Uzumaki, thesixtyone, other assorted randomness.

Uzumaki

Uzumaki is a horror manga. I read it. I believe I mentioned this in a previous post. I said it didn’t scare me, and it didn’t. I found it to be a little on the weird side, but not really too strange. The strangest thing  to me was the entire story being based on spiral related deaths. No real monsters of any kind, just spiral related death.

Nicely drawn, I thought.

Funny how there’s no actual monsters, I thought.

Scary, I did not think.

A couple of parts I disliked, mostly because I don’t care for snails that much, and some parts… Well… I don’t want to spoil it. The point being that I wasn’t really scared at all, only slightly disgusted by the behavior of some people.

Uzumaki starts out with people getting obsessed with spirals and dying. It pretty much continues this way, with plenty of dreadful, spiral related things happening along the way. The story is told from the viewpoint of Kirie, a girl who lives in a town called Kurozu-cho. Kurozu-cho appears to be the only place affected by the spiral incidents, and Kirie’s boyfriend, Shuichi, keeps trying to talk her into leaving.

Some internet peeps reported being scared of spirals after reading Uzumaki, which seems reasonable. Uzumaki didn’t scare me, but it was decidedly horrifying. A good read for if you want to end up being scared of something as random as a spiral.

thesixtyone (T61)

thesixtyone is a music site. It seems to be geared towards indie musicians and the people who listen to indie music. I don’t know why I still listen to music on this site, or why I even started, but I do, and I did. What follows is the exceedingly boring tale of how I came to know about this site in the first place.

I actually don’t remember exactly how it went down, but I do remember it having something to do with Twitter. It probably started with me reading tech news, or other news, because I use  sometimes Twitter for that. Maybe I started out on Mashable, or perhaps I started on Huffpost. Where I started (Twitter for certain) is really irrevelant,  I just ended up clicking on some news about a music site I’d never heard of. Turns out I’d never heard of thesixtyone because I don’t actually care much for indie music, and hence don’t seek it out. I found the article interesting because it was about the recent changes at thesixtyone and how angry it was making the regular users of the site. I read all the comments on the article too.  A lot of those people were upset as well. Some people were all: They took away the community features! (insert angry emoticon here), Other people were all: It’s hard to navigate! The article itself said that the new design was “gorgeous” and that the users had “predictably revolted.” The comments said (basically) that the site creators were clearly trying to get rid of the old user base by stripping out the community features and functionality. I said (to myself) that I obviously couldn’t judge whether the new design was great or horrible until I looked at the site. So I did.

The new design is gorgeous, actually, but that’s about it. There’s really not much to it. The old design (I saw a screen shot) Looked a little like the site designs for Mixpod, or Uvumi. I like the design of those sites just fine, but I can see the desire to make a music site look nicer than other sites of the same type. I don’t really see the point of stripping out useful features though. That said, I still use that site to listen to music. I’m not clear on why (indie’s not my scene, as I’ve said) so maybe I’ll analyze the why in extremely tl;dr detail later.

Seesmic (so yeah, Twitter stuff again)

Frankly, I really need to not blog about Twitter so much. I’m not quite over Twitter yet though, so…probably not gonna happen. I’m not addicted to twitter, or anything. I just don’t get it. In order to get it, I blog about it, and tweet more than strictly necessary for a person who does very little of interest. Currently, I’m using Seesmic to tweet. Seesmic is a pretty great desktop app for that sort of thing, if you didn’t know already. I’m messing with that and Seesmic Look for no reason I can fathom. Seesmic is straight forward and functional looking. Seesmic Look is the pretty version of Seesmic, as far as I can tell.

The fun part about Seesmic is that it’s easier to use (for me) than Twitter is. If someone mentions me, or replies to me, Seesmic makes it easier to see their replies. Seesmic Look doesn’t do that though. I don’t think. Seesmic Look has other fun stuff though, like Twitter trends. To the best of my knowledge, Seesmic does not show trends. That annoys me, so I switch on over to Seesmic look so I can bash or contribute to the current trending topics. Yes bash. Some trends are just dumb. I’ll probably blog more stuff about Seesmic and Twitter later. I’ll probably blog more about everything in this post later. Except Uzumaki. I think I’m done with that.

So moving right along…

Assorted Randomness (meaning Huffpost, Mashable, and other blogs)

I have to avoid Huffingtonpost these days. There’s nothing wrong with it. I actually like Huffpost quite a lot. Sometimes. The problem with Huffpost (for me) is that it’s very interesting. If I get on, there is no telling when I will get off. Plus, the comments section on Huffpost articles almost always seem to be flame war central. That might be because of the articles I read, but flame war reading does me no good. It just ticks me off, or gets under my skin somehow. It rarely improves my day is what I’m saying, even if it makes me think. I would just avoid reading the comments, but the whole reason I read them is to get an idea of what other people who read the article (and bothered to comment) think. Luckily, Huffpost divides the  comments into pages, and the pages are usually short enough that I don’t lose too much time if I only read the first page.

