21 08, 2016

ROW80, NaNoWriMo & Atlantik

By | 2016-08-21T23:55:56+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Blog|3 Comments

It's really no secret that I like taking on creative projects. Most recently, I had a script written for three episodes of a story-focused podcast called Atlantik. I only ended up putting out episode one - listen here - because after it had been chopped up, edited and refined, I realized the task ahead of lining up my characters for recording days and organizing everything was a tad unrealistic for a new dad. Somehow, I couldn't bring myself to fully drop the idea behind Atlantik. As a story, I've always been excited to develop it. The age-old dilemma is and [...]

21 08, 2016

Adventure Archives

By | 2016-08-21T12:09:28+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Every so often, in-between the nonsense that positively fills the bandwidth on YouTube, you find a gem. Adventure Archives is a diamond, if "outdoors" videos are the bucket of rocks. Produced by a group of friends in the states, the show is exactly that, it's a show. Reminiscent of Les Stroud's work in the sense that all of the video work is done by them directly, it must take FOREVER to complete an episode without the help of major networks. They've got the little bits, Steadicam and awesome lenses that technically set them far apart from the leagues of 'hey, [...]

19 08, 2016

A familiar friend – assignment anxiety.

By | 2016-08-19T10:51:29+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Blog|3 Comments

I just remembered, as I settled up my homework for the day. My tutor said he would have the assignment graded within a week and it's been at least ten days. I put my books away (these days, that just means folded into a pile on the kitchen table, as I'm doing the work daily now) and logged into my school's portal, to the same page I'd submitted the assignment to. There it is. "Graded." A creeping, building flood washes first into my chest. This, followed by a slight tingling in my fingers when finally, my mind takes hold and [...]

17 08, 2016

Why won’t we pay for apps?

By | 2016-08-17T11:41:04+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Here's a solid question. If I'm perfectly comfortable spending ten bucks on a game that I know definitively that I will never touch again after only one play (I'm looking at you, racing games) - why won't I pay for an email app? I've grown too accustomed to the idea of free applications on my mobile devices. Let's be clear though, everybody knows there's no such thing as free on the internet. If you're not paying with cash, you're probably paying with your privacy, data or even worse, you're paying with your time. When those ads pop up that you [...]

16 08, 2016

How I work: Morning Routine for a dad, business owner and creative.

By | 2016-08-16T10:47:21+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Want the TL:DR version? Get. Up. Earlier. I've gone through a shift over the last two years or so where I've focused in on personal development as a method to reaching goals that were once so far out of my grasp that they were more like dreams than actual, attainable statements. Most recently, I've been dipping into a period of 'optimizing' my current systems to get more out of what I'm doing. I suppose I should start by explaining that I like (read: love) a systems approach to anything. Any task, idea or event can, in my mind, have a [...]

15 08, 2016

Gord Downie: Everything we need him to be.

By | 2016-08-15T22:12:09+00:00 August 15th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Too often, when a celebrity falls ill, there's an outpouring of grief and warm wishes for the suffering. Something about it, though, always seems so 'tacked on' or done just because the moment presented itself. Somehow, this time, it's different. I was introduced to The Tragically Hip and by proxy, Gord Downie when I was just a little kid. My earliest memory, from a time and place I can't really describe if only to know that I was there while it happened, is dancing around with my mom while she was cleaning up our house. Bandanna around her head, I [...]

11 08, 2016

Tango November: Wall art at the range!

By | 2016-08-11T22:04:46+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Last night, I went to the range with my lead-loving-family and broke the cherry on my new AR. Finally, after years of building guns that look and feel like AR's, I've got one of my own and had it out to punch paper. All in all, it was an awesome night where I was able to test gear, guns and have a good time - at the end of the day, that's why I go to the range. For quite a while, I've been sitting on a new-to-me AR15. A NEA-15 that I purchased out of pure happenstance. I fell [...]

10 08, 2016

Bolt Action, Here I Come!

By | 2016-08-10T10:13:56+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

As I have mentioned before, I'm the WWII guy in my group. I drag everyone into COH2 matches and I constantly rewatch old WWII-era movies, if just for the uniforms. A while back, I got into Flames of War. FoW is a miniature wargame, and it's really well done. Overall, the game plays pretty well, the rules are easy enough to dive into and the strategy, like most tabletop wargames, is awesome fun. There was always one part of FoW I couldn't really get into, however. The models for FoW are scaled to 15mm, that makes them very, very small. [...]

9 08, 2016

Factory Mac and Why I Don’t Run Linux

By | 2016-08-09T00:01:39+00:00 August 9th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

It happened again. I got bit by the Linux bug and downloaded the new point-one release of Ubuntu. After the iso was done downloading, I grabbed unetbootin and threw it on a USB key. Five minutes later I was ripping through the install and partitioning my Macbook Pro to accept a dual boot. Little hacky stuff aside, it's a smooth ride. When I rebooted, with rEFInd bringing the business at startup, I had the choice to boot to Ubuntu before finally... seeing nothing but a blank screen. To provide a little clarity and context here, let me begin by saying [...]

7 08, 2016

Doom: An unexpected pleasure.

By | 2016-08-07T11:28:53+00:00 August 7th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

Originally, I was fine to just tell the people who'd told me to play this game that they were right. After another hour or so last night, that moved to telling everyone. This game rocks. I don't know if it's the nostalgic feeling of playing a straight-ahead shooter with no stupid crafting, RPG mechanics or other tacked-on elements or the structure of a Doom game in and of itself (open door, clear room) but this game has me hooked. It's fast, intense and full of raunchy violence. It's just perfect. It should be noted that I didn't get the chance [...]

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