Friday, December 21, 2007

Good times

It was a good day today, mainly because of this: http://assassingame07.blogspot.com/2007/12/winner.html

Winner!

We had a halo 3 fest tonight too. good times with good friends. Art work to come soon!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Well Shoot..

I was hoping to eliminate a couple of my designs but that didn't really get anywhere. I guess I'll just start with the first two and go from there. Nothing new to report really besides that. I do have another project I will be working on though that I'll slap up here soon. I think some of you guys might enjoy it. If not, well then....I've got nothing. I'm not in the mood to come up with some witty remark referring to some location that you could go if you don't know great work when you see it.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Post Extravaganza: Part IV

Well I had another design kicking around but It really isn't anything too different so I thought I'd just leave it out for now. So that's it: Mk II-IV. I just wish I got some more feedback. I'm going to leave those posts "Open" for discussion and commenting for awhile to give people time because I know people aren't exactly glued to my blog. This concludes the extravaganza until further notice. In other words, Until I decided which designs I am either going to pursue first, or pursue at all.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Post Extravaganza: Part III

Again, feel free to refer to the last couple of posts and comment on them as you please.

Wii Sight Mk IV
This design is a step in a completely different direction in comparison to the other designs that I've already posted. This design is basically the combination of the remote and nunchuk being disassembled and placed in what I think would be the best shooter related button combination.

I think the sketch is self explanatory. It just involves possibly lengthening wires and alot of Pvc shaping and cutting and gluing...in theory. I haven't taken apart a wii remote and nunchuk so I don't have a good idea of how they tick. It's a concept though so I thought I'd put it up. Obviously, if it worked it would have a ton of advantages seeing since the button placement would be up to me and can be used to maximize shooter game play.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Post Extravaganza: Part II

Ok, here's Part II

Wii Sight Mk III
You may have to click on the picture to enlarge it and really understand what is on there. Basically there are two different versions to this design. The whole purpose for this sight was to eliminate the awkward hand position that is present in the Wii Zapper as well as other Wii remote shells on the market right now. Instead of having the left hand in the back like on the zapper, it will be on the front grasping the nunchuck as if it were a foregrip in the regular, familiar fashion that a firearm would be held.

The only difference between the two versions is the different designs to accommodate the Nunchuck. A trigger will be wired to a grip in the back using parts that I already have in my possession. (I don't have to worry about this part). The wire connected to the wii remote would be slung over the right side of the shell and connected to the nunchuk and out of the way.

The shell itself would be made out of PVC, probably 1 inch OD or larger for the better part of the body. Some of the things I like about this design is the hand position problem being solved as well as the addition of a removable stock. It would be made entirely out of 3/4 PVC inserted into a 3/4 coupler so that it can be removed.

One of the draw backs would be the buttons on the face would be harder to access since they are up top. The design can be altered to shorten reach by shortening the body itself. It will definitely be larger than the Zapper but think that's part of the give and take. It'll be comfort over size.



Monday, December 3, 2007

Post Extravaganza: Part I

Alright folks, this is how it's going to go down. Today is the start of my 5 part blog post extravaganza. I've had these Wii sight designs floating around and with my winter recess starting next week, I've decided to shoot my designs past you guys. I'd like you guys to critique some of these designs with me outlining some of the advantages and disadvantages.

I'm ultimately trying to weed out the bad designs and focus on the ones that are worth working on. Now I normally frown upon commenting on old blogposts but this week I'll make the exception since they are all going to be tied into each other. At the end of the week I'll be taking all of the designs and comparing their strengths and weaknesses. Alright, here goes.

Without further ado

Wii Sight Mk II

This is a simple one to start off with. I came up with design right after the Mk I didn't work out. (If you want to check it out, then search my earlier posts)

This is basically a lens marked with a reticle that swivels back and forth. It's attached to a wii skin so that it can be removed. The Lens swivels so that it can be adjusted to the reticle on the screen. My only problem with this design is that I may not be able to sight it in correctly.



Thursday, November 29, 2007

Eat your heart out (Edited to the max)

I went to see Relient K and Switchfoot Tuesday night. I'll let the pictures do the talking. They are in no specific order except that Relient K did play first.













In other news, I was really bored in math class so I drew up a couple of designs for my next line (yes, more than one) of Wii sights. i'll be kicking off a 5 some-odd part design blog series to get my creation blog juices flowing. To you techno savy people (I'm looking at you Kevin and Nathan) I will be needing some constant input. I'll explain it on my next post. Get ready for a Blog Extravaganza!

Edit:
So I got out of Archaeology class and I was walking to my car. Nothing spectacular really. The sun was going down and I was just toning everything out like I usually do because I just wanted to get home. I was just minding my own business when I see this guy lock his eyes on me and start walking towards me.

I thought "Oh great, he wants to talk to me about something, or give me something or whatever." I keep moving and he keeps coming with this big Ol' smile on his face now coming from my left. I finally stop and turn because I realized I would be a big jerk if I just walked right by that dude. I'm seriously glad I stopped.

I pull my headphones out just to see what he wants. I was admittedly a little irritated. He's still got the big smile on his face, but I realize he has some kind of disability so I was preparing myself for some sob story and for him to ask for a donation.

"What's up man" He says to me. I say hi to him and give him a nod. "Hey, I saw your shirt. It's pretty cool." I was wearing my "In God I trust" jacket. I say thanks because I always appreciate when people compliment me on the stuff that I wear like that. "You're a christian too? that's cool" I tell him ya again. He asks me where I go to church and stuff. He tells me he is a christian too and where he goes. He was clearly excited. So he says "Hey man, It's nice to meet you." He shakes my hand but then reverses his grip kind of like we were buddies already. "Keep up the good work man." He tells me as he pulls me in for a big hug and then walks off.

That's one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me. This guy, this complete stranger who I have never seen before, comes up and talks to me like we knew each other. Not only that, he hugged me like I was one of his good friends. He does all of that and tells me to keep up the good work without even knowing who I was, or how I act, or what I do. That moved me. That's how we should be acting towards each other. I really saw God in him. Paul told some of the early church members to greet each other with a Holy kiss. I think that this is kind of what he was talking about.

Monday, November 26, 2007

I am the Match

That lit the Valley nerf fire. Apparently, The Valley assassin game is going to be mentioned in the Valley news paper. I guess that means it's a big thing. I was going to post something deep too, but I am watching heroes at the same time and the epicness leading into next week's episode is too great. All I can say is I CALLED IT. We'll discuss this more in the comment section. Please direct the giddiness to the link at the bottom of the page. thank you.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Taking back what is mine

So, I was strolling through Borders bookstore the other day (one of my favorite places in the world) when I spied something that instantly depressed me to no bounds. It was Searching for God knows what by Donald (Jesus) Miller. I miss that book so very much. For those of you who don't know the tragic story surrounding my copy, I let Mike Dunbar borrow it at some Burn at the beach. I haven't seen it since. The worst part about it is that I never finished the book. How many years ago was that!? I remember reminding him a couple of times. One time, he told me he had bought his own copy. I have his aim screen name but I've only ever talked to him once. He hasn't answered my messages for the longest time now.

