A few years ago my family and I went on a big adventure and moved across the world. Not anywhere that doesn’t have electricity or anything, but to London, England. In this move there where so many unknowns that I made the tough choice of selling my comics instead of them taking up space in our new flat or trying to ship them overseas in the first place. Having worked in a Comic Shop for few years I knew I was not going to get full price for my boxes… but it’s something I had to just get over. After I sold them I was ok, and even though I made a sturdy loss, the concept of not having to ship these boxes of paper and ink across the pond gave me some comfort. But now about three years past the sale, the parting of my comic collection is the one thing that continues to stir in me. I mean when we moved we sold almost everything. We moved with 20 boxes, and those were made up of Cloths, kids toys, a computer, and family treasures (you know,those things that make your home, home). So I lost a lot of items that my wife and I had accrued but didn’t need. Things that were awesome, but replaceable (espresso machines, televisions, poker tables, camping equipment, ect.). For some reason though there is a pit in my stomach when I think about the hours of joy reading a comic’s story arc was, or the time spent organising and cataloging all the books I had, and noting the ones I still needed to find in the slightly dusty boxes of a local comic shop. This is where I started to realise that while geekdoms can grow and change there are just some things that speak to us in deep ways that don’t make sense. I can’t tell you if it was the deep sense of justice found in the superhero world, or the simplicity of having mostly just villains and heroes and almost everyone is one or the other, I don’t know. What I do know is there is something in me that still longs for the collecting, caring for, and enjoying these stories. The thought of starting from scratch though… that is tough. So while I don’t regret nearly anything about my family’s move to the UK… letting go of the hobby of Comic Books… that I do regret. I don’t know if you have ever had to laid down something you where once passionate about, I’m sorry if you have, but I get it, even if those around you might not. The bright side is there is always new things, events and ideas to be passionate about, maybe today will bring the next great geekdom into your life.
A home-built comic shelf i built back in the early days
A display stand of some of my fave comics items back in the day
Fun. Random. Disturbing. Hilarious. Random. Adventure Time is loosely about a boy named Finn who is a “hero” and his shapeshifting dog, Jake. They are in a fantastic world filled with princess to save and weird fantastical creatures. The draw to this shoe is the awkward comedy and the indy music vibe. Each episode is only 11 minutes long so they fit nicely into binge watching (not that do that… don’t judge me). Favourite Character: Marceline the Vampire Princess, I dig the fact that so far I have no idea how to get a read on her. Her first appearance was in the episode “Evicted!” and was awesome. Season 2 was just added to Netflix, so you should be able to watch till your hearts content…. which will totally happen.
Image from the Adventure Time wiki
I love finding out from others what they find cool and what they are enjoying. Part of that conversation of late seems to involve the simple question, “what are you watching”? We are in a time that the way we are entertained and view entertainment is completely shifting. Case and point, my kids have no idea what it means to have missed their favourite show and hope for a re-run. Increasingly as well, I am personally forgetting what it is like to have to wait a week to catch the next episode, in fact I don’t even need to press next anymore on Netflix, it just auto-plays in. So there will be a new weekly post simply about the show, movie, or podcast (sure I might just be listening but that’s cool too) that I’m enjoying. Stay tuned…
Facebook has recently announced that it is removing it’s messenger programming from the mainstream Facebook app. While Facebook does have a specific app for messaging currently you have always been able to go into the one main app and check your messages then check out your “timeline”. With this new change if you want to message people and you want to follow up with whats going on in your friends lives you will need to house 2 apps on your phone. This is a silly choice for so many different reasons, but you can read the rants ( how space is a premium on iPhones and to make you have 2 apps where one app will do is stupid) some other place, there are tons. Here I want to mention this fact, I will likely not see much of what you post on Facebook anymore.
It’s not that I don’t love you, it’s that will inevitability lose focus. I use Facebook for work and a bit for personal use, it’s not my favourite but I’m not a hater (I think the “it’s cool to hate Facebook” thing is getting old (sorry if that’s you)). But the majority of time I spend on Facebook is using it as a modern means of communication, then since I’m already in the app because of the message I got, I then check my feed. I don’t ever seem to just pic up y phone and think “I really hope someone else is doing something interesting” or ” I hope someone posted a fun image with words on it and is calling it a meme” (sorry separate rant). I mostly use Facebook because I’m already using Facebook… if that makes sense. So if I have 2 apps, one for the Messaging and one for the rest of the stuff that you and I have posted, than my already low frequency of Status Updating is going to dip along with the traffic I would normally pump to your Timeline.
I have a funny feeling that I am not the only one like this. Also, the people who would have been prone to using 2 apps already where, Facebook Messenger first came out in August of 2011. I feel that like me the geeks who have better things to spend there phone’s real-estate on, the ones that have avoided Messenger already, will not take kindly to having to have 2 and at some point we will lose our attention span and primarily use the functional one, not the social one so much. There is a chance this is what Facebook wants… but that seems unlikely. See Facebook, Removing messenger from Facebook will mean I see less of my friends Facebook stuff.
Last week or so I posted about the new colours edition to Field Notes, Shelterwood. This amazing edition has a cover made of real wood. I was anxious to see how I would like the feel of it, because I knew I loved the design. Every notebook is unique, how cool is that? The even cooler thing is that they got that uniqueness by micro-shaving trees and glueing that thin layer of real wood onto craft paper for the cover. So I waited impatiently for the shipment come in from Field Notes (along with some other goodies I will mention in a later post). Today, when I got home from work there was a craft envelope with my name on it (literally)
I couldn’t help myself, I had to pick up two packs of this edition just incase a) I loved them and b) they became super hot and hard to get. I would like to say I was gentle, but I ripped that puppy open to get to the goodness inside.
As soon as I got theses babies I opened up one of the packets I got and ran my fingers over the smooth grain of the American cherry wood. It met every expectation about touch and design. The Field Notes brand is imprinted on this wood with a soft opacity and the way the grain looks on each of the notebooks contrasts the uniformity of other colour releases (even Cold Horizon). I will say though , the rumours are true, this edition does not and will not lay flat or stay completely closed. I mean, I obviously haven’t had time to sit on one of these for days, but as it looks the wood causes a minimal amount of bulk that prevents complete closure. That being said… I like the Field Notes Band of Rubber for such reasons.
There is one thing that I didn’t think about prior, but I LOVE, is this… the smell. It smells like a woodworkers shop! I am one of those weird people that like the smell of paper anyways (you might be too, yay we can be weird together!), but this has that chopped wood in the wilderness smell and it’s awesome. Then there is the paper, nice sturdy and soft white, it’s straight lined with a colour that Field Notes calls Maidenhair Green (it’s pretty sweet and the same paper as in the precious colours edition “America the Beautiful”) It holds up to fountain pen ink pretty nicely, but just to prove it here are some tests scribes. If you have been on the fence about this edition, don’t be, if you are looking for a cool notebook that is hip, awesome, and a sure conversation piece? Than you need this, oh yeah, you need this.
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