I’m done with college. For now and ever more. So, as a projects blog, I’ll give you now a rundown of my situation and what I’ve got on my plate, or at least planned.
First and foremost is Chinese. Graduating with a degree in Chinese from the University of Maryland qualifies one to do jack shit. None of us are comfortable speaking the language and none of us could read a Chinese newspaper to save our lives. Some of my fellow graduates are getting somewhat international jobs that have some dealings with China, because they’ve got their eye on the cash dollar bill. I need to learn the language. My plan is to go over to Shanghai, China’s largest and fastest going city, the New York of East Asia, and spend 20 hours a week teaching English. This will be enough to keep me living over there and I’ll use the rest of the time learning Chinese, outside of a classroom, the way I did French in Africa.
Martial Arts. I’m putting Haidong Gumdo on hold until I return from China. By “on hold” I mean that I plan to continue keeping up my conditioning for it, but I don’t plan to progress very much at all. My physical focus for at least the next year will be knife combat. Be it training for knife duels ala. Dune or putting a shiv in someone’s back ala. Riddick, I’ll now be concentrating on training with under a foot’s worth of blade. I have a perhaps marketable invention for knife dueling, which exposure and justification I keep delaying to put here. Now that I’ve mentioned it, I hope that holds me to blogging more soon.
Video games. Some people play video games as a hobby, others make video games as a career or hobby. Until now I’ve been simply thinking about games as a hobby. This stems from my involvement with a lesser known great of a game called Infantry and my playing a classic great game M.U.L.E.. Multiplayer dynamics intrigue me. I believe I see alot of things that haven’t been done but could also be great. But I’m no programmer and I don’t own a development company. With that I’ve scaled my dreams down to fit to size. Success with the smaller would lead to eventual attempts of the greater. I couldn’t even produce the crap titles with which Grue spends plenty of time. I think I could, however, make a browser game. Again, more on that later.
Those are the main projects for the summer and beyond. Here are the others.
Music. Attending The Fucking Champs concert inspired me to pick up the guitar again. I have no ambitions but to have fun. So, I bought a new pack of rust resistant strings, given my rust monster complex. I’ve even found a way to extend the life past when the coating wears off. I use a metal cleaner called Mr. Metal, which is a no rub cleaner that I used for blades before trying on guitar strings. Anyway, I’ve started learning stuff fromThe Fucking Am album, but I’m more than open to suggestions as to fun stuff to play, as I’m going to reach a definite ceiling to my ability to play Champs works. Now if only I could find my pedals…
Fluorecent rocks. New Jersey might suck, but apparently Bear, Loki and Grue are sitting on a gold mine as far as fluorescent rocks are concerned. I think you guys should really “dig in” and start hunting rocks. Are you guys up? As soon as I can contact Chuck Grogan, I’ll have him give us a starter run-down.
So that’s that, an exposÃ©, mainly as a way to hold myself to the projects. You should hear about these in more detail very soon. If not, you guys have official rights to bug me.