Enough is enough. I miss that book way too much to let it go. Not to mention it had a book mark in it that was of sentimental value. It's time to throw down.
Conversation with Boxsocialbonanza
Rurouni011
:
I want my book back
Rurouni011: It's been far too long. I miss Donald Miller.
Rurouni011: Do you even know who you're in debt to? I'm certain we'll be seeing each other very soon.

It's on. While I'm at it, does anyone know where Mike Dunbar lives/attends school? As you can see, a personal visit is in order. In related news, I never celebrated my 50th blog post. *confetti*. It's my 53rd now though. better late then never though right?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

THIS IS SPARTA!

I think I can do one better. Somebody get me one of these, or better yet steal it and record yourself yelling "Madness!....I mean ..Stealing!? THIS IS SPARTA! " then kick a person into a randomly placed bottomless pit. That'd make my year.

In other news, I have managed to spread the Nerf assassin game to Valley. Muwahaha. Last time I checked they have 7 confirmed to play their own variant of the assassin game with more to come. Yours truly will be regulating the game (they don't see me everyday so they can't yell at me if something happens. HAW!) Heres to spreading a fire and possibly ticking off teachers. Hooray.

On a related topic, Guy's nerf night this saturday from 6-12. Prepare for the most brutal foam related ownage you will ever witness. Should be a good ol' time. nerf night at church sounds like a crazy idea too, but I have something to say to that...

MADNESS!? THIS IS DFCC!!!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pumpkin carving (Edited)

So I decided to post the first two in a series of four different pumpkin carvings that I am doing this year. These two are Heroes related and were the only ones I could get done tonight because I'm pretty tired. So far, It's just the symbol and the eclipse. I tried my hand at pumpkin scraping for the first time on the eclipse so I need to do some fine tuning. What you see in the eclipse is not actually cut out. I'm sure you guys understand. EDIT:
So, I did end up carving another pumpkin but it didn't come out too well due to some complications so this is it...where real pumpkins are concerned. I did carve a famous scene from Scarface into a fake one which turned out ok. I'll probably do some touch ups on it next year. In any case, it was a pretty good year of carving.

I'm hoping to get the pictures of last night up soon so that I can put them up as well. Good times all the way.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Bathroom debate

Everybody knows public bathrooms are the worst. They're dirty, smelly, and not to mention all of the vandalism. It seems like every stall has some crude joke or drug/drinking related comment. Well my friends, I think I found the weirdest that will top off any of those that you may have seen. Here it is:


"I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that "except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest." Benjamin Franklin, Constitutional convention, 1787.



It was basically the "religious debate stall" Now I was thinking of some things and I would like to hear some discussion going on here. Is Vandalism of a stall alright in this instance? Should we be going out of our way to scribble a whole long speech just like this on a bathroom stall? (It was high up on the wall so it rules out what you could possibly turn into some humor) Should we let little things like this for example, to slide and just stand up against the big "threats" or should we stand up to things like this too? Again, I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. I think the discussion inclined shall enjoy it.
Ok, GO!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sickness, more like suckness

So I've been sick for the past two days. Definitely terrible. I mean you do get to skip school but that sucks for 2 reasons. I have a crapload of notes to get, but Calstate fullerton made that a little bit easier for me. secondly, I got to sit around of view the plethora of terrible programming that spins through the tube almost all day long. The only way I survived was by watching my 24 dvds and waiting till my other favorite show came on. (I don't think I need to tell you guys what that is)

In any case, I plan on getting to school tomorrow, for those of you who care. You will most likely see me at the burn too. I really don't feel like contributing something unique or something that will make you think so I'll leave you all with Sickness=Suckness. goodnight.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fishing trip pics....and some new headphones

Well if you've seen Kevin's blog then you'd know that we were both up in the mountains fishing this past weekend. It's a weird beginning to a series of fishing trips with the church. My lips are so chapped from the trip that they're split!
So, this is what we saw the first morning when we got out of the tent. There was snow all over the place when we showed up the night before but we couldn't really tell how much.
The mountains were completely covered in snow which was a cool sight to see. It was as cold as heck though and I didn't really have suitable gear so I was suffering.


That's a shadow of me. Just thought it was cool.I have a tendency to get altitude sick, which happened as soon as we got to the lake. I slept in the van for lord knows how long until I felt better. I got out after that, bought myself some gloves and a beaney from the store and headed over to the lake.
That's it. And so is that ------->














I've got a couple of others. In any case. I show up and they still haven't caught 1 fish. Alright, so I put in my worm and pull out a fish right after. by the end of the day I had made up for last years failure. That'll teach that lake for taking 5 of my lures. The day after, we headed over to the river by the dam where I caught a couple more. All in all it was fun. Kevin caught a bag full of craw dads so we're going to have a big ol' cook out this weekend. A worth while trip with some good people. One more pic for good measure.So, I got some new headphones today to replace my broken ones. These are the ones I got which are the exact same model as the other ones. This is probably the fifth pair of "grappling hooks" I've ever bought. ( I call them grappling hooks because these things will hook onto anything and everything. If they were made out of metal then you could scale a building with them.) They are so comfortable that I just keep buying them. The thing is, their wires are easy to tear internally, so you have to be kind of careful with them. That reminds me; dan, you owe me a pair of these. Anyways, I bought them at the titan tech store today for like 10 bucks cheaper. woohoo. I got a chuckle out of the bar code thing though.That is what they are after all. I'm entitled to a crude joke from time to time. So here ya go.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

But It's cool, man...

Yes, I stold it from Jason, but I'll get to that in a bit. He's always got something good to say so I thought I'd claim some of his wisdom and apply it here. Surprisingly, life is good. In this little experimental phase I've been going through, I never figured things would start working out so soon. Awhile a go I was just sitting here in this chair taking in the feeling and thinking "man, I'm completely calm, I'm completely at ease." It's a weird thing really. I've been stressing all this school business and how my life isn't the way I want it and how I have been neglecting my bible and all that business. I've been taking baby steps since then. It's an experimental phase, I didn't expect it to work. Life is tough. It's hard to get back up after a big fall. Holding onto that fall is probably the worst part about the whole deal.

I've been reading this book written by a Native American Shaman or should I say "medicine man" called The Wind is my Mother. It really isn't what I expected. At this point in the book (the point I will be sharing with you) he is speaking about how we can some times hold onto these things in our lives that will hamper us and keep us from going any further. Things like a big fall like I talked about earlier. "The way my people take care of something that we're not happy with is to honor it and say, "thank you, you've taught me a lesson." If it's anger, if it's hate, if it's a drinking problem: "boy, you've been with me for a long time. Now I'm going to try something else. But I want to thank you for teaching me something about myself." Never try to just get rid of it. You can't, it's too strong, it's too embedded. Instead, honor it and say "thank you."" I claim that as truth. Somethings can't just be tossed off. Something you have to really come to grips with and figure it out. I'm dealing with this because there is something I need to learn from this. It's isn't punishment, it's a lesson.

