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It's Time For "Probing the Membrane of SCIENCE!!"

Yes, that new avatar is Professor Membrane, famed supergenius from Invader Zim. Inventor of supertoast, it's true.

I've been watching alot of the Zim reruns recently, so I decided to change up my avatar FOR SCIENCE, and just to have something different. A Gir or Zim avy would simply be to common and stereotypical, so through complex SCIENCE I decided on this guy. It also sticks with my tradition of slightly crazy, dark haired, 30-something year old men with glasses. I must have an affinity of some sort for them. :(

Well I had to drop by my school today, that time of year is drawing near once again. There's a load of forms to fill out before I go back next week to pick up my ID and schedule. Speaking of my school schedule, the Creative Writing class I signed up for is not available due to lack of interest. That's a shame, because I really wanted to get back into some creative writing and having a class dedicated to it would give me extra time. I tried to take Global Business instead, but that conflicted with other classes and it all ends up with me taking a semester of P.E.


Well I had to take it sometime anyway. I'll just take the second semester of it senior year.

Well, a good day (night, whatever) to all of you and best hopes to any of the rest of you who are going back to school in a couple of weeks.

This blog needs a smiley face.


Afterglow (Tagged and That's Not All!)

Music Tag Blog Thingamajig


- You know how this works. And there's no way I'm tagging 10 people for this. :x

1. If someone says, "Is this okay?" You say
Honky Cat - Elton John

2. How would you describe yourself?
Bent - Matchbox Twenty (*confused look*)

3. What do you like in a guy/girl?

The B1tch is Back - Elton John (*worried look*...)

4. How do you feel today?
The Show Must Go On - Queen

5. What is your life's purpose?
What Is Eternal - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (well obviously I must be immortal...I guess)

6. What is your motto?
To Much Love Will Kill You - Queen (well it's not a BAD motto)

7. What do your friends think of you?
Living On My Own - Queen (that actually makes sense, but what's with all these Queen songs?)

8. What do you think of your parents?
Red Rain - Peter Gabriel (-_-)

9. What do you think about very often?
Vacant - Dream Theater (I guess I always think about... NOTHING! HeHEhahoohahehe)

10. What is 2 + 2?
It's Easy - Boston (COOORRECT)

11. What do you think of your best friend?
A Guy Like Me - Pat Green (wow, that's really good)

12. What do you think of the person you like?
Holst: The Planets-Venus - London Symphony Orchestra (well, Venus was the goddess of love :D)

13. What is your life story?
Princes of the Universe - Queen (awesome 8))

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?
The Mummy "Sand Volcano" - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (So am I the mummy or the sand volcano?)

15. What do you think of when you see the person you like?
Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen(What's with this immortal stuff, and all the Queen? Though the song does talk of love)

16. What will you dance to at your wedding?
The Last Worthless Evening - Don Henley (nice :))

17, What will they play at your funeral?
The Miracle - Queen (So was I a miracle, or was it a miracle that I died?0_o)

18. What is your hobby/interest?
Good - Better Than Ezra

19. What is your biggest fear?
The Invisible Man - Queen (Now I'm on your track and I'm in your mind, And I'm on your back but don't look behind, I'm your meanest thought, I'm your darkest fear 0_o)

20. What is your biggest secret?
The Three Worlds of Gulliver "Overture" - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

21. What do you think of your friends?
I Walk Beside You - Dream Theater (Okay, cool)

22. What will you put as the title?
Afterglow - Genesis (*sigh*)

That's alot more Queen songs than I expected. Crazy iTunes.

Now for the REAL blog.


So I took a long weekend vacation up in Coeur D'Alene last weekend, sorry for the lack of previous warning. We went down to Hells Canyon on the Snake River one of the days, it's an interesting area, both geographically and historically, but I have to admit it's not really my kind of place. But enough of the good things, time for a drench of negativity.

On the flight up to Coeur D'Alene (well, flight to Spokane) I LOST MY ITOUCH. A terrible, terrible thing to befall a person. I'm fairly sure I know where it was, and filed a report with the airline for my missing item. I doubt it will return to me though. Someone probably picked it up and is having a grand old time with it.

