Baby it’s cold outside…

So having Satellite TV has its advantages and disadvantages.  Disadvantage: Having to clear a foot of snow off of the garage roof so I can climb up and clear the dish.  Advantage: Having a weather channel that actually shows the weather.  FYI, it wasn’t the Weather Channel.

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Dear Educational Channels…

… such as Discovery and the History Channel, please stop with the reality TV. Especially you History Channel.

I used to learn a lot just from having those channels on, even if I was not actively watching. What exactly am I supposed to take away repeatedly watching the same information about a guy doing his job to ominous and/or campy music.

I do my job every day and I do not want to come home from work to watch other people work. Entertain me or teach me something. Otherwise do not pretend you are better than you once were. I am dumb enough and do not need the help of reality TV.

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Fuck Cancer

We will miss you Uncle Dave.

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Modern Warfare 3 Sucks

Yep.  I said it.  Modern Warfare 3 officially sucks in my opinion.  Standby and I will give my reasons.

I bought the game the day it came out, although I do not see the need to get it at midnight since Wal-Mart carries it at 8:00 AM also.  Maybe I am just not that hardcore.

For those that know me, my main purpose for having an XBOX is the Call of Duty series.  Ever since World At War, I have been hooked.  I went back and purchased Modern Warfare 1 because I enjoyed it so much.  I have bought multiple copies so my wife could enjoy them with me.  I feel I have given the game a good chance, even after numerous frustrations.  So here are my gripes:

  • Nasty quick scoping has returned.  I have spent many matches turning a corner and being on the receiving end of a quick-scoping headshot.  Most of the time the so-called sniper has been sitting in the same spot the entire match, which transitions nicely into the second point: camping.
  • I have read complaints that the maps are small, which they feel relatively the same size as previous CoD games.  My issue is that the maps are so complex that there are many avenues for campers to find a nice dark corner and rack up kills.  Usually after I have been “camp killed” a couple of times I will manage to make it back and kill the camper. Nope. This leads into my next gripe point: lag.
  • I understand the game has only been out for a few weeks and I understand the concepts of Internet connections, bandwidth, and hosting capabilities.  I have been in far too many matches where I am dead before I see an enemy round the corner.  With previous titles, I would have good games and bad games but it feels like 99% of my matches end up with my Kill/Death ratio around 0.25.  I do not claim to be the best player in the world but if you ask anyone I usually play with I can hold my own.
  • The single player campaign was way too short.  I beat the single player in four hours.  I cannot say how I fared on the other games but this felt very short and very contrived.  The story line was very disappointing and game play did not leave me on the edge of my seat unlike Black Ops.

Overall, the Infinity Ward team left a sour taste with me on this release.  I have an OCD when it comes to beating games.  Other than the original Modern Warfare and below, I have achieved the highest prestige and highest rank on all.  I have beat the single player on veteran.  This game will not join those ranks.  Between this and the 15 prestiges of the last game, I do not have the motivation for continuing the Call of Duty series.

That is not to say I will not purchase the next one as I really enjoy the Treyarch line with their great story line and the fact that they are on top of ensuring their product is quality. That is also not to say you will not see me online playing MW3 but I will not have the same passion or urgency to complete the multiplayer aspect.  In fact, I may move back to Black Ops to get my fix of merciless death and destruction. But as of right now, Modern Warfare 3 sucks.

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Need AC

It seems people in Minnesota do not believe in air conditioning. The airport and hospital, no A/C.

Also, not a good idea to say explode (really meaning your bag is packed full of crap) to a TSA guy. Yeah, I did that. Idiot.

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Comments Enabled

Given my last post, I would like to see how everyone else views Memorial Day.  I have enabled comments without having to register.  We’ll see how it works.

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Happy Memorial Day?

The question mark is not a mistake.  It has always struck me as a curiosity that today people would greet each other with “Happy Memorial Day!”

To me, Memorial Day is a somber day to remember our fallen veterans.  Their sacrifice is a sad, but sometimes necessary, part of preserving our way of life.  I will be the first to admit I did not attend any memorial services.  I prefer to remain private and remember in my own way as most services seem forced and quite a few in attendance either do not understand nor care as to why they are there. For those in question, their lack of caring is apparent by their incessant need to fiddle with their phones, hold unnecessary conversations, or give looks as if they are being inconvenienced during the pledge or moment of silence.

I may be confusing “Happy” with “Appreciation”.  Maybe others saying “Happy” is an expression of their appreciation of those who served valiantly so others may have their freedom.  While I am happy for my freedoms, I appreciate them more since someone I will never know or whose family I will never meet gave everything for the American Way.

Today, it does make me happy that people will put aside petty differences to celebrate our military and veterans.  I can only hope my few years of service contributed to the greater good.  My thoughts and prayers are with our uniformed men and women.  My thoughts and prayers are with their families and the families of those for whom today was dedicated.

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Long weekend

Here I sit with my semi-new toy that will allow me to post from my Blackberry. I have been up since 1 AM and am awaiting to be let into the lab.

I am extremely tired as I have been spoiled by flying to Minnesota. I have been getting a lot more sleep which has put me in a somewhat better mood. The weather has attempted to warm up so that helps.

Outside of that the first house we found and made an offer on has fallen through because the sellers refuse to drop the price. No worries though, there are more houses out there. The flip side is we have to be out of our house by June 15. The long weekend will be sent sorting through our stuff. We need a smaller house so we quit hoarding so much stuff.

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Sick of the cold

I spent the first 3 days of last week between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.  It averaged around 67 degrees.  Then I came north.  30 degrees.  Spring needs to arrive faster.  Bright side: Carbondale on Monday, should be warm down there.

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Happy 2 months…

… to James Peschke.  Lots of interesting things going on.  All of which have left me with little time to update.

I have all but given up Facebook.  Twitter is much more interesting.

The biggest problem with blogging or tweeting is feeling limited in my freedom of expression.  Freedom of Speech does not mean freedom from consequences.  If you talked to me in person, you might not believe I am hesitant in expressing myself.  Here on the Internet, everything is recorded and saved.  Not that I will be running for political office anytime soon.

I have enough hassles than dealing with my son’s teacher or someone from work taking issue with my rants.  So the key is to find some happy medium to blow off steam and keep myself out of trouble.

As soon as I find a good Captcha plugin for WordPress, I’ll be enabling comments for feedback.

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