Continuing with the book: " If you fill that space with something else, what you're doing is employing the law of physics that says no two things can occupy the same space at the same time. So get it out and put something else in. If you've got a negative, put a positive in. they can't both be in the same place at the same time. Clean it all out." That makes sense to me. Just sitting down and reading this book most of my free time has just really changed me. Not mainly because of the great words in it, but because I'm not stressing about some school work or tearing my hair out about some problem. It's a lot like painting and doodling with me. Life sucks, It is so unfair and it doesn't go your way at all. You are always suffering and you are always getting the shorter end of the stick...But it's cool, man. It's nothing. There is something deeper and it's out there calling us to join in. Something so awesome that it can blot out all of these petty little problems. It is small and big at the same time. It's the moment's reprieve. the little lit candle that can sever the oppressive darkness of a room. That's what I'm feeling. Sure, I won't feel this way all the time. Some big ol' problem can come along and smash all of this to pieces and bring me down, But it's cool man, 'cause things are going my way.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Make it happen.

Alright, so I've started to define boundaries on my time expending. Weekends will be the only time I get to tinker with my nerf guns. Weekdays will be filled with the usual homework and school reads as well as to help whittle down my massive reading list. I think I'm going to start defining days where I can just paint for awhile. A half an hour to an hour a night would be pretty good but maybe 2-3 times a week would be good as well. My blog has had a massive Art drought lately so I better get some stuff up real soon. Until then, sate your appetite for good work with my friend Pauly Wally or Niall in my friends link section. You won't be disappointed. I picked my bible up again finally. Continuing where I left off! Mondays= Heroes night = computer neglect. 'nough said.
Heroes was good tonight. I don't feel like explaining for all of you losers who aren't "in". everybody else will know what I am talking about. If you don't then do something about it! Today marks the massive email volleying that will occur in regards to Heroes discussion. School's pretty crazy now. I'm going to make myself a dry erase calendar on my mirror to remind me of all these assignments and projects. On another note, did anyone else get that weird car commercial that played three freaking times in a row during Heroes?? Made me want to take a pipe to the shins of the person responsible for that. Make it happen.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Time

Time, I can never have enough of it. I always feel like I don't have time to do the things I want to. This has been a frustrating thing for me the last couple of weeks. I've often found myself cutting the essentials out of my schedule so that I can do something fun or just plain relax. Like I said before,it's frustrating. I've neglected my bible for quite some time now and have used that time to do these stupid things on the computer like aim and myspace and facebook (I'm seriously considering deleting that stupid thing due to the massive application whoring that occurs; You know who you are!) In any case, It's made me vulnerable and It's just a problem I don't want to have anymore.
Right now I've decided to begin the painstaking process of cutting these useless things out of my life which means either neglecting, or completely removing these distractions. With some of the stuff it won't be too hard seeing since nobody really comments my myspace anymore and facebook is something I didn't want to begin with. So heres to introducing some discipline and control into my life. Wish me luck.

I don't want to start a new post so I'll just change the subject and do some more ranting. So down here on campus they are having some vintage rock and roll block party celebrating their 50th anniversary or something like that. It's pretty cool since they've got all of this stuff set up right in front of the student union. I was surprised to find the Knott's Scary farm hearse parked right out front and being guarded by a pair of monster. Who ever planned that little bit didn't realize that it really clashes with the decor they've got set up. anyways, it's weird. I've got a quiz in intro to Archaeology today so I've got to study the terms real quick. Nothing new to report really besides that. It's weird not hanging out with anyone at school.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Wow, just wow.

I had the misfortune of sitting down to watch snakes on a plane today with my dad. It was a bad decision to say the least. I figured since I don't spend too much time with him, a movie I heard was terrible would be a great way to bond. This movie, probably more then any other that I have seen, (I could be wrong though, but I really really doubt it) made me just think "wow" I don't mean wow as in "wow, that was spectacular" or "wow, that was dumb" It was a "wow" that was off the "wow scale". It was a "wow........that's all I can say.......wow"

I'm going to spoil some parts of the movie but who really gives anyway? So, this couple on the plane are getting their freak on in the bathroom. (yes, I said getting their freak on. ) and a snake falls out of a hole in the ceiling because they thought it was smart to pry out the smoke alarm and do some drugs while getting their freak on. Bad Idea. So the freaking snake falls down and starts attacking them. The guy is bitten in multiple places, big freaking whoop. Here's where the director or whoever was responsible for this terrible movie got a bit over-zealous with his position. He must've thought: "gee, since the girl already has her shirt off, wouldn't it be something if the snake bit her...." You can deduce where the snake bit her (if you can't then you shouldn't be reading my blog) Wow. Just wow.

I'm afraid it gets worse. Since they had a bad scene involving a girl, they thought they'd even it out so that they wouldn't appear sexist in some sort of demented snake biting way. So this one dude is standing around, using the bathroom while a snake is in the toilet. You can assume it doesn't go well for him. (again, if you have no idea what happened to him then you need to leave) . Wow. Just wow.

What the heck were they thinking? "Oh, I figured it'd be good entertainment" I think people are pushing the boundaries a little too far. I can just rant for hours on what crap I've seen on TV that I think shouldn't be on TV. Nobody would care because it's TV! I guess they assume people enjoy that kind of crap and find it humorous and/or entertaining/riveting. I'd like to know who they've been asking so that I can personally knock some sense into them. I think a crow bar would be good enough.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Greetings from England

No, I'm not in England, I just received a post card from our resident englishman Kevin aka Paddy (or milkinator, padfoot, milky, padfoot240@gmail.com, email me, I'm desperate, and so on) Take a gander. He says; "this trip has been great fun so far, even if I have not met Emma Watson.....yet!" He also wants me to tell you all "Cheerio!" So I'll be passing some verbal cheerios out whenever I say you guys. As for when he's coming back, he didn't really say. Here's some humor straight from kevin. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

It's been awhile


It definitely has been awhile since I've worked on painting. Here's one I put on the back burner to do the Jack portrait. Here is basically just a days work.










