Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Oblivion: Knights of the Nine Review

Knights of the Nine is the first "expansion-like" material for Bethesda's critically acclaimed Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. Featuring an all new quest-line and armor-set, Knights of the Nine promises additional hours of immersion in a game that is already loaded with content. Unfortunately, while KoN does possess more of the great gameplay and some nifty new content, it is brought down by a decidedly weak storyline - even more so than the first. And the $10 pricetag doesn't help matters much either.

The basic plot of Knights of the Nine revolves around the return of an ancient Ayleid tyrant named Umaril. You are charged with the task of recovering seven ancient relics and defeating Umaril once and for all. *YAWN* Um...excuse me, Bethesda, but hasn't this happened before already?! I mean, how many ancient evils can awake and return to threaten Tamriel in the course of one game? The very concept is generic enough already, but to use it twice as the "main quest" is really pushing it.

"What's this? ANOTHER bad guy has woken up and wants to wreak havoc?! *Sigh* Better get out the fly swatter."

The storyline further suffers from a blatant lack of any sort of interesting characters. At least in the original Oblivion, Martin and Jauffre had some personality. Knights of the Nine has some interesting characters; but none of them are ever developed to any notable degree, and the big bad boss (excuse the alliteration) is very poorly described. The threat that he poses never seemed like such a big deal. Besides launching a few poorly planned attacks on a few temples, Umaril doesn't play much of a part until the very end of the quest - and that's only so the player can kill him. Which, by the way, wasn't as hard as you might think. I've fought tougher bears.

"I don't know what everyone's all worried about. I mean, you're not even HALF the size of that last guy I beat."

Does Knights of the Nine have anything going for it? Well, if you've done absolutely everything possible in Oblivion and you're still looking for a fix, then it provides a few hours of generic storyline. But hey, that's a chance for you to show off the battle prowess you've gained since the end of the original. And the new set of armor isn't half bad - new design and some nice enchantments that bestow powers on the wearer. As usual, the people of Oblivion will chat you up on all your recent exploits in KoN, so the immersion is definitely there.

Still, ultimately Knights of the Nine is a disappointing experience. In terms of additional content, it only offers a substandard quest coupled with some new armor and weaponry - definitely not worth the 10 dollars I paid for the download. PC players can probably just as easily fine a similar quality mod online, and 360 players needn't bother at all.

"Ten bucks for this set of armor?! I wouldn't pay more than...six."

Final Score: 6/10 - Mildy entertaining, but definitely not worth the pricetag.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Now is the Winter of Our Discontent

Random ramblings.

I haven't updated in a while. Guess why I'm doing it now?

...give up?

It's because I don't want to study! Whee!

Facebook is taking over everything. I almost wanted to abandon this blog to facebook (which, by the way blogspot, lets me put captions underneath my pictures instead of forcing me to do weird formatting that doesn't carry over when facebook uploads these posts - that was a really long thought). But then, I've already been posting for over a year...it'd be a shame to let it die now.

Mmm...I have a job! I will be working in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Tax department. I relish the opportunity to go to their socials and start talking down to all those juniors looking for internships. Now, I get to be the one answering awkward questions and making forced conversation with people who don't really care about me and only want job opportunities. Here's some advice - either be really smart, or kiss ass like your life depends on it...because it just might.

Finals are depressing. As are my plans for winter break (anyone want to help me work on funding proposals or take tax tests with me? ...didn't think so). But I can really use a good break from school. I just know VITA and BAY are going to kill me next quarter.

Some of my funky floormates have declared poke wars on me, and I have retaliated by changing my facebook picture to that of a chimp/human woman on steroids/abomination so that everytime they poke me, their eyes will suffer the wrath of a thousand suns! And just for your viewing pleasure, here it is again:

See, this is actually supposed to be the caption, but when facebook imports this post it'll just show up as normal text, totally RUINING the flow of my essay-style writing. BLEARGH. Haha, wow I have anger issues.

What did I tell you? :)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

We interrupt your life to bring you this special news update on Roy's boring life.

Wow...it's been a month since I've updated this thing. I wasn't this bad about it last year was I?

It's been an extremely hectic month though. Well, relatively hectic - I've still been able to get decent sleeping hours and still have some time to do things I enjoy - but compared to last year, I am definitely a lot more busy. What with recruiting (which I am going to spend today crying about), midterms (which i am going to spend tomorrow and the day after crying about), and BAY and VITA (which I am just going to cry a lot about whenever else I have time)...I'm going to be crying a lot this week apparently.

I just want to get this week over. I'll be relatively free after this week - either I'll have a job or I won't, and I should be done with my harder midterms. I'll finally be able to enjoy school again. Maybe.

I've met some awesome people this year...mostly freshman. For some reason I find it easier talking to people younger than me, than people older or the same age. I always feel very intimidated talking to those people, like I'm constantly being judged.

The downside to meeting only freshman is that the age gap continues to widen between me and any potential significant others. Which makes me feel like a pedophile...and no, I don't want to be a pedophile.

...I'm going to miss school so much!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I don't knoooowwww

What I really want to do is not accounting. I don't detest accounting, which I often say, but I definitely do not enjoy it. To be honest, I really don't think I have that cutting edge to be in business. I don't have the competitive spirit or the self-confidence. What I do have is self-awareness and the ability to daydream.

I think my dream job would be to work on games. The storytelling part. I really enjoy good stories, and I like telling good ones too. Of course, I don't actually know how to do this.

The biggest roadblock I think would be my mom. I am mortally afraid of my mom, and her approval is such a big deal to me. I don't even know why. To be honest, I feel like I'm constantly under pressure when I'm around her and it's just so stressful sometimes. It's like I'm being judged, every minute of everyday, every action I take, every opportunity I miss.

I am a child at heart. I just want to enjoy life...I don't want to worry about making lots of money because it really doesn't matter to me so much. I guess it's different for her because she's still struggling with her job - she wants to be able to provide a good home for us. And I know everything she does is well-intentioned...sigh

...on a completely different note, i hate my life. I really do.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Back to School

So I'm back at UCLA. This will be my fourth and most likely final year here in the sweet bliss that is college. In one year's time, I will be crying all day long because I'll have to leave. Damn you super seniors!

