Category Archives: Life

A Moment of Silence for Atomic Comics

Fans around Arizona, and the nation, are coping with the loss of local comic book store, Atomic Comics.

Last night, all four stores quietly closed for the last time. No official word on the Atomic Comics site, but the closure has been confirmed by former employees and other sources.

This is a sad moment and I want to add my voice to the throngs of fans and patrons mourning the loss of this great chain of stores. Atomic is where I first picked up great titles like, The Walking Dead, and Chew… they will be missed.

Check out these other sites for more on the closure:

Lightning Octopus

Nerdvana

Skulljammer

Comic Book’d

 

-note: Thanks to Lightning Octopus for the links, I first found on their post.

Answering the Burning Question – Why The Runoff?

-SPOILER ALERT- The bottom line is: I need creative outlets and I like to share. I figured I’d give you the ending now in case you didn’t want to read through this whole thing. If you’re up for the journey, however, stick around and perhaps you’ll get to know me a little better as we explore The Runoff.

It started five or six years ago on Bloglines. After encouragement from a friend, I jumped on the blogging wagon and found it was something I enjoyed, even if it was just occasionally. I’ve never been the everyday blogger type. I quickly outgrew Bloglines though and following the natural progression of these types of endeavors, I moved on to WordPress.

Shortly thereafter, I registered my own domain, cerebralrunoff.com, and the same friend who brought me into this world, offered to host the site for me. This didn’t last too long though. Due to personal, and life-changing, events, my little corner of the blogging world went on an extended hiatus. I took down the site, and let the domain expire.

Time passed, life became more stable, and the desire to return to the blogging fold began to surface from nether regions of my subconscious where I had buried it in order to focus on more pressing issues. I returned to WordPress.com and re-launched Cerebral Runoff.

Since then, this site has survived through name evolution and hosting solution A.D.D. to become the home it is today. The addition of the podcast has been a particular joy for me as well, as I hope it is to the three confirmed listeners who are not Austin or I.

Are you still with me? I know how interesting history can be, even at an abbreviated pace. The question remains though… Why do this? To what end? Why bother with the effort of content?

I ask myself these questions frequently. It’s not a question of enjoyment; why bother with something that I don’t enjoy. Where, though, does the enjoyment spring from? I’ve already given the answer, in the beginning. I need a creative outlet and I like to share.

Creativity is a big part of who I am. This can be something as simple as enjoying the creative works of others I find on the web or in the community (which leads to the desire to share, by the way) or something I’m or directly involved in, like photography or the podcast.

Over the last four years, I’ve been blessed to have someone in my life who has taught me so many things. One of the biggest life lessons has been the importance of balance and I need creative outlets to keep my life in balance.

Really, I think I’m just looking for that feeling that comes with, “Look, I made this,” or, “Look what someone else did; it’s awesome.” I want to feel like there is something to show for my life, however ultimately insignificant. I’m not content with simply existing day-to-day and this site offers an easy way to bring a little more balance. It also provides a place to share with others. When I find something I enjoy or create something I am happy with, my first inclination is to share it with others, in hopes that it will bring a moment of joy to them as well.

So there it is. This is why The Runoff exists. I hope you enjoy what you find here as much as I enjoy sharing it with you.

Rock n Roll AZ Marathon is Tomorrow!

*UPDATE* We survived! This year was a great experience. The week + since the race has been rather hectic, apologies for silent treatment.

Tomorrow, my wife and I are running the 1/2 marathon. This is her third and my second time participating in the PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon.

I’m excited for it this year; we’ve been training for the last two month and my goal is to finish in 2 hours 45 minutes.

Wish us luck! If you don’t hear from me again, you’ll know that I didn’t make it.

Lymphoma Walk, Sunday Nov. 7, at the Phoenix Zoo

An update and reminder:

This Sunday there is a Lymphoma walk for life at the Phoenix Zoo-we have a team link below- Join our team at the zoo and show your support in finding a cure.  Even if you cannot contribute, join the free walk and enjoy the free passes to the Zoo after the walk, as well as sharing time with friends and family!

The Lymphomathon registration opens at 7:00 am and the walk starts at 8:00 am. You will be given a wrist band for the Zoo. This wrist band will allow you back into the zoo after it opens at 9 a.m. As long as you have the wrist band, you can come and go into the Zoo throughout the day.

Please share this with anyone you know would like to join our walk.

Click here for the team link.

If You Weren’t Upset Enough About SB1070 – LINK

Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal.

Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the pitch.

“The gentleman that’s the main thrust of this thing has a huge turquoise ring on his finger,” Nichols said. “He’s a great big huge guy and I equated him to a car salesman.”

What he was selling was a prison for women and children who were illegal immigrants.

via Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law : NPR.

This is a quality piece of investigative journalism that sheds light on the forces behind Arizona’s SB1070.

Read it!

Farewell, SL-1200 – LINK

Panasonic will discontinue its famous SL-1200 record-player after 38 years of service. The SL-1200, a favorite of DJs around the world, is fading away due to a lack of demand, and the difficulty of sourcing some analog components needed to make it.

via Farewell, SL-1200: Panasonic Scratches Iconic Technics Turntable | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.

A moment of silence, please,  for this icon of my past djing days.

This is a sad moment. The SL-1200 was the staple of the dj culture and to see it’s now being discontinued hurts my soul a little.