Little Joys Ch.71: Dog love and human obsession

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 12th, 2020

I have always had a bit of a strange relationship with dogs. There is a part of me that takes deep joy in seeing them, playing with them, simply letting their wild excitement infect me and going into a childish play mode.

But as the years have gone by and social media has become infested with peoples kind of creepy obsession with dogs, I have become slightly turned off by them in many instances, but I recognize that it is not the dogs I have an issue with, more so just how people are trying to turn them into human babies.

That being said, from time to time they still manage to catch me off guard and have me smiling from ear to ear, and here in Bali, with its extremely large quantity of wild dogs simply loping around in packs, I have had the chance to see some hilarious dog confrontations. As I walked the beach, two groups of dogs clashed, not in a violent way, but simply play fighting which turned into butt sniffing then into running full pelt into waves only to be thrown back onto the shore, only to resume butt sniffing.

Dogs are some of the strangest, funniest, weirdest, cutest looking creatures we have bred. I don’t think I will ever truly get tired of them, even if humans can be slightly annoying with how they treat them.

May the doggies reign supreme for many centuries to come.

As always, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly!

Little Joys Ch.69-70: The strangeness and beauty of surfing, and perfect lazy days

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 10th, 2020

Humans do so many strange things to entertain themselves, some seemingly make no sense, while others, although strange in concept, can be quite beautiful to witness when done at a high level. Being in Bali has led me to see quite a large amount of surfers, most of whom are new to the sport. Balancing on a board while a big wall of water picks you up is a weird idea when you really think of it, but it can be quite delightful to see when done well. Watching someone catch that perfect swell, rise up onto their board and just lock into place, balancing perfectly as they arc and glide across the water, is quite a beautiful moment, the grace of it can really catch you off guard sometimes. It’s always nice to be reminded of how many cool, and weird, things that humans do.

March 11th,2020

Some days, regardless of how much you want to be out there conquering the world, your brain is just not having it. Some days, you just need to rest. Taking the time to just lay back on the couch, or snuggled in bed with your pillow, or a loved one, is sometimes the most joyous thing you can do. Giving yourself permission to just bask in the laziness, maybe with some good food and a show or book you love, can re-energize the brain when it just can’t handle anymore. For me, that was popcorn and Mob Pyscho, what is your perfect lazy day?


As always, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.

Little Joys Ch.66-67-68: Hatred, new ideas, and future gaming happiness

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 7th, 2020

It may seem a bit strange to say, but I was struck by the fact that no matter how hard I thought over it, I could not come up with a single example of a thing or person who I hated. So many times in our lives we use the word hate to describe our emotions towards things and people, but the reality is that we don’t actually feel hate, at least not as it is defined in the dictionary. What we mean is that we dislike something or someone, but we don’t sit up at night with a deep feeling of rage towards them, we are not overcome by hatred. Many things simply make us feel uncomfortable, or we don’t enjoy the taste or feeling, whereas only a very rare few things and people can evoke true feelings of hatred in us, and even those can die out over the years. It makes me quite happy to know that I don’t have hate in me as of this moment. Hopefully it stays that way.

March 8th, 2020

Being pushed into new ways of thinking is always beneficial. Even if you do not agree with a methodology, being exposed to different perspectives can always help you to expand your views on your own beliefs. Every once in awhile I find a new source of information that just brings a little spark of joy into my life, someone who is excellent at communicating their ideas and thoughts, and is open minded enough to understand that we are all different. Sometimes it will be a new book, other times a podcast, it varies. For those of you looking to expand your horizons, I would definitely recommend checking out people like Robb Wolf over at the healthy rebellion, and Derek Sivers. Very different speakers and topics, but a refreshing addition to a week.

March 9th, 2020

After almost a year of traveling, my journey is finally coming to its end. In two weeks time I will be heading back home to Canada. It will be strange, and sad, but also filled with happy moments of reuniting with friends and family. One of the things I am looking most forward to, which is bringing me alot of joy, is reuniting with my gaming desktop. I have barely been able to game on my laptop as it simply overheats way too quickly, and it will be so great to be able to get my geek freak on again. I have a line up of games I want to play, and a host of other things such as twitch streaming that I would like to venture into. The future is bright with nerd-0-thons.


As always stay healthy, and let your geek freaky fly.