This is the picture I am working off of. I am make the colors a little more dramatic but I haven't decided yet. It looks good enough just as it is. I've done a lot of work with that picture actually. I did a water color which didn't come out too good because It was my first time with water color. I did a tight and loose pen and ink version of it too. The tight version was displayed in the school hall for awhile before it was entered into a contest where it won a superior ribbon as well as a Ribbon for best in show in its category. Too tell you the truth I haven't seen that picture since it was entered into the contest. Last time I checked, it was hanging in the office of the school's superintendent. I don't think I'm going to get it back. Oh well, here's to starting another project. I hope it turns out well.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Nameless pretty girls, terrible sun, and a jew named Kushner

That's my first week of College in a nutshell. It's been pretty good all in all. 2 classes on monday and wednesday, 3 tuesday and thursday, and 1 on friday. easy classes, not a bad schedule, The sun is big pain though. It's so doggone hot! Monday went off without a hitch. I get to my first class (religion and the quest for meaning) a little early so I do some reading. The teacher seems like a flake but he's pretty cool and he definitely knows his stuff. Human communications turned out to be a class I decided I wasn't going to dread because the teacher seems laid back and she doesn't hand out a big work load. (at least not yet.)
Tuesdays and Thursdays seem slightly more difficult, but then again they aren't. All though they are the longer days, I think they will be easier. I started tuesday off with some remedial math course I had to take because I was 4 points shy on the stupid test. (ugh) Now This teacher is a total flake. We ended up correcting her a number of times on the first day! Not a good sign. Well it is going to be one of those classes I shouldn't be in. I ended up saying that out loud in class and received a couple of amens. Pretty odd too because they came from some gangstas sitting up front. Stereotypes aside, these guys knew their stuff as much as I did, so it felt good to have others in the same boat.
Here's the highlight of the class, nameless pretty girl. So, I was sitting next to her in my dumb math class, I made a couple sly comments and hey, it was conversations from there. I left the class after her and tried to figure out if the stairs off to my left led out of the building. She was up ahead of me but took time out of her schedule to turn around and lead me out of the building. Good sign I think. She got my name at last and we talked as we left. So we were chit-chatting about the world civ. class as we got to the campus. We stopped and chatted some more before she said she was going to get something to eat. Now it wasn't like this: "I'm gonna go grab some munchies, catch ya later." It was like this: "Well, I'm going to get lunch now...by myself..." (you've got to catch the hint their.) I knew I had another class to go to so we exchanged goodbyes and headed off in our own directions.

Now this is when I figured out why I am in remedial math. First off, I decided to check my schedule and found out that I had an hour and change for lunch! What a retard! Second, I forgot to get her name! Insert a couple of head slaps and the repeating of the phrase "You freaking idiot!" and you basically have my lunch time on tuesday. Probably the stupidest thing that I have ever done in my life. I mentally beat myself up through my next classes: World civ. up to the 16th century and Intro to Archaeology. Those classes were enjoyable.
Actual teaching began on Wednesday. My Monday,Wednesday, Friday classes are going to be fun. Thursday was the day for me to redeem myself. Math class again! Well believe me, I did. I got her name, which was Stephanie, So I felt a little less stupid. We chatted about how dumb I was until we hit the Student Union, where I found out Thursday was a weird day for her. No lunch. Oh well, I got the name. She is no longer nameless girl, as my friend Beth called her. (eat that Beth!) The rest of the day just reinforced my theory. World civ is shaping up to be awesome! Intro to Archaeology is not that bad either. (The Teacher is an actual archaeologist who has two sites and is funded by national geographic so that is a plus)
Friday is my comparative religion class which was quite funny because we got to make fun of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and so forth. ton of fun. Well that was my week. Oh, and the Jew is the author of the book I need to read for my religion class.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

maintenance

My blog is going through some maintenance right now so please excuse the dust. I'm waiting till kevin gets back from his trip so I can remind him of his promise to help me make a custom banner.

Monday, August 6, 2007

update!

Well guys, your time to arm yourself is coming to a close very soon. The game is starting when we get Shiloh filled in. You've got until then. In other news, My hero, Mr. better-then-Bear Grylls, the one and only Les Stroud has the new season of his show Survivorman starting this Friday! Hooray for an actual survivalist. No camera crews following him around in the wilderness folks. Any who, life's been good. School is starting August 20. I'm not sweating it. My classes seem chill. (intro to Archaeology FTW!)

Nothing new to report besides the Canada/Big bear post that has been slowly creeping into view on the horizon. Doggone. Well, to those of you who are reading this who are interested in, or are listed to be included in the assassin game, check out the assassin blog to sign up or confirm that you will be able to play because a good number of you are pending. Get to it and get to it fast folks. We will show no mercy!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Potter party WARNING: may not make too much sense.

I had the privilege of attending the mad Potter party at Borders the other day. It was some great fun. The only time I have ever hung out with friends who were wearing costumes outside of halloween. Well the place was doggone packed when we got there. I practically had to carry a tank of air around with me. Kids in and out of costumes crowded the walk ways and seemed to cling to the stacks for their dear lives! Not being a Potter fan myself, I have to say it was a strange experience. Anyway, our group just stood around the whole time and watched Kevin and whoever else ventured to join in the festivities. It was pretty funny watching Kevin and Dan try the Snape debate or the costume contest but it's all good. I was there to support my buddies, which I am glad paid off. Kevin won the costume contest (surprise surprise) and was treated like a celebrity all night.

Kids and adults wanted their pictures taken with Kev, who they falsely named "cedric". The only paws I had about the whole thing was that it was in the Borders in pico. I have never bought anything from that darn store, but I'm glad that changed the other night. I picked out a sweet journal and was paying for it when the cashier spied my Italian world cup victory T shirt. It sparked a great conversation that I'm glad I didn't miss, even if I was keeping a little girl from paying for her stuff for a while. It was well worth it because Amy was able to spot me as she came in to the store so that I could show here where everybody else was.

It was good times indeed. Watching Kevin's face light up as he got to the register to pay for his book. At that same time I was talking to Jillian about yelling out random stuff like "Snape dies!". I didn't yell it, but I said it loud enough for two people in the stacks to turn and scrunch their faces at me. I tried to convince them that I was kidding, but I don't think they believed me. (If that does happen in the book then I guess I really spoiled it for them.) After that, we headed to pick up Dan and Sarah who had trudged all the way over to Walmart to get their hands on their own copies, which presented me with the opportunity for some drive-by curse casting. The kill count is Dan and Sarah so far, with a tortured leaf-blower guy on the side.
It was a ton of fun and I am glad I didn't miss it. The blog doesn't seem all too coherent, but I just wanted to get it done. Oh ya, CIY!!! more fun!

PS.
I know I have promised you guys about that Canada post. I'm sorry but the pictures are still not developed. The good news is though that it will be huge because I can put it together with the Big Bear trip! Sorry to keep you guys waiting longer.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Blowing the dust off my blog with an update.

