Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gaming Tuesday- 2010 Wrap-up Edition

Gamerscore Last Week: 23775
Goal: 23850
Gamerscore Now: 23785

Achievements Unlocked

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Easy Rhino 10G

$ for HPA: 25.25(+3.10 this week)

Two weeks ago I presented my five nominees for Game of the Year, but I'm going to recognize some specific areas of gaming.

Most Addicting Game: Minecraft

Once you got into Minecraft there was no stopping you.

Best Arcade/Downloadable Game: Limbo

Limbo is just a great game to play through. A creepy side-scroller that is really very unique artistically, but sticks to the basics of its genre.

Best Narrative: Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar provided an amazing story in this set in probably the most impressive open world in any game to date.

Best Single Player: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

There's not much between Assassin's Creed and RDR in this category. Both present great stories and tons to do outside of the narrative. However in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood you can perform aerial assassinations and that never gets old.

Best Multiplayer: Call of Duty: Black Ops

There's no question about this one. It's still early, but Black Ops may just be the best Console multiplayer to date.

Best Character: John Marston, Red Dead Redemption

He's awesome and Britt5091 thinks he's hot.

Pasta's Game of the Year

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

After weighing all the options, it became clear to me that Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is the best game this year. Its tremendous single player along with a unique multiplayer make it the best gaming experience of 2010.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gaming Tuesday Update

Article- Activision Suing EA Over Call of Duty Scuffle

There weren't many things to discuss in Gaming Tuesday this and there won't be room next week for this. More is out about the Infinity Ward/Activision Spat. EA has been named the third party. In released evidence in the case, Jason West and Vince Zampella's alleged plans to "derail" Activision's Call of Duty series in collusion with Electronic Arts.

West and Zampella, former Infinity Ward executives, were in contact with EA executives and supposedly discussing their departure from Infinity Ward and Activision to create a new 'independent' development company. They are also alleged to have tried to withhold pay raises and benefits for IW employees, so that they would be more attracted to taking a job with their new company.

It's a poorly kept secret that the IW that existed prior to all this was not a fan of Activision allowing Treyarch to handle follow-ups in the Call of Duty series. It is Infinity Ward's baby. The new evidence also shows a text message exchange between Jason West and and IW employee, which seems to show the Infinity Ward intentionally put out a trailer for MW2 the same day as one for WaW DLC dropped.

Initially this seemed like it was just Activision being greedy by getting rid of West and Zampella. I thought they wanted to cut out the original IW employees after the ridiculous success of Modern Warfare 2 and replace them with puppets who wouldn't demand a bigger share of the revenue. However the more that comes out about this, the more I think the greed lies on the other side.

Thanks for reading and please comment.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gaming Tuesday- Extension

I'm giving myself an extension until next week for Gaming Tuesday. I haven't had much a chance or much of a will to play a lot of Video Games lately. Also there is virtually nothing coming out to discuss. There is one thing, but not much detail to go into.

The first DLC for Call of Duty Black Ops was announced earlier this week. It will be out on XBox live on February 1st and will not be on the other consoles until later*. It includes four new multiplayer maps, Stadium, Berlin Wall, Discovery, and Kowloon. Also there will be a new Zombie map called Ascension. Not much is known about these maps besides the things you can guess by their names.

That's about it in recent gaming news.

It'll be a much longer post next week as we look back on the year in gaming. Vote for your choice for Game of the Year and comment on last weeks post or else I'll have to decide all by my lonesome.

Thanks for reading.


Monday, December 20, 2010


I've been kind of neglecting this place. I mean to post more often, but nothing has really been worth posting about as of late. Also, I'm doing a rather ambitious reading project that is eating up a lot of time, but I suppose a quick update is in order.

I spent quite a few posts talking about finals and then my not so patient waiting for scores to be posted. Well, I did quite well on them. I got A's on all three of them. I however don't mean to rub it in your face if you didn't do so well. I always find it awkward when a teacher hands back a test and I've done considerably better than the people around me. Everyone likes to compare test grades and it just is strange. I'm also normally the first person done with tests, which is another awkward thing*. I was first to hand in my Math and Bio finals, but not in Mythology where I was not even close to being the first one, but I got 101/100 on it, so yay!

God, I sound so smug.

I got a D on a math test the day after this. I also failed Home Ec in middle school. Summer quarter I had to drop a class because it was too hard. I'm not good at any social interaction. I don't like Bananas. I'm allergic to fish.

That's better.

Today, I got my hair cut. That's another weird situation for me. I mean I never know what to say other than, "shorter." I'd really like to say, "do whatever the fuck you want." However, I don't think they would do anything, because they always tell me that they don't want to cut my hair off.

Arrogant and whiny. Exactly how I wanted to come off. Now I'm going to stop the metaphorical digging.

Thanks for reading


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gaming Tuesday

Gamerscore Last Week: 23725
Goal: 23800
Gamerscore Now: 23775

Achievements Unlocked

Forza Motorsport 3

Driver Level 50 50G

Goal: 23850
$ for HPA: 22.15(+1.20 this week)

Pasta's Game of the Year Nominees

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

This follow up to the very well received Assassin's Creed 2 had many fearing that this new installment in the series would be rushed and perhaps just a money grab by Ubisoft. However this game did not disappoint. The series returned with all the strength of Assassin's Creed 2 and built on it to make a better game.

The addition of multiplayer provides the gamer with something new and different, but where this game excels is clearly in the single player. A deep and detailed story, both in and to a less extent out of the animus, keeps the gamer engaged. Tons of things to do on the side as well as just goofing off by climbing buildings and assassinating unsuspecting guards provide many hours of gameplay outside of the story. Add to that a fun training mode,which also adds the element of competition with it's leaderboards.

Brotherhood was clearly one of the top games of 2010.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

No matter how you feel about Black Ops relative to the others, no one can argue that November 9th wasn't the biggest date in the gaming world this year. Sentiment had largely turned negative on its predecessor, Modern Warfare 2, and eyes turned to Treyarch to 'fix' the series. As the release date approached Treyarch was talking big and as more and more people got to play the game(both in the private beta and through pirating) their talk was being confirmed. The release of Black Ops set records surpassing Modern Warfare 2, which no one would have believed not too long ago. It was deserving.

The single player campaign was unique in some ways to any other in the Call of Duty. The playable character is actually defined as a character. There is no bouncing back and forth between story lines. While it is unique, it is still kind of ho-hum; it's another solid Call of Duty campaign with the same type of elements and gameplay.

The Multiplayer is the strength of Black Ops. It took fantastic strides to improve the multiplayer experience in Call of Duty. The game is balanced and frustrates the player as little as a Call of Duty game possibly can. Of course there's Zombies. That helps.


The surprise game this year was Minecraft. These other games, one could have predicted last year that they would be on lists similar to this. Minecraft largely came out of nowhere and sort of took over this summer. Thanks to Machinima's Seananners' promotion, this game filled a void when most gamers had grown tired of MW2, but little else was out there. It was the perfect game to fill the void.

A game with no story, no objectives and still in Alpha shouldn't be fun, but Minecraft was all of those and gamers fell in love with it. Elaborate structures were built, zombies and exploding penises were pwnd and many chickens were no-scoped.

NCAA Football 11

I know a lot of people won't like this. A sports game for Game of the Year? He's gone mad.

NCAA Football 11 is the first Football game in the era of the Next Gen consoles that has truly impressed me. Pretty much everything about this game was made better. The game play so much better than anything that came before. The menus have a nice interface. It is the first time that I can say the NCAA is decidedly better than Madden. NCAA Football 11 is perfect for what it is meant to be.

Red Dead Redemption

The tale of John Marston's path to redemption in the dying days of the old west, Red Dead Redemption was arguably the most ascetically pleasing game ever, but it didn't stop there. It featured an amazing plot set in a vast open-world environment. Aside from playing the story, the player could do everything, from hunting Grizzly Bears to playing some hands of high-stakes poker.

