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Friday, May 18th, 2007

Subject:Dusting off the Livejournal
Time:2:42 pm.
Mood:Like walking into crowded room.
I'm not going to let this place go for a whole year without an update. I don't have the time, now that I'm working, to keep up with Livejournal and its chronicles, the intertwining social network of my friends list and the overwhelming torrent of information. But I do at least want all of you to know that I am still alive, and to get a bit of housecleaning done here.

First off, whitewolf_707, my heart is eternally yours, and I'm always thinking of you. *Nuzzles her*

Now, some of you may be wondering "Where did that beardy twit from England go?" Well, I admit I basically dropped off of Livejournal and online chat applications, though anybody at The Balto League would still be able to find me regularly at the Saturday chats (and if you're reading this going "What's the Balto League?", then ask me for the IRC info and you'll be able to come and find out). Very very rarely I've been able to work up the will and carve out a timeslot to swing by a few Livejournals at intervals, but I almost entirely miss anything on here these days, so the best bet to get any word to me is by E-mail. And onto the reason I hard'y have any time now, lol.

I'm employed, working up at the University of East Anglia, back at my old haunt again. :-) Only clerical work in the faculty of Arts & Humanities for now, but I've got my eye on the school of Biology and I'm hoping to coincide the end of my contract here in Arts & Humanities with any job openings that come up over there. Even being a lab monkey would be a good enough start, just so long as I got paid a decent wage for it and can put money towards finding a place for White and I to live when she moves here next year. She's doing really well at university, A's and B's all the way, it's excellent. I'll be seeing her in August/September. :-D Can't wait, I'll be there in time for her 21st birthday, it'll be great.

So things are going okay. No real progress with shifting or edging my way into the dream world, but then I'd be the first to admit I haven't been putting my heart or a great deal of effort into it. My priorities have shifted to orbit White more, and getting her here and having a life together has to come first. Once we're together, once we're settled in and stable, then I can try and get more involved in shapeshifting again, and it'll be for her sake as much as my own. :-)

Anyway, that's about as much work time as I can get away with doing this update. Hope all of you are alright, I'm still here if you need me. <=) Ecker ecker!

-John

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Subject:Graduation
Time:9:36 am.
Mood:*Placid*.
Whew, this took a long time coming. ^_^ Apologies about the wait, I'd meant to update this thing sooner but I couldn't find the drive to. Sad really, isn't it, that my summer is here and I have lots of free time, but I'm not bouncy and energetic like I expected to be, and it's hard for some reason to actually do anything. Which is why I've been falling behind, a lot, with comments on all of your own Livejournals, I haven't even looked at my friends' Livejournals in about three days, I've probably missed so much, but I really have to focus on getting my life in gear now that I've graduated, getting a job, sorting out my plane tickets for winter when I'll be flying to see my beloved whitewolf_707 again, tying up the loose ends with the Local Education Authority and the Student Loans company, stuff like that.

But yes, the graduation, I get to bore my mateys now with an account of the ceremony. This might be a bit long, so feel free to skip through everything and just look at the pictures. :-D *Settles down into the armchair by the fire* It was a dark, stormy night...

I got to the UEA at about 2 in the afternoon, blazing hot sunshine, a good two hours before the congregation was due to start. I went in, collected my coursework at the BIO office, then went to get my gown. Into the UEA Studio I went, a labyrinth of massive crates, stacked into corridors and tunnels, and found my way through to the desk with the old lady. It's always an old lady who gives you your gown, like it's always an old lady who serves your food in the infant school and junior school dinner halls. I hand over my receipt, and she gives me my prize for four years' diligent study. It was a blue and green bundle with a black cap, and I trundled across to the fitters who were sitting on a few of the crate-mountains. A young lad took the gown from me and held it up so I could put my arms through, then donned the hood over my head, pleased that I was wearing a tie because that would hold it in place up round my neck. He frowned at what he thought was a football World Cup tie pin until I told him it was a pin for academic achievement at the University of Maine (which I later lost, sometime between leaving the UEA and getting home afterwards, we ate at The Whiffler to celebrate, perhaps it was there, though Mum was sure she saw it on me later when we were almost home). Then came the cap, which you put on long-side back and dangle the tassle over your left eye. The gown is open at the front, which was news to me, I'd expected it to be closed all the way round, but it still felt great to be finally wearing it. You'll see for yourselves in the pictures what it looks like, but the feeling of wearing it is something else. I was proud of myself, something I'm not very often, and it felt good.

It was about 2:15 by now, plenty of time left, so I walked over to the school of Biology to kill time on the computers there. The BIO/MTH lab was closed, so I wandered across to the school of Environmental Studies and nipped in their computer room instead, bwuhahahaha. Managed to actually leave a few comments on people's Livejournals there, which went some small way to catching up with it all, and then went to meet my parents and my brother for 3:30 at the porter's lodge at the university entrance. They got here at about 3:40, which I expected; anyone who knows my parents, know they're about ten minutes late, it's either some sort of subconscious ritual they perform whenever they go out somewhere, or they genuinely do keep coming across last-minute things they forgot about and just need to sort out before they leave the house.

Anyway, they park in the field in Earlham Park which had been set aside for congregation visitors, and they take a couple of pictures of me in my graduation gown, which I was still happily sporting. I dump my coursework into the boot of the car so my hands were free, then we make our way over to Congregation Hall where the ceremony would be held. They had to queue at the front to get in, I had to queue round the back with the other graduands. Met David Allen again for the first time since my first or second year, he's with the officer's training corps, spending freezing nights on airfields in a T-shirt and learning how to command troops and the usual army stuff. I remember when America and Britain went into Iraq, he was telling me how awful the American troops were, not laying down covering fire and advancing in steps, but just running gung-ho towards the enemy and catching a British squad in crossfire between themselves and the Taliban, getting surrounded and all sorts. I had to take his word for it, I hadn't been watching much of it myself. But anyway, I saw him again and we caught up a bit as we waited to go inside. Then, we were let in.

Picture in Earlham Park

We file through to the hall itself and find our places, we'd all been given a chair number so that when they called our names, we'd be in proper order. I fidgeted my hood a lot and tried to stay prim, I was nervous, lol. They showed you what to do though and for the most part you just follow the lead of the person in front. The musicians came onto the stage and beat these huge bronze drums, intimidating stuff, and then they let us have it with the brass, trumpeting away as the fancy-gown people and mitre-bearers went up the central aisle to the stage. We had an introduction spoken to us, and then with much doffing of caps, the chancellor and the head of the scool of Biology began calling up the graduands, starting with the doctorates, then the masters, then the bachelors. We each went up in turn, walked across the stage when our name was called, shook the chancellor's hand, and then walked off the other side to collect our parchment. Nervous again, but it was less wracking than I'd expected to be honest. Prizegiving at High School was worse, even, maybe I'd just been numbed by the lead-in and it couldn't get me any more. :-D Then we filed back to our seats, led one procession down the middle after a few more formalities and cap doffing, and went outside again for the school of Biology year photograph on the steps of the square. Where again, I met up with my parents and brother, who took pictures.

