Congrats, Quickblade! If you do become a villain, can I be your trusted Lieutenant or at least a high-level minion? :p
Minifig Charmed: While I was initially skeptical about Minecraft (as I always am about anything that's insanely popular at the moment), once I played it, I realized that the hype didn't nearly do it justice: It basically combines the core aspects of my three favorite game genres (First-person shooter, RPG and Real Time/Turn-based strategy) into one compact package of awesomeness. I don't know how you approach the game, but I generally play it as if it were a first-person version of Age of Empires or Civilization, I.e. I try to build a network of elaborate bases/towns across the land (and in the vanilla game, populate them with Testificate villagers), with a rail/highway network connecting them all.
I have even had some success with establishing a permanent self-sufficient stronghold in the Nether:NetherCastle
by Hikaro Takayama
, on Flickr
It even has an underground cow/chicken farm for food and is 100% ghast proof.
Unfortunately as I said before it will be a while before I can get back to Minecrafting, since the motherboard on my gaming PC died, and my other PC is a bit too slow to run the game at an acceptable rate, even with all the lowest graphics settings....
Fortunately, it looks like I'll be able to replace my Intel Pentium D 2.6 Ghz dual-core motherboard with 2 GB DDR-2 ram and Ge-Force 7800 on-board graphics with an AMD Motherboard with 4 GB DDR-3, Trinity 3.4 Ghz dual-core APU with built-in Radeon HD graphics adapter for a mere $185... Just gotta wait until I get paid tomorrow to put my order through to NewEgg....
Also, this day has been both good and bad: I got home today and opened the electric bill and saw "$0.00" in the balance due section, so when I called the power company, it turned out that they overcharged us so much last month that the over payment was $0.82 more than what I owed this month, so YAY!
The bad part happened about half an hour ago: I was washing the dishes and accidently stabbed my left middle finger on one of the blades of our food processor when I was reached in, and was bleeding like a stuck pig for a while. The finger is still bleeding (although not so much since I made my own pressure bandage out of a band aid and some electrical tape) and hurts like the blue blazes.