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No more games. LITERALLY.

Posted October 12, 2009

Last night, I spent 6 hours studying for an exam that I knew I was more than likely going to fail. Why did I end up in this situation? Because I’m a fool. Only a fool would make unwise decisions while telling himself that it’ll be fine. I’ve been shooting myself in the foot this whole time and I think it’s time to stop. Because of my stupid actions, I’ve lost any and all chances of getting an A in two of my classes. Enough is enough. It’s time I took initiative to take control of my life and my real priorities. Here’s what’s going to happen:

  1. I’m getting rid of Street Fighter 4. If you’ve been keeping up with me, you would know that I have a horrible addiction to SF4. I’ve tried to take initiatives to limit my play time, but it’s never worked out. The only way to rid myself of this addiction is to kill the source. I’m giving all of my games, controllers and related accessories to someone to hold until the end of the semester. What sucks about this is that I will not get to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 when it comes out, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. The only accessory I’m keeping is going to be the remote so that I can listen to music through Windows Media Canter.
  2. I will be suspending my Facebook account within the next 24 hours. I love Facebook just as much as the next person, but when you spend 25% of your internet time on it, it’s clearly time to let go of it. Just like SFIV, I will be temporarily suspending it until the end of the semester. My Twitter will stay open though. All I do on it is occasionally take 2 minutes to update my status on it, so there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ll also keep updating ruizwashere.com, but it will more than likely be on a weekly or bi-weekly basis now. Still, if you need me, tweet me. Or just text…
  3. I will be forfeiting my full-time position at Best Buy for a part-time position. Being a full-time student and employee sounded like a good idea back then, but it’s now a nightmare. I hate working all day just to come home with no energy to study. I’ve already sent a request to step down and will be reducing my availability. There’s other employees over there that actually need the position and the health benefits more than I do. It’s the least I can do for them and myself.

These are the three main main initiatives I will be taking to better improve myself. It’s about time I stopped making excuses for myself and took responsibility for my actions. I’m really sorry if this is an inconvenience for anybody. Thank you for understanding.

Oh, and if you think that can’t go through with this, then just try me.

 


It’s time.

Posted September 22, 2009

I think it’s about high time for a simple, down to earth update that’s genuinely all about me. If you came for pictures, I’m sorry but I’m going to have to leave you empty-handed this time around. It’s been raining quite a bit lately so I haven’t had the opportunity to take photos. BUT, I have a sketchpad and I’ve been sketching down visions of drawings of photos that I want to take, what type of person should be in them, and everything that is required to make it possible. Plus, I’ve been in the talks with a few people who want to be in them. So please, stay put. You’ll be able to see a lot of my visions soon. :)

Anyways, about ME. A lot has happened within the past few weeks, but I’m just too unmotivated to remember every last thing that has happened. So I’ll go ahead and summarize all of my happenings into three subjects: school, work, and everything else.

School: School has been fair to me, to say the very least. I’ve realized for the past few weeks that I’m behind in all of my classes. Though there’s plenty of time to do things, I keep waiting until the last minute to do it. I told myself that I would avoid this habit before the semester and I still continue to tell myself that. Nonetheless, I’ve picked up a bit. I’ve been following reading assignments closely and things are starting to look up. I recieved a PERFECT score on my speech (a self-introductory speech) last week and I have two Biology tests this week, one which has already passed. I know I didn’t do so well on it, probably got a B or C. The other one is tomorrow and feel that I’m just not prepared for it. Other than that, I have a few novels I have to read within the next few weeks. So that means less computer time.

Work: Work is awesome, it’s really amazing and I’m lying. Work is gay. People keep coming and going as usual, and I don’t mean customers either. On top of it all, work can be very fatiguing. I hate the feeling of coming home from work to try to study just to fall asleep on the desk within minutes. Oh, and I could’ve sworn that morning meetings were supposed to be in the morning, and not the evening. If the morning meeting was never broken, DON’T try to fix it.Whatever, even though I’m complaining like a child, it’s still nothing I can’t handle. Just get in, complete the job, and get out.

Everything else: To type everything else that has been going on with me in the form of a paragraph would take up too much time. So here’s a list of stuff that’s been goin on with me.

  • Went to the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin last week with a good friend I met not too long ago. We had a blast. Tried to take photos but I left the memory card at home. :\
  • Patiently waiting for my financial aid check. Expecting a buttload of money. I don’t even care about my work paycheck, I just want that financial aid check. :)
  • Remember how I made a post a few weeks back on how I would no longer be playing Street Fighter IV? Well, I lied. I’ve been playing and I renewed my Xbox Live subscription today. But it’s not what you think! I play it on a very casual basis now. I wake up early every morning just to play for about 30 minutes. It’s a good way to wake me up and just get my brain going.
  • I ordered new glasses yesterday. My eyes have been killing me because of these contacts. They’ve been giving me nothing but constant redness around the edges of my eyes, making me look like I’ve been stoned or something. I will be wearing my glasses more than I wear my contacts now just for convenience sake. These glasses are very slim and casual-looking, I like the way I look in them. :)
  • This is random but driving back from school everyday, I’ve slowly seen a large, dead dog corpse completely decompose into the highway. It’s disgusting. On top of that, there’s now another new one on the way to school as of yesterday. Where the hell is Animal Control?? Now I get to see corpses decompose to and from school. Seriously, they’re effing up.
  • I’ve made a bunch of tweaks to the site. It’s now easier for users to login, comment, and upload their photos. Browsing the archives is been a bit more refined and easier on the eyes. The comment system has been improved significantly so check it out. There’s still a few more refinements I need to make and I will be working on them soon. So please keep checking back and if you haven’t already, register. Thank you to all of those who have already registered, there’s about 50+ registered users now. :)
  • Been addicted to Epik High’s new album, [e]. Best album from Epik High to date. Have you seen the music video for it? It’s pretty hilarious stuff. There’s just so much irony and random stuff in it, it’s awesome! Play it over a few times, you’ll pick up a lot of random stuff.

