Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Matter of Perspective

This is not a review of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 episode; you can find a podcast about it over at the Mission Log podcast if you're so inclined.  But this is decidedly not a blog post about Star Trek.  Also, I'm going to try cross-posting this on Medium so please get in touch with me if you have any editing notes I should consider.

November 8, 2013: 275.2
December 4, 2014: 229.2
December 8, 2015: 238.7

Those numbers represent my weight: from when I started actually logging my numbers in 2013, to my last weigh-in at the time of this writing.  Three different numbers are represented there; 275 definitely wasn't my highest weight (I'm pretty sure I was above 300 at one point), but 229 represents the lowest I've reached.  The current number - 36.5 pounds apart from this time last year - represents frustration.

Yesterday I took a look at the spreadsheets I maintained for the first time in quite a while.  I was trying to determine what effect (if any) giving up beer for 40 days back in 2014 had on my weight loss.  It turns out that there was almost a 10 pound difference from start-to-finish, but the main take away that I got from this was the gift of perspective.

For the last year, I've hovered between 235 - 240, give or take a few pounds on either end.  As you can see from my results between 2013 and 2014, I obviously crushed my goal to lose some weight for my best friend's wedding (not to discount my overall goal of becoming healthier in the process).  In 13 months, I lost at least 46 pounds.  46!  Understandably, I felt really good about my progress.  Since then, and the hovering began, I've been incredibly frustrated.

Since December 4 2014, I obviously lost my way: I didn't get to the gym as often as I liked, I was less strict with my nutrition, and just wasn't focused on weight loss as I was before.  I think the number one reason for that is because I hit a major goal, and people were telling me they could see changes.  I could finally see physical changes.  Clearly I didn't need to work as hard as I did before - I had this, easy.

Those numbers on the scale though - they didn't need to move very much to get me feeling down about myself and generally in the mood to throw the scale out the window.  I could go from 240 to 241 and it felt like I was ballooning up to 250 or higher.  Like all my hard work was being undone.

But I mentioned the gift of perspective; yesterday after looking at how far I've come, I can see now that despite not getting any closer to my goal (I'd like to get down to 200 lbs), I haven't really put on that much weight since getting to my lowest number.  Unfortunately I don't have the data to back it up, but I bet that my numbers are pretty consistent over a 12 month period, December-to-December.

I have to be careful here though - I could easily start justifying reasons to start taking it easy.  That's not what I'm trying to do.  There are a lot of psychological traps involved with weight loss and that number on the scale.  One of them involves what I went through (and am still going through) - beating yourself up for not hitting a goal.

What I am doing by writing this out is reminding myself that it's never as bad as it seems.  As with every aspect of life, you need to step back and look at the bigger picture.  I am in charge of the number on the scale, and not the other way around.

The moment you let something as trivial as a number control your mood or your outlook on life, that's when you need to step back and re-assess your priorities, and remember that it's all a matter of perspective.

Monday, November 16, 2015

External Monologues Episode 05: World Series Memory + Storage Unit

Another episode of External Monologues!  There's not much of note in this episode, except that I created a pretty  cool (I think) audio production of a short story I wrote back in 2010.  You can read along with the story here, because I also decided to record it using an older tape recorder.  Because I can.

The music used underneath the story production was Small Hours by Alasdair Cooper, and I got it from www.freemusicarchive.org.

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Thanks to Zencast.fm for hosting the podcast!

Monday, September 14, 2015

External Monologues Episode 4: The Most Rambling

In today's episode, I ramble on a little bit about a few different topics, ranging from my upcoming podcast project, to Alternative Airwaves, to Spotify.  Some links below.

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Beirut Album - "No No No"

Edit: Helps if I include the link to the podcast!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

X Minus Blog

How do you like that for a witty blog post title?  OK, so I mentioned in my last podcast (link here) that I want to do a show about radio dramas that have been shared on archive.org, specifically starting with X Minus One.  Each different show would constitute a season on the podcast.

