Going to the Egyptian coast for another week. First stop is the library of Alexandria though. Let’s hope I get there before they close.
RT @Cairo360: 147 #Soho: The Answer To Your #Sushi Prayers. http://bit.ly/cxIs7m (PSST, My article)
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PS: I apologize my little tweepers for the spam that I give you every once in a while. Sometimes I really just want to win something.
I hate people who dismiss video games. in order to make you understand why I hate this, lets think about teachers who used to tell us bad things about movies and why books were the superior medium. I constantly had teachers at an earlier age shove that crap of information down my neck saying that books are better than movies. I however fully understand the concept of “medium” and know that every single type has a better method to tell a story. This year I had a teacher however who taught us about film, and being taught film is a kinda bittersweet sort of thing. I’m a lot more critical about movies now. I used to always watch a good movie and be like, thats gonna be in my top ten. Now however, I watch a movie, and I analyze and grade it. Did the main character change through an epiphany? Were visual effects used to aid the meaning of the movie? and even if I did thoroughly enjoy a film, people ask me, wasn’t that the best movie ever? and I go, well, it was good. Kinda what I did with Inception, which I saw twice so wouldn’t have to work hard on concentrating the second time I saw it.
What was this blog post about again? oh right, Video games that shouldn’t be dismissed. Lets start with early forms of medium. Books are the earliest ones written down, seeing as stories changed quite a bit, and I actually can’t stand stupid epic stories like the odyssey and such. For some reason being a testosterone filled teen does not happen to make me a fan of adventure for adventure’s sake and just ripping monsters to shreds. Twilight of course and the rest of its saga (which I read) is absolute garbage, yet still entertaining. Kinda like reality tv. Speaking of reality TV, Lost? Gold. Jersey Shore? garbage. Movies? so much garbage, just so much. But there are a few gems every once in a while. sadly the most plagued medium of them all is video games? why? because of the image the supposed “hardcore” give it.
my definition of a true “hardcore” gamer is a person who dabbles in all sorts of types of games, even if he has favorite genres, he still like to play tons of types. The person who plays only First Person or Third Person shooters 24/7 can be considered the same as the twilight fanatic who checks out and reads the same 4 books time and time again, because thats enough for them. I on the other hand like to constantly change between games so I can find good ones. I recently purchased one that is quite possibly the most “feeling” i’ve ever had with a game ever. its called “Heavy Rain” a game which requires only one real skill: Decision making. Its all about this murder mystery and such, but the game is like an incredibly long movie that takes its time attaching you to the multiple characters within the game. You understand their problems. and because its a game, their problems are your problems. For a light example, I’ve just gone through this very emotional scene where my son gets abducted. I control the character, yelling the child’s name in order to find him. I literally search everywhere I can for him, and I can’t find him. I had just spent time playing with him and he got lost. I finally end up going to the police station and they ask me questions that I should know the answer to, but I don’t! and If I don’t, the character I’m playing with doesn’t either. they ask what was my child wearing, what color shirt. I vividly remember the child in the sequences, its not like i wasn’t watching him. and even when my world is a lot slower than the game’s internal clock, I still forgot because I was bearing some of the trauma of the character. Fast forward to near the end of the game. I need my son back. I have so many awful tasks that it takes time to decide. This guy hunts me down that I’m supposed to kill. I run everywhere to get away from him. i finally have him in a dead lock and him living is the only thing that is separating me from my son. Its a simple task that in other video games, you do this task, if you fail, then you restart and try to do it again. that is not what happened here. The man pleads for his life, and then he shows me pictures of his two little girls. the man is flawed obviously, but i would ruin more than the man. i only have to press one button to end it right then and there, but I hesitate. and as I hesitate, so does my character. in a movie, book, tv show, all these feelings, are directed towards a passive audience. I however am an active participant. If I scream at the screen saying don’t kill him, I can’t do anything in a movie. Here I have a choice. I actually paused the game and thought about it for a while. after my decision, i couldn’t stop thinking about what I’d just done. sure, it may all be just a game, or a fictional story, but I felt something. and games can let you relate to characters possibly better than any movie or book every could. the only reason games don’t take this approach as often is because it might not be a money maker. Sentiments are meant for passive media apparently. I object to that idea entirely. I want more games like this. More games that make me feel.
