Well, for February, I'm going to try doing the Blog a Day challenge and see how that goes.
In the meantime, here are some random facts about me I might turn into blogs of their own:
- I so love 90s Music that I made a playlist on Spotify called "90s
Singles: Memories," which has 258 tracks that I got by going to
wikipedia, looking at every year of music from 1990-1999 (0-9), and
seeing which songs on each of those articles' "notable singles" lists I
would have remembered from radio or my older brother's CDs/my CDs during
the decade. Search for user Joe Mike Step on Spotify if you want to
listen/see what I put. And yes, I have too much time on my hands; I'm a
freelancer whose work is slow this time of year.
I actually remember more songs, but I left off ones I would have
heard in the 2000s and not in the decade they were released, like "Gin
and Juice" by Snoop Dogg, which I only know cause of 2001 Chris Rock
vehicle Down to Earth, or "Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G. from Keanu Reeves motivational sports flick Hardball, also 2001.
Also, expect a lot of these upcoming blogs to be about music, and
possibly tomorrow's to be another My Music Timeline entry, I can't
imagine what about...
- Something I learned making that playlist: I've always loved the
songs I know of Goo Goo Dolls, but finding singles of theirs outside of
"Iris" and "Slide" made me realize just what an amazing band they are. I
have literally heard nothing but great songs from them so far.
- Also, I just realized that Wikipedia apparently didn't think of any
Everclear singles as noteable, at least I don't think there's any on
there. Blasphemy! My playlist is blasphemous now! Dammit.
- I love movies. Rottentomatoes.com interviews a lot of people in the
industry and asks their five favorites and why those are their
favorites. Currently, mine are 1. Cinderella Man 2. Chasing Amy 3. Ruggles of Red Gap 4. Silver Linings Playbook 5. Crash (2004). Why? Well, I'm saving that for later.
- I'm a little under the weather since my cat, Clinger's still sick,
and there was talk of maybe putting him down. He's 15 years old, so
stuff's bound to happen, but I don't like to think about it. Luckily,
I've had plenty of stuff, like what I'm doing now for instance, to take
my mind off it.
- My least favorite videogame genres would have to be Strategy, RPG,
and Simulation. I like a quick and/or straightforward fix in a fictional
setting for games, and I know this makes me sound dumb, but I kind of
like to shut my brain off a bit when playing games. Don't look at me
that way, I graduated from an accredited four-year university with high
honors. I've earned the right dammit!
- As for books and movies, I prefer character studies, metaphor,
high-concept stuff, etc. I do consider videogames art, but I also think
the term is so incredibly subjective, it's a useless headache to argue
- I've often been told I have a dry sense of humor. I try to inject
it into my blogs, but sometimes it doesn't work. I'd actually consider
my sense of humor fairly vulgar, but whatever. That being said, I don't
like scatalogical humor. Fuck that shit.
- I'm actually very interested in religion and politics and the roles
they play in society, but can't stand having a conversation about them,
cause it'll just turn into a defensive name-calling fest and I rarely
learn anything new. Hence, my preference for looking up primary sources
and seeing where I stand on hot button topics. I will say one thing: I
think all popular television news is a pathetic, depressing excuse for
"journalism." It genuinely upsets me that talking heads have pretty much
replaced investigative reporting.
- Sometimes, I look at my tastes in things and think if that's all
people knew about me, they might think I'm a hipster. I assure you,
while I share a lot of their taste, I try to suppress any condescending
douchebaggery on my part. And, as you saw last blog, I dress and look
like an average high school student despite being 22, so I definitely
don't have the look down.
- I've been getting back into playing guitar lately. It was easier in
high school I think, because I mostly liked heavy music and so much of
it was guitar-centric. I still do love the heavy stuff, but the ratio of
relaxing to heavy music I listen to has shifted dramatically recently,
and sometimes chords just aren't that interesting on their own. I like
piano too, but I have trouble playing bass and treble simultaneously.
- My insomnia is still besting me. Hoping to turn things around.
- I've been thinking of starting a channel on Youtube, probably
something similar to what That Guy With the Glasses contributors do.
- I've always wanted to be a stand up comedian. I actually did some well received 5 minute sets in college.
- I've also always wanted to be an actor, and a rock star, and a
writer. I guess technically, I have one down. Now all I have to do is
become an alcoholic, get suicidally depressed and die, and after that
happens I can enjoy success in my field. Edgar Allen Poe and Ernest
Hemingway, here I come!
- I've been contemplating going back and getting my Master's.
Possibly in Business, but maybe I'll remember I suck at math and take
the logical step towards an MFA in Film. Or I can just promote/get more
hours at my awesome current job.
- I'm a huge fan of memes. Love making them, too.
- I haven't played a game on a console that wasn't a boring online
shooter some friend was having me play in over 5 years. Well, aside from
a college friend's Super Nintendo. Street Fighter II Turbo holds up
well. I keep meaning to get some missed gems for my Gamecube and DS, but
I just don't have the motivation to get on Amazon, especially with a
- I find I remember a lot of unimportant life events better than things that could actually land one a decent job.
- I love psychology research and find it fascinating; it was my minor
in college and I love reading Cracked articles that cite such research.
- As an adult, I wish I had been more interested in foreign language,
mathematics, science, etc.; as it stands, I excel at English (blogs are
not to be counted as evidence proving or disproving this, ahem) and
genuinely believe that had I worked past some frustrations with certain
subjects, I would have excelled at them too. Most
tutors/friends/instructors etc. have told me I seem to always start in
the right direction on math problems, then make errors by distrusting
- Well, now I have 20+ ideas to draw from for blogs this month, so if
I ever get stuck I can just go back here and use an idea. I got this
Blog a Day thing figured out.