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"If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched." - Henry David Thoreau
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martes, 18 de octubre, 2005
Ugh, I want so much stuff, I'm disgusted with myself, but here it goes again:

I was going to get the Veronica Mars soundtrack on the release day, but it was too expensive so I am patiently biding my time...

Then there's stuff that don't even have images yet, including the Shakira - Oral Fixation CD (I must be stuck back in the 20th century!), and The Simpsons 7th Season.

Sin City - Recut & Extended Edition: Haha, I knew not buying that bare-bones release back in August was a good idea. Suck on that, everyone else who bought it then!

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The suspense is killing me
domingo, 9 de octubre 2005
Long time no visit... well I went to a Medieval Festival last Sunday in Fort Tryon Park (best park ever), which was an interesting experience. First, it was hot. I don't like to be hot. I'd rather trudge through snow. Second, I think it's due time we have a Renaissance Faire. Rebirth, art, and Lorenzo de Medici? Awe!some! And didn't they speak Middle English back then in Medieval times? Why were they still talking in Early Modern English? Inconsistencies, people!

Some foods: meat on a stick, fried dough, turkey drumsticks, chicken fingers, beer, mini-donuts, soft served ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, flavored popcorn. I would've like to see some capon and some more of the various meats they ate back then, like swan! Or pheasant!

There were a lot of little booths selling various trinkets, like stained glass, handmade jewelry, and ear wraps. The highlight was the Joust of Pleasure under the hot, murderous, life-giving sun. The two jousters were Morgan of England and Thomas of France. Both had extremely luxurious long hair (ENVIOUS). The two medieval emcees divided the crowd up; I was on the French side. The jousters played games involving jousts and swords while on their horses. They both tied and sucker punched the audience by announcing the contest would be decided by the Grand Joust at five in the afternoon. Unfortunately we were planning to leave after the pleasure joust, so I hope that French Thomas won. (The only time I wanted the French to win.) Because that English Morgan was a douchebag. (Okay, he wasn't really, but let's all pretend he was anyway.)

You know what else would've been good? Blacksmithing. And apprentices. Yeah, that would've been cool. And one of them could accidentally encase their hands in silver. Oh wait, wrong time period...

Ye privies (medieval Port-a-potty), medieval cops, and then we were on the medieval subway back down. (The only other hilarious adjective that I can think of that rivals "medieval" is "pirate.")

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'Cause somewhere in the crowd there's you
martes, 13 de septiembre 2005
The idea of 220+ foreign dignitaries within a ten-mile radius of myself brings warm feelings to my heart. And my pants.

My mom's new show is "The Herbalist's Manual." Lollerskates.

Edit: Uh also I saw part of the hearing for Judge John Roberts. He's articulate but beats around the bush.

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Oh no a niche entry
lunes, 12 de septiembre 2005
It's so weird, the Revenge of the Sith novelization is extremely, extremely well-written. I've read the other novels based on the episodes too, but I don't remember them being as good. I mean, they were better than the actual films, especially Episode I and II, and I remember reading Return of the Jedi at least four times (once during a building blackout). Yet ROTS is just so much better and interesting to read than the other books. Maybe Matthew Stover is just that awesome?

This is the only SW novelization I want to buy, but if I get it I will feel compelled to buy the other five, only because I MUST HAVE A COMPLETED SET OF ANY SERIES, SERIAL, OR SAGA.

"Obi-Wan Kenobi opened his eyes to find himself staring at what he strongly suspected was Anakin's butt.

"It looked like Anakin's butt -- well, his pants, anyway -- though it was thoroughly impossible for Obi-Wan to be certain, since he had never before had occasion to examine Anakin's butt upside down, which it currently appeared to be, nor from this rather uncomfortably close range."

Later, the evil Darth Vader was born.

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I feel like chicken tonight
viernes, 9 de septiembre 2005
I saw an old classmate of mine a couple of days ago on the subway; I was reading my book and she called out my name, which I was suprised at that she remembered. Then again, I still remember her name... so... yeah...

Later a trio of guys boarded the car and semi-surrounded me (this isn't what it sounds like). One of them stands next to me as I was sitting and raises his arm to hold onto the bar. "Hey, Pepe Lepew, buy a stick of deodorant," I want to say, "be considerate of the other living phyla," my mind screamed. Instead I bit my tongue and breathed through my mouth. It was murder most foul.

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Quiero dinero
martes, 6 de septiembre 2005
So I bought it, peeled off the plastic wrap, slid it out of its plastic slipcover, unfolded each cardboard section one by one, and took the seven discs out and stuck them in my slim jewel cases. First, it's fucking long. It must be like two feet in length unfurled. Second, well, there isn't a second, I guess I can say again: IT'S FUCKING LONG. It's just I've never bought any DVD set with more than four discs.

