Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Love of Hip Hop

This evening, with my partner out with a friend who recently broke up with her boyfriend of ten years, I find myself trying to create a list of my favourite hip hop albums. I don't pretend to be an expert or even have good taste in hip hop music. I just listen to what's consider the best and see what I like. This being said, here's what I've decided are my favourite hip hop records
  1. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
  2. The Roots - Things Fall Apart
  3. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
  4. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
  5. Madvillian - Madvilliany 
  6. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
  7. Kanye West - The College Dropout
I could probably include Wu-Tang Clan, T.I., and some other stuff but these are the ones when I put them on I'm in love with them. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

We try and we fail

It's Sunday morning.

I'm at work updating desktops to Windows 10 after unsuccessful trying yesterday. Today it's been going much better. Half the computers will done by tomorrow morning, which is nice.

While the computers go through the automatic process, I'm updating my other website, writing some content. I'm trying to take control of my work and being able to market myself has an educator with skills that fit the current marketplace. My position at work is pretty stable at the moment, but I want to always be trying to get a little better.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jump Around

Late night writing.

That's what blogs are for. 

In the mid-2000s (I started to write, "a decade ago" but couldn't bring myself to do that because it made me feel old), when I was seriously using this blog as a platform for expressing my thoughts into the void, I wrote primarily at night, after a day of doing "stuff". Since I've been working full-time, I've been going to bed earlier, not spending an hour or so trying to craft something worthwhile.

Monday, December 28, 2015


What happened this year?

At the moment, all I can think of how spraining my ankle in the spring screwed up my summer, how taking advantage of short term job fucked me over, and how my partner's new job leaves her with little energy to do much else in the evening or on weekends. These are all negatives but they're what comes to mind first.

So, let's go through some positives.

I went on a trip this summer, which was nice, but I took other stresses (individual and work-related) with me so it wasn't as awesome as it could have been.

I wasn't as strap for money this summer as I thought I would be, which was nice.

I don't know. I guess 2015 wasn't my best year, which is fine. I just need to learn from it and work on getting my head in the right space to be a better version of myself.

Good Stuff

  • Ms. Marvel (comics)
  • Lazarus (comics)
  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (music)
  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly (music)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (movies)
  • Pitch Perfect 2 (movies)
  • Spy (movies)
  • Creed (movies)
  • Star Wars - The Force Awakens (movies)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Listening to Records

First day of my unofficial month long vacation. I'm currently listening to The Smiths' The Queen is Dead (it's great). This is one of the records I've had sitting in my apartment for a year and haven't listened to yet. I'm going through them (there are hundreds) and deciding which should be kept, which I should give away, and sell/donate the rest.

The headphones I'm using only work if they stay in one spot. I borrowed my father's soldering gun to fix it but haven't gotten my act together to get the electronic store to pick up a new 1/8" connector.

I moved my old recorder player to my desk so I could listening to records while I "work".

During this month off, I will apply to jobs, apply for graduate school, and finish writing up for my flashy new "professional" website.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

End of an Era

So I think this blog is done. For a while this was my main creative outlet. I don't think this is the first time I've written that. I think I'm going to a final statement a bit later to sum everything up.

UPDATE (1/13/2016): Seems like it isn't dead yet. It's a good way to write things that are semi-private (but not really at all).

Friday, February 13, 2015

Reflections on a Cold Winter's Day

I've just gone and updated a bunch of little things on this site. Seems like I had been lazy. No posts since October. Oops. It's -25 right now and I wish I was back in Las Vegas (or California). We had a good time but Vegas is a little too expensive for my tastes. Most likely go back.

 Not as impressive with Christmas music
 All over the hotel was stuff like this. Too much black and purple.
 Driving in the desert 
 Made it all the way to the Pacific
 Have no clue what this is
 Pinball Hall of Fame was one of the highlights of the trip for me
Need at least one picture of Old Vegas

Tuesday, October 07, 2014


If you were to ask me what my interests were a decade ago I could easily list them. If you asked today, my first instinct would be rely on that old list; a list that was carefully crafted by twenty-something me to fully encapsulate who I was in short eight to ten point list. But I'm not so sure it would be a good reflection of me today.

So I think I should make a new list. Why? Simply as an exercise in self-reflection. I figure that the list was more important when I was single and dating because you're meeting tons of new people and you're trying to seem as attractive and interesting as possible. I don't have that issues anymore but I think it's still a good idea to reflect on who you are as now rather than relying on previous creating personas.

