July 31, 2008

Band Names are Silly

And so are the names of most songs. Is there a band out there that named their songs in such a way that they make up a paragraph or story or something? If not, the world is sadly, sadly missing this vital artistic expression. Like, that's another thing that sometimes bugs me about listening to KEXP, just how nonchalant everyone is about spewing forth this mish-mash of random words strung together and how ridiculous it all sounds. Completely ridiculous, pompous, and that word that means you're trying too hard to be artsy, you poser you, but I can't think of it at the moment.

I think it just seems worse right now because bands have outrageously long and high-fluting names that just add to the confusion. Band names should be limited to 3 words. The fewer the better.

July 30, 2008

Movie Review #9: Jumper

7/29 Jumper = A guy finds out that he can teleport.

This movie could have been so much cooler than what they made it out to be. It's more deplicting a playboy who is living up life and "jumps" around the world with a not very well written plot about people trying to kill Jumpers. I would say it's definitely set up for a sequel and the second one could be way better. The whole jumper concept could have been used more interestingly than just a lazy way to get places and get things. The acting wasn't super great and the action scenes were okay but weren't very fluid. It's only 1 1/2 hours, which seemed like just the right amount of time. Nothing really spectacular.

July 29, 2008

Movie Review #8: Nancy Drew

7/26 Nancy Drew = Based on the popular book series about a teenaged girl who solves mysteries and catches criminals.

I thought it was a pretty cute flick. Nancy Drew is totally a McGyver for teen girls. She had really really straight hair too. I loved how she was the best at everything, astoundingly good actually. Unfortunately, it seemed like pretty much all the best parts of the movie were in the trailer. I had fun anyway.

American Boy - Estelle

The beat on this is really nice and I love travelling so I can totally relate. For the music vid, I LOVE how she does LA with her fingers...hawt.

American Boy - Estelle

Just another one champion sound
Me and Estelle about to get down
Who the hottest in the world right now.
Just touched down in London town.
Bet they give me a pound.
Tell them put the money in my hand right now.
Tell the promoter we need more seats,
We just sold out all the floor seats

Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some day.
Take me to New York, I'd love to see LA.
I really want to come kick it with you.
You'll be my American Boy.

He said Hey Sister.
It's really really nice to meet ya.
I just met this 5 foot 7 guys who's just my type.
I like the way he's speaking his confidence is peaking.
Don't like his baggy jeans but Ima like what's underneath them.
And no I ain't been to MIA
I heard that Cali never rains and New York heart awaits. First let's see the west end.
I'll show you to my bedroom.
I'm liking this American Boy. American Boy

Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some day
Take me to New York, I'd love to see LA.
I really want to come kick it with you.
You'll be my American Boy, American Boy.

Can we get away this weekend.
Take me to Broadway.
Let's go shopping baby then we'll go to a Café.
Let's go on the subway.
Take me to your hood.
I neva been to Brooklyn and I'd like to see what's good.
Dressed in all your fancy clothes.
Sneaker's looking Fresh to Death I'm lovin those Shell Toes.
Walkin that walk.
Talk that slick talk.
I'm likin this American Boy. American Boy.

Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some day.
Take me to New York, I'd love to see LA.
I really want to come kick it with you.
You'll be my American Boy

Kanye West:
Who killin em in the UK.
Everybody gonna say you K,
Reluctantly, because most of this press don't f**k wit me.
Estelle once said to me, cool down down
Don't act a fool now now.
I always act a fool oww oww.
Aint nothing new now now.
He crazy, I know what ya thinkin.
Ribena I know what you're drinkin.
Rap singer. Chain Blinger. Holla at the next chick soon as you're blinkin.
What's you're persona.
About this Americana?
Am I shallow cuz all my clothes designer.
Dressed smart like a London Bloke.
Before he speak his suit bespoke.
And you thought he was cute before.
Look at this P Coat, Tell me he's broke.
And I know you're not into all that. I heard your lyrics I feel your spirit.
But I still talk that CAAASH.
Cuz a lot WAGs want to hear it.
And I'm feelin like Mike at his Baddest.
The Pimps at their Gladist.
And I know they love it.
So to hell with all that rubbish

Would you be my love, my love.
Could be mine would you be my love my love, could be mine
Could you be my love, my love.
Would you be my American Boy. American Boy

Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some day
Take me to Chicago, San Francisco Bay.
I really want to come kick it with you.
You'll be my American Boy, American Boy.

