Thursday, July 31, 2008

Congress Continues to Surprise

Its nice to know that with all the pressing issues going on in the world and here at home that we have the United States Congress. While we should be concerned with taking care of issues like immigration, gas prices, foreign dependency, terrorism, and a handful of other important issue, we instead have Congress coming together to apologize for slavery. THANK GOD FOR THAT.

Ok enough sarcasm. What the hell are they thinking. Should we honestly be worrying about something so unimportant? Or should we continue to support the politically correctness that is tearing this country apart? It blows me away to think that they are still caught up on this slavery thing and the whole "Jim Crow" bullcrap. Yea we know it was horrible, but guess what, it was abolished for a reason.

Its not enough that several states already apologized for this very thing, but no it needs to be done on a federal level to show how serious they are about it. Nothing else is as important as making them feel better about something that happened over 50 years ago. Congress not only apologized, but they also committed itself to stopping "the occurrence of human rights violations in the future." And I'm curious what they are going to do to back that up.

Just wait until they start handing out reparations for slavery to all the people who weren't actually slaves. Then who will pay for that? The people who weren't even involved in the ownership of slaves, that's who.

America just keeps getting better and better WOOOOHOOOO.

House apologizes for slavery, 'Jim Crow' injustices.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Now I Know Why People Love Casinos

I never understood the man in movies who sat at the casino for hours losing money as his family went hungry. I never understood the man who came home to his wife late at night and informed her of the thousands of dollars he lost at the casino.

Now I do. And the reason is that CASINOS ARE THE SHIT.

I turned 21 last Monday and went over to the Argosy Casino with a friend and my brother. It was some of the most fun I have ever had. Now I understand why people gamble their lives away.

Speaking of 21, the game that attracted me the most was BLACKJACK. I am now hooked, I spent hours at the $5 blackjack table winning, losing, winning more, and losing more. I felt so alive being able to bet $5-$20 a hand and not caring. Sitting there with all those other people trying their luck against the dealer. It was such a great experience. I loved the commerce and the conversations. I met so many people and it was just a fun atmosphere. Seeing that Ace dealt to you and hearing the people around you saying "Good luck on that Ace". I could have stayed there all night sipping on my Maker's Mark and Coke.

One thing that I found interesting was how the dealers switched out. They would do the hand waving thing and you felt like your luck was so much different with this new person. I went through so many dealers, they all had their own personality which made it that much more interesting. Walt, Tom, Tim, Marie, and so many others. It was truly an experience that I will need to relive soon.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Diablo 3 - Hell Yes


Recently Blizzard announced Diablo 3. As a big fan of the Diablo series, I was very pleased to hear this. I heard rumors of its creation and I knew it was coming, but to know that its official and to actually see the trailer and game play footage, got me very excited.

Diablo was one of the first games I ever played on the PC. The days back on battle.net where you could play online and PvP (remember all the hacks that were available?). I even had it for the Playstation.

When Diablo 2 came out me and my buddies played for countless hours stocking gems, armor sets, and doing Baal run after Baal run (and then doing a Taco Baal run). We even came back to the game after a few years to enjoy it all over again. Blizzard always seems to deliver stellar games.

Now with Diablo 3 announced, there is no doubt that I will be playing. If you haven't checked out the Diablo 3 page on Blizzards website, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how awesome it looks. As an amateur graphic designer, seeing Tyrael there in all his glory just about made me crap my pants. He looks amazing and just absolutely stunning. I...I... I'm in love.

Friday, June 27, 2008

What I Hate About Political Parties

I hate political parties. It seems like all they are is a way to turn us against each other.

Now, from my previous posts you would assume that I am a conservative, and I am. That doesn't make me a republican. I don't think its healthy to bunch everyone in one group or the other. Everyday the media feed us stories about democrats doing this, republicans doing that. As Glenn Beck put it "Day after day, the media and analysts feed us stories that line us up against each other like armies getting ready for battle. Standing in the middle isn't an option, so people tend to take a side, even if they don't feel completely comfortable there." And it's true. I mean look at this election, I don't remember ever seeing so much mudslinging and constant attacking between the two parties. And the sad thing is that you can't even rely on a candidate to practice what he preaches.

