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Posted by Lucina , in Life Sep 21 2013 · 114 views

I am sitting down right now in front of my computer screen, not yet entirely sure what I'm going to write about. I know I'm going to write something, and I'm almost 60% certain that whatever I do end up writing, nobody but me is really going to care. Not because life sucks or anything, just because I will ramble as is my tendency, and rambling becomes difficult to follow after a certain length of time. People should just get to the point.
Or maybe I won't even publish this. It'll just sit as a draft entry on my blog forever, tarnishing the lovely blue/grey/white colours with that faint pink and that blaring red that assigns it to the ugly and small "draft" pile. Perhaps I shall delete it all together. 
I digress. Although it could be asked if I can truly be digressing when I do not know yet what I am digressing from.
Perhaps I discuss life. Or talk about love (because I definitely know what true love is like...). 
Maybe I'll write about attitude. I like talking about attitude, if you can define talking as debating with yourself the various pros and cons on a subject that would infuriate every single person around you were they to know what you were thinking about. 
For me, attitude has an inherently bad sound to it, although I know that it shouldn't. I mean, the word is just used as a broad term for your outlook on life, or maybe sometimes your feelings. But then, so often you hear "stop it with that attitude!" or "give up the attitude!", and eventually, lines like that drill a new meaning into your brain. It's like "hashtag" (for me, not for all of you). At first it was meaningless to me, because I don't really care about Twitter. Then it became some overused meme. Then I got into just tacking it onto the beginning of verbal sentences: "hashtag awesome" is one of my favourite things to say, and it almost always leads into a string of hashtagged words ending in "hashtag hashtag". 
I digress again. I did not mean to talk about hashtags, it just sort of happened. That's me. (colon p)
Yes, that was on purpose.
Anyway, attitude. Going at it from an "outlook on life" sort of perspective, I realize more and more that I am all for the moment. As the moment passes, if I deem it worthy, I hold onto it to enjoy another day while I enjoy the next moment. If something is not remotely fun, I will forget all about it. Needless to say, school is... taxing. My greatest memories are from when I combined work and play. This past summer I counselled - I haven't spoken about it much to anyone except the people I worked with, because it's hard to explain. It's unfortunately ironic, but as an aspiring writer I find there are things I simply cannot describe. I could give you every detail about my summer and you would ask me "why was that worth telling?" and I would tell you "because some of the greatest moments of my life occurred, and some of my greatest failures and defeats as well." 
I view life as a slide - there are a lot of other people crowding you on it, and sometimes you'll get stuck, or shocked by the static cling, and there are multiple different paths you can go down, but each one has a tight bend at the beginning that doesn't let you see very far at all. Go with the flow. Sometimes you need to stick your arm or your leg out, jam life up, and force it to let you go someplace else; but most of the time, you really should just relax and flow with it. 
When I'm angry I gain a totally different viewpoint, but that's not important.   :lookaround:
What is important is that there are so many things I should be stressed about right now. Am I? Probably, somewhere deep down, yes. Stress is unavoidable. However, when my friends and classmates are stressing out about homework and tests and the like, I quite literally do not care. Stressing is pointless; I was stressed for a long time a few years back, to the point where I will probably never fully recover mentally or physically from the experience. What I learned is to just let things go. It's a long process, but I have made significant progress. People are always surprised at how laidback I am, or the things I do. I'll run into them at the mall and we'll hang out, and it'll be "Voltex, you are really different". And it's because at places like school, I feel like a prisoner. And if there's one thing worse than being bored out of my mind, it's not being allowed any freedom. School drains me like nothing else, particularly the program that I am in. At school, I literally cannot bring myself to care about anything. At home, afterwards, I must force myself to do what's necessary to pass. As soon as I leave the restrictions I become a totally different person.
Many people in real life believe me to be quiet, reserved, respectful, shy, and unblemished by anything in the world. This is because I just don't feel enough emotional investment towards them to actually care about it, or them. But then they meet me (the real me not the prisoner me), and while yes, I'm respectful, and I'm shy as heck, I'm also not afraid to just go out there and do something. Anything. I will draw attention to myself when I want the attention drawn, I'll make people laugh when I want them to smile, and I will revolt and rebel to my heart's content, and sometimes more, because it's what I feel like doing. And to me, those are the memories worth making. People always tell me I should think long term. What they don't understand is that I do - I think more long term than them, at any rate. I recently saw an old Calvin & Hobbes strip that summed up my thoughts on the matter. In it, Calvin discusses with Hobbes the subject of homework. He mentions to Hobbes that his thought process involves the knowledge that in the short term, skipping his homework and going off on an adventure is more fun. Calvin then acknowledges that in the long term, doing his homework would help him to rise up in life. But then, Calvin notes that in the very long term, going on the adventure and having fun will give him better memories.
That's my thought process. I'll do the homework, and the tests, of course. But my main priority is not doing well in school; it's doing well in memories. When I look back in 20, 40, 60 years, I want to say that I had a great time, not a great work. 
That's my rambles on life at 1230 am for today. Tomorrow, I discuss how I should probably be sleeping more.



