Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Your Shape Fitness Evolved: Week... Banging My Head Against the Wall

Ladies and gentlemen I've learned an important lesson: I'm a statistic. By this point in the year most people have given up or forgotten their New Year's resolutions. While I haven't given up or forgotten, I haven't been keeping up very well either.

On one hand I did manage one goal, to lose 10 pounds before PAX East. That was achieved mostly through sort of dieting and kind of watching what I ate.

Another lesson I'm learning is it's really hard to start a routine and stick to it. Distractions are everywhere and the next thing you know it's too late in the day.

I'm adding to my goals. I still want to be down to my Army weight of 175 lbs. by PAX Prime, so I'll need to make my workout a routine.

This was so easy when I was in the Army, how I wish it were so now.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

PAX BYOC Recap: Minecraft Edition!

Wow, I'm still coming down from my PAX high which has been prolonged due to my Minecraft sculpture ending up on the front page of Penny Arcade!!!111!!!!

Ok, deep breath. Let me start from the beginning.

This year at PAX instead of enforcing like I had been for the past year, I decided to just attend and get myself a seat at BYOC. Now, I was planning to get my zombie killin' on all weekend with some L4D2, but a couple of hours after PAX started on Friday someone made the mistake of telling me there was a sculpture contest going on in the BYOC minecraft creative server. My PAX was doomed from that moment. I spent the remainder of Friday and a bit of Saturday morning crafting the Twisp and Catsby that is so proudly displayed on PA right now. I won first place in that contest for developing a 3D sculpture while pretty much everyone else just made giant 2D images.

After being interviewed by 2 Player Productions for their Minecraft documentary (OMG!!!) I began working on my second project and present masterpiece, a replica of the International Space Station! Below are a few pics of both sculptures and a video of the finished ISS. Enjoy my obsession. =)

Twisp and Catsby

International Space Station

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Patrick Rothfuss is not cool (and we love him for it).

With apologies to Greg Behrendt, Patrick Rothfuss is not cool. He is a big ol' geek, nerd, and total frickin' dork of the highest order, best known as an impossibly talented storyteller - but he's not what we'd traditionally describe as "cool".

And he agrees with me.

On the evening of March 1st, I had the privilege of attending the first stop of Patrick's tour to support his highly anticipated second novel, "Wise Man's Fear" at the University of Washington Bookstore in Seattle, WA. Upon entering, Pat marveled at the massive crowd and immediately launched into an endearingly self-deprecating anecdote where he explained how he wants so badly to "be cool" about the success of the book, the dedication of his fans, and the fun of it all - but just can't: he wants to geek out and be excited like the rest of us. It was the manliest Silent *Squee* I've ever witnessed, and we all immediately became best friends.

Sweet, funny, genuine, and exceedingly gracious, Pat answered questions, read from "Wise Man's Fear", and shared some of his poetry. With the bookstore filled to the rafters (with many standing in the nearby stacks, on the stairs, and around the foyer), he acknowledged those who kept in touch with him through his blog and Facebook, talked about world-building, and confirmed he really does want to help Nathan Fillion buy the rights to Firefly. He introduced us to Nathan Taylor (at left in photo), the artist who brought the world maps and The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle to life. It was one big hangout, like old friends catching up after years apart, and long after I said my goodbyes just after 10pm, Pat was still smiling, laughing, and signing books for the 100 or so people who continued to wait patiently.

But he's not cool.

I promise.