2030 ET Silhouette

A Surprise: Early Concept Art for my 2030 ET Novella

Today I have the pleasure of revealing to you a surprise with regards to my 2030 ET novella project. I’ve been keeping this surprise under wraps for two months. Apart from a very few (i.e. less than 10) close friends and family members, I’ve told no one about this. It’s been a struggle, not spilling the beans, as I am so excited about the surprise 🙂

Ladies and gents, without further delay, I would like to introduce you to the first sketch produced by a professional illustrator for 2030 ET.

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I Love Science

Weekly Science Links

I’ve been following science news online for as long as I’ve been on the Internet so that means going back to the late ‘90s. Offline, if we count children’s fact books and my parents Nature magazines, NatGeo, etc. I’ve been reading up on science since I was 5 years old.

Currently, I read about 15 – 20 science related articles every week online from a variety of sources. I also rely on the excellent links that people post on Twitter, Facebook, etc. In other words, I crowdsource my science! In that same spirit, I have decided to share my best science links for the week with you.

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Race to 40!: Finding that creative spark…again

An amazing storyteller. My friends remember me as an amazing storyteller.

I look back on the bleak years in between my childhood and now; the desolate decades where creativity was sweated out of my being as I endlessly spun the hamster wheel trying to get ahead. There was no time for reading let alone story telling. And what time there was, I indulged away in the excesses of youth.

What happened? How did I go from being an imaginative child to someone boring? When did I change to from a creator to a consumer? How did I end up a vampire feeding on the ideas of others?

Today’s post is intended to provide some of the background and motivation as to why my third, and most important goal, out of the three that I have set myself as part of my “Race to 40!” challenge, is to complete my novella by my 40th birthday on the 26th of June.

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Half Marathon Route

Race to 40! Goal 2 is accomplished step by step

For today’s post, I elaborated on my second goal in my “Race to 40!” challenge, which is to accomplish one minor goal and two major goals on/before my 40th birthday on June 26th.

My second goal as part of my “Race to 40!” challenge is to: • Compete in my first half marathon;

Most people could compete in a half marathon and complete the race, perhaps by walking a good bit of the way. I am targeting a fairly challenging time of less than 2 hours; simple math suggests that to complete the 21 kilometers in a time of 2 hours or less you have to run at a speed of 10.5 kmph or be on pace to complete a kilometer every 5 minutes and 43 seconds; given the time target I have set myself and never run more than 10 kilometres before competitively (and only once more than 10 km in a practice), I consider this a major goal.

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Race to 40!: Strategy to Achieve “Goal #1”

My first goal as part of my “Race to 40!” challenge is to:
•Post to my blog at least once per day;

It’s 23:50 PST here in Vancouver, so I’m cutting it VERY close, but I’ve got it done! Wouldn’t it have been terrible if I messed up at the first hurdle; it happens sometimes, but it would have been extremely poor planning on my part. Fortunately, I wrote half of this post before I headed out to the Vancouver Pixel Crafters Startup Drinks event so even though it was raining and I missed my Skytrain stop on the way back (Mr. Murphy rears his ugly head again!), I still got home in time to get this post completed and out 🙂

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The Race to 40!

Today marks the thirty-two-day countdown to my 40th birthday! My birthday is on the 26th of June, so my 40th is one month and one day away! To celebrate my 40th birthday I have decided to accomplish one minor goal and two major goals: 1) Post to my blog at least once per day; 2) Compete in my first half marathon; and 3) Finish and self-publishing my novella. Your support and encouragement are appreciated!

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The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Review

Right off the bat, I want to make it clear that I am a huge fan of all of Tolkien’s written works related to the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) cycle. Yes, I’ve read the “Silmarillion” and even “The Book of Lost Tales”. But the magic started when my 5th-grade teacher, Mrs. Riegel, read The Hobbit to our class waaaay back in 1987. We were enthralled and spellbound as Bilbo was co-opted on the mission to reclaim the dwarves’ home by Gandalf the wizard. Each chapter introduced new creatures, new parts of Middle Earth and new adventures. Through each, the affable hobbit is transformed from someone who only thinks about the food in his larder to someone with true ingenuity, grit, and spine who cares deeply about his friends.

Needless to say, when it was announced that Peter Jackson would follow up his brilliant LOTR trilogy with The Hobbit I was thrilled. Immediately, I was taken back to my childhood, looked forward to reliving Bilbo’s journey once again.
Unfortunately, following the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey I was left with mixed feelings and a fair amount of bitterness that Peter Jackson had tainted this idyllic memory of mine by making a bloated big budget blockbuster instead of an enchanting hero’s story focused on the character development of Bilbo.

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Shit happens!

This Monday morning I woke up full of enthusiasm for the week. I had taken a particularly lazy weekend. While I hiked 11 kilometers and ran another 8 kilometers, I say lazy because I did not get any work done; I define work as working on my book, blog, angel investing or entrepreneurial projects. When I don’t get much done a degree of healthy stress builds up within me and kind of zaps me into an intense state of productivity similar to the effects of a triple macchiato.

Come Monday morning I was rearing to go, full of stress, ideas, and energy to get started on conquering the world (i.e. finishing my novella, typing up a blog post or three, finalizing some contracts, etc. etc.).

Three hours after breakfast, I found myself waiting for a plumber, half the day gone, with none of the objectives met. What happened?

As I alluded to at the start of this post, shit happened, literally.

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TV Debate: House of Cards Season 4 Review

I unapologetically admit, House of Cards is one of my favourite TV shows. The first time I watched House of Cards was while I was washing dishes; I must have washed the same plate twelve times as I was instantly sucked into the high drama of US politics and the world of Frank Underwood, the House Whip, betrayed by the President when he is looked over for the role of Secretary of State. I am happy to say, that Season 4 continues to thrill and keep viewers on tenterhooks.

Season 4 picks up from Season 3 where we see the Underwood’s marriage on the verge of a breakdown. Claire feels unappreciated and is tired of her ambitions playing second fiddle to Frank’s. Or perhaps it is a calculated power play on Claire’s part, waiting till Frank is deep in the election cycle before making her move – literally, moving out to her family home in Texas – knowing the she has Frank’s balls and presidential aspirations on the chopping block. With virtually no experience or credentials for the role, Claire wants to be VP. Frank (barely) survives an assassination attempt and eventually sees the light; Claire is too strong and clever to crush like his other political opponents. After they are reconciled the Underwood’s, as they do, find a torturous way to make this (almost) impossible goal become reality. The Democrat ticket for the 2016 race will be Underwood and Underwood!

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