Goodbye 2018

Originally I had intended to do a sort of “year in review” style post related to my blog but after some mental gymnastics I decided to scrap that idea. However there is one thing I’d like to mention relating to my content and frequency of posts. In short, I’ve learned that trying to create (somewhat) interesting content is that I may be trying to do a bit too much at once. I’ve got a big ass list of ideas such as short stories, video game related videos, miscellaneous videos, gaming showcases, paintings, sketches and drawings, various crafts, original music, and plenty of Simpsons shitposts (like a scary amount of those) I’d like to eventually finish. I find myself bouncing back and forth between a lot of these on a near daily basis. And where my mind and energy focuses one day, may not become the focus of them again for weeks on end. I hope to complete them all one day and to at least make sure I’m doing as such, I’ve decided to set aside dedicated time on a regular basis to ensure I’m progressing.

Ok I somewhat lied, I’ve got a second note about my content (ok perhaps it’s an excuse). This blog ultimately is a place for me to share whatever the hell creations flow out of my cranium. Although, much of what I think up I don’t have the skills or experience to just slap together a finished product. So this blog is also a learning tool for me, well, not the actually blog itself. But when I think of something up, I find myself having to learn as I go along, which ultimately is a by-product of the process that is important to me. Though unfortunately, it does tend to slow my content production down a lot.

There’s a third thing. Yes I know, I originally wrote this to be one point and here we are at number three. I find myself falling prey to my pessimistic thoughts too often when I’m working on something creative, like a sketch or craft, or even a stupid gaming video. I find myself often thinking that it simply “won’t do” and I’m trying to be too much of a perfectionist. I’m really trying to ignore this voice in my head. Even when it’s not something I may be happy with, someone out there might enjoy so I should just stop criticizing myself and finish it rather than set it aside and never to return to it because I’m doubting myself. Ultimately this issue does also cause major delays in my content creation, but I really have to learn to ignore those thoughts.

For 2019 I truly do hope I can get to finishing some higher effort content this year and that I learn plenty along the way.

Oh and one last thing:

592008

Keeping it toasty

With the cold weather settling in, I decided I was in the mood for a toasted pizza sub. I was a little low on time and had to run back to the office before I could eat it, so I was running the risk of having it cool down before I got back to work. Well when I put it down in the passenger seat, I couldn’t help but have a little chuckle to myself about using the heated seat to keep it warm.

Well, I like my pizza sub warm. So I put the damned heater seat on. I don’t think it worked very well, but I like to think it may have helped keep the sub one degree warmer by the time I got back into the office.

Goodnight, sweet iPhone

Back in 2008 when the iPhone 3G launched in Canada, it’s no surprise it was highly in demand. Even when working a low paying office temp job, I couldn’t help myself but to splurge on buying one almost right away. The reviews from the earlier US launch and the possibilities of the App Store had the tech junky in me going mad. Well, that was years ago and it has long since been replaced as my phone, but I did manage to find a way let it have a place in my life. Since around 2011, it has been the radio in my office and frankly, my favourite coworker. Rather than shove in a drawer and forget about it, I loaded it up with all my music, plugged in the USB cord, and have had it in every office I’ve worked in. This DJ has been spinning tracks on repeat for nearly 8 years nonstop during the work week for me, even after I dropped it badly during one move.

But alas, all good things must come to an end. One day I noticed that my favourite DJ was putting on some weight or possibly sick and feeling bloated.

Sure enough, this DJ was showing signs of a terminal disease. Along with cracks along it’s back, I also noticed that the bloating was not an illusion but indeed it had began to expand and the DJ was much thicker than it had once used to be.

After doing a bit of browsing on the subject, it appears to the battery is on its last legs and it’s a lost cause. The bloating became so bad that it had ruptured the back of it, though I never noticed since it always sat face up. As much as it had pained me, fear of it exploding or starting a fire and burning down the office forced me to discard it. So I bid you a fond farewell DJ 3G, you’ve served me far more than I ever could have imagined. Lastly, since I cannot stand working in a silent office, I’ve since kicked off the dust of an old family member and have put DJ 5S to work now.

Where the storm ended

Recently I had to do a little bit of traveling for work. Nothing special about that, but this was the aerial view I was treated to on my way home. Recently a fairly large snowstorm whisked through western Canada and dumped about half a meter of snow. A few days later, while the temperature went back up to normal, the sheer amount of snow that dropped only began to melt. Upon liftoff I couldn’t help but take a picture because you can so vividly see where the storm began to die off. Pretty neat view when seen from above like this.

Hunting duck

duck

I came across this gif while stumbling on Reddit and it’s fairly impressive. But I couldn’t help but think it’d look kind of funny reverse. I also added some immersive dialogue to tell the tragic tale of cold hearted betrayal.

Interesting whiteboard

So I was browsing whiteboards at work, then naturally some of the ads on another website became tailored to my recent search. It’s definitely the weirdest whiteboard I’ve ever seen. Or it’s quite possibly a gigantic sheath with an absurd product name, I’m not sure.

A post about lack of… posts

If you’ve browsed through my post history or are subscribed to this blog (I know, I know, you’re probably not) you may have noticed a lack of posts. Or perhaps an increase in low effort posts. Well it does not mean I’ve lost interest in blogging so fear not! (Ok, ok, I’m sure no one is panicking or even noticing really) In truth, I’ve simply found myself with very little free time on my hands.

At work, things are picking up, new responsibilities are being thrown at me, new fires arise daily that require my attention, and my willingness to help my coworkers with their own conundrums are keeping me running around the office more than usual. Though I don’t mind it and it does seem to come with recognition and reward as well. Outside of work, summer has been in bloom for a couple of months now and I’ve been making a point of enjoying the sun. Biking, golfing, half marathon training (coming up in September!), BBQing, and taking my dog for more strolls around the neighborhood are keeping me away from my computer (but not enough to get a few hours of The Witcher in each week). Alongside those outdoor activities I’ve also began hitting the gym again which is something I’ve meant to do for a while now. All in all, time outside of work seems to be slim as well.

Though in the few weeks that have passed, I have used what little downtime I have had to chip away at my blog projects. However, many of these are long term ideas as opposed to a snappy Simpsons shitpost I can whip together in a couple of hours. I’ve got plenty on the go that will eventually make their way on here as anytime a stupid idea (or maybe a good one every six months) that pops in my head I do jot down and file it for later. This is a list that seems to be growing as opposed to shrinking though. Anyways that’s really all I wanted to say (also, I’ll consider using less parentheses).