Summer 2011: A Review

Okay, so I know summer isn’t really over yet, technically. But to me, it seems like it is since I have no more plans or days off until school starts. Not to mention, its been getting cold at night, I even had to scrape the frost off my car’s window this morning on my way to work AND  Also, when I was driving home after work, I noticed that some of the trees have been

Autumn in British Columbia

starting to yellow/brown/redden already.

Don’t get me wrong neither, I like fall. It’s a pleasant season, not too hot or too cold and British Columbia is absolutely beautiful with it’s magnificent autumn colours.

J’aime le Canada! Vive le Canada!

Oh, and don’t forget! My birthday is in the fall too! October 25th! I actually know a lot of people with birthdays around then. Even just at work, there are two people born on October 26th, and another born on the 24th.

Anyways! Back to my summer review.

It wasn’t my most adventurous summer I’ve had, just one vacation that would probably be the highlight of the entire summer, even though it was just at the beginning. That would have been my two week roadtrip across my wonderful province and country with my Cali G.

Some other highlights would include yesterday with the whitewater rafting and jumping off that cliff; Going to Vancouver to visit with one of my best camp friends; Catching another amazing Bon Jovi concert; The purchase of VIP Ke$ha tickets feat. LMFAO; Camping out at my nieces 13th birthday party; Getting a nice raise at work; Hiking to Moul Falls and the Trophy Mountain Meadows at Wells Grey Park and; lots of awesome summer movies.

I’m sure I’m missing something in there too, that I’ll probably think of later and kick myself for not adding.

A Shot Of Me This Summer, I'm One Scary Dude!

In the whole though, it was pretty enjoyable of a summer, with lots of smiles and I got to make a tonne of other people smile as well. With that said, I am actually looking forward to starting classes on Wednesday, September 7th. I have some really interesting classes and it should be fun learning about the subjects.

As for next summer, I’m not sure what the plans are yet, but I started saving and preparing already. It’s going to be an amazing one and I’m going to make sure to have some very adventurous plans and see lots of new things. Today I even got out of the house with my sister and we went to all the schools around town with the dog collecting all the pop cans and beer bottles. Heck, we even got our inner bum on and looked in the garbage cans. Going to cash them in tomorrow!

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Tyson Trepidations.

Don’t Wrinkle My Toothpaste

Today I was looking into some more motorcycles, deciding which one I could get next year. At first I really liked the sport bikes, something fast and exciting, but after thinking a little bit, I decided to go with something more towards the streetbike and cruiser. That way I can take a passenger and they will feel more comfortable on the back of one of those. Plus a lot of them still go pretty fast anyways. I find that I’ve been gravitating towards some of the older bikes from the 80’s. A lot of them have a really neat look that I like, the only problem is that I don’t want an old that may give me some problems. I found tonnes with very low kilometres, but still with age things wear. Maybe I should just go with what I though, I have a mechanic living next door, plus one of my friends went through school to be a mechanic, and motorcycles are a lot simpler to fix up than a car or a boat. But I still have lots of time since its an investment for next year, but so far it looks like a Shadow or maybe a Virago, or something of similar style. Heck, if I keep this beard going, I’ll even have that to match! (Doubtful, a huge biker beard on me would look horrible!).

Alright, so my title doesn’t really have anything to do with motorcycles, that’s mostly because I’m changing subject now to suit it a bit more! I want to talk about my peeves. I have some odd ones, as does everyone else, but I have some fairly normal and common ones as well. So here they are:

One of my biggest peeves, that makes me hide my toothpaste whenever my sister is around, is having a wrinkly tube of

This is a big "no no" too.

toothpaste. Seriously, you don’t have to squish the entire tube from the middle and make wrinkles all over it! It should be nice and smooth and gentle to the fingers.

I don’t like dishonesty. I’m pretty good at telling when someone’s giving me bullshit, I read their body expressions and their face quite well. It drives me completely up the wall when I can tell someone is just telling me something to try and impress me or whatever.

When people call me Slurpy! My last name’s Schleppe, not Slurpy, completely different.

When people don’t capitalize my name. tyson schleppe. That’s nasty and ugly. I think it’s a bit of a respect thing too, so please, Tyson Schleppe. (This is probably the only time on my posts you’ll hear my real name).

Lending out a book and getting it back with a bent up spine, stained pages, bent cover or dog eared pages. I think it’s good to treat books with respect and show the same to their authors. Especially if its just something that’s loaned to you too, this is why I usually give people books rather than loan them.

Girls that rape my braces. Scarred for life. Thanks.

Not being able to whistle since I got my braces.

Getting objects stuck on my braces.

Flakey people. If you make plans, then you should be able to do them. I understand once in a while, but all the time is a little excessive.

Bimbos. Enough said.

 

“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.” – Ann Landers

 

Tyson Trepidations.

Quotes From The Month Of July

By the time I post this, it will be August officially! So that means I have a bunch of quotes to post. Before I get to that though, I thought I’d mention that the month of July for me was a lot better than the month of June! But still lacking as compared to the stellar May that I had.

