Zerok's News

The Summer Blog

2009-05-29 09:27:24 by Zerok
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Hey Newgrounds. No particular topic herein, but rather a spattering thereof. Don't you love compound words that makes stuff sound like legalese?

Ahem.

First on the agenda: my DR blog. I said I'd make a big blog but then I put it off and now it's too late to recall everything with clarity and appropriate vividness. Sorry, just trust it was awesome and had beaches and adventures and boobs.

Second: Check out mine and Lauren's Geocaching Crew. It's not a super busy club because not many of you geocache, but I'm hoping that over this summer we can recruit some of ya.

Third: Financing my MBA. It has been a journey. Seems I'll be able to get a nice line of credit, though something got snagged along the way... namely: Canada's major credit bureau doesn't have my credit history. For you youngins that are reading this, that is definitely NOT good. You need credit to get money, especially if it's a lot of money. Thankfully, the other credit bureau in the country has my history. No idea why they both don't. Now I have to bridge some gaps and trudge through what I hope isn't too much of a bureaucratic clusterfuck.

EDIT: I ended up kicking the creditor to the curb and asking my current bank what they could give me. Answer? $70,000.

Hooray!

Fourth: I graduated! My first degree (BSc) was conferred on the 21st of May. Go me.

Fifth: I miss Lauren, because she's gone home (and to Peru) until late July. Luckily this summer's pretty busy for me so I don't spend my days facedown and making pathetic squeaking noises due to heartache. :X

Sixth: MWC9 (Monthly Writing Contest 2009): June. I'll be hosting/running that.

And here it is: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/10 66557

I think that's it.

Now for a picture of some sort to attract those with short attention spans!

>>> My typical reaction when the paparazzi come and try to ask about my relations with Newgrounds :

The Summer Blog


The Dominican Republic.

2009-05-10 18:14:50 by Zerok

Big ole blog detailing my adventures there soon to come!

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of our 5-star resort so you can be jealous.

The Dominican Republic.


23 & Dominican Republic

2009-05-01 13:32:38 by Zerok

Today I am 23 years old. Go me!

In other news, tomorrow my family leaves for the Dominican Republic. My cousin is getting married on Tuesday I believe, and we're all going for a week to enjoy an all inclusive resort and what have you. We'll be back on the 10th, and afterward I'll be able to start seriously working on the multiple NG projects I've got on the go. Looking forward to the vacation and the coming summer!

Cheers.


Sexy new picture.

2009-04-21 23:01:42 by Zerok

<-------------------- Oh yeah, hot stuff, watch out.

This was taken while Geocaching, a hobby I recommend and publicly endorse. My buddy and I hiked about 15k through the lovely Lake Echo / Salmon River trail system. It was utterly serene and a great, if tiring, experience.

In other news, Fyndir uploaded his narration of my Writing Contest story. Have a listen, and leave him a GODDAMNED REVIEW he NEEDS THEM.

Part 1: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen /230979
Part 2: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen /230982
Part 3: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen /231067

I want to make a flash audiobook out of it; I thought it was an original idea until this incredible flash was released today. Now I don't think I can bring myself to release anything less than that quality... so any artists that want to volunteer are more than welcome to PM me.

Speaking of Flash, I have a bunch of mini projects on the go, including an original short and possibly a medals game! But they're all in the early stages of development, so stay tuned.

I'll finish this off with another shot from the hike, looking south over West Lake.

Sexy new picture.


Accepted!

2009-04-09 17:54:02 by Zerok
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Just got the confirmation email, I'm in!

This July I begin a 22-month Corporate Residency MBA program. For 8 of those months I shall be working with some sort of firm either in the city or somewhere... else. After 22 months the goal is to continue with the firm with a nice non-entry level position and manage mounds and mounds of debt. (I am accepting donations! *cough*)

The next step is convincing the government to invest in me. Woooo.

So yeah, I am happy! You should be too.

Update: Lauren just found an amazing basement apartment! Check this:

It's about 600 square feet, a one bedroom.
The property is located on major bus routes, bus stops are like a 3 second walk away.
It's a 2 minute walk to a BEACH on a small LAKE.
There's a washer and dryer on site, not coin op ones either.
The landlord is a younger fellow who seems very easy going and kind.
Big backyard and communal deck with a BBQ.
The rent includes all utilities including 'net and cable.
The kitchen has counters! Not a big deal normally, but the place she has now literally has no counters. You have to use this little wooden table.

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My Edible Pink Castle Crasher Entry:

Accepted!


Now... I wait.

2009-04-02 10:30:51 by Zerok

Just got back from my grad school interview, the last step in the application process. In the next 2 weeks a significant crossroads in my life shall be navigated, the direction I take to be largely decided by the folks at the MBA office.

Nice to know I'll always have YOU Newgrounds!


Lucky Lauren-face

2009-03-23 13:04:49 by Zerok
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The other day she wont $100 from a scratch and win ticket.

Today, she wins another $40 (scratch and win).

At a pseudo-casino night thing she played roulette and kept picking the right numbers.

I'm thinking she should start buying major lotto tickets now... or is her luck spent?

(Her NG blog).


Death Cab for Cutie

2009-03-07 18:15:37 by Zerok
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Alright, pretend you have a lot of disposable income.

How much would you pay for a ticket that gets you into an exclusive Death Cab concert? I'm talking a 150 person guest list, in a private showing area (and it's playing a block from where you live, or is at least in your city).

Update: They've arrived! And we are taking friends, and they get to go for free because we're just so charitable. Here's a picture of two of the tickets: I'll post pictures of the actual concert somewhere.

Death Cab for Cutie


Supporting NG Artists!

2009-02-23 22:48:54 by Zerok
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Some Audio Portal folks have a Demo.

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen /212058 <---- Check it out!

You can buy the full version on iTunes and other places for 10 bucks!

http://electronicep.newgrounds.com/ <--- More info.

I've just purchased and downloaded the album, and am about to give it a listen.

If you've got ten bucks lying around that you're going to use to buy more chips to get fatter off of, do yourself a favour and give the NG community and economy a little boost instead, help fuel some people's dreams!

If you're too cheap, then at least Digg it.

http://digg.com/music/Synthetica_EP_De mo_Track

I'm on the fifth track at the mo' and it is JUMPIN'.

Supporting NG Artists!


GMAT + The unfortunate bastard.

2009-02-17 13:58:02 by Zerok
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Well, I wrote the GMAT today. I got an unofficial score of 720, which makes me happy in my pants as well as various other parts of my body.

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To make this blog a little more interesting I'm including the tale of some unfortunate soul whose plight I overheard as I was beginning the test:

He was a non-Canadian citizen, and he had come here to Halifax to take his GMAT. He traveled from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (which is part of Canada, for the geographically disinclined). The journey takes about... 8 hours by car? Hold on, I'll ask Google.

Okay, it's only 3 - 5 hours depending on where you're from in Cape Breton.

Point is, it's 9:30am and he doesn't have his Canadian passport. This is the ONLY ID that GMAT admins can accept if you're not a Canadian citizen. So he couldn't take the test. And he does not get a refund. So basically, he's out $350 CAD + the costs of travel. The test admin called the GMAC people to show she was making an effort at resolving his issue, but both her and me (me, eavesdropping from the test room) knew he was fucked.

He claimed "no one told him," which certainly is possible. If you sign up online, there's a big section where they talk about proper ID... if you use the phone, then the person you talk to is supposed to tell you, which they may have neglected to do in his case. Nonetheless, you do sign or verbally confirm that you have or shall read all the legal mumbo-jumbo, which includes the ID instructions.

:( @ that guy.