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03/13/07: Gadzooks, I've been gone a long damned time. Maybe I'll do some noding soon. Some non-factual noding, for once.

There's precious little I want out of life. A satisfying, well-paying job. A loving family. A library card. Shoes that don't hurt my feet.

A couple billion dollars. Universal admiration. A mutant healing factor. A harem of cloned pornstars.

That's really about it.

Oh, and a new King's Quest. Preferably one that doesn't suck.

Basic Information

I was born in Philadelphia, but I've lived in the suburbs of Phoenix nearly all my life. Quite frankly, I hate it here. The climate - physical, social, political - grates on me daily. I want to go up north somewhere; not someplace where it snows a lot or anything, but someplace with cooler temperatures and a more liberal atmosphere and a city that's actually a city instead of 3000 square miles of glorified strip mall. Seattle comes to mind. The Bay does too, or it would if it weren't so damned expensive there (and everywhere in California, for that matter). When it comes down to it, the main issue is money.

As of this year, I am officially a college dropout, having hemmorhaged at least ten thousand dollars of my own money (i.e., as opposed to my parents' or the government's) and five years of my life into Arizona State University. I'd been shambling through for a while, not due to difficulty with the material or partying or anything, but just boredom and = more than anything - the overwhelming stress and emotional fatigue I've gone through dealing with my parents, whom I've been living with. (I'm planning on moving out before the end of the year.) There just came a point where I gave up. The sad thing is I really only needed about 30 credits more for my degree, albeit that degree would be nearly useless. I do hope to go back to college in a year or two, but not here.

Last Ten...

...Books Read (including repeats)
Last Addition: 03/08/07
  1. Dave Barry - Dave Barry Turns 40
  2. Garrison Keillor - Happy to Be Here
  3. Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless -- repeat
  4. Isaac Asimov and John Ciardi - A Grossery of Limericks
  5. Douglas Adams - So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish -- repeat
  6. Douglas Adams - Life, the Universe and Everything --repeat
  7. Douglas Adams - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe -- repeat
  8. Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- repeat
  9. Marc Abrahams - The Ig Nobel Prizes 2
  10. G.K. Chesterton - The Man Who was Thursday

...Comics/Trades/Graphic Novels Read (first time only)
Last Addition: 03/21/07
  1. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #16 -- Sean McKeever
  2. The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake -- Neil Gaiman
  3. The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones -- Neil Gaiman
  4. The Sandman Vol. 8: World's End -- Neil Gaiman
  5. The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives -- Neil Gaiman
  6. The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections -- Neil Gaiman
  7. DC: The New Frontier Vols. 1 and 2 -- Darwyn Cooke
  8. Runaways #24 -- Brian Vaughan
  9. X-Factor #16 -- Peter David
  10. Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four #5 -- Peter David
...Movies Seen (first time only)
Last Addition: 02/05/07
  1. The Last King of Scotland (2006) - theatre
  2. Dead or Alive (2006) - Google Video
  3. Princess Mononoke (1999) - DVD
  4. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - theatre
  5. Children of Men (2006) - theatre
  6. Spirited Away (2001) - DVD
  7. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) - DVD
  8. My Neighbor Totoro (1988) - DVD
  9. Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) with MST3K commentary - YouTube
  10. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) - theatre
...Albums Heard (first time only)
Last Addition: 03/06/07
  1. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (1959)
  2. Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzier and Dizzier (1996)
  3. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks (1974)
  4. Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (1956)
  5. Johnny Cash - Love (2000)
  6. The Ramones - Rocket to Russia (1977)
  7. Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man (2000)
  8. Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)
  9. White Stripes, The - The White Stripes (2002)
  10. Weird Al Yankovic - Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
...Video Games Finished (including repeats)
Last Addition: 03/21/07
  1. Super Mario 64 DS (Nintendo, N64, 1996 {DS, 2004}) -- repeat
  2. Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney: Justice For All (Capcom, DS, 2007)
  3. Chibi-Robo! (Skip, Nintendo, GC, 2006)
  4. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (Ubisoft Montreal/Casablanca, Ubisoft, GC, 2005) -- repeat
  5. Resident Evil 4 (Capcom, GC, 2005) -- repeat
  6. Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney (Capcom, DS, 2005) -- repeat
  7. Deus Ex Hard Difficulty, Pistols Only(Ion Storm, Eidos, Windows, 2000) -- repeat
  8. Osu! Tatake! Ouendan Hard Difficulty (iNiS, Nintendo of Japan, DS, 2005) -- repeat on higher difficulty level
  9. Beyond Good & Evil (Ubisoft, PS2, 2003) -- repeat
  10. Elite Beat Agents Insane Difficulty (iNiS, Nintendo, DS, 2006) -- repeat on higher difficulty level

Randomness follows.

When it comes to one's sexuality, there are principally two kinds of people: perverts, and liars.
Political protest operates on the same model as a child's temper tantrum. The idea behind both is that if one cries and screams loud and long enough, you will cajole the authority figure into acceding to your demands. Unfortunately for activists, governments tend to make rather stern parents.

White bread is an abomination of baked goods. It was first concocted by some pious bakers who had the idea that if a food is "pure" (which is to say, utterly lacking any color or flavor), then the thoughts of those who eat it will be equally "pure" (i.e., asexual). To the end of creating such a food, the bakers succeeded only too well, though it's doubtful that it had the desired effect.

The best bread has both a distinctive taste and texture. Good bread at least has one or the other. White bread has neither quality. It is a bland, unnaturally smooth artifice that only succeeds in holding lunch meats together.

For men, the true bliss of sex is not in the anticipation, or in stimulation, nor in the act of intercourse itself. It does not even come with the orgasm. Rather it exists in the minutes and hours immediately after, when one has the sensation of being fully sated. It is the release, for a short while, from the ache and frustration of sexual desire. To this end, it makes no great difference whether it's achieved with a hand or a mouth or a vagina or what have you.

I sometimes wonder if the Japanese have among them a small subculture of teenagers and young adults who obsessively watch American cartoons and read American comic books, looking down on anyone who enjoys domestic trash like Lupin III or Azumanga Daioh, and run around conventions saying things like "WHASSUP DOC?!" and "BLATHELIN BLATHELSKITE!" while having not the faintest understanding of the language they're quoting.

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