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I've been playing guitar since my first year of university. I tried to play way back in Grade 3 but I remember it was hard on the fingers and I just never stuck with it. I'm glad I picked it up and stayed with it, though, it's been one of the few constants in my life over the years that entertains me, calms me down, excites me, a whole bunch of things. :)

Perhaps what I like about it the most is the way it lets me interact with music, one of my favourite things in the world, in many ways. Either here at home I can just strum and pick along with songs playing on the iPod or computer, or I can be playing with others at a house party and playing and singing along with everyone else. Not to mention the many different talents shows and such I helped out with in both my Burke House days and in law school. I have a recording of one of the Burke ones, not my best performance though. Would kill for a recording of the year we did weezer's Say It Ain't So and Cake's version of I Will Survive. I am dying to know if I nailed that pinch harmonic in the solo to the former (so hard to tell on stage, we didn't have the best sound set up you see XD) and I remember sitting down and tabbing out the solo myself for the latter. Good times!

It's a good feeling, contributing to that sort of thing, and I can't sing for shit so at least I can contribute that way. :D Which begs the question, do I take the guitar with me tonight? Hmmm. Hallowe'en is always tricky, with the costumes and whatnot, but maybe I will.

I have my good ol' acoustic guitar (Betty), my electric (Veronica), my bass (no real name, should play it more!), and also a banjo which I can't really play yet. I mean, yeah, I can fake my way around it, but I need to sit down some day and relearn the chord fingerings, get some thumb and finger picks for it, and learn the right hand technique. That's on the to-do list for today when I hit the city, to hit up a music store and get those picks. Maybe some new strings too but, uh, changing the strings on that thing looks intimidating, man. x.x Might just bring it in to someone to do it, heh, and since I haven't been playing it much it's not in dire need of new strings just yet anyway.
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Right now, as in still on the air, I'd have to say the show I'm enjoying the most is How I Met Your Mother.

I only started watching it over the summer, after having bought Season 1 for like $20 last Christmas on a whim to have something to watch and only watching it in June, haha. It grew on me so very fast, though, and before I knew it I had picked up Seasons 2-4 and consumed them as fast as I could, and then Season 5 at Wal-Mart while it was still $30-something (1-4 had all been $20 each).

Oddly enough, I'm not a huge fan of the main character, but simply adore Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, and Alyson Hannigan, all of whom are amaaaaaaaaaaazing omg. They completely make the show for me and are the main reason why I watch it, and I love them to pieces. ♥

And today, lo and behold but what did I spy when looking for the new Wilco album at Wal-Mart (I pre-ordered the new Jim Cuddy and it's en route but slow in the mail :/)? Why, Season 6 of HIMYM, of course!

So I have that going for me, which is nice. :D
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Apologies if I mess this joke up. I read it online somewhere years ago and can't take credit for it, but it's become one of my all-time favourite jokes and I can't resist sharing it on today of all days. :D

A pirate walks awkwardly into a bar, a large, circular wheel bulging out of his pants. He waddles over to the counter and struggles into his a seat, cursing all the while, and orders a beer.

The bartender brings him his drink and sees what looks like a steering wheel poking out of the pirate's trousers. He doesn't say anything at first but as the pirate sits there, fidgeting and fussing, curiosity finally gets the better of him and he approaches the pirate again.

"Excuse me sir, but is that a steering wheel you've got in your pants?"

The pirate scowled and nodded. "That it is, me matey."

The bartender scratched his head. "It sure looks mighty uncomfortable."

To which the pirate replied "Yarrr, I know, it's drivin' me nuts!"
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I would take it back to 3,000+ years before the original movies, set in the Old Republic. There would be no worries about continuity/comparisons with the original trilogy, nor any need to seamlessly connect them. No need for awkward romantic arcs. Instead, the movie would focus on the sacking of Coruscant by the Sith and the ensuing conflict between the Jedi and the Sith in detail.

Unlike the other movies in the franchise, this would allow the story of both the Sith and the Jedi to be told without limiting either. At that point in time there would be no rule of two, as in the prequel trilogy, and there would be no near extinction of Jedi, as in the original trilogy. The sky would be the limit, and being free from the chains of continuity would allow more unique characters to come to fruition while still revealing key moments in the Star Wars universe's past.

