A Post with a Lack of a Title

November 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm (Rants!, School) (, , )

I’ve mentioned a few times that I need a spark of inspiration to write.

And, well, it seems that music helps.

Some calming music coupled with a bit of schoolwork that feels as if it’s going on forever and maybe a bit of self reflection thrown in as well.

Anyway, here you have what was originally a response to a short debate with a fellow student.

“I feel like the current school system is outdated and ineffective.

I understand that they want to give the youth a well rounded education to prepare them for any route that they wish to

take, but I feel like humans need to experience things for themselves. To learn what to do on their own.

Experience is the greatest way to learn, and it’s enjoyable as well.

No longer are we teaching kids to grow up and work in a factory. That’s the way we bring generalists about.

Our society needs specialists now.

After all, one person that can do well with computer maintenance is infinitely more useful than ten people that can do a single task repeatedly.”

And now, back to school.

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An Improved Post

August 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm (Gaming, School) (, , , , )

I am a gamer, through and through.

I play for hours, spent enjoying or cursing at events in a digital world. Of course, I get some flak for it. My parents, for one, can get frustrated with my lack of interest in academics or my lack of ambition at all. The only thing is that, well, that’s just who I am. I don’t tell people what my plan is when it comes to real life because I don’t have a plan. I know that I should  have a plan, but I don’t.

Even my blogs posts have no plan. They end up a jumble of loosely or not even closely related topics. They make no sense, so I end up deleting most of it and starting over.

Perhaps my lack of a plan will send me into obscurity and ruin. Who knows, certainly not my peers, nor my elders in my opinion. Their experience is valuable, I am sure. But I’m that kind of person who has to experience the ups and downs of my actions myself.

Only time will tell where this path I am on winds up. When I get there, I will know if it was the right choice.

Until then, I will be myself. My usual unplanned and unprepared self.

And besides…

What fun is a game when you use a walkthrough?

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Highlights of Morp ’09

December 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm (School) (, , , )

Morp was last night. And I’m having trouble choosing one thing to think about, for my thoughts keep returning to the dance.

Morp was my second dance. The first dance being Homecoming, which was the dance that got me the girlfriend and date for Morp. Highlights of the night are as follows; Tiffany got her dad to give me a ride. I ended up not wearing the tie I brought, nor did I keep my shirt tucked in and buttoned up (It was a casual dance). Tiffany and I were continuously left behind while we were hugging/dancing. When we weren’t dancing or hugging, we were sitting away from the mass of people. And yes, we were flirting with each other. There was a point where we joined some friends and she ended up sitting on my lap, then we went and danced again.

A few others are that they played “Journey” near the end of the night, which was ironic because we were singing it just a few minutes before. But the time flew and we were waiting for her dad to pick us up again. A person named Kayla asked if we were going out (The answer was obvious), then asked if we had kissed (The answer was no), then she asked how long we’d been going out (A month). Kayla went on the say that she’d kissed her boyfriend only two weeks into them dating and said that we should kiss. I was just thinking, “Just because you like to go fast, doesn’t mean everyone has to.” Though, truth be told, I was thinking about it before Kayla talked to us, when we were hugging, but then ended up not doing it.

But all in all, The night was wonderful in my opinion. And I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything.

I love you, Tiffany!

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Older, but still too young to drive.

December 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm (Other, School) (, , , )

So I just turned 15 yesterday. I would’ve posted about it then, but I got home from Ignite Seattle about midnight. So, I’ll talk about my birthday on the day after.

To start things off that day, I woke up to my alarm clock. Like usual. I got ready for school, went down stairs. Ate a quick breakfast and got a happy birthday from my mom. I left for school and heard happy birthday from my friend Sterling. Got on the bus and listened to music. Got off the bus and met up with Tiffany in front of the library. She gave me a poem and a package of Pocky. It was pretty funny, the way she was getting kinda flustered and embarrassed. But I thanked her as the bell rang and we hugged quickly and were off to our separate classes.

No one in science knew, with the exception of Jacob. He told me happy birthday, and the period went on. I went to PE and said hello to Tiffany as we passed each other. In the locker room, my friend Weston told me happy birthday and we changed and went to the gym. The volleyball unit was over, and we were starting Pickleball. Weston and I chose each other as partners and we got ready to play, but we didn’t get to. As my friend Forrest tried to jump one of the nets and fell, faceplanting on the gym floor. Blood was on the ground and he was taken away by the nurse with a broken nose and a split eyebrow. They had the janitor come in and clean the floor as we just watched and were astounded by the event.

