The 5th of November

My favorite made up holiday, the 5th of November, is approaching. I say it’s made up not because there is no day between the 4th and the 6th days of the 11th month of the year, but because that day is special to Americans only in the movie “V for Vendetta.” I realize there is an actual historical significance to that date, it being Guy Fawkes day, which brings me to the point of this post.

I will be watching V for Vendetta on the 5th of November as I’ve done for the past two years, I will be quoting the “Remember, remember, the 5th of November…” poem on all of my social networks, and this is all because “V for Vendetta” is an incredible movie, not because I have some sort of weird idolization of Guy Fawkes. So, if you’re the type that likes to point out that Guy Fawkes wasn’t actually a good guy or a hero or whatever, just save your cynicism. I like the 5th of November because it’s kind of fun, just like holidays should be. No need to try and ruin that. :)

Terribly boring generic blog post

The Skrillex show on Friday night was…um…crazy? I don’t even know how else to describe it. Definitely the coolest stage I’ve ever seen. Next up is Panic! At the Disco later this month. They have been at the top of my list of artists to see live, so I’m pretty excited to finally get to see them. Now I just need Sierra Skyline to come out here and Fall Out Boy to get off of their hiatus so I can see them again. :D

For the past month and a half or so, I’ve been rewatching Sailor Moon. It’s kind of awesome and kind of bad, but it’s a classic. I finally made it to Sailor Stars (after the atrocity that was SuperS), so I’m coming to the end. Good times.

Went to see Drive today. I…um…wow. It wasn’t really about driving or cars or anything like that. It should’ve been called “Awkward Dialogue Scenes.” It had a terrible soundtrack, and as a whole, it just didn’t jive with me. Yet, the critics love it. It really doesn’t take a whole lot to make me like a movie, but that one just wasn’t that great.

-Philip

Twilight

Dear everyone that hates Twilight,

You don’t hate Twilight because the books are poorly written.

You don’t hate Twilight because Bella is emo.

You don’t hate Twilight because of the other 2,000 reasons you found on the Internet.

You hate Twilight because you were expecting a story about badass vampires, and instead, you got a love story that just so happened to incorporate a vampire in it that did not meet your expectations of what a vampire should be. You wanted action, and you got romance. That’s why you hate Twilight.

Now stop hating everything so much, find something you like, and talk about that instead.

Thanks,
Philip

Blacked out, stop, drop it down to 8 bits

Spent about three hours washing Evey and blacking out the bowties on Saturday.

Normal Chevy bowtie

Blacked out bowtie

front Chevy bowtie
Front bowtie blacked out
Normal rim

Blacked out bowtie on rim

Other than that, I’ve not been doing a whole lot. I saw Ninja Assassin last week and it was pretty good relative to what I was expecting. Lot of blood and ownage. :D

I also saw both of the Twilight movies, and…unfortunately…I liked them. :(

And now for the obligatory “what I’ve been listening to” part of the post. I have been into electronic stuff pretty hardcore lately, and my latest kick is electro-hop, which is – as it sounds – electronic hip-hop. I’ve never taken hip-hop lyrics seriously, but I’m really digging this genre (it helps that I love keytars :D).

The band I’m enjoying the most is Hyper Crush. This video is for their song “The Arcade.” It’s pretty much about how awesome old school video games were, I guess. hahahaha.



I love the Mercedes emblem around Donny’s neck, the shirt Preston (the keytarist) is wearing, and the Super Mario Bros. video in the background with Megaman instead of Mario. :P

-Philip

Remember, Remember

“Remember, remember the fifth of November.”

Plans for tonight: Community, The Office, then V for Vendetta. However, I have to sit through Parks and Recreation in the middle, so that’s kind of lame. :P

Anywho.

Lately I’ve taken to trying to memorize useless things, like a massive amount of the digits of pi and famous movie quotes. I don’t know why. :P

I really miss fixing computers sometimes, which makes me want to try to start a little side business, but I know I’ll never do it. :/

I reinstalled Snow Leopard and it fixed the issues I was having. Overall, it’s a much better experience, but still not all that much different from Leopard. I guess I can’t complain, since what is different only cost me $30. :D

Actually, I meant for this to be longer, but I’ll finish my thought process some other time.

-Philip

A Magical Week

Last Sunday, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire came on TV, and being bored, I figured I’d watch it. I thought it was pretty good, so I finally decided to catch up on the Harry Potter craze and every night last week, I watched a Harry Potter movie until I was all caught up and ready to see the new one.

Of course, then I ran into a problem – I don’t really have anyone to go see movies with. I actually keep a list of movies that I want to see on my desktop so that I won’t forget about them six months later when they come out on DVD.

Luckily for me, the biggest Harry Potter fan I know (MC) came into town, so I went to see it with her, and it was awesome. Now I either have to wait two years for the final movies or read the seventh book. Not sure what I’m going to do about that.

And on a closing note, I think it’s pretty sad that in the past month and a half, I’ve hung out with someone that lives 6 hours away more than I’ve hung out with my friends that live an hour away. Something needs to be done about this. Becca, Ashley, Cesar – that means we need to hang out! :D

-Philip

I Visit You At Baskin Robbins All the Time

I guess I have some explaining to do. I used to blog based on random ideas that would pop into my head. I think (and appropriately so) that Twitter has “cured” my sense of random blogging. If you don’t follow me on Twitter, then you should look over to your right (unless you’re reading this in an RSS feed reader) and check out my Tweets.

