The Animal Farm

December 31st, 2004

Thinking Out Loud

Just some random thoughts (mixed in with updates):

Nite is not a word, regardless of what dictionary.com says. I don’t care how many people use it. It isn’t a word.

Any episode of Cowboy Bebop that has Vicious is a Good Episode.

The trailer for The Ring 2 is scary as all get out.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie can not come out fast enough. If it were put in a time machine, sent back in time, and released yesterday, it still wouldn’t be early enough.

Nothing feels quite like blowing $140 on good DVDs.

Words in music are generally pointless. Half of the time they don’t make sense. The other half of the time, they’re contrived nonsense.

Sketching the human body properly is tricky.

Ocean’s 12 is good, though I’m not sure if it’s as good as Ocean’s 11 yet.

Don’t let people think you use your brain. They’ll be buying you calculators for Christmas for the rest of your life.

Making a nice, flexible, powerful 3D engine is not as easy as it seems.

It’s time we had our own web space. If Zach is still up for it once we get back to school, we’re getting some.

That’s enough of this.

For Frodo.

December 28th, 2004

ZACH!

Update, you fool.

Please tell your wife that I love her.

December 27th, 2004

I Heart Bill Murray and Whitney, but Which do I Heart More?

The Life Aquatic was glorious, and so was seeing Whitney tonight. I’ll elaborate.

The Life Aquatic was an awesome movie. The direction was spot-on and the humor was entertaining. I understand that some people will not like the movie, and that speaks more on their faults than it does on the movie’s.

Whitney is an awesome gal. Neither of us were particularly talkative tonight, but that’s fine - she and I don’t constantly have to blather back and forth to enjoy the day. I had a good time with her, and I’d really like to see more of her.

Yes, I know, I didn’t elaborate all that much. Get over it.

Thanks for not picking me!

December 26th, 2004

5 Fighters from Shaolin, Shaolin Soccer, and Read or Die

It’s 5 AM on the morning after Christmas. A normal person - indeed, anyone who isn’t me - would be curled up in bed. Alas, I feel compelled to tell the world about the movies I’ve recently watched. You’re going to want to sit down for this. No, really, I’m not joking. Take a seat.

I’ll start with the first movie, which was 5 Fighters from Shaolin. I came upon the movie by virtue of my only Christmas request: “Bad kung-fu movies.” One of my aunts answered with this movie, which looks as though it were taken straight out of the 60’s. And what a movie this is. The movie starts out with a human sacrifice. I don’t know what the sacrifice is for, and it is never mentioned again. The rest of the movie follows the path of a cheery, seemingly-drunken monk who wants to teach martial arts to students. Over the course of the first fifteen minutes, he sufficiently impresses five people who become his students. Then he trains them, and then they fight some kung-fu masters who may or may not be wizards. I won’t spoil anymore, but I would like to say this: the last frame - the VERY LAST FRAME - is the final villain exploding because he was severely beaten. Then it says “The End.”

The next movie I watched was Shaolin Soccer. You might’ve heard of this movie - it actually made it to American theaters. It’s pretty new, actually. Anyhow, this movie didn’t take itself horribly seriously - it’s the story about a bunch of kung-fu masters who come together to play soccer so that they can show the world how awesome kung-fu is. Of course, as with any great sports movie, they learn the value of team-work and believing in yourself and all that jazz. The movie is actually pretty funny at times, sometimes on purpose and sometimes because of the general absurdity of everything.

The anime I just finished watching was Read or Die. R.O.D., as the kids are calling it, is the story of secret agents who, I think, work at a library that specializes in saving the world. The main character is codenamed The Paper.

If you weren’t already sitting, go ahead and take a seat. Trust me.