Then it was on the third period. I said hello to Tiffany again as we walked by each other again, she on her way to lunch, and I to Japanese. The day before, I had told my teacher, Mr. Harvey, that I preferred my Birthday to be kept low-key. And so it was, even though Carlee shouted Happy birthday from across the room. After that, it was lunch time. I went to my usual spot with friends Blaise and Char. I got a few more happy birthdays, and Forrest (Not the injured one) came by and was talking loudly, so we were kicked out of the hallway where we sat. But luch was over anyway, so it mattered not.

Fourth period was next. I went into class and sat through a lecture on how “Mr. Stookey (AKA, Mr. Snookums) won’t lecture us, and how our United Nations project is a year long thing and we’re not going to have to do it on our own, and he’ll help us with it every step of the way.” This lasted about half an hour. Finally, we got to go start researching our country’s ambassador.

The school day was over soon, and I went home as usual. Both my mom and TJ were there already, and after getting homework done I got ready to go. We headed out to go to Fu Lin (I guess I chose that spot to eat, but I didn’t remember). But it was closed, as it is on all Tuesdays. So, we went to Henry’s Taiwan next door and had awesome traditional food. I also got to see that I got a new set of headphones (my old ones broke), and a new water bottle that I wanted.

After that, we went to Ignite, I had to go in through the back door as I was under 21. I met up with TJ and we chose a spot (Though it was rather short lived). Then, Everyone under 21 had to be quarantined in two rows at the front. There were four of us there at the start, and by the end of the first half there were 7. The talks were great, all being interesting by being funny or informative. But not everything can be great, and some I thought boring, or just trying too hard. During the second half is when my mom spoke. Her las slide said “Happy 15th Birthday, Tyler!” And that was pretty neat. Even better, though was the fact that the over seven hundred people there all said happy birthday to me. I don’t think many can say that that has happened to them.

As we drove home, the temperature dropped down the 28 degrees Fahrenheit. And it was about midnight when I crawled into bed.

Over all, I had a great birthday. And thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday!

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Not mad, just absurdly happy.

November 12, 2009 at 7:50 pm (Other, School) (, , , )

Please note that I am trying very hard not to make this a copy of the really sappy poem I wrote in English that no longer exist and has been completely purged. And I will try to not sound dorky.

If you’ve heard the expression “Mad with love,” you’ll know what I’m talking about. I recently got a girlfriend (Officially about a week ago). Yes, a girlfriend. About a week ago. Even though a week before that I said I wouldn’t get one. I used to say that I didn’t need a “hole in my wallet,” but this girl isn’t that at all. She’s happy to be her and happy with what she has (and chocolate). She’s been my friend for a year and a half-ish, and I’ve liked her for a while (by like, I mean watch from a distance and talk to occasionally. Nothing that creepy).

A friend of mine, make that multiple friends of mine,  sometimes, make that constantly, sang the song “Can you feel the love tonight” when I would talk to her (Which is what they did when I talked to another friend of mine, Katrina, in 8th grade).  But to be honest, what really made me ask her out was at Homecoming. A few people already assumed that we liked each other (Which we did) and made us dance together for a slow song. After Homecoming, she hugged me and I walked outside with her. That was the end of the night I thought, but we kept texting each other (which is where I admitted I liked her, and she admitted that she liked me).

Then a few days later, I asked her out officially. I mean that. If you count me saying every word as an individual sentence (besides “be my girlfriend) as “asking.” She said yes, we were both happy, we had a poke war. It was a good day. And now, here I am, a week late writing about this. But, hey, better late than never.

P.S. I less-than-three you Tiffany Tesmer! (Ahh, but dorky I end up sounding anyway.)

P.S.S Blaise, have some guts and ask, instead of hiding behind a facebook “Relationship status.” (not to be rude or anything)

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Dim-Sum and Beer

October 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm (Books, Other, School) (, , , )

What do they have in common?