Buddies with the chancellor
Looking dopey, it's still sinking in
The dreaded close-up
One with the parent pods

At the end of the school photo, we all threw our hats in the air (by instruction). I caught mine, it seemed like the sensible thing to do since we had to hand them back in to Ede & Ravenscroft at the end of the day, and the poor caps already had blunted corners from where they'd been dropped on the floor before. While everyone was scrabbling to retrieve their hats, I found the pods again and we made our way over towards the marquee where BIO was having an informal gathering with canapés and wine. Also had more pictures on the way over.

Daddy pod
Mummy pod

Saw Matt Greyling there, got to meet his girlfriend from Louisianna. He met her on his year abroad, through the internet I think, as it happens. We'd swapped stories and associated with each other's experiences, since we'd both spent the last year in America, and both of our intendeds were there. *Nuzzles White* After that, I handed in my gown, picked up a T-shirt with all the graduates' names on (I'm to the right of my belly button, second column) and a copy of that day's EDP, which had all of the graduates published in it. Content, and with about three glasses of wine in me, we set off for The Whiffler to have a nice meal, and then came home. Sometime during this, I lost my Maine tie pin, which was a shame, but never mind. After four years, and through many questions about myself and my degree, I was a bachelor of science. John Walter Pullinger, BSc. It's scary, lol.

The degree

It won't get in the way of my less scientific learning though. I'm intent on finding out more about shapeshifting, astral travel, lucid dreaming and all of that half-hidden world that so many of you are a part of. Heh, I managed to upset my dad that night just before bed and make him think I was mad because I was explaining to him about physical shifting. He was sticking to his guns about the DNA being unable to change, and I was asking him how he could be so sure, it might well change, we don't know yet. If you had fur left over from a shift, and tested the DNA, it wouldn't actually show anything because we don't know if the DNA stays the same or not. If it was the same, that's strong evidence for the shift, but if it wasn't the same, it's certainly not evidence against it, so it's not really a definitive test.

It's important to remember that science is a model. It's not truth. I have a degree in using that model, in understanding things through it. That doesn't mean it's the only tool in my belt though, and I'm ready to learn how to use the others, ones like Esotericism (ethereal plane, chakra, ki energy etc.) or intuition/instinct, ethics or emotion. I won't ramble on about it, as I should tie this up soon, but science doesn't eclipse everything else, it's just a model, and can coexist with any number of other schools of thought. It's when you start getting exclusive that you become prejudiced, pompous in your own beliefs, and it closes your mind to the other possibilities. Things happen that science can't explain, so obviously science isn't the be all and end all, and we have to use a different looking glass to explain those them.

Phew, there we go, quite a lot for you guys to read through, sorry about that. ^_^; Time now to take a tour round Livejournal and address these comments I've been sorely neglecting, then to go and help Dad in the garden. I can worry about doing a CV later, as the first step in searching for a job. Oh yeah! Almost forgot: cwtyger, goldeagleradar and bob_the_chimp, your congratulations card arrived late last week, thanks so much! It's really thoughtful of you, made me smile. :-) I put it on display on the table, it's by my computer ATM, and then in a while I'll put it in my cupboard with my special things. Thanks, guys. <=)

-John
Eckers: 48 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Subject:The sky is falling, fly, fly!
Time:2:48 pm.
Mood:*RAR!*.
*Blows the dust off of his Livejournal and groans, stretching echily and stepping back into it like it was a pair of wet jeans* How long has it been since I last updated in this thing? Yeesh, final years of university can really decimate your postage. ^_^; *Headbang-bobbles to the music, has his infamous Virtually Everything (Shuffling Recommended) playlist going, who knows what song will come on and modify his mood* But yes, it's finished now, done, no more lectures, no coursework, no EXAMS, HAHAHAHAHA-*Slaps self* Aheh, yes. So happy. :-) Graduation is in July, on the 11th, I left my gown horribly late to order in (we were supposed to do it back in February), but the website was easy to use and it's sorted now, so long as you order it 21 days or more before the date of graduation, you should be okay. I got my UEA tie from them, too, that arrived just this morning, it's excellent, I'll be an old boy soon. :-D A Bachelor of Science, ah that'll feel good. Just need to get my arse in gear now and fish a job out for myself to last till Christmas, then when I get back from seeing the beautiful whitewolf_707, I can try to break into the field of ethology or ecology. I should get in touch with whoever's in charge of the wolf reintroduction effort in Scotland and see if they need a hand, and also keep my eyes out for any fox work or positions open at the UEA possibly with the rabbits again. I would be open to jobs in Scandinavia or Romania, even Canada, if it was working with wolves, but I can't thikn about that yet until Marley's here and we've got that stage of our lives down pat. She finishes university in two years. Just two years, and this will be her. :-)

Oyster Fayre on Saturday! Medieval stuff on sale, on display and being demonstrated down at Colchester at the castle. It's where I got my broadsword from last year (pictured in the user icon). I'm going to have to ask the peddlers about chainmail, and where to get a good deal from. Avoid the butted stuff like the plague, it'll split right open if something hits it, and if you wear it too much then it'll just gradually pull the rings apart. You want riveted, or welded if you can afford it, though riveted is probably the best value for money. If I can't find a decent deal on the chainmail, then ah well, there'll be plenty of other little trinkets and things to keep my simple mind entertained. :-D And just for the record, ntnon and great_britannia, I do not look like Wonder Woman!

Need to nip to Clickers, the archery shop in town, at some point to get resin for the nocks and tips of my arrows. I only have one shot-worthy arrow to go with my compound bow, and I also need to get some proper targets for it, or make some; it gets tiresome having to hack your arrow out of the old door or other sheet of wood you fire it into each time. That'll teach me to get a powerful hunting bow for $15, lol. Oh that was so class, the garage sales when White and I went up to see snowwolfmystic. Good luck with your move down to Florida, Snow! Heeee, what else to update in here... *Rubs hands together evily*

*The computer game segment of his brain sparks* Ahah, Medieval: Total War, I can bore you with a brief summary of that. I'm playing as the Sicilians this time, and took over the Papacy nice and early. 'Cept the pope came back. Five times! Augh... He's such a little trooper, and my two best generals are off farting around in Croatia instead of being at home in Italy to quash him. In Mount & Blade news, I'm trying a new mod called 1066, changes the combat system radically and reverts battles to the era back then, the weaponry and armour they used, etc. Recently got back into Starsiege, too, lol, great old game.

