Posts Tagged ‘Thoughts’


Posted: August 10, 2016 in Creative Writing
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I thought pretty hard about how to make my blog more appealing, and I finally decided on a course of action.  Within the next few days, I will be editing the layout of my site, as well as laying out my new site.  As I mentioned a few posts ago, I will be taking back to a nerd/fitness blog, focusing mainly on my nerd hobbies and fitness posts.  My goal is to post one nerd post and one fitness post a day, but as usual, we will see how that goes.

In addition to cleaning up this site, I will be opening my second site which will be  This new blog site will be focused on all my creative works.  I’ve been working on several projects, some for school and some on the side, and I would like to start sharing them as I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on them.  Once that blog is open I’ll be sure to let everyone know.

I’m hoping by doing this my blog will be more appealing to everyone, and by focusing on certain activities hopefully I’ll keep the interest in my blog.  My daily life events will probably remain on the site as well, but if I start getting negative feedback, I’ll take that portion down.

Let me know what you think.  Thanks again as always for reading, and until next time.


Yesterday I mentioned how PokemonGo has brought back the Pokemon craze, and how have used it to introduce and get my family into Pokemon.  Today I will talk a little about some of the things I like and dislike about the new game.


  1. By far the best thing I can say about this game is that it encourages people to get outside.  As a gamer, I can attest to the fact that games can quickly consume all of your time, which leaves little time for anything else, especially exercise.  PokemonGo, however, is a fun and addicting game that rewards you for getting off your butt and getting outside to explore.
  2. It is a great way to meet new people.  Don’t believe me?  Head to a park that has several Poke stops in an immediate area and pop some lures.  I can guarantee you that within a few minutes if you’re in a busy area there will be a whole lot of people converging on your position, and they will sit there for 20-30 minutes while that lure is active.  Granted the game won’t tell you to talk to these people, but you know they’re playing the game, so there’s really no reason, not to..
  3. For now, it keeps the Pokemon roster to the 150 from the original game.  Now I have no issues with all the later Pokemon, but I feel the originals are a great way to start, so people aren’t bombarded with the crazy amounts that are out there now.
  4. It has started huge gatherings.  I know in my area there is a Pokemon meetup event going out on Facebook at least once a week.  All these are big gatherings of players who concentrate around Pokestops, pop lures and talk to each other.  This is again another way that people are meeting new people.

Dislikes- While I enjoy the game it wouldn’t be a fair review if I didn’t bring up the things I don’t like.

  1. Safety.  This is probably my biggest dislike about the game.  People are driving down the road with the app on, and if a Pokemon they need pops up, they will start driving erratically to find and capture it.  On the other side of the spectrum, you have people walking and not paying any attention to where they’re going, so they either fall or run into something, or they get hit by the car.  Now, in reality, this isn’t any fault of the games, it’s the people playing the game that are the problem.  If you’re going to play this game, all I can say is watch what you’re doing and be safe with it.
  2. Pokemon Locations.  I feel this game needs to be confined to places like parks and maybe malls.  Keep the Pokemon from populating on or near streets, that way if you want to play, you know that all the Pokemon can be found in parks.  This will mitigate people getting hit by cars (because they’re dumb), and will also keep people from playing while driving.  Another big part of this is Pokemon shouldn’t spawn in graveyards, churches, government buildings.  Especially on the part of graveyards, this encourages the disrespectful behavior.
  3. My last big complaint is how the game constantly freezes.  I can’t tell you how many times I’m about to catch a Pokemon and the game just freezes, making me lose what I was catching.  Even more frustrating is when it freezes while an egg is hatching and you lose the egg and the Pokemon that was in it.

Well those are my big likes and dislikes about the game.  I could probably drone on even longer, but I need to get ready for work.  Let me know in the comments how you feel about PokemonGo.  What are your likes and dislikes?  As always likes/comments/shares/follows are greatly appreciated and will help me grow as a writer.  Until next time…

So I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone, but a new Pokemon craze has engulfed not just the United States, but pretty much the planet.  This current craze was sparked due to the release of Pokemon Go, which if you didn’t know is a mobile game that allows the player to actually go outside and capture Pokemon by using their phone.  Due to the popularity of this new game, Pokemon as a whole has exploded back onto the market, which honestly I’m pretty happy about.