*yawn* I'm really sleepy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Wookiees are people too.

You know that new Star Wars commercial? The one with all the testimonials about how people love Star Wars, and how the parents are so happy to see their kids enjoying something they grew up with and blah blah blah... I forget what they're advertising - I'm not sure it's actually Star Wars movies or whatnot - but anyway, that commercial got me so mad because at the end of it, this little girl said she would "love to have a wookiee for a pet."

Now, that is just outrageous. The wookiees are a sentient, intelligent race with a deep sense of honor. That this little girl would want to own a wookiee as if she was going to a pet store to get a dog is an insult to the wookiee people. Of course, the wookiees don't actually exist. But the fact that the people who made this advertisement would actually put this on the air...that is an insult to Star Wars fans everywhere! That little girl has shamed her entire Star Wars-loving family, and that commercial is an embarassment to the great Star Wars name. I reject you, new-Star-Wars-commercial, for you are UNWORTHY.

And with that, I take my leave. Good day.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Happy Birthday, Mister Blog

So it's been one year since the inception of Boredom's Advocate. And for one year, it has bored the heck out of anyone foolish enough to read it.


yea that's it! ok byeeee

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Utter Contentment

For the first time in a long time...I feel content. Not that I no longer have aspirations - I just no longer feel that the ones I have are unattainable. I don't know why...I'm worried it's because of the euphoric high I'm on thanks to jogging.

I never thought that would be possible.

I'm sure this feeling will be over tomorrow. Whatever, live in the moment! And for the moment I am completely content.

On another more jealous note, my friend said he SAW the Veronica Mars Season 3 Taping AT UCSD. DAM YOU ERIC I AM SO JEALOUS. I KNEW I SHOULD HAVE GONE TO UCSD!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Review: Veronica Mars Season 2

Oh Veronica...if you don't want to do things with the pole, you don't have to!

Veronica Mars is a show dear to my heart. Season one was a remarkable union of brilliant dialogue, masterful storytelling, and just plain-good acting. Season Two maintains the dialogue and acting, but attempts to expand on the storyline. A daunting task, to be sure, especially since last season's mystery was simply stellar. Season two provides a good sequel, but overall is not as well-presented and at times can be just be darn confusing.

Surprisingly, I have fallen deeper in love with the show. This is mostly because I adore Kristen Bell. She has one of those smiles that just makes you want to smile too. Her portrayal of a smart, sassy, just-a-tad angry and all-around human teenage detective is flawless. It's rare to find a character that you can relate to throughout the emotional spectrum. And then there's the overly protective yet playful Keith Mars. Wallace Fennel is Veronica Mars' best friend, but manages to stand out on his own; his world doesn't always revolve around Veronica. Logan is the one you love to hate...and yet can't help rooting for sometimes.

Where Season Two pales in comparison to its predecessor starts with the additions to the cast, however. Jackie was little more than a doomed romantic prospect for Wallace. And Cassidy Casablancas' significance to the storyline wasn't clear until the end of the season. For the life of me, I can't figure out why Dick Casablancas was even in the cast, much less in the opening credits! All he did was act the jackass for an entire season. For some reason I think he's going to end up gay. Maybe because the only scene where he wasn't being an asshole to his fellow classmates was the one where he found out the hot chick he was hitting on was actually a man.

So uh...what exactly was the point of your character again?

And that's just the main characters. There's a whole slew of recurring guest-stars, each of whom play varying degrees of importance into the season's storyline(s), Naming them here would probably only confuse anybody reading this...not to mention me. Suffice it to say, all the characters were a little over the top. Even people you thought you would never see again - Leo, the cop from season 1, for example - make cameo appearances.

Season Two's storyline was also somewhat disappointing...but only because it was at times so complex and so full of red-herrings that it was difficult to follow what exactly was going on. This wasn't helped by the fact there were TWO major storylines this time around. Trying to keep up with both the murder of yet another of Veronica's classmates, plus the mysterious bus crash...let's just say the it would take all of Veronica Mars' detective skills. And unfortunately, I'm not her.

So why am I still in love with Veronica? Maybe because despite its shortcomings, at its core it's still a very character-based drama. The storylines only serve to allow the characters shine. And as long as the characters continue to grow, I'll keep watching. Hopefully Season Three will further develop some of the less significant players. And feature more guest stars that I like (Trina Echolls aka Alyson Hannigan. I heart her as much if not more than Kristen! There's so much choice, it's hard to pick just one sometimes...)

Final Score: 4.5/5

You gotta love Willow! Lesbian witches unite!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

'Justice' is Blind

I'm watching the premiere of new series "Justice," and so far I am very unimpressed. But what do you expect from a show who's head lawyer was also the head in Legally Blonde?

I mean, come on...the district attorney was practically putting on a SKIT during one of the courtroom scenes? He wasn't asking the witness a single question - he was practically testifying himself! And what does the defense do? They just sit there and watch...and this is supposedly one of the top law firms? That is just RIDICULOUS.

Alan Shore would have shut that down in a heartbeat. Hey, even Law and Order attorneys would have OBJECTED. WHAT THE HECK WERE THEY THINKING?! And if the show's creators and writers thought people wouldn't notice, Justice really is blind. And deaf. And dumb. And also, you know...the actual dumb.


Monday, August 28, 2006

Too Tired to Think of a Title

I was just reading Aisa Koh's blog and it hit me suddenly that I won't be seeing either her OR cynthia hsu for a long time. A painfully long time. And it makes me really sad. These two people have been really...really good friends to me. It's hard to imagine not seeing them on campus. Aisa with her craziness and Cynthia with her glaring. Sigh...

I wonder what my life is going to be like after graduation.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Review: The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion

You know how this started off as a TV/Video Game/Movie review blog? Let's take a nostalgic turn and delve deep into the artificial realism of all that is Oblivion.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

So i've (...omg I can't remember whether it should be "i've" or "I've." That's not good, is it?)...

