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I really should write more, be it here, or elsewhere, no matter. I should be saying more about myself, not really because people need to know (well, ok, some people do!), I used to be so public and saying everything to the four winds, and now I feel a bit closed and inaccessible. I'm not sure why it turned out that way, but I have some good ideas, and they're all bad ones.

Maybe it shouldn't be as much as it used to be, that there's a happy middle to be reached. But this nothing, it's just another extreme. It's also not so much for my "readership" as for myself, more of a personal diary than a regular kind of blog, it's only public because of some strange personal convictions of mine, not because I'm trying to draft an audience. Would there be nobody reading this, it still would accomplish its goals.

For that reason, I'm thinking of separating this journal into a bunch of distinct ones (well, two, at the very least). I have some technical postings that I would actually like to disseminate more widely, and for which a readership of zero is a bit of a failure, and for those, the personal posts are just so much drivel to skip over. I also suspect the converse is true of those few who actually follow my personal posts, too!

That also gets me thinking about the people who are deleting their accounts on LiveJournal. I'm not sure I understand. Why don't they just not write (see, I was doing an excellent demonstration of that!)? This way, you can still read restricted posts, comment (and get notifications), etc... I can understand making all their posts private, or maybe even deleting them (although the archivist in me finds the information attrition saddening), turning off all the email notifications, but deleting the account? What's the harm in having the account at all?

In the meantime... I dreamt I was cheating on [livejournal.com profile] azrhey, just a simple kiss (not even a sloppy snog!), but something I knew full well I wasn't supposed to do, which I told her in the dream (waking up right after that), but I just felt tremendously uncomfortable, even when I woke up, I was feeling it, being all confused... Eurgh.
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We're at the right place
Originally uploaded by Pierre Phaneuf.
After a smooth flight, [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I arrived in Copenhagen Wednesday evening, greeted by [livejournal.com profile] skjalm, who's kindly keeping us safe from the elements, even kicking himself out of his own bed! Not to mention use and abuse of his Internet, booze, food, and what-not! He made us a very nice dinner of home-made lasagna, accompanied with some of the tasty mead that he's made himself. And a solid eggs and bacon breakfast the next morning.

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Photos from that trip can be found here.
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For a brief moment, I thought there were Disney brand condoms in France, and I was rather disturbed.
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Better late than never, as they say... ;-)

[livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I got up at some ungodly hour in order to catch the bus at 7:00. Seems like we took off a bit late, and missed the city bus going downtown, so I called up a cab. This, in Toulouse, is always an adventure in randomness. In a metropolitan area of half a million inhabitants, at 6:43 in the morning, on a Sunday, of New Year's Eve, no less, there's probably four cabs in town, I would estimate. No such thing as hailing a cab here, if you see one (and really, you never do except at the airport and the very few cab areas), it's already busy. The driver was, accordingly to our rather high level of urgency, the slowest and most indecisive you can imagine. But I must not be in the right head-space for this place, because once we arrived, the bus driver wasn't even there and we really only left at something like 7:20.

Upon departing, the driver promptly took a wrong turn, right in Toulouse, but managed to do a quick recovery. This was better than what he managed when he took another wrong turn in Barcelona itself, oh well. Arrived at Plaça de Catalunya a bit after noon, just in time for some quick luncheon on the plaça.

We walked up the Passeig de Gràcia to head to the Sagrada Familia basilic, seeing crazy houses and the Weirdo Museum on the way. One will quickly notice that there is not much carpet in Barcelona: I suspect the architects smoked all of it, sometimes around the beginning of the 20th century, the carpeting never fully recovering after even a century.

Sagrada Familia
Originally uploaded by pphaneuf.
The Sagrada Familia is quite impressive. You're probably not considering how impressive it is, but I assure you, it is quite the building. Amazingly huge. I'm not really a religious person, but I'm fairly sure god talked to me there. What he said was "you should get yourself a wider angle lens". Okay, that might not have been god, but still, wow, it's incredibly big. Now, if only they could freakin' finish it so I could take a decent picture (once I get a wider lens, of course!)...