Older technology would also allow the special effects teams to instead focus on the core tech of the time, i.e. lightsabers and blasters, and there would be no need to delve into unnecessary and bloated technology/science, such as cloning and midichlorians, which arguably hurt the prequel films. Likewise, a younger and smaller Republic would not be bogged down in politics, another much criticized component of the prequels.

It would reinvigorate the franchise, in my humble opinion, and rekindle the audience's love of the franchise without the pressure of having to live up to and connect with the beloved original films. It would be a can't miss project.
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Easy peasy! I'd give my darling wife [livejournal.com profile] believeitup the power of teleportation. Then we could be together right now, and any time at all. Plus we could go all kinds of awesome places too - of course her power would allow her to take at least one other person with her. :D
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I have absolutely no idea, haha, but I will go google it now so I can answer this question. :D

*googles!*

SNAKE/SERPENT
People born in the Year of the Snake are emotionally and spiritually deep. They say little yet possess great wisdom. Snake people are often selfish and vain yet can show tremendous sympathy for others. They tend to rely on themselves because they have serious doubts about other people’s judgment. They hate to fail and are determined in whatever they do. Appearing calm on the surface, they are intense and passionate creatures. Usually very good-looking in appearance, they sometimes have relationship problems because of it. They are most compatible with the Ox and Rooster. You also fear the Angel of Death.

Some of this is true, I think. I don't have serious doubts about all other people's judgment though, but there are sometimes (work mainly comes to mind XD) when that's true. Agree with the looks causing relationship problems (in the past that is!) but not because of the very good-looking part. XD

Also found this longer one, which I will put under a cut:

Snakey snakey! )

Totally lost me at the end there, haha. XD Interesting reading though, just the same.
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I have absolutely no idea, haha, but I will go google it now so I can answer this question. :D

*googles!*

SNAKE/SERPENT
People born in the Year of the Snake are emotionally and spiritually deep. They say little yet possess great wisdom. Snake people are often selfish and vain yet can show tremendous sympathy for others. They tend to rely on themselves because they have serious doubts about other people’s judgment. They hate to fail and are determined in whatever they do. Appearing calm on the surface, they are intense and passionate creatures. Usually very good-looking in appearance, they sometimes have relationship problems because of it. They are most compatible with the Ox and Rooster. You also fear the Angel of Death.

Some of this is true, I think. I don't have serious doubts about all other people's judgment though, but there are sometimes (work mainly comes to mind XD) when that's true. Agree with the looks causing relationship problems (in the past that is!) but not because of the very good-looking part. XD

Also found this longer one, which I will put under a cut:

Snakey snakey! )

Totally lost me at the end there, haha. XD Interesting reading though, just the same.
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OH OH OH can I please please please be the knife throwing guy, who hurls daggers at people pinned to the huge spinning wheel? I have a long, long list of people who I want to throw them at, it'd be perfect. No? Bah. :(
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OH OH OH can I please please please be the knife throwing guy, who hurls daggers at people pinned to the huge spinning wheel? I have a long, long list of people who I want to throw them at, it'd be perfect. No? Bah. :(
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I don't think that I would, no. Better not knowing and all that jazz. Right now though all I would ask is that it please not be stress / work-related, heh, but that's just in light of work being such a tremendous source of stress / pain in the ass lately, and for the foreseeable future. >.<
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I don't think that I would, no. Better not knowing and all that jazz. Right now though all I would ask is that it please not be stress / work-related, heh, but that's just in light of work being such a tremendous source of stress / pain in the ass lately, and for the foreseeable future. >.<
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I really don't have a strong opinion either way... I certainly don't go out of my way to be in pictures but I don't try to avoid them either. *shrugs* Lately I've been more self-conscious; see, for example, how my Facebook profile pic has remained a Team Canada jersey from a popular app which allowed you to make a jersey circa the Olympics. I've not changed it since, partly because I want to use something new (i.e. not used before, not necessarily brand new) and I can't find one, and partly because any new pictures I've taken of myself I just don't like. :/ Which was actually a factor in me trying to lose weight.

Back when I used to go out more often for house parties and such, which was mainly a few years ago now, it was practically de rigeur for everyone to take their camera, snap as many pics as possible, then post them all online or whatnot. The prevalence of Facebook and other sites, though, has downplayed that, I think; most of the people I hang out with now are teachers, lawyers, engineers, gov't workers, etc., and they all (myself included to a degree) are way more cautious of what kind of pictures are taken of them and - more importantly - if/where they are posted for people to see. I don't feel anxious mainly because I just don't go out that much any more and when I do it's in a small group where there's not a lot of camera-happy people anymore. And when I do see them, I don't bother to link them or hide them.

