Sunday, March 14, 2010

Post Number 100

This is the 100th post in this blog. I'm not sure how to commemorate it. However, I do have The Answers from the Creative Blog Award exercise a few days ago.

1. Like so many boys, I solved initial personality conflicts through rough-and-tumble fistfights. In fact, the only lasting friendships that began before high school began with fisticuffs.

Outrageous Lie. I've never been in a serious fight with any of my close, long-lasting friends. We've had our share of friendly wrestling matches. In general, I abhor violence and consider myself a "realistic pacifist." While I won the childhoods fights I was in, I also cried when they were over because I hated having to hurt others.

2. I've been on the internet for a long time. The first time I ever went online was in 1992 on my uncle's Mac. We tied up the phoneline for countless hours reading a newsgroup dedicated to video editing techniques.

Outrageous Lie. Actually, it's close to the truth. I I first went online in the winter of 1989. I didn't know we were online, though, and wondered why we had to leave that cool program so quickly.

3. We've always been at the cutting edge of technology. In addition to having the latest game systems, each member of my immediate family had a cell phone by the time I entered high school.

Outrageous Lie. We actually got the first cell phone when I was 12. It was a family phone roughly the size and weight of a brick. It cost a fortune to operate, so I was rarely allowed to have it. I was 19 when my whole family finally got individual cell phones.

4. As part of my lifelong quest to be a Renaissance Man, I've played a lot of instruments in my life. My all-time favourite is the tin whistle, which I started after hearing The Chieftains.

Outrageous Lie. Sorry, Yuri. I always admired the tin whistle and wanted to learn how to play, but it is not one of the many instruments I learned. Although I am now half-tempted to try and take it up.

5. Impulsive by nature, I once skipped a week of class because I "just had" to take train to Las Vegas. It didn't do much for my grades, but I did come home $200 richer than I left.

The Most Outrageous of Outrageous Lies. I'm not a fan of Vegas or gambling. The shows are fun, but I don't care for games of chance in casinos on account of I took statistics. On the other hand, I'll bet on myself in a contest... Funny thing, though, is that I almost embarked on this journey a few years ago. It was an impulsive idea and I canceled it when nobody else could make it.

6. Always the businessman, I began quite young. At the age of seven, I cornered the market for flower seeds in my neighbourhood. But my dream was to start my own research facility to develop and market new inventions.

The Truth. I've always loved business, and I've been selling things since I was a wee lad. My lifelong dream is to own my own research facility and use it to develop, then market my own inventions. This moved from a full-time career to a part-time hobby and goal for retirement a few years ago, but it has always been and always shall be.

7. My guilty pleasure is popping anchovies. I've been known to eat them in hiding during breaks, much to the chagrin of students, teachers, and coworkers.

Outrageous Lie. I generally hate anchovies. They make me sick when I eat them.

Congratulations to Mr. Stauffer, who narrowed it down to the Truth and one of the Lies. Thanks to all who participated! It was a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise.

This is post 314.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Creative Writer Blogger Award

A few days ago, Amalia passed me the "Creative Writer" Blogger Award. Now, I must tell you six outrageous lies and at least one outrageous truth. I hope that you'll find yourself amused by my list.



1. Like so many boys, I solved initial personality conflicts through rough-and-tumble fistfights. In fact, the only lasting friendships that began before high school began with fisticuffs.

2. I've been on the internet for a long time. The first time I ever went online was in 1992 on my uncle's Mac. We tied up the phoneline for countless hours reading a newsgroup dedicated to video editing techniques.

3. We've always been at the cutting edge of technology. In addition to having the latest game systems, each member of my immediate family had a cell phone by the time I entered high school.

4. As part of my lifelong quest to be a Renaissance Man, I've played a lot of instruments in my life. My all-time favourite is the tin whistle, which I started after hearing The Chieftains.

5. Impulsive by nature, I once skipped a week of class because I "just had" to take train to Las Vegas. It didn't do much for my grades, but I did come home $200 richer than I left.

6. Always the businessman, I began quite young. At the age of seven, I cornered the market for flower seeds in my neighbourhood. But my dream was to start my own research facility to develop and market new inventions.

7. My guilty pleasure is popping anchovies. I've been known to eat them in hiding during breaks, much to the chagrin of students, teachers, and coworkers.

Which one is true? Post any guesses in the comments, and I will follow up soon.

This is post 315.

Pound For Pound Update

Yeah, it's not been going well. I gained four pounds over the last few weeks. We spent a lot of time at the hospital with Grandma and those three days were plagued with terrible food choices. The days since then haven't had a lot of good choices in them, either.

The good thing is that I think at least part of it is muscle. My clothes don't feel any tighter, and my I seem to be progressing in my strength exercises.

This is post 316.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hooray for Monday!

It's been too long since I've done a Hooray for Monday, so I'm going to highlight a website that Yuri pointed me to. Lifehacker is a pretty neat site, with articles from a variety of blogs that run from interesting to thoroughly helpful.

For example, this article describes how to use a freezer to save waterlogged documents, photos, and books.

One regular series concerns workspaces. They have articles featuring a variety of different offices that are set up in unique and creative ways, like the Window Desk, the Zendo Workspace, and the Emerald and Onyx Balcony Office. Many of the ideas are interesting ones that I'd like to try someday, when I actually have an office.

All in all, it's a neat community of people sharing ideas to help one another out.

This is post 317.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Sweet Mother of Contests!

I've been gone for a bit. Things went a bit crazy in life. But then Amalia told me about this sweet contest. The blog is called Confessions and Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog and the author is giving away a copy of Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran, along with


A Genuine Roman Coin, Complete With Certificate of Authenticity!


Belle is as excited as I am, and as you should be. Go and check it out!

This is post 318.