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Some life goals - some missing!

Learn Arabic
Learn Russian
Write a book
Appear in a film
Appear on TV
Have more than one child
Visit almost every country in the world
Visit every continent
See the largest mountains
Visit the Seven Wonders and more
See Fleetwood Mac in concert again with Christine McVie in it!
Acquire a Political Science MA and/or a Political Science/History PhD
Re-learn French
Work abroad for a year
Acquire a stable career, maybe in the civil service or academia
Live to 100
Walk someone (a daughter most likely) down the aisle
Perform a wedding
Be a best man
Complete my national currency collection
Collect glass
Buy all the games I've ever played and some more

Possible Nanowrimo/first novel settings

I hope to try my hand at NaNoWriMo next month. I heard about it in 2009 and only now feel like I have the time for it. Who knows, it might lead to bigger and better things. I will try and set it somewhere in my custom world - I have three regions that allow for diversity and familiarity.

The blue is a meant to be a heavily balkanised region full of conflict and ethnic tensions. As time goes on, three great empires emerge which fight a number of proxy wars. Eastern Europe, Africa and the Asiatic Steppes roughly compare with this area.

Red is one of my favourite areas, being dominated by two religions which overlap heavily. It is very dry along the peripheries and is similar to the Middle East if it were a little less desert.

Purple is the strongest de facto candidate. It is the only region which resembles Europe, Russia and certain parts of the Far East like Japan and Korea.

10 games that influenced your life may-may trend

While it has probably done the rounds before and will do again there was a recent Facebook trend I took part in, what 10 games are your favourite/influenced you/hate the least. I had to create a Word document as usual with these things and figure out what 10 games influenced me at some point and am still playing now. I decided that the games I played between 1997 and 2004 were probably the most influential and informed my gaming habits since, with a few notable games left out:

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)Pokemon Red (GB)Super Mario All Stars (SNES)Civilization 2 (PC)Age of Wonders (PC)AoE 2 (PC)Star Ocean 2: The Second Story (PS)Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role (PS)Eternal Darkness (GC)Halo 2 (Xbox)

I chose Ocarina of Time because it felt like the full game and was the first one I played. It got me to appreciate sword, sorcery and adventure. Pokemon Red is there because it got me into handhelds as well as teaching me about the power of friendship and an addiction t…

Grad Fair

I went to the NUI Galway Graduate Fair. It wasn't terrible, it wasn't completely dominated by legal and IT stuff. The most viable short term path may be to do the JET program or TEFL for a year or so then get Theo into school here for at least primary school. Perhaps the country will have recovered sufficiently to allow me to get some casual work or maybe even something relevant to my degree for five or six years. I may even go for the research PhD in Political Science as I originally dreamed about long ago in 2011.

It was great to see some old friends around campus, it was very encouraging to talk to them again and perhaps I may come in more often while I am doing the TEFL over the winter.

Missed September: October WWE Roster

The Blacksmith - the 3rd wrestler ever made in 2002 in Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role on the PSX. Jean 'The Blacksmith' Goldsmith suffers from Benjamin Button Disease, being 43 in 2002 and under 40 in Day of Reckoning on the GameCube in the mid-2000's. Blacksmith defended the WWF Championship over 40 times until Chris Jericho stole it off him. He has held the Tag Team Championships a number of times with his brother the Goldsmith. His favourite title was the Hardcore Championship and it was how he made his debut, often wielding a hammer in his matches. Various finishers have been used in the past by him, most notably the Iron Claw/Mandible Claw in his debut and later the Jackhammer. He recently went through developmental training, Superstars and Raw to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

The Goldsmith - Sean 'The Goldsmith' Goldsmith is one of the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time. His feuds with Eddie Guerrero, Edge and the Undertaker are legendary.…