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Monday, October 25, 2010

Demons of the Past

Once, there was a man who knew not his past, and, as he was wondering through desert, he happened upon a genie. The genie greeted him saying, "My dear master, the time has come for you to make your third and final wish." The man, obviously confused, asked him about the fate of his other two wishes. The genie laughed and said, "Well your second wish was to undo your first. Come, make your third wish so that I may be free." The man then wished for the one thing that could interest him in his current state, he wished to know his past. Hearing this, the genie again laughed saying, "Ah, but that was your first wish."

Your friend, classmate, and comrade,

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Dork of the Day

Oh, my nerdy self...

Hey hey hey, classmates! I feel surprisingly good and witty today. The sun's out and bright, but for some reason I wish it would rain. I guess it's because I like the feeling of being closed in doors and the sleepy feeling rain gives me. As if all the troubles of the world could just wash away, be brushed off my shoulders with the the cooling breeze rain brings. But, anyways, today I bring to you a new segment of my blog (which I will now be updating regularly during the week and on the weekends like I'm getting paid) I call it "The Dork of the Day"
Yes I did use to many emphasis thingamabobs/whatchamacallits, fun isn't it? Anyways, I was going to teach you guys a few tips and tricks to truly making a video game (PC only) your own! I'm going to use an old game I used to mod: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. That game used to be my favorite game of all time. So now anyways what I started of doing to make the game my own was activating the debug console. To do this on Windows XP this simply do the following: Open up your My Computer screen (easily accessed from the Start Menu) then click on your main disc driver (or whichever driver you installed your game to) then when the next screen loads click on the icon appropriately named Program Files. Next you need to find the Lucas Arts folder and click on that. When that loads, click on the options file (name may very) then when you get there simply scroll down the list until you find the gameplay options. Use a text editor to then edit in a line at the bottom of the gameplay section. The line you need to type is: EnableCheats= 1. Then startup your game and when you load a game simply hit the "~" key on your keyboard which should be found to the left of the "1" key and above the "Tab" key. There ya have it! You may now access the debugging console in Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. Now this, as I've discovered, does not work on vista because it has special security permissions that will not allow the editing of a sponsored game's option file. Anyways, try that out and expect more from me as the day progresses.

Your friend, classmate, comrade, and gaming guru who is one with the force,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


By Jacob A. Howard.

Dust thou sayest the sun is warm?
Canst thou sayest the rain is cold?
If thine heart can find it true,
Then true is what it is.

Dust thou sayest the day is bright?
Canst thou sayest 'tis cool at night?
If thine heart can find it true,
Then true is what it is.

Dust thou sayest the sky is blue?
And roses have an aesthetic hue?
If thine heart can find it true,
Then true is what it is.

Dust thou sayest the grass is green?
Canst thou say shadow has no gleam?
Dust thou sayest your opinion is true?
Well, sayest my heart that mine is too.

Your friend, classmate, comrade, and novice poet,

Monday, October 4, 2010

Torah Summary For This Week

A man of the earth.

Greetings, classmates. Today is a beautiful day here in Florida, mostly because it's nice and cool. You see we're on the hill that heads straight down to winter and it seems that Florida is taking the express train down this year. Anyways, I'm gonna give you guys a summary on this week's Torah.
Yes I mean Torah, as in, ya know, not Haf-Torah or Brit Hadashah, but just the Torah.

So this week's portion is called Noach (Hebrew for Noah), and of course, according to it's name, it's about Noah and the Ark. Now I'm not going to retell this week's Torah, that is for you to read, and I do suggest you read it. Now of course we all probably know the story of Noah and the Ark, the land was wicked, so G-d was gonna flood it and the only man who had any hope of turning from wickedness was Noah, so He told Noah to build the Ark and pack it full of animals. Terrible re-hash, I know, but, once again, if you want it in detail go read for yourself. So one key part is that the L-rd has an order for everyone to follow, from right to left, and everything in 7's, male and female. In fact if you read it over, you realize that G-d even said to bring 7 pairs of clean animals, male and female. So there's order for you. A pair of one male and one female animal, and seven of each pair. Why would He be so specific? Because He was establishing order, just like with Him telling Moses to rest on the seventh day, and take a sabbatical year on the seventh year. The language of his chosen people is read from right to left. That's order. Right to left, male and female, and the number 7. Anyways another thing is that when Noah and his family boarded the Ark, G-d shut them in.  Isn't that truly amazing? He Himself shut them in. Now when the Ark landed on Mt. Ararat, and Noah and his family left the Ark, G-d established his covenant with Noah. He said that he would never again curse the ground (flood the earth in this case) because of the wickedness of man. He said, and I quote, "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for G-d made man in his own image." What He said was that he would never again flood the earth, He would never again destroy every living creature as He had done, because man was wicked. He said this, and I quote, "For every man's heart is evil from his youth." So He would not destroy the earth again because, of course, we would again become wicked. So if he just kept destroying the world over and over again, man would never get anywhere. No, instead He set up a law, that if any man shed another man's blood, he would pay the ultimate price for said crime. He set up a law so that man would have a chance.
And we all have a chance.
That chance is with G-d and His Word.
The only question is:
What will YOU do?

I challenge every man out there, to be truly a man before the L-rd Himself. And it's a goal I set for myself everyday.

Truly, your friend, classmate, comrade, and brother in G-d,