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Feb. 15th, 2008

Election 2008

Hello boys and girls, it's been a long time since I have posted anything worth any substance and I apologize. Life takes weird turns at times and sometimes you stay on that turn for a long time (sort of like NASCAR...pun intended).

I promised I would speak my mind about important issues, and I will. Personally, I'd have a long rant about this year's upcoming general election for the president of the United States; however, sometimes, a cartoon can do it best.

"Ballot Box Bunny" brought to us by Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes would sum up the current status of our electoral system very nicely.

After all, who wouldn't like to see the candidates shooting at each other with revolvers and setting picnics only to be sabotaged by picnic ants? Oh and don't forget to throw in the stick of dynamite for extra measure.

Without further ado, "Ballot Box Bunny:"

UPDATE: So it seems that YouTube ganked the video, but if you do a search, you'll find it.

Sep. 1st, 2007

And Then There Was 5...

Let me being by saying....OMGWTFBBQ!

For those of you who missed it, baseball history occurred at Fenway Park tonight. Boston Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz pitched a no-hitter against the Balitmore Orioles and became the first rookie in team history to do so. With a dazzling array of pitches, the baby-faced 23-year-old, whittled down Baltimore's bats the entire game. His pitching line is simply excellent:

9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Now with a 2-0 record, Buchholz has a minuscule 1.80 ERA and those in Red Sox Nation (including myself) can only begin to imagine what this young man has in store for us.

Oh and with that win, Boston maintains it's AL East division lead of 5 games over New York.

It's with this that gives one an understanding as to why so many MLB teams have been developing their minor league system throughout the years. Just take a look at several teams around baseball. Cases in point, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers both have rosters comprised of mainly their highly touted prospects that worked their way up the organization's minor league system and into the major leagues. In a way, it's a great strategy for a team to take as these players are under contract for quite some time for what amounts to a bargain compared to most of the salaries around the league.

Also, if you have a team that has plenty of players from the organization's minor league system, there's a built-in team chemistry there that is just simply hard to replace. These players play well together and know how each other works. It's simply something that every team owner and general manger realize they can't easily buy. You can see that now in the way even the Yankees are trying to re-build their minor league system. Heck, even their major league roster consists of several everyday players that played together in the minor leagues.

So from a die-hard and life long baseball fan, a word of advice to team owners and general managers: build from within and supplement that with some free agents acquisitions. You'll be glad you did.

The Boston Red Sox sure are.

Jul. 23rd, 2007

"It's a...Playskool Guitar?!"

Well first and foremost, for those of you who have no idea what the Guitar Hero series of games are, do a little research. To help check out GameSpot and Wikipedia:

GameSpot: Guitar Hero Search Results
Wikipedia: Guitar Hero (series) (articles to the individual games are listed here as well)

Also, on a similar note the game Rock Band was announced, if I remember correctly, during the last part of 2006. Again, refer to GameSpot and Wikipedia:

GameSpot: Rock Band Search Results
Wikipedia: Rock Band (Video Game)

And now that the educational requirement has been completed, do read on. Please? Pretty please?

I can't resist the pun, but Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II both just rock the house. In all seriousness, they are simply a blast to play and in the end isn't that what matters in a game? And as for the both the upcoming Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Rock Band, they both should be great games to play; especially Rock Band for the sheer "party-game" feeling it has going for it.

But I'm not here to talk about game play issues and possible "fixes" to either game. Just like the Dance Dance Revolution series(and to an extent the Karaoke Revolution series), the soundtracks are keys to these games. In my opinion, the game play can hold up a mediocre soundtrack for only so long.

