Curious

Nov. 8th, 2011 08:16 pm
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I'm vaguely considering starting a vlog. I already have a YouTube account where I post videos from time-to-time, and then share them relentlessly on all my social media, so I was thinking why not make it a "thing?" Not a "thang," mind you. Just a "thing."

What I'd like to do is make interesting videos that center mostly around the new skills I'm trying to pick up but because I'm me I know I'd only do this if I could also put in things about my life, bad jokes, and day-to-day stuff. But it would center around new skills.

For example, something like this video:



Only, if I were going to be doing this f'r'serious I'd try to make sure my lighting was better, my camera presence was actually THERE, and my sound levels weren't going to bust your eardrums. Plus, while I'd never do something scripted (I just DO NOT work that way, even when I should), my dialogue would probably be a little more polished. This video was just a quick "look what I can do!"

Would anybody be interested in watching one or two weekly videos from me? I'm thinking of sharing them on this blog but might just start a new one specifically for video.
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I am feeling GOOD this morning! How are you?

I went out last night with our friend Susan who just returned from Haiti. We went to a local Competitive Scrabble club where I was beaten so thoroughly that I'm sure quantum replications of me winced when I looked at my scores. Four times. It was painful and a disgrace.

So of course I'll be going back! It was definitely a lot of fun and I was happy to spend some time with Susan and getting to know all these other people that were there. They made me feel young, being as they were all about 60 and above.

That was my highlight so far this week. I think I'll be going back every now and then since you don't get better if you don't play, especially if you can't find good opponents like these people. I learned so much about Scrabble in one night that I haven't learned in several years of playing; it was crazy!

What did you do last night? Anything fun?

Jogging

Jul. 20th, 2009 11:01 am
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So I'm trying to become a runner. Not really a runner, but instead, somebody who is actually capable of running. As of right now, my run is much closer to a jog. I'd like to change this.

Today, in this quest, I did Week 2, Day 1 of the Couch to 5k plan. I had to slow down by half a mile an hour, the pace I set myself last week being too much for me to do this week. I'm still within the range of what I'd consider running/fast jogging, so that's okay.

But despite slowing down, I felt like I wasn't going to make it through the simple workout. By the end, my legs felt like jellyfish tentacles, limp and going in every direction but where I wanted them. I was breathing heavily, but smiling, because I had finished day one. I honestly wasn't sure I would be able to, even with the slower pace.

I stretched out, and my legs are feeling good. The only problem is that I've had a knot in my left calf muscle since yesterday when I stepped wrong in the grocery store. It feels like a tight muscle that just doesn't want to loosen. To get rid of that do I want to use ice, or heat?

I'm sticking with this plan, but might not finish it in 9 weeks like one should. For being a "From the Couch" kind of workout, these first two weeks are really kicking my ass. I might have to repeat week two, or week three. I'm not going to repeat week one, because that feels like giving up, but after that all's fair.

But maybe I won't have to repeat any weeks. Maybe I'll find my stride. I don't know. I just hope.

Help!

Feb. 17th, 2009 08:26 am
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This weekend's my birthday and I'm trying to think of something to do. Maria's willing to go out for a day trip and take me out to eat, but I have to figure out what I want, exactly. I'm actually at a loss. I might suggest we head out for a day trip to Philly? Or New Jersey? I don't know.

Thoughts?

Life?

Dec. 16th, 2008 03:38 pm
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I don't remember if I mentioned that I'm finished with class. Last Wednesday was the last one, with a take-home final due that Friday. The final was fairly easy, and I hope I do well as far as my grade in the course. I'm now signed up for English in the Winter semester, and the next Arabic session for Spring.

So now I'm back to being at home all day, working when I can, cleaning the house when I can't work, and generally relaxing in-between those times. This means I'll be posting more regularly, and will be working hard on getting content for some of my other blogs.

Generally, life is less busy which is good, but also a bit more boring, which is bad. Hopefully I can do some stuff to make it less boring.

Like going to the Baltimore Aquarium last weekend with my wife and my friend! That was an awesome time. I don't know what draws me there so much, except for the photo-ops generated by being around such interesting creatures, but I really enjoy it. This time I had another picture-taking-dork with me, Earl, which made it even more fun for me as we both tried to come up with the right settings and perfect timing on every picture.

He succeeded much more than I, but we both got a good number of nice shots.

Maria and I will be returning to our old habit of taking a day trip every month to somewhere within an hour or so of home. Delaware is a nice place, with mostly nice people, but that's about all it is. Nice. Nothing really to do, nowhere to go beyond some historical sites, and as neither of us really care for history all that much we tend to avoid those. So, day trips!

No idea where to go next, however. If you were near Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware, where would you want to go? What would you want to see? Dazzle me!
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Lately I've been playing a lot of the turn-based strategy game Civilization III, and I really enjoy it. Even Maria's gotten into taking over the world, and spends evenings using the other computer to play. It's very quiet in our house, lately, aside from the barking of dogs, and synthesized music playing through computer speakers.

