Monthly Archives: June 2004

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

I was expecting this movie to be entertaining, but it was much better than I thought it would be. Dodgeball was very funny and a lot of randomness that I love. For instance, Steve the Pirate is… a pirate. Why? I don’t know, but I guess the movie would have felt a little pirateless without his character. I really like Ben Stiller, and he played his roll wonderfully. I’m also a fan of Vince Vaugn, who did well in Dodgeball.
If you see this movie, which you should, stick around after the credits. A fat Ben Stiller plays with his tits. Good stuff.

Lan, Gemma

On Monday, Gemma cancelled on seeing a movie with me. We were gonna go yesterday. She said she had to buy a hermit crab. We rescheduled, but I talked to her last night, and she hadn’t yet bought it. I went to Lan’s yesterday where we attempted to burn a DVD. Her computer kept seeing my blanks as audio CDs… the other two computers there saw them fine though. She’s going to try to borrow a hub and ethernet from someone. Hopefully that works out for her. It was fun just talking to her though.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 1

This manga was created after the seriers, and from what I understand, has not yet been completed. The graphics are excellent and have a lot of detail. The story goes pretty in-depth, and parts of the plot are more obvious in the manga than the anime. It’s stuck pretty close to the anime, although some things are different, and more details have been slipped in like I said. The writers probably didn’t want people quite as confused when reading the manga as viewers of the series were. NGE has been very good so far.

Love Hina Volume 1

The manga is similar to the series but different enough to keep me very interested. The plot makes more sense in the manga as well. By the end of the first volume, the girls of the house have just accepted him. I’ve heard that this manga is excellent and contains a huge amount of story left out of the anime. So far, that’s been true.

Midori no Hibi Anime & Manga Volume 1

After watching just Midori no Hibi episode 1, I wrote that “It’s a very strange series. Sawamura is a tough guy and a high school student who loves fighting but always defends the weak and right. He’s never had a girl friend and has asked out twenty girls, getting rejected each time. One evening, while complaining about only having his right hand as a lover, he finds than in place of a right hand he now has a girl, Midori, on his arm. She claims to have loved him for years. At first Sawamura is frightened and angry, but he warms up to her.
I just finished watching the series, and I thought it was very good. The plot is obviously built on something rather stupid, setting the light, comedic tone of the series. The sound and music was good, and the visuals were great, especially many of the backgrounds. I’ve loved the intro since I first saw it.
Throughout the series, Sawamura gets closer and closer to Midori, but his true feelings aren’t realized until the final episode. I was pleased with the ending, however, the final scene seemed anti-climatic. What happened wasn’t, but the way it was portrayed was. I really enjoyed the series though. If you like light, comedic romances (it was more a comedic than romantic), then you shouild like this.
The first volume of the manga was also entertaining, although I like the anime much more. The chapters are very short. The sereis covered incidents much more in-depthly than the manga. Much more happened in the series as well. I’m hoping that these other incidents will be in later volumes. It seems to me that the manga will pick up after it begins to describe events that aren’t in the series. I’ll see soon.

Aishiteru ze Baby 12

Everything really does seem fixed with Yuzuyu! However, is Kokoro jealous? It appears there’s something to look forward to next week.
And Kippei’s teacher is IMAI! ZOMG! That teacher must be awesome with a name like IMAI! Okay, I’m done. This series is still great.

Midori no Hibi Days 12

The series was so good! Days 12 was a great episode with some major turning points. I hope the next episode has been released. I’ll find out today at Dev’s. The “next episode” portion at the end of Days 12 said “Last Days” and “Our Days.” I guess that means the next episode is the last. sdghsodvjhjkdslfnhskdfh I want it.

