The Animal Farm

July 29th, 2004

Spider-Man 2 Again

Good morning my little puppets.

It’s 1:30 AM, and I just returned from watching Spider-Man 2 for the third time. This is the only movie I’ve bothered to watch thrice in theaters, which should tell you how good it is. I found it funny as I poked at the movie, no longer so enamored by its glory, looking at all the little anomalies.

I was with Nikki. It was also her third time seeing the movie. The first time I watched it was with her as well. Nikki likes when I’m nice to her here, so I think I’ll please her just this once: Nikki’s always been a dear friend, and she’s basically one of two people I’m going to miss when I return to school (I’ll miss her quite a lot, too). I don’t think that she does or ever will quite understand how I feel about her, and that’s fine, so long as she knows that she’s great in my book.

Before this update starts to look like an 8th grade love letter, I’d like to reaffirm my manliness by stating that I killed a boar with my bare hands. Parts of that sentence may be exaggerated or right-out lies, but that’s a chance I’m willing to take.

To be honest, the rest of my day - movie watching and boar killing aside - is a giant blur. I remember returning some videos and smiling at the lady in Video Warehouse, but other than that I don’t remember much. Actually, I’ve been quite unproductive for some time now - a habit I need to rid myself of.

Tomorrow is my mommy’s birthday. I’m going to take her a cake and her gift - a book concerning serial killers, which I think she might like. If I’m feeling nice, I might even take her out to lunch. We’ll see how that goes.

For some reason I can’t access my Yahoo mail with MSIE. It’s really starting to tick me off. I type in my info, and then MSIE just shuts down. So I’m using Netscape until I figure out what the problem is.

I think that’s everything. Stay crispy, and don’t walk into anything on fire.

That boar had it coming.

July 28th, 2004

Movies Galore

I’ve spent most of the last few days watching quite a few movies. In this update, I’m going to tell you about all the ones I can remember.

It all started with Interview With a Vampire, I think. This movie was a pleasant surprise. I honestly think it’s one of the best vampire movies I’ve seen, and while it’s not that amazing vampire movie I’ve been looking for, it’s still pretty good. It follows along the 200 year life of Brad Pitt and his conflicts with various other vampires as he chooses a different life for himself. The only annoyance I had - and it’s an annoyance I have with many vampire movies - is that often, when people write about vampires, they like to take the common vampire myths and say that they’re all wrong. Anne Rice did not invent vampires, and thus she has no right taking the workings of another author and altering them at her leisure. It’d be like if I wrote a sequal to Frankenstein and said that, in fact, Frankenstein was 100% robot.

I then proceeded to rent Big Fish, Underworld, and Band of Brothers. Big Fish is also a good movie. This movie tells the tale of a man who, according to him, has lived a very stellar life. The stories are rather inventive/fun, and in general this movie has an aura of quality.

Underworld was alright - not as bad as I’ve heard most people say, but not amazing either. The movie is essentially the game Vampire: The Masquerade in movie form (in fact, the creators of Underworld were sued by White Wolf for ripping Vampire off in quite a few places). Underworld has a fair amount of action and intrigue, and the story is pretty good. The “love story,” if you can call it that, is quite campy though.

I watched the first volume of Band of Brothers. I won’t be watching the rest. It’s not that the series isn’t good - on the contrary, the series is an excellent World War II drama. I can’t fault it anywhere. The characters are all excellent. The story is, well, World War II. It’s just that the series didn’t really catch my interest. Perhaps one day I’ll pick it back up.

After returning those videos, I picked up Hellboy and Starsky and Hutch. Hellboy was a big letdown, as I was expecting something good. However, it was merely decent. The story is fine, and some of the dialogue is humorous. There’s certainly enough action in it, but after a while it ceases to be interesting action. The movie’s major fault, I think, was that it took itself too seriously. Whereas Spider-Man 2 clearly was based on a comic book, Hellboy seems to want to be something more, which it doesn’t really pull off.

Starsky and Hutch was, in this man’s humble opinion, a big surprise. I expected this movie to be crap. In fact, it wasn’t. The movie was rather entertaining. It wasn’t even that funny - it was just a solid movie.

I think that’s all the movies I’ve watched. Aside from watching Manchurian Candidate on Friday, I’m taking a little break from movies. I think I’ll go out and see people again.

