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Life: Alone

I used to not like being alone. It used to fill me with all sorts of dread. While I try to have a very positive and upbeat outlook on life, when I’m alone, it’s just dark and lonely. I can never stop thinking about all the negativity that surrounds my life. I always think of all the terrible scenarios that could happen t me with any given things. It gets to a point where I’m constantly looking for someone to hang with because it’s downright terrifying sitting in my house by myself.

It’s not as bad, however, when a crowd of people are around. At that point, I’m not full of dread, but full of suspicion. I get very nervous and anxious when I’m with a group of people and am constantly watching my back. I’ll sit there and look for all the exits in the room that I’m in and work out the fastest routes out of the room in case of a speedy exit.

However, since I’ve been on vacation, I haven’t felt that way. It has actually been quite nice to be alone. Some of these posts that I have written, including parts of this one, have been written while I was sitting alone. I’m starting to believe it may be due to the amounts of stress during everyday life. I spend too much time running the rat race that I’m never actually taking true stock of my life. I have so many distractions coming my way, that it scares me that I may never have never have enough time to do what I actually want to do with my life.

I think I might be having a true moment of actual clarity. Better not waste it…

Life: Waves

I was taking a nap earlier. I was awoken by Tiffany as she got up and started moving about the cabin. That wasn’t the thing that was bothering me, though. Shortly after waking up, I noticed that was rocking left and right while lying in bed. It was then I noticed we were starting a gradual turn which is still happening at this moment, about an hour later.

Since then, I had left my cabin (housekeeping needed to get in) and came up to the one of the pools. After trying to salvage the rest of the nap, I decided to give up. What I was still noticing was that the ship was still rocking.

Before getting on the ship, I was of the idea that the ship was too big to rock in such a way. I thought the water couldn’t have even this much power against the boat. Apparently, I was wrong.

It got me thinking, something as small as the waves in the ocean has the ability to move a ship as large as this. It kind of changed my perspective on something. I have always been of the belief that no matter what we are told, the small forces can’t alter a huge force. Boy, was I wrong, but not completely.

I still believe that small actions cannot change big things (at least not as fast as most would like for it to). However, just like the boat is for me, I believe the bigger thing can be the vehicle for the change for other small components related to it.

But, then again, maybe that’s the whole point.

The MajorSophisticationZero Show Episode #14 Featuring Scarfinger

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On this week’s episode, we celebrate the gang being all here and on time, the Major talks about his anniversary vacation and why cruisers are being hypnotized, everyone shares their July 4th stories, Scarfinger shows up halfway through, and the Major does the worst thing he’s ever done on a live show.

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luxury cruise by David Foster Wallace

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Life: Beauty in the Simplest Things

I, for one, am a very complex man. However, I do find very simple things interesting and, dare I say, beautiful…

Right now, I’m sitting in one of the dining areas overlooking the water on the port side of the ship. I’ve fallen in love with this side of the ship as today, I spent most of the morning (and a good part of the afternoon watching us sail past Cuba (and might have caught a glimpse of Havana).

I’ve been sitting here writing a few posts and discussing a few options with Tiffany about what to do once we reach land. During breaks between conversations and typing, I find myself looking outside. At the moment, there is nothing but water. Beautiful, blue water. I saw a ship maybe an hour ago, and after taking a picture of it, saw that there was land further out. But, for the most part, its just been nothing but water.

Between this and not having any communication with the outside world outside of a television in my room and the EA Sports bar where I can watch ESPN all day (or the ship’s version of ESPN), I think I might have determined what I want in a vacation. I just want things to be simple! No complications due to the madness that is life.

I’m sure going to miss this…

Life: Unconnected

In this day and age, everyone has become increasingly more connected. It would be nice to say that it was due to barriers being broken in various types of social areas, but it is more related to the technology that has come into our lives in the past few years. While this isn’t a bad thing overall, it still has come with its share of negative impacts. The biggest thing is that we are constantly distracted by the world as it comes into our many devices, that we don’t take time to pay attention to the world that is physically around us.

Now, while I may be writing this on my laptop just north of Cuba (which I totally flipped my wig over), these first couple of days have been pretty awesome. There have been times where I stop and think about sharing with people about the experiences that I’ve been having or just hoping that the website isn’t down. With Tiffany’s help, I remind myself that this is our vacation and we just need to take a break from it all. Just sit back, with a cup in hand, and just watch the waves go by…

Life: At Sea

For those who may not have known, I have actually been out of town. Actually, more like out of the country. My wife, Tiffany, and I decided that, for our first wedding anniversary, we would pack our bags and sail the seven seas. However, all we could afford was a seven day cruise around the Caribbean so we just opted for that experience.

While we were gone, I decided that I could take this time to actually do some writing as I will be without many distractions while out of the US (so glad to not have a global data plan). So, in the coming days, I will be releasing blog posts that were written while I was away and had the time to write, possibly with some pictures from the cruise for context.

Well, before this introduction post becomes too lengthy, I’ll say so long for now.