It’s hot

God, it’s so hot. I took a little fold up table outside to use my computer on the porch. I guess there’s no real reason to be in the house except that now I have to see a bunch of neighbors whom I don’t like and who don’t like me. I just talked to Homer for a while about assorted stuff. He’s going to leave at the end of July before Jamie’s mother moves in. It’s so hot during summer. I get so sweaty and stinky, and showering doesn’t really help because I’ll get that way again within a half hour of showering. Hopefully staying on the porch will help. They won’t begin the activation process for out DSL until they ship us the modem even though we already have one. They don’t have any modems in. Because they don’t consider weekends, we won’t have Internet access until a week from this Monday at the earliest. I hope to upload these .txts to a site and redirect webpageless.cjb.net to it sometime soon. Perhaps I can do it at Dev’s if I go there this weekend. My dad’s so annoying. He gets mad over the lamest reasons. Hopefully, I’ll go somewhere this weekend.
I started cleaning my room a little. It’s clean enough to access one desk now at least. I put my amp, two monitors, Chopsticks, and keyboard and mouse for Lambcow on it. There’s also a spot for Zot. Lambcow won’t boot. She just beeps at me. I only tried booting once though, and I haven’t begun to look over her again. It’s just too hot.

Hanging Out With Gonzales

For a while, Gonzales and I have been planning to get together, but something always seems to come up. He wanted to buy a graduation dinner, and we were gonna look at buying and building some computers for his wife’s lab. Yesterday we finally managed to be free on the same days. I went down to CAMS where we hung out in his room, looked at his computer (he wants to upgrade his too) and made a list of what we needed to get. Then we went to Fry’s to begin pricing the lab computers and to buy some new hardware for his computer. He surprised me by buying a mobo, 2.4 GHz P4, and 512 MB of RAM as a graduation gift! ^__^ It was very cool. Lambcow should be back up soon! After pricing everything we needed to and picking up some hardware, we headed back to his place to drop off the stuff and then went out to dinner. We ate a Korean barbecue place. It was so tasty, lol. I’m still stuffed. Plus, there were a lot of asian girls there! Wow, it’s 4:08 now. I sort of took some breaks during the writing of this entry.

No More ISP, Fallen Chopsticks

It seems my dad failed to tell me that we were $150 behind in our Earthlink bill. As of 1:00ish this morning, we no longer have an ISP. We’re probably not going to reactivate Earthlink. Verizon has a DSL / cell phone / Direct TV package that it looks like we’ll get. From sign up, it takes five days to activate, and we’re not signing up today. If we were to sign up Friday, I’d have Internet access on Wednesday if weekends are counted. It seems funny to write this because by the time anyone reads this on WebPageless everything will be okay again.
I’m going to continue making entries despite WebPageless being down. I’m also writing in notepad because my intranet doesn’t seem to be working either, lol. I can’t get Zot to see Chopsticks. This might be due to the router in the middle, but I really don’t know.
I knocked Chopsticks down last night. When I picked her up a half hour or so later, I noticed that her screen was cracked multiple times. The screen already didn’t work though. However, it was off. I turned it back on. It turned back off a few minutes later. I really thought I broke Chopsticks for good. Yeah, later I noticed that her brick got unplugged. Electronics need electricity. Stupid me.

Mike

I forgot to mention that it was Mike’s mom’s birthday yesterday. Mike didn’t realize this until his grandmother called him around 7:30 or 8:00. He didn’t have time to buy her a gift.
el oh elz

MT-Medic

Despite not needing to, I recently clicked the “Forgot your password?” link on the Movable Type login page. I wanted to see what it would do to restore my password. It attempted to e-mail me, but because I hadn’t set up MT to use e-mail, it failed. But my password was already changed. At this point I couldn’t get back into MT, but I found a very nice tool. It’s called MT-Medic and can be found here. I’ve also mirrored the tool on WebPageless here. Assuming you’re able to put one file on your web server, this tool will allow you to fix many MT errors and allowed me to reset my password.

