gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (OMG EXAMS WHY)
I've been meaning to blog about this for ages, but the last time I was at [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis and [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic's, we were channel-surfing and came upon an evangelical show where the (obviously born-again) televangelist was offering, in exchange for donations, "citizen of Heaven" drivers' license-style passes. He kept advertising them as "proof that you're going to heaven."

...The more things change, the more they stay the same.

It's especially ironic because, as with most born-again sects, he was obviously a Protestant of some sort.

In other news, my seminar paper is coming along slowly (VERY slowly) but surely. I'm hoping to pound out a good chunk of it on Friday, or at least enough to be able to pass around a decent 5-page chunk to my classmates and have enough of a specific idea of where EXACTLY I'm going with the rest of it that I can present on it coherently. Here's hopin'.

My goal is actually to get the entire draft done by next Friday, which was the original due date before our prof gave us an extra week on Monday...that way I can download and watch the S4 premiere of Doctor Who completely guilt-free.

Finally, a meme:
Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it.
Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on yaoi, favorite type of underwear, writing techniques, etc.


Mar. 21st, 2008 12:24 pm
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Gay in green)
Well, today is the much-vaunted LJ Strike of Doom. The fact that I'm posting probably tells you what I think of it.

In other news, today is apparently not only Good Friday but also Purim! Purim was one of my favorite holidays as a kid; basically celebrating it involves using groggers (noisemakers), eating pastries shaped like hats, and watching a Rocky Horror-style reconstruction of the Ahasuerus/Esther story. (Seeing Rabbi Zedek in drag, on rollerskates, was possibly simultaneously one of the awesomest and one of the scariest things I've ever seen. And we're not talking "old lady" drag, we're talking "dressed like Daisy Duke" drag.) It's WAY more fun than Good Friday. XD

Other news:
- I've trying to teach myself Flash animation;
- I just set up a WordPress blog on my website where I will probably review any/everything I decide to review (but don't worry, I'll still have links to it here on LJ; it'll probably also mirror all my [livejournal.com profile] baketothefuture posts);
- and I'm currently reading volume 2 of Sex Love Pistols, which I got from Prairie Lights not too long ago.

There's always something unsettling about buying shrinkwrapped gay mpreg manga from Prairie Lights; the cashiers always look at me funny. D:

Now I think I'm going to play some more SSBB. :D
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (WRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY)
...man, the Heroes file I downloaded last night turned out to be some kind of fucked-up file, and now I have to re-download and wait until TONIGHT to watch it. I AM WEEPING COPIOUSLY Y'ALL. ;_;

I have decided that I'm going to install Yellow Dog Linux on my PS3, mostly for emulation and M.U.G.E.N. purposes. Just imagine how sweet it would be to play Seiken Densetsu 3 in English on the PS3, or an epic Jojo vs. Ryu M.U.G.E.N. match on my HDTV...I get all tingly thinking about it. (And of course I'd love to play Persona 2: Innocent Sin on my PS3, if that English translation ever comes out.)

So I imagine I'll be updating with the results of my progress, just so that y'all other PS3 users out there on the flist (all...two of you that I can think of, who don't seem particularly interested in homebrew orz BUT WHAT ABOUT EPIC DIO X BRIDGET BATTLES THAT DON'T INVOLVE SHOTARAPE A LA 4CHAN) can learn from my progress and inevitable mistakes if you wish to do the same. I won't be able to do it until probably later this week, though - I need to pick up a USB keyboard and mouse before I even think about installation.

Let's Positive Linking!
- Crono learns Slash. Old-school CT fans should enjoy this (I especially like Marle's picture-perfect win pose).
- Did Jesus affirm a gay couple in the Bible? You learn the most interesting things from fandom_wank religious discussions...I'd never even heard about this before but I find it pretty convincing linguistically.
- Jesus vs. Jeezus. Mildly amusing, and in the vein of the last link. I PREFER JESUS TO JEEZUS THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Help. Please.)
THE LOLCAT BIBLE (from [livejournal.com profile] tastystirfry) IS MY NEW MOST AWESOMEST THING EVAR

To give you an idea, the LOLcat version of Genesis 3: 6-10:
& when teh woman saw dat teh tree wuz gud 4 fud with flavr an everything , & dat it wuz cool 2 teh eyez, & dat teh tree wuz 2 b desird 2 make man wise, she nom nom nom its fruit; & she gaev sum 2 Adam, & he eated it.
& teh eyez ov them both were opend, & they knew dat their harbls were showin & stuff cuz Ceiling Cat didnt gaev dem no furz liek teh aminals; & they sewd sum fig-leavez togethr, & made themselvez clofs. Eve even maded firs thong but was vry vry itchy. srsly.
& they heard teh meow ov Ceiling Cat walkin in teh garden in teh kewl ov teh dai: & teh man & his wife hided themselvez fum Ceiling Cat amongst teh treez ov teh garden.
& Ceiling Cat calld unto teh man, & meowed unto him, "excuse me, wtf u at"?
& he said, i heard yo voice in teh garden, & i wuz scurrd, because i wuz nekkid & stuff; & i hided and did not want 4 u to see mah harbls kthx.