But the problem isn't only in losing my access to music on-the-go, iTouches are multipurpose devices, both a gift and a condemning factor. I need just it to accomplish many different tasks, but now that I no longer have it none of those tasks can be done at all. I lose access to music, but also to a significant outlet for videos, games, news, and keeping up with my favorite websites. Oh, and an effective timekeeper when I need a watch. :P Thank goodness I have a DS and a computer that will be readily available this weekend.

Negativity dose #2: My refridgerator is shot. Broken, busted, kaput. Everything had to be moved to the other fridge or put into two small ones we have kept in the garage, but now are in our kitchen. Our other fridge is still pretty new, and now we need another. -_-

Now for catz. We adopted a new cat last week. A tabby, rather shy, a little skinny. Originally our other cat was hostile towards it, but now the new cat is hostile towards the old cat whenever it tries to get close to her. At least their behavior seems to be improving somewhat. I like cats. 8)

So the last week was only decently good, but I'm still fine and desperately wanting to buy Metroid Prime Trilogy. It's a few months late, I realize, but I never picked it up and I really wish I had. I might have to settle for used, which is fine by me, but my relatives don't like buying used games for me at any time, despite that I tell them it's fine.

My Past Few Months, All In One Blog

Well. I haven't been active here in awhile, obviously. I don't even really know why, becuase I still have some extra time. I just... end up doing other things. :) Sorry about that.


Well, last I left off by playing some Pokemon. I finished the gym run in Platinum and spent some post game time with that. Really a pretty good game, as long as you like pokemon. I worked more on SoulSilver but sadly, it remains waiting for me to finish the last 2 Kanto gyms (and of course there re so many other things to do after that). I spent most of my spare time on it for awhile, but a vacation broke the momentum and I actually haven't picked it up in a month and a half.

I went back to Super Mario Galaxy and finished my star collection in preparation for the sequel.

I'd like to inform you that I made a Steam account and got myself some free Portal (great game), and later Team Fortress 2 (on sale, of course). I haven't played much TF2, but it's quite fun, and I had a fine time playing online with my friends.

I came back from vacation a month ago to the tune of SMG2 and Spirit Tracks. I've been playing SMG2 with my brother. I'm letting him do quite a few of the levels with me a player 2. I wish I could play more myself, but he really enjoys doing it. :) We are pretty near finishing the "story". It's a great game, and I'll probably replay it in the future.

Spirit Tracks is another great game. Pretty much everything I wanted Phantom Hourglass to be, but now realize it wasn't. The characters are much more interesting, important, and individual, lending that Zelda charm. It is similar to PH in some crucial ways, but I don't mind it that much. The music is better and I think they have made a great difficulty level for a portable game.

I also played Chrono Trigger DS a second time. :D


One movie in particular that I recently watched stands out to me. That would be Grave of the Fireflies (1988 ). A fantastic animated Japanese film from Isao Takahata, Grave of the Fireflies deals with the struggles and lives of two children in Japan during the end of WWII. Takahata is a head of Studio Ghibli, along with Hayao Miyazaki. Takahata often takes on important producing roles for Miyazaki's films. It is an anti-war film that speaks not of soldiers, but of homeland problems and struggles due to mistakes. It's a very sad film that feels entirely and inexplicably human. 10/10 or close to it because I couldn't stop thinking of it for a week.

Toy Story 3 was a great conclusion to the trilogy and was prime entertainment with a touching emotional theme of loss and dedication. I think it keeps up Pixar's reputation of being great. 9.7/10

I also watched Iron Man. That's a good action film. :P But it also has an interesting premise in Iron Man's purpose. 8.0/10

I was sad to hear The Last Airbender supposedly failed. The series was really good. Did any of you think it was good? Or even see it?

Inception catches my eye. Have any of you seen it?

