I left Portland in rain, and Dallas was pleasant AT NIGHT. Winter weather down there is nice.
Winner: Dallas. (This one will totally change come summer, I expect)
Portland has sidewalks, bike lanes, bike trails, bike lanes on bike trails, ext. Dallas seemed to only have sidewalks every other block. (Or the area around Love Field Airport anyway) I'm not sure it would be a good place to commute by bike. In Portland, the news is always full of cyclist getting hit by cars. I'd guess in Dallas that the cars would just hit the bikes and nobody would care.
Portland's TriMet system is pretty awesome. There's also the air tram at OHSU which I still need to ride. Meanwhile, Dallas has the DART light rail system. I didn't actually ride it, but I got to see some of the infrastructure and it looks pretty cool.
When we flew into Dallas (at night) I could see flat land as far as the eye could reach, with lots of lights and a few well-lit buildings. Kinda cool. (Oh, and lakes... Texas has lakes, who knew?) But when I flew back into Portland, although there were lots of clouds low to the ground, I got to see excelent views of all the mountains: Helens, Adams, Rainier, and even Baker and other mountains that I expect were on the Canadian border. (I can see Canada from... my airplane window when its very high in the air.) And although I didn't get as good a look, the other side of the plane had views of all the Oregon mountains. Epic.
Winner: Portland. (And that was just view flying in.)
Everything in Dallas seem to have two titles: one in English and one in Spanish. Not just the airport; everywhere. Portland does not do that.
Winner: Dallas, unless you can't read Spanish or English.
Companies that are Willing to Fly Me out Just for an Interview
Like, seriously, didn't land any interviews in Portland this summer. Sure, I was looking for a position that people didn't want (3 month temp position for a college student) but still got nothing. I am very grateful that the people at Southwest Airlines invited me to Love Field for an interview. It would be a very awesome place to work, and I was surprised (and delighted) to learn that the said position is actually similiar to stuff I do as a reporter on BZP. Just with less AFOL jokes. I'm eagerly waiting to hear back from them about the position!
Didn't try any in Dallas, but I saw at least two people taking boxes of VooDoo doughnuts with them into the Portland Airport.
End of my ramblings for tonight. Now have to get caught up to school again. I was gone for like 2 days! So much has happened and there's so much video editing to catch up on.
There's something else about tomorrow too that seems to be important... oh yeah.
Wait, that's not on the forth this year? Bummer. Irrelevant anyway. I already mailed in my ballot two weeks ago, before the third debate anyway. Now politicians can stop sending me emails; I voted already, tough luck.
Anyway, maybe I'll download the BZPowercast to listen to on the flight? It's not going to be so funny that I'll be LOLing in real life, right? (I know the portion I contributed to won't, because gosh I still hate the sound of my own voice.)
I applied for a few internships already for January 2013 (you know, considering we all don't go puff in December because of some Mayan god or something.) They're based in Dallas, and I had a phone interview, and now they want an in person interview, so they're flying me out there for a day. At this point they've got to be interested, right? I hope to do my best in said interview, and I'm excited to see what will come of it!
Also I may have mentioned in my resume (AKA specifically stated) that I'm a reporter for BZP. So potentially they might visit the front page, read all my lovely set reviews (I know, right) and then find their way into this blog. So everybody, let them know I'm super responsible and everything! (Actually, I was going for more of "part of an online community" and "actually posts news stories once a week" rather than "blogs needlessly about Lego" but I've got to cover all my bases!)
Otherwise, I'm fairly busy with senor stuff for my last semester of classes. No slacking off for the rest of the year for me. (And no buying Lego until I get an income. And there's still so many Ninjago sets that I want...!)
And even tho I watched the full debate, my mind was already made up. (And having watch it, it just made me more determined to vote my way.)
That way being Obama. Also went generally Democrat for the state positions too. Especially hoping to replace my Republican Representative, whom I sent a letter to a year ago and got a response that boiled down to "thanks for contacting me, here is why I'm doing the exact opposite."
I would love to discuss political views because I can't believe how some people out there thing, but alas this is BZPower and it's against the rules because we don't want the equivalent of a food fight with boiling sauce being thrown around. (I think that's a lovely analogy for heated discussions on BZPower. )
And as such, entry locked! Make sure to go out and vote!
Kanoka, of course, were the collectible discs from the Metru Nui saga, There was a code on each disc that described its different attributes. The first digit was the Metru, which determined specific flight patterns. The second was special powers. And the third was overall power level. So you could have a ton of combinations, and you had to "collect them all!" (Granted, not all codes were released in set forms, sadly enough.) I got slightly obsessed with Kanoka after writing a couple of stories with them, and somewhere along the line I came up with this game that matched discs against each other.
So, for the actual game's rules. Basically, you have two opponents, and each has six discs they can select from. There is also a discard pile. Each opponent has twenty life points. One opponent goes on the offensive, and selects a disc to use. The defender can then select a disc to counter the offensive one. The disc powers are matched up (I'll get into more detail on this) and if the offensive player wins, the defensive player loses life points (determined by the difference in disc values.) If there's a tie or the defender wins, no life points are lost on either end. Both players discard their discs (unless a powerup allows them to keep the disc) and then they each pick a new disc from the pile. (This way, they always have six discs in hand, and can go through a wide variety of disc types.)
