Jan 28

Challenge Pursuits – 2014

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Challenge Pursuits - 2014

So we have started a new year (OK, technically we started the New Year 28 days ago, but who is counting?) Now a New year traditionally means “New Years Resolutions” But since I am crap at sticking to them I try and do something different instead, some thing I am more likely to stick too.

This year are much discussion with PlanetPete, and even more working out and finalising of details. You could say 28 days worth of finalising which means I am not late posting this at all, but was FINALISING!!!!

Where was i? Oh yes thats right. This year we are doing “Challenge Purists” Which is loosely based off the Trivial Pursuits Game. We have appointed different categories to the Tradition colours, and just like in the game you have to complete some goal in that category to win the piece of pie.

Yes People, its combining New Years Resolutions with challenges & competitiveness & Gaming. How can it not work??

The 2014 Categories are :-


Jan 11

The “23 in ’13” Challenge

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series 23 in 13

At the start of the year I received an email from John Anealio, with the subject of “Will You Take The “23 in ’13” Challenge?“. Now this email came at a very opportune time, since I was trying to work out what to pick for my New Years Resolutions. And since I tend to suck at keeping resolutions, but do better when doing a challenge I was planning on setting myself some challenge like last years “12 in 12” challenge.

So I quickly read the email, which I shall reprint in part here.

Will you join me for the “23 in ’13” Challenge?

Some great things happened in 2012.  I opened for Paul & Storm, Molly Lewis and The Doubleclicks.  I traveled to Salt Lake City, Dallas & Baltimore to perform at events like Nerdtacular.  By the end of the year though, I felt really unhappy.

In my ideal life, I’d compose music all day and share it with you.  While I haven’t figured out how to make a living doing that yet, I realized that I’d be a lot happier if I composed every day.  This is how I arrived at the “23 in ’13” challenge.

I’m going to release at least 23 new pieces of music in 2013.  

Much of it will be instrumental, as I’m interested in composing music for webshows, video games and independent films, but there will be vocal songs too.

I was going to announce this just to make myself accountable, then I realized…

You should do this with me.

You can create 23 short stories, songs, blog posts, podcasts or pieces of visual art.  You can submit a story to 23 different markets.  You can read 23 new books.  Adapt the challenge any way you’d like.

As the weeks go on, I’ll e-mail you about the piece that I’m working on and you can tell me about your progress.  In addition to my music, I’m going to feature other creators’ work here too.  If you’re taking on a new creative challenge this year and making cool stuff, let me know.

So, who’s with me?

Are you going to take the “23 in ’13” challenge?

Just reply to this e-mail (this is my real address and I respond to everything), or comment on the blog post.

Let’s do this,

John Anealio

After reading that there was only one thing I could do. So I hit reply and responded in words of Barney Stinson “Challenge Accepted!!”


So Dear Constant Reader, This year (2013) I will be creating 23 pieces of new creativity. So watch this space. And go check out John’s music while you sit and watch!!


Jan 02

Happy New Year

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series 12 in 12

Greetings Dear Constant Reader, welcome to 2012.

Its a brand new year, a new beginning, and many people around the world are making Resolutions for the new year.

This year I will not be making any, for a very good reason. I am crap at sticking to them! I will admit it, I make some at the start of every year, and most of the time I do not take them further than making them, or at the very best I will stick to them for a month.

You have to agree this is a bit “pointless” So while I am crap at sticking to resolutions, I have noticed I am more steadfast when it comes to challenges. So this year instead of making any “New Years Resolutions ” I am setting myself a “12 in 12″ Challenge. That’s 12 things I must complete/achieve/do in the 12 months of 2011.

As of this moment in time I only have a few picked, and there are spaces for more. So feel free to comment any suggestions.

Mar 20

WoW: Week off Work

Well I had a week off work…

I Went to a few places, did some stuff, caught up on things that needed doing, and spent some time doing absolutely F all (Which apparently doesn’t count as sloth!!)..

But it was a good break… I needed to get away from the office for a bit! But now I’m back. And its the same-ole same-ole, No changes, we still employing the waste of space who’s been on fake-sick since start of november, the development department still covering for support, etc…

Ah well, such is life, There just better be decent wage reviews in April… (If it happens then satan will be skating to work…)

But on another note, I went into my week off with my 101 tasks standing at 6 finished/6 in-progress. and I am now on 8 finished/13 in-progress, so it was a productive week.. :)

Anyway.. Better do some work for a bit…

Mar 09


Well today is my last day in work.. Well for a week…..

I had holiday time I had to use up by the end of the month, so taking a week off to get away from the office, the politics, the illnesses, the wasters, the covering of other peoples jobs, and so on…

I’m looking forward to recharging my batteries, getting away from it all, and hopefully make a decent start on my 101 list..