One could spend all of his or her time in the single player and probably not run out of things to do in Red Dead Redemption, but there was another aspect to this game. Multiplayer in Red Dead Redemption was fun, but it really lacked any sticking power. The best part of the multiplayer was the free-roam mode. One could run around in the single-player environment with other players and go and bust up gang-hideouts or just have shootouts in Armadillo. Of course, one antagonistic asshole could ruin the fun of that experience and unfortunately there were plenty of those around.

There was also, the Undead Nightmare DLC that came out in October. It added a few more hours of story and loads more to complete challenges and to just pwn some zombies. Did I mention it had zombies?

This game has been pulling in loads of hardware from far more legitimate sources than this and deservedly so.

Those are the nominees for my Game of the Year. I will announce the winner in the final Gaming Tuesday post of 2010 on December 28th. There will be a poll in the sidebar where you can vote on which one you think deserves to win*. Please do take the time to vote and perhaps leave a comment below this post to tell me your choice and why you feel that way. Those will definitely be factors in which game I choose.

You may think my mind is made up, but it is not. I'm actually quite torn between all these games.

Thanks for reading and please comment.

*The poll will close at midnight, Tuesday, December 28th

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pasta Salad Tackle Football

The Sports blog I have told you about in the past few posts is now public. From this point forward, I'm going to try to keep the two blogs exclusive to each other. I'm not going to talk about that blog here or this blog there.

So, if you're interested the sports discussions I used to have on this blog will now be on that blog. It will be entirely dedicated to those topics and I hope to make it more in-depth and up to date that I could ever keep it here.

So, officially introducing my brand-new blog:

Pasta Salad Tackle Football

Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Random Wednesday- Christmas{ish}

Finals are over! I took my last two finals today. I think both went pretty well. Now comes the period where I compulsively check Blackboard way too frequently to see if scores have been posted yet:

"Michael, it's 2 in the morning. She's not going to post the score tonight."

"Maybe she went out to a bar and will post when she gets home."

"It's Wednesday. She didn't go out and even if she did she wouldn't be grading papers there, now would she?"

"She could have gone to a special bar where all the teachers go to grade things."

"And where's that?"

"You know at that corner where those roads meet. Hold on let me check Blackboard again."

"Go to bed, Michael."

"In a minute, I need to check another class."

Anyway here are somethings that are sort of Christmas-like, but not exactly. They just remind me of this time of year.

Well, I need to go check Blackboard. Goodnight.

Thanks for reading.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gaming Tuesday

Gamerscore Last Week: 23620
Goal: 23700
Gamerscore Now: 23725

Achievements Unlocked

Forza Motorsport 3

Entrepreneur 10G
Driver Level 45 45G
Year 5 50G

Goal: 23800
$ for HPA: 20.95


As last week, there's not going to be much a post today. I'm studying for a mythology final and the breaks I'm taking are generally to do math problems to study for my Math final tomorrow.

Thanks for reading


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pushing it Back

I said in the last post that my brand new sports only blog with a super secret name would launch today. I'm afraid that I'm going to have to push that back. The new target Launch date is Friday, December 10th. I thought I would have more time to polish that site and come up with a good opening post, but this past week has been busy and stressful and I'm not even started with finals yet.

I've got my nose to the grindstone studying for Biology tomorrow and Mythology on Wednesday. I'm not sure if I'm going to find much time to study for my Math final. What really sucks is that I have actual work due tomorrow along with having to take the final in Bio; two papers and two labs.

Ok. Back to work. I'll leave you with an awesome song, "Black Santas" by Lauren Fairweather. I can't wait until I get my order from her and Matt's holiday sale.

Thanks for reading and please comment.


Thursday, December 2, 2010


I have decided that I need to make some changes around here. I've been thinking for a while about the things that I can do to make this blog a better place for anyone who reads it and for myself as the poster.

I talked in yesterday's post about how surprisingly significant of a day Monday ended up being. It's weird nothing changed IRL, but still I'm pretty heart broken about it. That day also got me thinking and I decided that I needed to make some changes with my own blog.

The first thing I've decided that I will no longer post about sports on this blog. It is an important part of my life. I'm an unabashed fan of sports, but I feel that the two sports posts a week clash with the rest of what I'm trying to do. Also, I don't really want to turn some one off, because I have two straight posts about sports. I also don't want someone to think this is exclusively about sports and then end up getting posts about my adoration of The Cookie Monster.

Don't fret if you are a fan of my sports posts. They aren't going away for good, I'm going to start another blog that is sports specific. I hope to have it it viewable by everyone on Sunday, December 5th. It will still be a work in progress, but I'm really liking the title I came up with*. I'd like to have other contributors to that blog. We'll have to see where that goes.

Obviously this means that Buckeye Sunday and Browns' Monday will no longer exist here. Gaming Tuesday and Random Wednesday will remain. Gaming doesn't exactly fit the mold either, but I feel like it is much closer than the frequent sports' posts.

I also have decided to end daily posts. I shouldn't have to make posts about how much I don't want to post. So, I'm going to end any feelings of obligation of having to post every day. I don't posting will ever become sparse on here, but I think fewer posts should improve quality. Also taking away those two theme posts with a template would make it that much more difficult to come up with something decent everyday.

I'm going to work to improve the interface as well. I want to try to make it a easier to find posts on certain topics. So, expect to see some new things and some construction projects around here. I'm not really proficient with HTML, but am trying to learn a few things.

Thanks for reading and please comment.

*You'll have to wait to see what it is. Although it may already be listed in my profile, but if it is, you can't see the blog yet. It is super exclusive ;)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Random Wednesday- 5AG

I've never been through a grown-up break up before. I think how I've been feeling since Kristina announced the de facto end of Five Awesome Girls on Monday is the way it would feel. It's weird how much of a ritual* their videos became in my daily life. It is probably pretty weird to think of it that way.

I'm a pretty cold** or stoic*** person, but I definitely got choked up at this announcement. In fact, I actually almost lost it when Kayley posted this just a little after the 5AG announcement. Monday really made me realize how much I identify with the community. So, it was definitely saddening to know that a big part of that was going away, but it also was nice to have that realization. 5AG was my introduction to a brand new world that I didn't even know existed a year ago. That is now a world that I can't imagine my life without. Nerdfighters are just awesome.

The 5AGs a probably one of the biggest reasons that this blog exists. Prior to this one, I had started several blogs that I just quit on. I got tired of posting things that I know no one would read. I wanted something that would gain me attention. The 5AGs and a few other influences made me realize that it shouldn't be about that. You shouldn't seek fame, but rather try to have fun through the mediums of the internet. If viewers come, then that's awesome, but it should still be about having fun for yourself. The only way ensure failure is to worry too much about mass appeal.

I don't want it to seem like I'm angry about this. I'm so very appreciative of 5AG. I don't think they could ever understand how much Five Awesome Girls has meant to me. It saddens me, but I can understand and respect their decision. It isn't really over anyway. The videos will still be there and it's not like Kristina, Lauren, Kayley, Hayley and Liane are going to drop off the face of the planet :)

Still, I can't help being a little heart-broken though. But of course today is still awesome.

Thanks for reading and please comment.

*Ritual is definitely the proper word
**If you are describing it as a character flaw
***If you are describing it as an attribute

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gaming Tuesday

Gamerscore Last Week: 23620
Goal: 23800
Gamerscore Now: 23620

No Achievements Unlocked

Goal: 23700
$ for HPA: 20.95(+9.00 this week)

The biggest gaming release this week was a Wii game, so there's not much news in the gaming world. The full assault that gave developers had on our wallets is over for the year. Add to that how much homework I have to do and there's not much I want to discuss about gaming. It will probably be the same next week.

