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New car smell owns.

Well how would I know? Well, it just so happens that I got a new car today. A brand-new one at that. My mom says that we got it so that I'd have a reliable car to take me on the huge commute that I have every day. It's a blue Ford Focus. I don't know what year it's from, but obviously its a great car. I've driven it a bit today, but not really that much. I'm paranoid about wrecking it the second I get it. My driving instructors always tried to scare me with stories about how new drivers always get into accidents within so many weeks of getting their liscences. I've had mine for two years, but now I'm actually scared about how I drive for some reason. I just love that car. Maybe it's just because this is the first time that I've ever had an automibile that was my very own. Or maybe it's just because all the Burnout 3 footage that I've seen over the last week has me freaked out. At least I have the weekend to get used to steering it.

I actually feel kind of weird about this. I mean, I just got a brand-new car for doing almost nothing. Nothing except going to college of course. I was all set to quit school because of all the garbage there, but now that my Mom went and go me somthing like this so that I could pull off a commute like the one I have, I'm not so sure. I guess now I have to try harder in school to make good on a commitment like the one I've been given. I mean, cars are expensive to buy, and expensive to even own. But I got one just so I could make it to class every day. Some people have been telling me that they've never had a new car. Not only did I get one, but I even got the specific color that I wanted. That's got to be somthing special. Well, one thing's for sure: I'm going to have to hold on to this car for a long time.

Tractor trailers are the tools of the Devil.

They really are. Every day I drive about thirty miles down the highway to my college, and I'm always surrounded by the damn things. More than once I've been put uncomfortably close to one, like the time that some idiot trucker couldn't figure out how to merge without nearly shoving me right in front of another huge truck. Worse still is the fact that they don't seem to want to slow down for anything. Yesterday everyone was slowing down on the highway because of the rain. Everyone except for those lousy two-ton death machines. I don't know about you, but if I was driving somthing that big, I wouldn't want to break the speed limit by about twenty miles when the road is covered in water. Yet they barrel down the road as though their life depends on it, and mine doesn't. I'd love for my eulogy to be: "We remeber Robert as somone who was crushed to death by a redneck who had nothing better to do, and was probably transporting drugs as a side job. But we can find solace in the fact that the nature of his death made it possible to bury him in an envelope." Goody.

At least it's the weekend now. I can get some free time off the road to collect myself and actually get some frigging sleep. And I've been messing around with some other stuff. Check out my not yet finished CD Collection on MP3.com. I know it's not that big (and sort of a cheap plug:D), but it's still kind of impressive. Just call me "alterna-boy" or whatever. I actually haven't bought any CDs in a while.... I guess I just haven't been able to afford any. That sort of stinks. Mabye I need a job. But on the other hand, I don't have enough free time as it is thanks to homework and playing endless hours of video games in an attempt to block out the pain of homework. It's a vicous cycle doncha' know. Oh well. I'll keep drawing cartoons and hoping that I somehow manage to make that go somewhere. Lousy rotten "planning for adulthood." It's ruining my youth.

Horrible insight into the life of Robbie.

I'm not sure what to say about this. My Dad is..... not the most trustworthy guy in the world. I mean, he did some pretty rotten things when he was still married to my mother. I've only seen him once since the final incident that resulted in their divorce four years ago. And now he's somehow found out what my Huskymail address (The e-mail adress that UConn gives to you when you become a student there) is and started trying to contact me. This SUCKS. I don't trust him as far as I can throw him, and if I tell my mom about this she'll go ballistic. And somehow he knows what campus I'm going to. WHO THE HELL TOLD HIM?! I know he used to teach for UConn, but I don't know why they would go and tell him all about me. Now I'm afraid that he will show up when I'm at school and cause a massive incident. I don't know what to do.... I can't tell my mom, I can't be sure if he'll show up out of the blue as soon as tomorrow (actually, today), and nobody else will belive what a rotten person he really is. So what do I do? He's been trying to contact me since the divorce, and I don't want to have a thing to do with him. But there's no way to get the guy to leave me alone. So I'm screwed unless he somehow forgets about me. But I think he's out to get me. Why, I can't say, or at least I don't want to say. It's just safe to say that this idiot has suddenly injected himself into my life again and is trying to find some way of reaching me to do God-knows-what. This is just awful. Sorry about all the terrifying (or confusing) personal stuff. But I have to tell somone about this. *Gives strong consideration to moving to California*

Effective time management begins tomorrow.

