Dunharrow

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from Montreal, Canada

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    • What happened to awards?

      in Forums > What happened to awards? | Follow this topic

      Dunharrow

      I don't frequent the community side of RT very often anymore. I still love all of you, I just don't have time. And I hate you a bit.

      In any case, I just noticed that I can't find my awards anymore! I can't find my staff awards, or my other awards... I wanted to take a look at them.. I remember getting some for making a certain number of posts, for being one of the first ... 10^6 members on this site (or wherever I ranked).

      I am just being computer incompetent? Is this stuff only available to sponsors now? Did they remove it for any particular reason? Where is my mind?

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    • Life is fragile

      4 years ago

      Dunharrow

      Monty Oum has passed. This is such a sad and jarring truth. I remember when I saw his first contribution to RvB. Wow! And RWBY is such a great show. Monty has made us feel happiness, sadness, laughter and overwhelming sensations of awesomeness. His contributions to RT (and the world) cannot be measured. In every video and interview with him, I was amazed by his fun attitude, his creativity and his youth. He accomplished so much in his life. You can see that he made every day count. It is a huge loss to the world that he has passed. Much too young. As an immunologist, it saddens me and angers me that he died from an allergic reaction. It is a field that is immensely complex, and unfortunately there is no way to be sure if someone will have an allergic reaction. He could have reacted to a medication he had already taken, or to something that is usually tolerated. Our lives are fragile. Make every day count. Matt suggested we give to the world by doing something creative. I think that this is a great way to commemorate Monty. Monty did a lot for us, and it is time for us to pay it forward.

    • Night time in the ALPS

      8 years ago

      Dunharrow

      No. I'm not night-skiing in Europe.

      I'm pulling an all-nighter writing a paper on Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome.

      I suck at this. For every 30 minutes I spend writing, I spend 11 minutes browsing the web.

      You know when you get to the Wikipedia page of Avocado that you have a serious motivation problem.

      It is currently 2am. Estimated time of completion: 7ish. Then off to school. Then home+powernap fall asleep on bus going home. Then eat Eggos. Then sleep. Then play floor hockey fall asleep while running.

    • A day in the life of a Scientist

      in Forums > A day in the life of a Scientist | Follow this topic

      Dunharrow

      Scientists - we love what we do, and most people have no idea what we are doing.

      I'm in my third year of my Undergrad, in Immunology. I have memorized the names and functions of thousands of proteins. I make Biochemistry puns on a regular basis. My friends too.

      When I talk to friends, people look at us like we're completely crazy.

      Let's face it: as scientists, we know a hell of a lot about things that nobody cares about. I don't know when... but at a certain point, I diverged from the rest of civilization, and am now really far removed from 'normal'.


      so - What have you done lately that emphasizes this idea? Have you done something that seemed completely normal to you, as a scientists, that the average person would never consider doing?


      Like - remember that time you dissected a fetal pig, and had the time of your life? I loved it. I love dissections. But really - that's not normal human behavior. It's kinda funny, really. I must be crazy to have fond memories of dissecting animals.


      Just a few weeks ago, I was in my car with my classmate, and the windshield was fogged up. Most people, when they decide to write/draw on a fogged window, either write their name or draw sexual organs.
      She drew a bacteriophage. It's winter - every time I get in the car, it's fogged up, and every time I'm with someone, I have to explain this huge drawing in the middle of the Windshield.


      So tell - Why are you a CRAZY SCIENTIST? What do you do that is normal in your life, but completely crazy for anyone else? Why are you an uber-nerd?

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    • Wow - Misunderstanding much?

      8 years ago

      Dunharrow

      I wrote in Burnie's comments yesterday. Robotrek wrote me, in my comments, with a suggestion relating to what I was asking Burnie.

      I was in a rush, and just gave him a quick reply.

      I got a private message from him, in which he laced into me for being 'sarcastic' and what-not. Then he blocked me.

      I can't even tell him I wasn't being sarcastic or rude, but just being quick.

      WTF?

