03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
Glad to see so much planning for your trip up here. You WILL make it happen.
I am coming home tomorrow. I am getting a ride at 4:00 pm will likely be in T.O. by like, 7:30 pm hopefully. Anyways, that should be our wholesome night / catch-up night, (Maybe my house or Neil's) then bar is the night after that. Then I have the day of the 20th, but that might not be long.
Look forward to seeing you guys, you can always email me if you have the time just to keep in touch.
ok! The illusive Myers!
Can you camp with us on the 19th to the 21st? and since I'm the organizer basically, I'm going to be outright and express our collective shallowness by asking if you can drive some people. Can you? Will you? Won't you join the dance? Will you won't you will you won't you join the dance? I know you get home on the 14th so that doesn't leave too much time to see your folks, but you're seeing them now! And you have the rest of your life to see your folks!!! until they die. ^_^
c'mon. -Sam- is. And he has a thing against bugs.
Also, Naomi you are free to join us because blood is thicker than water (?) but seeing as we're still iffy on the transportation thing, it would be super good if you had some miraculous way of teleporting people...
camping! looking up! GOOD! I was getting depressed for a while there.
still don't really know if laura can drive some people.... ie: me and mir and possibly one other QUIET, MENTALLY STABLE person. See, she has lots of car rules. One is no screeching, understandably, but she always breaks that rule, and no one's allowed to complain, nor do they complain. She's driving. She can screech if she wants to. The great thing about being in the van with laura is that when I say, "Cute boy!" she stops the car and we all kinda turn our heads and look for a few seconds... and then continue driving. The best is when we have ice cream cones and this happens. but only on lonesome quiet side streets. This has yet to happen on a highway (!).
So yeah. get back to me on camping. CALL ME!!! 416.604.9721 If I'm not there be like, "It's so and so about camping," to my mom or uncle. If it's the machine, leave a detailed message like, "I am rich and can drive us all!" or "I have to die that weekend. Sorry."
I think I've advertised my number on this thang so many times a weirdo who got us while googling might be intrigued.
So I'm home on a 4 day leave pass and this is the first time I've been on internet in a month. Doing my best to catch up with a month of missed Goin' Ape.
As I said before I left I'm working at the Blackdown Cadet Training Centre at CFB Borden near Barrie. I'm in the Physical Education and Recreation Training cell. We're the staff who run all the sports, fitness testing, biathlon and archery. So far we've been pretty lucky with having a light schedule. I'm astounded by how out of shape most of the cadets are. One morning in the first couple days of the cadets arrival at the camp we going to do take them for a light run before breakfast. We had barely gone 300 meters when a couple kids started puking by the side of the road. It was quite pathetic.
Oh yeah these kids are fucking dirty! I was refereeing a soccer game with the 14 and 15 year olds, when one girl fell and opened a scab on her knee, I opened up the back door of our safety vehicle and made her take a seat so I could clean the blood off and put on a bandage. You wouldn't even belief how much fucking dirt came off when I tried to disinfect the cut. It took forever just to clean the wound. The whole time she kept giggling and I thought she was going to boot me in the face. I'm so glad I don't working the camp medical office and I don't have to deal with the 14 year old girls who get genital herpes... ON THEIR FACE!
All the other officers are great. It nice to be able to go into the officers mess after a long hot day and have a couple beers and shoot the shit with the other staff before going to bed. It also helps that we have the most gorgeous bartender you have ever seen! I'll make sure to get a picture of her before the end of summer.
On Wednesday night we went to Bleachers the base bar for Down Homers night, a treat from home for the many people from the maritimes. Half price wings, half price Keiths and a live band, Empty Flask, playing newfie classics.
The next time I'm home will be July 29 - Aug 1. My last day at the camp is Aug 14.
Woo, Sam's back, Meyers is here for a couple days, I don't have work today and I just got paid. I haven't seen you guys in too long. We MUST party tonight! I don't care where, anywhere is good, but we must all party pary party!
I have spoken.
What we predicted about I, Robut earlier seems to have been fulfilled. The Globe and Mail thought it sucked. Asimov's soul has not yet been avenged, but it's a start.
Back! Back! Back in the city!
