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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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Out of the Bag

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

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

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

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


It’s been two weeks since my triumphant return to formal education. Finally beginning my college journey on January 17th had me both nervous and excited. It was the first time I’d set foot in the classroom since my high school graduation in the summer of 2003. Would I remember how to do this? What was the parking situation going to be like? What about my teachers? But it was time to

No More Resolutions

After the last several years of making New Year’s Resolutions that ultimately never stuck, I’ve become one of those people. You know the type. The people that claim that New Year’s Resolutions are stupid. The people that drink their bubbly when the clock strikes midnight and call it a year. We’re like this for a reason. Not because we aren’t hopeful that 2017 will be

New Year Review: 2016 Has No Chill!

By now, it goes without saying that 2016 was a pretty chaotic year. We endured what was arguably the most insane election in United States history. Elsewhere in the world, Britain has officially become divided while atrocities in places like Aleppo are at an almost apocalyptic level. There were a lot of other events that made this past year one of the worst on a global scale. And yes, we even

Christmas at the Zoo

My mother and grandmother were both huge fans of Christmas. Since the two of them have been long gone though, my family struggles a bit to get into the spirit. Last year I tried making up for it by putting up the first tree in years. I bought presents and hung stockings. There were even indoor twinkle lights and tinsel. It was really nice. But I don’t think it did much to boost the feeling

The ‘Gilmore Girls’ Are Gorgeous As Ever

The Gilmore Girls are back! The world was finally invited back to the charming town of Stars Hollow yesterday as we marked the premiere of Netflix’s latest revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the follow-up to the WB Network’s quirky dramedy that aired from 2000-2007. It has been nearly a decade since the original series went off the air with a less-than-stellar seventh season

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Joseph Black

Joseph Black

According to Wikipedia, I discovered magnesium and carbon dioxide, so that's something.

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