Tuesday, December 26, 2006

You're all liars! How dare you lie in front of Jesus!

So, you're probably wondering what I've been up to for the past month. If you're really a regular reader (har), you already know what I did. Very little of interest, that's what. Once In The Time of Trolls opened and nothing particularly noteworthy came of that. It wasn't a total disaster and we've really gotten our act together for the kids. The spring production is The Man Who Came To Dinner and I'm hoping for a fairly noteworthy role.

But you don't care about that. You want to hear about... Christmas presents.

The Nintendo Wii with copies of Red Steel and Zelda. Nothing to report that you haven't heard a million times from the average gaming site. I like it, and you should too.

Gundam SEED Destiny DVD 5
Hellsing Ultimate DVD 1
Samurai 7 Final DVD
Scrapped Princess Final DVD
Fruits Basket Vol. 15 (With that prick Akito on the cover)
SWM: Starship Battles stuff (so glad I didn't pay forty bucks for that starter)
Neverwhere (from mother)
House of Leaves
Anansi Boys and Good Omens (from the gf)
1/144 Destiny Gundam model kit
1/144 Palace Athene model kit
Cybertron Menasor (RARGH)
An electric shaver (from father)
20$ Best Buy gift card (from relatives)
20$ Borders gift card (from the awesomest English teacher in the world)
Some money (also from relatives)

Yes, I know I'm a spoiled brat. (Did I use that in last year's Christmas post? I think I did.)

Anyway, onto movies.

I went into this not reading the book, and the movie has done a very poor job of convincing me to do so. A plot that flows like bricks, characters that could have come off an assembly line and directing that could have been some other negative simile. The special effects are pretty though, and its reasonably entertaining if you go in with low expectations. Still not something I'd pay to see again.
Rating: C+

The Boondock Saints
I can't believe I never watched this before. I finally saw it in its entirety, barring a few edits for cable television, and I was rather impressed by it. Witty dialogue and entertaining action make this an exciting romp through blood, explosions and mutilated bodies. Willem Dafoe steals every scene he's in and the other actors are fun to watch. Too short, though and the rules of physics as well as plot are sometimes thrown out the window, however.
Rating: B+

Inuyasha the Movie 4: Fire on Mystic Island
If you have to watch an Inuyasha movie, go watch the third one. The second is passable and first and fourth are terrible. This one basically amounts to a 90-minute TV episode, with the usual stunted character development and lack of plot movement. Avoid.
Rating: C-

Hm, no A grades. For shame, Hollywood.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Christopher Walken is the best Bond villain ever.

So, House of Leaves was a pretty nifty book. Go read it. It will ruin your life, but in a good way.

Anyway, TheatreFest. I'll sum it up because I'm lazy.

-Urinetown, the Musical. Vulgar, offensive and hilarious. Lots of real catchy tunes that I still find myself humming.
-The Three Sisters. Well-acted and very character-driven.
-Hamlet. Awesome set design and choreography. I talked to the guys who did it at KFC with Erikka. That was pretty rad.
-The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde is ridiculously awesome and so were the actors who performed it. Great play.
-Stage Kiss. Cute and funny. Consisting only of two excellent actors.
-Crazy people in line for a PS3 at Wal-Mart.
-Using a cell phone and actually understanding how to for the first time.
-Hot Chocolate
-Introduction to Improvisation. Fun workshop. I had thought about doing it again. Pretty much played a bunch of silly acting games.
-Oi! Workshop on English dialect and accents, mates.
-Getting some sleep on Friday night.
-Visiting every fast-food resturaunt between UW-Whitewater and the hotel.
-Stupid bus driver crashing the bus into the roof of the hotel entryway.
-Hanging out with friends basically the whole time.

-The Trojan Women. Boring and overracted. Of course, I had just woken up.
-The Laramie Project. Yes, I get it. Hate crimes = bad.
-Friends talking about other friends behind their backs. Seems like everybody just hates everybody all the time sometimes.
-The Three Sisters. Really depressing ending. Wanted to go home and kill myself.
-Boring Shakespeare workshop. Why would anybody feel the need to spend fifteen minutes explaining Imabic Pentameter to a bunch of drama students? Ugh.
-Sunday Tea with Desiree being the last play to go on Saturday, meaning no other schools stuck around to watch it. Even though we were awesome.
-No awards for said play. Plenty of nominations, but no awards. Damn.
-Having two big tests the Monday afterward.

In other news:

Casino Royale
Best Bond movie since Goldeneye. Daniel Craig is James Bond, no question about it. He makes Pierce Brosnan look like a pussy, taking a huge beating over the film. It doesn't rely on any fancy CGI or nifty gadgets, just well-choreographed fights, a character-driven story and a great plot, built around many twists and turns. The poker game is surprisingly intense with lots of behind-the-scenes action going on. Great work from actors all around, not a single dissappoitning performance. Easily one of my favorite movies of 2006.
Rating: A
Bond is back.

Fullmetal Alchemist - The Movie: Conqueror of Shambala
I was finally able to see this on an official DVD instead of a poorly-done fansub. Kind of a departure from the series, but wraps up most of the plot points nicely, especially where Dante and the remaining Homunculi are concerned. Eckhart is a rather uninteresting villain and doesn't do much other than scream maniacally and shoot her subordinates. Ed and Al are in typical form and it was nifty seeing the latter finally out of his armor. Mustang didn't have nearly a large enough role. In the end, it's all right, but it could have been so much more, especially with a great 51-episode anime preceding it.
Rating: B+

So I guess opening night for Trolls is this Friday.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

What happens in TheaterFest stays in TheaterFest.

I cannot wait. TheaterFest is this weekend and it is going to be so awesome. You know why? Because we are seeing a play called Urinetown - The Musical. I can only imagine.

Casion Royale is out this weekend. Will Daniel Craig be able to fill the shoes of the 007 name? Find out Sunday.

