8:09 pm, Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

I downloaded Team Fortress 2 as soon as Valve made it available through Steam last night. 1,379 MB @ 179 KB/s still takes a long frickin’ time — didn’t actually get to play it until today. But it’s awesome. I love the character models. The maps are awfully complex, but at least you can still find things quick because the signage is so well placed. It was weird to play through the new 2fort map… dredged up a lot of half-forgotten memories of playing the same level in the Quake 1 mod almost ten years ago. A couple screenshots from my inaugural run:

TF2 Hydro screenshot    TF2 Sniper screenshot

Also been playing Geometry Wars (via Steam) a bit. Current high score: 109,275.

Here’s a neat Flash game I learned about on MeFi: Launchball. It’s sort of a very simplified, very granular version of Armadillo Run that focuses more on machines and non-kinetic energy. I beat all the regular levels but haven’t tried any of the extras yet. (A lot of MeFites are saying that the Pinball Wizard extra level is impossible to beat. Fortunately you don’t have to do those ones in sequence.)

Launchball reminds me a bit of Manifold. (I thought I’d mentioned it here before, but Google says I haven’t. Of course, those “site:upsidaisium.com” searches aren’t always that accurate. Dunno why.) Anyway, it’s a cool little game where you shoot gravity-altering balls at things. Fun and easy. Doesn’t have enough levels though.

Have you seen the Echochrome trailer? That’s some really mind-bending stuff.

Made Mexican lasagna for dinner last night. We’re still eating the leftovers. I got the recipe from my mom who, I think, got it from my aunt Faye. I baked a two and half pound pot roast, shredded it, and simmered it in enchilada sauce and mild red taco sauce for an hour till it had soaked up all the liquid. Then I made up a lot of cornbread batter and spread half of it on the bottom of a 9×13″ baking pan. After that, layered on some grated Colby-Jack, the spicy shredded beef, 4 oz. of havarti cubes, more Colby-Jack, and another layer of cornbread batter. I wish I’d remembered to include a can of creamed corn like my mom did — it could’ve used the extra moisture and sweetness. Still, mine came out okay. The top cornbread layer is a little dry so it helps to put some butter on it before eating.

Cornbread/Mexican Lasagna

It’s hard to get a good picture of this stuff. Real cornbread is usually too crumbly to make for a nice presentation.

Started reading The Dark Side of the Sun (1976). So far I’m not impressed. It’s too space opera-y and not really humorous. Makes me glad Pratchett moved on to fantasy.

New Top Chef (reunion), South Park, and Sarah Silverman Program episodes tonight. Woo.

Worked out 10/9.

5 Responses to “#912”

  1. Krunk:

    The Echochrome trailer reminded me of Half-Life 2 – Portal. Check out the trailer.

  2. Chuk:

    That food sounds awesome. How did you shred the beef?

    I made cornmeal muffins all the time but I made cornbread for the first time on the weekend, turned out good.

  3. hjo3:

    Re: Krunk: I read about this on MetaFilter a few months ago, but I didn’t know it’d look so… cool. Argh, why didn’t I buy the Orange Box?

    Re: Chuk: Thanks! I started out using the two-forks method, but it didn’t work well. So I just sliced the whole thing into wafer-thin bits (on the bias) with a cheap, springy fillet knife. Then whenever I built up a pile of slices (like an inch tall) I’d cut them up in a diamond pattern and deposit the bits in a bowl. It wasn’t very efficient, but I enjoy cutting meat and I have a radio in the kitchen. :P

  4. amy:

    team fortress 2 ! haha, matt has been playing it for the last week almost, (the beta is practically identical to the actual release). It’s been fun to watch the Incredibles style characters run around shooting each other!

    I am so stealing that recipe i’ll tell you how it goes!

  5. hjo3:

    Cool! Do you play? Remember to add the creamed corn.