Leaving BFE

I’m going to try to keep you guys a litle more posted on my everyday goings on than I have before… and the first of that will be making the announcement that after two and a half years of being an active participant (and administrator, for over a year now) in “Battle for Europe,” the official online tournament for the video game series Call of Duty, I have chosen to retire from the tournament.

BFE has been a big part of my life since the spring of my Junior year of high school. I joined it on a whim after becoming interested in the game Call of Duty 2. Quickly I was hooked by the concept of the tournament, and began working hard to help improve the tournament, and working my way up the ranks. Within a few months, I had been offered an “officer” position, and I was offered an administrator job the summer after graduation.

By this past February, I had worked my way up to being “second-in-command” in the tournament. When a scandal came up regarind the embezzlement of donations that were made to the tournament by the current leader (a position called Internal Coordinator, or IC), MyInternetServices, the company that operates the tournament, made the decision to remove the previous IC and asked if I would be interested in taking the position. I accepted, excitedly looking forward to the opportunity to continue to help the tournament.

The next 7 months of my BFE involvement were busy and slightly stressful, but definitely fun. I am very glad I had the opportunity to take on the role of IC, and I feel that some of the changes that were made during my time really did help the tournament. As classes began to start this semester, though, I found myself being less interested in BFE, and almost feeling an obligation to do the work that needed to be done. It was this point that started getting me thinking about ending my time.

I made the final decision to step down yesterday, and after informing the other staff members, I made a public post about it this afternoon. It was weird, seeing my name on the website without any of the identifying factors of a staff member, but it is a slight weight off of my shoulders. It was just time to go for me, and I feel I made the right choice.

BFE has given me so much over the years, that it was really difficult having to leave. I recall so many good times I’ve had while working with the tournament, and so many friendships (e-friendships, albeit, but friendships nonetheless) I have forged with people from all around the world. I will miss everyone I had the pleasure to work with in BFE; they have all affected my life in such a positive manner.

So, to any BFE-Folks reading this: thank you so much for everything you have given to me over the last two and a half years. BFE has helped to provide me with so many fun experiences, and great freindships that I know will endure whether I am a staff member with BFE or not. You really helped me hone my leadership skills and have a lot of fun while doing it.

Stay in touch, everyone!

Update

So I know it’s been a while since you all have heard an update from me, so I figure I’ll give you a quick synopsis of the last few weeks, while I have time to breathe (read: procrastinate).

Firstly, I’ve really been trying to get you guys some video in the form of another “vlog,” but the webcam drivers for my laptop have been acting up, and I can’t even get the darn thing to turn on, let alone record anything, so at this point, a vlog may not be in the near future… I’m working on it, though, promise!

Secondly, I know that the links to the music don’t work… I’m going to try to get those fixed within the next few days, if possible. I’m also trying to figure out why the Twitter bar on the right side of the screen is not showing any of my “tweets,” because I’ve had quite a few. At any rate, until that’s working, you can find my tweets at http://twitter.com/Zweibz7.

Now, onto the good stuff. Where I left you, the ‘Canes had just come off a loss up in Gainesville, but I was optimistic. It turns out my optimism was warranted, as I had the pleasure of watching my ‘Canes rip apart the Texas A&M Aggies (for the second year in a row, I might add) by a score of 41-23. Quarterback Robert Marve threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the game, and Halfback Graig Cooper and the rest of the Miami offense made Texas A&M’s D-Line look just plain silly (Cooper ran for 128 yards and 2 TD, as well). It was a great game on all fronts, and the ‘Canes look forward to this coming weekend, where they play host to the North Carolina Tar-Heels in an effort to avenge a loss from last season.

In other news, classes are all going well. Life is busy, and now that the semester is in full swing, so is my process of being a membership candidate with Tau Beta Sigma, the co-ed national honorary band sorority. Between school, rehearsals for “Circus Maximus” (which are coming along fine–the composer will be on campus in just under 3 weeks, and our performance is in just over 3), and TBĪ£, I never want for something to do nowadays!

