Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
I think New Year's Resolutions are silly. If you're ready to make a change or some attempt to make yourself better, why limit yourself to doing so only once a year? Besides, years are long, and if people waited to change that long, nothing would get done. So, no, I don't have a New Year's Resolution because I don't need a specific time to make any changes to myself that I want to make.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
This review/opinion post hinges on the belief that you've played the game before, and if not, beware because spoilers can sneak up on you without warning.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Not a creature was stirring, not even a sarlaac;
The stockings were hung by his racer with care,
In hopes that a Jedi soon would be there;
Young Ani was nestled all snug in his bed,
While visions of distant worlds dance in his head.
Shmi in her 'kerchief and Ani in his cap
Had just settled their minds for a Tatooine nap
When way in the outskirts there arose such a clatter,
Ani sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.
Away from his room, he ran like a starship,
Tore off to the doorway and tried not to trip,
When what to his wondering eyes should be seen,
But a ship with Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, a young queen,
A pilot named Ric, and a Gungan, Jar Jar;
He knew in a moment they’d be landing not far.
One deal with Watto, and his trusty chance cube,
Let Anakin go with the queen of Naboo.
He left his dear mother and went with Qui-Gon
To reach far off planets and what lay beyond.
When the shiplifted off he called into the sky,
“Merry Christmas to all, from a soon-to-be Jedi!”
(‘Twas the night before Christmas: A Visit from St. Boba Fett)
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the stars
Things were all right, except for some wars;
The stockings were hung in my smuggling freighter,
In hopes that St. Bobafett would stop by here later;
The clients were nestled all snug in my ship
(They promised 17 thou for an Alderaan trip);
My first mate in fur and I in my vest
Napped, eager for the pay from our guests.
When out on the hull there arose such a buzz,
I checked the ship’s sensors to see what the deal was.
I picked up visual scanning and looked into space,
Pressing against the canopy the nose on my face.
The stars in the distance lightened the Falcon in motion,
Making things brighter than a TIE fighter explosion,
When, what to my wondering eyes looked upon,
But an elephant-looking ship, and eight tiny taun-tauns,
With a masked, armored pilot, if I were to bet,
I would in a flash have said it was Fett.
More rapid than speeders, his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
Now, Johnny! now, Ralphie! now Benny, and Gary!
On Irvin! on Frankie! on Richie, and Larry!
To the top of the Falcon! to the ship’s quadrant rear!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away near!”
As mynocks onto your ship they will hug,
Whenever you’re in the intestines of a giant space slug,
So on to the Falcon the tauntauns they flew,
With a cargo hold of toys, and St. Bobafett too.
And then, on the hull, I heard the beasts walk about
(They smell worse on the inside than they do on the out).
As I left the cockpit and snuck through the lounge,
In the exhaust port St. Bobafett came with a bound.
Accentuating his armor were a red velvet cloak,
a hat, and two gloves (all were blackened by smoke);
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
Careful not to set off his touchy jet pack.
His mask — it was weathered! His cape was all torn!
His boots had small holes, his pants were all worn!
While his bounty hunting skills left much to be desired,
One who gives gifts and good cheer must be admired.
He downed the blue milk and wolfed all the cookies
That were set there for him by me and the Wookiee,
He sure loved dessert, since he sported a gut
That shook when he mumbled, like a certain vile Hutt.
He clumsily sneaked, without right jolly old guile,
So I let loose a sheepish grin, in true Harrison style;
His glance towards me, his salute as I peeked,
Soon gave me to know ’twas not bounty he seeked;
He murmered a bit, that guy so laconic,
While filling the stockings with gadgets ‘lectronic.
Then laying his finger aside his trademark mask “T”,
And giving a nod, out the exhaust port he fleed;
Towards the stars he then flew, only without his starship;
His jet pack had fired ’cause the Unlucky One had tripped!
I heard him cry out — though effeminately like Ma –
“HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD– AAAAAAAHHH!!!.”
I've collected these over the years and I don't remember where I've found them or who wrote them, so if you wrote these I'd like to thank you for being awesome.
I hope everyone has a very good holiday season!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Under the guise of looking at career goals and options for myself, I came across this site with some job openings that I would sign up for in a heartbeat.
Or if I really don't want to switch back to biochem and I want to stay with a criminal justice major, I could apply for this job:
I'll just keep pretending that I'm actually aiming to apply for one or both of these jobs and hopefully it'll keep me motivated to finish the last of these damn papers.
For more fictional jobs, check out the original link at collegehumor.com
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Did I mention I already had tickets? This is killing me. I want to be getting ready to go to the city. I want to see Clone Wars on the big screen. I want to know about Darth Maul's brother since I learned about him back at Celebration V. I don't want to go to class.
