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29 June 2008 @ 10:54 am
it's been 4 years...i'm done.

25 June 2008 @ 01:56 am
I’ve finally cracked open the LOTR trilogy, having been in love with the movies for so long. Fans of the book and of tolkien lore where outraged at a number of corruptions that Hollywood made to the tale. However, I’m pleased. Fans of books need to remember that books work differently than movies. Also, Hollywood didn’t make this movie for JUST the fans of the book, they tried to make the story accessible to everybody else all while keeping the fans happy. It’s a thin line to walk, but I think they pulled it off.

i've only made it through 1 and half of 2. here are my thoughts:

Tom Bombadil would have been a worthy addition, but it’s 100% not crucial to the story line.

People hated Arwen’s role in the movie. She was such a secondary character, rarely even seen. However, knowing the movies first, Aragorn’s struggle with his love for her in the books is evident. He’s almost always brooding and pining for her. It’s sweet. Arwen was also a good device to tie together a lot of things that had been left out of the movies, to make the storyline more continuous.

I’m surprised by Aragorn’s arrogance. The movies had him appear as such a reluctant ruler. He was content as a ranger, didn’t want to take his rightful place on the throne until the middle of the 3rd movie. I’m sure it was amended to show his character’s growth. However, I’m shocked by his, “I’m the rightful king of gondor, so I’m clearly special, blah blah blah” attitude.
10 June 2008 @ 11:39 pm
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17 May 2008 @ 10:19 pm
well, it's been awhile, i know you've missed this. it's summer and the book endeavor is BACK!

last summer i read 17 books on my list.

during the school year i read, but didn't review (damn, i should go back and do that), 5:

the Agamemnon, Lysistrata, the Medea, Day of the Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts.

i still have a ton to go, but i'm aiming for at least 10 books this summer. i'll be continuing work on my thesis, so i will be reading about british trade all summer, but...we'll see.

i'd absolutely love to bang out all the ancient classic that i, as a classics major (oooh, look at my appositive), should have read. i have a really great prose translation of the aeneid in the car, and one of the best poetry translations of the odyssey. then there are all the plays: i don't know how many i have left on here, but they're easy reads, so that's a reasonable goal.

i'd also like to broaden my horizons again and read something that i'd never pick up on my own. i did that with things like "rubyfruit jungle" and "miss lonelyhearts" and was pleasantly surprised.

oh, i also found "the fountainhead" while i was cleaning my room, which was supposed to be my next book, but i lost track of my mission.

The following is a horrendous idea: while i was cleaning my room, i ALSO found two books of a trilogy that at the time of purchase, i thought i would love. they've been sitting there for years. Naguib Mafouz' Cairo Trilogy. Originally in Arabic, set in egypt, award winning...i should be able to do it, but i've just never read them. reading those two is a horrible idea because they aren't on my damned list. We'll see.
Current Music: Alanis Morissette - "All I Really Want"
16 April 2008 @ 09:55 pm
02 April 2008 @ 10:24 pm
econ 490
classics 161 mwf 11:00
econ 351 tuth 2:00
econ 346 mwf 10:00
29 March 2008 @ 02:52 pm
this is going to be way off because i ran out of space on my hard drive, so i had to move a ton of music to my external.

How many songs? 2799

Sort by song title
First: A.D.I.D.A.S by Korn
Last: 10001110101 by Clutch

Sort by time
Shortest: "Welcome" off Americana by the Offspring (0:10)
Longest: Abbott and Costello's original and complete "Who's on First?" routine (30:11)

Sort by album
First: Above by Mad Season (which is fantastic, btw)
Last: 1919 Eternal by Black Label Society

Top five most played songs (play count)
1. Stinkfist by Tool (222)
2. Lateralus by Tool (188)
3. Parabola by Tool (176)
4. Cold by Crossfade (173)
5. Disposition by Tool (167)

hmmm, let's do top five most played "non tool" songs, shall we?
1. Cold by Crossfade (173)
2. Duality by Slipknot (124)
3. So Cold by Breaking Benjamin (122)
4. If I Die Tomorrow by Motley Crue (116)
5. Sky by Ra (97)

First song that comes up on shuffle
Don't Stop Believing by Journey

How many songs? 17
Favorite: tough pick...ima go with "Under the Bridge" by RHCP

How many songs? 20
Favorite: Death Blooms by Mudvayne

How many songs? 83
Favorite: another tough one..."Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar

How many songs? 234
Favorite: SO HARD! i can't narrow it down. Have a Cigar by Pink Floyd, You by Candlebox and Civil War by GNR

How many songs? 21
Favorite: Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey

How many songs? 9
Favorite: "it's not easy being green" by Kermit the Frog

How many songs? 19
Favorite: "All over You" by Live (i was surprised all of throwing copper showed up on my list. chad gracey...k)
25 March 2008 @ 01:55 am
a) boys do indeed suck and i do hate them :)

b) i can't write for shit

c) i have so much tension in the back of my neck, i can't handle it. fuck
23 March 2008 @ 11:14 pm
i have no game...

why the fuck is this?
21 March 2008 @ 07:31 am

sarah and i got our shit together and headed back down to the casino to poker it up. i was staking sarah, because that's the kinda friend i am. we played from about 10ish to 5. so 7 hours?

i took 400 with me, she pissed away 200 and i now have $646? in my wallet or so.

so when she pays me back, i'll be up $446 for the trip, plus my $177 from last time, that's $623 total for 12 hours? of play. not too shabby.

no hands were particularly memorable. the same guy busted my pocket kings twice, once with the a straight, the second time with a flush. actually, i got the flush on the river too, he had the ace. it stung a bit, but...what can you do? it happens.

i love when there's a paired flop and you're holding that card. i LOVE it. i almost always bet it too, because people'll rarely believe you.

i need to work on focusing on my position more. too many times did i allow myself to become first to act. originally i'd make a raise from middle position or something, and the guy right after me would usually call, so it would be a showdown with us, and i'm always acting first. i lost a bunch of chips to him because of that. gotta work on it

at one point, there were three girls at my table. i was shocked. it was me and sarah, and then somebody else sat down.