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2014: Day 272 

:: I bet ya’ll thought I forgot…
It’s not a matter of not having anything to say. It’s about wanting you to visualize my life for a little bit. It’s about me experiencing things that I don’t want to describe, I want to capture. I want to emulate. I want to share and reinterpret.
The past month has been a roller coaster of epic proportions.

I had kids talk to me about suicide and rape. I enjoyed life with a beautiful woman. I got my feet planted firmly in the ground. I poured hours into Destiny. I started new adventures. I rested from old habits. I made plans and canceled arrangements.

It’s cliche and it’s life and it’s what we’re all going through together.

Daily Thoughts…

Lately I’ve been having a peculiar amount of run in’s with businesses dropping the ball when it came to fulfilling their end of whatever service they are/were setup to provide. 
For the most part, I’ve learned that when it comes time to contact customer service, you’re most likely going to get jerked around until you either; a) don’t care and give up, b) rage quit, or c) cause such a fit they crumble and give in. 
In my head I keep thinking, “why can’t they just do the thing that they say they’re going to do”. It’s like a battery that refuses to charge, a piece of tech that doesn’t do the one thing it was created to do. I understand that sometimes life is hard, there’s challenges, you’re new at something and need time to learn, heck…I’m a prime example of someone that often needs grace to get through a situation… 
Not sure where I’m going with this, guess I just have an overwhelming sense of “what’s happening to us” these days. Sheesh that seems overdramatic. 

Gotham | First Impressions 

:: I really want to like this show, it’s at the top of my watch-list this season, but it’s just not…I dunno… 
Maybe it’s because they’ve done the origins to death, that it seemed over saturated to have every other scene introduce a new character. Maybe it’s because the they fudged some key points, or at least embellished to make the show more…appealing? Deeper? Layered?
I’ll give it a second episode, but right now I think my comicbook-tv needs can be fulfilled by SHIELD.

Gotham | First Impressions

:: I really want to like this show, it’s at the top of my watch-list this season, but it’s just not…I dunno…
Maybe it’s because they’ve done the origins to death, that it seemed over saturated to have every other scene introduce a new character. Maybe it’s because the they fudged some key points, or at least embellished to make the show more…appealing? Deeper? Layered?
I’ll give it a second episode, but right now I think my comicbook-tv needs can be fulfilled by SHIELD.

Coffee & Multitasking v.142 

1. Destiny News 
The Queen’s Emissary event is live! [twitter
Game first: lvl30 [ign.com

2. Music News 
Lights “Little Machines” is out! [iTunes
PinkFloyd is releasing a new instrumental album! [RollingStone.com

3. R.I.P. Titan [theverge.com
Blizzard finally announced to Polygon that it’s scrapping it’s newest game project. Part of me is sad, most of me is okay with it. They need to put more focus back into the little nuances of WoW, more content for the Diablo franchise (to keep it going), and updated content on the multiplayer side of Starcraft. 

Living in Canada doesn’t change how important this is. The internet isn’t just a place to waste time, it has become a vital part of keeping our rights and freedoms secure in todays society. It brings people together, strengthens business…and is a ton of fun…c’mon! 

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.”
via: staff

Ready? 
Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

iPhone 6/+ 
:: Woah lookit that, all those Facebook status’ from friends that heard from their uncles cousin that the iPhone6 was a sure thing…were right! Whoulda thunk it?!*ahem* Okay, seriously though, this happened and I want to talk about it. So, these are phablets right? Is that a term we’re all comfortable using yet? I’m going to go against the grain here and say that I’m not a fan of mobile devices like this. It’s like when places started up’ing cup sizes that are larger than cupholders! My pockets just can’t comfortably fit these phones that are supposed to be sleek. While I do appreciate that cameras are getting more and more attention, and a crisp screen is straight up sexy, in the end (for me) it doesn’t demand these floppy oversized phones that remind me of giant block flip phones from the 90’s. And that Pay feature, I mean, am I sounding too old fashion if I say it freaks me out a little? I don’t even like owning a credit card, or doing online banking…I’ve been hacked too many times and spent too much time getting my money back. So this one touch access to everything - while aesthetically pleasing - just isn’t a selling point for me. Overall this is a device for one-device users. I’m an ‘everything has it’s purpose’ kinda guy. I want my tablet for reading, my phone for texting, and my computer for gaming. All that being said, when my contract on my 5S is up, I’ll obviously buy a 6 (but indefinitely see no need for a 6+) There, now, I give you Fbook hounds two months before your posting “facts” and “details” about the iPhone7…ya thirsty ingrates. 
[details]  [comparison] 