July 23, 2008

Ratatat...You Blow My Mind

I've been listening to KEXP more and more at work lately, just cuz it's really really good background music, most of it is nothing that I know, there's a lot of kind of techno-y stuff with no words. The only thing is that their announcer DJ people are kind of annoying and weird. They do this continuous wave inflection thing with their voice when they're saying stuff and it's weird.

Anyway, since I've been listening more, I've been recognizing some of the songs and one of them I heard today has no words in it and I thought it was really innovative and went on their site to see what band it was and it was Ratatat's Mirando. I decided then and there that I was going to Best Buy the next chance I got (which was today after work) and get their newest album LP3.

Every single track on here is amazing and is blowing my mind. I LOVE THIS CD!! Damn this stuff is amazing. I got the CD because Zach and I need some tunes to listen to during long drives when the radio goes out.

July 22, 2008

Movie Review #7: The Holiday

7/21 The Holiday = Two women switch houses for 2 weeks during the Christmas season. They're both trying to get away from their respective broken relationships and in their new pad, find someone new.

It was a fairly fun movie but not the best chick flick by any means. Cameron Diaz is gorgeous throughout the whole thing and Jude Law is pretty dang handsome. Otherwise, there's a bit of "um yeah...like that'd ever happen" type of stuff, some random old men, and the fact that there's kind of two storylines going on at the same time is not very well interconnected. I was looking forward to seeing it because I thought the whole life swapping thing would be interesting but it really wasn't what I expected.

July 21, 2008

Movie Review #6: The Dark Knight

7/19 The Dark Knight = The second installment in the new Batman series, the Joker is introduced.

What can I add to the enormous list of why this movie is so great? It's twisted, scarily human, a Batman's version of Fight Club. People are f-ed up...but at the same time, there's some real decency in the world too. RIP Heath Ledger but I think even if Heath was still alive and nothing bad had happened this would have still been a great movie. Comic book movies are really taking off and I think it's because of the content. People are ready to think. They want to ponder life's meaning and the dark nature of humanity and the cruelty of one's destiny and fate as it is intertwined with others and their random choices. With so much information at our fingertips (haha literally), we're on the brink of an era where knowledge is free and accessible and what we choose to do with it will hopefully blow future generations' minds.

Finally, Another Look at "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"


This is obviously one of those extremely retarded laws that will undoubtedly be overturned in my lifetime and my kids will learn about it in their History of Gay Rights in the US class.

July 18, 2008

Dead Again - Best Gaming Song Ever?

There's some fundraiser thing related to this song right now to benefit Tom Smith who had a nasty accident on stage and is now in the hospital. I listened to it and caught some of the references (yay for being a well rounded gamer?) but it's not as catchy as Still Alive I would say. Though I would say it has greater appeal to gamers everywhere with at least one of their favorite games mentioned in here somewhere. And we can all bond together with our shared misery of dying over and over and over again. Though it would have been nice if he had mentioned some racing games...like Burnout. Nothing like dying in an explosion of metal and flames while flipping through the air.


Lyrics to Dead Again:

Rocket launcher, rail gun, BFG Nine Thousand One,
Never saw it coming and I never had a chance.
Bad enough being dead, Sub Zero pulled off my head,
Master Chief is doing his victory dance.

Lost Asia in Risk, Diablo burnt me to a crisp,
Even though I had the Godly Plate of the Whale.
Two pair, eights and kings, Sauron got the One Ring,
Getting dysentery on the Oregon Trail.

Harry Potter came up short dueling with Voldemort,
Elspeth Holliday met the Blair Witch.
Spider-Man showed such aplomb till he met that pumpkin bomb,
Mr. Incredible didn't throw the switch.

Cliff racers, cave bats, stupid frickin' giant rats,
Deadly pirahna poodles, or soldier ants,
You were eaten by a grue, Hah! The wumpus got you,
Nancy Drew and Scooby Doo teabagged in Halo 2

Dead again,
Splattered all over a rendered killing floor,
Dead again,
Let me respawn and I'll be back for more,
Dead again,
Let me get to the checkpoint, then you can do your worst,
Dead again,
Then I'll reload but this time I'll shoot first.

My marble plummets from a height, should have rolled it to the right,
Jumped through lots of traffic but then fell off a log.
Russian cubes from the sky, and I let 'em stack too high,
Punched right off the screen by a humanoid frog.