So hey, I started House of Leaves today. The typography is really zany and fun to follow. I'm not completely sure where its going, but hey. Meanwhile, Brave New World is alright, though I think I prefered 1984 as far as dystopian novels go.

Strategists Club has finally started up, much to my happiness. Good crop this year with a boatload of clueless Freshman taking dodgy advice from Erikka who has taken up a position of leadership for no reason.

I've played through the entire Megaman X Collection, beating all six of the traditional 2-D games. Good times.

What else? Um, I started dating Therese five months ago today. She is a beautiful girl.

I'm out of ideas. This post will explode the second you finish reading it.


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

In this post I will complain about Physics, talk about D&D and whatever else happens to be on my mind.

Fair warning. I'm currently trying to keep from having to do my Physics lab report, even though it's incredibly easy and not at all time-consuming, or so I am told. Isn't that the strangest thing? I really don't like Physics, though. I miss Chemistry where everything made complete sense and variables took one meaning and stuck with it. On the plus side, Pre-Calculus makes perfect sense at the moment.

I'm running a campaign for Strategists Club and it's going to be so awesome, you'll probably go blind. Or awesome insofar as it rips off Seven Samurai. Regardless, I'm looking forward to it.

I can't believe Stephen Colbert left the cast of Harvey Birdman: Attourney at Law. Things just aren't the same without him. I also can't believe the Daily Show and the Colbert Report are in reruns this week.

Bleach fails to impress me. It's nice as a dumb shounen-action hero anime though. Trinity Blood is kind of nifty I suppose, but I'd like to see some semblance of plot. Also, the Never Land episode was kind of silly. Meanwhile, Eureka Seven has finally hit the halfway point and finally starts being excellent. And I'm still pirating Le Chevalier D'eon. You gotta love using the pre-French Revolution period as a setting for zombies and posessions and sowrdfights, because it works so perfectly.

I don't really like this entry. I'm not feeling it. Actually, I don't much care for anything I've written as of late. Oh wait, I've got something.

The Illusionist
Suprisingly fun to watch. The magic is pretty nifty and there's some wonderful casting. The plot has a suitably mystical and romantic feel to it and it has a very-well done twist ending. I don't have much else to say other than it's well worth seeing in the Theater or even getting on DVD, if you're into this sort of thing.
Rating: A-

So I leave you with this one bit of advice: Go read The Picture of Dorian Gray. Just trust me.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Hey, they can't bill me if I never stop eating.

So, Homecoming.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was glad to have somebody along to share it with. It would have been undoubtably painful and boring if I had went by myself, which is what kept me from going the past years. I don't plan on dancing to rap again for a long time, though.

Well shit.

Looks like I'm going to be coughing up something like 750 bucks within the next year. I promised myself the only way I'd get a PlayStation 3 is if they made a sequel to Zone of the Enders 2: The Second Runner, my most favorite game EVAR, something I was sure would never happen. But lo and behold, Hideo Kojima up and announces that he's going to work on ZOE3 once he finishes up with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. I am at the same time ecstatic and angry. My dream game is coming out, but I can't get it because I'd like to maybe go to college someday.

So I'm going to start playing Paranoia, right? With my gaming group it should be loads of hilarious. I just need to order it from Amazon now.

Dude, I watched Episode 2 of Hellsing Ultimate. Because everybody needs a healthy dose of the old ultraviolence now and then. Also, Luke and Jon Valentine are the coolest villains ever. Well, maybe just Jon. Luke's kind of a pansy.

I get the feeling there are tons of grammar errors in this post. Don't care.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

My agent is so fired.

You know what this web journal needs? More surveys.

1. Seven things I plan to do before I die.
- Get married to the love of my life
- Maybe have a kid or two
- Publish a semi-successful novel
- Visit at least four countries not currently on this land mass
- Be in some classy Broadway production
- Show up on TV somehow
- I dunno, graduate college and get a half-way decent job

2. Seven things I can do.
- Write fairly well
- Dance to some degree
- Act
- Recite useless trivia
- Read really quickly
- Listen to people and their stupid problems
- Math, especially Trig. And English. And History.

3. Seven things I can't do.
- Get into a fight
- Feel completely confident about something
- Make somebody do something they don't want to do
- Sing well. But I'm going to keep doing it, dammit.
- Science outside of Chemistry
- Take something from somebody for nothing
- Think on my feet.

4. Seven things that attract me to the opposite sex.
- Intelligence
- Good sense of humor/witty
- Shares at least some interests
- Tolerant of my personality quirks, as well as having some of her own
- Looks past appearances
- Dark hair (There's some other superficial stuff, but that's the big one)
- Adventurous on occassion

5. Seven things I say the most.
- "Awesome"
- "Zany"
- Censoring my own curse words
- Random Pop Culture Reference
- "Really." (in a droll, uninterested voice)
- *strokes non-existant goatee*
- "Oh for the love of..."

6. Seven celebrity crushes.
Can't really think of any. There are a multitude of celebs I would love to simply hang out with though.

7. Seven things that make me uncool.
- Extensive useless trivia
- I listen to music that nobody would ever listen to in a million years
- I get a kick out of doing Trigonometry
- I check my e-mail compulsively, whether I'm expecting something or not
- I can recite an in-depth history of the Star Wars universe starting with the Battle of Yavin 4 and ending with the Second Corellian Insurrection
- I'm very excited about doing Teacher Assistance work
- I play Collectable Miniature Games competitively

I got a part in Trolls. I am simply "Man". I'm rather dissapointed with this development, but it at least preserves my perfect record. I would have liked to get into the competition piece, but children's plays are fun, too.

I rearranged my bedroom the other day. It will henceforth be known as "The Great Dust Bunny Migration of '06".

There was something else I wanted to write, but this entry is long enough as it is.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Things are different when you're staring down the barrel of a turkey!

Awesometastic. I got a 4 on the AP Psychology test from four months ago! Prestigious college options, here I come!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Introducing the new Chrysler Didgeridoo - Drive in style.