Originally the plan started out just being to cover X Minus One by itself - and call it the X Minus Cast.  I thought that was pretty clever?  Maybe it's just me.  Since I've expanded my focus, I've been struggling with a broader show title.  Since The Old Time Radio Hour is taken by a podcast that's still updating, here's what I've come up with:

  • Old Time Radio Review Show (or OTRRS)
  • Old Time Radio Show Review (or OTRSR)
  • Old Time Radio Review (or OTRR)
  • Old Time Radio Review Podcast (or OTRRP)
(The acronyms in the brackets would be for the URL - otrrp.tumblr.com or whatever)

What do you like the best?  I think for simplicity's sake, I like Old Time Radio Review, because you know it's a show already.  And presumably, you know it's a podcast - so you don't need that at the end.  Still, there's a certain naming aesthetic with podcasts that including "podcast" or "cast" just seems to work.  

Please leave a comment (or tweet at me or something) to let me know your opinion!

Monday, August 31, 2015

External Monologues Episode 3: Max Hug Raiders

In today's episode, I finally implement a theme (Kyle Cox's Life Is Good)!  I talk about nosy grocery store cashiers, Clash of Clans, Reddit Gold, and X-Minus One.  Links are below!  
Want to support my other shows? Check out Alternative Airwaves or Futurama Pedia; or consider signing up at Swagbucks or Perk using my referral links.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Titansgrave: Season 1 Short Review

Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana on YouTube

Season One of Titansgrave wrapped up (and hey, I learned after watching Episode 10 that there's at least another season planned) this week.  The final episode was pretty great, I think, and addressed some of the issues I had early on.  I definitely think you should watch this series - most of the episodes are under an hour in length and the story is pretty fun to follow - which makes the finale especially frustrating from a viewing standpoint (in a good way).

To expand on my point...one of my issues with the show originally was that I felt very disconnected during the battle sequences - they dragged on a little too long, at least from my perspective, because I didn't fully understand the game mechanisms.  At the end of the series, I still don't fully understand the system, but I think I've gained enough basic knowledge that I'd be able to pick up and play tomorrow if someone asked me.  And that's all from just watching the game being played, so job well done there.

But what specifically changed for the better for me in Episode 10 was the pacing of the final battle.  Granted, I think this was done specifically because it was the Epic Final Battle - but there was a noticeable change from the earlier episodes.  I hope Wil Wheaton has some behind the scenes material that will be released for the show, because I'd be willing to bet that there was a conscious decision behind the pacing change and it has to do with the gameplay mechanics & getting the viewer accustomed to how the game works.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the last episode except for the suckerpunch right at the end.  Thanks a lot, GM Wheaton.  I'm pretty sure I have spoiled 0% of the show for you, so if you haven't watched it - please go watch it now.

Monday, August 17, 2015

New podcast: Electronic Monologues Episode 2: Kilobyte

In this week's episode, I keep it short and to the point and drop the music from the show, resulting in an ultimate savings of 3 minutes. Not as short as I thought it would be in the end! Other things talked about: stuff I learned since episode 1; some new notebooks I picked up from Dollarama; my weight loss struggles; the Ottawa Champions; Pokemon Sapphire; and the nerdiest of all, Tasker for Android. Enjoy!

Direct MP3 Download

RSS Feed (It works this time, I promise!)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fixing the Podcast Info

Alright!  So when I mentioned on Monday that I put out a new podcast, I listed the RSS feed...but apparently I have to hit "publish" on Zencast.fm for anybody to make any use of it.  Well, it's there now.  And it has a name.

I thought of a few names and came up with External Monologues.  Not that it really needs a name, but I thought it would be good in case anyone stumbled across it.  I'll stick to a Monday release date so if you were somehow hoping for a new episode with this post, you're out of luck!  I haven't recorded anything.

