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    • Day 1474: Progress on a Monday isn't unheard of

      11 hours ago

      topham DHYB

      Today was a good day, I managed to make loads of progress at work, and I managed to record the next two weeks podcasts. They're both going to be long as well, which is encouraging. 


      I had a revelation today in relation to my exams too, which lead me to remark as such and while I don't know everything, looking over a past exam paper made me realise I know more already than I anticipated, and I know that I'm making correct notes, notes that will point me in the right direction and make me understand the subject more. 


      I'm also finding that as I really start to understand things I'm able to implement them into my work and explain them to my co-workers why we need them, and if I can't explain it then I clearly don't understand it well enough. 


      I'll be honest, I forgot about writing this today and was playing the guitar more than I should have, alongside recording the two podcasts, I wanted to read, but that plan has gone away until tomorrow. I'm hoping that tomorrow I'll write my journal before I go out, but there's a lot of qualifiers for that. It's expected to snow at 6 pm, so I might not be going out, and then I've got to make sure I actually get stuff done tomorrow morning so that I can relax a little tomorrow. I'd like to get in from training tomorrow and not turn my laptop on, that's the dream. Then I can just spend an hour or so reading, and getting lost in the Discworld. 


      I think my schedule has started moving, as I'm feeling tired of what I think are the right times, and I'm finding waking up at 6 am to be easier. This morning I had a great gym session, there was a punching bag set up, so I got myself through my planned workout and then did some TKD kick drills, and I'm really happy with my right leg, but my left leg still needs work. I felt barely able to stand for my morning, but by this evening I was feeling great. I like the way a morning workout suits me, I knew it would, I used to work out before I worked at the warehouse 6 and a half years ago, but those were completely different times. 


      I've been really enjoying exploring different music styles, but I always find myself heading back to rock, and this time I was listening to Russell Allens Atomic Soul, and there's a track on there that reminded me of Clutch and that was a great listen, as I dived into the Clutch back catalogue. I found myself coming across a track called Air by a band called Out Run, which was great, but lead me down a synthwave path, that took me to familiar musicians in a band called Zeta, made of Chimp Spanner and Daniel Tompkins from Tesseract, and they put out a synthwave album under the name Zeta and it's great, I'd recommend checking out. I think I wrote about them a few months ago actually. I might just write about music tomorrow. 


      Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1473: 6 Years Without Alcohol, Part 2

      1 day ago

      topham DHYB

      Immediately after finishing writing the last part I thought, what about the other influences, the other activities and the people that have inspired me to continue on this dry path? Credit where credit is due, and I've reached out to those involved with TKD to personally thank them. 


      My mind immediately turned to just everyone that's interacted with me, no matter where it is, that was understanding, specific stand outs are at RTX when we'd be out in bars, I'd chat with people, they'd know I don't drink and I never felt pressured, peer pressure certainly seems to be significantly less than when I was younger, besides, at that time I'm still having a great time with my friends, I don't need the social catalyst that booze is to interact with all these people. 


      But I also thought that I have a few specific people in mind. I adore podcasts and consume them at a fair rate, and the first one I properly found myself enjoying that stands out as one of my mainstays is the Nerdist Podcast. Host Chris Hardwick has talked many times about addiction, while I never faced alcohol in that way, I always appreciate what he says and the message he shares it. Another two people then spring to mind, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, and their podcast Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. Jason Mewes' struggles and the way he talks about everything he went through made me think and helped me consider the way I view life, though the podcast is littered with stories and tangents, it's fantastic listening to get a different perspective. 


      I kept running down the path of 'How much could I have achieved if I wasn't drinking in Uni?' etc. and it sometimes plagues me, but most of the time the frustration quells and I have to give into the apathy of the situation. 