I guess I'm just largely indifferent. XD
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I really don't have a strong opinion either way... I certainly don't go out of my way to be in pictures but I don't try to avoid them either. *shrugs* Lately I've been more self-conscious; see, for example, how my Facebook profile pic has remained a Team Canada jersey from a popular app which allowed you to make a jersey circa the Olympics. I've not changed it since, partly because I want to use something new (i.e. not used before, not necessarily brand new) and I can't find one, and partly because any new pictures I've taken of myself I just don't like. :/ Which was actually a factor in me trying to lose weight.

Back when I used to go out more often for house parties and such, which was mainly a few years ago now, it was practically de rigeur for everyone to take their camera, snap as many pics as possible, then post them all online or whatnot. The prevalence of Facebook and other sites, though, has downplayed that, I think; most of the people I hang out with now are teachers, lawyers, engineers, gov't workers, etc., and they all (myself included to a degree) are way more cautious of what kind of pictures are taken of them and - more importantly - if/where they are posted for people to see. I don't feel anxious mainly because I just don't go out that much any more and when I do it's in a small group where there's not a lot of camera-happy people anymore. And when I do see them, I don't bother to link them or hide them.

I guess I'm just largely indifferent. XD
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I'm so tired.

Works on so many different levels, sadly, ugh. It's 3:32pm though and the weekend will soon be here, so that'll help with some of it, thankfully.
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I'm so tired.

Works on so many different levels, sadly, ugh. It's 3:32pm though and the weekend will soon be here, so that'll help with some of it, thankfully.
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Ah, but my cat already talks to me, and everybody nearby can hear it. XD I do like the company, and chat him up all the time while I'm around him. :D
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Ah, but my cat already talks to me, and everybody nearby can hear it. XD I do like the company, and chat him up all the time while I'm around him. :D
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I think my wife had the right approach to this question. Definitely a lot of travel would be in order. I'd pay for her to join me as we traveled to Europe, which I've always wanted to see, It'd be like a honeymoon for us, which we never really got to have, though we will be having something like one in March when we go to Boston, omg I cannot wait. :D But yes, back to the question, we could see [livejournal.com profile] girlyduck and [livejournal.com profile] elevea and get to meet little Krycek. :) And there's a whole bunch of countries over there I'd love to visit, it'd be amazing.

Part of me would like to split the trip, one week in Europe and another in either Japan or Australia; I had a friend who after law school went to Japan then Australia and was gone for like a month. No way I could ever afford that, not now anyway, time wise and money wise, but if money were unlimited, oh boy. Though I don't know one week would do it all justice, so I'd prooooobably just stick with one continent at a time and try to see as much of Europe as we could in that time span.

Gosh, that's a lovely question to think about. Off to bed for me, I think, to dream about that actually happening. :)
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I think my wife had the right approach to this question. Definitely a lot of travel would be in order. I'd pay for her to join me as we traveled to Europe, which I've always wanted to see, It'd be like a honeymoon for us, which we never really got to have, though we will be having something like one in March when we go to Boston, omg I cannot wait. :D But yes, back to the question, we could see [livejournal.com profile] girlyduck and [livejournal.com profile] elevea and get to meet little Krycek. :) And there's a whole bunch of countries over there I'd love to visit, it'd be amazing.

Part of me would like to split the trip, one week in Europe and another in either Japan or Australia; I had a friend who after law school went to Japan then Australia and was gone for like a month. No way I could ever afford that, not now anyway, time wise and money wise, but if money were unlimited, oh boy. Though I don't know one week would do it all justice, so I'd prooooobably just stick with one continent at a time and try to see as much of Europe as we could in that time span.

Gosh, that's a lovely question to think about. Off to bed for me, I think, to dream about that actually happening. :)
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In terms of snark and whatnot, prooooooobably not, really. I'm usually only snarky with really close friends, both in real life and online, so I likely wouldn't say anything to someone online that I wouldn't in real life, and with snark 99% of the time it'd be as a joke anyway. There've been some frustrating raids and other run-ins with people online (RP maybe, not often though) where I've told people off, but if they'd been face to face with me and had made me just as frustrated then I'd likely have acted the same way / said the same thing.