How many times have you brought up a simple subject to someone of the opposite political beliefs and they jump on the defensive. Like today for instance. I was talking to a friend about the Democratic National Convention. Her views are liberal and mine are conservative. She literally said she was proud of me because I was reading democratic things. And then I told her I was reading how they are trying everything in their power to make every minor detail of the convention as green as possible. Immediately she took up arms and defended the democrats saying that what i read was probably FALSE. Nothing I could have said after that fact would have changed her mind. I was already wrong because I said something "bad" about democrats. Why are we so narrow-minded these days?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Global Warming (South Park Version)

As a follow up to my last post, I wanted to post this video. This is the way Al Gore wants us to act when it comes to global warming.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Al Gore is a Fraud

Al Gore is a FraudIts said that a man's commitment to his beliefs is best measured by what he does behind closed doors. When it comes to Al Gore and his precious global warming he doesn't necessarily live his so-called beliefs.

There was some controversy about Gore's home after it was found to be very inefficient. After the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore and his massive home energy usage, Gore's excuse was 'well, the house is four times bigger than the typical house'. What an excuse. Was this the only house that he could find? Were there no other substitutes? Regardless, he made efforts to make his home more "green" but didn't really make things any better. According to the Nashville Electric Service, Al Gore's home burned through 213,210 kWh of electricity in the past year. That's 20 times more electricity than the average American household.

Gore's house now consumes 1,638 kWh more than before the renovations. Lets make the house more green he says, yet he increases his energy consumption by about 10%? Are we supposed to take this guy seriously? Well after he has won an Oscar, a Grammy, and the Nobel Peace Prize... I'm assuming that I am supposed to take him seriously.

Al Gore is just an alarmist, taking advantage of a scare tactic. It's estimated that he has increased his wealth by about $100 million thanks to speaking fees and investments related to the global warming hysteria.

“Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.” says Drew Johnson, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, “Actions speak louder than words, and Gore’s actions prove that he views climate change not as a serious problem, but as a money-making opportunity. Gore is exploiting the public’s concern about the environment to line his pockets and enhance his profile.”

Its okay, because he's super cereal about ManBearPig, err I mean Global Warming.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

TF2 - Funny Video

I saw this funny video based on Team Fortress 2. If you play the game you will see the humor.

This is the Engineer inviting the Medic and Soldier to dinner.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ohio Computer Service gets pwnd

Ohio Computer ServiceThis week at the XHQ (Xponex Headquarters) its been a non-stop effort to hit the local computer service market. Day after day we tore through city pages like a tornado. BOOM Dayton Computer Service down, and then Toledo Computer Service, until even Lima couldn't hide from our overwhelming web force. It was a glorious achievement for the Xponex team. Another job well done.

So hopefully our partners in the Tech Army Organization can benefit from the team's awesome efforts.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Age of Conan, worth it?

Ive been hearing a lot of good things about Age of Conan and Ive been thinking about getting it. But I'm not totally convinced yet, considering it was just released Tuesday.

The graphics look stunning, some of the best I have seen on an MMO. I've also heard a lot about the PvP being pretty nice. The only thing that is really holding me back is the requirements to play it. My computer is a piece and I'm not feeling an upgrade coming on anytime soon.

Also, another game that requires a monthly fee makes me want to throw up. I realize that all MMOs require a monthly fee, which makes me want to forget about playing them altogether. I need to cancel and sell my WoW account. It has lost it's flare for me and I'm completely bored with it.

I'm still psyched for EQC which recently went into Alpha testing, it still seems a far way off though. It will be free which makes me happy. The nostalgia is whats got me excited though, I really want to relive that experience.

I guess Team Fortress and Counter-Strike will have to hold me over until EQC comes out or I get a better computer (I could live with either :])

Monday, May 12, 2008

Team Fortress 2 is a Blast

Last Weekend I was on Steam just browsing their news when I noticed that they were letting people play Team Fortress 2 for free over the weekend. I was bored and decided to check it out because I know Valve makes some good games.

