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Thursday, February 24, 2011

I'm Not Like Most People

I promise I'll get back to the unemotional crap soon, I just want to get a little feedback on some stuff.

I'm not like most people. That's a big thing to say, yet everyone says it. We all say we're different, but whose to judge who is and who isn't.
We're all the same. We eat the same food, drive the same cars, get the same education and work the same jobs.
We're all different too, though. Our minds aren't the same. We all have different views on ethics, politics, religion, and different appreciations for different things. We all face different experiences in our lives.

The one that get's me the most is when people tell me I should start dating around to sort of play the field and understand how women work. To me, that's just wrong. A relationship is what you have with someone that you care for and love with all your heart. The one you think about every night when you lay in bed, keeping you up for hours, smiling. Why would I want to have a relationship with someone you don't expect to spend your entire life with. Not that I would want to spend my entire life with anyone in the first place. That would be just horrible.

Back home, the only thing I hear from my parents is how they're always arguing, getting mad at each other for what seems to be the stupidest reasons. Sure they're still together and claim to be happy for that, but how can they say that when they live every day in what seems to be agony. Friends get girlfriends, tell them they want to be together forever and get tattoos of each other's names. They break up soon after as if they didn't expect it coming. They cry for a few days then head off to find another one as if a girlfriend is just an expendable friend. This happens with children in high school, what makes them think they're ready to spend their entire life with that one person? Relationships are a joke, people need variety and freedom. They don't want their significant other holding them back from doing what they really want to do.

Overall, to me it seems like trying to bind yourself to one person for your life is just the worst mistake ever. It can only lead to sadness and most of your paycheck being redirected to the person you now hate for breaking your sad little heart.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Story

I've been running dry on some new posts lately if its not obvious. I think it's probably because I'm pumped and ready to head to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in 33 days for boot camp. I'm quite anxious, but also very nervous.

I thought today I would just introduce you formally to who I am and what makes me who I am. My name is Garrett Land and I like to think of myself as the master of common sense. It's not exactly a trait most people would think of to have, but alas it is my superpower. What I mean by this is that I hold my positions of judgement to be of the highest quality. I hold my ethics to the highest standards, rendering me the 'nice guy'. My daily goal is to simply go to sleep at night with only friends and no enemies. I want everyone to be glad that I'm the one around them, and not someone else.

It's very difficult to be the nice guy, it really is. I feel like my hard effort put out to remain the nice guy goes unnoticed. Not only that, but despite how nice I act around people, I still can't get a date. Some might call this the 'friend zone' but I simply believe that all of the female race prioritizes the douche-bags over the nice guys. Here I am, almost 20 years old, and I've never had a girlfriend, or for that matter any girl to call a good friend, as if they try to avoid me. I try to tell myself that I'm not the only one, that there's far more out there who are older and more unlucky, but I have yet to find proof.

"My mind is pure man! I don't fall victim to the female race. I'm here, sans girlfriend, to help you guys out."

All of this makes me who I am, however. The fact that I've never had a girlfriend means that I still have the most pure mind of them all. From the outside I get to see what makes relationships work or fall apart. I have no significant other to sway my opinions otherwise. Because of this, I have pure ethical relationship advice to dispense to any of my friends in need. Whether they heed it or not I'm not sure, but I try nonetheless.

Growing up I've always been the 'undercover geek'. I don't really look like a geek, unless the glasses give it away entirely, but other than that I'm pretty normal. After long days at school and not talking to anyone I sat around (I wasn't really shy, I just didn't like most people), I would go home and boot up my favorite MMO (not World of Warcraft) and play it until I slept. I hated this lifestyle horribly. I felt like Dr. House who after a while detected his problem of hallucinations resulting from Vicodin, except I didn't have hallucinations, and I was addicted to video games, not drugs. I knew this had to change.

January 3, 2011 I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in hopes of not only reaching physical and mental peak, but being forced away from all of my bad habits that I wanted so dearly to get away from. The many challenges offered to you in becoming a Marine seemed like exactly what could help me in all the ways that I needed. I would learn to work well with others and be a great team member. I would be able to be in shape for the first time in my life, and not just IN shape, but strong in so many ways physically and mentally.

