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This sweet blog of mine will serve as a temporary home for all of my content for the next few months as I ready everything organized with my own domain that I'll be getting sometime within then. If you'd like to check out my old domain, take a look through it here.

In the meantime, it will serve as a "collective" of sorts of all of my currently hosted pages, my blog, and links to all of my external stuff like Facebook and Flickr.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Think About This

That lady who lost her wig in the Wal-Mart lobby is now our national celebrity of the moment. Fear for us. Fear for us.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Nice Break

The break was very nice.

For a few days, I didn't have any deadlines to meet, any papers to turn in, or any reason to not stay in bed and sleep in. That in itself was worth the entire break. Other than that, I didn't do much at all. Which is just fine, seeing that's all I ever intended to do in the first place.

However, as much as I didn't want anything at all to happen, a few things did indeed happen anyways. Friday, I went shopping for Black Friday. Not anything serious, just a stop at Wal Mart at 5:00 in the morning to at least take part in it. It was fun in that it was like being a part of those crowd scenes from the new version of War of the Worlds. Saturday we did some more shopping, but that was for more or less just getting out. My dad somehow scored with some stocks, so my my mom finished her shopping and took everyone out to eat with "money as no object", which was very nice.

Sharla and I also got some preliminary engagement pictures taken, which turned out great. You should be able to take a look at those via my Flickr link.

Monday, November 21, 2005

My Only Son

So, I saw the new Harry Potter flick over the weekend. However, that isn't really what I'd like to talk about. But as a side note, I very much enjoyed it. I'd say it is my second favorite behind Prizoner of Azkaban.

But on from that, one thing that very much interested me was the Superman Returns trailer. First off, the fact that this film actually has a trailer now is utterly amazing. The movie has been in development hell for over a decade. If you are a Superman nurd like me, it may or may not shock you to be reminded that this film actually started development while the Death of Superman storyline was fresh on everyone's mind. As for the trailer itself, I heard people gasp and cheer as it played to a packed house waiting to see Harry Potter. Gasp and cheer. As if they could not believe this film is actually going to be released soon and as if they could not possibly keep how they felt about it under wraps.

Superman and Clark Kent are eternal. Spider-man and Batman may be cool, but they are arguably flavor of the moment sort of heroes. While they live thier lives as Peter Parker or Bruce Wayne and become thier respective alter-egos in thier after hours, Superman is first and formost Superman. Clark Kent is both a front, and a true representation of who he really is. In reality, Superman is the everyman. He is just doing what any responsible citizen should do, given thier skills. Thing is, he just has more skills than most, and duly puts them to good use. Clark Kent is his way of remaining the everyman and not becoming some sort of deity, as naive individuals would place him as. Although he's uniquely gifted, he remains what each of us should aspire to be and can achieve. For example he says in the original, "I never lie, Lois". He's kind. He's civil. He's generous. He cares for his fellow man and lives to serve others. Anybody can do that. You don't have to fly to be able to.

Our society needs Superman right now. Although he doesn't exist, he is a contemporary representation of what our society is lacking and should aspire to be. Our society is extremely solem right now. Think of all of the depressive things that have happened in recent times, following 9/11. Despite the over-achieving claims of our "elected" officials, things are on the slow decline. All things. And things don't look much better, either. There is no source of hope, no source of a light at the end of the tunnel, nothing to grasp upon which we hope to achieve. Admittidely, religion does this for many, but it is not as universal as it should be. While Christianity and related branches and sects of it serves as universal, the valued freedom of choice in our society has sadly lessened many of its universally useful ideals as a side-effect. Superman serves as a politically correct and universally acceptable avatar and representation of what should be presented by each and every individual. He's the light, and the hope of what we can aspire to be.

The parallels this presents is summarized very nicely by Marlon Brando in the new trailer:

    "They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son."


When you consider the modernized borrowing from Christianity from that, its application is very clear. Superman is that same source of hope as the same "hero" from that narrative. Not that I'm arguing that Superman is a form or representation of our Lord. Nor that he should be held in the same regard. I'm simply saying that he does not have to be argued in the courts as seperated from the state. And that he can represent the same ideals that we should hold true and self-evident.

(This actually turned out pretty good. I may edit it some and submit it as an opinion piece to the Exponent.)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Content vs. Design

I havn't really been too sure exactly what I'd like to do with this blog at all.

As for design, using a pre-designed template is so not me, but in a medium where the message should be the main thing, I really hate to do anything too flashy. So come to think of it, I don't mind too much. I just don't want it to be lost in suburbia just like everything else that looks like everything else. As for content, I think I'd like to let it remain hanging loose. I do realize that the only blogs that actually grab anyone's attention are those that belong to someone who is uber-popular or retain some sort of main focus like technology or Washington. But then again, I don't really care if it doesn't become too popular.