You may find yourself wondering, "How can I get ahead in school, and in life?" Well, there's only one true way to do so: Manage your time effectively. So how can you do this? Well, it's quite simple actually. There are only a few different steps that you have to take to make complete use of your everyday schedule:

  1. Make sure to get all of your work done when you feel like it. There's nothing more importiant than being "in the mood." Should this mood come during the middle of the night, or when you're supposed to be keeping your eyes on the highway instead of in a book, it's always importiant to wait as long as it takes to feel right about studying, even if that means you have to miss a few weeks of class.
  2. Don't set your alarm clock every morning. Instead, kindly ask others to wait until you're set to work with them. That way they'll learn to appreciate how well-rested you are.
  3. Play first, study later. That way you can be absolutley sure that you have enough time for the importiant stuff: Video games, TV, and the Internet.
  4. Utlize time between classes thinking of ways to avoid going to class.
  5. Take care of your lowest priorities first. That way you get a refreshing burst of adreniline when panic sets in.
  6. Be totally unrealistic. Assume that you can get from class to class by travelling through the power lines into your teacher's computer. Assume that you can absorb information by placing your hands on your book and humming the Canadian National Anthem (I don't know why, but third hand anecdotal evidence shows it can work). And remember that the laws of physics are merely suggestions. You can so fly by jumping off the clock tower.
  7. Above all else: Wear as little clothing as possible to reduce wind resistance.

And that's it! :D Just make sure to follow this advice, and to eat a stick of margirine a day!

Keeping track of my own life....

I just got some college assignment that requires me to keep track of every single thing I do for an entire week. I don't know why, but that sounds like fun. I'm not that fond of bringing this thing everywhere with me, but at least it's somthing to do. And when I'm finished with all of that, I'll have a fun cross-section of my life that I have to write a report on. Apparently it's supposed to be "revealing" or somthing like that. At any rate, the paper only has to be 2-3 pages because I have such a huge class and the teacher wouldn't have to time to grade every single paper if it was a million pages long. So at least there's one good thing about college. :D

And somthing else that came up. I don't know if anyone else outside of a GS mod can relate to this, but I recently locked a thread on a UCB that I thought had gone past the point of being a, *ahem* productive thread. As soon as I did that, the threadmaker made another thread calling me a "tard". I told him to PM me if he had a problem. He told me to stop "acting baddas" and that "you're the problem". That's pretty much the first time somthing like that's happened to me. I don't mind that much, but it was still sort of a jarring experience considering that this was the first time that I've become the object of outright dispisement on these boards. At any rate, this has given me a bit more respect for the GS mods.

And now..... my head is a bit spinny from that stupid "you deserve a siezure" picture. Ow ow ow.....

WHlFF!!

Yes, today I went to the Fair. Not just any Fair mind you, it was the Woodstock Fair. That's right, The Woodstock Fair! And what a special day it was too. There wasn't a moment when I wasn't surrounded by a cloud of second-hand smoke. How's that sound? :D What? You want to here more? Well then let me continue..... I spent most of the day wandering around the Fair with no real direction. At one point I bought a Pixie Stick that was about a yard long, and got probably one of the greatest sugar highs that I've ever reached by eating it.

But I did have one thing that I had to do. You see, my old High School marching band was set to perform at a certain stage at what I believed to be 11:30 in the morning. So I headed over there and learned that they weren't supposed to perform until twelve. So I decided to just hang around until then. But then.... what did I see? Why, it was the girl that I had a crush on in High School that I never had the guts to go out with!!! Well, upon getting this chance to reunite with her and perhaps get a second chance, I did the only reasonable thing that I could do: I ran.

