So this is where Ill write my regular tirade about what I see wrong with the world today, feel free to ignore this and skip down to the next bits of my journal if you like, I dont mind.
We come now to the end of the old year and on to the New Year. This is generally the time of year that I look back on what Ive done during the year and I try and decide if Ive actually done anything worthwhile or improved my life. This year isnt much different than last year, with the exception that I have moved into my own home now and now Im shackled to a mortgage for at least the next five years. Moving has been both good and bad for megood because I now have my own space again, bad because my expenses have effectively tripled. Still, it is nice to have my own space in the world again, a space where I can do what I want any time that I want to do it, but it also comes with lots of annoying responsibilities, like bills.
Im also another year older now and I find that my patience has become even shorter than it was. Im not sure if this is a function of age or because I find that there are more and more stupid people in this world. Whats worse, our society is breeding more of these stupid people. Look at the US Education system for instance, Im not a US citizen but I deal with the US educational system in my job, and I see them getting worse as time goes on. Actually, I saw an interesting movie on the Science Fiction channel the other week where the US had progressed to a society of people where everyone wore an electronic band around their heads that would limit the intelligence of the wearer. The premise of the movie was that intelligent people had an unfair advantage over "normal" people, so everyone had to be "dumbed down" to the lowest common denominator so that no one person had an advantage over another. Being smart went against legislation and intelligent people were lobotomized to prevent them from getting ahead of everyone else. This created a society of morons lead by morons. Ironically, look at the US right now.
In any case, I find that I have no patience anymore and that I get angry far too often about really silly things. I mean, why should I get upset when someone cant be bothered to do the job they were hired to do? They get paid the same as I do, why should I attempt to actually do my job when they're "phoning it in"? Or when people shove other people out of the way because theyre after the same toy, game, or whatever on the store shelf. Or those people who feel that they are somehow more important than you and they shouldnt have to wait for their turn at the ATM, or the checkout line, or whatever and push ahead of you to the front of the line? Or even when people walk down the grocery aisle side-by-side, blocking the entire aisle with their cart and then look at you like you have three heads when you ask them to move to one side or the other? I mean, really. Sometimes I think I should just give up thinking altogether, it seems to work for a lot of other people.
I should really figure out what I want to do with my life at some point as well. Im at that age in life where men often have a "crisis," but since Im not married (or ever will be), I wonder if this could be called a "mid-life crisis." Ive spent the last 20 years of my life looking for something, but Im not sure what this "something" is. Perhaps someone can tell me, because this waiting for "the answer" is really annoying.
I also look back and see that Im more alone in the world than I used to be. I dont really have any "real" friends anymore, only "electronic" friends, most of which I havent even met in person. I think Ive probably said that before. Sometimes I wonder if I can really call these people friends or not, although Im not sure where I would be in life right now if it wasnt for a couple of them. Just talking with someone online is cathartic in a way. I also find myself alone quite a lotits my own fault really, I realize that. Being alone isnt so bad, its worse when I find myself choosing sleep or work to occupy my timetoo much of either isnt very healthy for the body or the mind. I need to work some more on my social skills this year, I think. And I need to stop spending my Saturday nights doing laundry.
So whats everyone doing for New Years? I will probably spend it online in a chat room of ill repute (here on deviantART), and for New Years day I will probably go over to my Mothers house for dinner. I had Xmas dinner at my brother's house, so Mom gets me for New Years day. Lucky Mom.
I had to buy this video!Bob and Doug Mckenzie Two-Four AnniversaryWhat started out as a parody of a CBC request for Canadian Content, the McKenzie Brothers hit television in 1980 and went on to make a platinum-selling album, a cult movie, dozens of commercials, action figures, appear in editorial cartoons and become enduring icons in Canadian culture.
In 2007, the McKenzie Brothers reunited for the first time in 10 years with new footage on the Great White North set and were joined by some of their celebrity friends.
Also included are Bob and Doug's first appearances on Saturday Night Live, the Junos and the Hoser Parade in Toronto along with rare never-before-seen footage of the McKenzie Brothers.(source: Amazon.ca)
Comes with a free bottle opener, eh? Take off!Currently Reading
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by Kim Harrison
This is Kim Harrison's fifth in a demon-kicking extravaganza to feature Rachel Morgan, the Cincinnati-based bounty hunter and witch. With the help of her pixie partner Jenks and human Detective Glenn, Rachel must deal with demons, the multi-millionaire elf and master vampire, who along with angry Weres, struggle for possession of a 5000 year old artifact. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and Rachel's alpha werewolf pal, David Hue, becomes the prime suspect of the FIB (aka the human-run Federal Inderland Bureau). Action-packed and full of Rachel's persistent erotic ruminations, this titillating tale includes a shocking finale that will leave fans panting for the next installment in the Hollows series.Other books in the series include:
Dead Witch Walking
The Good, The Bad, and The Undead
Every Which Way But Dead
A Fistful of Charms
For A Few Demons More
The Outlaw Demon Wails (Coming Soon)From the Publisher
Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble . . . until now.
A fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnatihuman, inhuman, or undeadis safe. An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderera mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among the vast and varied local supernatural races.
Rachels been lucky so far. But even she cant hide from catastrophe forever.About the Author
Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times best-selling For A Few Demons More,
was born and raised in the upper Midwest. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she has remained since. She is currently developing a new young adult series between working on the Hollows books, and is a member of both the Romance Writers of America and The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found chasing down good chocolate, exquisite sushi, or the ultimate dog chew.(source: kimharrison.net www.kimharrison.net/)Reading NextEast of the Sun, West of the Moon
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by Robin HobbMistral's Kiss
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(book 2 of the Godslayer Chronicles) by James ClemensHalfway to the Grave
by Jeaniene FrostEmpire
by Orson Scott Card
The most amusing thing I've seen in a long time: Written on the bottom of a novelty coffee mug, "For best results, use other side.
I almost bought the mug just for that.
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These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.Cameron Reilly
is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.
Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host The Digital Photography Show
under The Podcast Network banner. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. The Digital Photography Show is very popular and constantly at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts.The Global Geeks
talk about everything tech, from Web2.0 blogging, the internet to product reviews and software even what they did on the week-end. Global Geek Podcast sits on it's own with the quirky attitudes and pithy, humour between the hosts and their content! Another happening podcast from TPN.Portfolio
is by deviantART's own jademacalla
. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock
, and Nisori
. Portfolio is currently in Season 2. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal
or Jade's Blog
for more good stuff.
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