<3 the 666th Devil Dogs

While playing a quick session of Planetside 2 today with the 666th Devil Dogs’ Hammer 1-3 squad, I won in their second round for the Nvidia Premium Promo Pack code. It came with a limited edition camo skins for armor, vehicles, and weapons along with a modified zephyr cannon for the Liberator bomber. It looks pretty cool and it’s really rare too. After I won, I’ve been getting random tells from people outside the outfit that have never seen it. It’s supposed to be an exclusive for European players, but EVILPIG was able to get a bunch of codes for outfit events from Nvidia in Sweden (I think). Anyway, if you haven’t tried the game out yet, be sure to give it a shot. It’s pretty much a futuristic Battlefield game with 2000 players on each server; roughly 666 players per faction. Big thank you to EVILPIG for making cool prizes like this possible every weekend.

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Fresh Paint is Fun!

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I haven’t had this much fun since I was a kid playing “KidPix” on my elementary school’s computer lab. I’ve been using Windows 8 for some time, but I didn’t really take the opportunity to play around with Microsoft’s Fresh Paint app. This makes me want to either pick up a touch screen monitor or a Windows 8 tablet sometime soon. The app itself is as realistic as a painting app can get. It’s a creative app that allows you to play with paint without any mess. You can select from a variety of brushes, mix paint, and dry paint to work in layers. Anyway, enjoy my third try at one of the templates. The shading doesn’t look right on some of the items based on the light source, but whatever. I like it, haha.

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Mr. Flower, the Rebel.

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Since I had a free afternoon after an interview, I decided to stop by my Grandma’s garden to take some photos; it is now in full bloom with flowers and vegetables. I saw this flower and wondered, “Mr. Flower, why are you facing away from the sun?” Haha, not really. Suffice to say, the 70-200 f/4 IS L is easily becoming my favorite L lens. Best IQ for the market value hands down. It’s a fun lens.

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EOS 6D w/ 70-200 F/4 IS L [ ISO-100, 1/800 sec, F/4 ]

Deathbed

On my way to a family friend’s funeral, my daily driven 1989 Nissan 240sx met its end by hitting a really bad pothole in Mira Mesa, CA. Before I got a chance to take a look at it and diagnose the car for any repairs, the engine blew on the freeway. It shouldn’t have been driven after hitting the pothole, but I made the decision not to check the car for damages since I was in formal clothes and had a part in the upcoming funeral. There were no signs of leaks, zero odd noises until the last moment, or drop in the motor’s oil pressure. I would later find out that the oil pan was crushed by the pot hole and caused the oil pickup to get damaged as well. It was just it’s time to go. Now I am 2 for 2 in terms of loss of a motor due to oil consumption issues. (I lost an SR20DET to oil starvation after a hose popped off my S14’s oil cooling setup at Horst Thief Mile during a drift event in 2009.)

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The decision to part with this car was not easy. This was my first car, I had a lot of life experiences behind the wheel of this Nissan. I also had a lot of my “firsts” in this car that include a combination of run ins with the police, my first accident, my first date, my first drift event, good times, bad times, etc. I hate to part with it, but I’m ready to move on. I’m at the point where I can part with it without too much regret and continue to make new memories with a new car sometime in the future.  My 240sx will be parted out and the remaining shell will be either junked, donated to charity, or sold depending on what happens in the next few weeks.

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