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne, the first private spaceship, successfully reached space yesterday. There were many errors, and back-up systems had to be used. Despite bad trajectory, the ship made it. The 63-year-old pilot, Mike Melvill, is the first to receive commercial astronaut wings from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Monotheism and Jihad Behead S. Korean. S. Maintains Its Stance

The terrorist group known as Monotheism and Jihad beheaded Kim Sun-il, a South Korean hostage. He worked for a company providing supplies to Americans. Monotheism and Jihad demanded that Korea pulls out, saying that “[Korea’s] army has not come here for the sake of Iraqis, but for cursed America.” They probably have a point there though. The ROK will still send 3,000 troops in August.

Gable House Get-Together

I’m planning to have another Gable House Get-Together sometime next week. For those who didn’t go to the first get-together, we pretty much played 2 games there and went to dinner afterwards, although it didn’t happen in that order last time. It’s most likely going to happen next Tuesday, or not. Other possibilities are Friday and Saturday. As soon as we have enough people to do something, we’re going to do it, and anyone showing up late can catch up with us. Please call me when you’re near (5-15 minutes before coming) to determine exactly where we are since plans do change.
Anyways, if you’re interested on coming to the next get-together, IM me for details.
AIM SN: jayzninvazn

Aishiteru ze Baby 11

No spoilers.
Kippei fixes his problems with Yuzuyu-chan and Kokoro. The resolution with Kokoro might suck a little, but everything’s for the best. This episode resolves the drama that’s been happening for the last few episodes. I suppose there’ll be a new conflict next week. If not, they’ll have to revolve an old on. We’ll see next Sunday!

Cowboy Bebop The Movie

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door is a great movie for Cowboy Bebop fans and can be used to introduce you to the series as well. It takes place after all the characters have come together, and the plot is completely self-contained. Both the animation and the music in the movie, just as in the series, is some of the best I’ve ever seen/heard. The introduction style looks like something that would be done in a live action movie, and parts of the movie do look real. The music is performed by The Seatbelts. I think the music of Cowboy Bebop is one of the major aspects that make Cowboy Bebop so great.
The plot of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door is a little looser than most of the series. I find myself wondering if what they do in an attempt to vaccinate the population of Mars would really work and if Faye could legally get away with taking over the weather control station as a terrorist. Then again, things like that happen all the time in the series, too. Collecting bounties is kind of pointless when you have to pay so much for damages, eh? It’s a wonderful movie though, and I really recommend seeing it.

Mononoke Hime

I just got around to seeing this. It was a great movie, and I’m really impressed with Miyazaki. Everything I’ve seen by him has been superb. Mononoke Hime is about the interaction between humans and nature. The humans are destroying the forest and killing animals in their search for iron, which angers the gods, giant, powerful animals. When a being gets corrupted by hatred, it turns into a demon. After one young boy slays a demon, he too begins to turn into one and must travel far in an attempt to stop it.
The movie had a great plot, animation, and sound. I also thought that the characters were excellent. There was no “bad” guy, just a lot of beings doing what they thought was best for them. Mononoke Hime contains many interesting creatures as well, just as many other works by this director do.

Herbert Birthday Bash 2004!!!!11!1!11!!!eleven!!

Yesterday, Jaysen gave me a ride to the mall. No one was there yet so we just wandered around the mall and checked out EB. At Alladin’s Castle, we saw that white kid with the high socks that seemed to be a punk wannabe from Gable House. We ran away. Herbert, Hanah, and William showed up so we all wandered around. David, Mike, and Bradley (eh? maybe?) showed up and talked us into going to Fuddrucker’s. It was tasty. There was a one hundred word essay contest on the topic of “why your father is the greatest in the world” or something like that. I wrote about how the Supreme Commander is like a father to me, how much I loves him, and how he’s not crazy anymore now that he got back together with the hippie. Right? Right.

