September 2nd, 2008
Last time on [this journal]: [look at last entry]
And now on [this journal]:
The co-op job in Wingham was pretty good. I enjoyed designing a number of parts for robots, and crawling around in their innards as would a symbiotic tubeworm... though slightly less dextrous. My co-workers were awesome, and I enjoyed my apartment greatly.
The summer held another stint as the Crowsnest dishwasher. I continued my reign as the fastest dish-pig, pitlord of the kitchen, etc... I had fun once again, though I was somewhat displeased by the amount of hours I was working. I would have been happy with less, but one of our three dishwashers decided to quit after two shifts, and the two of us who remained by necessity picked up the slack 'until another dishwasher could be brought on' (which didn't happen). I enjoyed it well enough the second time round, though. :)
The early lack of many people I knew and was able to wrangle into doing stuff in or near Tobermory resulted in my finding a few new friends, which was pretty awesome... though one has moved beyond anything resembling frequent communication (*shrug*). Another was among a number with (in my opinion) potential for a romantic relationship that, for various reasons didn't take off, which is alright, I guess. I think we'd probably end up being a mistake in a way, but it would have been a beautiful mistake. The few other girls were either not seen frequently enough, not catching enough of my interest, not giving enough signs of interest until much too late, or seemed to be chasing others as well/more actively (a shame this seems to divert me frequently, although it is apparently a common response, so ladies: Men like to know that your interactions with them are on a different level from other random guys)... though really it is my fault I didn't pursue those others more... if they'd not result in anything, at least they'd decrease the frequency of my seeing the first mentioned, which may have helped maintain some potential there.
Midway through the summer, Kenneth ended up back in Tobermory, and shortly thereafter Emily ended up back in Canada, so I had two good friends to hang out with in increasing frequency, making for adventures, a roadtrip to Canada's Wonderland, bonfires, and more... together with my own adventures (some even as far as Kitchener/Waterloo) an awesome staff party and the various instances where the community had stuff going on or other friends were in the area, I had a pretty awesome summer for socializing, I do believe. Pictures of some things are up on facebook. :)
Books have been read: Alastair Reynolds' "Chasm City" was a great read, as was "Seize the Night" by Dean Koontz. I'm presently reading Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near", Steven Erikson's "Toll the Hounds", and since I should really get through books that have been leant to me ASAP I've started "The Dragonbone Chair" by Tad Williams. I also have to read Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas" (it seems very odd to put a possessive 's at the end of Koontz... I find myself wanting to just append an apostrophe and call it a day... :S) and "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch (which I hear is excellent).
Musically: I've aquired some Apocalyptica and Alexisonfire, and now some more Postal Service, Death Cab for a Cutie, Bob Marley, K-OS, Gnarls Barkley, and others... my toes seem ever wet at present, and I love it,.. though I'd have to be a butterfly for the metaphor to be truely complete. *shruggle*
Movies: "In Bruges" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6-Gpasi79c&feature=related ) was pretty awesome.
Finally saw "Pan's Labyrinth", which was also awesome (however it needed more fantasy parts, in my honest opinion).
"Good Luck Chuck" was hilarious and, dare I say it, cute... :S (Yeah, I dunno how... but it was.)
Oh, and the obvious: IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN "DARK KNIGHT", DO SO.
and now for awesomeness, I guess:
Oh, and BTW: Heroes starts back up on Sept 22nd. Don't miss it.
February 9th, 2008
|03:14 pm - Wow, this place is neglected...|
So many spider webs... so little content....
Ok... the update bit: Last time I posted I had just gotten back home in April last year. In that span of time I have had many crazy adventures, which I won't endeavor to list more than a fraction of here.
I took a calculus course over the summer, in addition to a PDEng course I had to take, and a 9hr/day job in Tobermory at the Crowsnest. I must say that while it kept me a bit more busy than I would have liked to have had all of that on the go throughout that period, I really enjoyed myself. I was doing very well for myself in a calculus course (which I hadn't done in a while), as well as getting a large amount of time to think (since I was making fries and washing dishes and neither of which requires 100% of my brain power... although I put in enough to easily make some good impressions on how fast I was (which was nice... I like praise for the most part)), I got to work with a covey of flirty waitresses (which is nice as well, despite not having any time to explore that situation further), and I got to hang out with Kenneth and co. a number of times (though never got to finish that 'one-off' adventure that spanned more than 2 games... :P).
Oh... and before I forget: Driving to my calc exam was fun. I left myself an extra hour, and by taking a wrong turn, I used it all up and got to the exam -right- on time. I was cursing Wingham for a while, as that was where I ended up going to before deciding I was definitely headed in the wrong direction.
Then the fall came around, and I got to hang out with all of my friends from school and launch into some of the hardest courses in my program.
Long story short, I had a lot of fun and worked my ass off, but ended up with an average in the 50s, which doesn't translate to passing on to my next term, so it seems likely that I'm going back into 2B come the fall. :s
I started my new co-op job on the 7th of January, and it has been pretty good. I've gotten some real experience here, and have become much more proficient with AutoCAD, as well as getting to take a special training bit for PLCs (which will undoubtedly come in handy later).
Guess where it is located.
Overall a nice place, though it can really be a dead town. (Not that I really know anyone here beyond my co-workers...), I have a nice apartment though, and have spent a lot of time playing through "THE ORANGE BOX", which has been awesome, and while I had the car, I was making somewhat regular trips to Waterloo to hang out and play in a draft a friend put on (which I had also done during the school term, getting roughly 6 people hooked into the game at once... I'm still waiting on my cheque from Wizards... I'll accept payment in card value if necessary). Can't say as I've done well in the drafts, but I have done decently. I quite enjoyed milling people to death while they had more than full life totals...