Miyazaki II, Texas Education, and Pokemon

It's been a long time since I've blogged, and even longer since it was something important. :P

But now there are some things I'd like to mention, now that I have the chance. First of all, I've continued to rewatch Miyazaki's films, most recently Laputa: Castle in the Sky. That would be his second movie as part of tudio Ghibli, from 1986. Although I think it is surpassed by Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Castle, and Spirited Away, it is by no means a bad film (although I'm not really a fan of the male protagonist's voice acting in the english dub). It's still a fun, serious, and magical movie that one would expect from Miyazaki. And the comedy is arguably the best and most extensive of most of his films.

For those of you that know I live in Texas, good for you, for those that don't: I live in Texas. In case any of you don't know, Texas passed new texbook laws a couple weeks ago. They decided that Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment should not be studied in history, in favor of Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin, among other religiously important figures. For those that don't know, Jefferson was: The third president, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and the coiner of the term 'a wall of separation between church and state'. They've also decided that the US should never be described as 'democratic' or 'capitalist', in favor of 'constitutional republic' and 'free enterprise'.

That's crazy talk. I don't know how, in this day and age, they can do this.

I also picked up Pokemon SoulSilver and Platinum just recently for $62 total, which isn't a bad price considering they were new copies. I haven't started them yet, but I plan to soon. It will be my first excursion into pokemon since Sapphire, which I sold three and a half years ago. :)

And in my opinion, SoulSIlver has some pretty great cover art:

I think it looks quite a bit better than this:

although that is a nostalgic image reminiscent of pokemon's old art$tyle

Everything is going normal with me, and I hope it's the same or better for all the rest of you.

ungh. Short Blog Time

Short Blog now. Elaborate later, very tired. :)

So, I've been thinking about how this gen will end in terms of sales. Using my very advanced and comprehensive XD formulas I have predicted this. We'll see how close I get.

In 4 years' time...

PS3: 49-52 mil

360: 53-56 mil

Wii: 85-89 mil

DS (all versions): 148-152 mil

PSP (all versions): 90-92 mil

If anything I might be too low on some of these. It brings total home console sales to ~190 mil in 4 years. Which is probably low. It might be upwards of 200 mil with all the new Wii owners.

I think the 3DS is a promising idea with a strange release date, although I'm predicting a possible Pokemon launch title, which will drive first month sales up significantly. That is, if it comes out when they say it will. I can't wait to hear more about it at E3.


Well since I said I liked them, I'm going to talk about one of Hayao Miyazaki's films in this blog.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Considered the first film by Studio Ghibli, though the studio wasn't formed at the time it led to the creation of the studio. It was based off a manga series being worked on by Miyazaki at the time. It is a postapocalyptic setting, although sometimes it seems a medieval steampunk. I loved the setting when I first watched it. :)

The visuals obviously look a little aged and aren't as fine as Miyazaki's works a decade later, but being a completely handdrawn animation it is still quite good and is still enjoyable today. The new English dub (2005) is great, I think, and I don't notice many scripting problems. The voices fit the characters (Mark Hamill is featured at one point as the leader of Pegite. I didnt even know).

Miyazaki's usual feminism is shown here, with a strong and smart female protagonist and other strong females, put it's not pushy, preachy or anything of that nature.

The story is interesting and pretty strong. There are enough touching moments and surprising events to go around, and the world is pretty interesting too. A thousand years in the future, the earth has been ravaged, and many small and large city-states reamain as man's only settlement. The toxic jungle houses gigantic insects and is slowly spreading to encase many villages.

It all just feels pretty... right. There is no deus ex machina or random unexplored events that shift the plot. Everything seems used to its fullest and in a sense making way, although I was a little confused in one part, even now.

Despite being early, this is in my opinion one of Miyazaki's best, and it even has a manga to go along with it, telling a different story, if you wish to explore this world more. It deserves to be watched by anyone who claims they like films.

I'm giving it at least a 9.4 out 0f 10. Or a 5 out of 5.

I need a laptop, dammit.

