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Free gaming? [Apr. 10th, 2009|12:07 pm]
I was reading slashdot.org the other day and read an article there about free games made by independant groups of people. It was an interesting read and I decided to try my own luck in searching out some free games. I stumbled across several games that are pretty decent, but one has been sucking up my time lately.

Combat Arms is a pretty decent game. It is a First Person Shooter game that is very similar to CounterStrike in that you have to purchase the weapons and equipment you use and also in that its very fast paced (as opposed to not being a fast paced FPS? Really, its that the maps are not vastly huge maps but that they are pretty simple and straightforward.). Instead of money though, you can trade in XP to get your weapons/gear. The more XP you have, the better the weapon/gear you can get, and the longer the weapon lasts for until it expires. Of course there is a way to actually pay real money to outfit your nub with lots of gear that expires 1349760197560124957246579 years from now, but XP is easy enough to get. The game has all the features of a good FPS and looks pretty good to boot. There is also a ranking system in place so that if you are a total nub who is constantly shooting at allies, you can play on a server that does not have people who have been playing for years (unless they are really that bad that they don't actually kill or win).

The server system, I think is the truly ingenious part of the system. Basically, you have these servers that have limit caps to them that prohibit anyone above a certain rank from joining them. Then there are some public servers as well that allow mixed ranks in them as well. Once you get into the server, then you get the room list where you chose the map and game type and whatnot. There is no "Accidently joining an uber-leet-mega-awsome-cool-player room where people have been playing non-stop since the game was in beta and know all the haxxes or anything like that which you can get caught in with other FPS games.

Overall, I am impressed by this showing by an actual game studio and am especially impressed that they can put out a quality game and not charge a cent and still provide a decent gaming experience.
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School Crap [May. 15th, 2007|01:45 pm]
[mood |crushedcrushed]

So I went in to meet with the director of the school of music yesterday in order to finalize my stuff for graduation. In the fall I had been told by him that I did not need to take counterpoint. In the spring I was also told I do not need to take counterpoint. Yesterday I was informed that I need to take counterpoint. So here are my new options:

1) since counterpoint is only offered in the spring and I am not allowed to do a directed study with anyone to fulfill the requirements, I can wait until next spring for the one class I need to graduate.

2) I can go take the course at another school. The only school south of Orlando that offers Counterpoint other than FIU is the University of Miami, where it would cost me $1,246 per credit. Essentially it would cost me more than a 20 credit semester at FIU to take a 3 credit class at UM. I would most likely graduate then in late summer (unlikely) or December (Very Likely) and would most likely not be able to teach until the following year.

3) I can apply for graduation, hope for the best, take the course at UM and then just juggle paperwork in the fall.

I am leaning towards option 3, but I don't know where I will get the money for tuition from... Maybe I am going to have to go and actually take out a loan...
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Recognition [Nov. 16th, 2006|03:20 pm]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

So last night we had a concert with the wind ensemble. Overall the concert went pretty well. One thing that has become a pet peeve of mine though is recognition for solos.

Tonight I had solos in 3 of the pieces we played. One of the pieces had major saxophone solos in every movement to the point where I was the only one playing over the ensemble. One of the other pieces, I was the only one playing in a duet with a solo Bassoon. The problem I have is that I was not recognized.

Now I am not crying for attention and approval here, but other players were recognized who didn't even have solos. I basically just want my share for doing something right! This has happened every year since I have been in the ensemble. Everyone but me gets recognized. I am bitter.
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Superhumans among us [Jul. 31st, 2006|12:16 am]
[mood |contentcontent]

So out of boredom, I was flipping though the channels tonight. I happened to stop at the sci-fi channel and saw this new reality show they have where contestants compete for a chance to become a comic book super hero. Judging by the commercials and the few seconds I saw, I was thinking it was going to be this campy and stupid show and I experienced little interest in wasting my time on it. Tonight, I was ridiculously bored so I decided to give it a chance.

