the five years of MoSo + breakfast for dinner

On this day in 2006, the first post to Modern Soapbox was published. I was in a similar state of mind then, but the years have gone by fast. I was younger and had more energy to be more prolific. I posted more often compared to nowadays where I’m averaging around an update or two per month.

I was at the end of my pseudo-career as a pizza boy. I played the balancing act of working two jobs for a little while. I kept a full-time job for over two years as an independent contractor turned employee/manager with full benefits for a company that shaped the way I see the corporate world and its tendency to create catastrophes almost intentionally. I also had another job part-time for about a year at a place where I met my other half. I was even bold enough to mix a part-time schedule of attending college into that mix.

These days are definitely different. I’m happier and more relaxed, but I’m quickly approaching 30. I work a job where I wake up early to be in an office working full-time earning a decent paycheck that makes ends meet. I’m reaching the threshold where I need to be earning more, but I can only roll with the punches with the way everything in this country and its economy is currently going. I’m fortunate to be employed, and I am very grateful for that.

Now five years have passed since “the debut” was published. I haven’t abandoned this archive, and I hope I can keep it going another five years. I may update not nearly as much as I did, but I have other projects that also demand my focus and I love working on each one of them almost more than this one. This isn’t going anywhere else but forward, and it will serve as a source where I have stored some of my thoughts, my observations, and what mattered to me when the posts were written.

I hope you will continue to visit every now and then to check if I’ve updated because I will continue to update. Even if you don’t stop by often or even stop visiting altogether, at least remember that I’m going to keep this going and I have no desire to bury it any time soon. Thanks for reading if you’re reading this, and now it’s time to talk about the tasty dinner that M&I had today since food plays a necessary part to my happiness.

Before we spent a couple hours at Thunderbird Coffee this evening, we made some scrambled eggs with sautéed red bell peppers, cheesy mashed potatoes with chives, and peppered bacon. Cutting up the bacon and mixing the pieces into the mashed potatoes made the plate that much better. The eggs provided additional flavors that kept our palates excited with every bite. Breakfast for dinner is something that we enjoy often, but we manage to 1-up ourselves this time around.

Happy 5th Anniversary, Modern Soapbox! Peace out.

the last of the 3hirty or the record high

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The challenge has been conquered. With a less than two hours left in the day, I am writing the thirtieth post for April.

I’m gonna try to keep this short, and I’m sure I will since I didn’t post too long ago. This month went by fast as expected.

I’m gonna wrap April up with a small list of this month’s highlights from my perspective:

  • K$ made the Pluckers Wall of Flame.
  • I purchased and received enough comics to probably last me ’til 2009. (But I ain’t stoppin’!)
  • I turned 26.
  • My sister gave me a Buddy Christ bobblehead.
  • My brother put together an excellent BBQ birthday party extravaganza equipped with burgers, bratwurst, and keg.
  • Two words: ROCK BAND.
  • The third and fourth volumes of Thrice’s The Alchemy Index was released.
  • Sleepercar’s debut album, West Texas, was released.
  • Alkaline Trio released their Agony and Irony EP with a catchy single, Help Me.
  • I told Pluckers about how awful one of their waiters was by filling out one of their comment cards, and they apologized by sending me a $25 gift card.
  • Uncle Sam gave me some of my hard-earned dollars back plus approved me for one of his bonus checks.
  • Two ‘Zas of the Week.
  • I was excused from jury duty and had a fantastic half-day off.
  • I saw these great bands in no particular order: Thrice, Dynamite Boy, Cruiserweight.
  • I experienced why I do not like performance art.
  • Two words: ROCK BAND. (listed twice intentionally ’cause it r0xx that hard!)
  • Rivers Cuomo stole the main riff from Portside Scout’s R2D2 song to use in his single, Pork and Beans.
  • Working where I work wasn’t so bad for the 21st month in a row.
  • I purchased a new machine, c0rey foldman, whose creation is strictly intended to contributing to the [email protected] project.
  • I spent way too much time in the MoSo WP CMS by challenging myself to write thirty posts this month and successfully pulled it off like the über g33k that I am.

This is the most posts in one month on Modern Soapbox which matched last June. Maybe I’ll go for 31 in July. I’ll be taking it easy from this next month to concentrate on my other projects that matter more, but I won’t abandon y’all. I promise. Peace out.

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the wall of flame

K-Money succeeds at making the Wall of Flame at Pluckers on Research in Austin, Texas.

The group cheers him on as he consumes Fire in the Hole wing #25. Gunner is to his right with an iPhone capturing the moment as well. Neil is on his left very entertained.

Notice at 12 seconds in when K-Money raises his eyebrows signaling that victory was achieved. He must have been thinking, “No challenge.” We all agree the challenge will return when the poo flame cometh.

the how to

With a paid subscription to WIRED magazine, readers are given a free gift. One of the gifts is How To, a guide published in August 2007 on how to do a multitude of tasks.

The contents are divided up into three sections: how to work, how to live, and how to play.

Some of the articles include:

  • Popularize a Meme
  • Multitask
  • Ace a Press Interview
  • Get Promoted
  • Actually Work From Home
  • Dress Like a Professional
  • Use LinkedIn
  • Outwit a Mechanic
  • Wire Your Car Stereo for an iPod
  • Change Your Oil
  • Get 50 MPG in a Buick
  • Get a Boost in the Blogosphere
  • Get Backstage at a Concert
  • Order a Drink
  • Launch an MP3 Blog
  • Lay Down Tracks On Your iPod
  • Convert Video to Play on Your Mobile Gadget
  • Make Old-Timey Photos
  • Get More Out of Flickr
  • Take a Killer Portrait
  • Rock at Guitar Hero
  • Karaoke Like a Superstar
  • Beat Donkey Kong
  • Win at Scrabble

Some of these may seem easy to figure out for yourself, but this guide has some useful insight. One tip I found interesting was that you can maximize views on your eBay auctions if you list them so they end on a Sunday between 4 and 10 pm Pacific time.

The original advertisements were replaced with other scans for entertainment purposes only. Enjoy.

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How To

How To
Wired, August 2007
PDF format, 12.1 MB

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