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After almost 8 years of trying to come up with things to say on a (somewhat) daily basis, I have decided I have nothing worth blogging about anymore. Thanks to everyone who stuck around all these years, you were appreciated.

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As I was leaving the office last night, I was walking down the stairs to the lobby. There was a woman ahead of me who reached the door at the bottom while I wasn't quite half way down from the 2nd floor. She stopped and held the door for me, and as I mentioned I wasn't even close to being in door range yet. So I had to run down the last flight of stairs to get to the door and then thank her for holding it. This got me thinking about Door Etiquette and when you should or shouldn't open a door for someone.

Myself, I have a sort of mental line that goes back about 10 feet from the door as I go through it, and unless you are carrying something, disabled, elderly or very cute, I am not going to stand and hold the door. I actually go out of my way to avoid having doors held open for me. If there are multiple doors (as there are at my office building) and someone enters through the doors on the left, I will go through the doors on the right, just to avoid anyone having to worry about holding doors. But then there are those times where there is only one door and the person in front of you makes no effort to hold it, which is not as bad as when they hold it overly long. If the door shuts before I get there, fine I won't think too much of it, however if you are going to stand there and hold the door and then expect me to move faster than the pace I had already set for myself (and anyone who has walked with me knows that I eat up a lot of ground at my normal walking pace) well... it's just not necessary or appreciated at that point; you have turned a nice gesture in to an inconvenience.

The elevator, that's different. I will hold a door open longer than I would normally in the elevator if I see someone coming down the hall. This tends to be the opposite of most people who will attempt to get the elevator doors to close as quickly as possible. As though somehow having to wait an extra 20 or 30 seconds to begin their ascent will ruin their entire day.

Honestly I would rather not have to deal with other people at all on a daily basis, but since that's not really possible or practical, it comes down to a question of When to Hold the Door?

I found this on Youtube while I was searching for "Door Etiquette" earlier, which I think sums up my entry nicely.



They're Annoying. Get them out of there!

While it is possible I may be one of the few people on the planet who had never heard of "Heidi and Spencer" before last night, I can now offically say with no doubt in my mind that I couldn't stand to be in a room with either one of them for more than 5 minutes without wanting to cause serious harm to them or myself. I flipped on the TV as I was getting ready for bed last night and I just happened to be on Much More just as the replay of "I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of here!" came on. I left it on at first as background noise but got sucked in by the humor of watching people who think crossing a 6 foot stream in the middle of the woods was "the hardest thing I've ever done in my life". And this Heidi girl from the Hills? To call her an idiot is an insult to idiots everywhere. Her husband, while not quite as vapid, is perhaps one of the most obnoxious people I have ever seen. And if that wasn't enough, they need to pray about everything! I was really hoping someone would punch Spencer in his face, but no one has stepped up yet.

Now, I have never seen an episode of "The Hills" and up until last night I had never heard of "Heidi and Spencer", but really, do people actually like these two? Seriously? Or do they just seek out the media so much that it looks as though people want something to do with them? I was looking them up and all I have seen is hate for them on forums and discussion boards. So are they famous because everyone hates them? I don't get it.

Today's Tori Tuesday Tidbit

There's an old saying that people should never talk about sex, religion or politics in polite company. Subscribers to that school of thought best leave singer Tori Amos off their dinner party lists, especially in the light of her new album Abnormally Attracted to Sin, on which she serves up all three in spades.

Sex, Tori says, has been for too long associated with shame and the profane while at the same time being precluded from having any spiritual element. It has taken a long journey for her to be able to combine the two extremes, even within her marriage to sound engineer Mark Hawley.

"If you really looked at it, the idea of eroticism usually doesn't carry spirituality with it on a top-shelf porno mag. But what I am saying is that there is erotic spirituality.

"It has taken me a while to be able to step into that place where I am a mother, but within the word 'mother' is the word 'other'. And the other is the woman.
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For Amos, 45, that sexual confidence and freedom, particularly for women, is inextricably linked with power and self-esteem, which she fears are being lost for many amid the global financial crisis.

Tori says power and desirability traditionally equate with a successful career, and in her recent travels has met many families who have been devastated not just by the spectre of unemployment, but also the feelings of despair and inadequacy that it can bring. "I began to really see that so many women were in agony because they couldn't make it better for the people they loved."

