Almost 18…

…and as always, I really don’t know what I want for my birthday.  I mean there are some things I want, but nothing that I really want.  So now I’m trying to write down anything I feel like buying, so I can actually tell people what I want if they ask.  So far the list has been fairly short and boring.  There are some things I’d really like to get, but they’re far too expensive to ask someone else for.  It’s the little things that matter, anyways.  Like Pilot G2 pens.  Easily the best pens out there for the money, I just don’t want to spend it 😉  But only the 0.5mm and finer ones, none of the 0.7 or 1.0mm nonsense.  I’d also like a Trevor Project shirt or hoodie, because that’d be awesome.  The more expensive stuff that I would like include some really nice headphones (Audio Technica ATH-M50x), a Microsoft Band, and a new head unit for my car (the lack of bluetooth is driving me a bit insane).

 

That said, all of that stuff would be nice, but at the same time I’m perfectly content without it.  I felt the same way at Christmas and I’m not really sure why.  Maybe it’s a good thing.  Well, until next time.

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Livestreams? The Trevor Project?

I’m going to try my best not to break my “don’t make promises” policy with this post, so remember these thoughts/ plans are still works in progress!  That said, I am considering doing more livestreams.  Possibly even weekly.  I haven’t decided on anything for sure, but will try to solidify my position after my next livestream.  Why am I considering this?  Well hopefully you tuned in to my livestream on the 24th, but it’s okay if you didn’t.  Even though there weren’t a ton of people watching (I think the most concurrent viewers was 7 or 8), it was insanely successful (in my eyes) towards my charity goal.  While I love playing games and livestreaming, my main goal was to raise money for The Trevor Project.  My goal was $64 – though that was a long term goal, not just for this livestream.  We raised $112 at the end of the day.

After that, I feel like I can’t stop now if there is a possibility of repeating that.  Hopefully, I can only gain viewers with each stream I do and consequently raise even more money for The Trevor Project.  The next stream I will set our goal to $250.  I do not necessarily think we will achieve that goal, but it will give us something to aim for moving forward.  Can’t donate, but still want to help?  You don’t need to donate to watch the stream!  Just watching and/or being in the chat is enough.  If you want to help a little more, encourage your friends and family to watch and donate.

So what will the next stream/ future streams look like?  I don’t know.  99% sure they’ll be a similar format, me just winging it, playing games.  Next stream will likely be Kerbal Space Program and/or Minecraft.  After that, who knows?  If the next stream goes well, I think I’ll buy a new microphone so my voice quality is a little better.  I might add a webcam in the future if I can find where mine are in storage.  When is the next stream?  The next stream will probably be on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014.

Want to learn more about The Trevor Project, why I’m helping them, or donate?  Check out parkerreno.net/trevor.

 

Final thoughts:

  • Finally have a new profile picture, it only took 7 months, 3 weeks, and 5 days (240 days) for there to be another good picture of me.
  • I’m eating a M&M’s chocolate bar.  It’s a chocolate bar with M&M’s inside of it…

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What Am I Doing?

At some point in time, I intended for this blog to be regularly updated (I probably even blogged about it).  That obviously hasn’t been happening, nor will this be a post about how I am going to start.  I slap my website on things (linking to it on my twitter, slapping it on my resume, etc) and when I put it on the end of a video today, I felt the urge to post a quick little update.  So, without further adieu, what have I been up to?

Well, the last time I updated this blog was in May.  That means you missed the end of the school year, the summer, and the beginning of this school year (well really about a third of it).  The end of my junior year was stressful, but pretty much uneventful.  Finals didn’t end up affecting my grades (even though I took a few of them early).  Why did I take them early?  A vacation to Europe?  Nope.  I did not want to push back my Microsoft internship a week, so I decided to push the end of school forward a few days.