T-rex got me, now I'm toast, chased down by a blinking ghost,
Landed on some spikes and dropped every last ring.
Bitten by a fanged slug, Jafar zapped my flying rug,
Trampled in a bog by a Barbarian King.

Mechanized war bots, Mudokan slingshots,
Centipede dropping a flea on my head.
Couldn't fly as Alfred Chicken, Duke Nukem kept on kickin',
Fought Guy of Gisborne with only some bread.

Skeletons hit me twice, dragon breath cased me in ice,
Couldn't line up all the jewels three in a row,
Shot up by Miami cops, beaten with karate chops,
Kept on missing platform hops, and the timer never stops.

Dead again,
How come these worlds have so many bottomless pits?
Dead again,
And everyone that I meet wants me blown to bits.
Dead again,
Reincarnation one byte at a time,
Dead again,
It's so embarassing to be killed by green slime.

Real life goes on until you're
Dead, or so I'm told,
Injury, catastrophe, or
Simply growing old
Fantasy's supposed to be where
You can find your dreams,
But all I find is game designers
Hooked on players' screams.

Smothered by a boa constrictor, drawn and quartered by a lich or
Eaten by a cat while dodging Beethoven's Fifth.
My flying ostrich drowned, monkeys thowing barrels down,
Torn apart by creatures out of legend and myth.

Zombies got a hold of Jill, nurses up in Silent Hill,
All those German snipers on the beach at Omaha.
Swallowed by the sand worms, infected by some nasty germs,
Didn't slap the leather when I heard him say, "DRAW!"

Running from Koala Kong, made a turn that's really wrong,
Sephiroth's supernova fried us where we stood.
Broiled in a lava flow, squashed by Super Mario,
Didn't make my saving throw against lawful good.

Thirty zillion space machines blowning up in cut scenes,
I actually found a way to die in Myst.
Ninja swords decapitate, plasma guns obliterate,
Pocket nukes annihilate, reboot, transubstantiate.

Dead again,
Inching ahead until once more I choke,
Dead again,
The funeral bills would leave my whole state broke,
Dead again,
Something is trying to chew off both my legs,
Dead again,
Who in the hell dreams up these easter eggs?

Dead again,
All of the guys at work think I'm a freak,
Dead again,
They watch golf and NASCAR every week,
Dead again,
They'll never understand what I call fun,
Dead again,
'Cause any of my lives is cooler than their one.

July 17, 2008

Movie Review #5: High School Musical 2

7/17 High School Musical 2 = The entire cast from the first HS Musical are out on summer break now.

Yes, I liked it. There were definitely some way way cheesy bits that made me laugh out of disbelief and amusement but overall, a lot of the songs were really catchy. Makes me really want to take up Hip-Hop again! I just wish I didn't suck so bad. Anyway, this definitely isn't a movie that I would casually recommend to people...seeing as how Zach practically refused to see it with me and I watched it on my own. I had fun though. I dunno whether or not I liked the second one better than the first. They're both pretty on par with each other.

July 16, 2008

Blogging & the Law


During the infancy of the Internet, when "blogging" first came about, it was just a journal on the computer. People wrote haphazardly about everything from their love life, to their dogs, work, and used real names, real places. No longer is such naivete suggested or tolerated. More and more often, there are news stories about so-and-so being fired because of what they wrote on their blog or other similar consequences of simply exercising their freedom of speech. Things that were never a concern in the beginning are rapidly becoming huge issues that could change the Internet until it is unrecognizable. Net Neutrality, cookies, bots, privacy issues, identity theft...these all encroach upon the air-bytes that the Internet breathes. Too dramatic? Not nearly.

Anyway, the article is really more about when people should be forced to give up the anonymous cloak that is being behind a computer. It's pretty easy these days with IP tracking and fancy hacker-like programs and triangulation...and stuff... so really, the less you know about someone, the better for everyone. People who gain internet notority...I guess it must be cool, but really really weird. And probably a good dose of scary in there too with all the potential for stalkers. People are f-ed up man.

July 15, 2008

E3 2008 - Microsoft, EA, Nintendo, & Sony's Press Conferences

Microsoft Press Conference - I want to be a Microsoft Booth Babe!

EA Press Conference - Man I need to play with that Spore Creature Creator soon.

Nintendo Press Conference - Yay! More Animal Crossing!

Sony Press Conference - Ugh wow...the 80 GB for $400...still pretty pricey. Little Big Planet looks hella fun though...I think I should be able to find some friends that have a PS3 come October...

