Friday, December 25, 2015

I Caught All (Available) Pokèmon



Achievement unlocked! Sorry, wrong platform. A lifelong achievement of mine since the 151 days was to finish the Pokèdex. As of right now, there are 720 available Pokèmon. I'm aware that there is #721, but it's not readily available at this moment to the world. So for now, I'm happy to have spent 391 unneeded hours to get "catch 'em all".

I trained most of them to level 50, or if their last evolution was past level 50, then to there. That's why it took longer that it should have, but I wanted to make it feel more worth it than it would be. Would I try to do it again? It's quite possible I would, but not right now. I'm just going to let the feeling sink in.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Every Facebook App on Google Play

I never noticed how many apps Facebook had in the app store until now. What you see below are my thoughts and experiences with each app and wonder why the app needed to be separate in the first place.


Facebook


The hub for all your social media needs. Posting, arguing, groups, pages, chat (kind of), liking (not disliking, reactions coming at some point)

Messenger

Exactly as it says. For some reason Facebook decided it needed to be its own entity and the native Facebook app cannot allow you to chat with your friends. You get asked to download the app to do so. Then if you want to chat with someone through the Facebook app, it inconveniently opens up the Messenger app. Why bother seeing what friends are online in the Facebook app if you can’t use the Facebook app to chat with them?

Selfied

Exactly as it’s titled. An extension to the Messenger app, you can take a circular “selfie”, attach an emotion “reaction” that fits your photo’s purpose, and then send it out to your friends. Other than making the photo a cropped, circular shape, it doesn’t really take anything away from a full sized photo.

Strobe

Facebook’s version of a GIF maker. Take a photo and have certain GIF-like effects to send to your friends. Not sure if something like that could catch on, honestly. Again, can only be used in conjunction with the Messenger app. The transition is seamless, but I don’t think it needs to be its own app.

Stickered

Stickers. You’ve seen them before on the Messenger app. This app? Take a photo and attach one or many of the offered stickers before sending it to your friends on Messenger. I find that ok I guess. Could’ve been combined as an extension to something like Strobe, or even Slingshot before its slow and painful death. Did you know Snapchat has this functionality too? Innovation at its finest.

Sound Clips

I honestly thought this would be a separate app where you could record sound clips and send them to your friends via Messenger. BOY WAS DID I UNDERESTIMATE THAT. Look at all the categories of pre-recorded sound clips you can choose from! Do you communicate with sound anymore online?

Shout!

Take a series of selfies where you can write captions to make it look like a meme. I don’t get it. Of course, an extension of the Messenger app.

Slingshot

It’s basically a dead app at this point. This was Facebook’s attempt to claw into SnapChat’s business. Sorry, SnapChat’s allure of nude photos is way too enticing compared to your Terms of Service, Facebook. I tried to log in with my Facebook account and it didn’t work. It appears you have removed it from its respective app stores. Retool and refocus this one if you want it to truly make a dent into SnapChat.

Groups

Exactly what it is. Facebook split off groups to make it “easier” for you to get updates for the groups you’re in. Groups over time I think have kind of lost its purpose in favor for Pages. It’s only if you were in Groups before Pages were a thing that it might seem relevant. Though here, it doesn’t have the Messenger requirement that you need to access your Groups via a separate app. You can still access groups from the Facebook app. There’s no consistency.

Riff

Making videos with friends. Your friends can add to the video that you create. The problem is you can’t see what friends have the app as well. Doesn’t make too much sense to have friends contribute if they can’t find your content. Can add clips to other videos from people you don’t know. For an app created by Facebook, I’m surprised I’ve never heard about until I searched the Google Play Store. Not good marketing and who knows how well the app is truly doing. Not well enough to be part of its metrics.

Moments

“Get the photos you didn’t take”
Can’t you just text people the photos they took of you? Actually, since you’re friends with them on Facebook (I would assume, because a stranger taking your photo is kind of weird), they can add it and just tag you in the photo. Then you can download the photo for your memories. Seems a little inconvenient to have a separate app do what your main app can do pretty easily. How do I know which of my friends have this app as well? If I send them photos, are they required to download the app and inconvenience themselves as well?

