Can’t Sleep

Maybe I should just go play Destiny, do some dailies, or find a group to grind since I can’t sleep. Or maybe put on some ambient music to sooth my mind instead of searching for music on Soundcloud. Well I have a meeting in a few hours, I better decide if I want to be productive and level my toons or just play some tunes, flip my pillow to the cooler side, and fall asleep. Times a ticking.

New Year’s Resolution

With January coming to a close, I figured that it is time that I set and make plans for 2015. This year is going to be a short year for me since I’ll be headed to basic training in June with the Navy. Which is good, puts pressure on me to accomplish things on my list below:

  • Create art installation for the kitchen/dining room
  • Sketch everyday
  • Truly carry my Pentax with me everyday
  • Get back to church porn
  • Blog more

My girlfriend and I are giving our apartment a face lift since our roomate moved out. We are now in the kitchen/dining room, they share the same space, and the walls are screaming for help. We wanted to stay on a budget but still create something unique and great looking. After cruising Pinterest for inspiration, we decided to create a bipyramid origami art piece that is roughly 5′ x 3′. Once the project is done, I’ll post pics.

An example of a bipyramid Origami from KNOT Magazine

I used to be a decent doodler, but that was when I drew on a regular basis. Now my doodling skills are no better than a kindergartner. Drawing is like a muscle, the more you work at it, you get gains. So for 2015 I plan to sketch everyday…. starting tomorrow.

Photography is a hobby of mine. I’m not great at taking photos, I’m decent at it but I enjoy it. Last year I planned on carrying a camera (asides from my cell phone) on my person everyday but never did. This year I’m going to do so, even if I don’t take a picture, and just carrying a camera on me everyday will give me the opportunity to take a photo.

Pentax ME Super

Church porn? No, it’s not the new sex club in SF. Church porn is a photo project where I plan to take a photo of every church, mosque, and house of worship in San Francisco. I started this photo project a couple years ago, just never followed through with it. Will 2015 be the year that I accomplish and finish this project? Only time will tell.

Blog more…. Well this post is a good start. My last post was from a very long time ago that I don’t even want to check the date on it. I’m not going to lie to myself and say that I’ll post a blog every week, but I know that wont happen. My aim is for one post every other week.

These are ambitious task that I’m planning for 2015, most of them are habits that I need to form. Once these tasks becomes a habit and I do them everyday, I’ll have my new year’s resolution done!

WWR: Insomnia & Production

It’s fifteen till four, the shades are down so I can’t tell if the sun is ready to be awake, and I’m sitting in front of the keyboard mashing away like a keyboard warrior that is armored by a single piece of chonies.  In a few hours I have to be awake, teeth brushed, coffee drank, and out the door running up the hill to catch the train to work.

Not getting a lot of sleep is something that I am accustomed to, averaging 4-5 hours of sleep. lately my average is slowly dwindling down to 2 hours. Just yesterday I went to bed before four but was up by 5:30. Tonight, or should I say this morning, I am going to bed after four with hopes of getting at least three hours of sleep. When people find out that I don’t sleep much, they wonder how one can function with the lack of sleep. I wonder that too. Does the lack of sleep reduce the quality of work that I produce, attentiveness at meetings, and producing work efficiently?

I’ll tell you right now that the quality of my work is equal whether I get sleep or not, but since I ‘m not keeping any sort of record to defend what I’m saying, you can call bullshit. As for attentiveness,  my attentiveness at meetings is rather high when well rested but rather low when tired. So… By not paying attention at meetings, that action alone can affect how effective I am at producing work and completing projects in a timely manner.

What about the things that I do when I’m up in the middle of the night, am I being productive with myself? No. The tasks that I do while not sleeping in the middle of the night can range from playing games to staring at the ceiling and to something random such as typing up this blog post. Meh.

Well… We are about to go off in a tangent, actually more like rambling. Lack of focus should be one of the traits from the lack of sleep. Actually consumption of alcohol is  an insomnia trait that I wished I currently have. But back to the subject. No. I don’t think that I am just as productive at work when only receiving less than three hours of sleep. I told you to call bullshit. But! I work just as well, if not better, when I receive six hours of sleep or less versus sleep over 6 hours. I don’t want you to think that I don’t like sleeping when the fact is that sleeping is an activity that I do enjoy doing, especially once I am asleep.

