Summer 2016 Update

Wow! What a busy summer this year! Most of it was spent in Portland with my daughters and girlfriend, but we have all had a chance to get away and have a break, too. The girls went to both day camp all summer and had a week away at a YMCA camp in Gresham, OR. They start school on Monday! 2nd and 5th graders this year, wow!

My family came out to visit Portland over the 4th of July weekend and then they headed down to watch the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene! We had a great time going to the beach, sampling food cart fare, browsing books at Powell’s, and enjoying the mild summer here. Bernadette and I took a trip to Vermont for her brother’s wedding and got to spend some time at the Shore in New Jersey. We went over to Philly and had some Pat’s Cheesesteaks (WIT WIZ!), walked around South Philly, and cooled down with some Water Ice.

Toby with a big smile, age 12.

Toby with a big smile, age 12.

Unfortunately, there was also a loss in the family this summer: Toby, the family dog of 12 years, had to be put down due to laryngeal paralysis and issues with comfort/movement. We adopted him at 8 weeks from an accidental litter of two farm labrador retrievers. Great genes, his grandfather was a champion AKC hunter. He helped raise both my daughters and was always kind and protective with them. Toby was a people dog. He wanted to smell, nudge, and kiss everyone he met. He was a great dog and will be missed for years to come.

Onto some better news! I have been very active in the global mechanical keyboard community this summer. I’ve made a couple custom keyboards (below), had a very successful meet up of the keyboard club I run: Portland Keyboard Club (PDXKBC), and am running a global group buy for a custom keycap set, Barebones Stormtrooper. I’m very excited to bring this set to 20 countries!

Some of my current custom keyboards: Varmilo VA68M with PulSE keycaps, Matias Clicky HHKB clone with Olivetti keycaps, Custom MX Black HHKB clone with GMK Dolch keycaps, HHKB with KeyKollectiv Oxblood modifiers, and my custom gaming prototype I'm working on.

Some of my current custom keyboards: Varmilo VA68M with PulSE keycaps, Matias Clicky HHKB clone with Olivetti keycaps, Custom MX Black HHKB clone with GMK Dolch keycaps, HHKB with KeyKollectiv Oxblood modifiers, and my custom gaming prototype I’m working on.

Hoping you had a great summer, too!

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX

A New Year and Into the Spring

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It’s been a very busy past few months for me as I transition into a new job and start a new relationship. Life is moving along and I’m enjoying watching my daughters grow. Skiing season is coming to an end and softball season is starting. I’ll be posting progress pictures throughout the season.

My free time right now includes: Volunteering at the kids’ school and sports, hanging with my girlfriend, DMing a D&D5e campaign, and running /r/kbcpdx! Busy, busy!

Hope all is well with you!

Take Care,

Matthew

Summer is here! Time to Jam!

Having a great time this summer! My brother and I are both single and hanging around Portland, going swimming at Sauvie’s Island, and just enjoying each other’s company. My friends and I are all enjoying the sunshine and all the the city has to offer. This mix is for you all!

Turning a Corner

Wow. What a week! I’ve turned a corner in my professional and personal life, validating all the hard work I’ve been doing to progress my career advancement and debt annihilation. I’ve been having a really good night life as well around town, so if any of you are looking for some great nightclub music to dance or get grinded on to… Check the 5+ hours of trap shit.

Dedicated to the nightcrawlers and party people of Portland:

https://open.spotify.com/user/manifex/playlist/6tSsNQO7qBL6Lo8m27jZ0R

Next stop: Austin! Heading down to the land of TexMex, cowboys, and rockabilly for the Community Broadband Summit. I’ll be meeting with executive sales and operations for all the major cable providers around the nation. What great exposure and an unprecedented opportunity. Time to get turnt up.

Spring Cleaning Time!

It’s that time of year again! I’ve been neglecting my website for a while and decided that it’s time to for a new look/direction. I’ve recently passed the 10 year mark in my career and have shifted some of my attention over the last year. For the past three months, I’ve been getting acclimated at my new job and am back working in Portland. For the first time in years, my home, work, and children’s school are all within a 4 mile radius. It doesn’t get much better than that.

My housing situation has changed recently, as I’m now living alone with my daughters. They both have their own rooms now and I just spent the last weekend building their furniture and decorating. Despite the turmoil of moving a roommate out, I’m very happy that my daughters are able to have their own space.

Spring is here in Portland, and I’m going through my life cleaning out the miscellany and crud. I’m single, working, parenting, and just making the best of my time. I hope to be more active on this site, so check back for updates about my gardening, hobbies, and work. Speaking of… I should probably get to it!

Enjoy yourselves!

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 0

After almost 6 months of waiting, my girlfriend and I decided to challenge ourselves to BuzzFeed’s Clean Eating Challenge for the New Year. The gist of the challenge is to only eat cleansing and anti-inflamatory foods for two weeks. So, last night, after my little girls were asleep in bed, I snuck off to our local organic market and stocked up! An hour later and bags full of greens I’ve never purchased before, I was back at my place and ready to prep!

A table-full of organic produce, nuts, and fixings.

A table-full of organic produce, nuts, and fixings.

After unbagging, cleaning, and storing all the newly purchased foods, I am ready to start my clean eating for the next two weeks. No alcohol, no juices. Just what’s on the menu. Tomorrow’s menu: kale and banana smoothie, shaved asparagus salad, and kale, quinoa, chicken dinner. Whoa. What have I gotten into?

Cleanup on Aisle FML

As I’m starting a life anew, I’ve decided to take down much of the content of my website and leave up just this incarnation. All the old photos, games, music, etc. will be removed. If you miss any of it, just give me a hollar, and I’m happy to share.

Starting fresh. Starting from scratch. Making life work where I can.

Friday Update

Ft. Stevens Beach

Spring break week is going well for me. It started with some studio time and recording a couple of songs with my friend, Lucius. I got to spend a bunch of time with my girls and took a daytrip out to Astoria. I’m settling into my new house on Garden Home and am starting to do some yardwork/gardening and am starting to re-estabilishing my life, routines, budgets, etc. Hopefully, this spring will provide me with some solid growth!

Facebook Era Over

Facebook has gone the way of MySpace, Friendster, and Google+. I’m done with and will no longer be doing social networking online. I’ll be posting here and people are welcome to comment if they wish, but that’s about the level of interaction I’m looking for. You can probably find me hangin’ my usual spots doin’ my usual stuff. If you want to socialize, let’s do it in person and have a real experience.