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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
10:27 am
The New Mythology
One of Symphony X's best songs in all their albums:



And oh yeah, something finally happened RL wise that has made me ecstatic. =3

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
9:27 am
Achivements of Life
Why do we often think so much that life has a list of achievements that by X age we have to have accomplished Y task? For example, by age 30 we should be married or have a significant other of some kind, or children or...whatever.

Of course that also means by X age we say that we have to have a place of our own, a steady job in a career field we're going to have for the rest of our life until retirement.

Though life never plays fair with us like that. Everyone gains their own means at a certain point in their life, but not always following this strict line of thought where we have to have accomplished X,Y, and Z by a certain time.

In that regard, I know people can feel like an outcast, or even "worthless" because you're trying your best to make your own life better but life for you just keeps kicking you in the balls.

Are we creatures of labor? I know all too often I try to keep my mind consistently busy so I feel like I am achieving something with myself rather than just lazing about.

Then again, one could argue typing a journal online, checking e-mail, IM's, MMO's, etc. are a waste of time and the person should be doing something more efficient with their time.

I suppose in the end that's the point of a person's life. The quality of our lives are measured not by following through with a static impression of what we should accomplish in that lifetime, but that throughout it, we have experienced things that brought us joy, and who we have influenced and touched.

Current Mood: contemplative
1:41 am
Argh!
Funny how boredom brings you back to things you once thought were left pretty "dead".

Dunno if I have anything important to say. I could but it would just end up being another long philosophical debate.

Might as well just return to my RL issues and whatnot. Pretty tired anyway.

On a lighter note, I am in, and also coloring this comic: http://www.foxknightcomics.com/livingportions.php

P.S. Trillian, release "Astra" already darn it! >_

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
1:00 am
Stories
*Taps a pencil against his bottom lip* Hrm...what to write about...?

Current Mood: thoughtful
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
12:21 pm
8:43 am
7 Days to the Wolves
Yup, another song. =P

Song -



Lyrics - http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/nightwish/darkpassionplay.html#12

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, July 28th, 2008
11:17 am
Nintendo Wii: Banned in the USA?
From MSN.com:

No, I'm not kidding, it's not a gratuitous headline hit-grabber, Nintendo is in fact facing a serious ban on several of the controllers for the Wii as well as GameCube after it lost its legal bid to scuttle a $21 million patent-infringement verdict.

Microsoft was also on the hook at one point, but settled before trial. Nintendo went to trial and lost, and on June 26, District Judge Ron Clark (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas) denied Nintendo's claim that the $21 million payment to Anascape was excessive. Clark also threw out Nintendo's bid for a new trial. He is supposed to issue his ban today.

Blame Anascape Ltd. Or blame Nintendo. Or just blame luckless entropy if you think it's all just some great big coincidence.

What's Anascape? Some firm in Texas without a searchable Web page, for one. Also the owner of patents 5,999,084 ("variable conductance sensor"), 6,102,802 ("game controller with analog pressure sensor"), 6,135,886 ("variable conductance sensor with elastomeric dome cap"), 6,208,271 ("remote controller with analog button"), 6,222,525 ("image controller with sheet connected sensors"), 6,343,991 ("game control with analog pressure sensor"), 6,344,791 ("variable sensor with tactile feedback"), 6,347,997 ("analog controls housed with electronic displays"), 6,351,20 ("variable conductance sensory"), 6,400,303 ("remote controller with analog pressure sensor"), 6,563,415 ("analog sensor with snap through tactile feedback"), and finally, 6,906,700 ("3D controller with vibration").

Did you really just read through all of that? I'm sorry.

But glancing at a few of those, you can kind of see where the issue(s) might be, whether you come down on the side of "to heck with all this silly anticipatory patent law" or all the way over on the other end with a hearty "to heck with Nintendo flouting all that silly anticipatory patent law." Or something.

Here's the skinny on what it actually affects:

* The GameCube or WaveBird controllers, which Nintendo no longer makes.
* The Wii Classic Controller (Nintendo's Charlie Scibetta says the company will still be able to sell it pending Nintendo's appeal).

Here's what it doesn't:

* The Wii Remote (unless paired with the Wii Classic Controller)
* The Wii Nunchuk

How will Nintendo get out of this one? They'll have to either post a bond or put royalties in an escrow account to avoid a sale halt, according to Anascape's lawyer Doug Cawley. Nintendo of course plans to appeal the verdict, claiming it didn't use Anascape's technology.

Would someone just get on with it and put us out of our misery by patenting the universe already?

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Yes, we must patent the universe!

Current Mood: amused
Friday, July 25th, 2008
10:44 am
It's Morphin' Time!
Yeah, I know most have probably already seen this since Youtube is the place for all your old crap, but I thought this was awesome: All the Red Power Rangers from the start up to Wild Force. :>

Here's the morphin' sequence:



And here's the full episode - Part 1:



Part 2:



Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
3:40 pm
Taming the savage beast: Man
Might be what's been rolling about in my head ever since I saw "The Dark Knight", but I still believe that this concept is very true:

Humans are still animals.

People tie themselves up into society, social laws, rules, regulations, restrictions, whatever. If we slowly took all of these away, certainly chaos would erupt, but think about it for a moment. Wouldn't man eventually revert back to finding and foraging for his or her own food, gathering and forming tribal groups, hold fights to see who is worthy of being leader, etc.

I know this could go on forever but its true, people at their basest instincts and emotions become irrational, physical, temperamental, and again I could go on.

Even now people still steal from others and their possessions to dominate over the others, which has been done since days of early man, although nowadays the concept of money and possessions has become very tight and restrictive.

