The Other Shane Adams

I used to think that my first name afforded me an amount of uniqueness in the world. I never really met a lot of Shanes, let alone a lot of Shane Adamses. But just my luck…there are like half a dozen of them that are active on the internet.

Great.

Now I realize that I’m probably not doing myself any favors, since I’m currently fourth on the Magnificent Google List despite having been online for longer than all of them.

But I just can’t help myself.

(reposted from my Tumblr)

5 Years of Shane Life

I’m still Brian Fellow!

Five years ago, I started this blog with a simple Blogspot account and an innocuous post titled “I’m Brian Fellow!” At the time, I was working at Perceptive Software and my buddy Kevin and I used to laugh constantly at this skit. It always makes me laugh.

In that post, I stated the following, in an attempt to introduce myself to the blogodome:

Things I like:

  • hanging with my wife and dog
  • movies
  • music (I really really like my iPod + iTunes)
  • Chipotle burritos
  • the TV show “Alias” – the best show EVER
  • Apple computers
  • most EA Sports video games for PS2
  • poker (only recently really, but I like it a lot)
  • reading (but only sometimes)
  • cheeseburgers
  • Mountain Dew (most forms, though I have yet to try the new black kind)
  • The Chiefs

Things I dislike:

  • ignorance
  • people who drive with their lights on during the day
  • temperatures over 85 degrees
  • people who don’t vote because “one vote doesn’t make a difference”
  • pants other than jeans
  • old navy t-shirts (they are too short for my long torso)
  • the general refusal of PC users to accept the Firewire interface, favoring USB (for some god-forsaken reason) over it

I’m a generally happy guy. But I’m opinionated and when I think a certain way…I’ll tell you. Just FYI.

Most of this is still true.

Sure, “Alias” isn’t on the air anymore. And it definitely went downhill in its later years. I rarely play my PS2 anymore (although I might play a Wii if I had one with Beatles Rock Band. I still dislike ignorance and temperatures above 85 degrees (which makes the glorious weather in KC all the more…um…glorious). And while I would prefer to wear jeans everyday, I don’t, since I can’t really. At least not currently. Old Navy did something to their T-shirts and they fit better now. And I’m totally over the Firewire/USB thing.

But not really.

So it’s been five years since I started blogging. Not much has changed about me. I’ve always treated this blog as an extension of my real life and I hope that it is reflected in my writing and when people meet me.

I can’t believe it. 863 posts in 38 categories with 1,164 tags and 2,182 comments. Thanks for reading. I will keep writing and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon.

15 Films

There’s a meme going around Facebook where you are supposed to list 15 films (from this point forward, I shall call them movies) that are significant to you, that you can watch over and over again, or that you just want to recommend to others…something like that. I guess it’s different than a top 15 list somehow, but I’m not sure.

Anyway, since my blog posts automagically import into my Facebook notes, thought it would be worth posting publicly.

Here are my 15 movies, in no particular order:

  • Good Will Hunting
  • Fletch
  • The Matrix
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Shrek
  • Dumb & Dumber
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Almost Famous
  • Reality Bites
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Fight Club
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Die Hard
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Rounders

What are yours?

5 in 5 for Silicon Prairie

About a month ago, Silicon Prairie News asked me if I’d participate in their Five in Five series, a video that I would shoot, edit and upload that answered five questions about my blog and was less than five minutes.

  1. What is the name, subject and URL of your blog?
  2. Why do you blog?
  3. How long have you been blogging and what blogging software do you use?
  4. What’s your favorite blog (besides your own)?
  5. What do you think the state of the blogosphere is in our region?

Today, my video was posted. I thought I’d cross-post it here.

I’m pretty happy with how it came out, although I thought of stuff I would have mentioned later, like more specific shout-outs to KC bloggers that I like. But oh well. Another time perhaps. (Or even another post.)

If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you probably wouldn’t know about this, so enjoy.

And please… try to be nice.

My Tattoo

My tattoo 

I got this tattoo when I was nineteen years old. I was home from college for the summer working a horrible job as a roofing contractor in LaCygne for Boone Brothers Roofing. It was 12-15 hour days in the blazing Kansas summer sun working with 550-degree tar and a foreman who was addicted to speed.

But we made decent money, especially with all the overtime, some of which I blew on my tattoo.

I went to Skin Illustrations in Lenexa and worked with a guy named Clayton to design my tattoo that I had in my mind. I’d been focusing on the word persevere a lot. I thought the word was cool and I loved how I could apply it to nearly every part of my life.

Besides hanging out with my friends and school, my life really focused on one other thing.

Volleyball.

At the time when I got my tattoo, the significance of the word and they ball were very connected. I’d had a disappointing first year at Graceland, but had really re-committed myself that summer to working hard (persevering, natch).

When Clayton gave me the first design, it was bigger than I expected. After waiting for him to reduce the size, I endured the four hours of tattooing. It wasn’t too bad, just like someone scraping my leg for four hours in the same place with a safety pin.

Now, over a decade later, I’m still happy with the tattoo, even if my volleyball-playing days have passed. I’m even ready to get another one. But I’ll save that story for another post.