Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Just Another Thirty Minutes...

My sleep schedule's been a little wacky lately.

On the whole I never feel rested unless I get to sleep in. It's not a matter of getting a certain number of hours, I think it's moreso that unless I sleep past a certain time, I don't get that happy-let's wake up! feeling.

Usually I get up around quarter to eight so I have time to take a shower, and watch some anime while I eat breakfast. Lately though, I've been waking up at quarter to eight, putting my alarm back on for eight fifteen, and waking up with enough time for a shower and to grab breakfast to take with me. I used to only do this once in a while, but this week and the end of last, it's been every day.

I don't feel bad about missing out on that morning time, or the anime, I just feel a little guilty for not keeping to my sleep schedule.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Wittman Ah Sing

So as I sit here on Monday morning, wincing at another week of work, sipping water from my work-appropriated Hawaii coffee mug, I whip up another blog entry.

- My DS continues to be like a crack addiction. Just when I thought I was out this weekend, after buying Hotel Dusk and Megaman ZX, I get pulled back in. Lost in Blue, Super Mario 64, Kanji Sonomana, Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja, and now Sim City DS. I'm gonna have to hold myself back, wait on these ones (except Lost in Blue because I see online that the game is rare; gonna have to go grab that used copy in the mall on Thursday.) as my wallet is none too happy with me.

- I purchased a bit of anime swag this weekend that I'm already terribly fond of. My Samurai Champloo cap is bitchin' and sure to be my start down that long and winding road that is Japanese street fashion. My Range Murata figure is totally cool (It's here, the figure in the upper left hand corner). I wish they would produce more figures off of his work besides simply his scantily clad anime girls. I'd kill for a model of this piece, or this one.

- Sam Woo Orange Peel Beef was delicious last night!

- I'm almost done with the non-fictionous section of The Fifth Book of Peace, about twenty more pages. I...I don't really know what to say about this section. It bothers me. It's really focused on the Vietnam War, and how Wittman is always thinking about it, avoiding it, getting involved with people against it. I suppose that it's an accurate picture of how she felt at the time, but it still disturbs me.

- Hoping to read some Sam Harris next. Maybe I'll finish off my Borders gift card accordingly.

- I've decided that the vitriol and rancor one often finds on internet forums has been really bringing me down. I read the PA forums on a daily basis, in particular SE++, and then I'll be on SomethingAwful which hosts the same kind of "make fun of other people ad naseum" humor. So, for at least a month, whenever I feel like reading one of those sites, I'm just going to go read a book instead. Use my spare time productively.

- Finally, speaking of reading, I'm looking for a good site with literary reviews/critical essays. Particularly scholarly ones. Anyone know of such a site?

Monday, January 22, 2007

A Story for the Ages

Boy, do Nico and I have a story to tell YOU.

Nico's Blog Post

Thursday, January 18, 2007

A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe

Well, it's been about a week since my last post and I want to stick to a schedule: at least one post a week.

- I'm back in and hooked on Battlestar Galactica. Just finished watching Season 3 Episode 4, and man, that was the heartfelt welcome I was hoping for since the beginning of the season. Anyone who's caught up will know how those first couple episodes felt barren and hopeless for the characters. I'm glad to see they're all alright.

- Work has been tiring, long, and frustrating, but then that's work.

- I finally got a listen to a few of tracks off of Garnet Crow's Twilight Valley album. Really good stuff, her voice stands out more than anything else. I also caught a new Kana Uemura song, which is interesting. I feel it's right about the time for me to discover some new music. I'm teetering between Otis Redding or Haydn.

- I'm about halfway through The Fifth Book of Peace and loving it. The fiction portion of the book is much more personal than her previous works. I know all her work is personal in that she weaves tales about her family and childhood, but this one is more like a quiet, family story; a portion of her life written down and there to experience simply as it is. Regardless, it's awesome Maxine Hong Kingston as always. I've found part of her allure is the way she speaks in more than one verbage, identifying people, places, and things by more than one name, closer to one language then another. Reminds me of the way Japanese will sometimes mix in my head with English, and then different flavors of English from the mundane to the lyrical. Well, a bit of a gush about her amazing writing style.

- Looking forward to the impromptu Lost Drinking Party this weekend! Always a good time. I'm tempted to do the same thing when I buy Rome on dvd, but I really, really, REALLY want to follow the plot on that one.

- Ooooh, this is such a good Garnet Crow track, Anywhere.

- I NEED the other seasons of Sealab on DVD. 4 is actually more awesome than I expected it to be, but I need the classics.

- Just about done with FF4. I wonder if there's a New Game/Hard Mode.

- My random list of random thoughts is probably just about getting tiring, heh. Adios!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wacom Abandon

Oh Nico, what hast thou unleashed!

I just started using the Wacom tonight, and I already know I'm hooked. It's so natural, so simple, so straightforward to control. I'll never be able to go without one again.

And now...onto my work!



The Captain has visited my benevolent benefactor himself!



A timeless portrait of the prettiest princess in all the land.