They were both the topics of the first two tweet-ups I went to. Both times I went with my mom and my step-dad. The first one was a small one, we had dim-sum and talked about current happenings. It was like any other time, meeting new people and learning a bit about them. The second one was a bit more interesting. It was a tweet-up at the Mac and Jack’s Brewery. Yes, brewery. The place they make beer (No I didn’t have any). We toured the place – it was small, I was surprised. Again, I met new people, learned about some interesting things.

Now that I’ve had a taste of this drink called a tweet-up, I want to see how large the cup is –  how much I can learn from it.

Other than doing that, Homecoming is on Saturday, and so far as I know, I’m going alone. Hopefully that will change soon, but if not, oh well.

I got the second book in the Night Angel Trilogy as well. I got it on Saturday, I’m almost done with it today.

So, all in all, here’s to trying new things, and hoping you don’t get left without a group or person to go to a big dance with!

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In the world of me

September 23, 2009 at 3:38 pm (Gaming, School) (, , , )

*Mini-rant*

For the past few days, a friend of mine (he knows who he is), has been pestering me to update my blog. So here it is, I’ve updated. But for future reference: If I haven’t updated bi-weekly, then I have nothing to say. Or I’m busy.

*End Mini-rant*
On to something worth reading.
All my life, people have called me strange. I don’t deny that I am. I’ve imagined scenarios with various characters when I listen to music. Sometimes I would dream about them as well. Over time they’ve become more developed, come to have names, personalities. I Role play with them, a few I used for Dungeons & Dragons. Most of them have back stories, which I hope to someday make into a game. This isn’t the only thing my imagination brings to life. I’ve brought toys and trinkets to have small stories, I’ve pretended my calculator was some kind of futuristic car. I’ve imagined epic battles between stick figures in a doodle. In my world, I am a ninja. In my world, I am the crazy guy down the street. In my world, I am a complete computer geek. In my world I am me.
So the moral of this post: If you have a problem with me, go away. Because I will always be me.
On another note: I was listening to Brian Regan while typing this. (Comedian)

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Conversation ender?

September 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm (School) (, )

We always talk during lunch, my friends and I. What we talk about, though, is a different story. Our discussions range in topic from games to food to asking if record companies really deserve money.

Today, that’s what we talked about. It started as a normal talk about what new games are coming out, then it turned into talking about lunch and teachers, then all of a sudden we were talking about record companies and if pirating music hurts the artist.
Honestly, I don’t care about pirating music. I don’t do it, it doesn’t affect me. A couple others in the group were lost as well. So at a point where I deemed it would work, I said something random; in hopes they would forget about their argument, as it had become.
It didn’t work, unfortunately. But I did learn something from that. I learned to not try and end a hot debate with a random comment.
Instead, I’ll try and end the next one by walking away, or winning (loss is not an option).

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Back again

August 30, 2009 at 9:35 am (School) (, , )

Starting September 2nd.

I go back to school, my first year in high school.
Not a whole lot has happened in the recent days. Besides going to a baseball game, school shopping, and getting stuck in traffic for an hour and a half because of a shooting.
This has been a great summer, and I got to spend a lot of time with friends. I’ve gone camping, tried a few new foods, read a book, programmed quite a bit, started a facebook, a blog, and a twitter.
As the school year starts up I should have some more to post about. But I may also get busy with the work. So that’s my not-so-on-schedule weekly update. See you next week (Probably).

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To catch up

August 13, 2009 at 10:31 pm (Books, School) (, , )

I know it’s been longer than a week since my last post, but with all that has been going on, I haven’t really thought about it.
The summer seems to be nearing the end. School starts back up in a few weeks, and I’m still not done with C++ or my books.
So far I’ve done four chapters of C++ coding. Fun, if not tedious (The effects of little errors and the need for exact punctuation and capitalization can be frustrating, or forgetting that one little tiny semi-colon).
Other than that I’ve done a lot of my Japanese work, and can recognize a few characters from Hirigana right off the bat. Though my speaking of it needs more work… Katakana is a whole other story.
I read The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, the first book in the “Night Angel” Trilogy.
Great. Book.
Though I’m not a fan of the cliffhanger, I love the characters and the storyline.
I won’t spoil any of it, but I have to say many things were not expected.
I love the darker tone to the book, it’s a change from the classic fantasy types that I’ve read.
Next I’m going to read Treasure Island by Louis Stevenson.
Most people should know this book, and I’m pretty interested in what it has to offer.

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