Thanks for reading.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Browns' Monday- Finally a Team That Screws Up Worse Than the Browns Edition

Week 12- Panthers @ Browns

Cleveland 24
Carolina 23

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
Carolina TD: Mike Goodson rushed for 26 yards
Cleveland TD: Peyton Hillis rushed for 9 yards
Cleveland TD: Peyton Hillis rushed for 5 yards

2nd Quarter
Cleveland TD: Peyton Hillis rushed for 6 yards
Carolina FG: John Kasey 43 yards
Carolina FG: John Kasey 42 yards

3rd Quarter
Carolina TD: Captain Munnerlyn returned an interception 37 yards

4th Quarter
Carolina FG: John Kasey 43 yards
Cleveland FG: Phil Dawson 41 yards

Important Player Stats
Jake Delhomme: 24-35, 245 yards, 2 INTs

Peyton Hillis: 26 rush, 131 yards, 3 TDs, 6 receptions, 63 yards

Something we definitely learned yesterday is that the Carolina Panthers are not very good a football. The Browns did their very best to make sure Carolina would win in the 2nd half and they still couldn't quite back their way into the victory.

The game followed the typical pattern for a lot of the Browns' games this season with the edition of the Delhomme factor. Yesterday, as has been the case in many other games this season, Cleveland was pretty damn effective on offense in the first half, but went absolutely stagnant in the second half. The Delhomme factor added the, "I'm gonna throw it to the other team" that Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace were good at avoiding. It's weird that he can be such an impressive QB at times then he just starts throwing interceptions.

I was impressed with the defensive performance for the most part yesterday. That last drive they allowed was kind of embarrassing, but they managed to shut them out of the end zone for the entire game after the first drive. There are still some issues that improved personnel would address, but even with a bit of a talent deficit this defense is pretty damn good.

If there has been one thing us Cleveland fans have had to hand our hats on it's the Browns' Special Teams. The Special Teams have been the best in the league for years now and yesterday was no exception. The punting game was the most impressive yesterday. As much as I really like Dave Zastudil, his days as a Cleveland Brown are done. Reggie Hodges has secured the job.

It's nice to think that the Browns probably won't finish last in the division this year. I think the next 3 games are winnable. That would bring the record up to 7-7. Maybe just maybe they could split the last two and go .500. That's probably just wishful thinking, they're bound to blow a few games down the stretch.

Thanks for reading and please comment.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Buckeye Sunday

Ohio State 37
Michigan 7

Scoring Summary

2nd Quarter
Ohio State FG: Devin Barclay 34 yards
Ohio State TD: Terrelle Pryor passed to Dane Sanzenbacher for 7 yards
Michigan TD: Michael Shaw rushed for 1 yard
Ohio State TD: Jordan Hall returned kick-off 85 yards
Ohio State TD: Terrelle Pryor passed to DeVier Posey for 33 yards

3rd Quarter
Ohio State TD: Daniel Herron rushed for 32 yards
Ohio State FG: Devin Barclay 36 yards
Ohio State FG: Devin Barclay 23 yards

Important Player Stats
Terrelle Pryor: 18-27, 220 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Daniel Herron: 22 rushes, 175 yards, TD

My earliest memories of this game are generally of Ohio State losing to Michigan. Most of the time Ohio State had a superior team, but still would end up losing to the Wolverines. Except for in 1998 when the team had already blown their chance at the National Title, then the Buckeye's managed to win one against Michigan.

Now, it is slowly becoming almost ho-hum to beat Michigan. It's been 7 straight years and 9 of the past 10. I'm not complaining though. It's going to suck when Michigan finally breaks through again.

The game was very similar to the previous two against Michigan. Just general dominance of Ohio State. I don't think Michigan is to far off from being back to being competitive with Ohio State. Provided they don't get rid of Rodriguez.

Pryor had a really nice first half with the exception of his final pass of the half. He didn't really do much in the second half, because he didn't really have to/didn't get to.

The defense did pretty well. You can't really expect to always stop Michigan when Robinson is on the field, but the managed to hold up. Once Robinson was gone Michigan couldn't do a thing.

So, it's on to a bowl game for the Buckeyes. Not surprisingly Wisconsin is ahead of Ohio State in the BCS rankings, so the Badgers will be going to the Rose Bowl. Not to fret though, because Ohio State will be going to a BCS bowl game regardless. Most likely it will against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.

Pasta's Player of the Year Rankings

4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
1. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

Pasta's Top 5

5. Stanford
4. Wisconsin
3. TCU
2. Auburn
1. Oregon

I'm really wondering if Auburn is already secure in their position in the National Title game. I mean even if they lose next week, I think they may stay ahead of TCU. Or if Auburn would fall in the polls would Stanford or Wisconsin jump TCU.

I'm skipping the Basketball this week. The games where quite similar and against crappy opponents.

Thanks for reading and please comment.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

I'm Cheating

I haven't really had time to think about a blog post today. Now it's 11:30 and OU/OSU is going down and I'm desperate to have a post up by midnight. That being the case I turn to my old friend the survey. So, here's one I quickly found on a friends facebook. I would promise to never do this again, but I need to keep my emergency option open.

What time did you get up this morning? About 9

How do you like your steak? Medium Well

What was the last film you saw at the cinema? This will be sad, but I think it was Angels and Demons

What is your favorite TV show? Futurama

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I think the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle

Where would you visit if you had the chance? England

Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Empty

Where would you want to retire? Suburban Chicago

Bird Watcher? No

What did you want to be when you were little? Astronaut/Ghost Buster/President/NFL Superstar

From whom did you get your last email? My Sister

Like your job? It doesn't exist

What was your favorite vacation? Definitely going to Lollapaloza with my friend in 2008

Ever break someone’s heart or have your heart broken? No

So far what have you done today? Chilled with my best friend Pat. Watched OSU/Michigan, played video games and drove around our old stomping grounds.

Would you ever get a tattoo? No. I'm not a moralist about it, I just don't find them attractive.

What was the last thing you ate? Pizza

What would you do if you opened up your front door to a dead body? Inform the authorities

Do you like to spend time with people? That is very dependent on who is meant by 'people'

Are you a forgiving person? Yes

Do you want a relationship right now? Yes

What are you about to do? Bed time

Three feelings at the moment? I'm pretty content

Last movie you watched? I don't watch many movies and I can't think of the last movie I watched

Have you changed much this year? I think so

What does your most recent received text say? yo, just woke up. im gonna stay at my grandparents house for the game

Would you get back with your last ex if they asked you? No

On average, what do you cry most about? Certain songs

Who was the last person you had a phone conversation with for more than 2 hours? I don't know if I've every done that, but if I have it was with my sister

Is there someone you wish you were still close with? Yes

How many months until your birthday? Five

Any plans for tomorrow? Fakesgiving, Finish my paper for Mythology/read for Mythology and possibly study for my Math test on Monday

What is the last nonalcoholic beverage you had? Water

Thanks for reading.


Friday, November 26, 2010

One of us Is Insane

This is going to be a really short one.

I don't really want to deal with Black Friday. I mean, I'll pay more to avoid risking being trampled. I also really don't want to get up that early on a day where I don't have class. But, tons of people do that. I suppose it is a fitting to start to a commercial holiday.

I always look forward to Black Friday for the College Football. It's not what it used to be. It used to be really simple. Texas-Texas A & M then Nebraska-Colorado. Then one of them turned into a lop-sided rivalry and the other into an annual shit fest. Now, there are more games, which is a good thing. Bama and Auburn, Pitt and WVU, Oregon and Arizona and Boise State and Nevada*. It's a good day just sit back and watch the games and think about the people elbowing each other over some sale.

Thanks for reading.

*And a few other crap match-ups

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving too anyone who reads this blog. Scratch that. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

So, My family doesn't really do Thanksgiving anymore. There's no great story of resent and politics, we just don't. It's not a big deal and I'm not terribly upset about it, that's just the way we do it now.

Today, I actually did eat a lot of food, it just wasn't really that traditional. Mom made steaks and mashed potatoes for lunch. That was probably the biggest lunch, I've ever had. There were also rolls and honey butter. I fucking love honey butter. Seriously, I ate like 3 rolls at lunch and 5 rolls with my dinner just for the honey butter. I'm going to have a piece of cake once I've finished this post. Fuck it, I'm having it now and I'll finish this later...

