Hmm...

Mar. 29th, 2008 09:56 am
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I awoke this morning, feeling like the wooded area near the house where I spent my childhood.

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My neck had a large crick in it and my mouth was dry and kinda foul smelling.
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So can someone else confirm that I'm not crazy? At least about this? I'm hoping that someone else with a copy of Witch Hunter Robin and an embarrassingly broad knowledge of 80's music can confirm that in Ep 14 ("Loaded Guns"), the stripped-down melody that plays during the firefight is Bryan Adams' power ballad, "Heaven"... We're watching with the Japanese language track, so if you have only a dubbed copy, I don't know if the question's even valid. This is particularly funny because at least one of the people who might be able to answer this probably can't, because, well, I have the DVD. ;-)

For the rest of you, go watch this one. Not sure how I put off watching this for so long. I'm only halfway through, but it's really strong so far. I'll tell you when to stop if it suddenly develops a serious case of ending-suck, but it's not based on a manga (as far as I know), so it shouldn't, unlike Fullmetal Alchemist, which made me want to tear my hair out.

Plot synopsis can come later, if anyone's interested.
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Yeah. Some of you have seen this before, but I'm digging it up for someone in particular. Of course, if I could just wake up the damn poet, he could write something more pertinent, and fresh, instead of me having to recycle his old crap.

Eenyhoo, hang in there! Plenty of good thoughts headed your way...

environmentally friendly dreck this way--> )
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Well, it's not a rumor anymore -- my sleep schedule is officially screwed. ...and after I thought it was completely fixxored, since I went to bed before 12:30AM every night this past week, up until last night and tonight.

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Yeah, it's been awful quiet 'round here. The writer's been sleeping for a little while, and this is always the first thing to die a horrible, horrible death when he does. I'll post something of substance soon, as there is some stuff happening on which I'd like to comment, but I still don't quite have the energy. Instead, I'm gonna take the easy way out and repost something posted elsewhere this morning. I still love you all, though.

Really. Stay sweet. Don't ever change.

Go go GOOOOOOOO! )
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Gibson Les Paul wireless guitar controller (XBOX 360)

When Guitar Hero II released for the Microsoft XBOX 360 earlier this year, console owners expressed disappointment that they could play only wired guitar controllers. Microsoft finally relented and allowed Activision to release Guitar Hero III with a controller that uses the 360's built-in wireless controller support -- the first third party allowed to do so. (The guitar controller for the Nintendo Wii uses the wireless capability of the Wiimote, but no controller for either the Wii or the Sony Playstation 3 system was available in time for this review.)
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I've been trying to write some reviews to jump-start my writing. If I can manage not to clog up the keyboard with too much blood, I'll try to get through my first review. Why are my fingers bleeding?

Guitar Hero III (XBOX 360)

Launching at special release parties and midnight sales all over the country Sunday, October 28, the latest game in the Guitar Hero franchise came to three different console systems (Nintendo Wii, Microsoft XBOX 360, and Sony Playstation 3). Activision/Red Octane and developer Neversoft's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock promises fans of the series more freedom with new, wireless controllers, more tracks, more unlockables, and more shreddin' ecstasy. But is it more better, or just more of the same?

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I normally go through leisure activity "cycles" -- where I am more interested in one activity over the others (tv/movies, reading, and video games, usually... all efforts to include "writing" have failed, thus far).

For instance, I've been on a huge reading kick since about May (probably because when we moved, *all* of my books got to come out of boxes and onto shelves for the first time in 3 years)... I've been reading about 2-3 hours a night (at the expense of sleep, of course), and off and on during the day, as I take breaks from work; more on days off. This means, on average, 3-6 books a week.

My brain just signalled a move into the next phase, which, apparently, will be a video game one. I suppose it wasn't completely unexpected, as I've been spending more and more time over the last few weeks playing KoL, SSW, and XBLA (Puzzle Fighter Super HD Remix, and Soltrio Solitaire). As usual, it seemed abrupt, though... Last night, when packing for staying the night at my in-laws', I tossed my DS in the bag (more on that in a minute), and went to the shelves to find a book. Nothing appealed. Boom. Not in a "reading" phase anymore. Don't get me wrong. I love to read, and I'll probably still have a book going at any given time, just not 2-3, and I'll read one or two nights out of every week, not every night.

