Hi, I'm Adam.

Adam Parkzer   •   27   •   Las Vegas, USA   •   5'10" (178 cm)   •   142 lbs (65 kg)   •   Korean American

Most people nowadays know me as the guy who does a little bit of everything at Tempo Storm, or have seen my work as a king-of-all-trades in the online en­ter­tain­ment industry. I've been a multimedia producer, play-by-play shoutcaster, event host, broadcast journalist, web developer, graphic designer, and con­sultant; I apply my vast foun­da­tion of experience to my current position at one of the world's most influential and decorated professional esports franchises.

When I was younger, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in sociology, psychology, and criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I started working on a Master of Science degree in the secondary education of social sciences from Northwestern University, but never finished. I plan to complete my degree some day in something relevant to my new field of work.

My hobbies and interests include the Internet, computers and technology, writing, martial arts, and the fourth dimension.

Check out my social media profiles and channels – @Parkzer on Twitter, Parkzer on Twitch, and Adam Parkzer on YouTube. You can also browse my Amazon wish list if you want to treat me to a gift.

Below, you can find my blog.

 

—§—

 

Nautical twilight in Las Vegas

It’s the middle of summer, so naturally, it’s getting blisteringly hot. To keep the heat out, I’ve lately been closing my blinds beginning in the late morning and don’t open them again until the sun sets—usually around civil or nautical twilight.

Nautical twilight in Las Vegas

 

—§—

 

Pacific Ocean from Redondo Beach Pier

I’m in California once again—though it’s actually been a handful of months since I’ve last been here, possibly the longest I’ve spent not visiting California ever since I moved to Las Vegas. It’s unlucky that I missed the fireworks show at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, which I would’ve been able to see from the balcony of my condo, but I got to see the fireworks from the rooftop deck of the Tempo Storm team house, which I guess is good enough.

I’m in SoCal for Anime Expo, but I spent Independence Day staying around Beach Cities. I went out to Redondo Beach Pier with a few of our players; I didn’t bring my actual camera, so here is the Pacific Ocean in potato quality from my phone.

Redondo Beach Pier

 

—§—

 

After living in Las Vegas for over a year, I finally took the Fremont Experience for the first time

This is the fourth installment of the “After living in Las Vegas for over a year, I finally __________ for the first time” series; if you’re wondering why I’m suddenly going outside and doing so much stuff, it’s because my childhood friend Ed Lam is in Las Vegas visiting me, so we’re going out and exploring Las Vegas. (I otherwise enjoy staying in my home and probably wouldn’t go out and explore on my own.)

📍 Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/sets/72157709588019256

 

—§—

 

Building a DXRacer Iron Series Office Chair (OH/IS188/NR)

As part of Tempo Storm’s partnership with DXRacer that launched earlier this year, being a member of Tempo Storm, I was eligible to receive a chair. However, I wasn’t really that big of a fan of the Tempo Storm DXRacer chair.

There’s nothing wrong with it itself—it’s just a normal Racing Series chair with Tempo Storm branding—but I am quite peculiar when it comes to my furniture and interior design. In an ideal world, everything I own would be pure white, with black being ok as a secondary accent color and gray being somewhat acceptable, depending on the shade. As you can clearly see, blue is not on that list, and I wasn’t too excited about having a random blue piece of furniture that would not fit in very well with anything else I owned.

DXRacer came to the rescue, and although I had to wait a bit longer than everyone else to get my chair, they honored my special request and provided me with a black chair (though it has red contrast stitching because they were sold out of the all-black). Even better, they let me pick out a full grain leather chair instead of having to settle with polyurethane. That was huge for me, as I’m quite the leather goods enthusiast, and I love having full grain leather furniture so I can watch as the patina forms and tells a story of how it has aged.

I put together an unboxing video, which you can watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJjbIjdT4rw

I forgot to show close-ups of the chair in the video, but it’s definitely worth checking out its features—it has all the natural pattern inconsistencies you’d expect from real leather, it has red piping along the edges, the seating surface is perforated, and more.