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damn, full inbox….just archive everything?
http://j.mp/aXvWpt Super creepy story about a bootleg version of pokemon. Very good read however, so if you ever played pokemon, read this.
I feel behind for just learning about the #wikileaks. i guess this is what happens when i don’t see the TT’s?
I will go to comic con one year, I will.
New band to add to favorites? Decemberists. telling stories through music, oh joy.
My writing hasn’t stopped I promise! I have hundreds of words of things I’ve typed on my phone that I planned on posting here, but those were just sudden rushes and don’t seem appropriate for what I try to do here. I want a more reliable blog, oh wells. I’ve recently tried to get a job somewhere, didn’t work fantastically, which sorta saddened me, and then i got another job, which might works at some point? but it’ll all end by the time I leave egypt. I also happen to have a ton of footage and pictures, none of which has been uploaded anywhere. i think I want to blame the computer or the internet speed, but I don’t think thats totally fair, but then again, maybe if everything else is flawless I’d feel guilty about not posting things? PS to certain person, I still have so much NY junk that I need to post to facebook at some point, but I’m so lazy with the editing and the uploading. I mean my download speed is 1 MPS right now, or at least advertised so. and upload speeds are something like less than a quarter of download speeds. Digress digress. Why can’t I be consistent on anything I do here? suddenly from point A to point L and I skip everything in-between . I’ll post something meaningful tmrw.
I’m rooming with a kid from NJ and the other from naples italy. And with me being tan I might as well call it the guido room.
Submitted my article…. It’ll be on the site soon and I’ll post the link here….
just read the following: if you want your emails read, write the subject as if its a tweet. makes sense i guess.
Go to SDCC and e3 and vidcon #bucketlist
must finish writing review…..
you know when you get bad news that makes you keep thinking about how in the future things aren’t going to be fun? yeah, that sucks.
every time I order McDonalds I feel terrible, physically and healthwise. oh well.
I got the job! Write a review of the place and publish it within two days. Guess I’m eating Suhi today!
Well this is annoying, I wanted to put the final version of my college essay into my writing samples, but i can only find rough drafts.
Just got offered a job with pay! :D guess whose excited. now I have to send in a writing sample to make it a done deal.
So this was written forever ago for ago for a friend who had to read a monologue for her drama class. It is however, my thoughts, purely placed into this bit of text. I thought I should start building up a portfolio of works that I’m proud of and enjoyed writing, so I’m starting with this one.
I’m weird. But how can I really say that? I mean I think about all of this different stuff, and I’m almost 100 percent positive that no one else thinks them. But usually when I think on my own, just to think, I don’t actually talk about it. It would make me weird to everyone else. So I just keep quiet. A lot of the time I have to do things around complete and total strangers. I wish I could do things surrounded by friends all of the time, but that usually never happen. Most of the time I’m surrounded by my family. I understand that family is the most important part of your life and yada yada, but some times its just not enough. I want different minds and different thoughts. Oh, sorry, I sorta trailed off from what I wanted to say. So when I’m surrounded by strangers I start thinking about that person. I visualize their life, I think about their methodologies of accomplishing things, or the lack there of if it applies to the situation. How sheltered or exposed they are to their surroundings, and how we would interact. They become my best friends and we do things all of the time together. We randomly have conversations. Then some times I forget I’m in public and I’ve been looking at a person for a little too long. I have to smile really quickly and mouth the word sorry so that I don’t look like a complete creeper. I bet they think I was doing something sick like I was imagining them naked or something. They must think I’m a pervert. So now I have to do something to prove them wrong. I go over in my mind how I’d introduce myself to the person and how it would play off from there. And then, five seconds after I have my plan kind of pinned down , either he/she or I walk away. Waste of thought. and then I think, is it? Is simply thinking without action useless?
HEADACHE, SLEEP NEEDED, CAPS LOCK NOT NEEDED.
