Sunday, December 16, 2007

3D Modeling Class

3D modeling is a very in depth subject. We're using 3DS Max, which is made by Autodesk, and you can do incredible things with it. It seems like it's all going over my head, but I'm plugging away, and I've done a couple of cool things so far. Here's one:

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Make sure your domains are private!

Later on in the thread, he goes on to say that he found that his domain was not private, meaning his contact information could be gotten by looking at the registration information somehow. So, those of you who own any domains, make sure you have private ones! (Or at least don't have personal contact information attached.)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Time Flies

One nice thing about quarter systems is how fast they go by... Of course, that leads to some feelings of non-stop on the go action type things, but so far it's helping me keep my focus more than it's creating stress.

I managed to "squeak" out A's again this quarter, so I have my 4.0 still rocking through 20 credits. 99.7 or so in Math II, and somewhere around 95-97 I believe in Intro to Programming.

Next quarter will be a challenge, as I have my nemesis, Comp II (I have psychological issues with that class, I think I'll Call it Flower Arrangement 102 from now on). However, I'm taking it online, and I'm on a mission! I've also been improving each quarter so far on my procrastinating habits (at least in regards to school, my room/desk/etc. is still very disorganized and I haven't written on I:NJAC at all), so I have high hopes for this go round. I'm also excited about two classes, 3D Modeling and Rapid Visualization (which is a drawing class), though, like I felt with programming at the beginning of the quarter, I'm not quite sure what to expect. I'm kind of mentally preparing myself for the possibility of losing the straight 4.0, however, keeping that 4.0 is definitely the target.

I will be cutting back on the second job after the holidays, and there is a two week break right up around christmas and through the new year, so that will help me rest up and hopefully get a lil ahead on some of my work. (Run on sentence night tonight). This week and next week are a bit of a vacation as well, since I finished my finals asap. Working only 40 hours this week makes it easy in spite of having to work 'Black Friday' at the local mall at my retail job. Of course that's compared to working 70 last week, and averaging about 55/week since I started my FT job.

Well, I've pretty much said all that to say this. Everything's going pretty well, which I'm thankful for. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 05, 2007

FF7: Advent Children

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a movie I must recommend. It may be 100% CGI, but, like it's predecessor, Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within, it is visually stunning to the point that you really don't think about it. The action is incredible and fast paced. The plot is full of classic Final Fantasy twists, turns, and intriguing tidbits. And, like all FFs, the music is stellar. I can't think of anything else a person could want from a movie. Watch it. It's better than Harry Potter.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

What Kind of Monster?

You Are an Alien
You're so strange, people occasionally wonder if you're from another world.You don't try to be different, but you see most things from a very unique, very offbeat perspective.Brilliant to the point of genius, you definitely have some advanced intelligence going on.No matter what circles you travel in, you always feel like a stranger. And it's a feeling you've learned to like.
Your greatest power: Your superhuman brain
Your greatest weakness: Your lack of empathy - you just don't get humans
You play well with: Zombies

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Half Done

Wow, one nice thing about quarters... they go by really fast! Still holding my 4.0 so far, though the programming will start getting more complex now I'm pretty sure! So, wish me luck! Math II still going fine, although I finally got a point off... /sigh. Such is life. Also, worked 60 hours this week, so I'm glad that the midterm from programming turned out to be amazingly easy and we got done 2 hours earlier than normal!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I:NJAC Updated!

Just like the title says, I finally posted another episode of I:NJAC over on Speaking of that, check out Jumpgate: Evolution and get signed up for the beta! Methinks the newest up and coming rendition of Jumpgate will rock! They even said that they're making it easier to be a mouser for those who don't want to buy a JS. :)

I know, I don't post but once a month for a long time, then suddenly I post 3 in one day! Could it mean that I won't post again until after Christmas? Heaven forbid! XD

A Picture II

I colored another picture after many moons. (Last one was colored about 2.5 years ago). This one got posted a lot sooner though. :) Hope ya like it! (BTW, it's for a little girls birthday, lest anyone get any ideas about my manliness, since I just colored a picture of a faerie).

