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Time Suck

Posted in My Life on September 10, 2009 by That-One-Person

I haven’t really been able to blog as much as I’d like to lately, because another dreaded semester of college has just begun.  Perhaps though, if I can manage to get more organized, I’ll be able to free up some more of my time to keep up with this.

Recently, I have begun trying to manage my time better using Google Calender, Thunderbirds Calender, and my iPhone, to all remind me at once that I should be doing something for school.  Luckily for me, all of these sync seamlessly with a few minor add-ons.  What really surprises me though, is how few people actually use Thunderbird for their desktop mail and/or calender client.  Being able to sync with Google Calender, support a wide range of add-ons, and sport an interface that is far more efficient and easier on the eyes than Outlook.  Oh well, that is your loss and not mine if you don’t use it.

College so far this semester has been a hectic Hell.  Between the school losing my entire schedule, requiring me to pick all new classes two days before classes start, and one of my professors having no idea what he is doing, it sure is going to be fun.  Yeah, I go to class the first day and apparently wasn’t registered in any of the classes I previously was.  I had to switch to a whole new schedule, taking whatever classes weren’t full yet, and starting into them a week late.

Seriously though, a professor of mine basically copied the entire course from another persons, not even bothering to change the name on anything to his.  All through out the resources, class info, and power points say another professors name, and listing her rule of “Do not ever use Dreamweaver for coding in this course, use TextPad.”  So, after not installing my copy of Dreamweaver because of that rule being posted all over, I was surprised to go into his class and him ask everyone to open up Dreamweaver.  Did he even read any of the course material?  It’s also quite hilarious to see him go to code something and say “Now this will do that.. wait.. wait.. I was wrong again.”  Although I’d much prefer to go to college to learn something from someone who already knows how to do what they are teaching.

This semester is sure to drive me insane. How about you, how is your school going so far?

-That One Person

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This Is A Test Of The Emergency Blogcasting System

Posted in My Life on September 4, 2009 by That-One-Person

I know what you’re thinking, you haven’t heard from me since I got back from San Diego. For this, I apologize.

Although some of you, if this is going according to plan, have never heard from me ever. I am testing something with this post that will hopefully post it to three separate blogs of mine. All I have to do, however, is type it into one box and then “Shazam!”, off it goes.

But I should be back again, now that I’ve wrestled my depression to the ground. For awhile I just lost interest in all of my interests, to the point where my only interest seemed to be uninterest. I make no sense, I know. Well, let’s see how this goes!

-That One Person

Comic-Con Madness

Posted in Gaming, Movies, My Life with tags , , , , on August 1, 2009 by That-One-Person

I know I should’ve been blogging sooner, but I haven’t felt well these last three days.  Just down in the dumps and stuff, nothing major.  I think it’s mainly a depression from being back in this god forsaken state.

Being in California was one of the best weeks of my life, with the exception of being with a few certain people.  Not that kind of with, sicko.

I’ll start with the flight, which caused me to realize that I was a fool for ever flying anything but Delta.  It felt smoother than any transportation I’ve ever been on, whether a car, other plane, trolley, or hot air balloon.  It was so relaxing, comfortable, and entertaining.  Every seat had a touch screen television in front of it on the back of the other seat, where one could play games, watch live television, watch movies, or track the plane by GPS, all for free.

The moment I got off the plane, I began to immediately melt.  After just the first day though, I had become so used to the heat that I… actually.. started.. to not mind it.  Did you gasp?  You should have.

Walking around San Diego that first day while we waited for Preview Night to start was amazing.  People there are just so much more kind than anybody in any state or country I’ve ever been to.  I don’t just mean people who were employed at places, I mean everybody.  Complete strangers would comment on the weather, ask us how we were, even try to slow down traffic so we could cross the road.  Hell, even the homeless people were awfully kind and always seemed to smile.

Preview night was completely unbelievable.  Perhaps the best night of Comic-Con because it was only for people who had the week long passes, which were limited, and not for people with just one to three day tickets.  Not only did I get to play unreleased games that day, but you really got to talk to the developers and people at the booths since the crowds weren’t as dense.