Life, The Universe and Everything

Harold should be off of our property within a week or two. I think he’ll put up a fight though. He’s trying to go into Sober Living (or something) so the story goes. Jamie (is that spelled right? and not my brother) goes to prison in a few days, but he’s done a lot of work on the wall so far. He’s going to start working on the roof as well. Homer’s been around, but I’m not sure what’s up with him. I think he’ll be leaving soon. He seems to group himself with Harold when they talk to me, but they don’t really get along anyways. Paco hasn’t been here in a few weeks. His daughter called the other day looking for him. She called him a different name, but I figured out who she wanted. When I told her that he hasn’t been here in a while and that I didn’t know when he was coming back, she said that that sounded just like him. Jamie’s mom would like to move into the back. Apparently, she’s had a steady job for years, has a car, and is pretty quiet. Hopefully, that’ll work out.
The wall has been rebuilt and is almost done being painted. The paint really doesn’t matter though. No one has begun work on the roof yet. Patty, Harold’s on-and-off girl friend, is going to work on the roof too. She’s done other work around here such as electrical and plumbing, and I know she’ll work if she says she will and will do a good job. However, that’s only if Harold’s still around and only if Harold and her are on good terms.
When my he got the license to do roof work, my dad had to talk to a city official. Apparently, the man was Greek, and they were friendly to each other. He said that the phone call about the roof was unofficial and that we have thirty days to fix the roof from the date we receive the letter saying we need to do so. We still haven’t received the letter. We’re unsure as to whether this is a normal delay or if the official is giving us time. I can’t make judgement because I wasn’t there to see if the man was actually treating my dad different than he treats anyone else.
We received the property tax bill yesterday. It was only the current one for the year, not the bill for the whole five years. And it says that if you don’t pay for five years, the state may take the house but not necessarily. Still, if he pays this one year, the unpaid bill will only be at four years, and we’ll be safe. I don’t know what he thinks will change in the future. He says that five years worth of the taxes will be about five thousand dollars. This year’s bill was five hundred and something. I wonder if his five year figure is incorrect or if there’s a lot of interest. In any case, he says he only has about two thousand free on credit and that he already has about six thousand, I think, on credit cards. I guess that would make his credit limit about eight thousand dollars, which is pretty low. I guess it’s high compared to the credit limits of the people he associates with.

Conan O’Brien

Conan acts like and seems to think that he’s cooler than he is. The guy’s a loser, dork, and lacks charisma. Granted, he’s funny sometimes in a stupid way. It’s a good thing he follows Leno.
On a somewhat related note, Jennifer Love Hewitt acts very cute. Unlike Conan, who acts cool but isn’t, her cuteness seems to fit her.

Midori no Hibi

I just watched the first episode of Midori no Hibi. It’s a very strange series. Sawamura is a tough guy and a high school student who loves fighting but always defends the weak and right. He’s never had a girl friend and has asked out twenty girls, getting rejected each time. One evening, while complaining about only having his right hand as a lover, he finds than in place of a right hand he now has a girl, Midori, on his arm. She claims to have loved him for years. At first Sawamura is frightened and angry, but he warms up to her.
Obviously, the show is comedic. It also seems like there’s going to be some romance between Sawamura and Midori, but I really hope not. Midori no Hibi might not be excellent, but it’s cute and very funny.

Counter-Strike

I hate Counter-Strike. For some reason, after talking about FPSs with Jaysen for a while, I decide to install it and try it. There’s a training mode so I went with that. After walking to a room, I’m instructed to walk to the hostage and have him follow me to a truck. Okay, I can do that. Then I’m told to walk down a corridor. Check. Then, I’m to buy an SMG and some Primary Ammo before entering the next room. I swear that I bought that shit, but it wouldn’t let me through. I must have spun around in that little room for five minutes before giving up. I bought the damn stuff, what more did it want? Fucking door wouldn’t open.
I hate Counter-Strike.
Hurry up Jaysen, get Q3:TA!

