It’s Dusting Time!

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Sorry for not having a post last week. Allergy season has begun and I lost some time in lala land. As for this week, clutter is taking a back suit to one really overdue project.

dust

I can’t remember the last time I dusted in my bedroom. I finally did the other room (the studio-in-progress) last year. That’s how crazy things have been since 2008 (although I THINK I’ve dusted since 2008). So I want to get that done. This isn’t even the worst dust in my room. I have layers of dust, and it’s time to fix that.

Happy Easter!

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English: Icon of the Resurrection

English: Icon of the Resurrection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I fought off a cold, finished my cousin’s video project…and then fought off an allergy attack. Figures. With things the way they’ve been lately Easter managed to sneak up on me, so I didn’t get any clutter clearing done…and I’m getting tired of writing that. I need to get into a pattern where I get all my projects done and still have some free time to relax. While the projects were created to get things off of my chest and have some fun, I find that the biggest clutter is in my schedule, in making time for everything. I think I’ve become lethargic. I was so used to a 9-3 (later 10-3) schedule that the next two owners screwed that up and pushed me out of my patterns, then never really let me get back into them. That would be fine if it improved me somehow, but I think the opposite occurred.

I’m a person of patterns, and I need to get back into habits that make me productive again. Is it possible? This is Easter, where we honor the resurrection of Jesus from death! If death itself can be overcome, I think resurrecting my life patterns should be easier. I’m happy to have the time to create, but I’m not used to it and so many things have put me into a slump that I’ve been in for over a year now. I have a schedule in mind that should get all of my article, video, and comic work done, including projects for this site in the first two areas. (If I had a good idea for a clutter-related comic I’d consider it.) I keep writing this too, but this time it’s the goal I want to push myself to succeed at.

I think God is sending me a message as well, since I keep finding myself walking into new creative projects by others as well as motivational speeches to not give up on dreams, pursue your goals, and not ones that sound phony. It’s where I feel pushed and the only barrier I have besides the lethargy is money to pay my bills and upgrade my various equipment and tools. I need to push back against what’s holding me back, get work done on projects and get this clutter out of my way so I have the room to do so. If I keep writing this enough times, saying it enough times, I’m hoping I’ll actually do it and finally get everything in my life in order. I’ve been blockaded far too long and I’m not giving up. Jesus didn’t give up even in death, preaching to the vary souls in Hell while awaiting his return to life, and continued to save souls when he was resurrected and does so even now from Heaven. This is what I believe as a Christian (I will not apologize for my beliefs but I think I need this right now so forgive me if this is now what your used to on this site) and what I need to start living instead of just saying and writing. I hope all of you, regardless of faith, have a  happy Easter and never give up what your heart drives you to, using your mind to reach those goals. I also hope the same for myself.

Comic Report: Saban’s Masked Rider

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Between a cold and a project I was working on for my cousin (which was delayed by the aforementioned cold) I didn’t do any cleaning this week. So I’m grabbing this week’s Scanning My Collection article from last week to have something to post.


 

Saban’s Masked Rider had the potential to be a good show. Using footage from Kamen Rider Black RX, with a few scenes from the movies Kamen Rider ZO and Kamen Rider J to make up the space in the final, syndicated season, the tale of an alien prince who comes to Earth to stop his evil uncle from doing to Earth what he did to their home planet of Edenoi using the powers of a insect-like superhero could have been a good show. So why did it fall flat? That’s a review for another time.

Like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and VR Troopers, Marvel had the chance to play with Masked Rider but instead of its own comic, or joining together like the VR Troopers, Marvel only gave Dex and his friends a one-shot special. In some ways it may be better than the television show it adapted, but like other Marvel attempts to adapt Saban’s work it got a number of facts wrong. But how good is the story when they actually have a full comic length to write instead of half a comic like the Power Ranger/VR Trooper comics we’ve spent the past few Fridays going over?

Masked Rider #1

“Big deal. OUR cycles look like sharks now. Not that Marvel ever used them!”

Masked Rider

Marvel (April, 1996)

WRITER: Frank Lovece
ARTISTS: Rurik Tyler & Todd Smith
INKERS: Jim Sanders, Mark McKenna, Vince Russel, & Don Hudson
COLORIST: Tom Smith
LETTERER: Dave Sharpe
EDITOR: Mariano Nicieza

Nicieza edited all of the Marvel Saban comics. Show accuracy wasn’t on his agenda, was it?

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Virtual Clutter Report: Video Transfer

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Inner view of a Seagate 3.5 inches hard disk d...

Inner view of a Seagate 3.5 inches hard disk drive Medalist ST33232A model (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s not much this week but it’s something.

My cousin has a video editing project for me, so it was time to clear some space on my hard drive. I had some video game save states that I decided to erase since I never reloaded the games after reinstalling the operating system and want to start over for another project I have in mind. Then there were a series of videos that I either burned to CD or moved to my project drive, depending on the need. My cousin’s project is going to take most of the week so I don’t know what I’ll be able to do by next weekend. Still, there’s some more hard drive and room clutter cleaning that needs to be done. The battle continues. Also, I’m adding a “virtual clutter” category to go over computer clutter cleaning as well. Clutter, clutter everywhere.

Mass Delay

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This week there was a mass for my mother so I attended that, which took out what free time I had this week. It bothers me that clutter maintenance keeps getting stalled but I’m a stubborn person and I still have way too much to do. Hopefully I’ll have a full article next week. Instead I’ll link to a whole lot of other clutter articles so coming here this week was at least worth it. Pray for my getting back to this.

 

But reading isn’t enough, is it? I don’t care how small the task is, even with a big project I’m going to do for my cousin and all the stuff I do on the other site, I’m going to do my best to make time to organize or review something next week!

Finished Up An Organizing Project

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Wikiconference NYC 2009

Wikiconference NYC 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At some point while I was still in mourning I needed to do something besides sit around, but I still wasn’t feeling creative or able to review stuff.. So I grabbed a folding table and started organizing a pile of papers, newsletters, and other stuff and put them away. When I was able to work on other projects again it got stalled because there were still other things I needed to do to help my dad plus I’m still looking for a job. Then my grandfather passed away and dad needed even more help. Been a tough year.

The only clutter cleaning I was able to do was to finish off most of that project. I still have one more group, stuff from conventioning, that I need to do once I’ve caught up with last year’s panels and other things I recorded. Since I can get PDF versions of the previous catalogs (I even have one or two), my plan is to only keep the two that are significant, the first time I went to that convention and the first ConnectiCon that I went to under a press badge. If something else happens that I want to remember at future cons I may save those as well but I’m trying to reduce my collections to things that have a personal significance or just look good in my collection (or in the case of media, things I want to watch/read/play/listen to again). I still need to balance my schedule to do everything I want and need to do. How do you guys balance your time?

Another Family Member Passes

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This has been a tough year. 2015 is finding a way to be worse than 2014 from the beginning. Last month my mother died and we weren’t expecting it. On Tuesday my last grandparent, my grandfather, also went to be with the Lord, but this time it was expected. He 96 years old and suffering from Dementia and a stroke. Still, I didn’t any clutter clearing done this week and as I write this the comic still isn’t done. It’s easier since it was expected and it wasn’t something he’d make a recovery from. Still, It would be nice to not have someone I care about pass at least for the rest of the year.

I hope to be back to things next week, since expecting it made things easier. Not easy, just easier. I just hope this is the last loved one we have to bury for longer than awhile.

 

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