Tangent Time V13: Steam Sale Scuffle

HELLO!!!! IT FEELS AMAZING TO BE ABLE TO WRITE AGAIN!!!!!! OKAY I’M GOING TO STOP WITH THE OVERLY LARGE LETTERS.


 

Some of you probably don’t know this but I really like video games. I’ve been playing games since I was about six or seven and I’ve gone from playing on a GameBoy to a Playstation to an Xbox and finally a PC.

From my current platform, PC that is, there are a lot of cool things to enjoy within gaming on this platform. Looking for a small game you can play within your internet browser? No problem! Looking for an MMORPG? (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) The computer is basically designed for that! Looking to play the same game that is on console (Playstation 4, Xbox One) only with better graphics and frame rate? Okay enough “nerding” out.

Now something that a lot of PC gamer’s use to buy games is an online service called Steam. It’s kind of like the App Store or Google Play, except it is for computers. The point of Steam is to allow gamer’s to connect, play games together, buy games at amazingly low prices, solve problems, build game modifications (coding that alters a game), download video and audio software, etc.

Around the end of June, Steam launched their Summer Sale. This sale drops the prices of games by massive percentages! I mean have you ever found something that was 80% off? Well on Steam, it isn’t unusual to find a game marked down that low!

For several months I had been wanting to buy the Tomb Raider 2013 reboot.

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I had a friend who played it and he told me that it was a phenomenal game. So when the Steam sale hit, I logged on and saw that it had been marked down from $20 dollars to $5 dollars. I clicked on “Add to Cart,” checked out, and proceeded to download the game.

After waiting about a day for the game to download (shout out to less than 1 mbps internet speed) I installed the game and clicked play.

I was ecstatic! Tomb Raider is an adventure game with a good story, fun game play, interesting and engaging characters, and a lot of other wonderful goodness! I was pumped to see what fun and terrifying travels lay ahead.

Seconds later the game started!…and then crashed.

Then and error message appeared ūüė¶

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I sighed and forced myself not to become angry. These kinds of things happen all the time. Though I had never laid eyes on an error that said this. But oh well. That is one of the hurdles with PC gaming, it isn’t always a cinch trying to get a game to run properly.

I began trouble shooting, trying to play the game with this on and this off, or with this checked and that unchecked, messing around with the game files, looking up the problems on the internet, etc.–NOTHING! I couldn’t get the game to work!

According to several internet forums, for some unearthly reason certain people could not get this game to work no matter what they tried. Why? I have no idea. I did find a Youtube video that I thought was the answer, but I gave up from frustration and considered my final options.

I decided to return the game.

I was so disappointed! I wanted to enjoy a cool and engaging story, with different characters and twists and turns, mystery, mayhem-oh bother…it makes me sad thinking about it.

I opted to get another game, but it really wasn’t that fun so I returned that game and…ugh…after working up the courage, purchased Tomb Raider again!¬†At this point I felt like the game was going to send me to my grave a little early! (Get it? Grave? Tomb? Teehee)

Once the download was complete, I tried to play it and surprise! surprise ! it didn’t work! I would say, at this point, I had, in total, spent about an hour and a half attempting to run the game. UGGGGGGHHHHHHHH! I had not a clue what to do!

But then I realized something: Solutions often come from the place you least expect. I recalled all of the forums and websites I had visited and was startled to find that I had ignored the Youtube video! Maybe that was the answer. After all, the producer of said video was having the exact same issue as I was.

With nothing to lose I pulled up the video, watched it very carefully, and copied the individuals every move……I may have even moved the mouse in the exact same motions as that person did, but never mind! Once the task was complete, I clicked play.

And. I. Waited.

It really doesn’t make any sense.

It worked, yes the fix worked hallelujah! But I was dumbfounded by how stupidly simple the fix was! My jaw dropped–then I started playing the game and haven’t looked back since.

Here’s what I did:

I unchecked this box.

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Clicked “Apply”

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Voila!

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Well thank you all for reading my Steam Sale Scuffle. It was not fun…but now I guess it is kind of funny because I tried this multiple times, but then I did it in this order and it worked. Computers can be so weird sometimes! Anyways, the game is fun! Yay!!!!!

Thanks for reading! I should be able to post another one tomorrow, so be on the lookout!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

Tangent Time V12: The Strange Case of Dr. Pepper and Mr. Hoax

Its been such a long time!! Sorry, I haven’t posted anything in awhile. I have been working a lot and, of course, been wrapped up in graduation celebration stuff. Anyways, I am very happy to be back and posting.

