June 2008 Archives

June 27, 2008

Atlas Shrugs, I Unite Galaxies

If you really want to be a magnetic personality, you have put out a little.

Despite the existing duties of work (two jobs, now) and school, I've taken it upon myself to rouse my friends and associates out of their suburban stupor and get them active, socially and/or physically. To this end I established B.A.S.T.I.O.N., Bryan Against Suburban Tendencies of Inactivity, Obstinacy and Negativity. Our first event was in October (I think). It was a variant on the Pecha Kucha meme that we named 20twenty.

Right now, the event of the moment is "Galaxies Unite!", an outing to see MLS teams DC United and LA Galaxy battle it out at RFK Staduim in Washington, D.C. Soccer enthusiasts and fans of David (and Victoria) Beckham have been assembled to go and watch and enjoy the day.

Most people don't know is that planning an event is a complex and stressful process that isn't for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of risk and "testicular fortitude" to keep it from falling through; basically think of the entire event as resting on your shoulders. Here's a sneak peek into what is making this event work.
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June 24, 2008

A hundred pushups

If you know me, you know I'm privy to far-reaching, barely logical, nearly irrelevant ideas. Like the time that I tried to get Cesar to take up fencing with me (neither of us did). Or when I made my wife stop cleaning the house. To me, it's precisely the novelty of it all that makes it worthwhile. Which is why it seems I'm following Joi once again (the first time was with neti pot), undertaking this Hundred Pushups meme.

I can't think of one thing that I want that will be achieved by doing this, nor can I think of one ability i'll have that I don't currently possess. Perhaps it's the mental discipline that's attracting me; heaven knows I could use some. Either way, I'll go through with it and see you on the other side. ^^

Better yet, why don't you join me? You can look sexy for the last months of beach season...

June 21, 2008

Status Report

For the few of you that are still subscribed, or occasionally check in, yet do not already know, I've picked up a second job. It'll be my primary job, and my freelance consulting (which I've still never formally announced) will be accepting new work on a very limited basis.

Back in September, when I left my job, I hoped that someday I could come back and work in a capacity where my passions were more accurately applied and when there was more incentive to change things for the better. Today, as an Assistant Director of Communication for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, I've got more opportunity to do what I hoped than I ever imagined possible.

This is a good thing. It means more action here on Leftsider, less clandestine activity, and a whole new realm of projects which I hope to showcase as they grow. In my mind, I totally envision this turning out not unlike Mager's blog, but man I've got a long way to go for that; I'll settle for something slightly more animated than what Jan's blog has become. ;)

I guess that means I'll be involving you as well. Look to see comments return in the near future. It'll be great to see what you think of the new chapter we've begun.


June 13, 2008

Taiwanese tea dream

P1070684, originally uploaded by udono.