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Nov. 30th, 2008

Colin Farrell

Better than a Meme

Shamelessly stolen from http://3-ringcircus.blogspot.com/2008/11/stop-and-listen.html#links

These questions are way better than any meme.
Nov. 28 is the National Day of Listening.
I've been hearing about the StoryCorps project for a while on on NPR radio, so I decided to check out the sample list of questions.
The idea is that you sit down Friday with someone important in your life and record a conversation as you ask questions - any that you'd like to, or the Web site has an extensive list of sample questions at http://www.storycorps.net/record-your-story/question-generator/list
So, I thought it would be a neat idea for me to select some of the questions and give them to my family members and close friends, asking them to answer which every they'd like, since I'm not seeing many of them for the upoming holidays.
I thought it would be more evocative for them to handwrite the responses, and I'll compile them into a binder and give everyone a copy.
Here is a sample if you'd like to try something similar this Friday.
Happy listening!

Great questions for anyone
What was the happiest moment of your life? The saddest?
Who was the most important person in your life? Can you tell me about him or her?
Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did they teach you?
Who has been the kindest to you in your life?
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
What is your earliest memory?
Are there any words of wisdom you’d like to pass along to me?
What are you proudest of in your life?
When in life have you felt most alone?
How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
How would you like to be remembered?
Do you have any regrets?
What does your future hold?
Is there anything that you’ve never told me but want to tell me now?
Is there something about me that you’ve always wanted to know but have never asked?

Nov. 24th, 2008

Colin Farrell

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You Are a Prophet Soul

You are a gentle soul, with good intentions toward everyone.

Selfless and kind, you have great faith in people.

Sometimes this faith can lead to disappointment in the long run.

No matter what, you deal with everything in a calm and balanced way.

You are a good interpreter, very sensitive, intuitive, caring, and gentle.

Concerned about the world, you are good at predicting people's feelings.

A seeker of wisdom, you are a life long learner looking for purpose and meaning.

You are a great thinker and communicator, but not necessarily a doer.

Souls you are most compatible with: Bright Star Soul and Dreaming Soul

Jul. 19th, 2008

Colin Farrell


PS- Yeah, the weepies gradually grow on you. Same with Panic at the disco's new album, although I do find their music a little more grating.

I'll elaborate more later, but now I want to research styles of karate in case I might enjoy Aikido better.

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Hmm, paying good money to get my ass handed to me. Remind me why I signed up a week ago to take Karate? Kung fu specifically.

Yeah, they never really go well, but today was especially a painful experience. Sparring class, Saturdays. the beginning was average, but quickly descended into public displays of ass-handedness and shameful performance. I didn't score a single point. I'm a coward.

Yeah, I could articulate it better, but I don't really want to expend the effort to do a blow-by blow. Sorry.

Anyway, at least the weepies are suitably morose for my mood at the moment.

And oddly, I'm not exactly depressed, at least not like I used to get. Because at least it's a learning experience, which is more than I could say for a lot of my bouts of self-loathing in years past, where I just wallowed.

I'm not quitting, anyway. At least that's powerful.
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Jun. 18th, 2008

Colin Farrell

Random Article

I think this article about my/our generation, is especially poignant and good. I like it, "Why spoil great sex by dating" a lot. Besides being a little heteronormative, I like it a lot.

I'll let the article speak for itself.


I'm going to grad school officially, yay.

Jan. 27th, 2008

Colin Farrell

(no subject)

funny pictures
moar funny pitchures

In other news, I can has hurting? Yes.
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Jan. 8th, 2008

Colin Farrell

(no subject)

Noone is talking to me on either Gay.com or AIM, so I'm just going to quit outta all the programs and reject them in the same way one of the schools of my fantasies is rejecting me by, um, not having an extended deadline for their masters in clinical-counseling program. Damn you illinois state!

I must curl up in a ball and sulk now.

Jan. 2nd, 2008

Colin Farrell

"Did you improve any part of your life in 2007?

Hey all-
This is me scratching my itch to go online and chat with people on AIM/Gay.com/Craigslist/various dating sites by actively *not* doing that, and instead posting some introspection on livejournal.