Ok anywayyy. I've posted on Oblivion before, and always with enthusiasm. As you may already know, Oblivion is Bethesda Softwork's fourth installment in their long-running Elder Scrolls series. Morrowind (Oblivion's predecessor), was a graphically impressive, extremely open-ended game filled with thousands of npcs and a deeply political/religious storyline. Oblivion continues along the same lines, except the graphics are about 1000 times better, the quests are even more interesting, and the combat has been improved significantly.

Strangely, however, the experience on a whole has not been as great as I would have liked. Sure, in the beginning all the little perks were very enjoyable, but the whole game on a whole started to feel very repetitive.

Gameplay - 4.5/5

Oblivion's gameplay is excellent to say the least. The Elder Scrolls series has always been about exploration, and Oblivion accomplishes this goal without flaw. The world is truly beautiful, and there are little points of interest, dungeons, quests, and just about anything that would pique your imagination just scattered all over the place. Not only that, but Oblivion allows the player to get horses, to speed up exploration, or to quickly get the player past the more dull parts.

Just look at that landscape. It's even more beautiful than the real world! Cuz you know, the people of Oblivion haven't polluted the heck out of it yet.

Combat has also been significantly improved over Morrowind's generic hack and hack system. Yes, not hack and slash. Hack and hack. Morrowind's combat system was inherently dull, and this can be evidenced by one of the game's settings: "Always Use Best Attack." Uh...who would want to use a weaker attack? Note that there were only 3 types of attacks, and the only difference was the damage they dealt based on the strengths of the weapon. For example, spears could do some nice piercing damage, but using it to slash or crush probably wasn't a good idea. But because of the design, if you moved in the wrong direction, these weak and essentially useless attacks would execute anyway. Thus the "Always Use Best Attack." A cheap solution to a bigger problem, but I digress...

Combat now no longer divides attacks into damage type. Now, players will damage enemies based on multiple factors, as well as being able to execute a series of power attacks and flourishes, each with unique abilities. Admittedly, the number of these special attacks was very limited and on a whole they didn't look all that impressive...but still, combat could get very intense, especially with opponents hacking away at you while you try to stagger them with your shield and counter attack.

Eep. This isn't going to be a good day for me, is it?

The roguish arts have also been enhanced. Archery now allows the player to zoom in on enemies for instant kill head-shots. And persuasion and lockpicking now require playing fun little minigames, rather than just simply pressing a button.

Muahaha! Suffer my wrath, wooden board!

Uh...did you not see what I did to that wooden board?

The one thing that I was disappointed with is the magic system. The Elder Scrolls has never been a very good game for mages. While Oblivion has improved the system somewhat - auto regenerating magicka, for instance, the whole design feels somewhat lacking. All the effects look the same, regardless of the strength of the spell...and to be honest, the damage effect spells (frost, fire, and shock) don't really look all that impressive to begin with. Further, while the game allows the player a variety of spells to cast, some of the spells are pretty much useless.

Yea, if only this was a spell you could actually CAST. GAH!

Still, overall the gameplay is decent, if not excellent, and certainly a large step up from Morrowind. And that is saying something, considering Morrowind was one of the top games of 2002.

Graphics & Sound - 5/5

I think most professional game-review sites seperate these two categories, but in my opinion, there's really not much to be said about them. Or actually, I've already said it. Oblivion's graphics are AMAZING. And EVERYTHING looks good this time around, not just the environments (which are dazzling - snowscapes, grassy plains, cities, rivers...all of them are breathtaking). Sound is...well, I've never really cared about sound effects, as long as they sound close. Which they do. And did I mention the game was fully voiced? Too bad they only had a few voice-actors...some of the people started to look & sound very familiar.

I will mention the music in this game. Bethesda hired their long-time friend Jeremy Soule to compose all new music for Oblivion. Mr. Soule also did the Morrowind soundtrack, but while Morrowind's music was definitely very epic, eventually I got to the point where it all pretty much sounded the same. It was almost like the game only had one 30 minute long song and it was left on loop for the entire duration. While on a whole the composition was excellent, the individual songs didn't really have anything that made them stand out.

Oblivion's soundtrack solves that problem. Each piece is very thematic and unique. Did I mention I bought the soundtrack to the game...before the game even came out? It's just that good.

Story - 3/5

And here is where Oblivion left me feeling a bit disappointed. Morrowind's main story was filled with political intrigue, religious fanaticism, ancient prophecies and generally a very engrossing taste. Oblivion's on the other hand, is a rather generic adventure where you stop a great evil from devouring the world. And that evil really has no reason to do so, other than he's evil. The main characters along the story have no real personality (even with the excellent voice-acting). There were some twists and turns here that were somewhat interesting, but truth be told - the whole thing was generic at best.

That's a bad idea, my bony friends. A very bad idea indeed.

And that's not the worst of it. While Oblivion's quests are more interesting, the subplots that drive them are not necessarily. One of Oblivion's features is to allow the player to join multiple guilds (which they could in Morrowind as well). But the guild quests just didn't do it for me either. Really, Oblivion's story aspect is rather unordinary.

What did I tell you? You living dead are all the same...all bones and no brain. Wait, I guess that's kinda the point.

Story is very important to me, I guess. Without a good story, there's no sense of urgency, accomplishment, or anything.

Overall Score: 4.25/5

Despite its few weaknesses, I can not say that I did not enjoy this game. The storylines were just barely strong enough to keep me going, and I guess in the long run that's all that matters. I would definitely recommend this game to anybody aching for a good rpg-fest.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


I really don't feel like updating...but I said I would. So now I feel obligated. Blah.

The truth is, I thought I would have more to say than I actually do. That happens to me a lot actually. Maybe I'm just tired and can't remember what I wanted to say.

I'm growing more and more anxious as the new school year approaches. I feel like I have so many more responsibilities this year, all of which I volunteered for. What madness is this?! My inherent laziness is waging a desperate war against my fear of not being able to find a job after graduation. I really just want to take time off and enjoy my senior year...really enjoy it. Even if it's just lounging around. Once work starts, there will be precious little time to actually do that.

I'd also like to have a school year where I'm not caught up trying to find that special someone. It's just too frustrating for me to deal with 3 years in a row.

