I’ve Come To A Decision

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To anyone who has been keeping up with my posts I’m sure you’ve noticed a drop in quality, whether that be in creative writing or number of posts.

This is because I have become increasingly busy over this last moth and I don’t see myself getting enough time to keep up with all the things I need to and blog as well.

Because of this, I’ve made the hard decision to halt this blog.

All my previous post will still be available for viewing in the archives and such though.

I hope that one day I will be able to start this up again and continue as it has been a lot of fun :)

To all those who read my blog, I thank you for your support and hope you know that it meant a lot to me. I wish you all the best of luck!

Traveling

Just as a quick update. I am starting my planning to go traveling in Europe later this year.

I’m very excited to go and travel around and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. My travels will center around France as I’ve been learning French for the last few years (still not that good though) but I also plan on visiting the other nations and branch out from France.

Right now the adventure is still in the planning phase but I’m working on it with a friend as we plan to go together and explore.

Just thought I’d share that with you all :)

Rock Climbing: pt 2

So after my last post about rock climbing I thought I should post an update.

I’ve been climbing a lot recently. To give you a perspective of what it’s like here are some pictures of small portion of the place.

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There are not a lot of people there as the time of the picture because it was early in the day around 2pm. More people tend to show up later in the night.

The sea pictures is the bouldering area, the place where you can climb without ropes and essentially free-climb stuff. You can do this because the hight of the walls is not enough that a fall from the top would not seriously injure you.

I’m loving rock climbing because it’s such a great way of visually seeing your progress. Different routes are rated different difficulties so I can do routes that I couldn’t do before.

I’m loving it and as in my last post about this I’m going to encourage you to try to find a place around where you live to rock climb and at least try it. You never know, you may find your new passion :)

Let’s Start An Experiment!

Today I’m going to try something new. I’m going to play through a game of Dwarf Fortress and make a story out of it. I think it will be fun :)

For those of you who do not know what Dwarf Fortress  (DF) is then go ahead and read this post here where I explain it to some degree.

I am by no means a great DF player so we’ll see how far I get. I like to think I can get past most obstacles but in this series I’m going to just have FUN and maybe try to use my dwarven slaves friends to build a mega-structure or two. I will also not be using Dwarf Therapist so that should only increase the level of FUN!


 

My group of 7 Dwarfs from the land of “The Infinite Planets” set out to found the Fortress “Appletree!” in the year 250. They are a group from the same clan and got together after a night drinking that setting up a fort could be the easiest way to die a fun thing to do. So they set off in search of a good spot to start digging!

Here is a quick rundown of their personalities and names:

Apple will be the farmer/beer producer for the group.

The Rock will be the first of the miners/masons in the group.

Jim will be the second miner/mason in the group.

Russia will be the ultimate cause of our demise leader of our little group.

The Hulk will be a other brewer and later our weapons expert.

Black Widow will be the dwarf dealing with the wood, whether that be chopping it down or making it into stuff.

Helga: will be the third and final miner/mason for the group.

Here they are ready to start.

The Rock, Jim, and Helga are already hard at work mining out the entrance to the soon-to-be mountain home.

I’m excited! I’ve never done this before so bear with me, I hope to make this fun for everyone :)

Liebster Award: Take Two

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Just the other day Atherz from Teenage Introvert nominated me for the Liebster Award! This has consequentially make me think about how bad I am with awards. Now don’t get me wrong I am truly grateful for receiving them. I am just atrocious (yes I had to look up how to spell that) at responding to them. Expressing things does not compute for me. I’m sure TI can understand that.

I’m probably rambling and most have no idea what I’m talking about. What I’m referencing is that I have received another Liebster (why does it want to auto-correct that word to Lobster?) award a few months ago and was never able to find people to pass it on too. So in my mind, I have failed :(

But NO MORE! I will be successful this time! So without further ado, here are the rules for the award:

  • Post the award on your blog (Check)
  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog. (I think so . . . just checked, did it)
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself. (Well after I write this)
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers. (I will do that this time!)
  • Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions. (Should be fun)

Because this will be my second time, I’ll include some facts from the previous one as BO-BO-BONUS FACTS!

