Old school dating rules, still apply.?

So, I just shared a video for the site, Art of Manliness, about how men should stop “hanging out” with women they are interested in, and ask them on dates. Continue reading

Fender Guitar

Old dogs, and new tricks…

So, I haven’t written in a week or so, it has been a busy time. Once again, I am going to try to learn the guitar, I have started lessons. I have had a beautiful Fender acoustic for years but I have always had one reason or another not to learn, but excuse never get the job done.  I am taking free lessons at the Guitar Center, I must say, I have gone to one of the local music shops twice now (I bought the guitar there, and I would rather support local business when possible) and I have been treated very poorly because of my lack of knowledge. Guitar Center on the other hand has been nothing but helpful, so big corp wins this time. Continue reading

It’s a long way to the top…

If you wanna rockin’ roll, this song by AC/DC has been going through my head a lot lately, because it is true.

As October is winding down and I have just finished my last part of our 31 days of horror installment at Nightfall Unlimited, I am glad it is over. I have had lots of fun doing it, most of all realizing that it has been a while since I have watched the films we talk about. It has been harder to get out regular articles however, and I look forward to getting more diversity out of the posts.

Things have been going really well for us at Nightfall, our podcast is gaining a larger audience, and site traffic is up.  We have also been busy finding new ways to make the site more interesting. It is all great fun, but exhausting on days when mundane life takes up your energy.

That aside, for those of you that are wondering about my beard growing, here is a pic.

My beard in the morning

Sorry, I just woke up.

I have not put any beard oil in it yet, today. I have found that putting it in every other day works best for me. I also try to only clean my beard every other day, even though I tend to end up cleaning it daily anyway.

So, Gaming Month is our next theme for Nightfall Unlimited, I think that will be a great month as we look at the past, present, and future of video, card, and board games. I hope everyone that read my personal blog, also goes to Nightfall Unlimited, because we are working hard to put up interesting content. Remember the more you comment the more we know what you like.

-The Idiot

The face of failure

Extra Life – technical failure


So, I was all prepped to do my 24 hours of gaming in one epic run. I stocked a mini-fridge with caffeine and hydration, gather several stacks, wasted time I should have been sleeping testing my games for updates and doing a short run of the broadcast software (Raptr at first).

After several hours getting everything correct, I went to sleep at 9:30pm. Getting up at 11:30pm, I could feel I need more sleep, but I am not one to bow before a challenge. My brother logged on and we worked on the streaming issues that I was having (I love many Raptr features, but often have little issues).

Right before 12, I find that the issue seems to be tied to some beta software that I thought I had deactivated. Everything seems OK, so I start my marathon. I start playing Rift, I play a new character still in Freemarch (Defiant all the way, baby). I am still tweaking my broadcast because my brother is seeing bursts of low-quality.

I want to say 2ish, my brother is doing Tough Mudder the next day, so he needs to log off. As I play I get traffic on Twitch but many people leave pretty quickly. I just figure I am not interesting enough to stay (I was feeling rough from lack of sleep, what can I say).

About 5ish, I realize that my broadcast is worse than usual, and I need to do something.

7am, I have tried 3 different broadcast programs, restarting the system several times, contacting support (Which was helpful, just not miracle workers.) All while still gaming as much as possible.

That is when I realized that my efforts were not going to work, I was exhausted from the day before, and my system had betrayed me. I went to sleep, and woke up and played some games without Twitching for parts of the day.

I clocked about 12 hours that day, I would like to Twitch another 12 very soon to finish my commitment.

This is a great event, and I am still fighting to reach my goal!

I hope you will consider giving to my cause, I still have November to complete it.



It is always Halloween here! (Faceless Edition)

Hello, I am making my return from daddy land, and what a fun land it is… But, that is not what I am here to talk about.

