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the Saturday Shake-up (Vlog)

The following video is an example of the kind of insanity that can occur in one’s mind after four-and-a-half hours of standardized testing.  Enjoy (in HD!).

– Will

Without MP, I’d be Miserable at Best

I’ve always loved the song “Jamie All Over” by Mayday Parade. While I consider myself a fan of Mayday Parade, I’ve never really explored their breakout album, A Lesson in Romantics, in its entirety. Shortly before I went to bed, I decided to randomly check my Twitter feed (a rare event). On the home page, there was a tweet that said “Mayday Parade’s “Miserable at Best” always makes me cry.” As someone who’s only experienced relatively cheery music from the band, this came as a bit of a shock and I quickly hopped onto iTunes to see what I had missed… and I had apparently missed one of the most awesome songs on the album (albeit the most depressing).

Sometimes its nice to discover “old” music after everyone else has abandoned it.

– Will

Self-Portrait: One-Month Later

One month into my senior year and I’m already reverting to the basics of the past three years of my life: writing extensively, playing guitar, and dabbling in various forms of photography. After going to Wal*Mart this evening to buy toga essentials (a white flat sheet and a three-pack of sleeveless t-shirts [also known as A-shirts, tank tops, and “wife beaters”]), I went into my bedroom and grabbed the acoustic guitar that got me through the crappy part of my sophomore year. I played for a while, randomly combining chords into a slow, hopeful sounding melody. Then I grabbed my camera.

What do you think? Is it stupid, boring, random, meh… OR is it interesting, unique, cool, legit…  or something else? Let me know.

– Will

P.S. I have some video of a bowling trip I went on with Anne and Jon today that I might put up sometime this weekend… Stay tuned.

Numb (Vlog)

Consider this my personal “David after Dentist”-like experience… I really don’t like it when half of my face is numb.

Halo: Reach Finale

*Spoiler Alert*

NOTE: If you haven’t finished the campaign on Halo: Reach and wish to finish it without the plot being spoiled, halt reading the following post until AFTER you’ve finished the game. You’ve been warned.

I finished the campaign for Halo: Reach a few days ago. My initial reactions:

  • Holy shit. They seriously ended a game with a firefight match?!? Now way. And it actually works with the plot… crazy.
  • Every time one of the Noble team died, I felt a new wave of mild grief. It was like losing a comrade…. a virtual comrade.
  • Wow. I kind of want to replay the whole series again now. The ending felt somewhat anticlimactic, which is odd considering that I know what happens next… I guess the knowledge of what happens next makes me want to replay all of ’em to refresh my memory.
  • I don’t like seeing my helmet with cracks in the visor…
  • When the hell did the Chief get on the ship? And why the hell didn’t he at least make a cameo appearance in the game?
  • Kudos to Bungie for letting players use their customized Spartan in the campaign. It’s about time.
  • Did you seriously think you needed to tell me about the multiplayer mode after I finished the campaign?!? Seriously. Multiplayer is what the Halo-series is famous for– most people skip the campaign and dive straight into the multiplayer because it’s so awesome.

Although I wish the campaign was a bit longer, I was pleased with how the game ended. I look forward to mercilessly slaughtering hundreds newbs online. This game has some serious replay value, so if you’re on the fence about buying it after a less then perfect experience with ODST, just buy the damned game already. If you don’t now, you’ll cave later when everyone is still raving about how awesome it is.

To everyone else out there who is not interested in silly things like video games, fear not. This blog is not becoming a gaming blog, and this will probably be my last post about Halo, Xbox 360s, and everything else video game-related for a long time.

– Will

Thanks Microsoft. (RRoD: Round II)

Dear Microsoft,

I’ve owned my Xbox 360 for a few years now. I’ve had a lot of fun times playing video games like Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, Halo: Reach and many other games. The console I owned before my Xbox 360 was the original Xbox, a console that I never had any issues with. I consider myself to be a loyal Xbox fan, but the latest issue I’ve had with my 360 is the last straw. I’ve sent my Xbox 360 to Microsoft’s repair department twice; once for a disc-reading issue and the second time for the RRoD. Both times my 360 was repaired for free and sent back to me with a one-month subscription card to Xbox Live.

I felt that having to send my 360 to your repair department once was an inconvenience. Then, I was forced to send it in again for a known console defect. After sending it in to be fixed twice, I find it completely ridiculous that my Xbox 360 is facing issues again. I never should have had any issues with it in the first place. Producing a product that fails multiple times is dishonest. As a loyal Xbox customer,  I feel betrayed. I feel like my investment into my Xbox 360 console was a complete waste. I’ve purchased four controllers, multiple video games, years of Xbox Live subscriptions, countless accessories, and multiple headsets (that ironically have also gone defective after short periods of use) and now all of those things are useless. Thanks. Now, I’m forced to look on eBay for a refurbished console that won’t cost an excessive amount of money so that all of the money I’ve spent in console accessories and video games won’t be wasted.

So thanks again, Microsoft. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, and you’ve lost a customer.

– Will

Week Two: Frozen Yogurt, Flat Tires, and Sock Monkeys.

The first full-week of high school as a Senior at West High has been eventful. I’ve gone on two field trips for Environmental Science , finished one project in Human Anatomy, aced one AP Stats quiz, created toothpick boat models in AP English, participated in multiple debates about human behavior in Genocide, and changed a flat tire in the movie theater parking lot (and later put the newly patched tire back on in the Wal*Mart parking lot… more on that later).