...if the real Bible were this hilarious, I might still be Catholic. XD
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Pissed off Hot Pants)
While visiting PostSecret today, I saw a card that I think sums up a lot of people's motivations (probably including mine): "Sometimes we put up walls. Not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to knock them down."

...Anyway, more Suikotactoblog!

In which we meet and bury Corselia's daddy )

And the Big BPAL Review Update o' Doom!

BPAL: The Sleeper )

BPAL: Dreamland )

BPAL: Annabel Lee )

BPAL: Lenore )

I'm afraid the Demon in My View collection was mostly a bust - I only liked 3 out of like 9 or 10. Well, send the rest to sale/swap!

BPAL: Wilde )

Let's Positive Linking!
- Church offers Goth Eucharist. (From...somebody, can't remember who.) Personally, I'm waiting for the Goth Bible, where Jesus cuts himself and listens to Evanescence in the Garden of Gethsemane.
- Dammit, the human body should not move like this! I'm amused by the fact that she totally moves like Voldo from Soul Calibur III (down to the floppy thing and the roll near the end of the video).
- If you haven't seen the South Park episode "Trapped in the Closet" - the one that can't be reaired because Tom Cruise is trying to sue - here's your chance. I especially liked the end credits. XD
(And yes, that IS what Scientologists believe, believe it or not.)
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Even Dumbledore loves BPAL)
Damn BPAL, they really know how to get me to buy smelly stuff. They've just introduced a frickin' Chaucer scent (Parlement of Foules). That's cheating! >F

Anyway, because I'm sure y'all were waiting with bated breath for me to pick up with the BPAL reviews again, here ya are!

BPAL: The Hesperides )

BPAL: Gluttony )

BPAL: Cerberus )

Anyway, classes start up again tomorrow (well, today now, I guess, since it's after midnight). Fortunately I have a very good schedule this semester - no classes before 1 p.m. and Fridays off, though I do have evening classes Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. However, I'd probably still better get to bed so that I can get my full ten hours before having to go in to class. So I will leave you with links!

Let's Positive Linking!
- Apparently the Brain (from Pinky and the Brain) was based on Orson Welles. Which homage I'd never realized before but now wonder how in the hell I missed it. XD
- A funny-ass song that anyone who's ever dated a gamer will find extra-hilarious. It starts off slow, but by the end I was laughing my ass off. (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.)
- Even though the Donner Party is famous for cannibalism, apparently the Donner family itself didn't practice it. Which is good to know, I guess.
- Jack Thompson wants to ban Sims 2. Because apparently it provides a playground for pedophiles and has realistically rendered genitalia under the blur. (Which, no. I've seen screenshots with the anti-blur patch, and the Sims look like Ken and Barbie dolls.) Lord, what fools these zealots be...
- On the other side, here's a negative review of Narnia that bashes it for being too Christian. I have no problem with it bashing Narnia per se, or even for disliking the "religious themes," it's just that it seems kind of shriekingly, aggressively, reactionarily atheistic. It's like the moment this person heard that the writer intended it to be a Christian allegory, a little siren in her head turned on blinking "warning, belief approaching - FIRE TORPEDOES!" Especially when her main complaint is "C.S. LEWIS WAS CHRISTIAN AND THEY'RE PROMOTING THIS MOVIE IN CHURCHES!" Which, y'know, are both true, but kind of irrelevant to the movie itself.
(And really, as religious allegory it's kinda piss-poor - not only did I not notice it when I first read them as a kid, but even now I'm like, "wait, but if Aslan is Jesus how does that work if he's already the great king of the forest? Shouldn't he be like a lamb or a mouse or something meek?" So I don't quite understand how this reviewer got "OH MY GOD THEY'RE INCULCATING CHILDREN WITH EVIL CHRISTIAN VALUES" because, seriously, if that's the case? They're shockingly incompetent.)
...Also, according to this article 43% of Britons don't know what Easter celebrates. :O
- And while we're on the subject of assy critiques, here's one of a Jewish comic book that takes the opportunity to slam ALL graphic novels. Because apparently graphic novels are INCAPABLE of being an art form, despite the fact that they're combining words and pictures, both of which can be an art form on their own. I guess there must be some kind of chemical reaction when they come together that emits anti-artistic or possibly death rays, that's the only explanation I can come up with for such sheer idiocy.
- And finally on the "stupid review" front, here's a review from Orson Scott Card of Aeon Flux. The entire article is about how Aeon Flux is too much like the video game it's based on, which makes for a bad movie, and then moves out to a criticism of video games in general (though he does give props to Katamari Damacy). There's only really one problem with it: AF is not based on a videogame, but on a series of MTV shorts from the early (mid?) 90s. ...It's called research, Orson, you might wanna look it up. (And yes, I realize the logical problem inherent in that sentence.)
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Fursuit Mario (by Sam of VGR))
You know, if they do a PS3 remake of Final Fantasy VII, what I'd be most looking forward to seeing? How they handle the Honeybee Inn sequence. XD