      But that leads me to the future, all paths lead to the point you are at right now, and I have to ask myself, where do I see myself in the future? Will I trust myself to drink again? Will I find myself a balance, or do I see the balance in my life as fine without introducing booze as a complicating factor? Well, I see myself progressing, continuing to learn, and I certainly don't want to feel inhibited by inebriation, so I don't see myself drinking again, it doesn't fit into my balance, and I certainly don't trust myself. I can't have a chocolate bar in the apartment without devouring the whole thing in one go, no matter the size, but I'm working on that in a roundabout way. I've certainly removed that option, and think about purchasing smaller chocolate bars if I were to feel like I wanted chocolate. I don't really trust myself to drink again because it always went the same way, I'd have a can, I'd opened the floodgates, then I'd finish what I had or drink until sufficiently out of it that I knew I had to cut myself off. 


      Life feels sufficiently balanced at this point in time, that I know what I want, and how to get there, and I know where to apply myself. I'm happy with the way things are without everything and the struggle of having to lose or even manage to have extra weight that I worked so hard to lose. I don't want to feel like drinking loses me progress in fitness, and in my knowledge too, and not to mention the days lost to hangovers. 


      All in all, I'm pleased with the point in life I'm at, there are other decisions along the way that could have lead to different results, but all that matters is that I find myself here and now, and I know what is behind me, and what is ahead of me. 


      Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1472: 6 Years Without Alcohol, Part 1

      2 days ago

      topham DHYB

      6 years ago, on the second weekend of the year, I'd been in my job for 2 weeks, my best friend at the time came over and we went for it. We drank our little socks off and had a wonderful time. But I'd resolved not two weeks before to essentially give up eating bread and make an attempt to lose some weight. 


      I felt terrible the following day. And the day after that. I decided that I couldn't continue down that path, the familiar path that I'd walked for many years already at the point in my 23-year long life. I thought I needed a change, new job, new rules. 


      So I decided that day that it was time to give up, to spend time feeling good without inducing a wasted day. Soon gone were the days where time was wasted, I went from 85kg to 73kg in 3 months, to below 70kg in the next 3 months and then throughout the next few years, particularly upon the introduction to TKD all the way down to 65kg, for competition weight category. 


      I spent more time in my job, I still work for the same company but my capacity and scope of work has broadened beyond what I could have imagined. While it wasn't the course I wanted to head, it's certainly kept me entertained. But the most important aspect of it is that while I was away from alcohol for the first 2 years I noticed a massive uptake in my memory, my problem-solving skills, and my ongoing fascination with learning. I started questioning why I drank in the first place when I realised that I could have achieved so much more, but that line of questioning lead nowhere, my friends were doing it, and it was the thing to do on weekends.


      No longer was I bound by an invisible force, dampening my thoughts, I was freer than ever, my imagination was seemingly limited only by the amount I explored it, and I felt like I could handle aspects of the world I couldn't have before. Certainly writing is one aspect that I've considered, I had no desire before, but as it's prevalence in the world, my world, was duly thrust into my face, I realised improvements had to be made. No longer hindered, I set about with all the things that I have laid before me now. I'm nothing if not consistent and determined. 


      I found Tae Kwon Do, and I rightfully, I believe, thanked my instructors and club members when I was training this week, as the Tenets, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Indomitable Spirit and Self-Control, have lead me to the development and continuation of my state of being as time has transpired. 


      I returned to the UK after a 3 month break 2 weeks ago, but while I was over there I recognised bad habits forming, having soda with every meal when we went out was one that stood out to me, and I scaled it back to only having it once a week when we were out, and that helped. There were, of course, other things, but all in all, it's the recognition that is the important part, so that you can take a step back, evaluate and make another attempt or change your point of view. 


      I think I have more thoughts on this, I will continue tomorrow if more comes in to my head, but for now. Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1471: Some Words

      3 days ago

      topham DHYB

      What an absolutely crazy week I've had. 


      I am aching from yesterdays training session, which was excellent, but I did not manage to wake up and get to the gym. 


      Today was me rounding out a whole bunch of activities at work, and managing my employees to get work done, and catching up with how their projects are progressing. I have come up with analysis I wanted doing on a bunch of products to determine whether their specifications are fair, accurate, and other means of assessing them. 


      I spent the evening playing some games and relaxing. I felt like I needed it, as I know over the weekend I'll be using my mornings and some of my afternoon to study, so I guess I won't really find myself with much real free time over the next two weeks. It's going to be an interesting time. 


      Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1470: Finding Integrity

      4 days ago

      topham DHYB

      I recorded a podcast over the weekend that I alluded to earlier in the week with Emma/@BeepBep and we had a blast talking about her trip to the UK, my trip to the USA and then some video games and some other things that are going on. You can check it out here!


      Today I had some strange requests come through at work, one stands out, as my boss asked me to write a justification to his boss about keeping my temporary employee so that she could be a permanent employee. 


      It turns out though that my writing is getting significantly better in that he's relying on me to write something. I have sent plenty of emails this week, none of which I'm disappointed in, actually I'm starting to be rather proud of how my writing has advanced. I've certainly become clearer in my writing, and my intentions, and having a decent flow to what I write appears to come significantly more naturally than it ever has in the past. It makes me happy that my persistent idea to improve my writing is getting me to a point where I'm comfortable and confident in what I'm writing, and that I haven't given up. Working at something every day makes you better at what it is you're working on, and I have certainly embraced that philosophy, and I can't wait to begin working on other projects. 


      At this point in time I'm happy with where I've got to with my writing, but there's always room to improve. Speaking of room to improve, I'm going to TKD training tonight and I'm hoping we're doing patterns because I've been out of the loop, and I never practised as I should have done, where is my integrity in training? Well, I've got back into fitness, my sparring still seems to be on point, I've got to lose a bit of weight and really get back into the whole routine. 


      I was invited to run a 10km mud run with the TKD club in the summer, which aligns with my goals, and I told them to keep me in the loop and I'll go along with them, and we'll all have a laugh and a great time. 


      All in all, I'm feeling more settled in this week than I was last, and I'm looking forward to seeing what I can achieve over the next few months. I certainly felt like it looked bleak before, and right now I know how much work is ahead of me, but I feel as though I'm going to be able to overcome all of the challenges in front of me, and smash it throughout the year. 


      Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1469: A Wednesdays pondering

      5 days ago

      topham DHYB

      Today was a good day, I managed to do what felt like one million things. I was on phone calls for probably an hour and a half, and I've started things moving. It's all very cryptic, but I've realised how much I actually have to do since I've returned. 


      Aside from that I went to the gym this morning and I'm getting better at trying to get myself to complete a traditional workout, a work out that consists of a warm up, then 20ish minutes of cardio, followed by weights/other functional exercises, and then a 5-10 minute cool down. 


      After trying to figure out some core exercises to do, I managed to find one that really got me working. I would take a kettle bell, start in a semi-squat with the kettle bell on the outside of my knee, and swing up diagonally with a burst of power, and halt the weight at the top, then drop back down and go again. I'd do one side at a time, and this evening I'm aching already. 


      This weeks exercises are going well, I feel like I want to do more, I went to TKD for the first time in forever last night, and we were sparring. I felt like I still had the same proficiency I'd built up before, so that was encouraging. It will be particularly telling when we go to do patterns that I have no idea what I'm actually doing. 


      Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1468: Laughter

      6 days ago

      topham DHYB

      I love laughing. It's one of my favourite things. 


      I will laugh at me, I will laugh at others, more like I'll laugh with others. 


      I like watching comedy and I don't take life too serious for a vast majority of the time. There are times where seriousness needs to prevail and rightfully so, but all other times I am searching for joy through laughter. 


      I will frequently find myself giggling at nonsense, searching out things that will make me giggle, and having a riotous time just making up nonsense in my head that will make me and only me laugh.


      This might be a very self centred journal, but I'm okay with that. I find my joy in getting things out of my head, and this thing has been floating around all day. 


      Laughing is great, I find it relaxing, I laugh at the drop of a hat, and try to laugh as much as I can. I had an incredibly giggly chat with Emma (@BeepBep), which was recorded as a podcast that will come out on Thursday, but even just in conversation that's flowing well, for me giggling and having a good catch up is a paramount of time. 


      Laughter is great, it's essential for me, I don't even care if I'm the only one laughing to be honest, I just like expressing myself out loud. Even if you make a crap joke, the likelihood of me laughing is high. 