So here's the "problem". Normally, when I hit a video game phase, I look for at least one new game to play. I can make myself pretty happy by playing a classic NES or PSOne game, or just dinking around on a PopCap game or something, but I can't replay video games as much as I re-read books. This time, there are tooooooo many things to choose, probably in part because we're coming into the heavy holiday release period...

DS -- I *just* used some trade-in credit to buy LoZ: The Phantom Hourglass and to pre-order the Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game... Zelda seems like it'll be short, as I've put in less than 10 hours of gameplay and seem to be through almost half the game (minus the obsessive collecting-every-collectible-item bit). I don't usually go out of my way to play trading card games (I'll play them when they come up in FF games, and such, but a whole game just trading card battle? not usually for me.), but as far as the Fullmetal Alchemist game goes, I had to pick it up. It was pretty favorably reviewed the places I checked, and I've been absolutely loving the series, which I had managed to avoid, despite numerous recommendations, until earlier this year. Also, the DS exclusive Final Fantasy XII sequel and the new Phoenix Wright are due out in the next couple of months, along with numerous secondary titles. Because I started reading the very silly 8-Bit Theater again, I begged someone for his copy of Final Fantasy I&II for GBA, as mine has gone AWOL. If you know where it is, please let me know.

XBox 360 -- Even though I've had my 360 since release, I didn't sign up for a Live account until earlier this year, mainly because I would have had to pay $99 for a wireless adaptor, and because I knew it would be a huge sink of time and money. I was right. I have the two games I mentioned, plus a bunch of others already downloaded, and whatever they release next. As far as the actual retail games go, I have Two Worlds, which is OK, and I need to finish the game I started, then dropped, since i wasn't really interested in games much. That'll keep me busy on the RPG front until Mass Effect drops. LEGO Star Wars collection? Yes, please. Now granted, I own both of them already, but one is on XBox, and the other one is at the home of a former co-worker whose contact information I have lost. Plus, I'll buy anything that convinces them to make more LEGO platformers. Plus, plus, ZOMG, it looks like I'll soon be able to buy wireless guitars for 360, so Guitar Hero III is a must (along with re-purchasing the first two for the same platform -- one of my friends has agreed to retake custody of his copy of Guitar Hero, along with my copy of GHII and my wireless guitar, in exchange for buying a second guitar for me). Also, there's a bunch of us already planning to chip in for Rock Band. Also also, I should pick up a copy of Blue Dragon, eventually. Thankfully, SoulCalibur IV and Elveon are still way off in the misty future.

PS2 -- Before the PS2 goes back into a box (since Worms and Guitar Hero will both be playable on 360), I should really finish my 80% done game of FFXII, which I stopped playing because I got tired of the grind. Luckily, this means that i can probably trade the rest of my PS2 games toward a couple of the above.

Wii -- While I don't own one, two of my very good friends do, and I fully anticipate at least a couple of marathon Mario Strikers/Rayman 2/whatever else comes out in the next couple of months sessions...

So this brings me to my "problem" -- I'm either going to have to do some real prioritizing, or get some more work rolling... Does anyone have any insight for me? Or a need for a tech writer/editor/web programmer/support technician/educator (specializing in small business and end user support and training) with retail/sales/management skills for hire?

Please?
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Behind me, ghostly presence, pushing, provoking forward motion, growth.

Familiar, though ever at a distance, unreachable --
Fleeting shadow, off to the side; playing gleefully, reveling in discovery.

Suddenly, looking, peering, but not finding, I panic,
Having taken your presence for granted.
Unexpected

Noon.
I wait, breath held, eyes almost closed against the light,
Expecting to see you ahead of me, beckoning me on, grinning, laughing,
Leading me to sights otherwise unseen.

mm 09/07/07
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Uh, yeah. [profile] swartho woulda leapt through the phone and strangled me for this one, if only he had that service on his plan. Thankfully, he thinks all the add-ons are a rip-off.

