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Revisiting my 13 for 13: Wins

Like a lot of people I had big plans for a new lease on life that I was going to start in January. I brainstormed and hung my list here. At the time I didn’t think any of it was out of reach or impossible and I was mostly right. I’ll start by listing my to-date wins.


  • Running – I’ve been running a *ton* this year. Completing the Monument Av. 10k Training Team, running that race (with a less than successful result) and the Carytown 10k, and now on the Half Marathon Training Team means I’ve racked up a bunch of miles. I like where I am with my running. My pace isn’t as fast a I’d like but it’s not something I dread before I go out and do it. I have also gotten better not questioning the point is of a 5 mile run. Even if it doesn’t feel like the best thing ever it’s also not the worst (besides, suffering in 95-degree heat isn’t the best time to have an internal debate about the philosophical merits of physical exercise).
  • Facebook – I hesitate to call this a win because it’s still just goddamn Facebook. But I’m doing it, engaging with people socially online (like they do these days), and it hasn’t killed me. I almost only use it on my phone so my experience hasn’t been the magnificent hassle the desktop experience seems to be. The #1 reason I joined was to keep tabs on my oldest daughter, now a teenager, who I assumed would be all up in the Facebook. I was wrong. She is all up in Instagram so my Facebook efforts have not generated the gains I was hoping for. There has been some benefit to being on Facebook, I’ll admit, but I don’t know that I like it, if you get my meaning.
  • Computer RepairThis one was 100% win. My goal was to bring a small HP laptop I rescued from the bin back to life, and I did it. The first series of repairs required the replacement of the heat sink and the fan. The parts were relatively inexpensive and the repair was surprisingly straightforward. The second phase of repair involved replacing the display. It was not an inexpensive part and a much more complicated process. There was a lot of functionality that I had to be sure was connected cleanly. It was a terrific confidence booster when I powered it on and all of it worked and then didn’t burst into flame.
  • Gardening – I’ll take half a win on this one. I didn’t pay as much attention to plant selection and tending as I planned but that was because the rest of family was gung-ho as hell when it came to planting. We always have unrealistic expectations when we plant the garden (symbolic representation of my of expectations for what I hope to accomplish in a new year?) so the garden gets overcrowded and eventually ignored when we’re in full-on mosquito season and it’s 90 degrees all the damn time. The half-win comes from my successful hop planting and harvest for the Hardywood Brewing RVA IPA. First year bines tend to produce limited cones so I’m excited to see what grows in 2014.
  • Table Top Games – This goes in the win column for sure. It’s tough to get room in the schedule for late-night outings because every morning is an early morning these days so I only got a couple of game nights in at Adam’s. There is plenty of year left and I see another couple, at least. It’s still not something I spend cycles on outside of the table but I like hanging out with the guys and drinking beer.
  • I’ll be back soon with some Losses and not-really-a-tie-but-something-between-a-win-and-a-loss.

    San Diego, Day Two.

    I’ve been home from SD for 2 days and I’m just feeling up to recapping. It was an excellent, exhausting time.

    Friday at the con was first about getting in on a Monster Worship sale for these dudes:

    I’ve admired Jeff Lamm’s work for a long time but it always sells out (and gets expensive on eBay). This was a chance to get a Greasebat and some of his pals at an easy price. I also impulse bought Johnny Ryan’s “Cannibal Fuckface” (in a different colorway than that link). It’s pretty cool but it’s the only thing I got this weekend that I wasn’t 100% on.

    The other big Friday thing was watching David Choe and Asa Akira (don’t google her from work) do a live DVDASA podcast from the floor. It’s sweary and NSFW so take care with clicks.

    It was weird and kind of gross with a hint of nudity. Later, they all did a signing at a yogurt shop in Poway, about half an hour outside of San Diego. We went out there thinking that it might be lightly attended since it was so far from the Con and he’s isn’t someone I’d immediately associate with comics in general. We were wrong.

    We waited in this line for almost an hour. When we got up front they were giving away three posters that they were all signing *and* David Choe bought yogurt for everyone. It was nice to end the night with a sweet treat.

    San Diego night one

    This was my first time going to after-show parties at ComiCon. We started the night at the CBLDF party with some guys from J!nx at a rooftop party a couple of blocks from the convention center. I had trouble computing the fact that I was standing outside in July and there were patio heaters running *and* they were necessary. It’s a classic tourist move to be amazed by weather but I couldn’t get over the fact that it was chilly outside in July.
    From there we went to the Munky King party at a bar that was a dozen blocks away. We needed the healthy walk before piling in more of the drinks. We missed the live drawing art show from some of the graffiti artists but the finished pieces were cool. The crowd had thinned out (we heard later that there was an hour wait to get in at one point, glad we missed that) but it was still a decent crowd while we were there until last call. There was one Wonder Woman who kept her costume on into the night. She was identified as a disaster well before she hopped up on top of the pool table to dance.

    Luckily for me California closes their bars so we had to split around 2am. I haven’t been a night owl in a long time so I was pretty well cooked by then. It was a theme I’d follow through on all weekend.

    San Diego, day 1.

    I’m on my bi-annual trip to San Diego to hang with my buddy Chris. We schedule it around ComiCon so we get a couple of days there and a couple dorking around town. ComiCon runs from Wednesday night to Sunday afternoon and the crowds start large and get progressively more bonkers. The plan was to go Con it up today and Friday and then dodge the weekend madness so today was the big shopping day.

    The handmade crochet Totoro is a gift for my youngest. I think she will be stoked. The porcelain Beatnik Owl was on my radar going in and moved onto my get List when I saw it in person. It’s excellent. The Coarse owl friend is another one I wasn’t sure about until I saw it in person. It’s good.

    Tomorrow will be about seeing everything. I’ve got one or two small things on the shopping list but nothing major (or heavy). We’re off to some Con-related parties down around the convention center now. This will be new for me. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Martin Ansin – Conan the Barbarian

    Mondo is doing a pre-sale of some posters for pickup at ComiCon. I’m going to be there next week (3rd time!) so I snagged a copy of this Conan poster by Martin Ansin. I’m not sure why, but I’m a big fan of Conan in general. I’ve enjoyed the movies and I *loved* the comics as a kid. Weird.


    Deltron 3040 teaser.

    I never got too deep into Del but I luuurve The Automator.

    Rick Rubin interview

    This Daily Beast interview is good, lengthy read.

    Are there any artists you wanted to work with but didn’t get to?

    I tried to sign N.W.A. I went to the studio when they were recording Straight Outta Compton. I was just a fan, but I developed a relationship with them. And the reason it didn’t work out was … there have been a couple of cases in my life where I make some plan with the artist, but then they already have an existing relationship with a company and the company ends up doing something different. N.W.A was one of those.

    A Rick Rubin-produced N.W.A. debut would have been interesting.

    Donna Summer – I Feel Love Super-Super Slow Version

    I love these super-slowed songs. Everything becomes Slowdive.

    [via Dangerous Minds]

    Map of tweets by device


    Via Daring Fireball, this site maps twitter usage patterns by device. That’s a slick presentation of data.

    Edit to add: Oh, damn. It’s a world map.

    Tame Impala at The National, RVA

    Tame Impala at The National, RVA.

    Tuesday night rock show this time. I haven’t seen this many people at a show in a long time. I had no idea Tame Impala was so popular. They were great, as expected, and they wrapped up at a respectable hour.