Other than that, to answer in a similar fashion to my better half, when it comes to emotional / personal things, I probably have said things to people online that I wouldn't in real life, or at least I've said them sooner at least, heh. That brings me back to the old, old days, back when I was in Grade 12 when we got our first dial-up account. At the risk of dating myself, back in, what, 1994? Haha damn. x.x But yes, back then when Netscape was allowing you to show actual graphics on webpages omgwtf, HoTMaiL wasn't owned by Microsoft, when Webcrawler was the bomb (it was always my search engine of choice back then), and chat sites that involved lots and lots of refreshes were à la mode. I remember my favourite haunt used to be the Chat House (haha I'm so stopping to check these urls to see which sites are still up, btw) and I remember spending many a late night there. I don't remember too many of the people that I used to talk to there; it was pretty random and back then you'd just type in a user name (I'd go by Hazard, fyi, which later on in my IRC rp days was the handle of one of the sim leaders there so I went by Diamond, which lead to me being canadiandiamond here when I created this LJ. Random factlets ftw!) and away you went, none of this registering on the site or having a username/password set up, so every night you'd see a different set of people more often than not.

I didn't really form any friendships there or anything, though every now and then you'd talk to the same people for awhile. I do recall a girl from Quebec and talking to her a few times, because she was so enthusiastic about asking me questions about NL when she found out I was a Newfie, haha. XD Other than that, though, I recall one girl, albeit vaguely - I don't recall her handle or real name, if I ever knew it - who I talked to for a fairly long amount of time. Which, well, back then was, what, a few weeks maybe. XD And in these chat sites you had public rooms that'd hold like 20 users or so, some more, and private chat rooms too - I think one was the hot tub, lol - that held smaller numbers, some for just two. After talking to this girl for so long and thinking she was so awesome I remember asking her to one of the private rooms and awkwardly fumbling around in chat until I finally blurted something out like 'I love you!' or something. Oh lord it's so embarrassing to even type out here. >.> I'll never really forget her reaction, even if I can't recall the exact words, but basically it was something like 'uhhhh we don't really even know each other, wtf dude.' Which was very accurate because we didn't, and it was a bit of a bummer at the time - not to mention I had zero experience with dating or anything even close to dating in my high school days so that'd been a first, very very feeble and sad attempt XD - but it was a good lesson to learn. It taught me to be more guarded with myself, I think, and not to open up so easily, or at least to not just, you know, leap into those situations so soon. I don't think I really talked to her much after that, and I can't blame her for that either, hehe. XD

In general, I've always found it easier to talk to people online about relationships and those kind of things, though I got better with that in university and law school, progressively so, albeit with bad results just the same, the odd date here and there aside. There are many other awkward online conversations that I could go on and on about but I'll spare you those. XD But yes, it's kind of ironic that my longest relationship and the one that lead to marriage was also started online. *♥ to [livejournal.com profile] believeitup*

Anyway, moving on! It can be easier to discount real feelings onine, totally, and I've seen so much of that in my days of RP. People starting threads or logs with others, either through message boards or over AIM/IRC etc., then walking away for hours or days and not replying, letting things die, etc., plus just generally acting like idiots thanks to the anonymity provided by the internet (which is less and less applicable these days, really), I've seen lots of it. I've probably done my fair share of it, too, though I've always tried not to if I could help it. I've had lots of relationships from MMOs and whatnot that've just disappeared when the game died or when I/others lost interest in playing, and sticking in LOTRO so long has been very odd and strange at times to me that way; I've never stuck with anything this long before, really, aside from RPs but even those were very few and far between. It's definitely easier to discount and/or ignore feelings that way, which can be a good thing and a bad thing, depending on the person and the circumstances. I've seen more of this lately, without naming names, and the effects it's had on the people involved, and I hate it when it ends up hurting people, intentional or not. Especially when the people getting hurt are close to me, very not cool to say the least. >.< I won't say any more about that, but yeah, it's easy for things to play out that way, intentionally or not.

