A Reboot Is Coming

For anyone watching this blog, I am going to reboot it in the near future with new content. Not sure what exactly the new content is going to look like yet, but rest assured it is coming. So as they say in the newspapers “Watch this space”.

My Inner Poet

So yesterday, I took one of those silly internet quizzes. (If you follow me on Facebook, you know I take a lot of silly internet quizzes.) The topic of this one was “Who is your Inner Poet”. After I answered questions like “pick a color” and “who would you rather smoke a bowl with Che Guevara, a bored llama, or Cthulhu” and “Pick an cute animal”, I received my answer: Charles Bukowski.

Now before I explain how I had no idea who Charles Bukowski was, let me in my defense say, I am not ignorant to world of poetry and poets. I like most people was exposed to the classics in school: Whitman, Cummings, Poe, Dickinson, Shakespeare, etc. But also like most people, I was to young to appreciate poetry when I was in school. I have grown a greater appreciation of poetry as an adult, but I have found that I enjoy the work very few poets. Most recently, I have found myself reading (and enjoying) the work of Michael A. Arnzen, Robert E. Howard (yes, Howard wrote more than just Conan and Solomon Kane stories, and he was an excellent poet), Milton, Dickinson, and Poe. All that being said to say I am not ignorant of poetry, but I had never heard of Charles Bukowski.

Now because it was an internet quiz, I could have just said “whatever” and went on with my life, but so some reason I became intrigued and headed over to the knower of all things the NSA, er… … I mean Google. Google lead me to Charles Bukowski website (http://bukowski.net/) where I learned that Bukowski was poet, artist, writer, postal worker, and odd, provocative character who’s life reminds me a bit of Earnest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson. His site also has a lot of poetry, a bibliography of his books, his FBI file, interviews, articles, etc. I read a few of his poems there. I enjoyed a poem titled “Locks” the best.

Based on all I have learn of Charles Bukowski may actually be my inner poet (curse you internet quizzes for knowing me so well), but as Mojo Nixon said about the Elvis in Joan Rivers, “but he’s trying to get out, man! He’s trying to get out!”

Goals Update for 2/1/2015

Hi everyone,

It has been kind of a crazy week, and I did not have time to put together a more meaningful post. So here is an update on my goals so far this year:

Eat more fruits and vegetables everyday: not going so well. I have made a habit of adding at least one piece of fruit everyday but I was hoping to get to the point of eating a real fruit smoothie everyday. I’ll get there. Just takes time and focus.

Read or Listen to 50 books: thanks to volumes of manga I am doing very well at this. Here is the list so far:

MPD Psycho Volumes 1 – 5 by Eiji Otsuka and Sho-u Tajima (This is my current favorite and obsession. It is hard and expensive to get, but I got lucky and now have all 11 volumes.)

Zombiepowder Volume 1 by Tite Kubo (This series reminds me a lot of Trigun)

Dark Water by Koji Suzuki and Meimu

Bokurano: Ours Volume 1 by Mohiro Kitoh and Moiro Kitoh

One Punch-Man Volumes 1 – 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

World Trigger Volume 1 by Daisuke Ashihara

Blame! Volume 1 by Tsutomu Nihei (Tsutomu Nihei is my current favorite manga producer. Is work is visually interesting and his stories are personal and yet vast and weird. He is also the author of Biomega and Knights of Cydonia)

Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy by Steven Campbell (Audio)

Watch 5 complete anime series: I have watched two: Terraformars and Psycho Pass 2

Work out 3 days a week: this has been a no go as my back is in a bad state these days. I am working with my Physical Therapist and my Chiropractor on this. My back is slowly getting better.

Go to at least 3 now Con ATC (Anime Twin Cities) events: so far, I have attended one event: Outpost Anime.