Posts categorized “Life”

Monday, 1 October 2018

Soft Reset

WOT TH’!? WUT THE WUT!?
Yes, it’s me, posting for the first time since early June. I took the entire summer off from this website. And in that time, some things have changed in my life:

  1. My wife started working from home
    Today, actually! We used to work close enough together that we would carpool to work and back (I’d drop her off and then continue on another ten minutes alone). Now? Not so much. So instead of carpooling…
  2. I’ve started taking mass transit
    I now take the train to work! This has two new consequences:

    1. The train station is two miles from my work
      So (starting today) I will be walking four miles every day, automatically. ♫ Get in shape, girl… ♫
    2. FREE TIME UPGRADE!
      I now have about 40 minutes twice a day all to myself (sans close-proximity strangers) on the train during which I can get work done!

What work am I gonna get done with all that free time, you ask (who am I kidding, nobody is reading this)?

Well, for one thing I can actually update this here website right here quite a bit more. Probably not as much as the infamous March of 2017, during which I posted an update every single danged weekday. But more frequently than once a month. Let’s set the bar at 2 to 3 posts a week.

For another thing, I can plug some headphones into my laptop and start a-writin’ some musics! That’s right, I have an as-of-yet-secret music project that I’m working on this fall. I’m very excited about it! It will be full of sick 8-bit beats!

For yet another thing, if there are any other creative projects I can do with a laptop, I can work on ’em! Like maybe write something (other than websitey stuffs)? Or maybe art something? Who is to be knowing? Not me!

Finally, I can take my Nintendo Switch with me and play some vid-goms. And then review them for this here website!

Ch-Ch-Changes

Coinciding with all of these life changed, you might have noticed (who am I kidding) that I’ve ever-so-slightly changed the header and right-hand sidebar (or if you’re looking at this on a mobile, the bottom-most section):

  1. I’ve decided to discontinue my “Of the Month” features.
    It was just too stressful to have to figure out three things to feature every month. Doesn’t seem like it would be stressful, right? But I just wasn’t enjoying living under the gun of the beginning of the month decision-making process. So instead…
  2. REVIEWS!
    This whole website is going to be pivoting a little bit to be more review-based than in the past. Whenever I see/hear/read something that I like, I’ll write a review of it. The latest reviews will always be featured in the sidebar “Reviews” section. I have decided on six categories that correspond to my personal interest: Music, Movies, TV, Video Games, Tabletop Games, and Books. Right now there’s a bunch of really old stuff in there, just because I haven’t actually reviewed anything in a looooong time. But those’ll get replaced as I review more things! First Up: a new album review, coming this week! HONEST! Oh, and I also created a new blanket “Reviews” category, and changed my site’s top navigation to have a link to that, so you can just go to one place to read all of my reviews of everything. Neat!
  3. Featured Posts
    If I write any post that is of significant interest or length (like this one is turning out to be), I’ll add it to the “Featured Posts” category. And it’ll show up on the sidebar as well! Neat!

That’s about it.

TL;DR

I’M BACK, BABY!

Categories: Featured Posts, Life, Updates.

Monday, 23 October 2017

It’s the 23rd Day of Halloween: Lovecraft Word Salad

A Lovely Salad.

A Lovely Salad.

I found a predictive text generator and fed it the entirety of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space. It gave me back these 4 paragraphs:

The trees grew afraid of her consciously lied to seeds. With the moments the shining of the trees increased strength. It was a fearsomely archaic place that everything the Indians there had stunted. The men who hastened through the strange growths would draw all the changed colour out of humans. God was not so near. The blasted landscape forewarned the fruit portents. Thought be near a window overlooking the yard.

He thought unaccountably of the strange meteor. It must be something. It had shrunk down to just ooze. He climbed in.

There were other realms in the ancient dust. Sunlight changed to lethal grotesque night. He indulged in fallen detective, but there was absolutely none. It had been powerful acids. He climbed through the strange meteor to the growing luminosity of nothing but gouged, curving poison.

