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31.07.14 
:: Today we said goodbye to an old friend, a Bunker alumni, one of the first people to welcome me to the place. Michele was an amazing woman, always willing to sit and listen to all the useless things fourteen year old Hebby had to say. My horrendous billiard skills, and endless banter were no match for her ability to patiently listen.One good thing today brought, was the reunion of some old friends. Gettin the gang back together…I was able to sit down with one of my first mentors, and bring closure to some major things in my life. Thank you. Today was bittersweet… 

31.07.14 

:: Today we said goodbye to an old friend, a Bunker alumni, one of the first people to welcome me to the place. Michele was an amazing woman, always willing to sit and listen to all the useless things fourteen year old Hebby had to say. My horrendous billiard skills, and endless banter were no match for her ability to patiently listen.
One good thing today brought, was the reunion of some old friends. Gettin the gang back together…
I was able to sit down with one of my first mentors, and bring closure to some major things in my life. Thank you. Today was bittersweet… 

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? 

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? 

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… 


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. 

Coffee & Multitasking v.140 

1. MOVIE NEWS 
Goosebumps: The Movie [USAtoday.com
Jack Black is RL Stine, and the monsters in his books are real…
The Hobbit Part 3 [ComingSoon.net
Titled “Battle of the Five Armies” 
Pirates 5 [IGN.com
Yup, Jonny Sparrow in “Dead Men Tell No Tales”

2. DOTA2vESPN2 [Kotaku.com
Now I know this is old news already, happened last weekend, but having the International DOTA2 Championships aired on a national sports television network is groundbreaking and historic for all of gaming! 
Regardless of what incoherent, inconsiderate, and ignorant people splurge onto Twitter…it’s a good thing. More and more, digital works are being recognized. Because, y’know, we kind’ve live in a digital age…

3. YOSEMITE BETA [Mashable
Watch the preview for Apple’s first attempt at releasing an operating live for public testing! 

2014: Day 202 

:: What else would I be doing at 12:09… 
I have fallen in love with track riding. About a week ago I got into another near accident on my bike, with a motorist who I will assume is ignorant to rules of the road. So I moved onto the bike path that circles the city…but of course it was littered with pedestrians, who of course have giant strollers (and who of course don’t stay on their side). 

BIKE path…side WALK… 

Being fed up with nearly breaking my neck every time I try to enjoy a peaceful bike ride, I remembered that my old highschool has a pretty smooth track that goes nearly untouched all summer! So for the past week I’ve taken up heading over there when the sun sets, putting on some tunes, and riding for an hour or so. The result is a physically exhausted, but spiritually fed Hebby. 

It’s like meditation in motion. 

2014: Day 200 

:: A day with many, all on my own… 
Church was exceptional, combined with exceptional company and coffee. Brunch with my folks was amazing. But the muggy heat made me actually appreciate having air conditioning. I spent my afternoon working on a video project to commemorate my brothers final concert with his band (which is uploading right meow). 
Dinner alone - Philly cheesesteak - accompanied by my sketchbook and the movie “Snowpiercer”; a film so odd I have to write a review on it tomorrow. 
Once the scorching sun set, I hit the roads for a bikeride. Perfection. 
Shower beers, Titanfall, and making plans with a babe is the the only way to end a day like this. 
Goodnight weekend, you were good to this intro/extrovert. 

2014: Day 198 

:: Sleeping with a full stomach and full heart…
Spent the day with students in Winnipeg at the lasertag arena.
Highways make me sleepy.
So does too much pizza and sodapop.
This evening didn’t totally pan out, so I caught up on drawing/watching/cleaning.
I’m excited my boss is back from holidays, I’m excited for tomorrow’s concert, I’m excited for Monday.

2014: Day 196 

:: Day loading out…
I’m excited at how this summers vibe drastically changes from “chill” to “hectic” back and forth each day.
Getting to sleep in, enjoy lunch and go over plans for future talks, get some editing done and check out some new inspiration. Then suddenly it’s planning and thinking and going and doing and finishing things to make room for others.
Changing prescriptions on my eyes has kicked my butt. Headaches and nausea all day. Not to mention this weekends catering gig has me feeling nerrrvous.
I’d love another Monday, or evening reading at the coffeeshop, or sitting round the fire with friends.

What’s your go-to this summer?

