Let’s go Lakers!

Let’s go Lakers

                It’s been one of my many times watching a hockey game up close. These last 2 home games have been rather fun and enjoyable to be a fan for. From the aggressive game play to the crowd’s creative chants, I would never find myself in the midst of boredom during these games. The game looked really intense and I guess I always looked forward to the music being played after we score a goal and blame the opponent goalie.

The game against Cortland was pretty hilarious, but we won. This being my second game, it was funny to me how dirty the Cortland team was playing. This game had the crowd laughing and chanting “You can’t do that!” and we once said “He’s a freshman!” finally ever since last semester a freshman scored. I’m glad to be a part of such a supportive crowd. As a recent Laker fan and a sophomore, I had too much fun watching this game. This game seemed to be a really good one and I had fun watching seeing that we went 9-1.

Lakers vs. Nazareth? Yeah, OK. We won with such a lead and my friends all had fun watching this game go. These 3 games were all fun in general and I grew to like the sport of hockey, at least in Oswego. We were so into the game as a crowd and that’s something I really didn’t expect. The interaction of the crowd wow’d me because I’m only used to going to Baseball games in Yankee Stadium. Overall, I’m thankful with all the fun time I had and will be enjoying from Oswego.

Thanksgiving break

Thanksgiving Break

                Hello all, I’m here to write about how excited I am to head back home and have a great time with the family. I’ve lately been having a little homesickness recently. I haven’t felt too much of it when I first arrived to SUNY Oswego, but now I can’t wait to go home for a while then come back of course! The friends I made here are awesome so I wouldn’t want to stay home forever. You have to be lucky to be in such a university and I’ll never take that for granted. Everyone who has a welcoming family at home should have an amazing time going home. It’s a great thing, too. You will be seeing them again so soon in the middle of December!

To those who don’t have a welcoming family at home, I really hope you have a great thanksgiving break whichever way you plan to spend it. I would totally spend that time with friends at least. Always keep in mind that your college friends will most likely be your lifelong friends. Friendship is also a thing I would never take for granted, it’s awesome to be social even though I myself can be awkward, and I have some pretty chill friends to support having me around. I’m sure everyone has one or two friends that will support them if you’re seeing a not-so-enjoyable Thanksgiving break. Overall, this Thanksgiving break should be fun and enjoyable for everyone and I hope you all have safe travels.

Comida Criolla – Creole Food

During this IST approved presentation, Lissette presented to us about modern Spanish cooking with examples of popular dishes eaten within many Hispanic households. These dishes ranging from alcapurrias to pastels; there was also flan that was prepared for us to try out.  She explained how the cooking was done and how it tastes much better with sofrito, a sauce of tomatoes, onion, peppers, garlic, and herbs, as preparation to start cooking many Latin American dishes.

This program relates to current events where people now are cooking in this style. The preparation and the use of seasoning products like Adobo, an enhancing flavor used on steak or chicken, is very popular in the United States now. This is because the Spanish Language is becoming more spoken as well as its culture’s growth.  Many people share their recipes and how they prepare their cooking, making food taste better as more people discover new ways to find better tastes. Lissette’s presentation relates the food to both street food and home food around the world when she brought up examples of alcapurrias and pasteles. Alcapurrias are street food when going to or from work, and pasteles are mostly eaten at home with the family for holidays or a get together.

This event relates to my personal experience by a large amount seeing that I come from a Latino family.  When Lissette mentioned every example of food and cooking preparations used in a Latin family home, I could relate to it very much. My mother and grandmother have always prepared their cooking with sofrito and adobo seasoning for steak and chicken every other day. I even remember going walking home after class in middle school where my mother would buy me an alcapurria if I was ever hungry. The presentation was a summary of most of the food I’ve eaten in my childhood. There were many instances where I even wanted to learn how to make pasteles every time I see my mom make them and sell them.