      Why is it that people online immediately assume the worst in every situation? People think I'm sarcastic when I'm earnest. I try to help people, and they think I'm being a 'grammar nazi'.

      If anybody reading this wants to lend a hand, I would appreciate somebody relaying the following to Robotrek:

      Hi Robotrek.
      I was not being sarcastic, and very much did appreciate your input. I was in a rush, and therefore gave you a concise reply. If I had not appreciated your suggestion, I would have ignored it.
      Dunharrow

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    • Pat Burns

      in Forums > Pat Burns | Follow this topic

      Dunharrow

      Pat Burns is battling cancer for the third time. This time, he decided not to get treatment, and to just live out the rest of his days without chemo and radiation.

      And, for some reason, somebody decided to say that he died on Friday. And, it went viral. There were reports everywhere saying that he had died.
      But, he's still alive.

      Bat Burns is one of the greatest hockey coaches of all time.

      I just read this article on TSN, by Burns' longtime friend, Bob McKenzie. It is easily one of the best articles I've ever read. I urge you all to read it.


      Recently, Pat Burns was not elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Many were upset by this, since it would have been nice to induct him before he dies. They would have had to make an exception to induct him before the regular 4 year wait after retirement. But, as some of you may remember, they made an exception when they inducted Gretzky in the the HHOF.

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    • Would you destroy the ring?

      8 years ago

      Dunharrow

      Dad: If you were a character in the Lord of the Rings, who would it be?
      Me: Frodo

      We were watching the Return of the King. At the end of the evening...

      Dad: Would you destroy the ring?
      Me: I don't know.

      Let me fill you in on a few details. I have had Chronic Headaches for 4 years, 5 months. It is a heavy burden. I have had to abandon the life I used to have. I have, over the years, been forced to drop more and more so that I could cope with my headaches. I have not gone a single second without having a headache in all that time. I woke up one morning in April 2006 with a headache, and it has never gone away.

      I used to be a big athlete: now I can barely play softball. I used to be a straight-A student: Now I am scrambling by with a reduced course load.

      In many ways, I am like Frodo. One day, I woke up with my headaches... just as one day, Frodo was entrusted with the One Ring. He didn't want it. I didn't want it. I set out to get rid of them, just as Frodo set out. I thought it would be taken care of quickly: a pain med, a couple days of rest. Frodo thought he just had to get the ring to Rivendell.
      When I got to Rivendell, I found out that I would have to carry the ring all the way to the end. No doctor could help me. No specialist. I got dumped with psychologist: If it can't be cured with pain meds, then it must be psychosomatic. The psychologist did not help at all, and all of a sudden, I found myself alone, without a fellowship. I had to destroy the Ring (my headaches) myself. Nobody else could do it for me. I had to bring the Ring to Mordor and get rid of my headaches. The Medical System would not help me. The only person that stuck by me, and urged me onward: my mother (Samwise).

      At this point in my life, I was very depressed. I saw no future. Just an endless string of days spent wallowing in pain, incapable of doing anything with any worth. I couldn't work. I couldn't go to school. I couldn't play sports. I got addicted to escaping my reality. I would reread Lord of the Rings over and over again. I was hitting rock bottom. I'd break down crying every few days. I'd have fits of rage and frustration. I was scaring away all those that cared for me. My friend recently told me that he was scared, at that time of my life (months 2 through 4 of my headaches), that I would attempt suicide.
      But one thing got me to hold on. To not give up. And it was right in front of me - right in the Lord of the Rings, the place I'd escape to.
      It is this clip. Just before this scene, Frodo tries to give himself up to the Nazgul. He wants to give up. But Sam stops him.
      Sam's words here saved my life. "Even darkness must pass. A New Day Will Come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer."
      The folk in those stories... they had chances of turning back, only they didn't, because they were holding onto something. There is some good in this world, and it is worth fighting for. I cry when I hear this. I thought to myself, when I realized that my burden was like Frodo's burden, and that these lines applied to my life - What is good in my life, that is worth fighting for?

