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Friday, February 17th, 2017
6:47 pm
Reaction take on several Robert Greene books: Read more...Collapse )
Friday, November 18th, 2016
12:44 pm
Victor Frankenstein
Frankenstein to Igor: "and don't embarrass me."

[Cut scene to Frankenstein banging his fist on a table in front of two startled socialites.]

"Babies grown in vats!"

Because I was making fun of it since I heard about it, I have to say I watched Victor Frankenstein and it was decent. It didn't riff on the story nearly as well as Young Frankenstein did, but that's to be expected.
I was surprised that James McAvoy was actually a good Frankenstein. Here, he's an eager and insecure medical student with sometimes hilariously poor social skills. The story mostly focuses on the mentor and student relationship between Frankenstein and Igor (played by Daniel Radcliffe, looking pale and cowed.)

The characters are the best thing about the movie though there's also a decent amount of action.* The plot itself is predictable and has a couple of gaping holes in the beginning that seem to run on cheesy fanfiction logic.** The monster itself seems to be an afterthought. This is not a movie that explores the implications of artificial intelligence. Frankenstein's reaction to the monster, his need for it to recognize him feels real and emotionally charged. However, the monster itself is unresponsive. The movie seems to hint it lacks something fundamental, maybe a soul. This is a bit of a problem, considering that lack of emotional expression is not the same as lack of emotion. What can you expect when your monster's not yet one hour old?

Ultimately the movie doesn't seem to condemn Victor's scientific exploration. I say that because the antagonist is a detective who's a force of the conventionally religious persuasion. The detective's not portrayed as wrong exactly, but he is portrayed as fanatical and quick to misunderstand.

This may be one of the only Frankenstein movie that acknowledges that scientists need funding. That was nice.

The ending was unsatisfying to me but seems to be setting things up for a sequel whether intentionally or not. A lot of my problems with the plot would be solved if I knew that the author intended Frankenstein's monster to come back and hunt him down later.

*Warning for a couple gross outs, one with body fluids once Igor's rescued, one with flies around the middle of the movie.

**Plot holes, like how on earth do you teach yourself surgery from a book and why wouldn't a circus welcome someone trying to be a medic?
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
5:04 pm
Me: I'm feeling kind of bad with the time change and all.
Brain: Welp, time to alienate your closest friends. Also, if you offend them no one can ever tell you you're too sensitive again!
Me: You're the best.
Saturday, October 1st, 2016
12:20 pm
I want to keep this blog up, Facebook is horrible, and yet, have you noticed that you can only go a page or so back now?
Friday, September 23rd, 2016
2:37 pm
Friday, June 24th, 2016
12:17 pm
I am still working on a list of native weeds, though it's dubious how helpful it'll be since I don't have pictures.

Also: +How to make sourdough pizza crust using only flour, hot water, olive oil and salt. (You also need bowls and an oven and stuff.)

Do not do this thing. Not unless you want to feel as if you have a brick nestling in your bowels.
Thursday, May 5th, 2016
7:06 pm
About that bread
Before you deluge me asking for advice about breadmaking (you were planning to do that right) I first have to do a better job. Making the sourdough starter was a success, and it was almost perfect, even actually good until it got cold. It was then I realized I'd made Dwarf Bread, a pizza crust suitable for use as a combat frisbee.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
9:58 am
Things I've considered posting but haven't actually worked up the courage to post
+That time when I was working at WalMart and some guy thought I was recoiling in horror at his shortness, but really I was dealing with the effects of adhd medicine, lots of green tea and anxiety when I suddenly came around the corner and was confronted by a person.

+How to make sourdough pizza crust using only flour, hot water, olive oil and salt. (You also need bowls and an oven and stuff.)

+Existence is scary and I am neurotic.

+A list of native weeds I've identified (no one on my friend's list lives near me so this would be terribly useless.)

+A link to a picture of a snapping turtle biting its way out of a cardboard box that says "live harmless reptile." The postal worker handling the box looks appropriately horrified. Her mouth is contorted in terror.
Monday, April 25th, 2016
9:00 am
"What do you need to change/ improve:" At least three pages of answers, many contradictory.

"What do you want:" ??? ?? ?! ???
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
9:57 am
Dental stuff Read more...Collapse )
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
11:38 am
So my cat brought up the third confused Bronze Frog ever. This one seems to be okay and not critically injured like the others so I'm keeping it overnight then releasing it. I have mixed feelings about keeping so many efficient predators around, but they'd wreck destruction if they were in the house all the time, they're all strays, and they're all spayed or neutered.

Bronze frog call. They're the ones going "do!" The cello noise is bullfrogs, which I've never heard in real life.

We may have gray tree frogs, but I've only seen one ever.

Lots of toads though.

And American green tree frogs.
Friday, February 19th, 2016
11:40 am
I believe I've lost interest in a few long term, ah, interests of mine and I'm not sure whether this is a sign of maturity or sadness.

I have been growing a few kale plants in the garden, and they've been surprisingly useful (I didn't expect them to produce enough leaves to really make lots of salads. In addition, dubia roaches fed on kale seem to have more babies, which is good for my frogs.

If you've been following my journal for this long, surely you realize I'm a deeply, deeply boring person.

Also, it turns out intense exercise can stimulate panic attacks. I don't get panic attacks, but I do sometimes get rage out of nowhere. As in: "Wow, I feel good, feel those endorphins!" Then, out of nowhere, sudden brooding, fear, need to punch the wall. I believe if I step up my exercise and start doing it more regularly my body may eventually stop releasing less adrenaline.
Thursday, January 28th, 2016
4:51 pm
I keep coming up with ideas for posts and never posting. I think I will change that.
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
2:48 pm
I enjoy cauliflower but it's the styrofoam packing of vegetables and any attempt to cut it will result in little pieces falling everywhere.

short personal note:

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
3:24 pm
LJ Resurgence: Let's do this thing.

Though admittedly I'm older now and even more cautious about what I write.

I can post pictures of the Dumplings, maybe. Or cats.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
12:25 pm
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
6:52 pm
I haven't been on LJ much, since I keep seeing really good writers publishing articles and most of the things I have to say are fairly mundane. But I still miss LJ, I guess I've gotten scared of writing.

I also have a story I've been trying to finish for most of a year. The final fight scene is all that I need.
Friday, March 13th, 2015
6:35 pm
Terry Pratchett's death
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Saturday, August 30th, 2014
9:55 am
Recently I repeatedly punched my friend Erik as he attempted to teach me martial arts. It's funny that it's really actually psychologically hard to hit people. I never thought it would be. Even knowing what a light punch I have it's still hard.

Friends can teach you about yourself. More than you wanted to know, sometimes. Sometimes you realize they notice things you thought or hoped no one else could see. Man, friends are the worst.
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
7:32 am
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