Until Monday, check out the link above for the MP3 link or plug this RSS feed into your favourite Podcast app: http://media.zencast.fm/steves-electroniccast/rss 

It's not in iTunes yet - waiting until I have a few episodes recorded before I submit it.

Monday, August 10, 2015

A New Podcast! Sort of.

So I got excited about a Thing and I decided to Make It Happen.  Recently I released a podcast entirely done on my cell phone using Spreaker - that got me really excited for possibilities with podcasts from my phone in general, and I started looking into things.

Well, it turns out that to do it for free, the mobile solutions are not very practical.  However I wanted to do an audio version of this blog (sort of) and doing it with my cell phone seemed like a very low-barrier-to-entry way of doing it.

tl;dr: I wanted to be able to just record & release as quickly as possible without worrying about setting up my recording studio and putting in tons of research, etc. so that I could just release something.

The end result is hopefully something akin to Radio Free Burrito, but probably not as good as what Wil Wheaton can do.  The first episode sort of introduces the concept (hence the title, The Concept) and gives you a taste of what's to come!  Link to the podcast is below, and below THAT, you'll find my write-up of what I think of TitansGrave so far.

Oh, it's not in iTunes yet.  It will be, once I get a title.  So you'll have to either play it here, or use the RSS feed.  Which will probably change once I get a proper title.

Episode 1: The Concept: http://media.zencast.fm/steves-electroniccast/1.mp3
RSS: http://media.zencast.fm/steves-electroniccast/rss

TitansGrave Thoughts - "Five Gold & A Party"

TitansGrave: The Ashes of Valkana is a YouTube web series hosted by Wil Wheaton on the Geek & Sundry channel.

The basics: It's Wil Wheaton GMing an RPG with four actor friends.

What's cool about it:  All of the associated artwork and detailed story behind the series.

I've never played a tabletop / die-based RPG game before.  The show is letting me play vicariously through the players on the screen.

Actually, I'm more interested in the story than the gameplay mechanics.  That's good because I feel if there's a downside to the series, it's in the dice rolling and the battle sequences.

The battles are entertaining, but I feel like I can tell the game is benefitting from support staff helping to keep track of everything going on.

Still, it helps me to see how one might go about playing one of these games.  I never really understood how all of that worked (even though I sort of did some role playing online in high school).  It's probably something I would try sometime.

Friday, August 7, 2015


I'm stealing this thread title from my podcast, because I can and who are you to stop me anyway??

Basically, as I start writing this, I have nothing productive to say; so I'm going to allow myself to just write what comes naturally.  Actually, I have some notes in a notebook that I could probably transcribe, but I think I'll do that on the weekend from the comfort of home.  So, bonus - you'll get some more stuff from me on the weekend.

Before I let my mind wander and forget to talk about it, the significance of the title is that for the last several weeks, I've been doing a combination of travelling up north to see Vanessa or her travelling to see me (if you don't know, she is working on a contract temporarily and is ~8 hours away).  As a result I haven't worried about sticking to any self-imposed schedules or doing anything creative.  I've sort of just...done things as I felt like it.  A little freeing!

Having said that, I think I'm going to not worry about my "schedule" I wrote about several weeks ago.  I think I've kind of reset my laziness and I'm not just sitting in front of the TV every night.  It doesn't feel as important to keep up with magazines, comic books, or TV shows right now.  I just want to have fun, and have fun creating things.  If there's something I want to do, and it doesn't get done...it's not a big deal (as long as it's not something actually important).

In my last podcast I released, I recorded it entirely from my cell phone.  It was pretty cool.  Which has led me to the notion of releasing a different podcast using just my cell phone.  I'm currently exploring methods of doing that; once I figure out a way that works to my satisfaction I will probably start doing that instead of writing here.  I just find it fun to do podcasts, and it comes easier than writing.

