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Mar. 24th, 2010

haunter, pokemon

Nostalgia Dragon is Sitting on my Doorstep

So essentially, Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver are destined to eat my life for breakfast. The nostalgia factor is through the roof right now. And with the addition of the Poke Walker, who knows? I may actually be in shape a bit for the summer.

Feb. 25th, 2010

kaiba, yugioh

It's one of those days...

To read lots and lots of fanfiction. Mhm.
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Feb. 18th, 2010

Wolf Man

Stupid people are stupid

www.latinoreview.com/news/open-letter-to-universal-your-wolfman-ripped-off-twilight-9247

Dear fans of Twilight and Jacob Black,
Your Stephanie Meyer did not create werewolves. Consequently, 2010's Wolf Man is not a rip off of Taylor Lautner's character from New Moon. If you think this, you are an idiot.
Facts as proof:
www.imdb.com/title/tt0034398/

If you don't like facts than have my opinion. Twilight destroys classic monsters and perverts them into Mormon propaganda/hormonal teenage idiocy.

Learn things before you make stupid assertions.

Feb. 17th, 2010

kingdom hearts

Universes and how to find them

Where to begin?

Well today follows a very odd yesterday so perhaps I'll start there. First class canceled for no reason in particular. Went to mall to buy copious amounts of candy. Took Mary home to find that she was missing her iPod touch. Went back to campus. Found iPod touch sitting in the snow. Went to take Mary home again. En route, attacked by CDs in my car.

Strange days like that usually signal something about to happen. I'm waiting for Ansem to destroy my world...

To further the Kingdom Hearts kick I am on, I also began to think about worlds and universes (fictional or otherwise) and how they exist or even if they exist. My conclusion is that they do indeed exist, even the fantastical ones. Carl Sagan said, "The simplest thought like the concept of the number one has an elaborate logical underpinning."

See video here:




This catchy autotune leads me to conclude that since we indeed have a perceivable universe there must be a "non-universe" that is not percievable. Everything that is concrete is characterized by the lack of that very same thing somewhere else in time or space. Whether you believe that all worlds are connected by the light and dark in every heart (thank you, Tetsuya Nomura)  or simply that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, we can't deny that other worlds, other beings, and other entire universes exist outside our plane of realization or comprehension.

So the reason for this post- to those who don't believe that places like Middle Earth or Tatooine could ever exist: think again and consider my pseudo-scientific philosophizing.

And enjoy this video too. It always gets me pumped.




Feb. 9th, 2010

undead, wow, warcraft

If I hear more about Heart of Darkness...

I will explode...

Feb. 3rd, 2010

haunter, pokemon

Steampunk and the World of Tomorrow

Last night I had something of a revelation thanks to one of my favourite teachers ever. This year I'm beginning preliminary work on my honors thesis and I was struggling to come up with a topic that both interested me and had not been researched in academic circles. "Was" being the operative word there.

I knew that I wanted to do something with comics and/or animation as both are relatively under-represented in academia. I just didn't know what niche I could fill or what I could say that hadn't already been said.

Then it hit me.

Steampunk.

The connections between modern steampunk and other literary traditions are many and (to my knowledge) unexplored by comics/animation scholars. There is so much that can be asked about steampunk.
Why do we like this period of neo-history so much? What concerns do we share with steampunk characters and settings? Why did we create this mode when we did?

Not only is this (I think) a worthy endeavour in research, but it is a topic on which I'm super super interested in and one that I'm amazed I hadn't thought of.

Hope this works out, since it seems like a lot of fun.

Jan. 31st, 2010

undead, wow, warcraft

Children's Card Games

Heard some good news today- apparently there is a 4th-edition Legend of the 5 Rings/Oriental Adventures/Rokugan campaign setting being developed. However it has nothing to do with 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons. Which makes sense if I actually thought about it (the revelation occurred on my Twitter).

I've never actually even played the Legend of the 5 Rings card game but I am slightly familiar with the RPG setting and am thus quite excited for the release of a 4th edition ruleset. Samurai + Powers = some kind of wonderful.

Speaking of card games I recently purchased a great deal of WoW trading cards hoping to get some kind of loot card. I got TIny who is a little mini mount. Apparently however I can only ride this mount 50 times. Yeah... makes perfect sense... *throws in bank*

Also, MTG Worldwake comes out this Friday. This expansion actually looks pretty nifty as far as expansions go. I'm looking at tweaking my Green deck to be a Green and Blue deck as these were the colours used to kick my sorry bum at a tourney thing on Friday. The tourney thing was an attempt to raise money for the literary magazine at school which currently has none whatsoever. Many chickened out or couldn't be bothered to show so the staff is still in pretty much the same situation.

Not all is lost, however. Our hope is to throw some kind of rave/party/dance thing to raise additional funds. In preparation, I have been building a playlist with the best techno/electro tracks I have. Hoping to get this whole thing together by March at the latest.

Jan. 29th, 2010

undead, wow, warcraft

JD Salinger, Fanzines, and other mostly dead things...

JD Salinger died today. This is sad news indeed, but at the same time I have to wonder what all the fuss is about Catcher in the Rye. I can relate a lot to certain themes- alienation, lack of identity, etc. But even listing them just makes me feel like I'm whining. Essentially that's what the whole book comes off as. I also can't stand unreliable narrators. Crazy narration (a la Patrick Bateman) is one thing, Holden Caulfield, but complaining, half-crazy, might-be-a-liar narration is another.


I'm also curious as to how and why Catcher in the Rye became such a staple in emo/scene culture. I have firsthand witnessed certain individuals listing the book as one of their favourites on social networking sites when I happen to know that none of them have actually read the novel. The irony in this makes me laugh but also hurts my soul. Honestly, there is not some emo/scene overlord checking your Facebooks and Myspaces to see if you've read Catcher in the Rye. In fact, I question how many of those who identify as "emo" or "scene" would even like the book as it doesn't involve a skinny white kid starting his own fashion line through the internet while hanging out at the mall hoping to one day become a photographer (who of course would only take black and white photos of his own beautiful self in tight jeans).

Close enough I guess though.


Also pertaining to dead things was my discussion of fanzines with a good and very wise friend of mine. To my knowledge there are very few publications round these parts in the line of fanzine. Gone are the days when writers published ideas and stories of a geeky nature in newspapery rags to be distributed around the underground for only the most hip readers. At least as far as I know. I'm curious to see if there are any fanzines still in circulation that are not online (aka blogs) and have not been turned into legitimate print magazines (like Starlog). I imagine there are lots of people with lots of ideas worth publishing in this format. I think that perhaps the internet's vastness has caused us to lose some of the potency our words once had. Who knows? (said the guy blogging on LJ :P)

One other dead thing discussed today- America's education system. I can complain for long periods of time about my experiences in the ant colonies of high school, middle school etc. but then I might start to sound like our friend Mr. Caulfield (though thankfully I haven't been kicked out of a private institution). All I will say at the moment is that achieving an actual education in school is often very hard and growing up in a school environment is even harder. It really takes a lot of love just to get through let alone flourish.

Jan. 26th, 2010

undead, wow, warcraft

First Entry

Hello,

My name is Andrew.

A bunch of great friends have encouraged me to join this here networking site and I thought I'd give it a whirl. More to come as I get used to everything here.