The Paper isn’t just a normal secret agent. She has the ability to - I hope you’re sitting down for this - bend and shape and otherwise manipulate paper at will. She can make a bunch of leaflets turn into a giant paper airplane which will subsequently fly through the air, or she can treat individual pieces of paper as razor-sharp weapons. She’s accompanied by a girl who can phase through solid objects and an American man who can, well, do absolutely nothing. The story of the movie involved a bunch of dead geniuses being cloned to try and destroy the world (naturally). Just so you don’t get the wrong impression: Beethoven was among one of these geniuses.

Really, I’ve been having a great time with movies lately. I also received Shrek 2, but I’ve already talked about its goodness. I have yet to watch Arhats in Fury, which I think I’ll get to tomorrow, and that will be the last of them.

I think now it’s time for me to sleep. I hope everyone had a good Christmas.

My book!

December 22nd, 2004

Twelve Days of Christmas

I put my competition entry on the games page. I really don’t think the game turned out that well, but if you want to look at it, go ahead. Here is a link to it as well.

Turtle necks are coming back in a big way.

December 22nd, 2004

Stupid Holiday Movies

Does anyone get tired of the holiday movies where the uptight business-man learns the true meaning of the season and is henceforth a kind, gentle man? I mean, really, how many versions of a Christmas Carol do we need?

I’ve got an idea for a movie. An uptight business-man snaps on Christmas and brings about the end of humanity. I think it’ll be a real smash at the box-office.

Fa la la la DIE!

December 21st, 2004

What Just Happened?

Whose idea was it to let me go Christmas shopping alone? I was just about to dart into Walden Books (which is *filled* with cute females, might I add), when an attractive little number named Tami asked me if I had a moment. I have trouble saying no to telemarketers, and so I went ahead and said yes and let her do her sales pitch.

I now know that the woman was a witch.

Within minutes, the woman had me under her spell. She was rubbing some kind of dark magic over my fingers, suggesting that my various sisters would like to participate in such evil arts. She talked to me warmly, suggesting that I had a girlfriend, and when I said no, she gave me a shocked look that suggested I was attractive. By the time she was finished with her incantation, my left thumb nail was shiny and reflective - this is probably the conduit through which she sucked my soul. It was then that I was smelling bottles which had aromas of peach and sour apple, but I now understand that they were foul poisons. She asked me which one I liked the most. If I had my senses about me, I would’ve screamed, “Die, witch!” Instead, I simply uttered, “Peach.” She then walked me over to the cash register and started talking prices. Apparently there were some deals going and some special offers, and she was giving me “special deals” all over the place that I was not supposed to tell anyone about. In retrospect, if I refused her, she probably would’ve severed my head and swalled it whole. I, however, was powerless to make any such refusals. In the end, I walked out with four of her products, and a large piece of me had died inside.

Merry Christmas to all, now you’re all gonna die.

December 20th, 2004

Halo 2, ‘eh?

You mean to tell me you were out until 1 AM with a cute chixx0r and all you were doing was playing Halo 2?

Yea, right. I hope you used protection.

Do televisions use frequency modulation? I’m afraid I’m unfamiliar with the technology. I could see it in the old days when everything was done via antennae and such, but now that everything runs through a cable li-LOOK BALLOONS!

The 72 Hour Game Development Competetition finally ended. Here are all of the games. Some turned out really well. Mine did not. There are a few reasons for this, which I won’t go into, but mostly the game simply wasn’t fun. I strongly advise you play Roidion, which is one of the fanciest space shooters I’ve ever seen. There were a few other fancy games as well.

Some Russian woman e-mailed me (out of nowhere, I might add) a few days ago asking to become acquaintances. The e-mail seemed legitimate enough, so I responded. She responded again, so it looks like we’re officially pen-pals or some such nonsense. I haven’t figured out if she just wants an online buddy or if she’s a mail-order bride trying to find a customer over the internet. I haven’t figured out which scenario I’d prefer, either. I joke. She seems really nice. And of course I’d like a mail-order bride.

Now I’m going to go rest. I’m going Christmas shopping tomorrow… yay, or something.

It’s a Gundam!

