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A little note on the news [Apr. 16th, 2007|11:15 pm]

Noticed an interesting trend in the story headlines today:

CBC.ca reads: "33 dead in 'Horrific' shooting in Virginia."

BBC.co.uk reads: "US University Shooting Kills 33"

CNN.com has had three main headlines today:
"University Shooting Rampage"
"Bloodbath in Class

and most bothersome: 
"Students Slaughtered"

Apparently, the American news source believes it has to have three sensational headlines, each more harsh and violent than the last.

I can't help but get the feeling that there's a guy somewhere at CNN going through his dictionary, going "Oh yeah!  Bloodbath!  That's a good one.   OOOoooo!  Students Slaughtered!!  Love the alliteration!"

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Wow... [Mar. 15th, 2007|11:09 pm]
[mood |quixoticquixotic]
[music |The song above..]

Probably the most amazing cover I've ever seen, period.

Matt Weddle covers Outkast's "Hey Ya".

Have your speakers on, and crank them up.

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I dreamed a dream once... [May. 26th, 2006|10:50 am]
[mood |crushedcrushed]

... and now that dream is gone from me. :(

Turns out that England's best hope for the World Cup next month will be injured.

For those of you who don't follow soccer, Wayne Rooney is this country's 20-year-old answer to someone like our Mario Lemieux. Not the greatest player ever, but the best they have, and a significant talent. I've been following the BBC's coverage for about a month, as the nation waited for word on their injured hero. Looks like preliminary hopes have given way to the reality of fractured metatarsals.

Why am I taking this so bad? LOL. I've turned into a flag waving (actually have my own England flag) 'football' fan.  England will still be a great team, but minus their best player.  At least for the first 3 games, and probably more. 

Dave, your thoughts on this? I was sure he was going to play, fit or unfit. Have you been following too?

Anyway...the REAL reason for this post, before I was sidetracked while getting my morning news:

Wanted to wish everyone attending Anime North all the best. Sorry I couldn't make it down. I'm sure much fun will be had!
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Happy Birthday! [May. 24th, 2006|08:34 pm]
To Hico!

Hope its a good one, dude!
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So that's that. [Apr. 22nd, 2006|12:55 pm]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |Death Cab -]

Found out yesterday that I made my required grades so I should be graduating from Western in a month or so. Its a funny feeling. Its not a "glad that's done!" feeling. More of a sigh, and a slump into a chair. The kids around me are all going nuts. "I'm off to grad school at -----!", or "lets get drunk!" seems to be the consensus. Maybe it just hasn't sunk in yet.

I'm happy to be done, but I'm an extremely nostalgic person. For the past few weeks, I've been looking back on it all, and remembering the last 5 years. (Yes, I took the extra year to upgrade to Honours.)

My time in London was good. I'm looking forward to the changes that'll come, but I'll also miss this place. I guess that's the feeling-- kinda neither here nor there. *shrugs*

Anyway, this is NOT a post searching for congratulations. I'll be taking May off before starting work in Michigan with the family business. As such, I hope to see many of you. I plan on bumming around Toronto for a solid 10-15 days in May, since that's where most of my friends are, and since London empties out significantly on April 30th.

S0... If anyone's got some time in May, and wants to hang out, either send me an email or reply here. I've never been to Anime North before, and tho I didn't plan on going, it might be the easiest way to see everyone. What are its dates again? If its in the second half of the month, that might work. Like I said, I plan on spending a while in the city so hopefully I'll get to see everyone.

(Even though I'm going to Michigan, I'll still probably see everyone the same amount. Cons, maybe a party here or there, etc.)
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For the guitar players [Mar. 2nd, 2006|01:11 pm]
So... has anyone mastered that song from the commercial Jon posted? I'm having trouble getting the right tuning....
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Jayne hat? Check. Jayne jacket? Check. [Jan. 24th, 2006|06:33 pm]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Linkin Park - Numb]

Its official: I'm obsessed with all things Firefly.

When I first saw Firefly, I asked Lyn to make me the Jayne hat.

When I first saw Serenity, I went out looking for the Jayne jacket. (Pictured in avatar)

I wasn't able to find anything at first. But, I had to keep looking, and keep looking I did. Took me the better part of two different days, and the better part of $100, but I've finally got something close to the Jayne jacket. This will tide me over until I can find something that more closely resembles the real one.

I've got isssues. I don't even identify that much with Jayne.... But the jacket fits well, and makes me look tough. Actually, I look like a cross between a Linkin Park fan, and a skinhead... though, that's probably not a good thing. Still, no one's messed with me in the past 2 days. It HAS to be the jacket...right?