That’s really about it. Even though there’s a lot more, that’s all that I can think of from the top of my head for now. If anything else comes up, I’ll let you know.

Thank you for reading! :)

 


How long has it been?

Posted August 23, 2009

4 months. It’s taken 4 months for me to get off my lazy high horse to write a post. But why? Have I been busy? No. Am I disappointed with myself? YES. What compelled me over the summer to not want to update my site, let alone visit it? It must be my own laziness, my own lack of motivation. Not too many people visit often, and I wouldn’t be surprised if nobody did at all. People come back to a website to view fresh, new content. This website has nothing because I do nothing. So from now on, I’ve come up with a proposal, a simple goal. At least one post a week. I pay money to keep this site up, which is all good and well, but if I’m not making an effort to use the site, then I’m just wasting my money. Expect the site to have a makeover soon too. It’s not going to be a complete redesign (don’t have time for that crap), but a template swap. A good one for that matter. :)

SUMMER WAS AMAZING!! Just kidding, it was good though. I didn’t travel much, except to Austin a few times. Having to work was the main reason why. Work is such a pain, but as long as I’m rockin’ a paycheck, I shouldn’t care. But best of all, nothing beated hanging out with friends. All those summer nights spent hanging out, eating food, and playing Street Fighter IV all night until the sun came out… they never went to waste.

This semester I will be a full-time student and employee. I am studying for 13 semester credit hours and will be working 32+ hours a week. It will be busy, it will be hectic, and the only that I hope is that I don’t falter. I’m very serious this semester. My goal is to raise my GPA from 3.1 to 3.4 and even further next semester. What I get for being an idiot for the past two semesters. So with that said, I can’t do any more half-assing. The Xbox, it has to go. (Well, I’m not getting rid of it, cause you know, I might need it for something.)

And that’s it for now. With that said, I need to get ready for work.


I’m sorry.

Posted April 18, 2009

It seems that I’m always on and off when it comes to blogging. I’ll blog a post, and leave it alone for a long time. To say “I’ve been busy lately”, would just be another excuse which you’ve all heard from me plenty of times. To be honest, I just haven’t felt like updating. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I’ve just been to lazy to get around to it. Thankfully, the spring semester is nearly over, and I will have more time to myself.

Just incase you’ve been wondering, working at Best Buy has been great so far. It has it’s disadvantages against working at Circuit City, but the advantages greatly outnumber them. Perhaps I should talk more about it in the future?

Right now as I’m typing this, at five in the morning, I’m taking a break from studying. This is the first night I’ve been able to study this week. I swear, if I studied as much as I played Street Fighter IV, I would be an amazing student. Right now my grades aren’t looking so hot. Two B’s and an A. My goal is to complete the semester with a 4.0 GPA and I’m not giving up on it. No more last-minute study nights or procrastinations. Study now, study hard, and get it done.

“Dude, hurry up and make a new video”

Shut up. I will. But I have to be honest. You may not see anything until the semester is over. I’d rather make a video with more people in them and I’m trying to invest in a new camcorder. A tiny camera just really doesn’t cut it for what I need it to do.

Back to studying.


Review: Epik High – Lovescream

Posted October 8, 2008

The way I see it, K-pop is dead. It became boring, repetitive, and unoriginal years ago. But throughout all these years Epik High is one of the few Korean groups that stays true to their own music, which is why I still support them to this day and buy their albums. (Seriously, which one of you jerkfaces still has my Pieces pt.1, it’s pissing me off!) Well, my copy of the Lovescream mini-album finally came in today. To be honest, I downloaded the entire album while back so I didn’t expect much when the package came in. But damn was I wrong…

Lovescream is a collaboration of songs and instrumentals that were silently composed before even making their 5th album, Pieces pt. 1. It’s a small contribution to the fans who stayed with them throughout all this time. The music video for 1 Minute 1 Second is very impressive as almost the entire video is playing in reverse. The song talks about how hard it is to let go of someone. Memories of the significant other keep coming back and it makes it harder to move on. It becomes harder to breathe, for one minute, or even one second.

You can’t tell in the picture, but the texture and print of the package has a nice glossy/waxy feel to it. The art is very grungy yet vibrant, but it’s only a small sample of what’s inside the package. Inside you’ll find an amazing 40-page booklet filled with photos, art, and other goodies that make you just want to say “whoa.” The booklet has a different feel from the cover packaging. It seems to be made from a type of recycled parchment paper. It’s also texturized and overall makes the grunge and watercolor look much more natural. The art direction inside this book incredible and inspiring, especially for a designer like myself. There are a lots of different messages inscribed in the art, both literally and emotionally. Tablo, Mithra, and DJ Tukutz have really outdone themselves and made buying this album worth every single penny (or won.)

 

Roughly translated by wassereis @ Soompi

 

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revised March 16, 2011


Summer Goals

Posted August 25, 2008

 

After my high school graduation, I purchased this Japanese silk journal. In it, I wrote all of my daily activities and notes from my summer classes. On the last page, I wrote a list of goals that I wanted to complete by the end of the summer. Well, today is officially the last day of summer. Which goals did I complete? Which ones did I fail? Let’s take a look…

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