My birthday weekend

I turned 24 on Sunday! 24 on the 24th, so that means I just celebrated my champagne birthday. I didn’t have any champagne though. It was a really nice weekend, and I got to do almost everything that I had planned.

On Friday morning, Heather came over and took me to the mall to pick up my Zelda bundled 3DSXL which I had preordered. If you’re friends with Heather on facebook, here is a video of me unboxing it. Came home and made her some lunch before I spent the whole day with it while she was at class.

Mine! All mine!

Sarah and I made a quiche for lunch, I played with the 3DS some more before the house and a couple of friends of mine and I went to Beertown for dinner. What an awesome selection of beers! Definitely want to go back another day. Had a couple more friends come over later in the evening for more drinking and debauchery. Jordan and I went undefeated for the evening with a couple rounds of beer pong. Such comebacks!

The next morning, I packed some things to spend the next two days at Heather’s. Ben and I spent the day watching Doctor Who related things and cleaning the house to prepare for some guests that were coming over later. The 50th Anniversary Doctor Who episode was being recorded on their PVR, so we had time to wait for guests to come. After dinner, we all changed into our costumes (I cosplayed as Tosh from Torchwood!) and waited for the rest of the guests to arrive. Before the show, we had some chocolate birthday cake which Heather decorated with a triforce and master sword. Oh man, what an episode it was. I had a couple of issues with it, but on the whole, it was a really enjoyable episode to watch. It definitely needs a couple of rewatches in the near future as well! The snow really started to come down as people were leaving the party too, which made for people to leave a little earlier to avoid bad driving conditions.

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I say “YES!” to the cosplay parties!

The Sunday was my birthday and I awoke to some good morning kisses on the forehead *^^* I came downstairs and saw that the snow was still coming down really hard. By the time it stopped, a couple of hours later, London had received nearly 3 feet of snow. We really live in the snowbelt, because anywhere outside of an hour’s drive from us got literally none. Ben, his mom, his uncle and I played a game of scrabble while Heather busied herself with snow shoveling. She even shoveled her neighbour’s driveway too! She came in, we had some lunch, watched more Doctor Who specials and then everybody took a 3 hour nap. We woke up around 8 and had dinner. Heather and I were supposed to catch Thor and Catching Fire at the theatre, but the snow made that impossible. Oh well, hopefully I get to watch them relatively soon… I can’t put off that episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. much longer… >_>

So yea, that’s how I spent my birthday: relatively low key and with lots of naps and time with Heather, just the way I’d hoped to. To quote Heather, “we’re really turning into a couple of old farts.” Or something to that effect..

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November, November. I love November.

That title demonstrates how good I am at creating poems.

Being my birthday month and all, I’ve always loved November, but this year’s is shaping up to be the most special one in a long time. Usually riddled with midterms, my only break is near the end of the month when I “celebrate” my birthday. I mean, I still have midterms, papers, presentations, and the rest, but every weekend has been a party of some sorts.

Last weekend, was hyoung’s bachelorette party. HYOUNG’S GETTING MARRIED! We went yurt camping at the Pinery for the weekend, did some hiking, and played loads of board games! It was really nice to get away from the city for the weekend. The yurt was also really nice. The fanciest camping I’d ever done. We called it glamping: glamour camping. Not that I’m complaining, but it’s far from the roughing it that I had anticipated, so I may have over prepared ahah. Here are some pics that I took from the weekend. Too bad I forgot to take a picture of the fireplace, that made the whole yurt niiiice and toasty.

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This weekend is Heather and Kyler’s wedding, and I’m super excited. The girl friend and I and many of the other couples have booked hotel rooms and we’re gonna pack our swim suits! The pool even has a slide! Breakfast is included too so it’ll be a nice thing to wake up to. I’ll try to take a lot of pictures so I can post them on here afterwards.

The PS4 launched today and I actually have almost enough in tip money to buy it outright! My dad wants me to wait until Boxing Day to see how the deals turn out though, so I’ll probably do that.

Weekend after that is my birthday weekend! All sorts of amazing things are lined up coincidentally, as if everyone wanted to make it extra special. ^^ The 3DSXL Zelda bundle is being released on the 22nd and Heather is getting me that. It’s so shinyyyy and goldennn. I love her. Catching Fire is coming out on the Friday too, as is the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. What else, oh XBox One, but I don’t really care about that. I’m just so excited for my 3DS!

I finished Episode 2 of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead earlier today. It was so tense and so satisfying to finish. I’ll work on Episode 3 soon I think. I made so many difficult decisions! It felt so reeeaaalllll.

