To defeat, the huns.
6 years agoSteven
So I haven't actually told anyone, but I this month in honour of Movember or No-shave November or whatever facial hair related celebration you wish to call it, I have decided to try growing out my mustache/beard for the first time in my life. Many times it's gotten to the point of needing a shave to avoid looking grungy, but this time I'm actually attempting an actual shape, shaving the neckbeard, lower cheeks, soul patch and all, because that's the difference between growing a finely sculpted beard and just simply not shaving. It could currently use a trim to keep it more uniform, but I don't think it's long enough for that yet.
Here is my progress so far, and keep in mind my facial hair does not grow all that quickly. I haven't shaved it since around halloween.
Also for some reason there's patches of blonde in there. Beards are weird man.
6 years agoSteven
So after witnessing all the hullabaloo of the American election, it led to to think about my own country's politics. The thing I find most interesting is how different the political mentalities of the citizenry are between us despite being so close in proximity and general way of life.
For those of you who don't know, we are a multi-party system, where the States is a two-party system. Yes, you have other parties but they never have any shot at winning. For a while Canada was like that too. We had the (very cleverly named) Conservatives and Liberals as the two main parties, and two smaller parties, the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Quebecois. The Bloc only has candidates in Quebec, which kinda makes them a running joke. Also, their primary platform is separatism (lol them).
But in the semi-recent election, the NDP came in second and became the official opposition to the Conservative government. This is like, for you Americans, if the Libertarians suddenly became the second most popular party. (Not in terms of political similarity, as they're basically opposite sides, but in terms of the surprise it would be)
Why does this matter to you? Just to demonstrate our differences. Canadian parties in general lean more left than our American counterparts. Our Conservatives for example, are more moderate than Republicans and our Liberals are more, well, liberal, than Democrats. The NDP however, are even FURTHER left than that. I'll try to draw a rough line below.
<--Communism...(big gap)....NDP....Liberals...Democrats...Conservatives..(gap)..Republicans...(big gap)...Fascism-->
This is why our elections don't mean THAT much to me. I would prefer to have a Liberal Prime Minister, but I'll settle for the Conservative Stephen Harper for now. They're both left enough that my whole life won't be turned upside down either way. It wouldn't have near the same impact that electing someone from the Republican party in the US would have, given that the Republican platform doesn't support many of the values and laws we pride ourselves in having in Canada.
So now you know :)
6 years agoSteven
6 years agoSteven
No, not for me, unfortunately, not that I want to move up in the security industry anyway. But rather, promotion of a group! In case you weren't at RT Philly and viewed Juls' excellent and hilarious presentation, or missed her journal on the topic, her and Newbs have started a group called the Rooster Teeth Athletic Club!
As you might imagine, this group is all about bettering yourself and proving to yourself you're capable of doing awesome things, even those of you who are not the type to generally engage in much physical activity. It's for all levels! For more information, check out the group! There's tons of info on the main page about it.
So go join the group. DO IT!
6 years agoSteven
6 years agoSteven
So on Monday, Muse will release their latest CD "The 2nd Law" in North America. As it's already out in the UK, it's naturally now on youtube in full. Having pre-ordered on iTunes already, I don't feel too bad about listening to it. And it's great. I've gone through it in full around 3 times now. It's a significant departure from much of their older stuff but that's totally fine. They would get too stale if they pumped out the same shit every album like most bands. Plus, Matt Bellamy is a fucking god.
Here it is
If you like what you hear, I encourage you to purchase it. These guys deserve every cent. The first track, Supremacy, is even getting support to be the next Bond theme (even though Adele already has rights to Skyfall, unfortunately) and you can definitely see why.
Enjoy, and if you like what you hear, I also encourage you to check out their earlier work.
Edit: It appears it's been taken down :( But don't fret! You should still be able to find individual songs on youtube.
6 years agoSteven
Today is a special day, and that's because it's the birthday of a special person. No, no Kiyoshi, not you <3 . I am of course talking about the one and only Julia! She is 25, a full quarter century. Someone go get her a walker or something, seriously.
But now, in all seriousness, Julia has meant the world to me since we first started dating back when I visited her in New York over a year ago, after last year's RvBTO. We've been together 14 months now and things couldn't be better. Everyone go wish her a happy birthday!
Happy birthday Julia, I love you
Now then, for the second part of my journal.
A short while ago, I went down to North Carolina to visit a certain someone spoken about above. A trip to Durham is never dull, as Julia is remarkably good at coming up with interesting things to see and do. But there's also times where we're basically doing nothing at all, just relaxing or watching something on TV, and those times are just as enjoyable, sometimes more so. So take note, those of you with new relationships, or still looking. Sometimes, you don't need to frantically worry about finding something unique or cool to do with your date/gf. If they like you, just spending time with them is the perfect date. Cuddling always helps though. But I digress.
