Log in

No account? Create an account
Random drips and drops... - Virtual Sacrifice Log
Aici zace un om despre care nu se ştie prea mult
Random drips and drops...
I've been taking classes at drewuniversity on and off since the fall of 1996. Yesterday was the first outside class I've ever had. For years I watched friends enjoy the sunshine and fresh air as I trudged past them to class indoors. Girlfriends would chat over dinner about the lovely discussions outdoors. I would visit UCSC and drool over the outdoor Greek amphitheater style seating. It was nice to finally be able to do that. Now all I need to do is take a class in Mead Hall, and I'll have had the whole Drew experience.

Some things seem to be constants at drewuniversity: drama with the Acorn and drama with the SGA. Sometimes, drama with the two overlaps. Now, instead of it being in du.org.acorn, it's in LJ land. Today we've got press on campus to chat with students about a fake racist letter written to the annual April Fool's fake newspaper called the ``Acron''. Once more, for the 4th time or so since I got here as a student, people tried to suppress the Acorn by gathering up every copy they could find and hiding it. The same old stupid dance, another few years later, spin your partner round and round.

I can't stop watching this. Damn you, shmivejournal!

Last night jenniever and I saw Sin City at last. Before hitting our local moviehouse, we stopped at Iron Chef Puck's local eatery. While munching on our excellent meal, jenniever noticed the lack of comment cards. As I've posted in the past, the place has had a nasty airline food odor. After watching Puck whup Morimoto, jenniever and I braved the odor to try the cuisine. We raved about the service and cuisine on the comment card, but complained about the smell. Thinking nothing more of it, we just planned on getting it delivered in the future. But last night, after noticing that the comment cards had gone, jenniever pointed out that they took the smell with them. Nice!

After raving about the movie to each other, I found out that jenniever's never read a comic or graphic novel in her life. It's a good thing that madolan didn't find this out while we were on wideathtrip. Otherwise, jenniever would probably be locked in a small box somewhere in madisonwi, surrounded by bread, water, and comics. I've already got a few titles lined up for her to read. Some of you funny book readers should suggest some more.

Hah. dickardo just logged into one of the desktops in my office to blast the aforementioned video at me. Bastard. America: We Stand As One!

Why the fuck would a laptop bluescreen and refuse to load user profiles correctly when you turn on ClearType for when no user's logged in, when every other fucking desktop and laptop that I've touched fails to explode when asked to do this? WTF?

Feeling: productive productive
Listening to: Megadeth, My Last Words

Chorus of 73 demons || Preach it
abmann From: abmann Date: April 7th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
The Maxx.
Sam Keith's finest.

I'm also a fan of Cerebus, but that's a huge investment and many, many, many people hate the hell out of it.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 7th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I still want cessna182 to write up his rant about the evolution of Cerebus (as mentioned in madolan's LJ). He broke it down quite well, with some armchair psychology and literary analysis thrown in.
dewgirl From: dewgirl Date: April 7th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Sin City was the first and only graphic novel I've ever read, and that was just a few months ago (in preparation for the movie, of course)

It just didn't do anything for me, and basically lived up to all of the mental stereotypes I had in my head. Don't get me wrong - I loved the movie itself, loved the look, loved the stories... but in book form, it totally rubbed me the wrong way.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 7th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
So the movie was much better than the book, for you, as is rarely the case for most people and most adaptations?


There's few comics or books where I think the movie adaptation surpassed the source. Fight Club, The Crow, and a couple others spring to mind. But that's a small crowd.
_guy_incognito From: _guy_incognito Date: April 7th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Sometimes I wish people were a little less sensitive.

I loved Sin City, but I couldn't help but feel it was missing...something...the reason I haven't really brought it up before is I just can't quite seem to put my finger on what that is exactly...

Perhaps the bluescreen is due to heat?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 7th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
  • I wish people would take themselves less seriously. It's hard to take college politics so seriously. The entire population changes every four years. Yes, it's great to learn about points of order, and how to run campaigns. Yes, it's good to have some sort of organization to represent the students and fill a role in student<->administration relations. But unfortunately, many of the people attracted to that organization (and the SGAs in most other schools that friends of mine have gone to/worked at) take themselves and it way too seriously.
  • Have you read the graphic novels? What did you think of them?
  • The bluescreen isn't from the .DEFAULT registry keys, it turns out. It's either from turning the paging executive off, turning the large system cache on, increasing the size of the IO page lock limit, or disabling NTFS's last access update stamp. I'm focusing in on the culprit as we speak.
idunn From: idunn Date: April 7th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Apparently I'm odd. I'm the only person I know who didn't like Sin City. Didn't care for the characters, thought the dialogue was really stinted. Bruce Willis, he made me care for his character and his situation a bit, because he's Bruce Willis. His acting's pretty understated and believable. Everything else struck me as over the top. Granted, I never was a fan of film noir, nor of Frank Miller, who I think writes excellent action but whose dialogue skills could improve. I keep trying to get into Batman: Year One and failing.