School's exciting. For now. Auditions are next week. Once In The Time of Trolls, and Sunday Tea with Desiree. The former being the traveling children's show and the latter being the TheaterFest competition piece.

The release tournament for SWM: Bounty Hunters is quickly approaching. I'm hoping to make it. I finished up Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines and it was pretty good. This is about the first Star Wars novel I can think of that portrays Boba Fett as an actual person with feelings rather than just a badass bounty hunter with a jetpack. Not that he's not that anymore, but he is getting up there in the years.

In my need to quench my thirst for everything Neil Gaiman, I started on Anansi Boys which is actually hilarious, compared to Neverwhere and American Gods. He's really got some versatility.

I can't wait for Strats to start; I got this awesome campaign idea that I can't wait to introduce.

Casino Royale is starting to look really good, and most of my reservations regarding the new Bond, Daniel Craig, have been averted. I am so ready to kick off the fall movie season.

Adult Swim finally gets out of the summer funk with Bleach and Trinity Blood premiering tonight, in addition to more new episodes of Eureka Seven. Looking forward to that.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Holy shit, this kid is smart!

School starts tomorrow. Rad. Looking forward to Strats and Dramatic Impact and such.

I played Dreamblade for the first time today and rather liked it. I don't see it having much staying power and will probably go the way of Hecatomb, but the mechanics of the game are fun. The sculpts and paintjobs on the miniatures are subpar at best, which is a bit dissapointing after looking at the gorgeous art in the manual and the boxes.

We grow towards the close of Samurai 7, with only one volume left to collect. Things are getting pretty serious and I'm thinking all rent the original flick once I finish the series.

Le Chevalier D'eon is a pretty awesome anime and I've only seen the first episode. I like how it's almost completely historically accurate. Well, except for the zombies and the gender-switching main character. I'm eagerly awaiting its domestic release so I can give Japan even more of my money.

Ultimate Avengers 2: C
Really boring. Black Panther isn't nearly enough of an interesting character to base a movie around and the villains are a ho-hum pack of characterless aliens. Kind of like the first one. I liked the first movie, but the second is just more of the same and I really can't recommend it to anybody other than Marvel fanatics.

Friday, August 18, 2006

I'm tired of these mother@#$%ing ferrets on this mother@#$%ing panel truck!

The best and worst movie of the year releases today. That's right, the movie made famous by loser bloggers everywhere, Snakes on a Plane. I like pop culture phenomena as much as the next guy, but I think I'll skip out on it. Maybe if I can see it for free somehow.

At any rate, School's starting soon. I have a schedule and its kind of neat.

Semester 1:
1st - World Literature (Cool)
2nd - German 4 (This time, with a competent teacher!)
3rd - Study Hall (Yay)
5/6 - Pre-Calculus (I am no longer a year ahead of my class. For shame.)
7/8 - AP American History (Gotta have an AP class)
9 - Study Hall (Sweet)
10 - Physics (Meh)
And one of those Study Halls will be used as a Teacher Assistant period for one of, if not the most awesome teacher ever. I'm of course talking about Stevens.

Semester 2:
1st - Physics
2nd - Pre-Calculus
3rd - German 4
5/6 - AP American History
7/8 - Sociology (Rocking)
9 - Study Hall
10 - Advanced Composition (Classy)

Things look kind of bleak as far as classmates, though, from who I've compared schedules with. Interesting year coming up.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Good morning. Want some coffee? We're going to go rob a bank.

“This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.”

Movies I've Seen Recently And Am Too Lazy To Review:
V For Vendetta: A-
Pretty good film. Doesn't follow the original graphic novel, or so I'm told, but is nevertheless one of the better things I've seen this year. Excellent plot and fun action. Awesome acting.

Lady in the Water: B
My first full experience with a Shyamalan flick and I like the guy's style. Devoid of any big twist, the movie challenges you to put together the pieces before it can. Worth a rental.

Inuyasha Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler: B-
The best of the three Inuyasha movies I've seen, not that that says much. I like the interplay between Sesshomaru and Inuyasha and it was pretty cool to finally see their father. Nice animation, but the story makes no progress in typical Takahashi fashion.

That's it, I guess.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Happy 100th post!

And it is indeed a joyous one, for I have the hallowed Driver's License. A broad new vista of freedom has opened up before me. Whee!

How to celebrate? How about a quiz.

Alright, this was fun the last time we did it.
1. Put your music player on shuffle.
2. Press forward for each question
3. Use the song title as an answer for the question.
4. NO CHEATING! Or you're no fun.

1. How am I feeling today?
2. Where will I get married?
In the Land of Twilight, Under the Moon
3. What is my best friend's theme song?
Woke From Dreaming
4. What is High School like?
5. What is the best thing about me?
Over the Fantasy
6. How is tomorrow going to be?
You Won't See Me Coming!
7. What is your current mood?
Evening Rainstorm (Yuudachi)
8. Describe your parents.
Ten Years After
9. How is my life going?
10. What song will they play at my funeral?
The Light Before We Land
11. How does the world seem to me?
Secret Base (Himitsu Kichi)
12. What do my friends really think of me?
Living Inside the Shell
13. Do people secretly like me?
14. How can I make myself happy?
Flying in the Sky
15. What should I do with my life?
Key of the Twilight
16. What am I really?
Small Prayer (Chiisana Inori)
17. What is some good advice?
I am a Pioneer (Bokku wa Motto Pioneer)
18. What is life about?
Fake Wings
19. Am I in love?
Reckless Fire
20. What type of men/women do you like?
The Real Folk Blues
21. Will you get married?
Men of Destiny
22. What should I do with my love life?
A Stray Child
23. Where will you live?
24. Words to live by?
Through the Night
25. How will my love life be?
26. How will life be in 10 years?
Fly me to the Moon
27. What was my childhood like?
Half Pain
28. How well do I do in school?
29. What do I truly think of my best friend?
30. What do I think about love?