Back. That was yummy. I think I'm done for the day now.

Thanksgiving is a tough day for someone like me who strives to be an angsty hipster ;) I mean why be thankful when no one understands me. Also, I need to pretend that I don't really care about anything. It's very important not to care. Just don't care too much about not caring.

Ok. Enough of that :)

In the style of the 5 Awesome Girls here is my 2 thanks and a lie.

I'm Thankful for honey butter
I'm Thankful for the baller people that are in my life
I'm Thankful for camping assholes in Call of Duty

Tell me which one is a lie :)

Thanks for reading and please comment.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Random Wednesday- International You Day

Someday, I'll actually put more into a Random Wednesday post again. To tide you over here's a random thought: Nothing is more annoying than having your pick fall into the sound hole*.

"International You Day" by No Use For A Name is song I've been particularly fond of lately. I can't believe I've never how much a sweet love song it is before recently. Punk Rock will do that to you, I guess. Check out the Acoustic version; I think it's amazing.

Thanks for reading.

*That's what she said

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gaming Tuesday


Gamerscore Last Week: 23130
Goal: 23350
Gamerscore Now: 23620

Achievements unlocked

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Brotherhood 20G
Your Wish is Granted 10G
Bang! 20G
Pincipessa in Another Castello 20G
Dust to Dust 20G
Fundraiser 20G
Forget Paris 20G
Splash! 20G
Home Improvement 20G
One-Man Wrecking Crew 20G
Bloody Sunday 20G
Vittoria Agli Assassini 20G
Requiescat In Pace 20G
A Knife to the Heart 50G
Plumber 20G
Spring Cleaning 10G
Deja Vu 20G
Tower Offense 20G
Amen 20G
Boom! 20G
Kaboom! 20G
Synchronization Established 10G
Fly Like an Eagle 10G
Show Off 20G
Perfectionist 20G

Goal for Next Week: 23800
$ for HPA: 11.95

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Review

The most noticeable thing about this game is how similar it is to Assassin's Creed 2. It even feels like just an expansion pack. There aren't even the typical "learning" missions where you are taught the special moves. If you haven't played Assassin's Creed 2, you probably will have some difficulty getting acclimated to this game(-1). That being said, the fact that it is so similar to Assassin's Creed to isn't a bad thing. Much like Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a beautiful game with an amazing plot and exciting gameplay(+20).

There are some subtle differences from Assassin's Creed 2 that do make Brotherhood a slightly better experience(+1). The combat system has not been entirely revamped, but it has changed. It is now very quick and offensive. You no longer will be stuck in long sword fights with guards, but will be able to take down enemies more quickly. That ability is counteracted by the fact that you have to face a lot more guards during battles in this game. Over all the combat system has been improved and some of the frustrating elements of prior games have been removed(+3).

Another new element is the introduction of Assassin recruits. Ezio now has trainees at his disposal to help him in battle and get rid of bothersome guards. As they help you and perform assassinations and fight beside you against hoards of guards, they will earn XP and will rank up, which allows you to improve their abilities. This is another cool feature introduced into Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and is another way to expedite combat sequences. It doesn't add something tremendous to the game, but it does improve the experience(+1.5)

The Story Mode is organized exactly like Assassin's Creed 2 was. You complete DNA sequences and there are tons of side missions. Again this isn't a drawback to the game. Assassin's Creed 2 was great and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is greater(+5).

The new Multiplayer mode is alright. It is not great, but it is certainly not awful either. It is definitely a brand new multiplayer experience(+2). It is all about stealth and blending in with the crowd. You are spawned into a map with other players and lots of NPCs that look like one of the user controlled characters. You are given a contract to assassinate another player and likely someone has a contract to take you out. It is most beneficial to remain hidden in the crowd to take out your target and protect you from your pursuer.

The multiplayer doesn't really allow you to do the things that make the single player so fun(-5). You can't sprint, you can't climb buildings. You have to try to make yourself look like an NPC and so running and climbing onto rooftops make you stick out. So, while the multiplayer is actually pretty fun(+2), it really seems to be lacking.

I think this game could have benefited from true Free-for-All and Team Deathmatch game modes. I really want to be able to sprint and climb around in Multiplayer. I would definitely love to see a multiplayer free-roam mode as well.

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

78.5 Nerd Points

The review system is explained here

Call of Duty: Black Ops' First Patch

So, the first patch is out and it actually addressed quite a few of the criticisms that I had of the multiplayer. The match-making system in both regular games and wager matches has been much improved. Nuke Town isn't in the rotation as much and more importantly they changed the voting system so that a lobby won't get stuck on that map. Also they patched footsteps, making Ninja a useful perk again.

The fact that Treyarch released a significant patch just one week into the release of a game makes me happy. Black Ops has really showed me just how awful Modern Warfare 2 was. It's like the transition from a crappy relationship to a good relationship. It not only makes you appreciate the good relationship so much more, but also makes you realize how shitty the old one was. I had always stuck up for Modern Warfare 2 when it got so much bashing, but now Black Ops has made me realize how terrible of a gaming experience MW2 was.

Seriously, I think I've been noob tubed 3 times since I've been playing this game. In fact explosive deaths have been pretty damn minimal. It is just so much better without all the bullshit that went along with MW2.

An Announcement of an Announcement about an Announcement

I will be announcing my nominees for Game of the Year on the December 14th* edition of Gaming Tuesday. I think if you have followed this blog, I may have tipped my hand as to which games will be nominated. If you have any thoughts about what you think should be game of the year let me know in the comments of this post.

Thanks for reading and please comment.

*There's something about that date ;)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Browns' Monday- Turnover -> 3 and Out Edition

Week 11- Browns @ Jaguars

Cleveland 20
Jacksonville 24

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
Jacksonville FG: Josh Scobee 47 yards

2nd Quarter
Cleveland TD: Colt McCoy pass to Peyton Hillis for 11 yards
Jacksonville TD: David Garrard pass to Mike Thomas for 5 yards

3rd Quarter
Cleveland TD: Abram Elam returned Jacksonville fumble for 18 yards
Cleveland FG: Phil Dawson 38 yards

4th Quarter
Jacksonville TD: David Garrard pass to Mercedes Lewis for 14 yards
Cleveland FG: Phil Dawson 41 yards
Jacksonville TD: Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 1 yard

Important Player Stats
Colt McCoy: 17-28, 241 yards, TD, INT

Peyton Hillis: 21 yards, 48 yards, 6 receptions, 95 yards, TD

5 straight turnovers by the defense. Three offensive points. That's just pathetic. The Browns' offense opened the 2nd half with 5 three and outs in row, 4 of which came off turnovers. The Browns win yesterday if the offense could just get first downs on two of those drives.

I mean the defense did as much as they could, but it was clear that they were dead tired late in the 2nd half. It was entirely due to the failures of the offense.

The game yesterday was just very frustrating.

McCoy played another solid game. He didn't do much in the 2nd half. That's not entirely his fault considering most of the times he passed in the 2nd half were 3rd and longs after two failed runs. The Browns need to find some decent receivers on the outside.

As a game it was reminiscent of the first two games of the season. It just doesn't make sense that Daboll has regressed, but the play-calling in the second half yesterday was tired and predictable, which is something he avoided in recent games.

I don't know what to think about this offseason. The record isn't good enough for Mangini to keep his job, but this team is already lacking talent and is injury depleted. They have been as impressive as I have ever seen a 3-7 team. This team shouldn't be as competitive as they are. So, I'm kind of leaning towards Mangini should keep his job.

