24 06, 2019

So, what better than to seek judgement…

By | 2019-06-24T01:25:10+00:00 June 24th, 2019|Blog, Music, wedge|0 Comments

This post is part of an ongoing project called The Wedge. To read more, click here. Today, internet, I present my first mix. You can listen here - LINK It's top 40 stuff and a healthy dose of playing with transition effects. First time I've ever gone public with a music project in over a decade. This probably isn't the best representation of where I am in mixing, but I'm preparing a set list for the 2019 Grade 8 Grad at a local school. Looking forward to this experience to test my technical and creative ability. Hoping to soon bridge [...]

16 06, 2019

*SEC – Upgrading my infosec skill tree

By | 2019-06-16T23:32:27+00:00 June 16th, 2019|Blog, wedge|0 Comments

This post is part of an ongoing project called The Wedge. To read more, click here. Current tally: Squatting 185, up to module 3 on Cybrary and writing now! One of the goals I had set for myself was to finally obtain a credential I've long since studied for. Admittedly, I've really only dipped into the SEC+ material via a textbook that has sat beside my office desk for about two years. Even then, it's only be cursory glances. Hence, my goal of passing the test before September 1. Added onto that, I've booked my tickets to goto DEFCON for [...]

9 06, 2019

Planning the ENDEX

By | 2019-06-09T16:07:01+00:00 June 9th, 2019|Blog, wedge|0 Comments

This post is part of an ongoing project called The Wedge. To read more, click here. For the participant handout, see here: LINK When I was initially conceptualizing The Wedge, I thought of an overnight wilderness camp. Specifically, a camp where boys and fathers could come together, test themselves and get some good hard-lived moments side by side toward the same goal - finish The Wedge. I imagined the last night, where a supervisor would stay behind to make sure the sleeping kids were looked after and the rest of the dads would participate in an endurance event modelled after [...]

31 05, 2019

Wedge 001 – An exercise in self improvement.

By | 2019-06-09T16:06:58+00:00 May 31st, 2019|Blog, wedge|0 Comments

This post is part of an ongoing project called The Wedge. To read more, click here. By this time, it's undeniable. We've gotten soft. Pliable. Comfortable and complacent. A good handful of years ago, I started thinking about an answer to the impossible question - how do I do anything about a systemic problem? Not long after that, I wrote a business plan for a not-for-profit camp. A camp for boys and their fathers with a single purpose - to aggressively persue change in mindset. I attended a meeting at the Brantford Business Resource Centre to formalize the paperwork. I [...]

1 05, 2019

Making Magic

By | 2019-05-01T21:36:59+00:00 May 1st, 2019|Blog|1 Comment

So, this article is written primarily for people who understand the primary rules of magic. In a conversation about magic, it's sometimes difficult to write without revealing methods. I'll do my best, though - and if you're not into magic, this might be the little spark you need! A few years ago, I created a magic routine called Verna's Belongings that was heavily themed for one purpose - to be presented as part of a tabletop gaming session. Very recently, I think I've found a really particular niche. I've started a new project with an old project's name, Forging Fields, [...]

29 04, 2019

DM Survival Guide: The H4CF DM

By | 2019-04-29T00:35:57+00:00 April 29th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

After participating in Heroes for CF this past weekend - I feel like I've earned some medal of merit or something. #heroesforcf is a marathon day of tabletop gaming in benefit of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. This year, we raised nearly 12K for charity in a13-hour day of RPG glory. I was the DM at table three, playing host to three separate three-hour sessions where each party would delve into a dungeon affected by the changes made from the group before them. A living, breathing, changing world - the exact way I enjoy DM'ing. The day was split into three sessions [...]

13 04, 2018

The Imposter Syndrome

By | 2018-05-22T02:11:23+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and have a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". Last year, my wife and I started batting around the idea that I should extend my coaching from the once-yearly tee-ball leauge to the local school. I suggested that since they didn't have a wrestling team, I might be able to lend a hand in that department. Here's the thing about telling people you'll do something - you have to do [...]

11 04, 2018

Chest punch: a lost cultural rite

By | 2018-04-11T14:15:28+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Blog|2 Comments

Last year, I participated in the GoRuck Tough Challenge. If you want to read my after-action, check this out. GoRuck is best summed up like this; good livin'. Lifting heavy shit, getting after it and pressing forward under a brick-weighted pack for the sake of testing yourself and becoming something more. That's something I've been researching a lot lately - becoming something more. See, I've got this basic hypothesis. I believe men are losing a cultural foothold on who we are through a lack of rites of passage, dissassociation from the tribe and no 'great struggle' to fight against. I've [...]

9 04, 2018

Journaling: a blended Bujo / 5-minute method

By | 2018-04-09T00:42:09+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Blog|5 Comments

When I cracked open my 4th journal - and we'll come back to that - I was a little too focused on the system behind it. I tend to operate like that, attaching systematic approaches to the things I'm involved in. I began by researching the various page designs others had come up with for the Bullet Journal. If you've never heard of the Bullet Journal - open a new tab right here. I've since adopted a number of really low-key, minimal layouts for monthly and daily logs. Truthfully, I don't use my journal for much more than that. I [...]

20 03, 2018

Angor: Next steps for a well-received campaign setting

By | 2018-03-20T14:04:17+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Blog|2 Comments

Over the weekend, I put Angor up on Reddit. After a couple hours, I had received a bunch of really nice feedback and a couple hundred upvotes. One particular comment got me to thinking; So, are you going to try and sell Angor to a publisher/have a pay-what-you-want model for releasing this? I've thought of that since I started putting together Angor. It brings up a few things inside my head that have been an internal argument since I was a teenager. I remember when, in my first year of high-school, a teacher told me that the internet was not [...]

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