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|Wednesday, February 7th, 2018|
This has been a long, cold winter. Long and cold relative to Florida.
|Monday, December 4th, 2017|
|Opinions - have one!
I have a friend who, possibly out of mental laziness, or possibly out of some self-trick of conceit, adopts popular opinions. Notably, he often unquestioningly adopts an incorrect opinion. An opinion either contradicted by facts or just one without firm evidence and experience - just something he read which he now accepts as true and his own.
The earliest instance of this that galled me was from "Hellboy" (2004). (The first Hellboy movie adaptation.) Solely because of this film, he was convinced that butane lighters had an odor which polluted cigars ~> marijuana. There is no evidence of this. But solely based on this film and verbatim quoting the reasoning of a character's exposition, lighting smokables with a wooden match was de rigueur
thenceforth. (Ignoring sulphur compounds, phosphorus, paraffin wax, low-density pine wood, etc. that burns in a safety match.)
So that one began to really bother me. Unattributed popular culture quotes masquerading as boon wisdom... Ugh.
Another, telling instance was a lazy/hack article which either appeared on Cracked.com or Buzzfeed ..one of the soul-less ad revenue mills which make marginal claims to content. From the one article, he immediately parroted (that is, to reproduce sounds without understanding of their meanings or any context a la
a parrot) that dramatic suspense in "The Thing" (1982) was ruined in the first few minutes if you spoke/understood Norwegian. SPOILER ALERT - but not really:
Because the people chasing and shooting at the dog say "it's not a dog" or something. Shocking insight!
So... did any of the talentless hacks writing the article watch the film? I have. I have watched it several times. Usually, I watch it with this same friend
so there is no way he is not as aware of this as I am: SPOILER! (actual spoiler)
If you watch the film for seventeen and a half minutes more (17mins. 30 sec.) after foreigners warn American scientists about non-dog, the pseudo-dog straight up turns into an alien creature with teeth and tentacles that attacks all the other dogs in the kennel. But if you understood Norwegian you were expecting this over fifteen minutes ago and have already moved on to watching "The 13th Warrior" out of boredom (spoiler: based loosely on Beowulf and Grendel).
I don't know if anyone ever bothers checking these surprising facts. I do know my friend just accepts them in place of information he already knows which is to the contrary. I guess next time a pop-culture falsehood comes out of his mouth I will have to just start laughing continuously until he stops repeating it like he returned from conducting a double blind study.
And then I'm going to assimilate the dogs.
|Tuesday, September 5th, 2017|
Kazouza 1941 "lemon ice" flavor sparkling drink delivers. The drink tastes of lemon ice. Liking lemon ice, I found this pleasant. (Less than $1, purchased from Food Town.)
|Monday, January 23rd, 2017|
|Bacteria Reviews 1
Strictly for science I decided to compare the grocery store brand yogurt with an old stand-by, the Yoplait parallel.Yoplait original cherry orchard
This yogurt had a good consistency. Creamy, uniform. The fruit bits were already mixed into it. The taste was nice, but nearing the bottom of the 6 ounce yogurt pot I was pretty bored of eating it. Yoplait still had the same, slightly difficult to eat out of, truncated cone shape I remember from decades ago. A recognizable style choice, but not the most ergonomic shape for eating. Noticeable plus: Almost an entire cherry, which was delicious.Publix fruit on the bottom black cherry lowfat yogurt
For me, Publix is good enough. If I am bothering with cheap yogurt, Publix's brand is usually what I get. Yogurt texture was okay; inferior to Yoplait, though. The fruit is on the bottom which I kind of like, since it compels you to dig through more yogurt to get fruit and you can mix the consistency as you like. But then I was all "why am I bothering?" since the previous yogurt was good as it came. By the end of the 6 oz. of yogurt I was bored of this brand as well. Publix has a more sensible tiny bucket shape to eat from. But I am marking them points off since the yogurt cup no longer comes with a lid. The lid made the tiny cup much more reusable for projects and storage.Winner
: Yoplait. Barely. The price difference is negligible. The initial taste is slightly better and, without an accurate means to determine this, I still want to say the quality was a little better. Maybe I'm imagining that? But maybe that's the point feeling like you are not just eating the generic goo?
|Wednesday, September 7th, 2016|
So I have been watching Netflix's new series, "Stranger Things"http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334/?ref_=nv_sr_1
1. Chief Jim Hopper is my favorite TV law officer since Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock on "Gotham" (and they are my favorites since Fox Mulder). Chief Hopper doesn't take anyone's guff.
2. The first season seems to be riffing off of the real life disappearance of a child during the "Satanic Panic" era, albeit very generally. As it turned out, the role of TSR's Dungeons & Dragons was over-blown in the media, and to some extent by William Dear who saw a good publicity bump and took it. Still, the disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III in 1979.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Dallas_Egbert_III#Disappearance
3. 11 has the same nosebleeds as others with her skills. Not the best writing trope to copy-paste, but accepted shorthand I guess.
Anyhow, I hope they produce more of the series.
|Wednesday, June 8th, 2016|
Been playing more Crawl recently.
The game is more friendly than Rogue but not quite the same feel.
|Tuesday, May 17th, 2016|
Thunder and rain.