So here I am today, telling my tale. I leave off to boot camp on March 28th of 2011 to change my life and everything in it.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Today, just like any other day, I did P90X. Let me tell you something, P90X is serious business. There was a point when I thought it was just another lame DVD workout program that didn't really do anything besides help you lose a couple pounds. I couldn't have been more wrong about it. Not only is each workout extremely challenging, but the whole idea of "muscle confusion" actually makes sense.
A lot of fitness specialists can stand behind me in saying that repeating the same workout over and over will result in something commonly called "muscle memory", which means exactly that. Your muscles learn what you're doing to them, and instead of giving you big, strong muscle, they just sort of stay right where they are, making you feel no stronger each day. With Tony Horton's "muscle confusion" technique, the workout is mixed up right about the time your muscles start to get what's going on. Obvious changes in size and form can be expected in as little as three to four weeks.
Today I did "Shoulders and Arms" workout, which is as Horton says, your glamor muscles. Definitely not to be taken lightly, however. This program covers every muscle you can think of. Separate workouts cover all the way from your legs to your back and abs, and all the way to your chest, shoulders, and arms. It even involves a plyometric excersize, as well as cardiovascular, and even yoga and kenpo (which is extremely fun by the way).
If you feel like your lacking muscle, look no farther. Don't settle for any other weak DVD program when you can go extreme.

Pic related. It's my living room all rigged up for P90X.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dead West

Up next is something very interesting. I have a good friend across the state from me who has a hobby that's quite rare you might say. Texas in general is filled with hundreds of ghost towns and each of them have different stories as to why they were suddenly abandoned. Now we all know how dusty and boring west Texas is, so he focuses on the pretty east Texas country. My friend's name is Caleb, and this is his hobby.
Prior to each town visit, he will usually be researching history of these old town or talking to locals nearby the site to find out exactly how to get to the towns and other lesser known information. You can't simply walk right into Mord... I mean ghost towns. They don't exactly build highways right through them.
Anyways, it's not my story to tell. I highly recommend you take a visit to his page and comment on his journeys.


A few days ago I posted my homemade guitar mod and talked all about it. It might get you to wondering, can i even play the guitar? Well sure I can, though I've taken no classes to help me learn and thus I've been trying to learn on my own since August 2007. That's going on 4 years of practice, and unfortunately I'm nowhere near where I want to be. I have tried various methods of helping myself learn, such as VHS tapes, DVDs, online instructions of various types, but none of them really hit the spot. I have a few family members who can play quite well, and I pick up various tips and tricks out of them occasionally but nothing worth celebrating over.
The only thing that I feel has actually helped a bit is practicing off of tabs. I take multiple daily trips to Ultimate-Guitar.com to check out whatever songs I hear on the radio or wherever. I start off slowly and in a couple hours I usually see results. If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll search up an incredibly difficult song and get at it.
I'm currently working on playing the solo to a song called Sidewinder by Avenged Sevenfold. I have to say, it is one of the most beautiful guitar pieces I have ever heard in my life. I've picked up a bit of motivation from a guy on YouTube whose name is usucknoob123. He has uploaded a video of him playing along to the song in January of 2010 and I must say, it just might be the best one on YouTube. Take a look.

Monday, February 7, 2011


I want to take a few minutes to discuss this story about a flower girl. This might seem lame at first but give me a moment. The band Brand New wrote a song titled Limousine on their third album The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me. It's quite an unusual song no matter how many times you listen to it, and it may not make sense to you either.
I don't know what influence this had on Jesse Lacey, or what inspired him to write this song and furthermore publish it, but it has quite a stronger motivation behind it than any other song I have ever heard. Maybe I'm just a baby, but this made me tear up. Now, I realize I am not your counselor, but I highly advise you to watch this video all the way through, and as you do, not only listen to the song, but read the commentary all the way through.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Brand New

If you know me at all, then you know my favorite band is Brand New. It always has been and it always will be. Listening to their sound moves my mind into a better place. Jesse Lacey's , the singer/songwriter, lyrics are so complex that you practically need to attend support group meetings and write research papers to begin to understand the feeling and emotion coming from Lacey's heart.
I'm not much of an artist at all, but I love to use Adobe software. I've had two years of PhotoShop training and countless years of personal experience, one year of Illustrator training and a bit of experience, and various experiences with Flash, Premier, and After Effects.
Here is a little Illustrator trace-out of Jesse Lacey that I did in my spare time one evening.