My first impression was that this game was a interesting combination of other game concepts all rolled into one. I thought the game resembled Unreal Tournament and Counter-Strike with an RPG-twist all done in graphics that look like the movie The Incredibles. I was impressed by the different classes that you could play. I especially thought that the medic was a cool concept where you can run around healing your injured teammates.

Needless to say, I spent many hours playing the game and decided to purchase it. I think that my favorite classes would have to be the Soldier and Medic, but the Spy and Engineer are always fun.

If you have not played TF2, I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Our Crap Economy

I talk a lot about games, but today I don't want to. A) Because I am currently bored with the games I'm playing and B) I'm feeling a little nervous and upset about our current economic status. Glenn Beck is one of my favorite talk shows and I wanted to discuss this story I saw.

So just about everything that is essential in our daily lives is going up in price. Everyone is feeling it. Inflation is 10 or 11 percent, prices of gas are shooting through the roof and on top of it so is our food.

The average food inflation for American families is now running at 4.5% per year. But a lot of prices are up may more than that, take eggs for example which are up 30% in ONE YEAR. There is a huge surge in demand from China and India by millions of people moving up into the middle class and wanting to heat/cool their homes and they want to eat better and eat more. More food = more raw materials like grain and rice. So the demand is a lot higher and guess what? The supply is running short. So the prices of these underlying raw materials have just about tripled in the past 3 years. Apparently the food companies have been eating that cost increase...but not for long, soon its going to make its way to us.

On top of this we have the whole biofuel thing thats come at probably the worst time possible. We are shooting ourselves in the foot with this thing. It using a big chunk of the corn supply and for what? Some mythical concept of some new fuel that we will all be using. Where is it? I don't see anyone using it.

Brett Arends said "The emerging bull market in agricultural products is following in the footsteps of oil. A few years ago, many Americans hoped $2 gas was a temporary spike. Now it's the rosy memory of a bygone age." which is very true.

So I guess its time to start stockpiling food before the food riots start. LOL!... but seriously.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

EQ Classic

Its been a long time since I played Everquest. Well maybe it hasn't been THAT long, but it feels like it. My account has been deactivated since May of 06' so it has been about 2 years.

My friend let me on this new project these guys are working on. Its called EQC. Everquest Classic. These Everquest veterans have taken it upon themselves to create a truly classic EQ server. It will be a progression server starting at classic everquest and moving through Kunark and then Velious. It will not go any further because much of the fan base believes that is where EQ shined. Once Verant sold it to Sony is where many people believed it went downhill with the Luclin expansion.

These guys are working on the database and tuning things to make sure everything on the server is truly classic. There is no release date for beta thus far but everyone who is involved in this project is really excited about it. A lot of the folks who played originally are getting hyped up for it, me included.

If your interested in checking it out, visit EQClassic

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

First Post

"Hello World!" heh. That phrase is so classic. It always seems to fit perfectly for a first post. I remember that stupid thing from Computer Science in high school... that class was god awful.

Anyway..I'm looking forward to posting on my own personal blog finally. I have been blogging for almost the past 2 years for Xponex, but never made one for myself. It wont be anything significant, just some posts about my working/gaming life.

First things first, Im an avid gamer. I love gaming in almost every form. I started with the classic NES system when I was a wee boy. I progressed through the consoles thats followed: SNES, Sega, N64, Playstation, XBox, etc... It wasnt until I was about 10 or 11 that I actually got my first PC. Ever since then I have been in love with PC gaming from the Real Time Strategies like Age of Empires and Starcraft to the fast paced FPSs like Counter-Strike. I was addicted from day one on that computer. Hours on end in the MS gaming zone, on forums, and AIM. Soon after I had gotten my computer I got immersed in the famous MMORPG Everquest. Now MMOs are one of my favorite types of games to play. I play World of Warcraft now(yea its an okay game, but nothing will live up to the games I played growing up) and get my fix of CS and CoD4 every now and then.

I stay pretty busy between class, work and gaming. Im currently majoring in Engineering at Miami University of Middletown, soon to be Oxford. Working with Xponex has also been a great opportunity and I'm kinda bummed about the fact that I will be moving to Oxford and wont be able to work in Middletown with the web guys. I still hope I can work remotely but we'll see.