iPhone 6/+ 

:: Woah lookit that, all those Facebook status’ from friends that heard from their uncles cousin that the iPhone6 was a sure thing…were right! Whoulda thunk it?!
*ahem* 
Okay, seriously though, this happened and I want to talk about it. 
So, these are phablets right? Is that a term we’re all comfortable using yet? 
I’m going to go against the grain here and say that I’m not a fan of mobile devices like this. It’s like when places started up’ing cup sizes that are larger than cupholders! My pockets just can’t comfortably fit these phones that are supposed to be sleek. 
While I do appreciate that cameras are getting more and more attention, and a crisp screen is straight up sexy, in the end (for me) it doesn’t demand these floppy oversized phones that remind me of giant block flip phones from the 90’s. 
And that Pay feature, I mean, am I sounding too old fashion if I say it freaks me out a little? I don’t even like owning a credit card, or doing online banking…I’ve been hacked too many times and spent too much time getting my money back. So this one touch access to everything - while aesthetically pleasing - just isn’t a selling point for me.
Overall this is a device for one-device users. I’m an ‘everything has it’s purpose’ kinda guy. I want my tablet for reading, my phone for texting, and my computer for gaming. 

All that being said, when my contract on my 5S is up, I’ll obviously buy a 6 (but indefinitely see no need for a 6+) 

There, now, I give you Fbook hounds two months before your posting “facts” and “details” about the iPhone7…ya thirsty ingrates. 

[details]  [comparison

Daily Thoughts…

Today Bungie releases Destiny, while Apple hosts it’s latest live event.
At the same time, at work we’ve got a lot of heavy stuff weighing down on us. 

This is like, the epitome of “me” right now; putting my geek aside to deal with life. I both love it and hate it. I love that people trust and respect me with issues and situations. I hate that more and more of that lil whimsy in my soul is told to step aside. I can hear my friend Curb saying both “yeah baby get those achievements” AND “time to man up, lace up those boots”…both of which could be references to either side haha! 

PS: For the locals reading this…all those dang rumors you’ve been buying into for the last year about Apple, will finally either be confirmed or denied…either way…I’m so happy. 

Hey lookit that, apparently I hit an internet milestone over the weekend! 

Hey lookit that, apparently I hit an internet milestone over the weekend! 

Coffee & Multitasking v.141 

1. NINTENDO NEWS 
Smash Bros Leak [ign.com
Mario Kart 8 DLC [epn.tv
I love all of this! I also posted the Pokemon reveal earlier today sooo watch that. But it’s so refreshing to see the big N taking an idea like dlc (which studios like Ubisoft have butchered) and just shovel’ing out tons of stuff we want! 

2. APP UPDATES
Vine Uploads [blog.vine.co
IG Hyperlapse [blog.ig.co
Both companies firing out new ways to use their socialnetworks, both great in their own rights, both things I’m looking forward to using! 

3. GAMBINO IS SPIDERMAN! [ign.com
He did it! Donald Glover did it! Years after his online fight to become the new onscreen Peter Parker, he’s now been slated as the voice of Miles Morales in the new Ultimate Spiderman cartoon series! 

2014: Day 233 

:: Thursday, August 21st… 
Things are starting to wind down. These last two weeks of of summer are very needed. While physical things (like bbq’s, and summer program events) wind down, mental things (like working on schedules for the new season) start to ramp up. I enjoy getting out of the sun a few more hours a day, and being able to sit at my desk and talk to people. Plan things. Write and read. 
Last weekend I spent with the babe. Looks like I’ll be spending this weekend with her as well. We’re a good team *high five* 
If you’re wondering why I haven’t posted our outtings online…it’s because we’re having too much fun for me to remember to pull out my camera…and I’m very okay with that! 

I can remember being in the first grade, taking these weird tests in school to determine how well I could read/write/focus/etc. And in the end, the teacher telling me that the outcome had determined I was very sharp but had something called ADHD. And while she smiled at me, I could tell it was meant in a debilitating manner. I went through years of Ritalin, arguing with parents, students making fun of me, teachers not understanding…but most of all…me not understanding myself. I felt weird, like because I had all this pent up energy, there must be something wrong with me. I loved making silly faces, blurting out strange phrases in strange voices, imitating things I found amusing…I liked being the class clown! 
I had imaginary friends, I’d dance down the sidewalk…I had these characters I created, that I would act out at random times. I was a pretty strange little kid… 

