Baraxis

30 years old
Male
from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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    • Year of Beer

      3 years ago

      Baraxis

      I don't make resolutions. Haven't since I was a kid, and only did it back then because I was basically told that I had to. Not that I think resolutions are bad; some people thrive on the motivation of a new year to make positive changes, achieve goals, and maintain wellbeing. That's a great thing, and if you have some resolutions this year I wish you all the best.


      I've found that I'm not goal-oriented. I've struggled with ambition in my adulthood (I'm sure if I saw a therapist and dug into my past, I'd realize a lifelong trend of unambitiousness, but I digress) especially because a lot of my closest friends work maddeningly hard on projects and goals with very little return beyond passion and experience. I might be afraid of goals, because I've had a lot of struggles and failures in my life, and relying on plans has proved unreliable no matter how thorough. But moreover, I think I just like to go with the flow.


      I've buried the lead because I'm really excited about some shit, though. Most of you know that I like beer; a few of you know that I'm fascinated by brewing science and love developing my palate and knowledge about the culture. And, based on that, I've taken some steps to pursue those interests and potentially move toward a career transition.


      Firstly, I've gotten involved with the homebrewing community here in Toronto. They're a super welcoming and accepting group, and I'm really excited to start meeting, networking, and just hanging out with some cool like-minded folks.


      Second, I'm making professional brewing friends! There's a ton of breweries in Toronto, and I've had the pleasure to live in a fairly trendy neighbourhood for the last couple of years; some of my favourite local beers come from brewers within walking distance, and I hang out in these spots often enough that I'm not just some random patron anymore. I've also started trying to open up more, which is a struggle but it's fun to share passions with people who love things just as much.


      Third, I'm continuing my sommelier education; I graduated the first level last summer, and am taking the second level course starting at the end of this month! There's a few other certifications that I'll be looking into as well (cicerone, BJCP). Gettin' those papers, yo.


      Lastly, and most exciting, is that I've just enrolled in a two-week crash course in brewing at Siebel Institute in Chicago. It's a wonderful excuse to visit Maeghan, but holy damn I am stoked; Siebel is prestigious as fuck, with many of the educators being some of the biggest and best in American brewing. The course will also make me eligible to pursue every other course they offer, if I am so interested and able in the future.


      All that is great without even mentioning the festivals and events I'm attending this year! Toronto's Winter Craft Beer Festival is at the end of this month, which is easily my favourite event in the city. I'm also going to a Chicago beer+coffee event in February, which I am absolutely thrilled about; it's put on by the folks of Good Beer Hunting and celebrates two of my favourite things in the whole world.


      Okay, there's an update! I love you guys, and feel like I've done a bit of a poor job maintaining relationships here apart from the too few of you that I text and talk with regularly. All the best to you and yours! <3

    • 3 years ago

      Baraxis
    • will i ever fucking learn

      3 years ago

      Baraxis

      nearly eleven years on this site. youd think id remember to write this shit out in a txt file before trying to post a journal

      but no

      you wonder why the last fukcing journal i wrote was an intensely intoxicated post about poop.

    • poop

      3 years ago

      Baraxis

      comes from butts

      (puke comes from mouth)

      JUST FYI

    • Ambition.

      3 years ago

      Baraxis

      As most of you know, I'm really proud of Retcast. It is one of those projects that I've put at least a thousand hours of work into, and yet I am continually impassioned to do it and produce it with the utmost quality. My archive of recordings total 4.5 days of audio; holy fuck. That means you could listen to an hour a day, five days a week, and it would last you more than a year.

      The point of this journal, however, is not to plug this shit. I feel like I've done that plenty already. I kind of felt compelled to share my enthusiasm, not just for the show as a whole, but for some of the stuff I have in the works. I generally don't consider myself ambitious; I've never been one to set consistent goals, and though I do sometimes find it hard to get motivated, I am often fairly chill and go-with-the-flow of the journey that is my life. I think I'm kind of lucky to have important people in my life that are ambitious enough to carry me along.

      That being said, "ambitious" is the exact word I would use to describe my current Retcast project: our next phase of Movie Clubs. @film_geek and I have been cooking up quite the list of ideas. Granted, a couple of them have taken a little longer than expected to edit and release (blame @Maeghan), but the fact remains that we have recorded three in the last few months (plus a fuckload of extra content that may or may not ever see the light of day), with plans to record... at least a few more in the next couple of months. I've mentioned this on the show already, but I wanted to post it here for those who don't listen.