I want to be with my fellow enthusiastic Star Wars fans. I want to walk around with a lightsaber and not feel weird for doing so. I hate having to sit in class pretending I'm actually learning something.
I wish I didn't have such good restraint as to skip another of these classes so that I could go have fun.
However, I do hope that anyone who was able to go has a great time!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
My grandma arrived November 13 and it has been quite different around here since. I'd go so far as to say my grandma is slightly OCD when it comes to cleaning. Or else when she gets bored it's an extreme way to keep busy because the other day I saw her climb to the top of the stairs with like a little broom from a dustpan and sweep each and every step on the way down. Each step took her at least ten minutes to get to her satisfaction. That's a little obsessive in my book. Now, what keeps things interesting is that my mom hates when other people clean her house. Especially her own mother. I guess it's kind of like when my mom goes and clean my whole room- after she says she's only going to remove the one spiderweb from the corner of my room. Anyway, I get my kicks out of listening to my mom and grandma because it feels slightly like karmic justice when my grandma drives my mom crazy in the same way my mom drives me crazy.
I also started writing a story for National Novel Writing Month. For those who don't know, National Novel Writing Month is when people all over the world, in some kind of collective mass hysteria, all decide to write a 50,000 word novel. They start on November 1st and end by midnight on November 30th. This was my first year officially trying it, and lo and behold, I actually completed the task! Now, my story isn't finished, but I hit the word count so I was pretty proud of myself. Getting there involved putting off many homework assignments and word wars with a friend of mine. I had a lot of fun doing it, though!
That about sums up my November. Now to head into December and start getting ready for the holidays!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Today the internet is buzzing with the news that the director of "The Empire Strikes Back", Irvin Kershner, passed away at his house in LA today. I know this blog will just end up getting lost amid the other blogs and websites and Facebook posts and Twitter messages commemorating him, but that's not why I write here.
It may sound odd, but when I heard (or rather, read) this news, it made me even more glad that I had to opportunity to go to Celebration V in Orlando. Sure there was a lot of general Star Wars excitement going on during those four days, but overall it was meant to celebrate the fact that thirty years later Star Wars is still going strong and to commemorate the fact that "The Empire Strikes Back" is often viewed as the best Star Wars movie. Of course a lot of that credit goes to all the people involved in its production, but everyone knows that Irvin Kershner played a huge role in its success and in a lot of ways that was one of the things that was important at the convention. Although he wasn't there in person, Kershner recorded a nice little clip that was shown before many of the panels, during which he thanked the fans and said how "The Empire Strikes Back" is his favorite movie just like most Star Wars fans. Kershner did an incredible job with the movie and I know that I for one am glad that he was put in charge of its production.
My condolences go out to Mr. Kershner's family and friends. I hope they know how important he was to Star Wars and its fans and that because of that he will never be forgotten.
May the Force be with you, Irvin. Rest in peace.
*Picture courtesy of towerofyouth.org
Sunday, October 31, 2010
1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER
check to see if it’s really dead.
2. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a
3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has
4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other
language which they should not know, shoot them
immediately. It will save you a lot of grief in the long
run. However, it will probably take several rounds to kill
them, so be prepared. This also applies to kids who speak
with somebody else’s voice.
5. When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off
and go it alone.
6. As a general rule, don’t solve puzzles that open por-
tals to Hell.
7. Never stand in, on, or above a grave, tomb, or crypt.
This would apply to any other house of the dead as well.
8. If you’re searching for something which caused a loud
noise and find out that it’s just the cat, GET THE HELL
9. If appliances start operating by themselves, do not
check for short circuits; just get out!
10. Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.
11. If you find a town which looks deserted, there’s pro-
bably a good reason for it. Don’t stop and look around.
12. Don’t fool with recombinant DNA technology unless
you’re sure you know what you’re doing.
13. If you’re running from the monster, expect to trip
or fall down at least twice. Also note that, despite the
fact that you are running and the monster is merely shamb-
ling along, it’s still moving fast enough to catch up
14. If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit un-
characteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination for
blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness, and so on,
kill them immediately.
15. Stay away from certain geographical locations, some
of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Tran-
sylvania, Nilbog (you’re in trouble if you recognize
this one), the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in
Maine (or Alabama).
16. If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road,
do not go to the nearby deserted looking house to phone
for help. If you think that it is strange because you
thought you had half of a tank, shoot yourself instead.
You are going to die anyway, and most likely be eaten.
17. If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery,
now is the time to move in with the in-laws. This applies
to houses that had previous inhabitants who went mad or
died in some horrible fashion, or had inhabitants who
performed satanic practices in your house.