Simply looking at this image makes me feel at ease.
On the topic of Illustrator trace-outs, I have one more to share with you this evening. This one is of a mansion that I found titled something along the lines of "Templar's Mansion" or something like that. I'm a fool for beautiful architecture, so I saw it as a small challenge to trace out this beautiful image.

Don't look too closely now, as I said, I am no artist. The image is like a picture taken from under a small bridge, which explains the curve at the top.

That's all I have for you today. Once again, thank you very much for taking your time and checking out my blog, each and every one of your visits means a lot to me and I encourage you to follow me. My subjects are always changing and original so it wouldn't hurt, right?

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Killswitch... Eng- eh nevermind

Today I have something a little different. A few months ago I started listening to the greatest guitar player of all time, Buckethead. If you know of him, then you know that he is very proficient with the kill switch on his guitar. This inspired me to install a kill switch of my own onto my Fender Stratocaster.
This is my guitar.

This is not my guitar.

But I sure wish it was.
Anyways, see that little red dot on the one that's labelled as my guitar? That wasn't there a few months ago, but now it is. This is what I did.

Unfortunately I did not take enough pictures to make a tutorial. But basically what happened was this: I took the strings off first of all. Unscrewed and removed the faceplate to uncover the electronics. The red dot at letter 'A' is where I drilled a hole for a momentary switch that I bought from Radio Shack. I mounted it onto the faceplate nice and firmly. I kind of wanted the switch to go at letter 'B', however that would involve drilling into the body at 'X', which I really did not want to do. Instead, by mounting at 'A' I had plenty of room, as you can see circled, to set it right next to the volume pot.
With a soldering iron, I carefully soldered two wires onto the switch and the other ends on the volume pot center and rightmost terminals. I think the center was a ground wire and the right was hot connection. (Do not use this as a tutorial, please, this may be correct, and it may not.) That's all it took really. I had the option of installing it at the cable connection instead, but I heard stories of annoying 'pop' noises coming out of the amp every time the button was pushed when connected to the cable terminal.
Here's a look at the finished product from another angle.

Thanks a lot for reading, I hope you enjoy what I am doing with the blog so far. Make sure to follow me if you do and leave some comments and reactions even if you don't.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Building up

I don't want to bore any of you with posts that are all about the Corps, but I will highlight it once a week, mostly for my own reference in later dates.
Along with my commitment comes great change. One of those is new to me, and involves getting muscle. They call it working out. I was always the couch potato guy, sitting around watching House all day all the while playing Minecraft (which is a great game by the way).
Getting built up is quite a challenge for me, being small-boned and previously lazy. With the help of a friendly online community targeted for fitness in people like me, I have found a few ways to get exactly what I needed. I used to weigh in at 119 lbs, the minimum for the Marine Corps at my height is 125 lbs.
Using a program called GOMAD, I am easily capable of gaining one pound each day by simply drinking a Gallon Of Milk A Day. Milk has a lot of fat in it, so I of course have to keep working out on top of all this.
I lack self motivation when it comes to physical activities, so I started yet another program just for this. You have probably heard of it, and it's called P90X and it was introduced into this world by a man named Tony Horton. If your looking for serious muscle, P90X is the way to go. Tony Horton believes in drinking what he calls recovery drinks right after each workout. These recovery drinks are pack full of protein and a few other supplements that your muscles practically beg for when they are worn down from a hard workout. This is what I have been using.

One hundred percent whey protein, the kind of protein that comes from milk. Mix a scoop of this chocolaty powder in with a cup of milk and you got yourself some protein chocolate milk. It tastes a little odd for a week or two but you get used to it. I've actually started liking the taste.
This is a lot of change for me, and a lot of responsibility too. It's definitely a struggle to change my daily habits, but it has paid off already more than I would have ever expected.

A change of lifestyle

This was given to me on January 3rd.

This marks a change in my lifestyle soon to come. A large achievement that will hopefully be for the best. Being with the Marine Corps gives me a feeling of comfort that I haven't had in a long time, and it pushes away a lot of the bad habits I would have trouble overcoming. I'll go to boot camp late in March and struggle through what will easily be one of the most challenging obstacles I will ever have to face. Once again, it's for the best.

Paperclip Figures

Check it out, I made a paperclip scooter!

This really makes me think about how important the little things in life really are to us all. Something so small and simple can make you smile, even if its only for a second or two.