Return of the… Heapmaster?

I really can’t believe it has been SIX months since I have last written on here. It’s something that I have missed, to some extent, but haven’t really been able to motivate myself to just finally get on here and write about anything and everything that has been going on. Of course, my primary laptop breaking didn’t help things, as well as my Motorola Xoom being a tough cookie to blog on, it being without a physical keyboard. (Of which they now have a keyboard case which I will buy soon! But the Xoom is for another entry)

Nevertheless, I should never abandon this outlet for this long again. I will spare you the usual spiel regarding my absence, and the resulting promise of renewed interest and dedication to the cause. We both know that for whatever reason, I could be having the time of my life writing, and I will just randomly… stop.

However, I am back for now!

The Heap will continue being a trusted source of reviews of all sorts. I’d like to (again) try to incorporate more music into the blog. So I will hopefully be laying out some reviews of albums I purchase, rants for or against songs or artists, or perhaps just some cool entries about shows I get to go to.

I will also have a segment called Wilfred Weekly, in which I will discuss the week’s episode of FX’s new comedy, Wilfred. If you haven’t checked it out, they are only two episodes in, and I highly recommend it. (This is coming from someone who seldom watches TV for anything other than sports or horrible movies that USA and TBS are playing on the weekends)

I’ll also have a nice life update a la Trashman Chronicles, since I haven’t given one in a while, for all of you friends abroad.

And no, The Beer Corner is not going anywhere! However, the newest edition of The Recycling Project might limit entries, as I prepare to lose some serious weight.

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The Good Stuff: Welcome, December!

I just needed to give an official welcome to December! Look at that weather forecast! I think we can finally wave goodbye to sweat-inducing afternoons and evenings and finally look forward to sweater weather. I don’t think it can get any better than that. No rain in the forecast, and highs in the comfortable 70s! I can live with lows of 40 for a few days… as long as the afternoons are crisp and beautiful!

Aside from the weather, with December comes Christmas and New Years. Of course, it’s always great to get a few days off of work, but I am looking forward to just being with everyone. Friends will be in town and we will go out. Then there’s shopping, cooking and eating! And let’s not forget seasonal beers! (I will be picking up a strictly seasonal six pack this weekend for future Beer Corners!)

But alas, December has only become so special for me only as recent as last year, when I started falling for the most incredible person in the world, my best friend and future wife. So of course, we’ll always have our special time in December when we fell in love and she came to surprise me, and our first date!

So as 2010 winds down, we’ll keep the writing momentum going here at The Heap. We’ll keep the tweeting, and we’ll keep living life and enjoying every little aspect.

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Two Years Down the Road…

So much has changed in these past two years. Yes, everyone’s favorite dormant blog is BACK (at least for the time  being).

Two years ago today I started my little project. A project with which I have become slightly disappointed with… mostly since I felt that The Heap was an extension of Me. And well, lately… as you can see… there hasn’t been a post in about three months.

I just haven’t felt like writing. But it wasn’t until recently that I missed what this quaint, rather insignificant cyber stage allows me to do. I’ve thought of so many ideas, so many things I’ve wanted to write about. There are so many things happening in our world. So many great (and not so great) pieces of work to consider. The Rays and Yankees are beginning the last two months of what seems to be an epic race to the top of the division and ell, MLB standings. Steve Yzerman has made stellar moves for the Lightning as the new GM in the off season. And the Bucs… well, they’re the Bucs.

I’ve become distant from here, I’ve become distant from myself, I’ve become distant from others. I’ve become lazy. My room is a mess. I’ve gain a few pounds from just not caring.

It changes today. I can’t just charge through weeks anymore, because I’m missing most of the ride. Taking things for granted. So once again, here’s to a new commitment to writing and to growing through it. Here’s to a new commitment to myself to improve.

And most importantly: Here’s to The Heap, which I started two years ago as a “new start” in the midst of post graduation unemployment a new part of my life.

Happy 2 Year anniversary, heapsters, as we start anew again.

-HM

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The Heap: Streaming Event Scheduled- Story of The Year Concert

After a few months of waiting, one of my FAVORITE bands of all time is in town! St. Louis’ own Story of the Year makes a stop here in the Tampa Bay area, and you better believe I will be there. So of course, I will be stream a segment of the concert live on the blog. You can expect footage from 9-10 pm… anywhere in between.

It’s been a long time since I have seen these guys live. There were at Warped Tour a few years back, but I wasn’t able to make it that year. Though I did see them at Warped waaaaay back in the day circa 2004/2005, where they absolutely ROCKED it. They know how to put on a performance, I am am excited to see them at the State theatre in St. Pete, a smaller venue.

They’ve also recorded two albums since I’ve last seen them as well. In The Wake of Determination was just coming out when I last saw them, so I’ll get to hear songs from The Black Swan and The Constant performed. And of course, along with the random live streams, you can expect a nice reflection later this weekend, as well as finally, a review of their newest album!

The Heap’s Recommended Songs: Until the Day I Die, Anthem of Our Dying Day, The Antidote, I’m Alive, The Hero Will Drown

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The Heap: Now LIVE!

Yes, you can now literally see what happens at The Heap, thanks to Qik! A video streaming/sharing online medium! The observant readers might have already noticed a difference up top in the tabs. Gone in the stagnant “Notre Dame” page, because let’s face it… they took care of defeating any interest anyone would have in me updating that page with scores and records. Just tune in to any major collegiate sport to watch them play underwhelmingly!