This minor addiction, however, is going to fade away. As soon as I beat the game, I'm sure it will lose its luster, will be put aside, and maybe toyed with from time to time, but generally forgotten. For $5, it was more than worth it, giving me entertainment for about $0.50 an hour, not including the time that Maria has spent playing as well. Good value. Still, putting it aside will feel slightly like losing something, I think.

Not wanting to lose that tinge of addiction, those shared computer times with my wife, let me turn to those of you that know more about computer games than I probably ever will (remember, you're speaking to the man who never completed Super Mario Brothers, let alone any longer, modern game): Recommend to me some older good games that can be purchased cheaply? If it's on GOG, then that's great because I'll know where to find it and know it's relatively inexpensive, but if it's not there, please point me in the right direction to find it?

I'm not a fan of real time strategy games, but love turn-based ones. First Person Shooters are okay, but I get tired of them with about 5 hours of game play. RP games are good, of course, and I like puzzles. Surprise me; I'm interested to see what you come up with. I like new stuff.
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1) If you would vote for me, I would appreciate it. However, I'm not too concerned either way, so if you've got other stuff to do, feel free to skip this. To see which entry you're voting on, come to my LJ and scroll down a little; I haven't been updating much lately due to other stuff.

2) Sick day today. Curling up on the couch with the dogs, and I don't plan on doing anything else, except maybe letting said dogs outside once in a while. I'll be fine, just have a headache and achy body. The two chronic pain things I've got going on are both acting up today. Wonderful.

3) Recently, my friend Brett asked what I'm going to do now that LARP USA is out of business. It's a good question, and I just don't know the answer. I'm trying to consolidate my 1,001 ideas into two or three goals, and finding it harder than I thought. I know I want to learn Arabic, master the language, and maybe be a translator, but that's a long-term thing instead of a crazy idea. I like crazy ideas, and need one to follow.

So, do you have a crazy idea you think I should follow? Become a rock star? A movie star? Maybe I should go back to being an art model, full time? Should I open a wacky-yet-needed web business like zombie survival kits? How about if I open a restaurant? I've seen people on Kitchen Nightmares; I don't know if I'd make it as a business, but I'd do better than them!

Hit me with your ideas. I need a muse!

Question

Nov. 7th, 2008 11:37 am
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When was the last time you really indulged yourself?

Did you think it through, and finally decide that you should just go for it, or was it spur of the moment?
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What do you think:

Go to my 10-year High School reunion, or not?
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Good morning folks! How are you on this fantastic Monday?

I spent most of the weekend suffering from a severe case of procrastination, but don't let that worry you; it just means I have a lot to do before class at 11 today, and many dishes to catch up. Nothing out of the ordinary for little ol' me.

But we're not here about me today, oh no! We're here because we want to know how YOU are! How are you? What's on your mind? Are you starting any new projects today? Finishing some old ones, maybe?

What are you up to?
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Today I'm taking Arabic. I'll be taking it for 12 more weeks. I'll learn to speak what bits of the language I can, and I will try to retain the knowledge until Spring semester, when UD offers the next step up. I could jump to class 3 for Arabic, except that it's being held in Tunisia.

So in the Winter, I have a chance to take some class that has nothing to do with The Big Plan. I'm thinking that since I've had this great idea for a webcomic in mind for a while, I should take something like Drawing 101. To me, that sounds enjoyable, even though I suck at art.

If you could take any kind of class, just for fun, and absolutely free as long as you got a B- or better, what class would you take?

Wondering

Sep. 16th, 2008 09:20 am
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Question for those that read my zombie blog, or are interested in zombies:

What part of zombie survival most interests you?
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Three quick updates, and then I'm off to do my morning Wiirkout.

1) This is why I need an artist for my web comic idea:

A bad drawing of a man in a hat, leaning against a white background.

This picture, drawn by me, showcases the fact that I have NO idea what to do. Okay, you might point out that I've got the generalities right, that he has arms and legs, and a head, but what about hands? Or a freakin' face? Those two things are impossible for me to make look decent when I draw them.

Plus, that little sketch took me about 20 minutes. That's just sad.

2) I'm currently working on upgrading my zombie defense blog into something more than what it is. I'm wondering if Word Press might better suit my needs. Does anybody have experience with the free version?

3) My three favorite fantasy authors are Robin Hobb, Raymond Feist, and Jim Butcher. Terry Pratchett would be in there, but he's my favorite comedic author, so I wanted to make room for someone else.

I just thought you'd like to know something about me that you might not already have known. That, and I didn't actually have three things to say when I started, so I had to come up with something.

Help?

Aug. 27th, 2008 10:35 am
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Over at my fitness blog I've just begun measuring my waist (hips, really), stomach, and chest, but I'm not sure I'm doing it correctly. I have a wider audience here that might be able to help me out, so can any of you explain the best way to measure oneself and make sure that it's being done properly each time?

I mean, technically, I don't even know where I'm really supposed to be measuring. I just know I need a second matrix to help me figure out whether or not I'm getting in shape.

Thanks!

Artists

Aug. 21st, 2008 02:08 pm
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I'm looking for an artist that might be interested in doing a web comic with me. I'm looking for somebody who can crank out relatively decent artwork for a nitty-gritty style web comic set in a post-apocalyptic future, sort of.