So I've been back from my fishing trip to Canada for like a week or two now. Some of you remember I was gone and greeted me accordingly, some of you didn't and called and texted my phone while I was gone, and some of you didn't care. In any case, I will be chronicling my whole trip for all of you. Right now I am waiting on getting some pictures developed from the disposable camera I took up with me on my hike to the other lake which I will be telling you about. I took my digital camera too but I don't want to post without those pictures. So just giving you guys the heads up that my blog is back up again and that there is my trip summary on the horizon.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Fantastic

I've got a messed up nose and a cold but I won't let that damper my spirits! I just got some news from some of my favorite people in the world. You guessed it! Sanctus Real! Their fan letter has just filled me in on the status of their next album, which has got me quite pumped! " So far we've tracked about seven songs and we're still working on the rest. I think the mood of these songs are very lively and energetic. The best answer I've been able to give friends as to how it sounds is usually something like, "Hmm, I think it's the best of our last 3 records wrapped into one, but add some banjo and... well, I don't know but I think you'll like it!" " Banjo! I'm looking forward to it. Well Saturday I made a fool of myself many times at Mike and Danielle's wedding and reception. It was fun though. I'll make a fool of myself on the dance floor with good friends any day. Shiloh's party was cool too, even though I got owned at mario party by Kevin. I've got two exams, which is a downer. After that though is graduation and then I'm off to parts unknown. Good news is I'll have plenty of time to take my new desk for a test drive this summer! woohoo!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

oh man

oh man is right. Sanctus Real's new album is slated for around February 15th 2008. I'm psyched. Also, one of the bands I've been keeping an eye on called Wavorly has an album coming out june 12th and they just put out all the songs on their purevolume so that I'll be able to check them out better. You guys should do the same. I visited this art supply place in westminster that was freaking sweet. Just bought me a drafting desk, a lamp, and a tray so that I will officially have a place set aside for my arts purposes. I bought some pirate stuff there too. the rug was tiny, but I pulled the flag out and it's huge! You guys will be seeing me displaying my colors very soon. KAZAAAR!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Dynamics

I've just been really down lately. Let me be honest: I'm feeling neglected. I'm talking emotionally here people. You could say "But I invited you to such and such on such and such day." Ya, that's fine, I'm not talking about that. Get-togethers are just get-togethers. You see, I have this crazy idea that friendship is something beautiful and so much more then hanging out. I have this crazy Idea that friendship is sitting on the back wall kicking back a couple of rootbeers and talking about life. I have this crazy idea that friendship is so much more then parties and hang-outs and what not, but more of something personal. I've always thought it was going out of your way and giving someone that "how're you doing?" talk. I've always seen friendship as dynamic. It grows, it changes, that isn't too much of a leap is it? I guess you could say it fits right, well may be most of the time.

Growing and changing, that's what it's about. Dynamics of friendship. I haven't felt really dynamic myself, but it could be just me. I may need a refresher course in dynamics. A good part of my life has been spent hiding within myself. I had hidden my thoughts and problems from people for a long time. I guess blogger helps, but I'm not talking about blogger right now. I thought I had something good at one point. Fellowship, friendship, whatever it was. I admit, for the most part it has left me. I also have to admit that I am not comfortable with that. I've had the weird idea that I need people to lean on to get around. That I need other people who will be able to walk with me, maybe at least for a little while. A shoulder to cry on maybe. I just think people have taken friendship in the wrong direction, but who am I to say that? I feel like my acquaintances are many, but my friends are few. May be you guys could say other wise, but I hardly think some one who you chat with who couldn't care less about how you are doing would fall under the friendship category. But this is just me throwing myself some kind of pity party. Maybe I should have named this post "mindless ranting", because it seems like that's what I have been doing for the past hour.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Great Nerf Adventure

I began a regular day with no intention of going on some extraordinary journey of some kind. Strutting through the perilous halls at Valley, I had no idea that one would find me. Sitting in our protective circles to ward off predators and basically any unsavory characters, our small band began the usual ritual of initiating volleys of senseless banter. We had all gone around the circle with nothing of too much worth to say before we made it to our resident Eagle, Padfoot (Kevin) Wilkinson.

Padfoot explained to us his intentions of militarizing and enhancing what firepower he had in his possession, without disclosing too many reasons for his actions of course. Knowing he is an eagle and we had no business sticking our noses into eagle business, we continued the conversation. The eagle wasn't finished. He continued to explain how we was embarking on a small expedition to request reimbursement from a vendor of the gaming sort in the halls of vanity that we call the Cerritos mall and then to begin a side quest in search of a belt clip "mini nerf gun" that retails for around 3 bucks. Knowing the mall is a treacherous place, I immediately volunteered to accompany him on his journey. He later filled me in on the second stop of our journey so that I could make the necessary arrangements. And so we set off from Valley with 3 in our party total. The addition of his "sickly" sister was a bit of a bother, but we made it to our first destination without fail. After a bit of haggling and threatening on our parts, reimbursement was achieved and we headed out of the purveyor of eye cancer and Japanese kid seizures and on to parts unknown.

After heading out, we discussed the possibility of said "nerf gun" being right under our noses and decided to search the local toy store for it. No success; we skirted over to the dog in a box store next door and tapped on the glass boxes for awhile and then headed out once again. No matter, the decision was made that we would search the Target greatlands for it and succeed. And so we searched. I some how got separated from the Eagle and was left to care for his "sick" sister who was antagonizing me and basically making fun of me the whole time. Being distracted, I was unaware of finding some one I knew stalking the toy aisles of Target. Feeling rather foolish of being caught off guard, I gave them a friendly smile and "hey guys, what's up?" and waited till they went their own way before continuing my search for the Eagle. The Eagle was found, but the gun was not. On wards and forwards.

Not being the kind to easily admit defeat, Padfoot took some expert advice from me and decided to venture down to TOYSRUS and continue the search there. I was a little hesitant however. After being caught on camera in a friendly duel of gentle men with foam swords and batons, I had been quickly asked to stop by their friendly yet weakly looking personnel who shooed us off with a swift "throat slitting" motion. I was a little nervous of getting into a confrontation with the security man because I did not want to embarrass him in front of Jeffrey the giraffe, so I used my expert stealth and craftily located the nerf gun rack. No dice. Onwards again.

Being clearly frustrated, the Eagle tore off his set course and into the parking lot, swerving past pedestrians and yelling at his annoying sister in the back as he secured a suitable parking spot. We dashed headlong into the Target of downey (right across from golf and stuff) and searched for the gun. No luck. We were all in dire need of sustenance by then so we decided to rest for awhile at the Eagle's nest. After consuming some food and getting our energy back up, Padfoot and I went on alone and decided to hit two more destinations before ending the journey.
We checked the Walmart that is a walk away from my house and found the gun surprisingly missing. What was a bigger surprise for us was that the Target that was close by was an almost exact replica of the one in downey, down to the same placement of certain merchandise. To our dismay the gun was not found there either. We cut the journey and headed home, with only sore feet and damaged egos.