Top Draft needs: WR, DE, ILB, DB

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Buckeye Sunday

Ohio State 20
Iowa 17

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
Iowa TD: Ricky Stanzi pass to Marvin McNutt for 19 yards

2nd Quarter
Ohio State FG: Devin Barclay 18 yards

3rd Quarter
Ohio State TD: Terrelle Pryor pass to Reid Fragel for 5 yards
Iowa FG: Michael Meyer 31 yards

4th Quarter
Iowa TD: Marcus Cocker rushed for 1 yard
Ohio State FG: Devin Barclay 48 yards
Ohio State TD: Daniel Herron rushed for 1 yard

Important Player Stats
Terrelle Pryor: 18-33, 195 yards, TD, 2 INTs, 15 rushes, 78 yards

Dane Sanzenbacher: 6 receptions, 102 yards

Daniel Herron: 20 rushes, 69 yards

Yesterday's performance was probably the most impressed I've been with an Ohio State team in a tough game since the 2005 Michigan game. It was by no means a perfect game and there was a lot of adversity on both sides of the ball, but they managed to tough it out in a difficult environment and get the win.

Terrelle Pryor made some mistakes yesterdays, but did a great job keeping his composure. The Ohio State receivers were dropping balls at a level I've only seen the Cleveland Browns at. He didn't get terribly frustrated and do something stupid, which is awesome. I also really like that he is finally running again. He seemed to be hesitant to run through the middle of the season, either due to injury or over-coaching, but yesterday on scrambles and designed runs he gained yards and kept the opposing defense honest. Since he is such an amazing athlete, he was able to use his legs not his arm to make the biggest play of the game.

The rushing attack definitely benefited from the reintroduction of designed runs for Pryor. Herron wasn't able to put up the big numbers he has been in previous games, but Pryor's numbers more than made up for it.

The defense played a solid game. The secondary had its moments, where you had to worry, but overall it was a good game. Iowa's running game was largely made ineffective. Most importantly, they came up with stops when it was most important. They were able to make Iowa go three and out and four and out in their final two possessions ensuring the Ohio State victory.

I think yesterday's game was the best so far by the Special Teams units. The kick off coverage team had no major lapses. The field-goal unit was finally successful at a long Field Goal attempt. The punting game is still lacking, but it didn't do anything to really mess up.


Yes it is Michigan week. The biggest rivalry in college football. It has finally been pushed till after thanksgiving to somewhat reduce the ridiculous wait that Big 10 teams have until BCS bowl games. No matter how good or bad either team is, this is always a big deal.

Michigan is really simple to explain. Pretty Damn impressive offensively with a high school level defense. It's like this, if you can stop Michigan's offense once, they're fucked, because their defense can't stop anybody, ever.

Ohio State 65
Michigan 24

Pasta's Player of the Year Rankings

4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
1. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

Note: The winner is not announced until the end of the Bowl season
Pasta's Top 5

5. Wisconsin
4. TCU
3. Auburn
2. Boise State
1. Oregon

I think Auburn is going to lose to Alabama. My current theory is that Auburn would fall(to 6 or 7) and TCU would move up to #2. Then if Auburn wins the SEC championship, the voters will move them right back up to number 2, because of the entitlement the voters have given the SEC*.

Ohio State 93
Florida 75

Player Stats

Jared Sullinger 26 points, 10 rebounds

David Lighty 26 points

William Buford 16 points, 8 assists

Ohio State 81
UNC-Wilmington 41

Stat: Every healthy player on the Ohio State roster played at least 13 minutes

It was tight for most of the game, but Ohio State took over in the later parts of the 2nd half to rout Florida on their home court. Florida was ranked 9th at the time, but they are overrated. They got that ranking almost entirely on all the starters they returned, but the problem is that those starters aren't very good. So, this victory looks nice now, I don't think it will much matter come selection time in March. Considering that this is without question the toughest out of conference games this year, it may be tough to get a higher seed without a very impressive Big 10 resume.

Jared Sullinger is very impressive. Just three games in and I feel fairly comfortable saying that he is by far the best front court player I've seen at Ohio State.

Something completely different about the Florida game I want to address is the decision by ESPN to cut away from the Ohio State game to go the UConn women's game. Yes, the Ohio State game had gotten out of hand, but damn it I want to watch the Buckeyes not some women's basketball that I do not give a damn about. It's not even like the Women's game would be hard to find if someone really wanted to watch it. It was on fucking ESPN 2! Also, you can't tell me that ESPN isn't able to make sure viewers in Columbus, Ohio can still watch the Ohio State game.

*A Blog First* ESPN, you're on notice.

Yea, UNC-Wilmington was totally outmatched. That's really all that can be said about that game. Holding any team to 41 points does make me one happy dude though, because nothing makes me happier the great defense in Basketball.

Question for today, How would you like me to organize the Basketball portion of Buckeye Sunday? Do you want the scores and stats for all games that week and then a discussions? Or perhaps have each game taken individually? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading and please comment.

*See LSU in 2007

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Black Ops Stats

I'm seriously lacking inspiration or even ideas for posts. I don't know. I'm normally able to come up with something to write about that make a decently long and coherent post. The past two days that has not been the case. I look forward to the next few days where I've provided myself a post theme and template already.

So in a desperate attempt to provide you all with something, here are my Black Ops multiplayer stats:

Time Played: 13 hours 35 minutes
Wins: 43
Losses: 56
Ratio: .77
Best Streak: 2(there is no way that is accurate)

Kills: 1434
Deaths 1386
K/D ratio: 1.03
Assists: 102
Accuracy: 18%
Headshots: 77
Best Killstreak: 9

That's something that is very cool about Black Ops. I could go into greater detail with numbers, because of how in depth the "Combat Record" feature is.

Also, I changed the design of my emblem this evening from what it had been to something new. I now have the Cookie Monster as my emblem. That is the most baller shit around.

Thanks for reading.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Offensive to My Eyes

Boise State is wearing orange unis on their blue field. As a general rule, Orange uniforms are ugly. Put them on a blue field and it equals seizure.

What else? ALL CAPS. Seriously, I get that you're trying to convey that you're excited/angry/happy/loud. Trying typing what you want to say normally then press Shift+1.

End of bitching session.

Today, I woke up, went to class, and played video games afterward. That' s pretty damn typical for me.

This is bad, I expected something better to come me, but it just isn't.

So, that's it.

Thanks for reading.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

The New Trend

I've fallen into the habit of waiting until the evening(that's being generous) to start posts. Initially, I didn't post like this. If you look at my earlier posts, you'll see loads that were posted in the morning. You'll see posts in a strange abundance posted at precisely 9:00 am. That isn't coincidence, those are posts that I completed the night before or earlier. In fact, I used to try to keep at least one finished blog saved as a draft in case I would became to busy to post on a particular day. I'm never actually busy in the real world.

So, lately, I've been posting much later. I mean there are certainly legitimate reasons for this. This quarter is heavy with school work. My school schedule also, has largely prevented me from posting earlier in the day during the week. Still, it is mostly a habit I've fallen into. I've started pushing the blog further back in the day, because once I'd done it a few times, I knew I could do it and get away* with it. I don't have any finished posts saved as drafts, and I haven't really worked on/finished any posts the night before in a while.

I would like to say that there was a point to that, but there just isn't.

Today, I woke up at 6:30 for Bio lab at 8 and didn't feel much like going, so I didn't. I had this lab circled in my head as one I would skip, if I was going to skip any. Backtracking a bit, there are 10 labs in this class and the professor drops the lowest grade, so getting a zero on this lab doesn't matter because it will go away. So, this was the final lab period with only a single lab to do in it. Also, lab periods suck slightly harder than regular classes and skipping this week has made it so I'll be without having to do a lab for 3 weeks**.

So, I didn't get back to sleep until about 8 and slept until around 11. I basically played video games all day. So, I don't really have any good stories***. There was this kid on Jeopardy who was an idiot and ended up with -6,000. That was pretty funny.

I've got to do some reading for Mythology class tomorrow. And really this post should just stop now.

Thanks for reading and please comment.

