Friday, December 19, 2008


Seven years ago...

This is the best day in forever, right now. (Deutsch final may wreck it.) I caved & had a latte or w/e from Starbucks this morning, reading through old captions on Council of Elrond, reviving the Barrow-Downs' "Crazy Captions" thread, watching Annelli's vlog, &&& TVN has streaming video of them out tracking winter weather! Plus, it's pretty funny when one is watching Destroyed in Seconds & they do a bit about tornadoes, & you know it's Reed Timmer & co. before they say a thing because they're capering about with glee.

Not much has changed, then, since 2003. "BACK UP!!!!!!!!!" XD

Bad thing, though; really can't concentrate for some reason on practicing for Deutsch. Das ist nicht toll. Also not getting snow. I mean, Las Vegas got snow. I mean, rain is all well & good, but when the temperature is pushing the upper 40s in December... meh.

Pouring rain!

Two hours until going to go fail Deutsch final; yatta. But i did somehow manage to get an 80 on the Kapitel 3 test, so who knows. Maybe i'll have retained something. But the problem is 1) i can't take 102 next semester because it doesn't fit, & 2) i don't think things are really sinking in, because of the grammar jargon & lack of time, because the semesters are short. It's more just regurgitating information than being able to recognize what to use in a certain situation. It's not like really thinking about how to use the language, which makes me sad, especially since i've got a plump, happy elephant looking at me from my textbook, saying, "Ich mag Kinder." とてもういです. :( I want to be able to be multilingual, but begin to wonder if i really have the brain for it. Especially right now, not being able to concentrate. Stupid, stupid.

...and no more streaming video from TVN. かなしそうなかお--> :[ かなしい--.

(Oi, what is the difference between using うい & かなしい? Typical, using Japanese when i'm supposed to be concentrating on verb-noun & verb-verb combinations. (It's 1:32.))

Maggie should be coming over to get her presents. I wrapped everybody's stuff last night, & have one more card to do & mail, that i managed to completely forget about. (Stupid!)

Mm, not so good day.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Some stuff


He's also in the December issue of Juxtapoz magazine, which is how i found out about him in the first place. It's a fascinating interview, especially because the language is so eloquent. A nonnative English speaker (? yes?) is able to use the English language to more effect than a native speaker, & seems to have more respect & care for the words how they are used. What does that say?


I really, really like looking through people's sketchbooks. Being able to look at them via the internet, while not my preferred way, is the next best thing. There is a link to the site in the blog entry; right now am looking at Chad Kouri's sketchbook (long live analog indeed!).

And speaking of sketchbooks, after more than a year (maybe about a year and six months?), i finally finished my most recent one. Now i have a huge new one. If it took over a year to fill a book half its thickness, how long will this one take...? How much more will it be falling apart?

->Santa Claus Conquers the Martians MST3K

Here's a nice little disturbing thing for the holiday season. And if that isn't enough, here's another: Santa Clause MST3K.

Or, if you prefer extreme weather this holiday season, there is always the season finale of the second season of Stormchasers.

->Am finishing rereading The Return of the King. Remember the Decembers of 2001-2003? Good times.

And then next, back to The Silmarillion. Am especially fond of this drawing. I shudder to think there may still be fangirlish vestiges left over from eighth grade. Gnaugh.