Off Topic: On the Subject of Me

I don’t really talk much about myself on this blog. This is a conscious decision; I decided going in that this blog was about awesome things like sci-fi, fantasy, video games, and writing. By comparison, I’m pretty boring. This is my blog, but it’s not about me, per se.

My blog's bannerHowever, I’ve been posting here multiple times per week for over three years now, so perhaps it’s time I let the readers get to know me at least a little bit.

I now present you with a rambling list of fun facts about me, presented in no particular order.

On the subject of me:

I have never set foot outside of Canada, but I have looked out across the Atlantic from the tip of Cape Spear, gone on road trips so far into Quebec no one around spoke English, crossed the Straight of Juan de Fuca by ferry, and hiked in the old growth rainforests of British Columbia.

My favourite colour is purple.

My favourite band is Metric, but my favourite song is King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men, and if I was to pick a song to be “theme song of my life,” I’d go with All These Things That I’ve Done by the Killers.

The song I want played at my funeral, however, is Invincible from World of Warcraft. That or Help, I’m Alive by Metric, purely for the irony.

I have trouble picking a favourite television show. It’s sort of a toss-up between Star Trek: Enterprise, The Simpsons, and Futurama.

My favourite book and my favourite movie are one and the same: The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I might as well count them all as a single volume, since I can’t pick a favourite from the trilogy.

My favourite video game character is Jim Raynor. I don’t believe I could pick a single favourite character from books or television. Candidates from literature include Cryl-Nish Hlar, Xervish Flydd, Seda, R.M. Dahl, Michael Liberty, Samwise Gamgee, Remus Lupin, and Kellen Tavadon. Candidates from television include Jean-Luc Picard, William Adama, Hoshi Sato, Dr. Phlox, Quinn Fabray, Bert Hummel, Karl “Helo” Agathon, and Dr. Zoidberg.

Similarly, I love food far too much to ever settle on a favourite meal. Potato roti could be a strong candidate, as would be aloo chole with puri. My father also makes surprisingly good falafel for a WASP, so that could be in the running. Or maybe a bowl of sambar with a nice side of naan…

My favourite sound is wind blowing through the trees.

My all-time favourite video game is Warcraft III. My current favourite game is The Secret World.

My Dragon under the moonlight in Blue MountainMy favourite time of year is winter, though autumn is a very close second. I despise springtime, and I have little love for summer.

I have only ever broken one bone: my skull. I leaped out of my mother’s arms as a baby and fell head-first onto a concrete floor. I am apparently lucky to be alive, and luckier still to have suffered no brain damage as a result. I was so young at the time that I have no memory of any of it.

I am neither a dog person nor a cat person. I am a rat person.

In the past, I ran the international campaign to save Star Trek: Enterprise for several years. This is the same campaign that held large public rallies and raised several million dollars to fund a new season (unsuccessfully), though such heady days were long past by the time I took over. I mostly just organized letter-writing campaigns and publicity drives for our petition.

The worst movie I ever saw was the remake of Bewitched starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Having my testicles electrocuted for ninety minutes would have been less painful.

The happiest I can  ever remember being was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in bed on the eve of my fourteenth birthday, as a thunderstorm raged outside. This could be interpreted as a sad commentary on my life to date.

Cover art for the fifth Harry Potter novelI have never set foot in a church.

I stole the name of this post from a Kids in the Hall sketch.

I have not cut my hair in nearly fifteen years. It’s not as long as you might think, though.

I am of primarily British and Nordic descent, meaning there is an excellent chance that, 1,000 years ago, my ancestors on one side of the family were raiding my ancestors on the other side of the family.

I am a chronic insomniac. Sleep is for the dead.

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