Some time in the future I will be posting about my adventures at Project Nehemiah with Padfoot and Sarah S. ( as soon as I get some pics from Padfoot, who is getting them from Nehemiah boss man dude.)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Follow up of a follow up (if there is such a thing)

If you guys didn't know (those of you who don't go to valley) I spoke in front of the student body today. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I am just petrified about speaking in front of people, and that is just a single class room. So you can Imagine that this was a big shock to the system for me. I just want to thank all of you guys who have been there for me these past few days. Thanks for the encouragement and the prayer, I really did need it so badly. It was comforting to know God was with me there and I didn't mess up as big as I thought I would, So I'm glad that I could put a little more trust then I usually do into God and just take that big step and do that. It really was worth it, and I am so glad that God nudged me in that direction and allowed me to take advantage of that opportunity. It was cool and I just want to thank you all again for all of the support man. You guys are the best!

Monday, April 30, 2007

follow up

So I will be speaking in chapel wednesday just so everyone knows. The Lord answered my prayers last night, not in exactly the way I wanted him to, but he comforted me nonetheless. I don't exactly know what I will be saying, but I've got the gist of it, so I'll just go with the flow of things and let the ideas come. Thanks for all of the help guys. I appreciate it.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

oh man

So, friday I was approached with the opportunity to speak up in front of the whole student body in chapel on wednesday. I know that this isn't something I should so easily let go, but I really have not been able to think of anything deep and spiritual to say up there. I've been praying about it and scratching my head over it and I still can't come up with anything. It's weird, and it is stressing me out a bit. I'm hoping God would provide the words for me to say before first period tomorrow b/c if I can't think of anything, then I am going to turn down the offer. I've been trying to keep up the faith, but it's hard. I really don't know what to do. I wish I had my bible with me. It would help a lot but I didn't bother taking it out of my locker. What a mistake.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I'm back

It feels weird to be back on my blog after neglecting it for awhile. I have an excuse however. I went to mexico, so I couldn't stay up to date with my blogger. I've been a little busy since then, but now I am back! things are ok so far. nothing to big to talk about. this is just to let you guys know that I will be posting on my blogger regularly once again!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

It's almost finished


Oh man, I'm so close to finishing Jack that I can almost taste it! I got some work done on it today, so the only white on there is the white that I painted on. All it needs are some finishing touches and it will be officially done. It's looking good; I think. But I'm hoping that it will turn out better.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Good stuff

Although I've been having a lot of trouble lately, It's good to know that I've got friends I could fall back on who are ready and willing to pull me back up to my feet or just comfort me in my time of need. Be it when I mess up or when I'm having a bad day, you guys always seem to cheer me up. God has been there for me quite a bit lately as well. Great verses always seem to come to mind when I'm having a rough time. In any case, It's good to know that bad times don't last forever. In other news, I got my bible back from Krysti today, with a brand spanking (yes, spanking) new duct tape bible cover. It's pretty sweet. You know ya'll are jealous. But I don't think you guys will be able to get your hands on this NIV Zondervan duct tape bible cover: Bracelet twin edition. Maybe you guys should find yourself a bracelet twin who can make stuff out of duct tape?

Saturday, March 31, 2007

well I got mad.

I know when debating with someone, composure is key, especially when it is religious. Well I lost my cool once while talking to this guy after being insulted various times. I didn't cuss him out, or insult him, it was more of a threat. But still, I shouldn't have done that. I messed up big. So I'm hoping you guys, my good friends on blogger would pray for me so that I would have the strength to resist such action if and when a situation like this comes up. I'd deeply appreciate it b/c I don't want to end up telling people they are stupid b/c they don't agree with me right? Well it was tough on me, and I admit that I am still riled up from what I would describe as the most horrid discussion I have ever been a part of. I could also use some good comforting hugs, but I guess I'll have to get those from my cat for now. In any case friends, I need prayer. I would rather not loose my cool even in the most minute way like that ever again.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Futbol, Calcio, Soccer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZLKGwsUi5g
That video really sums up my admiration for Francesco Totti (I couldn't figure out how to put a video on blogger, but for the curious, I am going to link some good soccer videos I find on my blogger with a whole section devoted to it). Good stuff. I'm sure he is one of the best soccer players out there. (One of, not THE) In any case, he is pretty good. I kept up with his club team before I gave up T.V. and I have to say that he is doing better then he did during the World Cup. He really didn't bring his A game to the world cup, plus allegedly one of their team mates had died/committed suicide? ( I could not clarify) In any case, He has gotten his game back and his team , AS Roma, Is one of the best teams in the world, up there with Manchester. Hopefully you Beckham fans can understand how I believe Beckham is not THE greatest soccer player on the planet. I do recognize that he is pretty good, even though people fail to hear me say that.

Monday, March 19, 2007

I'm a dumb road worker

It's become like a career for me. Walking down the street I call my life; falling in potholes and filling them in after painstakingly pulling myself out of them. But I am not a smart road worker (like the title says). I run back and dance around my fixed potholes, eventually kicking the dirt off of them and throwing myself in like a lemming off a cliff. After realizing my stupid decision, I mope in my hole for a few days before I realize my good buddy, friend, and Savior Jesus had tied me off before I made my head long suicide dive. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I've made my share of stupid decisions in the past, and I continue to make them now. Every time I do however, there is always that hand waiting there to pull me up, the life ring around my waste ready and willing to pluck me out of the chilling depths. Yes, I know I've got a lot to work on, but Christ's love makes up for my stupid decisions so there is no pothole too deep that God can't yank me out of. And life has turned out to be a series of pits and trap doors you either fall in or avoid, and it is just crazy either way, But you can either sit there and mope and go no where in your little hole, or you can pick yourself up, accept the hand up given, take the pain and hassle it takes to pull yourself out, dust yourself off, and keep on walking. I'll take the latter any day, and to quote some awesome gospel lyrics from the great Bryan Duncan, "I'll keep walking, Thank you." So I'll close with a verse from what is shaping up to be one of my most favorite books of the Bible.
"I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he us at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." Psalm 16: 7-11 Good stuff

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Jack is back

Ever since I gave up 24 and television for Lent, there has been this gap that has been pretty hard to fill. I keep wanting to go back and sit down and watch the tube for hours on end but I know I just can't do that. So, I have been distracting myself a couple ways. One of the main things I have been doing is studying my bible. Now I try to do it every night but I just forget sometimes, or am just too lazy, which I realize is bad. But that has taken up a good amount of my time. The rest is spent walking around and pursuing more distractions. Reading books has been a good thing. I have gotten two done so far. I have also picked up my pad and pencil again to doodle every so often. But the thing that I am proud to restart is the one and only Jack painting that I started such a long time ago. I don't know why I stopped, but now that my steady supply of Jack Bauer has been cut off (willingly, and with no regrets mind you) I decided to get back on it and finish it up so I can move on. So Jack is back!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Teaser


2 posts in a night is something new for me guys, but, I thought I'd tease all those people who read my blog with something I will be working on in the near future. This is the title of my next little book that I will be working on. Hey, it's the rough draft of the title art so give me a break

So far, so good.