...but then I think that it will never be as easy as it is now. Having to work really limits one's dating opportunities, simply because you don't have as much time. God, I'm such a wishy washy ambivalent arse. Make up my mind, slitch!

Making new friends/meeting new people is also kind of daunting. I seriously feel drained. I think my summer hermitty phase is in preparation for meeting people during the school year, but this summer has been so hectic that I haven't really had the chance to sink into seclusion. Sigh...I hope I'll be able to get along with my floor...

Sometimes I feel distant from everybody - like no one really sees me for who I really am. I think that might be because I don't really like who I really am. I'm a whiny, emotional, lazy, unambitious, depressed-when-he-doesn't-have-the-right-to-be son of a biatch. At least, I think if I didn't keep myself in check, that would be me. I always feel like sinking into that pit of self-pity, when honestly I don't deserve to. And there's no real point to it.

Woo...my mom is coming downstairs to tell me to go to bed. So byeee!

Maybe tomorrow will be better.


I was going to update...but now I have to shower. Okay, bye bye.

Thursday, August 10, 2006


After 21 years of miserable existence, I have finally admitted to myself. I have a problem. A terrifyingly addicting problem: I am an eataholic.

They say the first step to a cure is admitting you have a disease.

Unfortunately, my disease is necessary to my continued existence. You see, eating, unlike drugs, sex, alcohol, or gaming, is a necessary part of life. And since I have no intention of dying (of starvation no less), I am in quite a pickle. Mmm...pickles...

The problem isn't so much eating...as it is over-eating. On an average daily basis I would approximate that I eat maybe 3 meals worth of food in one sitting. And I can't help myself. Once I put something into my mouth, my brain no longer controls my body. My stomach does. No, not even my stomach. My stomach often cries out in pain as I continue to gorge on delicious treats. It's my mouth. Damn my mouth to the nine circles of hell!

But in all seriousness, my desire to eat truly dictates my life. Even when I tell myself that I'm going to control the size of my meals for the day, I end up failing miserably. The first servings only whet my appetite - appetizers for a grand feast that my brain doesn't want to consume. My god even right now I'm very tempted to stop typing this post to find a tasty snack to munch on. The SHAME.

...I need help.

...help me. Please?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Atrothesis, Dark Angel

So I totally got chewed out on sunday for being a big flake. Although this time it really wasn't me being a flake! Just a very bad planner.

Anyway me and the usual high school group I still keep in touch with made plans to get dinner sunday night. Then on saturday my brother told me he needed to be picked up on sunday around 7:30.

Yay for brothers. Especially kid ones.

Basically there was no way I was going to make dinner if I had to pick up my bro. By the time I got to the restaurant it'd be time to leave. Much to my surprise though, one of my friends got upset. Really upset. I couldn't understand it at first...it was just dinner right? And it wasn't like I couldn't hang out after.

When I asked him why he was so angry, he said to me:

"Because our group is falling apart."

For which I have newfound respect for him. This summer has been pretty craptacular for hanging out, what with some friends out of the country, others in socal, and what with work and internships and summer school, it's been pretty hard to coordinate events.

What struck me most though, is that this guy had the guts to call it out. And to challenge me to make the effort to keep it going. My feelings toward group-disbanding has always been that it's inevitable. People move away, don't see each other for awhile...it's only natural that things won't be able to stay the same. Even me just moving up the hill to Hedrick practically cut me off from my second-year friends.

...to be honest though, the biggest reason why I never keep in touch is because I'm insecure. I absolutely hate feeling like I'm unwanted, which is why I very rarely visit people in their rooms. I remember Peter and Michelle accusing me of no longer being their friend the next year, because I never visit them, and that I never make an effort to be a friend. The truth is I'm scared to have to make an effort, and end up being unwanted, annoyed at, mocked.

Which is why when this guy was fighting to keep our high school group alive, I couldn't help but admire his bravery. Maybe he didn't think it was anything of the sort, but to me his words are what I've always wanted to say, but what I've always been too scared to say. Too embarassed. Too weak.

I ended up apologizing to him about missing dinner. There wasn't much I could do about it though...my brother needed to be picked up after all. Still, we hung out afterwards and everything was good. I think. I hope.

I'm glad he chewed me out. Not that I enjoyed it...but I got to see a side of him that I don't usually. And I found out that as long as there are people like him around, even if groups do end, they don't have to right away. Not for a long time.

Thursday, August 03, 2006


I was going to write a post about my crazy wacky driving adventures and how I stare at people who are behind me when I drive (through the rear view mirror yes)...

...and then I realized how utterly dull and pointless that post would've been.


In other news,


I guess I have no other news. Bye!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Judge a man not by his words...but by what he puts on his Gym Reimbursement Form

Handling Boston Scientific's wonderful Gym Reimbursement Calculation is one of many exciting (you can see the sarcasm there right?) and amusing (sadly, there is no sarcasm there) duties at work. Boston Scientific reimburses its employees up to 150 dollars every 6 months for any gym memberships and such.

It's interesting to see to just what lengths some people will do to collect as much of that $150 as possible.

Among the more...unique reimbursement requests included someone who had prepaid 100 dollars for an entire year, and then said his monthly rate was $10. Now, I don't know how division has changed in these last few years, but the last time I checked, 100 / 12 months is not $10/month. Which makes me sad, because either this person can't divide, or he really wanted that twenty bucks, so much that he would lie on a Gym Reimbursement form to get it.

And then there was one person who was part of a badminton group. Everything on the form looked fine...until I flipped the page. The receipts he had submitted were for expenses that he had incurred paying for food.


Yea, that was entirely the point of reimbursing gym expenses. Not promoting health...promoting eating.

And here's my random nasty story of the day. On the way back from work, I ran into some traffic. I happened to glance at my rear view mirror, and from that wonderful reflection I saw a half-naked guy driving, smiling, and looking down at...you know what...every few seconds.

...maybe my mind is just in the gutter, but what the hey was he doing?!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Nothing to do, Nothing to say...

This summer sure feels like it's going by fast. It's already the middle of july!

I guess having something to do really does speed time along. All I can remember is last year I was desperately waiting for summer to end, because I had nothing to do and was bored out of my mind.

