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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

18th Birthday

Monday was my 18th birthday. Now, I can do lots of stuff that I couldn't before such as voting, getting a Google Adsense account, being out after midnight, and other such privileges. Monday, I played paintball from around 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. I had a blast. The first game my team won "capture the flag", and I fired off a few rounds. The second game, my team won again, though I didn't fire a single shot. The third game, my friend Jaren and I and one other person stuck together and went into enemy territory. We were discovered, and were holding off at least 5 people when I ran out of paint. I had to surrender. The final game, we played what they call "downed pilot". In this game, one person who is the pilot goes into the woods, and hides. There are about 8 people on the special ops team, and everyone else is the indigenous population. The object is for the special ops to rescue the pilot before the indigenous population captures or kills him. Since it was my birthday, I got to be the pilot. My team rescued me, and got me back to the base. We decided to let the game continue with the indigenous population hunting my team down. We held them off pretty well, and only 1 or 2 of our guys got shot. The others who got out did so because they ran out of ammo or CO2. There were 4 or 5 of us left, and we made our way to an easily defendable position, but we each only had about 75 rounds left. At that point, it was declared that the game would end in 5 minutes. All we had to do was to keep off the enemy for that long. In the end we did so. Afterwards, I found out from Jaren that even though his team had more than 25 people, they weren't good at following orders. When they would say "Charge!", only about 7 of them did so, and therefore were killed. If the indigenous population were organized, the special ops team wouldn't have a chance. That is my story of my 18th birthday

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006


I have been messing around with Drupal, an open-source CMS (content management system). I heard about it from a classmate when he asked me if I'd heard of it. I hadn't, and thought nothing of it for a couple of weeks. I came across its mention on the web, and decided to look at it. It appears to be the solution to many problems. I have been developing my own thing like this for my website, but Drupal is far superior, having hundreds of contributors. I am going to use it with my redesign of my school's website because it will allow someone who is not proficient in HTML to author pages with very limited HTML. This blog will eventually be converted to being published with Drupal.