Good post, me. I have lots to update you guys on in the coming weeks, hopefully I won’t forget to do some work amidst all this fun. 😉

12 Things No One Told Me About Sex After Rape

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There is a strange sort of unspoken theory that once a woman has been raped, sex is no longer a viable option for her. Sex has been replaced by trauma, fear, pain, and anxiety. I’m not saying this is never the case. Every survivor’s story and experience is different, but too often the assumption is that if you have been raped, you are sexually broken and forever unfixable. That sort of discourse is not healthy or empowering or even sympathetic. What I want to say is what I wish I had been told: rape is not a form of sex, it is a form of assault. Sex feels good. Assault is traumatizing. It is possible for sex to exist after rape because they are different experiences, just like it’s possible for you to still enjoy going out to eat even if you got food poisoning once. You might never go…

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The Oscars 2013

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So I guess my blog’s become some sort of pop culture, media recap center. No matter, we shall continue on with what I’ve been up to… and that, would be watching The Oscars with some friends tonight! The following post will make much more sense to you if you’ve already watched The Oscars, otherwise, it’ll read like a collection of nonsense thoughts and you’ll feel like you just walked into a conversation where people are only referencing inside jokes. You have been warned.

This year, The Oscars’ red carpet show was hosted by none other than the amazing Kristin Chenoweth. Stick with this blog long enough, and you’ll realize just how in love with her I really am. Not the best interviewer out there, but she is so personable with all of the people on the carpet, you can’t help but smile. She seems to be such a social butterfly, and it’s as if she’s friends with everyone there, and if not, she’s making friends! I think she also set a record for number of short jokes made in an hour…

Most of the celebrities looked AMAZING. Shout outs to Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristin Chenoweth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. On the other hand, I wonder if Halle Berry is bringing back shoulder pads… and even though I love Anne Hathaway, (her Oscar win tonight was so deserving, rewatching her little clip during “I Dreamed A Dream” made me breathless) her dress was a little nippy for me. Did anyone else notice that? I feel like dresses with bodices cut from triangles, resulting in cone-bras was a theme tonight. Not many others stood out to me.

– opening by Seth MacFarlane was pretty great. The song and dance numbers were great, especially the boob song! He wasn’t too crass, gave jabs where they were warranted, *coughchrisandrihannacough*, and nods where they were deserved (Tina and Amy!).
– the dance numbers during the opening were great too! Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron’s dance was really good!
– Melissa McCarthy is too funny! Her delivery is awesome.
– Playing them off with the Jaws theme? Brilliant!
– the movie musicals feature… *swoon* it’s like they knew I was watching. Holy crap, JHud brought it tonight! For another amazing performance of that song from Dream Girls, click here.
– Les Misérables. ❤ I love choruses!!!!!!! Russell Crowe, get out of here. I am way too biased towards this musical.
– hahaha Seth’s own jab at Ted “… mine get pissed on by hobos.”
– “They’re gone!” That Sound of Music reference was hilarious!
– yessssss Anne Hathaway winnnnssss!!!!!
– Kristen Stewart is actually groaning and standing there like she’d rather be anywhere else…
– Adele was super adorable receiving her award
– as was Jennifer Lawrence! Damn… she tripped? I missed that part.
– yay Meryl Streep! But holy crap she presented that award abruptly.
– Daniel Day-Lewis’ acceptance speech was one of the best tonight!
– the perfect way to close anything: Kristin Chenoweth. An ode to the losers! They’re all such good sports.

So there you have it. Arguably the biggest awards show of the year has come and gone. I can’t say that any of the winners really surprised me, but I really must get better at watching Oscar nominated movies before the Oscars. You’d think that with me dating someone who works at a movie theatre, I wouldn’t have trouble seeing all the films, but finding time is proving to be pretty difficult. Well, I’ll try again for 2014. Didn’t do toooo badly.. got 11/24 right on my ballot.

I give Seth MacFarlane a B+ on his hosting. =] He’s no Ellen, but him being a musicals kind of guy definitely helped him in my books.

What are your thoughts on the awards show this evening? What do you think of my thoughts? As always, thank you for reading.

Sony Playstation’s Live Event – Live Blog

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Hey there! I will be writing my thoughts below, in point form, as I watch Playstation’s live event. Lag issues will account for several holes in my recap. Will the Playstation 4 be announced? New prices? Games? Hardware? Hopefully some of those questions will be answered by the end of the night!

