The three most popular Extra Life questions…. ANSWERED!

So we have a couple of people here in the Extra Life HQ who work tirelessly to help make your Extra Life experience a positive and easy one.  In conversing with them which I like to do on Thursday mornings, I found out about three questions/requests that they hear most often……

The three most popular Extra Life questions…. ANSWERED!

Extra Life Livestream!

I will be livestreaming my ENTIRE 24 hour marathon this year! Screen sharing and (if I can convince my Inspire to play nice) webcam — complete with audio! OK so the audio of me screaming “Ugh this boss fight sucks” won’t be nearly as interesting as the audio of, say, me playing Rock Band.. but what the heck, I’m going to be up for 24 hours straight, I like the idea of random strangers coming by my twitch channel channel to say hi.

That being said, here’s where you’ll be able to find me on the morning of October 20, 2012!

Lagom är bäst

Apparently the fact that I work 40-60+ hours a week and go to school means I’m not taking responsibility for my life. I mean seriously what more does that man want me to do? I can’t just snap my fingers and make myself rich. Hell, I don’t even WANT to be rich, I just want to be comfortable and secure, that’s all. I don’t want to be rich, I don’t want to be poor. I just want to live and be happy, and that somehow makes me a horrible person according to the American Republican Party.

A quick conversation with a Republican.

For the record, I have no political affiliation. I’ve always thought it best to choose based on an individual’s merits without worrying about which party is which.

Just out of sheer curiosity, I’ve been poking around all over the place just to see what the diverging viewpoints truly are. When you get a Republican and a Democrat in a room together, they just jump at each others’ throats and any insightful information falls to the wayside.

So I’ve been asking questions. I’ve been asking A LOT of questions. Some of it is quiet googling, and some of it is actually asking questions to people I know.

For starters, it turns out the majority of my friends are Libertarian. I had no idea. Sure some are very VERY vocal about it, yet others are just quiet and don’t bother mentioning unless someone (like, for example, me) actually asks them about it.

In my social circle, Republicans are always painted out as bad guys. I’ve never had a preference one way or the other, but I realize it has actually colored my view of them nonetheless.

So, without judging or inciting an argument, I pulled my father-in-law (the most die-hard Republican you will ever meet) aside and picked his brain.

Turns out, Republicans believe in small government and individual freedoms. They don’t want a police state (does anyone?), they don’t want government to keep helping corporations stay afloat, and they don’t believe in giving up personal freedoms for the sake of security. Yes, they also seem to believe in guns, hate homosexuals (or, in some cases, not dislike them, but believe it’s a disease that should be treated instead of embraced), and want to keep this country more in line with the values it was founded on — women at home, men at work, no children out of wedlock, etc, etc, also known as “traditional values.” While I may not agree with everything they have to say, it surprises me how much of their worldview is the exact opposite of what I thought.

So my goal was to get a POV from a Republican and line it up against a POV from a Democrat. The humorous thing was that I don’t seem to actually /know/ any Democrats.

So, I open the floor to the internet. WITHOUT ATTACKING OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES OR INDIVIDUALS, please tell me in your own words how you view your party and its goals. I’d prefer to hear from some Democrats since they’re the only majority party I haven’t had a personal conversation with yet, although anyone from a smaller party I haven’t touched at all yet can feel free to chime in as well.


Goodbye again, Hulu Plus.

To be fair, Hulu Plus is not advertised as a commercial-free experience. The thing is, they don’t point out the fact that ads exist in the paid version, either. I think many other potential customers are in the same boat as I, assuming that the service was intended to be competitive with similar services.

I’d much rather pay a few extra dollars a month for commercial-free programming than pay $1 less than Netflix but have to sit through dozens of commercials every hour of viewing.

Hopefully they consider changing their business model to get profit from their customer base instead of advertisers. Maybe even test it out, give us a choice, the current price + commercials or a higher price with no commercials.. who knows, we’ll see.

I’ve kept my eye on Hulu since it was in its infancy, as I see a lot of potential here; nonetheless, you still will not get a cent out of me until/unless I can get a commercial-free service, otherwise I’ll just stick to the limitation of only watching on the computer, and using similar services for whatever I can’t get here.

In any case, it was fun getting another Hulu Plus trial considering it’s been a few years since my last one.

Well, that was annoying.

I have a PS3 fat.

I have a mybook live 1TB.

I cannot use the PS3 Backup Utility to backup all my saved games from the PS3 to the MyBook. I have formatting the hdd as FAT32 (as required by Sony’s backup system, meh), but no. The backup still fails. I have tried both partitioning the MyBook as well as just formatting the entire drive as FAT32. It still fails. The drive is good, no disk errors when scanned with any disc checking software (on linux, windows, OR macos — hey, i’m thorough.. that PS3 also has backups of all my PSone, PS2, and PSP saves!)

