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Brain Theatre

January 21st, 2005

Last week a friend of mine lent me her Witch Hunter Robin DVD box set. It was okay, but I really didn’t find it as great as everyone says it is. It seems to have an interesting plot, and the animation is really realistic, but it moves way too slow, and it seems a bit pretentious. Also, although the plot was interesting, they didn’t seem to have a good flow of information, just a little trickle here and there and blasted you with it near the very end.
That’s one thing that I find annoying with TV and Manga: they never give you exactly what you need to know, and they never go at the right speed for the viewer. When you read real novels, you’re given all the facts necessary to understand the story, the rest is left to be filled in with your own imagination. With TV, you’re never sure if the information you’re given is important or not. With novels, you can also rewind and speed up to another part of the book at your leisure without having to worry about missing something important.

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Of Winter and Snow

January 17th, 2005

Today all of Atlantic Canada has been shut down because of a giant blizzard right outside our window. Everything is closed. Even the big mall in Halifax. The list goes on and on and on. Ironically, we are one of the worst hit areas and yet the university where dad works is still open. Poor dad.
One thing that really bothers me about winter is that the only time it’s cold enough to need to wear slippers, you can’t, because the air is so dry and you build up a lot of static electricty wearing them. It really hurts. You get shocked every two seconds.
To any of my friends who are looking for something to do on this school cancellation day, I’ve put up the two first chapters of Lost in Six Billion Dreams to read.

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Beware of Perfectionists With Time Machines

January 12th, 2005

Today was one of the odd days when I didn’t have anything afterschool in terms of Band or commitees. I watched The Butterfly Effect on the movie network. At the time I didn’t bother seeing it in theatres because it got bad reviews. This was mostly because Ashton Kutcher can’t act serious, or can’t act at all for that matter. Surprisingly, I really liked the movie, despite some of the strange plot turns and Kutcher’s bad acting. The whole premise wasn’t really explained, but then again, when is Sci-Fi fully explained? The movie itself kept me on the edge my seat. It was addictive. However, if you really want to hear a good story on Chaos Theory, something that interests me a lot, check out the Star Trek TNG episode Parallels where Worf keeps changing from one reality to another based on choices made. Same premise, less violence but more nerdy.

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Internet Schitsophrenia

January 10th, 2005

My Generation is often refered to as the N-Gen, as in the “Network” or “Now” generation. I suppose that’s true. We are used to having things on-demand. If I’m watching a TV show and the commercials come on, I can’t even stand to put the mute on and wait through the break. I just change to another show that I’ll be watching at the same time. It’s normal for me to, in the middle of reading something or going about my day, suddenly wonder what a term means, or a question about something, and go to the nearest unused computer and google it. I used to be on and off the computer in less than five minutes, but nowadays, I’ll be online, and when I find what I’m looking for, I’ll then notice something else worth reading, and then something else, and so on, on completely random subjects. Imagine if I did that in a library, in real life. I’d go in, read to sentences from a book, drop the book, and run over to the other side of the library and repeat the sequence. I’d be regarded as a schizophrenic!

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Saturday Afternoon Poetry

January 8th, 2005

If this poem is bad, it’s because it was written in about ten minutes after a sudden break in boredom.
Nothing
Our universe is made of nothing,
Where not a thing exists.
And what there is is all spread out
like drops in foggy mists.
Yet being nothing, it must be something,
Though something can’t be nothing.
The confusion caused by this must show
Our own brain’s vacuous stuffing.
So let’s crawl out of our atomic caves,
And the vacuums of space,
To be relieved we are not nothing,
With nothing in our place!