GunBound: Jewel


Okay idiots. See that pixelated picture above? That’s a jewel. If you’re playing GunBound and you see one of those, then you’re in a jewel game. The point of this mode is to kill the fucking jewels. It is not to hurt people on the opposing team. Hurting other people will not score you points. And don’t worry about hitting people on your team because that doesn’t matter. Now, if you get five points for hitting the jewel with a “5” above it and ten points for hitting the jewel with a “10” above it, what do you think you get for hitting the jewel with “-5” above it? Don’t this those fucking jewels. And yes, you should go for the twenty-five point ones when they appear.

Space Cadet

I just finished reading Robert Heinlein’s Space Cadet. I enjoyed reading it, but it was more entertainment than anything else. It definitely did not bring up the concepts that Stranger in a Strange Land did. The book follows Matt, a cadet in the Patrol. The Patrol is a military-like organization above the military in charge of keeping the peace. It is entrusted with the most powerful weapons in order to keep them from being used, because weapons of this strength cannot be trusted to the military. Heinlein’s portrayal of the future is fascinating. While there are some errors, he accurately describes many things and writes very little that is wrong.

Whatever

I had a dream that I was with my grandmother at a storage shed. It was filled with my grandfather’s luggage. And then I went to the beach with Gian and Cheryl. We were looking across a bay at the city on the other side, and it was very beautiful. We talked about swimming to the other side but decided not to. Then I was playing a first person shooter… but I was in it rather than on a computer. And finally, I went to some stretching/yoga/something class with Jaysen and I think Herbert.
o.O

GunBound, Azure Dreams, eSPXe

I started playing GunBound the other day. The game’s really addicting. Basically, you move little tanks, called mobiles) left and right, pick the angle to fire at, and decide on the strength of the shot. There are power-ups you can use, and as you earn money, you can buy new items for your avatar, which help you in battle. There are four game modes – Solo, Score, Tag, and Jewel. In all four modes, the game is played with two teams. In Solo, each player has one life. In Score, each team has 5 lives. In Tag, you can use multiple mobiles. In Jewel, you shoot at little “jewels” rather than enemy mobiles. I prefer Jewel because many low level people get confused and don’t know how to play. One can really rack up GP in Jewel mode if one understands the mode.

GunBound seems to be filled with immature people. I know every game is, but this game is filled even more than others. I guess this is due to the ease of learning to play.
I’ve only started playing Azure Dreams again. I’m glad the ePSXe runs so well. It’s like having my Playstation working again… only better because it’s my computer. I plan on trying to get through Thousand Arms again, too. Hopefully this time I won’t get tired of them. And if I do, it’s easier to keep save files.

Propaganda Removal Along Korean DMZ

Loudspeakers, billboards, and other propaganda are being removed from the Korean DMZ by both sides. This action was decided upon recently at military talks to lower tension between the two Koreas. They plan to remove all the propaganda devices by August 15 of this year.
I still wouldn’t want to live in the ROK, lol, but it’s still another small step in the right direction.
Two Koreas Begin Removing Propaganda Loudspeakers along DMZ,” Radio Korea International, KBS, 20040615 190512 PST

Aishiteru ze Baby 10 -SPOILERS-

What the hell?
First, Kippei kisses Kokoro, which I like. But then he starts feeling her up. I think it’s a little soon for that, especially at school. Then, when asked if she loves Kippei, Kokoro responds, “not at all.” What kind of answer is that? Maybe it’s not love, but she doesn’t have to be so blunt about it. With being late to pick Yuzuyu and sleeping in, forgetting to make her lunch, Yuzuyu realizes that she’s in Kippei’s way and that Kippei wants to be with Kokoro, so she decides to walk home on her own. Poor Kippei’s just hurt and confused by Kokoro and trying to fix things with Yuzuyu.
And Matthew, of Matthew’s Anime Blog, was right in his entry last week about Marika-chan being jealous. God was she jealous, and she’s only five!
I still really like this show. I hope Kippei fixes thing with Yuzuyu-chan soon though. The drama of the Kokoro sub-plot is good and adds to the show, but there’s still a part of me that just wants Kippei to be happy with her ^^;