A little while ago, a rumor began circulating the internet that Dr. Pepper had sold its 23 flavor recipe of goodness to Coca-Cola. The rumor then said that Coca-Cola would be halting production of the drink in the summer of this year.

You know what’s odd? I really like Dr. Pepper, but I never heard anyone mention this. It wasn’t until I was at a graduation party that a friend of mine alerted me to, what I thought at the time was, an “impending doom”. Okay, really he was just like, “Hey, did you hear that Dr. Pepper is shutting down?” I was like, “Uhhh no?” I looked into it later and I found that there indeed was a message about Dr. Pepper shutting down.

However, the entire issue turned out to be a hoax with several websites quickly shooting down the rumor as well as Dr. Pepper’s PR department releasing a tweet reassuring everyone that the drink wasn’t going anywhere.

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Thank goodness!!

To this day, no one is sure who started this hoax. It appears that it wasn’t confined to one social media site, but spread throughout many of them, including Facebook and Twitter. But the important element of this story is that, for now, Dr. Pepper is here to stay.

Much gratitude for those of you who “clicked-in” for today’s Tangent Time. I hope you found this of interest. Be sure to let me know if you like Dr. Pepper!!! That is it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

Tangent Time V11: Graduation

Yeah yeah yeah!!!! I did it! I have officially graduated! Okay, well…I’ve had my college graduation ceremony, but not my high schools so yeah. I somehow managed to graduate from college first, then high school. Odd indeed.


It has been a long and hard road, but I have finally reached the end of my journey through high school. I started back in 2012 with homeschooling which is what I had been doing since the first grade. My years before my freshmen were pretty good, within schooling at least, but it was like when I reached 9th grade I just stopped trying in school. This was mainly due to the fact that I didn’t have any really demanding deadlines. I mean I did have some, but usually, if I couldn’t figure something out relatively fast, I just didn’t do it at all.

However, when I enrolled in a community college for the beginning of my Sophomore year, everything changed. I began to care about the subjects I learned and I tried harder than ever before to succeed. After completing two classes my Sophomore year, I took a break and returned for my Junior year and enrolled full time.

That year and the years that followed were extremely challenging. But by the grace of God I made it…finally. Yes, there may have been a mental breakdown or two, but I still finished the race with a strong stride. I also met a lot of great people who made my time at this college very memorable, and while many of us will never see each other again, it was still so much fun to share in the experience together.

If you are having a tough time with school or you just want it to be over with, rest assured that it will end before you know it. I still am in shock that I am done with high school. Another point you should be aware of is that once you complete this time in high school or wherever you are, it is over. Enjoy it while you can. I regret not taking advantage of opportunities that came my way while I was in high school. Those times are gone now and I will never get them back.

So enjoy the ride, study hard, meet new people, and praise the Lord through all of it. That is it! Way to go graduates of 2016! We did it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

Tangent Time V10: Update

Hello everyone. I have recently started a new job so I will have to adjust to the new hours before I start posting again. I meant to post something this past Friday, but I completely forgot because I was exhausted from the new job. Hopefully throughout the week I’ll be able to find some time to upload a story or something along those lines.

Anyways, I just wanted to let everyone know what is happening. I am not giving up on blogging, I’m simply having to make some adjustments so I can continue to do it. If I have some time, I may make a continuation to this post later in the week as well as the blog that appears on the weekends.

Thank you for being understanding and once again I’m not quitting, just making some adjustments!!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

Tangent Time V9: Phinehas

Hey guys! So I found a very cool band recently. Now, I probably should say this right off of the bat, they are a metal core band. So that means crazy, heavy guitar, drums and bass and yes, of course, screaming. But don’t let that deter you away from reading this. Because this band, called Phinehas has something very big to say through what some people would call “incessant noise”.

So this Phinehas started back in 2001 in California. The band underwent many lineup changes before settling on¬†Sean McCulloch (vocals), Jason Combs (guitars), Ryan Estrada (bass) and Lee Humerian (drums). It wasn’t until these musicians got a hold of the band that it started to actually go somewhere.

In 2009, the band released their self-titled EP. They went on a very short tour in support of the album before initiating work on their first full length album entitled thegodmachine. This definitely gained the band some praise and began moving things forward for new material to be written.