Soon I discovered that the High School band was performing elsewhere before heading over to the other stage. So I watched them. Then I headed back to watch their other stage, figuring that the danger had passed. And it appeared that it had. I watched the performance from the top of the bleacher, and then jumped down to collect myself and wait for the band to leave. Then, HORROR OF HORRORS! SHE WAS COMING STRAIGHT TORWARDS ME!!! Well, almost straight towards me. It didn't really matter, any possible escape that I had was blocked. Closer and closer she came. It was almost too late! And then, then she spoke! And what happened? Well, the conversation with.... let's call her "Lauren" went something like this:

Lauren: Hey Robbie! :)

Me: Oh, I, um..... hey. :?

Lauren: What's up?

Me: Um, nothing'.

My brain: SAY SOMETHING!!!!

Lauren: So what are you up to?

Me: Uh, college.

Lauren: Oh. Where are you going?

Me: UConn.

Lauren: Oh wow! I heard you have to be a smarty to get in there!

Me: Um, I guess.

My brain: ASK HER OUT YOU IDIOT!!! NO! DON'T JUST STARE AT HER! NOOOO!! DON'T LOOK AWAY!! ASK HER OUT!!!! SAY SOMETHING!!!!

Lauren: Well, I gotta go. Bye Robbie! :)

Me: Yeah, um, bye.

My brain: Oh, I am SO out of here.....

And then I just spaced out for about three hours. I woke up again at some sort of livestock event. Anyway, this should explain why I've never gone on a date

And then I just spaced out for about three hours. I woke up again at some sort of livestock event. Anyway, this should explain why I've never gone on a date. And if any of you can come up with a better pickup line than "Uh, I, uh, I like your hair," then I envy you.

This entry brought to you by....

Yes, it's time for me to talk about somthing game-related. Rejoice knaves! Anyway, those of you who have been playing through Pikmin 2 have probably noticed somthing very unusual about the game: product placement. Yes, maybe this is not entriely new to video games, but it's probably the first time that I've seen an ad blatantly placed in one of the Big N's games. This is more than a bit unsettling to me, as I always rather naievly thought that their games would always be free of advertising. However, the sight of a certian brand-name battery in Pikmin 2 brought my innocent ideals crashing down.

How could this happen? I had always thought that Nintendo was able to make all of it's money from, well, games. Yet here they are suddenly putting adverts in their products. I know that they've done cross-promotions before, but never in games. That's why I'm sort of disturbed by this. What's next? Will we see Link taking a swig of Gatorade in the next Legend of Zelda? Will Kirby start eating Hershey bars? Is there any stopping it? I don't want to see this turn into a trend. If I pay for somthing, I don't want to see advertisments with it. That's one of the perks of GSC even, you don't have to see annoying ads everywhere.

Now I know that this has only happened once so far. And I know that there have been ads in games before, like in sports titles. But those are games that are affiliated with actual competitive leagues, which may have a prexisting deal with a company to place ads at their events, and thus, in certian other liscensed products. But Nintendo doing that directly? That just seems unessecary. I thought they had the money to support themselves without doing somthing like this. Come to think of it, this might explain why they don't put as much money into their own advertising budget. I mean, come on. They hardly ever advertise their best games until the week they come out. Why does that happen? They can't rely on their core fanbase to get by anymore if they have to resort to in-game product placement. They need to get the word out to the masses that they have the best games.

Well, at the very least, we can hope that somthing good comes out of this. Maybe Nintendo got a little greedy this time around. Maybe they're planning to put the money torwards some sort of huge marketing blitz to help themselves finally gain back their position at the top of the video game market. And Pikmin 2 is an awsome game anyway. The product placement doesn't ruin it or anything, it's just a bit annoying. I'd rather not see this happen again.

So there you have it. Sorry if I'm missing some sort of huge key point in all this, but that's pretty much how I see things right now. Anyway, I'm out for now. I'll return to light-hearted fun and frivolity next time, I swear.

Journal Day One: Day, Too?

Yes, it's time for another wonderful entry! But first, IT LOOKS LIKE I'M GOING TO HAVE TO JUMP.............