Little Joys Ch.64-65: Seizing the day, and appreciating technology

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 5th, 2020

Energy comes and goes for us all. Some days we awaken feeling full of life and love and just ready to tackle the world, and other days the thought of opening our eyes fills us with a dread so profound that death seems the simpler task. I found myself filled with hope and energy on this day, enjoying the outdoors, enjoying my work and writing, just ready to tackle everything. There is joy in these moments, delight at the prospect of creating because of that flood of energy. When it comes, grasp it as hard as you can and just ride the wave, it won’t always be there.

March 6th, 2020

As problematic as technology can be, it brings so much potential into our lives the implications of its impact on the human species is impossible to quantify. I have had a pretty tremulous relationship with phones, as I find so much of peoples time is wasted on them, mine included, yet I still want to find some appreciation and joy in their use. I have gone my whole life without ever breaking a phone, yet after buying a samsung s9 awhile back, the most expensive phone I had ever gotten at the time, I managed to mess it up in every way possible. Cracked camera lens? check. Get it wet and mess up the charging and headphone jack ports? check. Kick it off a hostel top bunk and crack the whole screen? check. And all that near the end of my trip, so great timing. I worked up the energy to do a bunch of research online, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a phone but also know that buying a model  that is too old or bad quality model is not logical either. I ended up settling on the google pixel a3, or the samsung s10. Being in Bali, finding a google phone is very difficult, and the prices online brought it to around 600 dollars canadian. I was lucky enough to find a samsung store that had one final floor model of the S10, which usually sells online for new canadian around 900 or more, at 700 bucks. Made the buy, and so far I have to say I am quite happy with the purchase. Much more responsive than my s9, much higher quality camera, lighter phone. The geek in me will always appreciate good tech, even if phones can be problematic pains in the booty. For anyone looking for an older model phone, I would recommend the S10.

As always, stay health and let your geek freak fly.

Book Love: Robert Jordans first writings;Warrior of the Altaii


I came across a wonderful surprise awhile ago, that Robert Jordan had another fantasy novel outside of the wheel of time series, and that in fact it was his first ever work.

As I have been delving into the novel, I’ve been delighted to see that many of his concepts for the wheel of time series came out of this novel. The altaii people are very much  the predecessors of the Aiel, with the sisters of wisdom evolving into the wise ones of the Aiel people, and many of the traits you see bleeding into his later work.

How Robert introduced characters from our modern world into the story is fascinating as well.

For anyone looking to see the beginnings of a master storyteller, the warrior of the Altaii is a great peek into Jordans young mind. I highly recommend checking it out.

Little Joys Ch.64: Tuck Everlasting on life and death and our part in the natural world

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 4th, 2020

Sometimes it is something as simple as a film that can bring us the joy, or simple serenity, we needed in a moment. I revisited an old film I had watched many years ago last night, called Tuck Everlasting. For those who have not seen it, it is about a simple family living in the woods, who many years before had drunk from a little pool of water from a tree, which gave them the gift of immortality. They could not be killed, nor age, nor change in any way. The movie is far from perfect, and as things usually are, I am sure the book version does it more justice, but there is a moment in the film when the father explains to a young girl who had discovered them that what they have is not living that really puts things in perspective for me. Here are some quotes.

“What we Tucks have you can’t call it living. We just… are. We’re like rocks, stuck at the side of a stream”

“Everything’s a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping. The frogs is part of it, and the bugs, and the fish, and the wood thrush, too. And people. But never the same ones. Always coming in new, always growing and changing, and always moving on. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s the way it is.”

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

The author Natalie Babbitt really captured the meaning behind the shiftings of the natural world that many of us humans desperately try to escape from.

We all live and die, as everything in this world does. The old shapes the way for the new, and the new revitalizes it, again and again, sometimes falling back, sometimes leaping forward, always bringing forth growth.

Although a part of me thinks being an immortal would be amazing, if you are by yourself in this eternity, watching as everything else changes and leaves you, the pain would be beyond comprehension. For many of us, we remain trapped in a way in our pasts, our emotions, never allowing ourselves to grow, because growth is frightening, because we have to let things die, but it is a necessary part of the wheel, for it has to turn, so that we may become more, and so that those who come after us have a chance to flourish.

Some thoughts to guide you into the coming weekend.

As always, stay health and let your geek freak fly.