*I don't know who exactly is enforcing these rules, but...
**Last week was Veterans Day, this week I skipped, and next week is Thanksgiving
***I never have good stories

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gaming Tuesday


Gamerscore Last Week: 22665
Goal: 22800
Gamerscore Now: 23130

Achievements unlocked

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Some wounds never heal 10G
Up close and personal 15G
Never get of the boat 15G
Clarity 10G
Stand Down 35G
Just ask me nicely 15G
Eaten by a Grue 15G
"Insert Coin" 5G
In The Money 20G
Death to Dictators 15G
Unconventional Warfare 15G
Ready For Deployment 15G
Cold Warrior 25G
The Dragon Within 15G
Down and Dirty 25G

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Technical Difficulties 10G
Battle Wounds 20G
Sanctuary! Sanctuary 20G
Serial Killer 20G
Mailer Daemon 20G
Golden Boy 20G
Rome in Ruins 20G
Undertaker 2.0 20G
Gladiator 20G
Perfect Recall 30G
Fixer-Upper 20G

Goal for Next Week: 23350
$ for HPA: 11.95

I don't think I've had that many achievements listed in blog yet. Hooray for me ;)

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood First Impressions

Well my first real thought about this game is that it is an Assassin's Creed 2 clone. It is almost entirely the same game play mechanics and while the plot is 'different,' it is still very familiar to the Assassin's Creed games. I don't think that's a bad thing though. I loved AC 2. I even loved the original Assassin's Creed even though a lot of people got bored with it pretty quickly.

Something that is new is the ability to play as Desmond as much as you like. During a memory, you can quit out of the Animus and have a modern-day, playable Desmond. You can talk to Lucy and the others, check your email and wander around in the town you've fled to. There isn't much point to it though, but it is something to do. There are supposed to be artifacts you can find wandering around, but I had no luck in my trip outside.

If Desmond and Lucy aren't fucking by the end of this game, I think I may have to quit the series forever ;)

Black Ops Review

I couldn't decide whether or not to have an arbitrary rating system for this or not. I mean so many points out of ten or thumbs up or stars are so subjective. A 9/10 for me could be totally different than a 9/10 for you. Or the score can vary by day depending on my mood, what specifics I'm looking at that day, etc. Still arbitrary rating can kind of make it more concise. Whether than just having a review that say's this is what I liked and what I didn't like, ratings give some weight to it.

Ok, so what I have decided to do is a rating system of Nerd points. Every time I do a review, the game will start with 50 Nerd points. I will then add or subtract from that total based on the attributes I discuss. I will add or subtract .5-5 points for attributes of significance. If something about a game is gamebreaking or really fucking awesome, I will go above my 5 point limit. These changes will be detonated like this:

In Modern Warfare 2, explosives are far to common and effective in Multiplayer[-5]

Ok. Are we clear?

So, here for the first test of this system is Call of Duty: Black Ops:

Single Player

The Single Player campaign in Call of Duty Black Ops in large part takes after it's CoD predecessors made by Infinity Ward. Certain plots elements definitely reminded me of both Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2[+1]. For example, the third level in Black Ops, "Executive Order" is very similar to "No Fighting in the War Room" in Call of Duty 4.

The plot is way more over the top ridiculous than even Modern Warfare 2[-.5]. It's still quite fun and interesting to play through[+4]. The story, unlike previous Call of Dutys , is very character centered. In the other games there often wasn't even a character model for the player's character, but in Black Ops it is all about the player's character, his history, what he knows, and his mental state. It is really just a different means to the same end though, albeit adding a new dimension to the series[+.5]

Veteran Difficulty will be as difficult if not more so than in World at War[-3]. I just find that kind of disheartening. I mean Treyarch did get rid of the Grenade spamming[+1], but seem to have replaced with amazingly accurate blind-firing enemies[-1].

Zombies is back and better[+5]. The mode you unlock after beating the campaign is so awesome. The first map you get is cool too. Plus an arcade version of Zombies, which can be easily unlocked without even playing the game.


Multiplayer in Black Ops has definitely impressed me so far. It seems pretty well balanced[+4]. I've yet to see any major issues or exploits[+3].

Explosives are not really that useful in this game. I've yet to be killed by or even heard of Grenade Launcher[+5]. Explosives are no longer replaced by Scavenger, so no more claymore spamming[+1].

Wager Matches are fucking awesome[+4]. The match making system for them is totally broken though[-2]. It takes forever to get into a game, then once you've finally gotten one, you only can play one game before somebody backs out, which leaves you trapped in a lobby with only 5 players. Eventually, people get tired of waiting for another player and the whole process starts over again.

I have seen a few minor things that concern me in multiplayer. *And out comes Negative Nancy*

The RC car is annoying on many levels[-3]. Having a lethal killstreak at 3 kills(or two with Hardline) isn't really cool with me. Having those thing buzzing around my feet, knowing that someone didn't even have to do all that much to get it kind of sucks. But that's not even the most annoying part about it to me. It's the fact that so many people equip it over the Spy Plane. Having teams with the RC car just sucks. The Spy Plane is so much more useful than that damn car.

All the equipment is designed to promote camping[-1]. I mean all of it and one doesn't even have to give up Grenades to use it. I haven't really run into too many people hiding with their cameras or motion sensors yet, but it still concerns me.

The last of my real concerns is that virtually no matter what game type you are playing, if Nuke Town pops up, you're stuck playing it for a while[-1]. I actually really like the map[+.5], but I don't want to be stuck playing every match on it. It sucks having to leave a lobby with good players, because you're stuck on Nuke Town.

Just overall, the multiplayer has really impressed me[+15]. It's kind of hard to quantify without rambling, so I'll it at that. It's like getting out of bad relationship and then getting into an awesome one. It allows you to appreciate how awesome the new one is and also see horrible the old one was.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

82.5 Nerd Points


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Monday, November 15, 2010

Browns' Monday- Butterfingers Edition

Week 10- Jets @ Browns

Cleveland 20
New York 26

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
Cleveland FG: Phil Dawson 34 yards
New York FG: Nick Folk 27 yards
Cleveland TD: Peyton Hills rushed for 12 yards

2nd Quarter
New York TD: Mark Sanchez pass to Jericho Cotchery for 25 yards
Cleveland FG: Phil Dawson 23 yards
New York TD: Mark Sanchez rushed for 1 yard

4th Quarter
New York FG: Nick Folk 25 yards
Cleveland TD: Colt McCoy pass to Mohamed Massaquoi for 3 yards

New York TD: Mark Sanchez pass to Santonio Holmes for 37 yards

Important Player Stats

Colt McCoy 18-31, 205 yards, TD

Peyton Hillis 19 rushes, 82 yards, TD

That was a heart-breaking loss. There's not a lot to be said about it other than that.

Colt McCoy played another solid game. He didn't turn the ball over yet again. He also did something that it feels like ages since it has been done for Browns. He led a late game drive to tie the Jets and force Overtime.

It was looking good in overtime. Colt McCoy completed a nice pass to Stuckey, who proceeded to make some nice moves and got the ball into the edges of field goal range. Why are the players acting weird? It's almost like there's a fumble. Oh shit, Stuckey lost the damn ball. Well, Robo got on top of it right? No. Well then the Jet's players stepped out before recovering, so they weren't allowed to touch the ball? No. But, but, but...

The defense played very well. I mean they got three stops in overtime, which is impressive in the NFL. They even made sure that the turnover in OT didn't lead to anything. The offense was non-existent for the Browns in the second half as well and the defense was able to hold and give McCoy a chance to drive down the field late.

The key play as I see it, is that 2nd and 10 late in the overtime in which Shaun Rogers had Sanchez sacked, but let him escape and complete a pass to Dustin Keller. That was really killer. Almost as much as the fumble by Stuckey. Had he been able to make that sack it would have been 3rd and very long for the Jets at their own five yard line. That would have been nearly impossible for them to convert. Allowing Sanchez to get away, flipped filed position and made it so the Browns were pinned deep to start their final drive, which made doing anything very difficult. It also allowed the Jets to get the ball back in great field position and few missed tackles later; Game Over.

