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Hey there. My name’s Joseph, but most everyone I know just calls me Joe. Thanks for visiting my website, Almost Epic!

I’m a thirtysomething Indianapolis native and resident who has a really strong love for technology, writing, and being creative. That’s mostly why this site exists — as a place to dabble in the things that I love. Those things usually have something to do with animals and wildlife conservation, new and emerging technology, earth and space sciences, food and beverage, music, film and television, video games, comic books, art and literature, reading tarot, playing with WordPress, journaling, knitting, reading and writing, and a whole mess of other varied interests.

In addition to keeping this site online through its many different iterations, I also work full-time, go to school part-time, and serve as dad to two wonderful feline furballs named Tigger and Rufus! Interested in knowing more? Check out the About page!

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I’m always up for great conversation and particularly like being able to do it here on the web. What can I say? I articulate my thoughts better when I can write them out! Not only can you talk to me via post comments or through the Contact page, but also in Almost Epic’s very own forum: the Talk page!

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Latest Posts

Kindness Matters

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Over the past week, since the devastating attack in Las Vegas, I’ve been feeling very opinionated. That’s probably the case for a lot of people around the country and maybe even the world. Everyone’s arguing about whether or not we could do more. Could we have done more to prevent tragedies like this one and all the others that have happened in the last several years

After Laughter

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Confession: I don’t like endings. I’m enamored with storytelling that stretches itself out into multiple installments. Exciting stories that could potentially be developed and told forever are fascinating to me. For example, I’m probably the one and only person in the world who believes that Grey’s Anatomy or Criminal Minds, shows that have been on the air for over a

Graffiti Heart

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There’s a mysterious glyph that’s been cropping up around Indy. It’s caught the eye of a few of my friends, who in turn asked me about it, knowing full well that I would have caught it, too. I’ve actually caught it now in no less than four different downtown locations. Here’s what it looks like, as pictured from the backside of the mailbox just outside of the

Fall Semester 2017

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If we were having coffee this weekend, I’d have a lot to tell you. Since the fall semester of school started this past week, things have been a little quieter than usual around this blog space. It’s all due to business going back to normal though — work at the office from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, then I’m either heading off to campus for class or home to do my online

Hate Can’t Live in a House of Love

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The entire past week, I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what I should write in the wake of the events in Charlottesville last weekend. It’s really tough because in today’s age, everything can and probably will be taken out of context. I feel like I’ve finally come to grips with how I feel about the state of our country and the entire world, really. And it all

Blaze Your Trail

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If we were having coffee this weekend, my topic of conversation would be about letting go. I’ve always been a big believer of cutting negative people out of your life. One of my favorite so-called “Brotips,” in point of fact, is the following: And it’s true! If there are sandpaper people in your life, nip that shit in the bud and move on. Everyone involved will be much

The Mix Tape, Volume II

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Back in September, I put together a post listing fifteen songs that are dear to my heart. I thought of maybe doing a regular #MusicMonday segment weekly if it proved popular, but the list never really seemed to resonate with anyone other than myself. That’s totally okay though: the entire idea was to share music that makes my own heart sing. Today I’ve decided to give the list a

Facing Facebook

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I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Let me explain. I love that Facebook has managed to bring practically everyone together. Facebook made an innovative community. It even more or less killed off MySpace, what had been the industry standard beforehand. And let’s be honest: It wasn’t hard to do. Facebook provided more structured, standardized profile pages. They made it easy

Forget Everything You Know About Cats

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For nearly 30 years of my life, I was part of a family that was strictly “dog people.” I still distinctly remember having four labrador puppies at once during my childhood. I mean, we were crazy dog people! Then the last few years, it seemed like we weren’t into animals much at all. I’ve always loved animals, don’t get me wrong, but we just didn’t have any. I

Carrying On

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My dream job rejected me this week. The past couple of weeks, I’ve been engaging in the interview process at Automattic, the company behind my personal favorite internet product WordPress and its sister service WordPress.com. Towards the end of June, deciding to take a greater interest in the WordPress community, I started frequenting the WordPress.com and Automattic sites more often in

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