DuskVamp's forum posts

#1 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

We'll try record next weekend or so, so if any guys or girls have any questions send them our way! Thanks!

#2 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

Lots of tragedy in America this week :(

I don't understand how the surrounding area wasn't immediately evacuated as soon as the fire was reported though, and would have thought it would be far too dangerous for a fire crew to attend given the chemicals involved. Everyone knows how incredibly volatile fertilisers are, any fire at a fertiliser plant should start an immediate evacuation.

My thoughts go out to all the families of the victims and all of America this week.

#3 Edited by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

Awful events, I could never understand the minds of these people. But for every one of these insane people, there are thousands of great and caring people doing everything they can to help. Days like this are a stark reminder to let the people you love know that you love them. My thoughts go out to everyone affected.

#5 Edited by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@duskvamp said:

@believer258 said:

English at Belmont Abbey College. I plan to graduate from here and then go on to get a degree in computer science.

Don't ask! And if you're reading this and aren't in college yet, for the love of God, get a really good idea of what you want to do before you leap into it.

Tell my mum that, she's having a fit that at 23 I'm getting old and haven't started university yet while all my HS friends have already graduated. Even though most of them rushed in to a course that they hate and now want nothing to do with.

I'm currently in college (like an American community college) studying biology and chemistry, hopefully to move to the US next year to study Zoology.

I'm about to finish an undergrad in Biological Anthropology, getting ready to take the GRE, and hopefully connive my way into a funded PhD program. I didn't start to do any of this until my late twenties. Further, I'm fairly certain that I couldn't have done until then. Not to sound whiny, but this shit is hard, and requires a lot of maturity to keep your grades at the A level. If Zoology is your desired field (and that's pretty awesome) then you are tacitly planning on taking your education to at least a Masters level, but more than likely a Doctorate. Not many people get to take it that far, and you will be competing to get into programs that only accept five people out of a few hundred. Being a little bit older is, in this case, a pretty good advantage. Your maturity gives you a leg up on other candidates.

More people (in the US, at least) need to study things like Zoology and more specifically Evolutionary Biology. The lack of science understanding aside, this country is turning into a sea of either unemployed MFA graduates or over-employed MBA graduates (which is basically a degree in how to fuck people over.)

Good luck, @duskvamp. I'm rootin' for you.

Yeah, I definitely couldn't have handled these subjects straight out of HS, personally. My classes are full of 17/18 year olds that don't really know what they want to do, so just mess around in class and don't get the grades, that's what I would have been like. It's really tough, I already dropped maths to try and stave off the impending mental breakdown.

After snooping, I noticed you're from Chicago which is where I'm hoping to study, well Illinois. I'm going there this summer and will hopefully talk to an advisor about community colleges, because right now I couldn't afford university there. Do you know of any in the area that are known to have good biology or animal science courses, and won't leave me in debt for the rest of my life? It's hard to know what to do because I know nothing about the US school system, but right now I'm thinking of going to CC for a couple years and hope to go to a good university there after.

#6 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@believer258 said:

English at Belmont Abbey College. I plan to graduate from here and then go on to get a degree in computer science.

Don't ask! And if you're reading this and aren't in college yet, for the love of God, get a really good idea of what you want to do before you leap into it.

Tell my mum that, she's having a fit that at 23 I'm getting old and haven't started university yet while all my HS friends have already graduated. Even though most of them rushed in to a course that they hate and now want nothing to do with.

I'm currently in college (like an American community college) studying biology and chemistry, hopefully to move to the US next year to study Zoology.

#7 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

I'm incredibly unfit and have never stuck to any kind of exercise routine in my life before, but I've started going to Zumba every week. I know hard core gym junkies will scoff, just like my brother who keeps arguing with me that it's pointless and does absolutely nothing, but I feel like it's a good workout! I can barely stand by the end of it!

I went to a few spin classes, but they were absolute hell for me, my legs were visibly shaking after 15 minutes or so. So right now I'm thinking of going to Zumba once a week and maybe try Pilates once a week, too. Just try to build up any form of strength and stamina at all.

#8 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@subjugation: I use Turtle Beach X12's and have been really happy with them so far. I did some research when looking for a new headset after my wireless ones died and there seemed to be a lot of praise for these ones.

I'm from Wales, UK. Sorry I don't sound like Mr Drippy, I'm sure that would have made the podcast a lot more entertaining! We'll work on the giggling next time, it's just a bit of a nervous reaction I have.

@rpgee: It definitely has! It's something @wrighteous86 kept trying to convince me to do, but with my anxiety of public speaking and internet ridicule I was apprehensive for a while.

#9 Edited by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

I get no gratification based on the fact that the characters I'm killing in a game are men. If you're implying that men getting a sense of gratification from killing women in games is a cause for concern, as they might then feel desensitised about abuse against women in real life, I don't think that's a worry. I understand that some men might feel uncomfortable, depending on the scenario, for instance a torture scene.

But like @Brodehouse mentioned, nameless, cloned female npc's in a shooter shouldn't be any different. I'd like the opportunity to play a female soldier, it's something that I have noticed in past war games, while I know that the ratio of men to women in the army is vast, there are still strong women in the army and I think they should be represented.

#10 Posted by DuskVamp (681 posts) -

@humanity said:

@duskvamp: How can he put you down for playing Facebook games and not even own a proper pair of gaming headphones! The wedding is OFF!!

Hey, I'm a console gamer! I... never really saw the point. But I'll definitely figure something out when we do this again.

I bought mine mainly to use on the Xbox, so no excuses!