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Dec. 31st, 2010

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2010 in Review


In Flight
Originally uploaded by Jason Langlois
2010 comes to an end, with a bit of a whimper for me... a cold has slipped in and decided that today is a good time to manifest. Sore throat, sniffles, and cough... sigh.

Much like 2009, this year was a year of doing things I wanted to do and mostly avoiding too much stress. I think there was a little more being sick (mostly, I suspect, to Hunter being in school) but still nothing like I had when I was working.

I read a lot of books this year. Mostly they were historical books, but I managed to splash a fair dash of Warhammer fiction into the mix, as well. I still haven't finished the stack I bought at the Times-Colonist book sale but I made a pretty good dent. Fooled with a good number of video games, as well... highlights would be Gran Turismo 5 and Red Dead Redemption on the PS3, and Starcraft II on the PC.

For film, I'd have to rate Inception and True Grit as standouts, with TRON holding a special place in my heart. Inception was the only film I saw twice this year. I did confirm that I don't much like 3D films, though.

In gaming, there was more wargaming and a good amount of Pathfinder played, though the motivation to play tailed off in the last month or so (along with the LJ posts). Pathfinder impressed with its update to the 3.5 rules, and I have to say that for all the story flow problems I've found in the tail end of Rise of the Runelords, there have been some very epic scenes played out.

The personal life got interesting, with my spending a lot of time with my female friends doing all kinds of things - Playland, concerts, bowling, exercise, clubs, etc. Meeting Amy and Erin this year stand out as highlights, but I have to really say that all the times I've been out with any of my friends have been fun and interesting. I really have come to value the female friendships I have, which I think help keep me young.

For new toys, the Canon 5D Mk II was the big thing, though my iPad has turned out to be very handy as well. Otherwise, there were no really big purchases during the year. Netflix pretty much dropped my DVD and Bluray purchasing to around 1 disc a month, thank goodness - I am running out of storage room.

And I finished out the year exercising and being active, as well as dropping about 20 pounds. Gonna keep that up into the New Year, and aiming to drop at least another 20 before the end of 2011.

Hope everyone else had a pretty good year, and has a better year to come.

Dec. 24th, 2010

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas or other appropriate holiday. Been a busy couple weeks... Went to a Canucks game, got in a few photo shoots, and been working out a lot. Tried hot yoga, been swimming more. Getting prepped for a tripmto Vegas. Even started writing again, thanks to the iPad.

Hope everyone out there is having a good time.

Dec. 4th, 2010

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"I'm on the List"


One Little Christmas Tree
Originally uploaded by Jason Langlois
The Cheesecake Burlesque troop, who I've probably mentioned on here before a few times, had their last show of 2010 last night. I was iffy on whether or not I'd be going - I've been to more than a few of the shows this year, after all. Then, out of the blue, I was contacted by Champagne Sparkles who asked if I'd be interersted in shooting pictures of the show. Not being a complete idiot, I agreed.

For one night, I got to be "on the list". I cut to the front of the line outside, before the doors officially opened, and was let in. I had a reserved chair front row, center, for the show. I got to take about 900 pictures of the acts (in between laughing). And, even cooler for me, I got invited to the after party.

The pics mostly turned out. Managing the light was tough, since it kept changing during the performances, but I think I did fairly well. I was shooting without a flash, so had to rely on high ISO and low apeture, to get the shots. A good number came out blurry, but enough are sharp and look good.

The party after was a lot of fun, and I ended up hanging around until 5AM.

Hopefully I'll get a chance to do it again, and can use some of what I learned this time out to do better... like "adjust for the light sooner".

Dec. 2nd, 2010

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Day 15,349

Last couple days have been busy, what with the working out, World of Warcraft, Gran Turismo 5, Pathfinder and going out.

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Nov. 28th, 2010

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Day 15,345

Up early, since it was laundry day.  Got that done, then headed out for lunch with Graham.  He came back over, and we slugged through another turn of Operation Compass.  It's not going well for the Commonwealth, and I'm not sure I'll be able to satisfy the victory conditions.

After that, headed out to the mall and hung out with Amy for a bit before she headed up to UVic to do some study.  The malls are definitely busy, with that Christmas rush.

Back home to poke at World of Warcraft (BRUCE, I BLAME YOU!) and watch The Man Who Wasn't There, and now time for bed.

I'm sad Leslie Neilsen's passed.  One of the things that made AIRPLANE! so funny, when it first appeared, was having some many straight-faced dramatic actors (Leslie Neilsen, Lloyd Bridges, and Peter Graves to name a few) appearing in flat-out comedic roles.  One that ice had been broken, though, some of that initial shock and humor was gone.

 

Nov. 27th, 2010

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Day 15,344

Spent the day pretty much tidying up. Made a run down to Legends to grab some comics, and chat with Gareth about his latest webfilm. Millionares by Christmas is a fun little series of anecdotes, very cool stuff.

And yeah, that's about it.

Nov. 26th, 2010

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Day 15,343

Woke up early this morning to head out to the gym. Really gave her today, doing about an hour on the elliptical, and then another quarter hour doing some slow lengths in the pool. I'm also growing to like the steam room... It's going to be disappointing when they close the pool for maintenance in a week or so.

After that, tooled around with Gran Turismo 5 for a bit. Back in the day, I actually decided on the PSone as my first console so I could play Gran Turismo. I upgraded to a PS2 so I could play the newer version. And I decided to go to the PS3 when it sounded like GT5 would be coming out (and here we are a few years later and it's out!). I suppose you could call me a fan.

This version is pretty much what I want from my driving games... Accurate physics and a lot of super cars.

In the evening, it was off to Alexisonfire. They were playing an early show, which worked out since Amy, Chantel, and Erin all had to be up early tomorrow. It was a great show, and a lot of fun. I've now seen AoF in concert 3 times... The most of any band.

Nov. 25th, 2010

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Day 15,342

Gran Turismo 5 is out. I'm driving on the PS3.

Nov. 24th, 2010

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Day 15,341

Worked out at the gym today, thought it was busy. Went to dinner with Amy, Chantel and Erin. Took them to the Superstore after, and had fun in the aisles. Dropped off Amy, then went to Megamind with Chantel and Erin.

Megamind was pretty funny. I nearly split a gut when the Marlon Brando from SUPERMAN joke appeared.

Came home.

Nov. 23rd, 2010

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Day 15,340


November Snow
Originally uploaded by Jason Langlois
Yesterday, there was serious snow (serious for Victoria, anyway). Today, it was mostly all dealt with. Roads were bare, or salted, and pretty much driveable.

Headed out to Juan De Fuca to work out for a bit. Ended up running into Myrna Bilston, an old friend of the family. Nice to see her and catch up a little.

Hung out with Amy for a bit, after that. Dropped her off at UVic, then ended up downtown to have a quick lunch with Chantel and be a kind ear to hear her venting. Dropped her off at Camosun, and headed home.

Tossed a roast in the oven, and... yeah, didn't do much. Caught up on a backlog of websurfing, pretty much.

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