Saturday, May 30, 2020

State of the Blog 1

This is a quick update on, you guessed it, the state of the blog.

Based on what I wanted to happen to the blog and what actually did happen I am going to create more labels. I wanted the labels to appear on one line in the area of the page up top but that just did not happen. So for instance, I wanted to create a history label but thought about later in the life of the blog if I wanted to talk about reading or writing. I said let's just make an "education" label. Well, since the labels went on the next line, this just is not going to happen. I mean, history is it's own thing and I am not going to write a lot on other educational topics, so I will just take out history for this section. The same could technically be said about cuisine where I can remove food and drinks to create a separate page for both, but I know I will not be able to.

I hope this makes sense. I basically want to make it easier for everyone to read and navigate, both on the desktop and mobile. Let me know what you think so I can make the best changes for the audience.


Friday, May 29, 2020

Release Delays of Star Wars: The High Republic

We know COVID-19 as had a major impact on life in general. In the entertainment world, television and movies have been postponed. Many movies basically have gone straight to streaming platforms. However, television and movies aren't just the only entertainment medium that has taken a hit. Several book releases have been pushed due to COVID-19 including the new Star Wars subseries, The High Republic.

The books and comics were supposed to begin releasing this August, but LucasFilm has come out and announced a new release date starting in 2021. The first two books, Justina Ireland's Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage, and Charles Soule's Star Wars: The High Republic: The Light of the Jedi, are now set for a January 5, 2021 release date. Claudia Gray's novel, Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark, is now set to be released on February 2, 2021. The rest of the releases will follow soon after.

This news is very disappointing, considering this would leave many people with more books to read during the pandemic. However, this makes sense from LucasFilm's point of view. It just isn't possible to provide this new series a level of fanfare this new series deserves. Creative director of LucasFilm recently stated, "Given these unprecedented times, we have made the decision to move the launch of Star Wars: The High Republic to January 2021 to ensure that the launch is as grand and epic as it deserves to be."

And I am sure a lot of you, as well as myself, agree. The High Republic is a huge departure from the Skywalker Saga. This subseries is set 200 years before the prequel trilogy and is a time in the franchise where the Jedi were spreading peace and justice throughout the galaxy. If you are familiar with Star Wars lore, you will also recall this is around the time Darth Bane started his Rule of Two philosophy into the Sith Order. Also, given the rollout of new books and comics, there are also rumors there will be films associated with the time, to include Taika Waititi's upcoming Star Wars film. The rumor on the street is, these films will be similar to the Solo and Rogue One style of films and will not be a trilogy release.

What do you think? Should the release of the new subseries stay on the August timetable? After all, it is Star Wars and people will buy the product. Or do you agree with the decision on the 2021 release? Are you planning on buying any of the products? Let me know what you think about books, comics, and rumors about possible films. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trying out DungeonDraft

I recently bought two tablet-top RPG mapping tools. They are called WonderDraft and DungeonDraft. WonderDraft is supposed to be a macro map creating tool. You can build continent-sized maps for your table-top RPG game. DungeonDraft is the micro map creating tool. With this application, you can create maps for any encounter or dungeon. Below I created a quick map in DungeonDraft.

It is very quick with little detail but you can see it is basically an encampment next to the entrance of a forest and beside a river. I envisioned a bandit camp ready to ambush adventurers on the road in the guise of traveling merchants. However, you can also use it as a merchant point as well. I am getting better at creating maps and eventually want to write a campaign.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Feel free to use it for yourself, but please let me know where. Especially if you use it online or in a video. I would like to tag myself to build my brand. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Review: Maneater (Xbox One)

Style: Single-player, action RPG | Publisher: Tripwire Interactive, Blindside Interactive | Developer: Tripwire Interactive, Deep Silver | Release: May 22, 2020 | Rating: M

Score: 7/10

How many times have you watched Shark Week and wanted to know how it felt to be one of those massive, apex predators and tear into the wildlife. Or munch on those probing marine biologist? Well, you now have your chance in Tripwire's newest title, Maneater. This new game sees you start out as a baby shark (pun intended....I will use pup from now on) to a full-grown megalodon to avenge your mother. This game is fun and entertaining but the lack of depth will leave you wanting more. This review was written based on the Xbox One version of the game. I do intend on buying the game on Playstation to get a quick platinum trophy as well.

