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New Projects

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:31 — VengefulJedi

Hey guys!

First, I wanted to thank Sarcasmo Jones & Shamrogue for their input regarding my last blog entry. After considering what you guys said & not giving it any further thought (to avoid the possibility of self-sabotage), I decided to do all three, but not start them all immediately...

I started up a new Podcast with my buddy Chris - GeekDig. The plan is to talk video games, movies, all the geek shit. We have two episodes posted so far, and we're recording our third on Sunday. I'm following a podcasting subreddit, met up with some fellow podcasters on Twitter, and am getting some pretty good input so far. And I've confirmed my first official guest - Melissa Hutchison, who voiced Clementine in the Walking Dead game, and does a lot with Telltale Games. If so inclined, here is where you can find it:

iTunes:  Search for "GeekDig Podcast"
Stitcher:  Search for "GeekDig Podcast"
Libsyn:  geekdig.libsyn.com
Twitter:  @vengefuljedi or @GeekDigCast
FB:  facebook.com/geekdigcast

In my spare time, I'm working on my indie RPG. I decided that my first project is going to suck ass by default, so my first game will be for my nephew Jordan's birthday (turns 8 in November). I've only made a couple character sprites so far, but that's more than I've done before.

I set up a YouTube page, but have yet to start work on any videos. I'm waiting til my podcast grows a little bit (and I get my Xbox One). I do have a Game Capture device & all the equipment I'll need, so it's just a matter of time. As far as the Xbox One, looks like I'm buying mine in just over a week.

Anyway, that's it for now. Catch you guys later.

What's Up?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:40 — VengefulJedi

How's it hangin', people? I'd love to say I hit the Mega Millions, traveled the world & other fun shit, but that's not how I roll. Figured it was time for an update... it's been a while.

WORK: My Nemesis is vanquished - he left for another job. Now that he's gone, all the hostility I felt toward my job is gone. We have a new Department Director now, and she's amazing. It's also time for our 6-month review, which is looking decent this time around.

HEALTH: I'm actually feeling pretty good. Weight loss is slow, but I'm more consistent in making better food choices (except for the week of my birthday, I gave myself a free pass).

DATING: Yeah, I retired from that shit. As I put myself out there, I had a revelation. The truly good (single) American women are already taken, or they don't live in Illinois. Besides, between work & hobbies & family, I'm good. My life's not lacking; at least, I don't feel that it is, and that's the important thing.

OTHER STUFF: Fourth of July weekend, I went to Columbus, OH to visit some long-time gaming friends. It was a great little getaway, especially coming off of helping with a memorial for a coworker that passed away. I saw one of the most impressive fireworks displays I've ever seen, and got to see the Columbus Zoo. And something that's no big deal to you guys (but kinda one to me) - I helped my buddy change his brake pads & rotors. Since I could never drive, I never saw the point in picking up any automotive mechanical knowledge. But it was pretty cool.... and now, when I look at working on brakes in Forza, things make a little more sense.

So, I wanted to get everyone's opinion on something. Some of you have known me for a while - and even if not, there is no one here whose opinion I don't respect. So, a few weeks ago, I stopped Podcasting. In a nutshell, I teamed back up with Jackson to revive Geeks On The Mic, and he went batshit crazy after some listener feedback that preferred my offerings and style above his. The "professional" couldn't stand to be shown up by a rookie, so he scrapped everything. Anyway, I took a few weeks off for my birthday & family affairs, but now I'm looking to jump back in the saddle & do something. I'm just not sure what. I could easily start up a Podcast - I have the equipment, a buddy committing to co-host (but keep me in charge so I don't get fucked over), all that. But I kinda want to try something different, like a YouTube channel. I want to do reviews, let's play videos, that kind of thing. But then, I also want to try my hand at making indie games. I bought RPG Maker VX Ace during the Steam Summer Sale, and I've been messing around with it - and making a game has always been an unspoken passion of mine (I didn't want to get my hopes up since I couldn't afford the schooling). But there it is. What I'm hoping is, you guys can help direct me in the path I should go. Do I...

Podcast?
YouTube channel?
Make an indie RPG?
Or, take a break, do nothing, and just enjoy life?

I'll leave it at that for now. I have to get back to doing some work.

