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Friday, February 13th, 2009
12:17 pm
Writing and such...
Recently I had a fun conversation with Dawn on the telephone. It was very nice to catch up with her, but the reason that I bring up this chat isn't to tell you how fun it was, or how nice it was to catch up with her. I bring it up because of a suggestion that she had. I was sort of complaining (like I have been recently, I hope you, my faithful readers don't begrudge me for this) about my lack of diploma when Dawn said something along the lines of "Well, why don't you try writing in your free time instead of playing video games?" (Wow, let's talk about trying to write professionally in a run-on sentence...awesome! Haha.)

Strangely, this hit a chord of resonance within me. Or not so strangely because I'm starting to get a little bored of waiting for my teacher, and I feel really useless when all I do with my free time is play video games. So I thought why the heck not? It won't hurt to poke around for a little while and I can't look for a job until my teacher gets back to me anyways.

So these last few days I've been working on getting my feet wet...with ink, my feet look like a paper mache panda or something I guess. Right now I'm working on the backstory/character description/story outline for a science fiction novel/novella (I still haven't made a hard decision on the format for this yet). The big question on my plate however is what serious topic I wouldn't mind writing short articles about. I haven't really come up with anything (I suppose I'm just not that interested in serious topics or something =p), but I do have a couple of ideas that haven't quite solidified in my head yet.

There is a non-serious topic that I have already written an article about and that is...surprise surprise...magic cards. I decided to include the article below so people could read it if they wanted to. Just as a warning however, it is chock full of jibberish for those that are not fluent in the language of magic. As always, opinions are valuable and I hope that if you do read this that you share your opinion with me. =)

Bah, I can't get an lj-cut to work for some reason...sorry about your friends page...

Insane Ramblings!
For those of you that don’t know me (that would be all of you since this is my first article), my name is Brad Stiles and I will be your tour guide on Insane Ramblings! Naturally I am sure that all of you are just dying to know a little bit more about how this series is going to be unique, but first things first…this is still the part of the article where I get to finish introducing myself. I am a 26 year old married guy with twin daughters…and I spend my free time playing (in my opinion) the greatest game in the world.
That’s right my friends, this series is going to be all about the strategy and theory behind monopoly! The little pieces are amazing, the simplicity of the rules allow for intriguing game play…okay, I guess that is all I’ve got on monopoly. While I have nothing against the game and have been known to play it on occasion, I imagine that a series on the strategy and theory behind it would cause all but the most vehement monopoly fans to want to gouge out their eyeballs. The game that I really want to talk about is Magic:the Gathering.
This will come as no surprise to anyone that would actually want to read an article about Magic, but it is (and has been) extended season. This is very exciting for me because…I am pretty much a noob. Going to yet another Pro Tour probably sounds great to you pros out there since you get another attempt to make big money playing the game that we all love, but for me it’s much more than that. Making it to the Pro Tour is literally one of the goals that I hope to accomplish in my lifetime. I have literally had dreams of going to the PT before and playing against Magic Giants such as Pat Chapin and Rob Dougherty (even in my dreams I lost those matches, haha).
More to the point however, what is the weapon of choice this season. Many people will tell you to play TEPS, ELVES!, affinity, burn, zoo, wizards, or many more. However, I don’t really have the cards to play any of those and I don’t think I have the will to learn to play them for my single shot PTQ. That’s right; I can only make it to one qualifier this season. What I do have most of the cards for and am very interested in is the rock. But wait…this is not just yet another Deathcloud rock list. This is different, for you see I am very much interested in creating homebrew decks that are fun and surprising. Without further ado I will show you the reason that this series is entitled Insane Ramblings!, here is the list…

Unstoppable Force (meets an immovable object…or A Rock)
4 Spectral Force (Haha, you see what I did there? =p)
4 Scryb Ranger
4 Birds of Paradise
1 Llanowar Elves
3 Kitchen Finks
3 Iwamori of the Open Fist
3 Doran
4 Tidehollow Sculler
4 Thoughtseize
2 Oblivion Ring
3 Putrefy
2 Jitte
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
2 Worship
1 Treetop Village
1 Godless Shrine
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Temple Garden
2 Polluted Delta
2 Bloodstained Mire
4 Windswept Heath
3 Swamp
2 Plains
3 Forest