Movie Review #4: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix

7/12 Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix = 5th installment in the Harry Potter series. Things take a darker turn and the young wizards at Hogwarts will need to take up arms (i.e. their wands) to stave off The Dark Lord once again.

There's some definite ugliness in this movie, the CGI is used to further the plot than to show how beautiful and fun magic is. No Quidditch for one thing. There's a scene early on in the movie where a bunch of them are shown flying on their brooms and it is SO badly CGed. Easily the worst and most "unrealistic" flying in the entire series. Other than that, that books are still much better than the movies, which even at 3 hours, feel like they're picking bits and pieces and cramming it in. But it's always fun to see the scenes in the movie played out. Man, I can't wait until they finish all the movies...Harry Potter Marathon!! We can spend all day reading the book, and then watch the movie at night. For a week straight!

Now I wish I was in college where I had tons of free time to actually accomplish this.

July 11, 2008

Movie Review #3: I Am Legend

7/10 I Am Legend = The miraculous cure for cancer turns into a deadly disease that kills the majority of the world's population and turns a smaller percentage into monsters. One man is living in NY trying to find a cure.

I was thinking...how scary could a movie with Will Smith as the main character be? Turns out it's pretty scary. The deadly disease turns 9% of the world pop. into very fast, part zombie, part vampire monsters. Most of the scariness of the movie comes from being in the dark and/or having the scary monsters rushing at you. Overall though, I suppose it was a pretty good movie. Survival movies are always kind of the same, bleak, with tons of unanswered questions about how they could possibly rebuild after such a huge collapse...and the realization that it's not a totally unrealistic possibility and just how f-ed we'd be with so much of the world's population dead and not a small number out to kill you. The world is a fragile place and there's always talk about how people should be prepared for disasters of a large scale but you really have to want to survive and be able to endure the kind of post-apocalyptic lifestyle. And I guess, be lucky enough to have the immunity.

July 10, 2008

Pre-PAX 2008 Thoughts

OMG, they're going to start sending out our PAX badges next week! Exciting times are almost upon us!

Every year (so far this'll be my 3rd time), I dream about what it would be like if I were chosen to be one of the Omeganauts. Or, I guess, someone that I knew. Anyway, they're doing the random choosing between this week and next! Ahhh, the fame and the glory...or possibly the utter humiliation and shame...the chance to participate in one of the greatest Gamelympics ever. Though I suppose with PAX being next month, you'd only have about a month to "train" for it. Man, the final round was last year with Halo 3 was really intense. Though, pretty much all FPSs are.

Also exciting...Jonathan Coulton will be there (though apparently he was there last year as well...how did I miss that?)!! Time to brush up on his songs and memorize all the lyrics so I can sing along like a true fan. I hope he plays his song on Rockband and gets people from the audience to fill in the rest of the band. He can even play guitar and sing. That would be the roxorz.

July 9, 2008

TV Series Review #1: Band of Brothers

7/8 Band of Brothers - Follows Easy Company, the US Army 101st Airborne division, and their mission in WWII Europe.

Zach, Ben, and I finally finished watching Band of Brothers last night. Probably because as TV series go, it's pretty short. Sure the episodes are an hour or so long each, but there's only 10 of them.

So, to sum up the series in one word: Intense. Especially the initial foray into the war, which in retrospect, is really perfect because the soldiers are also shell-shocked and chilled. Almost all war movies make me think of the famous war poem:

Dulce et Decorum Est
by Wilfrid Owen

Bent double, like of old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind:
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime…
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in sonic smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,-
My friend, you would not talk with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Which means "It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country". Though it was written during WWI, it aptly describes the numb horror and churning despair. I think along with that if I were in a war situation, I'd constantly be fitfully wavering between acceptance of my eventual death far far away from everything familiar and loved and wild, drunken, blinding hope that I'll survive and live the rest of my days peacefully.

I'd recommend it anyway though, because the amazing bond forged through the pressure and craziness is really beautiful. It's really not about why wars are fought or if there's a better way, but about the individual in the war, which can so easily be overlooked, especially when the death count gets really high (say in the 4 thousands...). It's easy to romanticise it but Band of Brothers really strikes a good balance between the awful death/dying bit and the bad ass I'll f you up if you f with my brothers.

The Art of Blogging Part 2

Sooo...now that I've started to blog more frequently, half of the fun of it is the fact that others are actually reading what I'm writing. That this matters. That it's entertaining.

