Monday, November 30, 2009

Posting Problem...

I'm in the toughest and also the final week of my fall quarter of school, so I'm studying harder than ever to finish it up. Strangely, this means that I spend more time goofing off. It's already increased the number of blog posts that I have quite a bit.

Perhaps this isn't very strange, though. If I study harder, I must goof off a preportionate amount, right? ... Right?

Also, it'd be kinda lame to be named Oberto. Everyone would keep saying "Oh boy!" to you all the time. Just throwing that out there.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Regarding Tags

I don't really like tags. I think it's because I don't like filling out something that I didn't come up with myself. Which I suppose is pretty snobby of me.

However, unlike similar things such as fan fiction or Facebook quizzes, I feel compelled to do tags because the friends who tagged me want me to. That just barely trumps my dislike for tags, so I'll do them. I'll probably have more fun with them than I think anyway.

So I'll respond to my tags soon. It's a top priority. Well, a priority, anyway. I'll definitely do it. Sometime. Sometime soon. ...ish. Soonish. Probably. I'll probably do it. There's a good chance. ...maybe. Maybe there's a good chance I'll probably do it sometime soon. Ish.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Pirates vs. Ninja

You may have heard about the age old dispute that the ninja have against their natural enemy, the pirates. If not, it's an internet thing.

Here I have laid out a few of the basic facts about them.

Pirates: Are pluralized with an S, just like most nouns.

Ninja: Can be pluralized with either an S or be simply staying the same.

Edge: Ninja. And they get +5 awesome points as well.

Pirates: Have their own holiday, National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Ninja: Keep their holiday private, yet invisibly written on everyone's calendar. No one knows when it is.

Edge: Tough to say. Holidays are better if you know about them, and funny accents are cool, so I say pirates win this one.

Pirates: Have their own language on Facebook. It's called "English (Pirate)" on the drop down menu.

Ninja: Have no Facebook recognition.

Edge: Pirates. Duh.

Pirates: Have Jack Sparrow.

Ninja: Have Naruto.

Edge: Pirates. And it's 'Captain' Jack Sparrow.

Pirates: Fight using a combination of skill, luck, and dirty tricks.

Ninja: Fight using highly honed reflexes, with skill bordering on magical.

Edge: Ninja. Both styles are very cool, though.

Pirates: Drink too much.

Ninja: Train too much.

Edge: Ninja. Drinking too much is kinda lame. Training too much is often lame, but can be cool.

As you can see from this, it's a bit of a tie. Ninja are virtually unstoppable, though, so in a direct fight I would say that the ninja would win. Unless it was a fight with Captain Jack.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Today in dentistry...

I can only take out the elastic bands on my braces when I'm eating something.

That means that they'll be out all day today.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

All I Want for Christmas is... is...

I can't think of anything I want for Christmas.

This always happens to me about this time. I have the same problem with Birthdays. I just don't really want anything that I don't already have, or that I can't get easily, or that is tangible (I could use some more time, or maybe improvements on my character).

At least when I was little, I could just circle half of the sets in the Lego catalog. Wait, I know... there's always food. But then again, I get that on Thanksgiving...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Poll Results

Alright, who voted against polls? We had a nice thing going, all voting in the same category...

Anyway, the results show that you people like voting in polls.

Except for one of you.

Feel-good/bad songs

I particularly enjoy a type of song that has both a happy, catchy tune and a depressing theme or lyrics. In the TV tropes community, this is known as Lyrical Dissonance.

I, together with the help of my good friend Youtube, have compiled a series of songs that I believe fit the criteria of sad lyrics and catchy music. Also, I have finally figured out how to embed Youtube videos into my posts. Sadly, good ol' Youtube is an unreliable fellow these days, and I can't guarantee that the links to all of these videos will still work in the future. Therefore I will also give the title and artist for each one, in case you want to look it up for yourself.

First, I present The World Is A Very Scary Place, by The Gothic Archies. The Gothic Archies like lyrical dissonance as a group, and are always as depressing as they can be while still giving a fun song. Even their name is a combination of sad and funny; it's a pun on both "Gothic Arches", a form of architecture known for being fairly gothic, and The Archies, a teenage bubblegum pop band based off of cartoon characters. This song comes from an album of music for the similarly styled book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The next one is I Feel Fantastic, by Jonathan Coulton. I think the video is much too happy. Considering the lyrics, this should be the most depressing song of the bunch. It's about a guy who's so hopped up on prescription drugs that he doesn't realize what a loser he is. Jonathan Coulton's a good artist. I should do a post about him sometime...

This one's Copacobana, by Barry Manilow. It doesn't need much of an introduction... just listen. Pretty catchy.

This one makes me laugh at the sadness. >:) Just the Girl, by the Click Five.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Eyebrow Wiggling

I wiggle my eyebrows a lot. In fact, I often move them constantly and involuntarily. Don't believe me? Just stare at my face the next time you see me. Actually, don't. That would be creepy.

Anyway... just last month, I got in trouble with my senior picture photographer. Every time he tried to take a picture, I would move my eyebrows by accident. After he told me to stop, I tried. I really did. However, I kept wiggling them another ten or twelve times. Sometimes it was the left one, or the right, or both together. For me, wiggling eyebrows is almost as bad a habit as cracking knuckles or snapping gum, just a little less obvious. Luckily for me, family photographers, like my senior picture guy, have good tempers, and we managed to get a set of decent shots eventually.

The moral of the story: Let your left eyebrow know what your right eyebrow is doing. And don't give them lives of their own.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Me Online #2

#TWO: The FuMP

My friend Evan, who the majority of my esteemed readers may already be familiar with, happens to be pretty awesome at music. And music... stuff. As you might have noticed from my use of the word "stuff", I'm not that highly educated in that particular field. But I am pretty good at making jokes, writing stories, and such creative endeavors.

Together, Evan and I made a song, with my part being composing the lyrics, and his part being writing the music, recording it, and editing it. I sent it in to a website, the FuMP (Funny Music Project), where it was published.

It didn't get any comments. I was kinda hoping for some, even if they were just complaining about it. I think that we can do even better then that song, which ended up being more of a satirical punk rock song than a funny one. I've written several more songs, and I'm waiting on Evan to make them, but he has a lot of schoolwork to worry about at the moment, so we're biding our time.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Shoggoth on the Roof

The video below is from a musical that parodies A Fiddler on the Roof by combining it with the Lovecraft Mythos, which is a sub-genre of the horror story, based off of the short stories and novellas of H.P. Lovecraft. The Lovecraft Mythos involves such things as mutated fish men, cults, and unspeakably cosmically evil monster/gods that turn any men who see them insane. More info on his stories can be found here. Naturally, this meshes well with A Fiddler on the Roof.

I found the video highly amusing, but if you're unfamiliar with either Lovecraft or Fiddler, you might not. It's elitist that way.

Also, I need to figure out how to embed youtube vids in my blog... Some other time.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

An article about writing

It's interesting. Also, I don't have a lot of time to improve this post, since I'm realllly busy. And I'm leaving for PA tonight, to be gone for the rest of the week.