Congratulations to jackv on moving into his new gaff! Looking forward to seeing that on Sunday. :-D *Bobbles to Closing Time, by Semisonic* Birds nesting in the conifer by the back door, or at least building a nest. I never thought they'd go for such a strong-smelling perch, I suppose it'll help keep the ectoparasites at bay though, birds line their nests with greenery and the aromatic compounds in certain species ward off lice and mites and things. Ah it just feels so good to be finished with university. Four years. I mean, that's only about a year less than most of my oldest friends online will have known me, and it's what, about a third of the time that Phil, Jack and Chris (chrisp1234) have known me, it's a long time. Oh god, I'm starting to feel all mature now, someone save me. x_x

Oh yeah! I got my hair cut on Wednesday along with my brother, Mark. I should have let the barber do my beard as well, lol, I swear, it was longer than the hair on my head by the time he'd finished, I looked like something from another planet. X-D But I trimmed my beard and moustache nicely when I got home, so here you go, this is what I look like now (the bags and shadows under my eyes are from the sunlight, honest, and I'm getting much more sleep now):



Phew, right, washing up to do in the kitchen, time to stick a CD full of Runrig music on and jump to it. ^_^

-John
Eckers: 53 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Subject:Flatcap flipped
Time:11:27 am.
Mood:Fidgety.
Right, I should be doing research project work. Methods, introduction, all of that thrilling and exciting stuff. But I'm not because I'm undisciplined. Instead, here's a class little page from an online comic I stumbled across today. It made me laugh, so I thought I'd share it. :-) http://www.cradleoffilth.com/cof/Comic/Comic%20page%204.JPG

On an aside, who reckons I should change my default user icon? On these monitors at the university it doesn't look very flattering, my nose is batty and I'm ugly. x_o Not to mention that smile is just really cheesy. Any suggestions you'd like to see if I did change it?

I know I shouldn't, but while I'm here and before the university work comes crashing down on me (probably just before, heh), I'll pinch this meme thing from Ojo and Sparf.

1. Reply with your name and I will write something I like about you.
2. I will then reveal what song reminds me of you.
3. If I were to apply an o'clock to you, I'll tell you what it would be.
4. I will try to give a single word that best describes you.
5. I'll tell you the most memorable moment I've had with you.
6. I will tell you what colour you remind me of.
7. I'll then tell you something that I've always wondered about you.

And now, sticking my name in Ojo's and Sparf's Livejournals, and then getting ready for my Genetics lecture. Oh boy oh boy, methylation of imprinted DNA, I can't wait! Nothing excites me like the intricate molecular workings of the genome! *Gags and runs off*

-John
Eckers: 124 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Subject:Yes yes, another one, just quick though.
Time:3:26 pm.
Mood:Normal-y.
Rar! Spazzy fast survey thing nabbedified from Kamotz! >:-D

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
"God my hair..."

2. How much cash do you have on you?
Err... *Checks*

3. What's a word that rhymes with "DOOR"?
More. And "labrador", the end bit. And Paramor, the evil author of a paper I had to read for Plants. *Gag*

4. Favorite planet?
It'd have to be Earth, I don't know that much about any others, and we have such a diverse ecosystem and abundance of life here.

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
Hah! No mobile phone! *Does the screw-the-mobiles dance* *Which, probably isn't a good idea considering that a lot of them vibrate now*

6. What is your favorite ring on your phone?
It would have to be the standard BT ringing sound, because it's the only one that my landline phone actually makes.

7. What shirt are you wearing?
My excellent ice blue wolf's head one.

8. Do you "label" yourself?
Without thinking or knowing it, I reckon. I'm not sure what the labels are without really thinking about it, but probably some of them would be, at present, "scruffy, spastic, amiable and dopey".

9. Name the brand of shoes you're currently wearing?
It doesn't say on them. But they're black, if that helps. ^_^

10. Bright or Dark Room?
I prefer bright to dark, if I want to stay awake, and more light helps to ward off sullenness. The room I'm currently in is bright, too, if that's what the question meant.

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
She should come back to The Balto League chats because her. :-( *Pulls Kamotz back to TBL and tethers her to Silver's shed with the anti-Husky chain*

13. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Hmmm... Talking to White on Yahoo Messenger, I think. Possibly, nipping to the kitchen to get some food, lol.

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell phone say?
I don't have a mobile, curse you! *Does the scr... Actually, just does the nyer nyer dance instead*

15. Where is your mailbox?
In the front door. o_o Where did you think it'd be?

16. What's a word that you say a lot?
Ecker, lol.

17.Who told you he/she loved you last?
Marley. Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was Marley, possibly my dad.

18. Last furry thing you touched?
Snoopy, my cat, unless you count my hair, it's all fuzzy and rar ATM because I washed it right before sleeping, so the gorilla got it.

19. How many drugs have you done in the last three days?
Does caffeine count? :-D Hmm, let's see, probably 3. Caffeine, taurine and alcohol. Hooray for vodka and Red Bull! o/

20. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed?
Just one, I think. Maybe none, but there might be one old 110 film knocking about in my cupboard now that you mention it.

21. Favorite age you have been so far?
I'd have to go with Kamotz on this one, too, 16. 16 and 17, best years of my life.

22. Your worst enemy?
*Scoffs to himself* Well I wake up with him every morning and take him to the toilet with me, you can figure it out from there. *Hates his worst enemy, hatehate*

23. What is your current desktop picture?
At home, it's White's beautiful and touching Valentine's picture she drew for me a couple of years ago. Here, it's the dull and boring UEA bog-standard desktop. >_<

24. What was the last thing you said to someone?
"That's okay." Someone bumped my chair as they went by and apologized, lol.

25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly what would it be?
*Furrows his brow* I think, flying. I could use that to make a lot more than a million dollars if I needed to. And I'd save a lot of money on plane flights, too. I could finish university on Friday, then fly over to White for the weekends. And go on nightly haunts to all my mateys scattered around the planet, tapping sticks on their windows and pulling faces at them against the glass. :-D

26. Do you like someone?
Of course!

27. The last song you listened to?
Er... Not sure, one of the ones on my playlist at home. I think it was "In My Life", by The Beatles. I still have all of my sad, lamenty sort of songs on there from a few days ago, lol.

28. If the last person you spoke to was getting shot at, would you jump infront of the bullet?
Well, it would depend entirely on the circumstances. But assuming the bullet is made of polystyrene, is coming from a spudgun and probably wouldn't kill me, then yes. If you're talking about a Barrett rifle from 2 miles away corking the other student in the head before I even hear the gunshot, then probably not. ... And how fast do you expect me to jump to be able to get in front of a speeding bullet, anyway? O_o Even if I tried I'd be far too late.

29. If you could punch 1 person in your life right now, who would it be?
Myself. Nice and easy. *Strikes his arm noncommitally*

30. What is the closest object to your left foot?
In ascending order of distance: Black sock, black shoe, my other black shoe, the carpet, concrete, my other black sock, my other foot, and I'll stop now because it just gets more boring, it's a pretty standard computer room in here, lol.

