This Is My Job

In any of my blogs, I don't think I've ever said what my job is and what I do in it. It's something that I enjoy and take some pride in but for some reason, I have yet to let anyone else know what it is that I do. My usual response to the question "What do you do?" is summed up in "I make promotional videos." That sounds cool and desirable but there is a lot to it that makes the job what it is--fun but frustrating at times.  
First of all, I work at San Diego State. As with any college that are so many departments that you could get lost in the names. But I specifically work with Enrollment Services which are the people who handle the freshmen admissions, recruiting, freshmen marketing, etc. Anything dealing with getting freshmen to the school, outside of the money portion, Enrollment Services has a hand in it.  
I work with the communications department of Enrollment Services. These are the people who design the print design ads, create and update the Enrollment Services website, the Facebook page, Twitter account and the YouTube page. There are about 12 of us including student assistants. As much work as there is on the website, it's not as hectic as one would think. We generally don't leave our offices except for lunch or if we really need something. Otherwise, we're emailing each other with our requests and updates to each other. I personally think it's an awkward environment since the furthest office away from me is thirty feet but it's the work environment that's been set up.  
Just a few months before I came, Enrollment Services began changing the way they communicated with students which prompted some more multimedia presentations--cue videos. That's where I come in. I create the everyday, man on the street, let's talk to some real students and get gritty videos. Using a Flip camera, crude lighting and powerful editing software, I bring the SDSU perspective to the prospective freshmen. In a nutshell, I make the school look desirable.  It takes going out on the campus hoping some social person will take an interview from a not so professionally dressed guy with a name tag and a camera girl beside him. That's not even half the battle.
Depending on the video, it could take some serious planning and since it is only myself and an assistant, the projects take twice as long as they should. Not to mention technical difficulties that seem endless. For example, our Flip camera broke because one of my books fell on top of it while it was in the USB port (not my fault); my editing software, Final Cut Pro, is no longer capturing footage to my computer because it's not even fully compatible with my computer; and my computer is a 4th year hand-me-down that has two other user profiles on it with their stuff on the computer--I ran out of space on the computer yesterday also.   
After all the pre-planning, they sweaty days out interviewing students and screaming at the computer screen cause the footage sucks, once I'm editing, it's all fun. Even the times where I know there is no salvaging the footage with the best editing, it's still fun. Each project allows me to expand my creative juices in some way. There is a certain threshold I can't go past by nature of the environment I'm in and the videos I'm making but otherwise, I have quite a bit of freedom when my superiors give me a project.  
Deadlines? ASAP. I'm not exactly fond of that but it does allow me to make the necessary adjustments I need to make with the two-man team that we are working with. I've always heard deadlines are a pain--usually unattainable and I figure but still, there are pretty much no deadlines. Even after I am finished with a video, it still has tot go through review which can take a very long time based on how busy the reviewers are with their own projects.  
Despite anything that could be said of it, this is my job and I enjoy it. They asked me to come back for another three months and I was happy to do it. I had no idea what to expect and I still don't but I do know that I'm keeping this job as long as possible or until God tells me to go somewhere else.  
I've done three videos. They are usually the youthful ones and I think two of them are on our YouTube page. Check 'em out.  
First Video
Second Video


"Captain Jack" Needs to Grow Up

Stephen Jackson is, without a doubt, is the best player on the Warriors squad. That's why he was made captain and he's part of the reason why they did so well and upset the Mavericks. Now he's throwing fits, complaining about where he's at and he doesn't even realize he's part of the problem.  
 "I don't want to be a role model. ... Being captain was overrated to me, anyway. You don't do anything but go out before the game and talk to the refs. I don't want to do that, anyway."-from   
Any high profile player in sports who does not understand their affect on people need to wake up. It's fine he does not want to be a captain anymore but to say "I don't want to be a role model." is a bit ridiculous. If he does not want to be a role model, he either needs to start sucking or he needs to quit the NBA.  
 Then why did he agree to a three-year, $28 million contract extension last November? He said that was about money -- he couldn't turn it down. -from  
Greed. The love of money gets a person no where but being upset. He has the money he couldn't turn down and now he's more unhappy than ever and he's acting like a baby because of it.   
Personally, I think if Jackson finally gets his act together, the Warriors could improve. Yes, the Warriors management have been making some asinine decisions but that is still no excuse act the way he is acting. The team knows he wants out, the management knows he wants out, the Bay Area knows he wants out. We all know he wants out. Now what? He's still there, he's still playing so he might as well suck it up and play it out until he gets traded. That's the sign of maturity.  
After he gets his act together, maybe he can talk to Monta Ellis about making the most of his time with Stephan Curry. 