Happy Fathers Day (Tomorrow)

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 11:33 — VengefulJedi

1. "The infection is spreading faster than I anticipated... you should leave town soon!"

- Resident Evil

2. "Oh no, here it is! I didn't think it would come so quickly!"
- Sonic The Hedgehog

3. "Finish her... Fatality!"
- Mortal Kombat

4. "Head shot!"
- Halo

5. "Fire in the hole!"
- Counter Strike

6. "Keep your head down... there's two of us in here now, remember?"
- Halo

7. "I have balls of steel."
- Duke Nukem

8. "You're almost as big as my father; maybe bigger!"
- Legend of Legaia

9. "Snake! Are you there, Snake? Snake! Snaaaaaake!"
- Metal Gear Solid

10. I don't think that's supposed to go there..."
- Broken Sword: The Angel of Death

11. "You wanna ride the worm? You wanna ride the worm? Okay, I'll let you ride the worm!"
- Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco in The Spinal Frontier

12. "Work complete."
- World of Warcraft

13. "That's the second biggest monkey head I've ever seen!"
- The Secret of Monkey Island

14. "It just jumped out the hole and attacked me!"
- Vampire Rain

15. "Who wants some wang?"
- Shadow Warrior

16. "Not enough cash, stranger!"
- Resident Evil 4

17. "It's a-me, Mario!"
- Mario

18. "I need a medic!"
- Urban Terror

19. "Oh yeah, baby! Are you ready for some... wiener?"
- Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude

20. "Your face, your ass... what's the difference?
- Duke Nukem

Still Alive & Kicking

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 01:16 — VengefulJedi

Good evening all. It's time to check in again. As much as I'd like to say I'm one step closer to global domination, that isn't quite the case. Mostly, I've been busy with work. With Microsoft terminating support for Windows XP, we upgraded nearly 50,000 PC's to Windows 7. All I can say about that project is - holy shit, I'm glad it's done. Despite the abundant tension, I managed to secure the spot as my team's Top Dog (much to the crushing disappointment of my nemesis, making it that much sweeter a victory).

Speaking of victory, last week I met my Endocrinologist for my 3-month Diabetic follow-up. He tested my A1C, which I am excited to say dropped from 7.1 to 5.9! We also looked at my medication. Even though it's doing a great job regulating my blood sugar, it's fucking up my stomach something fierce, and may be what's aggravating my back pain (amongst other side effects). Doc has me researching a couple meds - each can replace the Metformin & adds a benefit of weight loss. That's the hardest part for me, the weight loss - I gained back a couple of the pounds I'd lost, so I'm currently at 357, but that's still a loss from when I started.

I decided to retire from the dating scene. Truth be told, I'm content on my own. I enjoy my freedom. A couple of coworkers convinced me to start looking - and while some of the initial attention was flattering (due to a witty & humorous profile), I somehow still managed to attract creatures spawned directly from Hell's Vagina. The last chick was this single mom (I didn't mind that part), recently divorced, who wanted to take things slow because I'm "the only respectable guy she met since her divorce" - and said she wasn't ready to date. So, we spent a few months just chatting, and when she finally felt comfortable enough, we went on our date. Afterward, she got a bit distant, only to tell me she can't date me because she wasn't physically attracted to me on the date... yet she's the one who kissed me at the end of it. Maybe I subscribe to the unpopular school of thought, but looks aren't that important. I need a woman who can keep me on my toes mentally, or have a dark sense of humor, or something that indicates higher intellectual functioning. Looks change & eventually fade altogether, but being an evil bitch is forever - so knowing now that she's shallow & incapable of the level of depth that I require for a potential mate, I am once again completely free without distraction...

Which couldn't have come at a more opportune time. Today, I decided that I wanted to take my new Podcast & change things up a bit. Rather than Podcasting, I want to do YouTube videos. I'd like to review games, do playthroughs, have unboxings - all that shit. YouTube drives me fucking nuts sometimes with the piss-poor quality of material (for example, not proofreading & publishing something with gross spelling & grammar errors). Anyway, I won't be giving up podcasts altogether. I talked to my buddy Jackson, and we're looking to resurrect Geeks On The Mic, after its hiatus. We're mixing up the format a bit, which will give me the flexibility & creative freedom I felt I lacked before. Details forthcoming on that...