Maneater is described as an action RPG, and while I do agree with the descriptor of action, the RPG elements leave something to be desired. The RPG aspects come in the form of equipable "evolutions." As you progress through the game, you will have access to different fins and tails, for example, and mutations. However, this falls short of the desired effects because there are only three full sets of "armor" and "weapons" and only a handful of mutations. While each serves a purpose, I only ever needed to use a few different mutations and by the end game, only one set of items was useful. I wish there were more items to equip and this left me wanting more from the game in regard to items

A good RPG wouldn't be one without quests and Maneater does have them. Of course, they revolve around eating and causing as much havoc as possible. Most quests have you move to a new grotto (a safe place where you can equip items and evolutions); population control, where you eat x amount of wildlife; and terrorize, where you cause havoc on the human population. That is it. You can see how it gets a little boring after a while. Once you finish the population control quests, you can battle the apex predator of that area. This is usually a beefier version of a common enemy you fought before. Terrorize missions are just what they are. Terrorize the humans on the beach. Once you eat so many, bounty hunters come to kill you. Once you defeat the named bounty hunter, you are rewarded with special upgrades. There are also collectibles in the forms of locations, license plates, and nutrient boxes. The boxes are needed to upgrade your items but you can also get them by eating fish.

The game walks the line of reality where many situations end up being plausible and ridiculous. That being said, the game is supposed to be fun and witty, which is why the developers opted to hire Chris Parnell, the voice of Jerry Smith on Adult Swim's Rick and Morty, to provide amusing narration and dialogue bits throughout the game. He even recorded over 90 lines of dialogue when the silent shark protagonist eats a human being.  However, even with Parnell added into the game, I believe his function is heavily underutilized.

The campaign is not very long and I was able to complete it and find all the collectibles in under 12 hours of game time. Again, this left me wanting so much more from the game and I hope they release more items and areas in either paid or free DLC. You are able to play the game after the main campaign and mop up any collectibles you missed. So do not worry about missing something.

For the price value of $40, Maneater is an enjoyable game to provide many laughs for a couple of hours. I was able to snag this game for around $18 because I used Microsoft Reward points. If you are able to do so, I would recommend doing so as well. Like I said in the introduction the game is fun and exciting. I was on my seat the whole time. However, Maneater will leave you wanting so much more and it has the potential to be more. Lack of items and quests variety leaves something to be desired, although Tripwire did a great job of what they did provide. While quests and combat are quite repetitive, it is made better because you are a freaking shark. Like really, what else do you need to know to buy this game? The game truly shines in the gameplay and I have included some video of my gameplay for your enjoyment.

  • Concept: Play as a bull shark and eat everything in sight and grow to seek revenge on the hunter that killed your mother.
  • Visuals: Both environments, above and below the water, have much to offer and each area has its own personality. The shark and bosses show a unique take on bland enemies.
  • Sound: Effects and music reminded me of a Jaws-esque environment. Chris Parnell, while great, is unfortunately underutilized.
  • Gameplay: Quests and combat are repetitive, but chomping on humans is thoroughly enjoyable.
  • Entertainment: Fun and different. I could not put the controller down.
  • Replay Value: Moderate

Is Crytek Hinting at Ryse: Son of Rome 2?

I am taking a quick break on writing up the reviews to Maneater and Minecraft Dungeons to share some very interesting finds. Earlier today, the Twitter account of Ryse: Son of Rome said this:
Followers of the handle, including myself, went into a frenzy of a possible sequel. The reasoning being, what need for Crytek to update the website if they were not about to discuss the possibility of a sequel? The Twitter handle is only used (or at least I can find) to promote sales on Steam and the Microsoft store.  So, you can see why everyone right now thinks they might be getting ready to release a new game in the franchise for the Xbox Series X. If you recall, Ryse was a launch title for the Xbox One on November 22, 2013. You can see the pattern here.