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

These Gardettos are missing something.

Like everything except for the freaking rye chips and sesame sticks.

Driving test tomorrow. Not looking forward to it. Should be fine, but still not looking forward to it. If all goes well, I'll soon be out wheelin' and dealin' on the roads. Yay.

In other news...


There isn't any.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Don't worry, he's still alive... ish...

Guys, guys. Run, don't walk, to your local library and read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. You will not regret it. I'm searching for a word to express this that I haven't already used a million times in this journal. Orgasmic. Yes.

What I'm trying to get across here, is that you should be reading this book, dear reader.

Also, senior pictures are, in actuality, tomorrow. We apologize for the error in the previous post and our editor has been fired.

And shot.

Monday, July 31, 2006

What does that have to do with an effing DVD shelf?

So I nearly put an eye out trying to fix said DVD shelf today.

It was hilarious. And excrutiatingly painful. I was on the floor wracked with localized pain for, like, ten minutes. But amusing. Outside of a dull ache behind said eye and the left side of my field of vision being slightly blurry, I'm fine. I think. It could be cancer.

Also, it is hot as hell outside. Triple digits heat, we're talking. Hurry up and get to autumn, I say.

I mean, fuck. And I don't use that word lightly. This day's been all sorts of bad.

I think I'm getting my senior picture taken tomorrow. I'll have to check on that. Further updates as news develops.

Thursday, July 27, 2006


As the 18th anniversary of my introduction to this world, yesterday was pretty good, I'd say. The entire period since the last post was completely uneventful.

I got to go see a movie with a certain beautiful girl, which was entertaining. Incidentally, it was Lady in the Water which I might review if I get bored enough.

From my parents I recieved some D&D Miniatures, a model kit and a handful of DVDs. From the grandparents, a check for a hundred bucks, which will be put mostly into the bank, no doubt.

Amusingly enough, nearly everybody who promised to call me or send an email or come to my house on my birthday didn't. Not that I really expected them to; I prefer my birthdays to be solitary events, anyway.

Oh yeah, my hair's been cut. I feel naked without those ~4 inches.

You know what are really good?


Sunday, July 16, 2006

Any last words before I spark it up?

The Amazing Screw-On Head

This needs to be a show. Watch the pilot and fill out the survey. This needs to be on TV, because the writing is hilarious and David Hyde Pierce is completely awesome as a villain. Also, it has a machine gun-wielding ape. During the nineteenth century.

I don't really have anything else of interest. Pretty much the only reason for this post's existence is to pimp the aforementioned show and the Sci-Fi channel. That's right folks, I have become a slave to the corporate machine. Look for new McDonalds ads to replace the Gundam SEED Destiny banner within the week.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Perhaps the biggest nerd ever

Your Linguistic Profile:
75% General American English
15% Yankee
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Dixie
0% Midwestern

Your Geek Profile:

Academic Geekiness: High
Gamer Geekiness: High
Movie Geekiness: High
SciFi Geekiness: High
Fashion Geekiness: Moderate
General Geekiness: Moderate
Geekiness in Love: Low
Internet Geekiness: Low
Music Geekiness: None

That is all.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

"Aye aye cap'n!", "Women and children first!" and that sort of thing.

Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest

A worthy successor to "Black Pearl". It managed to capture most of the charm, wit and swashbuckling action of this first film without overdoing any elements.

First, of course, Captain Jack Sparrow is in classic form, retaining and even improving on his style from the first film. Almost any time he was on screen, a laugh was guaranteed. His "escape" from the cannibals is easily one of the best scenes in the film and had the entire audience in stitches.

Going on opening day, the theater was packed with the standard assortment of nerds and squeeling fangirls. The objects of their adoration, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom both live up to their hype and deliver some excellent acting. Kiera Knightely also improves on the character of Swan, even though half of the audience wanted to kill her at the end.

Davie Jones was a fun villain, on the same level as Barbossa. The CGI on him was topnotch and the actor really came through for a great performance. He was intimidating, yet calm and collected. And damn, he knows how to make an entrance.

His minions on the other hand range from interesting and cool (hermit crab guy) to just stupid (hammerhead guy). It was really great to meet Will's father and learn that he's really a good guy. Hopefully, he'll be set free in the third film.

The sword fights managed to mix in just the right amount of over-the-top flair. The three-way battle between Will, Jack and Norrington is alot of fun to watch and keep track of who's fighting who. The reactions to the battle inside the wheel were hilarious. The battles with the Kraken got a bit tiring after awhile but the final battle was alot of fun to watch.

Alot of the charm comes out through various one-liners throughout the movie. The parts where Jack offers the undead monkey as payment and where he prances about, lording the Jar o' Dirt over Davy Jones were priceless and got a good amount of laughs.

I liked the ending for the most part. A morbid cliffhangar as Jack seemingly goes down with the ship and Barbossa returns from out of nowhere were shocking but make the audience really look forward to the final part of the trilogy.

Rating: A-

The surprise movie hit keeps going with a well-done sequel. It's going to be a long wait for At World's End.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Você não pode ler isto.

Your personality type is: INTJ

loner, more interested in intellectual pursuits than relationships or family, not very altruistic, not very complimentary, would rather be friendless than jobless, observer, values solitude, perfectionist, detached, private, not much fun, hidden, skeptical, does not tend to like most people, socially uncomfortable, not physically affectionate, unhappy, does not talk about feelings, hard to impress, analytical, likes esoteric things, tends to be pessimistic, not spontaneous, prone to discontentment, guarded, does not think they are weird but others do, responsible, can be insensitive or ambivalent to the misfortunes of others, orderly, clean, organized, familiar with darkside, tends not to value organized religion, suspicious of others, can be lonely, rarely shows anger, punctual, finisher, prepared


scientist, dictator, forensic anthropologist, systems analyst, philosopher, nuclear engineer, political analyst, researcher, statistician, scholar, research scientist, computer scientist, software designer, curator, computer programmer, aerospace engineer, electrical engineer, paleontologist, english professor, philosophy professor, chemical engineer, epidemiologist, forensic scientist, museum curator, research assistant, mechanic, astronomer, figher pilot, librarian, systems administrator, neurosurgeon, book editor, biotechnology, archeologist, lab tech, bookstore owner

I'm not sure I completely agree with that, but who am I to argue with Carl Jung? Or the internet, for that matter.