Posted by Lucina , in BZPower, Life Jun 10 2013 · 170 views

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They have capes. :)


A Question

Posted by Lucina , in Life May 25 2013 · 83 views

You find yourself in a world where time travel somehow exists! Now tell me, traveller: can you go backward and forward in time, can you only go backward in time, or can you only go forward in time?
I am of the opinion that you can only go forward, though that is just my refusing to accept any possibility that someone could go back and change the past at any moment, thereby taking any semblance of control I have over my life away. You can only alter the ever-changing future, not the brick wall of the past.
Of course, that's just me.
EDIT: I don't think forwards is a word. If it is, I feel stupid. If it isn't, I feel stupid for putting it in this entry before this edit was made.


NHL Round 2 Predictions

Posted by Lucina , in Life May 14 2013 · 53 views

I'll probably review these later. I haven't checked the games tonight yet, but here they are:
Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. Ottawa Senators (7) - Penguins in 6. (Revised after thinking on my gut instinct)
Boston Bruins (4) vs. New York Rangers (6) - Bruins in 6.
Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7) - Blackhawks in 6.
Los Angeles Kings (5) vs. San Jose Sharks (6) - Sharks in 5.


STANLEY CUP - Round 1 Update

Posted by Lucina , in Life May 10 2013 · 31 views

As a refresher, on May 1st these were my predictions for the first round:
Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. New York Islanders (8) - Penguins in 6.
Montreal Canadiens (2) vs. Ottawa Senators (7) - Canadiens in 7
Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Rangers (6) - Rangers in 7
Boston Bruins (4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (5) - Could go either way, but I'll say Maple Leafs in 7.
Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. Minnesota Wild (8) - Blackhawks in 5
Anaheim Ducks (2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7) - Ducks in 7
Vancouver Canucks (3) vs. San Jose Sharks (6) - Canucks in 6
Los Angeles Kings (4) vs. St. Louis Blues (5) - Kings in 6
Now, below, here they are updated, mostly my thoughts on what could occur in the series that haven't ended yet (I'm not gonna be stupid and just switch my predicted winners, because that'd be sore losing)
Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. New York Islanders (8) - Penguins in 6 - This prediction could still come true, but in order for it to do so, the Penguins must win tomorrow's game. Do I think they can do this? Absolutely. However, I anticipated the Islanders putting up a good fight, and although they've done so already, I do think they are capable of pushing a game seven, and possibly even eliminating the Penguins. Tomorrow night will tell.

Montreal Canadiens (2) vs. Ottawa Senators (7) - Canadiens in 7 - WRONG. Senators defeated the Canadiens last night, winning the series in five games. To be honest, I knew this series was lost by game two, but again, wasn't going to just change stuff on the record books. That said, I think the Senators will be lucky to get matched with a team they can beat in Round 2.

Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Rangers (6) - Rangers in 7 - As I write this, the two teams are tied 1-1 in the second period of game five in a series that is tied 2-2. Despite the blitz of the Capitals throughout April, I believed and still do believe that the Rangers have the firepower to take them down. I don't believe the Rangers can win the cup, but they can certainly defeat this team that should be executed for removing the Jets from the playoffs.
EDIT: After the Capitals won game five, they are up 3-2; I still believe that the Rangers might be able to win the series, however.

Boston Bruins (4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (5) - Could go either way, but I'll say Maple Leafs in 7. - As I write this, the Maple Leafs also lead 1-0 in the second period of game five. However, the Maple Leafs are currently down 3-1 in this series. If they do not win tonight, they will be eliminated. I will cop out slightly here and point out that I originally said the series could go either way in my first prediction; the Maple Leafs victory was my Canadian bias coming out. I do believe though that if the Maple Leafs win tonight, they might be able to push game seven. After that, who knows.
EDIT: Maple Leafs won and are now down 3-2. Who knows, honestly...
Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. Minnesota Wild (8) - Blackhawks in 5 - 100% correct. Gosh darn, can you believe it? Don't worry, the Canucks and Canadiens proved me wrong enough to compensate for this, but man, it is nice to know that I really understood the Blackhawks (don't expect this again). It was five simple games, and I could see the Blackhawks making the final round, if the Sharks don't catch them on the way.

Anaheim Ducks (2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7) - Ducks in 7 - As I write this, the Red Wings lead 1-0 at the end of the first period of game six in a series that the Ducks currently lead 3-2. If I'm off by a game and the Ducks win tonight, I'll consider it no big loss. I got the winner right, and that's what matters. However, I can still see the Red Wings pulling off a victory tonight only to fail in the grand finale.
EDIT: Red Wings won, and the series is tied 3-3. Prediction can still stand.