First a little about the show though. It is hosted by Stan Lee, the guy who created Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, and several other comic greats. He hosts the show via a TV where he tells the people what they are going to do. The contestants also have communicators. The different people have created superhero names and personalities that vary from Cell Phone Girl to The Iron Enforcer. All the “Hero’s” live in a “Lair” together.

The first thing that happens is the group meets in a mansion outside the city where the show takes place. They all are drinking and talking with one another about the show and what they do in real life and what not when Stan Lee then comes on the screen and tells them that real superheroes don’t act that way. He then tells them about the location of their lair.

Upon arriving at the lair, he tells them that there was a spy among the group recording everything they had said and done while in the mansion. Prior to even getting into the lair, a guy was eliminated because he made action figures and sold them for a couple hundred dollars. This guy was obviously in it for the money.

The next day they have a challenge where they have to change from regular clothes into their costumes inconspicuously and then pass under an arch. There was also a little girl crying about being lost right next to the path that the people had to take. The night before, Stan Lee told the people that it was not a test of endurance or speed, but of the ability to exemplify human nature and kindness. I really was impressed. The first challenge had nothing to do with speed, but everything to do with helping the little girl. Ultimately, one of the guys who ran by the girl was eliminated. He also changed in the open right in front of everyone.

I have to say that I was actually impressed with the show. Its challenges were about doing the honorable and right thing more than proving ability. I think its commendable. Now if only I can get over this damned boredom…
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blah [Jul. 23rd, 2006|10:19 pm]
[mood |okayokay]

So the latest bits of drama concerning Guild Wars seem to be subsiding. Today I got a private message from one of the drama instigators and I basically informed them that I didn't want to discuss the matter further.

I need for the next chapter to come out soon because I am already pretty bored with the current one. I beat it once and now just log on and farm. Luckily there is an event next weekend where we will be able to see the new professions at work. I am looking forward to that.

Things seem pretty stagnant right now. It feels not like things are moving forward or regressing, but that things are just there. I don't know how to describe it any better.

On one positive note, I got to hear Emma' voice again tonight! It has been almost a week since I have heard it last and that has been entirely too long.
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frustrations over hypocracy [Jul. 17th, 2006|12:03 am]
[mood |pissed offpissed off]

I am tired of Guild Wars. This has happened to me once before when I realised that my entire guild had left me to go play World of Warcraft, but at that point I had set my goal to complete all the missions. Now, I have completed all the missions and now feel no true reason to keep playing. I am in a guild where most of them are great and we have a good time, but the few who are assholes ruin it completely for me.

I saw some issues happening with our sister guild that really botherd me and since I had heard of other member's lack of success in getting responses from the officers, I decided to post to the forums about my concerns. Since then, I have learned that there are 3 people who I can no longer stand in the alliance. Additionally, one more is being added to that list thanks in part to the constant and condescending, insulting, accusatory, and immature private message posts from that individual. I grow tired of the implications and the such. I really wish people would just come out with what they want to say.

I don't regret making the post. I am somewhat dissapointed to not get responses from several key people who encouraged me to write the post in the first place. I feel that there are some real issues and I can see the officers are working toward correcting them, but the consistant private messages from one key member keeps pushing me and in the last one I was even encouraged to drop from the alliance (I know, horrible run-ons today).

I am worn out saying the things the other officers are seemingly affraid to. I am tired of being the scapegoat and blame person in our alliance. I am tired of Guild Wars not so much because of the game, but because of the people.

What has made me especially angry about what has happened is how others who had nothing to do with the post are now being drawn in because of me. Some now have issues with me and are starting to bring people I care about into matters and placing blame on them as well. I am really close to leaving the alliance once again. I am just tired of all the crap.
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Guildwars DRAMA! [Jul. 14th, 2006|05:14 am]
[mood |hornyhorny]

So a couple days ago now, I posted to the forum for our guild/alliance about several of the things that have really frustrated me about our guild and the other guild which bares the same name within the alliance. I am somewhat regretting having posted it, but every time I start to feel down about it, I get another comment from someone saying I did good.

Last night, I recieved a PM from someone in game who had never PMed me before. He had read the post in the forum (he wasn't supposed to have access to it, but I don't care) and he wanted to say that I did good. Its refreshing to have the support of a majority of the guilds in question.