Time to crash, but that's about it. Expect to see me more on the Xbox (360, I've yet to get my One) - as much as I love gaming on my PC, I miss interacting with people.

Going Rogue

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 22:32 — VengefulJedi

Hey all, just wanted to drop a quick note while I'm working on this fine Saturday night. For those of you who don't know, I've decided to retire from the Geeks On The Mic podcast. Long story short, we were having creative differences & my buddy's head somehow found its way up his ass. I decided to back out while I could still call him a friend. Fortunately, this isn't the end of the line for Jedi, but more a new beginning. I'm going rogue & starting my own podcast. I've got a good bit set up already:  bought a web domain, designing the web site, and am setting up the applications I'll need. The domain I bought was expired & on auction, so it won't be fully available for the next two weeks... but I'll use that time to work out whatever bugs I can.

Also, speaking of going rogue, I've decided to remain a lone wolf & retire from the online dating scene. I have my full-time job, and my 2nd "job" (the social media thing) is starting to pick up. I'm also about to take on the Podcast, and I need to focus on my health right now - both physical & mental. Besides, I only met two real people on there - one who ultimately kept comparing me with her exes, and the other was so self-centered (and was still pushing me to go out while I was off work due to my back) that I quickly told her to go fuck herself because I'd lost any desire to. Ultimately, I'm just going to focus on me at the moment, and once all the dust settles, I'll get back on that horse.

On the plus side, when I went to the hospital for my back, I found out I'd lost about 13 pounds since I started trying to lose some of this weight.

Geeks On The Mic

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 09:52 — VengefulJedi
I keep forgetting to post the info to my Podcast, so here it is. Just keep in mind that I'm not the best, but am learning & having a lot of fun with it. Geeks On The Mic www.geeksonthemic.com is our main page. www.blogtalkradio.com/geeksonthemic is our page through our host. We're also on iTunes. Search for Geeks On The Mic. I go by Jedi. My buddies that I co-host with are in Texas, and I'm here in Chicago. And if you do listen, I'm open to feedback. Just PM me. :-)

Update

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 00:37 — VengefulJedi

Hey everybody, sorry if I haven't been around much lately. As much as I'd like to say I'm balls-deep in some new girlfriend, partying it up, I'm mostly just busy & transitioning through some other shit (I'm just trying to follow the wisdom of the Mighty Sarcasmo Jones - get healthy, get a woman, and live the good life). The good life is coming - it's just taking a few detours along the way.

I've reached a point in my health where I have no choice but to get healthy. I was diagnosed with Diabetes (Type 2). To tell you the truth, it's thrown me for a fucking loop. I knew very little about managing it... fuck, all I knew was that I'd have to prick my finger daily & piss a lot. (BTW, my AC1 is 7.1). The first two weeks were rough - I was really depressed, and it just took that long to locate the diabetic dietician & nurse. So far, I'm making some great strides. I've been learning a lot about food, label reading, all that shit. The nurse even noted how well I've been documenting my readings & maintaining a nice range for someone newly diagnosed. That actually gave me a feeling of hope, like this will be the attempt that finally succeeds. I still need more discipline in exercise, but the right steps are being taken. I bought a Kinect with a few games. A coworker also gave me his copy of UFC Trainer (which I've yet to try, but hear it's gonna kick my ass).

On a much lighter note, Duncan is alive! After some last-minute parts, the total monetary damage is $1273.32. Loving it! Even though I've always been a console gamer, I decided to try my hand at some PC gaming. I've managed to build up a small library so far (even if a good amount of it is "classic") - Steam and GOG.com fucking rock! Even though it's my first exposure to certain games (like Dungeon Keeper), I've managed to build up a decent little library. On a side note, all my Xbox Live friends can rest assured that I'm not abandoning my consoles. I'm just incorporating the PC a bit as well.

The Podcast is going well, but we recently decided to change our format a bit. We'll be having fewer guests in favor of topical discussions & whatever the hell we feel like chatting about that day. The online dating thing is currently on hold. There was a great girl I was talking to, but it later came out that she's not ready for an actual relationship. I should focus more on myself at the moment, anyhow. I've also started doing the Social Media work for my aunt's company, so that's been filling up a chunk of time as well.