Okay, finished my little moment of self-indulgence, perhaps I should get some actual work done considering I'm at the university. <_<; *Disciple of Procrastination* *Uses rugged manly picture again for fun* -John
Eckers: 20 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Subject:Sure, why not. :-)
Time:2:43 pm.
Mood:*Amiable*.
The inevitable I-Love-You-Guys meme, pinched from Kimiko.

If there is someone on your Friends List who makes your world a better place just because that person exists and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal. Not least of all my magnificent friend and lifelong mate, WhiteWolf. *Nuzzles her*

Hmm, to babble or not to babble... Babble.

Yep, the one workshop I had scheduled for today was double-booked with some kind of law class (Thankyou, Erin, for sending your minions!), so it was cancelled. Now, usually I'd be ecstatic, but I'd just walked in from Old Costessey to find out I didn't actually need to come in today. Walking from Old Costessey takes about one and a half hours through horse fields, along rivers, through an estate, up past my old high school and through a heron sanctuary. It's pretty scenic, so it doesn't bother me too much that it takes three times as long as biking would, not to mention that the bike's handlebars are slipping out to the left and I need to tighten them in again with an allen key. Oh yeah, it snowed a bit as I was walking in this afternoon. ^_^ Only a tiny sprinkling, but it was there. I got a bit lost coming in, wound up too far west (because I was too far east on Tuesday when I last walked in), but I'll get it spot on one day and then I'll know the quickest route to take.

University work, you don't want to hear about that, so let's just say it's nasty and I hate it and it's going to get worse. There we go, now onto the exciting rabbits. :-D These past three days I've been up a hide (shed on scafolding stilts and a stepladder that shakes in the wind) with a pair of binoculars and another student or two, watching rabbits with various different coloured ear tags raze, hop about, spray urine at each other, fight, mark their territories and sniff each other. For my project, I need to fix one with the binoculars for five minutes, continuous observation noting down everything they do and what location they're in. It's fieldwork, and I love fieldwork rather than being cooped up in a lab, and even that's bettoi than having to do paperwork, blugh. So that's not too bad. Someone fell and hurt their ankle while jogging near the enclosure on Monday and we ended up, perhaps unnecessarily, calling an ambulance to take him the 200-300m to the hospital. The UEA and the N&N hospital are right next to each other. It was a complete farce though, lol, the ambulance couldn't find us and we had to give him a lift to A&E in the end courtesy of a physiotherapist on her way back home from the hospital. So that was a little adventure, lol.

Jack's back from Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia! I haven't seen him since Maine, the November before last, it's about a year and two, year and three months. I got to have a meal and a pint with him on Monday with Chris and Phil, it was good to catch up and hear a bit about his travels and experiences. I'd managed to leave the house in a right jumble though and forgot my wallet. And my keys. My notepad, easy-pen (it's easy because I just have it in my pocket, lol), watch and everything else I usually have on me. So, no money for a bus fare, I walked into town from campus and was horribly late. X-D But I still managed to get there before Phil because his bus was late, too, muahahaha.

Right, time to wrap this up now before I send you to sleep. ^_^ *Runs in little circles until university finishes*

-John
Eckers: 4 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

Subject:Meme update
Time:3:47 pm.
Mood:*Cheerful*.
Yep, time for another memey post. Mostly thanks to katire_stardust, who apparently wants to know 5 of my guilty pleasures. x_o Hmm, how honest should I be...? *Cackles* We'll do the killing people quiz first though because that looked class. Oh yeah, I also have three new Livejournal icons thanks to the recent changes to the system, we're allowed 6 icons now instead of 3. I'll use one of them for this post, methinks.

Definitely.
You scored 36% Cold and 46% Level-Headed!
You can kill. But the question "Why would you?" arises. Out of safety or cruelty?




My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:


free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 31% on Cold

free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 16% on Level-Headed
Link: The Can You Kill a Man? Test written by notmarkflynn on Ok Cupid.


The first player of this "game" starts with the top "5 Guilty Pleasures" and people who get tagged need to write an LJ entry about their 5 Guilty Pleasures as well as state this rule. In the end, you need to choose the next 5 people to be tagged and list their names.

Guilt, right, think of guilty stuff...

1. Reading the odd lemon online.
2. The human lemons are boring and turn me off.
3. Same as Tracker for this one, having carnal urges but not the self-dicipline to resist them.
4. Procrastination. Lots and lots of procrastination.
5. Taking shortcuts and cutting corners, looking for an easy button.

Right, who can I tag that never posts...:
ntnon
chrisp1234
christy_head
Hmm, and out of curiosity, I'll throw jackv and trash80 in there too. :-D

Catching rabbits tomorrow, Dawn's still not told us what stupid time to be there yet, either, curse her. >_< Looking at bunnies through binoculars on Monday, fun, lol.

*Pounces and kisses White because he wants to*

-John

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Subject:Got tagged again, lol.
Time:11:10 pm.
Mood:*Okay*.
Right, brief little got-tagged-by-hikaru_firestar update, here we go! o/

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LiveJournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

1) My Stupid Mouth, by John Mayer.
2) The Boy Done Wrong Again, by Belle and Sebastian.
3) It's Been Awhile, by Staind.
4) Oh Daddy, by Fleetwood Mac.
5) No Way Out, by Phil Collins.
6) Home, by Depeche Mode.
7) Goodbye My Lover, by James Blunt.

I won't tag anyone, but whoever sees this meme and wants to have a go, please feel free, it'd be good to see what you're listening to at the moment. *Can guess either Balto music or the soundtrack to You've Got Mail for White* :-D

-John
Eckers: 7 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

Subject:A dream entry
Time:8:16 pm.
Mood:*Full, just had dinner*.
It's an update! Not a proper one really, but a dream I had last night. It was a class dream because it had a black-furred, wolverine fox in it (wolverine as the adjective rather than the noun). It's long though, so behind the cut it goes. People who were in it: snowwolfmystic, whitewolf_707, ntnon, great_britannia.

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And that's my dream, lol. It inspired me enough to update at least, if nothing else. ^_^

In other news, I'll probably be working with lots of rabbits in the next three months. If any of you have burning questions about rabbits, I'll be working with a rabbit guru called Diana Bell, she knows practically everything about them. This semester is the last before my graduation, I hope I do okay, it's hard work and scary as hell. I'll warn you now, heh, it'll probably mean I fall behind with Livejournal and E-mails again, but I'll try not to. If it seems like I'm not around much or have disappeared, that'd be why, don't worry. And here White and I were saying while she was here that we really should come online and chat more to everyone, lol. I do miss those days. Laughing, roleplaying, mad little conferences on Yahoo Messenger, and everyone I knew was from TBL, and I could keep up with all the different IM windows. Oh to have that old ability back again, my old energy and expertise, and less jade. But still, life is good, and we may get back to those days yet, you never know.

