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Mayan Obsidian

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Wow! I have to say it's rather wierd to be making a journal entry in here instead of reading one. Hell, it's just wierd to even make a post. I've been a "member" of gamedev.net for about 3 years, and i've only made two posts here. One was about the PS3 and the other was about Darwinia.

At work one day, I realized how much information and time I've spent at this website and suddenly decided to say, "Screw it, I'm going to become a GDNet+ member and stop lurking." And so I did. And here I am with my very own journal. Amazing :)

About me

So enough of the reason why I'm here, time to introduce myself. I'm a 6th year Computer Engineering senior at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I'm here for 5 years because I've switched my majors twice. At the start of my college career, I was a Computer Science/Japanese major. Then, the hard college level maths hit my GPA really hard, and I was unable to get into the Computer Science program. Thus, I made the switch from learning about the software, into the hardware. Sort of a step sideways, but I'll gladly take it.

The life story

I've aspired to be many things when I was little to where I am now. I first wanted to be a Astronaut, until I realized that space was a scary place and that no one can REALLY hear you scream. When I was 8 years old I wanted to be a teacher, but then that dream faded away quickly when my family got their first personal computer. Unforunately, that computer was a Packard Bell.

That computer was a piece of shit in general, but my mother (who was a programmer at the time) taught me a few commands in BASIC. I'm sure most of you remember your first program and how HORRID it was. Mine was full of gotos and prints, but I loved every minute of it. From that day when I wanted to be a computer programmer. And I spent all of middle school and high school taking computer courses and math courses (I did well in those back then) and then when I get to college I started sucking academically. What it really came down was that I couldn't perform very well on the math exams, no matter what I did.

It was a blow to my pride not getting into the Computer Science program. I suddenly couldn't be something that I've always said that I would be. Sure, I could've transfered into a different school. And I was very close to submitting my transfer papers when I then realized that I didn't really know what I wanted to do with my life just yet.

So I decided to go into computer engineering just to leave college with something. Although my heart isn't quite in engineering, I found out that it isn't too bad. Maybe someday in the future I'll make the targeting program for a GUNDAM.

And most important of all, I realized that I didn't need a piece of paper to say that I was a Computer Programmer. I am one inside, and always will be. It is what you do with that knowledge that matters.

So what else?

Apart from programming, I enjoy doing other things too. At some point, I wanted to be an artist. I still draw every now and then, though not very well. I also like to watch japanese animation (aka anime). I can't quite comprehend an entire episode in raw japanese yet, but I'm trying to get there :)

The kind of games that I love are strategy (Final Fantasy Tactics), action/adventure/rpgs (Devil May Cry, God of War), Fighting (Guilty Gear, Street Fighter, King of Fighters, or any other 2d fighter), and the action/exploration genre (Castlevania:Dawn of Sorrow, Metroid, those kind of games), and Dating Sims.

Yes. Dating Sims. Yes, I do have a girlfriend (surprisingly).

That's all I have to say for now. I'll probably post details about my project later on tonight. After all ... that's what this place is for, right?


(Jesus, that was long.)
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Rate++ for you and a happy welcome [smile].

Oh, and BTW, if you get --points on exams for not explaining properly(I do [sad]) you can cheer yourself up by pretending you're too smart for the teacher (which you are, obviously)[grin].

EDIT: I LOVE your avatar BTW...[smile]

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Customary rating++!

It's good to see a fan of anime, japanese games, and apparently Gundam. Finding a fellow Gundam fan is especially rare, but there are a few here.

Anyways, I look forward to reading this journal.

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Nice to have you aboard! I really enjoyed reading your mini-autobiography; particularly your earnest bit about being a computer programmer irregardless of what some degree says. Definitely. [smile]

And of course, welcome to Journal Land. You sound like an interesting person -- although most GD.NET+ personalities around here are all pretty, ahem, interesting -- and I'll be sure to keep up to date with your journal. Good luck!

(Oh, and here's your obligatory rating increment!)

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Welcome to GDNet+! You'll definitely enjoy having a journal to reflect upon in the future. It's always nice to trickle back into the pages to see what was going on a year ago.

Man. Reading your first journal entry was like looking at myself in a mirror (Aside from being an anim fan).

// BEGIN LIFE STORY

Since I was a freshman in High School, I wanted to be a Programmer - CS Major.

I started here at Kansas State Univ in the computer science program, but the math was just unbearable. I could never do well on exams, no matter what. I had a tutor that I visted twice a week, help sessions, ect. I walked away from Calc 1 with a D the first time. Retook it, got a C. Took Calc 2, and that was just a nightmare. So, I got a withdrawl from it, and I decided it would be best to just drop down to computer information systems (Less Math/Same sort of computer logic). I enjoy the logic and computer programming! But, that math is just a PAIN! Atleast in that sort of environment. I really do love math. I was pretty damn bummed that I had to drop CS. :|

Then. I started to really think, "Do I really want to be a PROGRAMMER, for the rest of my life? Is this REALLY want to do?"... So. I stopped thinking that it was exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to keep my mind open, and make the decision my senior year. Until then, I'm going with the flow, programming and having fun (not stressing about it).