Transportation was unbelievably simple.  A week pass which only ran like $15 gets you unlimited trips and access to the entire transit system, the trolley, the buses, and the train.  Our hotel was just a short walk from the trolley station, and I was worried at first walking back at night but it turned out that I had no reason to be fearful.  At night it didn’t seem like the city got scarier, you didn’t see any gangs or anything, and everyone was still just as kind as before.

The rest of Comic-Con was complete insanity. I got to see David Tennant, who plays The Doctor, John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack of Torchwood, the cast of Lost, Dexter, Psych, Big Bang Theory, John Lithgow and the girl from the Alien films.  There was just a ridiculous amount of famous people scattered all over the Con, I even actually got to talk to the original Chewbacca.  However, he started selling his autograph for $30 a pop on your own stuff, and $50 if it was on his picture of him.  Pretty expensive for someone who doesn’t really matter.

Let’s see, I got to play a slew of unreleased video games.  I got to fool around on Aion (although I’m beta testing that at home anyways), DC Universe, Singularity, a whole mess of shitty EA games that felt as unfinished then as they probably will when they release.  Most importantly though, I got to spend a good thirty minutes of Katamari Forever, which is perhaps my most anticipated release of the year.  I cannot wait at all, it was absolutely gorgeous and full of madness.

Got a ton of free stuff, and a ton of stuff I actually payed for.  Got a Doctor Who t-shirt, a replica Sonic Screwdriver, “psychic paper”, a bunch of Doctor Who original comics, including issue one!  Basically everything I bought either had to do with Doctor Who or Disgaea, minus the satisfying of my stomach of course.

My favorite picture from the entire trip is the one I got of a real live artificial Dalek:

Dalek

Exterrrrminate!!

Don’t worry, I thwarted it with my Doctor Who gear before it could wipe out the human race.  Yes, I’m a geek.

Final day, we went to the beach, which was pretty nice for a beach.  It was much prettier than the beaches of the Bahamas, the east coast of the U.S., and almost every other beach I’ve ever been to.  The only one it didn’t compare to was the beaches of Sanibel Island.

At the airport before our flight back, I ran into the most peculiar person.  It’s upsetting that my camera was in my suitcase, because I ran into a black clone of me.  I am absolutely dead serious, we both had a hate on, gold aviators, a red flash t-shirt, same color shorts, the same very weird and rare styled belt.  Everything. This only further proves my theory that there is no unique thought left to think, and no people to be born that haven’t had someone like them born elsewhere or in another time.  Well, maybe one person is truly unique.  Anyways, all in all it was a fantastic trip.  I hope to return one day, when we can.

-That One Person

Complaints?

Posted in My Life on July 30, 2009 by That-One-Person

As twelve of you have pointed out to me through messages, texts, or other wise, I have not posted any blogs in a little over a week.  You bug me and say “Why have you stopped blogging?” or “When will I get to read another one of your blogs?” How about this, I write according to how many people are commenting on them.  If twelve people have asked why I haven’t been posting but only one person ever bothers to comment, how would I have known you were all actually still reading?

So, following this post I will begin blogging about last week, and my time in San Diego, only if everyone who keeps bugging me about me not blogging, will begin commenting.

Seriously people, don’t read and not comment.  You could even just comment “/read” and I’d at least know I had readers.  Plus, you don’t even have to register to comment.

Get with the program people.

-That One Person

Preperation

Posted in My Life on July 21, 2009 by That-One-Person

Tomorrow I leave this wretched state, although sadly not forever.  I am hoping to find some temporary relief from this pain, as I fly far far away in the morning.  As most of you probably know, it is California that I am going to.  A friend and I have tickets to Comic-Con, which is where we will get to see so many famous people, crazy people, previews of books, comics, movies, and video games.  Out of all the many important things that are going to be happening during this week, the most important is that the cast from the Doctor Who series will be there, hopefully including Torchwood.

I’ll only be gone for about a week, but that’s a week away from my family, and hopefully a week away from thought.  Every bit of this state reminds me of something painful.  Not just one pain, so many pains, all over lapping.  So many people I have lost here, that there is hardly any hope left for me in Ohio.

