Thursday, June 28, 2012

SWGEmu: Star Wars Galaxies Emulator

For a couple of years now (I think), the people over at swgemu.com have been working tirelessly to bring back star wars galaxies to it's former glory, to how it was when it was first released, Pre-CU (Combat Upgrade). For clarification, I am talking about SOE's Star Wars Galaxies that came out in 2003, not Bioware's  Star Wars: The Old Republic that came out in 2011.  (which I love, by the way.)

As a background to show how much this means to me I'll start with this. When I was young, star wars galaxies was my favorite game of all time. It showed me a whole new type of game where I could roam the galaxy I loved from watching the movies, and be whatever I wanted to be. I started the game when they released the Star Wars Galaxies: the Total Experience pack in 2005. It was the most fun game I have ever played and I still to this day believe it was better than World of Warcraft is now. I had so much fun exploring planets and space, being a Teras Kasi Master and Creature Handler Master, roaming the galaxy with my Krayt Dragon pet named Monster, and having fun at the parties my guild had in our player made town. I was even starting along the long journey to becoming a jedi. Then Sony Online Entertainment came out with the dreaded NGE (New Game "Enhancements") It made the game many times less fun, less challenging, and extremely boring. So many people ended up leaving the game because of it that SOE gave people a refund on the just released new expansion. The NGE destroyed my guild and my fun. No more was I a Teras Kasi Master and a Creature Handler Master, so I had to choose from SOE's new generic boring classes so taking the obvious young teen choice, I became a jedi. But not the great and powerful jedi that took a long time to become,  like before NGE, instead I became a jedi that anyone could start out as. A jedi that could be killed by any lowly character with a dis-functional blaster or a semi-sharp vibroblade. I was always wanting instead of being pleasantly surprised at the new things I discovered in game. I tried to stick it out for a while, but couldn't stand it anymore, so a month or so later I of course left the game and never went back. To this day I feel a sort of sadness at the enjoyment that was lost, and a sort of joy at the great memories I had with the friends I made. I know it probably sounds strange, but playing SWG was one of the biggest moments in my childhood because of the joy it brought me.

One day a couple of years ago, I was reminiscing about SWG with one of my WoW guild mates and it made me want to see what was going on in the game at that time. A bit of random internet surfing brought me to swgemu.com. After finding my old install discs, I downloaded and installed their software and got into their servers. I was instantly blasted with the feeling of nostalgia and had the biggest smile on my face. The game played just like it did when i played it back in 2005. Of course it isn't exact since they were, and still are developing the game to be exactly how it was and to get everything perfect, so I have been following what has been going on in their work. I wish the best of luck to SWGEmu's developers and thank them a million times for their hard work.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Saving Money

My whole family has been using slickdeals.net for quite some time now, and we've saved a lot of money thanks to it. Users post deals that they've found from all over the internet on just about anything you could buy. Want a videogame for 20 dollars off? Want a pack of 20 boxes of breakfast cereal for the price of 6? How about a 2 year sunscription to a magazine for 5 bucks? All you have to do is check slickdeals.net for great prices on things you want/need. When I needed to upgrade my memory on my desktop PC, I checked slickdeals and it told me that a website had some on sale and  I bought 8gb of ram for just 20 dollars. I highly recommend that you check slickdeals before you buy something specific because you never know how much you could save.

They are probably the oldest and best way to save money. There are websites all over that have coupons for  anything you need at the store. Most of them are of course for food items, which is where you could save the most money. Many websites have whole lists of coupons that they have available and all you have to do is click which ones you want, print them out, take them to the store when you go food shopping, and save a whole lot of money. In economic times like these, every dollar and cents that you save can go a long way, especially when you're saving a lot at a time.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Making Money

I haven't been able to find a job since my seasonal job last holiday season so I've been trying to find ways to make and save money. A couple of months ago I started following a blog called 10 to the 6th where the creator is trying to turn the money he makes off of his blog into a million dollars. I have gotten a couple of good ideas off of him and there are a couple more I have tried in the past. For more money making/saving tips don't forget to check out 10 to the 6th.

