My friend Matt is pretty brilliant with lots of things, namely music and computers. His major was computer science I believe and has been working with computers for a very long time. His company, SuperChop games, just released its’ first game: Brutal Farmer for the Android App Store.
Now I would love to give this game a glowing endorsement, however Matt apparently doesn’t like Steve Jobs and hasn’t released it for the iOS App Store. He has said that his next game will be for the iOS store, probably because he realizes how much cooler it is. That has to be the reason. Check out the video after the page break… (more…)
We’re so geeky that we record it. But in my defense it is also proof that the selection isn’t rigged. Enjoy.
Name: Jay Nieves
Occupation: Getting trains on the right track. In charge of directing transport via rail. Also known as head conductor.
Activities: Rocking at ping pong, Call of Duty, sports, and winning “best dressed” in high school
Favorite Quote: Scientific name for an animal that doesn’t run from or fight its’ enemy is lunch – Michale Friedman
I’ve known Jay since I was about in eighth grade through church group. Like all my friends, most of our hangouts consisted of usually grabbing food then heading to someone’s house to play videogames or watch TV. Jay was big into golf in high school and is still really good at it. As I rarely golf, I do have some memories of Jay hitting the ball harder than anyone I’ve ever seen, and straight too. (more…)
Name: Mike Hatfield
Occupation: Worked his way up the corporate ladder at Universal Drilling Corporation, selling mag drills to companies that want to drill the hell out of something.
Resides: Montgomery, IL
Activities: Playing Call of Duty, Coming up with get rich quick schemes
Favorite quote: “I’m Fabulous!” -himself
The son of a preacher man, Mike decided at a very early age that he was going to do whatever he wanted to do. This has led to some early in life thinking he’s an ass, but it’s more a matter of him knowing what he wants. Now Mike is living in Montgomery, IL with his wife Teri, the sweet girl he met in college.
Mike’s parent’s house used to be the central meeting place many times for all of us friends. So as a result, it was often Mike’s house that got messed up or destroyed because of all our antics. Bocce balls destroyed, every soda in the fridge drank, and boxes of kleenex used up because of my cat allergy. Luckily for me, cats seemed destined to always be a part of Mike’s life in one way or another.
Mike’s entrepreneurial prowess was present from an early age. In high school, he had several schemes, though not all of them were simply get rich quick schemes. Some did have a noble purpose. Two specific ones that I remember are when Mike wanted to become an Apache helicopter pilot in the Army and another time Mike was pretty sure he was going to become a buddhist. I know there were many more that I can’t remember now. I remember in college he had the idea to create a service team where people would go into your house, and categorize and value everything for insurance purposes. Actually not a terrible idea. After graduating from college, Mike coaxed Teri to come to Illinois, where they lived with Mike’s parents for a while before moving into an apartment and then a house.
Mike and I met pretty much how everyone of my best friends met, through youth group in church. I don’t remember the one moment where we became friends, but I think that is maybe pretty standard. This is going to be the first in a series of posts that gives a brief synopsis of all my friends, from my Iowa circle and my Illinois circles.