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Rogue
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Posted on 09-28-12 01:47 PM Link
Nelri...er.. Cteno! Come on dooooooooooown!!

You know the drill. Tell me about yourself.
Cteno

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Posted on 09-29-12 09:02 PM Link
*steps out of his/her time machine*
Sorry I'm late, I really need to do some calibrations on this thing...

Anyway, I'm Jay and I was born and raised in Oregon. I'm a video-gaming sci-fi nerd who's attending college in an attempt to obtain my Ph.D in physics, either astro, quantum, or theoretical. I am also considering mathematics, but I'm not sure yet!

My favourite colour is purple and I wear mostly black clothing, though I've never considered myself a goth -- I like the subculture and everything though I've never really been a part of it. I definitely fit the picture, however.

I stand at 6'2" and I'm slightly overweight and I have crazy and uncontrollable long hair!

Other than all of that, I enjoy music; music is the breath of life to me.
Rogue
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Posted on 09-30-12 04:39 AM Link
Why physics?
Cteno

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Posted on 09-30-12 03:40 PM Link
Ever since I first heard about Schrödinger's cat back in high school, I have always been fascinated by how things work at the particle level. Also because I was first going for computer science but nearly everybody that I knew was complaining about how boring/difficult/other that the computer classes were... also, a few friends all mentioned that I had a mind for physics, so I figured why not?
Rogue
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Posted on 10-01-12 02:24 AM Link
Argh.. too much stuff keeping me from the computer this weekend. Sorry!

So.. uh.. what's with the interest in a certain group of ponies?
Cteno

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Posted on 10-01-12 06:25 AM Link
No worries, I felt as though I was the one holding up the interview...

Ponies? I like the cartoon. I'm a big fan of all types of animation, whether western or eastern or whatever, so when this vibrantly coloured and impeccably voice-acted cartoon started garnering some buzz around the internet, I became curious. And boy, it delivered.

I wouldn't consider myself a Brony, one reason being that the word in itself is a relatively meaningless label, as well as I don't regularly hang out with other Bronies. In fact, I find all of them to be a rather obnoxious lot.

Anyway, the show is excellent. It takes me back to the times when I was a child, when I would get up during the wee hours of the morning to watch Fox Kids. Not only the nostalgia, but it has a few nods towards adults as well (as any good cartoon should), with references to The Big Lebowski, Doctor Who (Doctor Whooves), and others.

Oh, and the music is actually pretty good.
Rogue
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Posted on 10-01-12 01:04 PM Link
It still cracks me up how they had The Dude, Walter, The Jesus, and Donnie represented in that bowling scene.

So tell me...

What do you think when you see this pic of you from 5 years ago?



How old were you? What was going on in your life then, and what would you from 5 years ago think of the current you, and the you of him?

Cteno

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Posted on 10-01-12 03:38 PM Link
Oh wow, that photo! That was taken when I was about 19 years old and in my first relationship. Those pictures were taken primarily to show off my new clothes that I had bought (that were a bit too small) while I was trying to adopt a new look for myself, mainly because I wanted to try to pull away from the gothic look to something more... conventional? I don't know. It really didn't work for me, as I went back to my previous look, and my dad stole that hat. I liked that hat...

If I were to look into the future then and see myself now, I would probably think that nothing much has changed. However, when I look back at me then, I would definitely say the opposite. Over the years, I have become much less dependent, especially on my significant other. I have also lost my touch when it comes to art and playing the guitar, but I have gained much more in the long run, such as my education, my outlook on life, goals, and so forth. I've also lost approximately 100 pounds since then, so if I wanted to fit into that shirt, I should probably hunt it down!

I was definitely a dreamer back then. Now, I'm a doer. If I want something, I work for it... yet ironically, I actually worked back then, but you get what I mean. Hopefully.

Another thing that I noticed is that I'm much more organized with my clutter. That desk had all manner of junk scattered about, and that poor nightstand looked like hell as well. They're both relatively clean now, not by other peoples' standards, but by mine.

When I look at this picture, I think to myself, "while it doesn't look like I've come very far, I really, truly have."
Rogue
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Posted on 10-01-12 04:31 PM Link
Ah growing up. I should probably get around to doing that.

So how long have you played guitar? Write anything?
Cteno

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Posted on 10-01-12 06:45 PM Link
Surprisingly, in the 7 or so years that I've played guitar, I haven't written a single song. Not one. The furthest along that I would ever get with that would be putting a few chords together that sound nice, nod my head in approval, then forget the progression five minutes later. Also, I hate writing lyrics, so that major component has been severely lacking.

I started music back in the third grade when I decided that learning how to play the viola just sounded nifty. I stuck with that until middle school and I still remember how to play it to this day. Not as well, mind you, but I don't sound like a tortured cat, at least.

Intertwining with that came band in the sixth grade, where I learned the euphonium and eventually the trombone, which is what made me drop orchestra (and the viola). I joined the jazz band in middle school and learned the trombone in about a week, playing almost as well as all of the other 'bones.

I played the euphonium in wind ensemble in high school, as well as the trombone in jazz band and marching band, and the sousaphone for the latter in my senior year. Around this time is when I learned a lot about playing the guitar, pretty much through osmosis from a few friends.