Luckily, I was able to make a sorta (okay, not really...but in my head it seemed) subtle foray into the recent movie reviews that I've been doing. Though it's still up for grabs whether or not anyone's going to remember to check this :(

People! If you're reading this, make a nice comment! I'll love you 4eva!!

July 7, 2008

Movie Review #2 - Garden Party

7/7 Garden Party = About several adults and teens trying to make their way in LA/Hollywood.

This was a fantastic film. One of the best that I've seen for a while. It's about several people's lives and they lightly twist together near the end but not like any of those other movies. The people are really interesting and it's actually a pretty happy movie. There's lots of pot in the movie and some really good music, underage nude photography and some people who find their way. Some of it felt too good to be true, like where's all the horribleness of Hollywood...and it's in there a bit, but I almost feel like there should be a sequel that shows how awful everyone's lives become later on. It's really an American Dream type of movie. Everyone comes out better in the end. Definitely recommended.

Movie Review #1 - Wall-E, The Jane Austin Book Club, & 2 Days in Paris

Since Zach and I watch so many movies and I tend to forget them very quickly afterwards, it feels like it would be worthwhile for me to document the ones I've watched. This way, it'll be easy for me to tabulate later on how many movies I've watched. I should do the same for the books I've read, but my Facebook keeps a pretty good record...but if it ever got erased that would really suck.

6/27 Wall-E = animated movie about the last robot on Earth, tasked to forever clean the planet up. Mankind is living on a spaceship far far away. They send robots from the spaceship to check up on Earth every once in a while.

This really wouldn't be a little kids movie, the beginning is kind of slow and depressing and when the other robot shows up, it's a bit scary. However, the animation is great and the tones they set with the background and colors are really apt. The stuff about the humans was grossly unreal and a little too easy. I LOVED the end credits though. The pretty one as well as the aski art one. It's good, cute, well animated, but in terms of plot and depth, it didn't really explore all that much, there could have been so much more interesting and funny things on the spaceship.

7/6 The Jane Austin Book Club = a rom-com about 5 women & 1 man who each pick a Jane Austin book and discuss one per month.

You really don't have to know or have read any of Jane Austin's books to enjoy this movie. Two of the men in the movie are super super hot, especially the bad boy high schooler. Reminds me of Jared Leto in My So-Called Life, who was SO HOT in the series. The movie ended on a really happy note and was surprisingly very conservative and kind of moralistic in the end. Which, though I'm a rebel at heart, I approve of. I'd let my daughter watch it. More serious than funny but pretty good. The eye candy really added to the movie though ;)

7/6 2 Days in Paris = another rom-com about a french woman who is living in NY and her boyfriend and her are touring Europe and decide to spend 2 days in Paris, where she has a flat that is directly above her parents.

Sort of a foreign film in the sense that there are subtitles during most of the movie, but the main characters also speak English. Some really funny bits dealing with people talking in French about the guy or around the guy and the guy not understanding. I really liked it because it reminds me of how it must be for Zach since he understands a tiny tiny bit of Mandarin and most of the time my parents and I speak in Mandarin even when he's around. So sometimes when my parents and I fight, he has no clue what's going on. He's always like, is everything okay? And I'm always like oh yeah, sure, it's nothing. Don't worry about it. Lots of talking in the movie but pretty interesting. Recommended for those in interracial relationships.

2008 4th of July Weekend in TC

We drove down the night of the 3rd and it was pretty uneventful. We listened to the Beatles Love CD, which was pretty cool with the scenery going by and it was somewhat inspiring.

On the 4th, my whole family and Zach went over to the neighbor's at around 9 because they were having their annual neighborhood potluck brunch and flag raising. The food was pretty good and it was nice and sunny out but it was fairly boring with no one to talk to (mostly everyone there was really white, suburban, and/or Mormon) and after the flag raising, Zach and I left to go down to Columbia Point where Zach's bro and family were holding down a BBQ spot. It was pretty chill since Zach's nephew and nieces weren't there to actually do stuff in the park, so we all just sat around and ate and I knitted a bit. It was pretty windy out though. Then we packed up and headed back to Zach's place where I got to try out WiiFit. I got 313 on hula hoops! Then we played some Rockband and sat around and chilled. Zach and I walked back to my house at around 6:15, and after some deliberation about what was going to happen on the 5th, we decided it'd be best to walk back to Zach's so I could drive the car back and use it tomorrow morning. Then I had some good home cooked grub. Afterwards, my Dad, brother, grandma, and I played some Mahjong. By the time we quit, around 10:30, I was pretty ahead in chips. I headed back to Zach's where it turned out that they had just left for Home Depot or something and I sat around with Zach's dad and brother, who was doing calc homework, and ended up sort of starting his English essay and writing down some writing points/focuses. I stayed until midnight and then went home to sleep.

