4 months ago
That's pretty much all I've been doing for a while when I'm not taking care of college stuff. I know I've been quiet and I haven't been social, I apologize.
If people are interested I'm willing to let folks drop by my house on the 25th of April from 5pm onward. It's a tad last minute notice for some, I know, but college took up a ton of my time recently so I've been a bit distracted from my social life, or lack thereof. Anyone is welcome to come over and I will be providing basic food(pizza and pop) and entertainment(CAH Werewolves etc) for everyone to enjoy. People are more than welcome to bring friends and other forms of entertainment. I don't have much booze here at my house, so if you'd like to bring over some of your booze it would be most welcome. Otherwise I'm always willing to travel to hang out with everyone if people have better places to hang out.
If you lot are interested in hanging at my place (im in Port Huron) on April 25th send me a PM for the address.
7 months ago
Been a while since I made my last journal but life happens sometimes and you just have to run with the bulls.
2014 was a fantastic year for starting friendships and meeting new people. RT Michigan made this a reality for me, and being an admin of it now has only made that all the more important.
2014 also was a fairly ok year as far as health goes. I'm on a few more medications now than when I started, but I have lost some pounds here and there. Not as much as I'd like, but some.
2014 was a year of self-discovery in the sense that I began to look forward to a medical career, one based in the realm of Communication Disorders. It's a long road ahead of me, but my mother, who I'll be stuck living with for the duration of my learning, has been supportive and understanding.
What I hope for 2015 is along those same three lines.
In 2015 I hope to expand on my relationships. I want to be the shoulder to cry on, the semi-wise voice that gives advice when someone needs it, and be able to ask them to do the same for me. Social media is a great tool for this, I just have to use it better than I have been.
In 2015 I want to lo- Get in Better Shape. Thank you @Dimono for putting a positive spin on this idea/resolution. I've been talking about getting healthier for a while now and it's time I take it seriously. I'm already a few steps up the ladder to getting in better shape, it's time I take a few more.
In 2015 I hope to discover in myself more of the passion that others have for their hobbies and projects. I used to have such a fire inside me, but cynicism and not so positive thoughts dimmed the lights a bit. I want to find my passions again, and participate in any projects I think I might be helpful in.
Yeah, that's about it. A quick thanks to @LoZelda, @instantjj, @jeysicah, @pennypanda, @LillyBugLove, @JRok, @Dice and so, so many others for being great friends this year. Maybe next year I'll buy you all a drink to celebrate.
To 2015, and beyond!
So I've been talking with a few people and we've been thinking over the idea of getting together sometime over the holidays to hang out and have fun. Now while I know some people have family obligations, cool vacations and the like, I believe this is still something we can do to have fun and be a community. So without further ado, here are the details of what we've sort of been planning this past week.
Where? Granite City Restaurant in Troy!
When? Saturday the 27th of December 2014 at 4p.m.
Who's Coming? Well, we have a list just to keep track of that. These are the people I know can come as of their latest update.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to this! It will be a joy to hang out with everyone again and I'm sure we'll all have a fantastic time. If you need a ride, I am willing to grab some passengers here and there. Please post here if you can come and/or if you need a ride. This may become a monthly thing if it's successful, like for RT community days, so keep an eye out for more news!
Post edited 12/27/14 10:10AM
9 months ago
Yeah I got tagged by a few folks. So in light of that I will go ahead and try to think up 7 things you don't know about me... which is actually kinda hard since I share quite a bit of myself here.
So let's get to it!
1. I sleep on my living-room couch 90% of the time. It's a habit I picked up over the years of hating being shut away from where everyone else was and from the years I was "kicked out" of my room at the apartment because I snored weirdly and fell asleep to loud movies. Aside from habit though, part of me likes having cushion on two sides of my body at once. Subconscious cry for someone to share my bed with? Who knows?! But I sleep on the couch anyways. The couch I currently use has been hurt by me of course, many of the support springs have snapped due to my weight and over-use of them. So if you ever visit, sit in the armchairs or the speckled couch, not the dark one.