Humans vs. Zombies: Second Half of the Week

This game is just loads of fun when you can just message your friends who are zombies as well within the game. You guys can meet up in the middle of campus and look for blue headbands. We sometimes have misinterpreted people thinking they were playing. For example, some people would be wearing blue headbands for design to hold up their hair or have their hair dyed in blue. As zombies we had to think up of strategies on how to tag a human. It is estimated that it takes two zombies working together in order to tag one human. However, we had some poor communication, seeing as most of my friends are playing this game as their first time. Many humans outsmarted us, even one human was able to stun four zombies, so I suggest giving that man an award. Another human even posted on YikYak, a mobile app where you can post messages anonymously to people nearby your location. He posted, telling every zombie to meet him in the quad and for everyone to watch the show. He took on so many of us, roughly seven or eight zombies until two zombies distracted him to have one run by and tag him from the back.

Day 3, Wednesday: Today started out on a funny note when I went to go eat lunch with friends and we sat alongside another group of people playing the game and they had blue headbands on. I noticed this, put my red headband on, and greeted them. It was funny how jokingly ironic that moment was: a zombie and human eating lunch on the same table. After lunch, I went to go play billiards with friends and I saw a friend walking by us, placing her headband on, then she saw mine. She then mentioned how she thinks it would be a better idea if she drove to class, which she did. However after she left after 2 seconds, I remembered the parking lot is still a considerable distance from Hart, so we ran until she reached the parking lot. I actually stopped running when I saw another zombie run passed me already trying to get her. That was probably the reason why she decided to switch paths from heading straight through campus center. I was upset we couldn’t tag her at the time since she didn’t have her NERF gun. Later on when the mission began, zombies had more of an advantage in both numbers and the fact that we had a super zombie in our team for the mission. This super zombie uses the swimming pool noodles to tag a human, however it only stuns the human for 5 seconds, thus giving the zombies a chance to tag that human. Also zombies had a shortened time period of being stunned, which was 60 seconds. The chances of humans winning were small, but possible and record breaking. The mission started with roughly 40 humans and 40 zombies and ended as too many humans abandoned and ran away due to many of them getting tagged. There were at least 10 humans left of the ones who participated. Zombies won the mission and thankfully I get to stay in the game because when zombies when, they don’t have to feed on humans the next day. The requirement was for humans to sign in at the campus center in order for them not to “starve” and zombies have to feed on a human every 48 hours so they don’t starve.

Day 4, Thursday: Oh my it’s been a year since the last time I got tagged walking out of campus center walking to a Shineman class. Time flies and so does this game when you’re having so much fun. Today is the day the humans have to sign in at campus center in order to stay alive. As a zombie, me and friend would hang around the center of campus by the field and spot humans after our classes end up until the next one starts. There was a point in the day when we found a human hiding at a corner and a couple of zombies were just surrounding her rather than just going in to try and tag her. I told them that the least she could do is stun you all, but me and about 5 other zombies came as backup. The human at the corner jokingly said “don’t underestimate me!” which was pretty hilarious to all of us seeing as some of us were by the wall, ready to run at her. It’s must be very scary to be a human in that situation to defend yourself with only socks and a NERF gun. That’s why you travel in groups! After that situation, we found some humans getting ready to leave Hart Hall by the side entrance and we just surrounded the area. They couldn’t stun us and we couldn’t go run at them since they were within 5 feet from the door. So we stalled and had them use up their darts until one of us walked up to be next to them at the door. When one of the humans suggested the other to go get the dart on the floor, he went to get it, stepping outside the 5 foot limit, and the zombie ran up behind to tag him! Oh he was very upset, but it was too funny. They eventually had backup and we zombies had split. The “mission” that night was perfect and imperfect. During the 5 minute briefing of the details of the mission, humans were told they have a mission as usual. When that was done, zombies were to follow a moderator, who then told us that in reality, there is no actual mission tonight and that an ambush is planned behind the campus center. We were excited and couldn’t wait to surprise attack them. However, the moderators had miscommunicated the location of the ambush. And so, once we spotted the humans, we ran up to them and caught them by surprise, but the original plan was to surround them, rather than having them run back the way they traveled. We still managed to tag VIP humans during that fake mission.