Speaking of seeing people again, I saw Nikki yesterday. We went bowling, which is always great fun. We then went to my house for a little bit, where we did absolutely nothing. After that short stay, we went to 7-11 where I picked up some ice-cream goodness. We were then pushed out by a trucker who, I dunno, thinks he owns parking lots because he’s got a giant truck. I’ve got a giant monitor, but I don’t think I own everyone’s freaking monitor-stands. So we went to Nikki’s house, where we proceeded to talk on her porch until 4 AM. I’m not exactly sure how that happened - it just sort of snuck up on us. But it was good. I came home, and she and I talked online for a bit until we both passed out in our respective beds.

I slept until 12:30 in the afternoon, which was good. And I came online to give you this update. Don’t you feel special?

Rats with wings.

July 25th, 2004

I got nothing

Even though I haven’t updated in 4 days, I still have nothing entertaining to talk about. I’ve been playing my GBA SP a lot more often than I usually do. I’ve recently purchased three new games: Metroid: Zero Mission, Metroid: Fusion, and Shining Soul. The two former ones are just what one would expect from a nintendo release title and a Metroid title. Excellance. Now about the last one, Shining Soul. If Diablo 1 were to have a lovechild with Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, Shining Soul would be its name. Which basically means this game is really good to me. The problem with this game is that it was never released in America, just Japan and Europe for reasons unknown to me. I got lucky when I was in GameStop the other day and my brother asked me, “What is Shining Soul?” as he was looking at the used GBA games. I simply responded, “Mine.” and bought it right there. I was pretty happy to get it considering it is annoying to buy things over Ebay.

My brother and I went to go see I, Robot on Friday. It was a good little movie. But my brother and I, being the geniuses that we are, decided that eating at Wendy’s would take at least an hour. It took 5 minutes. So we had about an hour to kill and neither of us wanted to spend money. We ended up going to Best Buy because that is the cool place to be. Turns out they have a plasma screen TV set up near the entrance with DDR hooked up for it. I put it on Standard just to get back in the groove, but I picked Roulette because I am still confident in my skills. Well it picked some moderate song( 6 feet on Standard ) and I just scoffed at it and jacked the difficulty back up to heavy. I finished playing the game with Sandstorm on heavy and rocked it out with an A, not my best but I was happy considering I hadn’t played since Mayish. It was good. People started staring at me like I was some kind of freak, so I just decided I should leave.

Well, that’s all I got right now, not much interesting happening on in my life. Besides college in about 3.5 weeks. Hells yeah!
~Zach

July 23rd, 2004

Bourne Supremacy, King Arthur, Butterfly Effect, Matrix Revolutions, Sealab, and Julia Stiles

I don’t have much time. I’ve got a lot to say, and I suspect this sleeping pill is going to knock me out soon. I had planned on explaining the standards by which I hold movies. But forget that. I’ll just skip straight to the movie reviews, and when Zach calls me a movie-hating child molester, I’ll respond then.

I’ll start with Butterfly Effect, because Zach and I just recently had our argument concerning it. While Zach likens this movie to the Second Coming, I would call this movie simply “alright.” The movie was quality, I’ll give it that. The execution was dead-on. I can’t even fault them for casting Ashton Kutcher as the lead - I’ve always liked him, and I hadn’t gotten to the point where I type-casted him into the “silly comedy” genre. In fact, there wasn’t anything technically *wrong*. But at the end of the movie, I simply didn’t see anything amazing about it. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen all this before, and my mind wasn’t blown like some peoples’. Maybe it’s because the movie had no worthwhile climax - Ashton (Evan, I think his name was) figures out what he can do, and the movie simply follows along as he tries to make things happy and cheery, and predictably he usually fails. I can’t really tell you what it was that kept me un-enamored with this movie. But at the end, I sat up and went, “Yea, okay. Nice movie. Next.”

So the next movie I watched today was Matrix Revolutions. Some would call Revolutions the bastard child of the Matrix trilogy. I, however, still think it was a pretty good movie. Granted, there were some flaws and a few areas where the quality could have been lifted but wasn’t, but in general things went well. And the final battle between Neo and Smith was a work of art (although, admittedly, I’ve seen better final duels).

I just finished seeing Bourne Supremacy. The short version is: if you liked the first movie, you’ll like this one (although maybe slightly less). As an action movie, I could’ve done with more action. As a spy movie, I could’ve done with a little more mystery. As a thriller, I could’ve done with a little more… thrill. The movie tries to do a lot of things, and it doesn’t do any remarkably well, but it comes together decently. Oh, and as a movie with Julia Stiles in it, I could’ve done with more Julia Stiles. I mean, Nicole Kidman is hot and all, but Julia makes me want to be a better person… who can dance. I dunno. I just figure she might like dancers.

