Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Reflection on the future

It's been a while since you've heard from me. Today I leave you with this small exception:

A Softer World is my most favoritest web-comic. It speaks to me. Some days more than others.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

That which doesn't kill you... The 300 workout begins

In June I'll be 40. And assuming I don't drop dead from the workout, I'll be in the best shape of my life when I'm done. Here's the story.

My wife is hot. That's a given. She's a year younger than me and looks a decade. She's always been gorgeous, and likely will always be gorgeous.

My son is built like a brick shit house. It comes from almost a solid decade of being pretty damned serious about playing ice hockey. In fact, he's in better shape than I ever was in high school. He puts in the effort to look good. I was too busy partying to give a frog's fat ass.

Not meSpeaking of fat asses, I heard about the 300 Workout from He Who's Stink Don't Stank, and finally decided to look it up, as 6 months of fairly regular (well, there for a while) trips to the gym for 30 minutes on the cross trainer gave me more energy, but hadn't impacted the ol' bod one iota.

Enter this video. Watch it to the end. Hey, I'm no early-20s Filipino, but dammit, I'm willing to give that a shot. And it may be one of those "results not typical" things. There's more to it than exercise, I know.

It started today. NJ has done it since Wednesday and is acting as personal trainer to The Lovely Wife and me. This. Workout. Kills. Ugh. Surprised I have the energy to type. Must get beer. And the will to do it again tomorrow.

Photographic before and after evidence will be provide -- yes, for both of us you pervs -- at the successful end of the regiment. Six weeks. Mark your calendars. That is all. And no, that's not me. Close, but less facial hair.

Friday, February 8, 2008

George Hrab is made of awesome

I have to constantly remind myself that George is a pro. That's actually a compliment, not a dig on his work. He's the consummate pro. Listen to his work and you'll agree. But I know the guy. He's a drinking buddy. Well, I drink beer, he drinks tea or something sans kick. And any time you know someone and really get all the behind-the-scenes stuff, you think of them less as a pro and more as a friend. Again, not a dig, but a reflection on how my perception changes when I really get to know them.

So when he cranks out something like this quick video for his song The Assumption, I'm blown all the way away, and I have to remind myself that yeah, he's a godsdamned pro and very capable of doing stuff like this. He rocks. He has (as I said on Twitter) more talent in his taint than I have in my entire body. And yet he still takes my calls. How cool is that?

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Brain crack

Meet my friend Brian Shaler. Brian... jumps. Well, he does lots of other cool shit as well. But he's best known (by me anyway) for his jumps.

Brian fell in to my trap the other day. What's the trap? Simple. I've talked before how I tend to assume that I'm the smartest person in any room I walk into. But occasionally, I discover someone else in the room who is more deserving of that mantle. And when that happens, I tag that person as a friend and do my best to not only get to know him/her, but also work like a dog to find out how that person and I (and perhaps others) can work together to make something hellaciously cool.

Why? So that I don't develop Brain Crack. I didn't know that's what I was avoiding until Brian told me about it over lunch a week or so ago. Nor did I know that it was a term coined by Ze Frank back in the summer of '06. But hey, I can't be everywhere at once and neither can you. So if you missed it:

Image from Adam Nollmeyer, the finest photographer I've had the pleasure of meeting. In the market for a pro-photographer? Look no further.

I school you on School of Podcasting

Well, not really. But Dave did interview me on the Morning Announcements show for School of Podcasting. and has released the show. Actually, he released it about a week ago, but I've been so damned busy that I've barely had time to eat and drink, let alone post nifty stuff like this.

I need a break.