Day 5, Friday: The final day! Sadly to say, not many humans were really tagged on this day before the game officially ended. However there was a for fun mission at 6 p.m. where anyone can choose to be a human or zombie if they wanted to. Therefore, I chose to be a human! My zombie friends certainly hated me for it, but it was role play and I had the pleasure of stunning many of them with socks. In the end, many humans were turned, and eventually we came to a death match where humans can finally kill zombies due to the mission objective being that there’s a “bomb exploding” within the mission. So in the end, humans fell more and more, while I kept dodging and hitting zombies when I could. We were left with 4 humans and down to 1 zombie. Humans eventually chased down the zombie and credit goes to Xavier! A human who was tagged on Wednesday’s mission and received an “antidote” by random selection due to the mission being slightly in the zombies favor, thus becoming human again. Those who survived the 6 p.m. mark before the mission are the real winners of the game.

In conclusion, this game was awesome to participate in for charity to Child’s Play. It is $2 to sign up and the game comes by annually, once a year by Halloween week. I’m definitely playing next year as human. I will most likely have a NERF gun for the game in order to push zombies away. I highly recommend every student here at SUNY Oswego to try to participate in this game at least once in their four years here.

Humans Vs Zombies: First Half of the Week

Whew! This campus game has made the past week full of fun and energy. This is my second year participating in this complex game of tag. Players choose to be Humans or Zombies with blue or red headbands to indicate the two. Humans are allowed socks or NERF guns to hit the zombies with, which is able to stun them from tagging you for 15 minutes. The game is in play all day as long as you are outdoors and traveling to class; except when heading to work. This game has involved me having to do a lot of running and, since I started on the human side, it had me paranoid in the beginning. There are also daily missions that humans can optionally attend at 8 p.m. starting at the quad.

Day 1: My first class was at 12:40 and I had just finished eating lunch with my friends. Since they weren’t participating in the game, I asked them a favor to cover for me as I walk to class (I had to take safety precautions since I don’t want to be turned on the first day). Everything throughout the day went smoothly and I was able to head to class and back to my dorm safely. When the daily 8 p.m. mission started, zombies were the first to head out and find the red cooler that we humans are supposed to find and bring back into the Hewitt Union doors. It was then time for humans to head out to try and find the cooler. We split into even groups of ten. My group followed another into the area by Culkin Hall only to then spot some zombies trying to surround us after we went down the stairs in front of Culkin. When our group leader called out that zombies were spotted, we ran as fast as we could all the way around the way we came alongside Tyler Hall and straight to the back of Lanigan. With two zombies still lurking near us, we kept walking through the back of Penfield and towards the back of Campus Center. We spent a good amount of time having zombies spot us and chase after us as we run off. We kept doing this until we finally heard the call from one of the moderators that a group of humans have finally found the red cooler and brought it back. This calls for the end of the mission and grants the humans a 15 minute grace period from being tagged. Therefore, we had a successful mission and we ran home from those zombies!

