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Is there a word for stalking which does not involve soliciting or tracking someone but just paying unhealthy attention to random information that comes your way, and maybe putting yourself in an otherwise platonic path to find out more.

(is it still stalking)

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Nooo, all my carefully curated friends page themes!
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The Rules:
1. People who have been tagged must write the answers on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new, original question.
2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.
I am somewhat purposefully tagging people who have already been tagged, with the theory that, like the measles, once you've finished with them you are granted immunity (also, lazy). shivi, vistana, ameinias, lungwater, shannonsmuse, aestheticism, chikitah_9, goldy_dollar

1. What are 5 cool things you've done since January?
DJ'd and MC'd a St. Urho's day thing at the Finlandia Club, and made a kick-ass banner for said thing
Tweaked my webserver in a number of small ways, to keep it up more consistently and to make it easier to update.
Have started making origami bunny rabbits instead of origami cranes
Went cross-country skiing for the first time in ages, did the 3.5km track.
Started trying Just Dance as a steady exercise thing, to replace the exercise I used to get as a university student, climbing stairs all the time.

2. How do you style your hair?
Lately, kind of bad, been using the hot-air blow dryer. Volumize, then tuck behind ears.
Am experimenting now with cool air and simple tousling.

3. What are you wearing now?
Furry hat, glasses, grey cardigan, black v-neck, floral print skirt (!, unusual), grey leggings, black socks.

4. What's your occupation?
Part-time everything. Piano teacher, volunteer DJ, pianist, master of web type things, erstwhile software developer.

5. What do you hear right now?
Occasional brotherly videogame profanity, faint background music, someone vaccuuming.

6. What's your favourite guilty pleasure treat?
For breakfast: french toast at the Hoito. with sausages.
Otherwise: double-cheeseburger at McDonalds. such guilt, I do not experience at Calico's.

7. What is/was for dinner?
TBD. Yesterday was pizza friday, I had three slices of supreme (green pepper, mushrooms, pepperoni, italian sausage).

8. What did you do today?
Went hunting for a replacement power cord for a sound mixer, did some speculative shopping (i.e. did not actually buy anything due to brokenness) at the bookstore and pawn shop, currently procrastinating on website maintenance. Considering looking up the latest episodes of Stargate Universe.

9. Dog person or cat person?
Slightly more dog than cat, but I think I've a fairly even keel in this.

10. What is the best thing you've ever done?
Hands down, volunteering at the local radio station. Gaining access to so much new music, improving my verbal communication, getting out and doing things in a way that feels less like obligation.

11. What was the last thing that you bought?
A few beers at the Finn Bin last night.

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Back to university for another degree - either music, or audio engineering, or possibly electrical engineering. The center option, interesting, as it's almost the happy medium. I think, also, that I'd go to university somewhere other than in Canada, perhaps Finland or somewhere else in Europe, or the States.

13. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Difficult to see. I'm currently at such a crossroads, trying to find that first real job. Hopefully, making and fixing things in some capacity.

14. Favourite book(s)?
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. People, solving problems by defining them.

15. What are you doing this weekend?
Rockin' the Finn Bin (actually last night), Born Ruffians on Sunday (so excited)!

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
Something more portable than piano - I've flirted with the guitar and the ukulele.

17. How are you?
I feel solid. I don't necessarily know where I'll end up in the next few months, but I think I'll keep finding things to do.
A little worried, that if I move out of town I'll have to sacrifice all the roots I've built at the radio station and the church and the Music Place, and unsure as to whether or not I'd be able to build that same sense of community in a place where I haven't grown up.

18. What are you doing tomorrow?
Church, day stuff, then Born Ruffians!

19. What are you looking forward to the most?
Spring weather and spring clothing (stolen from Saille).
i feel::
bouncy bouncy
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Obligatory yeesh it's been a while.

Popping in to mention an awesome music site, with blurb written for my radio show.

