The Polar Bear is a Sorcerer

New Jersey.  After a four month traveling hiatus, I find myself soon bound for the Garden State.  More appropriately, the Secret Garden State, because if there’s thriving greenery in New Jersey, it’s well hidden.  The trip doesn’t promise any particular irregularities unless the weather acts up and I happen to become stranded there.  The site of the installation is a fair distance from the airport of arrival.  After considering all of the options, it turns out that the cheapest travel option in this case is a car service.  That means, for the first time in my life, I’m going to go to the baggage claim and there will be a well-dressed chap with my name on a sign.  This is the only time I will have something in common with big shot business types.  What up.

My only real regret in taking the trip out east is that I will be missing precious days with the yet-to-be-released Final Fantasy XIII.  I’ll probably get my pound of flesh in the form of taking that Friday off.

I didn’t provide much in the way of context, but I’ve obviously procured a copy of the Penny ArcadeBiography“.  The boys over at PA are fantastic peoples and “The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade” is as good of a look into the mouth of madness as you’re ever going to get.  Their thrice-weekly webcomic has been a staple of my internet experience for the better part of a decade.  It should be in yours, too.  That is, of course, unless you think that “NES” stands for the Canadian National Employment Service.  Then this probably isn’t for you.  I slept a little too long on PAX East, which is disappointing.  If you had the presence of mind to get on board that train, I suggest you ride it and ride it hard.

At this moment, I am watching tonight’s episode of Lost (post-title reference here).  If you’ve the misfortune of getting sucked into that trap too, I need you to explain something to me: why do we do this to ourselves?  It seems they can do anything on this show and I’ll just gobble it up like mystery dick in an Olive Garden men’s room.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m in on this until the bitter end, but they better make it worth my while at the conclusion.  Series Finale: Kate gets into a naked pillow fight with the female cast of Cougar Town.  End scene.

Go see Shutter Island.  Don’t let anyone (myself included) talk to you about it first.  Opinions of any sort can only spoil that sweet, cinematic fruit.

OK!  That’s about it until next time.  The Kobers keep a pretty open calendar, let me know if you want to put some billiards and beers on the books.

Dk out.