TravieYak

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    • 9 years ago

      TravieYak
    • All right, STOP!

      9 years ago

      TravieYak

      BULLET TIME!

      smiley9.gif Yesterday I made a tough decision but, in the end, I feel as though I did the right thing. The hosting for my website, http://www.beardsandjackets.com, came to an end and I decided not to renew it. I started the website as a means for me to be creative with my writing of funny and, hopefully, interesting articles. These became few and far between and I barely ever did anything with the website. So, what does this mean? It means a few things, unfortunately.

      The RT Movie Nights website is also no more as of yesterday as, and I don't think many people knew this, it was actually a sub domain of Beards and Jackets. The URL still exists for it, as does the one for Beards and Jackets, as those do not expire for awhile at this point. Will I do anything with them? Probably not. I'll most likely just let them expire. It sucks, I admit, but I felt that I had to just let it go.

      There was no sense in paying for something that I barely used. RT Movie Nights probably got more use out of it than Beards and Jackets did but, right now, there's no real point in having a website for it because people just tend to go to the page on Ustream.tv instead. It breaks my heart a little, though, because I did spend so much time, money and energy on creating those websites from scratch. Lots of HTML work, lots of work creating images in photoshop, only for it to come to an end like this. Eh, well, at least it was an experience...

      smiley9.gif As for RT Movie Nights, there will be none of that tonight, unfortunately. I'm shooting for Wednesday, however, and actually I may just move it to Wednesday nights from now on because it might be better for me, at least, schedule wise. The reason I didn't send this bit of information out via the newsletter is because, unfortunately, the newsletter service is tied to my Beards and Jackets hosting account and therefore has since become unavailable to me; just another thing I need to now figure out.

      smiley9.gif Where do I go from here now? Funny thing is, in light of the end of Beards and Jackets, I've got a few creative projects that have popped up and seem promising. What started as a bit of a joke has become something that people really enjoy and want more of, and that's "8(bit)Minutes", which is a silly little series of videos wherein I play NES games with commentary that I supply; more on that as it develops.

      smiley9.gif I may say that I don't know what I want to do with my life, or what I enjoy doing, but that's more or less a lie. I want to be a writer. I love writing. I've realized that I'm not getting any younger, an expression that's rather silly when you think about it, so I've decided that it's about time to shut up, put up, stop talking and start rocking. Starting, well, pretty soon I plan to start putting pen to paper and fleshing out a novel. Yes, I mean it this time. This is what I want to do and I am prepared to waste many years of my life in order to see this as a reality. Right now, as it stands, my goal is to get this thing published by my thirtieth birthday, which gives me a little over six years at this point. I don't even care if it barely sells any copies and turns out to be a disappointment with people and critics alike; I just want to prove to myself, and others, that I can do it.

      smiley9.gif I'm aware that I haven't done a Theme of the Week for the 5 Awesome RvBers for about three weeks now and I have no excuse for that; I just need to buckle down and do it. Which, really, needs to be my philosophy for a lot of things at this point. I need to just do it. Stop getting distracted. No more doubts. Nothing should continue to stand in my way. Time is wasting. Enough is enough and it's time for a change.

      Let's Do This.

    • Music & Anime

      9 years ago

      TravieYak

      smiley9.gif I was introduced to Anime at an early age via the Sci-Fi channel back in the early 90's when they used to show Anime both early in the morning and late at night; they would also, almost every year, have an "anime week", too. For the life of me I cannot remember any of them to this day, except for "Galaxy Express 999". I was then introduced to it further by more traditional and, to put it bluntly, "Americanized" means via such shows as "Sailor Moon", "Pokemon" and "Digimon".

      It wasn't until Cartoon Network's "Toonami" did the floodgates open. Being exposed to so much at once was an overload and, in the end, one of the best things that happened to me. It caused me to start thinking outside of the box. It was around the time that I really started getting into the internet and started to do my own investigating, searching and doing research. I discovered a lot of Anime on my own this way. Then, about four or so years ago, I just sort of stopped watching Anime.

      It wasn't until Netflix streaming made it's way onto the Xbox when I discovered a show that came out in 2003, "Last Exile", and need less to say I fucking loved that show and it more or less rejuvenated my love of Anime. That, and a little help from my friends. Back when I was getting into Anime back in the Toonami days there really wasn't anyone I personally knew who enjoyed Anime. It felt more like a dirty secret than anything, really. These days, however, I know plenty of people personally who love Anime just as much as me (most even more so) and I've been introduced to many new shows and movies that I never knew of beforehand thanks to them; and even manga, too!