Copper Pennies
The best idea I got from 10 to the 6th is collecting copper pennies. Pennies that were made before, and some during 1982 were made out of 95% copper and 5% zinc. When the price of copper to make a penny was more than the penny was worth, pennies were changed to being made from 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper. People have started collecting the copper pennies so that when the penny is discontinued in the US the ban on melting pennies down will be lifted and the copper penny collectors will be able to melt them down for their copper value. Currently every penny is worth 2.24 cents so getting a large amount of them can be a great investment. Many people are holding onto the pennies for the future, but seeing as how I need money more now than I probably will in the future I am collecting the pennies and selling them on ebay to those who are collecting for the future.

Silver Coins
After getting into copper penny collecting I did more research on the subject and came across silver coins. Quarters were made of silver from 1932 until 1964, dimes from 1946 to 1964, and nickels from 1942 to 1945. If you find those coins you could made a larger amount of money than the pennies since they are worth dollars each, but they are much rarer and more time consuming to find. My brother has been collecting coins over the last school year to then cash in later, but after searching through his big collection of coins he only found one dime.

I started using Superpoints months ago but it was 10 to the 6th that got be back into it. Superpoints is a website where you take surveys and watch ads for points, then redeem those points for rewards like gift cards or money sent to your paypal account. There is also a button to click that can give you free points if you're lucky enough. You can sign up for free, but if you use my referral link you can get bonus points.
Just use my link HERE then sign up and start earning points for free money.

Blog Writing
Anyone can start a blog, and you can write about anything you want. As long as you write about interesting things and link your account to google's adsense you can make money. I myself have had this blog for about  4 months and have made 80 dollars so far. I would have made a much bigger amount but I have been lazy and haven't updated it as often as I should. That being something I am trying to work on this summer and hopefully I will update more often. As long as you update often you can make a pretty good amount of money.

My next blog post will be about ways I save money.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Big Bang Theory

My brother got the first 4 seasons on DVD last Christmas and I finally decided to watch them. This show really is right up there with some of the funniest shows ever which is surprising with today's trend of hit and miss shows. At least with the episodes I have watched (seasons 1-4) there really isn't any dull episodes.

One problem I have is that they do get a lot of things wrong when it comes to the geek things the reference. Honestly I can't remember most of the things but the major thing I remember is the World of Warcraft references they make. The things they reference from in-game and the things they say they do in the game don't even exist. Instead of saying the actual in-game things and giving a shout out to their geeky WoW playing viewers, they make lazy made up words that just really annoy me. For a show that boasts that they get their information correct, it's a pretty big problem. It wouldn't be much of a hassle to just look up things from the game and add it to their script, and it would even make WoW playing viewers love the show a bit more.

Since I don't know every science reference they make, I really can't tell if they are getting it wrong, but from things I have read from people that do understand them, the show surprisingly does get most, if not all of it right.

If you have not yet watched the show I highly recommend you do. I'd hate for anyone to miss any show that is so highly praised as The Big Bang Theory.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Game of Thrones: season 2 finale

Well honestly not as much as I wanted to happen has happened so far in the show but the finale has showed great things to come. there really isn't a good way for me to do this without spoilers except to say that the episode was amazing so....


My favorite part of the episode, because of it's show of things to come, was the ending with the white walkers. The white walkers are the one things I have anticipating most since the first episode. I can't wait to see what havoc they wreak and what they are truly capable of. I feel that they are more than just simple zombies and have a great story behind them.

The next thing I love is how Daenerys gets her dragons back, kills the warlock guy and traps the black guy (can't remember their names) and is now heading back west to take the iron throne. I don't really think she will end up taking the throne, but the show has surprised me many times before.

Something I didn't really see coming is the fact that Sansa is no longer going to be the queen after marrying Joffrey so it would seem things are going to end up being worse for her as long as she is in King's Landing.

Things are also probably going to get a lot harder for Tyrion.

I'm still pretty mad about the fact that Jaime was sent free but I have a feeling that bad things will happen to him.

I'm thinking Arya is just going to end up getting back to her family but since it's just her and the two others, I'm pretty sure she's going to have to use the coin.

I'm confused as to how Winterfell burned since it was surrounded by Bran's men

I thought it was hilarious what happened to Theon but he's such a confused person I think Bran is going to have mercy on him if he finds out his brother's are ok.

I'm sad to see Maester Luwin die.

Jaqen H'ghar is just simply awesome.

I really can't wait untill next season.