I should be asking myself what is in the back of my head that is keeping me up… When I started this new job is about the time when my sleeping pattern shortened. Shh…. Don’t tell my girlfriend, she’ll use it as ammunition to force me to quit. Prior to starting this new job with a new company, I was getting roughly over eight hours of sleep but going to the gym at the same time. New job, no more gym time, equals lack of sleep.

Ha! I found out why I’m still up so late everyday. The reason to the lack of sleep is that I stopped working out and my body just is not ready for bed with all that pent up energy.

After quickly skimming through this post I just realized that we all need a nice vacay and I need sleep.

I do pray that this post makes sense. An English major I am not but worried that this post is garbage. Not sure if I am trying to make a point or not. Hell… I just want four hours of peaceful snoring in bed…

Time to goo mimis.

Flash Back Friday: EDC

Happy Friday Folks!

It’s not just Friday, not just a full moon Friday, nor a Friday the 13th, it’s FLASH BACK FRIDAY! Or better known as #FBF!

With Electric Daisy Carnival a week away, I had to dedicate this FBF to EDC!

So excited to head down to Las Vegas and enjoy nights under the electric sky! For those of you that have not been to EDC, it is something that I recommend you to experience. EDC is about nothing and everything!

There is so much to experience that I don’t know where to begin. The rides! Some folks go to EDC to ride the carnival rides and have a great time waiting in line while listening to music in the background. Then there are your friends! Groups of friends go to EDC together and even though they lose each other over the night, they find each other in the end. The fireworks! I’ve seen 4th of July fireworks from both coasts, San Francisco and New York, and neither one can touch EDC when it comes to fireworks display! All I can say is WOW.

Then there is the music. EDM is not everyone’s cup of tea. But one can’t deny that enjoying the music while surrounded by friends and seeing all the lights and hearing all the sounds is an experience that you will never forget!

Below are my daily recaps of EDC from last year, enjoy!

 

A New Chapter

Today starts a new chapter in my life.

This new chapter will not be an uneventful chapter… Or easy. I am going from a 30 minute commute to a 2 hour commute. A salary that is a fifth more than what I am making, however I’m losing the commission aspect which technically means that I am making less. Worst of all, I am leaving my friends behind.

Don't Cry Because Its Over . Smile Because It Happened

“Don’t Cry Because Its Over . Smile Because It Happened” – Dr. Suess

Sometimes one has to take one step back to take two steps forward. However this new chapter is not a step back, more like a step to the side then forward.

Friday Escape – Happy Memorial Weekend!!

Holy crap! What an unproductive night for me!  Sun is coming up and all I managed to do was watch the final 2 episodes of True Detective and cook myself breakfast at 2am. Then spent the next hour on Youtube watching random shit about RDA’s, builds, vape reviews, etc. On the plus side, I stumble across one of Madeon’s old video, which is one of my faves!

Don’t forget, this weekend is Memorial Weekend! Memorial Weekend means that YOU need to go outside, enjoy the sun, bbq, don’t work to much, eat food, and say thanks to all those that gave their lives to make this weekend possible! As for myself, I am working my final 2 days at my job! Been a roller coaster ride these past 2 years. THANK YOU ALL! Then on Memorial Day itself, I will be tailgating with friends and family at O.co before watching the A’s beat on the Tigers.

Let’s Go Oakland!

Now.. I’m off to crawl under the sheets and take a quick power nap before I have to be at work in a few hours.

Clash of Clans Clan Wars Update!

This is a quick short post since I am note supposed to be playing games, should be working on a project instead. 

Yes! Super Cell just did a major update for Clash of Clans that affected clan wars!