Friday, June 30, 2006

I am eating the best sandwich ever right now.

Put your music player on shuffle
Press "forward" for each question
Use the song title as the answer to each queston, even if it doesn't make sense
How am I feeling today?
"Woke From Dreaming" - Gunslinger Girl

Will I get far in life?
"Obsession" - .hack//SIGN

How do my friends see me?
"Mirror of the Inside" (Kagami no naka) - Ultramaniac

Where will I get married?
"Dress - Bloody Trinity Mix" - Trinity Blood

What is my best friend's theme song?
"Life Goes On" - Gundam SEED Destiny

What is the story of my life?
"I Am" - Inuyasha

What is high school like?
"Song of Four Seasons" (Shiki no Uta) - Samurai Champloo

How can I get ahead in life?
"The Real Folk Blues" - Cowboy Bebop

What is the best thing about me?
"National Awakening - Catharsis" - .hack//ROOTS

What is today going to be like?
"HEY JIMMY!" - Peacemaker Kurogane

What's in store for this weekend?
"Change the World" - Inuyasha

What song describes my parents?
"Little Wing" - Scrapped Princess

To describe my grandparents?
"Living Inside the Shell" - Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex

How is my life going?
"Be My Angel" - Angelic Layer

What song will they play at my funeral?
"One Day, One Dream" - Inuyasha

How does the world see me?
"Rewrite" - Fullmetal Alchemist

Will I have a happy life?
"After The Dream" (Dopo il Sogno) - Gunslinger Girl

What do my friends really think about me?
"Shuffle" - Yu-gi-oh

Do people secretly lust after me?
"H.T." - Trigun

How can I make myself happy?
"Wild Flowers" - Zoids

What should I do with my life?
"Beyond the Door" (Tobira wo Mukou e) - Fullmetal Alchemist

Will I ever have children?
"I Will" - Fullmetal Alchemist <-- I swear I didn't cheat on any of these.

Well, that was amusing. It actually worked for a good amount of them. Try it for zany results!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

And then? Kevin Spacey totally beats the crap out of this guy!

Superman Returns

You know who's a genius? Bryan Singer. And Kevin Spacey. But we'll come back to him. But Bryan Singer, man. First X-Men and now Superman. I'm starting to wonder if this guy can do no wrong. He could direct something about, like, Blue Beetle or Cloak and Dagger and make it a blockbuster. Nobody, and I mean, nobody wants to see a movie about Cloak and Dagger. But this guy could make it work.

It was interesting how they were able to take a complete unknown like Brendan Routh and make him into Superman. He was really great and whenever I picture Clark Kent or Supes, he will come to mind. I can easily see him teaming up Christian Bale for the Batman vs. Superman movie. Which would be effing amamzing.

The film has all of the hallmarks of Superman. Saving frightened citizens from a crashing plane? Check. Deflecting bullets? Check. Using heat vision and frost breath? Check. Getting the girl in the end? Depends on how you look at it, but we'll say check anyway.

This movie's casting really shines with Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. This guy is easily on the same level as Clancy Brown (JL, STAS) when it comes to portrayals of ol' Lexy. He channeled a bit of the Gene Hackman Lex, but only a little, and his one-liners were hilarious. One of the best villains I've seen in a film this year.

Lois Lane is vaguely forgettable, but she did alright. James Marsden makes up for getting killed in X-Men 3 by showing up in Superman's film and I liked his performance, well-done for a character not originally in the comics.

Quite a plot twist at the end with the kid. It'll be very interesting to see where the inevitable sequel takes the storyline.

The only problem I had was the length of the film. It gets pretty laggy at some parts, but when the drama or action picks back up, you forget all about it.

All in all, a worthy sucessor to Christopher Reeves and the Superman legacy.
Rating: A

That's all I've got.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The "Edit Post" button is for whimps.

My cat hasn't moved from my bed all day. I hope she's not dead or anything. I should check.


Okay, she's breathing. I guess she's just incredibly lazy.

"That movie was horrible." "It's a pretty good movie. You should see it."

^Josh and Kyle talking about the same movie. That pretty much sums up their relationship in a nutshell.

Vacation was largely uninteresting. I'm not going to play-by-play it, rather I'll give a quick list of anything remotely interesting.

-Some out of the way book store still had miniatures from Clone Strike. Awesome.
-Went to a completely awesome Italian resturaunt. Classy 18th-century style eating area with paintings and flowers and stuff. The booths used old church pews for seats. Good pizza.
-I walked through the forests along the roads fairly often. Got attacked by bugs once.
-Saw an albino deer.
-Saw Cars, reviewed further into the post.
-Found classy store selling a bunch of pewter fantasy statues and figurines. Way expensive, though.

The Da Vinci Code
A good-natured shrug pretty much sums up my feelings for this film.

Let's see, Ian McKellan was in it and he beat up a guy using only a cane. That's one star. I enjoyed the book and the movie was pretty faithful to it, so that's two stars. Oh, and I saw it with Therese. Who I love. That's three stars.

I don't know. It's got an all-star cast with the likes of Tom Hanks, Jean Reno and Alfred Molina, but they don't do much except talk. And say "shit" in French.

I suppose already reading the book takes away from the enjoyment, since a good chunk of the film is exposition, and when you already know what every character is going to say it brings down the enjoyment level a bit.

It's definetely well-directed and nearly every scene is pretty to look at, since they get into the authentic locations for the most part. The few action scenes are done very well, especially when Silas is involved. The car chase scene, though not from the book, was fun to watch.

