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01:30 am: Better than drinking broken glass
You know, as much as I enjoy using interesting titles for my journal entries, it just makes it difficult finding specific posts later on. Oh well. Anyway,

Ugh.

I was planning on writing my usual long-ish post but I just finished writing a thousand word letter to the SWE and I'm a little drained. Still, there were some links I wanted to share so I could get them out of my overflowing bookmark list and to you, my public, where they belong. I'll close with those but first, some news:

Lindsay and Tick dropped by Monday night which was a welcome relief from the solitude that had been overwhelming me throughout the weekend. They brought with them a birthday gift for me which was quite a surprise since I don't ask for anything of my friends other than to tolerate my personality and basically smile and nod from time to time. That, and undying devotion to the First Chirch of Evil Jim. Anyway, they gave me volume 6 of the platinum release of Eva, which explains why Tick was so carefully eying my DVDs when they were over last week. We finished watching the entire series along with End of Eva a few weeks ago and I'm glad to see they're still enthusiastic about it. They may not turn into full blown Eva junkies but they've experienced an important part of anime history that will continue to affect them with every new series they see. Well, maybe just AMVs and parodies.

I won't say things are getting better but I've definitely noticed a change in Dagon's mysterious and worrying white blotch tonite. It appears to have faded slightly and is a little difficult to make out now. I still have no idea what it is or if it's normal but a little hope has grown telling me it may not be as serious as even I had at first been imagining. I'm calling a local vet tomorrow to see if they look at fish but I probably won't make it in for an appointment if they do because I have to run to Petsmart to get a new heating unit because the one in the big one is almost finished. Aquarium temperature has dropped so much that poor carter has been huddling near the nearly defunct heater for two days so I put him back in his one gallon bowl in a warmer room for now. Hydra should be ok until I get the new unit as goldfish can stand lower temperatures, but this can't wait any longer. I hope it isn't too late.

I just spent 10 minutes on the Anime Club forums looking for my post about free Pocky boxes and I haven't found it. It's been a while since I last checked in – I haven't even been to Club in a month – and I wanted to know if anyone wanted any or not. Apparently the thread has been removed for whatever reason and through whatever means. It's hard to tell if it was selective or not because there are many threads whose posts died out ages ago. Since I'm probably going to Club this weekend I can ask around but from the response my thread got it's probably pretty safe to assume that I can toss them. Ah well.

I finished reading Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul today. It was quite good, despite a little confusion I had over the ending. It seemed there were a few loose plot threads but then, I am dealing with the author of the Hitchhiker series. I rather enjoyed it and am looking forward to discussing it with sacredspud when next the chance meets. For now, if I recall correctly I still have a copy of Starship Titanic floating around here someplace that I still have yet to read. Then I will have to go shopping for more by Adams. I really must recommend him to Dad if he can find any audiobooks.

I'm fading out here. I'd better get to the links. All open in their own window... baby!

Here is a Bigger Than Cheeses comic I saved for a dear friend who probably still drinks too much coffee, despite repeated (indirect) warnings from my hero, (and yours, admit it) Mr. Coffee Nerves. Oh, and here is another.

I've been staying up wayy too late for the past few nights playing Nanaca Crash, a flash game that uses characters from a Japanese PS2 game, pitting an unfortunate young man up against several strong young woman. The game starts when Nanaca crashes her bike into poor Taichi, the goal being to keep him airbourne as long as possible to reach the greatest distance. A helpful guide can be found here in case you can't read Japanese.

Speaking of addictive flash games, last night I discovered Viridian Room, a sequil to the challenging </i>Crimson Room</i> which kept me up through a very late night some time last summer. As with the latter, the object of the former is to escape the room using things found within it. It's very clever and requires quite a bit of searching and ingenuity to complete. There is another, presumably similar, game called Blue Chamber which I haven't tried yet, and all three are available at Fasco-sc. I recommend starting with Red. Don't give up! It is possible to escape.

I think a webcomic titled The Living Tales of Zombie Jesus speaks for itself.

And as long as we're on the subject, did you know that T-shirts are Evil

This is another Bigger Than Cheeses comic about The Sims 2 that Lindsay probably shouln't look at but feel free to show it to Tick. I feel bad for laughing, but then I feel stupid for feeling bad and it just goes 'round and 'round.