Here are some photos I took while there (PS, they're basically all of Julia):
Dinner at a BBQ restaurant, with the ever southern mac and cheese, hush puppies, and green beans for sides along with a pulled pork sandwich. Try not to drool, Dopp.
Julia enjoys said meal (we got the same thing, AWW)
On Saturday, I actually went to work with her at the Duke Homestead State Historic Site and was able to go on a tour! She doesn't like the blue polo, but I think it looks fine.
We went to a toy/trinket store (forgot the name), and Julia found this awesome bird plush. "IT'S SO FLUFFY!"
We ate at a restaurant called Rue Cler which makes awesome beignets (doughtnuts, sort of), and we found one shaped like a heart!
We also checked out the Durham Bull in the center of town. Look, it's me!
Finally, Julia shows how much of an Achievement Hunter she is!
7 years agoSteven
As I am at work today with little to do, it seems like the perfect opportunity to answer the questions asked of me in my prior journal.
Crazyboy asks: How long until you move to the US and make a food chain that specializes in poutine? You'd be rich.
Well, knowing Americans, and considering what poutine looks like, they'd be too scared and never try it, so I'd go broke.
On a less joking note, how long have you been a security guard? And what was your craziest moment on the job?
Since January of 2010. It's a pretty good job for my current situation because, even though it doesn't pay much, hours are flexible and I can do schoolwork during the shift.
Craziest moment? Hoo boy. Uhh, probably when some guy forgot his picture badge and I had to issue him a temp one. Man, that one still shakes me up.
Jengaship asks: If you wanted to live anywhere other than Ottowa, where would you live and why?
Well, first of all, "Ottawa". Come on now. Second, probably Toronto as it's a very nice city with lots of people I know living in it or close to it. Why not an American city? Well don't get me wrong, I love visiting the US and most places I've been while there have been great, but I can't see myself living there. There are many reasons, but that's another journal. Perhaps I will go into it at some point. Short answer is cost of education/medical and political policies.
Juls asks: Why you no make a journal about your trip to NC? Hmmmmm?
I was going to but never got around to it! I will merge it with a special journal for you tomorrow ;)
Newbs the Vanilla Bear asks: Looking back on life so far, can you narrow down one moment where if things went differently in a situation, your entire life would be different from where you are now?
Reminds me of the Dr. Who episode "Turn Left". And yes, I certainly could. If I never went to PAX East two years ago, I would never have met a lot of the fine folks of this site, and subsequently would not have joined, and then would not have met so many more of you, and subsequently become friends, and for one of you, much more than that . So yes, that was pretty huge.
Lamchopz askz (see what I did there): If you could spend a month somewhere besides North America, working and living there, where would you go?
Probably Australia, as I know lots of people from there thanks to this site, and it consistently ranks highest (along with Canada) for best quality of life in its major cities in ranking lists I see, so they must be doing something right. Plus they're part of the commonwealth, so I'd feel right at home! ;)
Solaquinn, Medicine Woman asks: If you had the money, would you make a trip to Aus or NZ?
As evident by my previous answer, most certainly. I would love to come down for RTOZ and also visit NZ, and the only real issue currently is the cost.
Bonus question: Do you love me Steven? Do you?
A thousand times yes.
Smokernarb asks: If you could be any Pokemon which Pokemon would you be and why?
I would be Snorlax, because he fucking owns.
Kiyoshizzle asks: What drives you? What burns in your heart and makes you get out of bed in the morning and go about your day accomplishing accomplishments?
Deep question, I like. I am in a great place in my life. I still live at home and I have a job, so my finances are of no worry to me. I am in school again, taking courses which will lead to a career I am genuinely interested in doing (computer related). I have many friends, both online and in real life (many of which overlap, obviously), and I have the most incredible girlfriend in the world. All of that drives me. Slowly but surely progressing my life in the direction I want.
John bon Rocketwhore asks:
What is your name?
What is your quest?
What is your favorite color?
What is the capital of Assyria?
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
-To achieve enlightenment
-Blue I guess?
-There can't be a capital to a place that no longer exists
DAGRONSnHALOZ asks: If you could be a dragon, what would you look like, what would you do, would you fight for good, or evil. And what powers would you have?
It would look like the one from the How to Train Your Pet Dragon movie because it's fucking adorable. I would of course fight for good because I'm not a monster. I would have the power to shoot rainbows on people who were feeling down.
Well, that's all of them. If anyone has anymore questions, feel free to ask.
7 years agoSteven
So I realize it's been a bit of time since I posted anything. Roughly 2 weeks, in fact. Now, you may be expecting me to say it's due to being busy or other circumstances out of my control, but that would be a lie. I'm just really lazy, and haven't been in the mood to write one is all.
So I'm going to ask you to help. I did one of these a good while ago (I think), and several others have done them recently, so I'm gonna try one. Ask me anything, and I will answer you all in journal form in some amount of time from now.
I believe things like this are good, because not only do you get to know more about me, but it gives me an opportunity to think more about my own life. So have at it!
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