"Hey, man, this is my friend, Alfredo. Oh, and that's his half-brother, Semifreddo..."




ps (a paraphrase, with apologies) --

but yet I could accuse me of such things that it
were better my mother had not borne me: I am very
sly, slippery, insidious, with no offences at
my beck that I have thought, then kept them in,
imagined but then not given them shape, or verse to say them
out. What should such fools as I do jesting
between earth and heaven? We are errant knights,
all; but heed none of us.
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You know, most of these engines have gotten very good over the years, and I've gotten several surprisingly on-target recommendations (video, print, and music) that I never would have expected, but even I thought this was a stretch...

Dear Axxxxx.com Customer,

We've noticed that customers who have expressed interest in The Call of the Wild (Whole Story) by Jack London have also ordered An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming by Al Gore. For this reason, you might like to know that Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming is now available....

Et voila!

Apr. 5th, 2007 11:43 am
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Untitled #555 (#Great Poems)

I  stare at the horribly nude page, knowing I
must  find something earth-shattering, something significant to
say,  and in a significantly earth-shattering way. Honestly,
this  in no way scares me; it really
isn’t  at all discouraging that, as
a  writer, I have chosen to write in a
particularly   difficult time – after all the
great  poetry that has been written for centuries; isn’t my
poem,  as solid as it seems it
is  now, still good after the thousands of pearls before
it?  Keats, Yeats, Hopkins, Plath…
Oh,  that I could write even a fraction as
well…


mm
03/14/00
(95 words -- whee!)
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**Of course, there's a certain irony in the fact that many of my favorite poems are less than 50 words, especially since one of my absolute favorites is only, um... 28 words, right? Oh, and even more so (since it was unintentional) that the above referenced Dickinson poem is one of her short ones and probably only -- yep -- 41 words. I suppose that one reason I like shorter poems is that I know I can't write them well.

Ha! This just inspired me to finish a poem that's been languishing a while.

Saaaaaad...

Apr. 4th, 2007 10:40 pm
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Right, so now I'm supposed to be sorting things to toss/donate, and studying for a test, and cleaning for weekend houseguests. Hmm -- procrastination sounds like a good idea. What can I find on the ol' intarweb? Curse you, [livejournal.com profile] doctorconquest!!!

Not to mention
1) These things are usually sooo stupid.
2) and sooo accurate.

meh?

oh, and why do I have to choose between "poetry guy" and "novelist guy"?
what? no CG??? how can I answer accurately if my answer is one of the two not listed?!!!
also makes me sad because I'm obviously outside of the target demographic.

so yeah. eye arrr teh nerd. well, duh.

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd
 

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It's okay. I understand.

Gamer/Computer Nerd
 
Anime Nerd
 
Musician
 
Science/Math Nerd
 
Drama Nerd
 
Social Nerd
 
Artistic Nerd
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace
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I don't do these. really. But it had superheroes! and kinetic energy! and I'm putting off studying for my certification exam!

so thanks, [livejournal.com profile] hufflepest, for being an enabler...



Your Silver-Age Superhero Career
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You team up with... shardavarius
...to battle: Canada
You petition to join: the cast of "Saturday Night Live"
Their response: they agree, but you thought all the hugging and groping was a bit much
You are best remembered for: the way you'd freak out every time someone wanted you to introduce them to Batman
Your heroic level: - 62%
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in the middle of class (shame on me), but putting this here until I have time to play.

http://movies.msn.com/movies/sci-fi?GT1=7701
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The question...

   "Do have some more," suggested the Mathemagician, and they continued to eat just as fast as he filled the plates.
    After Milo had eaten nine portions, Tock eleven, and the Humbug, without once stopping to look up, twenty-three, the Mathemagician blew his whistle for a second time and immediately the pot was removed and the miners returned to work.
   "U-g-g-g-h-h-h," gasped the bug, suddenly realizing that he was twenty-three times hungrier than when he started, "I think I'm starving."
   "Me, too," complained Milo, whose stomach felt as empty as he could ever remember; "and I ate so much."
   "Yes, it was delicious, wasn't it?" agreed the pleased Dodecahedron, wiping the gravy from several of his mouths. "It's the specialty of the kingdom -- subtraction stew."
    I have more of an appetite than when I began," said Tock, leaning weakly against one of the larger rocks.
   "Certainly," replied the Mathemagician; "what did you expect? The more you eat, the hungrier you get. Everyone knows that."
   "They do?" said Milo doubtfully. "Then how do you ever get enough?"
   "Enough?" he said impatiently. "Here in Digitopolis we have our meals when we're full and eat until we're hungry. That way, when you don't have anything at all, you have more than enough. It's a very economical system. You must have been quite stuffed to have eaten so much."
   "It's completely logical," explained the Dodecahedron. "The more you want, the less you get, and the less you get, the more you have. Simple arithmetic, that's all. Suppose you had something and added something to it. What would that make?"
   "More," said Milo quickly.
   "Quite correct," he nodded. "Now suppose you had something and added nothing to it. What would you have?"
   "The same," he answered again, without much conviction.
   "Splendid," cried the Dodecahedron. "And suppose you had something and added less than nothing to it. What would you have then?"
   "FAMINE!" roared the anguished Humbug, who suddenly realized that that was exactly what he'd eaten twenty-three bowls of.

-- The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
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Comment and I'll give you a letter. In your journal, list your ten favorite songs that begin with that letter.

I got 'B' from [livejournal.com profile] darthparadox. Hmm. Let's see... (In alphabetical order, since I don't think I could rank them; not necessarily the top ten, but probably pretty close, depending on the day.)

Back Porch, Presidents of the USA
Battle of Who Could Care Less, Ben Folds Five
Beatrice, Daniel Lanois
Being in Love and Bumblebee, Maryn Cadell (yeah, I cheat. So?)
Big Exit, PJ Harvey
Blood Roses, Tori Amos
Bonny Swans, Loreena McKennitt
Both Hands, Ani DiFranco
The Boxer, Simon and Garfunkel
Buddy Holly, Weezer

ugh. sick

Feb. 28th, 2007 07:03 pm
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I usually get really sick at least once during the winter, but the last two years (at least to this point), I had managed to avoid the really nasty flu-like stuff, probably because my then place of employment had made flu shots easily available. Go figure.

I've had a couple of mildly nasty (yeah, yeah, I know, but go with it, huh?) colds and a low-to-mid-grade allergy thing that went on for most of last fall and into December, but until this last cold struck today, I was feeling a bit cocky. Which is probably exactly why this happened. Anyway, yuck. Mild sniffles and sinus pressure at night over the weekend finally coalesced into massive congestion and a large headache about 3 hours ago. I'm now completely exhausted, and I didn't do much today except go to my dad's retirement luncheon. More on that very, very soon, I have a feeling.

In other news:

1) there's a fairly interesting interview with the legendary Steven Karl Zoltan Brust -- one of my personal heroes and the author of no fewer than five books that I can see from where I'm sitting, the nearest of which is either having my place marked by or is, in fact, eating my left foot -- I'll let you know if it gets ugly -- an interesting interview, I say, at writingforum.org (a site I've never visited, but may, now that I've found it), which has some bits that are personally amusing to me and probably not as much to people who haven't read his work, but he also has (among some other answers with broader appeal) some tips for aspiring authors, the link to which (the entire interview, not just the tips, which are at the end) follows, thusly:

http://www.writingforums.org/showthread.php?t=950

2) Is anyone actually still reading Terry Goodkind? I don't mean that quite the way it sounds, but most of the people I know (including the ones who, like me, thought that Wizard's First Rule was one of the better books we had read) gave up some time ago. I may rant about that at some point, if I run out of other things upon which to loose my writing exercises.
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I read a review the other day that said, "over all, the [creation] was good, but suffered because the [creator] tried to be too clever at times..."

Am I the only one who has a problem with this phrase in this context?

"Too clever."

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