      Family. Children. I realized I would suffer with headaches every day of my life willingly, if only I could have children to enjoy. The joy of having a family would be far stronger than any evil.
      I found my reason to push on.

      I started seeing an Osteopath, and that started to help. 4 years now, I've been doing Osteopathy, and it is the only thing that has helped. I have had setbacks - just as Frodo could not enter Mordor through the Black Gate, and saw his goal slip from his grasp, I got a concussion. But, Frodo persisted. And, I recovered from my concussion. (I got it playing non-contact hockey, and have not played hockey since, even though it had been my favourite sport for 12 years).
      And, I have also had small successes. In April of 2010, I finally got diagnosed. I started a treatment that has increased my pain threshold marginally - but enough so that life is a tad bit easier. Frodo happened to bump into Faramir - who ended up being a great friend and ally that aided him in his journey.
      I don't know how far I am from Mount Doom. I wonder if I will encounter a Shelob. I wonder if I will fail trying to get there.


      But, back to topic: Would I destroy the Ring?

      When Frodo got to Mount Doom, he couldn't destroy the Ring. It had torn his life apart. Destroying it was the only way of saving the world - but he couldn't do it. He couldn't imagine living without it - so he claimed it for himself.

      As much as my headaches have held me back (BTW - last winter, I had to give up my hopes of becoming a Medical Doctor - since I cannot handle a full course load at school), they are a huge part of who I am.


      I imagined, the other day, what I would do if I woke up one morning without any pain? I would be so happy. I would cry. But... would I tell anyone? If I told my mom I didn't have a headache.
      Just imagine: what if I told her, and she was happy, and she cried - and then an hour later, I had a headache again? It would be so devastating. To both of us.

      And what if my headaches really did go away. Could I go play hockey again? I wouldn't - I'd be too afraid of getting a concussion, and all at once bringing my headaches back upon me. I'd be afraid of eating onions (they give me small sinus headaches). I'd be afraid to lift up a heavy object (what if I injure a shoulder or neck muscle and bring back the headache).
      I'd live in constant fear of giving myself that pain again.

      So, would I destroy the Ring? I don't know. yes? No?

      I pray, sometimes, to just have a few minutes without pain, so that I can remember what it's like.

      yes. I would destroy it. And, if one day, I woke up with The Ring around my neck, I could at least say I was brave, and I didn't let fear dictate my life. And I'd march towards Mordor once again.

    • School vs. Jethro Tull

      8 years ago

      Dunharrow

      About a month ago, I got tickets to see Ian Anderson (singer/writer/flutist) of Jethro Tull.

      Yesterday, my first day of school, I found out that I have a midterm during the concert.



      Should I get a doctor's note?

  • Comments (43)

    • SuperPriv4te

      7 years ago

      Sweet! Reads like a right laugh that. smiley0.gif

    • SuperPriv4te

      8 years ago

      Not really. I can see fine without them, and as I said it’s for occasional use, and it’s really just for wheechin’/throwing on if I can’t read something on the board, and I’ve kinda been all right with the slides this last year. If the eye gets worse over the next year or so I might get more dependant. We shall see (or not).

      Heh heh, that would get odd looks I'll bet, though I know you can get novelty contacts in fancy dress stores for parties and costumes. (*imagines going out in a thin, spiky black costume as the Tower of Baraduir *)

      Monocles are fine and dandy, but I would need to have the right cheek shape to keep it in. Otherwise you need to keep smiling awkwardly or hold it up with a hand...or perhaps an eyepatch lens...

    • Kyrianne

      8 years ago

      Thank you for the kind words. smiley12.gif

      I'll keep you in mind. smiley1.gif

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

      8 years ago

      ooohhh... better winner!!

    • Suto_Griff

      8 years ago

      I do like the progression they've made over the years. Certain bands handle change really well and BN is one of 'em. It's hard to stay relevant over the years too, so it's pretty cool to see them keep on after all this time. I hope they make another album I do look forward to their stuff in the future.

    • Suto_Griff

      8 years ago

      I probably just lump bands into the 'emo' genre because of the lyrics, but for the most part I wouldn't classify Brand New as emo.