So I guess it was good. Definetely $6.50-at-the-theater good. But $24.99-on-DVD good? I don't think so.
Rating: B

I am such a whore for Pixar. Really, I am. They could make a movie starring only CGI rocks and I would go see it. Twice.

Cars isn't Pixar's best offering. Make no mistake, it's easily the best CGI film released this year, but you have to admit that The Incredibles is a hard act to follow.

First the animation. For this film, Pixar focused on light and shadow effects and it really shows. The scenes involving racing are easily the highlights of the film. The skill of the animators really shows there and in their landscapes.

The voice talent is the typical level of awesomeness. Owen Wilson voices Lightning McQueen, the main character, and he is joined by the likes of Paul Newman and Bonnie Hunt, though I could've done without Larry the Cable Guy. Fun stuff throughout.

The story is typical G-rated life-lessons fare and it works rather well. I thought the ending was a bit of a cop-out, though. If Lightning had won the race instead of going back to help The King, it would have still gotten across the message that anything is possible with the help of friends, but they manage to work the ending well enough.

I liked a lot of the references and in-jokes. Arnold Schwarzeneggar as a car was absolutely hilarious and John Ratzenberger making fun of himself at the end was great. The credits are fun to watch because they redo key scenes from previous Pixar films using Car versions of the characters. Quite amusing.

While it's not Pixar at their best, Cars is still a very entertaining ride.
Rating: A-

Saw a performance of The Music Man the other week with Therese. It was pretty good, and I saw Talyah and Jesse. Hi Talyah and Jesse!

There's a prerelease tournament for War of the Dragon Queen this Saturday. I'm rather looking forward to going even if it will set me back $45. Hopefully, I can at least count on doing better than I did at the War Drums release.

And finally,

Find out your Matrix name!

Mr. Butschli is not your "real" name, but the name the machines gave you. When you free your mind you will be Theseus the Pod Waker.


Monday, June 12, 2006

The University School auxiliary gym has 1,188 ceiling tiles

I took the ACTs last Saturday. I dominated the English and Reading tests, performed averagely on the Math section and the Science part could go either way. The writing test was all right, though I kind of trailed off for part of it. All in all, I did fine, I'd say. Those were the most boring four and a half hours of my life, though.

Champions of the Force is out and its rather cool, featuring some of the best sculpts and paint jobs I've seen in the game. I got Yoda, Mas Amedda, Ulic-Qel Droma and General Mace F*cking Windu. Awesome, to be sure.

Wow, school's been done for a grand total of 52 minutes and I'm already bored. Oh, I know! A survey!

been kissed: A handful of times
lied to a friend: Yeah
dyed your hair: Never
dressed punk: Don't think so
kissed a girl: Nope
saw something you didn't want to: You can't even begin to fathom some of the things I've seen
danced in the rain: Yes, actually
lied to your parents: Who hasn't?
went barefoot in the snow: No
played hockey: Once or twice
made your own clothes: No
got into a fight: no
taken a shower: yeah
gave a dirty look to someone: yeah
cried: almost
did a cartwheel: no
went to school: yes
shopped: no
danced: yes
got sick: Kind of, yeah
did something you regret: Every day
discovered something new: Sure
act perfect: On occassion
act hyper: Sometimes. Depends who I'm around
are a nerd: To some degree
in band: No
in your pjs: no
drinking: Orange Juice
listening to music: Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony, First Movement thank you very much
watching a movie: no
IMing someone: no
talking on the phone: no
eating: no
hot topic or abercrombie and fitch: Neither
thongs or briefs: um... briefs
boxers anyone: *shrug*
sweatpants or jeans: Jeans
Longsleeved or shortsleeved: Longsleeved, to preserve my white, thin arms
tube tops or tanks: Ew. Neither
current clothes: Black shirt, dark blue jeans, socks
current mood: Contemplative. And bored.
current music: Answered this already
current taste: Orange juice
current make-up: None
current thing I ought to be doing: Nothing at all... I think.
you hugged: Therese
yelled at: My brother.
IMed: Nobody. Ever.
touched: I shook hands with Ryan just now
coffee or hot chocolate: Hot Chocolate. Definetely. Damn, I wish I had some right now.
big or little: Depends, but usually little.
lace or satin: Both are equally classy.
new or old: Depends
Vogue or Cosmopolitan: I'm starting to think I'm not the target audience of this survey.
skirt or dress: Do you mean, like, on other people? Depends.
wool or cotton: cotton
[DO YOU...]
put on a "front": Occasionaly. Depends on who I'm with.
have a crush on somebody: Immensely
if you got a tattoo, where would you get it: I'd never get one.
what is the online symbol you use most: An ace of spades, or that avatar of Saki Hamajima I used to have
you have a boyfriend or girlfriend: Girlfriend
who's hotter, Josh Hartnett or Chad Michael Murray: I do not know these people
what was the last thing you said: something about web comics
who would you want to be stuck in an elevator with: Hm. Therese. Either her or George Lucas, Stephen Colbert or John Stewart. Maybe Neil Gaiman.
do you like stickers: no
do you play with mad libs: not in a while
are you suicidal: no
is your window open: Yes. There are birds chirping.
what was the last pair of shoes you bought: sneakers
do you have a little brother: Not one, but two.
what do you think of when you hear the word click: That stupid Adam Sandler movie
do you like trampoline: Only a terrorist wouldn't like trampolines
have you ever accidentally sucked something up in the vacuum: 0_o
did you see American Pie 2: Like, five minutes of it
do you cut yourself: No...

Oh yeah, I'm seeing Cars as well as The Da Vinci Code this week, the latter being with the current love of my life (guess which one I'm looking forward to more). I think I'll review both of them, because that's how I roll.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Now, in this version of the story, Smaug has a giant machine gun for a head

School's over soon. And in two weeks, I leave for vacation. Long-time readers (all none of you) will remember that my father insists on taking the family up north to a cabin on a lake. This means I need to start filling up a backpack with books. I am taking suggestions starting... now. Really, I have better things to do up there than fish.

