February Biking Update

With today being the last day of February and a beautiful day here in Seattle, I went for a 14.8 mile ride along the Burke Gilman trail up to Matthews Beach. So in February I biked 126.8 miles, putting me at 325.8 miles so far this year. That leaves 1,174.2 miles for my goal of 1,500 miles this year.

I biked less in February than in January due to a trip for work that made me miss a week of biking to work, as well as a trip to visit my brother. However, I’m still on a good pace to meet my goal!

Biking 2015

Last year I started biking more seriously, sometimes biking to work but mostly doing longer trips on weekends. I gradually increased my miles on the weekend and was soon doing 32 mile rides. I didn’t really set a goal for total miles for the year, but as the end of 2014 approached I noticed I was very close to achieving 1,000 miles so I pushed in the final days of the year and was able to hit that goal!

For 2015 I wanted actually set a goal in advance, so I’m setting a goal of 1,500 miles. I’ll post at the end of each month to give an update on my progress.

By the end of January I had biked 199 miles, establishing a really good pace!

I’m trying to ride 40 miles a week, which I can easily do if I take a longer route to and from work 4 days a week. I’ve been sticking to that schedule and it’s pretty much a habit at this point, so I should achieve 1,500 miles in 2015 as long as I stick with it. Stay tuned!

Side Arms and Happy New Year!

Near the end of 2014 I bought a Side Arms PCB off the guy who runs shmuplations.com. I LOVED this game as a kid, I used to gawk at the box of the DOS version at Fry’s Electronics and think about playing it at home. But even as a kid, I smelled trouble because the back of the DOS box featured screen shots from the arcade version. When they don’t show actual screen shots of what you’re about to buy, chances are it’s a turd. I was so right.

So while 8 year old me thought highly of this game, current me who has decent shmup skills 1CC’d it the first time I played it seriously. FOR REAL! I played 2 credits just to make sure the PCB worked ok so I could give the seller positive feedback, then I let it sit for a few days. On the first credit I sat down and played with real effort, I 1CC’d the game. I double checked the DIP switches to make sure the difficulty wasn’t set super low, but they were set to defaults.

Side Arms 1CC

The left/right shooting mechanic is neat, but all in all the game isn’t anything that special. The music is rad and it has that classic Capcom feel, but I don’t think this is a PCB worth keeping.

I think the first thing I’m going to do in 2015 is sell some PCBs and tidy up my collection. I have picked up a few games based on nostalgia, but they aren’t games I’ll play seriously or repeatedly.

As far as 2015 shmup goals, I carry over some goals from last year:

  • Ibara: Letter Score
  • Mushihimesama Futari Black Label: 1 billion points in God mode

I had the day off work on January 1st and I hooked my XBox 360 back up to my vertical cab so that I could play Mushihimesama Futari Black Label (MFBL). That game is amazing! I 1CC’d maniac mode in the past, now I want to work on God mode as building up the multiplier to x30,000 and then cashing it in is probably one of the most satisfying feelings in gaming I’ve ever experienced.

I will be streaming stuff on my Twitch channel, so subscribe and check out my efforts!

Happy New Year!