Growing up with Pokemon starting with the launch of the Red and Blue versions of the Gameboy game,  I am happy to see the glorious return of the little creatures.  Since I had so much fun with Pokemon growing up, I quickly hopped back on the bandwagon, but this time I brough my family right along with me.  My wife after some initial skeptisism for the game, finally downloaded Pokemon Go, and we had our kids running around the parks collecting Pokemon.

Not only did I get them all into Pokemon Go, but I also now have my girls collecting the cards.  Whenever they’re well behaved or help out I get them a pack of cards and they have fun opening them and putting them in their binders.  My 9 year old even wants to start playing the card game, so when they get back up here to Illinois I plan to take her to the local game shop to first watch the game played and then to help her learn all the rules.

Let me know what you think of the current Pokemon craze.  Are you for it or against it?  Let me know in the comments below.  As always any likes/shares/comments/ and follows are greatly appreciated.

When talking about parasitic thoughts, i’m talking about any thought that can detract from your day, or your goals.  So these thoughts can come from work, driving, people in public, or my reason for this post, just plain old laziness.  To start i’ll talk about the parasitic thought that I had to quash right away today.

I’d been cleaning and running errands throughout the day, and it was getting about time to go for my daily run, but a little voice in my head started whispering.  What was it saying?  That I was too tired from the day, and from running the previous couple of days, and that I should just make my mileage up on Saturday.  The sad thing is that I almost caved into these thoughts.

As I was driving back to my house though, I thought hard about it, and decided that not only would I not skip today, but if I was going to do a makeup run on Saturday, then I might as well just do another run.  Now the point of this whole thing is just to get it out there, that you shouldn’t let lazy thoughts get the best of you.

If you have goals, then you probably also have a plan to reach those goals.  Skipping one workout may seem innocent enough, especially if you have a makeup plan, but it plants that seed of laziness.  You skip that first day, and you’re that much more likely to skip even more days, which in the end ruins your plan for your goals.

Let me know of any instances where you had to shove those parasitic thoughts out of your head.  Thanks for reading, and until next time.

Larger Opponents

Posted: January 20, 2016 in Creative Writing
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So besides the higher belt levels, the group of people that give me the biggest issue in practice are larger opponents.  I’m about 5’ 9” and 165lbs so I’m not the largest guy on the mat and I’m not the quickest either, but I’ll roll with anyone regardless of size.

Last night at practice we practiced our arm drags, to mount, to x-choke, and finally to rear mount.  After that we rolled for 20 minutes to end out practice and it was a lot of fun.  My first opponent was about my size, and a wrestler so I played a very defensive guard to keep him from passing.  My next opponent was a larger guy, but it was his first class so although he outweighed me I was able to control him with technique, and was able to give him some tips from what I know.

So I didn’t have any big issues until my last two opponents, both of whom weighed well over 200lbs.  The first of the two pushed hard, but I was able to keep him from gaining the advantage.  The second guy however jumped right on top of me and laid there, and then he said the funniest thing.  “Fat guy break,” was all he said as he laid his entire mass across my chest.  I was ready to tap just from being suffocated, but finally we started rolling again.

While the larger opponents are tough on me, because it requires me to expend a lot more energy, I really enjoy facing the larger guys because it forces me to rely more on technique and less on strength.  That was the first thing I was told when I started Jiu-Jitsu, and its something that I still need to work on.  I’ll just keep working on my technique and jumping on the chance to face of with the larger guys so I can continue to better myself.

Let me know what you think about facing larger opponents, and how much trouble they give you.

Drinking Games



I do not condone underage drinking.  If your going to play any variations of these games, please drink and act responsibly.