And the movie gave me a great idea. If you get a Russian taxi cab and mount a turret on it, you’re pretty much prepared to take over Canada. You’ll know what I mean when the car-chase scene ends.

I saw King Arthur a few days ago with Whitney. This is a movie that received a lot of negative press (”liquid shi*” I believe the Daily Show called it), but I really didn’t think it was so bad. I mean, there was nothing really good about the movie, but I could watch it again. However, I don’t really have much to say about the movie. At any rate, it was better than Troy.

Before seeing King Arthur, I bought the Sealab 2021 DVDs. You could call Sealab one of the best animated series ever created by man, and nobody in earshot would accuse you of lying. The DVDs were reasonably priced - about $25 for 13 15-minute episodes. The episodes included some of my favorites, including Chickmates (which is *amazing*). The extra features were negligible.

I think that’s everything concerning entertainment that I have to talk about tonight. I was going to post a rant about cell-phones, but I’ll leave that for some other time. The rant will be something Zach and I both agree on, which I don’t know if you’re ready for. Prepare yourself.

Women are like Voltron. The more you stack together, the better they get.
–Red Vs. Blue

July 21st, 2004

…Wow

I posted a review of The Butterfly Effect in the forums, but I am gunna post a little about it right here just because the movie at least deserves that much. I had heard good things about this movie proir to seeing it, but I did not expect what I have just witnessed. This movie was pure, cinematic excellance. This is the kind of movie that had me on the edge of my seat. Throughout the entire film I was sitting straight up, completely unaware of what was going on around me. I was soo enthralled that I quite possibly could have been stabbed in the leg and not noticed it. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do so, if you have seen it, I suggest you watch it again. I will most likely watch this movie again tomorrow before work because it was that damned good. Watch it. Period.

On other knews, I am going to Cedar Point in one week and 1 day. I am real pumped for this. I went to Six Flags last year and it was some damn good fun. My sister tells me Cedar Point is infinitely better, and I can’t freaking wait. Fun is one topic I trust my sister on, she knows how to have fun. Besides, Ginnie will be at Cedar Point, and that is good( yeah, I know I already said this somewhere in an earlier post, just thought I’d mention it again ).

Speaking of my sister, does anyone else have a younger sister or brother that all the sudden grew up? I don’t know about anyone else, but when I think of my sister, I still see that annoying little tomboy-girl following me around trying desperately to get attention from me. Turns out, noone else thinks “tomboy” when they see my sister. My sister and I have had a past that pretty much had some serious sibling rivalry. Hell, the first thing I said when my parents came home and showed her too me was, “I hate that baby.” But once I went to college, things changed. I guess it was the fact that I was never around to be annoyed by her presense and visa-versa. And also the fact that she grew up. My sister is right now 17 years old and apparently not the same little girl I once hated. We kinda developed a closeness because of the distance of her at home and me at college. Now I get to hear about what boys are hot and hear all of my friends say that she is hot. *vomits*. Its just weird because they see a girl I don’t see. Makes me get a little mushy inside thinking about it because of the fact that she did grow up, and she grew up well. Beth’s a typical 17 year old party girl. I like that, but I do kinda miss all the annoyances she caused me growing up( That’s right. Its true. The parents where right when they said I’d look back at the stuff and laugh. ). Its just weird. All your life you take for granted that things won’t ever change, then you go away for 9 months and everything is freaking different. I am glad I went to college and my sister and I could get closer, but the me 3 years ago would not agree. In fact, he’d probably kill me for heresy towards the “I hate younger sisters” club. I don’t know the meaning of this section to my post, but you might be able to find one. Just know that I am glad I had the chance to have an annoying little sister all these years. Wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Well, that’s a side of me not too many people get to see. It won’t happen often, so don’t get used to it.

Brian, you need to update, I am running out of things to say that are entertaining. That and the fact that I am making my posts more often on here, and noone wants that. I am significantly less funny than you, and the people want funny, not Zach. So update more.

~Zach

July 21st, 2004

Here I am, Rock You Like a Hurricane

I never did particularly want to see Butterfly Effect. Nor do I still. But it seems like Zach has challenged me to find something wrong with the film. He practically double-dog dared me. In typical Brian fashion, I will take on this challenge. In a few days, I shall rent the movie and tell you my feelings.