Now musical taste is all relative, and quite honestly, I don't want to get into that debate. If you really want to, head on over to each game's respected forums. Sometimes, that's all people do; bash each other's musical tastes. However, I just have to address one issue that people have mentioned on various blogs and forums for at least Guitar Hero III. People have been complaining about rap making its way into the game with the inclusion of Beastie Boys - "Sabotage." Unfounded fears of, say 50-Cent or Jay-Z getting into the game. Granted those fears have been few and far between, but somebody please explain to me how either one of those artists would make any sense in either game? The reason why the Beastie Boys are making the cut in Guitar Hero III is because that specific song has roots in rock. Apparently people somehow missed out on their song "Fight for Your Right." If that isn't at the very least "rock-esque", then I don't know what is. "Sabotage" follows the path that "Fight for Your Right" set back decades ago. If people want to complain about the lyrics, then what about Rage Against the Machine? Last I checked, they're rock, right? All in all, it really boils down to the individual song in many cases and particularly the music in the song. In the end it's really about what's fun to play in the game as a song.

Now, realistically speaking, both Guitar Hero III and Rock Band may end up sharing a few songs, but due to licensing issues in regards to both games, it's very possible we may not see many songs overlapping.

Jul. 20th, 2007

Better Late Than Never

Well I did say I'd post again in 12 hours...make that a little over 24 hours and that's what you get.

So in tribute to this post, I will go back to sleep and re-post again tomorrow. I've been brimming about how I feel about the Guitar Hero Series of games (including the upcoming Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock) and then the "spin-off" of Rock Band. Let's just say the games rock (figuratively and literally). My two cents: well you'll have to wait and see, but I will say it's mostly positive.

So are you ready to rock? Well I'm giving you good night's sleep and then some to get ready.

Now back to bed I go before I fall asleep here at the keyboard...

Jul. 19th, 2007

"So it begins."

First off, if anybody can reference that quote I used as this entry's title, by all means, please feel free to comment on it.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, I bring you a complete re-haul of my LiveJournal.

So what does this mean? Well for starters, I will be updating on a far more regular basis. Specifically, I will be updating about once a week, if not more. That in itself should be groundbreaking.

However, I am not going to stop just there. I've been planning on turning my LJ into what one would consider the editorial/commentary section of a newspaper.

Does this mean I will comment on what shows up in the news? You bet. Will there be discussion about religion? Sweet Jesus, yes. Am I going to rant and rave about my love for gaming? Well of course, because otherwise it wouldn't be my LJ, now would it? So if it pops up in my mind, be rest assured, it will show up here in some form.

Stories of a trip, my thoughts on a new video game, my scathing commentary on something on CNN, etc. will all start showing up here.

Don't worry, the "personal journal" style for my LJ won't be changing much. So yes, you'll still get my mood and current music listed (for example).

So without further delay, I will begin...in about another 12 hours.

Dec. 4th, 2006

Flapjacks!

I couldn't think of a title so there.

As for not having posts for a long, long time...well life > LJ and probably it will be like that for quite some time. However, since this means I'm "active" on LJ again, then perhaps I'll be more informed on what's going on. shadowravyn  is getting married and I only found out when charmed1ofdoom  told me via an IM months ago. I just wish people would tell me these things earlier. Now I have get all "slim and sexy" for the wedding... (oh somebody let me into that group...I just learned about it).

Oh and those who want to know, it's been two years. Yeah, it's awesome!

So as the semester is winding down, I've switched to a B.A. in Psychology from a B.S. cause calculus is not real math. At the same time, I don't need it EVER as a psychology major, so why the heck do I have to take it?! I'm going to see if I can add a Research Concentration cause it would be good to put my lab experience and science experience to use.

I actually wish I had pancakes...mmm...apple pancakes (so the title makes some sense again)...

Jun. 27th, 2005

Emotional Classics

There are times when a classic song just makes you think how life can be. Earlier today, before I headed out to work it was Pearl Jam with Alive (the craziness of work and/or my academic future hasn't fried my brain completely yet...which is clearly a good thing). Just a few moments ago it was The Police with Every Breath You Take.

I don't know why I felt compelled to post this, but part of me felt the need to (granted a small part, but that part won out).

(Yes, my mood is whacked out, but I know it'll change for the better...I'll make sure of it ).

"Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you.

Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I'll be watching you.

Oh can't you see
You belong to me?
How my poor heart aches with every step you take.

