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It's Banned Books Week! Hooray for the bestest of the best; books so awesome they make the feeble-minded swoon in their wake and leaves the aforementioned feeble-minded with no recourse but to ban them, lest their tiny little brains explode within their thick little skulls. I intend to purchase a copy of "The Color Purple", for I have heard good things about it.

Anyhow, I have snagged a copy of the top 100 banned books list. Apparently, it is stylish to bold the ones which have been read by the poster, in this case me.

So here we go! )

And now, for something that will bring a smile to the heart of every banned-books enthusiast: Several of these books were read by me as a requirement for high school English classes. And lo, they were the ones I enjoyed the most.

Edit: Too bad "The Power of the Rellard" didn't make the list. I could make a pretty compelling argument as to why idiots might ban it, but alas. It remains unbanned, and so it is not for sale at the Co-Op. Le sigh.
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So I got a political-type meme from spuriouslogic that had a few amusing questions on it. Results follow.

Potentially dangerous books, such as those that teach people how to make awesome bombs... )

LHC Update

Sep. 10th, 2008 11:20 pm
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So, I guess the LHC is firing up, or is fired up, or will be fired up in the immediate future. Whatever.

Just wanted to remind all my fellow Half-Life fanatics: the lack of unforeseen consequences accompanying the start-up is nothing to get down about. Remember, it was the object of study that resulted in the resonance cascade, not the studying device itself.

And speaking of aliens, I got Spore on Monday and have been playing zealously ever since. I have 5 races, 2 of them are in the Space Age.

1. My own race, whose name I can't recall (Space Age)
2. Vortigaunt (Tribal Stage)
3. Cthuls (Space Age; I used Fanaticism to end Civilization which was EPIC to watch with Cthuls doing it)
4. Deep Crows (My Hard-mode game, Creature Stage)
5. Metroid Prime (First appearance, the huge monster-thing. Tribal Stage)

grr

Sep. 1st, 2008 10:21 pm
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Difference quotients are the devil's magic.

No words.

Aug. 31st, 2008 12:50 am
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If there were words, they'd be good. But there are none. There are no words amazing enough to describe Nightwish.

By what can only be called direct divine intervention, I was able to go to the concert. Time and time again, my luck was tested, and time and time again, I succeeded where the odds were stacked immeasurably against me.

I finally got to The Palladium around 6:00PM. John Awesome, my ride, had VIP tickets so he and his daughter went on ahead. I waited, and conversed with the three European guys behind me. They were quite a lively bunch, and made the line much more bearable.

So the five of us went in together(we were joined by another of their friends whilst waiting) and stood in the back section, near the bar. This worked well for my new acquaintances who wanted beer, and for me who didn't want to mosh, especially with water being sprayed around(this later turned out to be a mistake, as Emppu was throwing out guitar picks like they had AIDS on them and Tuomas threw a water bottle he drank out of).

Anyhow, Nightwish was led in by a band called Sonata Arctica, whom I had never heard of before but played quite well. Worcester was treated to the third live performance of "White Pearl Something Something" ever, which was cool. Great song, too.

So the energy in the room was quite high by the time Nightwish came out. By then I had bought one of every kind of item Nightwish was selling; a flaming pendulum shirt, a guillotine shirt, a Seven Days to the Wolves flag, a band flag, and a pendulum flag.

After Nightwish's main performance ended, it took a good 10 minutes of screaming to get them to do their encore. I think one of them must've tripped or something. Oh well. It was still awesome.

When all was said and done, I waited outside to get a glimpse of the band as they loaded into their tour bus. And man-o-man, I got way more than a glimpse. Most of the band members went right into the tour bus, but Tuomas stayed out for the fans.

1. Tuomas shook my hand.
2. Tuomas signed my pendulum flag, using ME as a surface.
3. I GOT A PICTURE WITH TUOMAS.
4. And as I left, he says to me, he says, "Take care, Chris." He must've heard John Awesome say my name. And sure, it's just a stock phrase; of little meaning to most. And by itself, it would be to me as well. But on top of everything else, it meant something. Oh yes.

Well, enough with the vaguely-creepy point #4. All-in-all, I'm feeling really great now, and that's what matters, right? Go to a concert, feel awesome. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
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Theft!

Well, with that silliness out of the way. Against all odds, I WILL be going to the Nightwish concert. w00t.
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Fail. Take THAT, universe!
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holyshitholyshitholyshit

NIGHTWISH is playing in Worcester TOMORROW!