DXRacer Iron Series Office Chair (OH/IS188/NR)

DXRacer Iron Series Office Chair (OH/IS188/NR)

DXRacer Iron Series Office Chair (OH/IS188/NR)

DXRacer Iron Series Office Chair (OH/IS188/NR)

 

—§—

 

Review: Jacob Hill by Piedmont Leather – White smoke hornback saltwater crocodile belt

Disclosure of non-disclosure: I was not compensated in any manner for this review and do not plan to accept compensation after-the-fact.

This may sound a bit weird coming from someone who reverse-nickel-and-dimes as much as possible in order to optimize savings, but I’m a bit of a luxury goods enthusiast, specifically when it comes to leather products. I love the idea of getting full grain leather products and having them age along with me, watching as the patina forms and tells a story of where it’s been and how it’s been used.

With that being said, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise then when I grabbed a white smoke hornback saltwater crocodile belt from Jacob Hill Leather Co. I have a small set of leather accessories, but none of them were of crocodile, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to induct the reptile into my collection. It took right around two weeks to get to me (including made-to-order production and standard ground shipping); it arrived in my PO box yesterday, and I picked it up today.

Jacob Hill by Piedmont Leather - White smoke hornback saltwater crocodile belt

The belt normally comes with a standard buckle, but I specifically requested an upgraded belt buckle to a more durable one made out of cast aluminum and molded in the shape of hornback scales. The first thing I noticed about the buckle was just how large it was—it actually looks quite aggressive and is pretty wide.

Jacob Hill by Piedmont Leather - White smoke hornback saltwater crocodile belt

The belt itself had the rough-but-smooth texture that I would expect from crocodile leather. It has all the unique wrinkles and folds that you would expect from a real leather product, and twisting it into itself back and forth gives the expected “it’s alive” visual, where it seems like each scale and each part of the skin is moving both together and independently at the same time.

(Quick tip: This twisting and folding method is a very easy way to tell whether or not crocodile and alligator leather is real; fake and engraved pattern leather will appear to always move in a single piece and will often wrinkle and crease in strange places, such as through the center of scales.)

Jacob Hill by Piedmont Leather - White smoke hornback saltwater crocodile belt

Of course, because this is a hornback belt, it comes with horns—mine had four large, pronounced horns, followed by a row of smaller ones along the remainder of the belt. The cut of the belt made it so the placement of the horns doesn’t interfere with your pants’ belt loops and doesn’t make it difficult to thread onto your waist.

Jacob Hill by Piedmont Leather - White smoke hornback saltwater crocodile belt

The backside of the belt is lined with standard brown leather (which is good, because I’d imagine you wouldn’t want the pattern of crocodile jutting into your waist). It comes with a wealth of natural wrinkles and imperfections that true leather enthusiasts will love, and it’s finished off with a tasteful en­grav­ing of the Jacob Hill logo, along with a reminder of what type of leather you’re wearing.

Jacob Hill by Piedmont Leather - White smoke hornback saltwater crocodile belt

If you want to mix up your belt buckle, it’s very easy to disassemble—there are three snaps that hold the tip in place, and undoing those snaps will allow you to slide off the rings and buckle.

This is useful because I noticed that, when wearing and centering a belt buckle as large and pronounced as the upgraded cast iron hornback one, the extra rings might get in the way of your first belt loop if you don’t skip it and start threading into your second belt loop. I like the visual touch that the rings provide, so I will likely keep them on, but if you want a more secure grip, you can remove the rings and slide the belt into the first belt loop all the way up snug to the buckle.

Another very minor complaint I have about the belt is the backside of the snaps that hold the buckle and rings into place. They look and feel like they’re made out of plastic, and although they are functionally fine, it’s not really something that I expected being used for a belt of this caliber. Regardless, this is probably something that will only bother someone with the utmost attention to detail; the plastic parts of the snaps face inward towards your waist, and you most likely will forget that they’re even there.

