FAQs

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WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE?

A Canon Rebel T3i with the regular ol’ kit lens (18-55mm (and which is completely fucked between 12-24mm and at 55m, which means it really only shoots (focused shots) between 24mm and 45mm-ish) and my iPhone 6s Plus.

When using my “real” camera I almost always shoot in manual mode (with the lens on auto focus), usually fucking around with ISO, aperture and shutter speed controls as I go.

WHAT PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE DO YOU USE?

On the computer: Photoshop Elements 11.
On my phone: Snapseed or Instagram’s native controls (not filters, controls).

Regardless of on which device I’m editing photos, nine times out of 10 the only editing processes I use are the “auto contrast” function, and the manual manipulation of the brightness (turned up).

WHY DO YOU SPELL NUMBERS OUT OUT SOMETIMES AND NOT SPELL THEM OUT OTHER TIMES?

Because I adhere to the AP style guide at work and it’s habit to replicate it here. Number between one and nine are spelled out, numbers 10 or above are displayed numerically, unless they’re at the beginning or end of a sentence. Usually. I mean, that’s always the rule, but I don’t always adhere to it.

WHAT SIZE GAUGE ARE YOUR EARS?

1/2″. I stretched them the summer between freshman and sophomore year of high school. Yes, they’re just big holes if I don’t have my gauges in. No, I don’t regret gauging them at all.

HOW MANY TATTOOS AND PIERCINGS DO YOU HAVE?

Five tattoos, five piercings that I currently wear.

ARE YOU GAY?

Nope.

BUT YOU’RE DATING A GIRL. ARE YOU BI?

Nuh-uh.

I’M CONFUSED. YOU MARRIED A DUDE ONCE UPON A TIME, SO DOES THAT MEAN YOU’RE “SECRETLY” STRAIGHT?

Negative. It’s complicated.

HOW DID YOU AND SHANNON MEET?

At CrossFit, duh. Read more of our story here and here.

WHERE DOES YOUR DAUGHTER’S NAME COME FROM? THE ONE THAT I CAN’T PRONOUNCE…

“Briseis” is from Greek mythology, a topic in which her dad and I both have a deep interest. As cousin to Paris and Hector, the princes of Troy, she was a mortal, not a goddess, and Achilles lover during the Trojan War.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING PROJECT LIFE®?

I started Project Life® in January 2013. I used the method to document all of 2013 and all of 2014. 2015 has seen some changes to my memory-keeping process. You can read about that here.

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR PROJECT LIFE® NEWBS?

Yep. Sure do.

HOW DO YOU HAVE SUCH GREAT ABS, EVEN AFTER THREE KIDS?

CrossFit. I mean, I had abs before CrossFit – visible and defined ones – but the combination of quick metcons paired with regimented weightlifting has helped them really pop.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING CROSSFIT?

Since the last week of January 2013.

WHY DID YOU START CROSSFIT?

To get out of the house when my marriage started really sucking, and to make friends whose hobbies included things other than drugs. There’s a whole story behind it, if you’re interested.

WHAT’S YOUR “FRAN” TIME?

Don’t have one. Believe it or not, in the nearly three years that I’ve been around CrossFit, I’ve never attempted Fran.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU DEADLIFT?

Twice-ish my bodyweight. Not as impressive as Shannon’s 400#+ deadlift. But still…

HOW MUCH DO YOU WEIGH?

135#.

Have a question you don’t see listed here?

Read through past “Ask Me Anything” answers (one and two), browse the 5 Random Things series, or just ask me.