An Evening With A Friend (short story)

The following is a short story I wrote over the course of a weekend based on a prompt sent in by Colter Hettich. Let me know what you think, and perhaps I’ll expand upon it one day.

Atlantic City, New Jersey. April 5th, 1968

Another long, boring day at County Lawn Insurance. I was looking to unwind with the guys in sales like we always did, but none of them wanted to. They said they were “busy.” Well, no shit! That’s why we’re going to Sloopy’s in the first place. I got the same song and dance from the usual dames in reception, too. But whatever. I’m wasn’t going to let that stop me from turning this crappy day into a good night.

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To New Beginnings!

“…are walking on railroad tracks… I better go, too.” ~Pokemon Red/Blue

What a crazy… span of time it has been. I’m not gonna go into all the excuses on why I haven’t been posting again, so let’s cut right to the chase: This week I’m starting as KTXS’ Morning News Producer! This has been the product of a long, difficult job search. Let this be a lesson that no matter how qualified you think you may be, any kind of job hunting is hard in this economy. That said, I can’t wait to get started! I’m not sure what to expect. The word “producer” can mean anything from “man who funds a project” to something way more hands on. But that’s all part of the fun, right?

It’s a transition to be sure. Starting at KTXS means my time at KACU has come to a close. It finally sank in on the last hour of my shift today, as I looked around my all too familiar workspace.

These monitors, music card bins, soundboard and other equipment in this and the adjoining rooms were my life for the past four years. Coming to the realization that this ingrained routine was ending was a little overwhelming to say the least. I mean, I know I’ll come back and visit. I’m not leaving town or anything. But it’s still major.

It brings to mind another major change in my life. As you may know, I used to live in Chalmette, Louisiana, just a stone’s throw from New Orleans. Last week was the 8-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Louisiana coast. And in a very similar way, my life changed forever, in an even more abrupt fashion. I gave KACU a two weeks notice, which is a lot more than this natural disaster gave me.

I’ve found this blog post articulates my thought’s pretty well on the subject, but I’ll give you my quick rundown on how I feel…

Imagine suddenly becoming far removed from all your friends, family, and familiar settings. I was just starting my sophomore year of high school, a few big tests I was worrying about were coming up, and I was planning on asking out the captain of the cheerleading squad who was dropping some rather obvious hints. In an instant, however, all this changed. The last time I saw many of these people in person, (and let’s keep in mind that Facebook was not quite out yet) was at the football game two nights before. They, and the venue I saw them in, were gone in a blink.

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I’ve gotten over it for the most part. My family found a new home in Abilene. We went to new schools, and I just graduated last December at a college that 8 years ago I would’ve never dreamed of going to. Most years the anniversary will pass, I’ll acknowledge it, and move on. But something about this year weighed a bit more heavily on me, and I think it had something to do with the fact that I was entering another period of major change.

This job, as I’m slowly finding out, is polar opposite in many respects to what I was doing at KACU. The chief similarity is that it’s in the broadcast news field. I’m using the skills I’ve honed over the course of my career to this point, but in very different ways. Going from PM public radio to AM commercial television is as daunting as it sounds. The writing style is different, the producing style is different, and my sleep schedule is very different! (As I’m writing this I’ve begun the transition, so if this feels incredibly ramblesome… there’s a reason)

But in the end, I’m welcoming this change. I find as soon as I accept that the end to one beginning is coming to pass, I can more readily open to the new one. There’s always gonna be things I’ll miss about the previous chapter as I turn to the new one, but it’s something that must eventually be accepted.

So here we are. The new me starts today, and to tell you the truth, I couldn’t be more excited! There’s loads of uncertainty, but that’s all part of the fun, right?

A Happy “Mother”s Day, Indeed

The gang's all here!

After over 15 years, Earthbound (or Mother 2 as it’s known in Japan) is finally getting a re-release on the Wii U’s Virtual Console!

