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Friday, May 30, 2003

My life has been very calm for the past week or two. I wrote “surprisingly calm,” then deleted it, because in some ways it’s not a surprise. It shouldn’t be, at least; I’ve been slowly eliminating distractions in my life so that I could just be. Now I’ve finally reached a tipping point, where there’s very little that I make myself do. So, last night, I could watch another […]

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Watched The Chinese Connection, a Bruce Lee kung fu film, last night. I enjoyed it quite a lot. The ending is a downer, but then, that’s refreshing. It’s nice to see a film where the hero doesn’t live happily ever after. On a completely random note, I’m taking tea at work. Every day around 3:30, I make myself a cup of tea and pull out two biscuits from my desk drawer. I refuse […]

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Lileks has an excellent Bleat that sums up a lot of my feelings on The Matrix Reloaded. Just, y’know, so you know. …Which reminds me. I went to see the film, and didn’t post my opinion here. I posted a bunch of thoughts to MatrixReloaded on the C2 wiki. In any event, I had a very good weekend. It was productive in that relaxing way that comes when you calmly decide to do what you can, right […]

Friday, May 23, 2003

If you put a human being in a big white box, over time you will dull his or her mind. I don’t think I need to prove this. Thus, our brains will atrophy unless we receive physical, visual creative stimulation. Thus, creating a room specifically intended to stimulate you mentally should stimulate you mentally. Thus, I’m doing this to my bedroom. I’ve put several colorful posters […]

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Wednesday night, I watched another really interesting film. It was my first Akira Kurosawa film, Ran. My opinions on it are decidedly mixed at this point, though that’s a good thing. I was entertained by it, and I was impressed by bits of it, but I wasn’t amazed by it the way many people seem to be. Based on Ran and what I’ve heard others say, I think that Kurosawa is a filmmaker’s filmmaker, not […]

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

So…sleepy. I’m not sure why. Or, maybe, I am sure. It all began with the rain. I need to exercise, and I love to run, which I now do several times a week. Problem is, I hate to run in the rain. There’s just something about being soaked to the skin five minutes into your exercise routine, your underwear clinging in uncomfortable places, while you’re still warming up and aren’t generating much […]

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

I was going to try to find something to write about, then noticed that Daemonsong has begun again. It’s cool, and so is its Wiki (but then, most Wikis are).

Friday, May 16, 2003

A few weeks ago, I saw a remarkable movie named Once Upon a Time in China. It’s almost impossible for me to sum up. It’s a martial arts movie, yes. It’s also about the modernization of China. It’s also about guns versus martial arts, technology versus personal skill. It has its simple villains, yes. But its villainy is historical; things like this happened. It’s simple […]

Thursday, May 15, 2003

The phrase “it’s an acquired taste” has become a smirked insult these days, but some things really are acquired tastes, and the taste is worth acquiring. It’s been true in my life of wine, of comics, of anime, and of many other things. So it is of Mobile Suit Gundam, the original anime series that started the sprawling Gundam franchise. I’ll clear a few things out of the way before heading into the good […]

May 14, 2003

Heh. From this journal, about watching the end of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Just as watching “the Self-Loathing episodes” had the positive side effect of making me love myself, affirming that I have value and purpose, and filled me with the will to live and not be anything like Shinji Ikari, so did the OTHER End of Evangelion make me love all other anime. I love you, Dai-Guard. I love you, Gatchaman. […]

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