      I've seen 'em three times, and every time I've seen 'em they played better and better.

    • SuperPriv4te

      8 years ago

      Wow.

      I don't know where to begin or what to say in reply to the time you took and thought you put into what you wrote.

      Thanks. I appreciate it.

    • Bergy

      8 years ago

      Nah, I'm not going. I'm going to Quebec city with the snowboarding club tomorrow, and it leave pretty early. Are you going to Tonic?

    • SuperPriv4te

      8 years ago

      Or like a cake model of Middle Earth. Then you could cut away at the different nations and regions.

      Dibs on Arnor.

    • Bergy

      8 years ago

      I agree completely. I was actually pretty surprised to find that its not the norm in most schools/faculties; the profs certainly deserve it.

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

      8 years ago

      Oh man, I'm so sorry to hear that. It's such a shame when it's something you can't change.. but yes, your well-being is the most important.
      ..but still, that is so sucky :(

    • SuperPriv4te

      8 years ago

      Surviving! I recently got back to my parent's place to visit, following a rather interesting experience with a Christmas dinner (see journal). I'm glad to have gotton back before the snow hit, otherwise I would have been trapped.

    • SuperPriv4te

      8 years ago

      Cheers! You write that one yourself? I especially liked the Fi-

      FIIIIVEE WIZAAAARD STAAAAAVES!!
      ...
      *tsk* My apologies sirs


      Anyway...How are you doing?


      (Btw, you can crop your Profile Image so that the figure is centred in the little icon bit)

      Post edited 12/18/10 4:47AM

    • Robotrek

      8 years ago

      Hi there, I noticed your post about learning about the guys, just listen to the podcast's, start with the first one and make your way through them all to the current time and you will feel like you know these guys as well as your best friends by the end. They talk a great deal about their lives, their personal interests, you get a good feel for their personalities, you begin to feel lke you know them personally, I have been through the podcast twice now because those guys always crack me up so much, they are really halarious, try it out...

    • jedidonut1

      8 years ago

      wow... I created that group long ago with great intentions but i couldn't get any members to become active.

      Give me a few minutes and you'll be an admin.

      (P.S. the group went to the underworld not Hades. Hades is the god. The Underworld is the place.)

    • SuperPriv4te

      8 years ago

      I can think of only one getup that would enable a guy to win a costume contest in the Rocky Horror Picture show
      smiley4.gif

      Aye that's true

    • SuperPriv4te

      8 years ago

      Nice one! Was it your first time seeing the show?

      I've only ever seen a showing of the film version, but the stage must be pretty cool to bet at. I guess you got to witness and take part in all the audience partici-

      ...

      -pation!

    • SuperPriv4te

      8 years ago

      Not to mention one of them managed to take down two Oliphants and both crews with the throw of one harpoon. smiley0.gif
      (None of this elvish showoff acrobatic, archery nonsense.)

    • Bergy

      8 years ago

      I lied (again). Apparently I'm doing MATH 203 in the winter, not the fall.

    • Bergy

      8 years ago

      Oh ya, my bad. I meant to say I'm in MATH 203, not 201.

    • Bergy

      8 years ago

      I think my MATH 201 is in the fall too, guess we're in the same course.

      Ya, my course load does look a little heavy, but its pretty much all required for U1 MIMM. I could probably put off my stats course, but I want to get it out of the way (plus, I've heard its kinda easy).

      I only got 29 credits last year, so I want to add one more 3 credit course to bring me up to 31 credits for this year. I don't want to have to do more than 30 credits in my upper years. Plus, I'm probably going to do a minor in chemistry, so I want to start getting those out of the way.

      I'd really like to do some philosophy, french, or extra math courses (I'd probably have to declare pass/fail on french and math so I don't ruin my GPA) when I get a chance for some electives. Are there any that you would recommend?

    • Bergy

      8 years ago

      You assumed correctly, I do go to McGill. I can't wait to get back, I'm really excited to start this year.