Hello

This one I find to be one of the creepiest ones of all. This app will sync with the Messenger app, Facebook, and your phone’s contact list. It’s basically call, text, caller ID all in one. You can block numbers that are commonly blocked by others as well. People and places can be searched using this app, which is the Facebook connection part. The creepy part is that you’ll be able to get information about a phone number, even if it’s not on your phone! So if someone’s number is public and on Facebook or synced with Messenger, you’ll get their name in your call history. That’s weird, right? I could see this being useful if it wasn’t linked to social media.

Work

If your job has a social space, that’s basically what “Work” is. Connect with your coworkers and the work they’re doing. I’m curious to see if you have an existing Facebook account, can you integrate it with “Work”. Though professionally, that might not be a good idea.

Work Chat

I’m running under the assumption that this is the same effect with Facebook/Messenger. Can’t use Work to chat with your coworkers. Work Chat will open up instead. Then if you don’t have Work Chat installed, you’ll be asked to in order to chat with your coworkers. How inconvenient.

Pages Manager

Basically the Facebook app, but for the pages you manage. Why doesn’t Facebook force you to use this app to manage your pages? You see all your notifications and chat messages on here as well, but you aren’t force do to use it.

Facebook Ads

Exactly as it says. Create an ad on the go for your business. Not much to say about this one since I don’t own a business, but it seems to be its own separate entity. Not sure if it’s linked to the Pages Manager if you run a business page on Facebook, however.

F8

Facebook’s developer conference app. That’s it.

So would you use any of these apps if it meant that you had to open up another one just to send a circular selfie or a sound clip to your friends on Messenger? Would you be willing to try a 24 hour photo sharing app made by Facebook if Snapchat didn't beat them to the punch? I certainly wouldn't. What an inconvenience.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Is Your (Internet) Tone Misinterpreted? Join the Club!

Oh social media.

Oh Internet.

It's a problem I see frequently on Facebook, as if Facebook wants to test how we truly know our friends. The things your write. The things your friends write. Did you or they write what you did with THAT tone?

I see a lot of posts that seem pretty normal and nicely gestured with the sole purpose of sharing it with people. Then somehow, in some shape or form, minutes later, you see a chain of posts with people arguing about what was just posted. They're either arguing about what's shared, or somehow what someone commented was misinterpreted as offensive or something and now they're arguing about each other's intentions in their post, rather than talking about the post itself. Why are our posts and comments misinterpreted? This might be a better test of friendship on the Internet than having a "dislike" button.

The people who "know" you, whether in real life or if they're an Internet friend, seem to think they understand the way you "write". What you say in real life may or may not be the same as what you say electronically. Do people try to fit your tone in real life to things you say on the Internet? I think that's just unrealistic. They're making a BIG assumption in trying to figure out the tone of your words.

I get it. It's the Internet. Not everyone can interpret the tone in someone's post. Heck, most people don't even bother trying to interpret it. They'll read a sentence and suddenly think, "Wow, this person is so bitter. Really? This post is offensive. I don't agree with how they're trying to get this message out". Such high tension moments arguing about something coming out from nothing.

Then again everyone has an "Internet Personality". The feeling of not having to say something face-to-face allows some sort of filter to go away, right? Maybe you're not being misinterpreted at all. Maybe you're just being trolled.

It's not anyone's job to avoid misinterpretation. I'm not saying anyone should be like me and choose your words carefully so you don't end up writing something that could be misinterpreted (even though sometimes it does anyway). If anything, the best we can do is try to calmly sort it out to make sure we're all on the same page. We're all Internet friends. We should be able to find a resolution.

Just kidding. We're probably all still jerks to one another in some shape or form. This IS the Internet, after all.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Series of Notes Summarizing... Learning Perl by Randal L. Schwartz, brian d foy, Tom Phoenix

Hello everyone,

I'd to like to present the next document in my Series of Notes. It is based on the book, "Learning Perl" by Randal L. Schwartz, brian d foy, and Tom Phoenix.