Cevat Yerli, director for the game, stated Ryse: Son of Rome was not intended to be a one and done game. It was supposed to be part of a new franchise. However, reports circulated that Ryse 2 was cancelled due to conflicts between Microsoft and Crytek. It was reported Microsoft wanted to own the rights to the franchise and take over the intellectual property to provide funding for Crytek. Crytek did not agree to these terms and thus, the game was cancelled. Yerli cam out saying the game was not cancelled, adding the relationship between Crytek and Microsoft was still a positive one.

Are we going to see a new Ryse game? Only time will tell. My assessment, however, is the pattern of Ryse being a launch title and the update to the website indicates a possible announcement in the future. We could very well see another Ryse launch title. Tell me what you think. Did you like Ryse? Would you buy a sequel? Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Quick Update!

I have finally surpassed 150,000 Gamerscore! I took me forever but I finally have done it. I surpassed it playing the new game, Maneater. This game lets you play as a shark. Yes, you play as a shark from the start of a pup and all the way to a full-grown elder shark.

I will use this game as a way to test my gaming review criteria. Not too sure how I am going to rate and score. I will most likely use 1 through 10 scores. I may try to include a trophy or ribbon system as well. I would like to use this to test how I would score other things as well, such as movies, TV, sports, etc. For gaming, I think I will use gameplay, replay value, story, atmosphere, or something similar. I do not think I will score graphics because there are some good games that don't have cutting-edge graphics. We will see though.

Stay tuned here soon for the review of Maneater. I will be posting some pictures and videos as well. I even have a five-minute video rendering on Xbox Live of a straight-up kill session. It was awesome. reviews and media will be coming soon!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Will Nintendo Ever Have a Trophy/Achievement System?

Fake but this would
be so cool
It has been since 2005 since Microsoft introduced its achievement system in their Xbox 360 console and Sony soon followed suit with their trophies in 2008 on the PlayStation 3. It is rare to see any video game company not have an achievement/trophy system at least embedded within their games. Ubisoft has a pseudo-achievement/trophy system with its UbiPlay system. Even Apple's GameCenter has an achievement system. But the one major video game company that has not set any sort of system is Nintendo.

This hasn't stopped Nintendo from integrating achievements with other companies or allowing them to use their native achievement system. In 2018, Minecraft integrated Microsoft's achievements in gameplay and allowed you to unlock them in the Nintendo Switch edition. Basically, you can unlock Microsoft achievements while playing Minecraft on your Switch. Any future Xbox Game Studio game released on the Switch will follow suit. For example, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition has been released on the Switch and also features unlocking achievements. I would also love to see a Rare Replay featuring games from Rare's partnership with Nintendo in the 90's.

With the release of Nintendo's paid online service, Nintendo Switch Online, many people have proposed the idea of Nintendo introducing their own achievement system. They think it is time for Nintendo to get with the times and follow suit with Microsoft and Sony. They argue, this could be a way for Nintendo to rival both companies and reclaim its throne of the video game company kings. A friend of mine on Twitter even joked about it on April 1st. You can see the obvious joke there.

But in all honestly, it is actually quite a good idea. So the question now and for the last couple of years, is it time for Nintendo to introduce an achievement/trophy system? Why do you think Nintendo has not yet implemented a system yet? Let's get a different perspective in answering this question by figuring the pros and cons of an achievement/trophy system. This could shed some light on Nintendo's decision to not implement one.

Pros for an Achievement/Trophy System

The idea behind the achievement/trophy system was bragging rights. You have a tangible reward for beating the game on the hardest difficulty setting or defeating that insane optional boss. No one can question your gaming prowess. They could see that, yes, you did beat Ghouls n' Ghost twice. It also forces you to play games in ways in which you never thought you could or imagined. Many achievements/trophies are linked to outrageous ways to play and many different speedruns or multiplayer strategies have been created because of this. Levels in the Mario Maker franchise feature unique ways to accomplish levels that could hve been integrated into their original games long ago. Nothing boosts your confidence more than hearing that sweet achievement or trophy sound effect once you unlock it. That sudden rush of dopamine once you do finally hear it after beating that final boss is sure to make any bad day a whole lot better. I know I felt it when I finally defeated Sigrun in God of War (2018). Finally, that first time you broke 1,000,000 points in a game is a celebration worthy situation, but I also feel that same way when I go through my list of unlocked achievements/trophies. These happy memories always stay with me. 

