It’s An Ocean
Tuesday April 19, 2016

Guess who’s back?

It’s been a long time guys. The website has always been here, in an offline state, but I figure that I’ve been paying for this thing for so long that I should probably turn it back on. So here we are again, with an updated design, a little less emphasis on the blog, and more about the stuff I’m doing outside this site. A lot has changed, and there is more change coming down the line. I’ll try and post a little more frequently, and I’ll post less personal stuff and more social or technical commentary. Mediums change though, so you’ll find that I have more photos and game captures than anything else. In fact I may primarily start focusing on captured game footage, both offline and live. Once the internet situation gets better, I’ll utilize Twitch more and do live streams. Also, being one of the few with an Oculus Rift places me in a unique position to deliver some newer content than most gamers, so that may come into play as well.

So until next time, check out the stuff I’ve been doing on other platforms.

Google + Nexus 7
Saturday August 10, 2013

So I picked up a the 2013 model of the Nexus 7. I just wanted to play with it mainly, to see if things on Android’s tablet side had improved. Sad to say, it hasn’t. Android is still Android, no different on the phone or the tablet. They both crash, eat up resources, and don’t look or work all that great. I’m not sure what Google is trying to do with their tablet strategy. I guess flood the market with cheap Android devices and take over. They are certainly succeeding (at least on the phone side of things), but their tablets still leave much to be desired. As it stands, there are no compelling reasons to pick up a tablet over the other available platforms.

On a Windows tablet, you can do anything, since its just a regular PC in tablet form. The iPad’s got all the apps and the ecosystem. Google kinda sits in the middle. There are some nice devices, such as the Nexus series of tablets, but they don’t do anything different than what your run-of-the-mill Android phone can do. Even less, considering the tablets don’t make phone calls or do text messaging. Its a real shame since the Nexus 7 is a beautiful device with a great screen. The software just isn’t there. Android is the new Windows Mobile. Capable of doing so much, but it takes work to get it to that point, and you gotta hope your app/device doesn’t freeze or crash along the way.

I think when it comes to computing/convenience devices, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone still has the advantage. Catering to provide a platform that accompanies a person on the go, rather than trying to be a fully-fledged computer in your pocket. Built to be more reliable, more secure, and to keep you connected and in touch with people, without being over-complicated or cumbersome.

Anyway, the Nexus 7 is a really nice piece of hardware. Slim, light, feels good in the hand, and has a great screen. Android is just not a great experience. Jelly Bean 4.3 doesn’t do much to create a better experience.

I mean if you have to buy a tablet, get an iPad for the apps, or get a Windows tablet for the sheer versatility and usefulness. If you don’t have the money, then I guess you can get an Android tablet. Just don’t expect it to be more than that thing that to play with when you sit on the toilet.

Impact
Friday April 13, 2012

Sometimes the most seemingly insignificant gestures can create impacts so great that they simply cannot be imagined. The things possible are simply amazing. There are people I admire that work to create small ripples that turn into huge waves.

Then, there’s me.

While I do not know what impacts I make first hand, I take comfort knowing that at some point, someone, somewhere, or something, has been affected by the things that I do. Whether that be with my work, or with the words I speak, or with the people I have relationships with. I know that something has happened because of me. Good or bad. Even if just once.

I may never see the impact that I make. I’m sure most people don’t see the impact that they make. But when you look at the world around you, and clearly see that other people make waves, you can’t help but think that you somehow make waves yourself. Its inevitable. Its part of life. To be human is to both make and be affected by waves. It’s part of having emotions, its part of feeling.

We may not always like the things that others do. We may not always see the things that others do. But its that kind of stuff that keeps life interesting, and keeps us all alive. So thank you, for being human. I only hope that I can affect you someday.

Videos
Friday April 06, 2012

So I never used to use my YouTube account for anything more than saving favorites, but I’ve started to record many of my more recent gaming sessions. Only just recently have I started uploading them to my YouTube account for everyone to see. They aren’t very action-packed or full of witty commentary (more like no commentary), but it’s still a great way to see how I play and what I play, and I also provide looks at new games that not a lot of other people get to play.

I’ll embed a playlist of one of the more recent games I started playing below, but following it will bring you to all my videos, and I add more all the time. So if you’re bored, check it out. Maybe even subscribe? wink

Gaming 2012
Thursday February 16, 2012

While I certainly don’t play as many games as I used to, there are a number of games that I am looking forward to play in 2012.

Mass Effect 3 - Already pre-ordered this one. I can’t wait to see how this last game plays out. The demo was awesome and multiplayer was enjoyable.
Journey - Looks and sounds absolutely amazing.
Dear Esther - An interactive experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Rhythm Heaven Fever - It’s Rhythm Heaven. Enough said.
KoA: Reckoning - Like Skyrim, just not as serious.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan - Another expansion. I hope that this one is better than the last one. Still my favorite MMO though.
Guild Wars 2 - Maybe this one will become my new favorite MMO? Certainly looks that way.
Tomb Raider - Time to start over, again. Oh Lara how I miss you.
Resident Evil 6 - As a diehard RE fan, of course I have to play this one too.
The Last Story - One of the last JRPGs on the Wii, this one looks to be good.
Xenoblade Chronicles - The JRPG of this generation finally comes to the US in April. I’ve played a lot of it already, but I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a real copy.
BioShock Infinite - Can’t wait to see how this one plays out.
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare - I’m a huge fan of the original game, and this looks like pure fun.

There are probably some small releases that I’m missing, and others that I’m not sure about (The Last Guardian, for instance), but certainly it’ll be another fun-filled year for gaming.

Lumia
Saturday February 11, 2012

So being part of certain industries has it’s perks. One of them involving free stuff. It’s nice when you can sit at the computer and do the things that you love to do, and get free stuff for it.

Introducing, my new phone, the Nokia Lumia 800.

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Man that is one beautiful phone. Beautiful polycarbonate uni-body. 8 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. Perfect ClearBlack AMOLED screen. Running the wonderful Windows Phone 7.5. This is my first phone from Nokia ever since I left them for the world of smartphones so many years ago. It’s nice to know they’ve still got game and can make a great phone.

Being a developer for Windows Phone means lots of things, and once in a while you get graced with awesome gifts like this device. Big thanks go to Nokia and Microsoft for it. It was much more than I was expecting, and just a wonderful treat. I’ll put this device to good use, learning more and developing more apps for the platform.

Another phone to add to my family of Windows Phones. I can’t say that it beats my HTC Titan, but it’s pretty close. They both have some really impressive qualities and specs, and I wish I could take the best parts of both phones and smash them together.

Transfer
Sunday December 25, 2011

Over the next couple of days, I’ll be transferring my domain from GoDaddy. This transfer is long overdue, as GoDaddy has been absolutely horrid in terms of usability and support. I’ve just been too lazy to get it done, and I didn’t know who else to turn to.

So the site may disappear for a day or two as I transfer over to Hover. I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about Hover, so I hope to find out how awesome they are.

Happy Holidays to everyone. I’ll see you all on the flip side.

Freedom
Saturday August 13, 2011

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So true. Sometimes, even I don’t believe it myself though.

The world would be a more unique, and more open place if everyone believed this.

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