Sunday, December 28, 2014

RWBY: Grimm Eclipse Alpha Playthrough

I got the opportunity to play RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, a game based on the anime RWBY by Rooster Teeth Productions. The game is in its Alpha stage, created by Jordan Scott. It's great thus far, but I'm ready to see the rest of the game as it progresses. Have a watch and if you want to try out the game yourself, the link is in the video's description and you must be a sponsor on Rooster Teeth's website. Happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Killer is Dead Stream! (Part 2) ]Edit from 12/19/14]

Hey all,

My stream from last night in Killer is Dead is now uploaded on my YouTube channel. This game is a lot of fun. I just wish I remembered what the block button was. Well, have a watch.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Killer is Dead Stream! [Edit from 12/7/14]

Yo homies,

My stream in Killer is Dead from yesterday is now edited and uploaded on YouTube. Watch below if you like.

I've never played a Suda 51 game before, but I've watched streams of Shadows of the Damned and Lollipop Chainsaw, both also Suda 51 titles, and thought I would try Killer is Dead when I picked it up during a Steam sale. I think it's pretty good so far and looks as if it may be a shorter title than the two titles I've watched and I'm hoping that the combat style doesn't get too overly complicated  as I spend more time on the game. I also really enjoy the art style.

If you want to watch when I'm live, head to Thanks.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Reading is Fun (11 Years Later)

Was it really middle school that started making reading such a burden? Reading textbooks to do your homework, summer reading for book reports, and analyzing literary elements seems to caused a downward spiral for reading just for the sake of enjoying a story. Between 2003 to about 2013, I've probably only read about 10 books for enjoyment. I'm a little disappointed by that. I mean, at the end of the day, when you're done with your homework and projects and such, the last thing a person wants to do is to read something. It's either television or sleep. Perfectly acceptable excuses under the given circumstances.

Since graduating 5 months ago, I've read almost a many books in those 5 months than I have in the 10 years or so of school. Off the top of my head, from May 2014 to November 2014, I've read:

Halo: Cryptum by Greg Bear
Halo: Primordium by Greg Bear
Halo: Silentium by Greg Bear
Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss
Halo: The Thursday War by Karen Traviss
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

So that's 6 books done and I'm currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, book one of A Song of Ice and Fire. Counting a list I have to read, it reaches to about 9 more books after this one. It's like a video game. You continue to play the ones that have extremely engaging stories and are enjoyable experiences. I read the books that keep me coming back for more, to answer the questions I have in their next installment. Words are fun.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Walking Dead - Asshole Edition Episode 4

It took a while, but I have finally finished editing and uploading Episode 4 of my series in The Walking Dead game. This was a ton of fun to do, so if you have the time, please have a view!

Regarding the rest of the series, I plan on finishing Episode 5 and 400 Days on the Xbox 360, then starting Season 2 on Xbox One. Hopefully the footage will be a lot faster in terms of loading screen so there's not too much to cut out.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PHP Grind

After my most recent bout with PHP and Laravel trying to apply to Rooster Teeth, I thought the best idea for me would be to start from the beginning. I'm currently reading a textbook about PHP and MySQL to help build my base around scripting and database language, then start working my way up to a complete understanding of Laravel. Hopefully it won't take too long so that I can add this to my list of skills. I'm also thinking it may fix up my website a bit, writing a few more scripts to load up my page. I think the only PHP scripts I have thus far are the ones to load my navigation bar and my footer so that it's consistent for every main page, minus this blog.

I think as time progresses, I'll show off some of the progress I have made learning PHP, or at least update on how much I've learned. So until then, folks.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rooster Teeth is Hiring Web Devs. - Thoughts

Film production company and Internet presence, Rooster Teeth Productions recently posted about the company looking for web developers. A company I have been following for a few years now and obviously I would jump at the opportunity to apply. Their application process was definitely the best thing ever.

All we had to do  was to clone a repository posted on GitHub and get it working. The rest would be clear after that. It certainly was. Obviously I'm not going to give any answers out here. It's a real test of your analytical skills, understanding of the languages and frameworks presenting, and your drive and motivation to learn and pick up new material. It also helps them as a company to only get applicants who meet their criteria by actually getting the repository to work. Really great idea to go about it.

I was reading some comments of how people finished in within 45 minutes to an hour. Some took over that. I spent about 5 hours over 2 days just to get it done. Most of the time was trying to learn and understand the framework they were using and a lot of trial and error with the code to find the buggy areas. It honestly was such a relief to get it done, but I felt a little disappointed it took so long to finish, but learning as you go really is time consuming.

It was a lot of fun and I certainly want to continue learning the languages and frameworks they're using there. It makes no sense to just finish the application and not continue to learn what they're doing. It wouldn't make me a very good hire.