Well I survived another monday without 24 and heroes. so far so good. Nobody has spoiled it for so far, which is good. I appreciate you guys who have gone out of your way to hold back from discussing those shows around me. Kevin has been a really devoted friend by going out of his way and not doing a weekly blog post on it. that is a friend and true 24/heroes fan right there. I had to silence my drawing teacher today because she and my friend almost freaked out and went into a super audible discussion over heroes less then 5 feet from me. She was cool with me not wanting it to be spoiled though, so they want on to discussing it with whispers. In other news, I finished Cell, by Stephen King. I have to say I really don't like King's style and if it came down to it, I'll stick with Clancy over King any day. I started Lee Strobel's The case for Christ today. A little change in pace book wise is good. after that, I am on to either some CS Lewis, or some other book I am referred to. I realized I have neglected my Jack Bauer painting, so I am going to try to get that in, and then aim to finish LOH ch 1 this week. I realized that I really need to reacquaint myself with some of those books of the bible that I haven't read in awhile. If I weren't working on Job right now, I'd be doing that, but I guess I should really put some other things off and work on my bible first and foremost. Prayer for strength would be appreciated folks. Thanks a million

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Chapter 1 has just begun

Started chapter 1 today! it is looking good! I'm shooting for around 10 or more chapters before I end it. I'm hoping it won't take too long. Well I am sick right now, with a terrible cough, yesterday I stayed home and just sat around and slept b/c I swore off t.v. I'm almost done with Teeth of the Tiger though. I have to say I am pleased with Tom Clancy right now. This book has turned out really well so far. 20 or more pages to go and I am done with that and on to Stephen King's Cell.
Amazuhzing
I realized that I kind of put my 24 painting off to the side. Maybe I should finish that up to take my mind off of actually watching 24 on t.v. (aye pobrecito) I've been working on the book of Job in my bible though, that is looking to be one of my favorite books too.
Amazuhzing
Getting sick is terrible, and having to make up all the work is a pain, especially if your teachers are slave drivers.
Tamminga, you got some 'splaining to do tomorrow, b/c I didn't have a clue what to do with that review sheet. oh well

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

shooting down book 2 and onto book 3.......stability please!

I finished book 2 yesterday. (woohoo). Planning on starting, maybe finishing chapter 1 of book 3. To all of you guys who are eager to read my lame stuff (Nathan and Jillian) You won't have to wait too much longer. I'm almost done with the Tom Clancy book I was reading and then I'm on to that interesting Stephen King book.
Well some intense things have come up and they have really unsettled me something fierce. A bit of prayer would be appreciated. I'm hoping my life will become a little more stable because this year has had so many ups and downs that I'm about to lose my mind. I know God has been with me the whole time and has broken the clouds with sunshine, but I am just surprised how one thing can turn a positively awesome day into a positively nerve wracking day! Well it won't kill me, and I know it will be alright in the end, I'd just appreciate some stability greatly. Ash Wednesday today, so no T.V.! I'm off to working on LOH and then studying my bible and quiet time. =)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

God > 24

So, Lent is around the corner, and I was thinking of what I was going to give up this year. I know I'm not catholic, but I think it is important to give up something just to show some appreciation to God. I'm not saying "This is the way you should do it" I'm just saying this is one of the ways I am going to do it.
So, I was thinking about what I gave up last year, which was soda and video games, and I realized that I steered clear of giving up something. Last year, 24 season 5 was going on, which was is one of my favorite seasons by the way, so I told myself "Well I'll give up all of T.V. too, except for 24; just off the record." Thinking about that in class, I knew what I should give up this year. I guess I just want to express that a stupid show (ouch, I'm going to get some flak for that) is not more important to me than my relationship with God.
So it is no T.V. for me, which includes 24 and heroes, So I won't be able to talk 24 or heroes with anyone any more. regrettably, doing this will put me way behind, But it is Sooo worth it. So, I'm hoping I can do this. It will be really really hard, So I'm hoping you guys will help me stick to my guns on this one.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Inspiration

So, today in church, I was kind of inspired. Niall threw out a good idea of starting a bible study on my blog, and I think I may do that, even though I don't know how to go about doing it. So I think I am just going to pick a book I want to work on, and take it chapter by chapter and just post my thoughts about it on here and maybe get some discussion going on. I think it would be cool. Any suggestions guys??
In other news, I'm still working on chapter 10, and I don't think I will finish it anytime soon. I 've kind of had an inspiration dry spell lately, but I think I'm definetly going to make some ground on it. I'm looking forward to finishing it and moving on to my next book. I'm hoping you guys would pray for me to get it together and finish it up.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

24 and things going on

Well last nights episode was jam-packed with intenseness (yes, I said intenseness) Jack got to bust out his pump shotty and blast a few terrorists during an apartment breach. Fayed got away again, leaving Jack to defuse a suit-case nuke. Morris cracked, like expected. I don't really blame him though. I'd like to say I would have struggled so that they could kill me straight, but being faced with torture by a power drill would most likely make me crack. Fayed has a new device to activate the rest of the nukes. Jack's dad is definetly a bad guys, just as I thought. And what is up with grodenko?? Did they say something about a missile? are they going to add the rest of the suit case nukes to some missile platform and launch it at something?? discussion discussion discussion!

Well I worked on my Jack bauer painting for awhile, I messed around with the flames (I don't think they turned out quite the way I wanted them) added some blue lining to the 24 digits so they stand out, and added some more blue above the flames to the left of jack's face. When I work on it a little more, I'll slap up a new picture of it.

Monday, February 5, 2007

I must just be good at predictions

WARNING: 24 and Heroes spoilers


So I've been on a pretty good roll tonight. so far, my predictions for both shows did come true. Jack's dad was involved farther then jack assumed. It was clear as soon as he shot the guard and killed him. (pretty sweet scene by the way. ) His dad killed graham. (shocker right there) but I think we could all guess that Jack wasn't going to be able to have the satisfaction of killing him. from the previews, we could guess that Morris is going to crack. I think Jack may have to defuse the suit case nuke, but we'll see.
Heroes was really good. I had a full on action night. I knew sylar wasn't going to kill bennoit (at least not yet.) and that they would get into a fight. ( gun fight was close enough) My crazy prediction was claire's real dad being Nathan petrelli. I'm glad I hit that one right on button. It was a really exciting night. I am wondering how Hiro is going to get that sword now. I'm also wondering now, that if peter can recall the persons effect on him and use their powers, Will he be able to use all of sylar's powers?? Another good question I think is, what would happen if he was next to nikki?? would he develop this weird split personality named after one of his dead siblings?? Jessica tazed that lady sick. I'm starting to wonder if that bald pudgy Lacky of Linderman's has powers or not. We'll just have to wait and see.