Perl is a language I look at and use a lot a work and reading this textbook has certainly taught me a lot.

I think this summary of the book was a lot more difficult to do as opposed to my last one. It definitely takes a lot of time and focus (also energy) to be able to read and take notes. So some chapters might be a bit dull or show a lack of understanding of certain topics. Hopefully if you're like me, you'll do some of the exercises in the book to test your new skills.

So please, pick up the textbook and enjoy the learning!

A Series of Notes Summarizing... Learning Perl by Randal L. Schwartz, brian d foy, Tom Phoenix

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dishonored Gameplay [PC] (Part 7)

Here's Part 7 of my Dishonored gameplay. Have a watch and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dishonored Gameplay [PC] (Part 6)

Part 6 of my Dishonored gameplay has been released. Have a watch and a good Sunday!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

What Has Facebook Become?


I've often wondered about what the world's most popular social networking site has evolved to now. Is it a news feed of a daily "selfie" collage, political discussions that potentially destroys friendships, or does it still retain its function of keeping up and connecting with your friends? I guess my real question is, do people really still care about what their friends post on Facebook?

I remember signing up for Facebook almost nine years ago and it was one of those things where you had to know someone with a Facebook account who goes to your school to be able to create an account. Facebook was just on the rise and MySpace was about to begin its downfall.

At that point, posting was everything. Connect with your friends and write on their wall, the basic principle of actually keeping in touch with someone over the Internet? Instant messaging? What is that anymore?

As technology evolved and Facebook's vision of keeping people connected expanded, we now see everyone's photos of their face, inspirational quotes, pets, food, marriage, child, etc. Do our friends on Facebook care enough about seeing that stuff now?

I think Facebook is dictated by its "like" button. Something that is "liked" a lot must mean people care a lot of what's posted right? Like Reddit with "upvotes", or Instagram with its "like" function (using a heart), or even Twitter with retweets and favorites. So are we as an online society "fishing for likes"?

I used to post a lot of Facebook before a like button existed. You only had comments. So your criticism from your friends for posting on Facebook too much is in the form of words. Words hurt sometimes, man. Isn't posting stuff about your daily life one of the purposes on Facebook? You could say that if people are actually getting annoyed by your constant posting that they're not really your friends. Would you say the same to even your closest friends? The ones you actually hang out with outside the Internet?

I don't even know if Facebook is about daily life anymore. A lot of it from my perspective is a lot of links being posted to other articles and then your friends having an almost bitter discussion about it. A lot of negative energy on my news feed.

I guess we're fortunate we don't have to "unfriend" people anymore. You can just "unfollow" someone without giving the insult of unfriending them. I live the life where I post something maybe once or twice a month, just to let people know I'm alive, because at this day and age, an online presence is everything.

What about from the perspective of the poster? Do you think they care whether or not other people are going to care about what they posted? Are they sharing a photo of their car thinking it's going to get a ton of likes? Are they sharing it because it's part of updating their friends on their life story?

I don't know. My brain hurts. Maybe I'm falling behind the social media curve. Is that what happens when you age? You fall behind and your brain hurts because you can't decipher some mystery that has millions of different answers?

Thanks for indulging my thoughts, Internet. When Facebook's "dislike" button comes, I believe this will truly be a testament of making or breaking Facebook friendships. Because disliking all of your friend's potential Christmas card photos is really going to make things awkward at the next party.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Dishonored Gameplay [PC] (Part 5)

Here's Part 5 of my Dishonored Gameplay. I've recorded footage for the next 2 weeks so episodes will be ready by then.

Here's bonus video from my channel if you're looking for something else.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dishonored Gameplay [PC] (Part 4)

Here's part 4 of my Dishonored gameplay. I have some time to hopefully create a backlog of episodes, so expect content to be weekly until the backlog runs out, I suppose. Thanks for watching!


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dishonored Gameplay [PC] (Part 3)

Hello everyone,

It's been a tough few weeks and I hadn't had the time to record any new gameplay. It's good to be back with another part of Dishonored. I have a vacation coming up so hopefully I can record some content ahead of time so I have a backlog in case I start lose time again. Thanks for your patience and enjoy the video!