But now I can unzip my jacket provocatively, and with bravado. Makes me feel like a big man.
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Firefly [Aug. 6th, 2005|01:56 am]
[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Radiohead - "High and Dry"]

I guess it had to happen eventually: I've just taken my first step into the Jossverse. I have, in truth, always avoided Buffy and Angel. I dunno. Something about the idea of wisecracking vampires and vampire slayers just doesn't do it for me.

But tonight I came across Firefly. (For those of you that would know, it was the episode where they are robbing a train, but find out its medicine, and decide to give it back.) The series seemed to be everywhere this TT, and I even went to two panels about a show I'd never seen because everyone else was heading there.

Gotta say, I was impressed. The writing was better than I feared, and I thought the humour really worked. (another thing I had been wary of, after 10 mins of Buffy.) I didn't like the captain guy... He seemed a bit cliched, and .... I dunno... weak? Maybe its just me. However, I find myself strangely drawn to the Jayne character. (Could it be man-love?) He's definitely my kind of guy. ("Wow...nice shot!" "I was aiming for his head.") I'm totally jealous of Colin's costume. And I've got to get me one of those hats, and wear it all year long at Western. Regardless, I really like Jayne. Cool dude. Oh. And that "companion" lady..... o.m.g. So hot. So hot right now, Companion. Rawr.

Anyway, I think I'm going to look into Firefly. Anyone got some tapes or DVDs I could borrow at SFX?
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Its been a while.... [Aug. 3rd, 2005|10:20 pm]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Coldplay - "Speed of Sound"]

Lots has been going on, so I’m going to try and get caught up in one fell swoop. Here’s hoping…

Ad Astra
I’m not even going to get into this here, as it would take a year to explain. ;) I wasn’t happy, and am largely still not with my performance, but after talking to a few people, I’m eager to give it another shot… that is, so long as I’m not fired. ;) Anyway, enough about that.

But the masquerade itself was a success. Special thanks to Holly and Amanda for their fine work, and to all the participants.

Toronto Trek
It was, as always, a great time. But actually, I think this was my second most favourite Toronto Trek ever. It was laid back, which was astonishing for Trek.

As always, the most important thing about the whole weekend was the people. I was able to reconnect with a young friend, and was happy to find that a reconnection was possible. I was able, finally, to get in some good chats with people. (Rosemary, Ruth, Julie, Colin, Jon, Tessa, Gord, Michael, Alex, Bang, and many more.) I was finally able to go beyond the “Hey, what’s up? That’s great… gotta run” talks that usually dominate cons. Felt like I got some good time with almost everyone.

So, all in all, I was really happy with the weekend, and look forward to more conventions to come.

Its official now. I was accepted into the Honours Program at Western, but wasn’t sure if it was what I wanted. Now, I’ve signed the lease on a new apartment, and have already begun to move things in. It should be a good year, and its nice to know I’ll be closer to everyone who reads this than I would have been if I’d gone to Michigan… Still, I’m having some second thoughts… this will be the first time that I’ve lived on my own (meaning, no roommates) for more than 4 months. And, to make matters worse, a number of my friends have recently graduated, or taken a year off.

As a result, I’m expecting to be lonely at times. So, I’m also expecting many a friend to come visit in London, to help me stave off depression!! Please?! I’ll have all the major amenities (Comp., xbox, tv, etc) so everyone should be comfortable! I’ve got some pictures of the place somewhere, and I might try and post them at another time…

I hope to be able to attend SFX this year, if for no other reason than to just see Gord do his thing. But the day I get to London is the day that I start a job hunt. So long as that’s settled before SFX, then I should be able to make it.

That said, if I am to go, I’m thinking I’ll be skipping at least the Friday, and possibly the Sunday as well. Its just a bad time of the year to be taking 3 days in Toronto, when there’s so much I have to do in London.

Some random points:
-Thanks much to HICO for the paid account. I shall try my best to make full use of it.
-My brother sent me his recording stuff, so I expect to have a CD out by the end of the summer. (Yes, I know. Scary.) Its nothing serious. Just a bunch of cover songs, and a few originals. If I can, I’d like to one day be skilled enough to play at a bar or two, but for now, its just a hobby.

Anyway, that's all for now. Hope to see you all again soon.
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"The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire" [May. 16th, 2005|07:12 pm]

Have recently returned from England with my dad.  Here are some highlights, for those that are interested...


