Thursday, April 28, 2011

Conventional Wisdom versus Personal Desire/Creed/Whatever

     Reddit is famous for its hivemind, and there are plenty of people who will insult you for going against reddit's conventional and accepted wisdom.  If you want acceptance in their group you follow their rules.  Wanna get buff and fit?  Fittit will tell you to run, squat, and deadlift.  You start using machines.  You're the dumbest person on the subreddit.  This attitude is everywhere.  Follow the accepted rules and you're one of us.  Normally advice isn't a big deal.  People told me to do compound lifts and showed tangible evidence why I should.  I followed the advice and felt it did me right.
     Now, I found myself reading through the Male Fashion Advice subreddit.  They talk of fashion as a language of detail and intention.  That you should find your own "voice."  Your voice better harmonize with the rest of the subreddit.  Otherwise you're just an immature boy with no luck with the ladies.
    My point is this.  Advice is great and there is a wealth of knowledge available, but make sure you don't alter your own creed and philosophy in the process.  What essentially makes
    If I would of continued to follow fittit I would of ended up a bodybuilder worrying about the size of my muscles and pounding down supplements.  I took what they could offer me and decided what I wanted out of lifting weights.  I hit the Iron to become stronger, to pull my weight, to run faster, and be an all around strong and fit person.  Not to have biceps the size of my head.
    The same with Male Fashion Advice.  I won't give up my band t-shirts and aspirations of Simon's core drill necklace, because that doesn't follow their bullshit rules and makes me unworthy of their advice.  Follow the beat of your own drum, and when you want to introduce something new make sure that rhythm always stays yours.

Friday, January 14, 2011

An indefinite hiatus

Writing Class + Some other life things have come up so I'm gonna put the blog on hold.

BUT it isn't gone forever

When it does come back it'll have all sorts of sweet stuff

Actual URL
Better Hosting
Better Layout
Possible Advertisements (I'm still debating if I want to make money off of it)
A "mission statement" basically what lens or what am I really gonna do with this thing

See you on the other side :D

If you could throw me some comments on what you did and did not like about the blog as a whole.  ALL FEEDBACK IS APPRECIATED.  Thanks!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day Zero Project

Alright, the Day 0 project works like this:  You make a list of 101 things you want to do, and then you have 1001 days to do them (roughly 2.75 years).  This gives you plenty of time to get stuff in order, and a little breathing room.  After I read about the Day 0 project, I jumped all over it.  Spent roughly 4 days putting together my list of 101 things I want to do.  I'll be periodically updating with which goals I completed and a little blurb about them.

(As of January 1st, 2011 I started my project.  I will have all my goals done by: Saturday September 28th, 2013)

Here is my Day 0 List:

