LtColJaxson's forum posts

#1 Posted by LtColJaxson (1138 posts) -

Probably won't buy it until they cave in and put up their games on Steam.

#2 Posted by LtColJaxson (1138 posts) -

@BoG:

Thanks, I definitely will. Just wondering if you had any thoughts on my video, as well as some of the other members who replied?

#3 Posted by LtColJaxson (1138 posts) -

@BrockNRolla said:

Poetry dying? That statement has been true for the past 80 years. Yet it still exists. Art forms do not die, they only wax and wane as times and technology change. As long as there is writing, there will always be poetry.

I think you guys are taking this a bit further than I meant - let's just say it's not what it once was. There is less interest in poetry especially among newer generations (even reading books is declining). I would never expect it to disappear.

#4 Posted by LtColJaxson (1138 posts) -

I personally have a desk setup like this, and I love it because my computer is off to one side - which allows me to write and do work on the other side of the desk. The L shape is also awesome for a dual monitor PC setup, and provides plenty of desk space. Since it fits so nicely in a corner of your room, it doesn't take up much space either.

#5 Edited by LtColJaxson (1138 posts) -

@Brewmaster_Andy said:

@Ravenlight: I've never been a fan of his particular aesthetic, in much the same way I don't get into any of the transcendentalists - nature this, simplicity that, etc. I don't really think he explores any of the emotionally resonant issues that he could in some of his poems, and I think he keeps things too barren. Take a poem like "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" - you have this simple poem that has the potential for emotional impact, but he doesn't explore the last stanza in enough detail to make any of that emotional potential click with the reader. Some people argue that the narrator dies of hypothermia in the last stanza, but I think that's just a cop-out for lack of true emotional exploration. Simple ideas only lend themselves to interesting poetry (for me) when they are resonant ideas. "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden is a good example of a simple idea transformed into an emotionally resonant piece. That particular poem is similar in tone to "Stopping by Woods" in the emphasis on the cold, but Hayden does something with that frozen imagery. Frost does not.

Poetry is so subjective, but I just don't like Frost.

Thanks for watching my video. I appreciate that you are able to justify your opinion on Robert Frost, and I can agree that sometimes an idea can be lost in abstraction. I certainly see that as an issue with several poets, whose lack of detail in certain areas of their poems creates several different ideological standpoints from readers. When the author's ideology fails to come across to the reader, it can create a sort of disconnect and loss of purpose to around why it was actually written. I felt that even with 'The Road Not Taken,' there is a lack of imagery that allowed me to fill in those gaps when I created this video. I however, enjoy many of his poems - and as an English teacher yourself - I think it is still important to recognize Frost's contributions (even though you don't necessarily like the poems).

Also, the Hayden poem you provided is great!

#6 Edited by LtColJaxson (1138 posts) -

I've always enjoyed Robert Frost, and for a recent film project I wanted to base my short film around a poem. I picked his rather famous poem (though perhaps not among certain generations), called 'The Road Not Taken.' It is loosely based around my interpretation of the various paths that life may lead us in, and the outcomes that stem from our decisions. Though the video is rather grim, I felt the poem had a neutral attitude (not optimistic nor pessimistic) so in terms setting a mood I chose the direction of the story. Anyway, I'd like to share the video for the GB community (being rather video oriented itself) and see what you guys think. Watch in HD.

Also, I have noticed that poetry in terms of popularity is certainly dying - so in the midst of this I'd like if the GB community could either share their own poems or suggest some authors and poems they like. I like to see how people are able to articulate their feelings/ideas using poetic devices and knowing the GB community is spread around various parts of the world - it'd be interesting to see some contrasts. Hopefully you guys enjoy the video, and feel free to ask any questions and hopefully share some of your writing/art.

#7 Posted by LtColJaxson (1138 posts) -
Double Moon across the sky!
Not sure what this paper is, but you can't pick it up
This Bear died and was bound to walk for eternity
Mushroom Land
I was surprised about the detail on Alduin, he looks better than other dragons...
#8 Posted by LtColJaxson (1138 posts) -

@MideonNViscera:

Yes, Timesplitter's 2 was one of my favourite split-screen games on PS2 - I also got a free controller when I bought that game. Something about it was extremely playable and addictive... miss that series so much.

#9 Posted by LtColJaxson (1138 posts) -

There is something nice about video game that still lets you live out your inner-child. There are times where I've felt that I've almost lost it when I played uninspired video games, especially when I started playing COD. At first I really enjoyed the game, but as the series went on it became too 'polished' and lacked some element of imagination. Everything was rendered for you to see, and it made playing the game relatively boring.

I haven't played many video games as long as I did when I had been playing in my childhood. I would log so many hours into certain games on the N64 etc. and invite friends over and play split-screen. It was an integral part of my childhood in terms of entertainment, and a way to entertain friends. Today I feel that with so much online play, multiplayer doesn't feel the same anymore. There isn't that 'friend' connection you had when you played with your friend in split-screen. Plus the amount of exploring/glitches that occurred in those classic games such as Mario made it all the more fun. Back to what I was originally talking about... now games have put a sense of boredom into me. Especially shooters.

That is, until I got Skyrim. The fantasy world they laid out in the game reinspired some sort of inner-nerdiness and I have logged 94 hours into the game so far. I have not done this sort of play in a long time, if ever. I think about the game when I am not playing it and the things I will do when I go back to the game. They've created a world where so much is possible, and unlike GTA, it's full of exploration and the fantasy elements make for constant surprises. The fact I have played so much of the game makes me realize how important video games are for me, especially as a stress reliever during University. It lets you forget about a lot of issues in the real world, and you become immersed in a fantasy world for a period of time... sort of like repressive desublimation.

Good blog.. :)

#10 Posted by LtColJaxson (1138 posts) -

@Robo said:

@FoxMulder said:

That and I would not want to play something like this with clicking a mouse. The console controller adds a lot to the feel of some games and especially non-shooters.

I use a 360 controller with Skyrim on the PC. Works great (without the update, which screws up remapping but is easily fixed).

I use a PS3 controller with the MotionJoy driver installed on my PC, it has an option to act as a 360 controller emulator. It maps it out perfectly. So there you go FoxMulder, you can use two separate console controllers or a mouse and keyboard on PC.