Ok, so I got this in an email from my mom, I don’t know who wrote it, I sure as hell didn’t, and I don’t take credit, I’m just putting it up because I think it’s an awesome and I don’t feel like waiting until next year to post it because I’ll have forgotten by then. Hence the double post. Deal with it.
As an added note, remember that if you enter a dark place with no light you are likely to be eaten by a grue.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I started and met my friend when I was 13 and we played on and off until I was in late high school but then of course high school got the better of us and we stopped. We started again a few months into my first year of college when she was already two years into her college experience.
After that we've pretty much kept up since then, though we've been taking a break since July. But that doesn't mean I have to take a break, right?
Writing is one of my hobbies that keeps me sane. I do some writing on my own, but I have the most fun writing with my friend.
Anyway, I wrote a short story involving one of my main characters and a new character I'm planning on introducing. Thought it might be cool to stick it up here.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I'm really enjoying re-discovering Star Wars with him because even though I was also 10 years old when I fatefully became engrossed with the universe, I saw things differently than he does, and it's fun to see things the way he does. Especially things like Vader being Luke's father because I had seen the movies before growing up with my dad, so there were very few things that were surprising to me, I just simply understood them better and had a better understanding of how vast the Star Wars universe was, and continues to be.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Anyway, the purpose of this post is to share my excitement about one of this week's occurrences. The kids are 10 and 6, and neither have seen Star Wars. The older one, the boy, showed me his Star Wars pop up book and then said that he'd never seen any of the movies. Needless to say, I smelled a mission. The little girl didn't show his interest (what a surprise, she prefers, like most 6 year old girls, to play with her barbies) but that's ok. For babysitting purposes, I can sit and watch iCarly and play barbies if necessary.
I told him to ask his parents if it was ok for me to lend him my Star Wars dvds so he could watch them. The next day he said they thought it was alright, so I brought over my dvds this morning, and gave them a disclaimer about the two scenes in Revenge of the Sith that I thought they should be aware of. Now, anyone who has seen the movie knows which two scenes I'm taking about. Specifically, Anakin cutting off Dooku's head, and Obi-Wan leaving Anakin to burn on Mustafar after cutting off his legs and an arm. I personally would not let a 10 year old watch that movie, I'd let him wait another year or two, but his parents approved it so I guess they think he'll be ok.
I also made a decision that I know George Lucas would sorely disapprove of. I told the little boy to watch them starting from A New Hope and then move on to the prequels after having completed the original trilogy. I don't care if The Phantom Menace is meant to be a fun kid's movie, I still firmly believe they should be watched in that order, and if (a big if) I ever have my own kids that is how the saga will be presented to them.
I'm looking forward to hearing what the little boy thinks about the movies probably more than is necessary, but mostly it's because I can't wait to see and hear what he has to say about the whole thing. When we were going through his pop up book he kept asking me questions like which animals were in which movies and which scenes from the book were in which movies and I told him basics but I was sure not to reveal anything big like the fact that Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader and Luke and Leia's father, or even that Luke and Leia are siblings. I told him that Yoda is a wise Jedi Master who speaks backwards but that was it. I also told him that the Emperor was Darth Vader's boss, but not that he orchestrates the deaths of hundreds of Jedi and a whole Clone War. When he asked me what the Clone War was (it got mentioned through something else), I simply told him it was a war that happens in the movies that he will get to see.
When I left this morning he was so excited to watch them, and I'm excited to babysit on Monday to see what he thought of whatever movies he got to watch. It's going to be so interesting to see it from the view of a child who really knows very little. When I got into Star Wars I was his age as well, but I had seen them many times growing up so there was very little mystery in it for me. The little boy, on the other hand, has a whole new galaxy to discover and I think it's kind of cool that I get to introduce him to this huge wonderful (and when it comes to the Expanded Universe, frustrating) universe that George Lucas created 33 years ago. For him, the saga is just beginning, and I think it's going to be one hell of a ride.
Monday, October 11, 2010
"It doesn't do wood!"
"Doesn't do wood? That is rubbish!"
"Oy! Don't diss the sonic!"
I guess I should have remembered that bit of wisdom from the 11th Doctor and Rory before I attempted (and failed) to seal my door. Oh well, I can still use it to attempt to keep my computer in line, I suppose...
Otherwise, I'm quite pleased with it! It lights up, makes sounds and it's a pen! Can't ask for much more, I think.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Also, I took this post directly from another blog I had, located here at Echo Base.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Or, rather, I did until Russel T. Davies stepped in with his bright ideas for the end of season 2 of Torchwood and Children of Earth.