I bought some sleeping pills the other day to help me sleep before 6 AM. It’s not so much that I want to be on a normal sleeping schedule. It’s that it’s *boring* being up that late every night. There’s nothing to do, and there’s nobody around to talk to. I tried one last night at around 11:30. I was pretty pissed at around 12:30 when I still couldn’t sleep, but by 1 I was out. I woke up various times, but I didn’t find it much of a challenge to stay in bed until nearly 1 the next day. It was glorious.

I have sisters myself - 5 to be exact (2 sisters, 2 step-sisters, and a half sister). I don’t share Zach’s feelings however. I *would* trade my sisters for the world. I’d trade them for a pack of Bubblicious. I don’t even chew gum.

I’ve been tinkering with my RPG engine lately. It’s a shame Morganne and I didn’t follow through with the RPG challenge, because I absolutely know I could’ve finished this thing in 72 hours with the proper motivation. However, as things are, I’ve been working rather slowly. I’ve got a nice little base up, and I think I’m determined to make a series of little games with this. Maybe in a month or so you’ll see the fruits of this labor.

I’ve got a crew of very motivated people looking forward to making movies. We’ve got a month before I go back to school. I’m hoping we can make something magical. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be able to show them off here since we don’t have the webspace.

I shaved today. Every time I shave, I get mixed reviews. On the one side, there are people who think it’s a refreshing change from my bum look. On the other side, there are people who think shaving makes me look like a 12 year old boy. I hate shaving, mostly because I get cut every friggin’ time, but I really don’t have any feelings on how it looks. I just do it when the mood takes me.

I think it’s time for me to wander away. If things go according to plan, I may have some Sealab DVDs tonight. If things don’t go according to plan, I may be lying dead in a gutter somewhere near China. I sure hope things go according to plan.

We all love Martian law.

July 19th, 2004

Sleep Still Hasn’t Come Back to Me

It’s 5 AM and I’m still not tired. Not only that, but I’m still mind-numbingly bored. I nearly launched myself out my window just so I could have three seconds of high-flying fun before I smashed into the ground.

In an effort to alleviate my boredom (among other things), I turned on the TV. Of course, Cartoon Network completely abandons its good cartoons on Sundays in favor of some “Mission Hill” crap, so I was forced to find other things. For the first time in well over two years, I willingly directed my TV to VH1 and MTV and watched some music videos.

I have something of a disdain for music videos. The premise seems promising - make a miniature “movie” that goes along with the song. However, the execution is often more flawed than the already terrible songs currently out. The problem stems from the simple fact that these music videos serve merely as an excuse for musicians to play their instruments or sing on camera.

Here’s the thing: If I wanted to see Prince look at me with those longing eyes as he sings his latest song, I’d go to a concert. Or I’d kidnap him, keep him in my house as a personal slave, and when he passed away, I’d save his dead body for some sweet necrophilia lovin’. When I turn on the TV, I’m looking for something a little more than a man standing stationary while his lips move. I’m looking for a reason to turn off my CD player in favor of the TV, and watching a band prance around as it plays its guitars simply doesn’t do it for me.

So here’s my message to you: If you’re ever making a music video, forget about showing off the band, and put in some actual original content. At least do a *dance* - for God’s sake, the Backstreet Boys were at least that decent. Oh, and rappers, ditch the “fly honeys.” I’ve seen about a million different women in your music videos, and I’m starting to get *tired* of big-breasted bimbos… and I just don’t want that.

Props go to Linkin Park for having the most interesting video thus far tonight.

Oh, and check out the gallery. There’s a new picture there - it’s the title screen for Parody, should that game ever come out.

“You ate the whole wheel of cheese? No, I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.”
–Ron Burgundy, Anchorman

July 19th, 2004

Frat Parties

This past weekend, Saturday night, I went out to my boy Dan’s frat house with Dan and Anthony for a little drinking party. This house and the people in it are exactly what I thought would be there, which isn’t in anyway a bad thing. I had a lot of fun, despite the one instance I puked. Just about every movie I’ve seen with a frat house in it depicted the environment and people perfectly. I guess college life is easily imitated. We arrived around 9:30 and I proceded to drink 3 beers in about an hour or less. I hate beer, but it is all they had, and after the second one it tasted like water. Fortunately and unfortunately, I am a “two beer queer.” I was completely sh*tfaced after the three beers and stayed that way for about three hours. I think Anthony and Dan managed to destroy the keg, so by the time I was done with my third, there was no beer left. So I just wandered around the house mingling with everyone until my drunkenness wore off. Then I sat down and off-and-on wandered sommore. As I was chillin’ on the porch talking to Dan, I got real sick. So I went upstairs to the bathroom, and puked. Good times. I then sat down on a shifty couch in the kitchen and just chilled there until I fell asleep. The problem with this is the fact that I started to fall asleep around 3ish, then I got my infamous second wind and just layed there until 5ish. It was real annoying. But I had a grand time and will most likely do it again.

