a 21-year-old gentleman from Canada

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"Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV?” — Morty Smith (Rick and Morty, S01E08)

Hey there, David here.
I'm a Virgo: born on September 12, 1995, which was a Tuesday!
Even if we aren't astrologically compatible, strike up a conversation with me anyway. Rivals are just a more extreme form of friends.

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[Update, 2015-07-27: Seriously anyone who is a fan of fantasy, or hell just books in general -- so everyone -- read The Name of the Wind (Day 1 of the Kingkiller Chronicle) if you haven't already. Just finished it tonight and oh my gosh I've never been in love with a book before but wow. It honestly doesn't even have a straight plot, but is so so beautifully written and is so gosh darn mesmerizing!]

One of my hobbies is reading... or at least that's what I've been telling people for the last fifteen years of my life or so. But it recently came to my attention that I hardly read anymore, with the exception of reading in daily life and in the name of academia. Literally the only book I read in 2014 was Gone Girl, and that was done only in anticipation for the movie. So: I started reading for leisure again this summer, and hopefully this time around it'll be a regular thing I do until I die.

Currently "reading":

  • The Wise Man's Fear (Day 2 of the Kingkiller Chronicle), by Patrick Rothfuss

Books I've read, Summer 2015

  • Mistborn: The Alloy of Law, by Brandon Sanderson
  • American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
  • Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Mistborn: The Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Finders Keepers, by Stephen King
  • Damned, by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Invisible Monsters, by Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss [***!!!]
  • Mistborn: The Hero of Ages, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Joyland, by Stephen King

Random preferences:

  • PC > Mac
  • Vanilla > chocolate (I know, I know)
  • Dogs > cats
  • Pepsi > Coca Cola
  • iPhone > Android
  • Star Wars > Star Trek
  • Mortal Kombat > Street Fighter
  • PS4 > Xbox One

General favourites:

  • Color: Azure
  • Animal: Snow Leopard
  • Marvel superhero: Spider-Man
  • DC superhero: Batman
  • Avenger: Captain America

Hobbies & activities:

  • Martial Arts
  • Movies
  • Criminology
  • Reading
  • Gaming
  • I have a minor addiction to collecting blu-ray steelbooks

I don't really know where my music tastes lie anymore so this whole section is just going to be a heading and that's it.

Top 5 movies:

  1. Se7en - Just watch it. Utter perfection.
  2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Probably the first movie that had a lasting impression on me, upon my first viewing at age six. This film revolutionized CG, because that's what James Cameron usually does. The T-1000's relentless chase is terrifying and awesome at the same time. 
  3. Before Sunrise - Forget The Notebook, this is the most romantic movie, ever. It's so innocent and sweet, and temporary yet everlasting, ugh.
  4. Hot Fuzz - All of the jokes are beautifully orchestrated, not to mention the hundreds of cliches they shoved in there.
  5. Pan's Labyrinth - The mix of Ofelia's fairy-tale world and the harsh reality of the world around her is kinda hauntingly beautiful. The faun always creeps me out though, even more than the pale man. I would be able to quote this, but sadly I do not speak Spanish.

My favourite horror movies:

  1. The Shining (I think a part of me died during that bathroom scene.)
  2. Final Destination 3 (this one had a more consistent death pacing than the rest of the franchise's films, plus Mary Elizabeth Winstead.)
  3. The Exorcist (because of course, The Exorcist.)
  4. Insidious (but only if you watch both parts back-to-back, because it then becomes a 3 & 1/2 hour horror epic with TWO antagonists!!)

Favourite TV series:

  • Futurama - Makes me wish I lived in the year 3000. Why is Simpsons still on, but not this??
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodSo much better than the original series; in art, plot, characters, everything.
  • Gravity Falls - Disney Channel's first good decision, ever. Alex Hirsch is a visionary, oh my goodness. Highly recommend this animated series.
  • True Detective - Haven't seen S2 yet, but season one was like a super well done, eight hour long buddy-cop drama in the vein of Se7en.

Favourite video games of all-time:

  1. Dragon Age: Origins - Truly an RPG of epic proportions. The replay value is high, since character race, class, and decisions all factor into how the journey will unfold. Not to mention, your companion characters are each fully-realized characters with beautiful personalities and interactions! <3
  2. Fallout 2 - Unlike many RPGs today (Skyrim, Fallout 3), Fallout 2 was very character-driven, not plot-driven. This made for a much higher replay value. Also, just everything about this game is sick.
  3. Fallout: New Vegas - I actually hated this game at first, but it's the DLC that makes it worthwhile. After at least 75 hours, I would definitely consider this to be the worthy successor of Fallout 2, a whole twelve years later.
  4. Assassin's Creed II - This was the perfect Assassin's Creed game. New, daring, yet perfectly suited era + environment. The plot was cinematic, and Ezio's transformation from womanizer to leader is awesome. This was also the last Assassin's Creed game to be focused mainly on, well, assassinating. No recruiting (Brotherhood), and no tower defense (why, Revelations, why).
  5. XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Do you want proof that life isn't fair? Play XCOM.

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