In the Marines, I got the opportunity to really run my own show. So that helped me make a decision to duel major in Business. That'll let me be a programmer for awhile, save up some money, and then I'll head into the corporate world or be an entrepreneur. ;)

It's all about opening the doors. I can't stand doing exactly the same thing (for too long) when it comes to work. So I'm pretty sure that this will be a good decision.

// END LIFE STORY

LOL.. So. Lots in common.

Feel free to hit me up, if you have AIM. My name is 'aim marine'.

Take Care,
-Dave

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didn't need a piece of paper to say that I was a Computer Programmer. I am one inside, and always will be.

And that day, the little hacker's heart grew two sizes, and he sped off into the sunset.

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Welcome. [smile]

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And most important of all, I realized that I didn't need a piece of paper to say that I was a Computer Programmer. I am one inside, and always will be. It is what you do with that knowledge that matters.

Kudos!

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Oh, and BTW, if you get --points on exams for not explaining properly(I do [sad]) you can cheer yourself up by pretending you're too smart for the teacher (which you are, obviously)[grin].
EDIT: I LOVE your avatar BTW...[smile]

Hahah! Thanks. I do lose a lot of points for not explaining things properly, only because I'm worried about over explaining myself into a wrong answer.

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It's good to see a fan of anime, japanese games, and apparently Gundam. Finding a fellow Gundam fan is especially rare, but there are a few here.

Yeah, I'm a huge gundam fan. Big enough to be able to stomach through all of Gundam Seed Destiny. Man, that was like going to work.

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Nice to have you aboard! I really enjoyed reading your mini-autobiography; particularly your earnest bit about being a computer programmer irregardless of what some degree says. Definitely. [smile]

And of course, welcome to Journal Land. You sound like an interesting person -- although most GD.NET+ personalities around here are all pretty, ahem, interesting -- and I'll be sure to keep up to date with your journal. Good luck!

(Oh, and here's your obligatory rating increment!)

Thanks for the welcome! The interesting journal community made me want to join. :)

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Original post by ildave1
Welcome to GDNet+! You'll definitely enjoy having a journal to reflect upon in the future. It's always nice to trickle back into the pages to see what was going on a year ago.

Man. Reading your first journal entry was like looking at myself in a mirror (Aside from being an anim fan).

// BEGIN LIFE STORY

Since I was a freshman in High School, I wanted to be a Programmer - CS Major.

I started here at Kansas State Univ in the computer science program, but the math was just unbearable. I could never do well on exams, no matter what. I had a tutor that I visted twice a week, help sessions, ect. I walked away from Calc 1 with a D the first time. Retook it, got a C. Took Calc 2, and that was just a nightmare. So, I got a withdrawl from it, and I decided it would be best to just drop down to computer information systems (Less Math/Same sort of computer logic). I enjoy the logic and computer programming! But, that math is just a PAIN! Atleast in that sort of environment. I really do love math. I was pretty damn bummed that I had to drop CS. :|

Then. I started to really think, "Do I really want to be a PROGRAMMER, for the rest of my life? Is this REALLY want to do?"... So. I stopped thinking that it was exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to keep my mind open, and make the decision my senior year. Until then, I'm going with the flow, programming and having fun (not stressing about it).

In the Marines, I got the opportunity to really run my own show. So that helped me make a decision to duel major in Business. That'll let me be a programmer for awhile, save up some money, and then I'll head into the corporate world or be an entrepreneur. ;)

It's all about opening the doors. I can't stand doing exactly the same thing (for too long) when it comes to work. So I'm pretty sure that this will be a good decision.

// END LIFE STORY

LOL.. So. Lots in common.

Feel free to hit me up, if you have AIM. My name is 'aim marine'.

Take Care,
-Dave


Here, I first failed Calc 2, and then retook it and got a D. I took Calc 3 and got a D, and retook it again and got another D. I still love math though. I just don't do very well on it in school. I too was considering getting a business degree but I'm already on my 6th year and don't need to add 2 more. Maybe later on.

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So what inspired you to get a GDNet+ account with those two posts?

Lol. Well, I'm not sure it was because of my two posts (one was troll-like in nature - though they should've made the PS3 $500 damnit) but I guess I was using this site so much for my programming projects that I decided to throw in a little money and become one of those cool "orange" guys. That and I really needed a development journal to pace and push myself through my project.

Oh, and I love having an avatar. That was a big reason. Thank you all for your kind welcomes :)

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Your reply got out of order due to a bug with quoting in the journal software.

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