Some good points of this month were the workout routine I got back into, a few great hikes and even found a beautiful waterfall yesterday while on a hike! I finally managed to read Under The Dome as well as Dyke Van Dyke’s memoir AND bought the newest Bond book. I also added a lot to owning every Michael Crichton book. I also saw some pretty awesome movies this month as well, the best of those being Super 8, Captain America, Fighter and American History X.

But enough of that, here are all the quotes that were featured in the month of July. Enjoy.

PS. My favorite is the one by Apple Computer Inc.

 

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths” – Walt Disney

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” – Saint Augustine

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope” – Theodore Roszak

“Wouldn’t it be the perfect crime, if I stole your heart and you stole mine?” – Unknown

“Every day may not be good… But there’s something good in every day” – Unknown

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do” – Apple Computer Inc.

“All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream” Edgar Allan Poe

“Some people are afraid of what they might find if they try to analyze themselves too much, but you have to crawl into your wounds to discover where your fears are. Once the bleeding starts, the cleansing can begin” – Tori Amos

“If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever” – The Crow (1994)

“To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie –
True Poems flee” – Emily Dickinson

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy” – Edward P. Morgan

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” – NLP Adage

“Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit they are crazy” – Nora Ephron

“Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be” – Samuel Johnson

“Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity” – Helen Schucman

“Polygamy: An endeavour to get more out of life than there is in it” – Albert Hubbard

“The world always looks brighter from behind a smile” – Anonymous

“I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel” – Peter Nivio Zarlenga

“Hope is life’s essential nutrient, and love is what gives life meaning” – Dick Van Dyke

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu

“If you can dream it, then you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse” – Walt Disney

“Ce n’est pas la réalité. C’est un rêve” – Tout le monde

“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century” – Dame Edna Everage

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill

“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” – Lao-Tze

Talks to Turtles

Right now I’m looking into my fish tank at my turtle, Mr. Bert. He’s a pretty good pet, he’s pretty quite, easy to please, confined to his tank, and best of all, he’s a good listener. Actually, a lot of the time I catch myself saying hi to him when I walk into my room, or even fully talk to him sometimes. Oh well, I’m a bit of a loner this summer so I gotta talk to someone, even if its just my turtle!

We have other pets too: a dog, a cat, several fish, a couple newts. But All of them are more bonded to my other family members than myself, so that’s why Mr. Bert and I have a special relationship.

He’s not my first pet though, that was actually a hamster that I bought with my sister when we were kids.Her name was

My Hamster Molly On Her First Birthday

Molly, after the doll from the Big Comfy Couch, which was quite the hit show for us in those days. She was one of those kinds that was a splotchy orange with white mix.

It actually took us quite some time to save up for her, a few months actually. We were quite determined children, probably no more than 10 neither. But every time our parents came home from work or we had customers, we would ask if they had any pennies, nickles or dimes that we could have to add to our collection. Usually we could get some amount of money, and whenever we got a dollar or a Toonie, we got pretty excited. Heck, we even went as far as checking everyone’s shoes for pennies too.

Eventually we did end up filling this coffee tin that we used to hold all of change. Its actually kinda funny, we were trying to save for enough to get a ferret, we thought they were the cutest little animals ever. But I think once my parents realized we were serious and getting quite a bit of change, they managed to convince us to settle for a hamster. I’m sure they got quite relieved when we did fall for their new idea.

We even decided that we would name her Molly before we got her, and even decided the colour of the one we wanted.

Also, before we went to the pet store, my parents decided to trade us our tin of change for some bills, just to ensure that the cashier wouldn’t turn us away.

We had Molly for a good couple of years, where she built a lot of memories that are still infused within my childhood. Actually, when Molly had turned 1, we even threw her a birthday celebration, and with my mothers help, we baked a cake for her too. A carrot cake of course too, because she loved to munch on carrots.

Who knows what kind of animals I’ll own in the future, but I’m not sure any could bring as much fun and enjoyment as Molly had in my childhood. But you never really know.

 

“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century” – Dame Edna Everage

 

Tyson Trepidations.

My Top 10 Apps For iPad

At the start of the summer I wanted to spend some money and get myself something a little extra for working so hard during the school year and treat myself for not really having a life.

In the long run, I decided to go with an iPad 2.

Now, a couple months later, I have many many apps downloaded and developed my personal favorites that I happen to access all the time.

Just as a side note as well, I have bought five apps since getting my iPad and of the five, four are featured on this Top 10 list.

Here they are:

1. GarageBand for iPad ($4.99)

The first of my bought apps, GarageBand pulls up into number one. It was basically like love at first sight when it finished downloading (Which seemed to take forever, being over 300 MB). I find myself on this app constantly, creating new songs and testing out new sounds, it actually makes me wish I stuck with learning the piano, so I could make more complicated sounding keyboard and piano parts. But it really has a tonne of different sounds to check out and play with. Of course it doesn’t feature everything that the full Mac version has, but it has quite a lot to offer as an iPad app and entirely compatible to the full version. Most definitely worth paying for, super fun and awesome for anyone, even if you don’t have any music background.

