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(no subject) [Mar. 22nd, 2010|03:09 pm]
David
Had a dream about Carnivale, and it didn't take long for me to get bitterly angry from thinking about how it's not on the air anymore, and only got two seasons. When I read about it, the unpopularity of the show seems to be blamed on the "dense" or "incomprehensible" mythology, but seriously: Lost. Lost's mythos is easily ten times harder to keep track of than Carnivale's. And,yes, both are shows you can't just start watching from any episode - they both require you seeing every episode to really know what's going on, but Lost is really fucking popular and no one has heard of Carnivale!
I, personally, blame the people in charge of marketing the show. I'd never seen an advertisement for it outside of seeing one on HBO.
I mean, I was angry that Arrested Development got shut down, too, but it got three seasons. And while Arrested Development could be the greatest sitcom of all time, I consider Carnivale to be the greatest television show of all time. I mean if anyone could just get the attention of somewhat like Stephen King or Quentin Tarentino about Carnivale, I bet they could produce a continuation, or another incarnation of it. And really, how hard would it be to just stick the first episode in the time slot after something really popular like Curb Your Enthusiasm or The Pacific?
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(no subject) [Mar. 21st, 2010|03:23 pm]
David
Ended up not going to the Quaker meeting because stomach pain kept me up last night, and I haven't been getting that much sleep due to morning shifts at work. Called the doctor, but it's the weekend. I sometimes forget other people don't work weekends. And since Quaker meetings apparently involve an hour of sitting in silence, I don't know if I would have been able to stay awake. Maybe next Sunday. Or whenever I figure out what's wrong with my stomach.
Apparently Texas State at San Marcos will be telling me if I'm accepted within 2-3 weeks! Hooray for the prospect of personal advancement!
In other news, Ashley got a Google Android phone, which is one of the coolest pieces of technology I've ever encountered in my life. It displays a level of technology I didn't even know was available yet, or at least not to civilians. If you've ever read William Gibson's Virtual Light, the Google Android is the sunglasses from Virtual Light.
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(no subject) [Mar. 17th, 2010|01:31 am]
David
It's easy for me to think of Oregon as a place I kinda just wasted three years by putting my life on hold, but I think I don't think I've personally grown as much anytime but these last three years. I think you just have to go through difficult shit in order to understand it. Or at least in order to be able to work through more shit in an optimal way. I feel really mature, stronger in ways that I've completely neglected; proud of myself, even.
So, I see am actual future for myself on the horizon. I'm hoping I can make friends easier now that I'm a little more confident and expressive. I guess I should try harder to make friends now.
I'm reading a book about Quakerism that I randomly found at the PCC library that's really interesting (Friends For 300 Years - Brinton.)One of the most interesting things about it is that it's based on direct spiritual experience rather than a set of dogmas or beliefs. They call themselves "possessors" in contrast to other Christians, who are merely "professors" and their services have to do with sitting in silence and waiting for contact with the Holy Spirit. It's a take on Christianity that's really genius and that I've never heard before. For example, the Atonement has always been something I've had a huge problem with. I find the "orthodox" explanation of a blood sacrifice to an angry God to even our debts because we're inherently Fallen creatures barbaric, illogical, and counter-productive. It also has the singular flaw of treating God as a person; a judge in the sky sending down his son for the sake of all us sinners (Jews at least have prohibitions against anthropomorphism of God as a kind of idolatry.) HOWEVER, the Quaker interpretation of the Atonement not only makes sense to me, but is actually really brilliant. They see the crucifixion not as the offering of some sacrificial lamb so much as an evolution into a higher form of being. A transformation via the Holy Spirit through pain. In addition, it's actually stated that the historical crucifixion is not as important as the internal spiritual event it mirrors. Quakers see the Atonement as an eternal process that has been going on before Christ and continues after; basically a historical reflection of an inwardly spiritual process. They still see Christ on the cross as providing a bridge between man and the Divine in a new covenant, but they don't see Christ as dying for our sins.
In addition, Quakers have a commonly held maxim that each is given a measure of the Holy Spirit in accordance to his level of spiritual advancement/understanding. So, they see Jesus not as some supernatural God in human form, but as a man who was given a full, unlimited measure of the Holy Spirit. This seems to make a lot of sense to me, and puts the Trinity in a much more logical perspective. I also had a big problem with the concept of the Trinity; I think it's ridiculous to set up a limit of three forms to God's expression, and the Quakers seem to have a similar stance.
I found a website and am planning to wake up early next Sunday to go to a meeting. I figure if I can wake up early for work, I can wake up early for this.
Sometimes I think that maybe I should start another blog just to write about religious and psychological subjects. But then I realize that I barely write in this thing anyway.
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(no subject) [Mar. 6th, 2010|02:54 am]
David
So the last week or so I've been reading a book called Twentieth Century Ghosts, a collection of short stories by a new up-and-coming author named Joe Hill. I absolutely loved it, and throughout reading it, I kept thinking "Wow, this guy is great! He reminds me of a young Stephen King!" Well, just a few seconds ago I found out that Joe Hill is actually Stephen King's fucking SON. And here I was thinking he was some new author coming out of left-field. But, yeah, he's still really good, and I look forward to reading more of his stuff.
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(no subject) [Mar. 3rd, 2010|04:03 pm]
David
The fact that I'm posting on Facebook more than Livejournal is a little worrying to me. And I do cross-post a lot, but I feel I should do it again concerning this two-person band I've discovered called Pomplamoose. They've done the impossible by making Aerosmith's "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" actually enjoyable to me:




Sometimes when I witness people express themselves artistically, I get the overwhelming impression that I'm wasting my life by not devoting myself to some form of creative expression. Watching Pomplamoose, however, may just be kind of a Jungian Anima thing with me, considering the pixie-ish nature of the singer.
Really cheesy to say, but I think I'm still trying to discover who I am to a large extent in my life, and maybe as I become more confident I'll find one or more ways to do something artistic.
Maybe I should get an acoustic guitar. Rock Band 2 can only do so much.
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(no subject) [Feb. 27th, 2010|02:13 am]
David
Just look at how motherfucking awesome this game looks...



June 1st! Also, in March FFXIII comes out, along with Red Dead Redemption, AND the new expansion for Dragon Age. I'm fairly certain that I'll be way too distracted to even think about the possibility that I'm wasting my life. It's going to be so fucking awesome.

Also, apparently Humberto would like us to stay here an extra week while he goes on a trip so we can take care of Azul. Neato. So we'll be moving next Saturday, most likely. Really going to miss the dog, though.
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(no subject) [Feb. 26th, 2010|05:30 pm]
David
So Ashley and I set up the contract for our first apartment today. It's in Oregon City (actually a very quaint little town) and is about 10 minutes away from where we live now. This will be kind of like my first real "place," so that's exciting. I may not have internet for the first few days in March, but I think Ashley's going to get it set up soon.
The place is above a little cafe, it's got 2 bedrooms and a claw-foot bathtub (which I've never used before) and looks like it'll be pretty quiet considering the other apartments on the floor are spaced pretty far away from ours. We have the keys and everything, so we'll probably start moving our stuff in on Sunday or Monday. Hooray for responsibility!
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(no subject) [Feb. 26th, 2010|02:05 pm]
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I've got the nagging feeling that if you consider adding elementary school spelling bee accomplishments into a resumé for college, you haven't accomplished all that much.
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(no subject) [Feb. 25th, 2010|02:21 am]
David
I've discovered a really great webcomic called Axe Cop. It's written by a five-year-old and illustrated by his brother. And is great.
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(no subject) [Feb. 22nd, 2010|03:47 pm]
David
To fill you in, Ashley and I didn't end up breaking up. The end of the month is almost here and we only have one potential place to move out to. Since the deadline for admission applications for UT Austin is March 1st, I've been working really hard on my application essays, and now I'm figuring out that I may not be able to go this year because I'm not a Texas resident anymore. It's likely that they would require out-of-state tuition, even though I'm transferring credits from another Texas university. I've contacted a few admissions people to make sure, but if this is so, that would mean tuition is like three times more, and I don't think my dad would pay it for me. One alternative is to move to Austin, find another menial full time job and do absolutely nothing for a year to establish residency, then go to UT Austin. Another that I just started considering a few minutes ago is to possibly just apply to a university up here and start in August. When the admissions people get back to me I'll figure out what to do.
I would much rather live in Texas than Oregon, but on the other hand I don't want to waste another year of my life not going to college.
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