BigNiceJohn

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from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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    • Dunbar's Number

      6 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      Something I've been thinking about recently...

      Dunbar's Number is about social networking, in a way, and details relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. The current estimate of Dunbar's number is about 150. So take a look at your friends list.

      I'll wait.

      Do you know how those people relate to other people? Do you have more than 150 friends?

      I usually cull my facebook friends every year or so... if I've gone more than a year without talking to you, you're out. I do try to actually keep track of the people on my various friends lists' and I still tend to feel overwhelmed, and my facebook is at 180ish people.. I don't use Twitter for anything social, but I use it as a list of people who post interesting articles, opinions, and very few friends, overall, and I often think I can push my twitter to 200 people.

      So I'm curious, folks... what kinds of numbers do you feel comfortable with keeping track of on various social networking sites? If pressed, can you take 150 random people on those lists and explain how they fit together?

      Hope you're all doing well.

    • Been a little while

      6 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      So folks... how have you been? I hope you've liked all the videos that have been done for Toronto Unconventional. They've been a blast to make and, for me, they really capture the spirit that existed back when we were doing the first couple of RvBTO's, the idea that 'well, who cares what we do,we just need to make sure we drink and have fun.'

      As most of you guys know, I've been through a tonne of these, summer 2014 will be the 10th time people have gathered in Toronto, and while all I've done is host the damn things, I couldn't be prouder to see what's become of this event, and more importantly, what's become of the people.

      In other news, I've started working at Porter... it's friggin awesome. I've never worked for a company I liked and respected before, and it's weird that now, coming in on the other side, I'm given even more reasons to actually dig this company, and the outlook they have. Porter is going to be hiring quite a bit more in the future, and I highly recommend all of you folks check Porter Airlines out if you're in the Toronto area and looking for a good place to work that doesn't steal your soul.

      Hmmm, what else? Ooh, I got the script for Charlie's next movie... and there's a slight problem. He wants me to act. Like, not just be a face on screen, but convey serious emotions. I'm the heart of this goddamn thing, and it's going to be tough, but I'm not afraid of working my ass off.

      I'm well aware now that I've kind of fought more than a little bit with depression this year, and if I'm truly honest with myself, it's probably been closer to three years. I feel like I'm coming out of a shell that was a cocoon designed to look like John, and was funny, but used that humour to hide from anything real.

      Life is coming, and I can't fucking wait!

    • A second one already?

      6 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      There's an interview Charlie (film_geek) was doing with me to promote RTO. In this interview, he asked me something along the lines of 'why should people come to RTO?' Now, for those of you who know how I've made videos for Toronto events in the past, you know that I don't script anything, we just kind of go. My answer was 'look at your friends list, that's why.' for some reason I can't think of, this video was not released.

      I have, and will continue to believe in a true community event. Does that mean that people I'm not friends with are invited? Fuck yeah it does! I want everyone to hang out, because this place has made marriages, movies, and the best group of friends who I wouldn't mind being invited to my funeral. If a schmuck like me has a place in this community, everyone does.

      I believe a true community doesn't turn on its' own in such a public and embarrassing manner. It's entirely possible that Charlie and Mak should have been asked to step down, but to leave people pissing in the wind, blindsided by a secret vote without a chance to defend themselves... that's shitty. Hell, if you get them in a meeting, and tell them what's up, maybe they decide to step down themselves, and that gets taken care of for you.

      This community is great, but I worked damn hard watched people work damn hard while I made dick jokes to make an event in Toronto mean something, and I can't help but feel cheapened by the actions taken by people in my city.

      ... or I would, if any of the RTO planning committee lived in Toronto, they fired the only two that live here.

    • 6 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      I'm not usually the kind of guy who gets annoyed, or even has any sort of reaction to internet shenanigans. To see two great people (be they friends or not) treated so shabbily by people has actually filled me with... motivation. to make something bigger, better.

      I promise you, folks, soon I and a great, awesome group of people are going to put something together that will put a smile on your faces.

      I'm cryptic now, but you have my word.

    • Been a long time, eh

      6 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      So it seems that it's been 8 months since I actually wrote a journal, then I sign in, and I have all these folks telling my congrats for being the FU.

      Maybe ye olde interwebble-ma-phone is trying to tell me something.

      I finished my first movie, and some of the other cast and crew actually thinks I'm a decent actor, which, considering I'm not, is pretty rad. Check out the trailer! I'm the dude getting shot in the chest with a paintball gun.... maybe that's why I'm kept around on the set, they just need someone who can take a bump every now and then.

      I'm working on a new film called Kung Fu Cops, and it's an absolute blast, I really enjoy this whole actoring thing, and, maybe I'll actually be any good at it someday, but I have to admit, I still get very uncomfortable with other people's words.

      Other news, I did leave the CN Tower, and I'm in the midst of interviewing around to get something else. I really want to work at Ripley's Aquarium here, but that's not actually going to open for a few months, so I'm either going to find something temporary and move over, or just work my way up elsewhere, and keep an ear to the ground for any openings there.

