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given to me from mamaslyth

Comment on this post and I will choose seven interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

alton brown - forerunner of the show Good Eats and the m.c. of Iron Chef America, i trust this guy to teach me how to cook more than any other cooking celebrity.

bemani - bemani refers to the series of music video games that is distributed by Konami. Dance Dance Revolution is the most popular one known in the US, but there are a handful of others, some of which inspired the currently popular US game Rock Band.

extinction chess - this is a variant of chess that i was obsessed with for a while and became better at than regular chess. You win in Extinction Chess when you successfully capture an entire species of an opponent's pieces (e.g. the king, the queen, both rooks, all eight pawns). There's a key difference between Extinction Chess and regular chess when it comes to piece protection which is hard to describe, so i won't. :) Extinction Chess makes for fasicnating board configurations and puzzles, such as this board in which i was black and had to figure out what move would guarantee me a checkmate, which ended up being this. it's a wonderful game, rivaled in my mind only by Alice Chess, followed behind that by Dark Chess.

homsar - homsar is one of the characters in the [homestar runner universe], a flash cartoon that became popular mainly from a regular segment called [Strong Bad Emails]. Homsar is a fantastic character because a) he's used most often as an "easter egg", where if you click on the right part of the screen at the right time during the cartoon, a secret segment with him comes up, and b) he speaks entirely in non-sequiturs. Two great examples are in [his character bio page] and in the strong bad email [for kids].

iidx - beatmania iidx is one of the aforementioned konami bemani series. it involves reading notes that scroll from top to bottom and hitting the keys when your'e supposed to based on the notation. There are videos of people playing iidx all over on youtube if you search for "iidx". There's a video of someone reviewing IIDX Gold and doing a fairly decent job of explaining the game mechanics, and then he plays an 8 as a demo. He doesn't show the keys at the same time while playing, but oh well. It's a pretty funny review in any case.

kuroneko-sama - a cat in the japanime series "Trigun". The cat is sort of an easter egg, appearing at odd random times at least once per episode. I have a theory that kuroneko-sama is a funnier version of The Crow - it's the source of Vash the Stampede's power.

kyma - Kyma is a hardware/software package that specialises in high-CPU intensive audio manipulation. It can be used to genearte static sound performance pieces to be played through an audio system, or it can be used in conjunction with a live performance, reacting in real time to audio that it receives through a microphone or some other sort of sound source. The only good example i have is an old piece i did called Habits of Man in which all of the material was generated from people's voices (i recorded drunk people shouting during a fight that broke out in the house next to where i was living at the time) except for one sound effect which is someone clapping.


tonight is going to be a cleaning day. i want to do a load of laundry, i want to clean the dishes, and maybe pick up around the living room.

i also kind of want to go out and rent Flash Point. donnie yen is pretty awesome.

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Jun. 30th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)


boy I am ever so sleepy here at work.
Jul. 1st, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
(r)evolution of (wo)man
yuzo koshiro
jewish culture
scritti politti
courier new
new jersey
the futureheads
Jun. 30th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
hah. seven of nine. (:

Jul. 1st, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
everything other than waxing and wanding and things others find uninteresting.
Jul. 1st, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Donnie Yen and Collin Chou ...man I almost didn't know what to do with myself... :)
Jul. 1st, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)

i don't know if that's also a comment to play, but in case it is:

art-induced mess
being a southpaw
bows and arrows
regina spektor
barry ween
Jul. 1st, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'm all about the play .. :)
Jul. 1st, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
I have no idea when I'd get around to this...but it'll give me something to do when I find I am bored.
Jul. 1st, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
calculus - blech.
ice cream
fibonacci's sequence - what about it?
Jul. 11th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
If you are still up to this - I will give it a go. :)
Jul. 11th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
project runaway
sally mann
octavia butler
dungeon seige
Jul. 21st, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Ok.. Finally.... Part 1
Since this week is not as crazy as the last - figured I would finally do this.

cello - I love the cello, long to pick one up someday and give it a play, but perhaps that would destroy the magic this instrument has for me. I love it's deep rumble, the low vibrations it produces and the beautiful sound that results. I frankly think it is simply a lovely instrument to listen to, feel and watch someone play. It seems to be a full body experience when played - a person seems to become one with the instrument. Simple poetry.

Project Runway - Time to remove this from my list, I think. It is a fun reality show. I do have a thing for the reality shows, but this fad is beginning to fade. I felt this show stands out a bit as contestants are judged on their creative merits, not simply on how much of a douchebag they are or are not, i.e. Survivor. Instead the show is full of creative projects - make an outfit out of recyclable materials - and the results are always unique - ok, that's an exaggeration, you get a lot of tube dresses. In any case, it is fun to see what people come up with. I think I liked it so much after Season 1 as I think the winner, Jay McCarroll is great - finally a reality show that picks someone because of actual talent - and he knits and is an Ohio boy. It's a fun diversion and can be inspiration. Now, don't get me wrong - there's plenty of snarky loveliness to go around.

Sally Mann - Sally Mann tends to be a provocative photographer - but I don't think on purpose. She tends to photograph in black and white, which I like. I like the simplicity of the color, the starkness of the light and shadow. I feel her photos invoke an emotional response. The controversy is due to the fact that much of her photography is of her family (I think in the Louisiana bayou country) and they tend to be nudes. People become upset because her family includes her children. So, there was the usual threat of "this is child pornography" hue and cry that resulted with the publication of her book - I think she ended up in court and won. If any one feels the photos are sexual, imo it is either just as a part of human nature or because of their own issues they are adding to the photos. In summary, her photography is beautiful and evocative and she is unapologetic about those she might upset and not sacrifice the integrity of her art.
Jul. 21st, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Part 2
discordia This is a romance with The Illuminatus Trilogy I love the idea of a secret organization out there in the world with no other purpose that to fuck with the status quo, the assumptions of folks and add a little thought into those things you thought were a guarantee or too comfortable with the as is. Fnord! Sort of sits with my point of view that the world is in need of more harmless eccentrics. We need to be poked, prodded, made uncomfortable and assumptions/values questioned... always.

Oblivion A great video game from the Elder Scrolls universe. If I was not such an Everquest 2 junkie, this is the game I'd be playing instead. It is beautiful, immersive, expansive and very open ended. You can take your character many different life paths as you interactive with the game world. It is kind of lonely as it is a single player game after being in the EQ2 community.

Octavia Butler Another unique woman in that she was a science fiction author, female and African American. That being said, you'd never know in reading her books except her protagonist tends to be female and of color. I am always happy to find a good writer of fantastical worlds with strong female leads. It is sadly, not as common as it should be - but getting much, much better. She started writing in the 1960s when this was very unique. Like Sally Mann, she did not compromise her stories to be more "accessible" - read white male - and instead created art she would be proud of. Her heroes tend to be in situations or born in ways that make them very different than everyone else, that outsider role. I am sure as a African-American female in the sci fi world she felt that way. This fit a chord with me, as with my family, I tended to see things very differently than other members of my family. I am still viewed as the weird one. *shrug*

Dungeon Seige Another well-done RPG game. Fun to play, can pick up anytime for a quick gaming fix - let sit six months - and pick up again without any loss of enjoyment. Pity the movie sucked so bad. The game is good fun.
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