Day 2: I felt safe going to class since it was an 8 a.m.. After that class I walked with a friend straight to lakeside since class ended early and I needed to stay a way from central campus since that is where the zombies  walk around. Then I walked down alongside east campus for my 9:35 class hoping I wouldn’t find a red headband anywhere in sight. We walked very fast to my class in Lanigan safely. Once that class ended, I just had to speed-walk straight to my dorm since it is home to many starter zombies. All went well as I showed off my blue headband during lunch. I didn’t worry too much since I didn’t have class until 2:20 in Lanigan, which worried me a little bit. Nevertheless, I arrived to class 20 minutes early since it is a huge lecture hall class. However, once that class was about to end, I left, and spotted someone with a red headband going down the stairs. I pointed him out to my friend who was walking me back to my dorm. So we walked back up the stairs and went to get out through another door. Once we stuck our bodies out the door, three zombies spotted me. To my failure to read the rules correctly, I ran to the wall of Penfield from the door of Lanigan, thinking I could be five feet from a building in general to be safe from being tagged. Apparently that was not the rule, which was to be outside 5 feet from a door not a building. That was when I got turned to a zombie. I was pretty disappointed not realizing that part of the rules, but at least they kindly welcomed me and I didn’t let them down. At least after this point, it was fun stressing out some humans whenever I pass by a blue head-banded person. Later that day I saw two humans sitting in the open field by the Campus Center. As a zombie I wanted to see how I could tag them without getting stunned, so when one of them approached me, I ran as he followed. I circled around the area as quickly as possible to then find another human nearby throwing socks. As I ran by, I swiftly dodged the sock throws and felt confident in trying to tag her, however I was too worried about getting stunned by the guy already chasing me. With that thought, I found myself running towards the other human who was sitting down in the first place and he shot me with his NERF gun, thus ending the chase. I felt like that was a lot of fun on my part just dodging darts and socks. The mission that night was quite a run as well. The humans had to protect a bucket all the way past Shineman Hall, in front of Rich Hall, in the middle of the field. The Zombies had a head start where me and my friends hid by the campus center entrance that leads to Shineman. I was hiding cautiously by a pillar until the group of humans came. A human said he should check the area by the entrance “just in case,” while a friend of his said “no don’t, you don’t know if they are there.” That is when I saw him pass by the pillar I was standing by and quickly ran up to him and tagged him! It was then when the guy’s friend hit me with a dart and stunned me for 60 seconds prior to the mission’s unique rules.   It was a humorous tag because after I tagged him, the humans all said “aww!” and he pretended to fall jokingly as a fallen victim. They continued their march and very few humans were tagged that night. They reached the destination point in front of Rich Hall and there were so many there who kept stunning all the zombies who tried going at them. The mission ended and humans succeeded with some added rain that had started to pour down on us, which made it feel awesome, like a real zombie apocalypse or something from a movie!

This concludes my first two days spent during Humans vs. Zombies! A lot happened and I’ve had so much fun in just the first two days. Some starter zombies were actually 5 year veterans who knew how to catch humans all too well.

HvZ Next Week!

Humans vs Zombies

    Sign up this Thursday! It’s almost time again for the Humans vs. Zombies annual game. For those of you who don’t know, this game is a campus wide game of tag where a set few of people are labeled zombies and cannot use anything but their two hands to tag someone labeled a human in order to turn them into a zombie. Humans are allowed to throw socks and use NERF guns to stun zombies from being able to tag them for 15 minutes. I participated in this event last year, and I recommend everyone to at least join in the fun during one of their years here in SUNY Oswego. The game only comes around once a year after midterms in the fall semester.

I probably will be writing up daily blogs for each day I survive as a labeled human in the game. I may resort to writing a huge blog that is more like a list of journal entries of what occurred every day from what I remembered that is most memorable of course. I have done this last year where on the last day of the event, I wrote a blog describing everything I could in detail and it was just too much fun writing it all down and remembering the friends I made and hilarious moments.

There are clear rules within the event which keeps everyone safe as long as people respect them. Such rules are that you can’t be in play when you step in the parking lot or 5 feet from a building. When a NERF bullet hits a zombie in the head, it won’t count as them being stunned. Also, non-players cannot participate in the game, where players working in collusion with non-players will be kicked out. You can find the list of rules and regulations within the Humans vs. Zombies Facebook page.

The game is thrilling, exciting, and friendly if you make it so. There won’t be anything weird about it since it’s a game where we all can go around and be “childish” as some people believe it to be. It’s worth the fun, and it’s acceptable. What’s better is you’re playing with potential long term friends and well as building great friendships as you go around finding other humans to team up with as you walk to class. The same goes to zombies where you can wait in front of campus center and wait for humans to walk nearby (Oops…watch out humans).

The game may feel like it’s built towards zombies to win, but it’s really all about giving it a try and experience the thrill of being in situations of survival. I want everyone to have fun and don’t even worry about not having a NERF gun. I was pretty much a weaponless human who would throw useless socks sometimes and even borrowed a NERF gun whenever a friend wasn’t going outside for the rest of the day. Enjoy the event guys, it’s only one week with an interesting storyline brought to you by the moderators of the Story Teller’s Guild.