Cons for an Achievement/Trophy System

One of the biggest complaints I have with an achievement/trophy system that directly irks the wannabe OCDness in me is how much they are honestly a waste of time. Yes, there are some you can unlock by simply progressing through the game but there are others that will take so much time, it is almost impossible. Take for example the "Destroy 1,000,000 Brick" achievement in Super Bomberman R. You got that right, you must destroy 1,000,000 bricks to get this achievements and while it is self-explanatory, the time needed to achieve this is crazy. The best answer I have seen is over 11,000 matches at about 238 hours overall. I don't know about you, but I have no time to do this. This would take me years to complete. There is also an associated hollow victory. The purpose of the system was to increase your bragging right about a game, but as my last statement, many of the feats are about the free time you have versus your actual skill. Using our last example, I could very well destroy 1,000,000 bricks or kill 10,000 enemies in a multiplayer game, but this is mostly a test of time than actual skill. While achievements/trophies are supposed to extend the mileage of a game, I feel most of the time they are just padding the actual experience of the game. The story is complete and it was a great game, but now I have only unlocked 30% of the associated achievements/trophies and now I have to waste more time in completing them. Yes, I know they are optional but I just can't let it stand there without seeing the platinum or 100% complete. What kind of gamer would I be? Finally, pacing of the story takes a huge hit with an achievement/trophy system. Like I said, it is all optional but I think if you are a completionist like me, the pacing of the story takes a hit and as a result distracts from your overall experience. 

Could we see something like this in the future from Nintendo?

This is my assessment of the situation. I assess Nitendo will not and never will have an achievement/trophy system. Nintendo is a trendsetter. They are the most innovative of the big three video game companies. They have brought us handheld and console integration; paved the way for 3D graphics; and propelled the motion-controlled era. Since the GameCube, they have been strictly family-based, releasing very little adult-orientated video games until just recently with the Switch. It is these reasons why I assess Nintendo has not introduced an achievement/trophy system and probably never will. Nintendo would not uphold the trendsetting philosophy they have if they not introduced the system. Nintendo has always promoted competition in their video games. This is evident in their World Championships, but achievements/trophies offer a limited time of play. Once you have 100%, what use is it to continue playing unless you really like the game? Nintendo likely sees this as an ender to the friendly high score gaming they championed in the past. The idea here is to let's play now and settle who the best player is instead of looking back at my past. I also think Nintendo also understands the many cons I mentioned previously and have moved away from such a system to avoid negative reactions from the gaming community. If there is one thing I praise Nintendo for, it is I feel they honestly do not pad their games with nonsense achievements/trophies and still provide a sense of accomplishment. When I play Nintendo games, and I mean first party Nintendo games, I never feel like I play just for the sake of playing to unlock everything and actually feel like I get somewhere in the story. On Xbox or PlayStation games, I can't tell you how many times I was stuck in one area, by choice mind you, just to make sure I wouldn't miss something in the game to unlock the achievement/trophy. I never feel like this way with Nintendo and because of that, the story never takes a hit. I mean, in the Breath of the Wild, you can beat the game in 30 minutes if you want.

This is only my opinion though. What do you think? Did I hit the nail on the head or got it completely wrong? Why do you like or not like achievements/trophies in video games? Do you think Nintendo will ever implement one? How would you do it if you had a say? Let me know what you think in the comments! As always, subscribe for more content and follow to get almost daily posts. Thank you!

Response to CDC's Guidelines for Reopening Activities Initiatives (Schools and Childcare)

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines for reopening certain activities in America. The actual study is called the "CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President's Plan for Opening America Up Again." The CDC recommended many different guidelines aimed at mass transit systems; restaurants and bars; employers with high-risk workers (medical for example); and schools and days, including the majority of childcare facilities. We could go on and on about all of the guidelines for all of the businesses I just mentioned, but as the father of two kids, I think it would be best to focus on the portions that solely focus on school, daycare, and other child care facilities. I am linking the actual document here, but the following picture does a great job of summarizing the guidelines for school. We are going to go through it and analyze the possible ramifications. I am going to try and take a more commonsense approach, as I lack the qualifications to talk about mental or medical dilemmas. 

