Sunday, January 25, 2009

Musings of the Future

The SAT was interesting. It’s a weird test because unlike most of the tests I do where you have a few hard questions and usually a decent time limit (if any time limit… I actually only have time limits very little of my tests/exams), instead you have lots of questions and a small time limit. Yes, many of the questions are easy but still… its kinda scary to see a section has 25 questions and you only have 20 minutes to do the work!

Also… its LONG. The SAT is like… 5 and ½ hours long. I got there at 7:45AM and didn’t leave till 1PM… not all of that was testing but still… took a while. They do give breaks (3 breaks) but I could have used one more break… just one more and it would have been really nice.

So, did I do good? Well, I’ll find out soon. I got a 164 on the PSAT, so assuming I haven’t improved at all since the middle of last semester (erm… actually about the beginning of the school year) then I can expect around 1600-1650, but I’m betting I HAVE improved. I think I did pretty good on the math, and know I did good on the critical reading (even if those passage reading questions are purposely confusing, I did good on the PSAT critical reading) the writing… I think I did pretty good. I hope my essay scores at 12, and I have a feeling it’ll get between a 9 and a 12, which is higher than average all around. The rest of the writing stuff… was interesting, why they had a 35 minute and 10 minute section is beyond me… I would have rather 2 25 minute sections.

Also, I realized that I’ve probably taken one of the, if not the most, important exams of my life. I’m taking the SAT again in May, but still, its kinda scary thinking of that… my entire future can almost be summed up in one simple 4 digit number… its also funny thinking about it as this time two years from now I’ll be IN college, doing college stuff and living in the US for an extended time. It’ll be the first time I’ve done that since I was 3. Big difference in my situation there.

In fact, you know, more and more often I think about leaving. I’ve had lots of friends leave Bangladesh. Most of them have gone for school, a very good number of my youth group have gone overseas for education, and I always had to say goodbye to them. But summer 2010 I’ll people will have to say goodbye to me. It’s a weird feeling… think what I’m going to say to all my friends. I think the thing that really hits me is that unlike Matt, Derek, Saion, Mark and the rest of the guys at 4him I don’t have any real reason to come back and stay in Bangladesh after college. Yes, I’ll come back, I’d be a fool not to. But I’m not going to live in Bangladesh. I’m not planning on working in BD OR India in the near future. I know my destiny (if you will) lies in the 1st world. The US, America, developed parts of Asia, but not Bangladesh. The thought of having to leave BD “for good” is both exiticing and sad. Bittersweet is probably the best word to use I suppose.
And to completely change the topic… I’m planning on dying my hair purple for AG Kid’s Camp (annual weekend retreat thingie for kids aged 7-15… all the youth go as councilors… but only the full time councilors really have a lot of work… the junior councilors just get to tell the little kids what to do. :p). Derek, I think Jacob, Julius, Naomi and Michael also have promised to do so. It’ll be fun. We can be the Purple People or something. :P

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Situation: Normal

So… I now have a new president. For some reason… I want to make some deep philosophical statement. However, since I don’t have anything deeply philospical to say, I won’t say anything of the sort. At all.

Life is going… good. I think. I mean… its normal. And I suppose normal is good. I take the SAT this Saturday, and that is making me nervous, kinda, it’s weird… I don’t know.

What else am I doing? Well… not much really, I mean, like I said, life is normal. I started Oblivion up again, new character, Heavy Armor, Blade, Restoration, the summoning magic, Alchemy, Armorer, and Myscistism. It’s a good concept, and I’m doing a good job with the character. I think I’ve leveling to fast (as in… I got to level six WAY to fast) but I’m enjoying the game.

I think Oblivion is better than Fallout 3. I say this because, while Fallout 3 is a good game, it really is a linear game. There are lots of little side quests, but they are just that, side quests. They aren’t meant to add to the story a lot, but are just extra things that are tacked on if you feel like doing them. In Oblivion, you have extra quests, but between the Main Quest, the 4 Guild Quests (which I love) and just exploring, plus the Shivering Isles, there is so much you can do in Oblivion. I start up the game and go into the Wilderness, just explore, fight some monsters, gather herbs, run through part of a dungeon… its awesome. The game was created so brilliantly. I love it.

Also, I’ve been listening to so, well, different music. Its metal… but OLD metal. As in, 80s stuff. I bought this album from Amazon Holy Diver – Dio and it is amazing. I don’t think anyone else in my family would apprieceate it (and I admit, the vocalist has a weird way of singing, but its cool) but I really love it. Once I get some more money in my paypal account I’m going to get some more stuff… a Metallica Album is on the top of my list.

Oh… I should probably tell you guys about my conquest of the Middle East in Medieval Total War II. I was playing the expansion pack to the game, which allows you to play a bunch of different (and cool) campaigns, one of which is the Crusading era in the Middle East. So I played as the Kingdom of Jerusalem. It was awesome… and really easy. I had some amazing Generals (King Baldwin the Leper and Richard the Lion Hearted) and the two of them ate Egypt really, really fast. I mean, it wasn’t really even funny. Then I invaded Turkey, took over Saudi Arabia and won the game… I conquered the Middle east in the life span of one general… it was crazy. Though, it was fun… I had some good battles.

