Friday, December 30, 2005

Not much happening

I'm still enjoying my vacation at home. Which consists mostly of sleeping, being online, downloading scanlated manga, eating, and watching movies. Basically, stuff I've done during the last quarter of school, but with no homework and classes and more sleeping and movies.

I've gotten sucked into Death Note, a manga starring a shinigami (god of death), a schoolboy on a supernatural killing spree, and the elite dectective "L" who is trying to catch the killer known as "Kira". It's fun. And eevviill.

For all those interested in old movies, there are hundreds of films in the public domain available online for free.

I also found a site that streams scenes from Bollywood movies. I have a feeling I'm going to love this site, but since the Internet connection up here is kinda sucky, I'm gonna wait till I'm back on campus to really check it out.

I also downloaded the cool Mac app Vienna, which displays RSS feeds much better than Safari.

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Uh-oh, this entry's political...

I don't tend to broadcast my political opinions too often (except for my occassional pejorative comments regarding the World Bank and IMF's structural adjustment programs which cage developing countries in a self-perpetuating system of exploitation). I realize that I am pretty ignorant of most political issues ("Who the heck is Liddy? That guy from Watergate?"), and I try to stay quiet on topics I have little knowledge of since I hate hypocrisy and those ignorant folks on call-in radio talk shows. I admit I don't do too much to remedy my political ignorance, but when I do find information or the similar opinions of more authoritative persons than myself, I like to pass it on.

Hypocrisy, however, is pretty much inevitable in this American day and age. Technology has so permeated our society that hippies have webpages, counter-cultures sell their merchandise in malls, and music artists' anti-capitalist songs are produced under a record label. But, hey, I don't take that as an excuse; I try to keep my own hypocritical behavior to a minimum.

A while ago, I made a post listing a few of my favorite anti-consumerism/anti=capitalism songs. Well, here is a list of anti-Bush and anti-Iraq songs, from the site onegoodmove.org.

And while you're listening to these counter-hegemonic songs on your iPod (oh, the hypocrisy), you can make a snappy fashion statement, too.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Thai Mafia, martial arts, and elephants!

I got an email from SunDevilDVD, the company where I bought my Japanese DVDs. This movie description made me laugh:

TOM-YUM-GOONG is the story of a young man named Kham (Tony Jaa) whose life is turned upside down when an international mafia syndicate, based in Australia , captures his two beloved elephants and smuggles them thousands of kilometers away to Sydney . The two elephants are far more than mere animals to Kham and his father. They are part of his family and were being prepared to be presented as a token of devotion to his Majesty the King of Thailand. The only way Kham can possibly save the animals is by venturing into a foreign land for the first time.

Taking on a mafia group to rescue two elephants from a foreign country presents a huge challenge, even for a martial arts master like Kham. Despite the help of Sergeant Mark (Petchthai Wongkamlao), a Thai police Sergeant based in Australia , and Pla (Bongkuch Kongmalai), a Thai girl forced into modern day slavery, the going gets tough. They must take on the ruthless gang of Madame Rose (Jing Xing), whose henchmen include Johnny (Johnny Nguyen), a Vietnamese thief and martial arts expert, and the hulking TK (Nathan Jones).

Kham has no choice but to risk his own life for the animals he loves!

I mean, the Thai mafia steals elephants! *laughs* And the main character has to use his martial arts skills to get them back! *chuckles*

...I dunno, is it just me?

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

People just wanna give me stuff. *sigh*

Finals are almost over. Just gotta finish this one paper and then pack up the stuff I'm taking home.

People are already nagging me about making a Christmas list. So here you go:

I want this, and this, and this, and... um, other stuff. Gift cards to a book or DVD store, I dunno. I'm tired.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I'm back!

Well, it's been a few days. I got kicked off of ResNet for three days for using Bittorrent- you can't upload more than 2 gigs a day, and the item I was downloading was 11.6 gigs. What was I downloading? Well.... lets just say that admitting what I was DLing is more embarrassing than saying I was DLing 11.6 gigs of porn. Let's just leave it at that. I ain't gonna tell. (Curtis laughed all Saturday when I told him I what I had been downloading.)

Anyway, I'm gonna update my links now.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Religion in School

I am in my last Soc 105A (Classical Sociological Theory) lecture. My teacher put up this webpage and asked us all to stand up and sing along. (I thought it was a joke, but then people began standing up.) While she led the less than enthusiastic class, she would make comments relating to Calvinism, which is related to Weber whom we're studying: (prof's comments in parentheses)

"Thy way, ("Thy way") not mine, O Lord,
However dark it be;
Lead me by Thine own hand,
Choose out the path for me. ("See? Predestination?")

"Smooth let it be or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it leads
Right onward to Thy rest. ("Predestination.")

"I dare not choose my lot; ("You're all starting to get pissed off now, right?")
I would not, if I might;
Choose Thou for me, my God,
So I shall walk aright.

"Take Thou my cup, and it
With joy or sorrow fill, ("It's all your decision, Lord; not mine.")
As best to Thee may seem;
Choose Thou my good and ill.
("You are going to get so pissed at this next verse.")

"Choose Thou for me my friends,
My sickness or my health; ("Are you angry yet?")
Choose Thou my cares for me
My poverty or wealth."
("Alright, you don't have to sing anymore.")

It was pretty damn funny.

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