A while back, mutley had discussed his lack of fitness and his poor lifestyle choices as a young geek. I stumbled across his old post today, and thought it was quite relevant even now: I would consider myself as living somewhat of a ‘geek lifestyle’ in that I’m indoors a lot and on the computer or on the console. It is something I want to change, however. I want to get a bit healthier, so I’m improving my diet by eating healthier and trying to cut my calorie intake. It isn’t easy to do with this lifestyle. I’ve bought a treadmill and I’m doing a short amount on it each day on an incline to burn some extra calories and to ease my way into exercising. What I want to know is how you stay healthy and in shape when living a lifestyle that largely revolves around physical inactivity? Are there any tips you can share on how to shed some weight or maintain your weight without having to sacrifice the lifestyle you enjoy, at least to a point? I get you. Boy, oh, boy do I get where you’re coming from. Most of my time is spent being sedentary, […]
“Harry” (name changed per request) is a Patron who is trying to find himself a date and asked my advice. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! Time to ask a question well outside of the bubble of tech, yet still incredibly important to life: geek dating. I’m sure I am not the only one out there, but I am a geek who has trouble meeting women who share common interests. I’ve tried online dating and let’s just say that’s been less than successful. All I want to do is find a common interest female geek in my area. It shouldn’t be that difficult. Any tips? Well, it isn’t as difficult to find someone as it is to maintain a relationship. Be yourself. Join “real” groups; stop using dating sites. Get involved in things that interest you. Go to events; get out of the house. Find others with similar interests. And, jeez… don’t be shy about what you want. Only you know what you want, and if you don’t tell someone you might want to be with that you’re interested… they’ll never know. “No” isn’t the end of the world. Plenty of fish in […]
Sam is a Patron who is curious about what went on just a few years ago when I was a wee lad! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! What is your best childhood memory, and why is it important to you? I don’t know if I’d say it’s a single memory, but I used to love the first few days of summer vacation before the age of 14. From that point forward, I was working during the summer months and at school throughout the rest of the year. I’ve been working for a while, eh? I suppose that remains important because it reminds me of a time when I didn’t really have the same stressors. Homework was simple in comparison to the worries that face me now as an adult approaching the mid-way point. My continued fascination with Star Wars, LEGO, et al remains a connection to the past in my present and future – if only to serve as a constant reminder that I can still enjoy my adulthood through my own childhood memories.
Patron George Barrett is interested in kids and their early gaming years. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! When you introduce your child to gaming, will you show him/her the classic games from the NES era, or let him/her discover them for his/herself if it develops as a personal interest whilst playing the current games? This is actually an easy one to answer, George. I’m sure that at a very early age, Baby Pirillo will start being introduced to educational games. There are so many great ones out there that teach little ones everything from hand-eye coordination to counting to reading and back again. Once s/he is old enough, our child will be allowed to choose their own path with most everything in life… including gaming. That’s not to say Diana and I won’t provide guidance, of course. It’s not like the child will be given free reign to do things that are simply not appropriate. But I would never “force” my child into doing things that I prefer instead of what they would choose. Yes, of course I’ll show off the old-style games. I’ll also help him or her check out the […]
SnackPack asked: How do you deal with anger? Is there anything in particular you do — or anything you know to not do? We all tend to get angry at times, some of us more so than others. Knowing how to cool down and manage these emotions is critical to relationships with others and how you perceive yourself, even. Anger that is uncontrolled can turn very physically dangerous. For me, I am lucky; when I lose my cool, I’m able to get over it quickly. Sure, I’ve been known to rant — y’all have seen video evidence of that. But that’s just it… I rant. I don’t direct my anger at anyone. I simply spout off about whatever it is I’m pissed about in a healthy way and then get over it. I don’t let it get to me, you know? I’ve also been known to walk away. That helps me detach from whatever the situation may be, think about it rationally and calm down so that I am able to go back and deal with things. Sometimes, you just have to back the hell off before you say or do things you may later regret, or which may seriously […]
Madison is curious about her education options: Are online classes and degrees just as good as a traditional classroom setting? It really depends on the school and the person. There are many excellent online programs from reputable schools. When looking for one, do your research and be sure they’re accredited and have good feedback from others. As far as you – there are many people who have thrived in online classes. You have to be intelligent, of course, and easily able to grasp the content without the benefit of one-on-one instruction. You also have to be highly disciplined in order to make yourself study and complete assignments when you should. With online classes, students have a lot of temptation to blow off what they should be doing for classwork to do any number of other things, either around the house or out in the world. Make a decision as to whether you feel YOU are prepared for the challenges of online classes. If you are convinced you are, then look for a reputable school that has the program you’re looking for. Good luck!
