Looking Back

All the activity in turimel's journal in this past week has had myself looking to see what people from the fandom are left on LJ. Not that I would want to be active in a fandom, but it would be nice to see the people again. I really wish I had started looking back a year ago, before slipperieslope left us. Sometimes it's hard to stay in contact with others when your interests begin to deviate so greatly.

I'm back in school full time, still trying to finish my bachelor's degree. I've also finally moved into a sleeper room on campus just to avoid the long commute from the suburbs everyday on public transit. I'm lucky that I live on a floor that has a lot of other people in their mid twenties to early thirties and everyone is friendly and talkative. This has forced me to be more social and I've started to carve out my own niche within the community.

If anyone is still around and reading this, I would love to catch up. I have neglected this place for so long that my journal appears abandoned. I'm going to try and work on this and we'll see what comes of it.

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I realize I haven't posted much about anything recently and that's not going to change tonight. Just a few things:

  • Currently on the border of A/B in Biology classes. Over 50% of the students are failing, so it's hard to do better.
  • Just finished a paper for a proposed socio-ecological model of sugar effects in the American population. It took one month of research, over 70 references.
  • Changed minor in Public Health to a double major with Microbiology.
  • The more research I do, the more it looks like my adrenal glands have been damaged. Trying to get into a doctor.
  • For everyone in RL I haven't talked to recently, I had a legal name change back in July to the one I've been going by for 10 years.

    Also, Colbert made me feel better about the elections by putting everything into perspective.

    The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
    Indecision 2010 - Sign Off - Election to End All Elections
    Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionMarch to Keep Fear Alive
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    Web 1.0

    I saw The Social Network on Thursday night. A very interesting movie (even though I never use Facebook). It was a fairly accurate representation of what was going on at the time, but it really got me thinking of the past and how everything now is so different from Web 1.0. I grew up with the internet, and was using it as early as 1993. I remember it as a time where you made your own websites, tried to bring useful information to the table, and were taught to keep your identity a secret. There were so many different search engines to choose from that used different algorithms so search censorship had yet to become an issue. I did switch over to a blog right at the beginning of Web 2.0, but LJ has fallen out of favor with networking sites which aggregate everything onto one page. I'm used to trying to write out a few paragraphs, not one or two sentences to mesh in with the general public. I'm used to having so many choices in how to search for something and not have it tailored to try and think for me and decide what would be in my best interest.

    I think Terry Flew described the change between 1.0 to 2.0 very accurately:
    "move from personal websites to blogs and blog site aggregation, from publishing to participation, from web content as the outcome of large up-front investment to an ongoing and interactive process, and from content management systems to links based on tagging (folksonomy)"

    The most curious change with all of this is I used to save everything I came across obsessively because it was uncertain how long it would be available to view. Now many sites have features that anyone can edit content and I have excepted the fact that information on the web is in a constantly ebb and flow. As such, I never bother to save anything anything anymore and I have moved back to relying more on physical media as a source of information. Now I use the web to figure out a good starting point and also to track down said physical media.

    Many good things have come out of 2.0 and I can find books faster than I ever could before.

    But my mind is still stuck in 1998.

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    I just looked at my journal and realized it had been about a month and a half, so I should probably right something.

    Much of my time has been spent at the theater, putting out fires as I've become the resident expert in how to make the machines work. I have learned so much that I can answer just about any question, even the most obscure. As one coworker remarked as I finished answering a question of how classic supersavers work, where to buy them, and what the best way to use them to get the most bang for his buck, "You know so much. Why the hell are you still here?" Yeah...

    I've also spent some time watching movies, usually something I end up doing when I'm sent home early. I'm always looking for new movies that might actually be intellectually stimulating, or at least vaguely interesting. However, these are not usually shown at my theater.

    I tend to compare notes with two people who share my similar tastes. One is one of our retired regulars who comes in several times a week. He prefers the art house films and we mostly talk about what we're looking forward to coming out at the Fox Tower theater. The other is my manager Cory. We share similar tastes in just about everything, for intellectual films, to particular actions films, to just plain bad films. I recently told him Oldboy was going to be playing on the big screen at the PAM, to which his reply was, "Oh, shit! When?"

    I've ended up seeing quite a few good ones, including a 35 mm print of 8 1/2 and Micmacs. When I asked Cory what he was looking forward to this summer, as most of it looks awful, he said Inception. I have to admit, after seeing the trailer I'm pretty excited to see it. And I'm considering seeing it at our only IMAX theater in the area. Mind you, this is not a true IMAX, and they project it onto a 30 ft screen. That's not any bigger than the screens at the theater I work at, and the standard IMAX screen is usually 60 ft. The reason I want to see it in IMAX format is for the sound. The trailer sounds amazing, but there's a lot of base that you can tell is being cut off, which doesn't happen in IMAX format. I noticed the same thing with the Tron trailers. The place it came out clearest was in IMAX. If you haven't seen the trailer for Inception, I would recommend it. (madmarty, I think this is a movie you would like to see.)

    License Request

    Finals week is about to start. I'll be busy with tests and then figuring out PSU stuff. In the mean time, here's a small time waster.

    I've had pretty good luck in the past of picking series to read/watch that eventually get licensed. Chi's Sweet Home was a no brainer. With comics like What's Michael, I'm surprised this one wasn't picked up sooner. Zetsubou Sensei, as odd as it is, is very popular, so it wasn't too surprising. Moyashimon was really out of left field. Even though they keep pushing back release dates, as long as they eventually get released, I'm still happy. The next thing I want licensed is Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku.