At least, it doesn't look like Cribbs is too badly hurt. Hopefully, he'll be able to practice and play this week.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Buckeye Sunday

Ohio State 38
Penn State 14

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
Ohio State FG: Devin Barclay 26 yards
Penn State TD: Matthew McGloin pass to Justin Brown for 23 yards

2nd Quarter
Penn State TD: Matthew McGloin pass to Derek Moye for 6 yards

3rd Quarter
Ohio State TD: Daniel Herron rushed for 5 yards
Ohio State TD: Devon Torrence returned an interception 33 yards

4th Quarter
Ohio State TD: Terrelle Pryor passed to Dane Sanzenbacher for 58 yards
Ohio State TD: Travis Howard returned an interception 29 yards
Ohio State TD: Terrelle Pryor passed to Jake Stoneburner for 3 yards

Important Player Stats

Terrelle Pryor: 8-13, 138 yards, 2 TDs, INT

Daniel Herron: 21 rushes, 190 yards, TD

I couldn't tell whether Ohio State just didn't care in the first half or if they were really that bad, but in the second half they made Penn State look terrible.

Terrelle Pryor wasn't all that impressive yesterday. Virtually all his passing yards came on just two throws. At least he is finally running the ball again.

Matthew McGloin proved that he is still someone who walked on in the Second Half. Playing against Ohio State's defense when they are actually trying made him look bad.

Herron went straight beast-mode.

Yea, I feel like I should be able to offer more insight, but really there wasn't a whole lot to yesterday's game.

Ohio State 27
Iowa 25

Pasta's Player of the Year Rankings

4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
1. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

Note: Given recent circumstance I feel I should address eligibility requirements for this 'award.' To be considered my Player of the Year one must be eligible to play in the NCAA. If a player is to be given that award and is found to have been ineligible post-fact, the award will be vacated and no one else can be credited with that award.

Pasta's Top 5

5. Wisconsin
4. TCU
3. Auburn
2. Boise State
1. Oregon


1st 2nd
Ohio State 102 52 50
North Carolina A & T 61 25 36

Player Stats

Jared Sullinger 19 points, 14 rebounds

Deshaun Thomas 24 points, 8 rebounds

Dallas Lauderdale 12 points, 13 rebounds, 8 blocks


For the first time in the Blog's brief history, Ohio State Men's Basketball.

The Buckeyes opened this season on Friday night against North Carolina A & T. A new season with four starters returning and a whole lot of Freshman.

Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft each played well in their first collegiate playing time. They probably outplayed the returning starters. Of course, we'll have to wait for better opposition to find much out about this team.

The starting line-up lacks a true point guard again this year and that is a major area of concern. I hope Craft will be able to step up and take that role.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Malware Issues

I'm having some issues with my normal CPU. There is some pervasive malware, but it isn't destructive. It basically prevents you from running basically any executions. Anytime you try to run anything a message will pop up that says, "*name*.exe is infected. Do you want to activate antivirus software now? It serves two purposes that I can figure: 1) to get idiots to pay them and 2)make it nearly impossible to remove it through normal means. Seriously, it makes it almost impossible to open even the Windows' processes.

At the moment, I have it running a malware removal tool in Safe Mode. That should do it. It's just annoying, because you have to run a full scan to get rid of it, which takes nearly two hours.

I'm to the point now where I almost have to install Firefox on any computer I use. Internet Explorer just sucks so bad.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Oh Shit

It is 11:42 PM and I just realized that I haven't posted anything yet today. So here's what you get in 18 minutes or less.

Today I went to Mythology. We discussed Alcestis. I'm behind in the reading, though, so I have generally just been sitting there quietly this week. I think I've had pretty good reason this week to not keep up to date with it though. Awesome real world stuff totally trumps Week 7 of the quarter stuff.

I have spent most of today, like yesterday, playing Black Ops. Its very good. I started on Veteran and I can already tell that my suspicions have been confirmed; it's going to be fucking super hard. I have been playing mostly multiplayer, though. I'm up to level 25. I've been doing surprisingly well(for me) in most matches. Also the new Wager Matches are so much fun, but the match making for them is totally fucked. I hope it gets better.

I've been getting some random songs stuck in my head today Three in particular, that all totally different.

Ohio State played their first Basketball game tonight and they beat the shit out of Hapless State*. I got to watch it thanks to XBox live being connected with ESPN 3 now. That is totally worth the annoying new Dashboard.

God, I have used the word totally way too much in this post.

You should go read yesterday's post. It was much better.

Thanks for reading and please comment.

*North Carolina A&T

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Armistice Day

I do have a bit of a obsession with World War One. It is quite the morbid obsession to have. I just find it fascinating. It's hard to wrap my head around it and I like that. It was such a stupid and unnecessary war, but it is one of the most significant wars that mankind has ever fought.

In every history class that I took in K-12, which covered World War One, the war was largely glazed over. It was more about the Americans showing up and the War ended shortly after. I mean Trench Warfare and such was mentioned, but never really delved into. Nor were the true causes of the War. I mean Archduke Ferdinand's assassination gets a lot of credit for starting the war, but really it only slightly hastened it's arrival. Germany and France were going to go to war and that would draw in Russia, and England and the French side and Austria on the German side.

In turn of the Century Europe, massive military buildups were undertaken by every European power. Germany was only thirty years old and had pissed a bunch of people off to gain its independence. The German's felt disrespected by the older Monarchies and was itching for a fight. In the European military academies, the idea of the offensive was deep and pervasive.

What was lost in all of this was that the military technology had improved greatly since the last war in Europe in 1870. While it really made its debut in the Russo-Japanese War, no one would really know the power of machine guns, artillery, aircraft, tanks, etc until August of 1914.

Shortly after the war began the ideas that were coming out the military academies were proving to be very wrong. Still Generals on both sides held onto the idea of the offensive war. The orders were sent out and thousands and thousands of young men were killed needlessly. In response to the amazing power of the new technology was to dig and hold defensive positions, which Machine Guns made easy.

World War One basically turned into a fight for holes in the ground in Belgium. There would be great battles and thousands of men would die just to trade trenches. It quickly became a war of attrition and that was the real help of the Americans. When the U.S. joined the Entente, it provided the French, and English another bank account and armory to wear down the Germans. Also the American soldiers brought the biggest pandemic of the modern era to Europe. That's a big thing the Americans did.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the War stopped. They kept fighting right to that very point. Prideful Generals didn't hold back in the last days and thousands and thousands of more men were killed for no good reason.

A peace treaty was signed, that basically even more fucked a bankrupt Germany. There is a lot that can be said about the Treaty of Versailles. I think all of it can be summed up like this. The Treaty of Versailles ensured that there would be another war. There's a lot in that, but it all comes down to that.

World War One's effect on World War Two in the European theater is perhaps the most significant effect on the war. World War One was a bloody war of position. In opposition, World War Two was a bloody war of movement. In WWII the Germans, while on the aggressive, moved fast. When the allies were on the offensive, they kept moving. Neither side every really dug in with a few exceptions.

One thing that we can say about World War One, is that at least it didn't really involve civilians. It did, but relative to the total warfare of WWII it was very small.

In World War Two, the armies didn't even bother with trying to prevent civilian casualties. It's strange to me that while the sides of right and wrong are so clear in WWII, but the military tactics were just as wrong as the axis. Whereas in World War One, which side was right is very muddled, but the military tactics were actually largely right.

So, on this day that was originally to remember the end of the what was to be final war of mankind, we should remember the lessons of that war. I think the most important lesson we can take is that war is stupid and mankind should just stop it. There should be no need for faulty offensive or defensive military doctrines. Mankind should be able to look at the incredible loss of life in World War One for no good reason and realize that we should never, ever do that again.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Why I Didn't Post Yesterday 2

Wizard Rock

Yesterday, it was two things. The first being Call of Duty: Black Ops. I didn't want to put it down for long enough to write a post in the morning. Then I went to a concert in the evening and it was amazing. I met some wonderful people and had some fanboy moments.