I leave you with these words of wisdom. When you put your bedsheet on, make sure it's not inside out. *Grins* Ecker ecker!

Oh yeah, and I owe several of you a huge apology. Those in my last entry whose cards were going to be horribly, dreadfully late... I never got them done. *Winces* Sorry. Things closed in towards Christmas and there wasn't time before the New Year to get them done, I just wasn't organized enough. I'm really sorry. x_o

-John
Eckers: 6 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Subject:Mike's visit
Time:7:39 pm.
Mood:*Really really tired*.
Today, balto_mike went back to Maidenhead on the train, he arrived yesterday and stayed the night; it was a good visit, with wolf documentaries, computer games and chess. And those little preztel & stick things. Here's a rundown of what we did.

whitewolf_707 and I got to Norwich train station at about half eleven in the morning, or a few minutes before, when Mike was due to arrive from Liverpool Street station. I managed to miss him actually getting off the train because I'd nipped to the gent's, but he was there when I came out again talking with White. We walked into the city centre in the hopes of hunting down a wolf T-shirt for Mike, since he's been after one for a while but one thing or another always seemed to prevent him getting it. Being a bank holiday Monday though, most of the shops were closed, so we didn't have any luck. We did have a meal at the Glasshouse though, and saw the cathedral along with a few of the quaint backroads we have here. Then we went home, my brother picked us up.

At home he dropped his stuff off in the spare room, then became awestruck by my own with its wolf stuff, posters, pictures and bits and bobs. I showed him my swords, including the renowned claymore, and he took some pictures with his camera. We made MP3s of his Narnia soundtrack CD and showed him Mount & Blade (he got slaughtered by river pirates, but then got used to the combat system and started beating them up), Morrowind and another game we recently got into called Minions of Mirth, an MMORPG.

By this time I was getting really, really tired. I hadn't been getting a lot of sleep and was still, agravatingly, getting over my cold, so I was barely able to keep my eyes open. After Mike had shown us some 700 pictures of various places in London, I just had to sleep, so I said goodnight and White joined me about 45min later after showing him some of her digital photos and talking while browsing the internet.

In the morning, we had some breakfast and then saw a wolf documentary he brought with him called Living with Wolves. I remember it was shown on Sky a while ago; Draiko, a friend from TAB, had praised it highly before, and I have to admit it wasn't bad at all. After that, we listened to snowwolfmystic's recordings that she put up recently in her Livejournal and I have to say, Snow, you've got a lot of talent. I was seriously impressed, we all were, and to do a recital for as long as that must've been a trial of endurance just in itself, lol. Really good music.

Then Mike and I had a game of chess. It was the first game of chess I'd won in about two years, lol, but it was fun, and he pulled a few evil little maneouvres on me that had me on the run. And then after Mike double-checked he'd packed everything, we went off into town again for another wolf T-shirt hunt. We didn't find one. There was a wolf fleece, and a Hell Rider T-shirt with a wolf on it, but it was a biker's T-shirt so Mike wasn't too keen on it. I took us round a few nice crystal shops that had Wiccan and Native American things, we looked around a film merchandise shop and then we had a meal at The City Gate before going up to the castle and taking a few more pictures.

Then it was time for Mike to get his train home, and we walked down to the station. He left a book with me to read called Woodsong, by Gary Paulsen, author of Winterdance. I'll try and read that when I can, but I don't get a lot of reading in nowadays really. He emplored us to get a post up in Livejournal by tonight, so here it is. Hah, we did it. ;-P And we have your towel hostage. Yep, you left your towel here, Mike. It'd probably cost more to post it back than it would to buy a new one though, so I wouldn't worry about it. I'm not sure if ordering you a wolf T-shirt online is the best idea, either, with what I've been racking up on my debit card for Christmas and White's visit. Sorry Mike, I'm going to have to give it a miss, it's just such a shame the market was undergoing reconstruction, otherwise the T-shirt stand would've had some in from The Mountain. Keep your eye out for them though, and if you see one you like, buy it, your mum can't dictate what T-shirts you wear, that's silly.

All in all, a good visit. :-) And now I'll hand you over to WhiteWolf for your dose of 'graphicthingies'. Ah, she posted them in her Livejournal, so you can meander over there for them, lol: whitewolf_707.

I know I haven't updated in general yet, or since White got here, but we're having a lovely time together and aren't spending much of it online, so apologies there if we're not keeping up with Livejournal. We should still be in TBL chats as usual though. Hope you're all having a happy New Year. ^_^

-John
Eckers: 28 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Subject:Long overdue update
Time:2:25 pm.
Mood:*Anticipant*.
Yes, here it is, a proper update at last. It's been months since my last one of these, lots of stuff's gone on and most of it I can't remember, because I'm a scatterbrain like that. First things first though. Cards. I've left it horribly late this year, so if I have your address, you'll probably get a card after Christmas has actually happened, heh, sorry about that. And apologies, too, to the following poor people whose cards can only be described as being Dreadfully Late (because I haven't posted them yet ^_^;): acanis and Kate, ntnon and great_britannia, chrisp1234, xnightangelx, scbordercollie, cherokee14, Husky, Lone, techno4tomcats, wolfenashes, munebunny, pardouncia, raeninjamoose, trash80, twodogz, vestawolf and greatarcticwolf, christy_head (if I can ever, EVER manage to wangle your address out of you), sea_demon, zekiwolf and Scratch and Cheryl.

Secondly, I've managed to catch a cold just in time for Christmas, lol, it's annoying because I'm hardly ever poorly, it's on the way out though, I'm nuking it with a combination of a hyperactive immune system and an ibuprofen-paracetamol cocktail. whitewolf_707, nanakyi, hikaru_firestar and anyone else suffering with bodily dysfunction of any kind, I hope it clears up soon so that you can enjoy the holidays. Being ill sucks.

And whoever it was who sent a card to "Bubba Bo Bob John Esq.", I know you're in England somewhere, and even if you didn't have a posting zone frank to tell where you posted it from and didn't put your return address on the card, when I get back from Leicester and do all my card opening on Tuesday, I'll find out who you are! X-D My money's on acanis, he's the mad sort of person to do that kind of thing. :-P

And to put anyone's mind at rest who sent me a card, I've gotten ones so far from: balto_mike, the Bubba Bo Bob person (long live Pinky & the Brain!), alueus, goldeagleradar and her cublets, _theblackwolf_, my grandad and the University of Maine telling me the next semester starts on January 17th and would I like to discuss educational aspirations with an academic adviser. o_o Thankyou for the cards!