-National Gallery - 8/10
I'm not big on art, but seeing the Greats (Monet, Da Vinci, Titian, etc.) was amazing.

-Buckingham Palace - 7/10
Because of September 11, those Red Guards with the funny hats are now behind the front gates.  As a result, I wasn't able to attempt the requisite insults, in an effort to bait them into action...  still, its a nice house.

-Trafalger Square - 10/10   (Personal Favourite)
Standing in the shadow of Lord Nelson's Victory Column, and this is where I felt the true might of the British Empire.  The square is surrounded by older buildings, all commanding respect.  The National Gallery is behind Nelson, and the Canadian Embassy is to the side.(Oh yeah.)  Lions, eagles, and other sculptures pepper the area, adding to the atmosphere.  It truly was majestic. 

-British Museum - 5/10
It puts the ROM to absolute shame, but I was disappointed with its incomplete offerings.  I thought it would be the *one* place to see everything...during the height of the Empire, the British looted (for lack of a better word) much of the world, shipping back to their island.  Still, there was relatively little.  Some nice things though. (Pottery of Achilles was particularly cool.)

-Soho/ Picadilly - 7/10
Very hip, very cool.  Would need to take a lot of money though.  Was only there for a few hours.

-St. James Park - 8/10
Beautiful.  Loved it.  Will return for a dinner their on my honeymoon (when that happens...)

-Big Ben/Parliament/Westminster Abbey - 9/10
Again, it really creates the sense that you are in the presence of greatness.  We weren't able to go into either, because of the hour, but it was still a sight to behold.

Now....onto other cities.

Bath: 7/10
Small (maybe population of 200k), but very ancient, and very cool city.  The surrounding countryside was gorgeous, and the old buildings in the town added to that 'foreign' feeling.  The Roman Baths (for which the city was named) were amazing.  (They still work; the Romans knew how to build stuff...)  Was there for two days, and didn't get a lot in, as I wasn't feeling well.

Salisbury: 8.5/10
Another smaller city, and another wonder.  It was a mix of modern and ancient, with the Salisbury Cathedral as its centerpiece. (The building itself was a 9.5/10)  We were there two days, and the city only loses marks because the Bed and Breakfast we were staying at sucked ass. 

Stonehenge & Old Sarum - 9.5/10
Just outside of Salisbury, these two sites were fantastic.  You really don't get the sense of just how big those rocks are.  It was much more mysterious than I expected, and it was also very informational.  Old Sarum was the site of the former capital of England, circa 1066 A.D.  It was the palace William the Conqueror created for his reign.  Not much is left, but its still fascinating. (Probably wouldn't mean much to most, but to a history student it's fascinating.)  ;)

Minster Lovell: (Tiny town outside Oxford) 8/10
We stayed at this 600 year old Inn and Pub.  It really got us the "flavour" of England.  The rural location and again, historical significance, really brought to life all of the old books I've read on the topic.  Really showed what England would have been like 'back then'.

Blenheim Palace: (Oustide of Oxford) 9.5/10
It was the birthplace of Winston Churchill, and the home of the last 12 Dukes of Marlborough.  It was another breathtaking site.  An older home, built in 1703, it was the type of thing that Lords and Ladies lived in.  A country home, seemingly preserved in history, and well taken care of.  A home suitable for only the most powerful of British aristocracy, through its grandeur and class.


Well....those are the main attractions.  It was 8 days, and I went with my father.  I was constantly reminded of the bond that Canadians share with our British forebearers, and was surprised to feel extremely patriotic at times.  Interestingly, they ask you when you speak if you're Canadian or American.  Since dad and I are both dual citizens, we stuck to Canadian.  ;)  They seemed to appreciate it more than if we were dirty yanks.

The British people on the whole were remarkable hosts; friendlier and more polite than even Canadians.  They're dignified, intelligent, but also very reserved, and conscious of other people's comfort. (When you pass someone in a hallway, and *they* step aside to let *you* pass, *they* say "Thank you".) 

Still, there was something a little sad about England.  You can't help but recognize the fact that the country's best days are behind it.  The cities all have wonderful old buildings, but they are not without their cheap buildings from the 70's and 80's, many of which have fallen into disrepair.  Its a funny mix of strength and success versus wear-and-tear-of-age, and the tough times that brought it about.  You really do get the sense that this is a former great power.  Still, I've seen Ottawa and Washington, and now London....and London was the only one which commanded the respect only a "capital city" can.

I don't know if I'd ever get the chance, but its definitely a place I'd go back to.

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