All About hokies1313
Welcome to my blog, a place of general ranting, craziness, intelligence, stupidity, and other random stuff, all in moderation, and sometimes with hints of sarcasm or other things thrown in. Mainly, just read what's here, and express yourself.
"You're about as sane as an armadillo wearing an orange tea cozy for camouflage in Antarctica." - John1918 on the sanity of TheEmpsChamp
"Oh God. This is crazy in a box with a side order of fries!" - Freeman's Mind, Episode 3.
Well, Raven said I had some blogging to do, and I don't have anything to do at the moment.* So I decided to do a general update blog, just to say "Why hello thar" and such.
*Note: By don't have anything, I mean I have something, but I really can't be bothered to actually do it.
To get this party train rolling, College!
It's been a bundle of fun and I've basically been assimilated into the college life. Weekends filled with beverages and football, weekdays filled with school work and the constant battle with everyone's dreaded enemy, the snooze button. I've moved into a townhouse with 3 of my friends from last year. This is honestly some of the most fun I've ever had in my life. You'd think that as a political science major, I'd have copious amounts of time to spend playing games and things of that nature, but I've found time to be at a premium for some reason.
I really should be doing better in a lot of my clas.ses, and I'm working on doing so. I'd inform you all of my grades but that's for me to know and my parents to never ever find out. Suffice it to say, I'm an average student when I could be a lot more. This happens in more aspects than one, particularly when it comes to cheering for my Number 4 Ranked Hokies. If any of you have been following college football, you may have heard about the Virginia Tech-Nebraska Game which VT won 16-15 in the final seconds of the game on 82-yard and 11-yard passes and the 31-7 beat down VT issued the University of Miami in the cold and the rain. To all of you people that know what I'm talking about: I WAS THERE!! Having season tickets on the 50 yard line is something else, let me tell you. Particularly when you give your team up for dead, promise to eat your own shoe if the quarterback pulls through in the last minute, only to watch him prove you wrong, as if he really did want to see you eat your own shoe. Also: massive rainstorms can turn your clothing into 30 pounds of dead weight and give you a strong enough cold to make you miss 2 days of classes. (Totally worth it)
In non-sports news:
- I really don't know how I'm surviving. I'm eating pasta for dinner 6 nights out of 7 with the other night being pizza. If anyone has any quick healthy and tasty meals, I'd love to hear from you.
- Having my own room again is a godsend, even if I took up most of it by using 2 twin mattresses to form a king.
- I've developed a strange love for all things Rhodesian/South African. Don't ask me why, I do however know why I love having their flags hanging in my room.
- I bought a pith helmet while uh....slightly tipsy. (Visible in flag photo, look on the pillows.)
In gaming news, I bought Beatles Rock Band and one of the Guitars. Originally Gamestop sent me a ps3 controller instead of an xbox one, but the local store was kind enough to provide me with one in exchange. Great times have been had, hell, even my mother stopped by and played rock band with me and the guys at one point. Just goes to show that music and video games can bring people together. I've also pre-ordered Modern Warfare 2, and I honestly can't wait to play it. The new features, weapons, modes, etc is just too much for me to take. My favorite weapon in the world, the venerable FN FAL, has been confirmed to make an appearance, much to my excitement. I might lose my social life and academic responsibility when it finally arrives at my townhouse.
I've rediscovered my love for CoD4 yesterday and today. There's something satisfying about watching someone keel over as my G3 bucks on the screen. Been playing with old friends, my brother, my cousins, and random people. It's been a fantastic time and really reminds me how I lost so much time to this great game. I can only imagine how MW2 will turn out.
Few entertainment notes:
- District 9 is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.
- The Hangover and The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard follow it closely.
- Vortex by Larry Bond is easily my favorite novel of all time.
- I've been spending a lot of time (embarrassinglyenough...) playing the Text Based RPG "Nationstates." It's like writing a cooperative novel.
- Taylor Swift reminds me of an angel.
- Kanye West is a terrible person D:
Today is the 2nd Anniversary of the shootings that took place at Virginia Tech. At midnight to night I attended the lighting of the cermonial candle outside of Burress Hall, the main building on campus. Around the candle stood 32 Hokie Stones, all with the names of the victims of that tragic day.
At exactly Midnight, the Honor Guard of the Corps of Cadets walked out and took up position on the pathways around the stones, as 2 cadets escorted a family member/ friend, not sure which, to the candle in the middle. Once they lit the candle the two cadets took up position on either side of it and will stand there until relieved by others who will take their position, much like you see at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, though a bit different. I have to be honest, I nearly lost it after that moment, 2 cadets marched out of Burress Hall and played Taps, probably the most depressing music known to man. Shortly after that I witnessed what has to be the saddest event I've ever seen. Family members and friends walked out to the candle and the stones and paid their respects, some in solitude, some with friends, others openly weeping. I myself was lucky enough to have been in high school when the tragic events unfolded, but as a Hokie, it really hurts to see such a sight. I realized in that instant how much family and friends meant to me, and after watching all the familys make their way through, my friends and I headed to the campus church, where we all were lost in our own thoughts. I myself took some time afterward to text my family, even at such a late hour, to tell them how much they mean to me. I hope none of you have to experience this sort of thing.
I'll be pulling out my previously made sig for the occasion, though it seems grossly inadequate to express the sense of loss that grips this campus and it's supporters/students/what have you.
Thousands of students and faculty went to cla.ss that day, 32 never came back. This is for them, I never knew them, but I'll never forget them. They were friends, family, but most importantly, fellow Hokies, their loss will not be forgotten.
Well recently I did what I thought impossible for myself, complete a game 100%, gaining all Achievements for a single game. That game is (1)Fallout 3.
The game has been almost an obession of mine over the past months. I've enjoyed it emmensely and have played numerous run throughs. I don't know how it continues to attarct me to it after I've gone through the main quest 4 times. (2)Operation Anchorage was well worth the money in my opinion, especially now that I know the glitch to pull out near indestructable assault rifles and combat shotguns. (Not to mention some awesome Winter Combat Armor) I like the backstory to the whole Fallout timeline, although I got angry a few times at how different the game seemed at certain points. (I couldn't find health stations at intervals that I really needed them, causing reloading and replaying on several occasions.) Also looking forward the other (3)DLC's The Pitt and Broken Steel.
Speaking of DLC, I recently got (4)The Lost and Damned for GTA IV. It definitely plays differently than the original but still has the GTA feel to it. I like the new radio commericals and the news broadcasts, really livened up the radio which was getting dull by the end of the original. Bike handling is also improved, which was much needed. The races are fun, nothing like beating someone of their bike with a baseball bat while racing to let you know you're alive. I also liked the missions that crossed over with Niko's mission, really filled out the story nicely. Overall, I'd recommend it. The main character, (5)Johnny, is an interesting character who is easy to get behind. Plus he has great facial hair.
Which leads me to my last connection! (6)Abraham Lincoln!
Thanks to a clothing pack for the Xbox Live Avatar editor following the release of The Lost and DamnedI was able to create your favorite president and mine (Although you may favor other presidents, it sounded good) Abraham Lincoln. I have to say, I rather enjoy it.
Well that's all I've got for now, a more complete review of Fallout is coming sometime in the next few (Thousand) days.
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