Monday, January 29, 2007

24

holy cow, that was pretty good. Not only the episode, but also the preview of next weeks. Next week, Graham is getting what has been coming to him since season 5! Jack said something along the lines" I will make you feel a pain I can't even describe." Now that is what I have been looking forward to for a year. Oh man, madness. I think that Jack's dad knows a little more then he says he knows. But we'll see next week. Good show, good show. Wahli got kicked up a bit. I thought he was going to be shanked, but I knew he was going to get caught in there.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Wii Sight, Mark I


So today, I finally sat down and put together My first Wii sight which I have decided to call "Mark I". So I started at 5, sat at the kitchen table and worked on it till 6:30, So it wasn't bad. So, I started with a well bailer, and I cut it in half. I then sanded down the edges a bit so I wouldn't cut myself. So I took a ruler and drew a straight line down the whole body of the tube in permanent marker so I would know to align the rail straight. After that, I screwed in a Picatttiny rail looted from an airsoft gun. After that, I tested the red dot sight and it seemed to hold.
After I had that adjusted on there, I decided to figure out where I was going to position the actual remote in the body. So I marked it, and cut out the whole side. Afterwards, I slipped into the Mark I an extra M4 stock from one of my airsoft guns. After that, I adjsuted the remote inside it with a velcro strap and I was good to go. So I took it to the wii boxing match and Kevin, Jason, and I got to break it in. Overall, I was quite disappointed. The Sight didn't perform as I had expected. It seems that the Mark I throws off the wii remote's sensors so when I would point the remote down, my guy would be looking up and so on and so forth. So it looks like I will have to scrap the Mark I and move onto the Mark II. We'll see if that one works out. (my arms are dead tired after that bit of Wii boxing by the way. Working out in the lawn with a pick axe really didn't help out either.)
The lines to be cut to hold the wiimote.

Friday, January 26, 2007

It was a meh.....day


Self explanatory. I tried playing CS Source today and I found out that I am not as good as I used to be. In fact, I am worse. I can't even compete with the noobs anymore. I can't understand why. It's like a ceased to be good at it. oh well, more time for me to read and paint. Speaking of which, I worked on my little project a bit. So today I just basically added some of the flames for that giant cloud of explosion I planned on putting in there. I added a red silohuette of jack up in the topleft. Anyways, I'm gonna add some more detail to the flames and make the 24 stand out a little more so you can see it better. So far so good though. So, I've been getting some flak about my wiisight Idea. Hey, If it will give me something to do, and possibly enhance my game playing experiences in redsteel, then I'm willing to try it.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

1 more to go!!!

So I finished up with my chemistry exam today so that leaves Algebra 2 left. I just finished studying and I plan on hitting the books again pretty soon. In other news, I started a new book awhile back called "Teeth of the Tiger". Yes it is another Tom Clancy novel. I was severely disappointed with Red Rabbit, which I really had to put down due to the characters being stuck in the same spot for around 220 pages or so. but this one is shaping up to be pretty good. It started out with an Israeli spook getting knifed after going for a dead drop. Ok a bit of espionage lingo in there, I'll explain. Spook= field operative, like a spy. Usually gathers intelligence. Dead drop= a trap for an enemy field operative to pick up and get caught/killed. Ya so that dude, who turns out to be a Chief of Mossad (Israeli intelligence Agency) in the rome division. So he was knifed in the bathroom and made it look like he was mugged. pretty sweet for only 4 pages in. I'm hoping it will get better, It looks like it, but we'll see.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Nervous ticks, Chapters 8-9., and 24

3 exams done, 2 to go! So I was taking my exam yesterday and I was finishing up on my essay and then I realized I had some weird tick. After every word I wrote, I twisted my pencil between my fingers once. I don't how or when I picked it up, but that is just some weird thing I noticed. I have also been told that I hold my pencil weird? Somebody should verify the weirdness of my pencil gripping just so I have some sort of clarity. Moving on, I finished typing out LOH chapter 8 yesterday. (I'm sure only kevin cares) I'm starting on chapter 9 tonight and I'm hoping to get it done by around the end of next week. I'm hoping to end the whole saga by the end of the school year (hopefully) and putting the book together by then. So, 24 last night was pretty intense!!! I'm sorry to say that my fears came true last night. Chloe confirmed that Jack actually did kill Curtis, So we won't be seeing him anymore. ( RIP Curtis) And last night was one of the biggest twist I have ever seen. It turns out that the guy from season 5 that gave Jack's whereabouts to the chinese and actually got him sent to china was his own brother!!! The same guy who was influencing Logan! Oh man!! When Jack finds out he will be pissed! Seriously, I don't care if he is Jack's brother, I want him dead! Oh man, he is also responsible for Palmer's death! I hope Jack finds this all out. It will definetly make this season very much more enjoyable than it already is.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

This One Church sign

So there is this one church close to my house that I always pass by on the way to school. They have one of those big like theater bilboards with the slide letters that put on there (you know what I mean.) well, their church leaders put up a message of the week up there and one of them really stood out to me, so much that I regret not taking a picture of it and putting it on here. Well, I remember I was rocking out to my tunes and I just stopped to look at it. The message said "There Isn't an easy button in a burning hell!" And that was all that it said. Well to be honest, I chuckled at the sight of it, but after I got thinking, what kind of a message is that church portraying. Now in the past, they've had some really good messages on there but I still can't get this one out of my mind. "There isn't an easy button in a burning hell" isn't exactly a way to encourage people to come to church. Not only that, but what must people driving by think when they see that message while they were driving. I'd also like to know what the person who wanted that message put up there was thinking. Is this the kind of message we want people portraying? I'm pretty sure I'll have some more thoughts on this later, maybe even a picture of the message board from the church down the street.

Friday, January 19, 2007

My current project

So this was the project I was speaking of in my last post. So far, that's all I've had time to work on. I'm planning on outlining the other half of his face with red and then adding an explosion in the upper left hand corner. Basically it's gonna be a set of three different jack pics rolled into 1 with my own twist. I'm hoping it turns out good, by the looks of things so far, it isn't really a waste of time. I may even enter it into our school's independent art show. I'll be updating with progress on this thing when ever I have time to get around to it. Hopefully it will be worth jack bauer's image but we'll see.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

my week as of late

My week has been purty rad so far. Just found out that my algebra 2 test Did not result in a failure, so it's all good in the hood. Recently, I've been trying my hand at some painting. I've been trying to teach myself and so far, I think I'm pretty much on the right track. My current project is a little 24 portrait. So far, all I've got is half of Jack's face and the 24 sign but that's about it. NExt post, i'll be trying to figure out how to put some pictures on this here thing. hopefully i'll be able to get kevin;s help, but maybe I can figure it out myself. oh well. for all you LOH readers, (only kevin) i'm working on the chapter 8, so be prepared! this one is gonna be a doozy!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

This just in

hey, I just got this thing. I'm trying to figure out how to "work" it. oh well.