Those of you that play the game saw what the update included in your game inbox:

  • Keep separate War-Base layout. Can be edited on prep day.
  • Dismiss donated troops that you do not want.
  • More detailed war stats
  • Info on each player during war
Update Overview 03

Update Overview 01

Update Overview 02

Update Overview 02

Update Overview 01

Update Overview 03

Updated map for the war

Updated map for the war, now number’s player.

Updated Player List

Updated Player List

With the overview of the war, now you can see how well and efficient each clan did during the war. As you can see, Cali Dragoons just placed the hurt on The Cash Clan averaging 91.3% of destruction. It doesn’t help that The Cash Clan only used 27 of 80 attacks.

The war map was updated as well. Now listing who on your hit list will be easier, especially when the enemy’s name is written in another language’s characters such as Chines or Sanskrit to name a few.

Finally, a well detailed player’s overview that shows how well each player is doing. You can even see the other clan’s players to see how well or bad they are doing. What I do like is that we can now see how new stars each player earned during the war. Another neat stat is how many defenses a player won/lost during the war.

As you can tell, I don’t have a picture showing myself saving a War-Base layout. One cane only do so during prep day and we are not going to war till Monday or Tuesday. I’d get kicked out of my own clan if I were to start a war just to show you that I can save a base for war.

That’s all for now. I need to get back to work.

Cheers!

Huge Challenge – Canada311

This past Tuesday we started our fifth war after going 4-0. We were matched up against a clan that has won 7 clan wars, Canada311. Don’t know if they are 7-0 or 7 and several losses, all I know is that we are going to give them a run for their money!

Canada311, 7 wins at Clan Wars

As you can see Canada311 is not just the first clan that we are going up against that has several wins, but a clan that has over 40 players. Over the past few days our clan quickly grew, picking up roughly 10 players, as the past season was ending. This will be largest war that we’ve participated in, so exciting!

As of typing up this post, we are pretty even. I can’t wait to see how this war ends, with is being 5-0 or 4-1. I’m betting on the former.

The war so far

 

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UPDATE!!

Cali Dragoons are now 5-0!

5-0 Cali Dragoons

 

COACHELLA!

Coachella. How can I describe Coachella? Wow. That’s the only way that I can describe my experience at Coachella. I know that ‘wow’ is a very vague term but ‘WOW’ is what I am using. Just wow because the experience was memorably good, for the most part (more on that later).

Coachella is not EDC and to compare each other is like comparing Five Guys with In-N-Out, their just two different beasts. Beast is a good word to describe Coachella because that shit kicked my ass. I would do the walk. The walk. THE WALK. The walk to the venue from the streets was forever. Then having to do the same walk home from the venue after hours of jumping and dancing under the sun is no fun.

Now I did ride the pedi cabs all three days, but I was forced to. Forced to pay the $10 – $15 a person for the ride because my gf got a nasty blister on her foot from the walk from where we were staying to the front entrance. Stepping on her bad heel doesn’t help; I swear it was an accident! These rides were short, only a third of the way from where you’re going, so you would have to take multiple rides to get from the venue to the street (49th and Monroe). On the second day we did find out that walking in from 52nd and Monroe is a shorter trip that only required one pedi cab ride but going home we still had to trek through the Yellow Path (49th and Monroe) to get to the taxis/Uber stands. I spent more money on a single pedi cab than I did all weekend using Uber.

Using Uber versus waiting in the taxi line was great! Sucks to those drivers that had to take me home since I was staying across the street, I feel a bit guilty but feeling guilty is better than feeling the wrath of a mad woman that almost ruined her first Coachella experience because I can’t walk straight. The reason I feel a tiny bit guilty, and that’s big of me to say because I HATE taxi/town car/Uber drivers in the City, is because the drivers would have to sit

I’m still exhausted from the whole Coachella experience: drive down and back, the sun, walking for miles, lack of sleep, and being robbed to ride those pedicabs. So I’ll keep this post short and write about one more thing, then I’ll just link the videos that were taken and let you watch and listen to the music that I experienced. Watch those videos, you’ll enjoy them. Plus I know that you’re into voyeurism.

