Bitterbarn’s Weblog

aka “The Bull” (some content not suitable for children or religous zealots)

The games we play.

   After such a long spell of lack luster gamming ie pirates of the burnning sea, assasins creed, and some lame console games. 

  WE have reached a moment in time;  A time in whicha meteor the size of a basketball strikes the earth and shakes us all out of bed at midnight AND a time In which THREE games are so good, you HAVE to play them all at once.  I’ll preview the  three here.  I’d like to say firs that if you don’ play games your IQ is dropping “just sayin”.  does your wife not let you play?  Does your computer suck?  Or do you look down your nose at us; do you think “tsk so many things he could be doing with his idle time”   to you I say  I’ve got people for those things.

 

  AION                                                        See full size image

 This game is an “MMO”  (massive mutiplayer online)  Which I swore I would never play again after years of grinding my life away on world of warcraft (WOW).  But, that feeling of being part of a group that goes around thwarting bad guys and in this case other players; was calling to me. The sense of accomplishment in this game comes early and often.  Its WAY better than any of its MMO predissesors albiet I never played Everquest.  there are four classes in the begging  Mage (caster type)  Warrior ( Melee /big damage./big armor)  Priest (healer) and Scout ie (rouge/archerer)  when you get to level ten you pick an “advanced class” there is so much specializing in this game you can make your charcter as personlized and uniqe as you can imagine,  It has the usuall down sides ie the subscription (14.00) month and newb camping. I really like this game and would love someone to play it with me (shamless plug).

 

 Borderlands                       See full size image

 

          These pics don’t do this game any justice at all.  Not that this game is grafically superior (ITS NOT)  but its not bad. for those of you who spend your time excersising, praying or doing projects around the house this game falls into a Genra commonly refered to as the FPS or (first person shooter)  This is the kind of game your nut job relief society president says makes kids go to mall and shoot people.   This is a run and gun gmae, 1) you get a mission, 2) you go shoot stuff, 3) you get a sweet reward.  I don’t know how they’ve done it but he rewards are better and better and keep you playing this game.  last weekend two brothers and myself played this for almost 30 hours stright. we had to take a break to reduce our own hemmoroids.  What makes this game so popular are two things 1) the RAndom gun genrator.  This means this game has a bazzilion diffrent guns somthimes  you pick up a garden varitey shot gun and other times you pick up a  three round burst rocket launcher.  (yeah  I know hu?) 2) the other thing is the specializaion of the charchter you play; this is a new twist for FPS for example  I am a hunter but i can put skill points in my pet (which goes out and does tons of damage for me) or I can specialize in my Sniper rifles or become a  duel weilding  pistol dude.      CONS  as you level in this game  you can only play with people that are of the same level so you have to find a way to keep playing with the same people the best way is to lock 4 people in a room on Lan for 40  hours and get it done.  I M O  I like this game alot and again if you your wife gives you  your balls back, please come play this with me :)

 

MODERN WARFARE 2                       See full size image

 

          This game had the biggest release in the history of games.  Even if you spend your days shuttling kids to play group or someother nonesense there is no way you did’t hear about this in the news.  DO NOT FALL INTO THE TRAP of thinking this is a console fps like halo where you end up staring at a split screen moving around with thumb gimbles. IT IS NOT.  at least not the pc version .  honeslty this is a violent game. but it really makes you feel alive.  You think your pretty good, you can move around? well avoid detection stay in cover? you have good aming skills with the mouse., youve been around the block  ie counter strike  and battlefield type games.  WEll, with this game you seperate the men from the boys.  if your video card has the slightest hickup in it   you will die.  I’ve only played 1/10 of what this game has to offer and the low levels are difficutly/   FUN but difficult.  if you wanna get in a C130 with me and go crush the chinese PUUULEEESSSSEEEE lets do it man.

 

                  These are great games  I hope at some point you will look at your life and say, what do i do, do i have a hobby am i a part of somthing awesome. and when you relize you don’ do anything fun.  call me. I will show you the meaning of  FRAG

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Your emotions betray you!!!