One Third

One third of the way through my third quarter. Intro to Programming and Math II are going well! 97% and 100%. I haven't written, done anything particularly interesting to post up here other than that I write out my math homework in prose (at least a lot of it), which my teacher finds entertaining. Thank goodness it's online so I don't have to do the ole "Problems 1-1085109, Odd" business.

I haven't been late to work yet, in spite of the horrific earliness in the morning of it. (6-2, *Shudders*). I've been working about 50 hours between the two jobs, which is good. I'm slowly making headway with my bills. :) Also, I am insured again for the first time in a long time, but, I'd still prefer to not break my leg or anything!

I read the novelization of that new movie that's coming out, Beowulf, which is obviously about the epic, Beowulf. I can't say I loved some of the 'interperetation' of it, but it looks like it would be a decent movie. Probably won't watch it though since it horribly ruins my image of Beowulf. ;) If the movie is anything like the novel of the movie, then I commend them on their portrayal of the culture of that time period. They did an excellent job of incorporating the conversion to Christianity that was just beginning at that point in time.

Monday, August 20, 2007

New News

It's getting nigh the end (as in it's the last week) of the quarter. One class totally finished, Intro to PCs and locked down with a 100% (99.95 approximately). Now I need to buckle down and finish my paper for comp I tomorrow so that I have some time before sunday to edit it and get a minimum of an 85% on it. If I lock that down with an 85+, I think I'm guaranteed at least a 90%. Then Math I I'm currently shooting a 98%, which I should maintain with this weeks quiz/homework. The final is only 5% of the grade so that's pretty much a lock for an A as well. So, I just need to finish a paper in such a fashion that it doesn't totally suck and I should be through 20 credits with a 4.0!

Next Quarter I'm cutting back to 2 classes, Math II (Trigonometry), which I'll be taking online with my sister, as well as... Intro to Programming. That second one is kinda making me nervous, as I have not done any programming ever, unless you count some really basic html (which I don't). Well, it shouldn't be TOO hard I guess, so long as I make sure to keep up with everything. Then I'll get to help my sister when it's her turn to take it... yay...

Now, as for the reason that I'll be cutting back to 2 classes instead of 3... you may have guessed it already. I picked up a job. I will admit to not being SUPER gung ho about it, as it involves getting up at 5ish am, and assembly work on circuit boards. But, it is full time, which after the past year and especially the past 7 months, I REALLY need, even if it isn't the highest pay rate in the world. Combining it with still working a night or two a week at the retail store I work at, I should have a minimum of 45 hours every week which will go a long way towards getting me caught up, back on my feet and out of the mental hospital. Well, I guess I've always been crazy so it may not help that last one. ;)

Last week I read the last harry potter book, as well as the full Lord of the Rings 'trilogy' (it's not really a trilogy you know) all in about 4 days, instead of working on the paper like I should have been. Bad me!

I think that's all I've got for now, since I should really stop staying up late NOW so that I can hopefully get a new sleep pattern started before crunch time. (Kind of too late for starting that today I guess... Ooops)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Approximate Midpoint

Well, I'm approximately 1/2 done with this quarter of school, so I figure I'll give a little progress report. In Intro to Computers, I've been doing good, but we're having a debate on AMD vs. Intel next week. Current grade 99%. I'm also doing well in Math I, with a 98%. With Comp I, I should be doing better than a 91%, but I had a big 'slacker week' last week, so I still have one more assignment to catch up on yet, and also to do this weeks stuff.