To be honest, I think "blogging" as it was when I had a semi-popular blog is passe now. Its ethos and credibility has been killed over by all these guys who want to pretend that they have a journalism degree and supposid inside sources in Washington. One cool thing about going to school for CMC (Computer Mediated Communications) is that I can stay on top of these sorts of things. I think the big thing now is social networking sites like Facebook and, unfortunately, MySpace. Sad thing is, as I had talked about in an earlier post, they don't allow for much freedom in terms of content and design.

So in stuff that matters, I'm going to go see Goblet of Fire this weekend if all goes well. Hopefully it will fit in nicely before the Iron Bowl starts and there will be no conflicts there. And if you aren't an Alabamian, don't bother even trying to understand the implications of what I just said.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Industry This.

You know something that bugs me somewhat? Things that are called "industries". For example, the "adult entertainment industry" or the "import cars industry". Neither are such. The only type of thing that involves an "industry" are sweathouses with those seven year old Malaysian girls who are being whipped into making those obscenely stupid Bratz dolls you see at Wal-Mart.

That is all.

Pray For The Future

I've always been sort of condescending upon MySpace pages. I hate them. By nature, they always look terrible and make your eyes bleed from your retina. I know that sometimes content can overcome lacking design, but I also know that when that happens, the design is usually minimalistic. But as you probably know, the content on MySpace isn't exactly Hemingway either. Even if you somehow manage to pull off something nice and convincing, your ethos isn't exactly credible because of the reputation and history of other users of that service.

I always thought I was one of the few who noticed this, but hopefully I won't be for much longer because it's hitting the national scene now. Yet another rich white girl had been kidnapped, but this time we had exact proof of just how dim-witted she is via her MySpace profile.

From Sperro News

    Her webpage is pink, and she talked online like most teens using acronyms and incomplete sentences, the shorthand of the net, throughout her postings.

    "the stoners came over two nights ago! heh..that was fun! i got to talk to them both..awesome awesome..and today i went running with alita..that was nice! yep! my mother was kinda upset cause we didnt get back til 530 and i had soccer practice..ohh well..yeah soccer was ok i guess...it's almost over....one more game on sunday...then tourny..so yepp...ha otay i dont really have anything else to say. -- October 19, 2005

Now yes, I realize all of the details of the story and what happened beforehand. Which was sad and regrettable, of course. And I won't pass judgement on anything as I refuse to be an irrevelant talking head. But I'm talking about this in a broader context, not specifically in terms of this incident. It goes to show how terrible our consumption and production of information is right now. The media continues to focus on soap-operatic stories like this, and the consumers of which are obviously just as stupid as they are expected to be.

I did some digging around and discovered thier respective profiles which are here and here. Look for yourself. This is the future of our country, apparently. This is how they communicate, speak, see visually. And now they are a part of the mass media that created them.

I know this post will come across as harsh, but believe me, it's only as harsh as the truth of the matter.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Not obsessing.

This weekend was really crazy and I needed it pretty badly.

Friday, Sharla came over to stay the night with Julie and we went to the hockey game that night. As noted by a bunch of people already, I got to ride the zamboni during the second break at the hockey game. It wasn't that big of a deal to get on it either. All I did was basically ask if I could and I got on it. That's it. Thing is, you have to know who to ask and when, and I think I'll just keep that to myself for future reference.

Saturday brought "Novacon" at the Holiday Inn next to the mall. For the few weeks leading up to it, I thought it would be really sort of nerdy. This wasn't exactly Celebration 2 or 3 we were talking about here, so I expected sort of the, um, "lesser" geeks to show up. And to a point this was true, but not nearly as bad as I thought. The 501st were the real reason I came, and they never cease to impress me. They are always honest and upfront about thier obsession. One guy who was a covert ops trooper even came out and said that they weren't like some fan club that obsessed over small details, they just like being stormtroopers. Which is always cool. I talked to that same guy about making the armor and joining the 501st, which doesn't seem like that big of a deal as I thought it would be, but is still something I don't really need to spend over $1,000 on right now.

Even though I'd love to.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

In Your Face!

I don't really intend for this to be some sort of uber-political blog. I guess I am just interested in stuff like that since this would normally be the time of a mid-term or Presidential election. Plus baseball is over with and there isn't really much else interesting going on in the public sphere right now..

I should go ahead and state before I get into this that, contrary to what you may have gathered from my previous quotes, I'm very middle of the road. Although I do lean left and liberally on many things, there are a few things I don't really care for on the Democratic agenda. And I'm both smart and naive enough to know that I don't really belong in any paticular third party because, well, they never win. They are all nice and fuzzy and serve a good purpose and all, but thier candidates never win. That said, I don't really care to align myself with either third parties or the major two parties, although I do vote kinda liberally most of the time. But I'd never vote for a Paul Hubbard kind of guy (if you are an Alabamian worth your salt, you know of what I speak).

...but anyways.....

