MIRC, Anyone?

I first was introduced to mIRC way back in 1998, when I used to frequent my friend’s (senior in high school) internet cafe, located on Broadway road. I started out not really being interested in chatting but soon got hooked on it in a matter of weeks. When I managed an internet cafe in 1999-2000, the first thing I installed was mIRC. I chatted with a ton of people and had a lot of fun. I would get letters from these girls that I had befriended and that used to make my mom feel a little scared to see mails coming in from Finland, Bulgaria, Indonesia & Philippines. I must admit that it’s a bit silly now to keep chatting with strangers without knowing anything about them and unsure if they are who they say they are.

But I guess that also was the charm in it. You never know if the girl who you just had cyber-sex with was actually your 60 year old school principle! Yuck, the thought sickens me. Anyway, when I finally got broadband at home almost 2 years ago, mIRC was one of the first things I installed but I got fed up of it after a couple of months. I have recently started using it frequently again but it’s more to play ‘trivia’ on it. I’ve got a good score now. Hope to see you there sometime. I go by the nickname count_roshculla.

The Vampire Lestat

Among the world’s most fascinating fictional characters, Lestat de Lioncourt holds an esteemed position in the world of goth & vampirism. Created by noted author Anne Rice, (and the second series in the Vampire Chronicles) The Vampire Lestat shows how a young Frenchman, son of a country marquis became the sophisticated child of the dark that we all know. Narrated by Lestat, the story unfolds from when he is honoured by the villagers for hunting & killing a pack of wolves and meeting his friend Nicolaus. The two run off to Paris to become an actor and a musician. Lestat is kidnapped by Magnus, an old vampire, and is ‘made’ into one. Magnus wanted to die but he also wanted an heir. Then Lestat turns his beloved & beautiful mother Gabrielle into a vampire and later his friend Nicolaus.

He helps create the Theatre Des Vampires, where a now derange Nicolaus lives until he kills himself. Gabrielle wishes to be alone and leaves after first asking him to join him. Lestat also searches out the vampire Marius, the existence of whom he learns from the teenage vampire Armand. Marius shows him “those who must be kept” – the mother & father of all vampires. The book ends on a cliffhanger, with Lestat having a brief reunion with Louis and the concert in San Francisco, setting up perfectly for the third in the series – Queen Of The Damned.

Future Captain Picard?

As part of the trade for Andrej Meszaros we got, from Tampa Bay, Filip Kuba and this guy – Alexandre Picard. Picard is a local boy, hailing from the city of Gatineau, which is right across the Ottawa river. Picard began his career by playing major junior hockey for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. He was signed by Philadelphia and played for the Flyers & the Phantoms in the AHL. Picard was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 25, 2008 (along with a draft pick) for forward Vaclav Prospal. If he plays steady he has a good chance of building his career with the Sens and being close to home will probably be good. And hey, who knows, if he gets better, maybe one day he could make captain. And we can all call him Captain Picard.

Make it so!

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Sens Trades Meszaros For Kuba & Picard

The Ottawa Senators have traded restructed Andrej Mezaros in exchange for defensemen Filip Kuba and Alexandre Picard as well as San Jose’s first-round pick in 2009 (previously acquired) from Tampa Bay. A 22-year old player with almost 250 NHL games already under his belt, the 6-foot-2, 218-pound native of Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia, played in all 82 games with Ottawa last season, recording nine goals and 36 points. He ranked second on the Senators in points among defenseman, two behind Wade Redden.  His six power-play goals were a career high and led all Ottawa defensemen. Meszaros also ranked third on the team in blocked shots with 100 and was fifth on the team in average ice time with 21:02. A veteran of 246 NHL games, Meszaros has yet to miss a game in his career, playing in all 82 games during each of the previous three seasons.  He has recorded 26 career goals and 110 points with 213 penalty minutes.  Meszaros has also accumulated 11 power-play goals, four game-winning goals and one shorthanded goal.

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