Monday, October 31, 2005

Songs I'm currently overplaying

Pink Bullets and Saint Simon by The Shins (alternative)
Evergreen by HYDE (Jrock)
Novacaine for the Soul by the Eels (alternative)
Misread by the Kings of Convenience (rock)
Ask DNA by The Seatbelts (Jrock, English lyrics)
Ready Steady Go by L'arc~en~Ciel (Jrock)
Unholy Warcry by Rhapsody (fantasy metal)
Vanilla by Gackt (Jrock)
Jump by Cherry Filter (Kpop)


Sunday, October 30, 2005

"Wow. You must really like lemon chicken."

YES! YES!! YES!!! This is the greatest clip from the hilarious tv show "Committed" (which sadly was dropped after only one season).

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Funny import DVD titles

Zatoichi: Blind swordsman meets One Armed Swordsman (Sounds like an interesting battle!)


Saturday, October 29, 2005

Random Shtuff

Congratulations you are Hiroki Sugimura; nothing
stops you when there's a goal to strive for.

Which Battle Royale Character are you?
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Resident Evil: Survival Horror
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Which Kingdom Hearts Character are You Most Like?
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Squall has his own Wiki page!


Friday, October 28, 2005

Rhapsody - Ren Faires and fantasy roleplaying have never sounded so intense

You should check out Rhapsody. (If you search for Rhapsody on Real Player, you'll find several songs.) They actually make some pretty cool music; it's a blend of metal, classical, symphonic, and fantasy-epic-movie-soundtrack-type music, and the choral parts are really cool. You just have to ignore the fact that they look like Ren Faire actors and that their whole image is a bit over the top.
Turilli is the band’s lyricist, as well as guitarist. His lyrics often refer to mystical lore from the medieval age and the heroic valor of those times, reminding us of the everlasting fight between good and evil, “Evil can be found everywhere,” says Turilli, “but it will never win as long as there are enough good people who fight against it.”

The music's cool, though it reminds me of those radio commercials advertising "Queen: The Musical." And I have to ignore the lyrics, 'cuz they'll make me giggle at how dorkily fantasy-fanatical they are, and the narratives at the beginning of some tracks. (Example: "Sacred Power of Raging Winds" begins with a deep LOTR narration-type voice saying: "Naira, oriel tarna. Majestic winds of the northlands protect our heroes from the deadly Naroth. Cover their tracks with snow. Rage on with all your fury! Naira carna oriel nirnaan.")

I can totally see these guys playing D&D in a basement with posters of dragons and women in chain-mail bikinis riding tigers while wielding massive swords- good God, they probably LARP on a weekly basis!


Thursday, October 27, 2005

Funny clip

I don't remember when I saw this on tv (a long time ago), but it made me laugh. And when I ran across the clip yesterday, I laughed again. So here it is: Laura Bush being funny.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

I'm impressed by my amazing powers of sleeping

Today has just been blah. I slept through both my classes (as in, never got out of bed), which is kinda difficult to do unintentionally when one's at 8:30 and the other is at 2. I finally got up when Curtis called around 4, he came over a bit later, and I eventually had breakfast/lunch/dinner (brelundin? blinner?) maybe around 5:30. I don't really feel sick. Just blah. What an odd day.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Moon Child

I watched Moon Child tonight. Twice in a row, which is something I've only done with Interview with the Vampire. Which is funny, 'cuz they're both vampire movies.

But Moon Child is not an ordinary vampire movie. Seems like one of the characters, Kei who is played by L'Arc en Ciel vocalist Hyde- who is now making me act like a rabid fangirl (was last night a full moon???), just happens to be a vampire. The plot doesn't focus on his vampire status too much; which is totally okay because what it does focus on in the relationship between Kei and Sho (portrayed by GACKT! who wrote the story). But they're just friends.... &%$%$#. But at least they're touchy-feely friends who cry and angst over each other, so life does not completely suck.

...Um, my disappointment over the lack of slashiness is entirely for aesthetic reasons.

Bishounen friends don't let vampire bishounen friends go unarmed.

Anyway, the characters are both selfish assholes. I wouldn't like 'em in real life; they go around robbing and shooting people in a psuedo-Matrix way, which is more humorous than impressive. (The best fight scene: when Kei and Sho are fighting a Yakuza gang (when they meet Son), and Kei waltzes around with this guy while shooting people. And Sho does a cool jump, twists around in the air to kick someone, then falls and yells "OUCH!")