(Before I continue on this rant, let me insert a spoiler warning here)
If I had a laser screwdriver like the Master's, then I would go after Russel T. Davies with it. Sure, he created the two series that I love, but he also shattered everything I know and loved about Torchwood. I'm not entirely sure why Davies feels that consistent casts are undesirable, but he really needs to stop killing half his cast. When it comes to Doctor Who it's almost understandable to have a constantly rotating companion, but I don't see the reason for it when it comes to Torchwood.
After Owen and Toshiko died at the end of season 2 I was quite sad about it but I also was hopeful for the show's future. I had hoped that with a smaller and more intimate cast that Ianto would be given space to grow even more into his part. Through most of season 1 he was just the coffee boy who cleaned up after the team. I loved when he started becoming more involved and I even loved the relationship that he was having with Jack. To me, Ianto had such potential as a character. And then Davies wrote Children of Earth. *shakes head*
First of all, I think it was an incredibly clever story; I mean, come on, aliens that need kids to use as drugs? Wow. To quote Ianto, "oh, you are warped on the inside." Awesome.
Not so awesome? Ianto's death. On one hand we have Owen and Toshiko who both died very honorable and heroic deaths and on the other hand we have Ianto who got taken out by gas while he asked Jack to never forget him. Argh! Not that Ianto's fears weren't completely valid- how can Jack be expected to remember every single being he had a relationship with when he's lived possibly millions or years?- but I think there were so many better ways for poor Ianto to go.
I'm almost afraid to get started on my intense dislike of Jack after "Children of Earth". What kind of hero kills his own grandson? I understand that it was the only option and it can be argued that it was a very brave action on Jack's part, but I'm not sure I could stomach it. One of the things that I love about Doctor Who is that no matter how bad things get and how many people have died on his watch, the Doctor and the people around him always draw their moral line somewhere and refuse to budge from there and when the episode ends you sit there thinking "wow, if people could really be that awesome then I sure could be proud to be human". Yet I had the exact opposite reaction to "Children of Earth". After watching it I wanted to take a long shower. There was no warm fuzzy feeling (or really any satisfaction at all) from defeating the aliens and I was almost glad to see Jack go. One of the things I love about Torchwood is the fact that it isn't afraid to explore the darker parts of humanity that the lighter hearted Doctor Who won't go near, but there should always be that balance so that in the end you can feel good about the characters winning. Torchwood lost that by the end of "Children of Earth". Among other things.
It's almost 2am and hard to keep everything straight in my head, but I think I hit all the main points I have now against Torchwood. I know it's coming back for a new season but I'm having a hard time convincing myself it's worth my continued viewing. It lost the spark that initially got me hooked, and I'd rather not watch a show when I wish it would simply fade peacefully rather than get butchered some more by Russel T. Davies and his desire to kill main beloved characters. Let's just say I'm extremely glad that Davies has stepped down in writing the newer Doctor Who episodes. Stephen Moffat has been handling the 11th Doctor wonderfully.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Even though I was in Orlando for a grand total of 5 days, one night of which was spent at MGM (I refuse to call it Hollywood Studios) for the Last Tour to Endor, I really did not do any of the typical Orlando and Disney related fun things to do. Of course, on the bus ride back to the convention we did pass by a few of my childhood memories of Orlando, like Pirate's Cove mini golf, and the Ripley's Believe It Or Not building, but we were too busy with the convention to spend any time there. This next trip to Orlando probably won't have much more tourist type activities, but I plan on making my dad take me to at least a few fun things. After all, I'll be there for a week and he shouldn't be doing any work on the weekend.
My parent's divorce has made my life hell for the past 3 years but I still hold out some hope that I'll be able to have a fairly fun with my dad, even if this trip is coming shortly after not speaking to him for over a year and a half. Though, if I'm to be entirely honest, I'd rather spend a week with him in Orlando, then spend the same amount of time with my mom in the same place. After 3 years it's easy to see that the only one of my parents who really is trying to change and make things easier for me after 3 years of hell is my dad while my mom is quite content to shove all her misery on me and make it my fault.
I pretty much plan on spending this week in Orlando completely vegging out. I'm thinking about taking my xbox with me so I can play a few games I need to catch up on, plus I'm taking the Star Wars and Burn Notice books that I have out at the library so I have other things to do to keep me amused. There will also be some school work wrapped in there, but I'm only bringing what I absolutely have to do.
While I'm in Orlando I might spend some time working on this place and putting up more posts, and maybe even a few of my favorite pictures from the convention.
Basically I'd like to use this post as a thanks to my best friend who helped me get this started and for her creativity (if you stick around you'll learn I have my witty moments, but creativity is lacking with me).
I think I'll have a more meaningful post up within the next day or so.
*I like Mandalorians. "Oya" is Mando'a for "cheers".