1)       -Go to London
2)       -Plan stuff to do in London
3)       -Party with Arty
4)       -Drink Madai under the table
5)       -Fix Motorcycle (or Buy a Motorcycle)
6)       -Get motorcycle endorsement     
7)       -Put 1000 miles on that bike
8)       -Perform a Chinese Fire Drill
9)       -Write a song (Guitar parts and lyrics)
10)   -Write a detailed Zombie Apocalypse Plan
11)   -Learn a Beatles song on guitar
12)   -Save 1000 dollars
13)   Save 3000 dollars
14)   -Design and Name a Cocktail
15)   -Learn how to change the oil in my car
16)   -Skydive
17)   -Reread “Things Fall apart”
18)   -Buy a Gun (Probably a .45)
19)   Shoot said Gun
20)   -Go through all my possessions and get rid of/sell/donate anything deemed unnecessary
21)   –Read “Thus Spoke Zarathustra,” “Shogun,” “The Art of War,” and “War and Peace”
22)   –Receive my AA
23)   -Take a road trip of at least 6 states
24)   -Take Martial Arts Classes
25)   -Do a Hash House Harrier Run
26)   -Pay my debts (Student Loans don’t apply)
27)   -Take at least 500 pictures
28)   -Write a 40,000+ word story
29)   –Do a 3 mile+ run at 6:00 o’clock in the morning
30)   –Jump in a lake at 6:00 o’clock in the morning during the winter months
31)   -Party in Amsterdam
32)   -Run a 5k
33)   -Go to Vegas
34)   -Party in Vegas
35)   -Experience Weightlessness
36)   -Get certified as a Bartender (and become a kickass cocktail maker)
37)   -Join or Form a Band
38)   -Learn to enjoy Beer
39)   -Design “My Perfect Home”  (Write it with a few illustrations)
40)   -Play a live show
41)   -Look great naked (and post to /r/gonewild if reddit is still relevant) THAT’S RIGHT IMMA DO IT
42)   -Grow a moustache
43)   -Get my “Carpe Diem” Tattoo
44)   -Go to a psychic
45)   -Go to a gay bar (preferably during a drag show)
46)   -Get my lips pierced
47)   -Take a sip of expensive Brandy
48)   -Buy an expensive bottle of scotch and share it among friends
49)   -Go to the Tillamook factory
50)   -Travel a whole week only on foot or bicycle
51)   -Quit Facebook
52)   -Get 100 points on a USMC PFT Test (Do the test myself)
53)   -Get my own place
54)   -Finally be able to tell people how much I appreciate them
55)   -Donate Blood
56)   -Get a full body massage
57)   -Make a Book Safe (Instructions on the
58)   -Perform on a street for money
59)   -Give a random person 20 dollars
60)   -Learn to whistle
61)   -Take a Picture of myself every 60 days while on my diet and weightlifting
62)   -Volunteer for some sort of charity or cause
63)   -Own a fitted suit
64)   -Party in Canada
65)   -Ramp up my blogging.  New look, domain name, work on SEO, and all that stuff.
66)   -Study up on motorcycle maintenance and repair
67)   –Buy/Acquire a telecaster or Stratocaster (doesn’t need to be an expensive ass fender)
68)   -Finally get a new Amp
69)   -Practice Singing (Belt out “Can you feel the love tonight”)
70)   -Learn to Throw Knives
71)   -Pierce and Gauge my Ears
72)   -Drive  a Ferrari
73)   -Learn to Dance (Ballroom Dancing?)
74)   -Learn some jazz tunes on guitar
75)   -Take Fencing Classes
76)   -Go to Burning Man
77)   -Enjoy a 100 dollar cigar
78)   -Rock a kick ass pocket watch
79)   -Bench press my Body Weight
80)   -Go to a Mongolian barbeque
81)   -Read Hamlet, Othello, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
82)   –Build my own guitar
83)   –Learn 5 balisong tricks (by heart)
84)   -Purchase a New Camera
85)   -Go for two weeks without eating a single microwavable meal, restaurant meal, fast food, of cook-at-home pizza
86)   -Buy a Sword (as legit as necessary)
87)   -Acquire a kickass sombrero
88)   -Run a Half Marathon
89)   -Run a Full Marathon
90)   –Transcribe My journal into Word
91)   -Put together a Mr. Foster and Hunter S. Thompson costume
92)   -Wake board
93)   –Take a day to Seattle and rock it out field trip style.  EMP, Pacific Science Center, and the Space Needle.
94)   –Find a New Job
95)   Design a coat-of-arms and flag for myself
96)   Write a letter to someone I admire
97)   Write a list of 101 things I’ve already achieved in this lifetime
98)   Start my university learning (Preferably Evergreen)
99)   Build a Jazz library
100)                  Learn to 3 ball juggle
101)                  Try Paintball

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My Apologies

Between my last bit of college, some actual shifts at work, and working on diet and fitness, I haven't had a great deal of time to provide you guys with reading material.  I'm gonna be doing an expansive post after the Holiday Season.  I've been doing all sorts of interesting research on barefoot running, different fitness philosophies, and all sorts of information I've gleaned from the internet.  Plus, I really want to show you guys how far I've gone taking my own fitness advice (hint:  I'm already down approximately 16 pounds!)

See you guys after New Years with a whole wealth of information!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Zombie Prepardness Plan

Alright, now zombie's are a pretty far and unrealistic threat, but being a nerd I love the idea of surviving in a post apocalyptic world overrun with zombies.  Well not exactly...LOVE..but you get the gist.  Seems like the biggest threat in this situation (other than the zombies) is being unprepared.  So I'm gonna give you guys a breakdown of some amazing skills that will turn you into the baddest dude in the apocalypse.

-Fencing: Sword Skills+Zombies=Silent and Efficient Killing.
-Beer Brewing:  Wanna be everyone's best friend and have everyone owe you favors?  Learn how to provide a decent tasting brew.
-Everything that involves Guns: Shouldn't have to explain that one too much
-Knowlege of Bodyweight Exercises:  Think about it, are you really gonna have access to free weights and benches?  If you master bodyweight exercises than you can work out wherever you are.
     -Parkour:  Running, Jumping, and navigating cityscapes will be a breeze.  Stuck in an alley?  Run up a wall!
-Gardening:  Grow your own food.  Nuff said.
-Automotive Knowlege-Hotwiring Cars and reparing them will save your life in a zombie apocalypse.

Have anything for list?  Hit me up with a comment and I'll add it to the list!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Clockwork Orange, A Review

    I finished A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess yesterday.  Great book and I enjoyed it, and unfortunately had definitely heard the story before.  I guess that's the price of popularity everyone copies you, and you hear the story before you even read the book.
    I did enjoy how he presented Alex as a character.  By incorporating his slang and speech I felt like I was really listening to Alex tell me everything.  Also, having to read that dialect made me really take my time with the book.  Something I don't get to do very often.
    Being considered a "classic" I was really waiting for the new perspective and lesson.  Guess I had my hopes up that it would be another Anthem or Brave New World (or maybe I'm already bitter enough and couldn't trust the state any less than I do).
    Next Step:  Watch the Movie

Post Some Comments and We'll have a discussion on A Clockwork Orange!

Personal Update:  Been running 3 times a week and I am making great progress!