On to another interesting topic:
I was working yesterday, like I always do on Sundays, and this little Asian child no older than 8 walks in. I hesitantly ask, “Can I help you?” The kid then dials a number on his pimp cell phone and as soon as someone picks up, he smiles and hands it to me. I instinctivly took it and a man who I am assuming is his dad places an order for 2 foot long subs in very broken English. I am guessing this child is the son of the owner of The Great Wall Chinese restaurant just down the street from the Subway I work at. I thought it was a little odd. The kid only said one thing, “how much?” So either he wasn’t soo talkative or he didn’t speak the language very well. I know when he comes in with his dad he talks to his dad in Chinese. I just thought this was an odd thing for a parent to do. Walking down mainstreet during the day and being eight and unchaperoned seems sketchy to me.

By the way, Square-Enix( Squeenix ) is playing house with Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. I could’ve swore the release date was August 13th, turns out the release date is August 31. Brian read on a display box that it was the 13, but their site says the 31. I am pretty pissed considering I originally thought it was coming out last summer. Oh well, I guess I will just fail college as that game comes out my first week of college.

Aight, I am out,
~Zach

July 18th, 2004

Sleep, Please Come Back to Me

Good God am I bored. I just spent about an hour in my room trying to fall asleep just so time would pass faster.

The RPG idea went bust. I can’t tell you why, exactly, but I’m sure part of it has to be the fact that I haven’t seen the artist in well over a day and a half. This is a shame, because I think the idea had some freaking merit. I did spend some of today programming on my own, and I have a little stick figure wandering around a map and talking to other people. I may make a comedy-based RPG out of this, but I’m not making any promises.

I saw I, Robot yesterday. The short review: It’s good; go see it. That’s all I’m going to say. No lengthy reviews, no detailed explanations, and no long-winded attacks.
Zach: Thank. Freaking. God.

I’m going to see the Bourne Supremacy Friday. Whether I’m going with someone has yet to be decided, but there’s a decent chance I’ll be seeing it with Nikki. I’ll tell you how that goes. Also, if all goes well, I’ll be coming home with the Sealab 2021 season 1 DVDs.

Not much to say right now. I just needed to find some way to kill time before my head exploded. I think I’ll go back to working on this game or something. Cheers.

“I will slaughter them like a wolf among lambs! The seas will run red with the blood of my enemies!”
–Captain Murphi, Sealab 2021

July 17th, 2004

People

Okay, I know I posted a while back saying I loved my job and had no right to complain. But I also, in that post, said that I would definately post complaining about my job at a later date. And this that post.

Marinara, Herb, Parmesan, these are words we tend to hear a lot and use in everyday life( at least when talking about food ). It appears I am mistaken when thinking that people know these words. It is one of my pet peeves when people say things that are commonly used wrong( I don’t mean slang, but real words ). I was at work today, bored per usual, when a customer came in. He ordered a meatball marinara sub on Italian herbs and cheese bread, a fairly common order. The problem with his order is how he ordered it. “Uhh, can I get a meatball marina on that “her-bs” and cheese bread?” I was simply dumbfounded. This man apparently either A) did not have a grade school education or B) knew how to pronouce herb( erb ) but then saw the “h” and got confused, then got nervous, and panicked and said her-b. Either way he is an idiot for it. And no, I didn’t spell marinara wrong, the guy actually said marina( you know, like a dock/playplace on water ). Last time a freaking checked, meatballs where made of meat, not fish or boat docks. And no, this wasn’t a one time deal. I heard her-b at least 6 different times today from people with no relation to one another. And about parmesan; We have a bread called parmesan oregano, this bread is a commonly ordered thing. However, most people call it “that parmesian bread.” Last I checked, Parmesia was not a freaking country and they don’t have special bread that they ship to Subway. Every time someone orders it like that I get fond memories of Parmecia, a continent in the game Shining Force II. I am then filled with rage because they pronouced it like that. It isn’t like those three words are uncommon. Gah, I hate people.

Well, this is my rant for the night, I just had to post on our site about it because I don’t post enough as is.

~Zach