Hey @itsellebabyyy How are you best friend!
At the beach at a facebook cafe they have farmville soup and I ordered a mafia wars crepe http://yfrog.com/hqr3kij
On the way to the beach.
Ok, so here’s the deal about why I’m not digging summer that I don’t get to choose. its my summer between senior year and college. I had a relatively higher paying job awaiting me in the states, but I ditched it. I initially only intended to come to egypt because I was promised to go to germany for an entire month. I wasn’t at all expecting that to go bad, because I got all these details about the trip, but it seems to all have been ripped out and stopped. so much for that. Of course my parents decided we’re going to straight to college, I don’t even get to go back home to say bye to people or anything at all. waiting till november, yay, not. its incredibly boring here, and the weird thing is that I was pretty sure we came here to be with my grandparents but I seem to be the one always hanging around them. I don’t mind them at all, but its just annoying that my mom says she wants to spend more time with them and I’m the one who ends up doing so. maybe they just like the fact that they’re in the same city even if they’re not in the same room. I’ve tried to sign up for an internship (more on that later) and its being pretty busted. and now to be even more pessimistic about the entire experience, i’m being forced to go to the beach this weekend. its barely planned out, its a long trip for just three days vacation, and honestly I don’t think my mom is physically up for it. but magically the entire majority rules thing decided that I don’t really have a choice at all, and now I have to leave. and my parents are going to wonder why I don’t like coming to egypt for 2 1/2 months. i’m sorry that you like it here so much, but i’m and adult now and I don’t have to be dragged into this. I don’t know any other brown people at all, or even any egyptians, who stay here for this long. they stay here for a month max, and their kids like it here, but i’m just bored here, and barely know anyone. bothers the hell out of me and I want to get back to a country where I know how to drive and where people actually drive in lanes. or at least public transport is good. forcing more of something that someone isn’t incredibly fond of on a person doesn’t usually yield positive results.
RT @Lord_Voldemort7: I crack myself up: “Knock, Knock.” “Who’s there?” “You Know.” “You Know Who?” “That’s right! Avada Kedavra!”
internship is not responding to me at all, but i opened my inbox this morning and found someone offering me a writing job. color me happier.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKxyI-cZhaM&playnext_from=TL&videos=d8IDkfa6G6c&feature=sub #HugoChavezSucks watch and understand why.
Viva El Ultimo! I feel like I should only tweet in spanish this week, would that be lame?
:( . So I’m pretty sure I lost some weight in the last two days. Being sick sucks :(. I think I’m going to move to solid food tmrw.
RT @ConanOBrien: A new study says that men who take drugs for ED have significantly more STDs. Also, men who take drugs for STDs have a …
I want to write a tumblr post. I’ve also written quite a few poems lately. I think I want to read them to the camera.
Wooo, threw up again. Damn, did I have food poisoning?
Sick. Not fun, forced to drink sprite so I don’t dehydrate.
woke up feeling awful this morning, stayed in bed for half of the day, then just threw up right now. I do however feel tremendously better.
WTF, my credit card get declined even though I obviously have money in my account, I just checked. and their offices are closed too.
Just heard this, And Now I define myself as dork, “A dork is a person who is into everything but not good at anything” :D
Current Sched: Thurs: Go Wedding Fri: Have Article Done Sun: watch Finals Mon: Turn in Article . lets hope this works…
Watching germans vs Spaniards. Rooting for Spain seeing as they were so nice to me in the Spanish mission to the @un .
Ive lately been obsessed with Prince not in a positive way.I keep watching his interviews and people talk about him. why do people like him?
I just voted for Hp Alliance Inc to win $250k on Chase Community Giving! #chasegiving http://bit.ly/cEEbDe
First Assignment: write 800-1000 words about the oil spill. I thought I was going to start off with something like get him coffee.
1.I need to go to sleep so badly. 2. M. Shamalam needs to die for his blasphemy against avatar 3. Super anxious about tmrw. 4. need sleeep!
Happy birthday USA. Saw an interesting article as of late that said the declaration of independence initially said subject in leu of citizen