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Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
11:00 pm
Couple of things
An indication of how my LARP experiences can sometimes go:

Proposal for new Merit/Flaw (credit Chad C):
Specifically for Alan Landis:

Disfortunate luck

Gives a luck retest under one specific circumstance:
If winning the test will kill him but losing it will save his life, he is allowed to retest the win.


Second, saw Wrestlemania this weekend. One-match show. But what a match! :-)
Friday, April 3rd, 2009
12:58 am
At his request...
Kory should know that it's not "a loading question".

It's either a leading question, or a loaded question. They have different connotations; I suspect he meant the latter.
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
11:56 am
I almost never do this
Stupid tagging. funkyturtle owes me cleavage.

Fortunately, she has lots to share.

Rules and Regulations
A) People who have been tagged write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

B) Tag eight people who are not the person who tagged you.

No, that's okay


If you could have one thing right now, what would it be?
Financial independence

If you could go back in time and prevent humanity from ever existing, stopping all the wonderful things we've done, and preventing all the horrific stuff too, would you? Why?
Um. No. Time paradox destroys the universe. If humanity never existed, then I never exist, then I couldn't prevent humanity from existing. Besides which, unless there really was just one or two that we evolved from, you'd have to do something pretty drastic to a large number of creatures to actually achieve this.


What's the last book you read?
Books? ... nope, not that one... I'm not honestly sure. I blew through one on a weekend at my parents' or at the cabin, but I don't remember what it was. Books are not part of my life right now; I don't have time.

What do you believe in (in 10 words or less)?
my ability to forget that important thing to do.

What is your favourite hobby?
Gaming/Larping

What was something new you learned recently?
REALLY REALLY need money before I make a court appearance for someone. I mean it this time.

Who was the last person you hugged?
greensilk

If you were in an action movie and got to say one of those snappy one-liners as you defeated the bad guy and saved the day, what would your one line be?
"HUZZAH!"

What was the last thing you ate today?
chocolate chip granola bar

What do you do when you're sad?
Hug greensilk or my kids

Pick one line (must fit on one line in your journal) from a poem or song that describes how you're feeling right now.
"I have a history of losing my shirt"

What's the last movie you watched?
... all through? oh, Batman Begins was on TV.

What time is your usual bedtime?
1 - 2 am. Too late given my 6:30 - 7 am alarm

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, what is your plan (in 10 words or less)?
Get out of the city, food, Mom & dad's cabin

What is your favourite weather?
Anything not too cold. Or too hot. Or too wet.
I'm so in the wrong area of the world.

What's your dream career?
Lawyering for a comic book company. Awesome.

What images were in your mind when you fell asleep last night?
... newspaper. I was doing the crossword.

What brings you joy?
Kids, good pro-wrestling angles, helping clients, cleavage

What's your favorite genre of music?
Singer-songwriters, preferably Canadian. Then the current angst-rock trend.

What's your favorite food?
cheeeeeesecake.
Thursday, December 11th, 2008
1:01 am

The Five Love Languages

My primary love language is probably
Physical Touch
with a secondary love language being
Quality Time.

Complete set of results

Physical Touch: 11
Quality Time: 9
Acts of Service: 5
Words of Affirmation: 3
Receiving Gifts: 2


Information

Unhappiness in relationships, according to Dr. Gary Chapman, is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. Sometimes we don't understand our partner's requirements, or even our own. We all have a "love tank" that needs to be filled in order for us to express love to others, but there are different means by which our tank can be filled, and there are different ways that we can express love to others.

Take the quiz
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
2:31 pm
Rememberance Day Follow-up
from the English Sunday Telegraph of Thursday,
November 13, 2008.

The heading in the newspaper was "Salute to a brave and
modest nation".

"Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably
almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian
troops are deployed in the region.

And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the
world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets
nearly everything Canada ever does.. It seems that Canada 's historic
mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its' friends and of
complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and
truly ignored.

Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall,
waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out,
she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers
serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing
resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once
helped, glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet
again.

That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent
with the United States, and for being a selfless friend of Britain in
two global conflicts.

For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different
directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address
in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully
got the gratitude it deserved.

Yet it's purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two
world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of
Canada 's entire population of seven million people served in the armed
forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great
Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps
the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.

Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's
unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular memory
as somehow or other the work of the 'British.'

The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war
with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the
Atlantic against U-boat attacks. More than 120 Canadian warships
participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian
soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone.

Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth
largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same
sublime indifference as it had the previous time.

Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it
was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which
the United States had clearly not participated - a touching
scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it
has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.

So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in
Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian.
Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox,
William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, John Candy, Alex
Trebek, Art Linkletter and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception
become American, and Christopher Plummer, British.

It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be
Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian
as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to
find any takers.

Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements
of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware
of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by
anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the
world's peacekeeping forces.

Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest
peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN
peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.

Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular
non-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which
out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their
regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of
self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no
international credit.

So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless
friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan ?

Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable
things for honourable motives. It is the Canadian way, for which
Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This
past year more grieving Canadian families know that cost all too
tragically well.

Lest we forget."
Thursday, October 9th, 2008
2:13 am

Your result for Which Vampire the Masquerade Clan Are You?...

The Outlanders {Gangrel}

4 Assamite, 11 Brujah, 13 Gangrel, 5 Malkavian, 7 Nosferatu, 10 Toreador, 8 Tremere, 7 Ventrue, 4 Lasombra, 9 Tzimisce, 9 Setites, 7 Giovanni and 9 Ravnos!

The Gangrel are the most primal of all clans. They rely on their instincts and wits to survive. Possesed of a natural cunning, they are by no means stupid. They are brilliant trackers who hold closest to their true natures, rarely feighning mortality. The Gangrel prefer to live in the woods, save for the rare few who venture into the city, buy a motorcycle and act like a bad scene out of The Lost Boys. Most of the other clans see the Gangrel as stupid ad outdated, that is until they get stuck in the woods...alone...at night.


For you to be a Gangrel means that you are a more primal being. You see things as they are without any kind of disillusionment. You are probably the sort who enjoys camping or just going for walks at night. Like the leader of a wolf pack you must seek, feed and endure. There is a beauty in what you are, although you are probably unaware of it. Your greatest strength is your ability to survive.

Take Which Vampire the Masquerade Clan Are You? at HelloQuizzy

Saturday, August 30th, 2008
3:20 pm
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Monday, August 18th, 2008
1:19 am
Thoughts on a PPV *spoiler for wrestling results*
So, we got Summerslam tonight. Can't really afford it, but it looks like a good PPV.

I generally enjoyed it. Shocked at the shortness of the ECW title match, but clearly they're setting other stuff up. Lots of amusing or impressive moments. The two Heavyweight title matches going about the way you'd expect (presuming you know anything about the business right now). The two main events were pretty good. Batista v. Cena had lots of close falls, good psychology.

Edge v. Undertaker, Hell in the Cell. I'm getting tired as it starts, get a cup of coffee, get a paper to flick to when they're in a rest mode after doing something silly. Ultra-violence that's no surprise for this kind of match, with multiple kickouts on moves that would finish any other match. Brief eyebrow-raising for a moment as a piece of paper gets stuck to the cut in 'Taker's forearm.

Crowd's kind of dead for most of the match. They're waiting to see how they're going to try to top the Foley swandive from the 2nd HitC match. They never go to the top of the cage; I can hardly blame them, it's been done. Reality is that this is a hell of a match, and these two really put themselves through the ringer.

Taker finishes the match with a series of 'poetic justice' moves. Edge stirs before Taker gets all the way out of the arena... so Taker goes back. Ah, he's going to get real revenge, and probably do the 'image defining' move of this match. He sets Edge up halfway up a ladder. Climbs up... tells him he's sending him to hell... chokeslams him off the ladder, and Edge goes *through* the ring. Wow... but kind of a weak chokeslam, and we've seen the 'through the ring' bit before... and...

... OH MY GOD THERE'S FIRE!!!!

Well. That woke me up. Flames come shooting out of the hole in the mat that Edge went through. Clearly, Edge has now gone to hell.

Taker v. Edge, Wrestelmania, Taker's retirement. This I put money on.
Friday, August 8th, 2008
9:40 pm
poll
Alright.

Go look at greensilk's journal. There's the images.

I'm getting *very* contrary advice on whether or not to put the beard back on.
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
10:58 am
Mwahhahhahha! I'm special!

Your result for The Attachment Style Test...