Thank you Nico!

The Campbell Family Circus

Mirrormask was simply fantastic. It was a wonder-filled childhood journey along the lines of Labyrinth. If you're able to let yourself go and become immersed in stunning visuals, I highly recommend it.

I don't often know what to think about grossly "mis-written" emails. I would like to think the person on the other end is a thoughtful, intelligent human being, but why would they then go and throw all manner of grammatical rules and spelling out the window when typing an email? Case in point:

"i USE NEWTEK VT4 - PREMIERE PRO 2 AND CINEGY EXTREME, WHAT KEYBOARD WOULD GIVE ME THE MAPABILITY AND FLRXABILITY TO MAP SWITH BETWEEN MY NLE APPS"

That was the entirety of the email, I kid you not. Being a Literature major and an ardent lover of the English language, I am often adverse to forays into the thick, dense, untamed wilds of the Internet. This aversion extends to the point of avoiding such crude and haphazard dens of language when I can. Therefore, it comes as quite a shock when such a thing lands on my doorstep.

Oh, by the way, I finished Dune, and it was AWESOME. "Those of us called concubines, history will remember as wives."

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Spamalicious

Favorite spam message title: "Don't be the 'little guy' in the club."
I can't help but imagine a midget standing against the wall, sipping his Bacardi and Coke, all lip trembling while he holds back a tear.

Favorite spam sender: "Dung"
They try so very hard.

Friday, January 5, 2007

Heroics

Last night I dreamt that me and Warren were transported into a post-apocalyptic future ruled by mutant Godzilla bird creatures, whom we were charged with overthrowing for the good of all aliens that had now settled on the planet as the last two humans on Earth.

One of the best ghost stories I've ever read is here: Return of the Creepiest Thing You've Ever Seen
About half-way down the page, after the pictures of the boarded up, old shed in the middle of the woods.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Modokashii Sekai no Ue de

Man...the ending of Welcome to the NHK left me feeling slightly melancholy and with more questions than answers. The main characters didn't end up falling in love and becoming a couple, they just went on living their lives. I guess the moral of the ending was that real life itself is savior enough from depression and high drama is not necessary?

Woohoo! I didn't go broke from buying a shit-ton of DS games and I was able to pay my rent this month! This is the first time I've ever been so fiscally irresponsible, and I'm glad to say it didn't go as bad as I had thought. My job, while...not a fun job, does provide me with a comfortable lifestyle.

Homemade burritos are fucking delicious. I am a good cook.

Damn Netflix and their slow shipping. They start you off with quick, fast-turnaround shipping and if you send in a movie in the middle of the week, you can usually get the next one three days later. Now, I'm lucky if I'll see one new movie in the entire six-day postal week.

Wasabi Potato Chips are delicious. Grace Park is so hot. Dune just keeps getting better and better.

That is all!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

The Holidays, the Haul, and the New Year

Yes, it's been an awfully long time since I last updated my blog: over a week and a half. I have a good excuse though! I was on vacation, and when I'm on vacation I'm often far from in-touch with anything electronic.

Christmas was good this year. I'll start off by invoking the myriad saints of anti-capitalism ("It's better to give than receive." "The holidays are about family and friends, not presents.") but this year was a bad-ass one for presents.

First of all, I received a Nintendo DS Lite from my friend Mike back home. Now, we usually give each other reasonably priced presents, around twenty to fourty dollars, so I had no reason to suspect anything different. When he kept hinting that I'd be getting the best Christmas present ever this year, and when I held the wrapped package in my hand, I had an inkling. I was completely blown away to find a black DS Lite and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin inside. I was not prepared for a gift this awesome. I think I was suitably wacky and goofy the rest of the night, as the endorphins in my brain brought me back to childhood Christmas levels. Still in the grip of this mighty surge the next day, I went to GameCrazy and proceeded to spend two hundred dollars on DS and GBA games. I was a very happy little boy. So far I've waded into Mario Kart DS and Contact the most.

DVD-wise was just as full of awesome. Howl's Moving Castle, Mirrormask, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, Talladega Nights, and Rocky Horror Picture Show to name a few. Damnit, Janet, I wanna screw!

Books were superb and plenty this Christmas. I got a quirky pair of history trivia books from my friend Matt which I had always been reading when I went over to his house. Ev and Miriam got me this crazy, old "Colloquial Japanese" book which I estimate is from the 1920s or 30s. My mom got me Yasunori Kawabata's Thousand Cranes, Maxine Hong Kingston's The Fifth Book of Peace, and then Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. The crazy thing though was that Dune Messiah and Children of Dune were both the same twenty year-old edition as my copy of Dune, and thus had the super cool, retro sci-fi art on the cover. Score!

All in all I have many things to be thankful about this Christmas, and many thoughtful people in my life to be thankful for. It was awesome to see my Grandma and Grandpa out in Florida, and I always enjoy seeing my friends and family back in Vegas after a long absence. I got in some quality time with my dog as well.

Hope you all had a great holiday season and I wish you well in the new year!