Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The New Year

January 1st. The day everyone talks about the past year through Facebook statuses, tweets and, of course, blog posts. Spoiler: This isn't going to be any different.

A lot happens in a year. It moves fast and is gone just as you get used to it. Looking back, 2013 may have been my busiest year of my life. It was the year that I got lost in new passions ranging from video editing to writing. It was the year I traveled to Zion National Park and stood above the world. It was the year I graduated college. The year that I played The Last of Us, watched Breaking Bad and finally read The Catcher in The Rye. It was the year I really had to start facing adulthood. Ironically, it was also the year I bought Pokemon X. I started subbing and felt weird for playing all of the same video games that the students played. I also played a lot of euchre. Like, way too much euchre. It was the year I laughed at everyone that watched Game of Thrones, but hadn't read the books yet. It was the year I looked silly for defending a former Wisconsin treasure. It was the year Kanye West passed the point of craziness I could handle. It was the year that I moved away from some of my closest friends and moved in with my best friend. It was a year filled with challenges, new experiences and unforgettable moments. 2013 has been a year I am happy with. The only thing I can hope for is that the next one will be too.

Thanks for reading.

 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Top Ten Books In Video Games

All right. I spent a lot of time making this video over the past week and am a busy man (sorta), so this is going to have to count as my blog post. I wouldn't be posting this video on my blog if I wasn't confident that it is the mediocreist (that is probably not a word) video that you've ever seen. Ever. As a warning, there is a decent amount of foul language in it, so if that sort of thing is offensive to you then you might want to not watch it. Thank you for all the support. I'll be taking next week off as I will be too busy playing with presents. I will be back with the new year. Happy Holidays.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Four Reasons Why It's Okay That It's December

All right. I feel like my last post was pretty thought out, so it only makes sense for my post this week to be short and shallow. A few weeks ago, I posted about why Fall shouldn't end just yet. I still wish it wasn't over, but there is nothing I can do about it. It's time to embrace it. December is actually a pretty great month with a lot of fun stuff to do. So here are four reasons why it's okay that it is December.

You Don't Need To Feel Guilty About Not Going Outside

There are days when you just want to sit around and binge watch everything on Netflix or play Pokemon. When the weather is nice there is always someone that tells you to "go outside" and "get some fresh air" so that "you don't get fat" and "die of heart disease." No one will say that during the winter because no one wants to go outside. It allows you to be the lazy person you always wanted to be with out the guilt. 

Nope.

You Can Get Fat

From the end of November to the end of December you're given a free pass to eat whatever the hell you want. Between all the various celebrations in that time, you have an ample amount of opportunities to feast and no one will judge you for it. You want to eat two turkey legs? Go for it. Half of a ham? Sure. An entire pie? No, I already ate it. December is a great time for everyone to spend time with friends and family...getting fat.

I think this is the fourth straight post with a picture of pie


Football Starts To Get Interesting Again

Football is really exciting when the season starts, but soon after it starts there gets to be a point where it slows down a bit. Then December rolls around and it gets interesting again. Games have more meaning and the competition is way more intense. It creates the most memorable games and is what legends are made of. Also the Packers still have a shot, so that's good.



It's Okay To Listen To Bruce Springsteen's "Santa Clause is Coming to Town"

December is the only month that anyone should listen to Christmas music. Also, this is really the only Christmas song that any one should listen to. I don't know. That's all I've got to say.

  
 

Question:
Why do you like December?

Comment:
Presents are good too.

Topics that missed the cut:
Stuff and things.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Why You Shouldn't Aspire To Be A Writer

Note: In this post, I talk in terms of being a writer because that has been my experience, but everything can be applied to any type of artist or content creator.


Labels are something that our society, myself included, struggle with. We don't want to be judged or belittled for our choices and passions, so when we describe our lives to other people we end up limiting ourselves. In the past when someone asked about the direction I want my life to head, at some point I would say that I want to be a writer. I'd say I'm an "aspiring writer". I would say this because I haven't made money from writing, I haven't been published and above all, I still have a lot to learn about writing. Up until a few months ago, I felt that those were the things I needed to accomplish to become a writer. Now I realize that just having those thoughts are what kept me from being a writer.