Long Distance Communication

Long Distance

            Long distance may be one of the most difficult things to cope with in life. Whether it’s long distance relationships or being far from home, dealing with it is all you can do. However, there are different ways to deal with it. You can go through with video calling them through any video calling software ranging from Skype, Oovoo, Tango, FaceTime, etc… There are some advantages and disadvantages to using video calling, but it’s really helpful when you miss your significant other dearly or a family member. Long distance relationships, however, can have its pros and cons, but you may feel the cons a lot more. There are great things like: unlimited alone time, not having to fight for space, being able to go out with your friends all the time without anyone getting upset. The main con is the fact that you both can be thousands of miles apart. Distance has a definite impact on the dynamics of a relationship. A serious long distance relationship surely isn’t the same as having a long distance crush. When you have a long distance crush, everything’s new and exciting. You’re getting to know someone over the only modes of communication you have and it’s the biggest emotional tease, really, because the possibility of anything is wide open. Maybe you’ll meet them, maybe you won’t; you never know. But when you’re trying to make something that already exists, a legitimately working long distance relationship, it’s difficult.

In general when you’re away from home, you have the best and worst of both worlds. The freedom of being single and none of the fun or all the comfort of being in a relationship and none of the contact. It’s like having a large part of your life figured out, but it’s mysteriously nowhere to be found; that’s probably one of the weirdest feelings you’ll ever get. We can only be happy we have software online that helps with this struggle many of us encounter. Video conferencing for example, you have quick communications with others and  it’s where people from all over the world can meet each other halfway. You also have convenience since most places have internet connection these days, so it’s easy to talk to whoever you want, from wherever you are.

There are many options within video conferencing. Facetime allows you to connect with different people or family members. You can utilize Facetime off of apple products with one other person at a time. This is good for long distance video conferences, it is affordable for people that live far away, and it has a larger base compared to Skype. Facetime gives you a very clear picture. Oovoo allows you to connect with up to six people at a time. This is good for family members that live far away. If one of your contacts isn’t online, you may send them a video message that they will receive when they log in. Skype allows you to connect with one other person at a time. This is free to download and it offers a voice mail service in case someone missed your call. Tango is a video chat app that can be downloaded on an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or an android. This can connect you to one other person at a time. This is, however, a very unpopular app. Although some options can be pricey, others can be very economically feasible, along with being compatible with other equipment. Most of these types of software are very easy to use and understand. It can only take a few clicks to start talking with who you have to.

Video conferencing has some troublesome aspects to it, but the advantages balance out. Time zones may be different in other parts of the world. The investment and maintenance of the equipment is expensive. Also, there will always be times where you need to be able to meet face to face. It’s still worth the time and effort you want to put in order to talk with who you want.

Keeping Yourself Busy

Lately I’ve been drenched with boredom throughout this past weekend. Although I’ve been sick and had more time to think to myself how boring it is to feel like there’s nothing you can do especially when sick. One would want to avoid getting other people sick, which is something I tried to avoid even though someone unfortunately received some of same symptoms I had. Despite someone else getting sick and spreading the “Oswego Plague” indirectly, as some people call it, I’ve had trouble having fun in any way. Usually I enjoy having work to do, however I had caught up with the work I had been assigned.

I actually was glad I had my afternoon class this past Monday for Accounting, seeing as it is my major and that class seems to always have me doing work. The feeling of something keeping me busy makes me feel a lot better especially since I was already focused on controlling the mucus running marathons down my nose; it was not a pretty feeling. Thankfully though, Monday was the last day of me being sick at all. Today, Tuesday, I woke up completely recovered and relaxed as I woke up and went to my 8 a.m. class.

As I write this blog today, I think to myself that I probably should have taken the time to write a blog during the time I was bored. I felt miserable with the cold I had, but now I’ll be trying to keep myself busy again by getting back into the gym. Speaking of gym, if you haven’t purchased a gym membership, I highly recommend you go find a friend who has the Insanity Workout DVD and attempt it. It will be worth your time because watching a video on what specific work out you have to do is better than figuring out first hand in the gym (even though you can get a personal trainer or look up online). I only recommend Insanity at all if you want to find a different place to work out than the gym itself. Hopefully you guys wont feel too bored during your years in college. Make sure to sleep it off if you have to, especially when you’re sick. Spend time with your friends.