I think that's it for now.  Til the weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2015

On cashing in on personal information

For several months now I've been experimenting with a few methods of earning what's known online as "beer money".  I've tried a few things out, but so far the most success I've seen has come from the website known as SwagBucks (referral).  The concept is simple enough: watch videos, search using their special search bar, complete special offers, and fill out surveys.  In exchange for all of that, you get SwagBucks, which you can exchange for a variety of gift cards (including Paypal, which basically amounts to cash).

So to recap, you're exchanging personal information and getting paid at most $1-$2 a day.  To some, this might seem like a heck of a lot of effort for maybe $20-$30 a month.  And to that I say...you're right.  At the start, I was putting a lot of time into it, and was getting good results.  These days, I'm just putting in the amount of time I feel like giving - it's no skin off my back if I don't log in for a few days.  Where my goal used to be to reach 2,500 Swagbucks in order to cash out $25 in Paypal gift cards, it's now my goal to use it to fill time.  Currently I'm waiting on another $3 Amazon.ca gift card so that I can buy this little gadget.

When I first started collecting "SB's", there was a set of apps you could use to run videos and earn SB's.  The idea for the /r/SwagBucks community is you run the videos while you're doing something else.  You could mark short videos as favourites, and just run those as a loop until you max out your earnings for each app.  Great deal, right?

Except lately the people at SwagBucks have reduced the max amount you can earn with each app (while increasing the amount of videos you need to "watch" before earning any SB's), and removed the ability to mark videos as favourites.  Understandably, the SwagBucks community is up in arms.  What was once an easy side money earner is now "totally unusable" in the eyes of some.

Maybe the reason I'm not so upset about all of these changes is because of my attitude toward the website in the first place.  They need to make money, and the way they do that is by collecting your personal information in various forms, the biggest being surveys.  I am OK with this.  Surveys are fun!  That's how I earn the most SwagBucks (when I'm not disqualified for working in radio).

But I find it interesting how invested some of the users have become, and I'm certain it's all because SwagBucks is disguising $0.01 as 100 SwagBucks.  It's all the same as loyalty program rewards - what looks more impressive, 1 point = $1, or 1,000 points = $10?  By giving you such high point values as a reward, you feel like you're earning more when you're really trading away information that has a much higher value.  Think about it: the Reddit SwagBucks community is upset over not being able to easily earn 138 points a day anymore.  That's only $1.38 a day.  They probably spend more time earning SwagBucks than they do at work, and they're not even getting minimum wage doing it!

Whether or not they're going in the right direction, SwagBucks has definitely put their claws into people and are getting the information their clients want to buy.  Like I said - I knew up front what I was trading, and how much (or little) I was getting in return.  I'm okay with that.  If it means that I get a few Amazon gift cards and can buy neat little gadgets here and there, without spending my own money?  I'm happy.

If you want to join in on the party, feel free to use my referral link.  I would love to help you trade in your own personal information to get free stuff.

Friday, July 17, 2015

ReBoot - Season 3 + Podcast Review

I binged through ReBoot season 3 last weekend to finish it off, and prepare for sitting through season 4 (which is actually two movies but was split into episodes for TV).  I probably would have taken longer to get through the season, but the third season is actually quite compelling.  I can't remember the last time I watched the season in full, from start to finish (let alone watching the series start to finish!); I feel like the last time this happened, I was 13 and watching it week-to-week when it was freshly released.

I remember that the third season was highly serialized, but I forgot how much it veered into this direction.  A few of the episodes could be watched on their own, but you'd lose out on so much of the story (which, I suppose, is a good reason to have the musical recap).  The season is broken down into three very well-defined arcs: Enzo's struggles to become a Guardian; Matrix and AndrAIa's search for Bob and Mainframe; and the final fight to save Mainframe.  Each arc is 4 episodes long, and are identified via the episode number (for example, 3.1.3 or 3.2.1 - Season 3, Arc 1, Episode 3, etc).