The last takeaway that I have to mention about Coachella was the bomb ass ice cream. OMG! I never knew that ice cream could taste so good! I’ve tasted good ice cream before from Lords to Thriftys to the high priced gluten free ice cream from gourmet food trucks that can be found at Off The Grid. The folks from Salt & Straw drove all the way from Portland to Indio just to share the Earth’s best ice cream. Thank you! I’m not going to lie, I was skeptic at first looking at the price: $7 for a single and $10 for a double scoop. My gf was craving something sweet and I felt bad for stepping on her heel, so took a leap of fate and paid the highway robbery price for a double scoop cone of ice cream. How good was the ice cream? Let’s just say that we got ice cream every single day and didn’t even blink at the price. That’s how good it was. Next time you’re in Portland stop by their shop, there are three Salt & Straw locations. You can thank me later.

Now the music… Well some of it. I’m taking forever uploading videos onto Youtube. I’ll post more videos in the coming days.

 

Warring with Cali Dragoons

Last Friday we, Cali Dragoons, participated in our first Clan War. We ended up winners! YAY! #WINNING

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

As you can see from above, both clans had players that did not participate in the war.  Even though our Average Destruction was lower than theirs, we were fortunate enough to have more members participating in the CW than them.

Some of you may say that we suck as a clan due to the low AD score. To those that do, you can suck a dick.

I have a lot of expectations and want nothing but perfection, so I do critique our clan with a magnifying lens. However I do understand that we are a young clan with a fair number of players that has been only playing for a few months, with me being one of them.

The poor results from my first battle

The poor results from my first battle

During my first battle with the opposing clan, I targeted a player who had their Town Hall outside their walls. At the initial stage of the attack, I released a few dragons to attack the TH, followed up by a healer to heal the dragons as a couple Archer Towers attacked them. To my alarm, the dragons were not being healed! I panicked and dropped a healing potion on top of them, then just started unloading all my troops to ensure that I would at least walk away with one star and a win. In the end I did destroy the TH, ensuring me one star, but did less than 50% of damage. Few minutes later, a fellow Co-Leader commented “Johny, you didn’t know that healers don’t heal flyers?” which I simply replied “Not at that time, but now I know. Learned the hard way”.

Like I wrote, we are a young clan that is still learning and gaining experience. My takeaway from our first war is that everyone has learned from the war: learned that the battles carry a different kind of pressure to them versus the normal raiding/farming battles, learned that we need to communicate better with strategies and tactics, and that CW is a fun aspect to Clash of Clans that we are transitioning from just a regular clan to a clan that will participate and push CW.

Today is Monday and the first day of a new season. For those that do not know, a season occurs in a span of two weeks starting and ending on Sunday night at 10:00 PM PST. With a new season brings new hope. And that hope is that we win more wars. Last night the Co’s talked about all the different option of when we can war, should war, how many times a week we war, and if we are ready to war.

We decided that we are as ready as we can to war. Every day every member of the clan is going to have something on their base upgrading, structure or troop, and so will any other clan that we face. One thing that we did want to make sure was that every member that would be participating in the war has a Clan Castle of at least level 3 so that they can hold a dragon.

As for when should we go to war? We decided to not focus on weeks but rather on seasons. A few options that were thrown out were: warring every 4 days, warring every single possible time with no break in between, and war once a week. The direction that we went with was that we war three times a season: Monday, Saturday, and the following Thursday. We hope that three wars a season will give us enough action each season, and at the same time enough time to farm to upgrade both our buildings and troops.

We already have our next war set up, going against Super… Man. We have more trophy counts (Cali Dragoons – 11725) than them (Super.. Man 11422) but trophy counts is not the best way to judge your opponent.

 

Stacking up the competition

Stacking up the competition

As you can see, SM has a few more higher level players than us however they also have 3 players below level 39, one that is level 30. We do have one player that is level 82, and as long as he score three stars in this match I feel that we have a good chance at running the table.

Wish us luck!

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UPDATE!

We won our second war! I didn’t do to bad either gaining our clan a total of 5 stars! Now we are 2-0 and will be starting our third war on Friday!

Cali Dragoons with the smack down!

Cali Dragoons with the smack down!