GeeksnBarbells Podcast Ep.6: What does healthy mean to you?

What does being healthy mean to you? How should we think about it in the big picture of our lives? What are your goals? Delve into the topic with me.

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.

Audio Only: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-g5mby-d64084

 

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.61-62-63

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!

When life throws you lemons, make lemon ginger and honey tea. Another mashing of days due to life’s unexpected curve balls.

March 1st, 2020

Nothing is as potent as nature for rejuvenating your spirit, at least for me. I have found myself in a bit of a funk these last few days, as weeks of bad sleep, travel, and sickness have taken their toll. Yet I was blessed enough to be given a tip about a waterfall nearby the town I am staying in. After a 40 minute trek I managed to find my way to it, and it was perfection. I was able to wade out into the river and stand under all that raw power, and just allow it to wash away all the crap from my mind for the next few hours, it was beautiful.

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March 2nd, 2020

Human design is everywhere. As someone who’s heart lies more in nature than human architecture, I can still find myself pleasantly surprised and delighted by the design concepts and spaces we create. Having had a rather negative experience at my last guesthouse, I splurged a bit more on my last two days of stay in Ubud and got myself a room at the outpost penestanan, a co-living and co-working spot. The interior of my standard room is gorgeous, with a kind of rock floor that feels oh so good under my toesies, and great modern style, as well as a comfy couch built in that just sets the mood for lazing or working. There is also a great open space outside with pool and shared kitchen, and a really nice co-working space on the roof. It is quite pricey to stay here, but for those with the cash to spend and looking for a positive environment to work online and be with other like minded folks, this place is definitely worth checking out. I for one do not have the money to stay here long, so two nights is all I can enjoy haha.

March 3rd, 2020

We all have our little vices, some beneficial, some harmful, some merely temporarily painful. I have a bit of an addiction to tattoos, and after careful consideration, meaning a day or two of thought, got a new one on my chest, as well as a big touch-up and change of a prior one I had done in Canada but that did not turn out well. There is something about inking my skin that just satisfies some urge I have. Especially for words. Although I have a few designs, most of my tattoos are just words and quotes and poems. It just feels right to have them near me at all times. It brings me joy, lots of it.

For anyone wondering, the symbol on my arm is from the Zelda series, it is a modified triforce. The quote on my chest is from my recently mentioned book the slow regard of silent things by Patrick Rothfuss. I am highly tempted to get a Walt Whitman poem either on my back or my side, so stay tuned.

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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!

Fitness War Stupidity

For many years now, the interwebz have been host to war. A war between the different camps of fitness.

Whether its the functional movement folks, the bodybuilders, the athletes, the list goes on and on as to how many groups want to exclaim how much better their form of training is compared to others.

At the end of the day though, all that matters is that you enjoy what you do.

Sure, training might be a pain in the ass sometimes, but it’s the consistency that matters. And to be consistent you need to enjoy what you’re doing to one degree or another.
Now it may be that the enjoyment you pull from your training has nothing to do with the actual training you’re doing at the moment, but more so the effect you know that training is going to have on other aspects of your life. Maybe working out will make you better at playing soccer every Wednesday with your buddies, or maybe you love taking 4-hour hikes up mountainsides and meditating while looking over the world. For those online geeks and workers such as myself, training your body will help keep your mind sharp and help you stay healthy and looking great when hours of hunched over computer work and gaming tries to scrunch you up into an Igor looking figure.

Whatever your reasons, training can be of huge benefit to pretty much any endeavor you hope to embark on.  Ideally, finding simple pleasure in moving your body as nature intended, exploring every nook and cranny of this meat bag that we inhabit would bring everyone the joy they required to move around. But many don’t find this reasoning attractive, so focusing on the others is best, unless you happen to be one of the lucky few who simply love to move.

Remember that there is no end to training your body, just as there is no end to training your mind. There is always more to learn, more to explore, more to do. That is what makes life so exciting, its all magic.

Being able to think, and move and dance and lift and go crazy is a gift we all take for granted daily, so learn to appreciate it a bit more and treat your body with the respect it deserves.