By far my favourite episode is "The Episode With No Name", mainly for the stand-off between AndrAIa and the female guardian.  A close second would be "Showdown", for the extended fight sequence between Matrix and Megabyte.  The whole season was very cinematic, and had parody-after-parody.  I mentioned that season 2 shed the cartoon quality of season 1, but season 3 takes that to another level entirely.

Lastly, I'm glad I stuck with the Mainframe Chronicle podcast and gave them a chance to get better.  The chemistry between the hosts improved a lot, and they both feel a little looser.  There is still a lot of recitation of wikipedia factoids, but the hosts actually bring some personality to the episodes and relate some of their own stories.  Their best episode was Episode 10 - The Visitor, where they had a guest from another podcast join them.  I think it helped to loosen up the regular hosts quite a bit and made an impact for the following episodes.

As I said, I've still got season 4 to watch, but I've started working my way through Beast Wars (or Beasties, as it's better known in Canada).  There's another podcast running that I'll be listening to as well - it's called the Transformers Beast Wars Podcast.   It looks like they're still releasing new episodes, as the latest was out June 2nd.  So far after listening to 1 episode, they're doing what I hoped a ReBoot podcast would have done.

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Few Reviews

In the last week, I got a lot of show watching done, plus some reading.  Read as for some reviews...

Specifically, I binged through two seasons of ReBoot, which sounds like a lot, but actually the first two seasons are each only 10 episodes long.  At roughly 22 minutes per episode, that's 3 hours and 40 minutes. It didn't feel that long though, and was quite enjoyable to watch through.  

It's amazing to note the vast differences between seasons 1 and 2; at the most basic, season 1 was purely a cartoon with some references for the older viewers.  Season 2 took on a more serial nature and expanded the universe, and did away with some of the more cartoon-y aspects (zany sound effects and the like).

After watching, I then listened to a podcast called Mainframe Chronicle. The podcast has long since ended so I don't feel too bad giving it a bad review; but still a little bad, because I could tell the hosts were trying hard to make something enjoyable.
I find it's very similar to Futurama Pedia in terms of basic structure - the hosts (Daniel and Joey) would watch episodes and talk about them.  Unfortunately, this is where the show fell flat.

While Joey sounds a little more loose and comfortable, host Daniel just sounds very boring and monotonous.  It also sounds like they're reading straight from the ReBoot wiki, which I will admit, I might not have noticed had I not gone in and read a few articles before hearing about the podcast.  They don't really offer anything new to the discussion (granted, I'm only 7 episodes in), though they did receive feedback at some point that asked them to do some more research.  I have noticed that they've loosened up quite a bit compared to their first episode, so it's possible they'll get better for season 3 and the movies.  There are points where I've found them hard to relate to but it could be because they're both at least 6 years younger than me and don't quite remember what the world was like in 1994-1995.

I'll give a final review when I finish the series, to be fair.

I finally got some comic books read; first up is ChronoNauts #1, by Mark Millar and Sean Murphy.  I bought a re-issued edition that had a comic paying homage to the Back to the Future poster, thinking that there might be some sort of tie-in.  I was wrong, but definitely NOT disappointed.  The basic premise is a couple of scientists invent a time machine, and something goes horribly wrong at the end to kick off the story.  The art is beautiful, and although I found the pacing to be a little off, I really enjoyed it.  I'll probably give it another read, and try to track down more issues.  

I also re-read some old Star Trek comics, most of them missing their covers.  I had a TNG comic which featured Q turning the Enterprise D crew into Klingons, which was fun, ends on a "to be continued" note.  As I don't have the cover, I don't know if I'll ever be able to find the follow-up books to find out how it ends.

I then read two TOS era books, called The Modala Imperative.  These ones were fresh to me, because I never really got into them as a kid.  Another case where I'm missing the conclusion to these books, because I really enjoyed them and want to see the outcome.  Apparently the story line is continued in the TNG era, so there's another set of books to look for.  I guess I have some specific books to look out for at the next ComicCon!