Color of the Day: Red
Incense of the Day: Bayberry

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Here it is, Monday once again and the start of a whole new month. June is of course, named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of (and also Sister of) Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera. Juno was the protector and special counselor of the state.

We watched Outlander this weekend, which is about a guy from another planet who crash lands in Norway during the Viking era and has to track down an alien creature who is killing people. They have been billing it as "Beowulf meets Predator", which it is in a way since the writer did losely base the movie on Beowulf. It is full of awesome though. The landscape shots are beautiful, the fight cinematography is really good as well with just enough visual effects in the right places, on top of the special effects of the creature which are also very well done. It was filmed in Nova Scotia, Canada which is where the Vikings landed when they first came to Canada, so I guess it looks enough like Norway to fit the bill.

My family came over on Saturday afternoon to see the new house. My mother, her BF, my grandmother, aunt, cousin and her friend. I gave them the tour and we sat around and talked and played some Buzz trivia, then they all left just after 6.

My throat still hurts from being hit a week ago. I still can't talk or sing very high our loud without it causing pain. It is slowly getting better, but the operative word there is slowly.

What's Going On?

June 1st  in Canada is "The National Day Against Homophobia", organized by the Fondation Émergence. This year marked the event's seventh anniversary, which was celebrated with a posthumous award in 2005 to the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who repealed anti-gay clauses from the Criminal Code of Canada, and is famous for saying that "The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation."

Today is also International Children's Day.

In Ancient Rome, today was a festival to Carna, who was a nymph that lived where Rome would eventually be. Janus fell in love with her and gave her power over door hinges and handles. I am not sure if that is one step up or down from being the Goddess of "Things That Stick in Drawers"?

Color of the Day: Lavender
Incense of the Day: Hyssop

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Well I have somehow managed to survive to make it to another Friday; brusing, battering, stress and the rest be damned. I finally got around to going through my movie collection and updating it. I added most of the VHS tapes as well, though there are still about 30 Disney tapes I have to catalogue. With the additions to the Database, that brings my total (not including those which contain multiple disks in one box set) up to 477. The latest, greatest, most up-to-datest version of my collection database is located here: http://www.thecyberwarlock.com/movies. Now, I just have to win the $15 million tonight in the lotto so I can replace them all with BluRay versions.

I am hoping that the property maintenance people will be out in the next couple of days to remove the rocks from my back yard so that I can start planting things back there. It doesn't look like it is going to be a very good weekend for outdoor work however. If I could just put some new topsoil down at least though that would be a good start.

My mother is supposed to be coming up this weekend to see the new place, possibly with other members of my family. Other than that, no real plans for the weekend. We might get together with a friend on Saturday, depending on what time the family heads back, and watch a movie or two. Otherwise, I'm just happy there's no work for at least a couple of days.

The Friday 5 [.org]

1. What is the longest you’ve gone between haircuts?

I am currently working on 7 months, though I really do need a trim soon.

2. What is the shortest hour of the day?
Lunch Hour

3. What is the longest line you’ve ever stood in?
Hmm... I am sure there have been some pretty long ones at Canada's Wonderland. Then some at concerts over the years. Harry Potter book releases... there have been a few.

4. Who’s your shortest adult friend?
I'm pretty sure it's Lean. Unless you count that leprechuan that tells me to burn things?

5. Who among your current friends have you known the longest?
Luke and I have been friends since the 6th grade; 25 years ago.



All we are saying, is Give Peace a Chance

May 29th has been designated as the "International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers" by the United Nations. May 29, 2008 was the sixtieth anniversary of UN Peacekeeping Forces being deployed:

"Sixty years ago on that date, the United Nations Security Council established the first peacekeeping operation, the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), based in the Middle East. In 2001, the General Assembly proclaimed 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers to pay tribute to the men and women who serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations and honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace."

