How's it hangin', people? I'd love to say I hit the Mega Millions, traveled the world & other fun shit, but that's not how I roll. Figured it was time for an update... it's been a while.
WORK: My Nemesis is vanquished - he left for another job. Now that he's gone, all the hostility I felt toward my job is gone. We have a new Department Director now, and she's amazing. It's also time for our 6-month review, which is looking decent this time around.
HEALTH: I'm actually feeling pretty good. Weight loss is slow, but I'm more consistent in making better food choices (except for the week of my birthday, I gave myself a free pass).
DATING: Yeah, I retired from that shit. As I put myself out there, I had a revelation. The truly good (single) American women are already taken, or they don't live in Illinois. Besides, between work & hobbies & family, I'm good. My life's not lacking; at least, I don't feel that it is, and that's the important thing.
OTHER STUFF: Fourth of July weekend, I went to Columbus, OH to visit some long-time gaming friends. It was a great little getaway, especially coming off of helping with a memorial for a coworker that passed away. I saw one of the most impressive fireworks displays I've ever seen, and got to see the Columbus Zoo. And something that's no big deal to you guys (but kinda one to me) - I helped my buddy change his brake pads & rotors. Since I could never drive, I never saw the point in picking up any automotive mechanical knowledge. But it was pretty cool.... and now, when I look at working on brakes in Forza, things make a little more sense.
So, I wanted to get everyone's opinion on something. Some of you have known me for a while - and even if not, there is no one here whose opinion I don't respect. So, a few weeks ago, I stopped Podcasting. In a nutshell, I teamed back up with Jackson to revive Geeks On The Mic, and he went batshit crazy after some listener feedback that preferred my offerings and style above his. The "professional" couldn't stand to be shown up by a rookie, so he scrapped everything. Anyway, I took a few weeks off for my birthday & family affairs, but now I'm looking to jump back in the saddle & do something. I'm just not sure what. I could easily start up a Podcast - I have the equipment, a buddy committing to co-host (but keep me in charge so I don't get fucked over), all that. But I kinda want to try something different, like a YouTube channel. I want to do reviews, let's play videos, that kind of thing. But then, I also want to try my hand at making indie games. I bought RPG Maker VX Ace during the Steam Summer Sale, and I've been messing around with it - and making a game has always been an unspoken passion of mine (I didn't want to get my hopes up since I couldn't afford the schooling). But there it is. What I'm hoping is, you guys can help direct me in the path I should go. Do I...
Make an indie RPG?
Or, take a break, do nothing, and just enjoy life?
I'll leave it at that for now. I have to get back to doing some work.
Last weekend I decided to move to a new apartment in Tampa. When I was shown the area and the demo apartment everything was great. It had everything I was looking for and a great location. I gave my notice to my current place and begun the moving process. I thought something was fishy when they wouldn't let me view my apartment until I moved in. I must have been smoking something because my god this place was ghetto. My neighbor piled up all her trash outside her door. It stunk and was covered in flies. Later that evening she got into a massive fight with her boyfriend. I could hear every word. As I was leaving I saw a possible drug deal at the corner. I knew I made a mistake.
Luckily I was able to get out of my lease. I had a 30 day satisfaction guarantee with an out clause. I rented a storage locker and pull all my belongings in it. I have to crash at my parents house for a month until I figure out what to do. Hey, at least I have my playstation to kill time.....
With all the power I've ever needed and I'm just using to watch YouTube and play Spintires.
What should I be doing? :\
After 5 years with the same old girl I stopped smoking and bought some shiney new parts!
The old girl. She did me well! (AMD 64 X2 3500+, 3gig 550mhz ram, Radion 4600HD 1gig GDDR2, 250gig HDD)
My New baby! (I forgot to take picture of the build procces :(
The case, Keyboard and Mouse design are inspired by a Lamburghini but the most imporatnt bit is whats inside!
Intel i7 4770k, 16gig 1600mhz Ram, Nvidia GTX 770 Twinfrozer 3 gig GDDR5, 500gig SSD, 1000gig SSHDD.
Stock image of case do to lack of effort getting one:
I can now recored myself on Fraps!
A few of my Videos. Also its amazing what you can do once you cick the habbit!
After 2 years off, I have started playing Halo again. It has been fun and frustrating at the same time. What do I mean?.....
Well I have been playing Halo 2 on Xbox Connect in anticipation of the november release. Surprisingly the connections have been really good and that part of it has made playing H2 fun again, BUT it is a struggle to find games, some nights are better than others and after an hour of only playing a handful of games I tend to bounce out and back to XBL
Halo 3 while still fun has probably thee worst connections now, espcially in the MLG playlist, I cant even believe the amount of cheaters in Halo 3, I feel like im playing halo 2 back when it was on live. Just last week I got DDOS'd, lagged out 8 times and faced off against modders who were flying around with autoaim snipers. Of course all of this fun was in the MLG playlist, from what ive been reading its wide spread in team slayer and mlg playlist at high ranks. It make playing customs a must , the only problem is no one really plays halo 3 anymore.
Halo 4 has been fun, the connections for the most part are really good, the playlists are kind of boring but what are you gonna do. This is the first time i have played halo 4 and just some thought i have on the game itself compared to other halo's. 1st, its 1000 times better than reach, id rather play minecraft than reach. Map wise as far as team slayer goes, the maps are ok, they have lockout or their version of lockout which we vote for almost everytime, there are a couple more i like to, but hell if i can remember their names. I like maps that promote team shooting, not chaos. The weapons, well i dont really have a ton to say about the weapons in Halo 4, the battle rifle feels solid, the dmr feels slow but accurate, the shotgun and scattershot seem way over powered, the sword is garbage as far as the lock on but turns into people sprinting around with it, the sniper seems ok, I feel the the saw is out of places, makes me feel like im playing cod, it just doesnt feel like a halo weapon and not to mention its really op, i mean my first game in halo 4 I got this drop thing with the saw and got a kill frenzy and 2 triple kills. Im not a fan of the sound of the weapons, the snipe, br, dmr sound like little paintball guns and makes it hard to tell the difference when someone is sniping. most of my complaints tho are tiny, im really only playing h4 till november anyway, so its all just grinding till then.
feel free to add me if you still play halo , im on pretty much every night