Anyway, this weekend [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28 came up to Iowa to visit. And you know, I totally had not realized how much I missed either of them until they got here. I was like "...DAMN, but it's good to see you both." XD

We mostly just hung out at my apartment and tried some of the restaurants in Iowa City (the Airliner, the Hamburg Inn, and someplace even I'd never tried before, Joe's Grill). We did go out to a movie theater and see Corpse Bride though, which was really good (and a testimony to the fact that that execrable remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a momentary glitch).

I showed Advent Children to Vinnie (whose thoughts on the plot ran similar to mine). And We Love Katamari was a hit with them as well. Also, they brought up my Gamecube, so we played quite a bit of Super Smash Bros.: Melee. (And now I can pick up Tales of Symphonia in the near future, since [livejournal.com profile] vaulted_eel's posts have made it sound so tantalizing.) We also tried to watch part of a MST3K episode, but it was sadly unfunny (atypically for the series) so we skipped watching the rest in favor of some Greg the Bunny.

It was a really fun time, but all good things must come to an end, right? So they headed out this afternoon, and I spent several hours working with polymer clay (it's harder than you'd think) and reading voluminous academic treatises on literary theory. Bleh. I also watched an episode of Firefly - I'm trying to watch the last few episodes before Serenity comes out this weekend - and was reminded that GODDAMN THIS SHOW IS GOOD.

And speaking of Serenity, a quiz result )

Let's Positive Linking!
- Two of the scariest things in the world are united: evangelical Christians and mimes. ph34r. (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.)
- Apparently, Akira Toriyama felt the need to put Super Saiyans into Dragon Quest VIII. XD
- Here's a new Konami game I'd heard nothing of before [livejournal.com profile] jokersama talked about it in her LJ: OZ (Over Zenith): Rhythmical Combination. Apparently it takes place in "a world oppressed by gods and their envoys," and features a little girl named Dorothy in distress (along with her little red demon Toto). Three main characters set out to save her, who I'm sure correspond with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion: Feel (apparently the main character), Almira, and Leon. The "rhythmical combination" battle system seems pretty cool - basically you play catch with the enemies or something along those lines. (I hope it has support for 3P play.) I also really like the music in the first and last trailers, but that's not the thing that has me most intrigued. The last trailer shows the heroes apparently summoning the Flame Champion and Koroku from Suikoden III (at about 5:45) and Robbie the Rabbit from Silent Hill (at about 8:35). HOLY CROSSOVER BATMAN
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (RAISE TEH ROOF WOOO)
Went and saw Batman Begins with [livejournal.com profile] rathershady yesterday. ZOMG SO GOOD, YOU MUST SEE IT ASAP.

random, not-too-spoilery thoughts )

Afterwards, Vinnie and I were talking and almost wished it hadn't tied in to the first Batman movie so well, because we want them to remake the other ones only actually GOOD this time. ;_;

Though I was totally surprised - Katie Holmes can actually do a decent acting job if given good material to work with. Though now I'm feeling sorry for her, because she's so cute and spunky and shouldn't get sucked in by Creepy Tom Cruise. (Yeah, yeah, I know, broken record.) This relationship has been moving so fast that I imagine they'll be announcing that she's pregnant any day now (hey, it's possible, especially given his attitudes towards pharmaceuticals, which one presumes includes birth control).

Anyway, if you were lusting for some bizarre crap from an ACTUAL religion (as opposed to bizarre crap from a fake religion) visit Sex in Christ (from [livejournal.com profile] eikitty; while I think it's a parody site, it's no less funny for that). Its Biblically-supported findings are certainly interesting: Threesomes are OK as long as it's boy/girl/girl, anal and oral sex don't count as sex as long as they're straight (which means they don't count at all, premaritally-speaking), and Viagra is A-OK by the Bible. XD

Also, a PSA: never squirt a fire extinguisher up a friend's ass (from [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon). Fire extinguisher + ass = bad idea. The sad thing is, I totally know people who would have done this and thought it was funny up until the massive rectal bleeding started.

And a meme that's almost supernaturally inaccurate )


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