[Fiction Practice] Hacking From Roubaix

Morning in Roubaix. The sun is saying hello. It’s the perfect day except for one to lounge lazily in the sun with a book as many are in the nearby park. The sun hasn’t quite worn out its welcome. Yet inside a second floor apartment on this quiet neighborhood street are the sounds of tapping. They’re not as rhythmic as a woodpecker. Minor pauses punctuate clicking noises at a furious pace. There’s an occasional groan.

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[Concert Review] Rodrigo y Gabriela (2017)

How far off-script can you go? If you’re performing a cover song, do you keep the song strictly intact, or can you quote famous passages and improv the rest? Your answer might help determine how you’ll feel about seeing Rodrigo y Gabriela live. You might be distracted following along with the flamenco guitar duo’s casual interpretations of Metallica and Led Zeppelin covers. How about if that’s unimportant and you’re there to observe pure technical musicianship?

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[Concert Review] Xandria (2017)

When do you strike it out on your own? That question applies for entrepreneurial-minded people in any industry, really, especially those who don’t enjoy living under a boss, rules that aren’t their own, and all that. Conversely, when you’re under the tutelage of another, let’s focus on bands now, you can pick up on what works and what doesn’t work. Xandria may have jumped the gun too soon with this headlining endeavor for one reason.

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[Rowing Machine] Two Five Five

I’m starting to see a difference! If I were to say that I have the body of a fat rower now, that’d be kind of pretentious, but it’s the best way for me to phrase it. I was merely overweight before, deceptively obscured perhaps as credit to the fitness of my early 20s, and now I’m starting to see some of that same fit physique. Other than vanity, I have seen other results as well.

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[Grime/Glitter] Overcoming Writer’s Block

“I have nothing to write today.” That thought stopped me in my tracks during one of my better rowing sessions. What a challenge! Let’s walk around the idea of writing blocks until we find a point to start chipping away what stops us. If writing blocks are anything like sculpting blocks, then it could be as easy as screwing inhibition and starting, although if it were that easy, then there’d be nothing after the jump.

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[Applied Psychology] Establishing A Baseline

During photography for an upcoming Daredevil action figure review, I lost grip of my lamp, and knocked over most of the toys. It happens. Nothing broke. Just extra reposing time. This was becoming a trend, so I said “enough!,” and realized a way to prop up the lamp. Easy enough. It’s just all too often, I think we wait well past that moment of frustration to consider our foundation. Shall we muse on cementing baselines?

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[The Story] ‘Techno-Techno Scientific’ Worldbuilding

Last week’s brainstorming update to The Story led to storms of idea static surging my brain. It’s tempting to write these narrative ideas about the Lanchester Farm, interactions, and potential spoilers. I know better. Working with an “over-prepare, then go with the flow” style of writing yields my best results, so let’s borrow a line from The Incal, and explore some of the ‘techno-techno scientific’ details of the world Trishna (left) and John live in.

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[Negotiation Etiquette] Highballing and Lowballing

If there’s one common theme running throughout this etiquette series, it’s the DBAD concept: Don’t Be A Dick. That might be difficult to navigate when negotiating the price of anything from a cheap action figure or vehicle to salary because most people want a good deal. Markets change and the value of a vehicle or marketable skill can depreciate greatly. Let’s explore, among other ideas, three examples of successfully or unsuccessfully paying the asking price.

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[Concert Review] Testament, Sepultura (2017)

One problem with enjoying a wide variety of music is that inevitably two performers will play on the same night. Since I’ve seen both Testament and Acid Mothers Temple live, it was just more practical properly seeing Testament live since I already bought tickets, even though I’m a bigger AMT fan. As it turns out, Year of the Cobra was performing the same night, so regardless I would have been missing out. Was it worthwhile?

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