There is this misconception that to be a writer you need to hit certain goals. The main goal is getting published. While I still aim to be published, I realize now that being a writer is not the same thing as being published. Being a writer simply means that you write. Fiction, non-fiction, articles, short stories, anything. If you consistently put words on a page for your creative enjoyment, then you are a writer. Writing is the important part. It is the same as if you run everyday, but don't race professionally. No one would call you an aspiring runner. You're just a runner. So why don't people view writing in the same way? Many would argue that while both running and writing can be professions, it is a lot more common for writers to make money from their craft, so making money becomes the standard for what it means to be a successful writer. The trouble is this idea is flawed. If your main reason for writing is to make money, then you are writing for the wrong reasons. I understand wanting to monetize content that you put a lot of work into, but the focus should always be on the work itself. That's the fun part. That's the reason you keep doing it. Writing a successful story has nothing to do with the amount of money it makes, but rather the content in the story.

The word "aspiring" creates an "it will happen some day" mentality. It supports the thought that one day writing will just click and you'll have a best seller. The fact is that things don't just "click". Things take time, practice and hard work. If you aspire to be a writer, stop. Stop aspiring. Stop thinking that one day the moment will come that stories flow from your mind to the page and everyone will want to read them. Stop aspiring to write and just write. Write everyday. Give yourself projects, give yourself deadlines. Remember that you write to support yourself creatively and emotionally, not financially. I'm not saying writers shouldn't make money from their hard work, only that their hard work should come from wanting to tell a story above all else.

Labeling yourself as an "aspiring writer" shows you have a limited view of what a writer is or you are afraid other people have a limited view of what a writer is. Stop perpetuating the misconception. If you write, tell people you are a writer. There are so many more things that define us other than what we do to make a living financially. If you love finding, creating and telling stories, you are a writer. It doesn't matter if you've been published, make money or have still have a lot to learn, your passion is what defines you. Don't aspire to be a writer, just be one.

I am a writer.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Top Five Types of Pies

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I am pretty busy, so this post is going to be short. Like really short. In fact, the only reason I'm saying any of this is to drag the post out a little more, so it doesn't seem as pathetically short. A few weeks ago I talked about pie a lot. How good it is, how much I'm looking forward to eating it and again, how good it is. So this is going to be a rapid fire blog about the top five kinds of pie.

French Silk Pie

It's like cake, but not cake.
 


Blueberry Pie

It's sweet, fruity and full of antioxidants. Good and good for you?



Pumpkin Pie 

Classic Thanksgiving dessert.



Apple Pie

Deliciousness.


Apple Pie

Good enough to be on here twice.


Thanks for reading this short blog. I'll be back next week with a more normal blog.

Questions:
What's up?
How are things?
Good?

Comments:
I'm gonna go eat pie

Topics that didn't make the cut:
Pretty much everything

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Five YouTube Videos Everyone Should Watch

As some of you may know, I just launched a YouTube channel where I talk about video games and stuff. This video is the first of many and I look forward to producing regular content. In honor of releasing my first video that I am ever so subtly trying to get you to watch, I wanted to make a list of the five YouTube videos I think everyone should watch. These aren't necessarily the best YouTube videos, just the ones that I like to show other people. Chances are you've seen most of them already, but in case you haven't, now is your chance. Sadly, my video didn't make the list, but if you are interested in video games and such, check it out. Let's get started.



The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson (posted by Max Schlickenmeyer)

As the title suggest, this video has Neil deGrasse Tyson (an astrophysicist) talking about what he views to be the most astounding fact in the universe. His response paired with the music and the visuals are bound to give you goose bumps.  He talks about things that would normally go way over my head in a way that is understandable. It's a thought provoking video, which can be rare on the internet.




