This Douche…

I know I usually keep my language pretty clean here, but I don’t know how else to describe this guy.  I’ve never encountered someone so disconnected from reality and I’ve been around!  I’ve seen cockfights over who was or was not going to fast and whose dog was or was not on too long of a leash and people who have no problem blocking an entire road to save a few seconds of extra walking. So I’m sitting on the second floor porch of a bar near Huntington Beach eating some fish tacos, and this couple sits down behind us.  Now I’m not 100% sure of the context, but they start with …

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Posted in SoCal, Travel.

I’m not tipping for that…

I feel the overwhelming need to nip something in the bud right now. It should be common knowledge by now that Marriott is an awful company.  Most recently they started blocking personal internet connections — like your cellphone — to make sure you paid for their awful internet wi-fi.  This is illegal and they were fined. Well, as usual, I’m staying at a Marriott in SoCal because of the deal they have with one of the companies I work for.  When I arrived in my room I discovered an envelope for me to tip the housekeepers.  Now, I know housekeepers are overworked and under appreciated, but that’s all the more …

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Posted in Travel.

The Coming Year

I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions.  Personally, I set a number of objectives for the next twelve months in November.  That way by the time January rolls around I’ve already given up on my objectives and can quit my gym membership just before everyone else starts theirs.  I basically live my life 2 months ahead of everyone else. That said, I do have goals for 2015 and being that I am a very structured person I’ve split the year into sections known as “seasons.”  Because I enjoy being contrary, I will be using 3 different seasons of different lengths rather than a standard 4 equal length seasons plan. Overall Goals …

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Posted in General.

I’m Not Going to Wizard World

It’s no secret that Karen Gillan is my current celebrity crush.  Even my wife is well aware.  I tend to be a serial monogamist when it comes to celebrities, but my current crush is going on 3 years now.  (Don’t worry, my pastor informed me that serially monogamist celebrity crushes are ok, and his is on Emily Blunt.) Which is why I got unreasonably excited to find out that she’d be in Indianapolis today for Wizard World.  However, I just found out about this yesterday.  Too late to buy tickets, and even if I could get tickets they’re expensive and the autograph itself is expensive.  Sure it’d be totally awesome …

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Posted in General, Movies, Television.

Begging and Chosing

Beggars can’t be choosers, but humans have to be.  It’s my uninformed opinion that the mental wellness of an individual is directly correlated to the amount of control that individual has in his or her own life.  Being rich and trapped is worse than being poor and free.  Sure, some may disagree and none of this empirical.  I’m merely observing. The issue of begging and choosing came up back when I was in Montana.  My father is a pastor and spends a great deal of his time helping, or trying to help, others.  While Marissa and I were there, one particular hard-luck case came to him.  This man has a wife …

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Posted in Montana, Philosophy, Travel.

Where do games come from?

I decided to spend at least part of my time in Montana working on a game idea that’s been bouncing around my head for a couple months.  It wasn’t much, at the time, just a static sprite jumping and double jumping around platforms.  I spent most of the break working on getting collisions working the way I wanted. (DLH helped.) So it was a surprise to me that it fascinated my nieces and nephews.  My youngest nephew, Cooper, was especially fascinated.  He asked if he could play my game, which, since there is nothing to play yet, he couldn’t.  Which led to him whining to his mom. She asked, “Coop, …

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Posted in Montana, Travel.

Winter Reading

I rather enjoyed ripping into hard working writers and artists at the beginning of last month, so I thought I’d do it all over again.  My reading list is still a bit of a hodgepodge, but bear with me because that’s never going to change. Civil War Buy from Amazon | Buy from Half Price Books Marketplace Marvel’s event comics tend to be more miss than hit and Civil War is no exception.  It’s a series people love to hate on, and for good reason.  It’s littered with problems chief among them is the fact that basically every character is acting like a jerk. Marvel recently announced that the next …

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Posted in Books, Comics, Media.

Montanans Look Different

I made this observation to Marissa right around this same time last year, but she didn’t believe me.  This year I did it while sitting in a group of Montanans.  I don’t mean to be mean or rude; this is purely empirical. Lots of places have their own look.  In Indy one sees a fair amount of Colts wear, in Boston it’s RedSox, in Detroit it’s bullet-proof vests.  Then you get to the Montana gate and start to see Griz and Bobcat wear, maroon and blue, respectively.  You also see an unusual number of cowboy hats and Carhartt jackets, some jeans with topped with ridiculously big belt buckles, and lots …

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Posted in Montana, Travel.

Blog Stats

Every year WordPress sends out some blog statistics.  I thought I’d post mine for you guys.  They are interesting. http://jetpack.me/annual-report/52580773/2014/

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NaNoWriMo Autopsy

I finally took the time to read through my entire NaNoWriMo project.  It’s pretty bad — quite clearly dead.  So let’s cut into it. Note that the specimen has shrunk since it’s death at the beginning of December.  As I fix typos, repetition, grammer, etc. words have come flying off.  On December 1st I was just over 40,000 words.  Today I’m just over 39,000.  But words are such a poor measure of writing.  In this case the loss of words means a gain in the readability of the story. Specimen has a pallid tone through the bottom half of skin.  As I rushed to complete the work, many of the …

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Posted in Writing.