The link to Adam Baird's page, with the original job posting, can be found here. Or you can check out the posting in the other resources below.

For More information, 
RoosterTeeth Careers
Github Jobs 
StackOverflow Careers 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Halo: The Master Chief Collection HYPE!


The HYPE! is real! 13 years of gaming will come first circle tomorrow when Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases on Xbox One. I've been playing Halo since the first one on the original Xbox in 2001 and I've really grown to appreciate not only the game play, but the overall story as well. I've been reading the novels and I absolutely love the expanded universe.

What I'm more excited about is the Halo 2 mulitplayer. This is the only multiplayer I never got a chance to play online because I never got Xbox Live until early 2011. So I finally get to experience the multiplayer that really revolutionized matchmaking for the future that is today and beyond.

Even more exciting than that, are the 450 achievements coming with this Collection. I'm really going to try my best to perfect this and I got it so organized into a Google Doc to have a checklist of what achievements to obtain. I'm not a fan of the speed-running type achievements or the multiplayer ones, but I'm going to give it a shot to get all that gamerscore.

Let the fight begin. Then finish the fight. Then start it over again.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Tinder Experiment - The Results


Well, the week is over. It's time to give out the results and my impressions of my Tinder Experiment. To review the criteria of what I was doing for the the experiment, view my previous post here.

So here are the results:
11/2 – 17 left, 3 right
11/3 – 18 left, 2 right
11/4 – 19 left, 1 right
11/5 – 18 left, 2 right
11/6 – 17 left, 3 right
11/7 – 15 left, 5 right
11/8 – 17 left, 3 right

Very lopsided results, right? Though very consistent. It's basically like I said before; It's basically judging a book by its cover. It's similar to you finding someone on Facebook and creeping on their profile pictures and their interests, then figuring out whether you want to friend request this person, even though you may or may not know them. It was very rare for me to show interest in a person based on their similar interests listed when their photo showed up. Yes, that sounds as if I'm a terrible a person, but I feel overall this is what people do when using the app.

Also, no matches either. Not surprising, but I'm actually not sure how that works. How do you know someone actually sees your profile shows up after you swipe right? Also, do you have to constantly be using the app and showing your current location for your profile to show up in matching? I know some profiles will say "active x minutes/hours ago", but what's the limit to that? I only used the app early morning and late at night, so that probably didn't help so much.

I don't know. The app doesn't exist on my phone anymore. I don't plan on using it again any time in the near future. I have no interest in looking for dates in that app or creeping on profiles. Whatever the true design on the app is, people are hooked with "swiping". I'll never understand it, I suppose.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Tinder Experiment


To start of a new beginning with this blog, I figured I'd try a little experiment with this app called "Tinder". Without knowing much about it, I assumed the basic function was that it gives you a list of people within a set radius of your location (which you set), and since it's based on your interests, you can either "swipe left", for no, or "swipe right", for yes. So I got that part right at least. What I didn't know was that it uses your information from Facebook, your profile picture, interests, etc. to find certain matches based on your location. So it's going to be a bit interesting to see how this experiment works.

So I mean, do we even really care about the matching interests of one another, or whether we have a common friend with that person? Or are we just going to judge a book by its cover and look at their 4-5 photos that they have posted. Also, the interests part isn't going to help with matches if no one actually "likes" pages on Facebook, which is where Tinder is basing your matches on.

So here's how the experiment is going to work:

Starting Sunday, November 2nd, I'll do 20 swipes. 10 in the morning, 10 at night. I'll record the number of left swipes and the number of right swipes. I'll also record any matches (if any) that come up during that time period. The experiment will end Saturday, November 8th, where I'll report my findings the next day.

Here's my profile criteria.

 These will be the photos I use in that particular order.

About: Computer programmer, runner, gamer. Overall, just trying to see where life takes me.
Radius: 25mi, so fairly local.
Ages: 20-25, acceptable range, I think, being 22 and all.

I don't have any overall expectations from this. I'm not looking for companionship or anything like that. Online dating is really a thing that interests me. I still think this Tinder thing is dumb, but would be fun to at least try something with it and form statistics. So, I'll see you next week with the results!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Clean Slate Protocol

Honestly, it's been a while. Over a year since I last posted. With some certain life events, I've decided to return in order to increase the Internet imprint I want to make.

This blog has really evolved. From the life of a struggling, whiny high school student, to a miserable college student, to the overall troubles/successes in my running/fitness. I want to have this blog now focus on every thing I do. The running, the games, the work, the life, and especially the goals I want to work towards. Expect some more posts on the way.  I hope you'll enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing them.

"Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love." - David McCullough