I am not going to go over the obvious ones. For example, you should be reinforcing hygiene and cleanliness by focusing on making sure the kids (especially preschool and elementary age children) are practicing good handwashing methods. Let's actually get into the weed of things!
  1. I have no clue how anyone can and will be able to enforce the wear of masks on children over the age of two. My almost-three-year-old daughter would fall into this category. I can barely keep her in clothes most of the day; I have no clue how I would convince her with the mask. I find two big issues with enforcing this in small children. One, more time will be focused on ensuring the children will have to wear the mask instead of learning. I deal with this in the military a lot. Sometimes I ignore the high performers and instead have to focus on the troublemakers. This places the high performers at a disadvantage. Secondly, from experience with my kids, they learn a lot from the facial features and my expressions around this age. I am sure they would lack social development by understanding body language. I would like to do more research on this or have someone more qualified to talk about it.
  2. Not sharing of community tools, such as scissors, and teaching aids, sounds good on paper, but I think it would cause huge financial strain on both families and schools. Someone is going to have to pay for more aids and tools. Either the school or family will. With the state of the economy now, I do no think this will feasible for either. 
  3. This following point will cover all the space restrictions. This includes spacing desks six feet apart; spacing on the school bus to one kid per seat and skipping rows; and installing guards where this can not be met. You can also pull the staggering of arrival and departure times in this as well. Times are already staggered in most school districts, at least the ones I am familiar with, because in most cases there is not enough buses to accommodate all the moves. Honestly, I do not know where to even begin with this. This would probably be the biggest burner of money out of them all. You would need to hire more teachers; hire or contract more buses; build more schools, and remodel existing buildings. I mean this list can go on and on. This is likely to bankrupt school districts. Especially in a field where teachers are already underpaid and will threaten a strike. This already happened in West Virginia. 
  4. Providing pre-packaged food or box/bagged lunch seems good on paper, but is poorly executed. Sometimes school breakfast and lunch is the only meal some of these kids get a day for whatever reason. I believe the nutritional value of the food provided in these types of meals with not be conducive to a child's growth. I am provided similar meals in the Army, but that is only when it is impossible to bring a hot, cooked meal to my location. The kids need healthy and decent tasting food or there will be repercussions later in life.
  5. Limiting field trips, shared communal locations, external organizations, assemblies, and keeping the children with the same group all day are just all unfeasible. The school can not do everything, nor can one teacher. Even if, let's say, the art teacher makes rounds to all the classes, that teacher is still being in contact with possible infected students then spreading it to other rooms. This is the same for daily temperature checks. Field trips are paramount to a child's learning because everything can not be taught within the confines of the school. You must venture out to the lcoal museum to keep interested in academics, especially for younger kids with shorter attention spans. I was greatly influenced by outside organizations coming to my schools and teaching material the teachers were unqualified to teach. I can also see sports and other academic functions canceled for the same reasons. This would be an injustice to the kids.
I understand these are guidelines, but the federal government would expect school districts to meet a majority of them. That is if they surely want federal funding. It is hard to analyze just what would happen and the third-order effects but I know they will not be good. I see a lot of spending on things that will not do anything. I mean, the CDC just came out recently and said their previous assessments on the transmission on surfaces was wrong. We, as a nation, will be going further and further in debt, and this will all be China's fault. But this is a topic for another discussion.

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Joe Biden Said What?!

Vice President Joe Biden, Democrat front runner for the 2020 election said in an interview with The Breakfast Club host and radio personality, Charlemagne tha God, that he wasn't black enough if he voted for Trump. No people, I am not making this up. He actually said this. On a live interview. Below is the portion of the interview in which he said it.

Video courtesy of The PoliClips

Yes, he actually said, "if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." This all stemmed from the question of who he had on his shortlist for his running mate. Charlemagne said he would most likely alienate black voters if his ticket did not include a black running mate. Charlemagne stated it was black voters that saved him during the primaries, especially in South Carolina, where he was propelled into the delegate lead during Super Tuesday. Biden currently has Stacey Abrams, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif), and Rep. Val Demings (D., Fla.), as well as Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.).

