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Life simon on 29 Jun 2016

50% progress update


Post at least once a month, he said. You won’t forget, he said.

Okay, okay. Hey, I’m here all right!

We’re half way through 2016 and a lot has happened. It hasn’t been a particular great year so far but life goes on and time doesn’t stop for anyone. Unless you’re a mutant named Quicksilver, then yea, I guess it slows down just a bit.

I’m looking forward to the latter half of the year because I’ve got some stuff lined up – it’s gonna be pretty busy!

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Life simon on 12 May 2016

Good Game Live 2016

Getting pretty good at posting at least once a month! (Let’s not get too ahead of yourself there, Simon).

Anyway, I’m going to cheat for this post and show you guys a vlog that I made of the trip I took to Sydney last month. It was a great weekend, and it was nice to get away from an otherwise ..erm, well, average time I’ve been having here recently. While the weekend didn’t go exactly to plan I still got to hang out with a few friends whom I don’t get to see often and also see my dad which is always a good thing!

In terms of the video itself, I’m actually quite proud of it really. I took my camera everywhere and made sure to film anything remotely interesting, so I had a lot to work with. Last time I went to Sydney I totally forgot to do anything so I made sure this time I had something to make – my channel is even more neglected than my blog here. Speaking of my channel though, I’ve now reached over 50 subscribers! It’s taken a few years and I’m not exactly happy with all my videos or the amount I produce but I’m glad there are people out there enjoying what I do.

Thank you for your support everyone!

Life simon on 11 Apr 2016

Internet Communities

The First ever Perth Pockeeters Meetup

So, you probably know that I get around on the internet.

I follow a number of different personalities, channels, groups and the like. One that I’m quite involved in is one called Pocketeers. Pocketeers refers to the fans whofollow a series called “Good Game Pocket” – a subset of the TV video games review show on ABC2.

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Life simon on 19 Mar 2016


Perth at Night

So I’m currently binging the new season of Daredevil.

Each episode is 50 minutes to an hour long, and there are 13 of them. Netflix has released the entire season in one batch so that viewers can watch as many episodes as they want in their own time, and without having to wait for the next instalment. I’m just glad it came out on a Friday.

Anyway, why have am I bringing this up? Well take a look at the title of this post.

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Life simon on 23 Feb 2016

On Optimism

I consider myself to be a pretty optimistic and positive person. That’s not to say that I don’t realise when something is unreachable or unrealistic but I’ve never been truly stressed about how things will turn out.

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Life simon on 10 Feb 2016

What am I enjoying right now?

So it’s been a while since I’ve invested myself in an anime. After I finished up with Naruto (by that I mean, gave up on watching it and decided to read the manga instead) I hadn’t really gone back to any bar the odd movie or two.

Then, just recently it was announced that my favourite band would be providing the opening theme song to a new anime called “Boku Dake ga Inai Machi” (The Town Where Only I am Missing), known in English as “ERASED”.

Re:Re: ("Boku dake ga Inai Machi" OP version)

Listen to a new version of "Re:Re:" that will feature as the Opening Theme to "Boku dake ga Inai Machi" which premieres 7th of January on Fuji TV and associated networks.

Posted by AKFGFan.com on Thursday, 31 December 2015

The anime premiered just after the new year and I decided I’d give it a go. They actually used an old song of AKG’s which first came out in 2004 but has been re-recorded for the anime (in fact the entire album it was on is being rereleased this year). After watching the first episode, I understood why.

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Life simon on 30 Jan 2016


As most of you know, I’ve been an Enforcer for PAX since 2013 which makes this year my fourth year of volunteering for the show.

So why do I keep coming back to it?

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Life simon on 17 Jan 2016

On Grieving

I’ve never really been affected by an actor’s or a performer’s death. Not to say I haven’t been sad about them or anything, just that it’s something I’ve just accepted as a part of life.

That all changed this past week when I learnt of the sad news of Alan Rickman’s passing.

I found out via Twitter. I saw a couple tweets with his name and thought “it can’t be?” And then I saw the tweet that confirmed it. I was watching a let’s play video at the time and I was keen on finishing it so while I was watching and laughing along with that, I posted my reaction to the news on Twitter and Facebook.

After I finished watching that let’s play it started dawning on me what actually happened. Seeing tributes flow in, reactions from friends and other personalities. It started to become real.

I then messaged a few of my friends “lumos”, a call-back Dumbledore’s funeral in The Half-blood Prince. While doing this, I decided I’d watch a few Snape videos on YouTube. And then I broke. I tried to hold back the tears but they just came bawling out.

Is it strange that I’d cry for someone I’d never even met? A man I only knew through screen. This was the first time an event like this has affected me so much. But it really felt like I lost someone close to me, and you know what? He was. And to so many others too.

I grew up watching Alan Rickman play Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, a series that is really close to me and was the first thing I thought of. It really took a tremendous actor to play such a great character of the series and he did it so well. I then thought of Marvin, the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a role he took on so brilliantly. Just like Snape, it was like he was always meant to be that character. Today I decided to watch Galaxy Quest and yet again, Alan Rickman’s performance was spot on!

Now I totally understand why people grieve for these actors, performers, celebrities.. When you spend much of your life idolising, following, watching these personalities there’s this connection you have with them. And to lose that means quite a lot.

Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. You were a great man.

P.S. Screw cancer.

Life simon on 01 Jan 2016

Goals and motivation

Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. Taken January 2011.

I don’t really do new year’s resolutions. Do I have any for this year? Well, let me think about it while I write this post.

For me, it’s a bit impulsive and random. If there’s something I want to do, then I’ll just go and do it providing the motivation is there.  If I set myself an achievable goal to get it done and dedicate a set amount of time to it, more often than not, I reach it. I also know my limits; while I try to push them, I do know when I am defeated. And that’s totally fine. In the end I can say that I tried and I’m better off for it.

So where does the motivation come from? It depends. If it’s something I’ve set out to do on my own, I know where I want to be at end of it which does make it easier for me to at least try. Other times, I will get my motivation from others by either direct encouragement or by motivating each other, setting goals for the both of us.

In the case of this blog, I really have been quite terrible committing myself to it. I guess my new year’s resolution for this year is to blog at least once a month (please yell at me if I skip one!). I also want to my posts to have a bit more thought rather than just the usual update. Now that a friend of mine has started up a blog of her own with one of her friends, it has really motivated me to get back into writing on here and I hope that we can motivate each other as well.

Life simon on 27 Dec 2015

The year is almost over

And I’m somewhat wiser?

Hey guys, it has certainly been a while hasn’t it? I always forget I have a blog (terrible, I know) but I should really commit to it – says me every single time I remember to post something…

So what did I achieve this year? I got myself a new job. I’m liking it. It’s certainly a change from what I had before but it’s still in the area that I envisioned my career path going in.

Things that have happened since I last posted. Hmm.. Not too much actually! Did PAX Aus for the third year, flew to Sydney to watch Pokémon in concert with a dear friend of mine – and got to see my dad, aunt, and cousin again after so long!

I’ll try to make a 2015 recap video this week. I don’t have much footage to work with so we’ll see.

Lastly, a friend of mine has started up a new blog. It would be awesome if you could give it a visit and show her some support! You can find it here.

Have a great new year!

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