And now that I think everyone is knowledgified enough to sate the need for more about my endeavors:
I would like to share with you a game that reminds me a bit of portal in a way: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/422855
If you've already seen this recommendation in the GigPark application on Facebook, then I commend you on using a fine service. If not, you should really look into it.
Ass-Kickery at its finest: http://omgvids.com/tony-jaa.php
Because sooner or later it will be lost to us: http://archive.gamespy.com/fargo/december01/pikmin/
April 25th, 2007
|12:49 am - Smells Like Victory!|
I was trying to type this before, but the ' key seemed to want to bring up the find function.
I've passed all my classes and have a good enough average, so assuming I can get the distance ed course I need for this summer term, I'm moving on to 2B. :)
The last night of the winter 2007 term was pretty damn awesome. Mongolian Grill + Friends + Pool at Dooly's + DoW: Dark Crusade (which I just finished a campaign in on easy mode... For the Greater Good, of course).
I'm home now, and we've moved my sister back home. Then there is birthday swag. It is neat. (We actually had a turkey dinner on my birthday, since I wasn't home for Easter.)
The thoughts are a little scattered and lack much in the way of details, but it's better than not updating at all, I guess. :p
April 20th, 2007
|11:29 am - Wheeee heheheheheHAHA!!!|
I'm done 2A.
I'M DONE 2A!
(Well, as far as I know. :p)
I'm actually pretty happy with the way most of my exams turned out, though unsure if I'm correct in my supposition of how things went. I'm also fairly happy with how well I applied myself during crunch time. I learned a lot over that period. I'd still like to have devoted myself enought to have learned things before they were absolutely necessary, but I feel I've stepped up my commitment, and I feel that's a good step.
Still looking for a co-op job for the summer and -really- hoping to see an opening for a course I -need- to take via correspondance, however... I am out of school now, so I should be able to update this a bit more frequently than the last few posts indicate.
Also: being between work and school, I should really be doing stuff soon.
Also Also: Dark Crusade is pretty damn awesome... I just started playing it last night at about 11, with the intention of only doing one turn's worth of actions, and ended up taking over 3 provinces, and defending against an attack. (Which gives me an idea for a blogging cycle not unlike ducksgowank's Baldur's Gate journals).
Also Also Also: I've got chocolate and 'The Butterfly Effect 2" to experience at my leisure.
I like home.
March 2nd, 2007
|09:00 am - Guess who gets another snow day?|
Oh yeah, [obligatory apology for not having posted anything in over a month].
As for other things going on in my life:
I seemingly need to put a lot more effort into a few of my classes (just about all of them). I've known this for some time... and had been working at it, but now I know I need to buckle down more thoroughly. I'm not enitrely sure, but I think that means I'll be heading to the library instead of home after classes end on a number of days and using that enivornment of less conveniently placed internetage to keep my concentration up. If not, I'll just have to apply myself more while in rez. This means that you may not be seeing me online as much in the next week or two (though I've been online a lot lately, so even a small decrease will help for starters).
I've also been listening to some music on my rez's network, and have enjoyed 'AFI' and 'Minus the Bear' material a fair deal over the last month or so, while also figuring out how to share my music over the network. Exciting.
(A note to ducksgowank and megz1621: look into 'Minus the Bear', I figure you'd enjoy it.)
Last week (Feb 18-24) was reading week for me, and I found it fairly enjoyable. I did a bit of work for one of my classes which needed it, enjoyed a fair deal of relaxation and a bit of exercise, watched a number of movies I'd been needing to, hung out with my family, finally beat a perfect dark mission I'd been working on forever on the perfect level, and visited Kenneth. I'd been hoping to visit with Tim, but he didn't have any time for such during that week, so we're postponing our hang-out-ery until (likely) April. Oh! I also saw a partridge. That was kinda cool.
Oh yeah... I also found out that my cell phone was capable of sending and receiving text messages. Apparently I'd received one at new years... my exclamation was along the lines of "I received one saying 'Happy New Years" from someone, though I'm not sure when" to which the replies were fairly predictable. :p
Also of inportance: I'm doomed. A new Finger Eleven album and the next MBotF book come out within the next two months-ish.
Anywho... I should probably start doing all of those morning routine type things now.
Have a great day everyone.
January 15th, 2007
|09:13 am - Straight from the Horse's Mouth|
" UW closed Monday by winter storm
The University of Waterloo is closed today as the result of a winter storm, following the lead of the Waterloo Region District School Board as always. The closing means staff have the day off, classes are cancelled, libraries are closed, and everybody gets a 24-hour extension on assignments. A few essential services, including policing and residence cafeterias, will continue regardless of an emergency closing."
I can't believe it. A friggin SNOW DAY!*
I'm so happy. Can't stop smiling!
*-Basically an ice day, but same jist. I don't have to go to school and I'm a 15 minute walk away.
P.S.- It seems a certain other school didn't get one this time. Sweet retribution. j/k
Current Mood: hyper
January 10th, 2007
|05:48 pm - Iron Smiles Are Free|
An interesting juxtapositioning I stumbled across on the edge of this morning:
Two of my roomates were eating McDonalds while watching Iron Chef America.
January 7th, 2007
|01:44 am - For the hell of it pt.2|
You are Spider-Man
|01:39 am - Just for the hell of it...|
You are Riddler
|The Joker|| 44%|
|Dark Phoenix|| 37%|
|Green Goblin|| 28%|
|Mr. Freeze|| 26%|
|Dr. Doom|| 16%|
|Poison Ivy|| 10%|
|Lex Luthor|| 8%|
|Kingpin|| 4%||Riddle me that, riddle me this, who is obsessed with having a battle of wits??|
|Click here to take the "Which Super Villain are you?" quiz...|