2. I have about a dozen pictures and posters that I haven't picked up frames for or hung up in general. I would like to hang them up but laziness persists and they'll keep safe where I have them. More than likely once I have my own place or get tired of sleeping on a fucked up couch I'll put up some scenery in my room that I'll end up sleeping in.
3. I've recently been looking into gathering some collectibles. Bishoujo statues of various heroes and villains attract me, and any ship models from sci-fi/fantasy settings would be awesome as well. Would love to get my hands on some statues of Poison Ivy, Tali, Garrus and a whole boatload of other awesome characters. Unfortunately my collection is a collection of coins and pins and a few other small collectibles and not statues thus far. The reason? Money. Go figure, right?
4. I can no longer stand what would pass for "fast food". KFC, Subway and occasionally Taco Bell are about all I can stand these days. Restaurants like applebees and the like are still OK, but anything remotely close to junk/fast food I can barely stomach anymore.
5. Never call me John or Luke. Jean(Gene) is far preferable to either of those names. I don't know what it is but being called John or Luke sets me off and annoys me to no end. Actually no, it angers me, and it's a quick way to get on my shit-list if the behavior persists. Jean(Gene) or Jean(as in my actual name Jean-Luc, pronounced with french accents and a rolling J/zh sound that you find in words like measure) are what I like to hear most often. If you have a nickname for me, make sure I'm alright with it. I've had some doozies backfire a few times in the past and it's not pleasant for anyone.
6. I mentioned this in a tweets with SailorTweek earlier today, but it merits saying here. I am deathly afraid of being forgotten, ignored, unwanted. avoided and everything in-between. I have friendship issues, it's true. I do find it hard to connect with others, and when I feel I am the only one trying to contribute to a conversation or to a relationship I can't help but get the idea that, hey, I'm not wanted, I'm not good enough or worth someone's time. Because of that I'll stop talking, stop supporting people in their endeavors, possibly even cut off communications altogether if I feel it won't affect my other social partners, groups and contexts. Part of the reason I write is in the hopes that while I may be forgotten as a person, as a personality in someone's life, my writing might persist and in a way the author in me, my ideas, will be remembered long after I am gone.
7. I adore the experience of reading a book. Yes, I know, that's something you do know, but what you may not know is that I hate reading digital novels and the like. Give me a paperback or hardcover book any day of the week. The feel and smell of paper. The tactile sensation that comes with every turn of a page or setting it down to let a certain moment or idea sink in truly immerses me into the worlds that books transport me to. I leave everything I've ever learned, every stressful thought or outside motive on the table next to me the moment I pick up a book and begin to sink into the depths of its pages. It's a liberating experience, and I don't see why more people don't enjoy the activity or the actual books themselves. Next time you're at a book store, look for Chronicles of the Black Company. I can't recommend it enough and I will continue to recommend it until I can talk to others about it in depth.
Yup that's it. Hope you all learned a thing or two about me.
I would tag people but I'm too lazy. So instead I'll just say if you read this you have been tagged. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
9 months ago
College: As mandatory as it might be so that I can eventually be a self-providing functional member of society I do enjoy the classes I'm taking in order to become a Speech-Language Pathologist or an Audiologist. It has been taking a lot of my time lately, though not as much as it should. I'm working on that.
Games: always with the games and the addiction! Need to work on this too but it's been fun. DAI is soon to come out and I will try hard(though probably not as hard as I should) to not let it take over my social life. XD
Social Life: Don't have much of one but I do miss all of my friends from the RT Community and from outside o it. Unfortunately I'm stuck in a position, like many of you, where I am too far away from everyone to hang out on a regular basis. I have presents for a few people that I've just been hanging onto for a few months now. Seriously, I'm about to just mail them instead of hand deliver at this point. But I try to make up for my lack of outside social life by visiting with my grandparents each weekend, as is our tradition, and messing around with/on twitter.
Also, if you're anywhere near Michigan, or if you live in michigan, please join the amazing RT Michigan Group on our Bowling Event that's coming up next weekend. We would love to have you around, but make sure you buy a ticket so you can join us! I want to meet everyone here that makes this community great and it would be fantastic to see more of you there.
