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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chicago


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[ Listening to: Just Can't Get Enough by The Black Eye Peas ]

           I was born there, and I visit several times a year, simply because I love it and miss almost every aspect of it. It is one of the very few places where I feel like I belong in some very small aspect in comparison to all places I've been too, which isn't really many.

          There are many things to do while in Chicago, but I prefer to stay near my favorite restaurant and the many flea markets. You can go downtown to visit several sites, the museums, the "reflective bean" and surrounding areas there, you can visit the beach, visit the Sears tower and go shopping at the many shopping destinations there accompanied by the higher tier food restaurants. On the outskirts of Chicago, and a bit past, you can visit many parks, several flea markets, visit Chinatown and visit my favorite restaurants. Most of this is accessible by metro or public bus transportation which I believe is pretty well priced.
         There are several other possibilities that you can do to keep yourself entertained with family, friends or by yourself such as:
Visit Navy Pier
Visit any local events such as comic conventions, Ford City Mall or any other mall, parades or even concerts.
(For sports fans: White Sox {U.S. Cellular Field} Stadium, Cubs Stadium {Wrigley Field}, and several other stadiums that you can visit, if you are in season that is.)
Visit Six Flags or go to the lake and attempt to get a hold of a boat temporarily or take a boat tour in downtown.


        Personally, I go there to visit family, friends and to simply relax, but there's always the occasion where flea markets and going to my favorite Hispanic restaurant (Ashland and 43rd, named Antonio something. Haha, I was just there a few days ago).

       Good luck to who ever goes, honestly it's a fun time and a good experience.

http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/rookieyear_2007/ChicagoAtNight12.jpg )[1]

Friday, May 27, 2011

YouTube - Design the next deadmau5 head with Talenthouse



DEFINITELY had to put up a post about this, preferably you can find more information on his site [1] or at the Talenthouse site [1] at a later time, but I think all of it is mostly out there.

Anyways, this is what I've understood things as:
1: Design a mau5 Head based off the templates that gave you on the site (using photo shop or any other paint program within reasonable design ability [aka NOT PAINT Trolol. ])
2: Submit and then wait for judging if you are one of the top entries and wait for a response to see if you get a prize.

Anyways, the prizes are 2 VIP passes to a show in L.A. while having your transportation and hotel paid for you and your guest; you also get to see where the helm you design during the show, I believe.
The other prize are a total of 5 (separate)VIP pass(es) to the closest Deadmau5 concert and the other prizes are artwork(s) signed by Deadmau5.

Anyways, I need to think of something to design.. haha, I know I would f***ing love the Grand Prize.
        I saw this a while ago, but I didn't have a place to talk about it at.

Anyways, this is a robot named "Nao" from a few years ago and it seems like there was a preset function to this robots' movements, but even then it seems like they were headed in a positive direction.

There was a few robots a few years back produced by sony, but they stopped production and rather decided to go towards the video game product aspect... .-.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

President Obama and Her Majesty


[ Listening to: God Save The Queen. ]

          Usually I would never post anything that has to do with the presidency or of the sort, but the Queen is another case. I mean, I don't want to say I know more about any other country or their history better than my own, both US history and Hispanic history, but there's a sense of common sense that Obama was in the wrong and he should have known it.

          I guess what I'm trying to say is that, in this country, I don't feel that much "known respect" that we obviously should be able to guess or feel, but in the video and every day life over there, when the song "God save the Queen" comes on, we should easily be able to tell that we need to be quiet whenever that comes on. Maybe I don't know much about the Queen or anything; however, it seems that he should have realized that the Queen didn't respond to him during the toast or that everyone else moved from original stance to a reverend stance.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Friendly Thanks and "just commentary."

[ Listening to: Exquisite Corpse (full album) by Warpaint ]
These passed few weeks, I've been looking for new bands or just music in general to listen to which isn't a group that I've already listened to 24/7.