In response to what Biden said in the interview, Charlemagne later criticized the comment. He said, "if his reasoning for people like me that still might be skeptical [is] ‘if you vote for Trump over me, you’re not black’ that’s kinda crazy." 

What does everyone else think? Well Twitter and other social media platforms are in a frenzy. I know many of my Democrat friends are defending him, saying it was a joke. There was even this tweet from Jemele Hill:

So, let us really dissect this for what it really is. Should Joe Biden have said this or even hinted at this? Absolutely not. I completely understand it was a joke. If you have ever listened to The Breakfast Club, then you can understand why Biden would have gone this route. However, it was simply uncalled for. At the end of the day, this was pandering at it's finest and a poor joke any other way. This is his "hot sauce in my purse comment." Taking politics out of the question, he basically said, blacks have no free will and have to keep voting Democrat. This is akin to telling black people to 'get back in line' at the plantation. I am not the happiest with Trump but I respect people who voted for him and the reasons why they would. Are black people not allowed to vote for who they feel the best candidate would be? You can imply thoughts from Trump, but it was Biden, the front runner of the party of resepct and tolerance, that was the racist and actually proved it. This will absolutely hurt his chances in November and I would not be surprised if Trump is elected for a second term. This kind of comment is disgraceful and unbecoming of a man in his position. Joke or not, this was disgusting. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Way I Cook and Eat Oysters

Summer is just around the corner and that means it is about to get warmer. Everyone is going to be firing up their grills and enjoying some great food. I enjoy cooking on the grill and love seafood on the grill. One of my favorite seafood is oysters and I would like to share how I cook and eat oysters.

Artit Wongpradu / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Oysters spawn in the summer months between May and August. As such, the general rule in eating oysters is to wait for the "r-months," like September, as they are usually the best tasting. However, with advances in refrigeration ad shipping, you can enjoy eating seafood, and oysters, any time of the year. Oysters are the best tasting within 24 hours or buying but you can store them up to five days in the refrigerator. I do not like to do this though. I usually buy them the day of cooking or the day prior to ensure freshness. 

Below are the steps I use to cook and eat oysters:
Nothing fancy but it is delicious!
  1. Get your grill started and your charcoal to be cook ready. You know what I mean. Hot embers.
  2. Place your oysters wherever you want on the grill. 
  3. Close the grill and let them cook.
  4. You will need to check the grill every so often. I recommend waiting for about 5 to 10 minutes depending on how big the oyster is and then checking every couple of minutes or so. What you are looking for is the oyster shell to be open. That's how you know it's done. They won't open real wide like clams or mussels will but it will be a little opening. 
  5. Use tongs or a rag, as they will be hot, and a screwdriver (hey, this is how I prepare them!) or a knife to assist in opening the oyster and scraping the oyster out.
  6. Place the oyster on a saltine cracker.
  7. You can now put what you want on the oyster to suit your taste, but I like to use my favorite hot sauce or whatever is available at the time and squeeze some lemon juice on it.
  8. Open wide and eat the whole thing!
Let me know if you tried oysters like this and enjoyed it. Or you can comment below with your favorite oyster recipe! I am always interested in how other people cook and enjoy their recipes. Before I deploy, I will be sharing my crawfish boil recipe. It isn't from Louisiana but I've had no complaints.

Make sure you subscribe or follow to read some more awesome recipes in the future and other content you might find enjoyable. Thanks for reading!

Food and Drinks Category

I am trying to think of a way to keep the labels as small and limited as I can as I write posts. I wanted to do something on food and drinks but I thought that was a little too long. For clarification purposes, the label "cuisine" will be used to talk about both food and drinks. I do not think it is the best word choice but it is what I am rolling with until I can think of something better.

I will be sharing recipes and food porn for sure. I will also show some alcoholic beverages I enjoy. I want to get into beer brewing so I will probably be sharing those ideas as well. We will see how this morphs and evolves and adjust accordingly.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Giants, Seahawks, and Redskins Players Arrested

Dunbar with the Redskins
in 2018
Anyone that knows me, knows I am a huge Washington Redskins and Florida Gators fan. So, when I heard the news that former player of both teams, CB Quinton Dunbar, and CB DeAndre Baker of the New York Giants, were accused of armed robbery on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, I was at a loss of words. Details right now are a little murky, however, after conducting a little research in the matter, it appears both players, along with an unidentified third individual, attempted to rob someone at gunpoint over $12,000 in cash and $63,000 in jewelry in Mirimar, Florida. Baker turned himself in to police Saturday morning and Dunbar soon followed. If convicted, both individuals could be facing four felony charges. Both lawyers, however, have signed affidavits from witnesses to corroborate their innocence.