Lastly, I've been watching a lot more Dark Matter, setting Killjoys aside for the time being.  Initially I felt that Dark Matter was a little predictable - and it still is, in some ways - but in the last couple of episodes, I feel that its tone has changed to something a little more mature.  It's still trying very hard to be the next Firefly, but it is at least standing on its own.  The latest episode I watched - Episode Four - was set on a space station and it looked fantastic.  Without blatantly telegraphing everything, you get a good feel for how this universe operates.  Also, TIL that the episode names are given numbers, akin to how the crew refer to themselves by numbers.

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Round-Up

Not this kind of round-up.

I thought I'd check in based on my post last week, and make Thursdays my official day for posting here.  Or maybe Fridays.  I wrote all of this on Thursday but didn't finish editing (to add links).

I guess technically Im in my second weekdoing this new plan.  I think it's going petty well!  As I write this, Im watching some episodes of ReBoot (yes, I'm re-watching the show).  My schedule was thrown for a loop this week, but that's what happens when you get a day off work in the middle of the week.

I've found the hardest day to stay intrested is Magazine Monday.  I guess I'm just not that into magazines. But I did and some new TV Shows to follow!  On Thursdays only of course.

- Dark Matter - I first leared of this show via Wil Wheaton.  The basic premise of the show is 6 people wake up from stasis to discover they know basic skills but don't remember who they are. Already that's a great premise that hooked me. The series is created by the same people behind the Stargate TV shows.

It's interesting to think of them as "auteurs" because you can certainly pick up on the Stargate-like aspects. It's hard to define, but it's definitely noticeable and can make it easier to predict plot points. Overall, I like it.  The title text makes me think of the N64 game Perfect Dark.  TIL it's based on a comic book series!

- Killjoys - It's about bounty hunters, set in the future. A killjoy is a hunter with clearance to go after kill contracts. I don't want to give too much away, because it is a great show. It's visually stunning as well.  I actually like this show better than Dark Matter.

Other things going on? We got a new camera, and I'm photographing anything and everything.
I've been a lot more productive these last two weeks as well.  I released a podcast last weekend, the second in two weeks. That's really good for me! Usually I don't get more than one done in a month.

Good start for now!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I'm Back (not to be confused with Bach)

I haven't posted in a while.  In that last post, I mentioned a few things I had on the go in 2015.  I'll address those topics shortly; first though, I had to get an idea out of my head that was generated while on my lunch time walk (which is the worst time for ideas - I can't write them down, and they compete for my attention against podcasts.  Unfair to the podcasts, because then I don't listen to them).

I have an ever-growing list of media I wish to consume, coupled with an ever-growing list of media I wish to produce.  To that end, I think I need to structure my weeks.  You see, I'm on my own for the summer (inquire further in the comments if interested in the full story), and it's been that way since May 25th.  I had all these grandiose plans to catch up on PVR recordings (movies & TV shows), get podcasts recorded, etc. etc. to fill my time between softball games.

I've watched some TV, but mostly have sucked my time with playing video games and not being very productive, aside from some household chores.  This is why I need structure.  The last couple of days, I actually accomplished some to-do list items because I actually made a to-do list and followed it.  So obviously, I need to tighten my schedule.  Here it is.