In early 2013, Phinehas released the Bridge Between.  This was just a short album that included some previous tracks the band had made that were either remastered or done acoustically by the band. But later in 2013, the band released The Last Word is Yours to Speak. This is the first album by them that I heard and it is an amazing album! I was at the alive festival when a vendor recommended this album to me saying that it was one of his favorites. I gave it a shot and I am so happy I did.

In the past year, the band hasn’t slowed down. They released their Till the End¬†in the summer of 2015. I will admit, at first I wasn’t liking the sound the band chose for this album. Until I realized I couldn’t stop listening to it. Just when I thought the musicianship and songwriting couldn’t get any better, this band surprised me!

Now, songs that have stuck out to me lyrically are very hard to narrow down. There is simply so much content in each song that it is very hard to choose. But for an example, I’ve chosen the song “The Deepest of Graves”. The chorus of this song is:

Somewhere between bearing my shame
and wearing my pain
You still find it in you to love me
for who I am I never cease to fail you
But you still love me past my debt

You sow life in the deepest of graves

(For miles) I see no end to your flowing grace
You sow life in the deepest of graves

Another song would be “Dyson Sphere.” Where he says:

I am who contains the universe
who makes the ocean floor a road
I am who cranes the stars in place
I am who your mind cannot encase
Can you even think of me without reducing me?

¬†If you haven’t realized, all of these are pointed at God. A lot of people think that you can’t use metal and harsh vocals to talk about God or use them as an avenue to witness. To a certain extent that might be true, but at the same time it isn’t. You cannot limit God to a musical style or type of vocals if you believe He truly is that powerful. But that aside, if you like metal, you should really listen to this band. The musicianship is incredible and the lyrics are powerful even if they are sometimes hard to understand.

That is it guys! Be sure to like the post, comment if you want, and follow if need be. Thanks!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

Tangent Time V8: Terrible Movies

What’s up, guys! I hope everyone is having a good day. It’s Monday…that means there’s an entire week ahead. But let’s get to this weeks Tangent Time.

Yesterday, my best friend had a birthday party. So, being the fantastic friend that I am, I quickly ran into Walmart, about an hour before his party, and picked up two movies from the $3 DVD bin. As I was digging through years and years of cheap movies, (some of them good,most of them bad) I came across The Happening with Mark Wahlberg. I had never heard of it, but what I could tell immediately was that M. Night Shyamalan had directed the film. Oh boy! It has always been a mixed bag with him. But I decided to give the film a shot and buy it for my best friend. I also bought The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger, a film I had seen and really liked. Just a contingency plan of course.

After my friends’ party was over, we sat down to watch The Happening. From the very start of the film, aka. the menu screen, I had a bad feeling. I am one of those people that can make fairly good judgement calls based on a film’s box art, the studio’s involved, and yes, even the menu screen. This one was very basic, the snippets of the film playing in the menu, looked blurry and very low quality which did nothing to raise my hopes for this movie. Once we watched it, occasionally laughing at the terrible dialogue this movie had in it, we both agreed that it was pretty bad. Even Mark Wahlberg’s acting was not very good.

This got me thinking: What are the top 3 worst movies I have ever seen? I’m limiting this to three because I usually do my best to forget about terrible movies, therefore, I have the worst time recalling them.

wrath_of_the_titans_poster3: Wrath of the Titans: This film had a big budget, pretty cool special effects, and a lot of hype behind when the trailer was released. My mom actually bought this film for my birthday several years ago and I was pretty excited. My friend and I (same friend as before) watched this film and were enraged at the way it tried to do Greek Mythology. Meaning that it was completely false most of the time. Oh! We were also in stitches for a lot of the film. Parts were so hilariously dumb, like a guy who can get thrown through granite column after granite column and still be perfectly fine, that we had to stop the movie because we were laughing so hard. For your information, it wasn’t meant to be funny. Don’t watch this!