Two people are all I really have hope left in, and that is such a slim hope.  Someday though, this won’t be for a vacation, someday I will escape this place with someone who loves me.

I really must go back to the good topic though, and take my mind off of things.  Comic-Con preview night is tomorrow, which is going to be absolutely enjoyable.

At 4:30 in the A.M. I will be boarding my flight, leaving all this behind for a while.  Then I will be picking up my preview night and week passes to Comic-Con, mmm-mmm special week privelages.  My hotel is nestled between the Ocean and Seaworld, right across from downtown San Diego.  Hopefully, just hopefully, I’ll be able to feel more.

Remember, I am returning again for you.

-That One Person

Six Hours Remain

VNV Nation Is Amazing!

Posted in Music, My Life with tags on July 19, 2009 by That-One-Person

Well, a week ago today, I went to the most amazing concert ever with my best friend.

Hands down, no one I’ve yet to see live ever compares with VNV Nation.  On top of their normally outstanding talent, they managed to really interact with the crowd.  Someone brought in a huge inflatable sword and Ronan told them to pass it up on stage where he stopped and posed with it,  saying “I look like a fat, balding He-Man. Take pictures people, this is the only chance you’re ever going to get.”

RonanSwordYou may also notice his insane country western shirt, which is very out of place for an Industrial concert.  He said he was in some redneck state that I can’t recall, and the store had a huge sale on them and he bought some because “..those Clevelanders are going to love my shirt, I’ll look like Johnny Cash or something.”  Seriously, he could do stand up.

The opening bands were surprisingly quite good also, well, at least one of them was.  I liked Aryia far more than War Tapes, and actually got all of her albums now.

Was a really good time, especially going to leave and having gangsters follow us outside while we waited for our ride.  Afterward, we went to IHOP, which always proves to be quite delicious.

I know what you may be thinking, for such an amazing concert, how come it took me so long to post about it? Simple.  I’ve had a ton to do all week, trying to see everyone before I go to San Diego this week.  Have had a lot of clothes shopping to do,  a lot of packing, and just been having a really hectic week.  I’ve been unusually busy for a bum.

-That One Person

So Much New Software

Posted in My Life, Technology with tags , , , on July 7, 2009 by That-One-Person

First, I would like to say Happy Birthday to my bestfriend.

Anyways, don’t you all love that feeling you get when you install a ton of new software?  Almost feels like moving into a new house or sleeping in a hotel doesn’t it?  No?  Maybe that’s only me.  Well, this weekend I installed a ridiculous amount of new software, and just wanted to let you know about a few of the best.

Growl finally added a slew of support for Windows programs, instead of only OS X ones.  If you don’t know what Growl is, it is basically a global notification system for a bunch of applications.  Sadly, I didn’t use half of the software that had just became supported, so of course I decided to download it all.

Songbird is one that completely amazes me.  It blows both iTunes and Zune desktop software away, although everything blows iTunes away already.  It is basically the Firefox of music players.  Although it doesn’t really concern me, it uses around half the RAM to run as iTunes, so there’s one plus.  It comes with support for many handy add-ons, such as immediately finding the lyrics for around 90% of my music, displaying all nearby concerts of the artists you listen to, a few hundred appearance add-ons, and even a remote control app for the iphone.  I highly recommend checking it out.

Lastly, I wanted to talk about Koornk, which is completely amazing.  These last few days I have been thoroughly pissed off at how often Twitter randomly locks me out of my account (on first log-in, with my saved password), and how stopping following certain people just doesn’t register.  After wanting to reach into my computer screen and choke Jack Dorsey to death, I decided to look for something else.

This is how I found Koornk, which is pretty much the same thing and more.  It allows for pings, so I can immediately new blog posts to it without extensive modding, 150 characters as opposed to Twitters 140, the same following/follower/reply system as Twitter, and you can even send your “clucks” to become “tweets” on your Twitter account just by checking a box.  It’s really packed full of features, those are just a few of them.

Anyways, not much is really new this last week that I can think of.  I’m just being a bum like always.

The only other thing I did this weekend, was go see fireworks.  It was pretty fun, although all fireworks are quite a bore.  I know, how unamerican of me.

I’m out.

-That One Person