Between the ticks

Thats when life really happens

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    We all know that life happens between the ticks of a clock. This is my new little place for me to record some of the interesting and strange things that happen along the way.
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Blog Moved

Posted by Randilin on January 25, 2008

Well the boxes are mostly packed and things are ready to move.  I’ve transported all the posts made In January to the new blog

Hope to see everyone there and please update any bookmarks.


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WordPress & Blogger

Posted by Randilin on January 24, 2008

So as I mentioned in an earlier blog I’ve been trying to put a few small ads on the page.  Things like when I do a book review I include an amazon link to the product and such.  Well apparently wordpress doesn’t allow such things.  which sucks.  So at this point I am exploring the possiblity of moving over to and I was curious to hear other people thoughts and opinions on and how it has worked out for them,  how they find it for commenting and just general opinions

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Star Wars Allegiance – Book Review

Posted by Randilin on January 23, 2008

I’ve been a fan of the Star Wars Universe for a long time, and used to read everything that came out for it.  That all came to a rapid and sudden stop when they start with the New Jedi Order books started coming out.  I just couldn’t get in to them at all, didn’t enjoy the concept, the events, even the some of the characters I had a hard time getting in to.  So that brought my love affair with Star Wars novels to a crashing end.

Last week I was in our local bookstore and noticed a new Star Wars novel,  the first thing I noticed on a closer was that it was by Timothy Zahn.  The same person who wrote my all time favorite series in the Star Wars Universe The Heir to the Empire series.  A quick scan of the back was enough to confirm that it was a time period in the Universe that I enjoyed, so I picked it up.

The book runs with four main story lines which all meet at various points through book and end for a dramatic climax.  Story lines focus on of course Han, Luke, and chewie in one group, Mara Jade in the next, a group of Stormtroopers, and Leia.  In the end I honestly think I would have enjoyed the story more had it focused on just the small group of stormtroopers and Mara Jade.  While the rest of it did add interesting bits to the story, and filled in a bit of the story of main characters between episodes 4 and 5.  It didn’t overly add to my own enjoyment of this story.

My favorite aspect of the book was the deserter Stormtroopers who were struggling to figure out there own way and trying to stay true to their own values and the oaths they had made to the Empire.  They struggled with some of their past actions like following orders to slaught innocent aliens.  They also tried to stay true to the oath they took to protect and defend the empire.  I hope that someone picks up their story and writes a few more books about them.

The book opens up with an acknowledgement that I feel is worth mentioning.  The idea behind a small group of stormtroopers that are the main characters in the novel came from a fan.  Albin Johnson the fan who founded the 501st legion, which is a group of fans that dress up as Star Wars characters at conventions, most commonly Stormtroopers.  It’s great in my opinion to see the fans getting some acknowledgement for what they do.


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Posted by Randilin on January 22, 2008

I had to share this ironic scene with the world. My wife is apart of a Quit smoke group being run through the community based Woman’s Centre. So I walked my wife to it this evening and what do we see standing outside the centre. 5 people huddled around the door in minus -35 degree temperatures all of them sucking back a cigarette. Trying to get in one last puff before going in to their quit smoking group, it was perhaps one of the funniest things I had seen all day.

My wife just got home and told me that they were not assumed by my plans to blog it.

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RIP – Heath Ledger

Posted by Randilin on January 22, 2008

 This comes directly from CNN’s website. 

NEW YORK (CNN) — Actor Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday of a possible drug overdose in a Lower Manhattan apartment, the New York Police Department said.

Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.

 The Academy Award nominated actor was 28.

“Pills were found in the vicinity of the bed,” police spokesman Paul Browne told CNN.

“This is being looked at as a possible overdose, but that is not confirmed yet.”

Ledger was found by a housekeeper who had gone to wake him for an appointment with a masseuse in the Soho apartment, Browne said.

He was declared dead at about 3:30 p.m., Browne said.

In 2005, the actor played Ennis Del Mar in “Brokeback Mountain,” about two cowboys who had a secret relationship.

