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  1. So I was playing my clarinet a bit earlier today and I wondered what everypony else's favourite instrument was. I checked for any older topics and I couldnt seem to find one, so here we are now! While instinctively I would go with the clarinet after playing it for six to seven years, I have to say that the violin has to be my favourite instrument. I tried practicing with a cheap violin, but I didn't really have the time to actually master it. I was already playing the clarinet and you know, picking up a new instrument during exam period in high school is not a good idea. None the less, I really like the sound of the violin and really just any string in general. In high school, I was in the school band and it was one of two musical groups, the other being the string section. I used to sit outside the door listening to how great their music sounded on the way to my math class. It just always sounded great and I could tell they put a lot of effort into it compared to my group. So anyway, time to open the floor. It doesn't matter if you play this instrument or even if it's something a little more unique like the theremin. If you like a certain instrument, feel free to post about it and explain (or not) why you like it.
  2. I never imagined I'd be writing this, and yet here we are. It's been a fun few years, but the time has come for me to go. Not just here though, Celtore is leaving that large series of tubes that we call the Internet. The forums, youtube, IRC, everything. Let me take a few steps back, actually. Since I was young, I was always in love with computers. The first computer program I ever ran was a little game called Great Adventures: Pirate Ship, a Fisher Price game. To this day, it's my inspiration for software development. Look how fantastic those graphics are, listen to that audio; it's a work of art and you can tell a lot of heart went into it. Anyway, I'm diving off topic... When I was around 11-12, I discovered social media on the internet and community powered content. All sorts of games, forums, chatrooms, the usual stuff, but only in the mid 2000's instead of today. I loved it because it let me chat and interact with my school friends when I was at home without having to physically be next to them. I really enjoyed interacting with my friends, whether it was at recess, at one of our homes, at some kind of place like a swim complex or on the internet in a chatroom or in some game. The web also let me talk with people on the other side of the world, which was pretty amazing to think about back then. In the later years of high school, the internet became ever more important because of its convenience. Why meet in person at a mcdonald's when you can talk over IRC or World of Warcraft? We would still meet at recess and play our silly games; oh wait, that wasn't a thing any more. Recess in grades 7-12 became "breaks", 5 minute intervals which were barely enough to get you from one class to another. Then high school came where I was basically a hermit for 4 years. Very few reached out to me, but I'll be honest, I would have hesitated to reach out to me too back then. Ever since those high school days, there's a part of me that feels empty and unfulfilled. I have a great family, plenty of money in the bank, a well paying job I mostly enjoy that I spent 6 years of my life fighting for, no debt... I should be happy, but something holds me back. I think that I've finally realized what that problem is: my over-dependence, perhaps even addiction, with the internet. I call it an addiction because it's pretty bleeding obvious when you look at me from a third-person perspective. I never go to work events or even personal interest clubs because I'd rather be in my study derping around the internet. I'd rather be browsing reddit than going out to the library, working on my art skills or even taking my Telescope outside on some lovely nights. Old me would have jumped at the opportunity to drive over to a friends place or a local event instead of being alone online, but now that I have wheels, I can't be bothered! And social media like these very forums are instigators where I can say to myself, "You're being social, Bob! You're socializing with people!", when in reality, I'm just in denial and digging myself into an even deeper hole. So thank you all very much for dealing with me over the years. I was considering just fading into obscurity, but I felt that I owed an explanation to some certain individuals and it wouldn't be the right thing to do. I'm sorry for being so selfish, but I feel like I need to address this directly after ignoring this problem for all these years. I think this emptiness of mine can only be solved if I get out of my chair and fill it with something. So again, thank you all for being such excellent human beings. I cant say our bonds quite reached the levels of my old college and school friends, but you are all amazing people none the less. Don't let anyone, even yourselves, say differently. Farewell. Yours sincerely, Celtore
  3. Celtore

    General Bath Time! How do you like it?

    I don't have a bath, it's just a shower. Honestly though, who could hate them? They feel amazing! After a workout, I can spend 20-30 minutes in there with that hot water blasting.
  4. I'd say a main character in a bad movie. That wouldn't mean I would try, I would give the hammiest line deliveries I could get away with and chew on as much of the scenery as possible. If the movie was inevitably going to become one of those things like troll 2, might as well be one of the fun characters.
  5. Celtore

    General What do you normally dream about?

    My bad dreams seem to pit me against something incredibly difficult to overcome. Some examples include: Fighting the armies of Cthulhu in a yacht with water on all sides. Defending my house against an encroaching forest fire. My good dreams can vary a lot. The other night, I was camping. It was an extremely pleasant dream.
  6. Celtore

    What is the last voicemail you received?

    It was a telemarketer who put me on hold. Seriously, I listened to the recording and there was 30 seconds of hold music.
  7. Celtore

    The workout thread

    Loads of cardio! I try to hop on the exercise bike each day for about an hour. I may skip a few days in the week, but I at least try to get four days in. Some nights, I do an hour on the treadmill instead, but being tall and the low ceiling of the exercise room kind of makes it a major pain in the butt. I also do some simple callisthenics to try to keep tone, like pushups, planks and burpees. I have to stay strong enough to lug around a 50 pound telescope, after all.
  8. Celtore

    Do you post pics of yourselves online?

