Life After Graduation

The days after graduation have been very different than what I’ve been used to over the last five years. Typically, I would be picking up hours at the CD/Game Exchange and experiencing a summer without homework. Instead, Yaicha and I have moved out of our place to a spare room of her parents to save some money for the move to Portland, Oregon. This has kept me busier than one would think.

I’ve been trying to find an awesome paid internship in Portland before we begin the move and have spoken with some great people that work at certain agencies I’d like to work for. Everyone has been super helpful in answering any of the questions I have and some have become great friends. Recently, I had a pre-screening phone call from HR at Waggener Edstrom and I felt like it went well. They gave me some advice as to not put all my eggs in one basket, so I’ve been more comfortable talking about how my search has been. After that, I made a trip to Edelman in Portland for an informational session with some of the team. It was great meeting some of the people I’ve contacted with via email and social media in-person. Shortly after I arrived home, I received a phone call from Singley + Mackie about a virtual internship and I’ve got my fingers crossed for a good phone call tomorrow. I couldn’t feel happier about where I’m at in life.

Although I don’t have my dream job, or even my own place, I feel like I’m on the right path to success. I haven’t had much help from anyone throughout my college years. Many great things have happened and some very rough times have also occurred and I’m still working my butt off to fulfill my dream of working in communications for a game company.

I would like to extend my thanks to all my family, friends, and acquaintances I would also call friends that have helped me over these past few months. If it weren’t for your help, I have absolutely no idea where I would be.

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3 Helpful Uses of the Twitter Favorites Feature

Back in May 2011, Twitter moved the Favorites feature from where it usually sat on the side bar. When I first noticed it missing, I was afraid they were getting rid of it. The reason why is the same reason why I’m writing this post. This is how I use the Favorites tab on my Twitter profile to benefit my followers and the people I follow.

It’s a mobile bookmarker.

Twitter Favorites Page

Twitter Favorites Used to Bookmark

Think of it as a Twitter version of Delicious. Many times throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening I can be found checking Twitter via my mobile device. Unfortunately, my iPhone 3G isn’t all it’s cracked up to be these days, so clicking through a link and reading the content within can take a LONG time. This is where the favorites tab comes into play. It becomes an extra bookmark or RSS feed. Plus, if I find the content remarkable but haven’t gotten to read it until a few days later, a retweet can breathe renewed life into an old tweet.

It’s a rant recorder.

Using Twitter to Capture Quotes

Twitter Favorites Used to Capture Quotes

There have been moments on Twitter where some significant news happens that causes a storm of opinions to hail down on the twittersphere. For a PR person, these rants are open looks into the opinions of journalists. If you’re a writer, it’s a recorded document of what someone has said.

It’s a great helper with commenting on the blogs of others.

Relating with bloggers can be done better with the Twitter Favorites feature.

Twitter Favorites Used To Contact Bloggers Later

Typically, I will only see one tweet about an updated post on someone’s blog. Unfortunately, I see most of these posts on my mobile device and reading then commenting on a mobile device is still quite the task compared to an actual computer. When I sit down to read the post at the appropriate time, I can offer quality feedback on what they’ve written. It takes time to write a blog post, so I try to offer the same courtesy by commenting on the post – not on their social media platform.

Do you have any other uses for the favorites tab? Feel free to leave your comments below, follow me on Twitter and check out my Favorites.

Risen review | Xbox 360

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Photo courtesy of rpg-galaxy.de

“Risen” is a game that leaves a bittersweet mark on my video gaming taste buds. The graphics are primitive and the framerate is super choppy, yet the difficulty of the gameplay and the option to wander the whole countryside, regardless of the strength of the character, is something I don’t see much in games nowadays.

I began the game without a manual, so learning how to do simple things like wielding a weapon and choosing where to venture were things I had to pick up on the fly. A few hours later, I’m deep into the game; manipulating every villager I could in order to put clothes on my back. I think this is where the game hooked me and continued to entertain me, even with its many misgivings.

And the misgivings are plenty. I’m sure the styles of fighting vary based on the story direction you choose to go in order to specialize in a warrior, thief, or mage class. I chose the role of a thief / hunter and invested a ton of points into swordfighting. Regardless, there were many occasions where I would wander the countryside searching for something I couldn’t find before being killed by something way too powerful for my character to battle. The island map had no option to zoom in or out, thus becoming a challenge to even locate the arrow that represents your character. There were multiple occasions were the walls to an area wouldn’t load or collision detection would fail and my character would fall into a void, thus making me reload an auto save or restarting the game completely.

However, I did finish the game and liked what good the game had to offer. This game is a budget bin game or a Gamefly rental for someone looking for a western RPG, but beware that it’s not a walk in the park like some games are. If you’re in the mood for a little something different in an RPG and can forgive its faults, check it out!