My father’s favourite car is the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air; a classic of a car if there ever was one. People can spot it as a distinctive car even if they see vehicles as nothing more than a means of getting from A to B. Over the years my father has managed to build up a rather large collection of models and toys depicting this car, but has never actually owned one. Back in my early 20s I set a goal to buy one of these for him to celebrate his 57th birthday. Today he turns 58.
Communication is so important to us that we will often do anything to make ourselves heard, even if it means finding an alternative means to share our thoughts with the world. Back in 1992, when puberty was beginning to play havoc with my body, I lost the ability to speak for an afternoon. It only happened for a few hours but, in that time, I was pretty much isolated when not within arms reach of a pen and paper. At that time in my life I tended to keep to myself and say very little. Silence isn’t a problem when it’s by choice. When silence is forced upon you, the experience can leave a person feeling isolated — disconnected.
The last few months have been quite hard to get through. Truth be told, I’m not sure I’d be writing this blog post if it weren’t for Nozomi being the puppy she is. Dogs are wonderful companions, and I’d encourage anyone and everyone that can look after a canine to do so. Sure, some people aren’t dog people, and this is what I thought about myself a few years ago, too. That said, sometimes bonds can form in the most unlikely combinations. This post isn’t really about Nozomi, though. This post is about the creative projects that I’ve been trying so hard to complete …
When people would ask me what I wanted to do with my life in the early 2000s, I would often talk about opening a café where people could come and use some really fast Internet, do some work, and enjoy some really good coffee. The thinking was that if I were to make a place like this, then I could have (what appeared to be) a simple job making coffee and serving high-calorie treats to people 30% of the time, and doing whatever on the computer 70% of the time. Since it would be my business, I wouldn’t have to worry about “the boss” getting upset because I’m on the computer all the time, either. As time went on, this idea continued to fester. Now in 2015, it sounds like a plausible solution to a number of issues that I’ve run into over my short time on Earth.
On May 13th, 2005 the last new episode of Star Trek aired on TV. Almost a decade has passed, and the fans — particularly this one — are ready for another story. The desire for some new Star Trek was rekindled last July when I learned about Axanar, a project that has seen wild success on KickStarter to create a fan-made show based on the story of Garth of Izar and his battle against the Klingons at Axanar. The 20-minute prelude to the story sends shivers down my spine every time I watch it because it’s just so good … I’d like to see more.