2014: Day 211 

:: Wednesday, July 31st… 
Spent the morning with a bud, going over plans to spruce up the house. 
All of a sudden we’re planning a Sunday that involves hours and hours of bicycling around Winnipeg! 
Tonight I sat around the fire with some amazing people, talking about life. Planning to see bands together, bring bands back here, go on mini road trips, and possibly spend eight months of our lives turning friendships in family.
I started watching “Long Way Round” to feed a hunger that’s been growing. Over the past few years things like spontaneous flights to BC, and driving through Ontario, have been fun…but…
Also, just slated the week that I’ll be heading down to AZ again to visit my folks (sorry everyone, Christmas 2014 will be spent without Hebby!) 
I’m looking forward to Iowa next weekend with an entirely fresh viewpoint. I’m approaching my bank account in ways my father would be proud. And I’m staking claim to projects I never thought I’d be diving into. 

What is my adult life? 

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"Alaska" by Caleb & Shawn

2014: Day 210 

:: Tuesday, July 29th… 
Today could’ve been many things. And ended up being many things. 
Breakfast with students. Projects instead of lunch. Hotdogs at the skatepark. Coffee shop talks all evening. 
I started a process which I’m gazing at taking several years. 
You guys know I love my bike, you know I hate cars, but I love roadtrips. 
So… 
It’s late, and I have a lot on my mind, but lately I only want to share my personal thoughts with a close few. I feel like this summer has stolen me away from the internet, which is insanely okay. 
This summer has me craving photographs and sketchbooks…open air and sandwiches…meditation and reflection. 
This summer has me feel scared and excited and not longing for unseen. But rather, familiarizing myself with thoughts of impossibility becoming reality. 

What has this summer done to you? 

Departure Songs by Hammock

DESTINY Beta [review] 
:: I got into it on it’s final day, but spent 8hrs getting to know as much as I could - Able to level all three classes/races to lvl4, try my hand at PvP, get my speeder, and roam around long enough to get decimated by the “??” level mobs hidden underground… Note: I was playing on my X360 (opting to wait for a XOne until the game’s release)Verdict: It’s the beautiful game I’ve been waiting for! It lived up to my anticipation as being a Halo-style game crossbread with PSO quality MMORPG aspects. The controls were smooth, easy, and accurate. For my fellow WoW players, the ability to “mount” is a little tedious, having to click ‘back’ then hold ‘x’ for a second. But you get used to it right away. In fact, having to hold buttons to activate situations is one of my favorite things about the game. It adds, with the cursor on some menus, to the whole RPG vibe. What I mean is; there are times when you’re gunning around , that you forget you’re not playing Halo. Then you jump to a convo menu (with a barter of sorts), or you pop up your Ghost menu, and the way you have to navigate brings you back to the grand scale that MMO’s are meant to have. Speaking of the Ghost; I don’t understand why so many people complained a month ago…he’s amazing! One of the things that Bungie brought to gaming was the companion issue - whereas CoD has annoying pop ups every two seconds telling you how to perform functions that are insanely trivial - here we have your Ghost (Peter Dinklage) guiding, but not laying out, what you have to do. It doesn’t take away, which is the most important thing. Just another layer of depth… With other FPS’ in mind, I was playing Titanfall during the down/maintenance times. The thought that ran through my head over and over was “this whole run’n gun multiplayer-only genre that CoD has created is really played out…” Destiny feels like the next step in gaming. It feels like it’s showing us a direction that we could head to. Away from senselessly jumping from match to match, and actually allowing ourselves to be immersed in an experience. Now, of course, any RPG’er will say “duh” but…Bungie is doing what it is known for; creating something that takes the known, and shows you an entirely new way of looking at it! What it did to the FPS and multiplayer world with Halo, it will do to the MMO world with Destiny. I haven’t even gotten into the characters themselves! Sheesh…Right now I’m siding with Hunters, which is odd. I pegged myself as a Warlock, with the guns and the magic and the pew pew pew. But Hunters have so much control over some awesome weaponry! I forgot my go-to for RGP’s is long distance attacks (I’m a balance druid in WoW). So I spent most of the beta looking down a scope picking up clean headshots! And while the androids look awesome, and the Awaken have cool hair, I ended up making a human that looks like…well…me. I’m one of those gamers. There wasn’t a toke of social interaction, other than busting out sick dance moves in the tower. Though I had a helpful Titan join up when I was ambushed with a Public Event. PS: The first time I ran into a PE was I sold! The fact that anyone can jump into this on-the-spot instance is thrilling! Hold your spot, kill the enemies, beat the timer, and be rewarded with loot! I felt like I had accomplished something…like…not just another quest. It pulls you out of your “here we go” head space, and demands that you live the game…not just play it! I’m at that point where I could go on and on, so I’ll just say that if you’ve been a sceptic up to this point, just allow yourself to dive in! As for which console, I don’t care…the exclusive bundle is going to Sony, but I’m picking up the xOne to continue the Halo franchise… 