0022113722: Legend of Cougar Canyon: Has anyone ever heard of this movie? Probably not. It was supposed to be about watching a cougar in its natural habitat, but also have a story and human characters alongside it. Think of movies like Lobo or Charlie: The Lonesome Cougar. However, this movie was so confusing. First of all, nothing ever happened. The cougar just randomly roared (roared? Screamed? Hissed? I have no idea) at other animals and walked around the countryside. The characters were supposed to be descendants of certain Native American tribes. But all the film did was scare me with depictions of skulls and a legend that some of them, when they died, were trapped on earth, so you could still here they’re screams in the canyons at night. All of this combined with the fact that nothing happened! Don’t watch this movie! Just don’t! My whole family loves westerns, but this one was the worst one out of all of them.

jhrQa74SRulO5WEr3J3GJabPlQp.jpg1: 500 MPH Storm: Oh man…I found this film on Netflix and my mom and I decided to watch it. It is a tradition of ours I suppose, to watch films that we know nothing about. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes it’s this. The film was supposed to be about catastrophes, but I think the filmmakers forgot that the movie was the catastrophe. In this film, you have terrible acting, overly rich, supposedly average American characters. I mean, the people are living in mansions for goodness sake! I’m supposed to believe that these people are underpaid?! They look like they’re doing just fine to me! Ridiculous storm sequences where the cars in front! of the main character’s car are being swept up into a massive tornado. Oh and to escape this they flee into a warehouse where the walls are glass paned panels! What?! The plot starts off just as the storm is starting, with people high-fiving and congratulating one another for completing a project that the viewer has no idea of and has never seen! What caused this storm?! You never find out! One last thing, there is a scene with a helicopter where it get’s thrown around by the storm. The sky is an apocalyptic red, fires are raging, and it looks like doomsday! So the chopper crashes with leading protagonist, or, at least, I think he’s the protagonist, and then he wakes up! Guess what?! The sky is blue! Birds are singing! The sun is shining and it looks as if it’s shaping up to be a beautiful day! What!!!!???? Dumb character’s and the worst acting I’ve ever seen make this movie a plague! DO NOT WATCH!

Alright, thanks for reading. Let me know what your worst experiences with movie’s are in the comments section. Thank you for the support and have a good week!

 

Tangent Time V6

What’s up, guys? It’s The Myriad here. I hope everyone is having a fantastic day. I’m on Spring Break so I am very happy. I still have some homework to do, but I don’t have to go to school and get more of it which is a plus.¬†As I was thinking about what to write this morning, I decided to look inward and bring you a more personal blog post. I hope you enjoy!

For those of you who don’t know, I am a senior in high school, but I am taking college classes full time. I was homeschooled for most of my life until my Junior year when I attended a community college full time. After about two years of hard work, it is starting to pay off as I will graduate with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts when I receive my high school diploma.

It has not been an easy road. I can remember my first time ever attending a college class. It was soooo¬†stressful. I got over it and I was able to adapt, but it took a lot of quieting my nerves to calm down and figure out how I was going to survive. Fast forward a year and a half, here I am, a senior. I’ve taken a total of sixty-four¬†college credits in subjects from Trigonometry to Pottery.

If I could say just three sentences to freshmen coming into high school it would be this:

Don’t wish for the times ahead to be over. There is always something worth living for. It’s only four years and four years is not a long time.

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I can testify and say this: I don’t think I followed these words. I spent much of my time in high school wrapped up in “pity parties” rather than enjoying the time I had. Looking back now from the other side of the fence, I can see that I was just a little selfish. The trouble now is not making the same mistake with the time in front of me. Because I am suddenly filled with melancholiness and the temptation to sit back and lament¬†over graduating is great. But I cannot do this. And none of you should either.

The bottom line is: Enjoy the times ahead, try new and different things, make new friends, oh! and get a job. Even if it is only one or two days a week, it will keep your life from getting stagnant as fast. I know because currently I don’t have one and I wish I did. Haha!

Check back this Friday for a new post. Be sure to like, comment, or follow the blog if you haven’t. Thank’s everyone! Have a great week!!!! That is it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

 

Tangent Time V5: Part 2 of The Growing Problem with Gaming on Youtube

Hey, everyone! So a friend of mine encouraged me to continue a post from last week’s Tangent Time. I agreed and I understand that I ended the blog rather abruptly and I also feel like I didn’t convey my thoughts that well. But without further delay, here is part 2.

Alright, last week we talked about how gaming video’s on Youtube, are generally filled with sexual innuendo, crude remarks, enough swear words to compare with The Wolf of Wall Street, and discussion about a lot of other things that I will leave to your imagination. ¬†Now, I understand why Youtuber’s do this. It is a lot of easy fun to joke at different physical parts of the body or spin out some joke with the F-bomb dropped in it. If this was every once and awhile I would not be writing this blog post. But it’s not! Instead, with most gaming video’s you hear a constant barrage of profanity and vulgarity. Most of it does not even have a place or a single thread of correlation to what is happening in the video. This is part of the problem.