I had kind of an eventful new years with a trip to IA (First time ever, and yeah, its about as... exciting as you'd think it would be) and spending some time with some people I didn't really know. Well, now that the trip is over I can safely say there's still a lot I don't know about the buggers, but at least I put myself out there. And.. theres a big post coming up about that one eventually, just not right now because I still don't fully understand that experience.

This post will instead be about simpler things: one of the e-mail newsletters I subscribe to posed the following question/topic of discussion: "Did you improve any part of your life in 2007?".

Yeah, it's the same question one asks onesself every year, but I like the way it's phrased this time, with no negatives, only positives. My list, in no particular order:

-Went from working 2 jobs part-time to one job full time, at easily twice the salary I was making a year ago.
-Have expanded my social life considerably
-Attended two local sci-fi literary conventions, and out of it made one or two new accquantances, had a few good discussions, met an author or two, and joined a bimonthly scifi-fantasy book club.
-Attended 2 local tabletop gaming conventions, where I also met some interesting people but no lasting friendships.
-Attended one national gaming convention: Gencon! it was awesome, I did so much gaming, there were so many people and i really felt like I was part of a great big family of gaming geeks.
-Attended one furry fandom convention that happened to be in my backyard, Midwest Furfest- it's one of the largest in the world, and the members of the furry fandom is some of the nicest, gayest people I know. I'm not sure I am a fur, but I'm still glad I went. And volunteered!
-Joined a local tabletop gaming group that meets biweekly, and while the gaming isn't exactly spectacular most of the time it's good to get out of the house on a weekend on a regular basis.
-See a personal psychologist for counseling once a week, and a career counselor once every other week or so- it provides good structure to my life and keeps me on task with my goals.
-Ended my first real relationship amicably, we're still friends, and I know more of what I'm looking for in a guy from now on.
-Work out at least three times a week- my body fat is 15%, which to me is the most fucking spectacular news I've heard in a long time, since according to my height/weight I'd always thought I was an obese 26%.
-Bought a car, all on my own, without needing to borrow money or go into debt. I drove it on the highway by myself for the first time last weekend! It was scary going that fast, but I did it!! Also bought a small life insurance policy at about the same time, but that's much less sexy than a car, even if it means it will theoretically earn enough money to buy a new car (25K bucks) by the time I'm 65, in 40-some years.
-Took the GRE... and did pretty well on it! Yay for extended time accommodations!
-Have something resembling a plan to get out of this place come August- Apply to IL State schools in the psychology field, with a few "reach" or "dream" programs in private schools and/or other states, assuming the funding comes through.
-Visited 4 new places (Israel!!, Boston, New York, and Quad Cities, IA) for various reasons- HD's wedding, job interviews, sightseeing, meeting internet friends for the first time, new years (my first *real* new years party invitiation. Though I don't think I want to live in any of those places, I'm glad I visited.

It bothers me that this list sounds so much like gloating, but I guess that's what happens sometimes. I don't think any of the things on the list came to me easily, either, like the job thing I worked up from 10-12 hours a week, and the car was money I pulled together out of savings.

What's your list? maybe I will actually feel happy for you, instead of just thinking I do?

Dec. 22nd, 2007

Colin Farrell

Cats rule

This day, I found two articles about cats that are neat.

First, there's a cat who can theoretically predict when people are dying, and while generally aloof, curls up next to them during their final hours. Yeah, it's probably caused by something other than their actual death, like the case of that horse who could count because his trainer was giving him subliminal clues (...as opposed to.. what? that the cat can see the embodiment of the specter of death as it hovers over a person? That people secrete a smell just before they're dying that's real and detectable and..stuff. wow I'm inarticulate today).

Grim reaper cat

Still, it's a neat little story, one of yahoo's most emailed of the year, and conjures up sweet images of guardian angel cats to me.

Last, there's a cafe in Japan where you can go into a room with 36 cats, and after washing yer hands throughly, pet them by the hour while you drink your tea.

Cat Cafe

*sigh* I kinda wish I knew Japenese, so I could live there

Dec. 10th, 2007

Colin Farrell

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Sweet, and sad, and with beautiful artwork... Scott McCloud rocks, and in particular this little vignette. I am awed by the beautiful characterization.

In other news, I'm a procrastinating schlub.

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