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Website Redesign, 2013 Edition

If you’re a frequent visitor of my website (and why would you be, honestly?) you might have noticed that the site’s look has changed a bit over the last few days.

Well, as you might’ve guessed, I’ve updated the website’s theme again, and will be continuing to make improvements and adjustments over the coming days / weeks. This is an effort to both make the website more clear, as well as take it away from the stark look it had since the last revision. A spring cleaning, with a little bit of fashion, if you will.

If you happen upon something that looks weird drop me a note and I’ll check it out. Thanks, and I hope everyone enjoys the new look!

Little League Games

It’s funny how your brain’s memory works. Things that you haven’t thought of in decades can suddenly come back and fill you with feelings that were, at one time, something more familiar.

I experienced this the other day while going for a walk. My girlfriend and I were walking past a school where little league baseball games are almost constantly being played. I never really pay much attention to it, but for some reason the sounds of the games really grabbed me for a moment.

Ping! An aluminum bat made contact with a baseball. The small crowd of friends and family went from talking to enthusiastic yelling. A few yelps from people with loader voices, chirps of encouragement, and then all became quiet again as the play came to a close.

I didn’t see what had actually happened during that moment of excitement and I couldn’t make out the names people were directing their cheers at, or even what they were actually saying for encouragement. But the general feeling, the pitch and tone of it all, really brought me back to my youth when, for a few years, it was somewhat normal for me to have to go to baseball practice and wake up early to go to games on the weekends.

I’ve never been much of an athlete, so I didn’t always like having to do those things, but I still remember it being fun, in a simple sort of way. I suspect that might just be the rose-colored glasses of lots and lots of time having passed that has made me forget the things I didn’t much like, but maybe it’s better that I remember it just for the good parts.

Anyway, it’s funny how easy it is to go back to those thoughts, even after just about 20 years of never once having thought about it. Transported through back in time by the sound of an aluminum bat!

Apple Critical

Recently, a few of my friends have made comments to me about how I “hate Apple”. I just wanted to take a moment here and clear the air on the subject.

I do not, in fact, hate Apple.

Am I critical of some of the stupid things they do? Sure. But I am that way for many things, including things that I really enjoy using / being a part of.

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I’m a Team Fortress 2 Free-to-Play Noob

So the other day I was playing Team Fortress 2, and someone accused me of being a “free-to-play noob”. I was chided as being one of the newbie players who only recently got into the game because it became free-to-play, despite my owning and playing the game since 2007.

But let me back up a little bit. I was playing Team Fortress 2 the other day, and having a less than stellar round. Some people on my team, who had been playing on the server before I got there, were using their microphones to play the game. These players were being too vocal, to the point that I couldn’t concentrate on the game because of all the “mic spam”. Being annoyed at my repeated effort and lack of results, coupled with the inane chirps and squeals of the mic spam, I did what any right-minded online gamer would do: I told them to “shut the fuck up”.

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Impending Update!

Just a small update here. Wanted to let everyone who might not have known that I’m not dead, and haven’t *entirely* forgotten about this blog yet, hehe.

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog software though, so I’m going to do that, and will probably revert back to a default theme for the time being to make sure there aren’t any odd incompatibilities between what’s up now and the newer version of WordPress. I was a bit sick of the old look anyway.

Thanks for bearing with me here, if you’ve been checking in. Will be back later on with a more detailed report on what the hell I’ve been up to!