DESTINY Beta [review] 

:: I got into it on it’s final day, but spent 8hrs getting to know as much as I could - Able to level all three classes/races to lvl4, try my hand at PvP, get my speeder, and roam around long enough to get decimated by the “??” level mobs hidden underground…
Note: I was playing on my X360 (opting to wait for a XOne until the game’s release)

Verdict: It’s the beautiful game I’ve been waiting for! It lived up to my anticipation as being a Halo-style game crossbread with PSO quality MMORPG aspects. The controls were smooth, easy, and accurate. For my fellow WoW players, the ability to “mount” is a little tedious, having to click ‘back’ then hold ‘x’ for a second. But you get used to it right away. In fact, having to hold buttons to activate situations is one of my favorite things about the game. It adds, with the cursor on some menus, to the whole RPG vibe. What I mean is; there are times when you’re gunning around , that you forget you’re not playing Halo. Then you jump to a convo menu (with a barter of sorts), or you pop up your Ghost menu, and the way you have to navigate brings you back to the grand scale that MMO’s are meant to have. 
Speaking of the Ghost; I don’t understand why so many people complained a month ago…he’s amazing! One of the things that Bungie brought to gaming was the companion issue - whereas CoD has annoying pop ups every two seconds telling you how to perform functions that are insanely trivial - here we have your Ghost (Peter Dinklage) guiding, but not laying out, what you have to do. It doesn’t take away, which is the most important thing. Just another layer of depth… 
With other FPS’ in mind, I was playing Titanfall during the down/maintenance times. The thought that ran through my head over and over was “this whole run’n gun multiplayer-only genre that CoD has created is really played out…” 
Destiny feels like the next step in gaming. It feels like it’s showing us a direction that we could head to. Away from senselessly jumping from match to match, and actually allowing ourselves to be immersed in an experience. Now, of course, any RPG’er will say “duh” but…Bungie is doing what it is known for; creating something that takes the known, and shows you an entirely new way of looking at it! 
What it did to the FPS and multiplayer world with Halo, it will do to the MMO world with Destiny. 

I haven’t even gotten into the characters themselves! Sheesh…
Right now I’m siding with Hunters, which is odd. I pegged myself as a Warlock, with the guns and the magic and the pew pew pew. But Hunters have so much control over some awesome weaponry! I forgot my go-to for RGP’s is long distance attacks (I’m a balance druid in WoW). So I spent most of the beta looking down a scope picking up clean headshots! And while the androids look awesome, and the Awaken have cool hair, I ended up making a human that looks like…well…me. I’m one of those gamers. 
There wasn’t a toke of social interaction, other than busting out sick dance moves in the tower. Though I had a helpful Titan join up when I was ambushed with a Public Event. 
PS: The first time I ran into a PE was I sold! The fact that anyone can jump into this on-the-spot instance is thrilling! Hold your spot, kill the enemies, beat the timer, and be rewarded with loot! I felt like I had accomplished something…like…not just another quest. It pulls you out of your “here we go” head space, and demands that you live the game…not just play it! 

I’m at that point where I could go on and on, so I’ll just say that if you’ve been a sceptic up to this point, just allow yourself to dive in! As for which console, I don’t care…the exclusive bundle is going to Sony, but I’m picking up the xOne to continue the Halo franchise… 


MadMax: Fury Road
[SDCC’14 Trailer] 

:: He’s coming… 

Touch the Universe 

Touch the Universe 

Todays Museum Adventures… 

:: I really do love my job! This Friday I had the pleasure of exploring the Manitoba Museum with some fine folks! 

2014: Day 203 

:: I see you night bloggers… 
I see you writing about your sadness. How lonely you feel. 
I see you feeling confused. Not knowing what to do next. 
You’re not alone, night bloggers. 
You’re not alone, people scrolling through Facebook at 2am. 
You’re not alone, Tumblr peeps.
Why do we all act like we’re the only one’s going through it.