      I'm not taking PHGY 209, but I am in BIOL 200. I'm also taking BIOL 202, CHEM 212 and 222, MATH 201, CHEM 203, and MIMM 211 and 212. I think I'm going to add one more course in the winter term, because I'm only at 28 credits with the courses I have now.

      Which major are you in? Are you MIMM as well?

      Thanks for the tip about the physiology party at Gert's. I'll have to look into that (who can say no to free pizza and beer).

    • casmarie

      9 years ago

      In reply to Dunharrow:

      Oh I'm one of those too

    • opalgirl1000

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the journal comment! :D

      Correct! ^_^

      And I shall try to do yours!

    • opalgirl1000

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the journal comment!

      1) That's a tough question... depends what the torture is really.

      2) LEGOLAS FOR THE WIN!

      3) I don't consider suicide to be "immoral" but more on the lines of unnecassary depending on your situation in life. Even though suicide isn't the right answer, it definetly isn't immoral to me because what if the person who wanted to die was suffering?

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

      9 years ago

      Yes, I did go with Canada Israel Experience!

    • opalgirl1000

      9 years ago

      Oh sure!

      I'd love to make you an admin!!

      :D

    • TheSylvester whoa

      9 years ago

      I wasn't friends with you? Odd...

    • littleman794

      9 years ago

      hey sup

    • Kyrianne

      9 years ago

      Yeah, it's that kind of algebra. It's bordering on calculus sometimes.

      Stat was way easier than this class, though (took both) so I wouldn't worry. It's a lot less crazy math and a lot more logic and percentages. And reading graphs. Yay graphs!

    • Kyrianne

      9 years ago

      Why thank you. smiley0.gif

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

      9 years ago

      Love your post about Karma....I'm right there with you and I wish more people looked at life this way.

      Stop by anytime with your thoughts!

      Hugs, K

    • moochicken

      9 years ago

      You make an extremely good argument and your right, The Hobbit was definitely the easiest book of his to read. No, I haven't read The Silmarillion. Is this a good read? You mention it, but only point out the fact that it is difficult, not that it was in anyway enjoyable. I'm actually in the middle of a good book right now called The Girl with the dragon Tattoo By Steig Larrson. It has very simple language and too many Dutch names to keep track of, but is still very enjoyable. It was actually going out to see the movie that prompted me to read the book and this may be the first movie that was as good as the book. (except maybe To Kill a Mockingbird, which was a fantastic book and movie.)

    • moochicken

      9 years ago

      JRR Tolkien is not a difficult read. In fact, when I first read the hobbit, I was surprised at how simple the language was. Sure, the lord of the rings books are a tad difficult, but I don't think many people would call them a hard read. Is Shakespeare a difficult read just because you must actually pay attention while reading and do a little interpreting to follow the plot? Still this is just my opinion.

    • drummerscout

      9 years ago

      ok thx

    • drummerscout

      9 years ago

      do you know any good post apocalyptic books?

    • Kyrianne

      9 years ago

      Nah, it's still second.

      Oh well, still happy. smiley0.gif

    • Kyrianne

      9 years ago

      Mostly I'm just confused how 9 is better than 10. I'm extremely ecstatic to even be on the top posts smiley12.gif

    • SuperPriv4te

      9 years ago

      Curses!
      Buckey got to him first! And to think I was this close to converting him...

      You need only an inquisitive mind and bacon to come along smiley0.gif

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      9 years ago

      You may want to stop by and check out the 'Let's Figure This Out... thread. We delve deeply into theory and analysis of RvB.

      I'm the resident Crackpottery Expert and Spreadsheet Wielder.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      9 years ago

      But you don't seem to have been active. And I couldn't help notice not only 'Dunharrow', but Melkor and became more than curious.

      I'd chat a bit, but I have to figure out how to capture Fluffy, the Turtle that only loves who decided to relocate to my pool. I don't want to dump chemicals into it until I get Fluffy out of there.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      9 years ago

      Welcome to RT!

    • Kyrianne

      9 years ago

      LOL HI DER. smiley0.gif

      *steals comment virginity and runs off*

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