Growing frustration

My roommate recently quit her job without having another job lined up. Financial issues aside, this has become very frustrating already for me as now she is around all the time. It used to be that I used the afternoons to work on random stuff. Whether it be an NWN module for an upcoming contest, cleaning, working on my story, or some other random project that I have, I did it in the afternoons. The problem is that the reason I did it in the afternoons was that I was awake and also because she wasn’t around. With her around, I get distracted, i don’t feel I can concentrate on what I am doing, and a small part of me feels embarassed and more pressured than what I need to feel.

What makes matters worse is that she feels bored all the time and thus finds the need to force me to do stuff with her. It is one thing if she went out on her own, in fact I would welcome this as a chance to do what I need to do. But she needs me to go because she doesn’t want to do anything alone. This complicates matters not only because it is more lost time, but if I am out and about doing things, then when I get home i am usually tired and either want to take a nap or I just want to sit down and play my game. Thereby taking away still more time.

The whole process is frustrating. I am not getting anything done. I have decided to put my book on hold for the time being and concentrate more on my NWN module as that is due in mid-July and I feel like I can win this competition. I also would like to work more on my resume, its webpages, and business cards to help me get my name out and be able to get a job after next semester. However, if this continues and she remains unemployed for long, I will certainly have to go up to the cottage alone so that I can concentrate on the book fully. It is just not something I particularly wanted to do because of gas prices and no air conditioning in my car, but more and more it is seeming like a good idea.

Week Vacation

So this was an exciting vacation I just got off of.

On Monday we traveled up to Menominee, and did a few chores around the cottage like getting wood at a store, unpacking the car, and eating dinner. Then on Tuesday we went Geocaching to a local park that had four caches in it. We found three of them, but on the last one noticed that we had quite a few ticks on us.

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Few weeks later of Pokemon

Well it has been a few weeks now since I got pokemon. I did want to mention from the previous post that I also do like their touch functionality. I’ve heard alot of reviews complain that they didn’t really utilize it, but I feel for a game like Pokemon that it was good. Some reviewers need to really keep in mind that not every game must use every feature on the DS in order for it to be good. Just because it doesn’t use the touch screen to do zany things, or the mic for weird voice recognition doesn’t mean that it would be better if it did. That being said, the touch recognition is mostly for using items and stuff, and it works great. My fingers get tired of using the d-pad all the time and it offers them a break. My main complaint is that they could have done a bit more, I would have actually liked a d-pad on the touch screen largely because of the hurt the d-pad can put on your fingers when you run around in circles so much. I would have also liked to see them have like a list of commonly used items instead of just their y registration so that if I have 5 items I have easy access to all instead of just 1. Still it is overall really good, and touches like bread making and mining with the touch really add the zaney parts to it that work.

The game itself has been fine. I am up to the final four, and have gotten my Diagla. But as usual in Pokemon games I am stuck at the final four because they are always 20 levels above me when I get them and I HATE grinding my pokemon up that much. What I will have to do is go around and look at what pokemon I haven’t caught and try to go and get them. I have also been concentrating a tad more on the berries so that I can make some bread, but that is a low priority.

Overall, I’m still happy with the game. Though I feel there isn’t quite enough new creatures. Early every creature seemed to be new. But after the first few areas they repeated a lot of those new pokemon quite a lot (I still see their beaver one in high level areas), and they also have a ton of overly used older pokemon like Machop, GeoDude, zubat, etc. That to be honest considering how common they are in EVERY game, I am bit tired of these guys. I would have liked to see more of the new ones from Gold/Silver (many of which haven’t been seen since) and Ruby/Sapphire, just to increase the variety a tad. I think the number of new ones in this title is still fine, they just need to do a better job at keeping some of the more common ones from newer versions in, and keeping a fresh recycle of commons.

New Computer

I got the final pieces to my new computer last Thursday and then promptly got it set up. I was up till midnight the first night and I went to bed with the happy knowledge that I got it up and running with Windows cleanly running. Actually the whole process went fairly smoothly. I had a couple hiccups, but all the pieces worked perfectly and once I made sure all the power connectors were hooked up, it was up within minutes. Continue reading “New Computer”

Why Digg.com has become irrelevant

I have been a long time reader and user of Digg.com. I have had apps on my homepages for years to get the latest stuff off of Digg. The idea is great, allow users to choose what news stories are actually worth looking at and which ones aren’t. However, over the last few months I have noticed an alarming trend with the site and it stems largely from the fact that users make up stories for the sole purpose of putting on Digg.

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