Writing: Not much of it, still suck in my opinion, still don't have an idea for a third act in any form because I personally hate endings, but I am working on it. Had a great opening sequence(FOR ONCE!) going that I want to expand on. Maybe that will kick-start things. Still sticking with fantasy, still debating whether or not I attempt to have a female in my main character trio because I'm afraid of screwing up and making myself look the fool for attempting to write a female character(even though we're all just people anyway and it shouldn't matter). Either way, I just want to write but I can't find it in me to just do it. May post samples as journals in the future to get some input.
Maric is growing so big. I still call him my puppy and he will remain as such until one of us outlives the other, which is likely to be him if my doctors have anything to say about it.
Still trying to lose weight, still very slow going. It's all just a big pile of hooplah but it's helping to go in increments. I'm completely off of caffeine now, which has severely diminished my pop intake thankfully. A few more changes and I'll be skinny in no time! ...Yep, just keep telling myself that.
Rooster Teeth's acquisition doesn't bother me all that much. I'm watching cautiously for changes, good and bad, but we'll just have to wait and see. The sky is not falling, the world is not ending and you shouldn't worry about things when very intelligent individuals are handling their business. Leave it be and you will see.
TLR... I hate and love you. I suck at mysteries but it has pulled me in. Was not fond of Chris's segment in the last one. Relied too much on "embarrassment humor" as well as references and bad laughing. Burnie's exposition wasn't bad, but also could use work... though maybe that's just me never being found of the new york/jersey/whatever cop accent and role he made up. Miles' role has been great so far. All in all, looking forward to seeing more.
Take care all! Hope to see you next time!
9 months ago
Hey there everyone! Enjoying the grind of everyone's latest psuedo-obsession when it comes to gaming? I AM! But you know what, there's something I want to try that I thought others might be interested in. The Vault of Glass has been sitting there on Venus, taunting me, calling me to come plunder its treasures and destroy the Vex within. Have the same hunger for adventure and treasure? Good, because I'm looking for people willing to go on this little adventure. Now I know the achievement hunters accomplished it and if they can maybe we have a chance with enough people, right? We can use their attempt as a guide for us to get through and if you're up for it I'm willing to lead our little raiding party into the depths of depravity and a good time.
So here's the deal, I'm going to create a list here in the OP of people that would like to attempt the raid and what days/times are most likely to work out for us. Hopefully we'll figure it all out sooner rather than later, but I figure we can share some of our exploits and random destiny stuff here too.
Raider List: (Xbox 360 Only. Sorry!)
Days that work for Raiding:
Jean: Weekends at any time.
General discussion for a little... Watch this and tell me what you think!
10 months ago
This past week everyone was tagging everyone else. Eventually, and I admit I enjoyed several days of not being tagged, I was tagged by about six people for various things I was supposed to do. Well you know what? It's time to find out.
You wanna know what you went and made me do?
You created a monster!
Username: It's right there. Don't be lazy.
Age: Also in my profile. Stop being lazy. But to be honest, I don't act 25... At all... Unless I'm speaking with professors.
From: Dammit, I told you to stop being lazy! I'll give ya a hint. I'm on the knuckle of the thumb of the mitten shaped southern peninsula of the state. Aka. I'm the furthest person east in my entire state/group.
Sponsor: Sonofa- YES I am!
Date Joined: It's right there DAMMIT! (tells me 5/29/08, but I've been a fan longer)
Last Signed in: That's supposedly broken, but the magical site indicators point to check it yourself. (It says 2 weeks for me but I never sign out)
Rooster Teeth Content:
First Rooster Teeth Video you saw: Church traveling back in time over and over again to try and save everyone. Don't remember the episode exactly. Go look it up for me.
Last Podcast you watched: The Patch #... umm... Something.
Favourite member of the Rooster Teeth Cast & Crew: Top 5 are Matt, Burnie, Miles, Ryan, and Shannon
Did you watch a Rt video today: Maybe I did, maybe I didn't... but that's for me to know! ...yes.
-If yes Which one: RVB12 finale again.
-If no why: I just told you which one I watched. if I had a reason for not watching one today it's because I'm busy working.... which is what I should be instead of doing this... thing.
Favorite RT Series: RvB Seasons 1-8, 11 and 12.
