Little Joys Ch.47

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!

February 16th, 2020

Books are doorways into secret worlds, secret lives created by the minds of people around the world.

Many books follow the same set of rules, they have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

But some books simply are.

They give us a glimpse into a small piece of someones madness, someones day, someones moment. They help us connect with that part of us is that is confused, lost, trying to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is our life and make some sense of it all and understand that we are not alone in our loneliness.

Everyone has a scared child running through mazes in our minds and being confronted with the fact makes you realize that we are all trapped in the same maze together, all we need to do is reach out, spill our truths, and we can connect on a deeper level.

I just finished up the slow regard of silent things by Patrick Rothfuss. Its my second read through, and it is just as beautiful and broken and poetic as the first time I explored its pages. For anyone who has not read Patrick’s work, I highly recommend it. His king killer chronicles are wonderful books, imperfect as all stories are, and perfect in their imperfection. The slow regard of silent things is a small 60 page companion book which shares a few days of one of the characters in his series, and it is truly a wonderful book.

It might not be for you, but if it is, it will sink into your skin and rest against your heart for weeks and months.

Remember to stay healthy, let your geek freak fly, and never forget that you are not alone in your brokenness.

Little Joys Ch.45

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!

February 14th, 2020

Sometimes we forget how incredible our technology is. Much of it is a mindless waste of time, but there is so much that is truly wondrous. As I was flying from Vietnam over to Bali, I realized how unappreciative I was of the fact that I was flying through the sky in a giant machine. It really is amazing when you think of it.

We all need to work on our mindfulness and appreciation of all the amazing things we get to partake of in our modern society, flight being one of them. What used to be impossible or take months or years now takes only hours, with a tiny percentage of the risk those travels used to take when we went by foot or boat.

It is a joy to fly.

And a joy to land safely, because I am terrified of heights.

Double win folks. Remember, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.

GeeksnBarbells Podcast Ep.2-Creativity and the effect environment has on it

At GeeksnBarbells, we delve into the creative world and how healthy living and mindset can maximize our potential, as well as just geeking out on gaming, anime, books, art, and the world of fitness and nutrition.

In this episode, we explore the concept of creativity, and how our external and internal inputs, such as work spaces, personal life, and how we eat and move can effect our brains and our creative output.

GeeksnBarbells Podcast Ep.1- Intro to podcast +State of MMOrpgs in 2020(temtem, ashes of creation)

Big changes coming up! Just started a new podcast, you can check it out on youtube for the moment, with possible audio versions in the future. It’s definitely a rough work, as I am still wandering around Asia at the moment. I am hoping to get a fun intro crafted, perhaps even by yours truly if I can teach myself. I thought I would start off just geeking out on some general online gaming, but I will definitely be shifting topics over the coming weeks, really exploring and fleshing out this concept of the modern renaissance man, meshing geekhood with health and fitness ideas so that we can better enter into the coming virtual reality world with a more healthy mindset on taking care of ourselves, and really upping our creativity and productivity along the way. This is very much me sharing my own journey of discovery as I figure my own stuff out, so I hope you enjoy it and follow along as I develop this website, the podcast, and as I, hopefully, flesh out the book I am writing.  As always, remember to stay health and let your geek freak flow free folks!

Little Joys Ch.39

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!

February 8th, 2020

The world of film and television has been bombarded by low quality projects with very little effort put into the crafting of story or characters. But every once in awhile something comes around that jars you out of the disappointment zone and into that joyous area of  wonder that new stories bring.

Of course, this is a very subjective feeling. Everyone has their own subconscious criteria that allows them to enjoy a show or movie.

I came upon a new Netflix series release over the weekend called Locke & Key. Based off a graphic novel series, it has been in and out of development for nearly a decade, until it was finally picked up recently, and I have to say that I find Netflix did a great job with it.

It was suspenseful, kept you guessing, left enough clues that you could make assumptions and there was a 50-50 chance you were right or wrong. The young cast did well enough to make you genuinely believe in them, and the magic system and story were good enough to draw me in again and again.

It was a bit frustrating due to many decisions not making sense, so much could have been found out by characters by simply using the magic properly, but that is to be expected in a show that is trying to keep as much mystery as possible so that you come back for more.

All in all, it was a nice change to have a show with magic actually turn out relatively well, which bodes well for the future of book adaptations, I hope they continue to make more.

I definitely recommend checking the show out.

Little Joys Ch. 37

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!

February 6th, 2020

Passion is a fascinating thing. When it hits someone, or a group, it can help create the most beautiful, weird, awesome works that we have had the pleasure to see and hear in our lifetimes.

As I was re-watching whisper of the heart yesterday, one of studio Ghibli’s films, I was caught up in how beautiful every scene was, the attention to detail, the care put into each characters development, even if what they did or said was quite silly.

It was a double hit to the soul really, as the main characters of the film are two young children who are embarking on separate journeys in which they are discovering their passions and what they enjoy doing. For one, that is going to Italy to learn to create violins, for the other, it is becoming a writer, and developing her own story for the first time in her life. Intertwined through it all is a focus on discovery, on pushing themselves to see what they can do, to see whether what is in their head and hearts is real.

For many of us, passion ebbs and wanes. It is hard to maintain sometimes, because of the monotony of the daily grind, issues with family and friends, relationship woes, sickness and fatigue, the list goes on and on. We forget all about that joy of discovery we had when we were younger, when it was all about the journey, about testing our limits, seeing what we were capable of.

Part of my leaving home and traveling around has been a giant test run. To see if I was able to do this writing thing. And it’s been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, moments of furious creativity, followed by weeks and months of listless energy and a void in my mind so vast I felt like I was falling without end.

But then I come across something like whisper of the heart, and I remember why I started this, what the whole point of it all is. It’s the discovery, the journey, the beauty of trying to find a light in all this chaos.

One step at a time.

One little joy at a time.