Mashable is a different story. I pretty much always like Mashable. People have flame wars in the Mashable comments section too, but Mashable articles tend to be about Twitter, Facebook,  Social media, and Tech related things. Not politics or religion or celebrities. The occasional Mashable comments section flame war I can handle. Techcrunch on the other hand… Let’s just say that the commenters there are out for blood. Or at least, they certainly can act like it. Saying good or bad, or even neutral things  about Microsoft or Apple will lead fanboys on either side to draw their weapons and prepare for war. Not even kidding.

Beyond the ones I keep getting stuck on, there are many other blogs I’ve ended up reading recently. i09 for one. Dosh Dosh for another. But that’s hardly the point. The point got lost somewhere between me typing an awful lot and saying very little. Something else will be the point next time.

Next time: Structure? What’s that? Also, the Sci-fi I read that one time.

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Instead of…

…catching up on all the blog reading I fell behind on, I added a new one to the list. Possible archive binge to follow.

Instead of doing something constructive, productive etc. I got distracted by the internet.

Instead of catching up on my Genshiken or Berserk, I binged on Uzumaki and didn’t get scared in the least. (more on this later)

Instead of finding worthwhile things to tweet about, I began following yet another person, and stalked Mashable some more. (possible twitter stalking issues maybe?)

Instead of getting into that new show I said I would watch: White Collar, Mad Men, Alice (pick any one, doesn’t matter really) I’m watching reruns of Burn Notice. In no way a bad thing, naturally, I simply fail at television watching.

Instead of writing in my blog…thing, I got distracted by a sudden social life. Very random, that.

Instead of reading any of those books I’m supposed to read, I got distracted by mylifeisaverage.

Instead of doing any housework, I reorganized my playlists. My surprise at a finding certain songs was offset by not finding some others. Could have sworn I had Bound for the Floor already…

Instead of eating, I slept. That does, however, explain why I woke up hungry…

Instead of doing my exercise, like I planned, I got distracted by Tv.

And instead of making a real post, I made a dull list of things I should have done.

I fail at blogging.

Next time: Will my next blogging attempt fail epically or be awesome? Stay tuned. Or don’t. Let’s face it, you have better things to do.

What to blog…

I’ve mentioned  before that I don’t really do blogs. I get a fair amount of writer’s block when trying to blog.

However, I looked at the clock a few minutes ago, and thought: I need to blog. [note: as of writing this my clock says 3:57]  I’m blogging out of obligation again. I don’t  have writer’s block right now, so we’ll see how this goes.

1. Brontosaurus

[typing resumed at 2:49 pm after falling sleep, forgetting about this blog entry then returning]

I remember back when Brontosaurus was still considered a legit dinosaur. You guys remember that? Remember how they told us that there was some sort of mistake putting together the skeleton and the dinosaur we knew and loved as Brontosaurus actually never existed? I remember that. I don’t remember how old I was at the time, but I do remember being pretty traumatized. That little revelation shook my whole world. It was the equivalent of telling me Santa wasn’t real. I was actually never taught that Santa was real to begin with, (I never believed in him either, although I wanted to) but I understand it can be upsetting to tell that to children who believe in Santa.

Back to the point, I was pretty upset. I thought that Brontosaurus was really cool. The whole ‘Brontosaurus not real’ thing really threw me. Getting over it took… actually I never really got over it so much as ignored the paleontologists and kept on believing in Brontosaurus anyway.

Come to think of it, I was probably under the age of ten at the time, which is probably why I remember feeling upset and protective for a while afterwards when playing with my little Brontosaurus toys.

2. Pluto

The whole deal with Pluto was similar to what happened to Brontosaurus (or, at least they connect somewhere in my head) When Pluto was demoted I remember feeling sad, and for some reason, hurt. I was no where near as upset as I was after the Brontosaurus deal, though.

I still feel little sorry for Pluto. I know it’s not sentient, and if it was it probably wouldn’t care too much about whether the people on a planet millions of miles away categorize it as a planet or a dwarf planet, but I still feel bad. (Not really bad, but I grew up with Pluto being a planet, and Pluto not being a planet messed with my reality a tad)

3. Third thing to blog about

This could be anything really. I had a brief, fleeting idea about what I would write here, but I lost it. I then got very distracted in the process of trying to find it and forgot what I was doing in the first place. I might blog about Facebook games or something, (I do those now) but maybe not. I don’t really think the internet community, (A.k.a you, whoever you are) really give a damn about my Facebook gaming habits. Then again, maybe you do. I however, have no way of knowing. I think though, that I will type about Facebook gaming. You don’t have to read this, but I have to type it, so I might as well pick a topic that’s relevant to me. (as in not writer’s block inducing)

I’m currently playing quite a few Facebook games. I mostly find them to be a waste of time, but for some reason the allure of leveling up is too great for me to stop. A couple of them require you to check up on things in game. (properties, cooking, etc.)  I’m currently playing one right now, and had to check on something a couple of seconds ago. That particular game has me hooked because I’m trying to level up enough to beat a friend. My friend does not know I am trying to beat them. My reason for trying to beat this friend at a flash in-browser game is pathetic. (I know you probably don’t care, but I’ll just say it anyway) They’re better than me at many things in real life and on the internet. (Do not try to understand how they can be better than me at things on the internet) I’m trying to beat them at this game for this reason. I want to be better for once. This also applies to three other games I’m playing, one of which is Mafia Wars.

