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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|0 Comments

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|4 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|1 Comment

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 [...]

5 08, 2016

Athabasca University: My experiences so far.

By | 2016-08-05T10:41:34+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

Over the last few years, I've undertaken a number of changes. It started with simple stuff and has since moved on to larger, system-wide changes, if you will. Maybe I'll write a blog post on that in a few days or something. One of the largest changes I made by far was the decision to pursue a degree from a university based in Alberta - AU. I'm enrolled in the BA - Information Systems program. My thinking, when trying to decide if the program was worth the thousands of dollars I was bound to spend on it, was twofold. For [...]

3 08, 2016

Navigating Privacy as a Content Creator

By | 2016-08-03T10:58:33+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

I think I just figured out what kept me up past midnight last night. I want to control my online identity. I want to be able to have control over how I'm presented online. I also want to be able to control what data is taken from me. There's two very distinct things happening with my data here - push and pull. When I make a post here on my blog, I want to be able to control certain elements of that - for example, I want to be able to control the content. I have to be the gatekeeper [...]

2 08, 2016

TangoNovember: Tactical Nerds

By | 2016-08-01T13:07:06+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

It really shouldn't be any surprise to you that I'm a big fan of guns, pointy objects and nylon tactical gear. My Instagram feed is constantly updated (between the images of lunch plates and dog faces) with gear pics. I used to keep a pretty regular blog, now defunct, on the particular subject of gear reviews and preparedness philosophies. Back in the day, it was called 'civilian sheepdog'. Broken links and all, you're welcome to explore the link above for old reviews and entirely subjective takes on world events. I came up with the idea for Tango November while playing [...]

1 08, 2016

Month of August – Challenging my self-discipline.

By | 2016-08-01T11:27:10+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

We're here! August has finally arrived and just in time, too. Last night, after disgracing the efforts I've been making to maintain my weight at a fighting-fit 170lbs, I scarfed down basically a million baby cookies - my weakness. I'd said in a post on Facebook recently that for the month of August, I was going to write every single day. Following a marathon of vlog-watching, where I really only follow one vlogger by the name of Robby (his channel here), I became inspired by the tenacity he approaches creativity with. He produces a vlog every day because he loves [...]

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