I finally feel like a part of Boston Scientific. I was worried that I wouldn't for awhile...I was sort of antisocial the first few days (yea, that's always the best time to be antisocial), and that lead to me generally spending all day at my cubicle. Which I have to say, gets kind of dull at times.

But now things are going pretty good. There are a few people at work I'm pretty close with. Maybe not close close, but we can joke around and enjoy ourselves. And everybody else is still pretty friendly. Apparently I missed most of the drama, cuz from what my coworkers have told me, things were pretty bad before...

I guess I can still get bored, as evidenced by this conversation I'm having with David right now:

[17:37] wangxiuming: rawr
[17:37] durek08: meow?
[17:37] wangxiuming: cluck
[17:38] durek08: woof
[17:38] wangxiuming: quack
[17:40] durek08: chirp
[17:41] wangxiuming: snort
[17:41] durek08: squeek
[17:44] wangxiuming: mooo
[17:48] durek08: naaayyyyy
[17:49] wangxiuming: squawk


...what am I doing?

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Silent Excrement Wars

So I was at work today.

And suddenly I felt my stomach rumble and my intestines twist. (Yea, you know this is going to be a good post when I start off like that).

I rushed off to the bathroom...which I must say, is probably one of the most ingenious creations of mankind, along with the air conditioner and computer (games). Without bathrooms and their assorted utilities, we'd all be excreting into pots. Can you imagine?

Unfortunately, since I was at the office, the bathroom was public. And public bathrooms tend to be...you know, public. Which is why I don't usually like going numero dos in public bathrooms. For some reason, I am mortally afraid that people will hear me and know what I'm doing. All the *plop plops* and the even more humiliating gaseous sound effects that come with the whole dirty business.

Yea, are you disgusted yet?

So anyway, I rush into the bathroom and to my dismay, someone comes in after me. Dam you public restroom! I head over to the farthest stall from the door, and begin my daunting task: pooping with another person in the room.

So now began the difficult and somewhat counter-productive attempt to not only poop but to poop quietly. As I settled in (haha...), I realize that the person who had followed me into the bathroom was also...going numero dos. Not only that, but he was succeeding in my task...relatively well (relatively being the operative word). No way was I going to be shown up by some random stranger who works at the same place I do!

Thus commenced the Silent Excrement Wars. For 5 minutes, we sat there in total silence, each desperately trying to mask the terrible sounds of our unpleasant actions.

Who won? I have no idea. I waited until the guy left before coming out of my own stall. Thankfully no one else had come in, so I could wash my hands in peace.

And there you have it! I <3 my stories.

...maybe this is why I don't have any ... friends.

Disclaimer: This picture has nothing to do with my political opinions about our current President. Please do not sue me, arrest me, accuse me of terrorism, or in any other way violate my civil liberties. Thank you.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

ADM: AOL Delayed Messaging

I've come to the realization, after having experienced 21 summers in this existence of mine, that summer is not a good time to Instant Message other people. I know this from both having sent messages that are never returned...and from not responding to messages other people have sent me.

So yea...I already have horrible AIM etiquette to begin with, but for some reason summer just sucks up my will to look at my messages. I think it's partly because when I live at home I naturally revert to hermit form. It's so easy to just stay home and not do anything, especially now that I'm working and I don't get much relax time during the week anyway ("that much" is relative...but compared to last summer where my work week consisted of 3 hours of tutoring English...).

So I just want to apologize in advance if you IM me and I don't respond. I try to respond eventually...but more likely than not I forget. Because I'm a horrible person. I'm sorry. There is no excuse.

And yes, you can ignore me all you want if I IM you. I guess I deserve it.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


It dawned on my today that senior year is coming up...and that it would be my last chance to do a lot of things. Seriously, I am going to miss college to death. Everything is so easily accessible here, but out in the workforce...

I can see myself being a hermit. I'm just a naturally hermity person.

But even if that is the case, I want senior year to be great. So at least when I'm a hermit I'll have some memories to look back on and say "hey, i wasn't always a hermit! biattchhh!!!"


Goal #1 - Find that special someone.

This is probably my most pressing issue. That I have lived for 21 years and still have yet to engage in even the slightest bit of romance is probably the most depressing part of my life. haha. It's my own fault, I know...but I had issues.

To be honest, the opportunity has presented itself during these last 3 years...just not the right kind of opportunity. For which I feel horrible for the people involved... Heartache sucks. I probably should have told them...I'm a coward. All I can do now is apologize. :(

Still, back to my original point, college is probably going to be the easiest time to meet people. Because they're right there. When I actually have to work...who am I going to meet? My co-workers? (ew accountants! *barf* haha jk) I don't go clubbing, I'll probably be a hermit...yea, things don't look too good.

Even if it's only for a year...or less...(probably less...wait no, probably not at all. sigh) I really want to - feel.

...I never knew I was so emo. Damn. I hate being emo.

Goal #2 - Stop liking people who can't like me.

I guess this sort of ties in with Goal #1...but whatever.

Seriously, this has been the most frustrating thing ever. And I always come out of it feeling like an idiot. BLEARGH.

Ok I have to go work...more on this later. Maybe.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Return of the Super

So...yeah. As you can see, I am bored, otherwise I wouldn't be blogging.

I started watching Full Metal Alchemist again...it's been exactly a year since I started watching that fantastic series, and it's still quite good. Depressingly, it's also been a year since there's been any semblance of quality in Naruto. The fillers keep on coming, and there seems to be no forseeable end. BOO!

In other news, Superman Returns made its super debut today, generally to critical acclaim. Better than X-3 anyway. Personally I'm not sure how well Brandon Routh is going to fill Christopher Reeves' shoes (he seems kind of...vapid. And a little like a mannequin :X), but the reviews are heartening. I also hear Kevin Spacey's performance as Lex has been good...and that's with two excellent competitors (Michael Rosenbaum on Smallville, and Cartoon Lex from Justice League).

I just realized I praised Smallville. How odd.

That is...the only expression this guy has. Poor Lois.

The internship is going well...although I do wish they would give me something to do besides stare at invoices all day. I swear, if I see another invoice I'm going to explode.