The role earned him the Oscar nomination.

Ledger was born in Perth, Australia. He has a young daughter with actress Michelle Williams, his co-star in “Brokeback Mountain.”

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A few changes

Posted by Randilin on January 21, 2008

So there have been a few changes on the blog today and given time there will be a few more before the night is out.  The end goal of the changes is to make the blog a little more user friendly.  I’m also going to be adding a few things like Adwords and a link to Amazon.  My hope is to make enough money through them to pay for a domain name for the blog.

If anyone has recommendation on things that should be updated or changed just let me know.  Also feel free to to subscribe to the feedburner.

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The Shower Head

Posted by Randilin on January 20, 2008

Ok its been a hugely busy and wonderful day. I won’t go in to all the details of the day but I do want to touch on two highlights.

1) I joined a choir. You may remember from a post last week when I was tagged that I don’t like singing in public. However after seeing how much my wife enjoyed it last time and her asking really nicely I decided I would try it out this season. Which runs from Jan thru to about May. It’s called Spirits Call, I’ll post more details about it as I get the chance and learn more.

2) We used the new shower head. OMFG!!!! It rocks!!!! Now my wife and I like to take showers together, its good for the environment and a nice couple thing to do as well. The problem was that well am 6’6″ and tend to block all the water, so I was basically having to lean against the tiles so she could enjoy the water as well. Well as part of the bathroom renovation we’ve been doing, that’s no long a problem. One of the things that we picked up is a ‘Two in One shower head” it has a really nice feeling rain head and in the centre is a detachable handled shower head. The only down side to it was that it does seem to go through the water a little faster. Even that it was the best shower I’ve had in a while. Now we can both enjoy the water at the same time. If you like to shower with someone you love, go buy this head.

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Squires of the Sofa Return

Posted by Randilin on January 19, 2008

This is something I don’t think I’ve talked about here on my blog at all yet other then a brief comment I made on someone else’s blog. I am a gamer, No I don’t live in my parent’s basement, and yes I do shower. I enjoy sitting downBig Ears Small Mouse with a small group of friends and playing a roleplaying game or a board game. There both lots of fun and really enjoyable. I’ve been apart of group now for about 5 years maybe 6 or 7. A long time ago we dubbed ourselves the “Squires of the Sofa” It was kind of a way to pay homage to a comic called “Knights of the Dinner Table”

Well tonight was the first time we had gotten together as a group in a number of months to game. My wife has taken on the role of GM and is running us through a new system called B.E.S.M. or Big Eyes, Small Mouth. Her plan is to run a sub game of it called Big Ears, Small Mouse. We don’t know a lot about the game yet, tonight was just character creation. What we have gotten is that we are from a Mouse and Squirrel city that had been built around an Asian import warehouse and packaging plant. All in all as rodent life goes we’ve got it good, things get dropped we collect it and use it to live off. Pretty much we’ve lived in the plant our whole lives and loved every minute of it. Sadly the silly humans have decided they need to move, and it going to be our job to find them and figure a way to transport the rest of our community over to the new location.

I have no idea how it’s going to work out but the system seems pretty straight forward and looks pretty interesting.

Once we had finished with character creation for the night it was time to check out one of the new games we recently got. Called “Bull in a China Shop” it’s put out by a company called Playroom Entertainment. We picked it up based on its low price (less the $10) a interesting description of the game play off the back of the box and the box art. Normally we look to recommendations from friends but this one was different and it was a pleasant surprise at that.Bullin a China Shop

After setting up the game we got down to playing, at first it seemed surprisingly simple. Then as

we got further in to the all of us began to notice a deeper level to it. It could easily be a really simple game or one with a fair amount of planning before each move. The scoring was a little complex and hard to follow at first. But once I took a closer look at the provided score sheet it made a lot sense.

