Diablo 3, baptism preparations, and spicy Indian food

I don’t know how I missed it.  Well, sure I do — I’ve been busy with work and family life to keep track of major announcements in the gaming industry, but Blizzard announced the upcoming release of Diablo 3.  Diablo 3!  Oh, if only I had a fast enough PC to play it.  And the free time that would be required.  I never purchased or played Diablo 2, and the reviews were mediocre, if memory serves me.  The sequel’s gameplay strategy was summed up as, “Click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click.  Reload game.”  The video/picture quality and screen detail made it feel very authentic too.  See the sample screen captures posted below [warning: very large.]

I do have a soft spot in my heart for Blizzard games like the Starcraft/Warcraft/Diablo franchises.  Excellent gameplay, great music, fun stories.  I remember many a late night I was playing the original Diablo at home, with the spooky music, and the even spookier screaming-in-agony voices you would hear in the background.  It was only a game, but you had to think twice before turning the corner, or wondering what was waiting for you behind the door.

This morning, I took Joshua to his Saturday morning gym class.  Afterwards, we all met up with my sister and her husband to visit our pastor at the church in preparations for the baptism next month.  We later got lunch at a diner in Princeton, where I finally had a decent pastrami sandwich in NJ.  Now, if they could just stuff more pastrami in the actual sandwich, I’d be happy.

Speaking of food, a London restaurant was serving up Thursday what it hopes will be confirmed as the world’s hottest curry, with even the chef admitting it is “too extreme” to keep on the menu. Vivek Singh at The Cinnamon Club grabbed some of the hottest chilli peppers known to man to create the Bollywood Burner, a lamb-based dish with a fierce kick. The curry is so hot that diners are asked to sign a disclaimer confirming they are aware of the risks involved before daring to eat it.

It reminds me of the time in April 2006 when I was on a business trip to Toronto, CA, and I had spicy chicken vindaloo and naan for dinner one night.  The vindaloo was so spicy, I spent the entire dinner dipping my naan into the curry, eating it, then drinking water to cool my mouth down.  Gosh, that was a good dinner.

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