Color of the Day: Purple
Incense of the Day: Yarrow

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It's foggy and grey outside today, which adds to my already foggy and grey head. I had put some serious thought in to not coming in to work today, but wound up getting up anyway. Things are going to get pretty shitty here shortly. We have been one person short here for a year and a half, and now one of the other guys has given his notice and there is no one in mind/sight to replace him. Even if we had someone come in tomorrow, it would still take months to train them to a point where they would be of any use, so I am going to wind up with even more to do soon. I probably can't even parlay this in to a raise. They didn't even give us a cost of living increase this year and my retention bonus period is over. All I have to show for it is a $5000 tax bill and more stress. Today is one of those days where I miss being poor and working in a coffee shop. Not that I could go back to doing that now, but ignorance really is bliss sometimes. I'm starting to feel like I did at my last job where everyone kept leaving for bigger and better things and at the end, I was the only one left. This will make 3 people I have worked closely with in the last 3 years who have moved on from here. The real problem is, I don't think anyone really cares? I mean, I care and I'm sure a few others here do as well, but as for the next levels of management and beyond I don't think they really care if we are understaffed or unhappy and I know they certainly don't understand or for the most part even have a clue what it is we actually do here. I don't think the HR rep has even been in this office in over a year. I really thought that being bought by a large company with lots of money and room for advancement would be good for us. It turned out to be worse than we had it before. No budget, no staff and 5x the expectations of workload and delivery. And as I said, it is only going to get worse.

In other news Archie Andrews has proposed to Veronica Lodge proving to the world that men are stupid and will go for money and looks before loyalty and love. Maybe now Jughead will finally get a shot with Betty?

The Ride to Bare All

Coming up on June 13th this year is the World Naked Bike Ride.  This is an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport (the vast majority on bicycles, and fewer on skateboards, rollerblades, roller skates) to "protest oil dependency and celebrate the power and individuality of our bodies". The dress code motto is "Bare As You Dare". Full and partial (especially topfree) nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory, on all rides. Requiring partial cover-up is strictly forbidden and is a distinguishing feature of WNBR versus other cycling events.

Creative expression is also encouraged to create a fun and immersive atmosphere during the ride, to capture the attention and imagination of passers-by and the media, and to make the experience more personalized and fulfilling for the riders. Body art (such as body painting) are common forms of creative expression, as well as costumes, art bikes, portable sound reinforcement systems (such as public address systems/bullhorns, boomboxes) and musical instruments, as well as other types of noisemakers.

The Toronto ride/route is located here.  You can check to see if there is a ride in your city or town on this list here as well.

Color of the Day: Green
Incense of the Day: Carnation

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There's nothing quite like getting up before 5am to get ready to be at work by 6am, unless it's to get up even earlier. The upgrade more or less went well but I am very tired and not feeling very well. I woke up several times during the night and was awake from about 4am until I got out of bed around 10 to 5. As if the loss of my voice and pain in my leg wasn't enough, I have managed to develop 2 new cancur sores in my mouth (after the last 2 finally went away a week ago) and my left eyelid is swollen and painful to touch (or blink). I've had a headache for the past 3 hours or so too. *sigh*

You know, when I sat on my ass for years, barely ate and didn't do anything but use the computer and watch TV all day I never had any problems. Now that I work out on a regular basis, eat properly and can afford to take care of myself, I'm f-ing falling apart! And since it is now getting sunnier out the vitiligo patches on my skin show up better too. I need to revisit my whole idea of wearing gloves and a mask to work.

There's more good news, but that will have to be wait to be shared until the appropriate people have been informed. All in all, it's just not a good day. At least I get to leave early and maybe catch up on some sleep before class tonight.

I've got nothing else worth sharing today.

Color of the Day: Topaz
Incense of the Day: Marjoram

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Am bruised and battered today from sparring last night. Aside from the usual array of scrapes and bruises I get from blocking kicks and punches, I managed to take a punch to the throat last night which has swollen the area around the base of my neck, making swallowing and talking difficult concepts. I also did something to the muscle in my right calf which is stiff and hurts if I put too much weight on it. I still haven't figure out why it is that I manage to get hurt almost every single time I spar. It's not like I am the worst fighter in the class. I'm not the best, but still when it comes to injuries I think I hold the club record. Granted, mine tend to be better than some of the others who have broken toes and fingers. I usually just get cut or pull a muscle or joint or something, but with far more frequency. Hopefully my leg will be better by tomorrow because I am not sure I can do much if it continues to be as sore as it is now. Anything that requires me to put my full weight on my right leg is out of the question, which unfortunately, is a great deal of things.