It was a house Wizard Rock Concert in Lebanon, Ohio.

It may seem kind of weird to show up as stranger at someone's house. My anxious/shy/nervous nature certainly says so. I didn't know exactly what to expect when I rang the door bell. It was awesome to be welcomed so kindly. *Fanboy moment* I look the right when I get inside and it's Lauren Fairweather. woah shit just got real ;) Everyone was really friendly, which made me feel as at ease as I get.

Monica, our host, was wonderful. She made an awesome hot dog dinner for us all.

After dinner the show started. In order, Armoured Bearcub, Steph from Tonks and the Aurors, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Lauren Fairweather, and the Whomping Willows. All the sets were great. Here's Justin's setlist(on a paper plate with wonderful artworks):

Wizard Rock 11.9.10

Also I got this shirt:

Wizard Rock 11.9.10

It is in the competition with my Cookie Monster shirt for which will be my favorite.

Afterwards I was introduced to this song.

Last night was pretty damn awesome. I can't thank everyone who was involved enough.

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Random Wednesday- "wrong for the next war"

"Although the French did not yet know it, the slaughter at Morhange snuffed out the bright flame of the doctrine of the offensive. It died on a field in Lorraine where at the end of the day nothing was visible but corpses strewn in rows and sprawled in the awkward attitudes of sudden death as if the place had been swept by a malignant hurricane. It was one of those lessons, a survivor realized afterward, "by which God teaches the law to kings." The power of the defense that was to transform the initial war of movement into a four-year war of position and eat up a generation of European lives revealed itself at Morhange. Foch, the spiritual father of Plan 17, the man who taught, "There is only one way of defending ourselves-- to attack as soon as we are ready," was there to see and experience it. For four more years of relentless, merciless, useless killing the belligerents beat their heads against it. In the end it was Foch who presided over victory. By then the lesson learned proved wrong for the next war." -The Guns of August

I read this paragraph on Monday and thought it was brilliant. This is such a good book. It's dry and all about military tactics, but really it is about so much more than that. I really think anyone who get elected to public office should have to read The Guns of August

The post I'll being doing tomorrow will be about the stupidity of WWI, Armistice/Veteran's Day and how perhaps we should observe that day differently.

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Gaming Tuesday

So, the day of the biggest video game release of the year I don't do a gaming Tuesday. Yea, I didn't manage my time/have enough time yesterday to write a post. So welcome to the Wednesday edition of Gaming Tuesday.


Gamerscore Last Week: 22365
Goal: 22400
Gamerscore Now: 22665

Achievements unlocked

Call of Duty: World At War
For the Motherland 30G
Bearing the Burden 30G
Hardened War Hero 100G
The Professional 15G
Lights Out! 10G
Firestarter 15G
Kamikaze 15G

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Sacrifice 10G
Give me liberty 10G
A safer place 10G
Looks don't count 10G
Raining Pain 15G
SOG Rules 10G
Broken English 10G

Goal for Next Week: 22800
$ for HPA: 11.95

Call of Duty: Black Ops First Impressions

I haven't gotten as much time in playing this game as I would have like so far. I've only played about 5 hours of gameplay and that's split pretty evenly between the Multiplayer and Singleplayer game.

I went to the midnight release at Gamestop and I told myself that I would truck through and pull and all nighter. My goal was to stay up till 5am playing multiplayer, ranking up, and maybe unlocking some of the awesome customization features. That definitely didn't happen. I played until about 2:15 and I was done. Those 2 hours(roughly) are all of my experience with the multiplayer so far.

In my brief time playing, I really thought this was the most fun I've had in a CoD game in quite sometime. I mean everyone else was new and no one could afford the Grenade Launchers yet, but still it was fun. It was also a little different than any other CoD game I've played. I mean it's still Call of Duty and it felt like CoD, but it actually takes more accurate shots to take someone down.

It felt pretty good on Tuesday morning, but I wonder what the multiplayer looks like now. I hope noob tubes aren't out in force.

When I woke up Tuesday, I went right into the single player campaign and played for maybe 3 hours. It was a lot of fun. It is different than any other CoD game in that respect. In fact the actual narrative is close to Assassins Creed. The missions themselves play just like other CoD missions. I can already tell this game is going to suck on Veteran difficulty even if Treyarch fixed the 'nade spaming that was World at War.

I don't want to give too much up on the story, so I'll leave it at that From my understanding this campaign is pretty short, so I'll probably have it beat tonight.


Blacks is all there is and all there will ever be.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Browns' Monday- Where Has This Been? Edition

Week 9- Patriots @ Browns

Cleveland 34
Patriots 14

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
Cleveland FG: Phil Dawson 38 yards
Cleveland TD: Peyton Hillis rushed for 2 yards

2nd Quarter
New England TD: Tom Brady pass to Aaron Hernandez for for 2 yards
Cleveland TD: Chansi Stuckey rushed for 11 yards

3rd Quarter
Cleveland TD: Colt McCoy rushed for 16 yards

4th Quarter
Cleveland FG: Phil Dawson 37 yards
New England TD: Tom Brady pass to Aaron Hernandez for 1 yard
Cleveland TD: Peyton Hillis rushed for 35 yards

Important Player Stats
Colt McCoy: 14-19, 174 yards, rushing TD

Peyton Hillis: 29 rushes, 184 yards, 2 TDs

Well, I certainly didn't expect this. This team shouldn't beat the Patriots like that. Unless, maybe, just maybe, they actually are that good.

Colt McCoy had another solid game. It is being made out to be more impressive than it actually was on ESPN and the like. He didn't turn it over and offered enough of a passing threat to help out the running game. He had an awesome highlight running the ball as well. So, he should be credited with an impressive performance for a rookie, but he doesn't need to be anointed yet.

Also, how about the Massaquoi sightings?

Peyton Hillis went straight beast mode yesterday. The offensive line did the same. The Browns held the ball by running the ball very impressively.

The defense put in another great performance. New England was constantly being shutdown on first down. That caused 2nd and 3rd and long situations, which allowed for Rob Ryan to dial up the pressure. The pass rush was effective at putting the pressure on Tom Brady and that is important to stopping an offense.


This is a new part to my Browns' Monday post. I'm calling it projections. The idea here is to project what the playoff teams will be given the current data.

With 6 of 17 precincts reporting

AFC North: Too Close to Call(Steelers/Baltimore)
AFC East: Too Close to Call(NYJ/N.E.)
AFC South: Too Close to Call(Indy, Tennessee, Houston, Jacksonville)
AFC West: Too Close to Call(Kansas City and Oakland)
Wildcard : AFC North 2nd place and AFC East 2nd place

NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC East: Too Close to Call(Philadelphia, NYG)
NFC South: Too Close to Call(Atlanta, New Orleans)
NFC West: Too Close to Call(Seattle, St. Louis)
Wildcard: NFC East 2nd place and 3rd place

No Longer in the Race: San Francisco, Carolina, Detroit, Buffalo,

On the Brink of Dropping Out: Dallas, San Diego, Denver, Oakland, Cincinnati, Minnesota,
Cleveland, Washington


Checking my preseason prediction

Week 1- @Tampa Bay W Actual Result: L
Week 2- Kansas City W Actual Result: L
Week 3- @Baltimore L Actual Result: L
Week 4- Cincinnati L Actual Result: W
Week 5- Atlanta L Actual Result: L
Week 6- @ Pittsburgh W* Actual Result: L
Week 7- @New Orleans L Actual Result: W
Week 8- Bye
Week 9- New England L Actual Result: W
Week 10- NY Jets L
Week 11- @Jacksonville W
Week 12- Carolina W
Week 13- @Miami W
Week 14- @Buffalo W
Week 15- @Cincinnati L
Week 16- Baltimore L
Week 17- Pittsburgh L

Overall Record: 7-9*(1-5)* Current Record: 1-3

*Under the assumption that Roethlisberger will actually have serve his entire suspension

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