Apparently I’m not the only person with this problem, as the PS3 is notoriously picky in what kind of drives it will allow you to use the backup utility with.

Just leaving this tidbit here in case anyone else has a MyBook and would prefer to avoid the headache. Just manually backup save files to a flash drive. Sure, you lose Demons’ Souls saves and a few other small things, but really, it’s not worth buying an external hdd JUST for a PS3 backup.

Thankfully the process of manually copying all my saves got everything I needed for my purposes, in less than 10 minutes, so after I hit the publish button, this is a worry for past me. <3

Min dvd-spelare har fel regionkod.

God Jul to everyone, and a happy new year to boot!

For the holidays, I purchased my favorite Christmas movie, Joulutarina. Since I’m planning on moving to Sweden (and because the American version of this movie is a horrible horrible English dub and does not have a subtitle option), I purchased it with the European region code.

Of course, as any American may realize, this is where things got annoying. You see, I didn’t purchase it for normal DVD where I could easily hack my DVD-ROM to play any region. Oh no, in my infinite wisdom I said to myself, “Spazure, get it on Blu-ray! It’ll be gorgeous! You’ll watch this with your kids someday!”

The problem here is, the only Blu-Ray player I currently own is my PS3. Sadly, there is no *simple* way to hack a PS3 to unlock all region encodings, and I’m not about to brick my PS3 just to watch a Christmas movie on New Year’s Eve. This means I either need to shell out another $300 to purchase a Blu-Ray player that’ll play European discs (keeping in mind I only currently own ONE region 2 disc)… or, I could be a genius.

I decided I’m going to purchase a BD ROM for my computer. I will then lock it to region 2, so I will have a blu-ray drive (and normal dvd drive, all in one, yay backwards compatibility!!)

“But Spazure, how will you then play it on your TV?”

Well, self, you see, Microsoft’s Windows Media Player isn’t all bad. I can play a Blu-Ray disc from my computer on my Xbox 360 over my LAN, because I’m a dork like that.

One step closer to home. :)

Jag fick förnekade för programmet. :(

I did not get accepted to the foreign exchange program. Apparently I must have a full year (two semesters) of University of Oklahoma under my belt before I qualify. Although my mother is very ill and partially disabled, she is not currently “bad enough” to count as ill for the sake of me being able to move to Sweden in order to help her. I mean, that’s still my reasoning.. but I need a better reason to convince Sweden to WANT me to come over. I’m thinking of changing my major to a “hard” science, now that my degree is really going to be my only way to get into the country. I need to start doing some research on what type of professions are in high demand in Sweden. It’s starting to look like I may switch to Computer Science after all.

Ingen nyheter.

Still don’t know if I got accepted to the OU-Lund foreign exchange program yet. Been slacking on my Rosetta Stone, but since my b/f and I just moved to our new apartment, it’s just about the perfect time for us to reinstall the software and get back in the saddle for doing that.

tl;dr I’m not dead, just nothing new to report.

Gravid i USA.

Last night I watched a documentary entitled “Pregnant In America.” This eye-opening documentary pointed out many things about maternal, prenatal, and postnatal care in the United States. For example, looking at pure numbers, Sweden is in the top five best countries in the world to have a baby in terms of lowest probability of losing the child during or soon after birth. By comparision, the United States is THIRTY-SIXTH. The numbers for maternal death rate also are pretty ugly. In 2008, Sweden lost 5 per 1,000, whereas the United States lost TWENTY FOUR out of every thousand mothers.

Now, I’m aware of the possibility of the Michael Moore effect, so keep in mind that the sources I used are NOT the same sources used in the documentary. They’re independent facts I found by googling “infant mortality rate” and “maternal mortality rate,” the fact that the numbers I found coincided with the documentary just lends more weight to the information being correct. Still though, I did feel the whole film was slanted towards a particular POV, so I did some additional poking around. I then watched The Business of Being Born, which also touches on some points the other one did not. Most importantly, it gave the medical community a voice as well — it told the story from both sides. Even in doing so, it ultimately just strengthened my desire to ensure that I am in Sweden before I settle down to have my family.

That being said, my most recent Swedish lesson went well. I still don’t know if I got into the foreign exchange program for Lund this Spring yet, but at least I’m able to “sort of” hold a conversation in Swedish now. I can ask questions, ask for clarification, make spontaneous sentences out of my existing vocabulary.. such as the ever-important “Var är toaletten?”