December 18th, 2004

Hizzome again

I normally don’t feel this way about being home. I actually wanted to come home for a change. It was mostly due to the fact that these past few weeks of school were annoying and a little hard. And I really had a good time at home over Thanksgiving. Anyway, I think I should talk a bit about last night, which in turn means I will talk about how amazing of a gal Ginnie is. Ginnie and I decided last night that we should go the Texas Road House as a “last hurrah” of sorts before I came home. Well, we got there and after an hour we got seated. The food, as usual, was delicious. We just chilled there and talked about all sorts of stuff from drugs to our disliking of kids to Girls Gone Wild. It was a really, really fun time. After that we went back to her place to play some Halo 2 online. Let me tell you this, I am *really* bad at FPSs. It is really the only genre, barring sports games, that I am genuinly bad at and have never had the patience to get better with. I like FPSs, I am just not good at them. It was a lot of fun though, even though a girl played so much better than me it would have been embarassing had I not been so enamoured with her skill/awesomeness.. and devilish good looks. We chilled at her place playing Halo 2 until about 12:30 or 1 or something around there. I always seem to lose track of time when I am with that girl. Anyway, after that I came home and pissed around until 3, then I went to bed. I got home today around 12 and that leads me into today’s events.

I don’t like kids, I think we all know this. But I feel obligated to “entertain” my Aunt’s 4 and 7 year old children. This is because my Aunt, Gramma, and Mom make me out to be this amazing guy that always wants to play with them. I like being made out as being awesome, but not to kids. At least they play video games. Anyway, this “entertainment” is just me throwing them at the ground and swinging them around wildly as they try to beat the piss outta me. The succeed at times, one actually broke the skin on my arm today with his scratching. I do enjoy kicking the hell outta these kids, but it gets old fast. Oh, trying to explain frequency modulation through a television set to a 4 year doesn’t work. He was asking me about how the tv changes pictures and stuff, so I tried to explain it to him. He just got silent and then screamed “LOOK BALLONS” in a highly excited voice. I’ll admit, it was funny.

In closing, Stat finals suck.

~Zach.

P.S. Sowers, you never filled my mom’s food dish. She is whining over here.
P.P.S I like cheese. Actually, I love cheese.

December 16th, 2004

Going Home

I’m going home tomorrow immediately after my Japanese final. Hurray. Coincidentally, the 72 Hour Game Development Competition also starts tomorrow. Within 4 days, you will all have access to 20+ free games to play. It will be lovely.

I watched the entire series of Neon Genesis Evangelion over the course of the last two days. Eva, as the hip punks call it, is the story of Shinji Ikari as he battles to save humanity while trying to come to terms with who he is. There are layers upon layers of meaning and complexity within the story, which is quite good. The animation is superb, and the music is very appropriate. Some hail Eva as the greatest anime ever. While I wouldn’t go that far, I can highly recommend it.

I’ve also been to Yama’s for dinner in the last two days - one time with Doss and the other time Weslie. Doss I’ve already mentioned. Weslie is a fine lass who I was quite fortunate to meet during Japanese class. Yama, however, is the real star of this story. The food there is excellent. I’ve fallen completely in love with the Katsu Bowl (a pork, egg, and rice dish). The people there are also exceptionally friendly. I’m going to miss Yama’s over the coming month, since I am going home and there is no suitable Japanese restaurant where I live.

Also, during the second night of Yama’s I saw Mike. I credit Mike for inspiring me to actually make a film - something that I had thought about prior, but had never gotten around to actually doing. I also learned a lot from him as I watched how he worked. I’m sure he’s significantly better now that he’s been going to film school, and I’d like to see some of the new stuff he’s made. I’d like to put my own stuff on this site, but there simply isn’t the space for it. I’m seriously considering purchasing web space after Christmas, and if I do I shall make all of my movies available (there are 3 finished so far).

Alright, I’m going to go put some food in Zach’s mom’s dish.

No sugar or preservatives.