With Halloween fast approaching your ol’ friend The Idiot has a tale to tell. So, gather close, and listen (… or read as it were) the…

Tale of the Faceless ones! (I am typing this with a flashlight to my face, you know, for effect)

There once was a land… No, more like a world, and one could enter this world through one of three doors.

The first door to be discovered was called the Door of Truth, few came through this door because of what you had to leave behind. When one entered this door they had to leave behind their age, they also left behind their sex, and race, even their name was left at the threshold until all they had left was their pure experiences of life and the dreams of what life could be. In those days the world was chaotic, and yet simple. But, these nameless and faceless ones began to build great things, and so that they could find each other,( for they had no form, not even a name) they formed new names made of their experiences and dreams. But, then many begun to hear of this new world and the wonders the faceless ones had created.

Many of these people fear the first door, so they searched for another way to access this new, fantastic world, and that is how they came to find The door of Ignorance. This door would allow anyone in, and it would allow them to take everything with them from the old world. They could bring their age, sex, and race, so, many did. Once this door was discovered, many flooded into this new domain to gaze upon the wonders of the faceless and to begin to build wonders of their own.

One day, one of the ignorant said, “What is your name?”

The faceless one told him.

“What?! This name is of 1′ and 0′, this is not a true name!”The ignorant shouted in outrage.

“But it is, this is the name that I have created.” The faceless one said.

“See it is a made up name, not a real one!” The ignorant smugly said,”How will I know if you are to be called Sir or My lady? No, this is not acceptable!”

The ignorant went in search of the law, but found that those with the power in the land did not enforce such laws, so he left the land…
and returned with those that enforced the laws of the old world. These brutes saw the many wonders and found some to be grotesque and demanded them be torn down, others broke laws of the other worlds and those too the faceless were forced to change or destroy.

More and more the immigrants from the old world came to the new through the second door, and the proud names of the old world, demanded tribute; and the old crimes of hate began to spread through out this world as it had the last. Some of the faceless had the things that they left behind brought through the second door by the brutes, and others faded into legend. This new world has had many names, but most just call it, The Net.

Although, not much of and ending, that is the end of today’s tale…

What? This story is of three doors? Well, yes, there is a third door, but no one has found that one yet.

(and I dramatically close the book… or screen.. or well you know what I mean.)

The moral of today’s story, is that once upon a time we didn’t know each others age or sex on the net. It was hard to have hate crimes because we detached ourselves to enter into the world the computers created. When I was in my early teens I would be treated as an equal with educated adults on what was called BBS, mostly because they never new they where talking to someone so young. I read about the prejudice against girl gamers, and people of other races, and wonder how we got here from such pure beginnings. Here you start out without a name or anything, we decided what to add, it is like Halloween every day, which mask will you wear? I guess it just depends on which door you came through…

-The Idiot

It is hip to be square… (Nerd Edition)

So, I was reading a funny little info-graphic on Geeks are Sexy. (This is a fun site, http://www.geeksaresexy.net) It was a geek vs. nerd comparison. It was ok, except that it really pissed of a lot of commenter because it basically said that geeks are tech-savvy hipsters. Being someone who takes geek as one of his many titles, I can see why people were offended, hell, I was offended when the graph said geek = Mac, nerd = PC. I mean really?! Who on either side of the line takes a mac seriously?.. … …

Sorry, had to let my blood pressure drop.

Anyway, as I was saying, the graph isn’t perfect, but it does hit on some fun points, and I don’t think it was made to be anything but a bit of fun.

The hipster thing kinda stuck in my craw, mostly because I get what they are saying, but I also disagree.

I think a lot of geeks have taken on more of a hipster persona (myself included), because it is fun, and it help identify us to other like-minded individuals. I like that if I see someone with a Mental Floss shirt on that I know they might be an intellectual, or at least someone who likes nerdy bits of info. Are their more wannabe’s in the geek seen now? Sure, I suppose, I was never an elitist, so if someone wants to go around pounding their chest with Tux on their shirt, and spending money on things that I like (thus making them cheaper, and easier for me to find), then let them. Once the fad has passed, I will still be the same Idiot, you all know and love, and those that like to stay in trend will have moved on.

