Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cracking a Goddamned Book-House of Leaves

Cracking a Goddamned Book
           After hearing in the name House of Leaves mentioned so much, both on TVTropes.org and on various Slenderstuff, that I decided to try it out. And holy shit.

          Now, usually, when I try to tell someone about this, I describe the plot in an exact fashion. That fashion is called, "Copying TVTropes", so I'll save you all some time and let you just click this. I'll wait while you read. ... Okay done? ... You didn't even click it did you? TLDR my ass you lazy bitches. Whatever. What I will say is that this book is madness and paranoia incarnate, and easily the most unsettling thing I've ever read, and before you ask yes, I have read Lovecraft. The ever changing structure of the novel helps set the mood perfectly, and the truly insane aspects of the house was easily my favorite part of the book. If you're in the mood for having a good "What the fuck?" book, grab House of Leaves.

This is not for you.

Animation Outside Japan-Daria

Animation Outside Japan
         I started watching Daria after I heard about it from the big man himself, the Nostalgia Critic. Mr. Walker put it as his favorite TV show, an amazing recommendation. It took me about two months, but I've finished all of it.

        This show is hilarious. It is able to be completely crazy, yet keep a grain of truth, of the things most of us actually did experience in high school. The entire cast ranges from good to amazing, my favorite being the title character. Her snarky style is good enough, but as time goes on we see clearly that she isn't an infallible Mary Sue, she makes mistakes, and not in the classic cartoon drama way. She comes across as a real person, and someone we'd all gladly be friends with. The biggest strength of the show is the fact that, with a couple exceptions, every episode seems real and genuine. My favorite part of the show was the last two seasons, when they started having more branching plot-lines and character development. The way they developed Quinn of all people was great, and completely unexpected for me. By the end of Is it College Yet? I was kinda tearing up. Some of the things done and said broke my heart, which was quickly repaired by a good realization, a beautiful speech, and a heartwarming ending credits. Overall, I'm incredibly happy I decided to try this, and easily recommend this to anyone who has ever agreed with my taste in humor. To end, here's the earlier fantastic speech.

"Stand firm for what you believe in, until and unless logic and experience prove you wrong. Remember, when the emperor looks naked, the emperor is naked. The truth and a lie are not sort of the same thing. And there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can't be improved with pizza."
-The Zen of Daria Morgendorffer

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dream and Break

I had the weirdest dream last night. It started off with a series of scenes I'm quickly forgetting, where I had a girlfriend. It was mostly just us hanging out, and holding hands. Then I 'woke up', only to find myself somewhere else. In this dream my dad was healthy, and Superman. My dad's best friend was alive and Batman. We went to the hospital to visit my grandmother, who has severe dementia, and she was...good as new. She was exactly as I remember her from when I was a kid, joking around with me and my dad. Then I again 'woke up' back in the first dream, and realized that one was real, and the other wasn't. I purposely went back into the other dream, and found it had turned into hell. After going through a couple 2D sidescrolling levels of it (I know, awesome right?), I realized it would never end. So I decided the other was real. I went back there, was no girlfriend awaiting me. And then it hit me. Both weren't real, and I needed to wake up in the real world, because I had to pack so I could go on home for Thanksgiving. And then I did. The profound sense of loss that I had as I woke...sucked. I now know, that I really do want a girlfriend, more than I thought I did. I also realized I need to not watch too much Doctor Who, apparently my subconscious really loved "Amy's Choice" and decided to replicate that for me.

In less depressing news, I'm staying at my parents house for 5 days or so for Thanksgiving Break, (I'll be there by this afternoon) so that gives me more time to read and blog. I'll have a review of House of Leaves up soon. Maybe ones of "A Dance of Dragons" and "Daria" if I can finish either soon. It feels good to splatter my thoughts on the screen again. Laters.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Marble Hornets Season 2 Finale

Totally worth the wait. Won't spoil anything, just watch it. I'm ready to wait for season 3 now.


I need help! While watching Daria, I've noticed a reoccurring background character that looks similar to a characters from another show I've seen, but I'm not sure which. I'll include a screenshot.

It's the girl on the far right. The combination of hair and clothes style remind me of someone, but who? Please help me discover who this is! I would REALLY appreciate the gesture. Laters.

EDIT: Here, a better picture, if it helps.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Good News and Meh News


Meh News: I've stopped work on my NaNoWriMo book indefinitely, for reasons I will now explain: The idea was a pseudo-documentary diary about me and my daily life. I would write about was on my mind, and then at some point it would jump from me reading House of Leaves to me finding Marble Hornets, and then getting slenderstalked, culminating in an open-ended ending where I most likely died. The problem is that it is much easier to write 2000 words a day on a fictional story then on your life. With a fictional story you can pad it out with anything imaginable, but with what I was doing 1200 words would be about one subject, then I would run out of things to say. I got far behind, daunted by the amount of work in front of me. Only yesterday did I realize it wouldn't work. Sorry. If any of the non-existent people who comment here want to read the 2800 words I managed to write, I'll post it. Most of it was stuff I'd write on here normally anyway.

In other breaking news, I'm eagerly waiting for Skyward Sword, and am watching my roommates love-fuck Skyrim a new asshole. I was up until recently trying The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, but I gave up after 4 episodes. Not my kind of show. Sorry Aaron. Right now I'm lifting up my spirits by watching Daria for the first time. (Enjoying the hell out of it.) I need it, I've been sick for 3 days now. I've also been rewatching Case Closed. GODDAMN YOU FUNIMATION! PLEASE DUB MORE SEASONS! I NEEEEEEED IIIIT!

On the Slender-front, I'm eagerly/impatiently awaiting the season 2 finale of Marble Hornets. SO MANY SCHEDULE SLIPS MAKES ME MAD!! Also, I'm surprised that the big surprise of the day is Observer taking control of Noah's accounts...again. I hope a good video comes out of this. I shall be posting more regularly soon. So, to the maybe 2 people who I don't know IRL that read this shit, laters.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Why I'm not posting

QUICKLY: Writing NaNoWriMo novel, reading House of Leaves, school, general insanity. Sorry.