      One of said people, ironically, is someone that I've know since middle school but it wasn't until recently that I've started to become closer with them; mostly because we work together now. Him and I got into a bit of a disagreement lately, but nothing serious, as it ended up with me having a different outlook on my Anime fandom. Basically, it's the old argument of "Subs vs. Dubs". Since all the Anime I was ever introduced to was on American television, it was all dubbed and that's all that I knew. It wasn't until this friend encouraged me to start watching, and in some cases re-watching, subbed Animes that I've grown a new appreciation for them.

      I signed up for this site, ANIME LIST, which chronicles what I've seen and what I plan to see, and such. Currently I've been watching, via Youtube (because people are awesome at uploading subbed stuff, apparently), a series that is still ongoing in Japan called, "K-ON!". Even though it's a series based on a bunch of Japanese High School girls playing in a band, I really enjoy it. The music is quite good, too, which is a whole other can of worms...

      smiley9.gif Back when I was in late middle school/early high school I used to be quite the different person, as I suspect many other people were, as well. I tended to run with a different crowd, which is to say that I listened to mostly heavy metal, wore a leather jacket all the time (and I mean ALL THE TIME, which is why wearing a black hoodie in the heat of summer doesn't really bother me...) and I was, more or less, your typical "metal head." I think the turning point in my life came when a classmate of mine introduced me to the band, "Linkin Park." Now, I know, said band often polarizes people and, personally, I think their first album was their only good album; and not just because it holds some sort of nostalgic value for me.

      Need less to say, I enjoyed it. My metal head friends, however, looked down on me for enjoying it (as that's how cliques are, really) and was more or less picked on and made fun of for it. It was around this time that I started to re-evaluate my life, as well as friendships, plus musical tastes. Really, for most of my life, I let other people tell me what was good, what I should listen to and such. It was around this time that I started to listen to other stuff; mainstream or otherwise. I was borrowing music from my Dad's collection, from the Beatles to Sting. I started listening to the radio more. I started to dress differently.

      These days I listen to just about everything, although I still can't get into rap and country. My LAST.FM profile shows what I listen to, mostly.

      Anyway, what's the point of this? Point is this: I do still listen to some heavy metal, but not much. It's not my main listening pleasure anymore. I am still friends with some of said metal heads, who are still metal heads, but since we've all gotten past high school it's no longer an issue. The only issue, however, is that most of them are in bands and they, obviously, play heavy metal. Most of their shows take place in bars, where people drink, and I am constantly getting invited to attend said shows.

      I've attend a few, sure, but I stopped doing so after awhile because said places and events are not that enjoyable to me. I don't enjoy standing around awkwardly, in a bar, around people drinking listening to heavy metal music that I either don't really enjoy or simply don't know. This isn't to say that I don't enjoy my friends music, or don't support them, but it's an issue.

      One of my friends, who is in such a band, recently confronted me as being upset on why I no longer attend his shows. I told him my reasoning, but he wasn't having any of it. "If you were a real friend," he said, "you would attend my shows, to show your support." I said, "I do support you, but I honestly don't have any fun at your shows, I don't think a real friend would make another friend do that."

      I'm not sure who is in the right on this one, if either of us, really.

    • 9 years ago

      TravieYak
    • 9 years ago

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    • So, anyway...

      9 years ago

      TravieYak

      ... how is your sex life?

    • Late Nite Jacket Jam

      9 years ago

      TravieYak

      Tonight I shall be guest co-hosting the Late Nite Jenga Jam along with Jenga at 10:30pm EST as Beards and Jackets once more takes over the show! Tonight is the official start of "Guest Month" over on the Jam and I'm honored to have been chosen to help kick it off; of course, I'm always honored to be apart of the Jam! I especially find it fitting tonight because I was the last guest host for guest host month last year; and that was quite a memorable show!

      What will we talk about tonight? Well, it's Beards and Jackets, the unlikely but catchy and memorable name that Jack and I have kind of adopted as our tag-team moniker in creativity and improve-comedy. With that said, we never really have a clear format for these shows and mostly just wing it, so tune in, why not? It'll be fun!

      LATE NITE JENGA JAM: "That name again is Late Nite Jenga Jam!"

    • What did I do on Easter?

      9 years ago

      TravieYak

      Ate Foods. Watched Footballs.

      No, wait, that's Thanksgiving...

    • I may live in Massachusetts...

      9 years ago

      TravieYak

      ...but New Hampshire has always been like a second-state to me...

    • 8(bit)Minutes: Episode 1

      9 years ago

      TravieYak

      aka THE PILOT

      Synopsis: There are hundreds of 8-bit Nintendo games out there; some are well known, while others languish in obscurity. This is the video log of one mans journey to play every single NES game in existence, one by one, eight minutes at a time. Coming Soon to the all NEW Beards and Jackets: http://www.beardsandjackets.com

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