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Monday, May 24, 2010

On SC2

#29: Play Starcraft II. (Goal Completed)

EDIT: Patched up and working.

Unfortunately I don't have much to say as the game crashed and my computer ended up with a BSOD just minutes after playing the game. But the graphics are impressive and it still counts as a goal.

But that ruins the entire purpose of buying the game. So I patched up and it worked again. But before starting any real matches with human opponents, I played through a few games with comp settings to get the hang of the game. There's a lot of new stuff I noticed here.

  • The computer is significantly improved. Yes, I can't just plow right in, as they are also capable of microing to the same extent as a regular human player.
  • Game is smooth and stuff, and still runs perfectly at 60fps
  • Some hotkeys need getting used to especially when putting in social features into it.

So in conclusion, I find that I cannot beat any skirmish game involving any computer opponent, including the easy ones. You can probably conclude what that will probably say of me in the actual multiplayer games.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dining Hall Tester Goal

#81: Try the different menu items in the dining hall at least once. (Goal Completed)

36 seemed like a reasonable number at the time I made it. There's a lot more, but I reached at least 36, and my screen shows around 22. So I've had the following (bold = recommend):

Breakfast: Waffles, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Potatoes.

Lunch: Sandwich (toasted) (Ciabatta Bread, Sourdough, Buttermilk, Bagel, Pita) with Cheese (Provolone, Swiss, Pepper Jack)
with Extra Ingredients (Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Mayo, Mustard, Pesto)
Premade: Pork? and Meatballs in a sub sandwich, and the Rachels Sandwich.
Sides: (House Chips, Cookie (Chocolate, Macadamia Nut), Sun Chips Peppercorn Ranch, Cheesecake, Shortcake, Scone, Rice Crackers, Strudels, Pastries. Dinner Items: Pasta, with various ingredients, Fish Tacos, Cheese Quesadilla, Fries (Sweet Potato, Regular, Garlic), Onion Rings, Bread Sticks, Mozzarella Sticks, Burger (Std. Tiger Burger, Sweet Potato Burger, Turkey, Grilled Chicken), Pizza (Special Chicken Alfredo), Cheese Pizza, Pasta Bake, Chicken Strips, and Zucchini Fries.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Additional Pyawts

Or maybe not.

As a good note, before doing any references (or parodies, or whatnot), it's a good idea you do the research to see if the pun (or something like that) actually works. There was this one phrase that I was going to put up on the goal related to Starcraft 2 when I play it (after my finals are over), but the resulting answer kinda broke it. Good thing I checked.

Question: How do you correctly pronounce 'pyawts' as seen on your tumblr?
Erika: pyawts? haha, it sounds the way it's spelled. Pee-Yots? I dunno. lol

(Increments "Answer Mentions" counter)

It sounded a lot like 'Pylons'. So much for "You must construct additional Pyawts." lol. See vid.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Five Down

#130E: Eat at least five pieces of sushi in a sitting. (Goal Completed)

Sushi: Something that I have usually hated due to its composition and the occasional spiciness that occurs in it. Maybe because I saw that in one of the minigames in Pokémon Stadium. Doesn't matter too much now. But over here, it does. Just about everyone I know is eating this. So what's so good about this?

I (as well as a few other friends from my club) went over to Sushi Buffet during it's grand opening. Price is relatively cheap (less than $10 for a buffet, for lunch), and it allowed me to meet the other board members and complete one of my 'hard' goals.

To complete, I took six of these rolls. (And one Phoenix Roll) This doesn't compare to the amount that they were eating, as I went for the other food items in the buffet.

But all in all, it was good, as I manage to make it to five. Of course, that might be easier the next time around now that I've gotten a taste of it. And I've realized that I've hit three goals in two days, which concludes they're starting to get too easy. If it's too easy or if you do goals too fast, you're not done yet, and you're assigned another one to slow you down. Here's a rather difficult one:

#130a: Survive Eat any friend's sushi dish that they have made.

(I think I'm spending way too much time making status reports and goals like this one, especially if this slips through & no one seems to notice. Thankfully these posts are rather ridiculous and I don't wish to see how bad my posts become, despite the fact that the post is clearly out there (at least for some) and has the nice effect of keeping me away from FB for awhile.)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

STC and Davis

#109: Attend a trip with at least two others outside of a 50 mile radius from hometown. (Almost!)
134E: Successfully win an icebreaker event. (Goal Completed)

The first goal: The destination, Davis, clocks at 45.5 miles, even though it's at least 59 when driving only by road. The latter goal was completed when the game ended due to the time limit resulting in five people, including me, winning.

So, STC. Spring Training Conference. My second day as a Fundraiser Chair. All chair members and those in office positions are to attend this yearly event (or semi-yearly, since there's a Fall Training Conference as well). This destination is located in the central part of UC Davis.

Apparently it's a large place, all right. The GPS directions went through roads they were blocked off that previously weren't before, and new construction going on. Davis sure has changed in three years. For that reason we had to stop for actual directions to the location. Of course we did make it on time without the breakfast ceremony.

On to the event in general. Two words: Fun and interesting. Meeting new people, etc. As well as interesting workshops. Icebreakers were rather interesting and unique. Of course some events and presentations seemed to drag (at least in my workshops, where ideas to fundraise came up rather dry, and just went with general concepts instead). Overall, fun.

As the last few events ended, we ended up leaving a bit earlier than expected. And then I return home. I hope they still know who I am...