Recreation

Disc Golfing in the Summer Sun

It’s hot outside for those of us in the northern hemisphere (sorry New Zealand). Know what that means?

Time to go outside and have fun baking in the Summer sun.

For real though, there is plenty of activities to do out in the summer sun, and I’m here to suggest one of them for you.

Have you ever thrown a Frisbee?

Have you ever thought that you wanted to get really good at throwing a disc in a particular direction.

Did you participate in discus in high school? Neither did I.

If you have done any of these things then you might enjoy… drum-roll please… disc golfing.

Disc golf is almost exactly like normal golf except for a few factors:

  • It is usually hosted in local parks rather than managed golf courses.
  • It is relatively cheap to start playing, and then to keep playing.
  • You use a disc (fancy Frisbee if we want to be technical) instead of a golf ball, and you throw into a basket instead of into a hole.

To start playing disc golf you really only need one disc: A driver.
A driver allows you to throw really far distances granted that your technique and strength (mostly technique though) are good. Look this stuff up on YouTube, or just go out into an open field and practice.

If you want to get fancier you can also get a putter.
A putter allows you to make shorter distanced throws with more control than a driver.

If you want to be even fancier you can also get a mid-range disc.
A mid-range disc is exactly what it sounds like, a disc that is somewhere in between those two throws.

You could get a driver for $10-15 and as long as you don’t lose it you won’t buy another one.

A putter is about another $5-10.

A reusable water bottle, which I would recommend bringing with you, is also only $10 if you want to get an ultra durable Nalgene (not a sponsor).

I used to play disc golf in high school, and then when I got into college I slowed down. Just recently I got into it and I’ve been going every week and I thought I would just share some of the cool perks of the matter.

 

 

 

Printmaking Excuses

I am sorry that I didn’t post last week. I have one excuse and it isn’t a good one. I wanted to wait until Saturday to post because the D&D sessions I have been running would be over and then I would be able to write about those.

The problem was that I got really busy Saturday and then I was also trying to think back to the sessions to see if any of the content was extraordinary. It wasn’t really. There were funny parts but nothing I could make an entire blog post about.

Although, one of the least foreseen and most interesting parts of the sessions was a part where I added a bandit encounter.

Now I’ve been playing D&D for almost a year now and I don’t think our party has ever fought just a random group of bandits. We’ve never had to face the moral dilemma of killing someone vs. sparing their life with the chance that they might keep their bandit ways.

A day or so before one of the sessions began I added a bandit encounter and it became one of the more pivotal parts of our campaign. I did not intend for this. In the middle of the fight our rogue convinced the bandits to stop fighting and we could spare their lives. It worked.

There were two bandits left. Our barbarian immediately dispatched one of them right after they surrendered. Kind of cold blooded, but in his defense he was raging at the moment and he’s a stupid barbarian.

Now there is only one left and one of the party members decides to interrogate him. Then after the interrogation he decides to shoot an eldritch blast at him. No questions, no hesitation, no resistance, no justification, just murder of a now defenseless bandit.

So after what was supposed to be a meaningless bandit encounter our “good” party had to come to terms with the fact that they are evil, or letting evil get away with it.


That was the only truly significant snippet from the campaign.

Aside from that, a couple of weeks I made a new print.

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I made this print with the idea that the phrase that you can find everywhere “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee” was always a little too aggressive. It might as well just be “excuse my bad behavior I haven’t had coffee.”

Since when has lack of coffee ever excused anyone from anything serious? In what cases would that phrase ever be fine?

“Sorry for yelling at you, I haven’t had my coffee.”

“Sorry for speeding officer, I haven’t had my coffee.”

“Yes I do plead guilty for premeditated murder but in my defense I hadn’t had my coffee.”

And it became such a terrible excuse that I just had to print it.

So I made the block and I wanted to print it on bloodstained paper, to help point out how aggressive really is. So I got some red food coloring, and colored some water and put it on the paper.

All in all, the process to make the print was much more fun than a lot of the other prints that I’ve made, my only complaint with it is that the “blood” really just looks like Kool-Aid.

That’s all I really have to say for the rest of this blog post. I intend to host more sessions of D&D sometime in the future and I intend to make more prints. If I do either of those I’ll make sure that I keep the blog up to date.

Sorry I didn’t make a blog post last week, I hadn’t had my coffee.

Switching on the Switch

Warning: This might sound like an ad.

When the Nintendo Switch was first announced I was hyped but I didn’t truly believe that it would be a good console. I saw it as a worse version of a couch console, rather than what it is truly is, a better version of a handheld console.

In fact, when the Nintendo Switch was released I was in a speech class where I took part in a group presentation where we talked about how Nintendo should just stop trying to be in the console game. It was shallow and not super insightful, but the summary of it was that the Wii U was a failure… yada yada yada… The handheld consoles like the Gameboy and the DS were successful and own most of the market share for handheld gaming … yada yada yada… Nintendo needs to focus their resources on developing their handheld consoles.

I finally got a Switch and I can undoubtedly saw that I was wrong. I missed the point, but just by a little bit. It isn’t an inferior couch console, it is a superior handheld console.

I’m not usually a first adopter and I don’t like user interfaces that aren’t clean. The switch docking station is pretty dang amazing. I know it is just a glorified HMDI output, but there truly is a seamless transition from playing on my monitor to picking it up and walking to the kitchen to cook food.

Just this week my apartment got another Switch dock put in the living room. When I got home from classes I was able to take my Switch out of my backpack (Hey I have some free time between classes) and plugged it straight into the living room and play there with my homies. But then later that night when I just wanted to chill in my room I simply plugged it into my room’s dock.

I feel like I’m selling out writing and writing an advertisement, but I genuinely and am just having the most fun I’ve ever had with a console since I got a PC. I can’t wait to see what games they release for the switch.

Sincerely,

-A new Switch fanboy