The Great Gatsby is a good book, I guess. I had trouble getting into it at first, but the second half of the story is really good.

But now I'm on Star Wars - Legacy of the Force: Betrayal. It's interesting so far. Corellia is starting up some Seperatist thing and Jacen is training Ben. I hear Lumiya shows up for some reason.

I've got a good feeling about this summer. That's new.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Hitcha witcha own pimp!

X-Men 3: The Last Stand
He says it.

The thing.

Juggernaut says the thing.

I haven't done a movie review thing in a while. There haven't really been any new movies that warranted it, but this was pretty big and I'm bored so let's do it.

Going into it with little knowledge or dedication to the original comic version, I didn't think it was as bad as everybody was saying. The premise of the film is a logical progression from the previous film, and the Dark Phoenix plot was fit in pretty well.

I think one of the main problems is that they tried to squeeze in to many characters and subplots. It makes for a rather convoluted film to the uninitiated. There are a good amount of cameos and winks to the fans, like the character of Trask and the Sentinels in the Danger Room.

One of my big troubles was that Scott/Cyclops is majorly given the shaft in the film. He doesn't do much until Phoenix kills him, and even after that nobody seems to give it a second thought. That moves nicely into my other grievance. I thought the Wolverine/Phoenix romance was kind of silly, which is why I'm glad there wasn't much of it shown. It's better than Wolverine and Storm at least.

Oh yeah, speaking of Storm, Halle Berry thinks way too highly of herself. She's fine as Storm, but she doesn't seem to realize that the movie isn't just about her.

On the other end of casting, Kelsey Grammar as the Beast is pure genius. He steals every scene he's in and in my opinion nailed the character. Also Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart are up to their usual levels of awesome.

Charles dying threw me for a loop, but I can live with it. He apparently is still alive anyway. And they might as well have killed off all of the mutants that lost their powers, but Magneto's final scene suggests that they'll get them back.

Wow, Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat is sickeningly cute. Her chase scene with Juggernaut is one of the best scenes in the movie.

Juggernaut was handled fine, I thought. Making him the half-brother of Charles and incorporating his true origin story would have just messed up the film. I've gotta wonder how they chose the other mutants though. Arclight? Quill? Spyke? Why not Avalanche or Quicksilver?

Hugh Jackman is up to his usual style as Wolverine. He could easily carry his own movie.

Out of the three final battles of the movies, I think this is just the most fun to watch. The choreographing and special effects are amazing.

It's not the best of the franchise, but it's still a fine film. Comic fans just need to loosen up a bit.

Rating: B+

So there was this Strats party on Saturday. Way fun. Bocce ball was amusing, and we played some half-hearted badminton. We were going to play with the frisbee, but Therese had to throw it on the roof. Ms. Stevens has a snazzy house. It's the kind of house I'd have if I had a house.

We sat around and talked for a while, until we decided to go for a walk. Not much happened until we went and stole wood from the neighbors. And then some wierd kid came out and bothered us. We ignored him, per Ms. Stevens's orders.

There was a bonfire. I went home with ash in my hair. Then she kicked us out because we're not seniors yet. It took a while for my ride to get here so I just hung with them and talked about Fullmetal Alchemist and D&D and stuff. I made a pretty funny joke, I guess. Mike had a cool cape thing. There was cake. Messy cake. Ms Stevens's neighbors think we're a bunch of witches. Then I went home and proceeded to be bored all night.

The finale to Ghost in the Shell: SAC was pretty good I guess. I like how they killed Gohda at the end.

Sunday, I went to see X-Men 3. But you already heard about that.

Monday sucked. Really, it did. I went over to Josh's house to play some half-hearted D&D. We soon put a stop to that and I guess Cody's going to do some D20 Modern game involving Zombies and Russians and stuff.

Myeah. I'm not even going to spellcheck this entry.

Monday, May 15, 2006

On the Topic of Death

So I nearly killed myself today in Gym class today. Playing tennis of all things. I hit the pavement, hurt my knee, and proceeded to walk around with a limp the rest of the day. And probably tomorrow. See, for a weakling like me, that's life-threatening.

We ("we" meaning "me and the guys") tried playing the World's Largest Dungeon on Saturday, but it got boring. We then switched over and played some Conan RPG and played Soul Calibur 3 for a while.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Metal Gear Solid 4: Gun Eater

So, E3 is going on this week. And the Sony Playstation 3 is going to run me half a grand. I'm loyal to Sony, but I don't know if I'm that loyal. I'm not sure I want to spend 600$ to find out if Solid Snake makes it through his next adventure.

MGS4: Guns of the Patriots looks brilliant, by the way.

The AP Psych test was interesting, I guess. One of the free-response questions threw me for a loop, and the multiple-choice section stumped me with some stuff we barely learned, but I think I did alright.

The new banner I was talking about? There it is. Woo.

I should get to work on my Chemistry Lab Report. But what's another half hour?

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

AP Psychology is a Comedy Bistro

So I'm taking an AP test tomorrow, one that I have done minimal studying for. I'm somewhat worried about the multiple-choice portion, which is a hundred questions in seventy minutes. But I'm confident I'll make up for it in the free response essay section, because let's face it, I'm awesome at writing. Ask every single English teacher I've ever had.

Enough with the bragging. I know what you really want to hear about. That's right, my Transformers action figure collection. I picked up Cybertron Defense Scattorshot the other day and he is damn cool. He's got a weapon sticking out of, like, every orifice on his body, so it's easy to picture him waltzing into a Decepticon base and absolutely murdering everybody. Also got Scrapmetal, who might as well be called Rumble for his ground-pounder arms. All in all, a very cool Scout class.