So back when I was the leader of Hybrid Nerdz Gaming several of the guys in the clan started playing drinking games to alleviate the boredom we were having in Call of Duty Ghosts.  These games were a way to pass the time while still having fun with the clan.  Back when HNG was active in Clan Wars we were very strict with attendance rules so we knew at the end of Clan Wars we had to find a way to blow some steam.  After leaving Call of Duty I have played variations in different games as well, so I will tell you how we used to play.

  1. Call of Duty: This game is full of possible drinking games. The version most played in my clan was on the Search and Destroy game mode.  The rules were simple, if you died you took a shot of your favorite drink (Tennessee Honey for this guy).  In one game of Search and Destroy your team had to win 6 rounds to win the game.  That means there was the potential to play 11 rounds in one game.  If you aren’t good at Search and Destroy the possibility of being drunk off of just one game is pretty high.  My brother who’s Gamertag is Hybrd Soul found that out the hard way.

Now as I said before there are many variations of this game that can be played.  While still playing Search and Destroy you can also add in that if the enemy plants the bomb and it explodes then everyone on the team must take a shot.  By doing that there is now the possibility of 22 shots in one game if your particularly bad at Search and Destroy.  Some other drinking games with Call of Duty could be anytime you lose a match you must take a shot.  In Advanced Warfare when your playing Uplink you could take a shot anytime the opposing team scores a goal.

  1. League of Legends: My friend Hybrd Tragik taught me this drinking game after I stopped playing Call of Duty.  Whenever you’re killed by the opposing player in your lane you take a shot.  Now when I played this I was a complete NOOB at League of Legends, and I always played top lane.  My first time playing the League of Legends drinking game I was completely drunk after one game.  I think I had to take a total of 15 shots, and I was using my Cavalry double shot glass.
  1. CS:GO: The only other drinking game I have played while playing video games has been on CS:GO, and it ended about as well as my League of Legends version. I was still pretty new to CS:GO and decided to play the drinking game while doing competitive solo.  Now in competitive CS:GO you have the possibility of playing 30 rounds in one game.  Again I played where if you died you took a shot, and if the other team planted the bomb and it exploded you took a shot.  I don’t remember how long I lasted, but I can tell you I didn’t finish the game.

Now my clan didn’t necessarily create these games.  Maybe one of the guys found it online, or played it with other friends, but we were quick to adopt them when we were bored of pub stomping.  Again if you choose to play these or any variations of these drinking games make sure you drink and act responsibly.  Thanks again for reading, and as always comments, likes, and follows are appreciated.

Game Time

Game Time

Geeks, Nerds, and Hybrid Nerds


So in my I’m Back article that I posted yesterday I firmly declared that I am a Nerd.  So what is a Nerd?  There are many meanings for the term Nerd just as there are several meanings for the term Geek.  So what I am going to do today is tell you my belief on what the terms Geek, Nerd, and Hybrid Nerd mean.

Starting with the term Nerd.  When I think of the word Nerd, I think of people who enjoy things such as video games, tabletop games, cosplay, and comics.  They tend to enjoy these things more than your average person or job, but they aren’t often as vocal about it as a Geek.  Nerds tend to do and talk about these things on their own time or maybe with one or two people outside of that activity.  So in my opinion a Nerd is a closet Geek.

Geeks to me are awkward Nerds.  These are the people that you see in little groups learning and talking in languages such as Elvish, Mandalorian, or Klingon.  They take part in a lot of the same activities as Nerds, but they are a lot more open about it, and tend to get more of a negative image for it.

Then you have your Hybrid Nerd.  In my eyes this is the best group to be in.  Your Hybrid Nerds do all the same activities as your regular Nerd and Geek, but they also take part in more mainstream activities.  Take me for example.  I read a lot of books, I play video games, I play tabletop games, and trading card games, but my other favorite activities include working out, paintball, martial arts, and shooting guns.  When I started my gaming community Hybrid Nerdz Gaming we had members that took part in all kind of activities.  We had hunters, golfers, ultimate Frisbee players, and jocks, but at the end of the day we would all get online and take part in Clan Wars in Call of Duty.

