I really just cannot get into watching sports.
I think soccer back in the Netherlands traumatized me. Every summer. Every single damned summer. Soccer would displace all other programming on the television, pushing Star Trek and Babylon 5 out-of-the-way… for men pointlessly kicking a ball around.
I could have somewhat respected the seasonality of all this, if it weren’t for the German channels, the British channels, the French channels and the Luxembourg channels all showing the same match at the same time with a bouquet of voice overs of every linguistic variety.
With nothing “decent” to watch for the likes of me.
Continue reading Day 356 – 100 Reasons Why Sports Suck
I don’t talk to my brothers anywhere near enough since moving to Australia. I try to remember to call for birthdays, Christmas and New Year, but all those are events where they more often than not are doing other things for the occasion.
I haven’t been to the Netherlands for a while now either, which isn’t helping.
I think about them often enough though, especially my youngest brother who has a bit more of an on-line footprint than the other. So, I all the more hope I manage to pin down my middle brother today on his birthday to find out how he’s doing.
Continue reading Day 355 – Brothers
The link above is intentionally broken.
It’s not for following; it’s merely the last-100-days pretext for the following.
Also: trigger warning – violence against women is discussed.
I have been putting off this post for fear of writing it wrong. The #yesallwomen twitter-tag has a deep and traumatizing context, and I wasn’t sure I could make my thoughts make enough sense to write something worth saying.
I am gratified to see that #yesallwomen didn’t dissipate despite the trolls, the naysayers and the uninformed. I hope it somehow manages to morph into a periodical campaign to simply remind everyone (=men) of the daily injustices most women continuously experience; the plainly stated facts have had the strongest impact on me.
Continue reading Day 354 – #(Yes/Not) All (Women/Men)
I have started working more seriously on item 85 of my 100 Things.
I’m not naturally very flexible. I spent an entire youth disinterested in sports. Then I spent years cycling in the highest gear bulking up my legs in the process. Then I took an interest in going to the gym during University where I mainly worked on more weights to even out the rest of my body a bit.
Continue reading Day 353 – Forward Fold
Cosplay never really was on my radar as a thing people do. Until I went to Supernova in Sydney some 5 years back. Seeing people actually do it, and in significant numbers has made it visible to me everywhere… maybe it is a newly mainstream thing, or maybe I just never noticed until I noticed.
I have as one of my 100 Things goals to Cosplay myself at some point. I’m not sure whether PAX at the end of the year will be too soon. I don’t like half measures, and showing up Cosplaying at a convention needs a certain level of attention to detail and perfection in my opinion.
I have some ideas though.
Continue reading Day 352 – Daring
If you don’t know of the wealth of board games that exist beyond Risk, Stratego and Monopoly, you’re missing out on a lot of fun.
I have written about them often enough over the past year; almost every Wednesday some (variable) friends come over and we have some snacks, some dinner and some board games. Most of them have a strategic angle (the games), even when it’s just about building railway tracks. Some of them are collaborative. Some of them are really really tough.
And inevitably it leads to making up of new house-rules and variants.
Or entirely new games essentially.
Continue reading Day 351 – I Want To Play A Game
I have an optical illusion to create at some point.
Forced Perspective seems the easiest tool at my disposal.
Let me count the ways…
Continue reading Day 350 – Illusion
Technically I have all the pieces of the puzzle.
I have a valid Camtasia license, I have a Canon 6D to work with, and in a pinch the Nexus 5 will do some decent video as well. Everything I need to put together a decent video on my own time.
But I suspect I need a few more pieces.
Continue reading Day 349 – Go PRO
As I am writing this post I’m watching House of Cards; I don’t know if this is going to improve or devolve the tone of my post. Let’s find out together, shall we?
There seems a certain inevitability to the unfolding of the Abbott Government. I wish there weren’t. I wish I would have been proven wrong.
Sadly, rhetoric wins over substance and vision.
And Abbott has proven his steady hand on the tiller once the earplugs are in, with the Northern Star of an imagined budgetary crisis spotted on the horizon. Steady as she goes.
Continue reading Day 348 – Economic Reflections
The Sydney Toy & Game Expo is only a week away.
If you’ve ever played a game of Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride and enjoyed it but didn’t know what else to get, this is the event for you.
Continue reading Day 347 – Got Game?