Southern Souls is a project put together by Mitch Fillion, which began in 2009 and originally featured bands from Southern Ontario, hence the name, Southern Souls. Inspired by other sites such as the Black Cab Sessions and Take Away Shows, Fillion wanders the area with an HD video camera and films musicians in their natural habitats, that is, on their streets and in their homes and favourite bars. Eventually he also began filming bands outside of the Southern Ontario region, and you can find brilliant, off-the-cuff, autotune-less performances on the site from musicians such as Peter Katz, Wax Mannequin, The Sheepdogs, The Do, Julie Fader, Owen Pallett, The Acorn, The Wooden Sky, Mother Mother and Diamond Rings - in short, something under the indie rock umbrella for just about anyone.

I'd been meaning to mention Southern Souls on my show for some time, and in fact I've forgotten how I first heard about the programme. To my great delight, quite recently Fillion began uploading mp3s of performances alongside the beautifully rich and vibrant videos. He's also up for CBC Radio 3's Searchlight poll for the best Canadian Music site, and was recently added to the panel for this year's Polaris Music Prize.

My favourite track so far is by a band called the Elwins - they're from Newmarket ON - and the video is one I highly recommend checking out as well (which LiveJournal doesn't seem to want to embed). The video begins in what I assume is the band's living room, collects another guitar player and percussionist on the way outside to the garage where the flutes and violins and drum set are waiting towards the end.
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Prevented from commenting elsewhere, I make a post, and hope the auto-quoting-ness of Facebook is not too greedy.

Here be crazy spoilers through Doctor Who 5x09 Collapse )

In essence, it won't quite be a reset switch (in Moffatt I must trust), although it might allow for a more light-hearted episode next week than otherwise.
i feel::
calm calm
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An aunt of mine will be visiting from Finland in June. My parents will be going to pick her up from Toronto by car, then driving her to Thunder Bay.

There exists, then, a hypothetical road-trip opportunity, when it comes time to drive her back to Toronto when she's going home to Finland (sometime in July, I think). My mum mentioned that if I could gather some friends to come back with, we could make a thing of it.

As things are still very fuzzy, this post is only to gauge any potential interest, and conditional responses are totally acceptable at this point (specific conditions would be appreciated, however). If, say, there is someone in Toronto who would like a one-way trip to Thunder Bay at the end of July-ish, that could possibly be worked out as well.

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i feel::
contemplative contemplative
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God, do I hate that word.

It might have been a little about that. The core of it was more, trying to explain, to make someone understand why I took something so personally, not to bind them to some promise in a hypothetical future. Not to argue whether or not I was capable of something, but to offer, freely and friendly, something I enjoy doing. And it became an argument about specifics, and I tried to get to the more general situation, which becomes arguing about hypotheticals, which is almost worse than useless.

In a funny sort of way, it's another situation reversed - in which it's too late to change anything, and I am trying to explain the needs of a situation, and I find comments taken personally in a way I didn't anticipate.

But it was also the same situation, where I spend a lot of effort finding different ways of explaining something. From this perspective, boilerplate responses and platitudes are doubly frustrating, and it's exactly the thing that prods me to keep trying to find a work-around. And it's a situation I find for myself way too often, when I'm trying to solve the problem of explaining or figuring out some personal triviality long after everyone else has (and probably should have) stopped caring.

And since I'm navel-gazing anyways, is there anything I can do about that? (besides saving things up for LiveJournal)
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This is a post to pretend that I still do things on LiveJournal besides creeping!

Come to think, though, even when I was using LJ regularly, it was mostly collections of links, which are a little better suited to Twitter.

LJ shall still be my place for more-than-idle speculation, and will hopefully see a resurgence in the summer months when classes aren't stealing all my processing time.


i feel::
blah blah
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each line is a panel, that could possibly be a comic someday

The Doctor cradles a sailor in his arms. "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry."

Sailor winces in pain, and replies, "Please, just remember me."

There's a death rattle, and his head lolls back.

The Doctor, tearful, closes the sailor's eyes. "Allons-y, Alonzo." For it is that same Alonzo from the terrible Christmas special.

The Doctor and sailor are seen in silhouette, the Doctor's head lowered over the body.
i feel::
pensive pensive
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I first heard about it a while ago, about the copyright battles over the songs it uses.

At some point, it went up online in its entirety! Although, it's probably easier just to download it than to watch in the embedded player.

i feel::
pleased pleased
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