It didn't stay the same

1 Corinthians 4:18 - So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.  
Hate to sound cliche but this verse is so true--like every other verse in the bible. Everything that is seen is temporary and I just got a taste of that yesterday at my job.  
For my job, I have to get renewed every three months because that is how it works here. I started working there in June and they renewed me until Decemeber 18th. That was going to be my last day. So I started putting my resume together so I can begin a job search. The last few weeks have been pretty empty. I've been working on my resume and working the current job I have and praying about my coming job.  
I had no problem believing that I had a job because I know God would supply and even keeping my current job wasn't out of the question--because God can make anything happen in my favor. Well, anything happened.  
I got an email from my boss asking me to come to her office to talk about "job stuff." That could mean anything. I did and she told me that Enrollment Services (where I work) "created some funds" and because of that, they could re-hire me. The only stipulation is that I have to re-apply for the job but they made the job opening internal to SDSU employees only which increases my chances greater. Basically, the hard part is getting Human Resources to approve my resume. But that's not my responsibility, that's God's.  
So, it looks like I'll be keeping the same job at least until April and they're looking to at least keep me until June and for that, I praise God cause I still get to be on SDSU campus and help with our campus group.  
God is good and what is seen, in this case getting laid, off is temporary. 

Hopefully free? Hopefully?! Some?!

There's a point in time where I can get fed up with something. I'm usually very tolerant of what goes on in the video game industry and very understanding but I just read on that Modern Warfare 2 XBL avatar clothes are coming--hopefully some will be free.  
Hopefully? With all the DLC, the crazy pre-orders, etc, this content should be, without a doubt, free. This is the point where I am truly fed up with the DLC market and how it attempts to empty our pockets. Of course, I don't have to buy it and I may or may not--maybe if it's free I'll get it--hopefully. I just find it disgusting right now.  
My feelings may be based on all the crazy hate on Activision and their cash-cowing as of late but to be honest, I don't want to pay crazy amounts for some clothes. Frankly, I don't want anyone to pay for game-based clothing. It should be a small bonus for buying the game in the first place. I think that's fair. Buy a game, get some free avatar clothes. We have to pay for themes and icons, at least give us some free clothes.  
This is the first time I've ever posted this sort of rant on a forum. They always seem so illogical and stupid when I read them so I won't be surprised if this sounds the same way. Oh well. I hope the clothes are cool, at least.


My Family Reunion

This is my first family reunion and I didn't know what to expect but now that I'm here and I've met some folk, I have one thing to say: They are country! I don't know how my mom came any so different. She's not that country at all but the rest of family is real country. They dress country, some talk with a country accent and others are just plain country. And I think it's great.  
Unfortunately, I don't have much time to post since my mom wants to use her computer (hehe) so I'll post more later.

My Family Reunion - Pre-Reunion

Tomorrow I leave for my first family reunion on my mom's side. I'm trying to build up excitement for myself because there will be a lot of people I don't know and it's Tuscon, AZ--which I've never been to. I hope I have a lot of cousin's that are my age so that I can have closely relateable family members. 
I get to fly with my grandpa which is cool since I have not been able to get some good time in with him so this will be a great time to get to know him better. 
I won't get my hopes too high but I really do hope that this thing will be fun. I have to be there for three days in a hot state. It better be worth my time. :)


Restoring the Net

Four days ago, my friends' internet dropped out randomly and for no reason. She has a wireless adapter from Netgear and it was picking up internet but the browser stopped connecting. She called me Sunday to see what I thought and I figured resetting the router would do the trick. Apparently it was more complicated than that.  
She tried contacting support for her computer but that turned out to be a heap of caca. First, they charged for a phone call. Who does that nowadays? Second, since she couldn't call, the only other viable option was internet. Oh wait. It's dead. E-machine's tech support fails is what we concluded.  
She eventually borrowed her roommates laptop but contacting the support was still fail. It could be done by email of live chat and since this was something she didn't want to put off, she chose live chat. After chatting a bit and getting absolutely nowhere, they figured out that her computer was not under warranty. Then they continued to help her and then brought back the fact that she had no warranty and ended up not getting any help. *facepalm* 
So I go to her house Tuesday to try to fix the problem thinking it shouldn't be too hard. Get the matching IP address, subnet mask and make sure the WEP/WPA passwords are good, restart it and it should be good to go. That was a big mistake to think that.  
After typing the codes over and over and over again, I realized I was insane. I kept doing the same thing expecting a different result. I'm trying to do this all without my ethernet cable because I forgot it at home. So for three and a half hours I am researching and plugging away at her router info and wireless adapter info and nothing is happening. At the 3 1/2 hour, frustrated and drained I conclude I need an ethernet cable. I tell her I can come back tomorrow or go get it from home and come back. Mind you, it's 11pm by now.  
I'm in her computer chair and she's in her one bed bunk at the top looking down on me. She gets this look that I am all too familiar with. It's the shameful look of "Hold, I think I may have had one and I totally forgot about it so please don't be mad at me" She digs into one of her closets in her house and pulls out this bag. She's hoping she doesn't have it because I've been slaving away and I'm hoping she doesn't either at this point. Nevertheless, she pulls one out. A long one too. *facepalm* 
I laugh about it now in that moment, not so much.  
We plug it up and I come back the next day and in one try, fix it--doing a lot of research before hand however.  
To celebrate this victory and release of the burden, we went to In 'n' Out. This will go down as one of my greatest memories. 


From the GS

I'm originally from (actually GameFAQ's is where I started) but after there shoddy reviews lately (really noticed with NFS: Shift), I decided to shop around for better review sites. IGN never has been on my list and since I know some of these guys used to work at GS, I thought it'd be fitting for me to hop on over here.  
I have stepped in front of a very big bomb, indeed. 

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