 

Now to find this burger…

The MajorSophisticationZero Show Episode #13

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On this week’s episode, it was opposite day in the “Four” household, the Major comes to the realization that WebMD is just not for him, and the hosts are still being plagued with glitches in the Google Matrix.

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The MajorSophisticationZero Show Episode #12

On this week’s episode, we catch up from our two week break, the Major discovers he has become impulsive and responsible in course of a week, Sophisticates4 gives hair care advice via YouTube and Zero0Four bakes cookies which the Major promptly gets none of…

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Baltimore Rapper Featured on Vice

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The MajorSophisticationZero Show Episode #11

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On this week’s episode, Watch_Dogs was obtained by the group, the worst wedding reception dance routine in existence was discussed, and Sophisticates4 and Zero0Four watched a very particular one man party…

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Animazement 2014

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This is my first Animazement which is sad since I’ve lived in North Carolina nearly all of my life (short of the 3 months I lived in Illinois) and since I’ve known about its existence four about 4 years.

Animazement is an anime convention that is held in Downtown Raleigh in May.  I believe it is toward the end of the month. To be even more specific, it may be held on Memorial Day weekend. It goes from Friday until Sunday, but this year they had a little preview event that was held on Thursday evening.  I’m not sure as to what happened then or what even went down on the first full day Friday, but these are the things I observed on Saturday.

The Arrival

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On Friday, I had this brilliant idea that I was going to try to arrive super early so that way I could beat the crowd.  So, on Saturday, I got up at about 6:15am, took my shower, got dressed and assembled my gear (laptop, camera, lenses, tripod, tablet, Vita, and 3DS (gotta get them StreetPasses)). I kissed my wife goodbye and set out on my journey which included breakfast and Bojangles and a lot of nerdcore dubstep (thanks Totentotz and Grimecraft).

At 8:20am, I arrived and paid for parking then grabbed enough of the equipment I needed for the walk-around. I, then, began walking towards the Raleigh Convention Center only to discover that a line had already formed and had started to wrap around a corner. I took my place in line and began my wait. I met another photographer who seemed a lot more prepared than I was and actually made a business of photographing cosplayers.  While we waited, he dashed around taking photos of random cosplayers as they headed to the back of our line.

Through the Gates

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At 9:00am (or a little after that), the doors had opened and the line began to move. Luckily, the staff running the registration tables were “experts” at their craft and kept the line moving very quickly.  I was glad that there was a credit card table as I started to fear they wouldn’t take mine as soon as I got through the door.

Upon, entering the convention center (still in line), I had noticed the setup that they had various stations set up. Obviously, there was the one for at the door registrations. Off to the right they had several such as information booths, 18+ passes for more mature panels and parties, and weapons checks. I believe it is the first time that I had seen a weapons check station. I’m sure they had one at MagFest, I just may not have noticed it.

After taking care of my necessary passes, I went through the gates and this is what I saw…

If the Titans Attacked…

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Well, if Saturday was any indication, Attack on Titan had to have one Anime of the Year or at least the New Hotness award. As I’m only two episodes into the series, I only have very limited knowledge of the series, but it was explained to me that everyone was cosplaying as the military from the show and not one particular character. This makes it a lot easier to explain why there were so many of them and probably didn’t bother to go any further than the uniform. That cosplay concept was actually very new for me and was a very interesting take on an interesting problem. The only other time I saw the problem tackled in such a way is when the 501st shows up.

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However, I wasn’t there for that.  I was there for all of the unique cosplay, and the convention attendees did not disappoint. Even though it is an anime convention, there were more than just anime cosplayers there.  Some came as various video game characters. Others came as characters from comic books. I guess it kinda helped that The Amazing Spiderman 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the new Batman/Superman movie have all been on people’s minds in the past few months.

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Then, there were the obscure anime and manga references.  I could tell you that I learned of new anime to watch or manga to read, but most of the series that I learned about were still in Japan and most of the diehard fans in attendance were problem reading and watching fan-translated versions which were the norm back in the 90s when I started. As of late, I have become lazy and have relied on production companies and professional translation services.

What are you buyin’?

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For me, a convention is only as good as its dealers’ area, and Animazement didn’t disappoint. The dealers’ area here was packed full of various vendors selling their wares (and wears (see what I did there)). They were selling everything from hats to kimonos, replica weapons to real ones…very real ones.  There were a few items that I wanted to pick up from the event, however, like most things I go to, it happens to be on a weekend I don’t get paid.

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It looked really busy and was very packed in the area and I can only guess that it was that crowded Friday and Sunday as well. I’m not sure if it was as busy for the dealers as it looked. Didn’t want to ask about it when I wasn’t buying anything myself as I overheard one dealer that they weren’t big fans of people stating that they didn’t happen to have money this weekend. After hearing that, I quietly stepped away…

Now it’s time for so long…

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While there were some small things that made me kinda regret going (which I won’t acknowledge here or at all), the event was mostly a very enjoyable experience. I would love to go to more of these events and maybe learn more about the anime and manga that is out there that I am far from knowing of or even understanding.