2015I have good feeling about it. 2014 was pretty meh. This year has a lot of potential. New dog, new projects, going to PAX South, applied to be a Guardian again (looking at you @Radius55 & @Hotpocket36).
Overall, I feel pretty good about it. I'm still in a very stagnant place, and turning 30 soon, but I feel better about my life than I have in a long time. The end of 2013 through last year was filled with bad stuff. I truly feel that I'm exiting a bad patch. I just have to reach that threshold.
Also, in the wake of people becoming discouraged with the community for some reason, don't worry. I didn't log 10 years on this website to quit now. I'll be here for a long time, and hopefully be able to help others stay here as well.
Black FridayI don't really participate in Black Friday. However, I don't hate it either. I don't get up in arms about retailers being open. I sympathize with the workers, and feel for them, but I stop short of wanting to boycott stores or getting mad at companies. I agree that's a bit uncool to be open Thanksgiving morning, but I don't have much of a problem with stores opening up in the afternoon.
My mom worked retail for decades. She'd go to work Thursday afternoon, get out Friday morning, come home and take a nap, and go back in Friday night. She went 20+ years without having Thanksgiving off. I worked peak retail days throughout high school and college too. It's the nature of the beast.
Last year, at this time, I was working as a corrections officer at a juvenile corrections center. Let me tell you, I would much rather work at Wal-Mart or the mall on Thanksgiving than there. I understand not liking Black Friday, and voicing it, but when I hear people get to a certain level of anger I just think about what I was doing last year. Going into work early in the morning and dealing with customers in a store, pales in comparison to getting up even earlier and putting on combat boots and stopping over 20 minors from beating each other up and trying to steal each other's food. Oh, you couldn't watch the game and take a nap? I had to eat cafeteria turkey with a bunch of unstable felons, and then spend hours locked in a big room with them. One day of stress at that job is equivalent to weeks of stress at a retail store.
You know who I have the most sympathy for? Corrections officers, police, firefighters, EMS, hospital workers, city and government employees. Those people are the ones with the hardest jobs, and some of them don't even get to go home on Thanksgiving.
Halo Jack-O-Lantern 2014I really wanted to make a Halo related jack-o-lantern for Halloween. I searched for some designs, and found some really cool ones. However, I wanted to do something a little more involved than a standard one. I'm not that experienced though (never done the scraping thing) so I went with a simple one.
It's called Flaming Ninja. It's an old multiplayer emblem (as well as the name of a H2 Vista achievement). I thought it was weird that the flames were scraped and not cut out, so I switched it to make it so. I wish I had more pics of the process, but failed to take any. Here's what it looked like when it was finished.
Not too shabby for my first time. That pumpkin was thick as fuck too, so the scraping took a while. It was a little rough but I was satisfied with it. Here's what it looked like when lit up.
All in all, I'd call it a success. Really enjoyed making it. I could've used some more specialized tools though. Maybe I'll find some and practice for next year, and make an even better one.
Might as Well Get This Over WithGeneral Username: BlackPenguin Age: 29 From: Texas Sponsor: Yes Date Joined: 10/04/2004 Last Signed in: 1 week ago (I stay signed in.)
Rooster Teeth Content First Rooster Teeth Video you saw: RvB Season 1, Episode 4 Last Podcast you watched: RT Podcast #292 Favorite member of the Rooster Teeth Cast & Crew: Probably Burnie Did you watch a RT video today: Yes -If yes, which one: The Know, about Spartan Strike -If no why: Favorite RT Series: RvB or RWBY Favorite RT Video: That’s a toughie. Probably something from RT Shorts Season 1.
RT Site Current Number Of Notifications: 0 (I’m not that important) Name of first Journal: “My First Journal Entry.” Name of your latest Journal: “Wow.” Last Photo you uploaded: Screencap of “Signed Up 10 Years Ago” under my avatar. Last Thread you commented on: Probably a Guardian one. First group in you group list: Blue Team Last Private message sent to: @agd2i
Achievement Hunter Gamer Score: 14,310 (Mostly Halo) Team Lads or Team Gents: Gents Favorite Achievement Hunter: Probably Geoff Minecraft Skin: Penguin, sometimes Emile from Halo:Reach Favorite AH show: LP Minecraft (by far)
The Community Favorite Group: RvBTX Have you gone to a community event: Yup. A bunch. Have you gone to RTX: Yup. 4-time Guardian. Favorite Fellow Community member: It’s a tie between all my RvBTX peeps. Tag 5 people to do this: No, IT ENDS WITH ME. I’ll bite the bullet and not pass it on. Hopefully I won’t get a call from Burnie telling me “SEVEN DAYS”.
19 year old BlackPenguin walks into a cyber café to maybe play some Halo CE on PC. He checks to see if a new episode of Red vs Blue is out on redvsblue.com, and is greeted by a new sign-up page and a new community site.
The rest is history.
Years of hanging on every upload. Years of “+1 cool”. Years of more and more awesome community members. Years of community organizing. Years of Guardianship and RTX. Years of seeing my second humble home grow into a sprawling civilization. Years of more to come.
Upon reflection, it’s staggering how much of an impact Rooster Teeth has actually had on my life. Not for just a moment, but for ten whole years. There are no words.