On the 5th, my mom, grandma, and I went to the Pasco Farmer's Market. I didn't buy anything, but we got some cucumbers, squash and snow peas I think. We finished a bit early, at 10:30 and needed to kill some time, so we went over to the Asian market and got a few items there. By that time it was around 11 and since we didn't have anything else to do, we headed over to the Hawaiian restaurant around the corner where we had all agreed to meet up for lunch. We ended up waiting there for like an hour and a half since my brother didn't get out of volunteering at the hospital until noon, but then my dad was at Wal-Mart getting the oil in the car changed so by the time they had gotten there, we had already ordered and pretty much finished eating. My brother rode in my car and we went home and then I immediately left to go to Zach's and we were supposed to go to Casa Mia to see if it'd be feasible to do the wedding reception there but Zach had called earlier and it didn't seem like it'd work out. So I just tagged along with his whole family as they went to Some Bagels (a super delish bagel sandwich place). They even had gelato. Then they dropped me off at my house and my brother drove me to Smoovies, this smoothie/food place that has several game systems and other stuff to do. His friend was there and one of my friends came by as well and we all sat around and had a good chat and then played some card games. Then my brother and I went over to Zach's where we played some more Rockband and WiiFit and ate some yummy grub that Zach's mom cooked up. Zach changed the oil in the car in the meantime. By then it was getting pretty late and we needed to start on the drive back to Seattle so my brother and I went back to our house where I packed everything up and then we sat around playing cards until Zach showed up. The drive back to Seattle was pretty uneventful too, except that there was some heavy fog at one point. We got home at around 12:30 so it was pretty much unpack the stuff we needed, email my parents to let them know I got home okay, and then crawl into bed.

It was a short trip but I got a lot done, saw a lot of people, and I guess got a tiny little bit further along with the whole wedding plan things :)

July 2, 2008

Rumor! Text! Internet!

Yayz! Soon I will be getting a new shiny cell phone. The proposed candidate is the Sprint LG Rumor in Green.
The picture really doesn't do justice to the green color, it's a bit lighter and more jello-y looking. It's pretty cute though and I think I'll really like the sliding keyboard feature and finally learn how to txt. The plan that I'm getting will have UNLIMITED texting and data, so I'll have plenty of opportunity to use the hell out of it. Though don't think that my standards will be lowered by it, I'm pretty sure I'll keep the same level of grammar and spelling as I do currently in my IMs...in fact, it'll be like IMing on the go!
I suppose I'll have to find out from all the people that I could potentially txt whether or not their plan supports txting and if there should be a cap on my txt harrassing :)

July 1, 2008

The Art of Blogging

I've been feeling extremely restless lately, dissatisfied with my current hold on life, and hence, I guess, the desire to pick up blogging again. However, the more I think about what I want to say, what I can say, and then what I SHOULD say, it feels like Web 2.0 and the utter mesh of everyone you have ever known being able to find it is completely killing the spirit and healing nature of the blog. No longer are blogs solely for the narcissistic emo mind dump and gossip, they're respected independent news sources, educational mini-discovery channel type feeds and basically are supposed to serve some sort of purpose. For the greater good of all that is.

That was actually what this blog was supposed to do...but I've found that giving my opinions and thoughts about random news articles is not a creative enough outlet to fulfill the void. Yet I don't feel ready/up to par to actually sit down once or twice a week and pound out a few pages for my "book". Ugh...maybe I'm going to have to go back to writing poems. Break out the razors.

But really, how can blogging make any sense when you can't mention work and can't mention most personal things (because work might be reading and stalkers...or is that redundant?). Blogging has become an inside joke. Oh sure, of course you could say, "F the Man, if they want to take offense then fine, I'd rather be fired." But the whole firing thing aside, the internet is no longer as private as it used to be. I should know, I have successfully found people's "secret" livejournals. Which then brings up the question, why not just keep a "blog" offline? I would probably have to say narcissism and maybe the fact that the world is so wired, so interconnected all the time that things that happen "offline" aren't as real or worthwhile.

Okay. Back to the subject of the first sentence....nevermind.