The Microsoft High School Internship was a truly amazing experience.  I suck at writing, so I do not think I can properly articulate what the experience was like.  I worked in Global Foundation Services (the group that powers Microsoft’s datacenters) and more specifically Manageability Services Group (when I left, part of the group was moving to Azure).  What does MSG do?  They write the software that keeps the datacenters running smoothly.  I got to work with a countless number of amazing people in my group including my managers, coworkers, and fellow interns.  I experienced a new side of coding, where you have to make sure your comments are clear, your code is clean, and when you check into version control your edits are reviewed by other people.  It was truly eye opening and great fun.  While working full time might not sound like an amazing summer to many teenagers, I loved it.

After the internship, I was left with about a month of vacation that I spent hanging out with my amazing friends.  I also went to the Carnivores Tour concert at the Gorge (Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI) – which was unbelievable.  I really do not know how to describe it, but I’m sure there are some videos on YouTube, so just imagine it being about 100x better than any video can portray.

I’m doing my senior year a little different than 9th-11th grade.  Instead of taking classes at my high school, I’m taking classes at a local community college through a program called Running Start.  Not only will I be earning credits towards my high school diploma, I am earning transferable credits for a college degree.  My first quarter is already over and I have finished up English 101 and Calculus II, plus a C++ course.  Next quarter I’ll be taking general engineering physics, calculus IV, and PE.  The way my classes are structured gives me time for some more personal projects.

I have shelved Homework Check for now (sorry, class websites have been changing too often, maybe it’ll come back later).  Right now I am lead developer at Fundify Charity Search, which should be available soon at searchfundify.org.

 

That’s the summary of the past few months of my life.

See you guys next blog post!

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Brain dump: Motivation

yup, I let it die again.  I also started this post with a lowercase letter which is now driving me crazy, but I refuse to change it.  I also feel like a copycat because I saw a friend reviving his blog, but this was not my intent, I have been meaning to do this for a while.  “Why did you take so long to do this?” you may ask (or you might not), well I have had a problem with motivation and having fun recently.  I have been lacking motivation (and a girlfriend (or dates at all (MORE NESTED PARENTHESES!))) in my life; why do I do what I am doing?  I have been trying to figure this out and I still haven’t found an answer, it really is a fascinating question and its answer is definitely not simple.  Currently, I have quite a few friends and some hobbies, but I didn’t in 6th grade.  In 6th grade I was somewhat (READ: very) antisocial and pretty much zero hobbies, but more motivation.  One would originally think having more friends would give you motivation to do things, but it seems it doesn’t, why don’t they give you a reason to keep going?  Well I think having something means you lose motivation to get things (if that makes sense).  *DEVICE DISCONNECTED* <- the connection to my brain’s raw output was lost :(  I shall do another post at a different point in time, perhaps a continuation of this!

 

I love writing in these brain dumps, they are like commentaries that I just type out and I plan on doing them more often, even if I am the only one reading them.  You may notice they have a different writing style than a formal writing; this is because it is more or less a raw output from my brain.

 

EDIT: I am working on finding a theme I like for my blog.

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The Human Brain is Strange (at least mine)

I think I said I would blog more often last time I posted (or something like that,) well I guess that didn’t happen.  Exactly 2 weeks later I still haven’t really felt the urge to write until now.  I have released a few Black Ops commentaries that were pretty good, in my opinion.  Doing commentaries is like blogging, but instead of having to use a keyboard to let it flow out, you can just talk, which feels really nice when I have a lot on my mind or I am stressed.  Now that little intro is over, to the main topic: When working on my own stuff I don’t always feel all to motivated until the last minute (like on school work) or barely at all (my website), but now with the the LLG crew starting to become more serious about the clan/ channel/ website, I am feeling motivated to learn lots of stuff.  An example of this is I am most likely going to learn motion tracking for the montage.  Now to put that to good use I will also be learning some 3d modeling either through Blender or 3ds max.  I am also going to be learning even more about Vegas and later I am going to (hopefully) teach myself HTML5 and CSS3 to work on the website more.  FINALLY I am going to try and get back into programming and possibly release a LLG app on the WP7 marketplace.  That was all motivated by LLG and I don’t feel the same motivation from my own site.  Isn’t that strange?

 

Hopefully I will be posting again soon!

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