Category Archives: Extracurricular

Forgotten Worlds of Fantasy

Even though many people here go at a young age, after 21 years I finally was able to experience Disney World and Universal Studios for myself. My father said that he always wanted to vacation there as a family before, but as an ex-Enron employee, things never quite came together and before he knew it, I was going to college. After earning my undergraduate degree and selling my soul to medical school’s curriculum with its miserly vacation time, my parents … Continue reading

What Star Trek Tells About Humanity

So I just got back from watching the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. As someone who never really watches movies unless they have the name “Star Trek” or “Harry Potter” in the title, going to a movie is usually an experience for me that prompts reflection (often annoyingly during the film) as to whether or not I am actually enjoying myself and why I am enjoying myself– it’s something I cannot help… I’m a scientist. As for … Continue reading

Something Eternal

It is astounding to think about just how large of an impact MMOs have had on my life. Or rather, perhaps it is more staggering to think about just how completely the online world has become intertwined with my daily life as a result of playing such games. As I have stated numerous times on this blog, I feel that I have led very rich lives in MMOs– so much so that these lives have granted me long-term friends both … Continue reading

The Evolution of Ragnarok

2006. Roughly seven years ago, I started my adventure. With an outdated laptop and poor Internet connection, Ragnarok Online was my first real MMORPG. At a time where chat rooms and MSN Messenger was new to me, I had no idea what the world of MMOs held for me as I created a character on one of the most recognized games among online gamers. Truth be told, I was three years late to the party and the land of Rune Midgard … Continue reading

Nothing Stopping Us

It has certainly been an interesting summer for me, despite it being one of the busiest that I have ever had. Now that my undergraduate senior year has started, I actually have more free time than I had in the summer and am able to sit down and write about how I met another one of my online friends for the first time in real life. As with my meet up with Balance, I feel that this meeting will be … Continue reading

Dallas A-Kon 23: A Vacation at Home

Last year my room mate went to Dallas A-Kon 22, the annual anime convention in the Dallas area. While I was unable to attend then, I had been looking forward to going this year for a long time as I knew that I would have time this Summer. While my room mate made the convention look appealing from all the photographs taken, to be honest, I was a little scared. I was not worried about staying out late at downtown … Continue reading

Previously Intangible Friends

In my previous post, I detailed my mental journey about how I have come to regard my “online” friends as equals to my “real life” friends. In both domains, I have been making an attempt to be more open and flexible with my friends as of late. Do not get me wrong– I do not have trouble making friends or often get into disagreements with them either. I do however recognize that I am sometimes a little more retentive in … Continue reading

Grade Possibilities!

When I started college, one of the first things I noticed was the weight of each assignment in the classroom. Not having homework was great, but it also took away some “padding” from my final grade– in college, if I messed up one assignment, it would often be enough to drop my grade to a “B” (though I still would not ever go back to the days of highschool if given a chance). Last year, I decided to code a … Continue reading

The Journey Never Ends

As many of you know, I am a rather enthusiastic Star Trek fan. As nerdy as my university is, it regrettably does not have a student organization dedicated to the franchise. Wanting to spread awareness about the exploits of James T. Kirk and the others, I planned on starting just such a club next semester. Unfortunately, I am beginning to suspect that, with my increasingly intensive studies, I simply will not have the time to effectively lead the project. Instead, … Continue reading

La Mort de l’empathie

There are a number of reasons a person would brand an anime, or any television show in general, as a good show. If you know me, I tend to value shows that teach important lessons about life and society, even if they don’t mean to. As of late, I have been focusing on a long-time running series called Detective Conan. This show first aired in Japan in 1996 and has been airing since, due to its loyal fan base. (500+ … Continue reading

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