My friend is level 102 in Mafia Wars. I’m level 21. I have a mild inferiority complex about this. The result is that I try to level up like mad every time I’m on Mafia Wars. (which is a lot) I’m also trying to level up like mad in Vampire wars, but that’s a case of trying to beat myself. I’m level 13 in Vampire wars at the moment, and my time playing that game is split between trying to level up, and try to raise my skill ranking. This is the problem with Facebook games for me. (Or any game where you can level up) It’s especially true because Facebook games are so easy to play. It’s not like, say Ninja Gaiden, where you need to learn how to use skills, and then not die, or Halo, which is similar, except I find that playing on Xbox Live is especially brutal because of it. (But, I’m a noob, so what do I know)

I find Halo frustrating. I die a lot. I find Ninja Gaiden to be easy by comparison; (I die a lot, but I’m more used to the game format)

Would you look at that. I’ve gone off topic.

To be fair to my lack of an organized thought process, Halo and Ninja Gaiden are far more interesting than any Facebook games. I never blog about them because I don’t get to play them a lot, due to various Irl responsibilities, and other places on the internet. The internet is the biggest time suck there is, except for tv. Sometimes. Actually, the internet wins by a mile.

I need to end this entry because it’s getting to long, so I will.

…Once I think of an ending.  I suppose a good one would be something like the ending of every Late Late Show.

What did we learn on the blog this time Diyhades?

I dunno. You probably learned that I can go on and on about nothing at all, and that my username does not work for the Late late show ending song.

Join us next time for: More of the Same. Also, possible randomness

I’m feeling oddly guilty….

Because I haven’t posted anything in a bit.

I know that it’s not like I have regular readers or anything, and that I have disappointed absolutely no one by not posting anything, but I still feel bad. I think it’s the existence of the blog itself that is having this effect. The blog feels neglected and so is guilt-tripping me into posting something.

I don’t have anything more to say than usual, so I suppose I’ll blog about my weekend, which (for me) begins on friday.

Friday

Didn’t do much. Nothing eventful occurred. Mostly I just did some housework (vacuuming) avoided some housework (sweeping) and lay about being generally useless. I even went to bed early.

Saturday

Got up early (7am) laid siege to the internet and held it captive until 11pm. Inbetween bouts of reading other people’s blogs, reading wikipedia, and wishing I hadn’t gotten up so early (it’s amazing the amount of things people always need to do near you when you don’t want them around, not to mention the things they want you to do)  and marveling at how much more time there is in the day when I wake up before 2pm, I was forced to cook.(sort of) I had to make dumplings, to go in soup. I didn’t want to, not right then anyway, but it couldn’t be helped. Apparently if I sleep until 2pm (or 4 as I sometimes do) I am exempt from dumpling making duty. However if I make the mistake of being awake and being seen by the general population of the house, I must make dumplings.

At 11pm I tried to maintain enough concentration to exercise. I failed, mostly. I ended up instead, exercising sporadically throughout the night between the hours of 11pm and 5:30am (during commercials on the adult swim lineup). I didn’t watch much tv after 5:30 because I don’t much care for Inuyasha (the character, or the show). Instead, I flipped to Toon West and watched Code Geass again. I then went downstairs, played with the internet for two hours, and went to sleep.

Sunday

Nothing happened.

All right, that’s not true. Truth is, there were donuts at church. I ate three. It was the pastor’s birthday, so the sunday school decorated two cakes for him. I had a piece even though it was chocolate, because the children, who I understand completely, had covered the cake in white icing and candies. The candy was delicious. It was sweet in that way only children(and grown-ups with sugar addictions) can truly appreciate.  The cake was covered in the candy and sprinkles. I was quite pleased they let let the children decorate. Adults are too conservative when it comes to sugar.

Monday doesn’t count as the weekend, so this ends here.

Next time: ….

Well you’ll just have to see won’t you?

Ugly theme colors, puppies, and Bones

And now, a three point entry.

1. I don’t much care for the colors in my current theme.

I just don’t.

I’ll probably change it later, but at the moment my theme is black letterhead, the colors of which annoy me. Actually just one color annoys me.

The orange.

I wish it was red, or blue, something like that. The orange bugs me. I’m don’t like any of the other themes enough to switch though.

2. Bones….

At the time of my first post (which was dull and of little importance) I had thought I needed to stop typing and go watch Bones (a tv show I like) because A. I fail at blogging due to frequent writers block, and B. I thought Bones was on. It was not. You can imagine my disapointment. Ever since then I have felt the need to retract my first post by saying: Bones was not on. I lied to the internet.

Not that it matters of course, it was just bugging me. All that matters is that I’m watching Bones now.

3. The puppies.

I mentioned the puppies in my last post. There are four of them, three boys one girl. My dog had them. She originally had seven. One died and two were given away. They are very… energetic. I didn’t actually clean up their muddy pawprints. Someone else did that. I had planned to do it, but wanted to type about doing it first. Muddy pawprints are not the worst they’ve left on the floor anyway.