Sunday, April 30, 2006

A couple movies Curtis pointed out to me

Free Photo Booth

Brokeback Serenity
A spoof trailer. (savefile link)

And I don't remember whether I've linked to this site before or not: Mega64, video game parodies. (If you've played any of the games, the parody of Shenmue is really funny!)

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The Myth

Watched The Myth last night. Had an unsatisfying ending, but I liked it anyway. The battle and stunt choreography was entertaining- especially the fight scene at the rat glue factory. The horse stunts were really well done, too.

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Moral Orel Episode 3-Charity

Moral Orel Episode 3-Charity - Google Video

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Entertainment

Next week is midterms week.... Fun fun.

I finished playing the PS2 game "Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel." It was a short game (~10 hours), but it was fun. The battles aren't turn-based, and you can transmute barrels, lamposts, potted plants, etc. into weapons. Most of the weapons are useful- the gun and crossbow turrets, the swords and pikes, etc.- but some are just amusing, like the big stuffed cow driving a tiny car that blows poisonous bubbles while playing calliope music. And you can make lifelike decoy Edwards that walk around until they are attacked by enemies and turn into life-size bobble-head Eds.

I missed this week's My Name is Earl, but I was able to download it. Yay Mininova! I also am able to DL episodes of Robot Chicken from there. I love that show.

I usually don't care for religious TV commercials, but I think that the United Church of Christ deserves some kudos for their commercials. I think the UCC is giving a great and much-needed message. (Of course, not everyone will agree with me since I am an agnostic liberal.) I don't participate in organized religion, but I think that it's an important uniting force for many people; I only wish that religions would be more positive and accepting.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

(Suppressed) Academic Rebellion

Five titles I (briefly) considered naming my essay that I turned in this morning:

- Stupid Assignment from Hell
- Please Ignore the Altered Margins and Oversized Font
- I Just Want to Die!
- Delano the Ignorant ****, Cereno the Pansy, and Babo the Manipulative Bastard Should Just Be Friends So I Wouldn't Have to Finish Writing This Dumb Paper
- I'm Never Going to Grad School, Ever


I simply ended up calling it "Four Themes in Melville's Benito Cereno". Yes, I'm an uncreative wuss.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Going overboard with fancy text tabs

Books I'm reading (or supposed to be reading) for class:
The Desire to Heal by Raphael Campo
 This book kinda freaks me out. It eroticizes everything: the practice of medicine, religion, disease. "His erection startled me" is the first sentence of the book. I'm serious.

The Grandissimes by George Washington Cable
 I skipped the first chapter and stopped reading after the second.

Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen
 I read the first couple chapters. I'm planning on getting back to it.

Benito Cereno by Herman Melville
 I have a 5-7 page paper due Wednesday. I've just barely come up with a thesis.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
 Gonna start this as soon as my paper's done. Hopefully, it'll be fun. I really like a lot of Twain's more obscure stuff, like Letters from the Earth, The Mysterious Stranger, "The Jumping Frog" and "The Esquimaux Maiden's Romance", among others.

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Just Snackin'

I really, really love string cheese.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Some things I'm really diggin' this morning

(in no particular order)

1. A Beautiful Tragedy's new EP "Machine" (Thanks Brian! I love your band!)
2. The fact that it's sprinkling while the sun's out
3. Eating cold Chinese leftovers with chopsticks
4. Placebo's new album "Meds"
5. My new bedsheets
6. And, as always, Curtis

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Life as a college student

Yesterday Curtis and I went to where Cristie lives and he made chicken. Well, cooked chicken. You know what I mean. Anyway, I swear he fell in love with the frying pan he used. He couldn't stop raving about it all night.

Today Curtis and I ordered Chinese food. All three dishes we ordered had sliced asparagus in it: the sweet and sour pork, honey sesame chicken, and beef chow fun. Strange. I'd never had Chinese food with asparagus.

Other than that (and some drama with one of my old friends that I'm not going to go into), everything's pretty much the same. Except Curtis finally agreed to bring his PS2 to SC, and its hooked up to my TV now. I'm finally getting a chance to play Sly 3! I've also played a bit of Resident Evil 4, though pathetic me still can't get past that f*cker with the chainsaw. (I got a chance to play it on New Year's Eve when I was at Anna's house. Her brother's friend had brought his system, so I got to try the game out. Unfortunately, the knack I seemed to have back then at executing head shots has abandoned me now.)