– RANDOM (BUT TOTALLY AWESOME) FACTS –

  1. I love to build things. Computers, cars, small projects, anything that requires moving my hands to get the task done and I preferably like to learn something new while I’m doing it.
  2. I will commonly be typing or write and spell words backwards. Mostly small 3-letter words but sometimes longer ones. I have no idea why.
  3. I am a big fan of Oakley Sunglasses and have only purchased from them. However I have bought a few cheap pairs when I go to the beach so that I don’t have to worry. (I own a pair of polarized Crosshairs and a pair of limited edition Moto X Deviations)
  4. I consider myself part audiophile because I love to get the best quality that I can out of my music. But I don’t go overboard compared to some.
  5. My favorite color is green because of everything that I think it represents. Life, is all it’s forms, usually has a shade of green in it that forms. In humans: green eyes. In plants: kind of obvious, leaves. Many others as well. Green to me just looks right. (also I have no bias from my name ;)
  6. If it wasn’t apparent earlier, I love music. Music is a great form of expression and while I can not make music myself (that is enjoyable to others) I have huge respect to the people that can use music to connect with others and if they can become popular then even more so.
  7. I’m an adventurous person and will usually take on any challenge that I think I can do, going off of that, I low my limits pretty well so I know if I attempt something whether or not I can do it.
  8. I love to gamble. It’s not a problem or anything but if someone suggests starting a game then I won’t decline. Texas Hold’em is my favorite but I’ll play most card games. Adding a betting component always makes it more interesting. 13 for example while betting small amounts can be fun for a long time.
  9. I love to try new things, because what’s the use in always sticking with the same things. I’m only going to be young enough to get around for so long so might as well get everything that I can think of done before then :)
  10. I think on of the best purchases that I made within the last year was buying my GoPro. I am able to sue it in so many unique locations and bring it places I am not able to do with my DSLR all while retaining amazing quality. I love it!
  11. I am a firm believer that once you start using two monitors instead of one then there is no going back. I am actually looking to get a third monitor so I can have a tri-monitor setup! I can’t wait. (Also you start to look down upon the single monitor peasants ;)

Now for 3 BONUS FACTS!

  1. I am an Apple fan but am not clueless about technology, like a lot of Mac users, and have in fact built the computer that I am typing this on right now along with three others. In fact, they have all been “Hackintoshes” meaning that they run OSX with PC stuff in them. All totally legal and paid for (as far as I know but just keep it between you and me ;)
  2. My eyes are green and I have absolutely no desire to hide that. Except I am usually wearing sunglasses so you’ll only know if you see me inside.
  3. Halo is my favorite video game series. None have come close to beating it. I am supremely excited for the Maser Chief Collectors edition and Halo 5 when it comes out. I also own every Halo game made, most of them are the collectors editions or the limited editions.

– QUESTIONS! –

First I would like to congratulate Atherz on his questions, they are pretty good and I am looking forward to answering them. So here we go!

Name your earliest memory.

I think my earliest memory is of walking into my kitchen as a child and seeing my mom pregnant with my younger brother. I would have been about 2 at the time and I can remember that moment very vividly. The perspective is weird because I remember looking way up to see her and now I have to look way down :)

Let’s spice things up. What is your favorite meal from a restaurant?

Hmmm well let’s see. If it were fast food then I would have to say In-N-Out. For the last 7 years I have gotten the same thing every time I go there. 3×3, fries, and a medium pink lemonade. It has never gotten boring and it always tastes amazing! However, if I were to say restaurant and not fast food then I will say that I am on a mission to find the best burger place in the world. So if I find one that looks good on the menu then I will order that and compare it to others I have tasted.

Which sense do you like the most? Why?

This is a good one. I like this because it forces you to think about all of your senses closely.

It’s a hot debate between sight and smell. In the end I would have to go with sight however because not being able to continue to take pictures and see the world change would hurt me immeasurably. Also, sight gives you another sense, that is of the passage of time. It gives you a clear way to distinguish how quickly or slowly time is passing. Something which I always need to know.

However, small is very important to me as well. Everything has its own unique smell and it is a key way to identify things. I love smelling things I would miss terribly not being able to smell.

In the end it would have to go to sight though.

What was your ideal vision for your blog?

Well my ideal vision, the vision that still is, is for my blog to be a community for like-minded people to share their thoughts on the topics I post and I would even post their topics as well. I love being able to connect with people who have similar interest to me as there are few like that in my local community.

How well do you deal with your emotions?

I think I deal with emotions very well. I don’t get too mad or too sad. However, that always ends up giving me a neutral disposition which can be annoying sometimes when outwardly you look “down” and your friends ask “what’s wrong, are you okay” when all you’ve been doing is thinking about random things with no direction. But hey, what ya gunna do right?

Would you rather… kill your best friend, or have your best friend kill you?

This is another great question. It’s a good way to get into a persons psych and se what their like.

Now I’m very honest with myself, I know why I’m like and how I would react. In all honesty, I would have to kill my best friend. Now it would still be extremely hard and I would never attempt to do it in normal circumstances but if pushed to it and there was absolutely no way around it then my survival instincts would kick in and I would be the one living another day.

What was your most vivid dream/nightmare?