My friend jackv is roaming about over in Cambodia at the moment, he's going to be there for Christmas. It's not a Christian country, and the only signs of Christmas are one or two trees up in people's houses through the window, no lights or special broadcasts or anything. He has one present and a card to open from a fellow traveller he met in Australia, so it's probably going to be pretty lonely for him out there, spare him a happy thought for Christmas.

Right, where to start for some actual substance to my entry... *Ponders on top of his den* I won't bore you with university stuff. Ooh, I did see The Chronicles of Narnia on Sunday with Phil, Emily, her brother and her parents (Chris was supposed to be there but ended up waiting at Guild Hall instead of coming to the cinema like we'd told him). It was class, though the body language was wrong for the wolves, they were too human in that regard. But still, the CGI was excellent, and the battle scenes were great. Aside from one small, niggling thing that I have to nitpick about. If an adolescent human male with no combat experience and a weedy constitution tries to bull over a hulking great minotaur with one flimsy backhanded slap of his sword, he would in fact break his arm, not barrel the creature out of the way. But aside from that, superb film. :-D I love escapism.

For Christmas this year I'll be heading up to my grandad's over in Leicester, going up this Saturday (so I'll miss the Balto League chat, sorry!) and coming back on Monday. It'll be good to see the family again, we'll be meeting up with Nana and my uncle Steve who lives up in Scotland now, it's been ages since I saw him, he's a computer enthusiast and is probably the most responsible for my own interest in them. We used to go up to his house when he lived nearer to Leicestershire and play games on his Atari ST. Oldies like Arkanoid 2, Buggy Boy and Thundercats. *Goes sentimental about the old, old PCs and their excellent computer games* You just don't get classics like Rainbow Islands or Xenon any more. And Dungeon Master, oh god, the pinnacle of dungeon RPGs IMO.

*Comes back from his old computer game tangent* The Aurora Borealis has gone back into dormancy again. -_- It looked like it was moving again when nighttracker made a post and promised a comeback, but since each plotline involves one or more of her characters, and she never did come back after that one post, the club stayed still. >_< It's not all your fault though, Tracker, lol, don't worry. *Pats her on the head* I still haven't posted for the detective yet, either, I just can't seem to get over the mental block for him. Maybe I should offer his character up to someone else to play, like Draiko, he seems very responsible and dedicated. Prod that sparf of yours and see if he can get a post out for his characters, lol. Hmm... There are a few people on Livejournal that like roleplaying, and we always welcome new members, even if it's just to read the story without roleplaying. If anyone's interested, it's a Yahoo club and is Balto-based: The Aurora Borealis.

Right, eyes stinging now, must get some of those impending cards written, too. So! Time to go. ^_^ Sorry to everyone for not commenting much on your entries, too, I've not been online much in the run-up to Christmas and this cold just recently isn't helping, lol. Not sure how much I'll be about when my mate whitewolf_707's here, but we'll see if I can keep up. Have a merry Christmas, mateys. :-) *Sneezes*

Oh yeah, and happy birthday, xnightangelx! Hope it isn't overshadowed by Christmas, lol. *Scruffles Azrani's headfur* Have a good one. :-)

-John *Clubs policho with a starfish on a bit of string*
Eckers: 12 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Subject:That 5 weird things meme that kassandrahaymer nabbed me with.
Time:5:14 am.
Mood:*Peacefully content (default, lol)*.
Consider this a prelude to an actual update, which will come probably next week sometime, after my cards are sent out and I've finished university for the year. There was another meme someone got me with a while ago that I've been meaning to do... Rate my Life I think it was, but I don't have the results to hand ATM so you're all spared, lol. Anyway, here you go.

5 weird things about John.

1. I tend to do forward rolls when I'm happy, and feeling energetic. Corridors, grass, gravel, pavement, it's all the same to me so long as I won't crash into anyone's legs, or the corner of a wall. *Twitches at the memory*

2. I frequently diregard social etiquette and propriety when I ask people if they believe in werewolves or not. Old ladies on buses, university lecturers and shop assistants know no haven from my enquiries.

3. I'm possibly one of the most naive, latently trusting and gullible people you're likely to meet, lol. I'm happy with it, is the weirder thing, though it'll probably get me in trouble one day.

4. If given the freedom of not having to go to university or anything else that requires I be awake any earlier than midday, I'll frequently sleep into the afternoon thanks to something called a timezone. Being stuck five hours ahead of my mate often means talking into the early hours, and in my lectures I've gotten a reputation for falling asleep.

5. I've only ever completely missed one Balto League chat since I joined the Yahoo club. That was then I took White to see Darren Hayes live in Birmingham once. And, curses, I'll be missing the Christmas Eve chat, too, because I'll be up in Leicester with my grandad and family. I'm very dedicated to the chats, though my activity on the board itself has gone down since the early days. Not enough old-time members come to the chats any more, it's a shame.

And there we are, the five things I can think of, and I was scraping the barrel after number 2. But! If you'd like to leave a comment with a weird thing about me, then that'd be interesting to see. Being myself, I might think that something I do is normal, when really it's weird, and it'd take someone else to point it out to me.

Proper update coming soon, and not before time, lol.

Oh yeah! And a very happy birthday to karakas! Best years of your life, these, enjoy them. :-)

-John
Eckers: 12 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Subject:Memes that looked interesting.
Time:10:19 pm.
Mood:*Jiggly*.
Ganked from nanakyi, who nabbed them from wolf_of_gaia and quatres_star respectively.

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That's all for now, a proper post should be on its way in the near future. Whether it actually will be or not remains to be seen. ^_^; I'm not a very frequent poster. Bubblesense!

-John
Eckers: 20 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

Subject:Mindmapness
Time:12:25 am.
Mood:*Sentimental*.
I was pleasantly surprised to find an updated Mindmap in my inbox today, I'd been wondering what it'd look like now since I first applied for one back in January, since I didn't know many people on Livejournal back then and thought I'd wasted my chance by taking it too early. But here it is, my new and improved Mindmap.


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WhiteWolf is on this one! Which makes me happy, she's nice and big. She's not feeling so great ATM, what with university exams and coursework, dreary weather and possibly coming down with something, so send her a happy thought or two, she could do with them. In other news, my university work needs attantion, I've been putting it off rather unprofessionally and should get cracking on it really.

I saw Wallace & Gromit, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit today with Phil, Chris and Emily. It was a superb film, fantastic humour and some excellent cinematography, I'd highly recommend it. Gromit was my favourite, he's so class, says so much without words. They've come a long way since A Grand Day Out.

Anyway, stopping my rambling now, and sending happy thoughts to my mate. Hope you're doing okay, my love.

