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    • Day 1480: Guitar Thoughts

      19 hours ago

      topham DHYB

      Yesterday I mentioned that I had some thoughts about playing guitar, and I've come to realise a few simple facts that have helped me over the last few months. 


      The pentatonic notes and scales are essential knowledge, they always sound good, and knowing how to use them is great. Knowing all the positions and how to move around the fretboard has highlighted to me that I should have learnt it all much earlier. 


      Now that I know it, and I know other scales I can lay over the top it becomes clear that as you play, and you're targeting notes to find a resolution to a phrase, that the incidental notes that are in addition to the pentatonic notes aren't the best notes to end on. Ending a phrase on a pentatonic note provides, to my ears at least, a far greater sense of melody to my playing. 


      In relation to phrasing, and this was highlighted to me as someone liked one of my videos so I decided to check them out. They were trying to play all the notes, and their phrases were poorly defined with no real clear resolution, I found it difficult to listen to. What I then started to notice is that multiple 'phrases' can be played back to back, and at a decent speed, but if you've generated your own style and there is intent behind the notes then the little phrases all contribute to the whole. I've been working on trying to phrases and just get used to be playing a bunch of different ones and giving the notes all their own room to breathe. 


      All in all, I have had a rather transcendent time playing guitar recently, and I feel like I've learnt more over the last 4 months than probably the last 4 years, though that might not be completely accurate. I'm going to try and find some examples, and intersperse them throughout the week. 


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


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1479: Studying struggles and music thoughts

      1 day ago

      topham DHYB

      Today I tried to study. I kept trying, and it was a tough time. I feel like I'm not absorbing things and picking up things. I am just trying to remember orders of things, and I think the thing to do is to try and simplify things for memorisation and then try and fill in the blanks, abridge everything, and make sure I can remember what I need. 


      I watched the RWBY finale and I have thoughts about it, but I'll share later. 


      This weeks new music mix threw me a whole load of music that I'm not likely to pick up, but it gave me something I really enjoyed and put it next to something that contrasts with it so completely that I thought I had to share. 


      I found a little track that I really enjoyed by a musician called In Love With A Ghost, it's electronic, it's fun, and it's an aural delight. The track was written with someone else called Snails House and is called Interdimensional Portal Leading to a Cute Place. The next track that was in this playlist was a track called Hate Mantra by Feared, Ola Englunds band, and it's not similar in any way to the previous song at all. 


      I then showed In Love With A Ghost with Rachyrock and we have listened to a bunch of it throughout the day and it's really neat. I highly recommend checking it out. If you're into heavy metal, go for Feared, Ola has bought out a whole bunch of new guitars under the Solar brand of guitars that he's been working on and it all seems really cool. 


      It's been a good day musically, but studywise not so much. I'm going to write about playing guitar soon as well because I really had something of a break through over the past few days while playing and I'm rather happy with the progress, and I think I've been able to distil down what I've discovered. 


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


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1478: Distracting Phones

      2 days ago

      topham DHYB

      I get distracted quite easily. And when I do, I likely turn to my phone, or open a web browser, and try to look into things I find interesting. It's a bad habit, and I want to get out of it, but when feeling overwhelmed it's easy to try and escape to somewhere you are familiar. 


      When I was in the USA I frequently left the house without my wallet, which looking back at it is a super bad idea, I had no identification on me, and some times we had questionable encounters when Rachyrock was buying alcohol. Something that I never consider, because I never purchase it, but it becomes pertinent when it is to be purchased. Early on in the trip as well, I was always travelling anywhere with Rachael, so I never bought my phone along, rarely checked it, and everything was good. For a phone that over the last few days hasn't made it through 10 hours without needing a charge, it was lasting for 2-3 days on each full charge, so something points to a misalignment in my usage. I'll get to that in a bit. 


      But I'd like to do the same with my phone now. I'd like to go out without it, in fact when I've been walking with my mum I'll leave my phone in the house, and she'll only bring hers for emergencies and we won't take it out of the backpack that we've bought along with us. It's times like that that make me think, I'd rather be without it for the majority of the time, mum and I have the best chats when we walk for two hours and disregard the rest of the universe and catch up about everything that is going on. 


      I get back in, and I pick it up just to make sure I'm not missing a message from Rachael, then put it down. And it only gets picked up again when I leave to head back to mine. It's sitting next to me right now, and I haven't looked at it in hours, and that's great, I know whats going on, I went to the gym and didn't look at it, it was in my bag the whole time. But when I'm at work, I'm always poking at it, when I don't have anything to keep my mind satisfied it becomes the prime focus. It gets draining. 


      I like my phone for having everything I want to listen to on it, it's a portal to a more musical or chatty time, but the other aspects, the pervasiveness of social media make me want to just throw it away from time to time. I think more so the battery life failing is due to my intent and heavy usage for listening to music and podcasts, but I'm also guilty of every time I select an album, catching up with whatsapp, instagram and other places too. 