  • Magazine Mondays - Something I've been meaning to start for a while.  I subscribe digitally to a bunch of magazines from the Ottawa Public Library via Zinio, and I have a backlog.
  • Book Tuesdays - The alliteration stops at Mondays.  I will find time to read books outside of Tuesdays, but some weeks I find I don't read at all.  So at least once a week my evenings will be spent behind the pages (digital or analog) of a book.
  • Comic Book Wednesdays - I have some comic books backlogged, plus a few older ones I wouldn't mind re-visiting.  Also, there is a specific purpose to this day - will get to that.
  • Television Thursdays - Yay, alliteration is back!  Thursdays are for catching up on recorded items on my PVR, YouTube series (think: TitansGrave, RCVR, other stuff)
  • Free Music Fridays - Because I needed more alliteration; specifically though I need to stay on top of Creative Commons music for Alternative Airwaves.
  • The Weekend - The weekend is multi-purpose.  Record a podcast (or two), listen to music, read, whatever.
What is all of this for?  Why give titles for everything?  I'll answer the second question first: because I can.  As to what it's all for - and why the title of this post is, "I'm Back" - because I want to flex my writing muscles a bit more, and get more use out of this silly blog.  I'm going to try to get back into the swing of weekly writing over here, using any one of those days as a starting block.  Which day I'll post I haven't decided yet - but that's not important.

The other purpose is for the media I wish to produce, as I alluded to above.  I already have Alternative Airwaves to work on - hence the music listening on Fridays - but I'm trying to finish working on Star Trek: The "X" Generation and turn that into a podcast.  I recorded an "Episode 0" for it to get feedback (ask for it in the comments, if you like!), but I need to do more writing first.  It's a project where I can easily record episodes ahead of time and keep up with a consistent schedule, but if I get too far ahead recording, I won't have any material to work with anymore!

That ties in to the whole comic book Wednesdays - the new podcast idea will involve comic books as well, and I want to release it when comic books are released - Wednesdays.  I guess that's the only tie-in.  Carry on.

Alright, back to my 2015 Update post - here's where I am as of today...

- Podcasts / 2015 comeback: I'm doing...OK with this.  I've got updates coming mostly monthly.  I missed the month of April only, so that means for 2015 I've released an episode in Jan/Feb/Mar/May/June - that's much better than I thought!  Working with my friend Mike for the Futurama Podcast...we at least released a mini episode in May!

- TV Shows: I have too many shows to "catch up" with.  I think I may binge watch a bunch of things. Or I may not.

- Project 365/52/26 - I started this...and then stopped.  Not my cup of tea.

- Weight Loss - I have not yet lost 38 pounds, and in fact missed my goal for May.  But since the end of May, I've gotten back on track with things and the weight's going down.  Work in progress.

That's it!  Sorry for the length of the post, but that's my fault for not writing anything in a billion years.*

* by "a billion years" I mean 6 months.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What's going on?

It's 2015 and also has been a long time since I updated anything on this blog. The short version for why I haven't: I haven't felt the urge to write / haven't thought of any topics. So you get this catch-all post for what's going on in 2015 so far.

- Serial Podcast - Yes I know, everyone and their mother has already consumed the first season. This is why I've started to listen, because it's so highly recommended. I've listened to the first 6 episodes and am enjoying it. However, I find that host Sarah Koenig seems to be very intent on proving Adnan's innocence. I've seen similar comments that say the same thing. It doesn't bother me too much, but I'd like to see a bit more objectivity while examining the facts of the case.

- Podcasts, you say? - I hope that 2015 will prove to be my "comeback" to podcasts. I've been very lax in updates and would like to get back to regular updates. So far I'm committing myself to monthly updates with the goal of returning to a bi-weekly show.

- TV Shows - Rogers introduced shomi late in 2014. It's basically a Netflix type service that offers movies and TV shows. The great thing is that they have The Next Generation in HD, but they also have some shows I missed like 30 Rock. There are others, most especially Black Mirror and The Booth At the End (online only) that I'd like to watch.

- Project 365/52/26 - sometime in January or February I will start a photo project wherein I will take either a daily/weekly/biweekly photo. I posted about this on my Google+ profile.

- Weight Loss - I'm trying to lose ~38 pounds by early May. It's going slowly so far, but that's why I'm aiming for early May. I'll largely be doing the same things I was doing before that worked.

Hmm, I think that's it for now. Obviously much more going on but that's all that I can force out of my head right now.