talkingsoup: (RP schizophrenia)
The time has come, my friends. I am a writer. I play Pokemon and other silly video games. I have participated in online LJ RP games. I have long discussions about various sci-fi shows and watch things like Star Trek, Farscape, Doctor Who and Firefly. I respect William Shatner. I watch anime with a somewhat religious fervor at times. I have conversations about the merits of certain weapons, the various histories and lifestyles of the Middle Ages, and complain about historical or logical inaccuracies in movies concerning the era. I have been to a Renn Faire. I have gone to sci-fi and fantasy cons, as well as anime cons. I read comic books, webcomics and manga. I play WoW. I collect Magic Cards. I'm an amateur astronomer and I listen to shortwave radio. I can readily quote Star Wars.

In short, I am a full blown nerd. And the time has now come to tackle the last bastion of nerddom, to venture into the fearsome, Mountain Dew-soaked, Cheeto-stained basement in the nether regions of the House of Nerd.

Yes, my friends. I speak of Dungeons and Dragons.

I am, as we speak, in the process of building a character and will soon start a campaign involving my similarly nerdy Ithaca friends. I am learning all about Spot Checks, Ability Modifiers, and D20s.

With this, I say my final farewell to the world of coolness, fashion and all semblance of sanity. Farewell, Lady Gaga, Eat, Pray, Love, 24, and True Blood. Goodbye, Justin Bieber and Louis Vuitton. Auf wiedersehn, mainstream media. To make a nerd quote, "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." I go now to the Land of Fun, the Plane of Silliness, and the House of Nerd, and never shall I return to hipness, coolness and popularity. Good night...and good luck.

Just be glad I'm not LARPing.
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Lol yeah haven't had an update in awhile. Not much has been going on, aside from me going absolutely insane over homework and such. Last week was a nightmare. Actually the week before that was too.

Also, I have acquired a real-life stalker! Well, stalker is too strong a word. This guy commented on my glasses on the Commons and then followed me into one of the stores. He helped me out while I looked for some stuff and actually bought me two bracelets. And then he walked me to work an hour before my shift started, since I didn't want to lead him straight to the house. Saw him again the next day coming out of Autumn Leaves, though he didn't follow me that time. He seems like a nice enough guy, but I'm not one to really interact with strangers all that much. I figure I gotta buy him a coffee, at least, for the bracelets. *shrug*

ALSO, this is a call to everyone on my Flist. I need your help, for srs. I've got this survey for my Research Methods class and I need everyone who's willing to fill it out. You don't have to if you don't want to! It's about anonymity online and how it affects people's behavior.

Click Here to take survey

Thanks in advance!
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Last week was crazy, homework-wise. I put off my P-Arg paper until the last minute because I'm just stupid like that. I didn't put any quote in it, either--had plenty of references (most of them Wiki...oh well) but I hope he'll forgive the general lack of quotations.

So the ASIC marathon was this past Friday. XOMG, I love the 'thons. This is the first one I didn't stay the whole time for. I've seen FMA before anyway. It was fun, though, and everyone was in the usual "oh my god anime for twelve hours straight gimme more caffeine" high spirits. Woot.

Saturday, Julie and I went to see Stranger Than Fiction. Awesome, awesome movie. I love how the movie itself kinda parallels the dilemna of the main character--like, is this a tragedy or a comedy? I have never seen Will Ferrell in a serious part, but wow, when he wants to be he's a damn good actor. The other characters are so brilliant. The writer--oh man. Oh man, all the writing references in that movie. Like the writer is sitting in the rain watching a bridge and visualizing a terrible car crash in order to figure out how to kill Will Ferrell's character. And she says, "I'm not in the business of saving lives. Quite the opposite, actually." And Anna the baker, I love Anna the baker. It's--just--wow. Every writer needs to see this movie. And anyone who just likes a good movie should see it. It's love. Utter love.

I think my favorite character was the wristwatch.

Score: 8 out of 10.

That's not the only thing I've seen lately. Julie's turned me on to The OC. Yes. You read that right. The OC. The soap. The cheese. The show people make fun of. The show I make fun of. And the kicker is that it's Not the best writing in the world (no, REALLY?!) but they do characters pretty damn-fucking well. The writers really know the characters. Of course this is only the first season, so I can't speak for where the show goes. But I have to admit it. It's a guilty pleasure. And for all of Ryan's hottness, I think I like the Cohens the best, character-wise. *love*

Also, during ASIC or the 'thon--well, let me explain something first. In ASIC are these two girls, Amanda and Sharona, who are roomies and two of the craziest, awesomest people I've ever met. And anime fans, incidentally. In any case, they invited Julie and I to come see Dragon Half, all two episodes on Sunday. And even knowing these girls, nothing could have prepared us for the insanity that ensued.

First we watched Dragon Half. Which--there are no words. No. Words. It's a two episode anime about a girl who's half dragon and that's about all I got plot-wise. The animation itself is pretty damn adorable, but factor in the total and utter lack of plot and the wonderfully ridiculous dialogue and you have the most nonsensically amazing thing I've ever seen. The dialogue alone made everything worthwhile, with gems like:

"I don't like--cheesy--crackers!"


"Demons don't care about story continuity!"


"There is someone I'd like you to make very, very dead."

And the ending theme. Anyone remember the "Happy People" ending theme to Bleach? Or any of the songs in the Gravitation OAVs (Conspicuous Marmalade comes to mind)? Or that Peach Pie song (what is that from, anyway?)? Or any of Sana's songs in Kodocha? Combine all those, multiply by four hundred, add an amphetamine-fast, high-pitched voice and subtract any semblance of sanity and you've got the Dragon Half ending theme.

That show has murdered my soul.

Amanda and Sharona then took us upstairs and showed us the following monstrosity:

Charlie the Unicorn

Watch it. You need to. You will never be the same again.

And then, since we've been talking about it forever, we watched the first two episodes of Excel Saga, which Julie and I have never seen. And I thought Dragon Half made no sense. Though at least there's some semblance of a plot--no, never mind. I just know there's a Space Butler and Puchuus and Menchi who reminds me suspiciously of Cute Fluffy Puppy Kitten from The Fifth Avocado. And an immigrant worker named Pedro.

Julie and I then went home and tried to restore our sanity by playing Secret of Mana, which is only the Best. Game. Ever. Made.

And thus did melteth my brain.

Oh, and it finally snowed, and it's freaking cold because of the goddamn wind, but oh well, there's snow. Sort of.


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April 2011



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