Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Is there such thing as a professional gamer?

Well I'm sure everyone's noticed by now that my post frequency has gone down significantly...Let me tell you why: The holiday gaming season. Ah yes, the magical time of the year when publishers fill our dreams with byte after byte of gaming goodness. Let me start off with the new NFS game Need for Speed Most Wanted...it's like NFSU2 in the daytime...with Mclaren SLR's. Secondly, we have the new expansion for Battlefield 2, BF2: Special Forces. I don't think I'll pick this one up until I get bored with the original (at this rate that time will never come). And finally we have the much anticipated release of the Xbox 360; I'll pass on this one as it's basically a pc with worse graphics and no other capabilities.

Keeping on the topic of gaming, I've been playing a ton of BF2 lately which is strange as I stopped playing over a month ago and just picked it back up after hearing a few buddies from work are playing almost every night. It's odd how a videogame can be so immersive...I think I played for almost 6 hours straight last night without even getting up to piss. If given the chance, I could play for 24 hours straight but would feel too guilty about wasting my life and whatnot.

Here's my current BF2 score updated in realtime:
Name and Online Status
Score, Kills, Deaths, and Time
SPM, KPM, DPM, and K:D Ratio
All Awards (minus stars and purple heart)

Apparently, I've played for over 147 hours...That's almost 7 days straight of my life gone forever in case anyone's counting.

I need to get some webspace going, because I'd like to start posting more media here, but don't yet have my Roger's space up and running.

Here's some random media for now:
George Bush's exit strategy
Awww...in game voice chat at it's best

Thursday, November 17, 2005

So I haven't updated in a little while, but thankfully nothing too earth shattering has happenned in the past few weeks.

First of all, I would like to comment on the excellent Body Worlds exhibit that I had the pleasure of viewing this past weekend. For the uninitiated, the exhibit was created by an insane German doctor named Gunther Von Hagens who revolutionized a process in which the bodily fluids of a given corpse are drained and replaced by a flexible plastic. Read more on the plastination process HERE and check out some images from past exhibits HEREAlso, I've been playing a lot of Call of Duty 2 lately which kicks a massive ammount of ass. The game is like actually being in Saving Private Ryan, it really gives an idea as to the scope and chaos of war. Highly recommended, and a must-play for sure.

Anyway, I'm kind of tired right now and the ability to write isn't flowing as it usually does, but I promise I'll start updating this thing on atleast a bi-daily basis.

Seacrest out

Friday, November 04, 2005

Keys to being a good call-centre agent

Some tips to improving performance for call centre workers:

1) Think of your work as athletics...Know when to play offense and when to play defense. The more you play offense (speak to the customer), the less chance the customer has to prolong your call with needless talk about the weather and why they hate their lives and your company.

2) Never say more than you have to. This leads to needless questions, needless explanations, and needless bullshit from your boss when he wonders why you're telling the customer how to reformat his system.

3) As much as you want to reach through the phone and stab the idiot in the large intestine, remember that you wouldn't have a job without those idiots.

All for now, check out this pic from my digicam last year:

Navigating the labrynth of life

Well once again I've procrastinated and not posted for a few days but my life has not been incredibly interesting to be completely honest. Wednesday marked the first day of actually being on the floor at Teletech and it was brutal to say the least. I guess it was the combination of nervousness and being in a generally bad mood, but the day got better as it went on culminating with a 3 player gaming session at Jordan's place after work. I haven't had that much fun gaming for the longest time and thanks to Jordan for hosting such an event. I felt like I did the first time I picked up that plastic rectangle of a controller for the NES playing Super Mario Bros. when I was eight. As Neiles posted yesterday in his blog, Mario Kart Double Dash (blue sparks son!) was definitely the most fun followed in a close second by Resident Evil 4.

Today got off to a slow start but I was feeling better by the half-way point thanks to keeping a positive attitude. I used to resent having to drag my ass into work every day with the monotiny, boredom and general stress involved. However, coming to the realization that life could be infinitely worse quickly remedies any angst I'm feeling towards life in general.

On a totally unrelated note, I missed tonight's episode of The O.C. but am almost finished downloading it and can't wait to watch it with Deidre this weekend. Speaking of Deidre, I put in eight hours a day and am feeling sorry for myself and she's working twelve plus hours daily and never, ever complains. She says that she just thinks about the pay-off and long-run, I guess that's the key to motivation and inspiration. Thx babe

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

And now entertainment tonight celebrity birthdays

Just wanted to give a happy birthday shout-out to my pops, who turns 46 today. Here's a pic of him running in the Niagara Falls Marathon. Jesus, I can't even run two blocks and my dad who's twice my age can run in a marathon. Guess this will teach the kiddies not to smoke like a lab monkey.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Weekend Update

So I haven’t posted in a few days and thought I would give everyone (by everyone I mean myself, and the four other people who read this) an update. Before I begin, I’m going to mention that I’m trying to cut down on the f-bombs as I may be running for office someday.

After work on Friday, Chris and I went to a Halloween poker party (see NeilesLife for pics). It was already bumpin’ when we arrived, but we made the most of it, chilled for about a half hour and left. I should take this opportunity to note that I smizzed a coner with a few peeps and celebrity guest Mark McAuley AKA Mac Graham after the party. Also got a chance to see his new video which seemed pretty professional; I’ve been scouring the net all weekend trying to find it to no avail.

Saturday afternoon I finally shaved and got a haircut at Hot Heads on Wortley Rd in the heart of Old South. In the evening I was graced with a visit from the gorgeous Deidre; we were both pretty tired so we stayed in for the most part and watched the first six episodes of the new season of Nip/Tuck. This show has more plot angles than a protractor and I highly recommend checking it out. We also watched the movie Red Eye which was slow from the start but did have a few redeeming features: First being local star Rachel McAdams and secondly a guy getting stabbed in the windpipe with a ballpoint pen.

Today started off rather late as I couldn’t pull my posterior off of the futon until after noon. When I finally awoke, D and I picked up a few pumpkins, carved those fuckers up like freddy, and roasted the guts.

…I should keep on going as I feel I haven’t written anything forever; but alas, I can’t stay away from playing Zelda: Ocarina of Time that Raff so graciously lent me. Peace until next time whodies.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

teh mspaint

Was reading a thread on penny-arcade today at work with Jordan full of videogame mspaint images so I figured I'd make one myself. Should be pretty easy to guess what it is...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

New wallpaper w00t!

Just updated my wallpaper and general screen layout... behold the dual-monitor setup to end all dual-monitor setups.
Click image to enlarge (2048x768)

Another fun-filled day of conversing with morons

So today was pretty much the same as yesterday except I spoke with more northerners. This means that the people I dealt with were marginally smarter than the SOUTHerners (yes, it's pronounced south-erner not suth-erner).

Just got home and called my girlfriend, had a bagel and am settling into some 12th inning baseball and some online poker. Deidre (g/f) was sleeping and didn't answer the phone, but the bagel was really good on the plus side (who would have thought smoked salmon cream cheese would taste amazing?). Speaking of Deidre, I've dug up a few pictures of her from my archive and figured I'd post some pics so everyone can see who I'd rather hang out with on weekends.

Short post I know, but I'm getting hungry again and think I'll stick with the bagels and make myself a nice "bagel pizza" (cheese, pasta sauce, and bagel in the oven...mmmmmmmm) Later for now everyone. Keep on rockin' in the free world.