Here we go!
– lots of talk about how Playstation is the best, has the most powerful hardware, how Sony knows what a gamer wants
– there it is, Playstation 4 announcement!
– the specs are pretty similar to a PCPS4 controller
– reveal of the controller! That colour bar idea to identify players on the console is quite fitting of Sony, the headphone plug is nice (finally…) and the touch pad is like the Vita. Thank god it’s not a tablet controller. I wouldn’t say it’s the ugliest or the most beautiful thing, but maybe it’ll grow on me.
– that million particle demo of the CPU/GPU capabilities was cool
– live streaming and over the shoulder guides or trash talking… seems like it could be super annoying.
– actual remote play between ps4 and psvita? Expensive… But wicked!
– Stig Asmussen! Good things to come from him =]
– Finally! Games!
– Killzone: Shadow Fall… Do people still get excited over FPSs?
– Drive Club… My friend tells me this idea is already available in Forza… So it hasn’t been to innovative..
– whoa… This is suddenly really political. What issss thisssss? New Sucker Punch game?? Exclusive? A blood tornado? …Infamous: Second Son. Damn, I thought it was Watch Dogs.
– awkward dude in weird shirt! Intro is way too long. Let’s see the trailer!
– oooo pretty… A puzzle game? I’m good at puzzle games! But uh… Flow Free in HD much? Interesting, called Witness
– did he just say QUANTIC DREAM??? ❤
– that’s it? Just a tech demo? </3
– Media Molecule! This should be good.. … The Move..? Okay… Omg… This is so cute. Move controlled avatars dancing in sync. But… How is this gaming?
– Capcom! lol did he just make fun of The Move?
– Capcom’s newest game: working title is Deep Down… Skyrim lookalike? That video didn’t make much sense.
– Square!!! ❤
– not a game but a cinematic real time PS4 demo? *sigh… Okay. Product placement for coke? Ooooo dragon…
– Final Fantasy director… O_O new FF at E3…
– Ubisoft now. Watch Dogs? Yea… called it! This dude is really weird and creepy.. Let’s see how the live demo goes..
– wicked… But looks so complicated
– Blizzard?!?! Diablo 3 on Playstation..? I think everyone who’d play it already own it. =/
– Activision’s turn: with Bungie? Destiny? Yup. Innovational? We shall see… my buddy called it “Halo with phones” lol. he’s not impressed at all
– I feel like the PS4 release will be soon
– hopefully they show us the console before they wrap up
– nope, no console look. I guess they have to leave some things for E3.

Post event thoughts
Well, the event did showcase a lot of different aspects of the new tech. Some stuff that’s worth caring about, lots that’s not. The most important part, the games, were a little bit of a let down for me personally. A lot of the developers that I cared about didn’t have much to show. Most of it were tech demos to show possibilities, but not what the end product will be like by any stretch. Square Enix, Quantic Dream, please give me things to squee over at E3?

Final Verdict
I would not get one. At least not until a substantial price drop… I’m sure some really good first party support and stellar games from Square and Quantic Dream may change my mind a couple years down the road, but right now… I really want a Wii U.

What did you think of the event? Post your own opinions below.

I didn’t think I would get to fall in love again.

A long time ago, I wrote an article on why I preferred the console gaming world as opposed to the PC gaming world. To summarize, I argued that consoles were much more cost efficient and that with one machine, I would be able to play a generation’s worth of games without having to drop over $1000. In response to my old self, I say, “Don’t knock it til’ you try it.”

Two years ago, I purchased a laptop because it was cheap, and I thought it was time my last one should be put to rest… My trusty Toshiba had been through a lot in its three years of service with me… especially with all of the abuse it went through. So when I was looking at laptops, I was looking at all the wrong details (no… not how well it could withstand physical trauma). I was looking at battery life, among other things that didn’t really have much to do with how efficient the machine ran. My brother told me not to, but in the end, I got this HP computer that was I thought slick and stuff. The laptop wasn’t fast enough to play even the simplest of games. It was able to run Starcraft II, but without a cooling pad, it overheated within 15 minutes. Actually, it overheated within 15 minutes of being off a cooling pad no matter what it was doing! About a year later, I had enough of it. I started to use my brother’s laptop. It ran Windows Vista (mine was Windows 7) but it was able to run lots of things! Well, it was able to run… but you know, running LoL at 15fps kind of defeats the purpose. Eventually, it started having overheating problems too, and it was also perma-attached to my cooling pad. At first, the fan was super quiet so it was really sweet, but then something happened, and it all went downhill from there. Jeff likened it to a jet engine.. haha. I was tired of using a computer that wasn’t mine.

At first, I was planning on getting another laptop… but the more I thought about it, the more it didn’t make sense to me. It’s not like I took my laptop anywhere, I even wrote my notes with pen and paper. So if I was about to drop $900 on a laptop, why not spend a little more and go the extra mile to get a desktop that I know would take care of all my needs? I would also know every single piece of hardware in there since my roommates are awesome and have taught me so much this past week. Canada Computer actually had quite a few deals and bundles when I went, so not all of the prices below are actually what I paid. The guy there who helped me was also pretty good, made some good decisions, and I was pretty confident with Jeff and Ferg there too.

