First, I have decided to make an attempt to collate all my various social networking & communications media links and such into one place, and that place is called Walrus for reasons that are probably not as obvious in your brain as mine.

Second. Last night I went to bed at 1am, intending to get a restful nights sleep and wake up bright and breezy and ready for the day. I woke up at 2am, bright and breezy and ready for a day that wouldn’t start for hours. I then, in quick sucession, played computer games for a while, broke the hard-drive on my main desktop (losing a large amount of data), snapped a shoe-lace while trying to put my boots on, and – having finally got hold of a screen protector for my new XDA – discovered that Touchscreen + Screen Protector == Don’tTouchScreen. Grah.

I have for the past week or so been playing a bit of Lord of the Rings Online. It is a game straight from the World of Warcraft school of MMOs, which isn’t something I can strictly blame them for. Chronologically, it’s set around the time the fellowship are setting off (for the time being) and the general gameplay is very much drawn from WoW, only better. For example, the missions have NPCs who will have to rest every now and again, whilst showing you with backstory. Missions have triggers, which means it isn’t always go to place_X and find/kill number_Y of item_Z, though that is a large part of it.

Also, it is very pretty.

I haven’t really been able to delve too deeply into it yet – early days, plus I don’t really know anyone on there – but it’s not giving me the vision of endless evenings grinding that WoW was giving me. We shall see how it progresses. I am, incidentally, Jaschir, a Loremaster on Evernight.