I’ll try to give smaller updates more often in the future, but for a quick rundown of what I’m up to on a daily basis, be sure to check out my twitter feed, I tend to tweet a lot more often than I do post because of the speed factor.

I’m also looking forward to a few great jazz shows coming up in the next two weeks, so I’ll try to get some “reviews” of those up for you as well!

Until next time!

New Style

First off, sorry for the downtime last night into this morning, I was having issues uploading some necessary files to upgrade the blog software I use.

Anyway, I was messing around with some settings on the blog today, and I kept getting errors… and it turns out that with the new upgraded version of blog software, my old theme doesn’t work. It’s just not compatible. So I have this new one for now, while I continue looking. What do you guys think? Do you like this better? worse? I’m interested in your thoughts! It is, after all, for you guys that I do this…

Let me know!

Gators 26, ‘Canes 3… a SUCCESS?

This weekend, the Miami Hurricanes carried themselves excitedly into “The Swamp” on the Gainesville campus of the University of Florida for the first football meeting between the two teams since the Peach Bowl in 2004. The ‘Canes were a 20+ point underog in the game, but that didn’t stop over 10,000 UM fans from making the trek to come support their team as they tried to topple the number five team in the nation.

The Florida Gators ended up winning the game by a margin of 26-3, but the score does not tell the story of the game. The ‘Canes held the explosive Gator offense to just 9 points in the first three quarters, only failing to keep the pace in the final period. The UM defense showed fans a lot of different sides, including a solid defensive line that pressured Gator QB and 2007 Heisman Winner Tim Tebow all night. The secondary, on the other hand, struggled, allowing Tebow to throw for 256 yards and two touchdowns in a 21/35 effort. The linebackers were sometimes where they needed to be, and other times fans were left wondering if they were even on the field.

The Hurricane offense was the most cause for concern. Starting QB, red shirt freshman Robert Marve, threw 10/18, for 69 yards and no scores. He was sacked three times. The offensive line struggled much of the night, failing to give Marve the time he needed to make the right decisions, as well as struggling all night to create running room for halfbacks Derron Thomas and Greg Cooper, who combined for just 53 yards. Starting HB Javarris James ran for 4 yards in two attempts before leaving the game with an ankle sprain. The ‘Canes managed only an average of 1.6 yards per rush.

The final frustration of the night came from sources outside the players, namely the playcalling and the refereeing. There were a few very questionable calls made by the SEC referees, including a Tebow pass to the 5-yard line that was ruled incomplete on the field and then overturned upon review (with not enough evidence, according to ESPN). The drive ended in UF’s second touchdown–the beginning of the end. The playcalling from Miami’s Offesnvie Coordinator Patrick Nix did not send the ‘Canes out with an aggressive gameplan, which, in my opinion, was something he needed to do. Ninety percent of the plays that UM ran on first down were rushes straight up the middle, and Marve only had the chance to take one shot down field all game.

The team played very well, though overall. The defense held Tebow and the Gators for three-plus quarters, and despite the offense’s inability to get in the end zone, they had very good ball movement at times. They did a great job to hang with such an explosive team, and despite the score seeming lopsided, the ‘Canes came into Gainesville this weekend and showed the Gator Nation that they shouldn’t underestimate the University of Miami. If the Hurricanes play the rest of the season with the intensity and drive that they had this weekend, they definitely will contend for the ACC title.

On another note, the rest of the trip that I took with the “Band of the Hour” to play at this game was lots of fun, including spending all my per diem at a fancy seafood restaurant and many hours on a bus. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season; it should be a good one!

Go ‘Canes!

Hurricane Ike

So I know it’s early yet, and the cone is wide… but Hurricane Ike is a Category 4 storm with at least 3 more days on open water, and looks to be bearing down right on Miami.

This should be fun!

EDIT… I guess that’s not going to happen… sad story. Oh well, there’s always hope for Josephine! T-Minus 82 days until hurricane season is over!