Now, when I was around the age of seven, my parents popped in a movie called “Fern Gully”. And while the premise was interesting, the sidekick character (a scientifically modified bat) was my favorite. He was like me…but y’know…a cartoon with wings. 
Then I heard that bat was in another movie, where he was a genie! I was still rather new to Disney movies, and had no idea what an “Aladdin” was, but if the energy of that character now had magic powers…I needed to see it! 
So I got wise, kept my eyes pealed for the actor who played these characters (this was before I could just Google or IMDB anything). All of a sudden that voice would pop up on tv, in commercials, and in other movies. That voice, the voice. Sometimes booming, sometimes tiny like a mouse. So much energy, so much flavor, so robust and commanding. And when I finally saw a movie called “Hook” I got to see the man behind the voice…
Everything about him made sense to me. His gigantic smile, the way his eyes lit up, but most of all…he was weird! HE WAS STRANGE LIKE I WAS STRANGE!!! There I was, a little dude feeling like no one got me, watching a grown man that was just like me. Suddenly I wasn’t alone, or misunderstood, I just hadn’t found anyone else like me yet. The world opened up a little bit more… 
The cherry on top were the films “Jack” and “Jumanji” - both stories of misplaced childhood. One featured a boy who’s body aged like that of an adult, the other, a boy trapped in a game wherein he never really gets the chance to grow up (normally). 
I was a child, learning about myself, through someone I had never met. Before any sort of mentorship in my life, before finding faith in Jesus, I was a kid that looked up to Robin Williams. 
Initially I didn’t want to share my feelings on his death. There are so many brash and rude posts littering the internet, some that even upset me, and I didn’t want to just add to the noise. But looking back, one thing his life showed me, was that I wasn’t alone. So I dunno…maybe someone will read this and have the same realization I had back in 1992. 
Anyway. As I got older, my tastes grew with his collection of movies. Looking back at college, it was “What Dreams May Come” that played in the background over and over, while I studied to open up the world a little more… 
Now I’m in the mentor’s chair, working in a community center where strange and weird kids come for acceptance, and advice. I’m still the same guy, that weird kid still lives on, I don’t think he’ll ever go away (nor do I want him to). While his movies were entertaining, and his jokes made me laugh…I’ll remember him as one of the first people to help me in life…and I wish I could thank him for it. 

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Daily Thoughts…

Life seems to be a constant struggle between those that just don’t quite get it, and those working with it. 

When one creates, the other destroys. When one reads, the other reacts. When one shows understanding, the other is ignorant. 

Given the situation, every single one of us fluctuates between the two…

2014: Day 228 

:: Saturday, August 16th… 
Spent my day pulling some extra curricular OT at work. This chill team from Wpg came out and pulled a skatedemo at the Pineridge Skate Plaza, and I setup our trailer to serve a butt ton of hotdogs! Then me and some of the dudes from the B met up and watched Guardians again!!! But…I ate too much candy, and now my stomach kinda hurts kinda… 
There were some other plans that were kinda up in the air today that ended up not panning out, but with the craziness of this week, I’m learning to just roll with it. Bumped into my buddy Mark, known him since I moved to Wink, but haven’t really seen him since I left for college. Turns out he’s still as into gaming as he was back in the day sooo it’d be so rad to connect him to our upcoming gaming-program on Mondays *fingers crossed*. 
Also my buddy is out of the hospital!!! It’s not really my place to talk about it, but he’s been in there for like two months, and seeing him today was just so good. It’s like, the past 24hrs have been a mishmash of seeing people I haven’t seen in a while and I looove that! 

2014: Day 227 

:: Friday, August 15th… 
Throat has been pretty swollen for the last few days, so I opted to dose up on NeoCitrin and tea, and sleep till noon. 
Loaded up the B van and took a bunch of students out for a day of minigolf, bumperboats, and icecream! 
Lauren came down, and we headed to Altona for a friends coffeehouse social. Such coffee, much music, so good. 
And I FINALLY got to see Kengo! After twelve years (he’s from Japan, and came here when I was in Grade12 on a foreign exchange student deal), he was only out for a few days and it just so happened to be a ridiculous week for me. So great, I can’t wait to see the photos that he snapped of all of us back together again. Kengo man, if you’re reading this; I love you, and wish you all the best in life! 
I love my friends, I love good musicians, I love reunions, and the affection I’ve been shown this past week. The last five days have kinda been hazy - the insane lack of sleep, sickness, and playing major catchup at work has just be straight up weird. So thank you to everyone for tonight, my soul needed it <3 

2014: Day 225 

:: Wednesday, August 13th… 

I forgot, it’s not official until it’s on Facebook haha :P 
I’m equally excited and terrified, which is an awesome feeling. Friends since ‘08, didn’t see this coming. If you’re wondering “where the heck did this come from???” I’ve said it before, I’m not a fan of typing out my love life…it’s just one of those things that if you want to know about it, ask me face to face. So there ya go internet, now you know.