Sunday, October 23, 2005

Gender-based pronouns do not work well with Mana.

It's been one of those weekends when I can't concentrate on schoolwork. I have an essay due tomorrow at 8 am, as well as a midterm (thankfully, one of those token midterms given by professors only because they are required to give one). The essay is supposed to be 3-pages handwritten, so it's especially irksome that I can't focus and just get it done in half an hour.

I've got a new favorite song: Color Me Blood Red by Malice Mizer. Their music's all gothic-y with violins and organs. It's taken me years to finally get persuaded to check out their music; when I was into writing fanfiction years ago, every other author I emailed and chatted with was into JRock. Gackt cracks me up; his interviews on Utaban (a Japanese talk show) are so funny- "hidden meat", "crotch splitter", "magnum"- and he keeps such a deadpan expression. Mana from Malice Mizer confuses me, though. I know she's he's a guy, but everytime I think of her him the pronouns automatically get twisted in my head. But, whatever; Mana's gorgeous and his music compositions are lovely.

Mana from Malice Mizer

Also found another flash movie.


the girl who pets koi

I'm going through cuddly animal withdrawl. It's strange and sad not to be living with dogs and cats nearby. I was doing an online puzzle a couple nights ago and the picture was a kitten and I almost started crying, saying "I wanna kitty!" I had to laugh at myself, but this could be a serious problem. On my way back from breakfast this morning I sat by the Porter college fountain for ten minutes and pet the koi. So far I've managed to restrain myself from glomping the buck that's been hanging around behind my apartment building the past couple of days. That could be dangerous.


Friday, October 21, 2005

Goober Productions

These are the most awesome flash movies I've ever seen. "The Gooberstory" almost made me cry.


Thursday, October 20, 2005

Web Links

Anti-Bush Video Game
Comedy Central Presents Pablo Francisco Google video. This is one of my favorite stand-up routines.
Daily Show: Laura Bush speech Mrs. Bush makes fun of the president too!
Darbonne Mordor MUD Text-based MUD I used to play a lot a few years ago. No one's on anymore. :( Cool artsy site with great music.
Dogpile Search Engine Great place to search for media. Badly translated English on Japanese products.
Godulike "An irreverent look at the faith industry."
Google Video Search Weird scientific research.
Inside the Gamers Studio Interviews with game characters.
Internet Archive Lots of stuff: old films, live music, books, etc.
Joy of Tech Apple-themed webcomic. Previews and some reviews of Japanese films.
Kanji Game A flash card kind of game for recognizing kanji and kana characters.
Kids in the Hall 2000 Have about half a dozen video clips. Canadian humor rocks!
ManiaTV Live internet streming TV.
Newgrounds Flash site.
The Onion Fake news.
Origami Boulder Company "YOU BUY WADDED UP PAPER NOW!!!!"
PostSecret An intriguing concept. (Mature content)
RuneScape MMORPG with a large free section.
Santa Fe Healing Art Cool flash art. Very New Age-y. I love the surfing bison!
The SNL Archives
SNL Celebrity Jeopardy All the videos.
SunDevil DVD A great site for low-priced all-region anime and Asian live-action DVDs.
VNL Streaming anime, videos, and Asian music. Free.
Waterman Toons "Hey, it's Speedy Gonzalez. He knows my sister." "I know everyone's sister." (from episode 1)
Yahoo Video Search
YouTube Thousands of videos.

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Catspaw's Guide to the Inevitably Insane (blog)
Google Video of the Day
Jay Spears (musician)
little.yellow.different (blog)
Naked Under My Lab Coat (blog)
Todd Snider (musician)
Stalking is both impolite and creepy
John Varley (sf writer)

Video Links


Dancing Around the World
Sicaf's Sand Art


Crazy Cats
Comedy Central Presents Demetri Martin
Comedy Central Presents Elvira Kurt
Comedy Central Presents Pablo Francisco
Committed: Tattoo
Fullmetal Alchemist AMV: The Friends Test
Italian Condom Commercial
Kids in the Hall: Dr. Suess Bible
SNL Celebrity Jeopardy
Waterman Toons

Music Videos:

Dizzee Rascal:  Dream
Fatboy Slim:  Weapon of Choice
Gackt:  Mizerable
Garbage:  The World is Not Enough
L'arc~en~Ciel:   READY STEADY GO
Rhapsody:   Holy Thunder Force Solo
Seminar!:  One Week

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Tech Links

Gadgeteer: Gadget blog.
Gizmodo: Another gadget blog. Yay! More gadgets I can't afford!
I Love My Mac The Song: Check out the int'l versions.
iBush: Create Bush speeches.
Pixelgirl Presents: Desktops, icons, etc. Mac & PC. Collection of Mac & PC programs.
Techdirt: Because corporations are evil.
ThinkGeek: I'm a geek. I just can't afford to advertise.