4 Disenchant
4 Darkblast
3 Ethersworn Canonist
3 Circle of Protection: Red
1 Sword of Light and Shadow

What are the advantages to playing a list like this you might ask? Well, I expect that not very many people will have prepared for the Scryb and Force combo. I am hoping to surprise the pants off of many of my opponents. Surprise really is the name of the game with this deck. There are several other surprise cards. I have substituted the third jitte for a Sword of fire and ice. The reason for this is that having multiple jitte’s is really only a good thing when your opponent kills yours, or if your opponent has a jitte of his own. Since the jitte is legendary I wanted to have something similar and Sword of fire and ice is an acceptable one of. I can’t lay claim to the innovation of the Scryb and Force/Iwamori of the Open Fist huge tramply engine of death, it was Richard Feldman who put these into a R/G Haterator deck as a metagame move against the current crop of mostly small utility creatures that dominate the format right now. And putting this in the middle of a rock deck seemed like both a lot of fun and a good fit for the same reasons it worked in a haterator deck. Now, some of you might point out the downside to Iwamori, but to those of you that do I would like to ask you this question “What could your opponent put out for free that is better than Iwamori himself?” It is true that they wouldn’t have to pay for it, but there aren’t a lot of legendary creatures that they could put out for free right now that are seeing tournament play. The last tricky piece of the puzzle is Worship. This card is here for fun, and possibly to buy you some time against certain decks. Once again this is a good metagame card because how many people are playing enchantment hate right now? Artifact hate, sure. But not much enchantment hate is out there at the moment. And there are several decks that simply lose to a resolved worship followed by the fat green beats.
That does not mean that this deck isn’t without its disadvantages. It is true that this deck doesn’t have a strong early game, however it tries to combat that by having a decent amount of disruption in the form of thoughtseize and tidehollow sculler. It also doesn’t have much in the way of removal, but we don’t need very much removal due to the fact that all of our monsters are extremely likely to be larger than the opponents. Are these problems? I don’t know, but that is the question that I hope to answer with next weeks article. In the next week I will proxy out and play this deck against a small gauntlet including TEPS, AIR, affinity, and Zoo. Why AIR when it is on the outs you may ask? Well the answer to that is because if this deck can do well against AIR, then it can do well against hate. Please feel free to critique this deck, more input can only make it better. That is unless testing proves it to be unable to compete in which case it will have to be shelved for the time being. That’s all for this week, join me next week and until then I hope that you will have some Insane Ramblings! Of your own.
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
1:16 pm
Tales of Scorched Earth!
I normally don't do these, but I thought it would be fun so what the heck. Keep reading after this for a normal post from me... =p

1. Put Your iTunes on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.

What do your friends think of you?: "Connected" Hacker's Soundtrack

If someone says, “Is this okay?” You say?: "Another way to Die" Alicia Key's and Jack White

How would you describe yourself?: "Lamb of God" Marilyn Manson (...)

What do you like in a guy/girl?: "Without Me" Eminem

How do you feel today?: "Rise & Shine" Poe

What is your life’s purpose?: "Lilian" Depeche Mode

What is your motto?: "Today" Smashing pumpkins (Live version from the D.C. show that I went to which was amazing)

What do you think about very often?: "Here in your bedroom" Goldfinger (=\ head in the gutter much? lol)

What do you think of your best friend?: "Viginti Tres" Tool (What?? haha)

What do you think of the person you like?: "Love me dead" Ludo (I guess that's sort of like a wedding vow? Haha)

What is your life story?: "Salvation" Cranberries (Interesting...)

What do you want to be when you grow up?: "My Immortal" Evanescence (BAHAHAHAA!!!~~)

What do you think of when you see the person you like/love?: "1996" Marylin Manson (Probably more like 1998 but close enough. haha)

What will you dance to at your wedding?: "Where is My Mind" The Pixies (Probably more accurate for the next question. haha)

What will they play at your funeral?: "Honestly" Zwan (strangely possibly good music for a funeral...)

What is your hobby/interest?: "Gouryella" Gouryella (Pure Trance party CD1 haha)

What is your biggest fear?: "Walking Contradiction" Green Day

What is your biggest secret?: "Wicked Ways" Garbage (lol, apparently according to some of these questions I'm like some sort of evil supervillain obsessed with religion or something."

What do you think of your friends?: "Sweet Dreams" More manson...

What will you post this as?: "Tales of Scorched Earth" Smashing Pumpkins...

That was actually pretty fun, Thanks Ericka. =)
12:38 pm
School frustrations, pre-school, what's up (or not up) with me and jenn's school...
So, honestly nothing much has been going on with me right now. I'm still waiting to hear back from my teacher which is starting to get a little frustrating, but what can you do? I've talked to him and he says that he's working on it, but that since I had to move and do the course as a "incomplete" from maryland that his other classes take precedent. While that sucks for me, honestly it makes sense. I just hope that it gets done in time for SIUE to award my degree for this semester (the deadline for that is the end of this month). Otherwise I have to apply for graduation again when he does get it done.

In other news, the girls are going to start pre-school in a couple of weeks. We are really excited about it. They are only going to go for a few days a week at first, but have the opportunity to sign up for more if we want. We'll see how that goes, but the girls are so easy going that I can't imagine they will have that much trouble.

Umm, other then being a horrible house husband I've been spending my time playing harvest moon on the wii and poking around at various computer games such as pandemic II (google it, you don't have to download anything...thanks sinfest forums for finding more ways for me to waste my day. haha). I think the only other thing going on in my life is that I get to go to a pro tour qualifier for magic later this month. While extremely unlikely, if I won I would get to go to Honolulu to play for the chance at big money...and well I would get to spend some time in honolulu as well. =p

Also, since jenn hasn't been updating her journal I would like to say that I'm really proud of her. I mentioned a while a go that she started going back to school and she's doing really well. Her most recent class is really interesting for me since it's economics, so she asks me sometimes if the stuff that she wrote sounds good (Not to toot my own horn here or anything, but I'm really good at econ. Strangely enough it's possible that my fifteen minutes of "fame" are already up as I'm the FBLA's year 2000 Illinois state champion for econ.) Anyways, enough showing off how awesome I am. =p I hope you guys are all having a good time.
Monday, January 5th, 2009
9:15 pm
Only ten rpgs a day?!?!?!
In 2009, falkonn resolves to...
Cut down to ten rpg's a day.
Spend less time on music.
Be nicer to shorty_red.
Drink four glasses of zmorelater every day.
Volunteer to spend time with computers.
Take evening classes in thorned.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

In other news, christmas was totally awesome. We spent it with some family and ate good food and just kind of hung out. It was very nice. I got to meet the girl that our friend Jason is seeing right now. She was really awesome and I am looking forward to seeing more of her. Besides, Jason really gave me the stinkeye when I joked about 'not having dated a redhead before' (His girlfriend is a redhead). It's a long story, but was meant as a joke despite the stinkeye that it produced. We all had a good laugh about it and continued chatting.

A couple of days later me and Jenn ate at the same place and...got food poisoning...

Yeah, that was horrible. Both of us were throwing up in the bathroom at the same time, it was not so much fun. Apparently our neighbor ate at Panera Bread (St. Louis Bread Co. for all my friends in St. Louis...Panera is based out of St. Louis for those that don't know.) that day too because we heard her throwing up at 3 in the morning as well. Bad day for people that live in our townhouse complex I guess. =\ It took about a week for us to get better, so new year's eve wasn't as much fun as it should have been. We were both in bed at 12:15, and jenn went to bed about an hour before me.

I did get to see Jenn's cousin Ed though, which was fun. He's about Jenn's fathers age, so they like to hang out and play guitar together. He's a super nice guy, and fun to chat with so I was stoked to get to see him again. We watched wanted the night before new year's eve. It was a pretty cool movie. I'll try and say as little as possible so as not to ruin the movie...so here goes. I get the poetic justice involved, and realize that it does make the movie better, but why didn't she duck?? I mean, I know why...but still why???? =p

In other news, Jenn got harvest moon for the wii the other day and has been playing it pretty much nonstop during her freetime. She also started working on finishing up her bachelor's degree (she already has an associate's degree). Since I finished up my thesis, it's her turn to do school stuff. =p

That's really about it for now, suppose I'll chat with you guys some more later. =)
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
11:23 am
To my forgotten friends and anyone else that still has me on their friends list...
Like the guy that writes all his posts in what looks like russian. I don't know how I got on his friends list, but I sure do wish I could read his posts because they look interesting. He put up pictures of his family one time, and I think his yard. While I don't know what your writing about my possibly russian friend, I appreciate your posts nonetheless.

Soooo....apparently it has been 8...yes 8 months since I last updated my lj. 8 months is a long time so I would understand if some of you thought that I was dead and took me off of your friends list. In reality, I have a much less interesting story to tell. When we last left our plucky hero, he had just finished his undergrad thesis and was busy thinking about how lucky he was to be done with it.

Well...lets just say that things didn't pan out the way he hoped they would. My teacher told me that he was happy with the paper, but that he thought that it could be better. I asked him what that meant, and he told me he wanted to give me an extension to work on it some more. He gave me my paper back with some suggestions written in the margins, and told me to get to work.

For those of you that don't know, the timing for him doing this wasn't so hot because we ended up moving pretty much right after I turned the paper in. So...in the last 8 months, I have moved, gotten everything situated here, spent a good deal of time in the Library of Congress manuscript room, and written another version of my undergraduate thesis. I had to rip the guts out of that paper. New intro, new conclusion, new thesis, more focused topic, and most of the body was new as well. Out of a 30 page paper, I had to write 22 new pages. And when you include the bibliography and the cover page as pages, that really means that I only had about 5 pages that I could keep. The whole thing is pretty much new and improved.

That being said, the area that we live in is awesome. We moved to Maryland, and have a totally awesome townhouse here. There is room for people to come and stay over if they stay over too late and don't want to drive home and all that stuff. The girls are doing well here, and have grown like 9 feet tall. They are so amazing. They are cute and sweet and smart and all those other things that you love about kids, but I don't want to get to gushy about them. Who wants to read all that? =p

The big thing that is happening in my life right now is that I am starting to do the whole job hunt thing. Like just starting. I have put in one application, and am putting together a resume that looks decent so I have something to send out if anyone needs one. The last time that I had to have a resume put together was like 5 years ago, so the old one is a little outdated.

Interestingly enough, my choice of career interests has shifted again. I found out from a friend that the State Department takes history majors and trains them to become experts on a particular era or geographic location, then makes them the go to guy/girl for any questions in their field of expertise. So I'm hoping to eventually get into that because it sounds like a job where I could make a difference.

Other than that, I can't really think of a lot that is going on at the moment. Obviously christmas is coming up, so we are all looking forward to that. And that also means that my birthday is right around the corner since...January is after December. =p I only bring this up because now that I am done with my thesis I should have some time to hunt down my old friends since I lived in Maryland for 3 years from about 13-16. I have to clear it with the wife, but I was thinking about seeing if any of them wanted to come and hang out. I could throw myself a birthday party of sorts...probably more like a casual get together. It's been ten years since I've seen my old friends from here...I know I've changed quite a bit, so I wouldn't be surprised if most of them didn't want to relive high school and such. We'll see. I definitely want to get back in touch with some of my old friends.

Anyways, enough of me rambling about my old friends. Suffice it to say that I am still alive and kicking, my family is still alive and kicking, and that we are all doing well. I hope that you are all doing well also. Ta-ta!
Saturday, March 8th, 2008
8:17 pm
For my friend Micheal!
I was linked to this in one of the forums that I read, and I know how much this kind of stuff tickles your fancy. Check out the link!

Monday, February 18th, 2008
11:48 am
A quick update...
Valentine's day was fun. We were able to go out for dinner with some friends. There was even a blind date of sorts where we set up my Nate with one of Courtney's coworkers (Jessica, she's a total cutie).

Phoenix found her shadow this morning, it was cute. She was following it around as she walked in her crib. She was also laughing at something while we were driving in the car. I have no idea what it was that she found so funny. Maya still walks around on her tiptoes, everyone is convinced that we need to get her into dance early. Yesterday we went over to one of my mom's friends houses. She's an professional artist, so her house is covered in paintings...directly on the walls, hung on the walls, etc. The girls had soooo much fun looking at things there. Maya even played on their piano a little bit. It was very cute.

My undergraduate thesis is going along slowly. I always feel as though I am one or two steps behind where I should be, but I pretty much am always like that. It's like the movie Shakespeare in love...I don't know how things are going to work out, but somehow it does. Or at least I hope it does, because if it doesn't then that means I have to take 401 again...I want nothing to do with taking this class in the first place, so taking it again is out of the question. I must pass this time.

There was a whole lot more that happened since my last post, but I need to go figure out which of my primary sources I'm going to use for my source analysis that's due on thursday. Bleagh.

P.S. I was just driving while the sun was out...and it was snowing. Totally weird looking.
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
8:10 pm
Party particulars...
Sorry about the title, I couldn't help myself. Anyways, my party was a lot of fun. As stated in an earlier post, we had it in a bar called sub-zero. It's a pretty spiffy place, and totally worth checking out for the chunk of ice (that is run along the bar top itself) that they use to keep your drinks cold. It has a really amiable atmosphere. The music that they play is pretty much always good with a mix of cult classic and obscure indie/techno stuff. It's kept at a pretty good volume, you can hear it but it is just low enough so you don't have to yell. They have a sushi chef there who I think is pretty good, so you don't have to go out to get food if you are hungry.

There were a few less people then we thought there were going to be (ended up being around 20), but that's okay. Everyone that was supposed to be there ended up at the bar. Me, Nate, and liquidink were the birthday boys. Jenn invited some of her friends from work. Nate invited some of our friends from our high school/college years. liquidink invited someone that he is seeing. Gabe and Novei showed up from my summer foray into the belleville art scene. It was super cool getting to see them again. It's been a long time. And of course Courtney came too, even though she wasn't feeling so hot initially. By the end of the night she seemed like she felt better. I'm really glad that she came. It wouldn't have been the same without her.

Jenn was nice enough to make me a birthday dinner. She does this every year, but that doesn't make it any less special. I get to choose whatever I want, so it is always a good time. This year I decided that I wanted salmon. We had a salad and some saute'd (sauted? sauteed? however the hell you spell that)mushrooms to fill out the plate. It was delicious, and you should all be very jealous. =p I also convinced jenn that we needed some cheese and crackers while we were at the store, but that wasn't dinner stuffs. She tells me that I've become downright Howardian when it comes to some of my food tastes.

Thanks go out to kenshinh_01 for wishing me a happy birthday. It was. =)
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
10:04 am
party pics
check out pics from the party. updates later

Friday, December 21st, 2007
9:11 pm
I'm a wizard??
In some ways this makes sense. In others not so much. Being True Neutral is kind of a surprise too. I suppose I'm the kind of guy that stabs people in the back if it's good for them...

I Am A: True Neutral Human Wizard (4th Level)

Ability Scores:







True Neutral A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007
9:56 am
Look at this...
Tattooey Goodness!~Collapse )

That's on my back. =p It's obviously not done yet, but we're getting closer. We didn't get any work done on the angel that's on the right side that's the other half of this piece.
Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
12:58 pm
Wow, I've changed a lot...
For some reason, recently it hasn't been taking me as long to do some of my daily meanderings and wanderings as it used to. I know that part of the reason that this is true is that I have been very very slowly getting used to staying up after I feed the babies in the morning (Ask Jenn, she has to boot me out of bed in the mornings...but getting up is definitely the hardest part). I wonder if part of this is due to there being less on the internet that I'm interested in, or if there are really less interesting things happening in my corners of the internet. Who knows? but anyways, this has had the unexpected consequences of me looking for things to do to fill the time with.

I have filled some of that time with working on the house. It's a good thing too, because it had somewhat fallen into disrepair recently. I hadn't been feeling well so I wasn't working on it very much. I'm definitely not done catching things back up, but I have gotten most of the downstairs done, which is a good thing. Some of the time has been spent uselessly rechecking places on the internet that I had already frequented that day, occasionally running into something interesting that I hadn't run into because there was a new post, or it was updated.

While I was trying to figure out something to do yesterday I decided to look for some of my old writings that I had done a few years ago (this goes back to a couple of posts ago, when I had that all night chat with liquidink). I went looking for the notes that I had for a novel I was going to work on, but then became busy with other things and never finished. I didn't end up finding those notes, and who knows I may end up not finding them, but I did find my old photo album that I used to lug around with when I was in high school. It's really more of a scrap book of sorts, b/c there is a lot more then old pictures in there.

I haven't looked in that old album in a long long time, and it brought up a lot of old emotions that I had either forgotten about or buried. It's funny looking through stuff like that. In it , I had letters, old phone lists, some important/not so important documents, pictures that people had drawn for me, even some stickers and ticket stubs to concerts I'd been to, all sorts of things of the sort. Pretty much any sort of sentimental trinkets that you can think of.

It's funny, because what I noticed most while I was looking through the album was that while I was looking at things that other people had sent or given to me for the most part, but the thing that I was really seeing in my mind was who I was to those people, and who I was as a person back then. It was a very eye opening experience for me because I think I had forgotten a lot of the person that I used to be. It was also surprising, because I saw in many places friendships that I had that have since fallen apart. You know, you move on with life and you slowly or sometimes not so slowly lose contact with people that you once cared about.

I want to apologize to some people that I hurt back then. I might end up writing a more personal note or some sort via emails or phone calls or something (where I can, I've lost track of many of you since a lot of this is like ten years old), but in the meantime I'm just going to say that I am truly sorry if I have hurt you. Everyone makes mistakes in their lives, but that doesn't mean that I shouldn't have tried to work things out afterwards.

While I'm at it, for those of you that are reading this I'd like to thank you for being there for me. Yesterday made me realize how important all of my friends are to me, and I want you to know that I appreciate the time and emotions that you have shared with me.

It's hard for me to look back at my high school years and not notice the people that I hurt, mistakes that I made, that sort of thing. This isn't to say that my high school years weren't without happiness as well. In fact I think that I made it out of high school much better then a lot of people that I know. It's just hard to look at what was about 6 years of memories all in one sitting and not get a little whacked out from it.

I hope that I haven't given the impression that I'm unhappy with the way that things are now. Nothing could be further from the truth. I do think however that I'm going to try to add in a little bit of the person that I used to be back into the person that I am now. I don't want to change back into the person that I used to be, but some of the qualities that I have lost over the years were good ones that I think I can find space for in the present incarnation that is me.

P.S. Sorry if my thoughts are a little jumbled here.

P.S.S. Now if I could just find those notes that I was looking for... =p
Sunday, November 18th, 2007
9:57 am
And now for something completely different...
I solved the rubik's cube for the first time a few days ago. That was kind of fun. Jenn bought it for me after we watched Hitch a couple of weeks ago. I was like 'Zomg! Rubik's cube!! I needs it!! I wants it!! My precious!~". I can't imagine someone solving a rubiks cube after seeing it the first time during a taxi ride like that. I think it took me about 3 hours since I kept messing it up and having to start over. And that was with a little bit of strategy help from the guide that came with it! There's a very logical way to put together rubik's cubes, but it's not obvious (to me at least) the first time that you look at one.

I also wanted to share with you guys a few links that I ran across. Those of you that read the sinfest forums have most likely already seen these, but I have friends here that aren't from sinfest.

Painting the mona lisa in MS Paint

Instrumental on Chinese Zither

And lastly, some music that had a profound effect on me. Everything was put together quite beautifully imo.

Edit: Oh yes, and this is both nostalgic and geeky.

Yay, linkwhoring~...
Saturday, November 10th, 2007
4:33 pm
I don't know if any of you have been looking for a page that shows all the presidential candidates positions on topics like the Iraq war, immigration, the death penalty, etc...but if you are I ran into one a bit ago. It's from one of those political quizzes that tell you who you agree with the most, so if you are interested in online quizzes you can take that too. Thanks go out to my friend Erica (lj name is Mew) for linking the quiz in her journal.


I'll try and post a real update sometime in the next couple of days. You guys all have a good one. =)
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
8:09 am
Monday, August 13th, 2007
1:18 pm
Friends only?
That's right, I made my first friends only post today. I want to make sure everything I wrote about my wifes work was okay to say online. It might become public later, it might stay that friends only. To all of my adoring fans that sneak around my livejournal that aren't on my friends list I can only say that I'm sorry. I know that I have millions of adoring fans waiting with baited breath, don't lie!~

If your on my friends list, log in and read about my daughter's birthday and other miscellany. =)
Monday, June 11th, 2007
9:25 am
It's been a while...
A lot has been happening of course. Most of it has to deal with babies naturally. They grow up awfully fast. We've moved, which has been great. We're still working on getting things in their proper places. The girls have said their first words, which has been very cool. They say mama and dida for dad. They also say hey and maya says bou bou (bounce bounce) b/c she loves her bouncer.

I have always had a rough time trying to keep up with current events b/c I prefer to lead my life in such a way as that I don't spend time attached to the news. I do however try to keep up with the big stuff so that I can keep up should a debate arise. Naturally right now politics are a somewhat big picture given the political fiasco that are the American primaries. Gotta try and get the word out to the American people, who are so well off that they don't care who leads the country. There is an enormous minority of people that actually take part in the political process. Say what you will about the electoral college, it's important to actually get out and vote.

In that vein, I would like to bring you something that I ran across. I definitely do not agree with everything that Ron Paul says, and I strongly disagree with some of his stances on how to pay for growing medical costs, but (as jae stated in an earlier post) he does make a great deal of sense. I actually wouldn't mind him being in office, which is hard for me to say since he ran as a republican. I just have to remind myself that he's a libertarian at heart that only ran for office as a republican. Anyways, here's the link...

Friday, May 4th, 2007
8:19 pm
Sunday, January 28th, 2007
11:29 am
Silly wivens~...
always making you update. I suppose that the biggest thing going on right now would be the babies. Surprise there, I know. Recently they've started teething, so they're both tired and grumpy most of the time. Although, they're awesome so grumpy for them is a good day for most infants. They've been eating a ton. Maya had 6 oz of 'solid' foods (baby food) and 6 oz of formula yesterday for breakfast. They have both been very chatty recently, and seem to be very happy. Lot's of laughter. Also, Phoenix is getting quite proficient at standing up (with some help of course). I'm waiting for the day that she figures out that she can take steps while standing (with help, I'm sure). This is really quite impressive mostly because they haven't even started crawling yet. In all honesty, I'm wondering if Phoenix is going to be one of those babies that just skips crawling and starts walking first. That would be a little weird and also kind of cool.

Ummm...I had a really awesome birthday. Jenn was sweet enough to make sure that it was fun. She cooked me a special dinner (Whatever I wanted, which she was appalled to find out was meatloaf. She was all prepped and ready to make me something outlandish and time consuming like lamb. Which I love to be fair, but I felt like meatloaf that day). Also, I got some very nice presents. My mother in law bought me glasses, which aren't in yet. I got a wii points card, which was cool. Also, you know...the usual from my rents', which means that I got some nice clothes to keep me warm during the winter. They also got me a really cool jacket.

I got to go to the new magic pre-release. They're doing crazy things with this set and are messing with the color pie. I know most of you don't care about my card game, but I like to chat about it so your stuck. =P I got a pretty good pull when I opened my sealed, so when I was done I traded most of it to finish off my type 2 deck.

I'm sure that there's a bunch of stuff that I'm missing. There always is, but that's the big stuff. School has kept me busy, but I'll live. I'm actually kind of enjoying the night class thing. It's been working out pretty good. I hope you guys are all doing well, I miss hanging out w/ everyone. =P
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
8:38 pm
Jenn is making Brad update... MWAHHH HAA HAAA!!
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