I saw the first two seconds of the pilot on DVD today (the screen just saying LOST), at this rate I'll be done when I'm about 105.79-years-old, excluding the bonus materials. My antennae suck so I almost danced the samba when I saw the clarity in that four-letter word, "LOST".

Who will win the war for the new format, BD or HD-DVD, where it's feasible an entire TV season can be stored on one disc? Imagine owning the entire X-Files series on 9 discs! Talk about storage! At least, conveniently, it will still be a disc and not some kind of tiny chip or a brain implant. Okay, bye.

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Thank you for the music
domingo, 4 de septiembre 2005
I love the middle seasons and the sixth season is no different -- so many good quotes I didn't realize were season six:

Homer: Never! Never, Marge! I can't live the button-down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors -- oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called city fathers, who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about what's to be done with this Homer Simpson?!

Announcement: Attention, Marge Simpson: your son has been arrested. [later] Attention, Marge Simpson: we've also arrested your older, balder, fatter son.

Homer: Back, you robots! Nobody ruins my family vacation but me... and maybe the boy!

Lisa: I don't think Bob won that election legally. I can't believe a convicted felon would get so many votes and another convicted felon would get so few.

Willy: Now look, boy: if your Dad goes gaga, you just use that... Shin of yours to call me and I'll come a-running. But don't be reading my mind between four and five. That's Willy's time!

Warrants repeating:
Marge: Have you noticed any change in Bart?
Homer: New glasses?
Marge: No... he looks like something might be disturbing him.
Homer: Probably misses his old glasses.
Marge: I guess we could get more involved in Bart's activities but then I'd be afraid of smothering him.
Homer: Yeah, and then we'd get the chair.
Marge: That's not what I meant.
Homer: It was, Marge, admit it.

Marge: I'm worried about the kids, Homey. Lisa's becoming very obsessive. This morning I caught her trying to dissect her own raincoat.
Homer: [scoffs] I know. And this perpetual motion machine she made today is a joke! It just keeps going faster and faster.
Marge: And Bart isn't doing very well either. He needs boundaries and structure. There's something about flying a kite at night that's so unwholesome. [looks out window]
Bart: [creepy voice] Hello, Mother dear.
Marge: [closing the curtains] That's it: we have to get them back to school.
Homer: I'm with you, Marge. Lisa! Get in here. In this house, we obey the laws of thermodynamics!

Jasper: Talking out of turn... that's a paddling. Looking out the window... that's a paddling. Staring at my sandals... that's a paddling. Paddling the school canoe... oh, you better believe that's a paddling.

Lisa: I can't relax, nor can I yield, relent or -- only two synonyms? OH MY GOD! I'M LOSING MY PERSPICACITY!!!! AAAAAAAAHHH! [runs away]
Homer: It's always in the last place you look.

Homer: Boy, when Marge first told me she was going to the police academy, I thought it'd be fun and exciting, you know, like that movie, Spaceballs. But instead it's been painful and disturbing like that movie, Police Academy.

And of course, followng the Police Academy insult train: "How could you?! Haven't you learned anything from that guy who gives those sermons at church? Captain Whatshisname? We live in a society of laws. Why do you think I took you to all those Police Academy movies? For fun?! Well, I didn't hear anybody laughing! Did you?! Except at that guy who made sound effects. Where was I? Oh yeah: stay out of my booze."

Hehe and so much more! It's funny, I read some reviews of these older episodes and a number of people thought they were horrible, while I was too young to see it and understand it at the original air date. Now I think the new ones suck, but I don't think I'm biased, I actually quite liked it up to around 2001, 2002. These last two seasons were like, WTF? Maybe ten years down the line, I will be quoting fom the sixteenth season, too. Hm... ::ponders thoughtfully for no reason again::

Oh and I really hate Dual Discs, of which I already own three (music and DVD content for the same price as the song album -- can't... resist...). In the new imports I've seen they still release them in two separate discs. Are DD's that popular?? I think Dual Disc sucks because now it's twice as likely for the information to get marred, plus, no disc art!! It's also a real bitch to store. I'm so glad the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack (which includes a DVD) didn't opt to go the double D way. I finally gained a little respect back for George Lucas.

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"Oh man, what'd I do now?"
domingo, 21 de agosto 2005
I think this pair of earphones lasted the longest, but alas it had to go sometime. That's the circle of life. I shall have to procure another pair tomorrow somehow, thus beginning another life cycle. Maybe I should stop listening to music in bed.

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