Mac Programs and Developers

Adium: My Mac equivalent to Trillian.
The Daily Grind Network: Semi-political, semi-heretic, entirely funny. I sort fun quotes I find with Caboodle.
Ipse Dixit: They're Marxists! I love the "Fantasy Names" widget!
VooDoo Pad: Good note-taking program. By Flying Meat. I like their name.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Instead of working more on my midterm, I'm writing this

CURB is a new campaign by UCSC students whose goal is to prevent binge drinking. Their slogan: Just Say Gnome

........ ........ WTF???

This article by the AP explains:
SANTA CRUZ -- Frustrated by high binge drinking rates on campus, officials at the University of California, Santa Cruz, put it simply in their plea to students: "Just say gnome."
There's an important lesson to be learned from the mythical bearded elfin creature that jaunts in the woods under a pointy red hat, they say.
After all, gnomes are small, and students should "party small" -- that is, limit the number of drinks, limit the number of invites and keep the noise down, according to the university's new campaign.

(picture borrowed from
I think CURB's members have done a lee-tle too much binge drinking of their own. I mean, gnomes look like entrenched alcoholics with the red noses and cheeks. Plus, "Just say gnome" makes no sense.

In other news....

I watched "Battle Royale" again! I told my sister about the film after streaming it online. Within the next few days she bought the international version (Korean import: $50) and she loved it. So I borrowed the DVD from her and Curtis and I watched it this afternoon.

I think that movie is hilarious. What does that say about me?

Teenage angst is made so much more enjoyable when its punctuated by gratuitous violence and gruesome death.

Chigusa's death scene:

Chigusa: Hiroki.... Are you in love with someone?
Sugimura: Yeah.
Chigusa: Not me, right?
Sugimura: No....
Chigusa: Then stay with me like this. It won't be long. God, can I tell him one more thing? You look really cool, Hiroki....
Sugimura: You too. You're the coolest girl in the world.
Chigusa: Thanks....

She dies. He cries. I laugh.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

A few of my favorite anti-consumerism songs

A few of my favorite anti-consumerism/anti-capitalism songs:

Freeland - We Want Your Soul
Go back to bed America. Your government is in control again. Here, watch this! Shut up! You are free to do as we tell you!

John Lennon - Working-Class Hero
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV / And you think you're so clever and classless and free / But you're still fucking peasents as far as I can see.

Placebo - Sleeping with Ghosts
This one world vision / Turns us in to compromise / What good’s religion / When it’s each other we despise

Republica - Out of the Darkness
Go into the rush hour, out of the factory / Leave it behind / Turn on your TV, back to suburbia, every night / Come out of the darkness, over the offices, into the light

Todd Snider - Conservative, Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White, American Males
Conservative Christian, right wing Republican, straight, white, American male / Gay bashin’, black fearin’, poor fightin’, tree killin’, regional leaders of sale / Frat housin’, keg tappin’, shirt tuckin’, back slappin’ haters of hippies like me

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Friday, October 14, 2005

The Ig Noble awards

The 2005 Ig Noble awards were celebrated this month. Basically, it's an award for people who have published scientific research or invented a gadget that is odd/strange/funny. "Every Ig Nobel Prize winner has done something that first makes people LAUGH, then makes them THINK." Here are some of the past winners:
Jan Pablo Davila of Chile, tireless trader of financial futures 
and former employee of the state-owned Codelco Company, for 
instructing his computer to "buy" when he meant "sell," and 
subsequently attempting to recoup his losses by making 
increasingly unprofitable trades that ultimately lost .5 percent 
of Chile's gross national product. Davila's relentless achievement 
inspired his countrymen to coin a new verb: " davilar," meaning, 
"to botch things up royally."

2003 - PHYSICS:
Jack Harvey, John Culvenor, Warren Payne, Steve Cowley, Michael Lawrance, David Stuart, and Robyn Williams of Australia, for their irresistible report "An Analysis of the Forces Required to Drag Sheep over Various Surfaces."

