August 13, 2011

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Lists are your friend when you have a million thoughts and not enough words to fill the page with.

  1. Booking my car in for a service – ever since I changed departments to do field tech work I have needed to service my car. I am currently about 800km over my scheduled service kms and the next closest time I can take the car in is Saturday week because I need the car every day and I am going away to the snow this weekend.
  2. Until this morning, finalizing my expense claim form for work – I actually had no time at work to do that until today. Filling out forms and writing up paperwork is a major major pain in the ass because it takes so damn long for me to do any of it. I needed signatures from different people and receipts which I left at home and whatnot and it is just a time consuming non-productive task. The only reason I filled them out is because it is to claim back money I spent for the company… and the fact that those expenses almost puts me in negative account balance…
  3. Practicing card tricks – I usually play around with a deck of cards whenever I am watching something so that I get good enough to do it with my eyes closed. Lately I have just stopped doing that and vegged out in front of my computer instead. Not to mention that I am already bad enough with my lack of dexterity and having no knack for performance.
  4. Organizing my finances – I have 3 months worth of bank statements I need to file, as well as doing my tax and paying off several purchases and preparing for several purchases. Firstly, I cannot find my hole punch, secondly, I need to find my tax file number, and finally, I need to get paid and reimbursed this week otherwise I will have to live off whatever is in my pantry until I have my money.
  5. Finalizing parish website – I actually did that today, but I had unfortunately put it off for a while since I wanted to scan some photos. But since my scanner is broken I have also put that off so it is a vicious cycle of inaction.
  6. Send my car climate control in for repair – I have needed to do this for a long time, but the weather has made it a bit dangerous to drive without air con since if my car fogs up I won’t be able to clear it up. I really should send it away while I am at the snow, but I need to contact the guy and rip out my air con first.
  7. Cash my cheque from UNSW – I won a prize for $125 for topping the class in an assignment and the cheque is still just sitting there on my desk waiting to be cashed at the moment. Must do that one Saturday morning.
  8. Burn stuff onto DVD – My computer has only about 20gb left out of 1TB so I am in need of backing up a couple of things onto DVD. I don’t know if i should choose cheap or convenient, backing up onto DVD or to just buy hard drives to store all my shit. 50 DVDs cost $19 and the equivalent HDD costs about $70 with 1TB drives going for as low as $130.
  9. Formatting my laptop and checking if Warcraft 3 works on windows 7 RC – I “upgraded” from beta to windows 7 RC last Saturday but realized on Sunday that it mcfucked Warcraft 3 and directx. So now I need to reformat and reinstall windows properly. I didn’t want to do this because I have configured eclipse and gcc to work off my laptop as well as java. If I ever needed programming tools I could revert to my laptop and it would all be there but if I reformat it will all be gone and I would have to reinstall and download a ton of crap to get it all working again. I also need another gig of ram in my laptop since it runs so damn slow.
  10. Clean up/sell stuff I took out of my car – I have wheels, headlights and various audio bits taken from a ’91 toyota soarer/lexus sc300 which are sitting around doing nothing. I need to sell some of it so my garage and backyard is cleaner than what it is now, that and the fact that my dad has been bugging me about it for a couple of months already…

Bakemonogatari Obsession

July 22, 2009

I don’t know what to say, besides that I am totally obsessed with Bakemonogatari at the moment. I am totally in love with the art direction, dialogue and the characters, namely Hitagi Senjougahara. She is the most moe character that I have seen in any anime. She breaks the fourth wall in self referencing herself as a moe character and it is just so amusing to watch! The director Shinbo really makes the dialogue and scripting so damn awesome as well, the wordplay and even the way scenes are presented add so much to the series.

Senjougahara is an awesome character, though she is an absolute bitch to Araragi they both seem to enjoy each other’s company. I love the way they play off each other; also how she plays him like a toy which makes this so entertaining to watch. She is a total tease and acts like she is not interested even though she seems to be, but the thing is that Araragi doesn’t bite. Araragi is just too shy to admit anything on his own and Senjougahara does not want to show real interest so I am not sure how this relationship will pan out in the end.

Bakemonogatari episode 3 was 16 minutes of Araragi talking with Senjougahara which was so funny because it was pretty much 16 minutes of beatdown which resulted in her being disappointed by Araragi telling her to buy him some juice. People might say that it is too boring but if they had the patience or appreciation of the dialogue and character building that happened in this episode then they would think otherwise. Even though the episode probably could’ve been a radio show, Shinbo enhanced it with beautifully simple backgrounds and delicious scenes of the verbal fighting(abuse).

I shall leave you with some fanboyism in hopes that you will also pick it up and enjoy!

Everybody likes lists. I am also preempting my article by trivialising it in order to lower expectations and increase your perceived interest. (I am such a cynic) Which brings me to my first point which is somewhat ironic.

Everybody has something to say(intelligent, stupid or otherwise)
Everybody wants to be heard, but sometimes you don’t need to tell everybody what you are thinking on the internet because frankly, we just don’t give a shit. When the population of the internet is approximately the size of China and North America put together (I would’ve used countries for comparison but really nothing adds up to 1.5 billion people easily so I had to add a country with a continent), there are just too many people who wants desperately to be heard. Unfortunately, not all of them are interesting, nor are they particularly literate. Speaking of which…

Twitter is the dumbest idea that has ever succeeded
Here are a few random quotes I just pulled from the ever popular… I don’t even know if I can call it a social networking application but anyways here are a few random quotes I pulled from twitter to illustrate my point.

omg, when I get home I am so going to blog about your new haircut.
I think hobo vagina is illegal in Ohio. Fish tacos are not.
I just asked the twittered world for health advice. Something is wrong.

I certainly hope that the offline population of the world will restore my faith in humanity, although they slowly declining…

The dredges of the internet are sometimes funny, but most of the time it is just really really retarded. With famed channels /b/and as the creator of many famous internet memes such as rickrolling and the lolcatz one must wonder what the fuck goes on in the minds of those who create that random shit. It seems that the productive energies of thousands of people have been channeled into putting captions onto funny pictures and redirecting video links to Rick Astley’s “Never gonna give you up”. However there are slightly more disturbing cases like having a massacre being announced in 4chan before it is actually carried out. Like WTF?

It makes everybody an expert
Just because you can find it on google and have read something a million times you cannot claim yourself to be an expert in the field unless you have some practical experience. With so much knowledge just a search away you have a generation of keyboard warriors who think they are king shit in for example the field of automotive repair. Said person will then go and literally weld their diff shut. Really now, things aren’t always as easy as they appear to be and it would be best to remember to take advice from somebody who is paid to do the job on a daily basis than from some guy who trolls an internet forum

That concludes this Wednesday’s special rant. Keep posted for Poetry Friday!