Still, my boss and coworkers are really nice, and I even have my own cubicle and everything. That was really exciting for some reason. My first day I kinda just sat in my cubicle, grinning.

...yea, that passed fast :P Still, it was fun while it lasted.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Calm Before the Storm

Last few minutes before I head off to my internship!

...i hope i don't get fired.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The End.

I just want to thank all the wonderful people I met and got to know this year. You know who you are. Or maybe you don't. Well, now you know. I mean YOU.


Sunday, May 14, 2006

Fee Fie Fo Fum


I had the strangest dream the other day. I was dreaming that I was running for VP of Finance for some random organization, and then this random girl from my high school started attacking my character. She accused me of being VP of Finance for some organization and squandering all of its money.

The strangest thing is that I haven't seen or talked to her in AGES. We barely knew each other to be honest. I remember being really shocked during the dream when she started slandering me.

I ended up telling her off...but I don't remember what happened next. Maybe I woke up.

In other news, BAY, PIC, and ECON 160 are going to take over my life this week.

Smallville's season finale was...disappointing. The whole show just disappoints me. I don't know why I still watch it. BLEARGH. Yea, I'm going to keep saying it until it changes.

I've been very hermitty this quarter...but I lack the energy to care. Every weekend all I feel like doing is going to sleep and wasting away. Lovely waste.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Stay in your own lane, bitch.

So I went swimming today. I got there relatively early (around 9) and the pool was almost empty except for a few other swimmers.

I got into one of the middle lanes, and started doing laps. About 10 laps in, I saw some random guy approach my lane.

...and I was like, no way bitch.

...not really, but there were at least two other open lanes! He asked me if we could split the lane, and I was like...uh....sure....

..and of course once he got in he swam so fast that he lapped me multiple times. Granted he was wearing one of those paddle-glove thingamajigs, but still. boo. boo on him.

anyway, that's my rant for today. Huzzah!

Sunday, April 30, 2006


The saddest episode of Futurama...Fry's dog never stops waiting for him to come home...

...and then he dies, hopes never realized.



What is the dealio with the festival of books? It's hard to imagine people actually reading for entertainment in college...i felt like a complete weirdo when I was carrying around freakanomics into dining halls so I could read.

I'd check the festival out...but that would involve walking.

So instead I will sit down and update Bay's books. Of the financial kind. Very booky.

I'm doing laundry...for the first time in a month. I know you're disgusted, but I don't care. Although I do have to admit sleeping in really dirty sheets and comforters wasn't exactly the best experience. Just to be clear, I don't actually like being dirty. I'm very much looking forward to a week of cleanliness. Maybe I'll get a haircut too.

AIM is not working. How sad. Why is the AIM dude so angry?
I feel so isolated without aim. It is my only means of communicating with the outside world! AIEEEEEEE

Friday, April 28, 2006


...eventful week.

I'm still uncertain about some things but I don't feel as alone. Which is good.

I want a hug though. I don't have a hugging buddy this year. how sad.

Tomorrow is the BAY Soccer Tournament. Westwood Park, here I come. As soon as I find out where you are.

It is kind of hard to imagine sitting there watching firms play soccer for 5 hours though. Which means that I should probably join one of the teams.

hahahahaha...like that's gonna happen. I'll probably end up leaving early and climbing back into bed. Or more likely, leaving early and climbing into my chair to update Bay's records.

It's kinda sad that the thing I look forward to the most every week is when I can order out food. But then, I am number 1 fats0rz.

On the other hand, I also get to see cynthia h'su and watch arrested development with her. One of the few things in this world that can actually draw out...dare i say it... a laugh(!) from her. I find it very depressing that whenever she looks at me, all I see is glaring hatred, but when she looks at jason bateman from her precious arrested development, her eyes are filled with giddy merriment. Dam you Jason Bateman! I'll eat you!

Tony is one cool guy. He started a blog! Maybe if I get less lazy sometime, I'll ask him if I can link it here.

Alright, that's it! Huzzah! I'll _____ YOU! YOU'RE a _____. Oh god, tear, double tear, upside down tear, i hate you, i hate you so much, come and take me HOOOOOMEEE! Lead me to your dooor. Take me where you are...

...at least just for a while.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Friday, April 14, 2006


...there wasn't udon today.

if u could see inside me right now you'd see my soul shattering.

I can't wait for...

...UDON! Today is Udon day at Hedrick! They better not substitute udon with that posticker crap that they totally mess up. Otherwise I will be angry.

The always-loved nabeyaki udon with shrimp tempura, various mushrooms, fishcake, vegetables of some sort, and of course...UDON! *chomp*

OMG did you know there was INSTANT UDON?! ...actually I already did because Michelle gave me one of hers and it was DELICIOUS. But still, I like to marvel at its amazingness.

Sigh...if only that were my hand using those chopsticks, bringing those sweet sweet noodles into my mouth. If only. If only...

Another kid eating MY udon! What is wrong with the world! Give me that bowl, punk.

Um...you look kinda creepy and so does your udon. So you can go ahead and keep that. Yes.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Ok I admit it. The stress got to me. Even though I guess it's not really that much compared to some other people. It's just an adjustment I have to make I guess.

It kinda feels weird. Like I originally thought I wouldn't have to put THAT much into BAY...but then again I did expect to. How...contradictory. I don't know. I've been trying to be a lot more proactive about BAY...hopefully it shows.

mmm...Fast Track is tonight. I'll be there from probably 6:30 to 9:30ish. woohoo! goooo fast track!

ok bye.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Convenience is good...but not in TV