I think the entire alliance would be better without 3 key people in the other guild. I am annoyed by others, but they have much more managable personalities and are easier to deal with. The three people though are constantly causing problems and have an aura of drama and hypocracy about them that is as comfortable to be around as a crowd of children standing in a pool of acid having their skin burn off while their hair is on fire and they are being poked with sharp objects.

The Alliance will prevail as both guilds will as well. The only issue is we may end up losing our alliance leader. I would really hate to see that happen though because they are a great person who I have great respect for.

As for the mood, I have NO FRICKEN IDEA why that is my mood right now, but it is so I guess I should deal with it...
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(no subject) [Jul. 9th, 2006|06:21 pm]
[mood |amusedamused]

(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

I miss somebody right now.  (Yeah, she logged off an hour before I logged on...) × I don't watch much TV these days. I own lots of books.
× I wear glasses or contact lenses. I love to play video games. I've tried marijuana.
I've watched porn movies. × I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship. I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I curse sometimes. I have changed a lot mentally over the last year. I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.  (its a swiss army knife! those things are usefull!)
it goes on...Collapse )
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Приветствия От Америки! [Jul. 8th, 2006|01:52 am]
[mood |amusedamused]

Так оно кажется я имеет нового русского друга! Я не знаю русского, но я по крайней мере сделаю этот столб в что язык как раз для shits и оскалов, настолько здесь его находится в всей из славы переводчиков рыб babel!

Пребывание Теплое,
Шлепок Шарика
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further ramblings about university woes [Jul. 8th, 2006|01:21 am]
[mood |hornyhorny]

so in scrolling through my previous entries, I noticed that I was planning on mentioning the problem with my university and my birthday... so here it goes!

When I started at FIU, the university used a different personelle system than they use today. The system back then was based on Legacy and in 2004 they converted to a peoplesoft based system. During the summer of 2004, students could register on either the old system or the new one. I tried to log into the new one, but could not get in, so instead I registered using the old Legacy based system.

During the Fall semester of that year, everyone had to register using the peoplesoft based system. Two weeks prior to the end of registration, I tried to log in and was greeted with an error. I discovered that the password was supposed to be your birthday (mine being 12051979... the password has been changed though so yeah...)and I could not log in. I tried every form of my birthday for 3 days straight (I had to use 3 different days because if you tried more than 5 times you were locked out for 24 hours). Finally I called up the "Panthersoft" office where they transfered me to UTS (University Technological Services).

I informed the UTS person about my problem and he asked my social security so they he could varify. He then asked me to try it using my birthday. I tried it and it did not work. He then asked me my birthday to verify. I answered him with "December 05,1979" and he says immediately "You mean February 5, 1979". Now I know my own birthday so I tell him "No, my birthday is December" and he tells me that it is entered as February. When I attempt to log in with the February date, it works. I then ask who I need to talk to in order to get the problem resolved, and he directs me to the registrars office.

The next day I go to the registrars office and tell them the situation. They check their records and inform me that my birthday IS listed as December 5th. They then direct me to the UTS office in order to correct the problem.

I journey over to the UTS office and inform them what has happened and then I am assured that I am wrong and that my birthday is Feberuary 5th! Now I don't really remember the details on the day of my birth, but my drivers license and birth certificate all say December 5th... I have seen them with my own eyes! In hearing that response from UTS, I pull out my drivers license and show them the Date of Birth as December. The person behind the desk then informed me that it is illegal to lie on a government ID card such as a drivers license. I then produce my social security card, listing my birthdate as December. The clerk refused to make any changes in the system and insisted that the problem lie with the registrars office.

I walk back to the registrars office because I knew I would get no further with UTS. I then tell the person behind the desk about the ordeal which has now entered its 4th hour. Finally, they get someone to walk with me to UTS and force the change.

Long story short, I know my birthday and the sheer audacity of a person who has never met me before saying they are right and I am wrong about something like that is rediculous.

As for the mood, I really don't know why, thats just how it works today.
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