Back on track for 2017

Almost two years ago, we moved in together and realized how expensive food is.  Calling our initial budget a shoe string budget is putting it lightly.  Needless to say we were eating plenty of oatmeal and rice in the beginning and lost more than a few pounds.  Things have vastly improved since then but I’ll never look at oatmeal the same way.

I got graduated in May 2016 with my Bachelors degree!
Some said I’d never be able to find a “real” job with my degree but I did.  Jokes on them for taking classes they thought were boring but somehow still more valuable than my choices.
Not everyone sees the value in a minor but I think minors are a way to explore different paths without the commitment of changing your major.  My double minor made my resume more interesting and was one of the main reasons my bosses noticed my resume in the first place.  They thought it showed my work ethic and depth.

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Go Mason!

We got married 0n September 4th, 2016!  It was a perfect day!  The amount of love and support we received from our friends and family was overwhelming and we are forever grateful.

Dylan will be graduating in May 2017 and has already found his dream job.  He’s a Security Engineer AKA a Hacker!  He loves what he does so much that I’m sure he would work for free if he had to.  I’m so happy that he has something that he loves.  His company is a dream come true and they will support his growth in whatever direction he wants to go at the pace of his choosing.

I could never forget to mention that we got a cat and he’s the most perfect feline.  Lovie is his name and he’s a cuddle bug.

I can’t help but share some of our wedding photos.  I’m obsessed!  Our photographers were Birds a Feather Photography and I can’t recommend them enough! 9416View More: http://birdsofafeatherphotos.pass.us/cd-weddingc-d-wedding-bride-and-groom-0059Thanks for catching up with us!
-Mr. and Mrs. Cuddle Fish

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What my PC is Capable of…

I play the game Minecraft on my PC with my friends. Some may know that it is not a graphically intensive game. But a good PC makes the game play so much more enjoyable. Even with just my very basic Nvidia MSI 630 Graphics Card I’m able to get 70 FPS (Frames Per Second). That is more than acceptable conditions for any game.

I plan to upgrade my graphics card to a EVGA 670 FTW Edition soon. I’m thinking I will be able to reach over 100 FPS in Minecraft with that card. With that graphics card, I’ll also be able to play another game I enjoy playing, The War Z, on higher settings. I’m currently playing that game on low setting and only getting 27 FPS on average.

This is a screen shot to show off the render distance I’m able to achieve. I remember when I would play on my mac, my render distance would only be 20 to 30 blocks. Now look at what I’ve moved onto!

-Blue Fish

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Custom Gaming Desktop

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So another hobby that I have includes PC building/gaming. I build my current system in August of 2012. It has been an awesome system for me. However, it’s time to change things up a little.

I’ll start off with what is currently in my system. My case is a Corsair 300r. I have a love hate relationship with the case. I like the way it looks from the outside, but once you get into the guts of the case, you can start to see why it’s such a cheap case. No rubber grommets for cable management and such. For the motherboard I’m using a Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H. A pretty decent board for first time builders and overclockers. I’ve managed to get my processor clocked to 4.0 GHz with no problems. The processor is an Intel Core i5-3570k which comes clocked at 3.4 GHz out of the box. My RAM is a 4×2 configuration of Corsair Value Memory running at 1600 MHz. For my Graphics Card I’m running MSi GTX 630 currently. Cooling my processor is an Asetck 510LC Cooling System. I’m using a Corsiar Force Series SSD (120 GB) to run my operating system as well as store all my files. Finally powering the system is a Corsiar TX 750 PSU. And my perhipials include a Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Edition Keyboard (2013), Razer Naga (2013), Astro A30 headset with mix amp, and a 19 inch Acer monitor.

Now I said it’s time for a change, didn’t I? What I plan to do over time is to first add a new graphics card and monitor setup. I plan on picking up a EVGA GTX 670 FTW Edition graphics card along with a 27 inch monitor. Then after that major change I want to change my case to a Corsair Vengence C70. You can probably tell I like Corsair products. haha. After I change my cae, I want to add a Corsair H100i cooler. The H100i is not compatible with my current case. Also I want to go to a modular power supply when I change cases. I would most likely add the power supply at the same time I add the new case and hold off on the H100i. But who knows.

Possibly before I even change cases though, I need to add a traditional hard drive so I can move all my pictures and music from my laptop to my desktop. I will be going with a WD Green Drive for that (1 TB).

Hope you like my system and come back to see how it progresses. I put a lot of time into making this computer the best I can.

-Blue Fish

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Just a Typical tC

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I drive a 2006 Scion tC. The car has come a long way since I purchased it. For starters, I’ve had two different exhaust setups. I first swapped out the stock axle back for a N1 style axle back. Now I’m currently running a cat back system that swaps out the stock mid pipe and axle back for new, wider piping.

I’ve also changed the stock headlights to 2008 tC headlights. I switched to these because I wanted the projectors for the 6000k HID kits I purchased. I get great visibility along with nice looks, although I could do without other cars flashing me at night. Oh well!

I’ve also just recently tinted my taillights. Not a full on dark tint, but just enough to darken them slightly. Tinting the tails has changed the entire look of the rear.

My most important modification, however, is my coilovers. I was riding on a cheaper brand for over a year called Raceland. They are a really popular brand with VW owners. I couldn’t stand the ride quality of those coilovers. So I just recently picked up a set of BC BR Type Coilovers, Extreme Drop package. These are much better quality coilovers and more importantly, they let me lower the car even more than my previous setup could.

I wasn’t planning on buy the coilovers at the time. I was getting ready to pick up a few new PC parts (That is something I will get more in depth with in another post). My Raceland coilovers failed big time. So I was forced to change my plans slightly.

I’m into stanced cars. For those of you who might not know, that is making a car low with wider wheels (in a nut shell). My ultimate goal is to have my car featured on Canibeat. Go check them out. There are some ridiculous rides over there.

-Blue Fish