Anyway, I'm exhausted. Starting to fall asleep at the computer, so it's time to wrap up & call it a night. 

Project Duncan

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:08 — VengefulJedi

I'll be the first person to admit that, sometimes, I'm just not right in the head. One of my little "eccentricities" is naming my devices (like some guys name cars or boats). My Xbox 360 is Sheila (after the Tank AI in Red vs. Blue), my PS3 is Wendy (for no particular reason), and Christine is my recently-departed PC. In keeping tradition, I've already chosen the name of my PC-to-be - Duncan. Project Duncan is the (continuing) process of building my PC. Keep in mind this is my first actual build, and it's partly an educational process (I need to brush up on my PC hardware knowledge to help prepare for the A+ Certification). Anyway, I'm still gathering the last couple parts, but so far Duncan will contain the following:

Motherboard:  ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
CPU:  AMD FX 8350 8-Core Processor, Black Edition
RAM:  G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (1866) SDRAM
HD:  Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
GFX Card:  ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCUII
Power Supply:  Corsair CX Series 600 Watt

I'm not going BluRay on the optical drive, and I'm going to run Windows 7 (which I won't have to pay for - bonus). As far as the case, I'm thinking Duncan will look like this:

 

Anyway, that's it for now. 

Status Update

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:13 — VengefulJedi

Hey guys, I hope you're all doing well. Just wanted to update you guys on a couple of current events...

Over Thanksgiving, my computer finally decided to compute its last. The mother(fucking)board fried and the PC had been haphazardly built six years ago, so it was obviously time for a new rig. For a few weeks, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to buy a pre-built rig or build one properly on my own - ultimately, building won, and so Project Frankenstein was born. I'm not cutting corners this time... I want my shit to last. So far I bought the CPU, Motherboard, Hard Drive, RAM, Video Card, and Power Supply (spending close to $800 so far). I forgot how expensive this shit was, but it will pay out in the end. I'm even planning to branch out to some PC gaming. Right now, when the loner PC is cooperating, I play some Torchlight II, Puzzle Quest, or Cthulu Saves The World. Once I have the rest of the parts, I'll try to remember to post some pics & specs from the build.

Work has been kinda fucked lately. They recently laid off 200+ people & closed an additional 50 positions, one of which, I was in the process of interviewing for. Once the position (Social Media) reopens, I'm putting every effort into getting it. My department (Machine Support) is fucked up. I've yet to prove it, but I'm convinced that one certain higher-up is the bastard lovechild of Adolf Hitler & Genghis Khan. In the meantime, I have my second job to be excited about. I'm officially the new Social Media Director for SprinklerHUT, a worldwide retailer of international sprinkler & irrigation supplies. One little fact I should mention, it's my aunt & uncle's company. So I'll have this going in my off-time, when I'm not Podcasting (which is going well, by the way).

So, the week of Christmas, I experienced a new first in my life - kidney stones. I'll spare the gory details, but will say that it fucking hurts. Once I passed three of those bastards, I went in for an Ultrasound. They checked me all over - heart, lungs, kidneys, bladder - and I think the Ultrasound Tech was a sadistic fuck, because he was too rough with the procedure. So, two weeks go by, and I get a call this past Wednesday. They found a cyst on my kidney. It's fine, though. This one is small enough that he's going to ignore it for the time being, which is fine with me... I don't need a bigass needle to the back. He gave me some harsher news as well. My heart muscles are enlarged & we're having trouble regulating my blood pressure. I need to start losing weight right away. I'd already started making some changes (like cutting down soda, quitting smoking), so I have that in my favor. To start, Doc has me exercising at least 15 minutes a day. As far as the "diet", I'm considering joining Weigh Watchers. I did that a few years ago, and it worked at the time. I only stopped because the group was at my work & they had to disband it for too few members. I'll start with the Online. I'm also soliciting any input or advice you guys may have to offer. I'm not ready to clock out yet. Fuck that!

Anyway, that's about it. A final note, a few of my friends coerced me into trying the online dating scene. There are two laides I'm currently talking to - one already proving to be superior to the other. Should something more develop, I will definitely let you guys now. On that note, it's 2:12am & I'm ready to fall asleep at the desk. Goodnight.

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