Hello again. I have been flitting around the site, although mostly from my ipod, which does not recognize GS text boxes as typeable areas. :(

So now I'm finally back in a typing position. On the family desktop. With restrictions. I can't use it too much, I can't use it too late, other people have to use it, I have to do homework, etc.

So my free time is limited on my typing-able computer.

Thus, I conclude I need a laptop. It would be so much easier to find things from my room, check updates, post comments and blogs without having to wait and remember to do it later.

So sorry if I'm unable to respond quickly. I can assure you that I read everything addressed to me, though.

I have taken a large interest in films, recently I have been rewatching some of Hayao Miyazaki's absolute masterpieces from Studio Ghibli, that I first watched four or five years ago. I have also seen some other films, so I'm considering talking about them in future blogs, coming soon. I like giving information, so even if I haven't watched a movie, read a book, or played a game, I'll try and answer a question if you have one, so ask.



or, my list of favorite consoles.



3.Playstation 2




That's all my experience. I love the NES, and I'm sorry it's last, but it can't match the epicness I know to be the SNES. (And I never actually played an actual NES in its day, just a few games) Ask for explanations if you please. :)

I'm asking for too many questions. And I don't know why.

It's C.S.Lewis! It's Stephen King! No, itsTolkien!!

(If you didn't notice, the title just might be a play on the classic Superman intro :) )

That's right folks. If you are stumbling upon his blog as one of my friends, I applaud and thank you for still being interested in me after my extended absence.

I finally have made my way back here, and I'm planning on staying a long time. There might have to be some long breaks, as this summer I'm taking a couple trips when I will probably be uncontactable. Sadly an ipod doesn't recognize GS text boxes...

I did recieve an ipod touch slightly before Christmas, so I've been spending a bit of time exploring mobile gaming, and I have to say it's a world of wonders but also one of many pitfalls. You can't be too ambitious with a mobile game. Puzzles, defense, mini, simple, and some RPG games work best. The shooters haven't been tweaked to my liking yet. And even 2d RPGs can be trying on you while playing on an ipod. Definetly not the gamer's platform of choice, but it is great for portability and anytime I have only a half hour to play.

I like Meteos, the simple Doodle Jump/papi style games, puzzle, and Plants Vs. Zombies most.

I've still been listening to podcasts while on my break, and reading news, so I'm as up to date on games as I could be. I look forward to hanging around with all of you again.

I'm Back, Sort Of. + School & Christmas

Hey, hey, hey!

I'm back, at least for tonight. I have been on for about the equivalent of one or two hours these last two weeks, and I'm sorry to everyone for dropping out on you. The thing is, I probably won't be around for long next week either. I have finals.

I have a final in every class. None of them are really worrying me, but I have lots of studying and reviews to do.

I brought my Biology grade back up to a 92, from an 89. Now my semester average is a 93. I'm not too good at that class. :lol:

The week after this, I will be able to be on more, because I'll be on Christmas break!!!1! But then, on the 24th, I leave on a long vacation, and won't return until Jan. 1st. I'll probably be on GS very little during that time. Maybe when I come back, I can really geta reputation working again.

Anyhow, nice to see all of you, and I will be back on a little (4 hrs) later tonight. I'm running lights and sound for a production at my local theater, and I have a show tonight.

Christmas List, and More

I've had 3 blogs in quick succession this week. I hope no one minds.

My Christmas list (the game portion):

Metroid Prime Trilogy

Mario&Luigi: BIS

LoZ: Spirit Tracks

Chrono Trigger

LoZ: Majora's Mask (VC)

(I have more, but you can't have everything)

And somehow obtaining a GBA SP would be nice. I hav a desire to play GB (on a better screen than my GB) and GBC games.

I read ths off an ad link. 10 best game collections. (GameFAQS)

I'm disappointed in this list. Mainly, they didn't include Metroid Prime Trilogy, considering how the Primes are very highly rated games, and having tham all for the price of one, with Wii controls, is a bonus. I wouldn't put it past the Orange Box, but it seems damn close.

How does the list seem to you?

What games are you looking forward to, or buying for Christmas?

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