The spaces and trembling party realised that nature mystery was all that frightful messenger from unformed unnatural life. They gouged ye stoutest gardners.

These are a lots of funs! I’ll post them periodically throughout the remainder of the month! I think I’ll add some more Lovecraft texts to the mix as well and see what kind of salad we get.

More details on how I did it:

I somehow stumbled upon the Botnik predictive text generator (I don’t remember how). I found the entire text of The Coulour Out of Space on the internets, copied it to a text file (love.txt) and uploaded it to botnik. Then I had a window of Botnik open and a window of random.org to generate a random number between 1 and 18, which I used to pick the next word. I would then go back and add punctuation and clean up grammar (trying to get tenses to match and eliminating extraneous words, for example) to get it to make some semblance of sense.

Categories: Holiday, Life.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Toddler Tour of Tacoma

A Pictoral Journey.

A Pictoral Journey.

Just this past rainy Monday, my family and I were all driving around in our car (well, Carrie was the only one actually driving; Avery & I were riding in the backseat). My 3-year-old daughter asked if she could use my phone to take photos out the window. She ended up taking 86 photos in about 10-15 minutes. Here are my nine favorite in random order (click any to embiggen):

Also, at one point she put the camera lens down right on her leg and said, rather ominously, that she wanted to “take a photo of the darkness.”

The Darkness

The Darkness

Where’s her Pulitzer for Photography, Pulitzer peoples??

Categories: Life, Pictures, Tacoma, Weather, Wee Beb.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Daaaaaaaaaaaaang

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Yeah, that’s me, I’m the guy who got a Nintendo Switch on launch day (I pre-ordered it).

Let's SWITCH things up in here. GET IT? SWITCH!?

Let’s SWITCH things up in here. GET IT? SWITCH!?

So. Yeah. I may not be very productive for a while. Or I might be (even) more sleepy that usual. Bonus: I can bring this thang to bed and play there!

Categories: Life, Video Games.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentimes 2017 (Goodbye, Winter Beard)

It's Time. Ladies.

It’s Time. Ladies.

A new video in which I transition from my mighty Winter Beard to my more sensible Spring Beard.

For the Ladies.

Categories: Life.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Winter Beard Progress

I’ve been growing out my beard since the middle of November. Let’s check in on it, shall we?

It’s gettin’ pretty big! Also, checkout how freakishly long my eyelashes are!

Categories: Life, Videos.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmastime Adventure in Downtown Seattle 2016

Animated Avery!

Animated Avery!

Last Sunday we three in the fam went on a fun excursion to Downtown Seattle for the afternoon. Here’s what we did:

  • Parked beneath Pacific Place. Parking there is only $6 on Sundays!
  • Walked out through Barnes & Nobles and down 5th Ave (with quick stops in Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters) to our first stop:

The Fairmont Hotel

At the Fairmont Hotel lobby.

At the Fairmont Hotel lobby.

The Fairmont does this thing where they completely deck out a suite with Christmas stuff and metric tonnes of teddy bears. They call it the Teddy Bear Suite. Behold the cuteness:

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

After the Fairmont we:

  • Walked up 6th Ave towards Westlake Park, where they have:

The Downtown Carousel

At the downtown carousel.

At the downtown carousel.

After the carousel we:

  • Headed upstairs at Westlake Center and got on the:

Monorail

On the Monorail.

On the Monorail.

The Monorail took us to:

Seattle Center

Where we got lunch in the Armory and Avery watched the model train go ’round and ’round its miniature village.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

The Spaced Needle.

The Spaced Needle.

After Seattle Center we:

  • Took the Monorail back to Westlake
  • Walked back up Pine St to:

Pacific Place

Where they had these letters that were conveniently setup in such a way that Avery would look completely adorable on them:

At Pacific Place.

At Pacific Place.

FUN DAY!

Here’s all where we went: Thanks, Gorgle Morps!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Christmas, Featured Posts, Life, Pictures.