talkingsoup: (flying pussy)
What.

Seriously, what. )
talkingsoup: (failures)
I've been so unbelievably BORED lately. Which is probably part of the reason I haven't posted anything in, like, months. Plenty of stuff has happened, but most of it is big, overarching real life stuff, the kind of things that are just sort of there and that you can't focus on 24/7. Boring stuff.

Let's see...I got a new job. I'm a part-time caretaker for an old lady with Alzheimer's and dementia. There's a total of five of us who look after her 24/7, and it's all under the table, working right in the lady's house. We get paid by one of her daughters. It's pretty decent money, but I really need a second job. My parents are currently paying my rent, but I'm 23 and that's really got to stop. I can't keep mooching on them forever.

Money's been tight all around, which is one of the reasons why Julie has decided to move back home to Minnesota. She needs to get out of here, or at least get away from her current job, which has been crushing her so bad that it's actually painful to watch. I'd like to keep living with her, but this is probably what's best for her.

It also means Pat and I need to find a smaller, cheaper apartment, and that we're both going to be paying more overall for rent. Which is also no good, for one thing because Pat will be paying more than half, which isn't fair, and because my parents will be picking up my half. I'm such a leech.

Speaking of parents, I'll be heading home sometime in July for the annual star party at Yosemite. It'll be good to be back for awhile. And I swear one day I'm gonna drag Pat and Julie with me.

I've gotten thoroughly addicted to Glee and Supernatural. Well, not Supernatural so much anymore. Julie found it first and then we all marathoned basically the whole thing in a matter of weeks. I don't have much desire to see the next season, though I'll try it out. Glee just continues to be awesome, with really great comedy and well-rounded characters. It makes for a hilarious parody of high school in general.

Saw Ironman 2, loved it, saw Kickass, loved it, and I think that's all in the way of movies.

Meanwhile I was pretty addicted to World of Warcraft, but last week my account got hacked and stolen. I'm still waiting to hear from Blizzard, but in the meantime I haven't been able to play at all. Ah well. It's nice to have a good long break from it.

On the anime front, the three of us here have been marathoning Yu Yu Hakusho...I don't really know why, but does there need to be a reason? It's awesome either way. I've also been steadfastly watching the Darker than BLACK OAVS (AMAZING), and two new shows called Durarara and Angel Beats, which are both pretty sweet in different ways. Also Hetalia, since Heathers got me hooked.

I'm finally writing again, specifically a new novel. This is the Jin novel that I'm pretty sure I've mentioned a few times. Basically, space dragons and evil robots. It's fun so far, though for some reason I'm not as crazy-into-it as I was with my previous novels. I've just been so...blase about writing in general, but I'm getting back into it. I think the lack of significant RP lately has something to do with that. I love Route 47, and I think it's gonna keep going for a good while, but it's been so slow for almost a month and a half now that it's become this casual thing, instead of taking up a good portion of my day like before. IDK. I'm just really unmotivated lately.

Another reason that I'm glad I'm going back home soon, even if it's just for a week, is that I think I'm needed there. I swear, I love my brother but he's going to kill my parents with the stress he causes. If it's not drug addiction and the police, it's fights with the neighbors. This is a major reason I want to become financially independent, because my parents have enough to worry about with Ben around. He really does seem to be trying to do better, but it's not happening fast enough. The best I can do is try to take my burden off of them.

Ah well. Life goes on, even when Israeli commandos are killing activists, the Koreans are at war again, and the oil at the Deepwater Horizon just will not stop flowing.
talkingsoup: (axel- too hot to handle)
So I got a Twitter. Mostly so that I could follow the Iran Election stuff, which has pretty consistently been the number one trending topic over there. Anyway, you can find me at TalkingSoup, if you so desire.

As for the business in Iran, well, things are pretty damn shitty, with the police beating the shit out of protesters and anywhere between twenty and a hundred people dead, depending on who you're listening to. My Iranian tweeters all seem to be legit and accurate, and basically, it's ugly over there. Plus they're dropping acid on people from helicopters. Nice.

I support their movement wholeheartedly, but I can't help but be reminded of a Carl Sagan quote: "If we like them, they're freedom fighters. If we don't like them, they're terrorists. In the unlikely case we can't make up our minds, they're temporarily only guerrillas." Are we Americans so enthralled by this movement only because they're trying to depose a leader we despise? Because they're trying to create a less theocratic--read: less Muslim--state? I sincerely hope not. Hopefully it's just us and our love of freedom.