And the Palladium sells tickets at the door!

Now I just need a way to get there... hey, 46 miles, I'll WALK if I have to!
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To wake up in time for my 8AM class, I naturally set my alarm for 7AM.

I instead awoke at 6AM, writhing in pain. After a few minutes of unproductive writhing, I was in a more awakened state and realized that the aforementioned writhing is a sign that I need to get my ass to the bathroom. Turning off my alarm so as not to wake my roommate, I went off and did my business; came back to my room and saw that it was now 7AM. "Perfect," I thought, "I'm still right on schedule." Packed up all I would need for the day(which was a mistake at any rate) and so at 7:20, I had all but my map. Took me 10 damn minutes of searching until my roomie woke up and pointed it out to me.

So! 7:30 and I was on my way. All seemed in place. Unfortunately, being me(and having the associated digestive problems, in this case) can suck sometimes. Today was one of those times. Going out the door, my stomach began its wailing and gnashing of teeth once more. I tried to ignore it, but before I was even halfway to the Chemistry Building, I found myself running back to my dorm. 7:45, and I was in the bathroom again until 8:30.

So I went off again, this time with no complaints from my inner workings, and made it to the Chemistry Building just as my first class was ending. Fortunately, my second class is also chem-related, otherwise I wouldn't have headed out at all. Also, the TA for both classes is one and the same; the two classes being the two halves of one whole. So I was caught up on what happened, given paperwork, etc. etc. After spending an hour watching safety videos and checking to see whether our supply lockers had equipment or useless, broken glass in them, we were let out at 10AM, from a class that would normally have ended at noon. So now I get to blog about what a craptastic day I've been having, both figuratively and literally. On the plus side, at least it was stomach problems and not simply sleeping through it.

Pepto Bismol and Tums will need to be en route soon, methinks.

At UConn

Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:28 am
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And after a day of struggling, the power of the Ethernet is MIIIIIINNEEE!!

MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!
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Y'know, being visible doesn't really keep me from doing anything I want. So I figure I'd just do whatever I normally do.
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After much struggling and troubleshooting, my new video card is snugly in place and working fantastically!

Stuff I got at Con:

6 shirts:
-Bacon Is A Vegetable
-Chewie Is My Co-Pilot (got that one at special request)
-I Am Ten Ninjas
-Black Mesa: Working to build a better tomorrow for all humanity.
-Aperture Labratories: We do what we must, because we can.
-GLaDOS '08: Cake you can believe in!
A Bunny plush (blue)
A soot ball plush
A Bunny keychain, which is currently attached to my wallet (blue ninja)
Fire and Rain; Sluggy Freelance book 8
An Eastern sword and a Western sword (both wooden; I was going to get a metal pair that
sheathes into itself, but I don't have any proper ID)
A set of arm bracers
A bunch of diesel sweeties stickers that came with the shirts, which are now on my subwoofer.
A triskele necklace
A pentacle necklace

Damn, I got a lot of stuff. And it wasn't easy carrying around for 3 days, either. But now I've fully recuperated from last week, and it's back to doing my thing...

...for the next two weeks, anyhow. Then it's COLLEGE, zomg.
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http://falconwarrior.deviantart.com/gallery/

The first eight are pictures I took at the Con on my phone.
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As promised, a full documentation of what happened last weekend. With video!

It's-a really long-a! )

I'll put up a list of all the crap I bought later. Maybe.
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Just got back from ConnectiCon '08. This time, unlike two years ago, I stayed for the entire weekend. I'll give a fuller report when I have the time and learn how to use ljcuts.
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I'm sure there's a lot of people who feel that Pluto should still be considered a planet, just as there were many people who felt the world was flat and that the sun revolved around the Earth. It will pass, in time.

All set.

Jul. 7th, 2008 04:15 am
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Just took the Calculus Entry Exam online, and got a passing grade! Woot! That was the last thing I needed to do before heading up next Tuesday to finalize classes, then in August I'll be a college student!

Exclamation point!

Edit: Apparently, this achievement marks a significant increase in my nerd score(58% at last try):


I am nerdier than 83% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

Today

Jun. 30th, 2008 05:27 pm
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I saw a car in front of the the one I was in with no less than four bumper stickers professing the motorist's love of cross country, and I thought to myself, "If he loves running long distances so much, why is he paying $4.37 a gallon for gas?"

First day of my summer job, and all went well. A bit dull, but given that I would normally have been oversleeping during that time, I don't consider it any amount of a loss.
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