      Have an excellent day! Go find something to laugh at, or laugh at the state of the world. You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1467: The Reading Adventure Begins

      1 week ago

      topham DHYB

      Today was a good day at work, and outside of work too. I got a relatively complete workout in before work and then had a day of productive stuff at work. I chatted to my employees for about an hour towards the end of the day to figure out whats going to happen over the upcoming months, and it was very encouraging.


      I was about to turn the first page and begin delving in to the first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, and then realised that I wanted to type this and get it out of the way before losing myself in a book for a while. I was planning on starting 30 minutes ago, but I picked up guitar and the time in between dissolved. 


      I hope to read at least a couple of pages today, and let my reading adventure begin, but I've never been a strong reader, but I'm hopeful that I can begin and continue throughout the year and make it through more than my goal mandated one book. I started reading Scott Pilgrim again last week, and I like it, but it is aided by the fact that it's a comic book, and it doesn't take particularly long to flick through the pages. 


      I can't wait to make progress on my goals, and I'm looking forward to uncovering more of this fantastical world. 


      Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1466: Strange Sensations and Weekend Activities

      1 week ago

      topham DHYB

      I get something called Alice In Wonder Syndrome which is a strange phenomenon where you feel massive or tiny in comparison to your surroundings, if you're curious the wikipedia article does a far better job of explaining it that I have. I get it, and I feel like the smallest person, like I've zoomed out from my head. It's a strange experience and it mainly happens when I'm tired, it was just strange that I was experiencing it this afternoon, when I rightly shouldn't really be too tired. 


      I bought me some books yesterday, and I'm hoping to getting to read them this week, I'm looking forward to getting stuck in, I got the first 3 Discworld novels. I read Mort in the past, which is the 4th book in the series, but the novels are all based in the same world, but don't necessarily follow on directly. There are sub-series within, but starting from the beginning should help and then I might be able to follow on all of the different series. 


      This weekend has been pretty relaxed, I went to the trampoline park today, and there was a block next to a trampoline in to the foam pit so I practised something I've been wanting to try for a long time, which is great because it helps me get the height and the correct motion to lead into the move I wanted to try. Overall I had a good time flipping around and having a good old bounce. 


      Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1465: Wonder

      1 week ago

      topham DHYB

      Today I found there was a new A Perfect Circle track that was released on Monday, which was a delight to listen to. Then I watched Keith Urbans 2017 medley of the artists we lost which was strange to realise how many people went away. 


      All of that was a reminder that I should get on with writing and recording some music and putting music out in the world can be a great thing. 


      But I also realised today that I've been writing things every day for a long time, and I don't plan on stopping. I also was reminded of the fact that I do things regularly and that's something that I'm proud of, that I've managed to write for many days in a row, release podcasts weeks in a row without fail, but that also comes down to who I've chosen to associate myself with and that makes me satisfied in the decisions I've made along the way and the friends I've made around this place. 


      It's been a while since I've specifically found someone new to record with, or to chat to about various subjects, but the GGG tide me over with their discord server and the ease of chatting to everyone. There's plenty of people around that I've met through here, but right now the discovery of new people here that would fit into those groups feels like it's at an all time low, hopefully the upcoming changes might resolve that, but for now, and for me, I'm happy with the way things are. 


      I'm hopeful, and I'd like to see more activity, and the staff posts have certainly been highlighting that there are a bunch of people around, especially staff, and those have been great to check out because of the variety of people there are around. 


      Anyway, have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

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    • Lamkia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

      7 months ago

      (I just almost wrote happy birthday, wtf is wrong with me, exams kill the Lamkia)

      Happy FU dayy! :D

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      7 months ago

      Happy FU Day man!!

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      7 months ago

      congrats on being featured user! :D 

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      7 months ago

      So great to see you as the featured user!

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      7 months ago

      Happy FU day!

    • LCPeter

      7 months ago

      Hey dude happy FU!

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      7 months ago

      Happy FU day!!

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      7 months ago

      Happy FU day to you, man!

    • OsageOrange

      7 months ago

      Happy FU Day, Topham!

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      7 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

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      11 months ago

      Happy Warm Fuzzies day, Top  heart

      Short of what I've already told you, you're my favorite, and the greatest. That is all.