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I'll be watching you.

Since you've gone I've been lost without a trace.
I dream at night, I can only see your face.
I look around but it's you I can't replace.
I keep crying baby, baby please...

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I'll be watching you.

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I'll be watching you..."

Jun. 25th, 2005

Exhaustion...

ex·haus·tion (g-zôschn) n.

  1. The act or an instance of exhausting.
  2. The state of being exhausted; extreme fatigue.
  3. The inability to respond to stimuli; extreme fatigue.
  4. Neurosis following overstrain or overexertion

Take your pick, and whichever you pick, you'll be correct in guessing that's my current physical state. Working at least 5 hours each day this week when every single day has been busy can get to you.

I have no idea how my parents do it, but they're simply far more awesome than I am, that's for sure.

ZZZZZzzzzzzz......

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Jun. 24th, 2005

Work, Work, O-Chem, Work...

Well it has been a while, but not a year as it can be. I've was reminded by Helen that I should keep up with my LJ to see what some of the peeps are up to. Well, friends are more important than being lazy about having an LJ, so LJ updates may come in more often.

Anyway, a quick recap of life since the end of last year:

  • Our family bought the Surf City Squeeze smoothie shop in Westfarms Mall. Sure it's hard work for my parents and at times my sister and I, but let the much needed money flow in.
  • Took organic chemistry at CCSU for about 4 weeks. Let's just say the class is about 5 weeks during the semester, about double that normally during the semester. Needless to say I had to drop it for the sake of my sanity. Apparently I found out from the lab TA that a portion of the class fails during the summer (that's the general trend), and the professor never gives out As in lab...NEVER, even if it is grade A work. Apparently the 6 to 8 hours of work I was putting in for class and then 2 to 3 hours for lab pre-lab write ups were not enough and well I'd rather not burn out now. Perhaps I can take the abridged O-Chem at UConn... But at the moment, O-Chem: 1, Me: 0.
  • I have about 1 more year until Federal Financial Aid gives me a swift kick in the face and tells me to pay for my undergraduate education. I'm kinda screwed financially at the current moment, but I can pull something off last minute; I'm good at that.
  • Oh yeah, and I still have my job at UConn's Writing Center as their web designer. It's quite a blast working with the tutors there; too much fun is had by all on Thursdays.

Gaming-wise, I've been a little out of it, although I've been playing a few rounds of Ninja Burger, Illuminati, and Pimp: The Backhanding (Nuance, this game is something we MUST play together someday; I'll backhand your hos silly and you know it ) as of late. My video/computer games have also been gathering some dust also, but I've been playing some MVP Baseball 2005, F-Zero GX, and I just decided to pick up playing Gladius again. So apparently, I somehow have some general gaming time (but not much).

On a side note, the 30 GB iPod Photo is flippin' sweet.

Dec. 7th, 2004

Two Updates in a Day?! OMGWTFBBQ!

Yup, that's my second update in one freakin' day. I'm just that amazingly cool ;-) . Anyway, I just got home and found out from my mother that my 20-year old cousin (who lives in India) just got...

::Drum Roll Please::

Engaged?! I was in more of shock state than anything else cause I always thought of her as the little cousin who was quiet yet fun to pester when we went to India. Yet, she's engaged...I'm speechless, really. This is just way to friggin' weird. I mean, she's 20! Who get's even remotely engaged?! I know perhaps one person in which that happened, but unfortunately, it just didn't work out. And also, supposedly my cousin's getting married within 1 to 2 years!

There's only one way I can describe how my mind's feeling at the moment:

DUDE, WTF?!

My brain (thanks to my behavioral statistics class) along with my body (thanks to hours of calesthenic exercises) are now officially cooked. You want fries with that?

EDIT: Remind me not to do copious amounts of exercise on consecutive days; it gets really tiring.

EDIT #2: Yeah this is a new edit of an old entry, but apparently, my server is down, so I replaced my image with text. I think I'm gonna give them the boot after this year...

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