Sadly, I had high expectations for last night's episode of Smallville. "Hypnotic" involves a hypnotist (no kidding) who takes control over Clark, breaks up him and Lana, and tries to use Clark to kill Lex. Yay for...pointlessness. So why did I have high expectations? Because I read the synopsis wrong and I thought she wanted to use Clark to kill Milton Fine. Yea, that didn't work out.
The episode was too much filled with...nothing. Watching Smallville is like sitting down to a meal and discovering that all you're being served is water. There's no MEAT (or vegetables...whatever). And at the end of the meal you realize that you're still craving food. Well, no DUH, you just had a meal of water!
The show is sprinkled with some slight sense of plot. The Return of Milton Fine, for example, and his plans are slowly being unraveled. That's always interesting. But the rest of the show was pure crap! Craptacular crap!
Too much of this show is just too convenient - things are explained away noticeably. I mean, for example...when Clark uses his super strength on Lex, the show has Lex believe its a product of the hypnosis...which really makes no sense! Especially for Lex, someone who has been investigating Clark's supernatural abilities, it doesn't make sense that Lex would automatically assume Clark's strength was due to hypnosis. The writers wrote themselves into a hole with the whole scene and they used Lex's exclamation as a cheap and obvious attempt to keep Clark's secret.
And then, when Chloe and Lex are struggling for the gun, I love how they just happen to shoot the hypnosis crystal. How convenient. BLAH.
The return of Milton Fine, and Clark and Lana breaking up for good are the only significant events to happen last night; scenes that probably took up 5 minutes max. Where did the other 35 minutes go to? I don't know...I just don't know.
And give me a break, Clark and Simone totally did it. That's the only logical outcome. Yes.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Oblivion arrives, quality Lost returns, and my struggle to end boredom continues...

You may be under the impression that since I haven't blogged everyday during this break that I may have escaped my prison of boredom. Untrue. It only means that I am lazy.
This break hasn't been all bad though. I hung out with some high school friends, watched a few movies (V for Vendetta and Jet Li's new movie Fearless - some of his best work i'd say), and played card games. I had fun committing suicide in Mafia just to throw people off.
... I think they hate me now. :(
In other news, The Elderscrolls IV: Oblivion has been widely acclaimed as one of the most impressive games of the year and a definite contender for Game of the Year by several gaming sites (including gamespot.com, ign.com, and gamespy.com). Gamespot even goes so far as to say "[Oblivion] is simply one of the best role-playing games ever made."
Oblivion is the sequel to the 2002 Bethesda production Elderscrolls III: Morrowind. Along with impressive graphics and audio, the series features a unique roleplaying style where you don't get experience points. Instead, the more you do a certain type of activity, the better you get at it. For example, the more you fight enemies with swords, the better your "Blades" skill gets. The more you sneak around, the better your "Sneak" skill gets. Oblivion has improved and expanded upon this idea by setting tiers within each skill. When reached, each tier grants the player with new, more powerful abilities.
Featuring an impressive cast of characters (voices include Jean Luc Picard/Professor Xavier and Boromir from Lord of the Rings), Oblivion is also the first game in the series to feature full voice-overs for all dialogue (although, this is somewhat expected of a game of this type now, thanks to Bioware's KotOR and Jade Empire). The music is suitably epic - I already own the soundtrack and I haven't even played the game. Composed by Jeremy Soule, Oblivion's soundtrack alternates between sweeping melodies and heart-pounding scores.
Anyway, enough about that. How was last night's LOST. Did you see that? Because if you didn't and you plan to, you probably shouldn't read on. Because I'm going to ruin it. I'll ruin it good. Stay away.
...stop reading dammit!

Meet Henry, Lost's resident prisoner/beat-up guy.

In my opinion, last night's episode "Lockdown" was probably one of the season's best. Sharon's death was...not that tragic in my opinion, and for the most part this season has been full of filler. Even Claire's adventure into the jungle was kind of disappointing - nothing happened.
Finally, something's happening.
Last night's episode was another Locke-centric episode... maybe they should have called it "Locke-down" Haha. ha...ha. I have to admit I could barely stand to watch the flashback parts of this episode because SOOO much crap has happened to the poor guy already. Poor Locke. Poor, crazy, Locke.
The real meat of the episode occurrs on the island. A lockdown procedure is initiated without warning, trapping Locke and prisoner Henry Gale inside the hatch. Meanwhile, Jack and company manage to find not one, but two balloons. Sayid finds Henry's wife's grave and his balloon, just where Henry said it would be. But another balloon (was it a balloon? maybe it wasn't...) pops up out of nowhere with a bunch of food and supplies...how the heck did it get there? Who the heck sent it? More unsolved mysteries! Bah.
As Locke and Henry are trying to pry open the blast doors, Locke becomes trapped underneath one ( a relatively stupid move). Bad timing results in the computer alarm sounding. Locke is forced to ask Henry to push in the code. And then all we see is Locke trapped and him yelling "Henry!" Oh, that and a mysterious map apparently written by Desmond only visible under a blacklight on one of the doors. Yay...more...dangling...mystery...
...yay for suspense.
So it turns out Henry did push in the code, and comes back to rescue Locke. The lockdown is mysteriously deactivated, and Locke is freed. Yay! Happy ending.
Until Sayid and company march back into the hatch that is. Apparently Sayid dug up Henry's wife's grave (Oh Sayid...*pat pat*) and did not find Henry's wife in the grave. No, he found Henry. Henry Gale. Yea, he found him in the grave, dead and...black?

Maybe he went on that new "Black & White" show - you know, the one where people switch races o_O. And then went on "The Biggest Loser." And then went on "Survivor - Lost Island." You never know! That could be the case!
...yea. Finally something significant happens. Hurrah!
Looking back on what I wrote, if you havent been keeping up with Lost, then you'll have no idea what I'm talking about...and if you have...then you probably watched the episode already, and didn't need the episode summary. Yay for uselessness.
Ok, I'm bored now. Bye!

Friday, March 24, 2006

I blog during breaks

...because i have nothing better to do. how sad.

I've decided that wrecklessly spending 500 dollars on an xbox360 and oblivion isn't going to happen. Mostly because i don't have 500 dollars and see no way to acquire it. other than selling my body that is, and i'm tired of doing that...

yea, ok. I'm kidding by the way. KIDDING.

i hate you all.

And besides, even if i did have 500 dollars...apparently the xbox 360 is STILL sold out. All the sites i've checked are sold out of 360's...or if they're not they're selling them at ridiculous prices. RIDICULOUS. Admittedly, they're being bundled with games and accessories and whatnot, but I don't want that crap, and certainly I don't want that crap AND have to pay for it. I'd have to whore myself out for real. FIE!