My most vivid nightmare is when I was very young and I had watched the episode of Power-Puff Girls (ya I know, but I can only remember this episode now) where there are tiny machines in the rain.

In the nightmare my mom turned into one of those machines and I was hiding in my parents room with my brother and my dad. My dad left to go try to make thing right (whatever that may be) and then the dream ended.

As a BONUS my other vivid nightmare involved (also when I was young) sitting at the dinner table. I picked up my fork and looking at it, then jabbed it into my eye. To this day I have no idea why I had that dream or what it means but I never want to have sharp objects near my eyes now, it freaks me out.

Do you like where you live?

I love where I live, in the big CA near the beach so I can’t complain about anything. However if I had the choice I would move somewhere that has colder and rainier weather as that is my favorite type of weather. I’m a cold climate person.

What was your first experience on a social network / forum like?

Oh wow, well I guess the first social type of interaction that I had wasn’t on a forum but in a game. I used to play Runescape for many hours at a time and would talk with people in the game. Then I think I got a Facebook and after that deleted it. I’ve never been too much of a forum poster though I do like the idea.

What’s your main past-time hobby?

I’m not sure how to go about answering this. I would say that my main hobby is photograph and digital arts but as for the past-time, not sure. I do a lot of rock climbing as well, that’s one of my hobbies as well I guess you could say.

How do you feel about this nomination?

I feel that it is a redemption chance for me and a great way to share more about myself to my readers. I’m not someone who is used to sharing my thoughts so having an opportunity like this is something I need :)

–  MY NOMINATIONS! –

Okay this time I have people to nominate! If I nominate you then it is because I like the work that you do and I feel that you deserve to be recognized for what you do.

Thank you to all the nominees for your content, I enjoy reading it very much. So to all the nominee’s you do not have to participate but it encouraged that you do. I sure would like to see your responses for one and I’m sure your readers would enjoy them as well :)

– QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED –

Alright, my questions let’s see, what do I want to know.

  1. What is your favorite type of food and why?
  2. If you could go to the moon and spend 15 minutes on the surface and then come back for free, or go on a 3 month all expense paid vacation to anywhere you want on earth, which one would you choose and why?
  3. What color are your eyes and do you like them? Why?
  4. Do you listen to music often and if so what are your favorite genres and bands?
  5. Do you think that everyone deserves a second chance? Why is that?
  6. Are you a vegetarian or do you love the taste of meat?
  7. Is there a special reason as to why you started blogging, if so what is it?
  8. What do you hope to accomplish in the next year and are you currently working to achieve that?
  9. How tall are you?
  10. You are tasked with fighting a wild black bear, do you use a gun, a sword, or just your fists?
  11. Someone invents a dream recorder, you can use it but you have to watch your dreams with your family and closest friends, would you do it?

– SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH-

I would just like to thank Atherz again for nominating me and I hope everyone had a good time reading all this, I know it was a lot.

Till next post!

Why I Enjoy EVE Online

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For those of you that do not know, EVE Online is a MMORPG or Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. It is based in the future in a different galaxy from our own.

The basic back story is at some point in the future there was a wormhole that was discovered that allowed access to a new galaxy very far away. The galaxy was named “New Eden.” Eventually colonies were established in New Eden and everything was great. Until the worm hole collapsed leaving the colonists trapped. This resulted in the eventual collapse of civilization. However after a time four factions arose to dominate the galaxy once again.

You are a capsuler. An essentially immortal person (because of the use of clones when you die to re-spawn) with access to space ships to travel throughout the galaxy.

The main reason that I like this game is that it is HUGE!!

There are over 5000 individual solar systems that are accessible for everyone with another 1000 or so that can only be found with the help of special equipment. This is a crazy amount of space that players can utilize. The systems are arranged with high security systems in the center and then as you get further and further away from the center the security status decreases until it is lawless space. The majority of solar systems in the game are lawless space.

This lawless space opens up the possibility for territory control.

Players can come together in corporations (guilds or clans in other games) and fight for territory, work to gather resources, or just hang out. But if you go out into lawless space then the competition for resources and the best spots gets really fierce.

But the people are what make this game great.

Now while there may be the trolls in the sense that they might try to scam you and then blow your ship up, it makes up for it when you find someone who is genuine and is a nice person. Because the game is a pay to play game at $15 a month, that eliminates a lot of the kids that are there to make noise and brings in the dedicated players.

There are some drawbacks. One being that it can be hard to get into and at times it seems like the game is just grinding but I think that the benefits outweigh the negatives.

So in summary. EVE Online is a huge game where you have a lot of possibilities to hang out and have fun. It’s not for everyone but I enjoy it.

If you happen to play then I’d love to fly with ya. Comment below with your username and I’ll message you.