A family friend gave me an acoustic guitar of his because I had taken such a liking to it and it's the only one that has really stuck since...

...until some friends commented that I had a good singing voice, which surprised me. Now I'm singing all the time and going to karaoke to conquer my social inhibitions.

Even throughout all of that, I still haven't written a single song. I definitely need to get on that.
Rogue
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Posted on 10-01-12 06:52 PM Link
Well, since this thread is about you, tell me about your travels. Where have you been and where do you want to go?
Cteno

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Posted on 10-01-12 07:14 PM Link
I have been to many places in Oregon many times, but that doesn't feel like traveling to me. The furthest away from home I have ever been was Las Vegas, back in middle school during spring break. We were only there for two days, so I can barely even remember it. I've been to Washington a handful of times and Seattle twice. The Space Needle is pretty neat! Other than those, I have been to California many times and the furthest south that I have traveled was to San Diego for about two hours.

Out of all of those, I really enjoy visiting San Francisco and I always make sure to stop by the Metreon. The nerd in me always demands it.

Anyway, my list of places where I want to visit is much more vast. I've wanted to travel to Japan for a long time, as well as Germany. I would say that they are the top of the list.

From there, I want to see Finland and visit some friends in The UK, see the pyramids, eat some curry in India, visit Peru and other places in South America, and eventually get around to exploring a bit more of the United States.

Unfortunately, whenever I have had the money, I haven't had the time and vice-versa.
Rogue
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Posted on 10-01-12 07:45 PM Link
Yeah, I go to San Francisco several times a year. The Metreon isn't what it used to be, though.

Still, though, I highly recommend traveling when you can.

So do you keep in contact with any of the other board members from Medford? Evo, Kaijin, Rain?
Cteno

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Posted on 10-01-12 08:57 PM Link
I wished Evo a happy birthday a while ago, but other than that, we haven't talked much.

With Rain, I actually filled his position at his old job when I worked at the Chinese restaurant and my boss kept calling me Ryan. Kinda funny to me. I see him every once in a while and we shoot the shit.

As for Kaijin... well, let's just say that we had our differences and stopped talking altogether.
Rogue
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Posted on 10-01-12 09:15 PM Link
Oh, and Drizzt?

So what is it about British TV shows that really speaks to you?


(Last edited by Rogue on 10-02-12 12:03 AM)
Cteno

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Posted on 10-01-12 11:58 PM Link
Still on good terms with Drizzt, though he works harder/more hours than anybody that I know, so he usually doesn't hang around much.

Ooooh British television... I adore it. Believe it or not, I don't spell "colour" the way that I do because of it. I actually picked that up from friends abroad. It's sort of a habit that I honestly don't mind. I don't do it with every word, mind you, only my... favourites! :chuckle:

I'm a big Doctor Who fan. I used to watch bits and pieces of it when I was younger, and I believe my first Doctor was Peter Davidson. I never was able to see the episodes in sequence and so I never quite understood why he had so many actors portraying him over the course of time until I jumped aboard the bandwagon watching the new series. I've gotta say, Christopher Eccleston and Jon Pertwee, the latter most notably from The Three Doctors, which I've owned on VHS for many years.

Then there's all of the classic Monty Python movies and television shows. We all know why, so now here's something... completely different.

Blackadder. Most people recognize Mr. Bean as Rowan Atkinson's best persona. I must wholeheartedly disagree, as Blackadder is not only a bit of swashbuckling goodness, it's also incredibly hilarious. Atkinson plays Edmund Blackadder, the Duke of Edinburgh and his descendants, all of which being shrewd and witty (though the descendants weren't nearly as bumbling as his first incarnation). It's definitely worth a watch and is on Netflix for any subscriber's viewing pleasure.

I also remember watching Red Dwarf when I was younger, a comedy sci-fi about a man that was in stasis for three million years. When he wakes up, he is the only living human left in the universe but he isn't alone; his cat was pregnant and her descendants gave evolution a whirl, spawning feline sapiens, and one of his crewmates was brought back by the ship's computer via hologram to help keep his sanity. This show follows their misadventures. I was happy to hear a few months back that the show was picked back up for a 10th series which is premiering this month! I'm pretty excited for it!

Wow, I feel like I'm writing a book now... back to you.
Rogue
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Posted on 10-02-12 01:25 AM Link
I love all those things, particularly Blackadder (II was my favorite season) and Red Dwarf. I've also been getting into Doctor Who lately, and what I've seen of Misfits is damn good.

Anyway, what's something that you've managed to overcome?
Cteno

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Posted on 10-02-12 02:52 AM Link
Ooooh, Misfits! I failed to mention it! That's probably my favourite of all of them, especially Nathan! <3

Eagerly awaiting the next series of that one, that's for sure.

As for something that I have overcome, two things come to mind, both similar in nature. They happen to be depression and codependency. While not fully conquered, they neither control nor define me anymore.
Rogue
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Posted on 10-02-12 12:55 PM Link
Excellent!

Other than your defeat of depression and codependency, what are other aspects of your life of which you are proud?
Cteno

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Posted on 10-02-12 03:19 PM Link
The fact that I started attending college is definitely a plus. Not only am I expanding my schema and broadening my intelligence, I am making many friends -- something that has always been rather difficult for me.

I'm also doing my homework!
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