When I miss a day of blogging, it’s pretty often for one of two reasons. Either I’m working really hard and obsessively on something and I let it carry me into the evening without looking back, only to realize at 1:30 AM that I didn’t write today, or I’m video gaming. Somewhat predictably, yesterday was the latter – I foolishly attempted a speed run of Ocarina of Time in one sitting. This is of course something that I’ve tried before, and, historically, it’s always had the same outcome. I start off so enthusiastic, celebrate when I finish the Deku Tree in ten minutes, get annoyed by the long interval between that and Dodongo’s Cavern, and push doggedly onward until about the point where I get the horse. At that point, about halfway through the forest temple, I get really sick of it and I’m forced to quit. Maybe it’s too long of a game to do in one sitting – I mean I literally tried to do it in one sitting, like I didn’t stand up at all. My legs were starting to go numb, which is bad. The experience of failing at the one-sitting run of OoT yet again just makes me want to eventually do it even more. I think it’ll happen one day, I just need to really have nothing else to do, and be willing to stay up all night. And a treadmill or something. But if I can watch all of the Lord of the Rings movies in a day, I can certainly do this. So that’s why i didn’t write yesterday.
On the topic of my developing website, I today implemented a tagging system for the entries in the gallery of creative work I’m including on the site, which the user can use to filter the list by any of a set of chosen criteria. I’m learning PHP very well during this process, and it also occurred to me that it could be a very viable option for me to do freelance web design jobs for extra money. So I’m going to start getting my name out there, which will be made a lot easier once I have a site to show for myself. Coming soon – probably within the next week or two. Not probably, definitely.
I just got back from the completion of my multi-state LOTR marathon, which culminated in the second half of Return of the King in the basement of Gramercy residence. I didn’t cry this time, but it was close. I was also able to hold back on the gay jokes this time (sorry you weren’t around to see that, Quinn). My watching partner for RotK, Jen, successfully outnerded me during the film, knowing a lot more about the books than I do. It’s good to watch LOTR with someone who understands. Otherwise, where’s the fun?
I was hit on by several gay men today. I just wanted to get that out there. The first one was at lunch at Third North – he came up to my table where I was eating alone and was all “My friends and I think you’re really cute…are you gay?” I told him no, shook his hand and introduced myself. I realized that it also wasn’t the first time that had happened. I’ve been asked to settle bets for strangers before over my straightness. I don’t know what it is…at least someone’s appreciating me, I suppose. The second one was just a few minutes ago, when I was coming back home. A couple of guys walking out the door as I was entering essentially whistled at me…WTF OK? It’s just funny that this happens to me. It gives me good stories.
In other news, I got the urge to play around with drawing a bit more today. I wanted to make some big block letters in neon colors with cool logos, so I did. Here’s a sample of what I did earlier.
Yes…RAD LASERS. I know it’s startling, but don’t worry. It’ll be ok.
So I’m back in the New York again, this time with a disgusting cold that I picked up in Downingtown. I got about 5 hours of sleep last night after laying in bed for an hour not sleeping, so I feel pretty awful today. Lots of tissues and jackets, for sure. I’m getting really good at Bach’s 8th Invention on piano, though, as that’s one thing that it’s easy enough for me to do even in my current state. I actually just got kicked out of one of the studios because apparently my practicing was too loud. I’m still going to classes today, even though I completely don’t feel like it. It’s ok, Mondays are my easiest days. I’m going to keyboard harmony in a few minutes, and then it’s back to my dorm to do some laundry and sleep.
I learned a lesson about Windows Media Player yesterday. Noticing that my book of Bach’s inventions came with a CD, I wanted to put them on my iPod. My laptop doesn’t have a working optical drive, though, so I had to use my family’s desktop (which runs Windows 7 and doesn’t have iTunes installed). Instead of installing iTunes, I saw that WMP can rip from CDs too, so I just did that. Turns out, though, the format they rip to isn’t one that iTunes supports! So I had to use VLC to convert them to .mpg, which is still not very well supported by iTunes (you can’t make AAC versions or apply album art). It’s really dumb, and I should have just brought the CD back to the city with me. Anyway, lesson learned. And I have the recordings, it just required a lot of manual transcoding on my part.
Lord of the Rings is awesome. I just watched the first two-and-a-half movies this weekend and they are still so good. I did notice, though, that after just eight years they’re already starting to show their age. The CGI and greenscreen effects are obvious and clunky in a lot of instances, and there are a lot of sets (Isengard at the beginning of ROTK, Fangorn forest interior, etc.) that look totally fake. I love these movies to death, but I really think they’re going to be complete cheese in a decade or two. Even compared to something that’s visually top-of-the-line today (hate to say it, but Avatar), they’re already clumsy and artificial looking. I mean, we’ll see. I love Lord of the Rings so much, don’t worry. It’s just an observation.
I’m still at home, which means not much is getting accomplished. Other than practicing and slowly but surely mastering Bach’s 8th Invention, I’m not doing a whole lot of anything over Thanksgiving break. I did finally get my secret santa match yesterday after a longish delay, apparently the matching process was taking an especially long time to run. After being matched, I have my work cut out for me. I’ll have to find an appropriate gift for this guy despite the fact that he’s only ever made seven reddit comments and one post, and lists three interests on his profile. I’m sure I’ll be able to find something though. It’ll just be interesting.
I’ve been reading up on designing and building computers recently, and I plan on building one of my own next time I need an upgrade. Unfortunately, that’ll be a while, since I just got my MBP last December. It’s fun to look at parts, though.
I’m going out now to have an all-day Lord of the Rings marathon. I’m really excited, haven’t seen those movies in ages. Because this is what a break from school is all about: not doing anything and enjoying it.
Here’s Tim and Eric, the best IRL trolls I’ve ever seen.