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[26 Apr 2006|10:46am]
[ mood | unhappy and anxious ]

i blog here: (http://huco.ualberta.ca/~lsmall/tinge/) now.

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Stolen from marlo [07 Apr 2006|10:57am]
Go to Wikipedia and look up your birthday (excluding the year). List three neat facts, two births and one death in your journal, including the year.
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Mania [17 Mar 2006|04:41pm]
James Joyce

He was stupid
He didn't know as much as me
I'd rather throw dead batteries at cows than read him
Everything was going fine before he came along
He started the Civil War
He tried to get the French involved, but they wouldn't listen
They filled him up with desserts
He talked about all the great boxers that came from Ireland
Like he trained them or something
Then he started reading some of his stuff
Right as we told him to get lost
He brought up the potato famine
We said "Your potatoes are plenty good"
"Deal with it"
"Work it out somehow"
Then he said "America must adopt the metric system,
it's much more logical"
We said "No ! We like our rulers, go away"
Thomas Jefferson said you always get the rulers you deserve
~matt cook

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[27 Oct 2005|02:08pm]
[ mood | blase ]

No, Really?

[25 Aug 2005|07:00pm]

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not to discredit online tst or anything, but this seems unlikely [12 Aug 2005|08:21pm]
All-Around Brilliant

You have:
The graph on the right represents your place in Intuition 2-Space. As you can see, you scored super high on emotional intuition and super high on scientific intuition. (Weirdly, your emotional and scientific intuitions are equally strong.)

Your Emotional Intuition
score is a measure of how well you understand people, especially their
unspoken needs and sympathies. A high score score usually indicates
social grace and persuasiveness. A low score usually means you're good
at Quake.

Your Scientific Intuition
score tells you how in tune you are with the world around you; how well
you understand your physical and intellectual environment. People with
high scores here are apt to succeed in business and, of course, the

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on Scientific
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on Interpersonal
Link: The 2-Variable Intuition Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid


raining in baltimore [15 Jul 2005|09:35pm]
When it gets to raining in the prairies, and I am talking specifically about Edmonton here though I imagine the thought could well hold true largely throughout the prairies, one wonders where the water comes from. Of course this experience likely completely fails to occur for life-long prairie residents - the water comes from the sky, and that's that. Born on the Pacific Rim, surrounded by ocean and ditches and lakes and glaciers and rivers and puddles and streams and waterfalls the water of course comes from the sky, or at least it seems to fall from there and also to correlate roughly to the presence of clouds (but in Vancouver what doesn't correlate with the presence of clouds?) but immediately previous to that it seems obvious that the water came from the rather large puddle to the left. In the prairies the water cycle feels like magic, on the west coast it feels like an excited two-year-old splashing in the tub. I know about the water cycle, and have a vague understanding of meteorology (something to do with pressure systems right?) but until now I had thought this understanding a bit more entrenched, and a bit less ephemeral. You see it just started drizzling, and part of me couldn't help but puzzle the origin of this liquid falling strangely out of the sky. I didn't realize that my understanding of the rain was strictly intellectual.

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back online.... [06 Jul 2005|05:54pm]
[ mood | draind & dreary & miss'n my bro ]

though this is far from a triumphant return.

my brother just left today, went back to Vancouver after some minor mismanagement of his flight schedule, and frankly, it has left me a little depressed. I've never felt really alone before because I knew that when push comes to shove even if it was just me against the world, it would in all reality be me and my brother against the world, and that has always been enough. The boy is solid. And I'm overwhelmingly proud of the man he is becoming, he is strong and loyal and vulnerable and honest, kind and caring and angry but gentle, and what I'm trying to say is he's a hell of a guy, and a hell of a guy to have in your corner. I've previously thought that I've done a lot of the things I've done in my life for my little brother, but I've come to realize slowly over the last while that it is having my little brother there that has given me the strength to do those things.

I miss him already.

Back to one of my earlier topics: lately it seems like push is a lot closer to introductions with shove. My parents are getting a divorce. This is happening because my father, it turns out, is no sort of man (I always had a sneaking suspicion that this was the case), and utterly incapable of doing right by others. In any case, his choices have cost him a family as, if he can chose time and time again to do crushing wrong against those who have loved and cared for him, then there is no possibility of trust, or a real relationship of any sort. I only wish that his colleagues knew the sort of awful man he really is. I miss community, perhaps a scarlet letter. Careless, selfish, scared little puke. In other news the reclusive Great-Uncle I used to visit in my youth died today, it has been awhile in the making, but he wasn't taking visitors so there wasn't much to be done. He was the closest link to family that my father had, and by all accounts an amazing man; correspondent with Bertrand Russell, and author of several books over a wide range of topics. Dear old Dad came from such decent stock, I wonder what went wrong.

My brother's leaving really brings home the fact that I have left the lower mainland. Up till now it has just been some sort of strange holiday, but now he is gone and I feel disconnected, disjointed, and depressed. I feel like I have abandoned my brother, mother and wonderful girlfriend right when they need me, and it's making me wonder what type of man I am.

I'll have to step up to the plate and make my time in Alberta worthwhile, really solidify things so that I can be there for all the people who have been there for me over the last few weeks, months, year, and life. I was so happy to finally be leaving the hell-hole on st catherines that it obscured the inevitable funk I'm slipping into now. Why Oh God Why did I not just leave that she-beast in my wake and take up residence in some suburb basement?!? Oh well costly mistakes yield the highest crop of learning right.

on top of all that I've had to cancel my visa, and can't seem to cancel my old phone -- this move is turning into a bureaucratic nightmare.

