Posted: 2009-01-15 10:03:41
This week started my "get up at 6 and go workout" routine.
I did it on Tuesday, and I was very proud of myself. I felt really good. Then this morning rolled around. Alarm went off at 6, I said "holy shit it's cold out" and went back to bed.
When I did get up an hour later, I did some pushups and planks, so that's not too bad. But if I'm gonna reach my goal, I'm gonna have to actually go to the gym.
I've been working on exercising my will power recently. I had started to slip into a habit of "just one won't hurt" and all those "just one"s were starting to hurt.
Just one stop at McDonalds, just one donut, I'll just bite this one finger nail. You get the picture.
I haven't bit my nails in over a week (which is impressive for me, really). I actually busted out the nail clippers like a real human being!
So, here's to hoping I can keep up with my own ambitions.
On another note, Dave and I sat down to build my new computer on Tuesday. It was quite a daunting task, with wires everywhere and all sorts of very vague installation instructions. After four hours of plugging and screwing and securing, we were pretty sure everything was connected and in the right spot, so we plugged it in and... nothing.
After another hour of trouble shooting, we had pretty much concluded that my power supply was dead. Which, in the grand scheme of things, is probably the best component to be dead. I verified this with Raidmax tech support (the maker of the PSU) by completing the circuit with a paper clip and trying to turn it on (and not electrocute myself).
It didn't turn on, so it's definitely dead, so I ordered a new PSU from Amazon and it should be here on Monday. So keep your fingers crossed.
My parents are coming in this weekend for dinner, and my dad and I are hopefully going on the Goose Island Brewery tour (we're on a waiting list right now). I'm looking forward to it, and if we don't get in on the tour, we can at least just drink beer!
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Posted: 2009-01-07 09:34:00
Christmas was great. I went home with Amber and Ethan to see my whole Mom's side of the family. It was a fantastic few days, with Ethan being a big hit and falling in love with my cousin Kendall, and just being around family.
New Years was fairly low key. We went over to Amber's friend's place for a kid friendly party. In this case, 'kid friendly' meant the kids stayed in the basement with a baby sitter and the adults got drunk and ate bagel wrapped hot dogs. Good times, and only a bit of a hang over the next day.
We recently joined XSport fitness and it's been good to get back to the gym (though being sick on and off for the past few weeks have made that difficult). I'm really excited to get through their little training for the climbing wall so I can go use that whenever I please.
I'm going skiing up at Cascade this Saturday, and though it's no Breckenridge, I'm still really pumped. It's just Dave and Russ and I going I think, but that should be a blast. I get to try out the new goggles I got for Xmas.
Well, that's all for now. Peace.
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Posted: 2008-12-18 12:11:00
short post now. longer post later.
This post is really just because I'm super bored at work. Half the office is in a meeting, I've been out sick for the past two days and it's hard to really do much when the boss isn't here and tomorrow is Friday. I kind of want some V8, and I'm thinking about walking down to the convenient mart, but I'm pretty sure it's fucking cold out there, so we'll see how much I don't want to be here.
Rumor has it we're in for another huge snow storm tonight. I heard horror stories about 5 hour commutes and such on Tuesday night, but I was busy laying in bed being sick, so it didn't really affect me. I just got to watch big fluffy snowflakes fall outside the window.
So I'm all moved into the new place, and it's looking pretty schnazzy. Way less bachelor pad than the old place, much more sophistomicated adult. There are nice pictures on the walls. Furniture that wasn't bought on craigslist. And it doesn't smell like rotten fruit.
The first few days we were without heat, so we didn't sleep there, but I did spend a long time there in the 43 degree living room putting various Ikea furniture together. All in all, I've put together a bed, a fancy shmancy headboard, a book shelf, another bed, and I have a coffee table to do when I get home tonight. I also still need to hang the coat rack and the guitars. It's been kind of fun putting the place together, and it already feels like home.