Vancouver Canucks (3) vs. San Jose Sharks (6) - Canucks in 6 - 100% WRONG. I honestly did not see this one coming - the Canucks being swept? But issues with the coach and which goalie to play let me know by Game 3 that the series was lost, and it was only a matter of time. Luongo should have been in net games three and four. Maybe it would've changed the fortunes of the team, it probably wouldn't have, but at least the Canucks look to be heading towards a restructuring they desperately need. If the Sharks continue to play like this, I could see them finally winning the Stanley Cup they deserve.
St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Los Angeles Kings (5) - Kings in 6 - In just over an hour these two teams will meet in the sixth game of a series that the Kings currently lead 3-2. I'll admit, I'd love for the Blues to go far, and I was a little worried during the first two games that the Kings would lose the cup in the first round, but the royal team has picked it up since, and I can definitely see this game being the end of the road for the Blues.
EDIT: With the Kings emerging victorious tonight, I got another series spot-on.


Back in Form (L4D2, TF2, Minecraft)

Posted by Lucina , in Life, Video Games May 01 2013 · 59 views

Yes... as of today, I am back. B-)
And that means, of course, that I am now once more up for Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, and Minecraft (BZPC AT LAST!!). Those of you who I have played/tried to play L4D2 with, I'm hoping to get a session going this Friday.


Love me some Dr. Pepper

Posted by Lucina , in Life Apr 26 2013 · 312 views

At long last, I have a can of Dr. Pepper once more. It has been too long! It has been like three weeks! This is the pop of whatever deities exist, and if no deities exist, then I am that deity, so that it is still the pop of deities!
Dr. Pepper is perfection in a can. Cherry Dr. Pepper is perfection multiplied by seven.
And I swear to my own iBrow's eyebrows if anybody calls me out for calling your so-called "soda" as "pop", I will burn YOUR eyebrows. In your DREAMS. Because I am Canadian, and that is how we roll. We say "pop". Because we will be different.



Posted by Lucina , in Life Mar 22 2013 · 216 views

To be honest I'm about 100% certain I ruined that reference, and I'm not sure why I did that, but hey, welcome to my blog of Volts. Except there is no electricity in here so whatever.
Also here is a picture of me, except good luck trying to figure out what I really look like.
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PS in that left hand of mine it is a stick of dynamite and I am currently planning in my head of heads how to use it in a film as soon as possible, so any story suggestions welcome


Day I Don't Know What

Posted by Lucina , in Life Mar 12 2013 · 118 views

Trip ends tomorrow, did a waterpark yesterday, etcetera etcetera. We did a mystery dinner show tonight which was pretty cool, and very funny.
Anyway, hopefully I can return to normal time in a few days.
Sleuths Mystery Dinner was the place - it was a little cramped (I hate hate hate tiny tables), but otherwise fun. I unfortunately nailed the wrong guy, in a way. I said he did it on the orders of the guy that actually did it, so I was sort of half right I suppose? I don't really know how it's supposed to work.
I watched some "Bones" and "Castle" today, since my grandparents left us at the hotel for several hours and there was nothing else to do. One of the Bones episodes had the main character getting framed whilst having amnesia and voodoo and stuff, so that one in particular was very interesting to watch.


Islands of Adventure - DYNAMITE POPCORN! [Day 4]

Posted by Lucina , in Life Mar 09 2013 · 115 views

I bought a wand today! It is made of birch, I am going to guess 10-11 inches? long, and more of a rough cut stick than those fancy doodad wands you can buy. I'll post a picture here if I can get one. The wand shape is actually the shape I always used to pick whenever my friends and I used sticks for wands as we played Harry Potter (why I remember that detail is beyond me since it was like 8 years ago but whatever).
I really liked the Spider-Man and Harry Potter Forbidden Journey rides - I love that kind of 3D/4D special effect kinda ride when it's done well. Probably one of my favourite sort of rides.
I also enjoyed the Hulk rollercoaster - although due to a mistake by myself I ended up in the very front row, it was still awesome. Front row is always the best.
We watched the Mardi Gras parade, and I got seven of those plastic jewel necklaces you can buy at dollarama. Man, people went crazy over those!
I waited 45 minutes for a pepporoni pizza and then when other people got theirs whilst ordering after I did I rage quitted the place (after I made sure I had my pizza in hand of course, because late or not it's pizza, goodness).
I tried raspberry vanilla coke. I wish I had just raspberry though, because I've never had raspberry coke. I've had lime and cherry and vanilla and orange and all that sort of stuff, but never raspberry. Maybe I can get it tomorrow too? Doubtful.
I was soaked early on by the one river rapids ride in the world that makes sure every rider is soaked, and walked around all day in squelching, soaked shoes. Bleeeeeagh. I washed my feet for fifteen minutes when we got back to the hotel and they still feel gross. We missed a few other water rides, because I didn't feel in the mood to get soaked all over again. I'll probably try them out tomorrow or Monday if I bring a change of clothes or something.
I failed to mention it yesterday but I got a stick of dynamite that has popcorn inside yesterday in St. Augustine, so I can light it and throw it and then have popcorn. Although I must admit that the first thing that popped into my head when I saw it was "heist film prop".
Anyway that is it for today and I'll post again tomorrow.

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