So, if you are still following me, this is my new baby ❤

Before

Monitor: Samsung 23.6″ LED

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 Quad-Core

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H

GPU: ASUS Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Storage: Crucial M4 128GB

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) RAM

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600 Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Certified

Case: Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case

 

AfterIn this photo, I’ve got all of it put together! The unfortunate part is that the glare off of the screen is so strong you can’t admire it haha… But there’s still much to work on for this rig. The 128GB HDD is no where near enough space. I’m already looking into some internal harddrives, but that’ll run me another $80 or so. I’m also on the lookout for a wired gaming mouse which is another $50.

The building part of it was actually a lot of fun! The screws and everything were very organized and it was exciting to look at the motherboard with all of its chips, pathways, ports, and many other things on it. We unboxed the i5 chip, and Ferg and Jeff told me it was the most important part of the machine, its heart. They also said RAM was important because without it, my computer would forget things (*eyeroll*). The scariest parts were whenever I had to plug or snap something into the motherboard… I kept worrying that if I pushed too hard, I’d snap it, but obviously everything went really smoothly. On top of my Intel chip, there is a fan specifically for it. The guys were psyching me up for it because in their experience, it’s only ever been challenging. So when it took me about 10 seconds to get all 4 of the screws in, their reactions were pretty funny.

A lot of the people I’ve been talking to are concerned that my PSU isn’t strong enough, or that I don’t have enough fans installed. To be honest, I’m not too concerned. I won’t be buying much more for the rig for a while since I don’t plan on overclocking it, or adding another video card, etc. This is leaps and bounds better than what I had before, maybe I’ll worry about all the changes I’ll have to make after the next graphics generation comes along.

The entire time, Jeff and Ferg were telling me that all of the items on my list were one time purchases, or at least would last me a long time. My machine may not be top of the line, but I also really don’t need it to be. It can run all of the games that are currently on the market beyond their recommended settings and I know I’ll be fine for years to come. It is both the most expensive and intelligent purchase I’ve made to date. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to the stone ages. So thanks Ferg, Jeff, Jordan, and Kenneth for all the help!

On the console gaming front, the next generation is happening right now. I’m not going to be interested in the Wii U until the next LoZ game and I’ve still got a while to wait before the Playstation 4. As for Microsoft’s next console, I’m not too interested. In the mean time, I’ll be patiently waiting for Tuesday when Ni No Kuni gets released by polishing my LoL skills. I’ve got an ongoing list of games I need to finish too!

Viva Technology~!

What do you guys think? Thanks for reading!

Quick Thoughts: Golden Globes 2013

Last night, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the 2013 Golden Globe awards. They were fantastic together; bouncing jokes off of each other, donning ridiculous costumes, and being “catty” about their nominations in the same category. So, here are some quick thoughts from the most memorable moments for me from the awards ceremony. (Maybe I should’ve just written this while I was watching it…)

– I wish there was more Tina Fey and Amy Poehler… Their random appearances were all great.

– Tina Fey remarking how before Les Misérables, nobody had been so alone and abandoned since she co-hosted The Oscars with James Franco, and Anne Hathaway’s reaction was brilliant.

– Ex-president Bill Clinton made a surprise visit resulting in a standing ovation, followed by a dishevelled Amy Poehler saying, “Wow, what an exciting special guest … That was Hillary Clinton’s husband.”

– Lucy Liu: still cute, but what was that dress… and your hair was a little messy =/

– Kristen Bell was totes cute and totes preggo. Someone should’ve surprised her with a sloth up there.

– Personal favourite moment: Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrel’s introductions of each nominee in their segment… J. Law for Jennifer Lawrence… hahahahaha

Les Misérables winning best comedy or musical motion picture (obvs) and wins for both Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman

–  Arnold Schwarzenegger exclaiming that English wasn’t the mother tongue for both him and Sylvester Stallone

– Jodie Foster “coming out.” She was never in the closet to begin with and lived her life being true to herself. Her speech and her belief that having privacy was a gift, sent a very strong message to the audience.

– I was sad that Modern Family lost in each of the categories it was nominated for.

– Jessica Alba’s voice is sex.

– Lena Dunham hobbling up to the stage to receive her awards… lol

– The camera’s flashed to Ang Lee, and my roommate said, “Whoa! What’s your dad doing there?”

– Glenn Close pretending to be drunk was pretty hilarious, more hilarious was when Tina Fey couldn’t keep composure when she looked at her

– What was up with Mel Gibson’s face last night? He seemed to have lock-jaw throughout the entire show..

– Amy Poehler saying Meryl Streep was brilliant in The Flu was hilarious!

Unfortunately I hadn’t seen many of the nominated films this year… like every other year >_> but hopefully my roommate and I will be able to see more before The Oscars next month on the 24th!

If you weren’t able to catch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s monologue at the beginning of the show, here, I have embedded it for your viewing pleasure.