Most recent revisit to the past… One line ASCII art. Here’s a few examples and a link to the source where you can find more.










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Kung Fu List

For everyone’s watch list…

  • The Buddhist Fist
  • Ip Man 1-4
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Ong Bak (maybe move to Awesome Fight Choreography section)
  • Once Upon a Time in China 1-2
  • Kung Fu Killer
  • The Legend
  • Drunken Master
  • The Forbidden Kingdom
  • Crippled Masters
  • Enter the Dragon
  • Fist of Fury
  • The Way of the Dragon
  • Hero
  • Iron Monkey

Will it float?

The plethora of DIY videos and web sites on the internet make it easy possible to figure out how to do just about anything. To put this and possibly my swimming skills to the test, I’m going to attempt to build a small 2-3 person wooden boat.

Taking inspiration from the sites and video below, a build is in process with no real plans. Just an idea and common sense. Foolish but possible. Pics coming soon…





Set up a Minecraft server on Shockbyte!

Setting up a Minecraft server can be done in many different ways. Some are simple and some advanced. I’ve experienced most variations, everything from setting up a home server to using a hosted service.

That said, I’ve decided to go with a hosted solution since it is very affordable and much easier to set up and maintain. It practically sets itself up. It won’t setup the network for you(not without paying extra), but at least the creation of each server will be straight forward and easily repeatable as you want to add more worlds/mini-games.

What is the difference between a Minecraft network and a single server?

In a single server setup one server is used to host everything. In a network setup there are multiple servers behind a proxy server so there is a minimum of 2 servers needed to set it up. Both network setups and single server setups can support multiple worlds and a lobby system. At first glance there seems to be no advantage to a network setup but the scalability implications are obvious.

I tinkered with both setups and decided there was no difference to me except that the network setup had one more thing to manage and maintain(the proxy). I am not expecting a lot of traffic and so I doubt scalability is an issue. I have switched to a network and back and the process was straight forward so I have no issues with keeping it simple now and expanding in phases if needed.

What we will setup and configure:

1 Minecraft Spigot Server


Go to https://shockbyte.com/ and purchase 1 instances(min size for now is ok)

Once purchased, for sake of easy navigation let’s assume you’re back at the home page. Click on “Client Area” button at the top right. Find the login button and log in.

Then Navigate to Manage -> Multicraft ( I know, it’s not the most intuitive navigation )

You will now see 1 server listed and likely all with the same default name advertising Shockbyte. Click on it to start configuring it.

Rename it whatever you’d like and for “Server Type” select “AUTO UPDATING: Spigot Latest” and click save. Also click start button at the top. Note the IP address including the port number (e.g. 123.456.789:25546). Navigate to server edit page -> Files -> Config Files and the main pane will list a bunch of config files. Edit any configurations as you please and restart the server to apply your changes.

It’s as easy as that! Use the IP address to connect to your new Minecraft server!

Fact or Fiction

Reason for starting this section stems from an article questioning the credibility of many news outlets and media. https://www.forbes.com/sites/berlinschoolofcreativeleadership/2017/02/01/10-journalism-brands-where-you-will-find-real-facts-rather-than-alternative-facts/#24a871c3e9b5

Found this while researching some thoughts around this topic.


An interesting story that talks about Russian influence that likely has sped up and increased the divide in America today. Imagine all the unknown incidents as well as techniques used by bad acting states or individuals. Seems it would be good money spent for a team of investigators that would publish these findings not only to protect ourselves but to protect the integrity of one of our most important establishments – the press.