We then took the metro toward the beach. Buying the tickets was a bit funny, because the automated ticket vending machine used one of the classic Mac "alert" sounds. Okay, haha, but it wasn't just at the end when it tells you to get your tickets, no, it's when you press any button! Toot. Toot. Toot toot. Toot. Toot. And there was a newspaper stand right beside it, the guy working it has nerves of steel, let me tell you! The metro itself is kind of cool, on rails. The first one we took was pretty modern and had fully connected cars, rather neat. The second one was pretty old and was a bit like taking the old TER train, just underground.

Originally uploaded by pphaneuf.
Then, the Barceloneta, the most famous of Barcelona's beaches. I had this plan of taking my shoes and socks off, roll up my pants and walk a bit in the sea, but I decided against, mainly because I had no towel. The water was surprisingly warm, though, I could totally have done it (the Crotch Threshold, though, might have been quite difficult!).

Barri Gòtic
Originally uploaded by pphaneuf.
We walked along the promenade, toward the Cap de Barcelona and the Ciutat Vella. From there, we walked into the labyrinthine Barri Gòtic, where we found strange things, such as a empty Dunkin Donuts box (proof!) and a restaurant held by a Québecois, called "Quebec" or something similar (being a wordplay on "what to drink?"), unfortunately a bit too expensive.

A beer and some walking later, we reached La Rambla, on a search for dinner. We found the Museu de l'Eròtica instead. After that, walking some more demonstrated that there was indeed a lot of people in town that night, and they were filling the restaurants. But we found the Dunkin Donuts!

We eventually managed to get a table in a not-so-cheap restaurant, having crazy sangria and steak. We bought some sketchy Spanish sparkling wine from an equally sketchy street vendor, then headed up to the Plaça de Catalunya for the stroke of midnight. I popped the cork of our bottle high in the sky, a German girl gave us streamers, we cheered with a group of English, and there was rejoicing. I dropped a quick call to a favourite person, then we headed down La Rambla again, where the celebrations kept going.

After a while, there was some sitting in a café, having some beer, where it was getting clearer to me that I didn't drink quite as much as I once did. Whee! Another lesson was that when embarking on this kind of trip, one should take a roll of toilet paper with him. Also, to withdraw more money before festivities kick off (and ATMs are dried up).

Eventually, we went back to bus stop, where the bus showed up after some more confusion and lateness. I was sleeping soundly through the whole thing, but [livejournal.com profile] azrhey tells me the driver got lost again so badly that he stopped to get his GPS device from the holds. Why he was keeping that in the holds rather than with him is up to your imagination...

While I didn't dare bring my DSLR there, some others did, including this guy, who took some nice photos that give a good idea of the mood. He had been to the NYE party at Times Square the year before, and says "the night was definitely wild compared to NYC and was a nerve-steeling sight to see".
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Got an e-card from [livejournal.com profile] archdiva! Thanks!

Someone dreamt of me cuddling with them. Some possessive asian girl tried to stop her from doing so, but she blew her off and resumed the cuddling. Apparently, it was nice, so good for her! Hehe!

[livejournal.com profile] azrhey made me cake! Chocolaty goodness awaiting me when I arrived from work! Yay!

Saw some footage of the Dawson College shooting on the French news, [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I switched over to the CBC eventually to get more info. Apparently a woman has been confirmed to be dead? Crazy. Good luck to anyone involved, or knowing someone involved...
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Tomorrow morning, I'll be having my three-month interview, for the end of my probation period. I do feel a bit insecure about that.