As I said at the beginning of the review, I was not paid to write this review and this is not part of a partnership or sponsorship—I wrote this simply because I was satisfied with the belt. Unfortunately, this does mean that I don’t have a special discount code to offer you. However, I noticed that their website has a dedicated section for specials where they run substantial discounts on various different products, so I recommend checking that out.

As for me, after browsing their website, I noticed that they make wallets as well, so I plan on making another purchase—just not right now, because if I don’t pace myself, I foresee easily being down a couple thousand dollars before I know it…

 

—§—

 

There’s a class action lawsuit against General Motors for their 8-speed automatic transmission

Back in July 2018, I bought a new GMC Canyon as my first personal vehicle. I was very fortunate that I was able to get the exact vehicle that I wanted, as I perceived the GMC Canyon as essentially the best-in-class vehicle that fit my exact needs. I took my enjoyment of the vehicle to the next level and also added on a handful of modifications.

This isn’t quite the best photo, but it’s the only one I have handy that hasn’t been posted on my blog before (but you can find more pictures in other blog posts):

Making a stop at the Grewal Business Center in Baker, CA after driving through the Mojave Desert from Las Vegas in a rainstorm

Unfortunately, a few months after purchasing the truck, I started having some problems with the transmission. At the time, I didn’t really know what was wrong, but I new something was definitely abnormal, because I had driven a lot of vehicles before, especially considering that I’ve done enough car rentals for work to earn myself elite status with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. In my half-year owner’s review, I mentioned this problem; here’s an excerpt from that blog post:

The transmission is slow and lurches the vehicle when the fluids are still cold. There’s an option to display transmission fluid temperature in the gauge cluster, and whenever it’s below ~100°F, the transmission takes longer to shift to different gears. This is particularly noticeable when you’re just starting up the vehicle and making your first stop of the day. If you do not come to a complete stop then wait a few seconds (and instead just slow down and roll through a stop sign), the vehicle will hiccup and lurch when you ease your foot off the brake and begin accelerating again.

When I took it into the dealership, they did no work on it and sent it right back to me with the commentary, “Performed complete vehicle DTC scan. No codes or service bulletins found. Could not duplicate concern. Vehicle is operating as designed.” At that point, I wasn’t sure if the mechanic had someone else warm up the vehicle and transmission fluid so much that the problem went away, he was just incompetent and didn’t recognize the problem, or he was intentionally ignoring the blatantly obvious problem.

 
Yesterday when I got back from hiking, I was browsing the Internet while recovering and came across a class action lawsuit against General Motors, the manufacturer of the GMC Canyon. I got curious and looked into it, seeing as I am a General Motors customer, and got extremely intrigued when I saw that it was regarding a defect in the 8L90 and 8L45 8-speed automatic transmissions. Apparently, the vehicles affected were:

  • Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette
  • GMC Canyon, GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon
  • Cadillac ATS, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac Escalade

At this point, figurative red and blue lights were flashing in my brain as I began digging through my vehicle’s purchase paperwork. Lo and behold, my 2018 GMC Canyon had an 8L45 transmission and was an affected vehicle for this class action lawsuit. According to the “GM facing class action lawsuit over transmission problem” page on ClassAction.org, the problems that others are having are the same as mine:

“When a driver accelerates or decelerates, the cars will reportedly hesitate and then shudder, jerk, clunk, or ‘hard shift’ when the automatic transmission switches gears. This may also occur when the vehicles are accelerating in a single gear and not necessarily switching gears.”

I got in touch with one of the class action lawyers, and I’m in talks with them right now providing relevant information, so hopefully this ends up doing something for me. Even though the transmission sucks, I still really like the truck, and I’ve already put in a good chunk of money modifying it to my desires, so it’s not like I want to completely bail out and get rid of the truck. Ideally, I just want to avoid a situation where I ding 60,001 miles, my powertrain warranty ends, and my transmission proceeds to immediately implode.

 

—§—