    I have one posted on my LinkedIn and another public one which hides my eyes, but that's it. If you asked me why a few years ago, I'd say "because privacy", but Google, Facebook and Amazon know damn well what I look like; they're not fooling anyone. I guess now, it's more a matter of personal preference. I'd rather people just know me by my username and maybe my avatar. There's no need to reveal my entire hand unless I got into cosplay or something.
  9. Celtore

    What is the grossest thing you've ever eaten?

    I was going to come in here and say "mushy peas from a can", but holy crap you guys.
  10. Celtore

    Are you a fan of bananas?

    I finally tried one. I unfortunately can't say im a huge fan of them though. Im going to try it again in a little while, but after I put it in the fridge. The ones I had before were warm and I think that played a part into my opinion of them.
  11. Well, crap. Smash bros ate my weekend. So much for the marathon. Oh well, nothing stopping me from starting tomorrow night. 

  12. I'd very likely keep eating. I think food is one of those little things that gives life a little bit of extra flavour. Food would still taste great and baking would still be just as fun, even if eating was no longer a necessity for survival.
  13. Hey Bas, don't worry about the donation thing. Got you covered. :mlp_please:

    1. Bas


      Very many thanks for that, I appreciate it, but I do not really care about that rank.

      I surely accept the good intention, though!

    2. Celtore


      That's fine, I just thought you deserved it. Plus, there are some fun upcoming festivities you might be interested in.

  14. Celtore

    Gaming What was your first steam game?

    I have no idea. I dont think so because that name doesn't ring a bell.
  15. Celtore

    Name an iconic duo

    Abbott and Costello
  16. Celtore

    Are Computers Magic?

    As a programmer, they're not magic. They're just stupid machines that can run blocks of logic, and that logic is created and deployed by using a huge toolchain of abstraction layers built on top of other abstraction layers. They will never do anything they're not told to do. They may do something stupid or unexpected because of bad software, but it was still told to respond in the way it did. The closest thing to magic might be machine learning. You build a neural network which models your problem, train it on a large set of data and suddenly your software understands what a dog looks like. It's all math behind the scenes, but holy. crap.
  17. Celtore

    General Do Any Of You Invest?

    Most of my money is going into one of two places: a couple of mutual funds and a tax free savings account. I have a few mutual funds managed by my bank which have been steadily growing over the years, as well as a few managed by a partner of my employer. That second one is much more heavily managed, slowly decreasing in risk as you reach retirement age. It's doing fairly well and my employer is matching up to $2000 per year for saving $4000. The TFSA is an account I never touch and just keep putting as much in as I can every pay week. It's not that there are any penalties for withdrawing from it, it just makes more sense to use the standard chequing account instead of draining the tax free one.
  18. Night all, I'm going to bed. If I don't soon, I'll probably wake up in this chair tomorrow morning. ^_^

  19. Celtore

    What is the worst song/songs you've ever heard?

    Oh, I've got one. Carol of the Bells by the Barenaked Ladies. It makes me physically feel ill, it's such a crappy and depressing rendition of a classic song. I'd rather listen to a midi! And naturally, my local radio station absolutely loves it because it's by a Canadian music group. If you actually listened to it, here, have a good rendition to cleanse your ears.
  20. Ughhhh, that feeling when you want a glass of water, but you're too comfortable to get out of the chair and go all the way downstairs to get it. :okiedokieloki:

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    2. Celtore


      That's not too weird, it's basically a non-cooled water cooler. I'd recommend against doing it with those bottles because the plastics breaking down could potentially contaminate the fluid, but what the heck do I know?

    3. temporary away.

      temporary away.

      well im slowly getting out of it anyways got way to lazy xD

    4. Silver Snow

      Silver Snow

      l have 3,5 Liter tap in my room that l fill every other day, you know, a big glass container with a small tap on it. Mostly l just put cold faucetwater in it, but sometimess l put some teabags in it with warm water. l love the flavours of mint in my water, or sometimes a bit of a good citrus (although that last one is not possible in the tap, because of cleansing reasons).

  21. Happy birthday, Woona! Take a balloon! :):balloon:

  22. Celtore

    Technology What are your favorite computer/laptop brands?

    I've noticed I've been buying a lot of Asus recently. My zenfone, my laptop, my new monitor (which is apparently a rarity seeing as it was the only one in the store with audio.)
  23. Celtore

    Adopt a User

    @Silver Snow, congradurations! Be prepared for a long, cold night (21°F) of stargazing, hot chocolate and smash bros!
  24. Huzzah, Ive done it! My 3333rd post! :balloon:

    (Not that it really counts for anything, I just like nice numbers)

    1. Dark Horse

      Dark Horse

      It's still a pretty big milestone that you can be proud of. Congrats! :D

  25. Celtore

    What makes Trixie so relatable

    Trixie is a bit of an odd case for me. Despite her boastful personality, she was one of my favourites too. Part of it is her whole character design, but I think it was mostly because I pitied her in the first season. Here she was just trying to do her stage magic and she ends up having to deal with a giant bear and twilight spiking her ego down several levels. That's a very bad day, pretty much a crushing defeat. And on top of that, it's no secret that I have a soft spot for reformed antagonists. And she is undeniably very adorable too!