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For whatever reason, Blizzard decided to send me an invitation into the technical alpha of Heroes of the Storm. Now, I’m more than happy to play and test their game, but I really didn’t think I’d be the best person for the alpha. More »

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One of these days, I’m going to actually have time to sit for an extended period of time and play a story-driven video game. Until that day comes, though, I look forward to games like Hearthstone.

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So much was just revealed during the Blizzcon 2011 Opening Ceremonies. Here’s my list of favorites. More »

Two blizzards hit the east coast, days apart. I’ve only been into work once this week; it was closed on Monday from the weekend snow. On Tuesday, I went in, but they sent out an email saying they’re preemptively closing for Wednesday. And today, Thursday, they’re closed and assessing the aftermath.

Myself? Car shoveled anew, I’ll be trekking down to North Carolina in an hour or two to spend Valentine’s weekend with Linda. Hopefully the roads are in some state of sanity, but I doubt it. A co-worker told me that Maryland’s already over it’s snow-budget, which, according to this article, happened back before the New Year — explaining the terrible conditions the roads were in on Tuesday as I drove into work: three-lane highways were reduced to one, lanes would suddenly disappear, and random patches of uncleared snow would suddenly appear (How’s that for a run-on sentence?).

Speaking of snow, I’d just like to say that people who live in apartments ought to learn some manners. If someone spent a lot of time clearing off a spot for themselves, don’t just take it. That being said, since I’ll be gone, I’m sure someone will take my spot. I just hope it’s not whichever neighbor that’s been smoking in their apartment, wafting carcinogens to my own.

Ah, snow. So pretty to look at, yet so tiresome to move. I worked pretty hard clearing off that spot, too. Unlike some people, I clear my parking spot down to the blacktop, so that the snow doesn’t freeze into ice.

The roads were about as clear as I expected them to be. Drivable, but there was really only one lane clear at all times.

I think the worst part about my little excursion onto the wintry roads was that someone had taken my spot when I came back, so I had to clear myself a new one. C’est la vie, I suppose.

The vid above is of Ellie battling the winter elements just to go to the bathroom. According to my office mate, the winter storm that’s currently battering Maryland is called a Nor’easter. It’s basically when two air masses from Canada and Mexico converge and a storm results. Apparently these storms can just sit on the coast for a few days, but this one is only supposed to be here for the rest of today.

The funny part is that I’ve been getting emails from Roundtop telling me to go skiing because of all the snow. While it would be a lot of fun to do in all this light puffy snow, I don’t think I’m going to be leaving the apartment today.

Oh, and here’s a squirrel braving the snow for whatever reason.

This is the aftermath of the blizzard that rolled through the east coast this past weekend — there’s something calming about the sun’s pallid light, cast upon the thick layer of snow that seems to have frozen everything in its tracks.

It took Linda over 12 hours to get here on Friday. The journey is normally only 4.5 to 5 hours. The New York Times has an article about the storm, but their coverage on the D.C. beltway seems conservative. She described the situation of all the cars parked on the road, some cars tried to pass on the shoulder, but got stuck, blocking the path for the snow plows. After some time parked on the interstate, she managed to make a u-turn, escaping the interstate-now-parking lot. I’m just glad she made it here safely.

Earlier that afternoon I went to the Verizon store to get a new cell phone. I just needed something to make calls with and ended up spending $150 on a refurbished Motorola. It was horrible timing to ruin my phone, but I at least had something working so I could track her progress and update her on traffic. It’s not the best phone in the world, but it got us through this blizzard.

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