New Series: Europa Universalis IV Mare Nostrum as Genoa!


End of the Beginning

Well, just started the last quarter of my freshman year of college.

Feels anti-climactic, but it’s an important step in going to where I want to go.

Gotta pass my undergraduate years with flying colors, go to law school (hopefully here at UC Davis) and get a J.D.; I’ve been exploring doing a joint MA/J.D. program here, which takes four years instead of the usual three for a law degree.

Definitely would be cool to have a bachelor’s and master’s in Political Science and be a Doctor of Jurisprudence.

Bills are ok; family is doing ok; health and the cat are ok; I guess everything in life is… really good actually. Gonna get my new gaming computer soon, I have a job, I have school, I have my girlfriend, I have a family, a roof over my head: I have everything people have dreamt of for centuries. The little peasant boy in rural England in the 1400s couldn’t have imagined having what I have; the small Arab girl who saw six “Presidents” rule her country in six years couldn’t have imagined what I have.

I feel ever so grateful for what I have, but also quite disturbed that there are some, plenty of people in fact, who will never experience the fortunes that I have. Sweat, tears, and blood have been spilled in trying to get me all of the things that I have in my life, and it is a shame that this is not true for some other peoples of this world.

It’s a feeling that makes you feel remarkably human.

A.N. Lopez


Trying Something Different


So, a lot of thought has gone into this move, but I have decided that I am going to move from my gaming laptop (the one I just returned due to a damaged SSD from the previous customer) to a gaming desktop.

Found a good one from ASUS for $1600 dollars that includes an i7-6700 3.5ghz processor, a GTX 970, 16gb DDR4 RAM, a decent wifi adapter, Windows 10, and even a Blu-Ray DVD drive.

Getting a 24” HD 1920×1080 monitor from ASUS and hopefully in the future will be grabbing a new keyboard and mouse set (maybe something from Paradox or VALVe, but the desktop comes with a pair anyway so it’ll do fine).

Also getting a new boom mic to go with the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset I picked up a few days ago: the headphones work awesome but the mic leaves something to be desired, so I figured if we are gonna have a mic, we should do it right.

All of this can be achieved for just about $1800 dollars from, whom I LOVE.

Things are gonna be up and running by Friday at the earliest. Wish me luck, and I’ll see you guys in game.

A.N. Lopez