Saturday, April 30, 2016

Table Top Day

Today is National Table Top Day, so after working out and then having brunch with fellow NerdStrongers, Lauren and I hung out and headed to a friend's (Jason) game store to say hi and check out some of the games. The place sells "smart" toys and games. It was fun we played a few games, then grabbed some lunch in the mall before heading back to Jason's store. Both Lauren and I purchased a new game. I got one called Dr. Eureka, we played a few demo games and it was alot of fun so I purchased it.

After that game store we headed to Geekie Teas, it's another friends store. She was having an event with several tables of people playing various games. Lauren and I joined an "Escape Room in a Box" game. I've always wanted to do an Escape Room but just haven't been invited, when friends go or planned one of my own so this was the next best thing. It was a fun game, I don't know about repeat play but it was fun for the one go round. Luckily we had Lauren on our team.. she's super smart.  Overall it was a great way to celebrate International Table Top Day.

Friday, April 29, 2016

CJ Cregg Returns to the White House & Lowes Commercial

This is pretty fantastic and another reason why I love this current White House. Allison Janney came walking out during a press conference in the White House briefing room, if you don't know who Allison Janney is and why my heart jumped for joy when I saw this, she played CJ Cregg, press secretary on one of my all time favorite tv shows The West Wing.  She was really there for the White House Correspondents' Dinner and was talking about the opiod epidemic, and about recovery and treatment. You can watch the video below.. the first minute and 20 seconds is the best.

Watching this really makes me want to do a West Wing rewatch as it's been over ten years since the final episode aired. Anyways give the video a watch below if you are a fan.

I came across this Lowes commercial that has me tearing up.. I'm such a sappy romantic.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Update on Rats and Tattoos

Here's an update on a few items I have mentioned on my blog recently. First my little Hobbies are getting big, they are about double the size they were when I got them. Their personalities are starting to show. Frodo is the calmest and sweetest of the bunch. Sam is a close second but likes to start fighting ever now and then. Merry and Pippin are pains in my butt and I spend more of my time yelling at them for fight each other or picking on Sam and Frodo. I have to be honest but there are days I regret getting the four to them. I should have gotten just the two (Sam and Frodo) but I'm stuck with four. I'm hoping they calm down a bit as they get older.. if not I'll be looking into finding a vet that can neuter them (which is suppose to curb their aggression). I'll keep you guys posted.

The other update is a tattoo update.. we have officially begun the "itching" phase of the tattoo healing process. This is my fifth tattoo so I knew this was coming but it doesn't make it any easier... must resist the itch.

And I want to share this video with you guys. I don't know if this is a readily available treatment or still be tested but the results are amazing. This is deep brain stimulation (DBS) and it's being applied to a Parkinson's patient. I particularly like this video as it end the older gentleman gives a small but sweet smile.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lego Star Wars Mini Cartoons

Back in February Lego released a handful of Lego Star Wars shorts. I don't know how I missed them but I did.... well until today. I came across one on Facebook, watched it, loved it and noticed there were 4 more, for a total of 5 Lego Star Wars specials. They all revolve around The Force Awakens characters of course. To make it easy for you I have posted them all below. If you're a Star Wars fan you should check them out. They are really short and just alot of fun.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Real Life Donkey Kong

I came across this amazing Donkey Kong "real life" mini movie. It's pretty amazing and I'm so surprised that it doesn't have more views on Facebook. When I posted it on Facebook I didn't get many reactions. I think it's incredible and I can watch it over and over again. The graphic effects are awesome but the camera work timed with the music is just brilliant. It's funny to me that some things go viral and get millions of views (and honestly don't deserve them) and then you have people who create amazing art and they get no recognition. Anyways I'm happy to share this video with you all.

There is also a great behind the scenes video for this short film.. you can watch that below.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nothing New

I hate not posting a blog every day but I really don't have anything to blog about today. I could go through and entertainment websites and find some interesting tidbits but since I'm so behind on my blog it seems wasteful.. so I hope you all are enjoying my blog.. thank you for your continued support.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

My New NerdStrong Tattoo

In the evening my buddy Derek came over to my place and we started our trek out to Hemet to get my fifth and Derek's first tattoo from my buddy Moose (who has done my other four tattoos).

Both Derek and I go to NerdStrong and we both agree it has changed our lives for the better. I mentioned about six months into working out at NersStrong that I was going to get their logo as my next tattoo, of course everyone thought I was joking but I wasn't. NerdStrong has changed my life and I want celebrate by having their logo tattoo'd on me to remind me of where I had been, how far I had come and how far I still have to go.

Six more months pass by and I was talking with Derek and he mentioned that he wanted to get the NerdStrong logo tattoo'd on himself as well. So we set out to make this happen and today it's finally happening. The stars have aligned and my all of our schedules match up. As I mentioned this was going to be Derek's first and he was excited.

Once we got there Moose was setting up his station, I let Derek go first as it was his first time and I really wasn't looking forward to getting it. The location of this new tattoo was going to hurt and I had purchased some numbing cream and put it on as Derek prepared for his tattoo.

Derek has a much higher pain tolerance than I do as he barely grimaced or made any faces during his tattoo time. He mentioned a few times that it wasn't pleasant, especially toward the bottom closest to the ankle but he took it like a champ.

I on the other hand winced and did some controlled breathing to fight through the pain. Parts of my ankle area was numb but the majority wasn't and I felt it all. Luckily it wasn't a complicated tattoo and only took about 45 minutes to complete. Compared to my 4 1/2 - 8 hours tattoos, this was nothing.

Derek opted for a completely black logo and place it on the outside of his right ankle area, I decided on doing a black logo but with a green cape, green being my favorite color and place it on the inside of my right ankle area.

The end results are pretty fantastic!!!

Recording More Of The Geek Roundtable

After the gym I had another record session for my new podcast The Geek Roundtable, this is the second recording. Joining me as guest hosts for this recording are Adam West, Anne Westcott, Josh Marvin , John Higgins & Lauren Andrews. Five guest hosts this time around, instead of my planned four (me being the fifth). I'm hoping to record six topics, Farscape, Gaming, Lord of the Rings (movies), Whedon Universe, Star Wars A New Hope & Star Wars Empire Strikes Back. I originally had planned to do four to six episodes (topics) per recording but the first session I only planned four and we had an hour or extra time that we could have recorded a few more episodes so this time I booked six topics and sure enough we ran out of time and could only get through four of them. I wind up cutting the two Star Wars topic (which we will do at a later date). Part of the reason is that we had six people talking instead of five like last time and also the dynamic of the group. I think we had more talkative people then time around compared to my last record session.

We had a great time talking geek, we could have gone on and on and after the first two episodes I had to come up with a hand signal to let them know they needed to wrap up and move on. There was also a topic in there that I knew very little of  (Gaming) so I didn't participate as much and was more of a moderator in the truer sense. But overall it was a great time, we had lots of laughs, some good debates and lots of excitement. Thank you to Adam, Anne, Josh, John and Lauren for co-hosting these episodes and for helping me out with my new podcast endeavor.