ANYWAY on the less heavy side of things--okay, some of you out there know that I'm a fan of the show Soul Eater, and I've been meaning to read the manga for some time now. Even more so since the show ended on a rather...weird and poorly written note. And I just started reading it, mostly skimming through chapters 1-38, which is where the story diverges. And man. A chapter after the story starts diverging, and I'm already liking the story so much more. No wonder I felt so weird after Buttataki Joe showed up--the anime crams things together and explains things really stupidly, plus there's a lot of OOC stuff happening, now that I think about it. The manga just makes so much more sense. Plus the writing and general storytelling is better.

I'm a little leery of the art, but it's starting to grow on me.

Certainly giving me pointers on how to play Soul better, too.

I also finally finished Kanon, which I started, god, must be several months ago. It's a great show, though it suffers a bit from LotR syndrome--that is, it ends in about five different places. It's a sweet show all around, though.
talkingsoup: (v for pink floyd)


Watch that. It has all the info about it spelled out in much better terms than I could put it.

And about Twitter. Apparently all of this information has been coming in from Iran via young Iranians with Twitters, and they've been tweeting almost nonstop in an effort to spread the information to the rest of the world. Since, as everyone knows, you can't really rely on the "legit" media, especially not in a country so known for its censorship (oh but am I referring to Iran or America there? Zing!).

Anyway, apparently Twitter was supposed to have some downtime the other day, but so much information was coming in that the United States State Department intervened and forced Twitter to reschedule the downtime so that information could continue to move freely.

Man. And they say the Information Age is making us lose connections with people.

Go young people of Iran. I'm rooting for you guys.
talkingsoup: (leonidas wants you...to dine in hell)
So I was playing Pandemic II yesterday. And I get everyone except Madagascar. Bastards close their ports as ever. So I start ignoring the screen and figure I'll just annihilate the rest of the world.

I look back like ten minutes later and I see this:




Oh my god. What. What. IT'S MAGIC. IT'S FUCKING MAGIC. THEIR PORTS WERE CLOSED. HOW DID THAT SHIT GET IN?

So now the whole fucking world is infected and it's all THIS BEAUTIFUL TOXIC SHADE OF RED and I start buying things like Hemorrhaging and Insanity (LOL! I LOVE PARASITES) and soon they're all dropping like flies, but it's a parasite so it takes about a year. And I look back awhile later and:




THAT'S RIGHT MOTHERFUCKER! JUST AS FUCKING PLANNED! HAHAHAHHAHA TAKE THAT MADAGASCAR!!

And then for the first time ever:




WHAT NOW, BITCH? WHAT NOW? I JUST WON THAT SHIT!

WHERE IS YOUR GOD

NOW?!?!



Oh, and the name of the disease?

Edward Cullen.



P.S. LOL
talkingsoup: (exterminate lol)
Somebody somewhere is playing Pandemic II :|

Swine Flu has a really terrible ring to it. "Pig flu" would almost be better; the word swine just has so many negative connotations. Which, I guess, makes it a little appropriate, but still. Swine. Swine. I dunno.

So I heard about this on Thursday or Friday, I think, back when it was like "oh dear, a handful of people have died of this super-crazy ninja virus", back when it was still in Mexico, but now I guess it's in America (NYC, specifically) and New Zealand.

Clearly we didn't close our ports in time.

And of course, at this point the question on everyone's mind is--how bad is it gonna be? Mine and the recent generations have had a lot of scares. So is this gonna be SARS bad, with the CDC preaching fire and brimstone (they already are, in this case) but with the death toll actually very low? West Nile Virus bad, where it's everywhere and anyone can get it, but good luck actually dying? Anthrax-in-the-mail bad? Or is it gonna be AIDS/tuberculosis/Black Death bad?

Only one thing is certain in these uncertain times--that we can rest assured that, no matter how bad it gets, Madagascar at least will be just fine. Paranoid fuckers.


talkingsoup: (squee!)




YES





WE





CAN!!!!!











talkingsoup: (sasuke lost)
Dude, what the hell is going on in this country? First Nebraska, then Colorado, now Las Vegas? And all in the space of a week, too! Damn it, people, it's December, it's a month of life and rebirth and joy and peace--least it's supposed to be. Stop fucking it up for people.

Jeez, America, pull yourself together.

Superbug

Oct. 25th, 2007 11:36 am
talkingsoup: (leonidas wants you...to dine in hell)
Whoa, MRSA has jumped out of the hospitals? Shit.