I'll be back soon with less dreary posts I'm sure, because really, I've got a pretty snazzy new pad, a nice hood, books to read, food to eat, and friends and family to love, including some nifty neighbors who have been a great help.


[29 Jun 2005|08:18am]
my roommate is making me insane, please excuse me if i take it in a rampant spree of vegan diatribe.


[29 Jun 2005|08:16am]
It takes 25 minutes to turn a live steer into steak at the modern slaughterhouse where Ramon Moreno works. For 20 years, his post was 'second legger,' a job that entails cutting hocks off carcasses as they whirl past at a rate of 309 an hour.

The cattle were supposed to be dead before they got to Moreno. But too often they weren't.

"They blink. They make noises," he said softly. "The head moves, the eyes are wide and looking around."

Still Moreno would cut. On bad days, he says, dozens of animals reached his station clearly alive and conscious. Some would survive as far as the tail cutter, the belly ripper, the hide puller. "They die," said Moreno, "piece by piece."

-The Washington Post
"Modern Meat: A Brutal Harvest"
by Joby Warrick, 4/10/01

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out of range [28 Jun 2005|10:26am]
moving to Edmonton in two days
no internet for a bit, will post details once settled.

anyone who needs a place to crash in Edmonton over the next few years look me up.

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[25 May 2005|03:41pm]
this is not a reasonable temperature for the city to be
i respectfully request a recount
or a veto
or a special sitting of the house of representatives

or a slurpee

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[20 May 2005|04:52pm]
have you ever...

1. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
2. Swam with wild dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula
7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
8. Said "I love you" and meant it
9. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby�s diaper
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier (university's english office)
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a homeless person
40. Seen a total eclipse
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 10 Provinces
50. Gone water skiing
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Been rock climbing
60. Lied to a foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice.
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Gone sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Bench pressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye (oh the shame!)
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn�t have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made you dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on a television news program as an "expert"
105. Received flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don�t remember anything.
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship
121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a cheque
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your MP or MPP
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
134. more than once? - More than thrice?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Seen two or more oceans
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn�t have survived
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone's heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Been photgraphed naked
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 160 km/h (100 mph)
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than Canadian Provinces
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor.
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad
181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. been 86'ed from said restaurant because you did it so many times
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196. Dyed your hair
197. Been a DJ
198. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199. Written your own role playing game
200. Been arrested
201. Dug in an archaeological context
202. Spoke at the European Parliament
203. Mistaken a celebrity for a friend since you were so familiar with their character on a show
204. Had repeated and continued difficulty distinguishing reality from imagination / dissociation
(add your own, pass it on)

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a question of etiquette [15 May 2005|06:09pm]
when you have the flu, is it all right to ask your room mate who has mono (including secondary hepatitis and tonsillitis) to help you out with the housework because you don't feel up to it yourself?

secondary question: is it likely your room mate cares about the housework at all given he is only awake 4 hours a day?


here, have some tea, it's a good drink. [11 May 2005|01:36pm]

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[10 May 2005|05:32pm]
this sucks, i can't even play videogames for more than a few minutes without getting tired.
seriously, what sort of lard-ass finds videogames exhausting?

which one of your fuck tards spat in my drink 4-7 weeks ago? when don't have to worry about my spleen ripping open anymore (5-10 weeks from now) i'm gonna kick yer ass.

fucking mono, what am i 15?

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[10 May 2005|02:57pm]

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[03 May 2005|11:01am]
slept for 16 hours in a sweat soaked stupor, seriously, i did.
feeling much better now though thanks, what's for lunch?


[24 Apr 2005|08:37pm]
awww fuck, i forgot my roasted veggies at work!
fuck, shit, and damn! those made for some good eatin' and now they're stuck in the COQ.

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we're back at it here in suite #3 [24 Apr 2005|08:35pm]
just when it seemed to have settled into a state of livable mutual dislike and ignorance i get hit over the head with a new series of emails.
this time i'll sum them up for those less interested in the gritty details, and post the full correspondence under a cut for those who want the full humourous effect.

Email 1: lizardbreath --> drew (saturday morning)

I found dirt on the floor and it must be yours because I don't want it to be mine even though i was the last one to use the room. This might just be the way boys are, but I don't like it. Also I forgot where we argreed to put the fire extinguisher, and even forgot it existed. Haahaahaa I also read your mail, haahaa.

Reply: drew -->lizardbreath (saturday night)

The dirt clearly wasn't mine, but I am sorry I didn't clean it up, I was on my way out the door to work and didn't have time to clean up the random mess like I usually do. I'm sorry you forgot where we put the fire extinguisher, if you had wanted to know where it was you need only have asked. Please note, I think it is just super that you are reading my mail now.

Email: lizardbreath --> drew (late saturday night)

In my wisdom I have decided to forgive you for the mess. It is not my fault that I read your mail. I have an excellent memory for what people say, so there is no way you ever told me where you had moved the fire extinguisher. Please ignore the fact that I forgot we had one at all as a result of it being out of sight, this has nothing to do with my excellent auditory memory, why would iremember ever talking about it if it is currently out of sight. I'm a fantastically mature person who never holds grudges and lives in the moment. I think you should get a better attitude and prove to me that you are a mature and intelligent person instead of the jerk I've come to know.

Reply: drew --> lizardbreath (sunday morning)

It seems we continue to disagree, os there would be little point in continuing the discussion.

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