Immersion: Simulator Racing (posted by Rooster Teeth)

Rooster Teeth has been a staple of the internet for a long time now. They started with the machinma series Red vs. Blue, and now they have a variety of shows including Immersion. The idea of Immersion is to test video game mechanics in real life. They run "experiments" to test what might happen when they introduce these mechanics, but they aim to be funny opposed to scientifically accurate. They relaunched the series a few months back and produced this gem.



Amazing Frog? (posted by GameGrumps)

Game Grumps is a show where two guys (Danny and Arin) play video games and make jokes. Except unlike a lot of let's play channels, these guys are actually funny. This video shows them playing a game called  The Amazing Frog? on the Ouya. I don't know why, but this video has a direct line to my funny bone. It's a little long, so if you want, skip to the last five minutes because that is the best part.


Parov Stelar - Catgroove (TSC Forsythe) (posted by takeSomeCrime)

This video is of a dude dancing in his basement to a song called Catgroove. If this isn't a perfect fit for YouTube, I don't know what is.


Cat Jump Fail with Music: Sail by AWOLNATION (posted by Veronica Duff)

What kind of list doesn't have sail cat on it?


Thanks for reading. If you missed it, check out last week's post.

Comments:
Shameless plug
Shameless plug
Starting to feel a little shameful...

Questions:
What videos do you like to show people?
Isn't Sail Cat the best?
You said yes right?

Topics that missed the cut:
Catching Fire
Xbox One
Fractured Collarbones

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Why Fall Shouldn't End Just Yet

For many of us in the Midwest, the last few days have marked the first snow of the season.... No. Please no. Make it stop. I-I can't do it. I swear it was just winter a couple months ago...Why do the best months roll away so quickly? Well, there is nothing we can do to stop it, but winter is coming. It's too bad because fall is the best season of the year. In these final weeks of fall I want to cherish the things that make it so awesome. So here are some of my reasons why fall shouldn't end.

Everything looks beautiful when it's dead

Don't get me wrong, every season has its visual perks. Winter, spring and summer have moments of beauty, but not to the level that fall does. Winter is too cold to enjoy how things look, spring is too wet and summer is...well I guess summer's all right, but to prove my point, it is too green. There is something about the fall that is just nice. Everything from the cool air to the crunchy leaf you go out of your way to step on feels crisp. The colors are a nice change from the constant green we see from the prior months and the best way to describe it is refreshing. We get a nice change from the scenery we grew used to.


The weather is perfect

I get I might be in the minority for this one, but whatever. The best time to do any sort of physical activity outside is the fall. It's warm enough that you aren't shivering, but cool enough that you don't get over heated. While summer is also a good time to get outside, it can get way too hot out. With the right coat, every temperature feels perfect in the fall. Due to the cooler temperatures everyone also dresses in warmer clothes, which generally look nicer. There are very few times where I feel uncomfortable temperature wise during the fall.



The best holidays

I've always liked Halloween, but I used to hate Thanksgiving. I didn't like cranberry sauce, I thought the turkey was too dry and I was always bored. Then I realized I was doing it the wrong way. I wasn't eating enough pie. Pie is what makes Thanksgiving great. Once you realize everything you do during Thanksgiving is just a warmup to the pie, it becomes much more enjoyable. Sure you don't get presents or candy, but who needs those things? There's football and pie. Isn't that the American dream?

In case I haven't made myself clear, I like pie.

All of the seasonal specials

I'm just going do a rapid fire of things that are special to the fall: Football, caramel apples, apple cider, Halloween cookies, Halloween Oreos, carving pumpkins, pumpkin flavored everything, haunted houses, hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pie pie, not eating candy corn and making a turkey by tracing the outline of your hand.

Disgusting...


All right, those are some of the reasons fall shouldn't end just yet. Thanks for reading! Check out last week's post. It was pretty okay.

Questions:
What is your favorite type of pie?
What is your second favorite type of pie?
What is your third favorite type of pie?

Comments:
Pie

Topics that missed the cut this week:
PS4 Launch
Bioshock Infinte: Burial at Sea
Pie (Oh wait)