Another Seemingly Random Set of Updates for Stephen Fung

Another Seemingly Random Set of Updates for Stephen Fung

I was cruising by my blog the other day and realized that I haven’t updated here in over a month. I’m sorry for the lack of updates. It appears that Twitter has ruined me due to the instant gratification provided by a simple tweet out to my followers. I’ve also been quite busy with Futurelooks. As you may have noticed, there is a ton of new content over there and I hope you have a chance to head there and enjoy it. I will try to update here a little more often.

Yes, the picture above is me once again taking down something that is too large for a regular human being. They call it “Bob’s Big Burger”. I had it at some weird eatery that I’ve forgotten the name of while in Fort Saskatchewan for Fragapalooza. The menu”Dared Me to Finish It” so of course I finished it. There is apparently a bigger burger at some dinner which I will need to try next year.

Here are a few noteworthy points about what I’ve been up to in the last while…

Fragapalooza 2009

Fragapalooza is one of the first official LAN Parties I’d ever been to. It is also one of Canada’s longest running events of its kind. Sure, I’ve been to LAN Parties in the past. Heck, I’ve even been to LAN parties before LANs were LANs and we still used modems and phone lines. However, nothing prepared me for being sealed up in a room with nearly 400 gamers for three days and sleeping on Astro Turf: The itchiest substance ever!

Another Seemingly Random Set of Updates for Stephen Fung

The event took place this past August in sleepy Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Jason Landals, Eric Garay, Michael Kwan and myself made the trek out to the middle of nowhere to spread good cheer by handing out prizes and schmoozing with Futurelooks’ adoring fans that came out from all over Canada and even across the border from the US. We even volunteered Michael to be the “Randy Jackson” at the Rock Band Competition as one of the judges.

Even though I don’t really game (except for playing Portal and Command and Conquer 3) everyone had a fantastic time. It was really great to rub shoulders with PC hardware enthusiasts across the land and we look forward to returning to Alberta for Fragapalooza 2010 next year.

For more coverage from the event including our exclusive videos, check out our coverage at Futurelooks. Dont’ forget to check out our YouTube Channel as well.

Taking My Name Back

Because StephenFung.com wasn’t available, I had to settle for StephenFung.net. However, I never gave up hope of some day owning that URL. So I waited, and waited and waited till the squatter stopped renewing the name. After putting in my bid with GoDaddy, I won my URL for a measly $10. Hoorah!

So from now on, you can either go to StephenFung.com or StephenFung.net to come to my blog Another Seemingly Random Set of Updates for Stephen Fung

Watching People Pick Up Big Weights

A couple weeks ago, I went up to Lake Country, BC Canada (somewhere near Kelowna) with Kelly “The Machine” Frankson to watch her compete in a local Olympic Weightlifting event known as the Ogopogo Open. Here’s a video of her performance…

Kelly did extremely well and won her weight class and the overall women’s title at the event. We were both rather amused by the fact that the women’s overall trophy had some “dude” on it. Kelly is back in San Jose right now training with some members of the US Olympic team. She also recently launched a nutrition site called Fit4YouNutrition where you can learn how to eat better and be healthier with customized nutrition consultations.

I firmly believe that if it wasn’t for the fact that Kelly kept all the crap food out of the house, I would be absolutely huge based on the way that I eat.

I Really Want One of These!

Another Seemingly Random Set of Updates for Stephen Fung

The Panasonic GF1 is not your ordinary camera. It does look like a point and shoot, but at its heart is the sensor of a DSLR camera and it shoots RAW just like a real DSLR. It also has the speed, manual features and the picture quality and the interchangeable lenses, which are based on the Micro Four Thirds standard.

I’ve always shot NIKON DSLR’s but this new standard has got me seriously thinking about changing over. The reason is because most of the time I use my camera for Trade Shows and Events. Lugging around a huge bag with a large camera body and lenses is quite tiring and having to unleash it each time I want to take a picture gets tedious.I do have to admit that people tend to stand aside when they see your big lens poking through the crowd.