I've tried to go back to music that I listened to when I was little or grew up with, The clash, The Smiths, Blink 182, sum 41, five Iron Frenzy, A fine Frenzy and others of the manner... and I guess I've not really found anything new that would compare to the love for music I had back then. It's rather a disappointment over. Possibly I'm not searching the highest mountains nor the lowest of depths, but I try to look around and hope to find something new or something I've yet to hear. Which I guess that makes today slightly different in the music sense to me.

I found a blog by accident or just going through people's comment and it's the blog of a girl named "Faun." [1] She suggests "new/uprising indie groups" which, normally I would overlook since it's more bad in ratio of good/bad, but I went through a few and found a gem named "Warpaint." [2] I have only listened to a few, but I think I am starting to get one of the bands I'm going to listen to during the clear night skies to or during road trips.

Regardless, Warpaint is composed of female artist that slightly remind me of "A Fine Frenzy" [3] and slightly of "Gregory And The hawk," but with a psychedelic feel... which is rather nice to hear since it's been a genre/feel that I haven't looked into much.

I just give her thanks for a new find, check her blogs out and see if you find something you would like.
I know I did.

http://faunmusic.blogspot.com/ )[1]
http://www.myspace.com/worldwartour ) [2]
http://www.afinefrenzy.com/ ) [3]
http://www.gregoryandthehawk.com/ ) [4]

Terraria (Now on steam and V. 1.0.2)

[ Currently listening to: Dance Department by Deadmau5 ]

Before this game came out, I saw it on Youtube channel/user "BlueXephos" [1] which at the time was at pre alpha I believe. They usually do reviews or simple commentaries over any new game on PC that seems fun to play, which they have done a great job with each game, but they only did one episode with Terraria. I later decided to watch the episodes/commentary from a guy name "PaperbatVG," [2] who is a hyper active commentator. He went on to do about 30 episodes over Terraria, which I watched a handful of and didn't want to spoil what I would later spend 30~40 hours in.

Time for a description:
"Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. The world is your canvas and the ground itself is your paint.
Grab your tools and go! You can do many things in Terraria: make weapons and fight off a variety of enemies in numerous biomes, dig deep underground to find accessories, money, and other useful things, gather wood, stone, ores, and other resources to create everything you need to make the world your own and defend it. Build a house, a fort, even a castle, and people will move in to live there and perhaps even sell you different wares to assist you on your journey. But beware, there are even more challenges awaiting you... Are you up to the task?" [3] - Terraria Wiki.

Well, I can't write a description of that manner or that interesting, but I can say it like this:
Terraria is a 2D mixture of the several great elements of the game called "Minecraft" [4] and feel of 2D 8 bit, more 16 bit, of old games, which is a breath of fresh air or air that's been cycled a few times through out atmosphere. Terraria consist of a wide variety of weapons including pick axes, hammers, wands, flails, guns and many more, with the ability to explorer the dungeon in each map and availability of having bosses and having different "leveled" monsters. The game has the aspect of which minecraft has been made famous for.. "building from scratch," one great feature that I'm more than glad they kept. In terraria you build houses and weapons using dirt, sand, mud, clay, wood, copper, iron, silver, gold and many more types of materials which are more than plenty considering that minecraft has just as many, but has been publicly available for over a span of a year and a half. Terraria also includes the ability to obtain NPCs over time and effort; each NPC has a unique feature in the game instead of having the same variety of NPCs like other games who hold the same outcome with different visuals.
I can't write great reviews, but I'm more than happy to say, it's worth the vary low price they have for it since I easily put 20 hours into it, before the my laptop was wiped clean, and 25 hours+ on my second character which I later added another 10~15 hours collecting almost every item in the game, which games today, lack the attachment I had with this game.
Retail console game : 60$ with 5 hour campaign possibly 1 day worth of online, besides the massive multi-player games.
Terraria : 9.99$ with 50~60 hours and several hours worth of watching others commentate on it; you can also play with your friends with multi-player, so include however many hours you would play on there.

http://www.youtube.com/user/BlueXephos ) [1]
http://www.youtube.com/user/PaperBatVG ) [2]
http://terraria.wikia.com/wiki/Terraria_Wiki ) [3]
http://www.minecraft.net/ ) [4]

Today and The Passed Few Weeks.