The determining factor for a disc to win is its power level. Initially, this is determined by the third digit, so higher numbers (7 or 8) are obviously more powerful discs. However, disc type and special powers can also provide bonuses, depending on the situation. This way, there's some strategy to choosing the discs to use in offense or defense. Here's a list of the various bonuses.
First Digit: Region
 Ta-Metru: 2+ Offense
 Ga-Metru: Do Not Discard Disc if Win on Offense
 Po-Metru: 2+ Defense
 Ko-Metru: 1+ Offense, or 2+ Offense against Po-Metru
 Le-Metru: 1+ Defense, or 2+ Defense against Ta-Metru
 Onu-Metru: Do Not Discard Disc if Win on Defense
Second Digit: Powers
 Reconstruct at Random: Random 1+ or 1- Offense and Defense
 Freeze: 1+ Offense
 Weaken: 2+ Offense
 Removes Poison: 2+ Defense
 Enlarge: 1+ Offense, or 1+ Defense against Shrink
 Shrink: 1+ Defense against Enlarge
 Regenerate: 1+ Defense, or 2+ Defense against Weaken
 Teleport: 1+ Offense and Defense
I could go into all the reasons why I chose specific bonuses, but that would increase my babbling even more, so if you have a question about one, go ahead and ask. But I did try to make some counter each other, like the Ko-Metru and Po-Metru discs. And I also liked the idea of Reconstruct at Random discs either giving you positive or negative points.
So yeah, that's my game. I guess it's comparable to other card games or whatever. And despite everything, it doesn't actually require any shooting of discs when played with on the floor, so accuracy or skill doesn't really factor into the outcomes. I'm not completely against tweaking some of the rules or powers, because I did play it against myself with mixed results.
But don't have anyone to play with / don't want to play by yourself / don't actually own a large collection of Kanoka discs?? Well, then you can also check out my WIP online game version. Yes, right now it's text only, but I think I've worked the code out right to make the game play logically and everything. It needs work, obviously, but if you have any suggestions on it, let me know. (And it's also a little more fun than my Slizer game, because it requires a bit more strategy rather than blind luck. The luck part comes in the fact that I kept getting all the lame discs and the computer opponent got all the good ones!)
Aaaaaaaaaand that's what I obsessed over today. Night, folks!
So you can continue to read the blog entry for the background story. Of if you're gonna go all "TL/DR" then just check out the game here and test it out for me. Comments appreciated, granted that you understand this is an armature project and not exactly high quality stuff to begin with.
I'm not sure if I blogged about it before or not, but I've had this general idea for a Slizer game in my head for a while. The basis is around my defunct Slizer on Mata Nui epic, where the six Slizers fight against evil worm things (named Zarxec because that's an awesome name) and their leaders who want to take over Metru -Nui / the world. As I wrote the epic, I gave each Slizer character strengths and weaknesses. Eventually, I assigned values to them too.
And then came the idea of the game. I had skill values for the Slizers and the Zarxec. I originally made cards, so that you could do a simple game where you determined skill ahead of time and then played your character cards to see who'd win. But then I was intrigued by the idea of an online game.
Granted, there are a few issues with it. The characters may be a little too evenly spread out with skills; if they're big on speed and agility, they're low on strength, and as such any pairing has about an even chance of pulling off a win or not. Thus, kinda hard to use strategy, when really any Slizer can beat almost all the Zarxec if the right skill is chose (at random.)
Plus, there are things I wanted to add. Right now it's more of an arena game, but I was thinking of more of a campaign, where the enemies got tougher as time went on, the Slizers got power-ups part way through, and somehow Matoran could be added as a bonus.
Oh, and the design is still a WIP. Backgrounds are just random light colors, where I could make them more detailed and change based on the enemy character. And the character artwork is basic too. The Slizers are just set images copy/pasted in, and the Zarxec are doodles from like 5 years ago. (Or more... gosh, I wrote that story a LONG time ago.) I've already animated Torch, so I could do that for the rest of them too, but that takes more time and effort than I might have to spare. (Plus, then there's the whole idea of designing this game using Flash ActionScript, which is also brings to mind some different styles of game play and animation... but would force me to learn more of that coding language.)
Thanks in advance for answering!
But hey it worked, and now I can officially visit Canada and then come back. Also maybe other foreign places like Australia or New Zealand or England or... other cool places that understand English speakers. (Maybe Japan? Iceland? Scandinavia. Mexico... er, never mind, wanna keep my head on my shoulders. Costa Rice instead. Heck, maybe even Texas... they're like a foreign place that requires passports right?) This, of course, pending on me having funds for said trips. I'm struggling just to get up to Seattle in one piece, so an actual location out of the state might just be too costly. But hey, now the options are legally opened for me.
Anyway, obligatory emote for finally getting my passport:
Carry on folks.
Also, Andrew & Micah: *points and laughs*
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