For a few days, anyways. I believe until sunday, when I go back to painting. But as for now, I'm in town, so if anyone wants to throw me an impromptu party, they're welcome to do it.
Let's see, what else? Today I went out and bought the X-Men "Inferno" trade paperback. It's aboout demons invading New York, as well as Mr. Sinister. It's pretty good, but by far the best thing about it is that one of the demons in clearly Dave Sim. (of Cerebus fame) Quite the insult. In a related story, on my trip to the Silver Snail to get this book, I gave my change to some street kid who was selling karma for 25¢ a pop. I got $2 bucks worth of karma, and it worked! I was starting to walk home when I ran into my sister's old friend, Natalie Koniuk, who cheerfully gave me a student ticket, which was accepted with no scrutiny! Furthermore, when I got home, I had a letter from York telling me that I was accepted into the "you didn't do any work, but we still love you" program, allowing me to go back next year! Karma indeed!
By the by, I'm up for any camping being done in August, provided I get a ride. I think it'll be a whale of a time!
I have been ridiculously busy, and yet when I look back I'm not sure why. Yeah, I work full time, but so do many people. But I haven't had a day without a shift in over two weeks. Crazy. I just quit Laura Secord today, so hopefully Blockbuster will be kind in their scheduling.
Speaking of scheduling, I figured out my timetable for second year, and I only have classes from Mon-Wed. That's it. I have three, LONG days, and then four days to work/get assignments done. I guess it could either turn out beautifully or horribly. Either way, I can't wait to be back at York! It may sound geeky, but I miss it like crazy.
Speaking of York, I got an email today from the course director for Professional Writing, asking me to write a blurb and have my picture taken for propaganda purposes. That's so awesome! Though if I screw up writing the blurb, it's not going to reflect too well on my program.... Be sure to look for me on the Faculty of Arts website if you don't see any of the flyer stuff...(does it go only to new students? I have no idea).
My life must be getting boring, because I really don't know what else to talk about. A boss at Blockbuster is going to be giving me boxes of Batman, Spiderman and Blade of the Immortal (my favourite comic book) for FREE, so I'm really excited about that. *sigh* I am a geek.
ok, so Lina can't come, but so far we have six people solidly on the list.
the people on the maybe list are:
I don't have Myers' number, and I realize he's away doing weird army stuff, but Ben seems to think he'll come back and really wanna come, SO. It is someone's duty to call his place and ask him mom/dad/whoever if they think he could do it (this includes capability schedule-wise, transport-wise, whatever else-wise), and if he would want to.
I don't know when Sam's coming back, but I'll do my best to convince him over to the dark side, and you all should do the same.
Jacob and Benji aren't looking very prospective cause of job related obstacles, so we'll let them simmer in their own juices for now.
Basically, I could reserve a campsite, but if it turns out that like, 2/4 of the maybe people want to come, it would be better to have two handy, and then we can find 4 other people who can come for sure. But if 0/4 of the maybe people can come, then we should just reserve asap. The thing is, if it turns out that 1/4 of the maybes, say, Myers, can come, then it would be in our best interest to book two just for that extra person BECAUSE they'd be a great asset to the trip. Plus, if that does happen, we could attack five other people and force them to come with us. By that point, it doesn't matter because we'll already be limited to 12 people total. I'm not making a lot of sense.
So, I guess what I'm waiting for is Neil to call me and be like, "TAKE THE G-DAMN RISK ALREADY AND BOOK TWO SITES!" or, "Just book one. We can't trust Myers, or anyone, for that matter."
I have Maddy's number, but only Neil's area code. -_-. Brilliant I am.
On a side note, I wanna go to the library for some reason.... I can't remember if it's air conditioned or not though...
On a even more sider note, I'm feeling less stressed about organizing this damn trip. It's sorta working out now.
Every store I've looked into has the expansion sets, but no actual game. This is what I get for waiting for things to become affordable.
I am able to come camping. There are no worries on that end thanks to the lack of birthday logistics, though the 7 people problem is a bit annoying. I should also mention that my tent can be divided into two separete rooms should the need arise, as I imagine it will.
