Poignant Panorama

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Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

I have faith and passion in humanity. The world needs a change, I am here to see that happen.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Clerics are the kickers of the MMO world.

I played both football growing up and Dungeons and Dragons but the similarities between the two rarely cross paths, except for the teamwork references and some obscure metaphors. But I have realized through game play that Clerics and kickers have many striking similarities. They both live in fame or infamy depending on the day.

For starters, like a football kicker, clerics are loners, yet always needed. Few people want to be the healer in a group and even fewer want to kick field goals. In DDO a world exists that is 3D, fun spell effects, and lots of numbers flowing over monster's heads when you plow through them with an Epic Sword of Shadows. In football, you have eleven men working in unison, high flying passes and spectacular catches. Neither clerics nor kickers get to enjoy any of this. A cleric's vision is mostly limited to the health bars of his party and a kicker's vision is restricted to the yellow uprights.

Games in both worlds are won and lost in a moment because of a heal that took too long or a kick that veered right at 54 yards. And with those moments, fame or infamy is passed. Everybody needs a good cleric though, so I have one. Just like every team needs a consistent kicker. So the question is, are you willing to do either?

New DDO Blogs

I've decided that I need to write down my thoughts more often as I am a reluctant jack of all trades and I have unusual hobbies, like playing MMO's. I spend much of my time playing so I figured I need to vent.

For those who don't know me, I am a life-long gamer. Not the first person shooter gamer, not an X-Box gamer, but a role player. I now have thirty one YEARS under my belt with games like Dungeons and Dragons. I love acting and it is an easy way to group with friends and get out my improv acting fix. I also play the MMO, DDO, short for "Dungeons and Dragons Online."

I think it is in the male genome to compete and conquer which is why there is more lure for males than females in video game land. Oddly enough, I usually play female characters. It all started when I played the original MMO, Everquest. At that time there was no voice chat and if gamer had the impression that you were really female, they'd give you more money or help. Then I realized that I was staring at the back side of a character on screen for hours at a time and I just wanted to see a pleasant booty rather than a male one.

Now that I have established a small framework for what I do, I feel free to write prolifically.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I'm back!

Finally dusted off my old blog. Now I have to change the pic...and topics.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

talk about judicial activism

WOW! what an awful set of events. Well, the conservatives have been priming this one forever. Oh, I forgot, only liberal democrat judges can be "activists."

nearly speechless....

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Shot in the Face

Sometimes I feel like Dick Cheney shot me in the face. Everyday I seem to feel slightly more disheartened than the last. I was wondering what the statistics are for the amount of people in this country who have more than one job. Then I would like ot contrast that to the amount of people who had more than one job in 1965.

I was reading the CIA worldfactbook's report on the US. http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/us.html

And this is what they had to say: The onrush of technology largely explains the gradual development of a "two-tier labor market" in which those at the bottom lack the education and the professional/technical skills of those at the top and, more and more, fail to get comparable pay raises, health insurance coverage, and other benefits. Since 1975, practically all the gains in household income have gone to the top 20% of households.

I really want to get back to the days when the US seemed to be the land of oppurtunity and stop being the land of badass military and poor eating habits. What was the average vacation in 1965? What was the average work week? What was the average wage, in today's terms?

Still, I think that our system is the best system, so far, to ensure liberty and freedoms for humanity. But, apparently Bush wants to screw that up too. I really can't wait until he's out of office.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Back Again

Well, it seems that the Dreamcrusher finally descended upon us. Or we missed him completely. My wife and I moved back to Colorado for greener pastures. Hollywood was fun...well it was interesting. I am lucky that I can be really happy doing a number of things, so acting may have to be a hobby and not a life. The scariest thing about the place is that the commodities there are not stocks and bonds nor are they real estate, the things that are bought and sold are people and ideas of people. That makes for a very nasty status quo.