      What else? Oh yeah, America is kind of doing a Freaky Friday thing, and being all Canadian by enjoying their pot and gay marriage... I have to admit, I'm a little concerned about what that means might be coming up here.

      I've been re-watching The Wire (best tv show ever), and I started getting into The Boondocks, I don't think I've ever watched this many hours in a row of black people. I think I'm starting to get it.

      So WinTO is coming up on January 26th, and that's also going to be my 30th birthday... damn, I'm old.

    • WinTO - January 26th, 2013.

      in Forums > WinTO - January 26th, 2013. | Follow this topic

      BigNiceJohn

      Oh yeah... this is happening. It's also my 30th birthday weekend. Venue TBD.

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    • Updates!

      7 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      Hey everybody, how goes it? Long time no journal, I know, but life.... life finds a way.

      I never need a reason to quote Jurassic Park at anyone.

      So, Ele and I had our anniversary earlier in the month, which is our excuse to completely ignore Valentines Day, which is really a good idea. If you're thinking of starting a relationship, it's cool to be able to say 'Sure the 14th is for love everywhere, but the 9th is OUR day. I love Ele more than I did 6 years ago, and I can't wait to see the directions our life will take together.

      Work has been alright, I've been told to take some responsibility that I have to actually learn servers and computers and shit... this will likely not go too well, but I'll give it a shot.

      Some of you folks might have heard that I'm in a movie... and you're right! I believe all my friends know Charlie aka Film_Geek and if you don't, you really should. Anyways, you can follow him for some behind the scenes shots including THE FIRST RVBTO SHIRT EVER FEATURED IN A MOVIE! Sweet, eh.

      I am loving the process of acting and hanging out with the crew, but I have to admit, it kind of chafes me that I was never given the chance to go to an elementary or high school that had any kind of arts program, whether for creative writing or drama or that stuff, because while I am enjoying it, I don't have a background to really know much of what I'm doing, and I will tell you folks, Acting is actually harder than you think.

      Ooh, more news! I have now figured out how to take videos from my phone and upload them directly to YouTube. Right now I have a Behind the Scenes video of an RvBTO planning Meeting, and some behind the scenes stuff from Charlie's film, Deadline. Check it out, and in the near future I will have some solid content to throw up there.

      So that's me, guys, how are all of you folks doing?

    • That was hard

      7 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      I've been struggling with this for a while, but after an RvBTO planning meeting tonight, I finished up some work that I've been tinkering with for months.

      I finally finished my last RvBTO opening. It hurts a bit to say that, but it's even better to get it done, and I can't wait to see all of you.

    • 7 years ago

      BigNiceJohn
    • The Movemberist

      7 years ago

      BigNiceJohn

      Well hi there, folks.

      Long time no journal, I know. My life is rad, took a trip down to Washington DC, almost got fucked over by Amtrak, got home, and continued life in my regular fun way.

      Today, though, I'm coming to you with something I support. Some of you long-time readers of this space might remember me telling you about a little place called Shirts for A Cure which provides funding to under privileged women to help them fight breast cancer, but today I'm coming to you with something else.

      Movember is now upon us, or, moustache-ember as some might call it. Ok ok, so nobody actually calls it that, but it's a great project whereby men grow moustaches throughout the month of November, and elicit donations going against prostrate cancer.

      Check out the main site here and take a moment to learn a bit more. then head on over to my own site, check out my pictures (I will try to update these every couple of days) and, if you like, donate something. Or, if it's more your fancy to donate to someone else, like my intrepid colleague Jason (DUStarsFan), do that, too!

      Happy Movember, everyone!

  • Comments (149)

    • bigvig FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rampant

      6 years ago

      John - I think someone hacked your Twitter account. I got a strange message with a bizarre facebook link from you.

    • OboeCrazy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Freelancer

      6 years ago

      You are awesome, and being around you is awesome, and this would be a kinder, happier world if more people knew you!

      • OboeCrazy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Freelancer

        6 years ago

        Nope! BUT I'M GETTING DRUNK NOW!!!! smiley12.gif

      • BigNiceJohn

        6 years ago

        Awww, that's so sweet. Were you drunk when you wrote this? ;)

    • RAGEgirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold r00kie

      6 years ago

      It was nice meeting you too! I totally get it, most people want to hang out with old friends on their birthday, not awkward strangers - besides, it's not like there isn't RTO to look forward to. =)

    • Blue_Team FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold VGHS

      6 years ago

      Happy Birthday big guy, hope you have been doing well. Looking forward to chilling with you again at future RT events if you can make them, again Happy Birthday John!! smiley13.gif

    • Nevada

      6 years ago

      Have a big, nice, FU. Day. (LOL smiley12.gif )

    • Erkan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Take It Easy.... bitches

      6 years ago

      Happy FU Day!!!

    • Dame

      6 years ago

      ~ Merry FU Day to you!! ~ smiley13.gifsmiley0.gif

    • Grogusting

      6 years ago

      Happy FU to you smiley1.gif

    • Steven FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Happy FU my friend.

    • SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

      6 years ago

      You are one of the best of us! smiley12.gif
      Congratulations on a well deserved Featured User spot smiley12.gif

    • Count3D FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      6 years ago

      Congrats foo! Can you use your platform and status to end this lockout now, please?

      • BigNiceJohn

        6 years ago

        No sir. I'm actually rooting for the NHL to burn to the ground and not have any hockey until after the Olympics in 2014. Then I want them to come back as 20-24 team league that realizes that, when it comes to ratings, this sport can't beat Arena Football.

    • Patrick

      6 years ago

      Happy FU!!!

    • TayDebs

      6 years ago

      HAPPY FU! EH

    • Russspruce FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Hey John, congrats on being the Featured User! So, any plans now that RvB TO is now done?

      • BigNiceJohn

        6 years ago

        Heh... that's exactly the reason I wrote my journal today.

    • MrVash

      6 years ago

      Congrats on being Featured User!

    • Limerang201

      7 years ago

      Just wanted to say RvB TO was by far the best event I've ever been too. Everything about it was awesome and I am disappointed that it was only my first. Thanks for doing such an awesome job hosting it.

    • lowsky

      7 years ago

      I'm slightly upset that I didn't get to say goodbye on sunday night. After our rather large lunch I was finding it hard to move anywhere quickly.

      Anywho, it was a pleasure getting to hang out with you and hopefully I will see you at WinTO

    • Jteeth FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Mandalf, his brother

      7 years ago

      Hey John, Thank you so much for hosting the event. It was amazing getting to meet you and RvBTO was an event I'll never forget!

    • missmuggins FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold MissMuggins

      7 years ago

      Thank you BNJ for making my first RT, first con event and birthday the most amazing weekend ever. I am so glad I met you. You really are NICE smiley0.gif I now have the con fever now. I can't wait till next year RTO and then RTX for our honeymoon. Thanks again. And will we see you at RTO?

    • Nat

      7 years ago

      John, who did I say that to and did they think I was being rude? smiley2.gif I may owe someone an apology.

    • SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

      7 years ago

      Happy Featured User Day! smiley13.gif

    • manofchance FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Happy FU!

    • HappyFinger

      7 years ago

      Happy FU day!

    • Jakz

      7 years ago

      Happy FU day, you wonderful chap!

      Post edited 4/07/12 3:26PM

    • locken FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold We're All A little Mad H

      7 years ago

      Hey BigNiceJohn, you've just been FU-ed!
      Happy FU Day! smiley13.gif

    • ReaperOfMan

      7 years ago

      smiley0.gifsmiley13.gifsmiley11.gifFU smiley11.gifsmiley13.gifsmiley0.gif

    • CanadianTony FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Happy FU!!

    • The_Hybrid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Happy FU Day!

    • SilentEmmet

      7 years ago

      Happy FU day! Have a good one

    • NGU

      7 years ago

      Happy Featured User Day smiley11.gif

    • Russspruce FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Hey John, congrats on being the Featured User! I hope RvB TO is a big hit this year, it's a shame that it will be the last of it's kind smiley2.gif . Either way, I wish you the best, and hope everything goes well!

    • Dylon

      7 years ago

      You seem big and nice. Happy FU day!

    • MrVash

      7 years ago

      Congrats on being Featured User!

    • Knives_Kill

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the advice!

    • Knives_Kill

      7 years ago

      Maybe I'll record myself doing it.

    • Enforcer2005

      7 years ago

      Did you guys get hitched yet??? :-P

      Love ya Wookie.

    • elebellybear

      7 years ago

      Happy early Chrustmukah

    • puckplayer

      8 years ago

      Haha, I move there on Friday.

      Is it sad that the main reason why I don't want to go is because hockey coverage there will be practically nonexistent?

    • Toku

      8 years ago

      hey dude i have your hula hoops from the CTF let me know where or who i can drop them off with

    • BorderlineJD

      8 years ago

      Thanks for putting on a great show again this year, it was tons of fun!

    • Reiyayru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      It was awesome meeting you again at RVBTO

    • queenspammy

      8 years ago

      Are there any plans for the Rivoli this year?

    • Larcher FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Chunky Monkey

      8 years ago

      Ahoy hoy there sir. Just wanted to be wishing one helluva Canada Day! Have fun!

    • gus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Elite Staff

      8 years ago

      Your wish is my command.

    • blue_kurt

      8 years ago

      HAPPY FU DAY!!!

    • DisreSpectre FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Happy FU dude!

    • TiberiusVIII Pizza 4 Life

      8 years ago

      Happy FU Day!

    • jgordon210

      8 years ago

      Congrats on Being a FU!

    • chargerram77

      8 years ago

      Raise your glass..." to the FU man, F smiley9.gifsmiley9.gifsmiley9.gif U smiley11.gif " Congrats

    • RaptorGear

      8 years ago

      :D i live so close to u!!! happy fu day canadian buddy

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