Dunbar was undrafted in 2015 but was able to find work with the Redskins. In 2018, he agreed to a three-year, $10.50 million contract, which included $5.25 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3 million. However, he was traded in March 2020 to the Seattle Seahawks for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft. He has recorded nine interceptions and 150 tackles since joining the NFL.

Baker with the Giants in 2019
Baker played for the Georgia Bulldogs and was drafted by the Giants in the 2019 draft, going 30th overall. The Giants saw potential in Baker, as they traded up in the draft, giving the Seahawks the 37th, 132nd, and 142nd picks. As of 2019, Baker has recorded eight pass deflections and 61 tackles. He has been described by some players and coaches as a "handful" during his rookie season and there are questions on his work ethic, attitude, and his character.

In other news, Redskin's newly acquired WR, Cody Latimer, was also arrested over the weekend in Englewood, Colorado after police arrived at an apartment complex where he was located. His charges include assault in the second degree, illegal discharge of a firearm, prohibited use of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and menacing. He has already been bailed out after someone posted the $25,000 needed to bail him out. The Redskins are aware of the situation and have contacted league officials.

This is not the first time Latimer has had his run-in with the law. While playing for the Denver Broncos in 2016, he was arrested after a domestic disturbance call was made by his girlfriend. It was revealed later he was only taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear concerning a traffic ticket.

Latimer played with the Giants from 2018-2019
Latimer was drafted by the Broncos in the second round of the 2014 draft, going 56th overall. During his career, he has 70 receptions for 935 yards and six touchdowns. He also on the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. He has also played for the Giants before signing with the Redskins in the offseason. He was considered to be a veteran player to help coach and mentor the rather young Redskins WR corps.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Clarification Concerning Commentary Labels

Since this blog would talk about a lot of different topics, I decided to use a label titled "commentary" to use for my own personal opinion. This would be similar to the opinion section of news sites today. Now, this would only be used for commentary on today's current atmosphere concerning social, political, and international topics. I may have an opinion about something that happened during the Classical periods of Greek and Roman history, but I think that would be better used in a history topic. 

I hope this sheds some light on how I label my posts. I still like a clean looking website, so hopefully, this will cut down on the number of topics in the pages widget. 

Thank you!

My Political Compass

We live in a world where politics are used in numerous discussions. They have gotten to the point where they dictate (sometimes) who were are and what we are about. Eventually, more and more of my thoughts are going to come out, so I would like to take the time to show people my political leanings so as it will not be a surprise later in discussions. I took two tests. One test was with the Pew Research Center and the other was taken on a site called The Political Compass. These are probably the best political tests I have taken but I still think they fall short on their intention. I would like to share what they said about me.

According to the test I took which was on the Pew Research Center site, I am what they call a "core conservative." I have never heard this term before so I was quite interested in what they had to say about it. Below is a direct quote from their website that states what is exactly a core conservative.
This overwhelmingly Republican group holds conservative attitudes across a wide range of issues, especially in their support for smaller government. Core Conservatives are deeply skeptical of the social safety net and favor lower tax rates on corporations and high-income individuals. While they are divided on whether immigrants do more to strengthen or burden the country, Core Conservatives offer far more positive views of immigrants than do Country First Conservatives. Core Conservatives are relatively upbeat about national conditions and a majority says that the United States “stands above” all other nations in the world.
I really did not like this test because they only gave you two answers. These were simple answers and it was evident it was only looking at what a Republican and a Democrat would say. It did not allow you to provide any justification. I think it fell short and did not provide an accurate representation of who I was as a person.

The other test was The Political Compass. Below is a screenshot of the results I received after taking this test. As you can see, I am more of a centrist, but I lean right and towards the Libertarian sides of the spectrum. They offered to break down the results of the test if I paid some money, but I could not do so. I think a few searches on the Internet could explain just much.

