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April 15, 2008 by mormegil
Part 1, Lessons learned.

Around three years ago I was just getting my feet wet in the world of 3D modeling; we were working our buts off building the new 3D engine that became Galactic Civilization II, and I hoping to get in on making the ships. However as the newest artist on the team, I was mostly playing catch-up, I spent the bulk of my time on the UI, and stole a little time here and there to learn basic box modeling and texturing.
The team was only 6 of us, 2 Coders, 2 Artist...
March 21, 2007 by mormegil
As most of you know I have spent the last 2 years working on Galactic Civilizations II, and the last 8 months of that or so working on its Expansion Pack Dark Avatar.
G4's X-Play, formerly TechTV's X-Play, just gave Dark Avatar the type of review that makes all the long hours and unused vacation days worth the effort.

Check it out.
March 9, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: (Post Mortem)Friday March 8th, 2007   
 It has been said, by wiser men then myself, that running is a mental sport, to this I ad my humble amen. While I admit I am quite upset that I did not do as well as I wanted, over all this marathon was good experience. I have taken the last four days to recover, and to put my thoughts together, and I thought I would wrap up this training marathon, with what the lessons I learned.

  As I mentioned the d...
March 4, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 16 (The RACE!)Sunday March 4th, 2007
Race Day Marathon: 4:28:46 (Planned 3:30)
 Weight: 190Time: 8:15amTemp: 72-81Weather: SunnyRoute: LA Marathon CourseNotes:

Disaster!!!! well kind of, I'm fine, I'm not even in that much pain, I just did allot of stupid things. I finished almost 1 hour over my dream time and about 45 minutes over my "realistic" goal time. I am going to write a blog about it, but I need to hit the showers.

Here are the...
March 3, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 16Friday March 2nd, 2007
Taper 3mi @ 9:13  (3mi @ 9:17)
 Weight: 192Time: 6:00amTemp: 29Weather: SnowRoute:  TreadmillNotes:

   This is my last run, save the most important one, the actual Marathon. This was yet another cake walk, as these taper runs should be. Nothing really to comment on, except that it went well.

  Once again my dam ipod game me a sync error when I tried to upload my run. This is truly concerning me si...
March 1, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 16Thursday March 1st, 2007
Tempo: 5mi - 3mi @ 7:47  (5mi - 3mi @ 7:47)
 Weight: 192Time: 5:30amTemp: 32Weather: SnowRoute:  TreadmillNotes:

   This was my last bit of speedwork, though it seamed to hardly count, It really gave me a good feeling to do this, knowing how hard this same run was back in week 1. Now it was only a bit harder then my easy runs.

  This run was particularly nice to do because Wednesday night I was ...
March 1, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 16Tuesday February 27th, 2007
Taper: 3mi @ 9:11  (3mi @ 9:17)
 Weight: 192Time: 5:30amTemp: 22Weather: SnowRoute:  TreadmillNotes:

   The last week is here, and I am on a crazy roller costar of dread and hope. This run was pretty much uneventful as expected. 3 miles at 9:17 was almost a cake walk at this point. 

  The only thing of note that happened with this run was that my Nike+ seams to not want to upload any mor...
March 1, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 15Sunday February 25th, 2007
Long Run: 8mi @ 8:41  (8mi @ 8:41)
 Weight: 192Time: 7:30pmTemp: 27Weather: CloudyRoute:  TreadmillNotes:

   I am writing this almost a week late, mostly because this last week of taper runs have been blessedly uneventful. But enough of that.

 This run went well, it was a bit hard for me to keep the pace down to 8:41. But I really feel I need to to keep on schedule.  I did miss one run thi...
February 22, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 15Thursday February 22th, 2007
Tempo Run: 5mi - 3.1mi @ 6.49  (5mi - 3mi @ 7:19)
 Weight: 190Time: 7:30pmTemp: 32Weather: CloudyRoute:  TreadmillNotes:

   This was the fastest 5k I have ever run. Clocking in at 21:12, a full minute faster then my last 5k race. I probably should not have done this so close to the marathon, but this tempo run was so fast that I could not resist trying to set up a new personal best.

  I am o...
February 20, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 14Tuesday February 20th, 2007
EZ Run: 4mi @ 8:41  (4mi @ 8:44)
 Weight: 190Time: 5:10amTemp: 32Weather: CloudyRoute:  TreadmillNotes:

   Simple short taper run, no big news. I wanted to keep pretty much on program. My treadmill wont do 8:44 so I did run a bit faster then planed. But not enough to make me concerned.

  We have finally had a spell of decent weather, and today when I got home it was 38 degrees out, So I could...
February 19, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 14Sunday February 17th, 2007
Long Run: 13.1 @ 7:55 (12mi @ 8:44)
 Weight: 189Time: 7:30amTemp: 17Weather: SnowRoute:  TreadmillNotes:


  Today was a much needed successes, and proof that the last 15 weeks have not been wasted. The program called for 12mi @ 8:44, but I have been concerned that I was not doing any longer runs at my "Race Pace" of 8:00 so I decided a month or so ago to do this last lon...
February 19, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 14Saturday February 16th, 2007
EZ Run: 5 @ 8:41  (5mi @ 8:44)
 Weight: 190Time: 6:10amTemp: 10Weather: SnowRoute:  TreadmillNotes:

   Beside form being one day late, this run went off perfectly fine. No pain no strain, 5 miles is just about perfect for a morning run. Any longer then that and it gets boring, or I start to worry about being made late to work.

  Tomorrow is my last Long Run of any real concern, and I am a lit...
February 15, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 14Thursday February 15th, 2007
Speedwork: 8mi - 4 x 1mi @ 6:53  (8mi - 4 x 1mi @ 6:55)
 Weight: 190Time: 5:10pmTemp: 10Weather: SnowRoute:  TreadmillNotes:

   This was my last serious set of speedwork before the Race. I considered replacing it with a repeat of my last set of Yasso 800's. But I decided that it should stick to schedule. I was also a bit concerned that this speedwork would be to hard. But as it turned out It was not ...
February 13, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 14Tuesday February 13th, 2007
EZ Run: 6mi @ 8:28  (6mi @ 8:44)
 Weight: 190Time: 7:00pmTemp: 10Weather: SnowRoute:  TreadmillNotes:

   I was a bit worried about this run, I am still sour from my long run, but all went well. After my disappointing performance on Sunday, I have decided to make sure I stay on schedule for these last few taper weeks.
  Despite this I ran a bit harder then I wanted. I started at 8:49 for the firs...
February 12, 2007 by mormegil
LA Marathon training program: Week 13Sunday February 11th, 2007
Long Run: 20mi @ 8:42  (20mi @ 8:44)
 Weight: 188Time: 12:00pmTemp: 14fWeather: Light SnowRoute:  Indoor TrackNotes:


  This should read, Long Run: 20 something miles @ 8:40-ish minutes a mile. I don't really have any idea what happened with this run, but it was hellish.  My first problem was not un-expected. The indoor track is 11 laps to a mile, this makes it very difficult to ke...