The Error Message

34% Anxiety and 40% Avoidance!

You seem to have fallen through a tiny crack in my scoring system. Stand by. I'm working on it.

Take The Attachment Style Test at HelloQuizzy

Saturday, June 7th, 2008
12:54 am
Zombie Meme!
You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:

1. One weapon.
2. One song blasting on the speakers.
3. One famous person to fight alongside you.


There's an episode of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda that immediately popped to mind upon reading this. In honour of that:

1. The utilitarian zappy weapon they have on that show.
2. Flight of the Valkyries
3. Tyr, the Neitzchean.

A couple of the other characters on the show were trapped in on a planet, surrounded by hostiles. You hear Flight in the background, and starts soaring up as Tyr strides ont the scene, weapon blasting, taking out all the bad guys. As he gets closer, the audience realizes he *has it blasting from a speaker on his hip!*

So, once he's cleared out the hostiles, they of course comment on the choice of music, talk about Wagner, and mention the fact that with that blaring, it'd draw more attention to him. His response? "Of course." Completely straight.

Actually, that wasn't the exact response, but it was something of that nature.
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
1:10 pm
The Strike
*sigh*

Apparently, I'm surrounded by pinko commie hippies. During the course of the strike, I received less than 20 posts on my f-list.

Of course, it could be because my non-hippie friends have lives on Friday.

Nah.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
11:02 pm
LeAmber promised to tell me where the brownies are....
...I wouldn't do this otherwise.

Four jobs I have had:
Farmer
Agricultural Research Assistant
Insurance Salesman
Criminal Defence Lawyer

Four movies I love to watch over and over:
Maverick
The Shawshank Redemption
The Longest Yard (the remake)
Spaceballs

Four places I have lived:
Farm near Graysville, MB
St. John's Residence at U of Manitoba in Winnipeg
Apartment on Langside in Winnipeg
Our house on Anderson in Winnipeg, MB

Four TV shows I enjoy watching:
WWE Raw/wrestling
World Poker Tour
NCIS
Criminal Minds

Four places I have been:
South Dakota
San Diego
San Francisco
Ottawa

Four websites I visit daily:
mail.yahoo.ca
www.livejournal.com
www.facebook.com (yes, i know it's sad)
www.411mania.com/wrestling

Four favorite foods:
Pizza
Jujubes and other gummies
chhhheeeeesecake
meat

Four places I would rather be:
.....


Four friends I am tagging:
not so much, no.
5:10 pm
Following kaylin's lead
It's not actually a story. Just some stuff going through Alan's head from game.

Cut for the metagaming impairedCollapse )
Thursday, September 20th, 2007
12:25 pm
I missed Talk Like a Pirate day...
... But I'm okay with that. Do you know why?

Because, as I said on Facebook, I'm not becoming a pirate, vampire, ninja, or werewolf. Because I'm a lawyer, and that's far too similar to any one of them.
Friday, September 14th, 2007
8:19 pm
Shocking results, really.... especially since the questions are completely predictable



1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com/.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top umpty results:
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
4:59 pm

NerdTests.com says I&apos;m a Cool High Nerd.  What are you?  Click here!
Friday, August 31st, 2007
2:14 pm
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Cabin Boy:fantasiabella
Watchman/woman:kurosawa2005
Silent Rogue:darkdancer17
Cowardly Chef:sinmantyx
Most unique Member:terrorlynn
Comic Relief:orionconsulate
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Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
3:21 pm
Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
4:22 pm
Football
There's been a spate of Micheal Vick and stories about people nothing like Micheal Vick on my F-list lately, so I'll mention this.

Milt Stegall, #85, Receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, just broke the CFL career touchdown total by posting his 138th and 139th last Friday, passing George Reed and Mike Pringle who were tied at 137.

Milt is your prototypical good guy: clean living, clean speaking, insanely adorable 2 year old (though mine's still cuter), and has no interest in the record, only wanting to talk about winning the Grey Cup, the league championship. Chose not to retire last year to come back for his 13th season to chase that elusive championship, which he has only played for once. His entire CFL career has been with the Bombers, playing in the early 90's for the Bengals. What is really scary is he seems to keep getting better.

So that's the Canadian feel-good story.

Edit: Oh, yah, I forgot. He's also the prettiest man in the world. I didn't actually say he was MODEST.
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