I realized I should have started with something really simple, like a cylinder or flat square, but fuck it! Gear! One of the first big projects that I want to work on is a clock, so a gear made sense. I am so thrilled that this came out after the last two days of tweaking the printer to actually print properly. Alec and I would both constantly hover over it and watch it go. Now it's time to start working on some cooler ideas, and seeing how far I can take an idea before it just can't print it.
(Also, it "talks" while it prints, and I'm pretty sure it's already planning to destroy humanity.)
SideQuest AuctionWith RTX just over 2 months away, I've been kicking into high gear getting some things ready for the SideQuest charity auction as well as my house. (My walls need some more color!) One of the projects I'm working on is painting with acrylic and ink, and the other is some small metalworking. This time I am not focusing on RvB/RoosterTeeth related topics, and am going with my favorite gaming series. Once I'm finished, I'll throw up some pictures.
Turning PointSo, I've always been a fan of rock music with different instruments than normal. This has led to a liking of Celtic Rock, Psychobilly/Modern Rockabilly, and all of those types of music. Right after I moved to Austin, I bought an album called "10,000 Shots" by the The Real McKenzies. It was the first album since Flogging Molly's "Drunken Lullabies" that instantly grabbed me and I couldn't stop listening to it. Something about the speed and emotion that these albums instill in me makes it so they are always part of my playlists. I moved on to The Real McKenzies next album "Off the Leash" and was sucked into that one as well.
Today, my coworker got me to install Spotify on my computer to listen to some albums he recommended. Once it loaded my local music, it recommended a new album released by The Real McKenzies in 2012 that I didn't know about. Of course, I quickly forgot my coworker's recommendation and put on "Westwinds". On the third song, I stopped working and just listened, then listened again, then again, then again...
There was something about the melody and singing that made the ups and downs of my last 6 months solidify into one thought: "Why am I putting so much thought and effort into the past?" I have had a blast lately with old and new friends, playing basketball and flag football on the weekends, going out to try new things around Austin, and even my job. There have been too many times in the last 6 months where I put off having fun because I was feeling depressed or lazy, and I don't want that anymore. This song, and the thought it brought along, made that little piece in my brain snap. I've realized while I can't/shouldn't just forget about the past, I shouldn't be spending so much time thinking about it. I need to think about myself and having a great time while I can! If I can rebuild my confidence and happiness, then my life will be exactly what I want it to be.
"I Do What I Want" by The Real McKenzies:
I do what I want Whenever I like Because it is my right I don't ever want to do what I'm told I'm getting old And this is how my life's been turning out
Completing GamesSo recently I've had a bit of a lull in new games I want to play. I bought Dead Space 2 & 3, but had to wait a while for 2 to ship. In that time I 100%'d two more games. (Saints Row: the Third & inFamous 2). It's funny that I do think Achievements are pretty useless, but I feel that my PS3 trophies are even less so. I need to start working on my 360 games.
Die HardI've been watching the Die Hard series this last week. After looking up the actors on IMDB, I found it odd that the actress who plays Bruce Willis' wife is 7 years older than him, and is now 64!