Your emotions betray you. I’ve pondered this meaning for some time now, and have taken this wisdom from it. In the movie when Darth Vader says ” your emotions or your thoughts betray you” he means to say that luke is giving away his position by having such strong emotion.
Applied in our lives I believe Darth gives us wisdom to live by When we are overcome with strong emotion our feeling turn into actions that very often undermine our end goals. For example When we are angry or sad our simple emotion; unchecked turns into action we often later regret.

conversely; I am taught to belive that it is threw my emotion that I will know the truthfulness of things.
Another point Eckhart Tolle brings up is “ego” you don’t tell your heart to beat do you? it just does it. its involuntary. you gut performs digestion on its own. Like wise you brain thinks all day. your brain is very often evolved in a conversation with it self. We think this is who we are. The dialogue in our brain that is. But that is not who we are. That is ego. Don’t let the on going thoughts and dialogue  going on in you head undermine your goals.

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Health Care Reform.

This is a serious post.
Politically popular and financially despised. I have been thinking a lot about whether I am for or against reform. Most, in health care agree that what we have right now is a failed state. Generally though, we think about the lack of continuity of care, we think about how we aren’t really making anyones quality of life better and we think mostly about all the red tape WE go through on a daily basis to make the business go. WE don’t really think about how its so costly or how many people don’t have access to it. In my mind; it should be costly. Its health. I personally don’t think everyone should have a right to it. everyone in our country already HAS the RIGHT to progress and prosper as they personally see fit. Every one in this country has the same opportunity.
anyway, I know the democrats are secretly trying to bring more allied heath care competition to the market. This idea is very unpopular to AMA. Who could blame them. The AMA has enjoyed a government enforced monopoly for ever. Because so many Americans believe the AMA knows best; this agenda has to be brought slowly and covertly. This is hard to explain. but if you research it some you’ll find its actually a good thing. Right wingers and conservatives quickly shoot down the idea of heath care reform and so also would I. Imagine a world where health care providers had to compete for your business. When you go to the “doctor” do you think of him/her as someone who is working for you? or are you slightly and subconsciously intimidated? Do you feel lucky/honored to talk to him and do you just take whatever he/she says as truth?? Completion is the one thing our heath care system lacks. Its been hard to change because you believe in the gate keeper. gate keeper ie medicine meaning the institution there of and the AMA. Did you know that most physical therapists and pharmacist hold the same academic degree as that of a medical doctor and yet they are restricted to practice their full scope of education because of the monopoly medicine keeps. Don’t you think a doctorate degree level pharmacist could tell you what to put on you yeast infection with the same proficiency as a “doctor”. I contest that he could.

In the future you will hear the term more and more often “Allied heath care” this refers to a group of professionals that did not go to medical school per se. but but hold doctorate degrees (usually) in their given fields. pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, audiology I would include chiropractors even. As the talks go on; medicine will seek to discount allied health professions. Be informed and don’t make emotionally based conclusions.

June 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Turbulance you say?????

Its been a while since I have sounded the warning cry for flying.

With todays events I was reminded of countless aviation catastrophies since my last blog early 2008 when I narrowly escaped with my life; while flying into salt lake. The tragic news this morning that more than 220 people are supposed to be dead after an air france air bus a330-200 “went missing”. Thats right “went mising”. It left Rio Brazil early this morning on its was to paris france.
The plane is a fairly new one. It has an “excellent” safty rating; and it is used in almost all of our us airlines. What they are saying is that “turbulance and possible a lighting strike” are responsible.
Thats funny. I think they mention “turbulance” on almost every flight I go on.
Last month I was on a flight. from salt lake to chicago. We made a stop in denver to pick up more passengers. (I don’t know somthing about wanting to make as much money as possible) On the was into Denver we hit some of this deadly “turbulance” they speak of. I subuquently got off the plane in denver; (sparing my life) and did not continue on to chicago.
This unnatural phenomna of “turbulace” is not really what bothers me. What bothers me is the nonchalante attitude taken by both those in and out of the industry. A little known fact is that pilots can fly the plane out of “turbulance”. Why don’t they? perhaps they don’t care? They fly everyday and likely take a cavilier approach to said turbulance. Even more disturbing is the likely hood that buisnessmen ie CEO’s and CFO’s disallowing pilots to manuver out of bad weather secondary to fuel economy.
Unitll somthing is done to make this industry resposible and safe I will continue to sound the alarm.
The idea that this is the “worst” avation catastrophe in 30 years; as is being said is a joke to me.

This just in: These planes are 100% computer flown. In the event of a total power outage; the plane cannot be flown by a human pilot.

update: heh, you have a computer don’t you? Can you garuntee me that your computer will make it thought the day with out freezing up or slowing down or loosing its connection?

June 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 6 Comments

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