I'm really looking forward to christmas, going home to see the family. It'll be nice to break away from the city and work and all that for just a couple days. Although, minus the slush, the city is quite beautiful when snow-covered.
Anyway, I probably should get back to doing something productive at work. I've got a bunch to spew out in here (not unlike all the spewing I did Tuesday night), so I'll post that later... though perhaps in an interesting format...
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Posted: 2008-11-07 19:05:00
Sometimes, if you get your hopes up to high, the actuality turns into quite the disappointment.
I've been on the search for a band that I can really pour myself into. My search has lead me to a few different bands in the past year, and none have really satisfied what it is I'm looking for.
I recently came across the band Flame Shark (thanks to Amber randomly picking up a Reader one day) and gave them a listen. Their music is really really good. It's like early Wilco meets Dylan meets some of the slower stuff by Jet. And, there were looking for a drummer.
Long story short, I'm frustrated, disappointed, and just kind of down. I met the guys in Flame Shark, had dinner at their place, hung out, and turns out they are three really cool guys. Their attitudes toward music and their musical abilities were exactly what I had been looking for in a band. And on top of that, their music was really good.
So last night, after about a month of "courting," I finally got over that and jammed with them a bit. And I felt nothing. I don't know if it was the fact that I had built it up too much, or that it really just wasn't a style meant for me. I'm leaning toward the latter, as I really feel like I need a more rock centered band.
So, the search continues. I'll scour Craigslist and the Reader and hope to find a band that embodies what I want in a band that happens to be looking for a drummer.
It's rough when your passion is so hard to fulfill, but I'm not going to stop trying to find the right band for me.
On a lighter note, I'm about to write a review of mint.com over on team hamster hat so go check it out.
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Posted: 2008-10-12 11:18:00
Today is the Chicago Marathon. I stood up on the roof for a while, watched the leaders come through. They run right down Taylor Street in front of our place, around mile 17 or so. There was a pack of three right out front, and a lone dude back in forth a little back. I'm pretty sure it was the guy in forth that ended up winning it. Pretty cool, I have a picture of him from the roof.
About 3 hours later, there were people walking by. Team Hamster Hat has a nice little article about how I feel about them.
Amber and I went to see Broken Social Scene at the Vic on Thursday night. It was a pretty good show, though not as good as when the played the Metro. The Vic just doesn't seem to be as good. Plus, the urinal flooded all over my feet. That's just gross.
I think I'm gonna look for another band to play in, or if I'm feeling quite ambitious, create my own band. If any members of Catch a Tiger are reading this, don't worry. It's not a replacement band. It's just another band. I really want to play some straight up rock. Raconteurs, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Mountain type stuff. Really good riff rock, where I can play with some mean sass and really groove. We'll see how that goes, since my initial perusal of Craigslist certainly left me with something to be desired.
The fonts on my computer somehow got all fucked up a few days ago (I blame a certain someone... but she's cute enough for me to not be mad). So I just backed all my stuff up and did a clean install of the whole system. Sometimes I like doing that. For one thing, the computer always seems to run a little faster after that, just cos all the random crap that ends up on here is gone. Also because any software that gives you a free trial, you can get it again. I'm thinking I might actually buy Transmit, an FTP client, because it really is just better than anything else out there for the mac.
Band practice tonight, which will be the first in almost two weeks. I'm antsy, been too long since I played.
I think it's shower time.
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Posted: 2008-10-09 12:25:00
Just a quick update.
my website, www.bryandunk.com no longer exists (in practice).
Urgack.com is the new home to Bryan Dunk. As such, blog.urgack.com will bring you to this blog (and will probably eventually just pull posts from this blog directly).
I've decided to do this because I wanted to build more of a brand for myself, and Urgack is that brand. There will now be music, web development, blogs, and more all from the central hub of Urgack.
So update you links, books marks and all that good stuff if you so choose,but I've set it up so you shouldn't even have to do anything to see this change anyway.
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