Windows 10

Microsoft has revealed their upcoming operating system with a number of questions in mind. They are calling it Windows 10, the fusion of Windows 7 and 8. When they say “fusion” I would imagine they probably thought of calling it Windows 13 or maybe Windows 18; as a message to us users that it would be double what Windows 9 would have been. They didn’t want to go up incrementally, in fact they thought of going down to Windows One. Quite honestly, if they called it Windows One, wouldn’t that feel like a downgrade in some people’s eyes? It’s like starting over to something unfamiliar or simply downgrading their security. There are those who think this way when companies reveal newer products for buyers to spend so much money and time on.

Thankfully we won’t get “lost” in Windows 10; looking back to the Windows 8 interface and how many users still can’t figure out what’s open on their screen or how to get back to an app. The new OS will have a feature that lets you zoom out and see everything that’s open on a PC. The pricing is still unknown, however it’s probably evident that it will turn out to be more expensive than previous versions. We can only hope that the new operating system will be really next gen. With the planned release to be next year, there’s limited time for Microsoft to make their marketing idea of “Windows 10” the better and improved lifestyle choice for our convenience.

In my opinion, I can’t wait for this new operating system to be released if it does come out to be what it’s expected to be. The main thing I would like about Windows 10 would have to be the Start menu. Combined with the windows 8 interface where apps are displayed on the left and windows 8-style apps are located on the right. This Start menu can be seen as very convenient and easy to use. If there was a feature I would hate to be missed it would be the unlocking of the taskbar; the taskbar’s ability to move to the right side of the screen. If that feature is missed, I would already be very disappointed with the OS.

Sources:

Niccolai, James. “Windows 10: 12 Things You Need to Know.” PCWorld. N.p., 01 Oct. 2014. Web. 05 Oct. 2014.

 

The iPhone 6

Clearly Apple has won when it comes to having everyone talk about the iPhone 6 and how it’s either good or bad for different reasons. After looking up the iPhone 6 news on Google, I find a good number of questions as well as striking news revolving around the new iPhone. “China’s iPhone 6 craving leads to fistfight in Connecticut”, “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been sold at the quantity of 10 million over this past weekend”, and “How likely is it that a new Apple iPhone 6 or 6 Plus will break when dropped or dunked in water?” Quite honestly I would never buy an apple product solely because they look like they can break almost instantaneously. If they worked on implementing a case as the actual phone without any extra charge, it would be reasonable since you’re already paying $650. It does look slippery as most critics mention and you’re better off buying a carrying case for it. Thinking about it is so expensive for the average college student so for those who do get it, good for you! Just take care of it, one slip or trip and that’s $650 down the drain.

I’ve noticed more about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus when I called for customer service on UPS and they asked if I was wondering about an “iPhone 6 shipment” and that’s where I know that Apple hit it big. With a great battery life, spectacular camera, operating system, and variety of features, I can understand how much of an upgrade it’d be from my Samsung Galaxy S3. Only problem with some of those who would upgrade is the pricing and how it seems to be able to break easily. I say this due to all of the previous iPods and iPhones Apple has previously made as well as all the friends I have had dropped their own products resulting in breakage.

Honestly I didn’t know about the iPhone 6 until it literally started to get shipped to people on the 19th of September. News spread quickly and I immediately thought to myself: “Oh not this again” assuming its just about iPhone 4 or something. I will completely admit Apple is a great company for selling so many of almost the same products to many people. Products that seem like slight upgrades to the generation before. This is how I feel Samsung did as well when they upgraded from the S4 to the S5, so I only hope there’s a major and noticeable change that I can clearly see when the Galaxy S6 comes out. I’m not going to call myself the most clear-to-see a product for what it is kind of guy whenever a next-gen product comes out; I could be completely blind about it, however stating it how I see it.

To those willing to pay for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, congrats! There’s definitely some cool upgrades that will improve upon other phones. One thing that remains a constant, though, is the iPhone’s awesome library of apps. For all those looking to see how apps will look on the new, larger display, allow me to recommended a new app I found: The Rukkus Phone app (on Android too). It’s full of bright colors and photos that will shine on the retina display. Plus there’s no better option for buying cheap concert sports and theatre tickets.