Something to remember is that kids, pre-teen’s, teenagers, and young adults are the target audience. If this is the case, then how is all this affecting them? Well, truthfully, it may not affect them whatsoever. I mean that. It may have absolutely no consequences in their life. But for those who want better, who don’t want to hear the constant swearing or the talk about what pornography someone watched while viewing a cool idea that the maker of the video came up with in say Batman game for example, what are they left with? Maybe you are an adult and you say, “These kids should just go outside or do something more productive with their lives than just watching gaming video’s!” Okay. But that doesn’t respect someone else’s idea of recreation and it does not help the problem. The problem being, some people don’t want to constantly have to wade through all of the junk that populates these Youtube video’s and channels.

My last thought on this hasn’t changed. If you have the capabilities to make videos on games that have a lot of that “junk” stripped away, then I encourage you to make them. You might not get all of the views in the world. This is often because people want to see the person that is doing the loudest ranting and hating. But it might be a blessing in someone else’s life.

I do want to draw attention to someone who sort of already does this, and that is a Youtuber by the name of TotalBiscuit, also known as “The Cynical Brit”.CynicalFlag_5846He is from England, as you might have guessed from the picture above. Yes, he does still have some language in his video’s. Yes, he does have video series called “WTF Is” though I’ve never heard him actually say what that stands for. He always says, “WTF Is (certain game)”.

He may still have moments where he does talk about something unpleasant, but it is dramatically less than what most people inject into theirs. Something that TotalBiscuit does, if there is strong language in a video, he puts it on the thumbnail of the video. This lets people know, “Hey! Warning! Don’t watch this with your children!” It is a small step, but it is in the right direction.

Alright, guys! If you stuck with me until the end, good for you! I’m going to go and study now. Feel free to comment, follow the blog, or drop a like. It is very reassuring. Have a great day!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

Photography

Hey, everyone! It is The Myriad here and today I thought I would show you some cool photographs that I took during photography class last year. Just a heads up, I am going to be extending volume four of Tangent Time. So basically, it’s going to have a part 2! Check back on Monday for that. Anyways, here are the pictures!

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Inspired by Pink Floyd: “And you run to catch up with the sun…”

 

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A rock being dropped into a puddle at 1/2000ths of a second

 

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This was inspired by Henry Fox Talbot

 

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This has a rather odd depth of field, but it still looks cool

 

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An old Dodge pick-up truck

 

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Lens flares are the coolest thing ever. I guess it is more like a gradient flare then anything else. This was taken down in Florida

 

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This is a car going by. I used an open shutter time of four seconds while the camera was propped up on a mailbox

That is it! I figured maybe change it up a little with some pictures. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Check back on Monday for a new Tangent Time! Enjoy your weekend!

Sincerely,

 

The Myriad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tangent Time V4: The growing problem with gaming on Youtube.

It is The Myriad here. Oh boy! I have a stressful week ahead. Anyways, I wanted to share with you something rather interesting on this weeks’ Tangent Time.

So something about me: I love to play video games. Yup! I think that they are a lot of fun and for me personally I enjoy playing the many different varieties of games that there are.

But video games are not directly what I want to discuss. The problem is from websites or rather gaming channels set up on Youtube that popularize these games or simply play them for the enjoyment of the viewer. Because most of these Youtuber’s inject an insane amount of language and sexual material into their video’s.

Nowadays, in the world of gaming on Youtube, the F word is common use. I cannot even begin to count how many times I have heard this word along with the many other vulgar terms that were once so bad, no one would ever say them.

The level of sexuality is absolutely disgusting. Men and women referencing each other’s anatomy in a myriad of different ways are incredibly common.

The point is: people need to stand up and either demand entertainment that does not include so much of this stuff, or simply create their own content for other people’s enjoyment, without all of these things.

If parents wonder why their child is saying this or doing that. A logical question would be: what is my child watching? Why is he or she so fascinated with this one person or group in gaming?

A lot of people watch gaming video’s, so it is not just a fad or something that will go away in a year or two. I want you to think for yourself if you should watch this stuff and maybe some of you should even consider making your own gaming channel that does not include so much vulgarity.

That is it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad