Some quick thoughts after a few days playing Black Ops 4:

The battle royale Blackout mode is great. Think Fortnite but with Call of Duty’s excellent shooting physics, and without all the silly building.

Blackout is hard. I often go several games in a row without getting a single kill. I’m okay with that.

It’s neat to see some of the old maps reimagined and incorporated into the Blackout map. I especially like sneaking around Array and Firing Range.

My favourite places to land and gather supplies are the train station and the hydro dam.

Watching that storm dome come in is very, very cool. Apocalyptic, even.

My boy has the game on X-Box One, I have it on PS4, and we can’t play together because it’s not cross-platform. It should be.

I know it’s wrong to internet small fluffy dogs but this one belongs to my kids and I like how the pic came out.

Having the intention to do morning zazen is good, but having the alarm clock across the other side of the bedroom is better.

I read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and found it much akin to his other novel The Road in that it features tortured characters roaming bleak landscapes in search of succour and punctuation and encountering grimness and violence and despair and dead babies hanging from trees all round. I know its sposed to be a great American western but danged if it wasnt tryin on the eyes and brain matter with its missing apostrophes and speech marks and commas and long strung out sentences and more than a little muddled and seemingly directionless for long bits. That said it had some jarring and monumental scenes and the judge sure is a memorable and evil character with some great and tenebrous things to say and I hope they make this one into a film but if they do they better be sure to give it to them Coen brothers or suchlike and not that Hillcoat fella who needs a dang good pistol whippin for what he done to The Road and I reckon even the kid would agree with me on that one.