Life is good. My classes are interesting, but not even remotely difficult. I’m awaiting a huge paper assignment to drop in AP English, but there’s always time for that next week (to be honest, I would have expected her to assign a paper on Friday, that way we would have a three-day weekend to procrastinate working on it). We’re still in the “first-two-weeks-of-school-where-actual-education-is-AWOL” buffer zone though, so the heavy workload should be arriving soon. I’m praying that the ridiculously easy AP Stats homework isn’t temporary. I like only having to spend 15-minutes max. on math homework. It’s nice.

So school’s been pretty good. Nothing beats the 1:55 P.M. early-out, and the days pass relatively quickly. Also, being able to drive the Focus to and from school definitely beats the bus. It’s nice to have the option to go to a coffee shop after school to work on homework or hang out with friends instead of just going home. It makes me feel more independent, ya know? It feels like I can finally take advantage of my license and all of it’s freedoms.

On Thursday, I decided to take advantage of my mobility and join Anne and Jon on a trip to the new yogurt store by the movie theater, Billings Best Yogurt. It’s an awesome place. The atmosphere is nice, and the people working there were very friendly. The moment we walked in the door, we were asked if we had ever been there before, and then given a short tour. The employees there went above and beyond the level of service you would expect at a self-serve yogurt shop, and we’ll definitely be coming back there soon. The frozen yogurt was incredibly delicious, and there were a seemingly unlimited amount of topping choices (gummy bears, M&Ms, chocolate chips, cereal, cherries, and several choices of flavored syrups… you name it, they probably have it). Their prices were also especially reasonable– it only cost a little over $9 for three people with individual cups.

After eating the awesome frozen yogurt, we walked back to our cars and I noticed that I had a flat tire. My immediate reaction was shock, and I stared at the flat for a second completely dumbfounded as to how or why I would have a flat tire.

Then I thought, “I have a flat. Seriously… I have a flat tire… Wow. This sucks.”

I told Jon and Anne about my predicament, and we brought the spare tire and cheap emergency jack out of the trunk. We changed the tires out quickly, and I was mobile again. Jon followed me home in his truck to make sure that I made it home safely on the spare tire, which is of the bike-tire variety and is only designed to go at a max. speed of 50 mph. I made it home without any problems, and life was good. The next day was a little stressful though, as I had to get on the busy South Frontage Road with a speed-handicapped vehicle (the speed limit for South Frontage Rd. is 65 mph, and I could only do 50 mph on the spare). I also had to drive on the highway for a short stretch later in the day for a field trip. I got the tire patched the day after I discovered the flat, so I didn’t have to deal with the spare for too long (thank God).

Here’s a few pictures I took when I was putting the newly-patched tire back on my car (note how small the spare tire is in comparison to the legit tires) :

I’m surprised this stupid thing held the car’s weight.

Gotta love cheap jacks… They give you a sense of security, ya know?

When I was changing out the newly patched tire with the spare tire, only one person in the parking lot stopped to see if I needed any help (which I denied, but thanked the person for offering). I didn’t need any help, but it’s sad that people have become such selfish bastards that they don’t even offer to help someone who looks like they might be having car issues…

Earlier in the week, Ashlynn and I were paired up for a Human Anatomy project. We had to label most of the major regions of the body on a model. The model didn’t have to be human, but something with a similar body type (for example, one group used a toy T-Rex as their model). We were going to use an old doll, but we decided that is was too small for labels. So we went to Target and searched the entire toy section for the perfect model for our project. When we seen the sock monkey, the search instantly ended. We then took the sock monkey to school the next day and covered him in bits of masking tape with various numbers representing the regions of the body we were learning. This is what he looked like after we finished labeling:

That pretty much sums up all of the big events of the second week of high school. I’m going to be posting more videos on our YouTube channel in about a week… I’m hoping to get a new video camera for my birthday. Look for more posts from me and the rest of the blogging crew in the meantime. Thanks for reading, and please leave a comment!

– Will

Area Teen Shops for School Supplies Solo

BILLINGS, MONTANA– According to sources from three different stores, a local teenager purchased school supplies alone today.

“He just walked in here, grabbed a notebook, some binders, a few pencils, and some other crap and left,” said Wal*Mart greeter, Edith Shruuden. “He must have no life or something.”

In addition to a notebook, some binders, and a few pencils, the adolescent was rumored to have purchased eco-friendly Sticky Notes, a wooden ruler, and copy paper. Local Target store shopper Fred Huffman believed that the seemingly innocent school supplies were being used for a more sinister purpose.


Fred Huffman, 42, believed the area teen had different motives for purchasing earth-friendly school supplies.

“Eco-friendly Sticky Notes and a wooden ruler? This guy is clearly an eco-terrorist. Nobody buys earth friendly products,” said a concerned Huffman on Saturday night.

The area teenager stopped at Target, Wal*Mart, and Barnes and Noble. He purchased multiple items at Target and Wal*Mart, but only purchased one sketchbook at B&N.

“Yeah, that kid was weird. He awkwardly walked into the store, looked at the Moleskine notebooks for a bit, and then settled for a cheaper brand,” noted a Barnes and Noble cashier, who asked that his name remained anonymous. “He was pretty clumsy too. He dropped a nickel when I gave him his change.”

After purchasing all of his academic utensils, the area teenager went home and spent the rest of the night watching Saturday Night Live and checking Facebook like a total loser.


– Will

P.S. I love The Onion. And because I love the Onion so much, I decided to write a post that was similar in format to some of the articles on the Onion. I don’t plan on doing anything like this again, but what did you guys think? Let me know in a comment.

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