In other news, I'm nearly done with The Story of Britain From the Romans to the Present: A Narrative History by Rebecca Fraser. Yes, I've been reading it for about a month and a half. It's quite interesting, but not the kind of book that I read 'straight through'. Not that I skip around in it or anything. I just set it down for a few days here, a couple there, and read/do something else. That's all I've got.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

True Prosperity

True Prosperity- the ability to liberally apply the fluid of life on grass without thinking about it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I:NJAC Special

Well, something I just did is work up a bit of an outline finally. First I outlined what's taken place so far, then I've outlined up through Chapter 8, though I'm not going to force myself to lock in 100% to the future lineups. Here's through Chapter 6, since I'm pretty sure I'll keep it right on through there:

Prologue - Introduction
Chapter 1 - A Combat Mission
The Mission
The Plan
Chapter 2 - Hide...
Chapter 3 - ...and Seek
Where to?
Not Alone
The Lumpy Stew
Chapter 4 - On the Lam
Fight to the Elevator
Mystery Man
Chapter 5 - Invasions and Conversations
Chapter 6 - The Undercover Cover Band
The Low Down
Get the Gear

Well, I still have to come up with some poetry or something special like that for after Chapter 4. I've written through the second episode of Chapter 5. Look for more to come!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

A Picture

This is a picture I colored. It was originally drawn by Diane of Final Fantasy Vault. I think they still have her FFXI comics and art archived there. If not, it's quite a pity.


Well, I've reorganized the computers and paraphenalia (sp?) yet again! I now have the PC back out in the living room, sharing Keyboard, Video and Mouse with the laptop via a KVM switch. I can now perform the eqivalent of alt-tabbing while playing FFXI. (If I were playing, I'll log in with my sisters chars more often). I also broke out my USB hub that I bought awhile back, but never hooked up, so now I've got the wireless network, my JS, a printer, a scanner and a cord for a digi cam all hooked up now. Also, I have an old VCR hooked up to the monitor, cuz it's a special LCD flatpanel screen, so it has 3 AV hookups and a monitor hookup slot. So, now I can watch my old fave videotape, This Week In Baseball's Greatest Plays. Joy!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Current and Recent Reading

I've been doing a fair amount of reading with my spare time lately.

This is what I've chopped off:

I Was A Kamikaze
Ryuji Nagatsuka

The Threadbare Buzzard
Thomas M. Tomlinson

Currently Reading, interspersed with other stuff:

The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present Day
Rebecca Fraser

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

School To Begin Again, and More

Monday I start my second semester in the Digital Entertainment and Game Design program of ITT Tech. I'll be taking Comp I, Math I, and Intro to PCs. Luckily, these classes shouldn't be a huge challenge as I am concurrently seeking a final (for a couple years at least I hope) end to my job problem, and will most likely be learning a new FT job working possibly 60 hours a week (one of the jobs I got a first interview with, waiting on a possible second).

I checked out the official Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days. As some may recall, I have a story/novel/book idea on the back burner that I'd like to do, Around the Galaxy in 80 Days. After reading the book (which I hadn't read in sever years), I've noticed how much more liberty the producers of the movie (TV movie I think) took than I first realized. Also, I think that I'd be able to write a sci-fi version that balances the spirit of the book and the movie in an acceptable fashion, though I think I'd try to bring it in closer to Jules' original feel a bit more so than the movie. First, I gotta get I:NJAC finished. Maybe if I push really hard I can finish it in a year. I have moderate hopes of finishing the next chapter by the end of the week before school starts back up again and I have supreme business to look forward too.

~Mophia Out

P.S. If I can get a FT Job that pays $10 or more, I'll be back in FFXI in a month. If not... it could be a loooooong time.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Latest Episode Availabe

Of Istanbul: Not Just a City. Click on the link on the right to read. :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Dys Functions!

You may or may not find this insightful.

Removing the ‘Dys’ From Function

By Philip Morey

The key to overcoming the Five Dysfunctions, whether in an online or a traditional business setting, is having the right people, especially the leadership. Here are some strategies that will help a leader succeed.