So, I've decided to instead wait to buy a decent graphics card. Right now I'm looking at the GeForce 6800 GS...apparently it's a pretty decent card and it's under 200 bucks. That's...affordable. I've been meaning to get a better graphics card anyway...i'm still using the integrated graphics card that my computer came with o_O. Let's just say it's not the best card for running games.

Mmm...everybody's so sad lately. Feel better! Don't worry about it now, it's over and done with. Just sit back and enjoy break! Enjoy it, dam you!

From Boredom to Oblivion

So now that finals are over and I'm back in fremont for spring break...




Yea, I'm bored. God help me. So bored in fact, I'm really tempted to go out and spend 500 dollars on an xbox 360 and Oblivion. How I'm going to get these 500 buckaroos I have no idea, but all i know is that I want to do it. badly.

Oh, and the Elderscrolls IV: Oblivion came out on monday, and so far it has been widely praised and critically acclaimed. Stellar graphics that take full advantage of the next-generation gaming power, plus a renovated combat system that feels like an action game, plus a compelling story, plus enchanting music from award-winning composer Jeremy Soule, plus a world that is actually ALIVE (or as alive as a dead artificial intelligence can be) equals impressiveness.

Yea, I really want to get this game. Just LOOK at the detail!

..and these are in-game graphics! Not cinematics, not art...actual in game graphics. LOOK at those TREES. My god man, it's prettier than real life. cuz in real life you know that church would be all stained and dirty from rain and whatnot, and that horse would be pooping all over the place.

Yea, so if you have 500 bucks to spare that you don't know what to do with, please, give it to me O:)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


I feel so productive today. Not only did I get started on PIC hw, I finished all of my econ hw and successfully passed the VITA test that took me 5 hours to do. Yay for 74% passing.

I haven't talked about TV in a while...I might do that over break...too busy for much else right now.

Oh, and peter I still have your jacket.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


My pic homework was effortless this week. Why? Because I put no effort into it. Also meaning I didn't actually do it.

Hah. I tricked you.

Why am I doing this when I should be putting effort into pic? I don't know. I'm clueless too i guess.


Monday, March 06, 2006


So i've been updating this blog very infrequently. Truth is, I am just lazy.

There, you know the terrible truth.

So I haven't gotten any internships...but I'm still going to apply to the mid-tier firms. Hopefully some of them will take pity on me and decide to offer me one.

Schoolwork is going to kill me though, PIC in particular. I'm seriously reconsidering this specialization. It seems like a lot more trouble than it's worth. Still, I'm already so far into it that I might as well finish. I only have 3 more classes.

Mmm...life is for the most part dull. And what's not dull is just annoying. Or maybe it is dull. Annoying and dull.

Battlestar Galactica season 2 finale is coming up this friday! wooooooooOOooOooOOOooo. I guess. The second part of season 2 has been surprisingly disappointing actually. Although it's been picking up. Smallville has been too I suppose...

I don't know...I feel kind of...blah. Not that I wasn't. I feel extra blah. Blah. Blah and stupid.

Incoherent and confused.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

ill void YOU

somebody fix this function for me. It's supposed to play a skip-3 solitaire game. Basically you deal out cards one at a time in a row. if the card you just dealt has the same suit or rank as either the previous card or the card 3rd previous card, you take the card you just dealt and put it on top of the stack it is equal to.

void rowOfCards::consolidate()
node*p = data.begin();
node*p3 = p;
if (data.size() > 3)
p3 = p->prev;
p3 = p->prev;
p3 = p->prev;
if (data.begin()->val == p->val)
p->val = data.begin()->val;
//else if(data.begin()->val == p3->val)
// p3->val = data.begin()->val;
// data.erase(p3);
// p3=data.begin();

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Deloitte does not want me. :(

...and professor riley won't respond to my request to extend the homework due date.

Friday, February 03, 2006


I guess it's been a while since I've done this.

I'm starting to feel the pressure. Thank god I'm only taking 3 classes this quarter. What with accounting socials, accounting internship applications, accounting interviews which I probably won't get, and the accounting internship that I won't get either...um...I lost my train of thought.

You know, I'm strangely optimistic about getting an internship this summer. Even though my resume has nothing but my grades (which aren't that good) and BAY and VITA...both of which I have only been in for less than a year. Yes. Strangely optimistic. I keep telling myself that I won't get it...but for some reason I just feel like I will. Like the internship will fall magically out of the sky right into my lap.

I wonder how long I can be so self-confidently arrogant. Probably a few more weeks, until I realize all of my friends have internships and I still haven't got one. I'm thinking that's when it'll stop.

I've been calling people "liar" a lot recently. I wonder why. Maybe because I'm such a big slut. Seriously my fake relationships with everybody on the floor have become...very odd. I'm not sure if I'm crossing lines, or if I'm sending out weird signals or what. I dunno.

I miss the simplicity of high school. Everything was so black and white then...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

You're UGLY! ...on the outside. But you'll go to heaven.


Apparently this little one-eyed monster reminds someone of me. I don't know if it's the one-eyedness or the extreme ugliness.

...damn, it's the ugliness.

This dog is alive. It really is. And the picture is copyright Jeffrey R. Werner. All Rights Reserved. Yes, I didn't mean to ruin your belief that I created all these images by myself. I apologize.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Back to the Futurama...

Huzzah! Futurama, an animated comedy set 1000 years in the future and created by Matt Groening (You know who he is. The creator of Simpsons. See. You do know.), has a chance of being resurrected!

Like Family Guy, Futurama aired on the FOX network for several seasons (where it won 3 emmys) before it was axed and taken off the air. Strong dvd sales and rerun viewership have initiated talks to revive the comedy! Personally I think Futurama is better than Simpsons...maybe even better than Family Guy. But maybe that's just the sci-fi nerd in me talking.

Anyway...things look hopeful.

Oh, and happy birthday little bro!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Resolve...do i have it?


1. Get into shape! For the first time in my life. maybe. hopefully. maybe.
2. To attain an overall gpa of at least 3.6 or higher. That's really all I can do now :/
3. Not be bogged down by past fears/worries.
4. To appreciate all my friends more.
5. To *gasp* eat less ramen.

I want these to come true so they will. Or will they?

No, they will.


They will.