When I travel I strip my D200 down to a single 50mm f/1.8 and no grip. Even still,  it is too large to pocket and there are still places that don’t allow professional cameras. Having a camera like the Panasonic GF1 that gives similar performance in a much smaller package definitely appeals to me and will give me opportunities to shoot where I wouldn’t otherwise.

Even though I know that a true DSLR will still take better pictures overall, this new camera and its small but growing selection of quality lenses really makes it hard not to consider. Any reasons why I shouldn’t?

Going Back To School

Every Fall I try to take a few courses to fill in skill gaps that I might have. Whether it be in Photography or Mandarin, I do try to make an effort to stay sharp whenever I can. Yes, learning to ride a motorcycle counts.

Another Seemingly Random Set of Updates for Stephen Fung

This year, I’ve decided to return to school to finish a Marketing Management Diploma at Douglas College. This will be the first time that I’ve set foot into a real academic classroom in nearly 10 years! It’ll be both terrifying and interesting as I’ll probably be one of the oldest students on campus (besides the instructors).

I’ll be taking two courses starting tomorrow and then one more course in January to finish off my program and grab my piece of paper.

Depending on how heavy the workload is, I might also take another course at Langara College in Video Journalism; a new course that was just introduced this year and is part of their Digital Film program.

When Will I Blog Again Next?

What? You want more? I’ve basically given you FIVE POSTS in one! Well, knowing me, I’ll probably be doing something I’m not supposed to be doing in class so maybe my next post will be LIVE from the land of Academics. That’s of course, provided that I don’t fall asleep in class. I’ve always been very good at that.

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    • http://flowerwizard.com summer wedding flowers

      Usually he’s more obvious when he’s highlighting his own ridiculousness by picking on others. This segment did seem like he genuinely was getting a kick out of picking on atheism.
      .-= summer wedding flowers´s last blog ..Flowers- the best thing for fascinate others =-.

    • http://flowerwizard.com summer wedding flowers

      It always stuns me to hear people remark about his conservative leanings once-in-awhile! The show is so cynical and tongue-in-cheek that I think any half-wit would grasp that he is railing the right across the board.
      .-= summer wedding flowers´s last blog ..Flowers- the best thing for fascinate others =-.

    • http://flowerwizard.com summer wedding flowers

      it surprises me that so many republicans/conservatives think that colbert is seriously supporting them. i was blown away when they invited him to speak at the republican national convention and then got mad that all he did was rip on the bush administration.

    • http://fpsystem.co.uk/ horseracing tips

      It’s so nice to see you again, welcome back. I like to eat burger but only from some places not from everywhere.

    • http://www.zoombits.de/kabel/ netzwerkkabel

      Hi,
      I like the camera for its great performance.I think the first image shows how the hungry he is!!!Just joking.

    • ken

      Congratz dude youv made lasted longer then 99% percent of other bloggers keep going… but wheres your john chow sales funnel..)

    • http://www.EarningStep.com EarningStep

      the burger is just too big in your mouth..lol…
      .-= EarningStep´s last blog ..Leave your comments on my blog and get what you need =-.

    • http://btr.michaelkwan.com Michael Kwan

      Glad you managed to get the dot com of your name. It’s been a while, eh?

      Good luck in school. You already have the coffee habit down, so you’re halfway there.
      .-= Michael Kwan´s last blog ..Welcome to the Town of Banff =-.

      • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

        It took me like…what…3 years? :lol:

        Yes, the coffee habit is brewing at record place in anticipation of the increased learning :)

    • http://optimusprimecostume.org Abe @ Optimus Prime Costume

      That is one hell of a burger…Big burgers are always a love hate affair with me…I love to buy them but they are such a pain to eat! Thanks for the update about your new blog addy!
      .-= Abe @ Optimus Prime Costume´s last blog ..Optimus Prime Halloween Costume =-.

      • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

        You’re welcome. Nice Optimus Prime costumes. They look comfy :lol: