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December 17th, 2010 (12:16 am)

Well, exams are over so I went to shoot. Only managed to hit myself once, which is pretty good considering how much I hit myself last week. It was enough to turn most of the medial side of my elbow purple with some pretty nasty red splotches. It's mostly healed now and the pain had subsided a few days ago. Due to the rather abysmal turnout, got to shoot 9 arrows at a time, which was probably the worst idea ever. Couldn't sustain the shooting for most of the session, so I had to reduce it back down 6. At least my shots are getting better, and I think that taking the week off did me some good. Let my arms and back rest a bit.

Oh, also had some awesome shots today. This was one of them


Arrows narrowly missing each other makes a rather satisfying sound...

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December 7th, 2010 (11:08 pm)

Pain. I'm in pain. Olympic Recurve, 26~27lbs, hitting myself, shooting 6 arrows per end for 3 hours. I'm so going to feel this tomorrow morning. At least I can use the sight and my form is improving! Still. Pain.

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November 28th, 2010 (05:48 pm)

It was awesome. Went with 9 other people, sat in a row, and enjoyed the show! Turns out that they were debuting a bunch of songs here in NA that were just played in Tokyo not too long ago. Clash on the Big Bridge, Fabula Nova Crystallis, 2 FFXIV songs that I don't know the titles to, and maybe one or 2 more. Oh, new suite with FFI~FFIII. I really wanted them to play Dancing Mad, but that would take far too long. The Black Mages version is already about 12 minutes, while the original is what? Almost 17 minutes? That would definitely kill the players if they went with the full suite. Still, the program they went with was pretty good. They even played Fisherman's Horizon! Time to rub that into a certain someone's face, considering that I can watch Harry Potter at a later date. And Uematsu sang with the choir for OWA!

An interesting note is that the visuals they used included the JP versions of the games. Some of the stuff would have been more than likely lost on the audience if they couldn't read it. I think my friends would have thought I was completely insane for laughing so much during the Clash on the Big Bridge segment. It was Gilgamesh's dialogue, which included him "leaving things to" Ekindu. They did use the English version of FFVI for the aria, Draco and Maria. The FFXIV segments were, I think, unintentionally funny. I'd hate to be the main guy, seeing as how he kept getting owned by either the environment, monsters, or was about to be collateral damage due to an onslaught of monsters and other happenings.

Then we went to meet Uematsu. Damn the line was long! It took us about an hour to finally come face to face with him and Arnie Roth. Got Arnie to sign my ticket (because I had no DW stuff...) and Uematsu to sign both of the SaGa sleeves I tagged along. There was also a Square-Enix rep there and he seemed really happy to see the SaGa things. Then I made Uematsu do something that I never thought he would do: a headdesk. I asked him if he would be willing to do a little doodle on the DVD sleeve because I really like the SaGa slimes. He said that his level of drawing skills have always been low, since the first grade. So... he did a smilely face instead. It's simple and cute! Maybe I'll upload a little pic at some point. Maybe, since I put the discs back into that box. Ah... maybe I should have gotten him to sign my PSP too! Even if it was a Crisis Core PSP... Well, it was a good thing that we were at the back of the line. The ones at the front were limited to 1 item only so that they could keep the line moving. I really don't regret spending almost $140 on this. Awesome music and meeting a favourite composer! He's pretty cute in person (mannerisms)! Alex was the real fanboy, with the "you're my hero!" and handshaking and pictures. I prefer the much more subdued fangirl approach, so...



I still want to kill them though~ Paint and drench a room in red~ Normally for these types of concerts, you should try to get to the venue about 30~45 minutes earlier to find your seats while the light is still on. Not to mention that taking the TTC at night, on a weekend, is pretty much a crapshoot for getting somewhere on time? I could have gone to the show for free because one guy's date stood him up. Seemed like a nice enough guy, but I had made a commitment to those guys and I was going to stick to it, even if they did annoy me with being late. We missed the opening act of Liberli Fatali, but managed to catch the Victory Theme. Much of my murderous intent has since died down, but still annoyed.


They better come back to Toronto with Dancing Mad!

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November 20th, 2010 (01:25 am)

So I couldn't get my glasses fixed completely. That would practically require me to get new frames, but it's in a wearable state now. That'll teach me to get too enthusiastic about shooting things. Still, can't wait until the tournament. I want to shoot well enough to be able to use the better bows, so going to keep working my way up! ... Actually being encouraged by the club coaches to get to that level already. Should probably learn how to use the sight for better accuracy, but my instinctive shooting doesn't seem too bad. It's harder, but more intuitive for me. That sight is really weird...

Wonder what other exercises I can do to get my back muscles moving more? I've already noticed that my arms aren't getting that tired any more. And some club members are definitely more distinctive than others. I've nicknamed one of them "The Singing Archer" because he doesn't know when to shut up. It got to the point that I wondered if there was a mute button on the guy, and the archery group I hang around with agreed. He also thinks that he's a samurai... Try 400 years ago kid. Distracting singing... Anyways, there were new faces this week, which was nice. Turns out that they were from the waiting list. And then I got into an argument with that singing archer about draw weights. I argued that it would be better if one of the newbies stuck with a lower pound bow until she got the form down. He was arguing that she should move up. If she doesn't get the form right now, she's bound to hurt herself later on. It's all about form and I'd much rather nip the problem in the bud earlier than later. Too bad he's already using the heaviest bow (27lbs), so it's not like he can move up. He's also not that great of an instinctive shooter. He's just loud. I can apparently shoot fairly well if prompted to. Maybe that's why one of them is so keen on getting me to shoot...? But he didn't have to call me old for getting 9-8-8 when challenged to get a 10!


Oh. Tactics Ogre. I can see why so many people like it. I ended up playing for about 3 hours straight. Ahahaha...

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November 16th, 2010 (11:31 pm)
Listening to: CHAMY. Ishi, 近藤嶺 - 赤と黒の激突 | Powered by Last.fm

Sometimes I wonder if my head's screwed on right. Requested something over at a kink meme. Participating in silly topics. Sending weird fandom things to my friends (Vocaloid concert clips). Still hitting myself with a bow string... Guess I can't really help it. Oh well.


Anyways, I better clean the house either on Thursday or Friday. Relatives coming over during the weekend, so I should get started on that... Bleh. Not exactly fond of dealing with relatives, but a host has to be hospitable to others, even if you really don't like being around too many people. I just hope that there aren't any disrespectful little boys. Those types are usually the worst. OK, except for little bratty 'princesses,' but thankfully I haven't had to deal with those yet.

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November 1st, 2010 (06:13 pm)
Listening to: T's Music - 大坂・冬の陣 | Powered by Last.fm

So I didn't win anything at the fun shoot. Almost broke my glasses though. I think I'm going to see if they can be repaired in any way. I liked the thin frames for class, and they were red. Final score? -60, because I shot 3 balloons. Managed to break an arrowhead off the usual set I use. Whoops.


So today I thought I'd try out the new pho place that opened up not too long ago. It's more expensive than the bowls downtown! $6 for a small, $7 for a large, and the portions are a little disproportionate to the price. Went for the rare and brisket, but there wasn't much brisket. The soup wasn't even that good and very little bean sprouts. Think I'll get a good bowl of pho next week... Already grabbed some buns for lunch for the week.

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October 23rd, 2010 (11:39 am)

Bleh. The new MSN looks and operates like crap. Gone is my usual screen with various statuses and number of deaths, and up goes my name. Not many of us like displaying our names and those screen names of ours were pretty distinctive between us. ... Better find a way to uninstall the piece of crap soon.

Besides that, I've found what I was looking for! The archery gloves. Now I just need to, you know, figure out a way to get there. It's not too far (Vaughan), since I do want to try the 2 models out before buying them. One of them looks like it uses slightly stiffer leather, and the other has camo on it. Need to make sure that they fit properly on my hand. I'll find a shoelace for dealing with the finger sling. It's much more comfortable shooting without having to grip the bow. You're actually not supposed to hold it in the first place, letting all the force and pressure hold it in place for you. I'll take a peek at bow models as well, and maybe talk to the coaches about it.

Fun shoot next week too! Shooting moving targets and not knowing what they're worth. Should be interesting. Hopefully my shoulder will stop hurting before then. Elbow's almost back to normal and the bruises are gone. Yay.

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October 15th, 2010 (02:52 pm)

Well, I get to shoot at 15m now! Scored 97/150 on the ranking test and you only need 75/150 to rank up. Most of my shots were in the 6~8 range. Got one 3 because I let go of the string a little early while aiming a little higher than usual. My bow arm was getting a little tired, but I couldn't let down slowly enough, so I just fired it. One of the funniest shots I had was shooting the arrow, it hitting the target at almost dead centre... and it bouncing off. HOW THE HELL DOES AN ARROW BOUNCE OFF THE TARGET LIKE THAT?! They let me take another shot after I asked if it was possible for arrows to bounce off like that. Apparently they can, if your bow is light enough. Is a 24lb bow light? I have a feeling that I should be using a 20~22lb bow instead, but eh. I can get a 24lb to full draw somewhat easily, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

The 15m target is a lot harder than I thought. I also don't like to face a wall, which unfortunately affects where I'm aiming. They usually end up to the left of the target, but at least I'm hitting something. Won't be ranking up again anytime soon, but I do hope to reach the 18m mark by the start of the next term. And a coach is suggesting that I move up on the bows. I'm already having some trouble drawing back a little further with the 24lb, so I don't know if I really want to do so just yet.

Need to find those archer gloves. Much nicer to use than those little leather tabs.

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October 1st, 2010 (12:58 am)

Well, had the safety session. Even using the heaviest bows they had (up to about 28lbs?), it was pretty easy to draw. Kinda want to use an even heavier bow just to challenge myself. Unfortunately, my aim really sucks (no consistency and kept shooting too high), my arms are like sticks (the forearm "armour" kept shifting even after adjustment), I haven't done this in 10 years and really suck at notching the arrow onto the string. The funniest thing about the session was how a majority of the new members present were left eye dominant while being right-handed. I'm right eye dominant, so I use a right bow, while the others can use a left bow. Using the "wrong" bow can result in the arrows flying in the wrong direction. The best about all this? We were only shooting at 5m away. Can't wait until I can earn my way up to the entire range...! ... I don't even know how long the range is. Oh well.


I've taken quite a liking to reading my prof's blog, along with his associates. They're mostly about biology (evolution, to be exact), and there are a lot of different parts to biology. Should really be reading that stupid book by Jonathan Wells (he really doesn't seem to know what the hell he's talking about), but things like this are more amusing. And less infuriating. I loved how one of the comments on Prof Moran's blog practically screamed that atheists aren't allowed to have a public forum. So free speech is allowed, but not for atheists. Wonderful. I'll probably rage more later, although in a more productive fashion, like directing it into an essay that's due in 2 weeks!



I have also concluded that Europeans during the colonial era were total asshats. Some leaders in Africa are total asshats right now. Way to destroy your own people. /istakingananthropologycourse


EDIT: Well, turns out that they posted the comments again! This time, I've copied it so I'll just reproduce it here before prof Moran deletes it. Again. Probably for the 100th time.

Whee!Collapse )

Uh... yeah.

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September 23rd, 2010 (05:00 pm)
Listening to: 伊達政宗のテーマ

According to the Lunar calender, it was the Mid-Autumn Festival yesterday. It was nice having a night class since I got to see the moon, but it wasn't even a Harvest Moon (full moon). I think I saw the Northern Star though. Bright ball of burning gas emitting light. How disappointing. Today's the actual full moon, but it's cloudy and threatening to rain in a few hours. It's gotten pretty windy as well. So, lose-lose this year. Even the mooncake wasn't that great, and no one to feed the salted yolks to. Never liked them in a mooncake...

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September 16th, 2010 (09:27 pm)
Listening to: 第六天魔王復活

Managed to join the archery club! And it didn't cost much, just the club membership fee of 16.15. It was pretty crazy since the line when I got there was about 100 people long. Then there's the safety class. Shouldn't be a problem~ And while looking over some of the notes from today's lecture, I just have one problem. Why is the font Comic Sans? That has got to be the most boring and ugly font you can use for lecture slides! And for a biochem class! At least the ANT and HMB classes are really interesting.


On another front, my PS2 died. It's a good thing getting a new one isn't that big of a deal, but if I want to play my imports, I'm going to go for Swap Magic. Hands aren't steady enough for soldering wires and I'm generally wary of dealing with electronics that way. It'll have to wait until the Fall break or even the winter holidays before I do any of that. Really, the only games I want to play at the moment are the older SenBasa games and finishing up my MinSaGa runs. All 16 of them. Well, 14 left (8 each version).

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August 5th, 2010 (12:50 pm)
Listening to: 下村陽子­ - Glorious Fights We Call ''Life'' | Powered by Last.fm

Hm. I haven't posted here in over a month... Then again, most of the stuff I'm typing is game mechanics related. Doubt anyone would want to read that here.

Still haven't picked up Sengoku BASARA 3 just yet. Started playing Last Ranker, and liking it so far. I stuck glasses on Zig! Then some sort of metal jawline thingy. I think I have him with greaves at the moment. The Break/Guard combo is pretty broken once you get the hang of things. I should probably change the Square button back to a regular attack. The current base ability is just too slow to be of use and I'd much rather sacrifice an extra SP to break the enemy faster. Wonder if this will be localized? Capcom supposedly registered the trademark here too, so hopefully it'll go through. Already generated a little interest in 2 friends because of changing my MSN screen name to reflect Zig's rank. Already 19 615, but it's not quite enough for the next set of challenges.

On the IRL front, not much has happened. The last D&D session that was supposed to happen didn't. While it's possible to run a campaign with 2 units, not going to happen when they're an archer and wizard. Both are squishy, but one's squishier than the other (that would be me). I think Ribfest was also on that night. Well, my friend and I got items for our trouble (for showing up on the right day).

Also, I think my original laptop is almost ready to kick the bucket. Fully charged battery barely lasts 2 hours. Overheats like crazy. Slow as molasses. Etc. Still, it lasted a good while. It's a Dell, and I've only had one HD failure! I'd love a gaming laptop, but that's going to cost a fortune and will be very heavy to lug around. I'll stick to my little netbook for the time being. It's good enough to get stuff done for now, and it doesn't break my shoulder.

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June 28th, 2010 (12:16 pm)
Listening to: 下村陽子 - Song of MANA (Ending Theme) | Powered by Last.fm

So... That earthquake? Felt here and beyond. Quebec and a bit of the NE parts of the US. Was a 5.5 at first before being downgraded to a 5.0. Don't think there were any casualties, but there were probably a few injuries here and there. The G8/G20 thing though? THAT was a disaster. Saw tons of graffiti, broken glass, police cars on fire... Sure it was online, but that kind of damage in the downtown core?! I don't even want to think about the damage to the campus right now since it's so close to Queen's Park.


We kinda joked about being part of the riot police over dinner yesterday since me and a few friends were also watching the news (since it was on). You get about 20K for just those few days. Of course, you're also beating back protesters and the more unruly bunch, so it's not exactly the best job in the world. It also seems that a few members of the press (like a CTV producer) were arrested. I wonder what for...? We were pretty sure that a certain person, who someone dubbed "Little Miss Bleeding Heart", was downtown protesting about something. Thanks for turning downtown into a ghost town, along with a ton of destruction along the way. Turns out that most of the protesters weren't even Canadian. Weird.

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June 23rd, 2010 (01:25 am)
Listening to: Currently in Athlum, The City of Heroes

Why do I have this funny feeling that I'm included in the little group that's being called out on the Last Remnant boards? We only posted theories... It's not like knew anything concrete, and we even agreed that the 4th does something. We just didn't know what. General consensus was that it affected how a union would work together, amongst other things. Hell, I even supported the theory by giving them evidence from 2 specific and polar opposite unions I used in the Ancient Ruins. Well, we'll see how this unfolds, seeing as the OP seems a little offended about being questioned about the calling out.



In other news... don't use =+ since that's improper notation. += is the right way. No wonder why that function didn't work the way I wanted it to...

EDIT: Hm. They responded. This could get interesting. But first, I'd like that info. That user doesn't seem to be too good at reading.

Also, saw the new Versus XIII screens~ No menu elements were displayed, and no further party members were seen in that lone battle screen. TGS should have more info.

And there was a bit of an earthquake here @ 13:45.

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June 21st, 2010 (10:02 pm)
Listening to: Kenji Ito - Give Me A Break You Guys! | Powered by Last.fm

Note to self: "for loops" are also known as "counted loops" in the text I'm using.