Absence of Trust is the biggest issue facing a team. If the team members don’t trust each other, it leads to a Lack of Communication, which then turns into the remaining three dysfunctions. The key to having trust between team members is to… have trustworthy, responsible team members in the first place. If you’re team is full of slothful liars, all the teambuilding exercises in the world will do nothing for you.

If you do have good team members, Lack of Communication may come down to technological difficulties in an online setting. However, with a good IT department, that should be of little concerned and it remains on the leader’s shoulders to foster good communication throughout the team. The leader does this by setting an example of open, honest communication to all the members. There should also be plenty of opportunities made for communication to take place, yet not call an over abundance of meetings or flooding the correspondence channels with ‘babble’, which impedes the progress of the actual work.

A good team leader heads off Fear of Conflict with good communication and impartial judgment of the results. The leader needs to be the front runner in paying attention to the status of the project. If the leader is paying attention to the results, the good communication ensures that the rest of the team can’t fall prey to Inattention to Results.

Following the above principles, the leader will be aware of any problems in the project and have the ability to follow through with the necessary means to keep on track. Firm, consistent follow through, as well as the leader showing personal accountability to the rest of the team, will keep the rest of the team from Avoidance of Accountability.

The thing to note through all of this, is that having the right people is really the most important factor. A good leader with bad, or just the wrong, people will be no better off than a good team with poor leadership. Sadly, most failed groups actually have bad leadership AND members. In that case you can pretty much throw all these ideas out the window and have a corporate merger.

Friday, May 18, 2007


I need to look for work still...

I need to get more than 20-25 hours a week out of 2 jobs...

I need to be able to pay my sister back... 4 months of rent she's covered so far without any of my part.

Gas is ridiculously expensive... it costs me somewhere between $16-18 to go back and forth to school once a week. $44 to fill up the tank from empty. And my car sucks. The brakes are in sorry shape, which caused me to have to really pull out some 1337 driving skills to avoid getting into an accident when a bad one happened a few cars ahead of me on my way to school last week.

But... I do have a CDL and work experience in another field... yet one more thing to put on my resume.

So... even though i'm rather depressed (considering i'm an optimist) the optimism is still there. Now to go get my homework done for my class tonight and to finish catching up in my online class that I fell a bit behind in over the last 2 weeks.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Church of Baseball '07 I

The Brewers made it through the first week 3-3. Ben Sheets had a complete game 2-hitter in the opener, but had a less than stellar game 5 days later. The offense scored as little as 1 run and as much as 9. They had games of perfect defense with amazing plays, as well as games with head scratching moves. All in all, a first week of the season type of week. So long as they keep up playing .500 baseball while they work out some of the kinks, they should stay in good position to make a run for the playoffs. I hope. In other news, the Cleveland Indians are borrowing Miller Park to play their home games in this week, due to the atrocious weather. I wish I could get down to one of them, because $10 for field level seats is a deal I'll probably never see again in my life. Pictured above is JJ Hardy, being congratulated by Prince Fielder on his home run on Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I Passed

I Passed the road test to become a school bus driver. Hide your children.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Post

My busy-ness factor has increased dramatically this week. I'm interested in doing lots of stuff, but, short of doing something like requesting a day off of work, there's no way I could say with any certainity that I'd be able to do something at a given time. That's with only working 5 hours last week too... I'm scheduled a lot of on-call shifts that I get used for just enough to not be able to plan anything during them. I've also started CDL B&C /P /S training this week, and was studying books and taking the written tests for an instruction permit last week. This is on top of starting school, 8 credits worth, just two weeks ago. I haven't even checked my chocobo since the weekend. Well, I got more long-winded than I intended, but, that's wassup. (Also had a couple music practices last week.)

