Sunday, January 29, 2017

Exit Pursued By a Bear

I have a rule about watching reality television shows; they need to educate me on something. For example, I watch Chopped and Top Chef, but I don’t watch Big Brother or shows following celebrities. The Osbourne’s were the only exception to that rule, but that was because it was unintentionally the best say no to drugs campaign ever done.

When I first began this blog, it was about my move from Los Angeles to Seattle. It was a way to both document and reflect on all the changes go on in my life at the time. After I settled in, it then became about the process of going back to school to get my Master’s degree in Photography. It became less like a blog where you could learn something from my trials and errors and more about just me.

Thus, I’ve decided to no longer update this blog. I am still on all the social media sites and you can find me there. I’ll keep this active so that there is an archive. I find it interesting when someone stumbles upon an old post. Usually, it is my plan for conquering Greenland which I still stand by. 

There is another place you can find me writing. I started a new website/blog with a singular purpose. It made more sense to start from scratch that it did to revamp this one. 

My new blog is “The Questing Geek.” The name is a deviation of the “questing beast” which is from the time of King Arthur. It is a creature that has a snake’s head a top a leopard’s body with legs of a lion and the feet of a hart. This is comparable to how most geeks enjoy multiple fandoms or types of geekdom. For example, the Superwholock consists of equal parts Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock. This blog supports both kinds of hobbies; geeky and nerdy. The posts will be much like the beast as a mix of all kinds of different posts about all kinds of different things.

I realized that there is a gap in the non-fiction world that I had the right knowledge and skills to fill. There are plenty of books on how to organize your life and there are even some geared toward geeks/nerds. Yet, there are no books on how to organize your geek life. Examples: how to decide what books to read, how to organize your collections, how to connect with others in your favorite fandoms, and how to be a better geek.

The ultimate goal is to publish something more detailed through a publisher or as an eBook. Either way, a website will be a place to find people who might interested in reading about these topics. 

If these topics interest you, please come check out the blog. You can then follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media places. Believe it or not, publishers and marketing people look at how many followers you have. It becomes a factor in publishing your work. Clicking “Like” on a blog post or website will help an artist out. No credit card required and you don’t have to go anywhere to do it.

I appreciate you reading this far and to those who have been coming to this blog since I started it back in 2008. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you around the internet!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Rented Movies in 2016

Each category is in the order of when I watched them and (method I watched them in)

 The Beyond Awesome/Fun (A for Everything):
  •  John Wick (Bought without watching)
The Award Season Awesome (A+):
  • MacBeth (AP)
The Highly Enjoyable (A-/B+):
  • The Intern (AP)
  • Creed (AP)
The Award Season Good (B):
  • Eye in the Sky (AP)
  • Finest Hours (NI)
The Guilty Pleasures (A for Effort):
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (NI)
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Cable)
The Good (Solid B):
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (AP)
  • Trumbo (AP)
  • Jane Got a Gun (NI)
  • The Good Guys (AP) 
The Just Okay (B-/C+):
  • CBGB (NI)
  • I Saw the Light (Cable)
The Bad (D):
  •  High Rise (AP)
  • The Lobster (AP)
(RB) = Red Box

(NI) = Netflix Instant

(AP) = Amazon Prime
(HBO)= HBO to Go online
(Cable) = Watched it at my Mom's house 
(Friend) = Borrowed from a Friend
(Hulu) = Watched on Hulu Plus

Movies I Watched in 2016

Each category is in the order of when they came out (and/or when I watched them)…

Grand Total: 54
In Theater: 44
On Video: 30

 The Beyond Awesome/Fun (A for Everything):

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [Bluray]
  • Deadpool (2x) [Bluray]
  • Zooptopia [Bluray]
  • Captain America 3: Civil War (3x) [Bluray]
  • Moana
  • Rogue One
  • The Little Prince

The Award Season Awesome (A+):

  • The Accountant [Bluray]
  • The Arrival [Bluray]

The Highly Enjoyable (Solid A):

  • London Has Fallen [Bluray]
  • Money Monster [Bluray]
  • Finding Dory (2x) [Bluray]
  • Jason Bourne  [Bluray]
  • Star Trek Beyond [Bluray]
  • Doctor Strange (2x) [Bluray]
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • La La Land [Bluray]

The Award Season Good (A-/B+):

  • Snowden
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Fences 
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Me Before You 

The Guilty Pleasures (A for Effort):

  • Keanu  [Bluray]
  • Assassin's Creed [Bluray]

The Good (Solid B):

  • Hail, Caesar!
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Jungle Book
  • X-Men Apocolypse [Bluray]
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 
  • Demolition 
  • Jane Got A Gun 
  • Sully
  • Magnificent Seven
  • The Good Guys
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • Edge of Seventeen
  • Finest Hours
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • Miss Slone 
  • Queen of Katwe 

The Just Okay (B-/C+):

  • Zoolander 2 [Bluray]
  • Now You See Me 2 [Bluray]
  • Allied
  • Deepwater Horizon 
  • Elvis and Nixon 
  • A Monster Calls 
  • Rules Don't Apply 

The Neither Good Nor Bad (C):

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • I Saw the Light 
  • Ghostbusters
  • Suicide Squad
  • Collateral Beauty
  • Sing 
  • Bridget Jones' Baby 
  • Florence Foster Jensen 
  • Infiltrator 
  • Jackie 
  • Secret Life of Pets 
  • War Dogs 

The Bad (D):

  • Love and Friendship
  • Jack Reacher 2
  • Lobster
  • Pete's Dragon


  • High Rise 
  • Passengers
  • The BFG 
  • Independence Day 2 

 Watched so I could complain about it and it was so much worse than I originally thought:

  • Batman and Superman

Still Want to See, but Haven't yet (5):

Eddie the Eagle, Girl on the Train, Hell or Highwater, Light Between the Oceans, Race
*Saw on DVD
*(DVD) = bought DVD
*(#)=Number of times seen in the theater