I've been applied on projects that aren't exactly my forte, but where I think I still did adequately, just because I rock so damned much (but there's severe wastage!). I've "suffered" from what apenwarr called the pphaneuf syndrome, where it looks like I'm doing nothing and really, I'm figuring hardcore stuff out, and at the end, the solution is so simple that people are tempted to think I'm a slacker (but if they had tried the same, they'd know I'm not). At NITI, I'd do a lot of code cleanups, where there wasn't too much of a scheduled attached to it, so that I'd be doing something useful with that idle time, or I'd be doing project management, which sucks in lots of time, but isn't too brain-intensive that I can "think in the background". Also, I've been missing all the clever task management tools we had at NITI.

At lunch, there was something I found curious, where during conversation, the prettiness of girls in some place came upon the subject, and at which point I mentioned that Toulouse wasn't treating us too badly in that regard, people looked at me and I was reminded of "having a, uh, roommate". Uh, never mind this being me and my "funny things", I'm just talking about having pretty girls to look at? I've heard comments like this before, but I found it very surprising coming from French people.

Oh well.
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Ahem, having to catch up a bit! I don't know if I'd say that I'm being lazy, but I'm not writing much, anyway...

Monday morning, I dropped the Linux Mobile at the garage for regular maintenance and changing the tires. Although I'm rather happy to have the grippier four-season tires on, there was a bunch of tiny details that made this a rather expensive visit. Nothing bad, but it was time for one of those more thorough inspections, supposed to change the brake fluid at 50,000 kilometers, and so on... When the guy at the garage called me to tell me what needed to be done and how much it'd cost, he almost forgot to mention that the rear-window wiper was worn out. Worth $12, at that point, it didn't really matter. :-)

Monday evening, [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe had the genius idea of taking a laptop and an Invader Zim DVD, and go watch it in a park. We stopped by Pho Lien on Côte-des-Neiges and Côte-Ste-Catherine for some food first, which sort of pointed us at the goodness of the Mount-Royal Park as our selection. As we were cuddling near the Beaver Lake, bats were swooshing above us and we had a very nice sunset, as we were laughing our asses off. The deep blue of the sky outlined the building on the edge of the lake very nicely, as it has bright orange panels, would have made a very nice photo. The ducks quacked at us a bit, and we told them... MONKEYS!

Tuesday, I had the lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey over. We were supposed to look for apartments, but it seemed like our willpower was all but exhausted. We watched Kinsey instead, which was rather funny. It was rather funny that the very stuck-up Thurman Rice character was played by Tim Curry (who, of course, is remembered as having played Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away), or Clyde asking Mac whether she'd like to have sex with him (and then Kinsey calling out for her while she's in bed because they're going to be late for a dinner with a guy from the Rockefeller Foundation). Some of the things people asked were quite hilarious, but at the same time, it's amazing how badly America was in a kind of sexual dark ages (some would argue they still kind of are, but really, that's nothing). Watching that movie was a lot of fun, in any case. Maybe I should buy it.

Yesterday, I fixed a really subtle bug in a quite wonderful way, at work, I was rather proud! [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I finally did some apartment searching, and we did find a place that has a number of temporary apartments for rent that seems very nice (rooms and studios), I hope they'll have something for us. Watched some "CSI: NY" and cuddled. Cuddling is good. I like cuddling with the lady.
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Tried to take a more scenic route to the office today, but man, this was way more scenic than I was looking for. Blocked streets, detours, traffic, the works. Oh well.

Went to see my friend Jean today, with the lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey. He's still as much fun as ever, with his distrust of Germans and carrots. He'll be hooking me up with a remote switch for my camera, which I've been meaning to buy before leaving, as they're so much more expensive over in Europe.

Tomorrow, trip to Ottawa!

I'm not ridiculously sick, I'm doing all right, but interrupting everything to blow my nose all the time is getting on my nerve, though.
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Okay, some catching up to do, before I just drop the ball! What was my last week like, you may wonder? Well, okay, you probably don't, but here it is anyway!

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[livejournal.com profile] pphaneuf: Oh well, not much TV for a little while, I guess!
[livejournal.com profile] azrhey: That's cuz you don't feel your ovaries shivering at the sight of Mister Gary Sinise!