Bull In a China Shop
Players: 3 – 5 Ages: 8 and up Playing time: 30 Minutes

4 out of 5 stars

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Holiday Hampers

Posted by Randilin on January 18, 2008

This holiday season a bunch of us worked one a couple of Hampers for some less fortunate people here in Winnipeg.    Today we received a reply back from one of the families saying what a big difference it made in their lives.  I wanted to share with everyone what they had to say.  Its really uplifting to know that you can make a difference in someones life.   I’ve XXX the names of the people and also the name of the company.


Good morning xxxx, 

First I would like to apologize for not getting this email to you earlier; the battle with my health continues.  I’m trying to stay positive (which isn’t too hard to do after such a wonderful Christmas) holding on to the knowledge that “this too shall pass”…and it will.  

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!  J   

My son xxxx, and I, would like to send a BIG ‘thank you’ from the bottom of our hearts!!  J  I have never received such a kind and generous gift like the hamper delivered December 21st on behalf of xxx.  I couldn’t believe my eyes, and my son xxxx was speechless…he even remained that way for at least a few minutes afterward when it was just the two of us.  haha  xxxx has now experienced what true humanitarianism is and why it means so much, not only to those of us in need, but to society as a whole.  He felt the caring and kindness, as did I, simply through seeing it in the eyes and faces of the two wonderful ladies who presented us with your special gift.  We owe xxx much appreciation and gratitude for all that was done to help make our Christmas and New Year much brighter, and boy did it ever!  J    

I’m not sure why we were chosen to have such an amazing privilege (as I’m certain there were many families in need that didn’t get much, if anything, this Christmas), but I am sure that my son and I will NEVER forget the generosity shown to us by xxx.  For every item of food my son and I put away, he reflected on the needs of others elsewhere, knowing another family was not so lucky this Christmas…though still feeling blessed that we were.  Once the groceries were put away, he asked if we could help to make a hamper next Christmas for someone who might need one…there were tears in my eyes; I was proud of him, yet a little sad at the same time (not knowing what the future holds) replying with, “xxxx honey, if I’m working and we can afford to, we’ll for sure do a hamper!”.  So that’s our goal for next Christmas (if possible), and I’m quite sure my kiddo won’t let me forget it!!  J 

 xxxx wrote his own little note and wanted me to send it along with this email:  

 I want to thank you for taking the time to prepare the Christmas hamper you sent, it made my Christmas a lot brighter.  I would also like to say that I was so excited when I opened the Halo 3, Xbox 360 game!  J  The books I haven’t started to read yet, but I will be soon because I’ve beat the Halo 3 game already, but it’s still fun.  J  My pajamas are really cozy too and I didn’t even know I liked pajamas!  J  The hamper that xxx did for me and my mom lifted my spirits, thank you for everything.         

I wasn’t sure if xxxx and I should have opened the wrapped gifts when you were here?  If we were supposed to, I feel a little silly about it now. J  I was just so shocked and lost for words; I really could not believe my eyes!  xxx and their Christmas elves truly made this Christmas a very blessed and special one, for me and my son.  I can’t possibly thank you all enough for such a wonderful gift!  *hugs* 

Many blessings, hugs, and all the very best in 2008!   

Thexxxxxxx  family  

PS.  I have attached a couple pictures from Christmas day; we opened our gifts at my parent’s place.  Please note the BIG smile on xxxx’s face after opening the game he really REALLY wanted (thanks to XXX and the delivery Elves, his Christmas wish was answered)!! J  There was only one picture taken of the two of us, but it ended up being too blurry to send (sorry)….I was holding up my new pajamas, the beautiful aroma therapy bath set, AND Tetris (which was actually my favourite video game when I was growing up, so that was pretty neat)!!  J  Thank you once more MTS, from the bottom of our hearts, we could not have asked for a better Christmas. *hugs*   

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Weigh in Week #3

Posted by Randilin on January 17, 2008

Well it was weigh in week 3 today.  Am over joyed to report a drop of 5.1 pounds.   I’ve also started to do a lot more exercise as part of my daily routine,  I’ve been averaging about 40 minutes a day on the stationary bike and am actively looking for a treadmill.  Go Go gadget weight loss

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