Adventures & Insights

One man's adventures in the physical and intellectual worlds…

Monthly Archives: July 2011

Hey, Aren’t You…

Tonight I’m taking the easy way out. I’ve been in “The Lab” (read my garage) for most of the weekend working on my costume and am settling down for the night after an eventful evening run that involved an incident of drunken violence (I wasn’t the drunk one, just to be clear…). I went ice skating on Friday night and was going to write about that until I realised that my creative juices aren’t flowing at the moment due to the fatigue that is now bearing its weight on me as I’ve stopped moving.

So instead I’m going to add to the interesting string of posts started (to my knowledge anyway) by the amazing Canadian Leanne Shirtliffe who extrapolated an idea of Clay Morgan’s about celebrity look-alikes. In turn, Leanne’s idea was amended to more accurately reflect one Reneé A. Schuls-Jacobson‘s visage (because really, it’s a great bit of fun but as much as we all respect and admire Leanne, it would seem a bit odd to be using pictures of her, wouldn’t it?) and now I’ve done something similar. Except with pictures of myself, not Reneé…

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Don The Outfit – Become The Legend.

Last week an opportunity fell into my lap that I haven’t seen for over a year. The last time this particular chance presented itself, I squandered it away and have been kicking myself ever since. This time though, I will make the most of the advantage I have in that I have preparation time. Time to fully embrace the direction in which I am heading and hopefully create something that will echo through eternity – or at least be spoken about for 6 months. Either or, I’m not fussed.

What kind of opportunity gets me so worked up you might ask? Have I been asked to be the face of the new L’Oréal men expert campaign? No. Have I been offered the chance to travel the World and write about all the adventures I have along the way? Not yet. What has happened is this – I’ve been invited to a birthday party. It would be exciting enoug if it were just another birthday party but it isn’t. It’s a costume party!

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You Can Quote Me On That

I’ve been out for a run this evening and I’ll be honest – I’m chafed. It happens pretty much every time I go out either because I’m still too fat or because of my running style. I have the ancestral genes of  men and women who toiled on the land as dairy farmers; that’s a whole lot of full cream. While I was in Japan I went to the gym with a friend of mine who, if I had to draw a comparison, I would say was a fair resemblance of Jason Statham. He once told me that I had “The build of a hiker”. That’s the nicest way I’ve ever heard someone tell me I was fat. What does that have to do with this post you ask? Not much – and yet, a lot.

Earlier this afternoon I decided to update some of my Facebook information and there’s a section that I’ve purposely avoided up until today: the Quotations section.

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Life Lessons Over Coffee

Image courtesy of JcOlivera @

I’m not much of a hot drink person. I’m not sure exactly why, but I have an inkling. It may be the weather – which, for the most part, is quite warm and therefore doesn’t inspire within me a thirst for a drink whose primary ingredient is boiling water.

Given the choice of tea or coffee, I’ll take tea. There’s a coffee shop near my work that makes a nice spiced chai but every time I get one I feel a little pretentious. I don’t know why that is. What I do know is that I don’t drink coffee. As many psychologists often theorise, I think it stems back to my childhood. Seriously.

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Robo-Warriors – Are You Ready To Rumble?!

As a fan of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and CGI I’m always interested in seeing movies that contain one or more of these elements. With the recent release of “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” I was excited to see some great CGI and I’m looking forward to seeing “Real Steel” later this year.

In a moment of “inspirClaytion” I thought I’d convert my blog into a temporary mech-arena and extend a challenge to you, my readers:

Present your finest robotic champion in a pitched battle for the honour of being hailed as the ultimate Robo-Warrior in the known multiverse!

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The Man Of Steele – Another Anniversary Already?

It’s not a typo. If you came here to read about Superman you might be sorely disappointed. You may not – here’s a link to this Superman Super Site, may you find all the Man of Steel you can handle!

For those who are still with me, it’s time for another birthday post! (and another Sunday post; this is becoming a habit!)

Photo by Jessica Diamond @ Flickr (Creative Commons)

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A Song For Every Time We’ve Lost

We’ve all had times when life has been less than friendly. Whether it’s something we’ve seen coming or has been a complete suckerpunch, the result is the same – we find ourselves dazed by the result and sometimes, struggling to pick ourselves up and get on with business.

Of the many methods we use to recover, music is one of my favourite. When I find myself semi-conscious on the floor after one of life’s heavy right hooks, my recovery plan is a three stage process involving different types of music. There are many artists and songs that could easily inspire us; I’ve chosen only a couple the many, many songs that I turn up when pulling myself out of one of life’s little wrecks and getting ready for another ride on the rollercoaster.

Allow me to share my recovery-by-music approach with you now…

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“Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” – More Than Meets The Eye?

As a Gen X-er who grew up with Optimus, Megatron, Bumblebee and all the rest, the release of the first Transformers movie back in 2007 excited my inner child to a state of hyperactivity. I sat through the movie on the edge of my seat thrilled by the visual effects and action sequences that worked well to create an exciting homage to the robots that accompanied me through some of the greatest moments of my childhood. Two years later, a disappointing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was released and this year has seen an attempt to make up for the shortcomings of the last movie and restore pride to Optimus and the Autobots.

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