-This is what I posted on the linkshell forum, saying what's goin on.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

God Save the Trees

The trees of the world are thankful for the online revolution. Sure, from 1995-2000, Canada doubled it’s paper production, and paper usage has been estimated to have increased by 40% since the popularization of e-mail[1], but just think of the amount of knowledge out there on the World Wide Web; tree-friendly information. A major advantage of online communication is the availability of knowledge without sacrificing our environment.

It’s impossible to say exactly how many web sites there are on the World Wide Web, due to it’s dynamic nature, but, according to Thomas Boutell’s calculations based on there being over 108 million individual websites counted by the Netcraft Web Server Survey in February, there are at least 19.2 billion individual web pages[2]. A ream of paper weighs about 6 lbs, so 19.2 billion pages is the equivalent of 115,200 tons of paper just to print off every site once. That’s a lot of information available without harming a single being of deciduous or coniferous ancestry.

Granted, the accuracy of a lot of the information on the web is suspect, but, having such a huge amount of information at my fingertips, with out defoliating our world is a strong advantage of online communication. Now we just have to get people to stop printing off all of their e-mails.


[1] The ePaper Revolution; Geographical; Aug2005, Vol. 77 Issue 8, p36-37, 2p, 1c Ebsco Host, Acedemic Search Elite, kwd: paper usage

[2] WWW FAQs: How Many Websites Are There?., 2-15-2007 Thomas Boutell.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Friday, March 16, 2007


I guess I need to stretch out the image a bit to cope with these modern resolutions. But, iirc I made this graphic all by myself way back in the mid 90s (well, except for the X-Wings.) Also, now my font colors seem to be messed up. Don't worry, i'll be going back to the look right before this in a little bit.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

My Career Stats

As we're gearing up for the baseball season, I thought it might be fun to post my 'career' softball stats :) Unfortunately, I didn't get 2004 into my database, and I played in a different type of softball league in '05, so the stats don't really compare. Anyways..., let's see if I get this coded alright:

6 15 9 2 1 1 4 1 .600 .684 1.067 1.751 2002
10 35 23 4 1 1 1 1 .657 .667 .914 1.581 2003
18 60 39 11 3 1 1 0 .650 .656 .983 1.639 2006
34 110 71 17 5 3 6 2 .645 .664 .991 1.655 Career

I think I hit the jackpot with the pre tag :)

It really stinks that I can't find 2004, since that was probably my best year that I can recall. Had a batting average of almost .750 in ten games that I had stats for. Didn't have tournament stats, though. Oh well. :)

Monday, March 12, 2007

While I'm At It

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 9 out of 10 correct!

The Quiz Disease

You Are Midnight
You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.
What Time Of Day Are You?

I'm continually shocked at how accurate some of these quizzes are. This one only had 5 questions too.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Whadda Ya Know?

Mike: So, what was last month's adventure?
Lady: *moment of silence* ... I got a tattoo.
Mike: Do we know where you got your tattoo?
Lady: Milwaukee.

Michael Feldman is hilarious. The Whadda Ya Know radio show is in it's 3rd week of Whadda Ya Idol, which is 100x better than that Fox production. If you don't get it from your public radio station, you should check it out online. I'll find the link and post it later. Gotta go get our pizza!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Some RL Stuff

I feel positive vibes that I will be a 'Teller' within two weeks. Failing that, I'll end up being a 'School Bus Driver' in a slightly longer period of time.

There's a 95% chance that I'll be starting at ITT Tech in June, in the Digital Entertainment and Game Design program. Expensive and challenging. Well, going to school to be a audio engineer like I was thinking about doing a couple years ago would be rather expensive too, and a lot lower of job placement and starting salary rate with that kind of degree... The nice thing about the things I'd learn with this program is that, though gaming is the central focus of it, everything could apply to a very diverse set of jobs, from boring programming, to web development or graphic arts. Basically anything to do with computers. I could probably even get into some IT positions with a degree like that.

Now... I just need to get my FT job all set so I can start getting on pace to make more than 8k this year...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

A link

I have been remiss in posting this link. My apologies.


