Monthly Archives: November 2014

Back in Portland

So, what does a digital nomad like me get up to during his first week in Portland?

Let’s take a look…

Beautiful scenery on my first day.DSC00105

Biscuits and fried chicken!DSC00074

Wasted no time getting a membership at the climbing gym.DSC00147

Coffee. Early and often.
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Buying my first piece of original artwork! (Above my hand on her shoulder.)DSC00068

Enjoying étouffée (surprisingly!), drinking a local beer, and reading about sex. Yum.
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House party!
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More house parrty.DSC00108

Moarrr house parrrty.DSC00122

The Portland Youth Philharmonic killed it!DSC00156
Shrimp and grits.
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Let’s Make Eye Contact

I’m currently in the middle of a lifestyle experiment called Let’s Make Eye Contact.

The premise is simple: every day I invite a stranger to make eye contact with me for 60 seconds.

The project just over four weeks old and the results are AMAZING!

I get to interact with many delightful people. I am surprised over and over again at peoples’ willingness to make eye contact with me and allow their picture to be used on the blog. My ability to do things like approach strangers, face the possibility of rejection, hold conversations with new people, make eye contact, and empathize with others has increased a lot already. I can feel my prejudices and assumptions about people getting massaged away with every new interaction.

Although my commitment to the project was only for 30 days, I am planning to continue to practice this exercise beyond the official completion date. So far, most of my interactions have been in Victoria BC. I intend to take this experiment to other cities, other countries, and other cultures. I want to keep pushing myself to interact with people who I otherwise might not have a reason to engage or know what to say to them. Doing this project brings me such a sense of fulfillment and enrichment that to stop would feel like a great loss – so I don’t plan to stop!

You can follow along with my daily interactions on the Let’s Make Eye Contact blog. The project site also has a gallery of participant portraits that is an absolute treat to browse.

Announcing: Jump Tanks Pre-Alpha Preview!

I am pleased to announce the Pre-Alpha Preview of Jump Tanks, the game on which I’ve been working during my nomadic adventures!

For a limited time anyone can sign up to play Jump Tanks for free. Steam keys will be granted to to participants and there will be regular play sessions during which players can get into the game, play with the team, and provide valuable feedback to guide the development and polish of Jump Tanks.

While still early in development, the game is showing real promise and those who have played will tell you that it’s a frenzied party full of bullets and intense melee futuristic tank combat!

Head to the Jump Tanks Pre-Alpha Preview Sign Up site to get your name on the list for a Steam key! The first play session is next Wednesday, November 12 from 7 PM – 9 PM Pacific!

Pics from Victoria

I lived in Victoria BC for a month! Here are some pictures.

Fish and chips at Red Fish Blue Fish.
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Work, as usual?
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Downtown.
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Recyclistas! Work on your own bike here.
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Night is coming.
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The Empress.
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Surprisingly nice Japanese whisky selection at The Strath Liquor Store.
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Brewing at Bedford Brewing Co.
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A 10K walk around the lake.
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Seals at the dock.
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View of the harbor.
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Mile 0.
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Beer = bottled.
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View of the city.
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View of the island.
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Trek in the woods.
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