Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Spartans, what is your profession?

Oh man. It's been two weeks since I updated my blog. And as many of you may know, its due to the fact that bacterial organisms have been trying to kill me.

Two weeks ago, I discovered that the water heater in my apartment had been leaking, and mold had been growing in the carpet around the closet where it's stored. Unfortunately this carpet happens to be in my bedroom and bedroom closet. While I alerted my landlord first thing Monday, I endured it for a couple of days, until I began to get physically ill. I woke up on the Wednesday following having trouble breathing. Kind of had a wet, hacking cough. Luckily that disappeared the next day, though I noticed after hiking on Saturday that my lungs hurt (this might just be from my terrible lack of exercise). Subsequently I've had a constant sore throat that's refused to go away.

The latest update is the water heater has been replaced, and either the moldy carpet or the carpet in the entirety of my room will be replaced tomorrow. This may mean I'm without a sleeping space for the next couple of days, as replacing all the carpet in my room would require moving all my stuff into the living room.

What have I been up to the last two weeks? It's been rather crazy.

- On the Mold weekend, my mom came down to visit and we drove up to Santa Barbara and wine country for the weekend. We took a map of all the Sideways locations and hit up a couple of them. Plus I had split-pea soup at Pea Soup Andersen's, which I haven't had since I was a kid. That was a staple of our family drives to California and I missed it a lot.

- I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and started in on Graham Greene's The Quiet American. I love the film and I'm finding the book just as enjoyable. Greene writes superbly.

- Having a mold-infested bedroom has an interesting side-effect: it's encouraged me to get out more. This past weekend I practically lived out of my backpack, with no computer to come home to, and I loved it. I spent an awful lot of time with my friends, went on a great hike with Evan, caught a good movie (Rescue Dawn), wrote and read in various parks, and danced at the Obon festival in Little Tokyo. It's made me question my homebody, sedentary lifestyle, and of course I immediately had delusions of traveling the globe with a backpack full of clothes and meeting interesting people and seeing fascinating places. Maybe that's a bit of a daydream, but I should still get out more.

- Caught a couple of Woody Allen movies. Match Point was excellent, and then because I was feeling bad for only watching movies where Scarlett Johansson gets shit on (metaphorically), I rented Scoop, which was average but funny.

- I let my boss know I'd be looking for a new job in September. He took it a lot better than I thought, especially considering we've been floundering without someone in the other position at my office for six months. He understood that I had to get out and pursue the things that I'm interested in. He even was understanding about working out a schedule for me to interview while I still work at the company.

- I played a good chunk of FF6, and once I'm done with that I think I'll start back into FF Tactics Advance. I never really gave the game a chance and the bit I played this past weekend was fun.

Well, there will surely be updates more often, with or without mold, as I am on the brink of recapturing my computer from the viral organisms holding it hostage. Wish me luck!

Monday, July 16, 2007

The World Outside is Knocking

I went and saw Order of the Phoenix last night with Stuart, Nico, and Warren. I have to say this may be the best Potter film yet. It's been a while since I've seen the third, my favorite, so that statement needs some restraint.

The story felt terribly coherent in this one. You could actually watch and follow the storyline, and there were the magical bits and wonders to catch on the sides. I know OotP was a huge book, and they did an amazing job of keeping the side stories from drowning the main narrative.

This is the book where the series began to take its dark turn and they don't pull any punches in the film. I was shocked at how dark the film was, and how terrible were the defeats.

Admittedly I haven't read the fifth book yet, I'm still halfway through the fourth. However, I hope they keep this director/screenwriter team as they did a fantastic job.

All in all I highly recommend it!

I've got another blog now. I'm starting to do some translation work in my free time in order to get my Japanese skills back up to par and to become familiar with the hurdles of translating. I'll try to inject a couple interesting points here and there. For the most part however it's going to be a straight translation blog, a place to show off my work and keep me motivated.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

My Hometown

Because you've caught me with my pants down and my randomness all showin' off for the world to see.

- That's the second time in two weeks that someone has made a reference to Clerks 2. I guess it's about time I saw it.

- I'm loving me some Oblivion. It's much more immersive than Morrowind. Besides the story, quests, and detailed NPCs, I could just ride around looking at the landscape for hours.

- Really liking me some Otsuka Ai at the moment. And some Shiina Ringo of course. In my opinion the two most talented women in J-Pop today.

- Apparently Acetone gets layers and layers of dried glue off of fixed glasses in seconds. Yay for toxic, deadly chemicals!

- The title of this post comes from the song I was listening to, not any reference to my hometown. Gotta keep my Vegas-Hate proud and out on my sleeve.

- The barbarous, cruel kingdom of Mugicha declares war on my civilized utopia of Green Tea. Oh noes!

- How many times can I watch Big Trouble in Little China in a week? Apparently one more!