Main Entry:Dictionaraoke
Pronunciation: 'dik-sh&-"ner-A-O-ke
Definition: Audio clips from online dictionaries sing the hits of yesterday and today. The fun of karaoke meets the word power of the dictionary.

That's about it for now. I really should get to bed soon if I want to make it to the pet store and back before work, but if I'm anything like the nights over the past month I won't be able to sleep until I'm absolutely exhausted. We'll see. I hope this passes soon but it probably won't. During the meanwhilst, enjoy the links!

- E V I L O U T -

Current Mood: Clever
Current Music: Welcome to the Metropolic ~ OC Remix

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From:sacredspud
Date:March 16th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)
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Glad to hear you've finished and enjoyed Teatime. Your posts had made me want to revisit the book, especially since the last time I read it, I realized the next day that wasn't clear on the ending at all. Last night I reread the ending, found it a bit confusing, and did some searching to see if I could get a clarification. Google Groups provided me with a good explanation of the ending, as well as many of the subplots which may constitute the loose ends you mentioned. Read the entire message, but stay away from the rest of the thread since they also discuss the ending to the other Dirk Gently book.

As for audiobooks for your dad, I don't know how available they are locally, but all of Adams' fiction is available in that form on Amazon.com. Most (possibly all -- I don't want to get caught researching it at work) are read by Adams himself.

I won't look at most of those links until I get home, but I did check out one about coffee and I have to admit that I've never tried drinking broken glass. I'll try it if you do it first. I'm not drinking a lot of coffee these days because of the Fast (as in, I've had fewer than five cups since it started on March 2nd), but I'm sure I'll change that on Monday when I can eat and drink during the day again.
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From:evil_jim
Date:March 16th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
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I thik Mr. Coffee Nerves himself would rather drink coffee than broken glass and I'd rather agree. It was a good counter to the other comic which cited it as somewhat less than beneficial (coffee, not broken glass.) That one, by the way, is what got me into Bigger Than Cheeses. I came across it by accident and wanted to share it with you but didn't bookmark it right away. I read through about 400 comics before I found it again.

As for checking out things at work, you might try Tetris 1-D. Finally a version of Tetris that makes sense!
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From:evil_jim
Date:March 17th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
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I read through the Google Groups thread you linked to which on the general plot threads. Someone pointed out that it felt like the book was going along fine until someone poked their head into Adams' room and yelled "Deadline in two hours!!!" and I agree with that, but also with the reply that it was still tightly woven and cross referenced enough to pull it all together in the end. Still, there was one character that showed in the beginning that kept me waiting throught the entire book for another appearance but was never referenced again; the oddly violent boy in the attic with the TV and pot noodles. I guess he was just a plot device so Dirk would get his nose broken, meet the nurse in the cafe and nick her book, etc.
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From:sacredspud
Date:March 17th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
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Something just occurred to me which you may not be taking into account, since although it's mentioned, Adams doesn't beat us over the head with it every time it comes into play. Dirk's methods center on the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things," which gives Adams a myriad opportunities to introduce some bizarre element, and then weave it intricately into the plot. I think this was VERY deliberate, as so many seemingly random threads eventually resolve themselves, and you almost have to work backward through the plot to connect them all. The first book is like this, too.

As for the small boy, he's Anstey's son and probably has the same social disabilities that we stereotypically attribute to the unsocialized children of the rich. His complete and total disregard for Dirk leads to Dirk's broken nose which (aside from being funny) leads Dirk to the book. You're right; he never does get referenced again. I always just assumed that the police took care of him and Dirk, not wanting anything else to do with the brat who broke his nose, just lets it go.

Yes, the ending of the book is abrupt, but since the first book ends in basically the same fashion, I think Adams did it on purpose to make his audience connect the threads. I don't really like this style of narrative construction because it's taxing on the reader, especially if the author doesn't have a good editor to point out holes in the logic. For some reason (I'll admit that it's probably sheer favoritism) it doesn't bother me when Douglas Adams' does it.

Pot noodle, in case you didn't know, is ramen. I didn't know that until recently.
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From:evil_jim
Date:March 17th, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
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I don't mind when Adams does it either. Except for Mostly Harmless, which is difficult to forgive.

As for the pot noodle, I recognized it immediately. It helps when you eat it every day.
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From:nothingbutcards
Date:March 16th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
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... I think the forums got wiped, or something. Looks like my post isn't there anymore. Ah well. Guess I'll never be able to replace my dying hard drive.
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