Are eSports Even A Real Thing?

Yes, they are a real thing. Will they become mainstream? That depends on your definition of mainstream, but I would say probably not. Well probably not any more mainstream than golf. Dota 2 (the game played by Quinn) had over 13 million players last month. So with golf have 25 million players (and you can bet only a fraction of them played in the last month), then it’s not really that far off. The bottom line is that people are watching it and it is generating enough revenue to keeps things going. Right now it seems that Twitch is the primary way to watch eSports with traditional TV channels only tipping their toes in the water. Since it is entertaining to a non-trivial number of people, the sponsors are there and it seems that the viewers are as well. It’s really all about producing something that viewers find entertaining.

So Quinn has been at a Dota 2 tournament this week (Beyond the Summit 5). It’s been broadcast on Twitch and I’ve watched a few of the games. The tournament itself is sort of a casual tournament meant to provide a laid back setting before the high power International starts in a few weeks. With the people providing commentary on the game (casters), I found it to be entertaining. Usually the caster makes the biggest difference. Unfortunately, their team (FDL) didn’t win any of their matches. The won an internet “redemption” vote to get the last slot in the 8 team event. There are 3 or 4 teams there that are the best in the world though and this was a great experience for him (and hopefully their team). Playing public matches on the internet is one thing, but attending a LAN to play against some of the best in the world? Well that’s quite a different matter. Quinn even got to sit in as one of the casters a few times as well. Seems that he’s gotten favorable reviews on his gameplay and casting. I thought it was good and I hope he continues to improve. He’s got real potential.

I’m not sure that I think the entertainment industry is a good thing for our society. I’ve always been more about building things rather than entertaining. To me that’s how we advanced our civilization. At the same time, the entertainment industry continues to survive and even thrive and I bet all those people need to take a break from time to time. Oh well, I don’t suppose that I have all the answers anyway.

Double Digits

Maggie's PaintingHappy birthday Maggie! You’re now in the double digits (like all the rest of us in the family). My funny, talented, sweet and sassy little girl is growing up. It’s tough to have a birthday on the last day of summer camp since you’re so worn out from the week (and have to ride back to Texas), but you were in a great mood for your birthday meal at Chili’s. I hope you enjoyed the ribs.

Maggie at 10I’m so proud of what a wonderful person that you’ve become. Thoughtful and true, we always hear good words about you. I so glad that you’ve been able to start take art lessons since I know you love to draw. I hope that you always take the time to sit down and create. We love you Maggie. I hope it has been a great year for you.

Summer Camp for the Kids

This is the first summer that the girls are attending Camp Smiling Acres (the boys were there a couple weeks ago). Hayden is also there as a counselor (his first time to do that). I’ve only gotten little pieces of news here and there, but I assume they are having a good time. It’s super hot and humid, but the boys came back having enjoyed their week in rural Greensburg. They all needed a little electronics detox time, so that’s a good thing. Getting to hang out with their Louisiana friends is also a huge bonus.

Boy do I miss having them at the house. It’s way too quiet around there. It was great to have Connie’s parents and brother here this week and that took some of the attention away from the kids’ absence. Yet I still miss the hugs and kisses from my girls.

Summer is Here

The family is done with school for the year and celebration is in full swing. Actually it’s really more of camp being in full swing. The boys went last week and the girls are going next week. Hayden is even sneaking in a second week. We’ve been burning up the roads between Houston and New Orleans and unfortunately the temperature is heating up as well. Summer is here.

We are settled into our house now. The number of updates and changes are really down to just a trickle. We’ve found doctors, stores and a church family. Work is good and I feel like I’m making more of a contribution to the business. My exercise routine isn’t even close to what it was in Baton Rouge, but it’s getting better. I’m largely unconcerned with my goals for ultimate fitness and I’m more concerned with just getting back to feeling good about my endurance level (and weight target).

There are many more busy times to come over the next couple months. Onward.

Memorial Day 2016

As we honor those that perished while serving in the armed forces of our country, it’s particularly sad as of late. The lack of quality and leadership in our political class cast a shadow over those sacred sacrifices. What was gained through great sacrifice is being trampled on by a political system that grows more corrupt each year. The freedoms fought for on the battlefield are now slowly being voted away by a distracted populace.

Though our times ill afford us a better class of leaders, I want that I would be a better servant.

Stop by for a few words on what is happening with the Callahan's.