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dishonored Gameplay [PC] (Part 2)

Here's part 2 of my gameplay in Dishonored. The game is great so far and I'm only just beginning the story. So please, join me in the this adventure and enjoy!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dishonored Gameplay [PC] (Part 1)


Very excited to finally start playing Dishonored. After the announcement of Dishonored 2 at E3, I've been roaring to get some gameplay out. Take a look at part 1 and stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Series of Notes Summarizing...

I felt it was time to start a new project.

In order to enrich myself with the vast knowledge of subjects in the field I work in, I needed to continue learning in a form where learning could still be interesting and not stressful.

It's still reading, with pen and paper at hand, but at least it's on my own pace an leisure. I call it "A Series of Notes Summarizing...".

We all remember Cliffnotes or Sparknotes, when you have to look up chapter summaries because you didn't read the book on time. I formed my notes to be more or less the same, but it's something that goes hand and hand with the book your reading, rather than its own entity.

I read a book and I can consume the knowledge then, but will I remember it months later when I need it? I don't want to flip around the book searching for a specific piece on a specific page. My notes will do that for me. It's organized the way the book's organized, with the information you need right where you want it to be.

I started a test run by reading "Bootstrap" by Jake Spurlock, to see if I could actually do something like this. Turns out I can and I want to expand on it. This book is old and has old concepts that are most likely deprecated now, but it was a good test that I could read a book, take notes on it, and produce something that looks organized for myself and possibly others to use. It's time consuming, yes, but at least it's time I want to invest.

You can see the notes in the link below and I hope to expand on some other topics. I'm currently moving on to Perl. Learning is forever. Just pick something you're interested in and go with it. Just make sure you remember it.

A Series of Notes Summarizing Bootstrap by Jake Spurlock

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Elegant Couture - Saints Row IV Gameplay (Part 4)

It's been a while, but here's a video in Saints Row IV to serve your needs. Another thing that's been a while, my next video in the pipeline will be Dishonored, after hearing that Dishonored 2 had been announced at E3. Very excited to start that up. The Walking Dead - Asshole Edition season 2 is still on the way so expect that in the coming months as well. Thanks for watching.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cyber Saint - Saints Row IV Gameplay (Part 3)

End your weekend with another gameplay in Saints Row IV. Lots of content planned on the way, so please, stay tuned!


Monday, May 4, 2015

The Iron Rogue - Saints Row IV Gameplay (Part 2)

Oh hello. If you're reading this, then you're ready to watch the next installment of my Saints Row IV gameplay. Please, enjoy and have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Furious IV - Saints Row IV Gameplay

Been a while, but I have now uploaded a new video in Saints Row IV. Have a look and enjoy. I hope to continue to make videos and be more consistent in uploading.

I've also fallen behind on The Walking Dead: Asshole Edition. I haven't ported all of season 1 over yet so it might be a while before season 2 comes out. Thanks for being patient.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Activity Tracker Crisis

The Apple Watch is all the craze into the new world of smart watches. Besides its features of being able to answer calls and read texts and stuff, it has a fitness tracker that many people will be clamoring for. Is something like that really worth its asking price?

I'm a basic watch guy. All I need it to do is tell the time. Is it that hard for someone to pull out their phone from their pocket to answer a call and read a text? I swear you'll be seeing people holding their watch to their ear to listen to their call. Might as well get rid of smartphones, and innovate for a giant screen on your wrist when people complain they can't read their texts on their watch.

Anyway, I was listening to the "Jenna and Julien Podcast" this morning and they really focused on talking about the fitness tracking aspect of the Apple Watch, then fitness trackers in general. I'll link to the podcast below.



Currently, I'm in no way shape or form caring about the calories burned or steps I have taken in a day, but I'm interested in the technology. Actually, sleep tracking is a pretty cool feature as well. I'm currently settled into the Nike FuelBand, which basically gives you Nike Fuel based on the activity you do. Though, there is no known scale as to what each activity is worth in points. The band works as an accelerometer, so as long as your arm is moving, you're earning fuel.