Shelley asked me: What makes you do the things you do every day? Why do you push yourself? What is it that makes you want to keep going every day – even when the going is tough? The short answer is: YOU. All of you – the community – is what keeps me pushing myself day in and day out. I’ve said a million times that building a good community is everything. It’s why I do the things I do. That’s the reason I get up in the mornings and head into my office. Y’all make me strive to change things for the better, find new ways to engage and keep making sure everyone is able to easily communicate with each other. Is it always easy? Of course not! People’s needs and interests change. Google changes the way we find websites. Facebook changes the things you do and do not see on your feed. Haters hate. Whiners whine. Some days I do what everyone does at some point – question if what I’m doing is worth it. You know what, though? The answer to that is always a resounding YES! Why do YOU do what you do? What drives you […]
Matthew Rappaport seems to be concerned about what’s going on within Google’s social sphere: Is Google+ still alive and what do you hope to see announced for it at Google I/O? It’s not dead – yet. I have little patience for the typical jingoistic navelgazing that often seems to come with some of Google+’s most vocal supporters, though. I don’t eat, sleep, or breathe any single social platform, though – nor does my life revolve around any single company apart from my own. For Google I/O, I’d hope to hear more about how they’re going to continue to improve the Android experience – and, with just about every change they make, Google only reinforces my positions early on regarding their platform (despite me being perceived as persona non grata by many whose personal identity is tied into a piece of fucking software).
Paul Sheriff writes: If we could stop the aging process or reverse it, at what age would you choose to stay? Also, if your newborn daughter caught up to the same age as you and you only had the means for one of you to stay young (say the pills were $50,000 a year), would you keep her younger or yourself? I don’t think of myself as an age, so any given number is completely irrelevant. I never long for the days when I was younger, and I don’t ever long for the days when I’m older. That, and I probably wouldn’t buy pills at $50,000 a year. I wouldn’t pay for anybody to be younger, either, though I would probably pay for someone to live twice as long if they so wished.
Peter Friess asked: What is the biggest fear that you have for baby Pirillo? I fear the unknown. There are so many variables are at play, and so many things could go “wrong.” I fear that my child will not find happiness, or that others will woefully attempt take it from him/her. Diana and I will both do everything in our power to make sure our child is happy, healthy and well-adjusted. S/He will be loved beyond belief, and will be secure in that every day of his/her life. At the end of the day, we will have to hope that’s enough… just like all of you do. What about everyone else? What is your biggest fear as a parent?
Patron Reece Langham has vacations on his mind! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! What is your ideal holiday destination and why? I don’t take vacations easily. I mean, my body may be somewhere physically, but my mind is always somewhere else. I have to force myself to disconnect from myself, so… if I really needed to go on holiday, I’d likely find a way to entertain my brain. And, for that, the destination could be my bedroom where I’d be able to watch some kind of video programming. Sign me up for usable virtual reality, already!
Elizabeth Bradshaw – who is helping us prepare for VloggerFair – asked me: What is your favourite time of day and why is that the best? At this point, it’s that moment when I throw myself into bed at the end of a day because I’ve resigned to not moving until morning. Mentally, I’ve checked out. I’m sure that pleasure will be rendered elusive once Baby Pirillo is born, eh? Well, even if I have to physically get out of bed again, at least nobody can keep me from checking out at a mental level.
YamazaruNinja asked me: Who has been the biggest influence on your life, and why? To this point, I’d say that the person who has had the biggest influence on my life has been… my child. Mind you, I’m talking about a child who hasn’t even been born yet. That’s why I was put here, after all – biologically speaking. I’m alive to reproduce and put other living things not his plane of existence! I know, you were hoping for something a bit more deep – but it really doesn’t get deeper than that. Perpetuation of the species is what we’re about, so… I’m fulfilling my destiny to be a protective father, and my life must soon revolve around that creature which will soon spring from the loins of my wife, Diana. If that’s not the biggest influence, I don’t know what is. And, no… we’re not going to be public with the sex of the baby until s/he is born (the only exception will be if we reach 1,000 patrons, we’ll share the sex of the child with those supporters).
Melissa Davis asked: What is parenting in the digital age going to be like in your opinion? How will technology you have at your fingertips help you be a better parent? I think our lifestyle is somewhat different (but not too far apart) from what other families experience. For example, social media is now a given for people of all ages – right? You tweet a selfie, and it’s probably not going to be seen by too many people outside of your circle of friends. Baby Pirillo will have more attention than average, and with that comes undue judgment. People think they have the right to tell others how to live simply because they have the right to speak – and while I defend someone’s ability to say what they want to say, I think it’s extremely rude to judge someone else based on your own conceptions (or misconceptions). At least I can be there for Baby Pirillo the very moment morons sweep in and try to tell us how to live our lives, eh? I’d fear for those judgmental morons, really. Oh, wait… am I judging someone who is judging me? Is that too weird?
Harmen van Mourik asked: What is the meaning of life in your mind/eyes? 42! Now that we have that out of the way… I really feel that the meaning of my life is family. I love my work. I love our community. I love LEGO and Star Wars and my dogs and all kinds of things. But at the end of the day, none of that really means anything to me in the sense of “life.” It’s my family who is everything. Diana, the baby, my parents and brothers and nephews and niece… aunts and uncles and cousins. There are a lot of us and a whole lot of love and laughter going around. Everything I do these days is carefully calculated to have a great impact on all of you, yes, but also to have a lasting positive impact on the future for my little family. I have a beautiful wife and will soon have a baby to care for. What is the meaning of life for all of you? I’m sure many of you will answer the same as me. But… I also bet that a lot of you have other interpretations. Let’s hear them!