It’s not my imagination…

Before I start, I want to apologize for my lackadaisical blogging habits. I’ve really fallen behind when it comes to this thing, but things have been rather busy. Now that the spring semester at UMBC is over, I’m trying to meet up with everyone that I wasn’t able to see throughout the year. I’ve already got a get-together set up with my friends for next Friday, but I do need to see a bunch more people. So things are going to be rather choppy, which is why today, I’m doing a double post to try and make up a little bit of time.

I’ve been learning how to make edited videos in iMovie recently, and it’s really got me kicking myself because now I realize exactly how EASY it can be to edit a video for YouTube and make it presentable. My one claim to fame would be my one unedited video tutorial (which I don’t tell anyone about), which has reached just short of 2,000 views. I know, some people have made more, but I’m not going to title the video “The best pool player at UMBC” or whatever it was. But I do want to make more videos now that I have this knowledge of the process, but I’ll need some ideas. I really do want to get a new video camera for the occasion, too, but I’ll have to save up for that. But I didn’t think it was going to be so simple to edit videos to add text, audio, and all that other stuff. I’ll even try to do commentary for some videos, granted I don’t screw it up.

Of course, upon telling my dad about this, he asked me if I’m going to be burning the edited videos to a CD, to which I replied that I’m planning to post the videos to YouTube. My dad, being the Filipino that he is, asked me if anyone’s paying me to do it. See, that’s the thing: whenever I love to do something, I don’t mind doing it for free. Whether it be community service, poker, golf, pool, video tutorials, or anything else, I always just try to enjoy doing what I love to do. But my dad is always concerned with making a profit, and having profit be the only reason that anyone should do anything. With his background, there wasn’t such a thing as “doing what you love”. There’s only “do what makes you the most money, and only that”. And, of course, I couldn’t live by that way of thinking. It’s just too narrow. There’s way too much for life to offer to just focus on one thing, in my mind, so I always want to a number of different things, and be good at everything. If ever anyone needed my assistance for any random thing, I want to make sure that I can be the reliable one with plenty of experience. My goal is to be indispensable. Now if only I could just stop being so lazy.

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I just played through a 10,000 player freeroll poker tournament, where the top 250 players qualify for the second round, which boasts a $1,000 cash prize pool. It took almost 4 hours, but I managed to qualify for the tournament in 90th place or so. I was definitely excited when I finally crossed over the line, but this was the first time I played very patiently in a few tries. The last couple of times, I got too aggressive with people that really just didn’t care if they busted or not, and I ended up losing in the early stages. This time, I waited for the quality hands to come to me, and made some tricky plays, including checking quad jacks three times. I’m content with it, but I’m only halfway there. I have to get through the second round and into 90th or higher to make some money, and with 30,000 people, I’ve got my work cut out for me. So wish me luck next Sunday!

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Alright, now onto describing what the second post will be. Now, when it comes to politics, I’m a complete know-nothing. I’ve failed social and political sciences several times throughout school. It just doesn’t get through to me. However, I wanted to know what my real political affiliation is. In 2008, I registered as an Independent because I really didn’t know where I stood on all of the issues of the time. I didn’t even know what most of the issues were, to be honest. So I went to politicalcompass.org to find out exactly what I am. I’ll be giving you guys a run-through of the whole test, and the reasoning I gave behind each one. Please note that the reasonings I give for some are really stupid, because as I said, I don’t know a lot about this. So if I say something you don’t agree with, don’t be too quick to criticize my answer, because some of these questions were like trying to interpret string theory. So it’s coming in a little bit. Be on the lookout for it!

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