Rain just makes me feel so much better. Sometimes I don't know why. Current Mood: peaceful
|Monday, January 11th, 2016|
|Saturday, October 24th, 2015|
|Fermentation of ideas
I think I ought to review some more beer. Some time has passed since the last series.
|Friday, July 31st, 2015|
|Movies, I watch moving pictures
Here is what I would not recommend: "Hardware" (1990) directed by Richard Stanley. This is a simplistic, science fiction film about a robot killing people in a dystopian future nowhere near as nuanced as the setting in Bladerunner. The movie itself is not too bad. But I will share here two vital elements wrong with the film. Most importantly, length. Hardware does not need to be as long as it is. I don't mean to brag, but I fell asleep for several minutes during the middle of the film but I was still on top of everything happening in the story when I woke up. Yup, I'm like a film savant over here. The second and perhaps equally important element screwed up in Hardware is characterization. Who in Hell are these people and why should we care? You'll never have that answered. More to the point, you'll probably stop caring. Or not. Shit, this is the generation that made "Twilight" successful and then into successful movie adaptations. Maybe characters having defining traits is no longer important in this age when a loose grasp of what constitutes irony is considered a key to getting humor?
Anyhow, vastly superior to this largely irrelevant sci-fi piece is what led us to tracking down a copy. I refer to the documentary "Lost Soul" (2014). It was on Netflix or Hulu or someplace. I don't even care about Hollywood or actors or that jazz, but Lost Soul was interesting. And whoever made it got it to build, which is a narrative structure most documentaries lack. I don't want to share any more in case you want to see it and be surprised. Lost Soul is largely about Richard Stanley.
Here is what I would recommend: "As Above, So Below" (2014). I missed seeing this in the theater, but it's decent on the small screen. And yeah, in a lot of ways exactly what you would expect to occur happens. (Horror movies do tend toward being predictable.) A few part of it are ridiculous, but not much more so than a frequent horror enthusiast would expect. Also, while largely a found-footage, point-of-view style film, it does not religiously abide this conceit. If you are a person who feels nauseous from unnecessary camera/frame shaking, then you might still get through this movie. Over all not so impressive as "Sinister" was, but a nice offering and watchable.
(I still might prefer "The Descent" over AA,SB. But then there are not enough horror movies with all female casts or set in the bowels of the Earth.) Current Mood: disappointed
|Wednesday, July 15th, 2015|
Alright, that helped a bit. Nice, slight breeze outside but I am over that.
|Sol and Fire
I am bored. Restless. I am bored and restless. Also I am tired, more tired than I have a right to be.
The solution for this lies outside, rather not now but soon. The nature and dirt and bugs and glades are burning. This is probably good in the long run, since fire is part of the cycle. Right now it smells a little weird. Not like sugarcane burning, but close.
Anyhow, I'm going to lie outside in the sun and wonder what is going on with my life for a bit. Then I will return indoors.
The solution for this malaise
is lying outside.
|Friday, April 17th, 2015|
|Nintendo impulse buys
I bought "Ultimate Angler" for the 3DS Mii Plaza.Pre-play Impression
I might want to play this, but I will definitely buy it because I have an existing Nintendo E-shop balance, and equally important is that (according to a sales bunny) there is a virtual aquarium feature.
Also, I almost never own games as they are released.Prelude Island
The guide said I should practice here. Damn it. I hate practicing to get better at something.
Press 'A' when the bobber sinks, wind the reel with the joystick. Okay, I managed to land a 3.68 inches sardine. The sardine model looks decent, not cartoon-y. Second catch (using a different kind of bait) is a 5.86" black rockfish.
Mixing bait is important for catching larger fish, according to the game. I am suspicious of this. Following instructions I mash all the kinds of bait together creating "jumbo bait" which looks like a colorful beach ball. The reward for my Herculean effort is a 25.07" Japanese sea bass. The guide helps me reel it in, which being difficult enough I guess would be impossible without assistance?
Back to the clubhouse where my "new finds" are reviewed. Apparently they are all grade D fish, and not enough to increase me beyond Rank 1. (Total: 189/240 points) But no one can take away my meager accomplishments! I also was awarded 320G which I'm going to assume 1. is gold or some standard, ocean currency, and 2. my money can definitely be taken away.Guidebook
This reviews my catches thus far, 3 species and a progress of 1%. Several filters are available for sorting the fish, which is nice. There is only limited information about each fish displayed. This does include how much G they are worth, though.Clubhouse
Progresses the story with the kawaii
fishing guide. She alludes to legendary monsters I should be trying to catch. This does fit in with what I know of Japan, to include giant, radioactive monsters which fight each other, and also catching every darn thing in the ocean until they're satisfied. Hopefully there is a hidden bonus level themed off "The Cove" (2009).http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1313104/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Anyway, I lost my
tackle box overboard because what appeared to be a megalodon tapped the boat. I will have my revenge. This I swear.
Coraline's dad shows up, which makes me wonder whether or not I am an orphan in this scenario? Either way, he's a big ichthyology nerd who freely admits to blogging about fishing legends.
I don't know what's more nerdy and pathetic than that.( Read more...Collapse )
|Friday, June 13th, 2014|
Driving Wheel to work. Being a taxi is not great, but better than being useless.
|Friday, June 6th, 2014|
Going to visit Redcygnus.
|Saturday, May 31st, 2014|
|Thursday, May 15th, 2014|
Sometimes around midnight my art comes to me.
"Still hate me?""More than life itself. This is a significant degree of hatred."
"S'okay.""Fuck you, and die."
|Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014|
I have this peculiar, creative urge.
|Thursday, March 27th, 2014|
|End of the night rant
As an artist, you must realize that sometimes a distraction is more than mere distraction.
Sometimes a germ of an idea is inspiration.
Sometimes impulsive action is the spark of creation.
A passing attraction can be the farthest, desperate reach of a true love calling towards your soul.
And sometimes a distraction is just a waste of time.
As an artist, recognize sometimes a distraction is the key to regain your focus. Current Mood: depressed
|Friday, February 28th, 2014|
Going out for dinner.
Supposedly meeting Overdr1ve's girlfriend. Hmm.