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From My Subconscious…

January 2nd, 2005

Last night I had three very interesting dreams. My dreams are quite frequent and fairly vivid, but I seldom write them down, other than bugging my mother by recounting them the next morning.
The First Dream:
I was living at the house of some relative of my friend Danielle, on Prince Edward Island. The relative refused to do any dishes, when she ran out of clean dishes she’d buy another set. She had a kitchen absolutely packed with dirty dishes, and the terms of my staying in her house was that I had to clean and get rid of all the dishes. It was the summertime, and Danielle and I decided to take a ride on a humungous tire swing in the pack yard. The swing went up and up exponentially, as if it were attached to the tree by a bungee cord. From above, we could see all the way to Nova Scotia. Then Danielle commented that we were a bit too high, so we kicked and got the swing to go back down to the tree in a graceful descent.
The Second Dream:
I found myself in a McDonald’s, and I was trying to decide what to order. The only good thing on the menu was a pasta for 50$. They also had combos based on the most important news stories of the past year, ex: The Sudan Combo, Enron Combo, Tsunami Combo, Election Combo, etc. When they told me they didn’t have such a thing as a Small Combo, I started singing and dancing in full broadway flair on the McDonald’s floor about how they were going to make everyone obese, destroy the world and steal twenty years from our lifespan.
The Third Dream:
I was kidnapped by Spanish pirates for ten years. When I was finally returned to my family, I could remember nothing of the event, but I had somehow learned how to speak Spanish. I was reciting Spanish words when I woke up.

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Definitions

December 27th, 2004

Today we were going to go to Halifax but we’re not because there’s a blizzard outside. The snow is very powdery and there is a lot of wind so it looks like someone put a thousand kilos of confectioner’s sugar through an industrial strength blender.
That being the case, I’ve been trying to teach myself eleventh grade physics from a textbook, reading Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” (very good book, very bizarre too) and writing a few pages to my novel, Lost in Six Billion Dreams. I’m actually at a bit of a writer’s block because I can’t think of a word to describe the sound a string makes when you stretch it far enough. I wonder if it even exists. Douglas Adams, the author of Hitch Hicker’s Guide to the Galaxy, once co-wrote a book called “The Meaning of Liff” that is a collection of made-up words for all those sorts of unnamed situations. For example, Kalami is the ancient eastern art of being able to fold maps up to their original state, and a boscastle is a pyramid of cans put right outside the entrance to a supermarket. Pierre and I have our own collection of words we use in our conversations, since we both suffer from a rare verbal disorder called Franglais.
Our words include Sarthusiasm: Sarcastic Enthusiasm, for ex. “I’m so exited we have band for another four hours!” and Wongling, the word to describe the way a tall pole sways back and forth in the wind.

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Pitstops on the Information Super Highway

December 17th, 2004

Here are three websites I like to read when I’m not hideously busy:
www.neilgaiman.com my current favourite author’s website
BBC Science and Nature section There’s still a few “coming soons” in this one, but it’s pretty cool. I really like the Psychology section.
Encyclopedia Mythica Very good mythology webpage.

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What art supply are you?

December 10th, 2004

Hey everyone, check out this Quiz I wrote.

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Dumb Lyrics

November 27th, 2004

Today I present to you your double dose of teenage pop culture.
I cannot stand Lindsay Lohan or Hillary Duff, just to let you know. These are two singers who started out as actors working for Disney who somehow got great electronic singing voices and became popstars. Their songs, (which aren’t written by them) are very dumb and superficial. The lyrics are very simple, but when you combine them with an internet translate tool, they can be very entertaining. For example, here is the refrain from Lindsay Lohan’s latest song, Rumours:
I’m tired of rumors starting
I’m sick of being followed
I’m tired of people lying
Saying what they want about me
Why can’t they back up off me
Why can’t they let me live
I’m gonna do it my way
Take this for just what it is
Here we are back up in the club
People taking pictures
Don’t you think they get enough
I just wanna be all over the floor
And throw my hands up in the air to a beat like (What?)
I’ve gotta say respectfully
I would like it if you take the cameras off of me
‘Cause I just want a little room to breathe
Can you please respect my privacy
… and here are the lyrics, translated to Chinese and back to English. (with minor editing)
I’m weary rumor starts
I’m is sick and disabled
is I’m which follows;
What does the weary person lie says them
must about my why can’t
Why do they support my can’t
they let me live
I’m makes its my way
takes this why it is
Here we is the candidate
Pats Don’t in the club people
Which the photograph you thinks;
What do they obtain enough
Me want to be everywhere
This floor and throw my hand
To strike likely in the air?
I’ve obtains respectfully
Thinks I want if you adopt the photographic camera
I take one room breath to be able
you to invite to respect me secret ‘Cause

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