2014: Day 195 

:: Owe… 
I made breakfast for kids in the morning, and bbq’d hotdogs for them all afternoon.
Then I got new glasses, and hungout at the coffeeshop all evening. 
This new prescription is giving me a headache…off to bed… 

2014: Days 192/93

:: beargen's bachelor party weekend… 
Packed two cars, hit the hotel, hottubbed, ate our fill thrice over, got turned around on the roads, watched some movies, laughed, cruised, slept, danced (haha), shopped, and overall did this weekend right. 
Another one puts a ring on it. The second time I’ve gone through a group of friends being married up…
And the WorldCup final, which was, ugh. Messi - dude - my heart was crying for you. You deserved that win. I really hope it doesn’t tarnish his overall awesomeness by not winning that game… 

Now it’s back to the real world. 10mins online and I already see how peoples lives have changed over the last 48hrs. Already reminded of talks I’ll be having, coffee I’ll be sharing, things that need to be worked out. 
Friends, I may duck away from the real world from time to time, but it’s only to regroup so that we may better function in the long run. 

2014: Day 189 

:: I keep thinking it’s Friday… 
My boss landed safely in Puerto Rico, I spoke at our bonfire session tonight, replaced my spazzed out iPhone5S, ate some preeetty decent food. Yup, today was a good day. 
If there’s one thing I would want to leave you with today, it’s that if you have an opinion don’t let others opinions sway yours. Stay true to yourself, unless of course facts state otherwise. Be humble, but firm. Plant your feet, but soften your heart. 

Who decides what matters and doesn’t matter in your life? 

2014: Day 188 

:: Today, from start to finish… 
Spent my morning making breakfast for a bunch of rad folk. Sat around eating bacon and pastries, talking about silly things we’ve noticed in our lives. 
Spent my lunch talking about relationships, and opinions, and passions, with one of our interns. The differences, the similarities, our pasts, and why we do what we do. 
Spent my afternoon bbq’ing hotdogs for dudes at the skatepark. Handing out drinks, giving high fives…I’m gonna like hanging out there this summer! 
Spent my evening at the coffeeshop. Reading, writing, listening, gathering thoughts and combining them with experience. 
My two week old smartphone decided that it wants to start shutting itself off…needed a dozen hard resets today. 
And it rained, briefly, very hard…when I needed to bike home. 
Some things were good, some frustrating, some insignificant, some life changing. As each day goes by I care less and less for remedial, trivial, time consumption, and crave more soul-feeding. 

And it’s different for each one of us. It has to be. If we all experienced the same life…this would be a rather boring thing to go through…

2014: Day’s 184/85/86

:: Well that was a weekend… 
I received a few messages from readers saying they’re bummed that I haven’t been posting as much. And while I’m stoked that you guys are avid, I just want to remind you that during the summer I’d rather go out and live, than stay in and stare at a screen (for the most part…some days…haha). 
Okay, so, Friday: It was our first Friday Event of Summer’14, and to keep it light I took some peeps to Meadow’s for minigolf. We ended up getting rained on, so we figured “might as well get soaked on bumperboats!” After a few icecream sessions with different friends, I ended up helping beargen move into his new place. To commemorate the occasion, I picked up a few pizza’s (naturally), a case of brews, brought out he ol’ pipe, and played some Settlers! 
Saturday: Double family fun! My Mum insisted that I hangout for brunch while watching the Argentina/Belgium match. AND my Dad returned from his bike tour to Anchorage. Luckily his buds took a lot of photos, and captured some gopro footage, so I’ll be putting together a video for them (which I’ll obviously post here). Spent the afternoon cleaning the house with the roomie. Like seriously, 4hrs later, spotless. And I was lucky enough to spend the evening with a babe, eating pizza, watching fireworks and lightning, sharing life, being hunted by lil boys with bike bells…
Today, Sunday, was chill. I woke up eeeaaarrrrly morning with woodticks in my hair, so it was kinda tough to fall back asleep. Ended up sleeping right through church. And since the next two weeks are going to be pretty intense (with my boss on vaca) I figured I should spend the day being selfish. Ended up playing like…4hrs of WoW, bbq’ing with the family, and puuuushing myself on a ride around town! Now it’s midnight and I just witnessed a giant robot shark fight a megaladon…so…goodnight!