It can become habit forming, I think, if that's the main type of interaction that one has. I could see it becoming that way, really, and I've probably been guilty of that myself. Especially when I was working in Marystown, as I didn't know anyone else around my age at all, aside from one friend and his girlfriend, and when he moved away/broke up with her she had nothing to do with me at all, grr, just thinking about being abandoned and ignored like that makes me angry. And her friends, one of whom I had tried to ask out, all of them just forgot I existed... yeah, let's move on from that. XD I've been trying to get better, going out with friends in the city more often, though it really is easier to just get online and hang out there, especially with LOTRO being such a timesink and offering such a distraction. Add in the fact that my wife is there and I can talk to her there and, yeah, very very hard to pull myself away from that, and I haven't been much lately, though I'm working on it. One of my resolutions of 2010 is to try and do other things, which kinda ties in to exercising more and getting away from the computer in general, but we'll see how that goes. Oops, I went off on a tangent there. Yes, it can be habit forming. XD

And one more meme, for which I was tagged by mah wife, [livejournal.com profile] believeitup:
A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.
C. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it".


1. I get very attached to things/places, emotionally speaking. I'm a packrat in general and cling onto things that have no real practical purpose whatsoever, like movie ticket stubs, programs, etc. Heck, I have a bunch in front of me right now, from movies I saw over the holidays with [livejournal.com profile] believeitup, [livejournal.com profile] onlyonechoice, and [livejournal.com profile] samzimmerman. As for places, well, just ask [livejournal.com profile] believeitup how hard it was for me to say bye to her apartment in Boston, heh. XD On second thought, don't. >.> That was rough, because not only was I saying bye to her for a then-as-of-yet-undetermined period of time (and that was pre-engagement too, just after her Master's grad) but I knew I wouldn't be going back to Boston for awhile, and not to that apartment, which is where I'd first met her face-to-face (just as friends way back when) and where I'd first really experienced America zomg, and where I'd gone to see my first Bruins game, and where I'd first been with her after we started dating, etc. So yes, a lot of important moments in my life occurred in Boston and I'd stayed there with her for all of them, and it was hard to say goodbye. So, yes, I'm very weird about things/places like that.

2. So as not to leave talking about Boston as a sad thing, I'm going back there in March with my wife, and we're attending PAX East, and I can't wait. :D We've also got some nights booked in the same hotel we first visited back in the day when we started dating, and the last night we're there I've managed to secure us tickets to see Vampire Weekend play at the Orpheum, omg, I can't wait. It will be a very triumphant return to Boston. :D

3. I am always reading about a dozen or more books at a time. Today I actually finished one, omg, the 6th book in the Dresden series - randomly, I thought I owned the next and went to start it right away, but no can has yet :/ - but I've got any number laying around my room with impromptu bookmarks in them. Usually the receipt from where I bought it, but one is a tear-off from my Canadian Customs form that I stuck in there, and some actual bookmarks here and there. It'd take too long to list how many I'm in the middle of offhand, but yes, I need to work on that, or at least stop buying new books until I get through some more.

4. I tend to watch tv shows in fits and starts, the most recent being tearing through all of the 13 episodes of Glee over Christmas break (random: looking on IDMB, the actress who plays Quinn was in three episodes of VM? Cool!), and buying the entire series of House on DVD during a Boxing Day sale at Target while in the States. I've yet to open those, though, but will eventually. I also bought the entire series of Black Books, which is much smaller but omg so so so SO funny, and have been watching them too.

5. I've been requisitioned by my father to learn how to play the accordion, so I can teach him how to play it. I'm still working on that, hah, but it's kinda fun. I've not really done much with it but it doesn't seem too bad to learn the basics, I'm just kinda failing at how to alternate between pushing and pulling the accordion apart for the right notes. I haven't spent much time at it, either, but we'll see what happens.

6. I miss writing and keep meaning to get back to it in some capacity, though I know not what kind yet. I tried NaNoWriMo again this past November and, while I got off to a good start, failed miserably. I was very close to trying rp again but chickened out of that, too, and haven't been able to write anything in general. I tried a little short story around Hallowe'en but only knocked out a few paragraphs and the unfinished draft of that's still on my desktop somewhere. :/

7. Hmm, what else... oh yes. I completely fell in love with Chick-Fil-A during my most recent trip to Philadelphia, omg. Best. Chicken. Ever. And now I've gone and made myself hungry for a chicken fillet sandwich and handspun milkshake that's 1,500 miles away from me, goshdarnit. Mreh. XD

Seven people, hmm. [livejournal.com profile] lethendy, [livejournal.com profile] avalonmissy, [livejournal.com profile] _chibiko_, [livejournal.com profile] arxev, [livejournal.com profile] frzn_mmnt, [livejournal.com profile] ms_firecracker, and [livejournal.com profile] uncut_diamond. :)

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