Anyway, I’d like to apologize ahead of time for the length of this post, as I foresee a long one (no TWSS comments plx).

Going to the Mall of Louisiana on Saturday is always interesting. Today I went to buy a shirt for work, and ended up seeing someone I know and getting asked for a high five by a random girl. The only problem with going to the mall is that it’s hard to go and not spend money, but I did *need* a polo shirt for work and Aeropostale was having some sort of AMAZING sale today. I don’t normally shop there or American Eagle (for some reason, I closely associate the two), but I can’t really argue with a $10 shirt.

I watched Yes Man and Fanboys last weekend, and both movies were pretty awesome. Fanboys was good, but Yes Man was better, in my opinion. It was hilarious, and I think it pulled me into the Zooey Deschanel fanboy craze. I want to share my favorite scene with you guys, but it takes a short setup. Basically, Jim Carrey says yes to everything in this movie, including things like guitar lessons. The plot leads up to a point where he’s in a store, and someone runs in and says that there’s some guy threatening to jump off of a building outside. They run back outside, and some lady says, “Somebody needs to talk him down,” and being that Jim Carrey says yes to everything, he immediately runs in the building to try to help…

My initial reaction to that was pure, unrestrained laughter. It is the best use of a song in a movie, ever. Third Eye Blind, FTW.

WWDC is on Monday. I’m going to get an iPhone when the new one is released, so I guess I’m kind of looking forward to it. I’ve become rather convinced over the past two years that no one else can make a phone that’s any better, despite the (few) shortcomings the iPhone has, so I guess I’m going to sell my soul back to AT&T for two years after being contract free for almost two years. :(

I have about 15 GB of free space on my desktop. I seriously need to buy a 1/1.5 TB hard drive, but I don’t feel like spending the money. : I’ll probably end up backing up my ginormous anime folder onto DVDs and then delete it.

Lately, I’ve been really enjoying synthesized music, like Hellogoodbye’s “Bonnie Taylor Shakedown 2k1/2k4.”

Anyone have any music suggestions based on this?

-Philip

DVD Burners Just Don’t Like Me

I really don’t understand this. The Superdrive in Kalmiya (my MacBook Pro) is going out. It still reads discs just fine, but it fails burning 75% of the time. It’s under warranty, so it’s not a big deal, but it’s such a hassle, and I hate being without Kalmiya for the few days it takes to get fixed.

Anyway, after noticing this a few days ago, of course today I realized the DVD burner in my desktop no longer reads discs. I need to do some more testing to make sure I’m not having a software issue, but it appears to be down for the count.

And of course, the DVD burner in my Hack Mini doesn’t write discs, but it does read them. However, I built that computer with that old, broken drive on purpose, since it doesn’t need to burn discs.

Luckily, I have an external DVD burner, but I’m sure with my luck, it’ll be out in the next few days. :

I made a list of the things I need to buy when I actually have some real income, and it’s just growing longer. Speaking of the job, I haven’t gotten the acceptance papers in the mail yet, and if that doesn’t get done in time, I can’t start on the first of the month like I was supposed to. Hopefully I’ll get those tomorrow or something.

I got my digital cable back last week. I really missed it – mostly for the guide and the HD channels. I don’t even look at SD channels anymore. Even shows that aren’t broadcast in HD look amazing on the HD channels, albeit, they’re not widescreen, so I have to overscan the picture to make it look right, but i usually leave it alone.

Apparently before Katy Perry was the Katy Perry, she sang most of the songs for a group called The Matrix. They recorded an album in 2004 but the project got canceled, and only after she found success in her solo career did they release the album. It’s got some pretty good songs on it. :D I really like this one:

One last thing – Dragonball Evolution leaked onto YouTube, and it looked pretty terrible, but the quality was too bad for me to stand, so I didn’t watch it. I still want to see it though, even though I’m sure I’ll be disappointed.

-Philip

The 18-day late 2008 year in review

Here’s some stand-out stuff about 2008, according to me! :D

-Best movie of 2008: Speed Racer (I suggest clicking ‘watch in HD’)

-Best musical artist I started listening to in 2008 (I want to avoid the intricacies of the word “new”): Katy Perry (always liked this song, glad they finally released it as a single)

-Best new song of 2008: Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes

-Best new TV show of 2008: I don’t think I started watching any new shows in 2008. :(

-Coolest technology of 2008: Unibody MacBook/MacBook Pro (seriously, what else would you expect? :P)

-Most embarrassing day of 2008: October 3

-Coolest day of 2008: December 11

That’s about all I can think of for now. :P

-Philip

Ice Skating, Turtles, Random Stuff

I filled up my tub with water and let Celery swim around in it. It was funny, I’ve never seen him swim around like that so much. :D

Anyway, Michelle came up to Baton Rouge on Thursday. We did a lot of movie watching, eating out, shopping, and other stuff. We saw Changeling on Friday, which I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good historical drama or just a very good movie in general. We also went to the Tanger Outlets and Cabela’s on Saturday, which was pretty fun. I found a small birthday present for my sister and we bought some fudge from Cabela’s. We went ice skating later that day. Man, that sure is fun. Sunday, we went looking for turtles. I want a friend for Celery, but small turtles are hard to find since they can’t be sold in pet stores. Michelle went to class with me on Monday, and then she went home.

Now, pictures:


We found this card behind Herget or McVoy hall on campus (forgot exactly which one). It seemed really poetic for some reason, all burned and surrounded by dying rose petals…


-Philip