So what's up? Well, giving how I've just started college and I've started meeting a lot of new people, I've begun wondering what sort of first impression I make on people. I figure that when I meet them, one of these three thoughts comes into their heads:

  1. This dude is on drugs. (Not true).
  2. This dude is insane. (Very true).
  3. EEEEEEK!!

Okay, maybe those aren't exactly the sorts of things that people think about, but that's probably what comes to mind. I suppose it doesn't help that I look like Norman Bates' creepy little brother or somthing. But hey, you have to work with what you get.

Today, well, I slept until noon. You see, for the last four days, I have been driving to the end of the earth for a bunch of college classes that suck the life out of me. In that time, I get about four to six hours of sleep a night. So when I finally got my first day off, with unlimited sleeping time, I pretty much passed out and didn't bother waking up until the sun was high in the sky. Ahh.... what fun. Then I went horseback riding. It's fun to go riding, except that sometimes the horse decides that he doesn't like working very much. That can be a problem. Fortunatley, today was not like that. But it was hot as Hell, and that was not fun.

And today on the forums..... well, I made this:

into this:

Hehe. That would Phreak 64, everyone's favorite person from System Wars II. Everyone's been Photoshopping photos of him. The problem is, I don't have Photoshop, I have MS Paint. But that didn't stop me! Still, I should get Photoshop....

Anything else? Well, I've finally gotten the Blue Pikmin in Pikmin 2, meaning that I have all five kinds now! And 40% of my debt has been recovered! Ahhh... things are looking up. Yes indeedy..... :D

Well, that's it for today. I'll see you all later. Have fun! And watch out for that weird little man.....

Today is allll riight for toniiight! Ridin' in a Corvette, and feelin' alriight! Alllllriiiiiight for toniiiihihiiiiight!!!

OMFG! IT'S TEH JOURNAL!!!!!!1111one!!!1

Wow. A new feature. And an interesting one at that. Cool. Well, here we go.....

It's been quite a first week of college for me, yes it has, yes it has. I hated the first day, tolerated the second day, and was pretty much indifferent to the last two. At least I got some time away from home out of it. :D But I hate the commute for the most part. I have to go over an hour and fifteen minutes to get all the way down to Groton. That's really not much fun considering the traffic around that place. Anyway, I guess I'll like college. The people there are a lot nicer than the ones in High School. I guess that's not much of an accomplishment, but it's still a lot nicer than it was before. And hey, maybe your ol' pal Robbie will get himself a girlfriend in college. GASP! I know! It's the apocalypse!

What else? Well, I'm having fun getting into Pikmin 2. I just got the Yellow Pikmin last night. It's a lot tougher than the first game, but I find that to be a good thing. A very good thing. And Wario Ware...... well, it's pretty safe to just say that I'm hooked on it for life. And that's a good thing. A very good thing. Wario > joo.

In reviews..... Fable got an 8.6. If you'll excuse me for a moment....

OMFG!!!! TEH FLOP!!! TLHBO!!! LMAO!!!!!!1!!!!1!1!:lol::lol::lol:

*Ahem* Thank you. I assure you all that I didn't mean to be offensive there. Fuzz, um, anyone else, you know I love you. :) And Pikmin 2 got a 9.2..... I'd say that score could be a bit higher, but it's still fair.

And in forum news...... a question. Where has everyone's favorite Classic-Gaming-Discussion-Running-Internet-Smark-Forum-Mod CWood been? His profile said that he hadn't been on in two weeks, at least last time I checked. I know he didn't post in massive amounts, but I still miss the guy.... What else? Well, I have about a dozen friend requests from random people that I don't know sitting in my friend request box. I don't immediatly deny any of them because I want to wait and see if they're cool people or not. Then, after I learn more about them, I accept or deny them. It's a wonderful system. Of course, if I get a request from some cool person that I recoginize, I immediatly run to accept them. That's right, every person on my list is a cool person. In fact, it's the difinitive list of cool GS people. So there.

And, that's about the end of my first glorious entry. I'll make some more...um, whenever. :) So see yuh on the forums! And keep watching the skis! I mean, skies!