Saturday, January 27, 2007

Hot Double-Posting Action

In case it's not obvious, I screwed around with Blogger's new templating interface. I'm still perfecting all of the colors. This makes either the third or fourth layout redesign, I can't remember which. Banner change to come at some point in time.

That is all.

The Hot Needle of Inquiry

Heh. The Ringworld Engineers is a nifty book.

And speaking of books, here's a list of everything I read last year. I have no life, so I record this sort of thing. It's in no particular order, and the ratings are pretty arbitrary and I tried not to think too hardly about it. Stuff with an asterisk was read for school.

Star Wars – Legacy of the Force I: Betrayal by Aaron Allston – 4/5
Star Wars – Legacy of the Force II: Bloodlines by Karen Traviss – 3.5/5
Star Wars – Legacy of the Force III: Tempest by Troy Denning – 4/5
Star Wars – The Dark Nest: The Swarm War by Troy Denning – 3.5/5
Star Wars: Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover – 3/5
Star Wars: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn
– 4/5
Star Wars: Survivor’s Quest by Timothy Zahn – 3.5/5
Star Wars: Darth Bane – Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn – 3/5
1984 by George Orwell – 4/5
Animal Farm by George Orwell* - 4/5
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller* - 3/5
The Crucible by Arthur Miller* - 2/5
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe* - 3/5
Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman – 3/5
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – 2.5/5
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Gutterson* - 3.5/5
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley* - 4/5
The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare* - 4/5
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare – 3.5/5
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 4.5/5
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – 4/5
American Gods by Neil Gaiman – 3.5/5
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman – 5/5
Stardust by Neil Gaiman – 2.5/5
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – 3.5/5
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – 4/5
Only Revolutions
by Mark Z. Danielewski – 2/5
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – 3/5
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown – 3.5/5
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 5/5
Ringworld by Larry Niven - 3.5/5
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton* - 2/5

It occurs to me that I forgot to review Night at the Museum when I saw it. That should tell you my opinion of it pretty well. It was all right, but forgettable. In contrast:

Little Miss Sunshine
A charming little flick, if slightly overrated. Steve Carrel is fun to watch in his role and the rest of the cast performs admirably; Abigail Breslin as Olive is simply adorable. A great movie for those who like their comedy edging on dark, dealing with suicide, drugs and such. The moral of the story is simply to be yourself, a message I can really get behind. I wasn't bored with a single character and the story sets itself at a nice constant pace. Worth seeing.
Rating: B+

For those with a free half hour ahead of them, might I suggest viewing the
first episode of Le Chevalier D'eon for free?

I don't really have anything else to say here.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

But we're teenagers! You'd think we'd know this sort of thing!

It's a lot harder to find stuff to do when you're in Germantown and it's a zillion degrees below zero outside than you'd think.

Exams came and went. Aced World Lit, Pre-Calculus and probably German. Looking forward to next semester, which has Sociology and Advanced Composition. Rad.

Auditions for The Man Who Came to Dinner start next week, now that Trolls is over and done with. I'll be very happy to put it to rest myself. I'm very much looking forward to this, my last play with Dramatic Impact ever, so I'm looking to go out with a bang.

If I could get away with just sitting around my house watching Scrubs all day, I think I would be pretty content. For you see, I've recently become addicted to this hilarious dramatic show featuring wise-cracking doctors and zany non-sequitor jokes.

I'm getting sick of people calling me asking if I would like any more information on [random college]. I'm quite happy with the oodles of paperwork thank you very much. Jeeze, getting a decent education shouldn't be this time-consuming.