Steven Stack of Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA and James Gundlach of Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA, for their published report "The Effect of Country Music on Suicide."

My favorite award, however, is 2003's Economic Award to "Karl Schwärzler and the nation of Liechtenstein for making it possible to rent the entire country for corporate conventions, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other gatherings." This article gives more info, as well as this piece of trivia: "56-year-old Prince HansAdam II... threatened to sell Liechtenstein to Bill Gates and rename it Microsoft if he wasn't granted more political power."

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Mania TV

Great music videos I've found while watching Mania TV:

1) Hasidic Reggae. (Yup, your mental picture is entirely accurate.) Who knew Jamaican-accented Yiddish could sound so good?

2) Dizzee Rascal's "Dream". Think an older British June Cleaver, puppets, happy lyrics, and a UK rapper. "I like the talky talky happy talk" too.

3) Kings of Convenience. Good music, refreshing un-processed image. (I like the "I'd Rather Dance with You" video.)

4) Daft Punk videos are weird.

Also, they play these cool Waterman cartoons. My favorite is episode five.

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

"Who's the super small speck?!" Ed Elric.

I'm into the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist now. I've only seen the first dozen episodes, though. Besides Ed, my favorite characters are Hughes and Hawkeye.

The funniest parts are when someone calls Ed short. He gets really pissed and will say things like, "Who are you calling a runt so tiny that he can only be seen with a microscope you jerk?!"

There's a great website: NotAShrimp. (It reminds me of an old Cloud Strife shrine from a few years back that featured a list of clues that Cloud is a Jew.)

10/20: Addendum: Some shrimp-related quotes from fanfictions:
"Don't call me small or I'll break off your feet and stick them on your head!"
"Who are you callin a circus midget who could use a thimble as a boat!"
"Who're you calling so small eating shrimp would be cannibalism!"
"Who're you calling so small he makes an ant feel tall!"
"Who are you calling a stunted super freak who needs a ladder to touch the top of a four-year-olds head?"

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

How to increase your chances of surviving a nuclear blast

Today I downloaded a Department of Homeland Security threat rating widget. Seeing that today is a "yellow" day, I immediately visited

Have you ever seen the 1951 Civil Defense film Duck and Cover? It's the educational film starring Bert the Turtle (who is actually a tortoise) that taught schoolchildren how to survive a nuclear blast. Namely, by ducking and covering.

Besides the fact that he's animated, there is one big difference between the usual human being and good ol' Bert: Bert has a shell impervious to intense heat, deadly radiation, and firestorms. Humans don't.

The Cold War is over. But once again America is threatened with nuclear bombs. Realizing their previous tortoise-oriented campaign was misleading, the government has taken the time to provide more accurate and thorough information about the nature of nuclear bombs and other Weapons of Mass Destruction and safety precautions.

If you value your life, you should download and read the Visual Guide - Nuclear Blast. (For my illiterate friends who are reading this, there are accompanying self-explanatory graphics.)

They don't address just the nuclear threat; the DHS has material for chemical and biological weapons, natural disasters, and explosions. Check out this list of symptoms that may indicate you or a loved one is suffering the effects of a biological weapon. This list includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, earache, cough, loss of appetite, and decreases of activity.

Be sure to check out the FAQ. It addressed a few topics I had been wondering about.

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Monday, October 03, 2005

This Entry is Brought to You By: "Procrastination: Screwing academic institutions over since 1532."

Yes, the 1532 is just a random number.

The beginning of the second full week of school. I have a "reading response" due tomorrow morning at 8:30 am. Just a small <1 page thing, but it's one of those assignments with a vague topic and two pages of instruction as to the style and formatting. This is for one of my two big 450+-student lectures. Thankfully there are the discussion groups led by the T.A.s.

Yes, the 10-week quarter-system is a bit of an adjustment. On Friday I have a "pre-midterm" exam. I guess the prof is just distinguishing this exam from an actual Week 5 Midterm.

My third class is small ("small" meaning roughly 50 students). Communication and Mass Media. The teacher's great. On the first day of lecture she told us that the first use of electricity was used to give an elephant the death penalty and the first household electic gadget was the vibrator. Yes, that kind of vibrator. Supposedly to keep us women mollified and to reduce our interest in participating in government.