27
Jul

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 Evolution is hard

Oh man, I am in one of those interim states where I want to work on a creative project but don’t know exactly what to do.

I’ve always identified as an artist. My first calling was music but I didn’t have the resources to be able to do that. I did comics instead. I did them too long. I became bitter with the politics in that scene and the high amount of work that it takes to produce one.

I spent about 10 years getting only 4 hours of sleep per night because of the labor required. I feel like I never want to draw comics again. Just looking at a sketchbook causes me to get queasy. I’m beyond burnt out right now. The only thing I enjoy is studying my guitar.

So I feel lost because I am not actually producing anything.

Yes, I am producing conventions. BTW, have you registered for Intervention yet? It’s in 2 weeks and going to be a hell of a lot of fun.) That’s something I love but not the same thing as a personal creative project.

I feel like I am at a crossroads, unhappy, and not sure what to do. TL; DR you can have a huge amount of success and still be unhappy.

Oh, and I’m slightly losing my sight until I get an eye surgery so making art also sucks for that reason. I find out on Wednesday what’s going on. More on that later. I hope the doctors can help easily.



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22
Jul

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 Makeup Forever partners with transgender model Andreja Pejic

There’s been a lot of talk about transgender issues because of Caitlin Jenner and the amazing new campaign by Makeup Forever starring Andreja Pejic. If you haven’t seen the latter, here you go:

In my personal world that I’ve created none of this is an issue because we have a diverse mix of all genders in my organization. More than once I’ve been approached and told that it was very positive and remarkable that any gender issues were a non-issue. What I mean by that is that they were immediately accepted and not negatively questioned no matter who they were or how they identified. We are quite proud of our positive atmosphere.

That’s how I roll. Accept people or GTFO. I’ve been marginalized many times in life due to not fitting in. I sure as hell will not allow any of that to happen to anyone else on my watch.

I have no time for people who define themselves by what they don’t like or reduce themselves to fearing what they don’t understand. There’s a lot of things in life that I personally don’t care for and wouldn’t do myself. For example I’d never tattoo my face. That doesn’t mean someone who does can’t have my full respect.

Even if you don’t understand someone it’s not your business to make it your issue. You accept people as important human beings and that’s the end of it. People are important. I don’t care what race/class/gender they are. You don’t have to be “this tall” to have my unconditional friendship, so to speak. I am pretty sure we all read the Dr. Seuss book about the Star-bellied Sneetches. That’s some first grade shit there.

I had intended to write more here but I will follow up this post later with a more personal post on the topic. In the meantime I think I’m gonna schedule a makeup session with MUFE in advance of my next photo shoot.



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22
Jul

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 5 things to know about getting Invisalign – a review at 6 months (ish)

My readers will know that I do not love the company that makes Invisalign. However I have received many questions about my Invisalign treatment and how it’s working. I’ve had these for almost 6 months so I feel that I know enough about them to speak clearly on it.

Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces. They are clear trays that you wear over your teeth for about a year. Every 2 weeks or so you simply switch to a tighter tray. If you are awesome with it like I was and wear it 21 hours a day or more your dentist may tell you to switch to 10 days instead of 14. I am on the accelerated plan and should be free of these things by November which would be less than a year. I had the awful metal braces as a child and they didn’t work which is why I am back to doing this as an adult. I was breaking teeth and in danger of breaking my own jaw on the daily. It was either do this or probably get jaw surgery.

Invisalign may have it’s flaws and their company may annoy me to no end but it’s far better than the alternatives. I would recommend it to anyone who can afford the +- 4k cost. They really are the only good option. I can’t imagine dealing with metal braces again as an adult. You might say “people shouldn’t judge you by your appearance”, but if you truly believe that this is what happens you are living in a fantasy land. I’m currently going for a VP position in a big company and occasionally do TV and magazine media. I can’t really see a planet where I would be taken seriously for this type of job with metal braces.

When I had the metal ones as a child it was brutal. I was always getting cut or stabbed and I had to go in every week or so for adjustments. Invisalign required 3 adjustments for me total. The dentist basically files down my teeth in the back so they can move to wherever it is they are going without shattering my skull.

I totally made that sound more heavy metal than it is. But that’s how I roll. \(^^)/

I had a few trays that were sharp. I was able to file them down with a nail file. The rest of the trays have actually been fine so far but I also have reports from some of my readers that they got sharp trays as well. I have no idea why it seems random that you’ll get a razor blade in your mouth, but apparently that happens.

