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Another day, another Kestrel

So I went over to Aspen Medical's Urgent Care in Bloomingon last night after stopping at home to grab a couple of sandwiches, start a loaf of bread, and get in a little EVE. Doctor agreed that it was probably cellulitis and prescribed some Keflex, for which I and my HSA thank her; the Levaquin I've been taking was about $100 with the Definity discount and the Keflex is $5 and change. Both of these are WalMart prices, BTW. It's been suggested that I get myself a course of intravenous antibiotics to burn out all the hostile bacteria, and I'll talk to Dr. Swendroski about that on Monday when I go in for my annual physical.


GoonFleet has accepted my application for membership, but I'm going to hold off actually joining them in the war zone until I'm done running the mission I'm on and have finished training, because at this stage I'm more of a threat to my squaddies than I would be to the enemy. Christ, I can't even kill rats with consistent skill yet. I really need to work on this long-range missile sniping thing so that I can hang back and waste a dozen or so rats without getting my ship trashed and having to go back to Jita (2 jumps away) for a new one, to say nothing of all the time spent on installing missile launchers, shield extenders, etc. etc. which just gets tiresome. Also, I suspect the interface between my old serial touch pad and Cowzilla is causing me problems in the game, because every so often the cursor will just hang and I can't do anything for 10-15 seconds. This would get me and other people killed in a fleet action, so I guess I need to go find a cheap USB wheel mouse and just give up using the extended keyboard while playing EVE. Shouldn't be a big deal since I don't really need the keypad.

I also finished Charles Stross' The Jennifer Morgue last night. Boy, that's one hell of a book, and I have to say my appreciation for it was improved by the fact that I'd just finished reading Simon Winder's The Man Who Saved Britain not a week before, so all the Bond stuff was fresh in my mind. The plot is a most excellent blend of Fleming and Lovecraft, with Stross' own 21st Century twist on the Mythos arts. Pinky and the Brain are back in delightful supporting roles, and Bob Howard's girlfriend Mo plays a surprising but very satisfying part. Most excellent and highly recommended - did I mention that it also comes with a bonus short story that introduces Bob's new intern? Mwahaha.

This morning has been very slow at work, which is just as well because the Keflex makes me very tired and logy. I am cultivating the skill of sitting here in a semi-conscious daze with my eyes open (level 1, 5h 35m, LOL)

Speaking of things British, Liz needs to tell her son his head is leaking again. Best comment, imao: "Any man who is stupid enough to divorce Diana so he can marry his horse should keep his opinions to himself." Hear, hear!

UPDATE: James Joyner makes an astute observation concerning those traditional English Foods that the Prince thinks are better for you than a Big Mac & fries. (Don Surber)

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jamestrainor
Feb. 28th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
If you stay in Empire, you will probably get blown up a lot by the people who have us wardecced at the moment. I advise joining a squad (I'm in Epsilon and I think it's best, but the others are ok too), and seeing what they can do for newbies. Also, ask any questions you may have in GFHelp.
wombat_socho
Feb. 28th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
I don't plan on staying in Caldari space forever, probably not even for the full fortnight of the trial period. I just want to get more comfortable with ship handling and combat, because I really don't think I'm good enough to hold up my end in fleet ops yet. Maybe I wouldn't get blown up so much if I were flying a Caracal, but I can't do that yet...and you were right about the Merlin, BTW. Railguns not so good yet.
jamestrainor
Feb. 28th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
o.x All the stuff in the setup I gave you can be trained for pretty quick.

Also, the best way to learn is by doing :)
jamestrainor
Feb. 28th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'll also comment furthermore that I did pretty much the same thing you're doing now when I was a newbie, and when I finally bit the bullet and moved out to 0.0, it worked much better :)
wombat_socho
Mar. 1st, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Are you serious? Easier???? Man, everything I've read on the wiki so far convinces me that in order to get anything accomplished out there I'm either going to need a lot of friends, a lot of cash, or a lot of luck - preferably all three. Granted, with RedSwarm I'd have two of the three covered, but...
wombat_socho
Mar. 1st, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Well, yeah. I am getting better at this, but it does take time and practice.
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