      So, I've come to the end of my pressing thoughts, and I haven't learned anything. I know that I want to use my phone less, but I like listening to music and podcasts and it's great for that, but for other things I should probably uninstall them? Certainly outside of work if I need to catch up with people they're great, and I don't act like I'm on beckon call to it, but at times I might act like I do. I need to figure some things out I guess. 


      I don't know where I lie on an issue, clearly I have a mixed opinion, but I don't think that'll likely be solved soon. Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1477: Ramblings

      3 days ago

      topham DHYB

      I recorded podcast earlier this week with Russell, and we had a good old chat about new years resolutions and video games, as well as micro-transactions. It was an enjoyable chat, and it was really long, this is part one of two, check it out here! 


      This afternoon, I realised that it was Thursday afternoon, I was almost caught off-guard by that fact, but it means that in a week I have an exam. And that's starting to push into my mind as the highest priority, but there's also a big thing at work happening on Monday that's also got to have some weight to it. 


      I think I'm handling it alright, but I'm trying to temper expectations so that I can keep working on my own things and make sure that everything is getting done. I'm still aware I'm missing two pieces of work, but I know what I'm doing there, and I know they need to get done. 


      Outside of work I've been trying to keep up with fitness, yesterday morning was a bit of a failure because I never got out to the gym, but I was feeling rather drained as it was less than 12 hours since the last training session. So understandably I rolled out of bed and caught up with some things and just had breakfast. This morning was remarkably similar but I went on an adventure to find me some apples. 


      I've made some progress in reading my book, I've got myself over 1/4 of the way through and I hope to be reading more this evening. I'm really enjoying it and I like picking it up, just finding the time to do so is tough, but I'm getting better at putting other things down. 


      Tomorrow I'll write about trying to leave my phone so I'm using it less, I was thinking about writing about it now, but it's a whole lot of words that I've not got enough time to share right now. 


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


      Peace -x-

    • Day 1475: my recent musical adventure

      5 days ago

      topham DHYB

      I've been trying to get into listening to more music. Not specifically anything, just everything. 


      So I began my journey proper on Saturday morning while studying, as I wanted to find a soundtrack to my otherwise focused and quiet morning. I pulled up iTunes and loaded up the mix it suggested me of new songs to check out, and I was pleasantly surprised, not by the tracks themselves, but by the variety. 


      I got tracks from my realm in heavy metal, to some hard rock tracks, all the way to some pseudo-pop rock that I found questionable for only its lyrical content, musically it was great, but the lyrics didn't match the audial aesthetic. 


      From there I added to my library anything I liked the sound of, and disregarded anything else. A good start, I felt. 


      Now I had a basis upon which to start, so I checked out the remaining tracks from the albums and EPs I'd selected and begun to really dig in. Some I really enjoyed, others were simply alright, the best track had already been presented to me and I'd consumed it willingly. 


      But I let myself take a few steps away, soon, I came across a doom metal cover album of Dark Side of the Moon, appropriately named, Doom Side of the Moon. It was great, a solid interpretation of the work of Pink Floyd, and I shared the recommendation with my dad later in the day. 


      I found myself really looking for some doom laden rock, so I found myself going to the ever reliable Clutch. Oh Clutch, you with the Earth Rocker and other amazing albums, why do I always shy away from you and never go full bore on listening? Well, this year that changes. Clutch are a very blues-rock/metal band and the music they've put out over the past 20 something years is not to be sniffed at. It's solid, dependable, well reviewed and all round a great listen. 


      Then I found myself wanting more, but some variety, so since Saturday I've been trying to listen to various things that I haven't listened to before, I found a Synthwave band callled Out Run and their track Air, I have no idea how I came across it, but it's there and I think it's great, they've got a short EP out called Please Insert Coin, and it's a very enjoyable listen. Then from there I reached over to the Zeta album I mentioned yesterday. 


      Todays journey took me through my favourites mix as I was reviewing a 36 page document and albums by Sons Of Apollo, a super group made up of a bunch of heavy metal musicians, and an album by Ensiferum, who are a folk metal band from Finland, who I saw at a gig many years ago, that was at the O2 academy in north London, I went with my friend Matt and the headliners were Children of Bodom, and support was Ensiferum, Amon Amarth and Machinae Supremacy. It was a rather mighty gig if I do say so myself. I believe that was March or April 2011, at Easter time. Anyway, the Ensiferum album was a solid listen, reminding me of music I used to listen to really frequently, but have deviated away from. 


      I'm looking forwards to discovering more albums that I've not listened to, discovering and re-discovering old classics and generally enjoying my musical adventure as time goes on. I'm aiming to start keeping track of the albums I've been listening to again, and hopefully I'll keep a proper sheet of it all so I can work out how many albums I've listened to each month, and throughout the year. 


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


      Peace -x-

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

      6 days 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 week 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

      1 week 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

      1 week 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-

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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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      Happy escape from the womb day!! 

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


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      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.

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      2 years ago

      Thanks for the add friend!

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      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!

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      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!