Please email jmfargo@gmail.com for more information or with art submissions for consideration. Also feel free to ask any questions on here, as it may help others decide whether or not this is something they want to get involved in.

Please feel free to pass this on to any art people you know that may want to be involved in something like this.

Thanks!
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Feeling "blah" today, without much to say. That being said, I'll look to you for inspiration:

You're in heaven, and they have a library that has absolutely every single book ever made (and ever TO be made). What section do you visit first?
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I got called a racist the other day. It wasn't over anything particular, and it wasn't really even said it anger. It was more phrased as a question, but it felt like a slap in the face. Even phrased as a question, it had vibes that were very strong with accusation. I'm not even sure what prompted it.

"Are you racist?"

How is one supposed to respond to that? A flat "No" can make you seem like you're either in denial, or denying it out of hand. If you take a second to think about it, well, you just look silly. "I don't think so" comes off fairly well, actually, and might get you a smile in the right company, but in the wrong company it might get you ostracized. The answer "Why do you think that" was probably the best to come up with on the spot because it allowed me to answer to exactly where the problem was, as opposed to coming off as dismissive.

Turns out, she thought I was talking to her husband and not her because she's black and he's white. In reality, I talked to him because he seemed to like dogs, where she obviously wasn't interested. (It had to do with one of the strays I found.) I explained it, and she admitted that she really didn't like dogs.

I was thinking about it today, and for a white man, the accusation of racism is very difficult to deny. Things like "I have black friends" get laughed at, saying "I never use racial epithets*" and even my very defensible position of "My brothers and sisters were adopted from Korea, so no" gets derision.

How is someone supposed to defend themselves against accusations of racism? White, black, yellow, red, brown, etc; if you're accused of what is essential a thought crime (that can obviously become an outward one, but that's not what I'm talking about here), how can you defend yourself against it? What would you do, if you were approached as I was when I worked at Hollywood Video by your manager, who is of the same race as you, and he asked, "You're racist, aren't you? You can be honest with me, I just need to know.**"

How would you respond to that? You can be honest with me, I just want to know.

*Link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] popfiend.
**Turns out, he was a member of the Klan, and was looking to recruit, but that's not the point here, I don't think. I left that job because of his affiliations and actions.

Hit Me!

Aug. 14th, 2008 11:33 am
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Everyone seems to like food. I love cooking, and I love eating. I'm a big fan of trying new things, and I love when experiments work out. It seems to me that lots of the people I know love new foods, sharing recipes, and trying interesting bits, so I'm thinking today about recipes.

This morning I made a sausage, cheese, and egg sandwich on toasted bread. Nothing fancy. It made me start thinking about the egg. The egg is a fantastic vessel, a perfect protein, and tasty if you like that sort of thing, which I do.

So, what's your favorite egg recipe? Anything a little out there, a little strange? Maria's favorite used to be something she created called "L'Ouef de Barf." Basically, she scrambled eggs with some butter, threw in blue cheese, salsa, and whatever else happened to be in the fridge. The important bits were the cheese and salsa, because they made the eggs look, well, similar to its name.

It was scary to see. No-one in their sane minds would want to eat it based on looks. The smell didn't really help, either. The taste? Awesome. Fantastic dish.

So, I'm willing to try weird stuff. Do you have any egg recipes that are a little off-the-wall? I'd love to hear them!
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Tonight I'm roasting a chicken. It's fairly well-seasoned, I believe, but having had my own roasted chicken, I know that I make mistakes quite often. Normally I have a very flavorful skin and first layer of meat, but what's underneath becomes a little plain.

I'm hoping you can help me. I'm looking for some kind of a sauce to go with the chicken to help with this issue, and I know that lots of you know a good amount about cooking.

Here's what's on the chicken so far:

Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Paprika
Thyme

A very basic rub, flavorful, simple, and tasty.

Can you think of any sauce that would go well with that? I'll also have stuffing and corn, but the sauce doesn't have to compliment them.

Days Go By

Aug. 11th, 2008 12:29 pm
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The weather in Delaware is really strange to me. Keep in mind that I recently lived in Buffalo, NY where the common phrase is "If you don't like the weather in Buffalo, wait a minute," and you might realize that strange is relative.

We had a horrible storm yesterday. Hail fell from the sky, thunder clapped to deafen all that heard it, lightning flashed nearby. A half hour later, it was done. Gone as if it had never happened. I've never seen thunderstorms move through a place so quickly. This isn't the first time it's happened either!

Today, it's in the 70's (20's for those who go by Celsius), nicely sunny, and calm. It's supposed to thundershower again, and then tomorrow spike back up into the 80's.

Summer announced it was here when we had three weeks in the 90's (32+ C), completely bypassing that silly season called "Spring."

Are we going to have a Fall? I don't know. If it happens how I think it will, the next season we bypass will actually be Winter. Their Winters are so mild here, compared to where I was, that they may as well call it "Late Fall, Early Spring*."

I'm just rambling. The weather intrigues me here, and I like it.

So, um, how's your day going?

*If there IS a Spring, that is.

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