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HumorPersonal Stories
July 2, 2014

Is It Possible?

You know those moments where you wish you had thought a little bit more before you spoke? I know I just finished writing a blog post about not using my brain wherever possible, but those kinds of moments aren't exactly what I meant. So, I was at the grocery store today, and I set my eyes on pizza crust... otherwise known as the first ingredient in a meal that is pretty much destined to be tasty. As I typically do, I scanned the available packages, and looked for the one with the furthest best before date. I soon located the freshest, most suitable candidate for my eventual consumption, but right as I was putting it in my shopping cart, I did a double-take. There was something about the…
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July 1, 2014

Don’t Make Me Think

Photo by Sandor Weisz You know what I like? Not using my brain. Sometimes, I find it refreshing to just hand over control, and enjoy a pre-established solution. Consider GPS navigation systems in cars, as an example - here we have a device that is capable of directing us, and as long as we follow its instructions (with common sense), there's really no need to know every single step in the trip. We can just have faith that the automatic directions are gonna get us to where we want to go. If we miss a turn, no problem - the GPS adjusts itself to the new trajectory, and once again, no need to worry, no need to think. Now, of course, the brain is kind of completely essential…
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June 19, 2014

The Test

This week, I decided to seek the advice of a pharmacist. "It's actually pretty simple," I said, "I'd like to go to La Ronde  without being sick." The pharmacist laughed. See, the last time I rode a roller coaster, I was really young, and the result wasn't pretty. It didn't result in extreme projectile vomiting, or anything graphic like that. I just felt really, really nauseous, and after that one ride, I'd had enough. But time passed since then, and I'm the type that likes to face obstacles, fears, and basically anything that brings me discomfort that I feel shouldn't. So when a colleague invited me to visit La Ronde, I knew what I had to do. My body didn't like being thrown around like a ragdoll, it was pretty clear…
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May 13, 2014

A Quest for Water

Photo by Matt Refghi It's not exactly uncommon for me to roam the city of Montreal on my bike, as I enjoy a fitness-oriented life. Like most, I've been awaiting the arrival of summer with enthusiasm; spring being an appreciated intro. Today, I set out to do my usual routine: 20km, with no specific plan, trajectory-wise. I tend to vary the paths that I take, and I don't usually know what I'm doing until I decide in the moment; however, there are certain trends that can be observed. My most frequent location, for example, is Parc Jean Drapeau, a local park that hosts the yearly Grand Prix races. Parc Jean Drapeau is fairly accessible, and it has a nice balance of greenery and asphalt, where the latter…
April 21, 2014

An Update On The Interviews (Hal-Con 2013 and Dragon Con 2013 Complete!)

An update on my progress, which, as you can now tell, I'm not enumerating anymore. Gotta keep this short and sweet, so here's the gist of it: good news for my Hal-Con 2013 and Dragon Con 2013 interviews. Also, one technical issue fixed on my website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg_EKPvmfT0 And here's a friendly list of all the stuff I added, changelog-style: Added four Hal-Con 2013 interviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOSG4AfAdlw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCkaRsaUvHs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpABGb43ubE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12qenle21kM Changed how YouTube videos were being loaded so they have a higher chance of being viewed across all browsers and mobile devices. Previously, the videos wouldn't load correctly on iOS (iPhones).
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April 14, 2014

A New Approach: Fun First

I felt like giving you all a quick update on what's been going on. In this quick vlog video, I explain how I plan to approach my work in the future, I mention my status regarding my interview footage, and I give thanks to the people that supported me in getting to this point. In short, exciting things are ahead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWlBUJ0iEeE Recommended Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLJsdqxnZb0 Chris' YouTube Channel: Wormeck Gaming
March 4, 2014

Update #5: New Hal-Con 2013 Interviews, Portal 2 Video

People of the internet, hello! How are things? Good? Everything shiny? Glad to hear. On my side, I'm happy to the report numerous new additions in this update. One exciting little tidbit is that I'm down to one last Dragon Con 2013 video, and though it's not fully finished yet, it will be ready quite soon! I'm also set to attend another convention, shortly, and that'll mean more interviews in the near future. In fact, overall, I'm ramping up production in all of my content creation plans. It's an exciting time! Added four Hal-Con 2013 interviews: Steampunk Beast Big Bird and Evil Elmo Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear (Attack on Titan) Robin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E6QHBSiVls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euOGKnTjZ_0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoE43glPHDs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svz3K0hzC0M Added the second part to my Portal 2 Let's Play…
February 23, 2014

Update #4: New Dragon Con 2013 Interview, Transcription, Let’s Play Series, Facebook Page