3 Player Chess

I recently purchased and played a few games of three layer chess. Now some of you may be thinking, “what! there’s no such thing as three player chess!” But I tell you know that you can in fact play such a thing! Here is a picture of the board:

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At first it may look confusing but a quick read through the rules and it will soon become clear how the game operates. It using the same rules as regular chess but adds a few extra ones to account for the circular board. I am by no means a chess master but I don’t think this board comprises any of the fundamental strategy inherent in 2-player chess.

I have only played twice but had a lot of fun each time. For example, something that 3-player chess has, that 2-player chess does not, is the possibility to form alliances. You could talk with one of your opponents to take out the other competitor, all the while trying to stab the person you made the alliance with in the back! It is loads of fun. Each time you make a move you have to be aware of attack from the front, back, left, right, and all the diagonals. While you have to do this in 2-player chess, 3-player chess makes it more difficult because of the circular nature of the board. When I say difficult I mean that in a good way as I love to be challenged.

The board is nice and big and of a solid feeling material. The pieces are not cheap, but not expensive either, fairly standard.

I would highly recommend getting this is if have always wanted to play chess with more people. It helps if they already understand the game of chess to begin with although, as this takes those principles and uses all of the skill you currently have.

I have enjoyed playing this game and hope that if you decide to play it one day then you will have fun too :) If you have any questions I will be happy to answer them in the comments below.

My Schedule and Some Video Games

Man, i’m approaching another busy week right now. I’m going to be preparing for a big presentation on friday for an EXPO of sorts. Judges will be there and hopefully my team can impress them. That prep work is going to be scoping to majority of my time. That . . . and Planetary Annihilation. I’ve gotten back into it recently and I have to say, very fun. However two nights ago I had an encounter with another player that was not very pleasant. I will explain the situation from my perspective. I was watching a live stream that some guys were doing of PA and they said that they would be doing one more match. I thought it would be cool if I could pay with them. I then realized that the stream was live and I had the game so I opened it up and joined their game in the lobby. I then closed the stream and started to play. It was a 3v3 with them three vs myself and two other random people. The game went great. Win or lose it was a great game. With two planet smashes it was very exciting. At the end of the game I did not get a chance total them that I had a good game and enjoyed it as the ending of the game kicked everyone out before that. I then remembered that the stream was probably still open and went onto that to tell them good game. When I typed it twitch went into a commercial and when it resumed I head the guys talking about how I was a cheater because they thought I was watching the stream the entire time. Realizing that they had been mistaken I tried to type in the chat agin to explain, however they had banned me from the chat so i could not explain the situation. I then went into write a private message to the account holder and sent that off. I have still not received a reply. What upsets me is that they had a legitimate reason to suspect me but did not let me explain my case and assumed I was guilty before hearing me out. In summary I wish people would not jump to conclusions. That went off on a tangent a bit it seems. Peace out.

Reading

Books. Typically you read books right? Right, people read book because they contain information. Although now most people can get all the information that they need from the internet but in the end to get that information they are still reading most of it. All this is a long way to say that reading is very important. Most people do not know how important. Reading is probably the most important thing in all of human history. I say this because without reading there would be no way to convey information from one person to another without actually talking to them. While talking may have been productive in the early days of human history, can you imagine having to get information about something by asking people for the information. You are walking down the aisle in a grocery store and you must have someone who knows what the item is for you to know what it is. Without reading we would not be here, it is as simple as that. This is something that I think a lot of people take for granted and it should be appreciated everyone once in a while. Really, people would have a much better day on average if they appreciated things more in my opinion. The fact that you are reading this here and now is proof that reading is important. Well at least to me because it allowed me to convey my ideas to you, the reader. I hope you enjoyed this post and think about the importance of reading.

Dwarf Fortress

So with a quick search or two around WordPress reveals that there is only one blog that actively posts about Dwarf Fortress which can be found here. I link what these guys are doing as they are playing off the same world and having FUN. Now most of you are probably thinking “why the heck is dwarf fortress?” or “I head that game was too complicated” Truth is, it is very complicated. But not that hard to learn, and the possibilities are infinite. In the fortress mode of DF, you start with 7 dwarves and from there on you try to create a fortress in the middle of nowhere. You as the player can not do anything directly, instead you have to list orders that your dwarves will then follow. There for you ave to manage your dwarves in order to achieve success with your fortress. DF is not like other games, it is much more in-depth but also much more sparse. To someone who has never played the game it may look like the matrix.large_matrix But once you learn to read everything your imagination takes over. R2HMD

DF is also a very complicated game but the rewards are much better.

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I think the game is fun and if you play it with a texture pack then that might help with the initial ASCII format of the game. I hope you go and check out this amazing game but if you don’t like it then hey, it’s not for everyone.