Here are the main three points from the old list (mid-twenties):

  • Reading. I used to read lots of novels and non-fiction books. Today, not so much. I read probably just as much but it's online articles, opinion pieces, and such. Still read comic books, but don't spend hours or days just re-reading them (I've actually been thinking about what to do with my collection since it seems to be just sitting there. There's no real monetary value in them). I will say I'm probably more informed about current events than I was previously, but that's probably because of the Internet. 
  • Music. I was OBSESSED with popular music. I still have opinions and like/dislike things but I don't spend nearly as much time listening to music. Two main causes - podcasts and communing. My listening habits have shifted to podcasts instead of music. Making dinner, doing laundry, etc now have a soundtrack of people talking rather musical instruments. Also I don't a long commune anymore so the 1-2 hours a day I'd spend in transit don't happen anymore. Also my job isn't headphone friendly (meaning I don't have hours in front of screen doing work that I can put background music on for). Add to the fact I don't spend all my free time seeking out new music means it's less of a factor in my life now. 
  • Camping. I don't camp as much as I used to but I'm spending more time outdoors these days. Thought I was an indoor kid (re-writing personal history to delete all the time I spent outside in my childhood) but it seems I'm a hybrid indoor/outdoor kid. While in school (high school & university), I spent a lot of time camping. After that it was less and less. 
  • Education. It was all I had known. Didn't have a career so academic status and culture were very important to me. Saw education as a sign of intelligence. Now, I know it isn't that. 

Ok, enough with the past. Let's see what my new list would look like.

  1. Using Technology
  2. Exploration (trying new foods, visiting new places, seeing what's around the corner)
  3. Comic Book Culture (not general nerd culture; I'm focused on comic-related stuff)
  4. Sharing Interests (telling stories, explaining a topic/subject)
I'm going to leave this as is right now. I'm need some more time to consider exactly what I'm saying with these points. 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Temp Work

I'm sitting on the 14th floor, surfing the Internet at my temp job covering someone's vacation. It's total nepotism because my aunt got me this gig. I used to work in this department years ago as causal employee, so it wasn't like I was unfamiliar with place. It's a research institution studying astrophysics, similar field as seen on the mega-popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. I used to tape their seminars, and it was interesting up to a point. The ideas, like thinking about how stars or the universe were formed, were easy to understand but the math and models weren't. It was a good job that kept me busy enough for a part-time job.

This week's job isn't as exciting. I'm doing office work, but since I'm super temporary, I'm just manning the phone and accepting deliveries. That's about it. It's really boring, like supply teaching. I guess I want to challenged a bit by my work (I also want to gain mastery at it so it gets easier over time).

But this fills a gap in my employment, means I won't be super broke by the end of the summer. Things worked out pretty well.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Visiting Detroit, then Pittsburgh

My partner and I have been to Detroit several times over the last couple of years. This is the first time we've had more than a day and a half in the city. We usually stick to similar places, throwing in some random new new ones each time. We start each visit at Slows, my partners favourite restaurant. Yes, she's a vegetarian and yes, this is a barbecue restaurant but they've always had a good veggie option (or two).

We also always go to the downtown location of John K King Used Books, the best (and probably largest) used bookstore I've ever been to. I mean there's a good used/new bookstore in Cleveland but this is four floors of only used books and great prices. The last couple of times I've purchased old genre novels for a couple of bucks and haven't been disappointed.

While my partners combing through designer discount stores, I went to a record store in a suburb north of the city. Got some records.

Saturday was almost all new stuff. First we started the day at the Eastern Market. It's awesome. Just so big and tons of local produce. Someone had a milk crate full of puppies they were trying to sell. It took all of her power to ONLY pet them (they were pretty cute). We wandered all around, just taking everything in. I don't think I've seen anything like that. After the Eastern Market, we were off to more random locations around Detroit. One of my favourite record stores didn't have any interesting wares so we went north, finding a "retro" store that was having an absolutely fantastic back issue sale, letting buy tons of stuff without spending too much. Ended the night by seeing a bad film and eating excellent El Salvadorian food.

Sunday was our travel day. Got up early and started driving across Ohio. Stop at a Chili's for lunch (my partner absolutely LOVES Chili's. Me, not so much). Got to Pittsburgh a little early, which meant a trek to local mall for my better half and record/comic shops for me. Comic book shop was great (again with relatively cheap back issues meant that I was able to complete my run of Uncanny X-Men). Suburban Pittsburgh is interesting because it's so hilly it doesn't have a very suburban feel to it. One quirky fact - there were TONS of ice cream places everywhere. Like one almost every block in some places.

Started Monday with a short hike (3 miles) through the Panther Hallow Run. Didn't exactly get lost but definitely made my own trail in some parts. It was pretty nice park in the middle of the city and great way to start the day after two days of driving and eating. Finally saw the Roberto Clemente statue, which was really nice. Also took full advantage of having a GPS unit in the car. Went to see a movie and right before it started the fire alarm went off. Ended the night at a student dive bar whose deals made me question how they made money. We ate dinner, had a pitcher of beer, two pints of cider, and another pint of beer for $24. Seriously, how was that even possible? (The was pretty bad).

Tuesday was driving back to the city via Buffalo where stopped for dinner at the home of the Buffalo wing. While stuck in traffic in Toronto, after driving almost five hours, a bolt broke off and caused the car to make this awful rattling noise. At the time I didn't know exactly what went wrong (thought it was something minor because the car drove fine just sounded bad) but it stressed me out. Thank god my partner was able to be the calm one in that situation.

If I had my way, next time we'd go further and spend only a day in city, picking one thing to do so we could see more. I think, however, our next trip will be overseas somewhere.