Personally, after playing all these mini campaign games (the Baltic area, the British isles, middle east, the Americas) I think I like the original the best. The Pope can get on my nerves but I enjoy that verision the best. I had a blast conquering Europe with England and Norway. My Spanish campaign was also quite fun. All my other campaigns were failures… but I think the game is unfair to the other nations (Russia, Turkey and Venice don’t seem to have a fair starting position). Maybe I should try the game as Sicily next time…

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Aftermath of Holidays

Well… holidays are over now. I’m back to school. Had a great time with my friends, got to see Brian and Caleb again. It’ll be the last time I see both of them for a decent bit I’m afraid. Hopefully Brian’ll be here for my graduation (which is about 18 months from now), but I have no clue when I’ll see Caleb again. He’s not coming back for this summer, and he’ll be in Samoa and doing a DTS for the rest of next year. If I’m lucky, he’ll apply to Baylor and maybe, just maybe, he can be my roommate. But he doesn’t seem to want to do that… I’m not sure why, but whatever. As long as he ends up in the States I’m sure I’ll get to see him. As long as he doesn’t go to the West Coast that is… unless he offers to put me up…

The holidays were fun, yes. I played a lot of DotA and Fallout 3. I discovered something while playing DotA with my brother… my brother does something that very few players in the cafes enjoy doing: he’s balanced intelligence heroes. He played Shadow Shaman and Tormented Soul, constructed his own builds for these heroes and managed to play with them very well. He nuked everyone to death properly with Tormented Soul and buffed like a proper buffer with Shadow Shaman. It was very nice. It’s a shame we’re not good enough to compete in tournaments, because it’d be cool if we could. Actually, we’d have a decent team. Michael: Intelligence support. Me: Killer (okay… I’m not amazing, but I can play several killers decently) if not killer, a carry hero like Sniper or Razor. Derek: Tank OR Killer Jacob: Something else… and now all we need is another player so *insert one of Derek’s or Jacob’s DotA playing friends*.

Fallout 3… is pretty good. I must admit, I like Oblivion’s leveling system a lot more, I think it’s the best leveling system for computer RPGs ever invented (it could work with Pen n’ Paper games, but it would be much harder to implement). However, the game is good. Combat is fun, and the setting is well done. Someone on PbP house expressed interest in playing a fallout game there and if I had the time, I would have signed up, but as it is, I do NOT have the time… but that would have been amazing.

What else… well, nothing really. I’ve been roleplaying a lot. All my games on PbPhouse are going along fine, and I really am enjoying all of them, some more than others, but I’m glad I’m in all of them. I think if I had to pick a favorite game, I’d say the Fireborn game. I. Love. Fireborn. My DnD game is really fun as well, but its moving a slower pace than I would like. It’s find funny how when I’m a GM I prefer a relaxed pace, but as a player, a faster pace is my preference. However, I do have to say that the Star Wars game I’m in is almost too fast. We’ve moved at, literally, a lighting fast pace. It’s good, since we have a lot of ground to cover, but it’s also bad because I find that the pace is a bit too fast for my taste. That being said, I love the game and like some of the PCs. Shame we seem to have more a group more inclined towards “roll playing” and a campaign that encourages this too boot. However, I do know that we have at least two players who are interested in “role playing” a decent bit, plus I know the other players CAN roleplay if they feel like it, they just don’t seem to.

Oh well... maybe the game will fall apart and then I can go off and join another game… there is a Master’s of the Universe game shaping up, that game seems to be very entertaining.

And that seems to be all I have to blog about right now. I’ll write more later.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years Eve

Just about 18 hours ago, I was at my church wishing people a Happy New Year. Once all this was done, food (well... snacks) were consumed and most people had left the church was mine! MINE MINE ALL MINE!

Actually... wait... we had some other people there... lots of other people. Mostly (actually, wait... ALL) were part of 4him, and we had a blast.

First, we just kinda hung out a bit... Nathan and the rest of the drummers present (plus some others) played on the drum set and stuff... that was really cool. Then, we went outside and played some soccer (which we of course call football). Football was very fun. :) Because we had such a high number of players we divided ourselves into three teams and had one team rest while the others played. My team lost both of our games... but we all really enjoyed ourselves anyways. We had a decent team, but I think what caused us to lose was a weak defense.

Then, then we played Wii. That was great. Actually, it was beyond great, it was just plain old crazy. We played the stupidest game... it was the 100m dash on this olypics game... we were really loud... it was great though.

Then, after wii, we watched Madagascar II. That was a decent movie, had some good laughs and all that, so I enjoyed it. After that, I forget what we did... I think more wii... a lot of people took a nap. After a while I went out for breakfast (which was quite decent) and then we came home. I went to sleep at this point. I think it was like 7:45 when I got home, I got out of bed at around 1PM... lol. And now its 7:24 and we are about to have dinner.

I had a great time. :)