Speaking of Kung Fu, I posted some of the photos I took of the AMMAC performance on Saturday up on Facebook. They should be viewable to anyone even if you don't have me as a friend if you are interested.

Right now I would really like to be home in bed. I put serious thought in to calling out of work today, but I have things that need to get done today and an upgrade early tomorrow morning, so I had to get up and come in. I am very tired though and have a headache on top of everything else. This whole getting older business sucks, I don't recommend it at all. My morning coffee helped my throat a little at least. I am able to swallow the Arrowroot cookies I have at my desk with me, though it still hurts a bit to do so.

Yesterday, I was working on a server and I was trying to come up with a way to get a certain command to spit out results specific to what I wanted. The command in question in Linux BASH is "du", which used with no arguments, goes through all the directories and sub directories of the path you are in and tells you how much space they are using on the hard drive. So anyway, I wanted to see if there was a way to make it behave in a specific way so I opened up a browser to the command manual page. As I was looking at the screen I noticed the title bar of the browser said "DU Man Page". I looked at it again and all I could think of in my head was, "Du.... Du Man..... Du Man Page. Du man page gefragt.." and so on and so forth. If you are familiar with Rammstein, you get the idea. Just a little insight in to how my brain works (or doesn't).

Today's Tori Tuesday Tidbit

 
Tori has announced her ‘Sinful Attraction’ tour of North America, set to kick off July 10th (my birthday) in Seatle and coming to Toronto and Montreal August 10th and 11th; her only 2 Canadian dates thus far. I will have to see how my finances are in August and see if I can snag a couple of tickets. It has been a long time since I saw her perform and I'd love to see her again.
 
Color of the Day: Scarlet
Incense of the Day: Ylang-ylang

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The weekends seem to go by way too fast these days. It doesn't feel like I actually had 2 days off. It was a good weekend though, what there was of it, though there was a lot of driving.

On my way home from work on Friday I tried to call a video store in Square One to find out what was up with a DVD I had ordered about a month ago. I didn't have their number with me at the time and I attempted to use 411 to find it. Apparently, for some reason, they are not listed. (I checked canada411.com later and only one location on the other side of the city comes up, neither of the 2 near me) I thought that was odd, but figured I would look in to it later. Shortly after I got home, they called me to say the DVD was in which I thought was very strange that the first time in 4 weeks I had thought "I should call them about that" was the day it was actually there. So B and I went out to the mall to pick up my new copy of "Wing Commander" (to replace the one I had on VHS). While I was looking at the inside jacket of the DVD I noticed that they mixed up their European guys (which I guess is easy to do?). Under the description of Tchéky Karyo and his character, they have a photo of Jürgen Prochnow, who is also in the movie, but isn't the same guy. I guess whoever was doing the art layout was like "Which one was he? Oh, the guy with the accent, ok! ... what do you mean there were 2 of them?"

I came home and played some Playstation for a bit. I recreated my fighter on UFC since I was too far below the caliber of the guys it was sending me up against due to my not knowing how to play the game when I first started. For some reason though, after I copied the exact same character, the fights got much more difficult and suddenly the opponents were using more advanced moves that my fighter wasn't capable of (haven't unlocked) doing yet. I lost a few fights that I am unsure how, but I believe I'm back to about 7-3-0 right now.

Saturday I drove downtown to pick up a friend of mine and we went to see my club perform at Carassauga. I have a ton of photos from this, but I haven't gotten around to resizing or cropping them yet.


 
Then we went to Kariya Park and B took some pics of me running around the park with different weapons. The full album is on my Facebook for those of you who have access.
 

 
After that I had to drive B to her friend's place in Brampton for the evening, then went home and made dinner and then drove back downtown to take my friend home. EC and I watched "My Science Project" Saturday night and then the day was over.

Sunday I had to go pick up B from Brampton and then take her to her mother's place downtown. After returning home it was time for the weekly cleaning; laundry, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping etc. After heading back downtown to pick B up again, it was back out to pick up a few groceries for the week, dinner and then a few hours left of the evening before bed.

And now it's Monday once again and I'm back at work to start the week. All of you Americans out there enjoying the day off, sleep in a bit for me. KTHNX.

Do You Know Where Your Towel Is?

Towel Day is celebrated every May 25th as a tribute by fans of the late author Douglas Adams. On this day, fans carry a towel with them to demonstrate their love for the books and the author. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams' death on May 11, 2001. The towel is a reference to Adams's popular science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Also today is Nerd Pride Day, or Geek Pride Day. This is an initiative which claims the right of every person to be a nerd or a geek. This day is celebrated on May 25 since 2006, celebrating the premiere of the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Nerd Pride Day is set to come to Canada in May 2009, with festivities planned in Ottawa, Canada, the capital city. Ottawa is home to the Canada Science and Technology Museum as well, the Ottawa Chess Club, and a notable research centre in Canada.

Color of the Day: Ivory
Incense of the Day: Neroli

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It's Friday once again [insert cheering]. I can't believe that it's already the 22nd of May. It feels like I only just moved in to the new place and got settled and it's already been almost a month. I called my properly management company yesterday to find out if I could move the rocks in my back yard, but they probably won't be able to find out until Monday, as my actual property manager was not in the office. I would have liked to have moved them and put down some topsoil and let it have a few days before I planted next weekend, but I guess we shall see how it goes. I am looking forward to having a garden again, even a small one. It has been almost 12 years since I last had a place with a yard to garden in.

Things I Am Looking Forward to This Weekend:

1) Not being on call!
2) Angels and Demons
3) Carassauga
4) Playing UFC Undisputed and Sacred 2
5) Being able to go outside without a jacket

A very happy birthday today to Margaret Denise Quigley, better known as Maggie Q. 30 years old today and still hot.



Still talking diversity this week (as it is such a diverse subject)...

Biodiversity... it's not just about sex with aliens. Who knew?

The International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) is a United Nations–sanctioned international holiday for the promotion of biodiversity issues, held on May 22.

Biodiversity can help to reduce the effects of climate change on the world’s population and ecosystems. Indeed, the links between biodiversity and climate change run both ways: biodiversity is threatened by climate change, but biodiversity resources can reduce the impacts of climate change. It is therefore crucial to conserve biodiversity that is especially sensitive to climate change, preserve habitats so as to facilitate the long-term adaptation of biodiversity, improve our understanding of climate change and biodiversity linkages, and fully integrate biodiversity considerations into mitigation and adaptation plans. If the threats of biodiversity loss and climate change are tackled together, the prospects for adapting successfully to the challenges of the coming decades will be very much improved. This constitutes the overall message for this year’s celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity.

On (sort of) an unrelated note, did you know the creatures in the Alien movies are properly refered to as "Xenomorphs"; an endoparasitoid extraterrestrial species? Yeah.. that's why we just call them "Aliens".


4 out of 5 Alien Dentists prefer Aquafresh Whitening Toothpaste


Fun word for the Day: Parasitoid - an organism that spends a significant portion of its life history attached to or within a single host organism which it ultimately kills (and often consumes) in the process.

ex. "I can't come to work today sir, I have parasitoids eating me alive... no, that's not something preparation H can deal with sir."

Color of the Day: Pink
Incense of the Day: Alder

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I am feeling very tired today. I was up later than usual playing UFC last night and then had trouble falling asleep and really did not want to get up today. I am still very sore from kung fu last night; particularily my right forarm which Sifu was demonstrating blocking techniques on. There are parts of it very tender to touch right now.

Not a whole lot else to say about yesterday. I went to work, I came home, I went to class, I came home, I played video games, I went to bed. Exciting huh? Right now I would still like to be home in bed.

This weekend is the Carassauga Festival of Cultures in Mississauga. There will be dances, performances, bands, displays, food and drink from more than 40 different countries in pavillions across the city for the next 3 days. Our club is once again performing at the Chinese Pavillion all three days. The performances will include Dragon Dance, Lion Dance and Shaolin Kung Fu demonstrations. The guys who put together the shows always do a really great job. If you have a chance and are in the area you should come and check it out, have some noodles (or whatever else they are serving) and watch a great show.

On that note, today is Diversity Day, officially known as "The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development". It is a United Nations–sanctioned international holiday for the promotion of diversity issues and an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this holiday due to UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001 - in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

On the opposite side of the spectrum... "You're still here? It's over. Go home."

Color of the Day: Crimson
Incense of the Day: Myrrh

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