No, I guess I don't... :-P
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I discovered that going through my portable hard drive to transfer music between my computers actually compounded my issues, as now there are case-induced duplications (due to the FAT16 filesystem on my portable drive)... Gah.

Went to the travel agent today. Another grand saying good-bye to me, it looks like. June is a bit more popular (the 5th?). I don't know why, but I keep having this feeling that it might be too early, but I can't say why. Oh well. We"ll see how it works out, in due time. Now, how about this car, this cat, that apartment, this crap all over the said apartment, this visa thing, having a job, not catching on fire and all these other things...

apenwarr commented on one of my recent post about happiness. Optimally, I go for a solution where I can be happy, and other people too. But I'm clearly at the top of my list. In my experience, one's happiness is something best left in that person's hands, anyway, so it's not like I could do a better job than them (and if I do, what happens when I'm not available, for some reason? oops!). It's better for everyone that they figure out their own happiness and put themselves as their own top priority, IMHO.

Hung out with [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe tonight. Nearly had my feet stolen by her cat, Felix. I'm still using those! Listening to the good music, like Nitzer Ebb and finally discovering the Revolting Cocks, after all this time! Excellent time, but I maintain the girl is nuts, getting up at freakin' 5am... :-P

I do it strictly for health reasons. Ahem. Yeah...
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Went to [livejournal.com profile] gregorama's place yesterday for dinner, with [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and [livejournal.com profile] jul3z as well. I got treated to some Me Mom & Morgentaler, to my delight! Ohh, the food. And the wine. And the vanilla ice cream. No fucking "dessert glacé" for us! We then played some Xxxenophile, which was highly amusing. I got this 9 point card (one of the highest scoring cards) that had this "take off one article of clothing" thing on it. I think it's supposed to be a deterrent. I just laughed and snatched it away! I also got a card that ordered me to let out a bloodcurdling howl of victory. It wasn't so bloodcurdling, but I was certainly amused! I got called a chicken when I more or less turned down a faceful of [livejournal.com profile] jul3z's cleavage. Hey, I'm shy.

Re-prioritized my things, and it makes more sense now. Let the fun begin! Well, there's also the dentist, in there, to keep it balanced, I suppose?

I'm much happier now. Excellent. :-)
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Friday, hanging out with the [livejournal.com profile] ryss_rhiannon person. Dinner, catching up on what's been happening, movie (Four Rooms, a sleeper of a good movie!) and popcorn. It was quite the awesome time.

Saturday was made of doing as little as possible (except the strict necessary), in bed. Watched more movies, while [livejournal.com profile] azrhey got herself a new mission in life.

Sunday, there was partying at [livejournal.com profile] sfllaw. Whee! That was some good partying! I was well surrounded, hehe!

This night, I had a weird dream. I dreamt that I was helping [livejournal.com profile] gregorama build himself a huge house in the shape of a barn, out of wood, while it was on a trailer rig, on the road. The point being to save time, right? There was a bunch of other friends helping out, which we zoomed the (impossibly large) thing on the highway. I was getting tired, so I went ahead and built the bed (yep, we built everything, down to the furniture!), so I could use it later. I think I woke up when I went to bed.

Kissing isn't something I do a whole lot of, or have done a whole lot of for, well, years. It feels kind of weird when I do, and I sometimes wonder if I'm just not doing it right or something. Not a worry of mine, just an amusing thought.

There's a crane outside my office window, hoisting stuff on the roof of the building next door.
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In Toulouse, there was coin-operated condom dispensers all over the place.
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I'm trying to fit my photo equipment and my laptop in my carry-on bag. It'll probably work out, but I'm left thinking that my SlingShot 200 is kind of a weird bag, inside.

[livejournal.com profile] ganymeade has agreed to take care of the Diva for me, thank goodness!

I'm still recovering from [livejournal.com profile] jul3z incredibly awesome birthday party. Whew, was I ever smashed! The beer, the electric jell-o, the tequila, oh my! And I managed to only cause minor damage. A girl really met me, when she went to the bathroom, but I was already using it. I think I made out with one of their cats. Scratchy kitty tongue!

