So...What's It Like?
So...What's It Like?
Austin Freeman
Thursday, June 29, 2017

keep going.

  1. American, Eclipsed
    19 Aug, 2017
    American, Eclipsed
    Not much gets me down these days. I enjoy the most freedom I've ever had in life, trading all the required safety for it through my freelance career, transient lifestyle, and high tolerance for shenanigans...but every so often I get a grim reminder of the concrete limitations poured upon this wondrously limitless existence. The one that hit me the hardest in the past few years was--is--having to miss the best parts of the total solar eclipse set to span North America early next week. I'm not
  2. The International Space Station and You
    17 Jul, 2017
    The International Space Station and You
    You know, my fascination with all things celestial isn’t just about trippy pictures of space or idle stonerings about aliens…our nascent exploration of the infinite Universe around us is perhaps the strongest driver of my faith in our species. It’s easy to talk about why humans suck…I do it a lot myself. We’re an imperfect species to be sure, but exploration of the cosmos is one of the few things we are unquestionably doing right. For instance, let’s take the colossal orbiting laboratory
  3. Operation Champagne Starcruiser (or, Just My Luck)
    23 May, 2017
    Operation Champagne Starcruiser (or, Just My Luck)
    I guess to understand why I’m willing to make ungodly gambles with the infrastructure and general course of my life, you have to understand my relationship with the Universe. For some reason, often only the worst case scenarios lead to the best possible outcomes for this freelance fighter...my last post covered the concept to an extent, but an equally decent “AJ’s life in a nutshell” story unfolded just this morning. You see, my “day job,” if you want to call it that, is writing online. (I’ll
  4. Season II Shakeup (or, A Firm Kick)
    17 May, 2017
    Season II Shakeup (or, A Firm Kick)
    I recently came to the realization that I’ve been stagnating lately…”bullshitting,” in less euphemistic terms. -well, it hasn't been a total waste of time. I mean, check out that scarf.- Now, this certainly isn’t some profound self-aware discovery I’ve come down from a mountaintop with—although that would give me a decent excuse for not posting here in over a month—I’m a chronic procrastinator and I’ve known that since I was a much shorter child. Still, the Universe has always had a
  5. Your Life Has Been Disconnected
    03 Apr, 2017
    Your Life Has Been Disconnected
    I recently spent a month or so without a smartphone. It wasn’t something I set out to do, I’m not one of those guys who brags about not having a TV…even though, I guess I don’t…but count me among the majority of the modern world as someone who has long enjoyed the many everyday conveniences offered to us by these miraculous little devices. -a touching poem composed the morning after.- Anyway, I say all that as exposition for the fact that one morning after a beach party in late February, I