2. Hospital Haste ($6.99)

This one’s my all-time favorite game to play on my iPad thus far. Its crazy hectic and you really have use your brain fast to decide what you do with the patients and in what order. To quickly sum up the game, you play as Nurse Sally just starting off in the doctoring world and working for different hospitals while you earn money for your own medical clinic. It features many different hospital issues and methods of treatment along with a very well thought out scoring system that makes you have to make decisions based on attaining a better score. Not to mention you have to be fast! The last thing you want is a patient leaving in disgust because your too slow. It really is a hectic and crazy game, but that’s what makes it so fun.

3. Tower Madness (Free)

Coming in as number three is another wildly hectic game. Tower Madness is as simple as building defences to protect your 10 sheep from being abducted by alien invasions. It really is a crazy and random idea, but the levels are build so specifically and extremely well thought out that you have to use your head in deciding what the best arsenal set up would be to defeat those pesky aliens. As you go along, the game gets harder too, there are more and stronger aliens introduced and even some that are impervious to a number of different weapons. I’ve spent many hours playing this game in planning my defences against those aliens! Well worth the download especially being free.

4. Friendly for iPad (Free)

This app is for Facebook and after trying many different ones, I found this one was the best, especially now that they added Facebook chat into it (not like I actually use it though…). There’s not too much to say about this app except that its Facebook in app form with a great layout and its super easy to use, making Facebook even simpler as it is.

5. Words With Friends (The Free Version)

There is a payable version, but I’m not sure what the difference is besides taking out the ads, but the ads really aren’t that bad compared to many other apps and games I’ve tried. This game is extremely simple though and highly comparable to Scrabble. Its a word game that you can play against friends, Facebook friends or anyone random as well. Each letter is worth a certain amount of points (The more difficult the letter the higher its value) and there are many places on the board where you can gain double letter, triple letter, double word and triple word bonuses. So you actually have to think what words you play and where you play them. You get seven letters at all times, but there are only 104 letters in total, so once that capacity is reached, the game is over (unless someone resigns). The nice thing about this app is that you can come back to it anytime and play when you can, so you don’t have to sit there waiting for the other person to play their word.

6. Dead Space for iPad (Got it for $0.99 on special, but $4.99 regular)

After playing the original Dead Space for the Xbox 360, I just had to get this game. I was a little skeptical how good it would be though. I couldn’t imagine how the controls would turn out and wasn’t sure if the graphics would be ok or not. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that the graphics were actually really well done and the controls weren’t bad at all once I got the hang of it (and it didn’t take all that long neither). The great thing, though, is that it serves as a prequel to the original game and kinda gives a little bit of a back story. Otherwise, it is just as the other versions, an intense and creepy third person shooter that is extremely satisfying for the horror lover.

7. Worms 2 ($0.99)

I used to play this game all the time as a kid on my PC! So when I saw it in the apps store, I just had to buy it and probably would have still if it were more expensive. It’s a really fun game to play where you have a small arsenal of worms that you use to battle other small arsenals of worms. You get dropped off at a level randomly spaced apart and go through each worm, one at a time, attacking the other teams with a huge variety of different weapons. With that said though, you still have to think a little bit since the wind can alter where some of the weapons fire. Plus it’s a little bit harder since all the other teams seem to be mostly after you. Tonnes of funny and a cute little game that is definitely worth the small price.

8. Kobo for iPad (Free)

This is one of the reading apps for the iPad. There’s also iBooks and the kindle app that are really popular, but after trying them out, I felt that this one was a better choice (even though Kindles are better quality than Kobos in my opinion). All three of the apps have something like a thousand free books to choose from as well any popular book that you can pay for as well. Not only that, but a good number of the books are actually a lot cheaper to buy in the app than going to the book store and buying them. The Kobo app also allows you add friends (Although I don’t have any still…), lets you create custom bookshelves, and creates a book cover specific to you and the type of books you read. Plus it has some nifty achievements, including some that can be quite challenging and fun to obtain.

9. Twitter for iPad (Free)

Again, there really isn’t much to say about this one. Its just the official Twitter app and has many of the same functions as the web browser version (except you don’t have to worry about the Fail Whale in the iPad app). It has a great layout and a super simple to use interface. Feel free to follow me, find my profile from the Twitter widget on the right hand side.

10. Science 360 (Free)

So this app is pretty awesome when I’m bored, in a wise mood or just geeking out again. It has tonnes of HD photos and videos with all kinds of science news and topics to go with them. Since everything is HD though, the app can sometimes be a little slow and use a lot of memory. But once inside, you’ll see that it has a really neat interface. It basically is in a 360 shape and when you move around, its like your on the inside of a circle and every turn has something new. The great thing too is that when you click on a picture or video, it will make sure that one doesn’t show up for you again. Wicked cool app for a science fanatic.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do” – Apple Computer Inc.

Tyson Trepidations.