I cannot say for certain, but it feels like we're only adding more rules, more laws, more regulations to everything, as if being input into some computer to monitor it all and slowly force a sense of "control" into the chaos we could devolve into.

Who's to say what the future holds for us? No one, we can only guess at what the future is, but what it becomes...our actions now is what can partially dictate. The ability to do or do nothing.

It's just strange how the more technological and organized we become...we seem to be slowly becoming controlled, manipulated through the new laws and regulations.

I'm not saying anarchy or a Luddite perspective is the way to go, simply that man by nature, our basest instincts and what we are still born and bred to do is be the hunters, the gathers...eliminating that part of ourselves is not a solution.

I always believed what is to be needed is for people to work WITH the earth rather than against it. This planet is all we have, I'd rather we don't let our sorry, messy mistakes ruin our progeny and their future.

Man is still an animal, and simply caging it is no solution, because it only makes it too docile to function, or too angry.

Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, July 20th, 2008
1:40 am
A Whore's Limit Break uses Anal...
Sorry, but I love this guy SpoonyOne who makes commentary to videogames and movies and whatnot, but his videos on FFVIII are a riot. Specifically this one:



Beyond that I somehow wrote two stories in a week. Yeah I know to some that's not much, but wow...been a while since I've been that productive. XD

Current Mood: artistic
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
2:35 pm
Good things
Sometimes I really wonder if people wouldn't recognize a good thing even if it ran up and bit them in the ass.
Monday, July 14th, 2008
3:28 pm
Personality Test
Yeah...


My Personality
Neuroticism
35
Extraversion
48
Openness to Experience
49
Agreeableness
94
Conscientiousness
79
You do not experience strong, irresistible cravings and consequently do not find yourself tempted to overindulge, however high levels of stress can lead to you feeling panic or confusion, but usually you cope with day to day pressures. You tend to feel overwhelmed by, and therefore actively avoid, large crowds. You often need privacy and time for yourself. You prefer familiar routines and for things to stay the same. You can tend to feel uncomfortable with change. You dislike confrontations and are perfectly willing to compromise or to deny your own needs in order to get along with others, however you will help others if they are in need. If people ask for too much of your time you feel that they are imposing on you. You are well-organized and like to live according to routines and schedules. Often you will keep lists and make plans.

Take a Personality Test now or view the full Personality Report.

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Current Mood: amused
3:11 pm
Guess who's back...
Yeah, I must have been bored to start posting back up here again. XD

In any event, I might as well give a quick run down of where my life has gone in the past 2 weeks. Cause it's been quite the roller coaster.

Alright, went to Anthrocon (Probably my last time, seeing as the place is so darn huge!), had a blast and basically came home to find out that I lost my job.

Yeah...I became an emotional mess for the next couple days. After picking myself up again, I began to manage a plan to bounce back, which I am working on as I type this out.

I'm hopeful, and a bit nervous but I can definitely say I can only go up from here seeing as I am not in the same pit I once was a year ago.

Creatively I seem to have been in a bit of a funk. Barely getting anything out (Did post a story to mphile.com), but overall I can understand that my life situation is paramount to anything else right now, so I understand that anything I want to write out will be in the "stuff to do later" category.

Anyway...off to do some reading!

Current Mood: artistic
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
9:58 pm
Shing Tears and Shining Wind anime intros
Videogames with anime intros. Enjoy.

Shining Tears:


Shining Wind:


Current Mood: thoughtful
Monday, September 24th, 2007
12:02 pm
Evil Resident's and Raves
Evil Resident's:

Resident Evil Extinction - The movie was alright. I can say that it does deviate from the game's timeline, but that's fine. It gives you a good "What-if" Scenario. I won't say what or why though ;) I can say that two videogame newcomers to the movie are Clare Redfield and Wesker.

Rave-

Time to grab some glowsticks and start dancing!



Current Mood: bouncy
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
7:48 am
Dear Journal...
I've gone away looking for myself.

-Ilkarin
Monday, September 17th, 2007
8:13 am
I'll never give up, no matter how much crap I'm put through, no matter how hard everything around me seems to be. When I feel like I'm losing my mind and my very being, I will keep pushing forward, beyond everything, reaching out for my dreams.

Symphony X - Inferno (Unleash the fire)
Welcome to the Anarchy
Enigmatic entity
The grand illusion - destitution
infecting one and all

Forces they're oppressing me
Lords of mediocrity
an iron will shall break the still
some will rise and some will fall

Oh... yes, we ride through stormy skies of Fire

The endless nights
In the moonlight, we do gather
We curse uncertainty and false desires
We lift the mask
and stand together - one and all
and when the flames grow dim, look within
Unleash the Fire...

Current Mood: passionate
Sunday, September 16th, 2007
10:11 am
America is facing an epidemic...
And it's known as E.D. =O (Erectile Disfunction).

Good lord, must I see a commercial about E.D. or an enlarged prostate every 2 minutes? Don't we have better things to worry about through our commercials than a hard on?

And now for something completely different: (Hint: I didn't have anything to do with the first video)

Zeldoss



Naruto Shippuden!



Current Mood: bouncy
Saturday, September 15th, 2007
9:11 am
There are days I wonder why I f-ing bother to post my stories and poetry in a visual picture based fandom.

I'm just so sick of it. Maybe it's time to move on to better things.

Current Mood: apathetic
Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
11:59 pm
An inspirational poem
Here's a poem I didn't write, but I felt the meaning behind it all was quite poignant.

Rudyard Kipling "IF"

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!
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