Otherwise, it’ll kick your ass to the curb when you need it most.

Little Joys Ch.19: The TemTem edition

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!

January 19th, 2020

Ever since playing final fantasy 10  on the PlayStation 2, my general interest in video games has been tentative at best. Its as though the gaming industry suddenly decided that every Rpg and Mmorpg had to have a shit storyline and repetitive, monotonous gameplay all at once just because their graphics were prettier.
There have been a few moments of genuine joy as certain games just floored me with their amazing storyline and gameplay. Games like Horizon zero dawn, God of war, Enslaved, and even some short story campaign games like titan fall 2 all had me really invested in their characters and world development.

MMOs have been even more difficult for me, as I really got into the genre with Asheron’s Call, which to me is still the most amazing MMO ever to have been created, ever. It had a level of depth that is unmatched by today’s current games, and its ability to create camaraderie through its guild systems and massive customization allowed endless playing hours. Alas, it is a super old game and eventually died out. Ever since then I’ve tried a host of games, and found most incredibly boring, relying completely on end game content and PVP to stay relevant, with storylines that are lackluster and most quests highly redundant, not to mention skill and stats that just don’t make you feel like you are a unique character.

One of the games I absolutely adored when I was younger was Pokemon. As a grinder, it was still a pleasantly fun game that could keep you going for hours, and the few sequels it first came out with expanded the world and roster of cute Pokemon enough that it remained interesting. After a while though folks, I have to say, it was simply the same game regurgitated again and again and again, the story remained the same, everything was the fucking same. I still can’t grasp how it remained relevant for this last decade considering this fact, but somehow it has.

When Pokemon Go was announced, I was super excited. Here was the Pokemon game I had been waiting for, online and interconnected with everyone, and the initial concept of it being part of our actual world seemed really great! and then it came out…and I was horrified. You walk around wiggling your finger to throw a ball, then watch as your Pokemon headbutt other Pokemon. No strategy, no proper leveling, no skills, no story, NOTHING! and it blew up tremendously, and I couldn’t understand why.
Life sucked.

All this is to say that I have been waiting for something good to come out of the Pokemon sphere for a decade, and I think, maybe it finally has, and it has nothing to do with Nintendo thankfully.

Temtem is an upcoming, indie created MMO by a team of folks who quite simply love Pokemon, even admit that the game is fully inspired by it.

Its fully online, coop and strategy based. It has everything that makes Pokemon fun while fixing all the annoying, repetitive boring stuff that has been in the games for eons. The flashy new style is really cool also, although a bit kiddish. What’s amazing is that this is an indie game, from a small company. Seeing what they have accomplished and what this game could build into if interest is piqued enough, with possibly even more depth, shifting creature designs, more quests, and world development, it could be the kind of game I have wanted to be able to just jump into whenever I want to have lots of fun my whole life.

It should be releasing publicly tomorrow on steam, although from what I have read it is still in its alpha stages, with tons more work to be done, I am so damn happy.
If anyone has not heard of it and is looking to wipe the bad memories of Pokemon or simply delve into a new Pokemon like world, I definitely recommend checking this game out.

Have fun!

Little Joys Ch.9

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!

 

Today was the first time since I was a young teen that I played an online video game with a friend. It was surprisingly enjoyable, it transformed the entire experience.

I have spent the majority of my life playing single player games, highly focused on the story and interactivity of the experience. I had forgotten how fun it can be to venture into a new world and discover it alongside someone you care for, and it’s made me realize why the younger generations have become so hooked on online gaming.

Although I still have many reservations about the culture that online games seem to produce, filled with negativity and producing groups of kids who do not know how to interact in a healthy manner due to not having to deal with face to face interaction, I believe that when games are played with those we know deeply it can be a beautiful experience.

Even relatively repetitive games can become intensely amusing and fun when shared with another. I hope to get back into it in the future, especially once I return home. A few mmorpgs have piqued my interest, such as Ashes of Creation and City of Titans.

Here is to a future filled with geek filled fun.