Favorite RT Video: The one with the thing and the touching words and the special moment and the laughing... Pick one of hundreds and I'm sure I'll like it.
Current Number Of Notifications: 0.
Name of first Journal: Don't remember, too lazy to look for it. Do it for me please? Thanks. (It's actually caled "The Beginning" believe it or not. How original of my 18 year old self. Ahh, youthful optimism and naivete...)
Name of you latest Journal: Is it a bad sign I actually don't remember? Ahh well. Go look that one up too eh? (It's actually "Updates? Sure, I'll fill you in...". Inventive title no?)
Last Photo you uploaded: I believe that would be my awesome profile picture. If I'm wrong, oh well. XD
Last Thread you commented on: General Discussion in the RT Michigan Forum I think.
First group in your group list: RT Michigan will always and forever be #1 in my group list even if it doesn't appear there sometimes.
Last Private message sent to: @Kaoru27Umi I believe.
Gamer Score: 22,000 some-odd points last time I checked?
Team Lads or Team Gents: Gents all the way.
Favourite Achievement Hunter: They're all pretty good, but @Ryan's ingenuity, intelligence, insanity, and straight up awesomeness take the cake.
Minecraft Skin: Is it tasty precious? is it juicy?
Favourite AH show: Let's Play Super Ultra Mini Golf series.
Favourite Group: RT Michigan. Haven't you been paying attention?
Have you gone to a community event: Yes! RTX 2012, 2013 (including the accompanying sidequests) and others. I've even been the primary planner/leader/host/what-have-you for one and I'm helping to plan others for RT Michigan.
Have you gone to RTX: What did I just get done telling you? Sheesh, the nerve of the young! Comprehend, don't just read!
Favourite Fellow Community member: You're making me choose? How dare you?! But if I must then I suppose I'll just type up my entire friend's list...buuuuut I'm too lazy for that. So here's 10 people that I like to talk to and often find are pretty damn amazing people. @SailorTweek @sirNARVY @Audrey @LoZelda @kriss @Kaoru27Umi @Bruisedfrog @Dice @JRok @jeysicah
Tag 5 people to do this: Just did that. Now get off my lawn.
WAIT! I lied. I don't want you off of my lawn yet. Because I have something to tell you.
You know why? Because everyone needs a hug now and then.And you know what? This goes for all of you.
But you know what?
All for different reasons, all in different ways. We all have something we're good at, or bad at, we are a collection of unique individuals that have come together to form a community, and that in itself is brilliant.
Hope this journal told you a bit about me and gave you a few laughs, or smiles, smiles will do just nicely as well.
Until next time!
10 months ago
I know I've been quiet. I know I promised to be better at this. Fact? I'm totally not good at social media, as much as I use it. In any case, I am alive and I am doing fairly well. Finances are still tight but when aren't they for college students?
Currently my life consists of veryfew things, and it's all pretty boring.
Never again will I say bad things about a doctor unless I know for a fact they're not doing something right/to help me. The schooling involved in becoming a speech pathologist requires me to absorb, memorize, and retain information of such massive and specific amounts that I'm surprised I'm able to make time for my gaming and writing. I know I've been bad recently about letting my gaming go a tad overboard(fuck you, cryptarch!) but I've done fairly well in all of my classes and have kept my studying up quite admirably. One class will be ending soon(accelerated course) and I'm going to be so damn hapy when I'm finished. After that it's two classes a week and plenty of time to study and get my bearings again. Aside from my GRE's I'm ;ooking on the bright-side, as always, and hope to finish this semester strong!
More coursework than anything, but I've definitely pushed myself to try and write a few small stories and outlines for larger ones here and there. Nothing concrete, nothing extravagant, but I'm really hoping to share some of it soon. With who? Maybe some of you, maybe all of you, but definitely want someone that can help me better my own writing.
Didn't get shadow of Mordor, as much as I want to, because I knew if I did it and Destiny would have an adverse affect on my life. When things are calmer and I have my head on a little straighter I'll be buying a few more games, but for now I'm on hiatus as far as buying new games go(Dragon Age Inquisition being the only exception because I already paid for the uber edition). Destiny has been great in an addicting way that is both exhilarating and frustrating. I'm trying to cut back as much as possible and look forward playing strikes and missions with everyone some more in the future. I do have it on 360, so if you're ever up for some tests of fate I'd be happy to oblige if it fits inside my study schedule.