-John
xxx
Eckers: 22 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Subject:Procrastinating again
Time:3:56 pm.
Mood:*Placid*.
Yep, another entry from the UEA when I should be doing work. I should be reading two excruciatingly boring Plants and Environment papers to do a critical appraisal of, but can't bring myself to carry on past page 5 for now. I'll finish the rest another time. I also didn't get around to starting to read Spirit Walker, which I'm ashamed about since Mike was so kind in posting his own copy to me. I'd do a tag thing to show the livejournal name, but I can't remember it, I use Semagic for all of the fancy stuff. Conservation Biology was interesting this morning though, explaining models for sustainable exploitation. I have to track down Diana Bell later this week, too, and see what I'll be doing for my final year project. Most likely, it'll be scatology with red foxes (for those not familiar with biology terminology, that basically means divining from their droppings). But it's red foxes, a (relatively) large carnivore, so I don't mind. We don't have wolves over here.

If you've been to the last couple of Balto League chats then you're probably sick of me mentioning this, but for those I haven't spread the word to yet, there's an excellent little game called Mount & Blade at TaleWorlds that you can download and play for free. It lets you advance to level 6, and then if you like it and want to go higher, you can buy a license key for something like eight quid. The maximum level is 50, but I personally thought that was a bit scabby, so you can hex edit the saved games to reset you to level 1 again with zero experience, but keeping all of your statistics, if you want to go through the cycle perpetually. Very good combat engine, which is the focus of the game, it's pretty poorly developed in other areas AND the new version that's just been released, 0.700, is full of bugs. It's under development still, but is very good.

My parents' 29th anniversary was yesterday, we went out to Sheringham on the coast for a meal and a walk on the beach. We saw a dead seal that'd been washed up, I think a female from the lack of scars, it was a shame. But other than that, we had a very good day, doing messages in the sand with our feet and skimming stones, enjoying the strong sea breeze and watching Mark chase down the pay and display ticket across the car park when the wind blew it out of his mouth. To finish up with, we had a fire in the lounge, it was a great day all-in-all.

*Stretches and glances about his little patch of territory* What else to say... Don't want to make this too long and boring, and I should really finish that paper. I'll leave you with some inspiration I stumbled across in the gentleman's toilet. I looked up and saw this stuck onto the back of the cubicle door, it made me think, and stirred me.

"Well there's no one to blame,
Or should hang their heads in shame,
We're all born the same,
And we all need...

Warm breeze, blue skies,
Cornfields and summer sun,
I weep as I lay in the arms of one that I love.

If the Earth were my lover
Would I treat her this way?
If you were my brother
Could I watch you waste away?

I am dust, I am Earth I am,
Yet I feel like a stranger in my own land.
Give us back our fields and our oceans
And the clean air so we can breathe again.

Stop feeling small you're a part of it all
And everything you say and do
And everytime you let the truth come through
It makes a difference
Believe in your significance...

Give us back our fields and our oceans
and the clean air so we can breathe again."

It's derived from the song 'I Am Dust', by Sieze the Day (Lyrics), and it moved me enough to share it with you. But now, The Return to Castle Saltmarsh. *Drudges back into his ecology paper*

-John

EDIT: Oh yeah, I thought there was something I was forgetting. I knew writing "sea serpent dream" on the back of my hand would work. Another thing I was going to mention was this really class dream I had a couple of nights ago. I was a scientist (ecologist or conservationist) working with a team on a research station in a lagoon or lake of some kind. It looked almost like a pagonda or one of those tiered oriental buildings, but futuristic and smoother. We were studying the fish in the lake, but found out shortly after we arrived that a sea monster was feeding off of them as part of the natural community. I think it was male (and I strangely alternated between being myself in the dream, and being a lady researcher similar to the one in The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman), and it was huge. His head was about the height and width of the room I'm sitting in now, a diameter of the order of 10' or so. He had a pair or a few (relatively) little tendrils at the front of his nose, which was rounded and broad, and he was a mixture of light greens and blues. I couldn't even guess at the length, but at the very least fifty metres, and I couldn't see any other distinguishing characteristics, I only got a good look at the head in the dream. The head itself was noticeably different from the body, it's not like the trunk just rounded off into a head, there was a skull there plain to see, but I can't remember if it had a crest, ridges, a collar, or anything like that. I should've written it down after I woke up, really. But anyway, he habituated the lake/lagoon and got along pretty well with us, friendly and almost amused in his tolerance, I remember being in the water with him once up close and riding the water current over his head as he passed below. But then these other people, government people who'd heard about the creature, invaded our research station to violently and fatally put a stop to our project so that they could conduct whatever scheme of theirs they had in mind for the beast. We fought back against these SAS-like troops who were coming in on ropes and all sorts, attacking each level of our station. We didn't do too badly for untrained personnel, and I was still counterattacking when I woke up, having a good two or three black-garbed SAS people under my belt. It was a really class dream, I need more like that. The sea serpent was probably a result of reading Livejournals so much, lol, I have no idea where the government soldiers came from though. Anyway, NOW I will read the rest of that paper. ... Argh, no, it's quarter to five, I have to go to my parasitology lecture. Yay, I just can't wait to learn about mating flatworms.

-John
Eckers: 4 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Subject:Half-post from the UEA
Time:4:46 pm.
Mood:*Curious about Parasitology*.
Euro tagged me with his evil music thing. >_< I'll squeeze it in before I have to run off to my last lecture.

List 5 songs that you think are extremely annoying.
1. The Sound of Music.
2. I Know a Song that Really Gets on Your Nerves, by all children everywhere at one point in their lives.
3. The majority of rap songs.
4. We are Climbing Jesus' Ladder and other hymns from my junior school assemblies.
5. Last Resort, by Papa Roach.

List 5 other songs that you absolutely despise.
1. The Barney theme.
2. King of the Road, by Roger Miller.
3. All Crazy Frog songs.
4. Dog's Blood Rising, by Current 93
5. Miserere, by Current 93.

Do you own an MP3 player? If yes, which kind and which size? If no, why not?
Nope, I never really felt the need to buy one, same as a mobile phone. Mark has both now, I can always just nab his. :-D

What song are you listening to right now?
The musical plastic tinkle of typing in the UEA's BIO/MTH lab.

How much music do you have on your computer?
*VNCs his home computer from the university* 0.463 on the desktop... *Is happily selecting all and then deselecting the non-MP3s when he accidentally sends the command to open all 3GB+ on his machine* O_O;; No! Noooo! *After a brief struggle, loses contact with his computer at home* ... Shall we just say I have a lot? X-D

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This interesting dog breed quiz has been floating around, too, I thought I'd give it a go.


discover your dog breed @ quiz meme


And now I have a Parasitology lecture. If I had more time, I'd do a proper update, and read Spirit Walker that Mike has very kindly posted to me. Perhaps another day when I'm stranded here I'll be able to. :-)

-John
Eckers: 6 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Subject:Another quickie.
Time:9:03 pm.
Mood:*Placid*.
Just a short post to let everyone know I've been almost entirely absent from the internet and Livejournal for the last few days, and might still be for a while yet. I do check E-mails once or twice a day at least though, so I'm still reachable (though I can't promise a speedy reply). And also, because Stu tagged me with this meme thing, the Aussie scab bag. >_<

Write 20 random facts about yourself, then tag the same number of people as minutes it takes you to write the facts.