Then that's your problem. It's using an accelerometer to track your points. Think about it this way and Jenna on the podcast made a very clear point. What if you're on a stationary bike, grinding it out for an hour, but you've earned no Nike Fuel? Well the Nike FuelBand doesn't track what's going on in the lower part of your body. Great work, right?

I'm a numbers guy. I like earning points. Like achievements on Xbox. I love it. I love gamerscore and love getting more. I want to get more Nike Fuel for how active I am.

Though it seems Nike is phasing out of the activity tracking wearable dongles. As of late, you can't find the Nike FuelBand or their GPS watch on their store. I read an article here that says Nike laid off their team responsible for the FuelBand. They'll continue supporting their mobile applications, however, which is strange.

At this point I'm at a crossroads. The app works fine the majority of times syncing data, but once in a blue moon, you try to sync your data and it fails in certain aspects, causing future days to catch up. It's not something I want to continue dealing with.

So I'll have to leave point tracking behind and may have to experiment with something like FitBit or Microsoft Band, which I was running comparisons on. Though none have point tracking options, the FitBit (Surge edition) and Microsoft Band have very similar features, tracking steps taken, calories burned, GPS tracking, and the ever so "smart watchy" bluetooth connection to your phone for calls, texts, etc.

I lean towards the FitBit Surge. It's geared towards runners and has a much more running friendly look to it as a fitness band or watch. The Microsoft Band, however, looks a bit big and clunky and possibly uncomfortable while sleeping, which wouldn't be good for sleep tracking.

I'd like to try something like that, but NOT treat it like a "Smart Watch". Though it may look ridiculous to have a FitBit Surge in one wrist and a Casio watch on the other. More pondering.

Also FitBit Surge $249, Microsoft Band $199, and Apple Watch $349-$17,000. Who knows how long it will take before the next edition of these technologies are unveiled. Apple may hit one up by 2016 to improve battery life. Look, my ordinary watch has a battery life of 10 years. An Apple Watch lasts less than a day. As long as a smart watch, fitness band, etc. has a battery life of at least a week, I can deal. I'm not charging something every day.

A decision will be made, eventually.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Walking Dead - Asshole Edition Episode 5

Hey all,

The conclusion of season 1 of The Walking Dead - Asshole Edition is now uploaded on YouTube. It's been a lot of fun working on this episode and I am looking forward to continuing it with 400 Days and season 2 coming up. So stay tuned for those.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Killer is Dead Stream (Parts 3 and 4)

Recently I finished my streams in SUDA51's "Killer is Dead". A great game with a very engaging story. Here are links to the last two parts.

Part 3


Part 4


Next up I will be finishing season one of "The Walking Dead: Asshole Edition". I have episode 5 and 400 Days to do. After that I will have to play the series over again, as I will continue season 2 on the Xbox One. Unfortunately there is no way to port over my 360 save to the One, so this replay will take quite a while. So stay tuned for those!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Assassin's Creed Favorites


Having just completed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, I wanted to give out my rankings for my favorite titles from the series thus far. Though I haven't played Rogue or Unity yet, I figured I'd make the rankings as I go along. Here's what I have.

1. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
2. Assassin's Creed II
3. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
I felt the thought of a pirate becoming an Assassin was a good story and the setting was absolutely beautiful. I wasn't a fan of the naval combat in Assassin's Creed III, but Black Flag really make the naval combat a lot better. Also, the DLC story Freedom Cry was a good one as well.
4. Assassin's Creed III
I wasn't a fan of Connor as a main character and the American Revolution seemed quite boring to me. The only reason why this ranks higher than Revelations is because of the DLC, "The Tyranny of King Washington", which I though was an awesome story with its "What if..." storyline.
5. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
A great way to close out Ezio's storyline, but seemed as if the story lost its steam. It did a lot of exploring Altair's history, which I think was to really close out his character as well, but there was a lot of imbalance between the characters. I felt more drawn into Altair's progression rather an Ezio's.
6. Assassin's Creed
Repetition.