Been keeping up with some friends from out of state, mostly through gaming and sometimes through online roleplay forums where I do some of my writing. Social media is what gets me most of the time and I find it hard to keep track of it so I can be involved in my friends' lives even though I live anywhere between 30 minutes and 30 hours away from them. If you're wondering why I'm not talking much, it's probably because I suck at social media. outside of that, it's probably because I'm either A. studying my nuts off, or B. playing games I shouldn't be playing instead of studying or paying attention to you. So rest assured that I am alive, that I do care, and that I really do want to keep in touch with as many of you as possible.
But anyways, enough about me. How are you? Is life treating you well? Did something fun happen over the weekend?
1 year ago
Some of you have probably noticed I started prefacing everything I say with a certain tone or emotion. It's weird, I know, but it's something I've decided to start doing. The reason's fairly simple: I don't want to be misunderstood.
Text can be read in a variety of ways, we see this all of the time in everyday life. A text book feels boring unless you have an interest in the subject and then it's informative and intriguing, though possibly still a bit difficult to read. In interpersonal communication online it can be hard to identify the tone in which to read something. Sarcasm does not come across easily when it's just text. For example I could say "This video is just great!" but mean it sarcastically when i may have had a problem with it or if it actually wasn't a great video. People can misunderstand that easily. Explanations can also come across as critical, defensive or even mean-spirited, especially when someone throws in some casual jokes in here and there.
For someone that is often straightforward, blunt, and tends to toss in lighthearted jokes in semi-serious situations or posts I can come off like a bit of an asshole. I don't intend to come off that way but it can happen. I'm really just a regular, rather laid back guy looking to make sure everyone around me is having a good time but I can and do make mistakes in terms of what I say or how it comes across.
Because of these possible misunderstandings I'm trying to be far more clear with my online interactions by including such descriptive content as these "tonal identifiers" wherever I think they might be necessary or if I'm feeling particularly referential.
.I mean hey, what's wrong with spouting a reference to one of the greatest video-game series' of the day? Elcor from Mass Effect have the very same problem that text does; that the content can be misinterpreted without proper tonal or physical context clues available. So if nothing else, these tonal identifiers are as much a shout out to mass effect as they are to make sure I'm being understood correctly. Either way, I plan to have some fun. If they get to be annoying... go ahead and tell me, though I may do it just to screw with you. MUAHAHAHAHA *cough cough*
It's because I care, really.
Oh! I almost forgot to tell you about a dream I had. I think it was similar to one I had before but I'm not sure if I told anyone. I was in an alternate universe that felt like a cross between Mass Effect and Halo. I was in some sort of containment unit for important artifacts or creatures that we were retrieving. This one happened to be a cross between a Halo Hunter and a Mass Effect Brute. But what was weird about this dream was that my best weapon was a can of spray-paint that acted basically like pressurized napalm or something. I was going toe-to-toe with this thing in confined areas as we tried to weaken enough to contain it. All in all, an amazing dream.
But then it got even better.
I saw me. Not the me that I see right now, but the me that's hidden behind layers upon layers of fat, laziness and gluttony. I saw the badass inside of me that wants so badly to come out. Tall, average weight, decently muscled and with a hell of a roguishly handsome beard. I want to be that badass. I'm in a crouching fatass, hidden badass situation and I'm going to become the latter. It's not often I get my subconscious to inspire me this way, but I'm not going to let it go to waste.
Have you ever had a dream inspire you in a similar way? Let me know in the comments!
Reader, writer, gamer, movie buff, teacher and aspiring Speech Pathologist. I love talking about anything to do with these parts of my life.
I love CAH & host game nights now and then.
I'm very involved in the RT Michigan Group and love to hang out with new people in general.
Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/Jean11089
Phrase of the Month: Dedication is the key to all life.
Current Game Addiction: World of Tanks
Current Hobby Addiction: Reading/Writing
Current Book Progress: Idea & Outline Stage