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Ben Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

And the Christmas season is upon us

I'm going to skip my usual rant about the Christmas season and go straight to the part where I talk about all the fun material goods I acquired.

Oodles and oodles of chocolate and candy, firstly, which is never a bad thing. Plus some movies, season 2.0 of Battlestar Galactica, some nail clippers, some desk calendars, and some games for Xbox 360.

What was that? Xbox 360--surely Ben doesn't have an Xbox 360!

I bought one today. (For those of who aren't commonwealth, today is Boxing Day, and is usually the beginning of a week of mad discounts, similar to the American Black Friday.) I got Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Assassin's Creed for Christmas, and then the console came with Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Forza Motorsport (which doesn't really interest me), Halo 3, and Two Worlds. Then I bought Viva Pinata for some light-hearted multiplayer fun. So I am decked out for games now.

The Xbox 360 is actually part of my evil plot to do more things with Real Life people™. There's not a lot to do when I have people over--watch a movie, some tea, look up funny clips on the Internet. Hopefully having a gaming console will provide another alternative. I'm not much of a gamer, so we'll see how Xbox Live treats me. My gamertag is (predictably) tachyondecay, if you know me and also have an Xbox--although please tell me who you are, either via the friend request or IM, otherwise I won't add you.

I don't return to school until January 7. So the next week will be spent trying to do things with friends before the break is over, playing with my Xbox, working, and yes . . . trying to bludgeon myself into working on the various projects I have going. Lately I've just been having trouble staying focused. I want it done, but I don't want to do it. :D

Merry Christmas (not "Happy Holidays")!