Added is the “Qik” tab. After you click, you will see an embedded area for video. Most of the time, it will have a clip of the last recorded clip I made with the Android application from my phone. But if you are lucky enough (or can read when I schedule a streaming event!), you might catch me LIVE!

So yes, it has been a rather technologically advancing day, and I am excited to enhance The Heap experience using mobile posting capabilities as well as prospective video blogs and capturing live events!

Suggestions are always welcome! Email or tweet us!

The Heap: Now Mobile!

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There is officially no reason for your Heapmaster to go long periods of time without some sort of post! I finally discovered an app for the Android OS! There can now be posts from where ever I am at, complete with pictures and brief commentary!

This is a great advance in technology for this blog, after implementing a twitter and email account, as well as post synching to Facebook! There have been many times that I had wished I could have posted a mobile picture to The Heap, and now I have the capability!

Thanks to all the heapsters out there, and thanks for your patience. A more regular posting schedule is coming soon!

Also testing the picture posting capability. That was me on St. Patrick’s day with my super awesome tie from Flora!

Happy Holidays from The Heap!

Just wanted to wish all of my family, friends, and readers a Happy Holiday Season! Hope you enjoy the First Annual The Heap Cyber Christmas Card!

We’ll be back to regular writing this weekend. Be safe, and enjoy time with family! Preach Peace!

-The Heap Master

The Heap Presents: The Recycling Project

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This might be the closest to a “green” movement you’ll ever see here on The Heap.

No, we aren’t talking about knowing which products go in the blue or white bin. Or even remembering to put the recycling bins out on a weekly basis. (Though The Heap does recommend and smile upon recycling- it’s less trash for him!) It’s much more personal than that. It’s time to get rid of The Heap’s heap of a mid-section.

Today, August 1st, is the official start date for my diet, though I actually started earlier this week… to kind of ease into it. Ive been doing well, no super strong cravings yet. In fact, I’ve been able to stave off temptations at work!

My diet of choice is the trusty Weight Watchers. WW was quite effective for me when I last was on it in summer of ’06, so I’m hoping to see better results that I don’t have to go back to school and battle the lovely temptations of SDH.

So, you can count on a weekly report: The Recycling Project for a journal-like entry of how I am doing, a breakdown of my daily point consumption, and weight loss.

I’m shooting for the 230’s by Christmas time!

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Starting at 270 as of today! (Which was actually a lot lower than I thought I was!) SO a loss of 40 lbs. in 5 months is certainly do-able! Especially with my vigorous exercise regimen known as The Trash, I do 5 times a week. I’m excited.

Wish me luck.

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An Email…

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It’s good to be back. It was an excellent weekend. Good weather. Good people. Good fun. But now it’s back to the grind. Back to work and back to my duties.

I received my first email at our email address here while I was gone! I was excited at first, but then… I realized that someone had made good on my request to hit me up with any offers to help people invest millions of dollars.

Here’s the original text:

MRS. BELISIMA BATI
REGIONAL AUDITOR
HEAD OFFICE BANCO DE ORO UNIVERSAL BANK.12 ADB AVENUE, ORTIGAS CENTER,
MANDALUYONG CITY
PHILIPPINES.

Dear Friend,
I introduce myself as Mrs.Belisima Bati, a citizen of Philippines, I am a top official in charge of client accounts in (EQUITABLE PCI BANK) which is now BANCO DE ORO UNIVERSAL BANK inside the Philippines the merger was 2007. I have a Business proposition for you involving a huge sum of money (Ten Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). I want to move the funds out of my Bank but will need your help.

Please reply me back at: E-mail: (batimrs_belisima@yahoo.com)

Mrs. Belisima Bati


Wow, Banco de Oro Universal Bank? No way? A Spanish bank in the Philippines! Well, it’s a real bank at least.

And they ask the help of The Heap in order to help get rid of funds? This could be our shot at international fame!

Or at least a good blog bit for a few entries. Why don’t we respond!

Mrs. Belisima Bati,

I have just received your email and I apologize for not responding sooner. I was out of the office for my own business transactions.

Upon reading your request and verifying the status and prestige of your financial institution, I would like to accept your offer and try to help you out.

I am honored that you would choose us here at The Heap, a modest but growing organization, to help you with your business transaction. Our readership has blossomed in the past year and we have recently updated our format to include email and twitter, only increasing reader accessibility.

We hope to expand and add additional staff, and it appears that you may provide us an opportunity as business partners to achieve this goal.

Please respond with instructions. I look forward to our partnership.

Respectfully Yours,

Heap Master

Obviously, this is a scam… but we can’t miss out on opportunities for fun! I’ll keep you updated!

And for the love of God, send me some real mail!

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Another Weekend Excursion

At long last, my long awaited return to campus will be tonight. Carroll Hall will be my home for a few days. So I’ll get to see how the likes of James Geyer made it around to campus. Unfortunately, I will not have my laptop with me, so we must once again go another weekend without posts. But don’t you worry, I’ve got a running list of upcoming content for when I return.

It will be nice to get away from here for a bit and celebrate a happy occasion and be somewhat free from obligations. I know I’m going to be teary eyed!

Lucky for you, I will have my cellphone, which means I will be able to Tweet what I am doing. Make sure to keep checking the Twitter widget up at the top left for the latest of my ND adventure!

I wish you all a safe and joyous weekend. We’ll be back full time on Monday.

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