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Last one to leave... [02 Dec 2016|09:35am]
...Remember to turn off the lights. I'm outta here. Sorry Lene and Kat.
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Wow. Already it's my birthday! [22 Jun 2016|01:25am]
I'm 37 years old. THIRTY. SEVEN.

Never thought I'd clear thirty, to be honest.
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Huh. [17 Apr 2013|10:36am]
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Huh. I hate dwarves. [24 Mar 2013|11:27pm]
I Am A: Lawful Good Dwarf Paladin/Sorcerer (3rd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:







Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment when it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.

Dwarves are known for their skill in warfare, their ability to withstand physical and magical punishment, their hard work, and their capacity for drinking ale. Dwarves are slow to jest and suspicious of strangers, but they are generous to those who earn their trust. They stand just 4 to 4.5 feet tall, but are broad and compactly built, almost as wide as they are tall. Dwarven men value their beards highly.

Primary Class:
Paladins take their adventures seriously, and even a mundane mission is, in the heart of the paladin, a personal test an opportunity to demonstrate bravery, to learn tactics, and to find ways to do good. Divine power protects these warriors of virtue, warding off harm, protecting from disease, healing, and guarding against fear. The paladin can also direct this power to help others, healing wounds or curing diseases, and also use it to destroy evil. Experienced paladins can smite evil foes and turn away undead. A paladin's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast. Many of the paladin's special abilities also benefit from a high Charisma score.

Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

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

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Almost no one posts on LJ anymore [17 Jun 2011|11:33pm]
It's mostly facebook and such now. Guys, I read your posts! Please post more. :)
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I won at music [27 Mar 2011|02:32am]
Don Basely was, for a very long time, the chorus director of the Northland Barbershop Chorus. For a very long time, he was the best bass in the chorus. He ruled that place, and he was adored on high, sorta thing.

Tonight, he said the Chorus sounded better than it has in its' entire 50 year history. He also said that I was an excellent bass.

Cadence and Vocal Spectrum melted faces with their awesomeness, and I got to hear the legend that is Tim Warick. Chris, their bass was amazing, and the lead and baritone were impeccable. It was the bass I really noticed.

I hope everyone who made it had a good time!
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Wow, I post a lot. [15 Nov 2010|02:06am]
I haven't posted anything (even super-private entries) since the middle of September. I post a lot.
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A general note [30 Aug 2010|07:21pm]
If I upset you, and you react to it, I apologize and attempt to set things right. It doesn't matter who it is, or what I did- if I wrong someone, I attempt to make amends.

Why is it so hard for anyone else to do the same? If you upset me, don't just say I'm being an asshole. Maybe what YOU did wasn't perfect. OH right! Everyone who wrongs me was perfectly in the right and I've just got a persecution complex. Even though I discuss these things with sane people who come to the same goddamned conclusions as I do, you must be right.
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The shortest story [21 Jul 2010|01:30pm]
DISCLAIMER: Anna is fine, just a sinus infection.

Last night when we were at the hospital, a story came to mind about Ernest Hemmingway.Collapse )
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I have never been happier [22 Dec 2009|02:17am]
Anna Louise Sherry Schmidt was born on December 21st at 9:54:20pm EST. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 19 inches long. Her hair is currently black, and her eyes are dark green. She is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life, and I could not be happier.

She is named Anna after my dearly departed great-grandmother (Baba, deceased 1999), Wren (Rebecca)'s maternal grandmother (Lois, deceased December 21st, 2004), and my own mother, Sherry (deceased July 21 2005). It has been too long since they have passed, but they will each live on in my daughter.

The gods have been kind to me, and in their honour, I dedicate myself to them.
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I'm 30 years old now.. [22 Jun 2009|12:13am]
And it's been one hell of a year. School started, I did pretty good considering how long it'd been since I was in school. I bought a house. I started singing Barbershop. My wife's pregnant.

Not much else, but really? That's a hell of a year, right there.
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If everything goes according to plan... [27 Apr 2009|07:02pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

...Sometime around December I'm going to be a FATHER. Yes, Wren is pregnant. What a wonderful year this really has been! First, school! Then, HOUSE! Then, BABY. It's been a damned good year!