Start time: 20:17

1. I need a shower.
2. I have Osgood Shclatter's syndrome in my left knee, sharply acquired when a member of the opposing rugby team fell on it and ripped the tendon half off of the shinbone; it's still weaker than my right knee but I don't let that stop me.
3. I tend to roll around a lot. It's fun.
4. I don't like binge drinking. Having a nice social pint down the pub with your mates is what it's all about. Drinking just to get drunk is a mistake.
5. I fail too often.
6. Which brings me to my next fact. The thing I fear and resent the most is letting people down, with emphasis proportional to how important they are to me.
7. I weigh around about 11st, but want to get back down to ten.
8. I'm naughty, I don't brush my teeth daily. x_o
9. I have a tiny, practically undetectable lump just under and to the right of my right eye, at the corner of the cheekbone, from where my brother, Mark, kicked his shoe off of his foot and hit me there when I was about twelve.
10. I don't go outside at night to roam as often as I used to, and should do more of it, though the internet binds me most nights.
11. I love computer games, having been introduced to computers at an early age by forward-thinking parents, and have a fondness for the Atari ST, my first proper computer.
12. Dinner is ready now, so I will go and eat it, then return.

Pause at: 20:25

Resume at: 20:43

13. I used to practice Tae Kwon-Do and Hapkido when I was young, but stopped when my brother did because I didn't like sparring against strangers.
14. I used to be a hooker. For my rugby team, Lakenham & Hewett Rugby Football Club. ... Don't look at me like that. Hooker is the number 2 position, they hook the balls in the scrums and throw them in the lineouts.
15. Je peux parle en Français, un peut.
16. I was heavily enthralled with The Animals of Farthing Wood when I was younger, dreaming about them a lot. It's an excellent animated series, a shame it's for children, there was so much potential to make it appealing for aduts.
17. I'm trying to find out more about shifting. A few years ago my enthusiasm was unbridled, I searched online and read books, talked to shifters online when I could find them (it isn't unusual for the first thing people hear from me when I meet them to be, "Hi, do you believe in werewolves?"), but now I'm more laid back about it. I really should start putting more effort into it again. I've set my goal age to have P-shifted by at 30 years old, to give me some incentive. It's easier the younger you are, so if I haven't managed it by then, heh, hopes aren't high.
18. I'm a furry, technically, since I'm a fan of anthropomorhpic animal fiction, both films and books. The Redwall series by Brian Jacques is superb.
19. I try to be as tolerant and understanding as I can, which sometimes gets me into trouble, since it tends to make me think other people are like that too, so I can't understand when others are hostile or malicious simply because I wouldn't be, in their position.
20. I was born with jaundice, not too uncommon for newborns, but they had to stick me in an ultraviolet crib thing for a few days or so to break down the bilirubin in my skin.

Stop time: 20:59

That's 24min. o_o That means I have to tag 24 people?? Well screw that. X-D Whoever wants to take this thing, can, I don't want to press anyone, lol.

Happy birthday in three hours, dunder!

-John
Eckers: 8 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Subject:Aaargh forgot the subject. *Goes back and edits it* There we go. :-D
Time:2:25 pm.
Mood:*Sappy*.
Okay, thanks to zekiwolf and the host of other friends that have done this thing, I thought I'd go for it, too, lol.

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Also, White just moved back into Rutgers University this weekend, her birthday's coming up on Friday so keep her in your thoughts. She's enjoying it a lot more this year, it feels more like home, it makes me really happy knowing that she's comfortable in the dormitories this time and seems to have gotten a good roommate. Enjoy the free time, White! Thinking of you, and love you lots.

-John
xxx
Eckers: 22 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

Subject:More quick memeness
Time:1:11 pm.
Mood:*Bobbly*.
I saw this in techno4tomcats's Livejournal and it looked like fun, so here you go, mateys!

Go to your music player of choice and put it all on shuffle. Say the following questions aloud, and after each one press play. Use the song title as the answer to the question.

What do you think of me, iTunes?
Space Harrier Disco ReMix, by DJ Pretzel.
Ahah, you must like me. *Uses newly-learnt word* It's peppy! :-D *Bobbles onto the next question*

Will I have a happy life?
Gamble Everything for Love, by Ben Lee.
*Cheeeers* \o/ That's the way to go!

What do my friends really think of me?
I Ran (So Far Away), by Flock of Seagulls.
Rofl! X-D That right, mateys! Flee! Flee for your liiives! *Chases them*

Do people secretly lust after me?
Africa, by Toto.
Hmm... I guess that means not, since it's a happy, faithful sort of song. "It's gonna take a lot to drag me awaaay from yoouuu..." *Sings*

How can I make myself happy?
Space Harrier 2 GET READY, by DJ Pretzel.
I'm seeing a pattern here. *Cackles* Old computer games for the win!

What should I do with my life?
Now We Are Free (Maximus Mix), by Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard, from the Gladiator soundtrack.
Now this answer I like! *Jigs a bit to the music, swaying in parts*

Why must life be so full of pain?
The Love You Save, by The Jackson Five.
Answer: It doesn't have to be! Roll the bobbly songs! o/

How can I maximize my pleasure during sex?
Showdown, from Golden Axe.
o_o; Battle music? Some kind of erotic fighting foreplay? I'll, I'll leave this one alone, yeah.

Can you give me some advice?
Blade's Stage, from Eternal Champions.
More fighting music? You've got a one-track mind, here. >_< I can think of my own erotic dances, thankyou.

What do you think happiness is?
The Venus Flytrap Intro, by Ben Daglish.
You heard it here first, happiness is giant flies, sometimes mechanical, that cling to ceilings and spit red blobs.

*Sneaks another question in*

If you were granted one wish, what would it be?
Oliver's Army, by Elvis Costello and The Attractors.
o_o Joining the army? Heh, no thanks. ^_^; It is a happy-sounding song though. *Bobs*

Now it's time to run around Livejournal and comment on everything I didn't get the chance to last night! *Scampers out into the internet*

-John
Eckers: 6 eckers -Ecker ecker?

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

Subject:Just another silly mood
Time:3:44 pm.
Mood:*Whee*.
I saw this and laughed, nostalgia is good, man. http://www.djpretzel.com/blog/?page_id=11

And, thanks go to DJ Pretzel and his excellent remixes of old computer game music. http://www.ocremix.org/remixer/id/1/ I shall now listen to the Death Adder Trance Remix. :-D

-John
Eckers: 2 eckers -Ecker ecker?

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