I'm looking forward to next weekend. Curtis and I are going down to his house in SJ. I don't know what we'll do; probably rent movies and get some good bread from the bakery.

I know; you'd think college life would have made my expectations for a "fun weekend" a bit more wild. Well, not every weekend can be like it that weekend up at Haji's cabin in Truckee with wine, 3-a.m. impromptu dance-a-thons, furniture blockades, and Vampire: The Masquerade role playing. (Yes, we're geeks.)

Hmm... but tonight something's going on. I can hear techno and a lot of people. Maybe I'll see what's up.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

I've obviously read way too much philosophy

I received a comment which quite impressed me:

At 12:10 PM, Alcuin Bramerton said...
I want insane fangirl ramblings. I demand my rights.

And you talk about "real-world acquaintances." Which real-world is this? How veridical is your real-world illusion? Do you expect me to believe that you've escaped the matrix? Get real.



So, here is a insane rambling by a girl in response to the Catholic scholar who is (ostensibly) from Bramerton.

First of all, mad props for using the word "veridical"! I had to look it up, which is a rare thing.

Now, a tentative definition for "real-world":
n. A plane of existence which is experienced through the physical and nonphysical senses and mental interpretation of an individual. (i.e. "Me". My individual consciousness. Or "You", a consciousness which is not "mine" but which *presumably* exists.) Populated by an infinite number of beings each with their own consciousness. A shared physical (e.g. place, location, tangibility, three-dimensional object-filled) and nonphysical (e.g. beliefs, interpersonal systems, communication, ideas) reality.

A note: I cannot know for sure if you, or anyone or -thing else who is not me, are also real beings or objects. I cannot know if this "real-world" is not merely a dream and that nothing, including my perception of myself, exists. But I must follow the premise that I exist because it is impossible for me to do otherwise- "cogito, ergo sum", and all that. I choose to accept the premise that there are other cognizant persons and animals with which I share this reality, because that is my nature. Even if you all are just figments created by my subconscious, it is my nature to treat everyone as if you are all thinking and existing beings, each of whom is approximately as important to the universe as I. If I didn't treat other people with respect and faith in their existence, then I'd be a sociopath and my subconscious (if not the real world) would make me suffer the consequences that exist (or exist in my mind).

In short, if this is all a dream and nobody but myself exists, it is still in my best interest to treat others as real beings because dreaming myself as suffering the consequences of harming others would be a lot less fun than dreaming about playing with puppies.


The Internet (a.k.a. the Web, Cyberspace, etc.) is, admittedly, a nonphysical reality. But, unlike the real-world, has no tangible objects. You may argue that computers and servers and network hubs, et cetera are physical representations of the 'Net, but you would be wrong; they are merely the physical means of interfacing (a very ironic word) with this nonphysical reality.

When I refer to "real-life acquaintances" I am referring to people I have encountered in the physical realm of this reality. People that I have encountered solely on the 'Net are not real-life acquaintances because I have not met them as corporeal beings. From my perspective, you may not exist at all in the real-world; you could be a virus or other type of computer program designed to output random messages to random users for no purpose other than to provoke emotions and reactions from said users. (No offense.) The message from you (which I have incorporated into the text above) provoked feelings of amusement, challenge, skepticism, and curiosity and has resulted in this response.

Oh, and also I found you're demand to "get real" extremely funny in the context of your message.

Any other questions?

Have a nice day. And my compliments to those consciousnesses who have read this entire thing.

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Songs I'm currently overplaying

1. "hear" from the Kagen no Tsuki ~Last Quarter~ soundtrack
2. "Space Lion" from Cowboy Bebop
3. Instrumental version of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" by Stephan Carroll
4. "Pierrot the Clown" by Placebo
5. "Haunted" by Evanescence

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

FYI

This blog will no longer subject its readers to insane fangirl ramblings. Any updates regarding my fanfiction, original fiction, or story recs will be posted there. I am purposefully not linking to it from here; I want to keep my occassional shamefull rabidness separate from my real-world acquaintances. :)

Everything not relating to anime/video game/music fandom will continue to be published here.