I've been trying to look for a job, I'm not asking much so I guess the first thing I should do is go out and look for one. Pretty simple, the times I couldn't go physically looking, I would always try to phone in or look via the internet for online job applications. I've been suggested to look at every location and try whichever job offer regardless of the job, which I have fully accepted in trying.
I'm not a pro at getting jobs, which is also quite alright, but the a few tips that I have been talked to about have usually worked. Not very good hiring rate in my town, but an interview and a little bit of faith and luck should do the trick wherever you live.

The first tip in acquiring a job is obviously going to be apply wherever possible within reasonable limits.
Jobs you shouldn't look for are the ones that you are obviously not qualified for even in the slightest.
Jobs you should look for are basic to the general range of what education level you have and anything in between.
Another tip is to give yourself a little slack or slight appreciation to what task(s)/abilities you do have whenever you fill out an application, I'm not saying to write down that you were Obama's security/bodyguard when applying for a security job, but try to "extend" what you have done as if it were a more important job than what you actually did. (Yeah, that's terribly worded, but it'll work for now... haha....)
One of the best tips, I have ever received from random googling, people who have been hired or general questions asked to friends via skype, facebook or even twitter, is the simple fact that you should actually go in and ask over the status of your application, better yet, call in and check up on how it's doing. Every interview I have ever gone to has actually been set during the phone call I made a few days after turning in my application.
Final tip, from what I know, try to seem presentable and wearing rather nice and suggestive clothes.
If I were an employer, 9 times out of 10, I would not hire someone who gave the image of "I just fell down a hill during a storm and shot up a few drugs..." well, chances are you wouldn't be looking for a job if that was your case... You get the image though.

Well, anyways, I've had a few interviews these passed few weeks and one today, but I've not had much luck only because I've had a few issues with the connection to the staff who worked there and a few rules that were not plausible.

Good luck to anyone who is looking for one and I hope you guy(s) or girl(s) find one.
I know I'm going to need it.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Little About Myself

My name is Daniel.
I'm interested in a wide variety of activities and events that happen to improve or hold back the community.
I like listening to a moderate spectrum of genres of music, which include: Deadmau5, The Smiths, Hellogoodbye, Five Iron Frenzy, The Prodigy, Armin Van Buuren, Super Mash Bros., Chamillionaire, The Cure, and well, anything, but at the moment, I can't think of many, which is alright. :3
I have had an interest in video games for most of my years of living, who hasn't?; therefore, I'm sure I've played practically every system that started after the first Atari all the way to 360, but not the DSi or Ps3.
A few of my favorite games of all time would be:
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Kirby's Superstar (SNES)
Maplestory (PC)
Runescape  (before the major patches/updates like HP value change, Wildy change and Graphics change haha.....) (PC)
Call Of Duty: 2 (360)
Call Of Duty: 4 (360)
Super Smash Brothers: Melee (GC)
Street Fighter: Puzzle Fighter (360)
Gex The gecko Series (N64)
Double Dragon (NES)
Contra: Hard Corps. (Sega Genesis)
Gears Of War (360)
Several Byond games from back in the day, but.. I don't recall them anymore.. x3
Final Fantasy Series (Nintendo all the way to Playstation's Final Fantasy 9, after that, I wasn't really a fan)
I could name plenty, but there's no importance, just a general idea.
Last thing about me, I love to learn about new technology, especially when they have a new feature or simply a new OS, ;) look out Google Chrome OS, not much of an OS, but I would still like to try and give my evaluation/appreciation since I'm online practically all day and I carry my laptop, or have it next to my side, all day.

One more thing, before I start posting random ideas and thoughts.
I love deep thinking or over examination over the human mind, actions or any reason to help cure/fight depression and most importantly, I love theories of many sorts with "reasonable reasons."