Hello again! This update will list what I've accomplished over the past month or so. Once again, the limiting factor here is that I can't reveal everything I'm working on. You can expect more information about some of these additions in future posts. Added one more Dragon Con 2013 interview: BMO. Something unique happens in the middle of that interview, so look for that when watching. I even wrote a blog post about it, and transcribed it soon after uploading. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmB5SFX36Jo Added the first video in a new Let's Play series, one where I play through a friend's Portal 2 map. Expect a post about this initiative in the near future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FVtrj912aU Launched a new Facebook page to represent my content creation efforts. If you…
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February 1, 2014

Feel Free To Approach

Photo by MMChicago It's no mystery to the people that know me, but I sometimes speak in a manner that isn't necessarily common. In essence, I have a tendency to switch up my vocabulary so I use uncommon words, all in the name of keeping myself entertained. So, for example, I'm the type that would say "I'm gonna go consume some pizza, I'll talk to you later." Naturally, the word "consume" is rarely used in these types of phrases, but I enjoy going there. "Eat" is far more boring in my mind, as it's been said a billion times before in such a context. Now, normally, this is all fine and good - people understand my phrases anyway, and sometimes, they get a kick out…
January 19, 2014

Weekly Update #3: Website Improvements, New Dragon Con 2013 Transcription

Hi, all! This week's updates have mainly been about improving my website as a platform, rather than introducing new content. The original plan was to finalize at least one of the two remaining Dragon Con interviews, but my schedule ended up busier than I anticipated. This is partially because, as I hinted previously, I'm working towards something big on the side, and am still figuring out how transparent I want to be throughout the process. Also, the interview in question requires more editing than most, and thus, I will need more time to get it right. So, the updates: Added a new visual style to the top-level interview pages, one which lists all individual interviews in a visual fashion, rather than with a simple bullet list.…
January 12, 2014

Weekly Update #2: New Dragon Con 2013 Interviews, Transcriptions

In an effort to be more transparent in my work, I thought it'd be a good idea to start posting weekly updates. Over time, these updates will be mixed in with regular, creative posts, but for now, I'm thinking extra information is better than total silence. So, without further delay, here's what's new: Added three more Dragon Con 2013 interviews: McDonald’s Crew – Ronald, Grimace, and the Hamburglar Devon D'amo (Female Punisher/Bane) Lucy van Pelt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT4rKf71nfM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt3_DiaVr9E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz3VYOm6gr4 Transcribed two Dragon Con 2013 interviews. Cecil Sinclaire and Carla Rhodes Assassin’s Creed Modified font styles throughout the website to improve readability. Further improvements coming soon. Added descriptions to many of the Dragon Con 2013 interview pages. More coming soon. There you have it. My focus for…
January 4, 2014

Weekly Update #1: Where I’m At With The Interviews

Our camera set up from Dragon Con 2013 Hi all! I've been less active, as of late, and I wanted to give you all some insight into what's been going on. The main piece of news is that I attended three conventions this year, and I hosted interviews at two: Dragon Con 2013, and Hal-Con 2013. At the moment, I'm still working hard on getting all those interviews edited and published. If you interviewed with me, and you have yet to see your footage, rest assured that I have not forgotten - I'm just heavily backlogged. One reason behind these delays is that I'm working on something big on the side, and that project relates to everything that I do in a really exciting way.…
June 26, 2013

One of the Last Known Survivors

I recently began going through my old belongings in an effort to clear out the excess that I'd accumulated over the years, and in doing so, I encountered a particular item that proved problematic. You see, the item in question was a 3 1/2 floppy drive, you know, the old technology that no one uses these days. I specifically remembered that I had never actually tested it - so it was highly possible that the thing wasn't even functional to begin with. Not only that, but the drive had other flaws: it was beige (a color that most people aren't interested in), and plus, it was wrapped in plastic wrap - a material that may conduct low amounts of static electricity. I clearly recalled wrapping…
March 11, 2013

In Retrospect, Perhaps Not So Convenient

A long time ago, I felt that perhaps I could expand into another medium. The idea was to create a web series called "All Too Convenient," one where I reviewed TV shows and movies, me being the picky creature that I am. So I tried to make that happen, and despite some interesting lessons, it didn't really work out. As a second attempt, I tried to simply create another blog out of it, but again, it just didn't take. A few months after that, I tried to launch the blog again - but this time with a different approach. Rather than write in a serious fashion, I decided I'd let my humor run wild, and see how that worked. The main idea was to spend…
March 11, 2013

TV Review: The Walking Dead – S01E01 – Days Gone Bye

This is one of two reviews from All Too Convenient, a project I recently cancelled. It was originally published on October 18th, 2012, and features a humor-based writing style. Hope you enjoy! Spoiler Level: Mild Yep, a zombie TV show - a slightly different take on a genre that's been done to death, so to speak. When I heard about it, I liked the fact that it was a TV show, not a movie, and that it was based in Atlanta (a city I frequent yearly), so I bought the first season and got to watching. Here's a brief description I got off Wikipedia in case you never heard of it: The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find the…