    • Lamkia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

      1 year ago

      Haaaapppppy birthday!

      Hope you had a lovely day~

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      1 year ago

      Happy Birthday! 

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      1 year ago

      Happy escape from the womb day!! 

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      1 year ago

      Happy birthday you beautiful bastard!

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      Congrats on being Featured User!

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      1 year ago

      Yaaaay! You're FU! Congrats! <3

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      1 year ago

      Happy FU Day man!!!

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      1 year ago

      Woooo your an FU!!!

      Enjoy this glory  whiskey wink

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      1 year ago

      Happy Featured User Day!

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      Happy FU Day!

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      1 year ago

      Congratulations for unlocking the Achievement: "Featured User!" Enjoy your 100 gamerscores!


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    • Audrey

      1 year ago

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    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      1 year ago

      Happy Warm and Fuzzies!

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    • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

      1 year ago

      HEY DUDE! HAPPY WARM FUZZIES! I wanted you to know that you're a huge inspiration to me... All of the podcasts you do are fantastic! Not to mention your daily update journals!!! How do you have time for anything!?


      Anyway... Just know that the community loves you and everything you do!!!

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      1 year ago

      Psst...


      Hey, you.


      Yeah, you with the face.


      Happy warm fuzzies day! You're a wonderful person, and I'm glad I get to call you my person. Life is better with you around, I don't know how I wound up so lucky :)


      You're the greatest! =]

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      1 year ago

      Happy Valentine's day!!! I hope you have a wonderfully lovey dovey day! <3


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      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        1 year ago

        Thanks Cas!

    • Audrey

      2 years ago

      Okay. Random question. You're one of my British-type friends. Do you guys spell "mold" with a "u?" Like, "mould?" I can't tell if that's a typo I came across or a legit culture difference thing.

    • DrHairz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Professional Human

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the add friend!

    • ThatDan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      When your favourite song comes on...
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    • BobaFettsMom FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Ive noticed on here your one of the more active guys from the UK? Been a fan for like 7 years, but only really now got involved in the community. Basically Im looking at going RTX next year, so make some friends now, so I have got people to go with next year.

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Ah cool! Where abouts in the UK are you?

        Have a look in the forums for the UK fans threads, I can't remember the exact names, I think one of them is 'Who's from the UK?' and there's 'English RT Fans Unite' as well, though the English fans thread has loads of in jokes and can be quite offensive. This weekend RvB Scotland are doing their thing and streaming a bunch of activities, and they've got a game day in Glasgow, while there is a RT: UK meet up in London. Next weekend is London MCM where there will be a bunch of fans going, and a whole load of shenanigans going on.

        The community is pretty wonderful, I can't remember all the people right now who I should point you in the direction of, there are some people on the community hunter channel, Hightower, iSayWhat and The_Hybrid that are all busy on there, making videos and are a right laugh. Then there's Boomer who runs RT: UK which is on in September this year, and that'll be a riot, and there's a summer meet up too! Loads of things going on around the place too.

        Anyway, there's more than I can cover in the short time I have on lunch, but if you have any questions let me know, and for anything else, just jump in and have fun =)

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      2 years ago

      Hey, you are and look awesome!

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Thank you!

    • EliteIzzy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sass Master

      2 years ago

      Are you making your way to Hemel hempstead for the laser tag meet on the 20th?

      • EliteIzzy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sass Master

        2 years ago

        Ohhhhh i see smiley8.gif

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        I liked talking to her the few times we've spoken. And now I'm going to bed. Though I'll still have snapchat nearby...

      • EliteIzzy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sass Master

        2 years ago

        OOOOOooooooooooo intriguing. Do you like her?

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Good. We'll keep it that way.

      • EliteIzzy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sass Master

        2 years ago

        Katie and David sitting in a tree....

        I still have no idea who katie is

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        I'm going to museums in London with her.

      • EliteIzzy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sass Master

        2 years ago

        Wait what? Are you not spending the day with katie? Who is katie?

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        But I want to spend the day with Katie... Like, so much...

