
- happy with choices I made were the best at the time. Looking back at my high school years wih no regrets.
- Through University
- Don't look back on a decision and think you should have done something differently, make the effort up front to get the decision right in the first place!
- STudied a bit, played a lot more
- failed a couple of subjects, still happy with my decisions.
- Time is precious. Each decision you make of how you spend your time is important.

- No Regrets.
- Focusing more and more on getting the right decision.
- Meticulous in getting all the facts right before making a decision.
- Paralysed by fear of making the wrong decision
- No decision is a decision in itself
- Limited time to act: Kid about to be hit by a car
- Decisions made for you.
" Failure to act is just as bad as an inappropriate action"
- Realisation that all choices are with imperfect knowledge.
- We can still accept that we made the best choice with the information that was available, but it still may be the wrong choice.

- Dawned on me
- God knows everything. Trust God
- Been a christian all my life, but never really let god in on my decisions.
- Computer Games: Football Manager
- Star coach setting out instructions but aren't being listened to.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

- God has this perfect plan for my day. All I have to do is open up and trust!

- No regrets
- Story ends there? Trust god? The perfect solution?
- I know it, but I still don't do it
- My own arrogance and pride.
- Keep thinking that I know better.
- Off I go again booting the ball into my own goal when Jesus is sitting on the sidelines with his head in his hands.

- No Regrets
- Looking back
- I can still look at all my failings and accept the decisions I make, even if they are wrong. I can live with that.
- God can't
- Clearly states that his world, his being, cannot abide mistakes.
- There is no place with God once you have sinned.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, .... but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

- it's not us that gets the sack from the team, Jesus, our coach, our perfect coach, takes the blame.
- Jesus accepts the conseques of our actions, Jesus takes the wrap for our poor decisions, our imperfect lives.

- Why? So that we might continue to play.
- Hopefully in the way he wanted us to play.
- He sees our potential.
- He sees what we CAN be.

- The slate is clean.

Hebrews 10:19-22
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, (22) let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience.

True cleansing. No Regrets. Our mistakes wiped clean. Amen

"Lord, you offer us liberation from our guilt through the sacrifice of your Son. Instill in us the ability to seek your word and trust your guidance, so that we might live our lives in a manner pleasing to you."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

QCT professional Standards

Updated my ePortfolio to cover the 10 professional standards of the Queensland College of Teachers.

Final week of prac and then I'm a teacher!

.. although it's only a provisional license, and I'll probably lose it because I doubt I'll get 200 days teaching done.