It's occurred to me that I'm slipping in my posting duties on Pojo. Where I was once ranked the 73rd highest poster out of 20000, I'm now 149th out of 35562. The fact that all of the cool people, save some of the mods, have disappeared kind of accounts for that though. Also, I no longer post in the Yu-gi-oh! area, where a good chunk of my early posts came from.

I own at Star Wars Trivial Pursuit, by the way. I'm not a nerd, just a geek. Nerds don't have friends, whereas geeks do. Or at least I think they're my friends. I mean, I don't get them anything for Christmas or remember their birthdays.

Party at Mrs. Stevens's house? YOU BETCHA. Be there and be square.

I think I'll change my banner tonight.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

im out of witty titles

Strats was cancelled today. That was kind of dissappointing. Maybe it'll get rescheduled or something.

The Day of Silence was interesting, I guess. I didn't keep to the vow very well, which I'm kind of frustrated about, but people wouldn't quit talking to me! Its like people don't have anything better to do than to bother me about stuff. Anyway, the meeting was quite interesting with all of the serious discussion and Mrs. Barnes's input. Surprising.

And now I'm out of stuff to do. The stage is almost clean and Strats won't last forever, so I'm getting pretty bored. I don't want to go home after school and sit in front of the computer, I want to do stuff.

88 on the Psychology Cumulative test, bitches. I'm very pleased with that. Also, a 90 on my FST test, but thats because I rock at probability. I can't understand why so many people seem to have trouble with it.

Have you ever been so bored out of your skull that it hurts?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Help stop the silence.

Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Of pineapples and dog suicide attempts.

I'm going to change that banner every week or whenever I get bored, whichever comes first. Now it's .hack//SIGN. Eh.

You can go read my stupid story through my FictionPress account if you're into that sort of thing. Check out my favorite authors while you're at it.

Hey, Spring Break's over in five hours.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Helen Keller with a Machine Gun!

Apples to Apples is a fun game. Especially when you do away with the "Play to X points" rule and go through the entire 750-card deck.

I went to help clean up the stage on Tuesday and Wednesday. I didn't do too much work the first time, mainly because I can't even pick up the sledgehammer. Did considerably more work the second day, then proceded to play said Apples to Apples with Jesse, Amanda, Talyah, Krystal and Laura (is that her name?) for a good three-and-a-half hours. God, we're losers.

I saw the new Ice Age flick the other day. Reasonably good movie with some good lines and fairly nice animation. Three star things I guess.

Bored? You bet.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Yeah? Well screw you, Photoshop!

There's this new layout thing I found, right?

The top picture is currently set to Gankutsuou, but I'll change it when I get bored. Probably to Fruits Basket, provided I can find the right picture. This also gives me an excuse to update my outdated links sidebar.

Easter Break is really boring so far.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Meaningless Internet Memes?! Sign me up!

Name 21 people you can think of right off the top of your head. They don't all have to be people you like. Stolen from Peter. (http://szhawn.livejournal.com/)

(in no particular order)
1. Josh
2. Bryan
3. Kyle
4. Tom
5. Cody
6. Chelsea
7. Erikka
8. Ryan
9. Talyah
10. Jesse
11. Peter
12. Gina
13. Brendan
14. Therese
15. Alex C
16. Amanda
17. Megan
18. Hanah
19. Hope
20. Kody
21. That Bill Loser

How did you meet 10? *Jesse* During Up The Down Staircase.
What would you do if you had never met 6? *Chelsea* Friday nights would be considerably more boring and testosterone filled.
What would you do if 20 and 15 dated? *Kody and Alex C* I would never have seen it coming. A particularly radical reversal of character for Kody.
Did you ever like 9? *Talyah* Of course I do, she's on the list isn't she? And she's, like, one of my favorite DI people.
Have you ever seen 4 cry? *Tom* Definetely not.
Would 4 and 12 make a good couple? *Tom and Gina* 0_o. Probably not...
Would 1 and 2 make a good couple? *Josh and Bryan* Ew.
Describe 8. *Ryan* An old pal who always seems to be where you need him. Introduced me to Strategist's Club.
Do you like 12? *Gina* She's on the list, so yeah, in a purely platonic, non-sexual way.
Do you think 21 is attractive? *Bill* Not in the slightest.
Tell me something about 17. *Megan* Strange, but cool. I really oughta talk to her more.
What's 19's favorite color? *Hope* Haven't the foggiest.
What would you do if 7 confessed they liked you? *Erikka* But wait, we had an agreement! That'd throw me for a loop.
When was the last time you talked to 1? *Josh* Like, half an hour ago.
What language does 13 speak? *Brendan* English, last I checked. I swear, if I find out he's a Mexican immigrant...
Who is 2 going out with? *Bryan* Nobody, as far as I know...
What grade is 16 in? *Amanda* She's a senior, ain't she? Yeah.
What is 5's favorite music? *Cody* Doesn't he listen to that wierd German rock stuff?
Would you ever date 7? *Erikka* I suppose, but I don't think it'd last long.
Would you ever date 1? *Josh* What kind of sick quiz is this?
Is 11 single? *Peter* Not since about a week ago.
What is 10's last name? *Jesse* Gaskell. What kind of boring question is that?
Would you ever want to be in a serious relationship with 3? *Kyle* I don't see that happening. Ever.
Where does 18 live? *Hanah* You got me. I don't know where 3/4 of my friends live...
What do you think of 20? *Kody* He's good for a couple of laughs.
What is the best thing about 4? *Tom* He's got a good sense of humor.
What would you like to tell 14 right now? *Therese* Hey. Looking forward to more of your writing.
How did you meet 9? *Talyah* It was like this: I was at death's door, bleeding to death from a bullet wound in my side. The world around me went black and I woke up in her apartment to find that she had nursed me back to health. Or maybe that was an episode of Cowboy Bebop. Meh.
What is the best and worst thing about 2? *Bryan* He's been my longest friend, and I don't want to think about where I'd be today without him. The only poor qualities I can think of are little nitpicks.