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Interesting News

The Swiss Army is on the move!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

New Color Scheme, Again

Does this color scheme look better?

Coming up!

Now is the time of year that I start blogging about my 2nd religion... I know that of my fans, 0/3 are also baseball fans. Well... that's too bad. Over the course of the month of March, I'm going to attempt to do some profiles of some of the Milwaukee Brewers, from players, front office personnel, to the broadcasters even. I am going to attempt to do the profiles with as much of the 'RL' side of things as possible, to hopefully give you less than interested viewers an angle that may interest you.

Sweet Myth-tery of Life

The title is a hint to one of the questions on the quiz.

About that quiz... I've been told that the quiz is dreadfully unfair and other such things. Well, too bad! :) However, one of the issues brought up is that I guess it wasn't obvious that some of the questions accept and/or require multiple answers. The one person who's taken it so far, got a score of 9/20, but then I gave them the quiz in FFXI over again, then knowing about the multiple answer thing, and this person improved to 12/20.

So, let this be a fair warning: Some of the questions require more than one answer and you must have all of the correct answers marked to be correct. These are the questions with the square boxes to check instead of the round ones.

Also, this quiz site does not reveal the correct answers. I'm sorry. I've you've taken the quiz and would like to go over the answers with me, join FFXI on the Unicorn server and look for Mophia. Okay... I guess that's not feasible for everyone. I also have yahoo IM over which i could go over the quiz with you. Also, you could take the quiz over and over again until you get it right... It doesn't take near as long as that other quiz site, cuz all the questions are on one page.

Another note: The questions seem to flow easiest in the beginning to hardest at the end.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Do You Know Mophia As Well As...

As my many fans have clamored... I have delivered. I hope all 2 (or is it 3 now?) of you enjoy it. :)

Saturday, February 17, 2007

So much that I should do...

A To Do List...

1. Clean Room - Perpetually at the top of the list.
2. Clean Rest of Apartment - Infinitely second.
3. Write More of I:NJAC - I do do this sporadically, but, really need to...
4. Type Up All That I Have Written - Writing is the hard part, I just need to be less lazy!
5. Get My Taxes Done - The sooner I do them, the sooner I get money! (I hope!)
6. Get Car's Brakes Fixed - New addition to the list, but need to get #5 done first.
7. Change Strings On Acoustic Guitar - Electric guitar all done, now this one.
8. Post More Often Here - Hmm... what's this? ^^
9. Start Posting On Crash-Riding And Make It Look Good - One of these days.
10. Post My Oodles Of FFXI Screenshots - Photobucket here I come!


Saturday, January 27, 2007

Life, the Universe, and Everything

I read six Douglas Adams books this week. Give me a couple days to get my brain untwisted, but they're still great. :) I just need to learn how to fly one of these days. (The trick is to fall/throw yourself at the ground, then forget to hit it...)

Still looking for a FT job. 20 hours a week just doesn't cut it... /sigh Too bad it's not as easy to make money in RL as it is in FFXI...

Speaking of FFXI, I've opened a forum (well, made a spot in a forum that I opened then never used) for my 'main' Linkshell, Divinity. It's the MMEC board. If any of you want to say 'hey!' to any of my LS buddies or me there, feel free.

This week in FFXI has seen me get to level 17 Ninja, my 'Kazham keys' for Istanbultaye, and quite a bit of farming. My sister's new character is 20 now, with chocobo and subjob and she has Black Mage up to 11 as of last night.

Also, Alaydhien of Mischievious Muse fame, has put in a couple appearances online. yay!

I unloaded all of my screenshots (my space was used up), I'll be getting a photobucket account or something to put them all up on, so everyone can see :)

I should stop being lazy and get the next section of I:NJAC up sometime... and work on writing the next one.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

I:NJAC Chapter 4, Part 1

is now posted over at JSR. follow the I:NJAC link in the link column ^.^