… Yeah, I’ll admit it’s rather late for me to be weighing in on this. In truth I only found out about this last week, and I can’t believe that either considering how much I freaking love this game series! Earthbound is probably one of my favorite RPGs of all time. So, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to spend a little time talking about my history with this under-appreciated classic. Continue reading

A Fable About Patience when Dealing with Technology

This week, I was hoping to introduce to you, and the rest of the world, my new web series. Due to a rather bone-headed move on my part, however, that won’t be possible for a while.

A couple of weeks ago, after a rather successful and overall fruitful test screening, I was about to sit down and iron out the few final kinks that the screeners picked up on, (if you’re reading this guys, thanks again!) and get ready to send this pilot episode on to a web series network for approval. I opened up my computer, grabbed out my external hard drive where the video footage, assests, etc. were, hooked up the FireWire, but something was missing: my external’s AC adaptor. Yes, it’s one of those high-end, faster drives that requires its own power source. Continue reading

Always On DRM is a Game that Nobody Can Win

Hello everyone. Yes it’s been a while but I’ll be getting back to regular posting soon, as I have an awesome new project to tell you all about!

But until then, I thought I’d weigh in on this growing gamer concern of “Always-On DRM,” where basically in order to play a game, or in Microsoft’s case, use a console, you have to be always connected not just to the internet, but to their company servers.

The following is a response to this opinion article published on The Motley Fool: http://beta.fool.com/joekurtz/2013/04/24/should-investors-worry-about-always-on-drm/32378/

He talks about the facts about it, but goes on to say that investors should not worry about this issue and that the gamers speaking out against it are a “vocal minority.” …Yeah, I’m not kidding, read for yourself. He also misspells Adam Orth’s name multiple times as Adam Orthy. How cute.  Anyway, here’s what I think about his position. Continue reading

New Look, New Name, Same Great Taste!

Do not adjust your browser. No, your computer didn’t just devolve into an monochrome Apple II, it’s the new, retro (we prefer that over old) look for S.M.R.E.O.H.U.!

But wait, wasn’t it originally, S.M.R.E.O.H.C.? Well I changed that, too. Why, you ask? It’s a long-ish story…

The original, as well as this new name, comes from a quote by John Cleese at the very end of Alan Parsons’ “A Valid Path” album:

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Not (currently) Released Music

As I’ve mentioned many many times before, just because I’m not posting here doesn’t mean I’m not doing anything. I’m just busy with other things. In many cases I’m still producing things under the Sma Man brand, they just don’t quite get finished. Of course this could be for many reasons. So, to shamelessly cash in (even though this is free) on said unfinished works, I bring you… THIS!!!

Bet you never thought you’d see Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, and Sonic the Hedgehog residing in the same cell, did you?

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Eye On Entertainment: Three years and counting…

You should probably know what has been taking up the most of my time the past month, and cumulatively, the last three years…

This, my friends, is a radio program I’ve built from the foundation up and have been writing for, directing, and hosting for the past three years as of this past Friday. The concept is simple: it’s a weekly 15-minute entertainment radio show. We skip past the tabloids to bring you what you really want to know about entertainment. It currently airs on Abilene Public Radio, so naturally we focus on events in that area, though we do occasionally look (get it?) at national matters.

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I’m Back! Again!

*blows even more dust off the blog*
Well it’s been a year since I said I would be back with more updates,  and what a year it was, so now it’s about time I make good on that promise!

I got a lot school-side accomplished certainly, and plenty of other personal creative things you can see at the various sites I keep pointing out. We’ll talk about them here a bit but I ultimately have other plans for this blog.

I want this to be the place where I talk about what I’m doing creatively, maybe briefly touching on life events, what video games I’m playing at the moment, etc. But mostly what I’m doing creatively. Expect more work in progress samples and the like!

Also, I’m looking to change the look of this site. Right now the background is a super close-up of one of my images. (which was WP’s doing, probably doesn’t know how to handle my ultra hi-res pics!)

Anyway, a big thanks to everyone who’s kept on checking here. I promise to make it worth your while. I got a bit of a headache so I’m going to leave it at this for now.

And on the subject of works in progress, here’s a mostly completed treat for you all!