      • EliteIzzy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sass Master

        2 years ago

        Oh yeah 30th, dates pass by me sometimes. Welp i'll make sure to have all the fun without you.

        YOU'RE GOING TO MUSEUMS IN LONDON WITHOUT ME D:

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        On the 30th? No. I have work, and it's impossible to get time off at the moment because a load of stuff is going down. I was lucky enough to get one day off to go to a concert with my dad. I think I'm going to London on the 28th though to visit museums with someone.

    • JTNipp Mr. Trombone

      2 years ago

      You go to Download every year? I'd love to go even once but making the trip to England is way out of any budget I could imagine right now. What's your favorite band?

      • JTNipp Mr. Trombone

        2 years ago

        Dude, Adam Lambert killed it. Great freaking rock show with some great tributes to Freddie thrown in along the way. They were in Dallas the week after last year's RTX. Their the reason I only spent 4 days in Austin instead of 8. I wasn't going to miss Queen when they were so close to my hometown (I live 2 hours drive from Dallas, 4 hours from Austin) in what may very well be their final tour. I took some of my spending money from my RTX fund and bought a ticket. I just had to.

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Yeah man, it's one of those things. I can say in the moment that it's probably Diablo Swing Orchestra, but I could easily have written Marmozets, Pvris, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Agalloch, Gorguts or Soilwork among many others. How were Queen? My parents saw them a few weeks ago with Adam Lambert and said it was an incredible show.

      • JTNipp Mr. Trombone

        2 years ago

        for years and years its been Queen. I did get to see them in Dallas, TX last year so I'm happy about that. As far as the more Metal side of things, I don't really have a specific favorite. Just whichever one I'm in the mood for. Like you, I have some appreciation for most types of music.

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Hey man! I'm actually not going this year, it's out of my budget with the trip to RTX coming up, but my favourite band right now is probably Diablo Swing Orchestra. How about yours?

    • shumble91 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Scientists of RT

      2 years ago

      Where'd your hair go? Rocking it man!

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        It just fell out in the best way possible.

    • Killerkel

      2 years ago

      Loving the new hair :D

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Cheers man!

    • Audrey

      2 years ago

      So I got mail from the UK today and TJ's first question was "Is it from Topham?" smiley0.gif

      • Audrey

        2 years ago

        Yeah. He just assumes UK = Topham at this point. Haha.

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Nice! But alas, I have not sent you anything recently.

    • namida FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Dude, I meant to do this ages ago but I am a moron! Thank you so much for the christmas card. When I finally got to Cambridge and it was waiting there I immediately smiled and then smiled more when I read it!! :D. Seriously thank you so much it was awesome.

      Again sorry for saying this so late but I haven''t really been on the site that much recently!! Hope to talk more because you are seriously awesome!

    • MissJiinx

      2 years ago

      Topham!! You are such an awesome human being! You're positive and and definitely one of the nicest people I have ever met! I've enjoyed the times that we've hung out & definitely think we should do it more often! Thank you for being an awesome smiley12.gif

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Thank you!

    • EllDunc FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nakey Sheep

      2 years ago

      TOPHAM!!!

      Hi smiley1.gif
      Thank you for putting up with me and my stupidity! Also, thank you for laughing at me and pointing out my stupidity smiley8.gif
      No but seriously, thanks for being a friend and offering to be my travel buddy because I probably wouldn't be going to RTX if you hadn't! Also, thanks for letting me be a guest on your chats, even if I am a shitty guest because I don't do my research and try to kill you with my cat smiley1.gif

      Most of all; thanks for being you smiley12.gif

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        No probs! I can't wait to see what the future holds!

    • HarryGoodair Part Time Alcoholic

      2 years ago

      Topham. you're super cool, and a lot of fun to talk to. You work very hard in the community, and you play guitar. Which is kick ass. smiley12.gif

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Thanks man!

    • Gody117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nick

      2 years ago

      #WarmFuzzies
      You are so cool.
      We haven't really interacted much, I hope I get the chance to know you better soon!
      Happy V-day smiley12.gif

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Thanks man!

    • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

      2 years ago

      Hey dude... On behalf of Warm Fuzzies I would like to wish you a Happy Fallen-Tine's Day!
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      ... Wait...

      No, but seriously. You're an awesome dude... an inspiration even. I watch every Topham Chat. You and I might be the lonely few who are still playing Destiny! and I thought you might appreciate that... Happy Valentine's Day!

      • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

        2 years ago

        Nah. You'll come back. They always come back...

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        There should be in a comma in there that makes it seem like I'm looking forward to both. Maybe I'll never return to the thread due to that error.

      • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

        2 years ago

        I also look forward to the occasional serious ones smiley0.gif

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Thank you! I look forward to our, not always serious future conversations in the OCC.

    • MLong87

      2 years ago

      Hey dude, hope you're having a Top day. It's great reading your journals each day, you always seem really enthusiastic about everything you do and I hope we can meet one day at an RTUK event and have banter over a pint.

      Have an awesome evening, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
      M

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Thank you!

    • ninjacake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Senzu Bean!!!

      2 years ago

      David,
      I am forever grateful to you for helping a brother out and I hope what I was able to do in return was at least sufficient. You are a genuinely good dude, and that vibe is hard to get online a lot of times. I do drop in your RT conversation videos from time to time and I think you are doing a great thing with those! Much respect, brotha!
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      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        No probs man, and thanks!

    • ShelbyG Stormborn

      2 years ago

      Señor Topham!
      Thanks for always being a cornerstone of this community, it's hard to think of the RT site without thinking of you and your daily posts and videos. You never cease to make me smile when we do get to play gaimez and hang out and I feel privileged to have been able to meet you in person not so long ago. I've always enjoyed our conversations; never change and stay amazing ^_^
      Love, Shelby smiley12.gif

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Gracias Señorita Shelby!

    • BeepBep

      2 years ago

      Are you feeling warm? Are you feeling fuzzy? Well get ready to! (And then go see a doctor because those things aren't normal D:)

      TOP! TOP HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!! The first time we ever played together, I said to someone later, "Top reminds me of candy," And you do! You're so jolly and happy and sweet - you're candy, Top! Metaphorically of course - or....or literally?? (...I've got to stop telling bad jokes!)

      But for reals - you're actually one of the nicest people I know and your kindness knows no limits. Everything you do, you attack with this positive attitude that, frankly, inspires me to do the same. :] Keep being wonderful, Top, and know that every time I see your post or see your name in Mumble, it puts a huge grin on my face! You're fantastic!

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      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        I'll let you in on a secret. Bad jokes are the best.

        Thanks!

    • Armor3dXombi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Munchies

      2 years ago

      Hey man thanks for kind words. I've always enjoyed talking to you and seeing the things you say and, at times, argue about in chat. You have great passion for the things you do and I wish I had that.

      Although I don't really say much during RT Radio, I like seeing everyone's interactions and contributing the small bits that I do. Thank you for being there, like everyone on the site, for listening to what I gotta say and when I need to vent.

      You are an exceptional person and, like you, can't wait to meet in person. Hope you are having a lovely day. smiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley0.gif

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Thank you! And yeah, totally can't wait to meet you.

    • Vicky

      2 years ago

      You're the nicest most generous person I know and we need to meet one day! Have a lovely Valentines day! smiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Thank you!

    • Audrey

      2 years ago

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      You have such a kind heart. I love hearing your thoughts on things and all about the cool things you do with the being a scientist thing and the music stuff and all of it. You are also an outstanding member of our Spread the Love admin staff. When you send me Christmas cards and such, they never fail to make me smile. I cannot express how damn excited I am to meet you at RTX this year, man.
      Spread the love with Warm Fuzzies of your own today!

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        2 years ago

        Thank you! <3

  • Questions answered by topham

    Hey!


    Unfortunately I am not the best at drawing, and arting in that fashion. There are plenty of people around here who are great at that kind of thing! People like Raf, OneBlueWolf, Lambency, Scheree, SailorGirl81, Myshu, Gaelfox, NaomiC and a few others are around here, I'd also recommend exploring the scary world of tumblr where there are quite a significant concentration of other community artists.


    Have an excellent day!