    So as I've told mr_utopia_man, this series is awesome. As I saw someone put it recently: "This is one of the reasons I love manga: Because sometimes you just want to watch Koizumi, Putin, Bush Sr., Tymoshenko and the Pope playing Mahjong to decide the fate of the world against the lunar Nazi Empire."

    I remember first seeing it over a year ago when Canned Dogs wrote a small entry on it. I've since bought the comics and tried to slowly read through them. Derpscans has been a big help translating most of the books. And now they've released a series of short OVAs.

    The first two have been translated: Part 1 Part 2
    The third has yet to be translated, but I'll leave you with a few opening images of Papa Bush and Bush Jr.

    Bush JrPapa Bush

    ETA: Part 3 is up!

    Two More Weeks Left

    The first half of my evening consisted of me finally looking at the peer review of my E. coli paper for biology to make corrections on it (it is, of course, due tomorrow). Most of the corrections they gave me made very little sense. One was concerned that I hadn't cited any sources in one particular section: my abstract. It's a summary of the paper. It is generally frowned upon to make it any bigger than it has to be. Others mentioned incorrect formatting, however it was all for stuff that was in APA style 5 years ago. I have updated mine, while most of the class forgot to. There was one particular problem pointed out to me that was very helpful. I somehow forgot to include a hypothesis. I never had one to begin with so I made up some BS and added it in reusing one of my sources as evidence.

    The other half of the evening consisted of this: Why I Believe Printers Were Sent From Hell To Make Us Miserable

    Movie Madness

    I finally almost done with stuff for the holidays. I've sent off packages, wrapped everything and handed out just about everything I had to give and went way over budget. It's been really good to have a break from school, of course just about all my time has been taken up by various things that have come up, mostly extra shifts at work. But I'm also had some time to try and bring back my old website (it's almost there) and to catch up with movie watching at the theater.

    I started the break off visiting the Avelon theater in SE Portland. It's only $2.50 a ticket and I figured that was worth it enough to see Ponyo one last time before it left theaters. I also visited Cinemagic for the first time in seven years to watch A Serious Man. I can't believe it took me two months to get around to seeing it, but it was worth paying for.

    I've also managed to fit in the following: Precious, The Road, Good Hair, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ninja Assassin, Invictus, Brothers, RiffTrax Christmas Shorts, A Christmas Carol 3D, The Princess and the Frog, Avatar 3D, 2012, and The Blind Side. Those last three I managed to watch in one sitting, finally finishing off everything on my list. And for those who are curious, Avatar's story line is nothing really to talk about but I haven't seen such amazing visuals since the LOTR trilogy.

    Not much is going on for Christmas here. I'll most likely be working non stop starting Wednesday, but I'll have the night of the 24th off so I might be able to drop off shinjuki71's gift at her house. The rest of the holidays will be spent with my family at the movie theater.

    And now, The Happiest Chair In The World:


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    Someone brought a whole bunch of books today to the campus, most of them only one dollar. I picked up a few oddities, including some medical books from the turn of the century. I had just finished adding General Surgery by J. B. Murphy into librarything and went to the author page to see if any other books had been added. It turns out on other person had the same book as me. I went to add them together and looked up the other persons library, only to find out it was me. I now have the same obscure book in a different edition, only six years apart.

    semyaza, you have four times as many books as me. Does this happen to you often?

    A quick check in with everyone

    Proof that I have been reading when I find a few extra minutes of time.

    Sorry madmarty, there will not be a midnight of 9 tonight at my theater, or anywhere in the Portland area for that matter. Midnights tend to fall out of style once the school year starts up again. Have fun on your trip.

    I hope you had fun at Kumori-con, blackjackrocket! I'm sorry I didn't go, but it really ended up being for the best. I went to the doctor soon after talking to you and it seems that my cold had turned into pneumonia. I'm also glad I'm not working for you, terwashere, this week as it sounds like I would have just added to your burden. Sorry to hear about your car, witmanfade. I don't really like to bike in the rain either.

    Yay mr_utopia_man for finding an apartment and job! Hope to hear from you again when life settles down. Hope the first week of school was a good one for you, nanao.

    I'm glad to hear it's started to cool down in Sapporo, shinjuki71. And I'm sorry to hear the work load is still pretty bad. Hopefully the roommate and boyfriend are helping you ease your mind a bit.

    As for me, I've spent the last week in a sick daze, drugged up on Hydrocodone. I've seen a few interesting movies in the past few weeks, other than the ones on my trip. These consist mainly of Evangelion 1.0, Taxidermia, and Thirst. Evangelion was neat to see on the big screen, Taxidermia was fascinating and horrifying all at the same time, and Thirst's second half descended into an uncontrollable chaos similar to the end of Edward Scissor Hards except this was much more outlandish and harder to believe. On a side note, when I went to go see Evangelion 1.0 at Living Room Theaters, they had cessen's Big Buck Bunny on as a sort of pre show to test out the theater system. It was pretty awesome to see it on the big screen.

    I'm working through my reading list and just finished The Summer of the Ubume. I really liked it and will most likely buy anything else of his that is translated here. I also caved and bought a DVD of the Mouryou no Hako anime by the same author. His stories are just so good.

    Well, it's early, but I'm off to bed.