Commuting by Feets: Season Three

It’s the last Friday in April and before I start work for the day I thought I’d note that I’ll be ending it by pulling on a pair of sneakers, meeting up with my partner in crime near her office, and starting the latest season of the Commuter Runs. I think this is the third summer? I packed light for my day, left all the unnecessaries at home, hopped a bus (coincidentally joined by another runner, one of the new folks who also works downtown and who expressed an interest in the commuter run club) and made my way to the office. When the day ends, I’ll slip into my gear, leave my civvies under my desk (to be brought home on Monday) and boot up the Garmin. Sixteen klicks of post-work, pre-weekend run-bliss await. But now I’d better go earn it. (Well, as soon as I finish my coffee.)

Mario Meets Zelda

After two months of mashing at Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I’ve made pretty good progress… but I still have plenty of work to do to finish the game. Sixty six shrines complete. Two sub-bosses subdued and two more on the verge of confrontation. Many of the sub-quests quashed. Master Sword owned. Wardrobe polished (though not quite maxed.) And of course the entire map unlocked. I’m going to keep pushing, of course, because it’s truly one of the most amazing video games I’ve ever played. But two things: spring might actually be here (fingers crossed) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch comes out this weekend… so… there will be some hard choice to be made.

28 Apr 02017 | asides & shorts | gamer
Even Split

Did I mention that I’m keeping track of my practice? Ridiculous track. Obsessive track. I’m treating my violining like I treat my running. Log everything. Track everything. Math it up in ways never before seen in the history of mathing things. (Well, maybe not that nuts.) So, I just thought I’d make a note about some random stat. It’s truly meaningless for anyone but me, but it is an odd sort of confluence of numbers. As of today, I have logged exactly 140 hours and 20 minutes of violin practice since starting in September: 70 hours and 10 minutes of that was in 2016, and 70 hours and 10 minutes of that was in 2017. Even split. See… I warned you it was pretty meaningless.

28 Apr 02017 | asides & shorts | musician
May Spring #PixelThread

I’ve neglected my photography lately. I admit it. I have this amazing camera sitting there and then I try to inspire myself to take more pictures, and it never really works out. The thing is, I always set these strict rules around challenging myself and then I bend them and then it flops and then I stop taking photos… so… fail. But here’s what I’m going to do. May has 31 days. I’m going to take 31 pictures (and post them here, of course). But there are no rules besides this: there needs to be a thread that connects one photo to the next, no matter how tenuous or how elaborately convolutedly explained by me, one photo needs to connect to the next. A palette, a subject, a shape, a mood… whatever. This is not daily. This is not themed. This is not even guaranteed to just be 31 consecutive photos taken and hastily posted on the afternoon of May 31st. It just is me kicking myself gently in the backside to take some photos. Hopefully nice ones.

28 Apr 02017 | photography

featured | running 

28 Apr 02017 | 12 minutes of your time

I figure that posterity is the prism through which I can bend my perspective into something worth looking at.

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blogger | featured 

25 Apr 02017 | 3 minutes of your time

It bugs me that I can’t seem to muster up the inspiration to write much here lately.

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Spring Progress?
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Spring Progress?
21 Apr 02017
I figured it might be worthwhile to upload something.

books & reading | musician 

13 Apr 02017 | 4 minutes of your time

It seemed like a virtual information oasis in a vast desert of trying to learn.

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So much Zelda: BOTW that it's not even funny anymore.
a sums & pieces for 12 Apr 02017
Summer Versus Violin

I’m not sure if my lessons stop when the summer rolls round. (You’d think I’d ask someone about that important little scheduling point.) But if they do, it’s probably a good thing. Not that I want to cut out my practice when the weather turns more hospitable to evenings outside, but I can already see that hiding in the basement playing mediocre fiddle tunes is going have some stiff competition from bike rides and long runs and mowing the grass and walks in the wilderness. Either that or I’ll need to find a way to combine the two: sit on the front porch a play some Bach for the neighbours? That might be interesting.

11 Apr 02017 | asides & shorts | musician
My twenty-year old self was pretty sure I'd have published at least one bestselling novel by the time I turned 40.
a sums & pieces for 11 Apr 02017
I have the kind of job where your brain never really stops wandering through a project until it it launched. I may not be at a desk, but even out for a run I'll be sorting information architectures and content strategies somewhere in my skull.
a sums & pieces for 7 Apr 02017

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