I went out to a debate between the UAH College Democrats and Republicans last night, which was very cool. At UAH, it's always hard to pull a crowd for anything that doesn't involve free stuff of some kind, but there was a big crowd anyways. Hopefully, I can remain objective about it because I'm at least close to middle of the road. But the Democrats cleaned house. Nearly every point they made was backed up by statistics, quotes, and polls. Everything the Republicans had to say was initiated by stuff like "Well, my mom said.." or "Oh, well my postman said.." It got pretty pathetic about an hour into it, especially when it came to a question concerning the media. One of the Republicans (who is normally a very strong and bright woman) mentioned that she didn't want our country to get to the point where we would burn books. But then a Democrat commented that they did just that when they burned Dixie Chicks CD's. I can't really do it justice because you would have had to heard it in context, but it was just one of those "IN YOUR FACE" type of moments that just owned.

I tried to be pretty vocal without actually being vocal during the debate. Because in my opinion, in public discourse like that, it's the civic duty of the audience to respond in some way to give another type of feedback to the main speakers. Most of it was directed towards many of the lackluster points the Republicans made, which rubbed many of them the wrong way. Tough. If you can't do your homework enough to even hold your own without looking completely ridiculous in a public forum like that, you deserve to be slightly ridiculed.

I wish we had more of those. I especially wish that we would have more which would be more open and involve the audience more. They are a lot of fun.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Rock The Vote!

So, I've been really getting caught up in watching The West Wing lately. I have hardly watched any TV shows on a regular basis at all in the past few years, but I've gotten hooked on the show. Although I know I'm in the minority because I really enjoy the new episodes about the new campaign over the old episodes that just focused on the in-house President. The older ones are still enjoyable, but don't really have the same vibe that I like.

Or it could just be that I'm biased because Hawkeye is running against Bail Organna.

I sat down and watched the live "debate" episode tonight too and was pretty impressed. If it were a real election, I'd vote for Jimmy Smitts / Matt Santos. But since it's just a show, I have to say that Alan Alda completely owns the show nowadays. It hasn't been as obvious as it has lately, but it's becoming more and more apparent that his charecter is the "heel" that is the villan of sorts. I suspect that the writers want to portray him as a Republican candidate not unlike Bush because he comes across as a highly strung sort of politician that is just in the game for his own interests. Santos on the other hand seems genuinely sincere, although he doesn't really know his PR very well.

But ohboyohboy, Alan Alda is such a good actor. Even in a live performance like that, he makes me hate his charecter, even though I love him as a person and as an actor.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Petition of the 2,000

Ever wonder what 2,000 looks like?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

All Hallow's Eve

I should probably mention everything that happened on Halloween before it slips away too quickly.

That was one of those nutty days that sort of defines the college experience. At least in my loserish geeky kinds of ways. Some friends and I trick-or-treated every door in the entire housing complex. Well, at least all of those that had the names of girls on the door. It just seemed kind of odd for a grown guy to ask another grown guy for candy, but certainly not a girl. The funny thing is that everyone took it seriously, and we made off with almost an entire plastic pumpkin full of stuff. So let it be said, there's no harm in trying.

I also felt sort of out of place since it was Halloween and I wasn't rolling someone's yard. So we did the next best thing and rolled someone's common room. Which seems totally stupid, but was a whole lot of fun anyways. I'll have to post the pictures on Flickr later to do it justice.

In other campus news, I thought about going to see Batman Begins at the ACE event tonight, but bleh. It's been on DVD for nearly two weeks now. It would have been great if it were around a month ago. So bleh.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I Guess This is Growing Up

    It's alright to tell me what you think about me
    I won't try to argue or hold it against you
    I know that you're leaving you must have your reasons
    The season is calling and your pictures are falling down

    ...

    But everybody's gone
    And I've been here for too long
    To face this on my own
    Well I guess this is growing up


So apparently, last week I started a great fuss with a lot of people. A lot of people who supposidly don't take thier medium so seriously, but seem to have nothing better to do than to constantly ridicule any subject that crosses thier path.

Before I go any further, I should probably state that these people are online via a messageboard and really have no bearing on anything to me. At least not anymore. It's not all of them either, because many of them are very fine folks that I'm glad to know. But the majority are surreal and condescending people who have no relevance to anything, even themselves.

That messageboard was a part of my life for five years, because it was a sounding board of my peers in my generation. At a time, we weren't at all dissimilar at all. They were the people I would have liked to hang out with when there wasn't anyone there who "got" the kind of geeky lifestyle that we were a part of. But after a while, I started to feel like someone who graduated college but couldn't find a good reason to get out of student life on campus. We grew apart. While thier focus seemed to not be entirely on anything in paticular other than ridiculing others and talking about anything as long as it didn't involve substance, I grew up and enjoyed things that actually meant something.

I'm not worried about that board or the people in it anymore. It was a part of my life at one time and helped me to grow, and now I've grown away from it. I just think it's a sign that I've risen above the muckity muck and have grown from my peers. It's not that I'm not part of that "geeky lifestyle" anymore, it's just that I've graduated from a level of it and have decided to make my life mean something rather than petty insult-throwing, obscurity and bickering.