      Most excitingly, Charlie and I are tackling what might be the stupidest, most torturous experience ever. This Sunday (that's right: TOMORROW, February 22) we will be marathoning all seven Saw films, and recording the entire thing. If you'd like to play along (see what I did there?) I will be tweeting occasionally throughout, and I'm sure Charlie will as well. You can also send emails to retcast@gmail.com, which I will be checking and talking about during the nearly twelve hours of film-time. Why the fuck are we doing this?

      Anyway, hope you folks tune in. If not, that's alright. I still like you. I don't care what everyone else says: you're cool. But you'd be cooler if you listened to Retcast... THE COOLEST, in fact.

    • I'm the WORST.

      4 years ago

      Baraxis

      Let's all pretend it's still December 2nd. Because every fucking year I miss my anniversary on here, and I even made a conscious effort this year to remember, because HOLY SHIT I'VE BEEN HERE FOR A DECADE.

      Ten years is an astoundingly long time. I can't believe I've put up with you bastards that long. I was talking to @film_geek about it over drinks last night: I genuinely believe that at least half of my closest friends come from here. And I'm stoked about that. I love you guys, and I love this place. I love the new folks I've met in the last couple years, and I love the old guard too.

      Here's to a decade. Thanks.

    • Retcast

      4 years ago

      Baraxis

      @SharpAsATack and I have gotten back into doing the show weekly, which is wonderful. Not only that, but I'm really, really happy with how the recent episodes have turned out. Our guests have been stellar, our topics never dry, and I feel like we've gotten more community involvement than before the break.

      The listenership has still definitely dwindled, but it's nice to see people genuinely excited for the releases and interested in progressive engagement. I'll talk about this more on the next episode, but I'd like to start making the "deeper," more philosophical discussions a regular thing, with the hopes that it will extend into the thread post-release, and maybe even keep the discussion going in subsequent episodes. By engaging the audience, you guys will further engage us and we'll be able to perpetuate content.

      Anyway, for those who are listening and interacting: thank you.
      If you've never checked out the show, or fell off the bandwagon during our (one of many) breaks, I'd encourage you to tune in. I am genuinely proud of the content we've published in the last month.

    • 4 years ago

      Baraxis
    • Toronto: Unconventional

      4 years ago

      Baraxis

      I feel as though this journal is obligatory. For posterity; for my own fleeting memory; for friends new and old. I feel as though Toronto RT events have been a huge part of my life, but I realized this year that I have only attended half of them. Still, I was there for some of the most momentous RvBTOs, and fondly remember the experiences. I made a journal after attending the last RvBTO in 2012 about feeling jaded to what the event had become; I missed the closeness of some of the sweeter years. I've talked about it a few times since so I'll try not to rehash, but I think a lot of my growing lack of enjoyment came from closing myself off more and more. I felt progressively like an outsider because I actively chose to stay outside; because I'm an asshole and I suck at butting into groups; because I only wanted to talk to my friends, instead of making new ones amongst their friends and the countless strangers feeling just as introverted as I do.

      But TO:Uncon brought that original nostalgia rushing back. Not right away, mind you. I ducked out Friday night pretty early, with barely any hellos and even fewer goodbyes. Saturday started a bit awkward too, but we had some good times. It definitely progressed in a fairly beautiful way, though I still ended up bailing fairly early again. Sunday, though... Sunday was grand. Maybe it was the bittersweetness of being the last day of the "official" event, or maybe I was riding the high of the afternoon beer festival. Most likely, I finally felt comfortable among these vagabonds and rejects and bastards that we call this community; maybe I finally realized that I'm still family, even if I haven't met most of the cousins yet. After nearly ten years on this site, I think I'm starting to get it.

      The group this year was full of love and laughs. The atmosphere of "family reunion" was incredibly accurate. Kudos to the Uncon staff for successfully creating an environment so comfortable and familiar. I had a blast hanging out with old friends, and surprisingly even made some new ones. I will cherish our pub-closing discussion of film theory and the super-secret Thai dinner. I will look back at our photos of 3AM pizza and hopefully laugh at the memory. I will laugh about our realized efficiency of goodbye-hugs amidst brunch-quenched hangovers, and expect the meme to continue henceforth. I will hopefully see familiar faces in the years to come and genuinely inquire about their lives.

      I honestly attribute my enjoyment of the event this year to the seemingly effortless coordination of the Uncon staff; I look forward to many more years to come, and raise a glass to our new, although familiar, family.

    • 4 years ago

      Baraxis
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