I just recently started reading the works of H.P. Lovecraft. I love his style, and his creatures are extremely disturbing. Right now I'm reading The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. It kind of drags a little in spots, but it's a good read. I have yet to touch upon the Cthulu Mythos. I figure save the best for last.
I saw the actual theatrical trailer for I, Robot two days ago when I went to see Spiderman 2. I felt like I was about to have a stroke. I hope the person who produced that movie is raped by wild boars, struck by lightning twice, and then afflicted with a flesh eating bacteria that takes both his arms so he can never write again, or so that he can be given a set or robotic arms with AI that will strangle him to death after ripping off his penis and killing any of his progeny that exist. Spiderman 2, on the other hand, was a pretty good flick. Don't bother with the first hour of the movie, that sucks, but once Doc Ock gets his crime on its a blast, and there were a lot of obvious improvements over the first installment. The movie certainly wasn't fantastic, but Doc Ock was. Every time one of his tentacles moved it was magic to me. I need to get a set of those. Toby Maguire still can't act. But he does suck less now, which I will give him some credit for. At least he's learned a few facial expressions since the first Spidey flick.
The rest of this post will be devoted to a video game. I am very sorry.
I've been playing a lot of Master of Orion 3, unhealthy amounts in fact. The game is effectively a simulator that does an amazing job of simulating every facet of a galactic empire. You start with one planet and a colony ship, with two dinky little scouts that fly around scouting out planets for you. After that, the game becomes far more complex. Each galaxy is a 3-D map containing upwards of 300 stars. Each star can have up to 9 planets, with the full spectrum of habitability, mineral richness (yum!) and fertility levels in the soil. Each planet is then divided into several Designated Economic Activities, which range from farming to mining to research to governemnt activities. Each DEA can then, individually, be told to construct a variety of structures and planet-affecting systems. Each planet also has a demographic display that shows what kinds of peolpe live on the planet, in what numbers, how well they are living and how content they are. Then there are two building queues, one for military and one for planetary activities. The first time I opened up a planetary information screen I was indimidated. There was just too much stuff to handle, so I turned my planets over to viceroys who followed my basic guidelines and tried to make sure I didn't send the entire empire to pot.
All that stuff was pretty much one tiny portion of the game, but it is also the most complex portion. After that there are a variety of screens that help you plan and detirmine finance, spying, leadership, construction guidelines, forced laour, oppression and a ton of other stuff. By far, my favorite thing in the entire game is the Oppresso-meter. Using this handly slider, you can determine how much you oppress your people. Oppression increases security, but also increases unrest. Needless to say, I'm the most oppressive bastard ever. Even for my species I'm considered despotic, and my species doesn't play nice. Oh yeah, there are 16 species to play, and you can toggle with each race to give it improvements and more tolerable weaknesses.
Technolgy in the game is insane. There is a gigantic matrix that has six seperate screens that deal with various technical fields, and the amount of technological innovation you have access to is unbelievable. Technology doesn't slow down for you either. I pretty much ignore ship design until I'm given enemies to fight, otherwise I'd be designing a new series of ships every five turns. There are three different ship types (orbital, system, star) that can be given a variety of missions. Long Range Attack, Short Range Attack, Indirect Fire, Transport, Skirmish etc. Designing them is fun as long as you refrain from doing it too often, and laying waste to your enemies is ALWAYS fun. "Eat neutronium death!"
There's a ton more to say about the game. But I'll leave it at that. Basically, given the complexity, combined with the wonderful, beautiful graphics, if you have OCD STAY THE HELL AWAY! I decided to play a game without any AI running my empire and I discovered you practically need a filing cabinet to keep up with this stuff. I love all this, but I can see why the game didn't sell all that well. It's just too much for most people. It's a real niche game, but a good one. Now I am going to go rotate my galaxy view for half an hour and watch the pretty light show. Even the simplest of pleasures can be had with this game. Ciao!
So be it! I am booking two campsites for the 19th to the 21st of August.
We better pray Myers can come, cause Laura is skittish even just taking us girlies.
Called Jacob, Benji and Sam today. Left messages for all. Ben seems really sure that Myers will come, so let's hope he's right cause otherwise we'll be like.. just one person over the 6 person limit, which would suck, plus some people would have no drive.