Oh well, I'm all sleepy, bed now.
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Went to see Underworld: Evolution with [livejournal.com profile] azrhey. One word for this movie, "sexy". It was all right, not too well written, but with decent direction, a bit disappointed with the music (good, but I was hoping for more), and a very hot Kate Beckinsale made this movie effortless to watch.

The sex scene is why anamorphic screens were invented.

I drove my date back to her parents before 10pm, like a good boy. But I think I'm more of a silly boy than a good boy, really, hehe!
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For some reason, a bunch of people I know seems to be knitters.Well, here's to them!
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Had a pretty confused Friday evening after work with [livejournal.com profile] azrhey, trying to find some decent food (I ended up eating Subway, that tells you how successful that was!), trying to go watch Underworld: Evolution but failing that too (hey, look at that, it's opening tonight, on a Friday night, surprise!). Ended up getting a few DVDs and curling up at home, watching Virtuosity.

Saturday was about cleaning up my rather neglected apartment, which was some success. Got some good help, which is much appreciated!

After stuffing my face with some delicious Romados chicken, I headed over to [livejournal.com profile] lola_joan's birthday party. Her flat is just so awesome, I'm quite jealous! Met a bunch of new people, finally had some of [livejournal.com profile] jul3z's now infamous jello shots, and so did [livejournal.com profile] archdiva:

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On the negative side, I did feel a bit like a party crasher. Admittedly, I do not know [livejournal.com profile] lola_joan all that well. But I try to go out and meet people, and she's one of those people that I see electronically all the time, but never get to see much of in real life. Thanks to a subtle combination being shy and feeling like an idiot, didn't even talk to her much. Well done.

Felt like walking and quieter company a bit, so I walked [livejournal.com profile] moonlightjoy to her place. Was nice chatting with her, seeing that being a girl isn't even nearly enough to understand them is kind of reassuring, in a weird way. I found myself getting a bit emotional after I walked back to my place via Green, crossing the Lionel-Groulx park. My memory is most easily triggered visually, and it triggered some crud that was laying around, apparently. Enough that I'd stop walking and just look around to wallow in it for a bit. Got through it, and curled up in bed with the Diva. :-)
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Finally got rid of my table, donated to [livejournal.com profile] peaceful_dragon's other job. Seems like it found a new home where it will be useful! I'm also thankful for the secret tip on how to meet women, LOL!

I then went over to see to my registration for the elections. A bit of looking around to find the place, but it went rather quickly.

I then headed over to [livejournal.com profile] vegancafe, to drop by on the [livejournal.com profile] mtlpoly café. It's weird, as when I arrived, I felt like if I was at someone's home, and bent down to take off my boots, when I realized "hey, wait! this is a café!" and kept them. I guess it says something good about the atmosphere! Fought with the wireless a bit (their router was wacky, and gave me a recipe for a white russian instead of the Internet, go figure), then settled down with some tea and the damned evil crack-filled brownies. Yeah, poly café my arse, I'm all about the brownies! ;-)

It is kind of funny living in such nerdy times that when I asked around who was on LJ, someone who didn't know what it was then pulled her laptop, created herself a user and then asked me what my username was to friend me. Whoa, that was quick! Hello, [livejournal.com profile] edelwais, and welcome!

I came home at a reasonable hour, to a good surprise: I did a software update on my Mac, turns out iTunes has been updated and it is now much faster with files played through QuickTime (such as Ogg Vorbis files) and now gets the title of tracks correctly from them. It still doesn't get the year or the track number correctly, but the title was the most annoying, so that's a step forward. I wonder if the visualizations have been fixed, Apple told me it was a known issue...

Had myself some leftover food from Saturday, before it became self-aware. I realize that, as long as I know [livejournal.com profile] azrhey, I will never starve to death.

Got some nice time chatting with various people, that's cool!

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