My point is this, geeks, nerd, and dork until recent year have always been frowned upon, stuffed into lockers or shunned by the opposite sex. It has been doubly worse for those that have been in this group, but have also had social skill, because they were not taken serious by the geek (blanket term) or considered weird for knowing stuff by the more popular crowd. I know that many people consider this a badge of honor, they survived without giving in, but maybe it is time to enjoy getting a bit of respect, even if non-geeks (Once, again, just using this as a blanket terms that include nerds, dorks, etc… so that I don’t need to type it out every time, because doing so would be just a waste of time, and who would ramble on wasting everyone’s time by putting in information that is completely unnecessary, when this blog is about only the facts and is not to be used for entertainment value for any reason.*)… Where was I? Oh yeah, non-geeks don’t really get what it is to be tweaked on caffeine, and have your back killing you because you have been at the computer for several hours trying to weed out why there is a slight pause when you open your program that wasn’t there before.

There is no dress code to being a geek/near/dork/dweeb/intellectual, but if I see a woman with a low-cut shirt, that ALSO has a tri-force on it. I’ll admit, it is a bit more of a turn on. It is a social code that says,”I am more likely to accept, and enjoy spending a night fight orcs, or talking tech with you.” I can’t speak for the fairer sex, but for us caffeine-blooded male geeks, I don’t know a single one that wouldn’t be excited to hear that. (So, remember that as a pick up line, ladies.)

Here is how I would put people into categories, and yes you can fit into more than one:

geek = intellectual interested in tech.

nerd = intellectual interested in academia

dork = socially awkward fan boy/girl. (comic books,  movies, video games, etc..)

Dweeb = ?, does anyone use this term really.

Anyway, I have had my say, what do you think?

Also, check out Geeks are Sexy, http://www.geeksaresexy.net

-The Idiot



*This blog is in fact ONLY for entertainment value, and I would hope that you get that I was making fun of my own disclaimer. But this is a disclaimer about the fake disclaimer, say that I don’t rely on facts, for anything… … … lawyers scare me.

My fortress walls are mighty… … (Mascularium Edition)

Back from my time off, and ready to… type?

Anyway, as my life has been going through the changes that are required to create the next leader and master of the human race (We found out that she will be a woman, now you know too!), I have lucked into having a room to do as I please with. No, I can’t explain how gaining a little person in my life has magically created another room in my house, so don’t ask!

As I was say, I have many plans to make this my new base of operations for all the terrible things I intended to inflict on this world… … Like this blog! Many men and women alike have said things equating to,”Oh, you get your own Man Cave.” To this, I say NO! The word Man Cave sends me visions of either a big gutted man hunched over, and balding only lit by the glow of a flat screen petting his beer can hat (You know, those construction hats with the tubes, yeah, you know) whispering “my precious” in the back of a cave… Or, a gay night club (I ripped that off of Last Man Standing, btw).

Either is fine, but I do not want to go to either of those places, thus I shall create a MASCULARIUM (If you are reading this out loud make sure you wave your hand in dramatic, visionary fashion when you say this, for effect).

Mascularium (mass-cul-air-e-m):

The essence of a man cave and an evil lair combined. A place for men that have evolved past the need for caves to do manly things, like read comics, play video games, enjoy adult beverages, learn martial arts, enjoy internet porn, and any other manly pursuit (Including the fun stuff done in the devolved man cave; like grow full, lush beards).

In a sentence:

After, no longer being able to stand the smell of vomit and sweaty testicles of Joe’s man cave, we went to my mascularium and I totally crushed those other suckers in a game of CoD while alternating between Jager and energy drink shots.

So, you get the idea, now if you are like me, sick of the cave, make sure you let others know that you have evolved and are now in a mascularium.