-myers and possible others. we have to force sam, cause then it'll be more worth it.
I hope more people can come...
Neil, you're applying to the McDonald's at Avenue & Bloor? Neat. I'm over near St. George Station. I'll come by and scam food off of you regularly. Because you know you want to bite back the man. Specifically by giving me bowel cancer.
What could be more hardcore than being a National Guard firefighter? Being a National Guard firefighter named Optimus Prime.
I'm rather angry with BioWare at the moment. They released a Neverwinter Nights client for the Mac, and of course, all of the data files are the same. Unfortunately it was released under a different publisher (namely MacSoft) and they want to make money off of you, too, so the client standalone isn't available for download. You have to shell out more money for a game which you already own (if you've got the PC version) to get that one crucial missing puzzle piece which you don't have a license for. That's like making you pay for a new car to get a new steering wheel. Highway-bloody-robbery, I say.
Of course, if they hadn't royally fucked over the Linux client for NWN I wouldn't care all that much.
I'm totally in for camping and Maddy is too, and yeah, no matter what I think at this point we need to sites...
Life is going good, work somewhat better. Have an interview at McDonalds tomorow, not really much better but hey, its right beside the ROM. We'll see.
Hey guys, just doing the good ole' camping update cause I'm back from some more camping.
Ok, I want (me being hopeful) to reserve the site(s) TOMORROW (being tuesday the 13th) so CALL ME -416.604.9721- with your RSVP, and whatever. I'm going to use my mom's credit card (yes!) so I need a definate answer of some sort, ie: 'YES fo' shizzy,' or 'Ummmm probably most likely fo' shizzy,' or 'God I'm sorry no.' 'Um.. maybe?' just doesn't cut it folks.
Also, if you don't see this message by tomorrow, consider yourself excluded from the group. haha just kidding. I'm getting a bunch of phone numbers from Ben tomorrow (err hopefully? or not) so if you don't know of this, then you'll know when I call you.
Cool thing: My three girl pals are all up for this adventure, hope ya don't mind. Laura will drive us girlies (err except maddy... sorry. you know how it is) in the Babe Mobile, and we're going to pack LIGHT so we can take -some- of your necessary extra scouts crap. Lina's a scout too! So we're doubly safe against vicious, horny raccoons. Miranda and I are hopelessly terrified of bugs, but if we get ordered around we find ways to deal nicely. Like the time we folded up my four person tent which was covered in earwigs, but we came up with this nazi, human-supremacy, battle move that totally trapped them in there. We folded the funky poles in a swastika and then folded the earwigs in the tent itself like a gross chicken wrap. Here's hoping they suffocate soon.
So yeah, exciting. This is looking good and fun. I just need definate responses here. So go to work tomorrow and ask your bosses if you can take the 19th to the 21st off work, because if not, then you're quitting, because life is not worth living if it's under the control of some facist thug!
Moral of the story: those who told me "uhhh lemme check if I get time off,"
CALL ME WITH YOUR RSVP. TOMORROW. OKAY???
[recap of who's coming:
-Sam (we hope to drag him... somehow)
If we can get those four 'maybe' people to come for sure, then we can book two sites and it'll be an ok price. Plus it'll leave space for an extra person who might wanna come. Yeah! ]
remember to call me.
ps. my life is good, if you were wondering. I'm a bit more tanned. yay.
Even though we're Canadian and our presence on the petition is symbolic at most, I figured I'd share this. Tom Mauser, who had his son killed at Columbine, has set up an online petition to renew the federal ban on assault weapons (i.e. AK-47's) in the United States. The right to bear arms (as part of a local militia, but that part is usually left out) is guaranteed in the United States, but there is no legitimate use for these kinds of weapons. Sign if you want, but more importantly, pass this to any American friends you have.
so work sucked less yesterday, I got to do bartending, now if only I was allowed to get tips...
Yeah, so that is actually pretty fun, though ocassionally having to throw away a beer is really painful. Like heart on the verge of exploding painful, luckily its just blue so its not anything really good.
Still don't know if I'll keep the wonderland job, I have an interview at McDonalds tomorow, its a step sideways, but its far far closer, so I'm not quite sure what to do.