The cinematography was beautiful. I've yet to see another film that literally looks like a storyboard sprung to life.

SGA and Acorn crap doesn't surprise me. I winced reading the April Fool's editorial letter, wondering who the hell signed off on this. I actually worked the Acorn as an editor my freshman year before I fled for saner pastures. The drama apparently hasn't ended since then.

Oh, and for the record, there isn't anything better than having class outside :) Only then your attention span, or what's left of it after a day's worth of studying, receives the final nail in the coffin. How can one listen to a prof with spring all around is beyond me :D
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 7th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
  • I'm a sucker for over the top. There's many movies that no other human being who I respect enjoyed that I absolutely loved, that I'm embarrassed to even name. I'm also a noir fan. I think most of the graphic novels I own are Miller.
  • Spawn also did a good job of adapting the comic book feel to the silver screen, I thought.
  • It seemed like many of the guys in the class were ogling the women in shorts walking by instead of listening to the professor, quite often. It was also entertaining to watch her try to yell over passing trucks. Does your favorite professor still teach classes in the Snack Bar?
njlirpy From: njlirpy Date: April 7th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Iron Chef Puck?

Bleh. Seeing that made me choke on my coffee. The American version sucks, the only good thing about it is that Alton Brown is on it (he rocks in any venue). Referring to those fluffed up Food TV jerks as Iron Chefs is blasphemous.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 7th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Iron Chef Puck?

Honestly, I thought the same thing as well. The Shatner version was horrible. But I'm starting to get into this version.

Yes, there's less awesome sweeping grand dramatic elements. Yes, there's not nearly enough biographical information about the chefs. Yes, some of the tasters are wastes of flesh. Yes, Kaga's nephew is no Kaga. That being said, I'm diggin' it more and more. I just wish that they had got rid of Iron Chef Bobby Asshat, and kept Puck. Puck was awesome. Alton's a great commentator. Morimoto rocks anywhere he goes.

Speaking of he whose cuisine reigns supreme, have you two been to his place in Philly yet?
dickardo From: dickardo Date: April 7th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I had to retaliate somehow for leaving it playing during lunch and locking the computer so I couldn't turn it off. Bastard.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 8th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I didn't think that it was on repeat. It wasn't playing when I got back from lunch.

You could always do what agent179 did to me once, and plug a pair of headphones into my computer.
madolan From: madolan Date: April 8th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC) (Hard link)
jenniever has many laudable and admirable traits, so one unfortunate oversight can hardly be held against her. And while there were many selfish reasons I could have used to try and keep her in Madison, it's probably for the best that I couldn't add comics to the list at the time.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 8th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC) (Hard link)

We all have our faults...

vitaman's never seen a single Star Wars movie, jenniever's never read a comic book, utini2 never saw Office Space or Fight Club or just about any great movie until recently, Bon Jovi got kicked out of my high school, there's cracks all over our fragile shells.
metallian From: metallian Date: April 8th, 2005 02:02 am (UTC) (Hard link)
What titles have you recommended so far? I have a few recommendations, but they are all pretty much the "standard must-read classics."
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 8th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Mostly Miller works. The Dark Phoenix Saga, Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, the Punisher and Daredevil graphic novels, the Wolverine four-part graphic novel, and crap I'm forgetting what else.
periol From: periol Date: April 8th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I think many fans of Terry Schiavo should watch that video, so their hearts can be put at ease. As a born-again believer, I already knew that the dead become angels and fly over America. As it should be. We were founded under godly principles or something.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 8th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC) (Hard link)

It's sad that you're the first person to click on that link and comment on it...

Not counting dickardo, who I showed it to earlier today.

I love the guy infusing the child in the playground with spiritual light, and him getting posessed. Wow.

What's even funnier is that this guy was the head of stunts for ST:TNG and ST:DS9.
celaeno From: celaeno Date: April 10th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Holy crap. That "We Stand As One" video wasn't working for me when you first posted this, and I forgot about it until someone posted the link on a message board I read. Holy crap.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 10th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Check out the creator.
Chorus of 73 demons || Preach it