Staph is pretty communicable, I think. I'm amazed more people haven't gotten sick. It's a good thing they're jumping on this now, though. We need to figure out how to deal with these superbugs, and soon.

If you don't know the story--pretty much, MRSA, which is a antibiotic-resistant form of Staph that you usually only find in hospitals, was found at some schools in Florida and around. I think there are ten or so confirmed cases and one death so far. It's nasty shit.

Man. It's only a matter of time before drug-resistant tuberculosis hits our shores, and then what are we gonna do? Bring back the TB sanitoriums? Yeah, that'll go over well.

Wow, World

Oct. 24th, 2007 06:43 pm
talkingsoup: (dwayne and frank)
First of all I want to thank everyone who gave their sympathy when Shadow died. It means a lot to me. Especially Julie who got me flowers XOMGSQUEE I love that girl! It's easier now, but it's still weird and hurts to think that he's gone.

*sigh*

Anyway. So obviously there's been a lot of news the past week or so. Some good, some bad, some just LOL.

Like, I dunno, Dumbledore being GAY?

Muah-hahahaha! Oh man, can't you just feel the fundies' heads exploding?

I wish she'd put it in the book, though. I don't understand all these people who are saying "oh it's such an advancement for children's literature," because no, it's not, not unless you come right out and say it in the text. It's not enough to state it after the last book has come out--in fact, it's cheap.

But it's still fun news, lol.

Lots of less fun news, though. So, most people by now have heard about this Jena 6 issue. But I think that Jena 6 and all the publicity it's been getting has been a catalyst for something a lot bigger. Stuff like this is starting to crop up all over the country. Even in Ithaca.

Anyone who lives here--well, anyone who goes to college here, anyway--would tell you how crazy that is, because Ithaca is supposed to be this bastion of liberalness and equality and awesomeness in an area that's got an incredible reputation for racism and bigotry. But, nope. Turns out that Ithaca is no better than the little rural towns around it.

Pretty much what's been going on is, recently (within the last year that is) this high school girl was on the bus to school and was being harassed. Now, the girl was black and her harassers were white boys, I think. I guess it got to be enough of a disturbance that the bus driver, in an amazing display of racial equality, decided to put the girl--the victim--off the bus. That pretty much blew things up, and now there's an incredible degree of racial tensions in the Ithaca High School. It's gotten to the point that people are hanging nooses above black teacher's classrooms, and people who have friends across ethnic lines are no longer allowed to sit with those friends at lunch. There's a constant rumor circulating that there's going to be a school shooting.

It's been pretty amazing though, because the high schoolers rose up in response to all this bullshit and led a major protest against the whole thing. The school board has been dragging their feet and generally not helping at all, so lately people have been rallying at school board meetings on the subject to try and wake people up (the most recent one was last night). Ithaca townies and students/professors from the colleges have gotten involved too.

I haven't heard specifics, but I guess this is happening across the nation. I'm kind of worried for Foothill. Over the four years I was there you could just feel things getting progressively worse, with the administration cracking down, with fights happening more often, with divisions cropping up between races and most notably the burning down of one of the portable buildings, and also with the general lack of things for teenagers in Pleasanton to do. I really, really think that something awful is going to happen in Pleasanton in the next few years. Hell, if tensions are heating up across the nation, we could have a serious incident pretty soon.

The good that's coming out of this, though, like with the high schoolers in Ithaca, people are starting to become aware of the egregious inequalities and racism still present in this country. I guess people thought that those things had gone away with Civil Rights. Noooo, darlings. We've got a lot of work to do.

Oh, and meanwhile, California is burning to a crisp. Apparently because some jackass freakshow thought it would be a good idea to light some dead grass on fire. Whoever you are, you little shit, I hope you burn in your own fire for this. People are dying, homes are being destroyed, pets are being lost, and this little fuck obviously doesn't care.

The fires are nowhere near my house, so I'm not worried about my family or anything, but still. How can someone knowingly cause a natural disaster? How do you live with yourself?

*seethes*

And in the rest of the world, well, they're still killing monks in Burma, though of course we'll never know about exactly what's going on since they freaking cut off the Internet in the country. Any figures that come out will come from independent journalists or from the country itself, the latter of which certainly can't be trusted. Oh, and people are blowing themselves up in Pakistan again, and racial tensions are flaring in Turkey to the point that some people are considering invading Iraq. Hoo-boy.

So, general chaos, mayhem, death, doom, destruction. What else is new?

Well, at least the Red Sox have come back to the Series. Game 1 tonight. Haven't had much else to cheer about lately, so I'm excited.

