EA’s Press Conference Recap – E3 2017

Each year it feels like the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 starts earlier and earlier. With that being said, I took a day to process the information shown in the first major conference of E3 2017.

Electronic Arts or EA is one of the biggest game developing companies in the world and this year they were also the first of the large-scale conferences that large developers hold each year to show fans their latest games or updates.

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New Pokémon games? What happened in the Pokémon Direct?

To many, Nintendo’s Pokémon Direct that happened early on Tuesday morning was disappointing.

Being heavily involved in the Pokémon community on YouTube, Twitter and pretty much anywhere else I got to see the reactions to those announcements even while I was unable to watch the actual event. Continue reading

State of the blog

As of this previous weekend, BoosterBlogs has officially become a registered domain. It took a lot of planning on the part of myself and my VP Collin, but in the end I am just happy this side project has come this far.

I originally made this site on WordPress because I liked the name and wanted to start writing independently. Nothing really came of that until I wrote my 2015-16 NBA Season preview, which ended up landing me a gig over on NBALead.

I came back to the website briefly when I wrote a few pieces for a class during my freshman year of college and needed to post them to my own site. It was then I decided to bookmark the idea for a dedicated run on BB for the future.

Thankfully things played into my favor during this most recent semester of college, the end of my sophomore year, so that I had a good amount of spare time on the weekends to start this up. Collin, who I knew previously from working together in NBALead, was also working on his own site and I reached out to see if he was interested in contributing.

What spawned from that partnership is nearly two going on three full months of constant content flowing from our collective brains as the two of us try to build this thing up.

He has anchored the site for nearly three weeks as I have been busy moving back home from college, adjusting to my new work schedule and started more projects for the site.

The state of the blog has never been better over our four-month life span. Here are some things you can expect soon.

Collin is going to be on vacation soon, but his articles will continue. He is our lead writer when it comes to sports and going forward he will have control in that department, barring my occasional column and anyone else we bring on.

My columns will return this week after taking an absence. I have some topics I really want to write about and I think that you all will enjoy and learn something from them.

Our coverage of eSports will be expanding from just our weekly League of Legends recap that Richard puts out. I will start covering more professional Super Smash Bros. competitions and the ELeague Street Fighter V events I watch.

Other content will also be joining our normal content. I am bringing The Gameplan Podcast to BoosterBlogs in the coming weeks. This will feature discussions about sports, video games, eSports and a lot more.

On top of that, I have also started streaming again on my Twitch channel. Those streams usually consist of myself and occasional guests playing games we find fun or interesting. They frequently turn into Q&As with the chat as I answer questions about anything you ask. If you want to talk to me about a specific topic or just need some background noise while you work, that’s the place to go.

After wrapping up all those upcoming projects, I do have one final announcement.

We have only gotten this far due to the dedication both Collin and I have for what we do. We are thankful to each person that reads our work and shares it with others.

That being said, the two of us are not enough to make this thing reach its full potential. We have three writers on staff, one of which is only a weekly column writer, and that will eventually make us cap out to how far the site can grow.

If you know anyone interested in writing that just wants to get their thoughts on a subject or maybe even become a contributor to the site on a frequent basis, please contact us or share our site with them so we can get in touch. Editing is provided and nearly any topic is accepted.

Thank you for your time and support. We hope you continue to like our works.

Signed the Blue and Gold duo,

Collin Loring and Cale Michael.

How to get past Writer’s Block

Writing something can be an arduous task for many people. Take it from someone who writes for a living and as a pastime, sometimes the words just won’t come out right.

That doesn’t mean you should give up on your project. It might just need some extra work to get it done. Here are some things that help me when I have writing troubles.

Working in the right environment

The place you work plays a huge part in how your mind functions while working. A huge reason most people who work from home either invest in a dedicated office or often go to other places to work is that your mentality changes depending on where you are.

Personally, I find it easier to work in my dorm room or bedroom at home rather than the office I am provided at work. I feel more at ease in my own are where I can control the events happening, but for others this isn’t the case.

I have a lot of friends who are successful enough as self-employed workers that they can afford their own office spaces. This allows them to leave their work in the office and relax more at home. It can put your mind at ease knowing that specific places are for relaxing, while others are meant for working.

I recommend setting aside specific times for working on projects and trying to keep yourself in the same area each time. This could improve both productivity and the likelihood of avoiding more bouts of writer’s block.

Listening to the right music

If any of you lovely readers are anything like me, then I assume you like rocking out to your favorite tunes when doing anything. But most people don’t realize that the choice of music can greatly affect productivity.

Personally, I listen to Jazz or Instrumental music when I really need to focus on something, but outside of that anything works. My roommate can’t do homework when anything with words in it is playing, so he tends to lean to movie soundtracks.

Studies show that people who listen to classical music while working will have higher results than those who listen to rap. Of course, this is subject to change based on each individual person, rap is actually pretty common in the playlists I frequent on SoundCloud when studying.

To help with this I would advise making different playlists for studying and other activities. That will give your brain ques on when it should be focusing on work versus working out for example.

Don’t get discouraged

It is easy to struggle with something and get frustrated or discouraged with the progress you are making. That is normal and is a side effect that comes from the brain when something just doesn’t line up for you.

It will take effort to work around it, but don’t force yourself to push through if you don’t have to. Sometimes work is work and you have to meet a deadline, but for personal projects, the best product is one that comes with ease.

Sure, having to think about something normally means more effort is going into it, and that is true in most cases. However, creativity is a fickle mistress.

Effort is one thing, but the spur of the moment thoughts that spawn the most revolutionary and original ideas can only come if the brain allows it.

Try not to force yourself to think on things if they become stale. Give the thoughts some breathing room and once the air is fresh, take another stab at it.

This list is by no means perfect. In fact, this was written in a single setting at 3 a.m. in the morning while listening to a copious amount of NateWantstoBattle.

Despite that fact, I hope something in this article will give you a boost when next you face the block all creative minds must overcome.

Record Breaking Discovery of Seven Exoplanets Around a Single Star

It’s no secret that one of the most common themes throughout science fiction is that of interplanetary travel or travel between different planets.  This may seem far fetched to most but for some the dream that humanity may one day be able to call more than one planet home is alive and well. This dream was recently given more room to grow with a recent record breaking discovery of seven new exoplanets all around the same star, a Jupiter sized dwarf star that is part of the Aquarius constellation, about 12 parsecs or about 40 light years away from earth. This star and the seven planets orbiting form the system called TRAPPIST-1, named after the telescope that discovered it.

Though TRAPPIST-1 was actually discovered in 2016, it was only thought to have 3 exoplanets. A paper published in Nature reports that both ground and space telescopes were used to determine that at least seven (possibly more) exoplanets orbit this star. An exoplanet is simply a planet that orbits a star other than our sun. Exoplanet discoveries in themselves are not that uncommon. What makes this discovery unique is that seven temperate, or earth like planet were found around the same star, this is the first system found to have seven planets of similar size to earth. Additionally the configuration of the planets around TRAPPIST-1 allows for detailed study into the atmospheric and other properties of the planets like the densities, which have confirmed that the planets are most likely rocky in nature.

These planets all are within the temperature range that allows for liquid water, which is key to the development of life as we know it, and further study will not only revel if the planets can have water but also reveal is liquid water is present on the planet’s surface.

Though these planets are certainly out of our reach for now, this study is an important step into finding other planets suitable for human life. But who knows maybe Humanity will one day call TRAPPIST-1 home.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v542/n7642/full/nature21360.html