Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Not much news

Went to the dentist for the first time in over a year. No cavities!

My boyfriend and one of his friends got their collaborative blog up: Two Brains, One Jar.

Picked up a new DVD today, one I've been looking for for a while: Arsenic and Old Lace. Very funny; my second favorite b&w comedy after My Man Godfrey (which I am also on the lookout for a DVD edition).

And, just for the heck of it, here's a pic of my sister's puppy Mia, a German Shepherd:

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

What gay childhood icon am I?

You Are the Very Gay Winnie the Pooh!

Come on, he doesn't wear pants!
And he's a little too obsessed with Christopher Robin


Sunday, August 20, 2006

Acknowledging religious symbolism

There are plenty of recent games and movies that have obvious religious symbolism. Ultra Violet, for one. (Definitely not a great film, but I liked it. Seems like I understood it better than Curtis or Cristie when we all saw it for the first time.) But there was a ton of symbolism: the city had that huge cross-shaped building or whatever, and her white outfit turned blood-red starting with her bleeding hand (anyone else think stigmata?). I picked up religious imagery from V for Vendetta, too.

Halo had the whole religious connotations to it, especially in the names (Covenant, Halo, etc.). That theme became blatant in the sequel, as the Covenant Heretic/Arbiter co-starred as a playable character.

The Final Fantasy series has a history of depicting the nonphysical and spiritual. FF7 had the Lifestream, The Spirits Within had the Gaia theory, FFX and X-2 had the Farplane.... Maybe that's why I like FF8 so much; it didn't hit you over the head with a preachy, Captain Planet-ish message. It just had time compression and megalomaniacs with magic powers. (I do admit that I agree with the environmental messages, but I think they should have been depicted more subtly.)

Anyway, the reason this topic came up was that I came across a link to an old VG Cats comic that mocked the religious symbolism in FF7. (VG Cats #202: The Word) A "Jenova's Witness" and the "Church of the One-Winged Angel of Latter Day Summons" ...classic!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Reading and Runescaping

Seems like I've been doing a lot when I really haven't. A bit of writing, a lot of reading, "The Brian Factor" is officially online (though I still have about six entries to archive), stuff like that.

First off, I've been reading some amazing books. Amy Thomson's Storyteller, for one. For years I've been recommending her book The Color of Distance, but my emotional response to her new novel was much deeper. You can check out the little blurb I wrote on

I also read Damn! A Book of Calumny by H.L. Mencken. This is an old book, copyrighted in 1918, but most of the subjects he addresses are still relevent. This is also a good source for thought-provoking and humorous quotes.

"Poetry, to me, has but two meanings. On the one hand, it is a magical escape from the sordidness of metabolism and the class war, and on the other hand it is a subtle, very difficult and hence very charming art, like writing fugues or mixing mayonnaise."

"The final test of truth is ridicule. Very few religious dogmas have ever faced it and survived."

"What humor could be wilder than that of life itself?"

"All great religions, in order to escape absurdity, have to admit a dilution of agnosticism. It is only the savage, whether of the African bush or the American gospel tent, who pretends to know the will and intent of God exactly and completely. "For who hath known the mind of the Lord?" asked Paul of the Romans. "How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" "It is the glory of God," said Solomon, "to conceal a thing." "Clouds and darkness," said David, "are around him." "No man," said the Preacher, "can find out the work of God." ... The difference between religions is a difference in their relative content of agnosticism. The most satisfying and ecstatic faith is almost purely agnostic. It trusts absolutely without professing to know at all."

And I've been Runescaping again. Sometimes, things in the game just don't make sense:

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Monday, August 14, 2006

5ives update

Five things I'll bet can be hard for pirates

A list about pirates! And it includes the term "one-legged pant"! (insert long chain of "lol"s here)

My friend Andrew and I had a long discussion over the phone a few months back about people who may not realize that a one-legged pant is the same thing as a skirt. How high would you have to be?

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Geekiness Quiz

Your Geek Profile:

SciFi Geekiness: High
Academic Geekiness: Moderate
Fashion Geekiness: Moderate
Gamer Geekiness: Moderate
Geekiness in Love: Moderate
Movie Geekiness: Moderate
General Geekiness: Low
Internet Geekiness: Low
Music Geekiness: Low