Oh, and I'm rolling again on Mot. To the degree that I think I'll have it done before the end of the year. *crosses fingers*

And I have some new characters to introduce you to, eventually.

To Fuzz

Aug. 17th, 2006 06:09 pm
talkingsoup: (Yuki smiles)
Two thoughts first.

The thing about going to bed relatively early (um...1:45) is that I lie awake, which means fertile ground for either panic attacks or really weird thoughts. Fortunately, I had the latter!

So, like, with this whole gay marriage issue, it's pretty much at the point where a constitutional amendment for or against it will be a long, long time in coming if at all, so it's left up to the states to decide who can marry. I think Massachusetts and Vermont are the only states that allow gay marriage, and I'm not sure about Vermont.

So my thought was this--what if churches decided to perform gay marriages?

I know, you're thinking--"not in a million years! That's exactly the problem!"--but take the Unitarians for instance, or the Episcopalians. Of course it would have to be a liberal Protestant religion, cause no one else will touch it with a ten foot pole. And even so, those two particular religions are often looked down on by the rest for their...liberalness, so to speak (Episcopalianism has a gay bishop, Unitarians ran that commercial awhile back).

But what if? I'd be very interested to see what would happen. I mean, obviously the marriage would mean next to nothing, since you still wouldn't have the rights of a hetero couple. And of course the divorce rates don't reflect this, but I figure the main reason most people get married is because they love each other and have some confidence in the longevity of their relationship.

But imagine what the states would say if churches started performing the marriages? For one thing--and this would be so damn lovely to watch--the more conservative churches would get all up in arms about it, try to get it to stop, but here's the kicker; separation of church and state can work in the favor of progress for once. Churches can't be taxed and church property isn't state property, so the state gov't and of course the federal gov't would have no right to say anything about what goes on in the church. Unless you're sacrificing goats or small children or something. The worst the conservative churches could do is lead protests.

It still leaves the problem of people only being married in title and not in the eyes of the law. And of course, it reinforces the idea that marriage is a religious institution. But I'd like to see some churches out there do this. Or do they already? I expect the Unitarians would be all for it. I dunno. It could work either way for the gay rights movement, but I think it would be interesting to see it in practice.

And the second thought:

This is spectacularly random compared to the first one. I was thinking about Harry Potter, and something always bothered me about the 4th book (GoF), when Myrtle tells Harry she's seen mermaids at the bottom of the lake when she gets flushed and--does it, does it occur to anyone that this means the Hogwarts homeys are swimming in sewage? Dear God, isn't the lake the source of their water supply, too? Which makes me hope it's one of those things where if you ask JKR she'll just answer "magic," because of course it would make sense, but it's still...geh! And no one has ever mentioned this, so dude, really. And...dude, dumping sewage in lakes, even if it is magically, um, cleaned--it's still wrong and environmentally hazardous!

Geh.

See, this is what my mind does at night when I can't sleep.

I went shopping today. Yes, me. Shopping. Uh-huh. I now have way too many shirts. And a skirt. Yes, me. A skirt. I like the shirts though. And I caved and went to Hot Topic since they're the only local place where you can get anime/music related T-shirts (I hate Hot Topic). I've been wanting this FLCL shirt with Haruko on it for ages, but it's in an XL which is like, pajama sized for me. Also got a Panic! shirt cause Panic! is love.

And in the anime/manga vein...

Damn. Damn, damn, damn. DeathNote volume 7 is out and I bought it and I wish I had just stopped reading before this one came out, or that the manga itself had stopped or that the manga had gone in a different direction or at the very least Read more... )

...because now I have to read it all over again, and I don't want to because I know what happens. I wasn't positive it happens in this volume, so I looked ahead and yeah, there it is, damn author bastards!

Read more... )

But it's okay. Maybe there will be retribution later. I still haven't read the online scanlations for fear of there not being retribution later, but yeah.

I also didn't expect Naruto 11 to be out, but it was, so of course...what can I say? And...well...really, everyone talks about One Piece so I thought I'd check it out and I liked the first three chapters enough that I bought volume one and two, and now I'm really not gonna have any shelf space when I get to college. *cries*

Yeah, I'm nuts.

Am at work on fic chapter 3 and through thought processes I think I'm close to breaking through the wall in Mot. I have a scene, I just need a transitory scene into it. Plus there's going to be a lot of Boone. But that's okay. He's the main character. The main character is supposed to have more air time than the others.

I also have an idea of how to trim it down and spruce up the beginning.

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