I don't think I've ever been happier (aside from chemical depression, but who *DIDN'T* know I suffered from that one, right?) and life has taken so many turns up, it's... Incredible.

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I... Live... AGAIN. [05 Mar 2009|04:54pm]
My computer is running again. Well, case, keyboard and mouse are running. Everything else is new.

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Awesome! [15 Sep 2008|03:06pm]
[ mood | grumpy ]

So, my computer's dead. Power supply seems to have cooked the motherboard. I can't afford a new anything, so I'm shit outta luck for awhile. I need the damned thing for school, too. Ah well, maybe I'll be able to find a *better* computer for something I can actually afford. Maybe.

What all this means is my internet activity is going down. Kinda a good thing, considering the fact that I just started school, but still. Big pissoff.

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I need you all to do yourselves a favour [17 Aug 2008|03:50pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Read the book "Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson. Heinlein was dead for 17 years when pen was first put to paper, but.. The Man Himself wrote it. I don't know how to describe it other than this:

No one can write like Robert A. Heinlein. For better or for worse, no one can. Spider Robinson's touch is evident, such as the inclusion of the Trailer Park Boys, but.. It's Heinlein. As though the two took turns writing chapters, yet they flowed so beautifully into each other.

Robinson had 7 out of 8 pages of notes, and some 3x5 index cards written by Heinlein. But that wasn't the only relic he had of one of Sci-Fi's patron saints- No, the estate gave him several things to work with; Heinlein's own cufflinks added to a modified shirt of Robinson's; Heinlein's wife Ginny's kimono for Spider's wife to wear; Heinlein's favourite garden shirt; and finally, and most poetically, I think, Spider Robinson used Robert A. Heinlein's own desk dictionary, with its' fifty odd years of repairs and modifications by Heinlein himself. The two wordsmiths pulled from the same forge, and the result is beauty.

To put the book in a synopsis, this is my best effort:
It is the End and the Beginning. A man who turns down everything he could ever dream of, seeing it as the nightmare it was, and fleeing from humanity to rebuild himself among the stars. The trials, tribulations and joys of being this man, and the new hope available to him after all hope is extinguished.

Do yourselves a favour. Read it. You may not like it as much as I did, but even if you don't like Heinlein, or Sci-Fi, in the end, you've read an amazing book.

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June 22 [04 Aug 2008|10:54pm]
Instructions: Go over to Wikipedia and enter your birthdate and then pick 3 events, 2 births and 1 holiday that occurred on the day of your birthday.

168 BC - Battle of Pydna: Romans under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeat and capture Macedonian King Perseus, ending the Third Macedonian War.

1825 - British Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America.

1942 - Erwin Rommel is promoted to Field Marshal after the capture of Tobruk.

1757 - George Vancouver, British explorer (d. 1798) (Yes, *that* Vancouver)

1898 - Erich Maria Remarque, German writer (d. 1970) (All Quiet On The Western Front. Cool!)
1958 - Bruce Campbell, American actor (Hail to the King, Baby)

Saint Thomas More (d. 1535) Cool.
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ripped off from.. everyone. [07 Jul 2008|06:20pm]
A book quiz. Sorry for not cutting earlier.Collapse )
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Well, 15 minutes to 29 [21 Jun 2008|11:47pm]
[ mood | drunk ]

And I have to say, this has been a pretty good year. Things could've rolled better with the roomie, and a few other things, but Wren and I are happy. I think that's all I can really ask for. I don't feel any older yet, but wait 365 days and I'll answer a lot differently, I think. Gettin' old, but not hating it. It's nice. :)

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Huh. Stolen from Kim [10 Jun 2008|04:23pm]
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished,post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified)about what people remember about you.
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Best. Use. Of Inmates. Ever. [17 May 2008|10:16pm]
This is hilarious. The population of a Phillipino prison in Cebu doing "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, with a 'sister' playing the role. Pure hilarity.

See? It's stuff like this which can really make inmates see there's more to life than crime. Or something.

At least they were doing something constructive.
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