Note, going into the holiday on 6 completed tasks, 6 tasks under way. Lets see the score when I return….

Feb 28

February – The Month That Was

So this is it. Last day of the month, and I have posted to livejournal every day. Ok some days it was just a copout meme post, but a post nether the less. So thats a task completed…

So I’ll just take a look back over the month, see whats happened, whats changed, what hopes and dreams I have, or some such shite :0)

Well we had some lovely snow, which is always fun, makes everywhere look lovely, and better yet, you get to work from home. but on the downside I got Ill, and was expected to work from home while ill, ah well, cant have everything…

What else has happened this month?

Theres been a few good training sessions, some mind melting ones, and some normal ones. I passed ShoKyuLv3. FCMA Fencing Academy has been shut down, put on hold, or whatever you want to call it.

Round up of some of the meme’s. Apparently my life is like an Erotic Thriller which is worrying as I will die aged 36 from sexual exhaustion. Which doesn’t really tie in with me having the dating problems of Insecurity and shyness…

All in all its been a quiet month, which February normally is, due to its inconvenient placing in the year, Just after recovering from the excess of December and Xmas, My family has the damn cheek to have most their birthdays in January, so I tend to take February as a chill out month.
Start Date: 01/01/2007
End Date: 28/09/2009
Days Left: 943 days.
Tasks under way: 6
Tasks completed: 6

Feb 26

T-3 Days

Well, 3days left in my challenge to post to LJ every day for a month, So thats 3 more posts left (2 if you count this one)

I was just going to post a meme today, but alas my works internet connection has been going up and down all day. Gotta love an ISP who’s offices have connection issues :0)

Anyway. Today was an interesting day, Work was its usual shiteness… With the customers of customers phoning up to moan and shout, Have these people not heard of the BOFH… Hassle me and things just get worse…

But on another note, Training was very enjoyable, (I was hoping for an easy night, to give my aches from yesterday a chance to calm down) and due to the people who were down, 4 Dragons, Myself and “Andy Ninja (c)” (Those that need to will understand) So we ended up with an easy night, so Coffee/Tea and Biscuits, while working out the finer points (And capitilisation) Of the grade syllabus. Then a photo shoot for some PSP’s.. and the general chat that happens on such nights…

anyway. I need food…..

In the words of “Rock Dragon” Zenwan

Feb 15

Half Way There..

Well today is one day past the half way of February mark. Which means I am half way to completing my challenge to post every day for a month (And so far only resorted to several meme’s to fill posts.).

Now if a lot of exciting stuff can happen in the next 14 days I may just be able to manage this. And get onto the more import things like working out holidays to take before April…
1. Put numbers in the boxes instead of X’s (example: 1, 2, 3, 4, …)
2. Repost as “I have lived through XX of these 158 things.”

“I have lived through 80 of these 158 things.”

[1] I have read a lot of books.
[] I have been on some sort of varsity team.
[] I have run more than 2 miles without stopping.
[] I have been to Canada.
[2] I have been to Europe.
[3] I have watched cartoons for hours.
[4] I have tripped UP the stairs.
[5] I have fallen down an entire flight of stairs.
[] I have been snowboarding/skiing.
[6] I have played ping pong

[7] I swam in the ocean.
[] I have been on a whale watch.
[8] I have seen fireworks.
[9] I have seen a shooting star.
[10] I have seen a meteor shower.
[11] I have almost drowned.
[] I have been so embarrassed I wanted to disappear.
[12] I have listened to one CD over and over and over again.
[] I have had stitches.
[] I have had frostbite.

[] I have licked a frozen pole and got stuck there.
[13] I have stayed up til 2 doing homework/projects.
[14] I currently have a job.
[15] I have been ice skating.
[] I have been rollerblading.
[16] I have fallen flat on my face.
[17] I have tripped over my own two feet.
[18] I have been in a fist fight.
[19] I have played videogames for more than 3 hours straight.
[20] I have watched the Power Rangers.

[21] I attend Church regularly
[22] I have played truth or dare.
[23] I have already had my 16th birthday.
[24] I have already had my 17th birthday.
[25] I’ve called someone stupid.
[26] I’ve been in a verbal argument.
[] I’ve cried in school.
[] I’ve played basketball on a team
[] I’ve played baseball on a team.
[] I’ve played american football on a team.

