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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!

Talk to Me!

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!

It’s super easy! Just sign in with your existing Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account, or sign up for an standalone account here for the Talk page! We’ll be off and chatting about anything and everything in no time! Talk to you soon!

Latest Posts

Chasing the Digital Dream

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You probably think you’re about to read some sappy inspirational shit by clicking on this blog title. Guess what? You’re not wrong! See, I’ve been doing some really cool stuff lately. Stuff that I’m really proud of myself for. Last month, I completed my very first semester of college. I’m 32-years-old and only earned 7 college credits since I’m going part-time

Translating Tarot

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For anyone who may not already be aware, I’ve developed a relatively recent interest in tarot cards. I’m not sure what exactly inspired it — one of my favorite cult-inspired films, The Craft, is being remade and/or rebooted soon, and also I had fallen in love with hearing local Victoria Crosby give tarot readings to listeners whenever she was a guest on the Smiley Morning Show

American Heritage

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Since the classes that I need to take next aren’t available during summer sessions, I made three small personal decisions going into this first summer since going back to college. Those three decisions were: I’m going to learn how to knit. I don’t really have any explanation as to why I’m going to knit. It just seemed like a creative way to keep my hands occupied while I

Minimalist

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Welcome to the new Almost Epic! I realize that “new updates” and changes to the look and design of this site are basically a dime a dozen. But while I loved the previous design and really worked hard on making it look fantastic, it dawned on me at some point over the weekend that it didn’t really “fit” the site anymore. The Kleo theme would have made more sense for a

The Thief of Joy

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I feel like I’ve lived my entire life comparing myself to other people. In fact, one of my personal theme songs from my mid-twenties was a pop-punk ballad from emo-centric band Fall Out Boy that contains the prominent lyric, “Half dead from comparing myself to everyone else around me” (oooooh, so much ANGST!). And Mondays are the start of it all. On Monday morning, I’m

April Update

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It has almost been a month since my last post. I’m aware of that and I apologize. I also apologize that this first post you’re about to read after such a good length of time is bullet-style if you’re not into that kind of thing. I’ve actually tried writing a few different times and actually still have half a dozen unpublished drafts of blog posts still hanging out in my

Out of the Bag

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Today I had an epiphany. While a former teenage version of myself was obsessed with one day becoming one of the seven strangers on MTV’s The Real World, there’s another piece of classic MTV reality programming real estate that I would be much more likely to be featured on today. That show would be called True Life: I’m Addicted to Office Supplies! Office supplies, print

How to Save a Life

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You might recall that last summer, I made the decision to go vegetarian. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t regularly share meals with me, you’ve probably heard a great deal about it. You’ve seen me preach and post photos of meat-free meals on Facebook and Instagram. Maybe you read my story on Medium about coming to my decision that I wrote a few months later. No matter

The Campus Insider

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When I signed up to go back to school, I enrolled in Ivy Tech’s Software Development program. After messing around with blogging and very amateur website design for years, I decided to try and make a go at it. Not just with the web, but with software as a whole! I’m a creative person and I think making a career out of developing cool new software, mobile and web applications, and tons

This is What the Truth Feels Like

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There are a lot of different things that I could write here on the internet about the last 24 hours in my life. All day long while at work and even while taking a test in my math class tonight, my mind has been idly wondering how to tackle the subject of what was undoubtedly one of the shittiest evenings of my entire life. I could try to be rational and write about what I think happened from my

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