At just under 6 months I can see a huge difference in my teeth. It’s definitely doing what it says it does. I’ll have to update on that further when I am done with the treatment.

Without further ado, here are the 5 things you should be aware of before you get these. I don’t think that too many people are posting the Real Talk about what these things are like to live with:

1. Heavy staining: You can’t have curry, red wine, or anything that stains your teeth. They have to install “buttons” on your teeth to hold the trays in place. For some reason, the bonding they use for these buttons absorbs stains like a sponge. One meal of curry will have you looking like a Halloween pirate with the yellowest, nastiest teeth you ever saw. No you can’t remove it at home to my knowledge.

2. Bleaching sort of helps: I gave up curry but I cannot and will not give up coffee. Coffee stains the bonding but far less than the curry. It seems that after about a month I need to bleach. To bleach just use Crest Whitestrips (or whatever it’s called) once every month or as needed. It removes the coffee stains in 30 minutes. The curry stains mentioned above were so bad that it perplexed my dentist and he had to blast me with some high powered baking soda. I’m not testing the whitestrips with curry. That traumatized me too much.

3. You’ll need to carry a toothbrush everywhere: Say goodbye to small purses until this is over. You need to brush, floss, and clean the trays when you eat anything ever.

4. You can drink smoothies and coffee with these in but beware: You can do this, but you run the risk of having epic amounts of blueberry or whatever stuck in the trays. This actually totally happened to me. I try and keep my mouth really closed until I can get to the bathroom upon arriving at work since I like to drink my morning smoothie in the car. If you drink coffee, make sure it’s not hot enough to warp the trays.

5. Wear these shits for at least 21 hours a day or more: Seriously, just do it. Why would you want to lengthen the amount of time you have to have to fuss with this? The 2 week time frame is designed assuming that most people are lazy and won’t wear them. Wear the hell out of these and GTFO in 10 days instead of 14 and on with your life.

TL; DR: At about 6 months in I recommend Invisalign. It’s annoying and I can’t wait to be done with them but it was the right decision for me to get them. They are a lot less awful than the alternatives.



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15
Jul

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 Do you ever recover?

It’s been about a year since my life started falling apart and people started dying and then my job at the time booted me out because I was out for 4 days dealing with funerals.

I’m happy to say that I am feeling a bit better. Normally I bounce back pretty fast, but shit just did not stop. First, I had something pretty bad that I don’t want to talk about happen last August. Then in November I lost 4 people in my life and my job. Then I had to pull my shit together super fast and make (Re)Generation Who happen under terribly stressful personal circumstances. I can still find bright spots under extreme stress.

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Those tears you saw from us and our crew on stage during (Re)Generation Who closing ceremonies were real. Why?

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Because we were all working in honor of our loved ones who had passed – most who would have been at the con. Should have been at the con. My friend’s widow came up to me and told me that I would have made him proud right before closing ceremonies. If you were in the audience you couldn’t have necessarily heard what was said – but that was why we were a few minutes late getting the final closing ceremony started.

Somehow we did it. Somehow we not only survived, but we raised the bar on what it’s like to run cons. Again. We did it. Under terrible personal stress – we did it.

I don’t know how I survived the last 12 months.

I thank all of my friends for having my back. I couldn’t have done it without you. Not only am I taking care of myself but I am also taking care of Harknell, who has suffered pretty badly with the loss of his Mom. My Mom is also in poor health and can no longer recognize me.

Collecting vinyl has been a big deal for us. Studying guitar has been huge for me. I practice for at least 30 minutes to 3 hours a day. These are true bright spots in an otherwise super busy life. I now have a new job that I like a lot.

I know I’m feeling a bit better because I had stopped doing kettlebell last August.

I just started doing that again today.

I hope to see some of you at Intervention in MD this year. I’ll be focusing on teaching some good classes and taking the time to really get to know some of you guys more. It’s in just over a month, so register now and I hope to see you there. :)



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14
Jul

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 When internet people go outside on a nature hike – Cape May, New Jersey (NSFW language)

This is what happens when we went outside and saw nature. It’s absolutely hilarious. We are idiots. No, we are not making this up for the camera. This was real.

“THE BEACH IS WHERE I CAN GET SAND UP MY ASS AND BUGS BITING ME! NO!”



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