I took for granted so many beautiful things in Colorado, I vow here and now to enjoy it all over again.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Foreign law and Conservatism

As twilight fades around the death of Pope John Paul II, I find myself totally curious why George Bush would attend the Pope's funeral. My opinion is that our nation has moved towards the right and the growing debate over the influence of religion over the state is at an all time high.

During JFK's administration, "Blessed John XXIII" died, yet JFK, a catholic, did not attend his funeral. Why? If you ask many right wingers today when our nation was more religious, today or yesteryear, the answer would be yesteryear. Conservatives by definition fear change and cling to a mentality of "the older I get, the better it was." And if the US was so pious when my parents were kids, why is it that a Roman Catholic priest didn't go to a great Pope's funeral?

I believe now that our nation has taken a step towards the right, especially with the borderline fanatical "Christian" right. What groups used to be bitter enemies, no see each other as allies in an attempt to control the government and by de-facto, you...and they are winning.

In 1963, the people, especially the Bible Belt was fearful that the White House would usurp the government and take orders from Rome, so JFK's administration distanced himself from the Pope instead of embracing him. JFK addressed Southern Baptists in September 13th, 1960
Now the argument is all about how we can incorporate more religion into our lives visa vie the government and how that has always been the case.

I also amuse myself with the recent fiasco of Justice Ginsburg and how conservatives are flying off the handle about her citing foreign law in US cases. For may conservatives, as long as the courts only obey Christian law from overseas, that is alright, any other foreign law is a breech of sovereignty and justices are activists and must be impeached. What a load of crap.

The founding fathers were very careful in the way they constructed the constitution, but with so much speculation and no one around to verify, I have to trust myself on this issue. Government, please stay the hell out of religion and vice versa.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Me Posted by Hello

Parking Tickets and Parasites

I am bitter for sure. I guess I am not used to big city living. My wife and I have paid over 700$ in parking / moving violations in one year here in LA. Are they our fault? I guess. There are signs on either side of our street that tell us that on certain days, 2 hours out of the week, they will ticket for parking due to street cleaning.
My wife and I went on a peaceful walk this morning with our dog. I surprised her by taking her to Griffith Park so we wouldn't have the same view we always do (cars and buildings). We had a lovely time and even saw two roosters. I parked on the street because I knew I had to go to work in 2 hours and the car would be closer. Well, It didn't even cross my mind that I could not park there. Yes the sign is there and I guess it is clearly marked, but I didn't even really know it was Thursday, I hadn't thought about it. That five second lapse of concentration cost me 45 bucks, no questions asked. Take it. What's worse is that I parked there around 9 and got my ticket just about that time, as if parking enforcement was lurking there, just waiting for me to go inside and then run over and cite me.
For 166 other hours a week, I can park there and that becomes habitual. For that reason, I really do believe that those signs are not really that helpful. I think that technology is readily available and cheap. And a reasonable solution would be for the 2 hours that you can't park there a week, at the top of the sign, would be a timer and strobe, thusly shattering my habit and reminding me that the street cleaner is coming (although I've never ever seen it). That 45 bucks cost me my entire days wages. I simply cannot afford that 5 second lapse. I may be bitter, but these types of citations are geared for the poor. Rich people have garages, valet parking, and drivers. Even if they did get a ticket, what's 45 bucks? Nothing to them. But for the rest of us, 45 bucks is groceries or a bill to be paid.
Who are meter maids anyway? People like me who earn tips or minimum wage? Why would anyone do that job? It is like getting paid to tattle. I feel the same about the people who do that secret shopper crap. If that program really helped the employees, I would be all for it, but managers break sweat on their greasy foreheads, paranoid that a secret shopper will give them a bad score; then take it out on the wayward automaton. And there is no room for any other score than 100%. What kind of a parasite would take that job? Not me. I'd rather be a night manager at Taco Bell.

I really do love that blogs exist. I can express my feelings on this situation for all the world to see and people can respond in kind. I feel a little less bad about getting 45 dollars ripped out of my pocket book because I wasn't thinking what day it was.