Well there is a brief description of what I feel Geek, Nerd, and Hybrid Nerd mean.  So while I said I am a Nerd I am actually a Hybrid Nerd and proud of the fact.  As I said before these are all my opinion and if you look up Nerd and Geek you will find many descriptions for each and people that prefer to be called one over the other.

As always any feedback, likes, and follows are appreciated and I hope you enjoyed the post.

My first video review for this week was uploaded by James Eubanks (Clayster) on  16 June 2015.  It is titled “Leaving Denial, Joining FaZe Explanation Video.”

I am going to start by saying this video highlights almost everything that I find wrong with the competitive Call of Duty scene.  Clayster throws the word “loyal” around a lot throughout the video, but nothing he says leads me to believe that he understands what the word even means.

He starts off by saying that after the X Games he and Attach were approached by Jkap and Replays saying how they weren’t happy with their performance in the tournament and would understand if they needed to be dropped.  Instead of just dropping one or the other both Jkap and Replays were dropped in the hopes that a good duo could be found to replace them on Denial.  All of that I can live with, but now begins the really messed up part.

Clayster and Attach get together and make their recipe for the perfect players to approach about joining Denial only to be shot down several times.  Their next idea “Lets try scalping from FaZe”, so they approach Huke and Slasher who both seem to begin considering the offer.

While Huke and Slasher consider the offer, Clayster and Attach are approached by Enable and ZooMaa who offer the two members of Denial Huke and Slasher’s positions on FaZe.  The two sides talk back and forth about money and contracts and who can offer who what and nothing is officially decided except that Huke and Slasher tell Clayster no, they would prefer to stay with FaZe.

Next thing you know Huke and Slasher are dropped from FaZe for even considering switching teams and instead of picking them up to complete the Denial roster since he was the one who instigated the whole issue what does the “loyal” Clayster do?  He swoops in with Attach and takes the two open slots on FaZe.

Now from what I have seen things like this happen all the time in the competitive Call of Duty scene and really it disgusts me.  A team has a bad tournament so instead of taking the time to look at what they did wrong and work on it they swap players.  Now since this is about a video that Clayster made just to look at his team stats he has been on 7 teams since 2013, 7 teams that’s ridiculous.

I think if teams in competitive Call of Duty could stick with the same roster with minor changes here or there they could be more successful in the long haul.  Not to jump on the Optic bandwagon but they seem to do a very good job of keeping players in their organization.  I just think its something the pros should look at and think about fixing.

Until next time,

Hybrd Cobra

So I am just starting this blog out and the reason I am starting it is to help me improve my writing skills.  I am currently a student at Full Sail University pursuing a degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment and since I have been out of high school for so long (10 years), my writing skills have fallen off a bit.

The focus for my blog is going to be GAMING.  I am a huge and very passionate gamer and have been for as long as I can remember.  I have dabbled in several different competitive scenes and own my own gaming community called Hybrid Nerdz Gaming (  I have tried Youtube and putting my opinions on video but I am more into writing than I am into making videos so I figure a blog is the way for me to go.

My plan for this blog is to post at least three big posts a week.  Those posts will mostly be my opinion about big Youtubers videos.  They always ask for thoughts and opinions so I am going to write out my thoughts in a blog and provide any evidence as to why I do or don’t agree with their content.  I only plan to do three of these a week so that I have enough time to do background research on the video topic so that my blog doesn’t turn into a giant rant session.

I will also make smaller posts throughout the week on things that I want to talk about or any big gaming events that I think need to be mentioned.  Also since I was a huge Call of Duty player my gamerscore on Xbox is severely lacking so my goal for the end of the year is to have a score of 20,000 (currently have around 15,000) so that means every Sunday I will post an update on any achievements I earned throughout the week.

As I said at the beginning I am starting this blog to improve my writing so please be sure to leave any comments and or ideas for me below.