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!
:: 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.
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…
:: 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!
:: 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
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.
:: Friday, August 8th…
I have to be up in 5.5hrs to drive to Iowa for beargen's wedding.
Spent the evening wandering the fairgrounds, filling up on Nutella filled crepes. And driving through the valley, being blown away by the view…
Tonight I got off the bench, decided to play with the team!
I should sleep, but I just want to play WoW and eat a million cheeseburgers!
Have a good weekend ya’ll, seeya on Tuesday!
When I got the chance to sit down with my old mentor, and past director of The Bunker (Gord P), I asked if there was anything on his heart at that moment that he could pass on to me to help keep the organization strong.
He mentioned that I need to be aware of when we’re doing well. The times that things are going smoothly. That is most likely when something/one will pop up to drag down our hard work.
That was a week ago…
Since then I’ve had some amazing meetings with more and more people that want to work with those in need throughout our community. We’ve been able to serve food to the hungry, listen to those kinda done with life…good stuff…busy week.
Sure enough, today someone starts spewing blame and rumors at me. I’m so done with people wanting to start religious fights. So I just left it alone. People can think whatever they want of me, that’s fine, it doesn’t matter.
But it reminded me of what Gord said, and just how important the job I have, to show love to the lost/confused/broken/ignorant/hateful/neglected/etc…
My lesson; don’t let others trying to drag me down, drag down the job that has been tasked to me.
My words for you guys; opinions don’t matter, rumors are just words in the wind.
:: Thursday, August 7th…
Today was another bbq-all-day day. I’m tired. But we fed many people, made great connections, and got to sit in on some fantastic live music.
Today is also my older brothers ten year anniversary, of marriage, wow! I can remember their wedding day with great detail. And it’s bonkers to think of everything that’s happened since then…
Yesterday we hosted a night to allow anyone within the community to check out the facility and hear about our upcoming season. It’s really heartwarming to see so many great people excited about working with others to strengthen our community. I couldn’t be more stoked on what’s to come :)
Tonight, I’m reading a lot of hate towards religions. And yeah, the whole rules/regulations side of believing in stuff can be a drag. Old folks doing weird old folk things that don’t make sense…doesn’t make sense. But it sucks when people lump together EVERY belief, just…because (I’m guessing it’s mostly out of ignorance?). I’m a Christian, I love being one. I love what it’s done in my life, and those around me. I love loving. I love what I do at my job; how we feed people, entertain, connect, and whatever else we can think of to make our community a better place to live in! I hate all the arguing on Facebook. And all the anti-speech on Tumblr. I hate when people think I’m crazy because I’ve chosen to believe in something. When did that become lame? Believing in something used to be fun…like…c’mon…there’s gotta be more out there.
The first half of this post is the stuff to focus on, the day-to-day. The stuff we do / did / are doing / will do. Focus on what you’re bringing into life, and how you’re helping others with what they’ll carry out of it.
:: Tuesday, August 5th
Spent the morning making a new breakfast creation for the guys. The afternoon with a full grill of hotdogs for the kids.
Solid talks, solid thoughts.
Got my Raspberry Pi computer in the mail, and my bike back from the shop. Ended up staying late at work, so I picked up milkshakes for us.
My evening, at the coffeeshop. Going over another chapter, creasing the pages in the new journal, stretching my thinking.
I need to wash up, I need to get off Facebook, I need to stop living in the past at this moment. Some things come with you like a backpack, some things like luggage.
In front of me lies the world, behind me prying eyes.
:: WHERE TO BEGIN?!?
Michael Eisner said it best when he tweeted that, not since IronMan1 has Marvel taken such a leap of faith. It’s safe to say that they’ve established themselves as a powerhouse studio, capable of putting out blockbuster movies. But those are names like Robert Downey Jr and Captain America…pretty “safe” entities to put up on the screen.
:: Wednesday, July 30th…
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?
:: 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.
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?