[] I’ve played real football on a team.
[] I’ve done cheerleading on a team.
[] I’ve played softball on a team.
[] I’ve played volleyball on a team.
[] I’ve played tennis on a team.
[] I’ve been on a track or cross country team.
[] I’ve been swimming more than 20 times in my life.
[] I’ve bungee jumped.
[27] I’ve climbed a rock wall.
[28] I’ve lost more than $20

[29] I’ve called myself an idiot.
[30] I’ve called someone else an idiot.
[] I’ve cried myself to sleep.
[31] I’ve had (or have) pets.
[] I’ve owned a spice girls CD/cassette.
[] I’ve owned a britney spears CD.
[] I’ve owned an N*Sync CD.
[] I’ve owned a backstreet boys CD.
[] I’ve mooned someone
[32] I have sworn at someone of authority before.

[33] I’ve been in the newspaper.
[34] I’ve been on TV.
[] I’ve been to Hawaii.
[] I’ve eaten sushi.
[35] I’ve been on the other side of a waterfall.
[36] I’ve watched all of the Lord of the Rings movies.
[37] I’ve watched all the Harry Potter movies.
[] I’ve watched all of the Rocky movies.
[38] I’ve watched the 3 stooges.
[] I’ve watched “Newlyweds” Nick & Jessica.

[39] I’ve watched Looney Tunes.
[] I’ve been stuffed into a locker/I have stuffed others into lockers.
[40] I’ve been called a geek.
[] I’ve studied hard for a test and got a bad grade.
[41] I’ve not studied at all for a test and aced it.
[] I’ve hugged my mom within the past 24 hrs. (Only if you can hug down a phone line)
[] I’ve hugged my dad within the past 24 hours.
[42] I’ve met a celebrity/music artist.
[43] I’ve written poetry.
[] I’ve been arrested. but never charged

[] I’ve been attracted to someone much older than me.
[] I’ve been tickled till I’ve cried.
[44] I’ve tickled someone else until they cried.
[45] I’ve had/have siblings.
[46] I’ve been to a rock concert.
[] I’ve listened to classical music and enjoyed it.
[47] I’ve been in a play.
[] I’ve been picked last in gym class.
[] I’ve been picked first in gym class.
[48] I’ve been picked in that middle-range in gym class.

[] I’ve cried in front of my friends.
[49] I’ve read a book longer than 1,000 pages.
[50] I’ve played Halo 2.
[] I’ve freaked out over a sports game.
[] I’ve been to Alaska.
[] I’ve been to China.
[] I’ve been to Spain.
[] I’ve been to Japan.
[51] I’ve had a fight with someone on AIM.
[52] I’ve had a fight with someone face-to-face.

[53] I’ve had serious conversations on any IM.
[54] I’ve forgiven someone who has done something wrong to me.
[55] I’ve been forgiven.
[] I’ve screamed at a scary movie.
[] I’ve cried at a chick flick.
[56] I’ve watched a lot of action movies.
[57] I’ve screamed at the top of my lungs.
[] I’ve been to a rap concert.
[] I’ve been to a hip hop concert.
[] I’ve lived in more than 2 houses, in the past year

[58] I’ve driven on the motorway.
[59] I’ve driven more than 75 miles in a day/been in a car that went more than 75 miles in a day.
[60] I’ve been in a car accident.
[61] I’ve done drugs.
[] I’ve been homesick.
[62] I’ve thrown up.
[] I’ve puked on someone.
[63] I’ve been horseback riding.
[] I’ve filled out more than 10 myspace surveys.
[64] I’ve spoken my mind in public.

[65] I’ve proved someone wrong.
[] I’ve been proven wrong by someone.
[] I’ve broken a leg.
[] I’ve broken an arm.
[66] I’ve fallen off a swing.
[67] I’ve swung on a swing for more than 30 minutes straight
[] I’ve watched Winnie the Pooh movies.
[] I’ve forgotten my backpack when I’ve gone to school.
[] I’ve lost my backpack.
[68] I’ve come close to dying.

[] I’ve seen someone die.
[69] I’ve known someone who has died.
[70] I’ve wanted to be an actor/actress at some point.
[] I’ve done modelling.
[71] I’ve forgotten to brush my teeth some mornings.
[72] I’ve taken something/someone for granted.
[] I’ve realized how good my life is.
[] I’ve counted my blessings.
[73] I’ve made fun of a classmate.
[74] I’ve been asked out by someone and I said no.

[] I’ve slapped someone in the face.
[75] I’ve been skateboarding.
[76] I’ve been backstabbed by someone I thought was a friend.
[77] I’ve lied to someone to their face.
[78] I’ve told a little white lie.
[79] I’ve taken a day off from school just so I don’t go insane.
[80] I’ve fainted.
[] I’ve had an argument with someone about whether cheerleading is a sport or not.
[] I’ve pushed someone into a pool.
[] I’ve been pushed into a pool.