I liked this test better as they gave me more than one answer to choose from, however, they were only agree/disagree answers and did not provide an option to explain myself or provide justification. This is the problem with an online test in general as the test needs to be simple and simple results will be provided. It also assumes if I believe the same in every situation, but as an intelligent human being, I understand situations are all different and require a higher level of thinking and analysis than a black and white answer.

From my experience, it is very hard to place someone in a group based on ideals as complicated as the ones usually discussed in politics. I also do not understand why we even try to play the identity politics game. While I believe I am more center-right in my thinking I only identify as Republican because that is where the majority of my ideas align and I want to influence primary elections. I still do not think I am a true Republican, but I would certainly classify myself as more of a conservative.

Political parties, in my opinion, have destroyed the unity we used to have as a nation. We have lumped set standards and rules within these parties instead of utilizing both the liberal and conservative ideas to better the country. This will be a topic for another day though.

I am interested in seeing what you scored and where you lie. I do not like to view this as a Democrat/Republican point of view but a liberal/conservative one. You can find the links below:

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Welcome to The Buser Report

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The Buser Report is now officially live. I finished up the static pages and bought the domain name. I saw that as the last two steps needed to get this website going and since I did, I can officially open the flood gates.

So what exactly is The Buser Report? If you read my other posts, you know I had a blog/website titled The Rare Longitude Papers. The blog was similar to how I manage The Buser Report but I wanted to make this new one more personal. I will be posting content on this page that interests me, with my thoughts, and with my analysis. This could include a plethora of ideas ranging from sports, gaming, politics, international relations, history, and life. Any and all topics will be discussed so long as I have a interest in them. This will enable me to focus on the writing and analysis and less on finding topics. I plan on posting once per day but there are many times where this may not happen due to work and home life priorities. Also, the idea here is to post meaningful content. I am not going to lie; I am trying to make a living off of this website as well. I hope my writing and analysis will be featured in other mediums and discussed around the world. I believe it is important for ideas to be pushed out in the world.

I have a lot of endeavors in the future and would like to use this website as a stepping stone and platform for those projects. I used to stream video games on Twitch and then switch to Mixer since I primarily game on Xbox. I also have a YouTube channel that predominately featured video game walkthroughs. I plan on getting back into that and using The Buser Report as a platform to host. You might have noticed the labels on the D. Va video. I also would like to create a podcast to work in conjunction with The Buser Report. Again, it would be hosted here as well. A video of the podcast would also follow. So, my future ideas for the site to complement it are:>

  • streaming
  • YouTube Channel
  • podcast

Not sure how this will get started as I am still in the planning phases for it but I know these will be needed to grow the content. 

Please, check out the site, discuss the posts, and do not hesitate to ask me anything. I love talking with people and enjoy friendly discussions. It is the only way I will grow as a person, as well. Looking forward to your subscribing to all my content here and other places on the internet. I will always make sure I post links so you can find everything. Thank you again and enjoy looking into the mind of Andrew as you browse The Buser Report.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

D. Va Bomb Sextuple Team Kill

I wanted to start posting some content to get the website out. So, here is my first video posted in a very long time on YouTube. Let me break it down for you.

The enemy team converges on the point to defend it from the takeover but this was a bad move for them. Noticing I have my ultimate as D. Va, Zarya launches her ultimate on the point. I then launch the D. Va self-destruct into the point, but through the opening on top so the enemy team has no clue where it is coming from. A few seconds later you hear that oh so good team kill gong and the announcer stating, "team kill....sextuple kill." It was beautiful. 

Be sure to head to the YouTube page and subscribe to the channel. I will be posting more in the future. Make sure you also like the video. Thanks for checking it out!

Monday, May 11, 2020

We are almost ready!

Hello everyone! I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell everyone we are just about ready to go live. I am finishing up the pages section of the blog and buying the domain name. After that, I will be doing things that will make this blog marketable. I am excited to see where this blog ends up!

Be sure to follow the blog when you can so you can get up to date information on when I post. I will be talking about everything. Sports, politics, and video games. Basically, anything that I care about. Get ready. The Buser Report is about to begin!