Sunday, March 28, 2010

File #01028230

Long Live The Air King!

I just finished watching the first Eden of the East movie, King of Eden. Man, its awesome, I knew it would be worth the wait. If you haven't watched it yet, what are you waiting for? Watch it now! Go!

This is the credits song for the movie, I'll ruin that much for ya!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

File #01025230

11 Weeks

Until I'm the F out of this place. Let me count down the steps.
3 weeks until I take care of that speeding ticket. Screw you court date!
5 weeks until my work transfer is approved or not. If approved, FL is most likely guaranteed.
10 weeks until graduation. So long school! In your face!
11 weeks until I'm out of here! Peace! At last!

That aside, its still very much up in the air where I'll end up. Florida right now is the most preferable option, because I have tons of backup plans in said area. After spending a little over a year here in ATL, I kind of want to avoid big cities now. I'll probably still end up in a decent-sized city though.
Straying off topic, how is a big city separated from a mid-sized city? Is it like, oh this amount of population is the cutting point? Or it is land area? Good question, good question.
Back on track, Florida is most likely the way. If it goes according to the plan, I'll be moving pretty close to where I was before I left over a year ago.
The worst thing that could happen at this point is the work transfer being denied. In the case of that happening, I have to quit and start over again. But at this point, even that seems better than the current situation.
So I'm extremely excited about this, it's the largest step I've taken outside of my comfort zone in a long time. Also selling the house I called home for so long. The date is rather tentative thanks to the bank, but it should be sold before I leave. All my roommates are going our separate ways, to meet again someday in the future. We'll have a small party before we move out, to celebrate all our good times together in this house. Kind of saddening, but its just a step in the journey of our lives.
In the last weeks of living here, I'm also holding a garage sale to get rid of all the furniture and things. A lot of my stuff I'm actually giving to my roommates because they wanted them, but I'm going to leave with as little as possible. Everything I leave with, will be able to fit with me in the car. No moving company required. I'd have it no other way for a fresh start.
Things are coming to a close here. School is winding down, and work is becoming less stressful since I turned in the transfer notice. But as things here are nearing their end, things have only begun on the other side.
I decided to travel by car of course, a nice eight hour drive. Once there, I'll move likely stay at a friend' house until I find a nice apartment. If the transfer went through nicely, I won't have to worry about finding a job. Once I'm all settled down, its time to buy a camera and start enjoying life.
The camera I'm getting is the Pentax K-X, starting with the basics. 18x55 lenses, starting kit and so on. It's just about $600, but I should have enough by the time I settle into my new apartment hopefully.

All that aside, I've been watching "Life in the Hawaiian Islands" by Mala'e Productions. Wow, that makes me extremely homesick right there. Ouch. It's like I could feel myself there, how good the photography was, how good the music was.

I really want to know where this music came from, its so relaxing!

I do believe I pasted the last video on here before, its just so awesome. I really like the first song. But its the scenery that gets me. I was born in that city, and with every shot I feel like I can say "I know that spot". If I was given a map, I could point out where you would have to stand to take the shots, its a strange feeling. I'm happy about it, because it proves I'm a resident. But its also sad, because I miss it. Either way, I love it! Sigh.

I'm out, later! 11 weeks!

Monday, March 22, 2010

File #01022230

The Start of Another Year

For those of you who didn't know(because I didn't say anything about it), 3/20 was my birthday. I spent most of it at work. I was stuck in a conference with people who didn't care, so I really didn't care either. It still ticked me off a little though that I was still ignoring my self-need of taking a break. When I got home though, my friends threw me a tiny party. That was great, it made a bad day much better. The next day, I got a call from family showing they still care even through our differences. A day late, but I don't care. And today, my classmates threw me a party too. Happiness seems to lag in bad times, but at least it made it.
Regardless though, I need to work on myself. I started to ignore my own needs in high school, which led to devastation. Thanks to that, I developed constant migraines, depression, an inferiority-complex, and ulcers. I think I can't go down that road again. Someone along the way helped me out, I wish I remembered who.
Daily life is getting to me, much like years ago. School piled on work, piled on work, piled on family drama, piled on trying to keep life straight, pile on trying to keep a smile on my face. Not working out so well. At work, the interns have finally settled in and are actually becoming less of a problem. But all of a sudden, I get introduced to my boss's boss. A straight-up, nose-up-his, son of a.... interesting person. He comes in, decides how he doesn't like the way I've been doing things with the interns, then turns right around and brings all the crap back to the way it was. Now the interns are at it again trying to once again relearn what they took so long to learn, but this time I'm not blaming them. I've tried talking to him, and my boss. But the guy's got his head so far up his... and my boss says he can't do anything and just to deal with it.
Moving out of the office, my other job(that I never really talked about) is also getting out of hand. I started a side job of being a business consultant during my first year in college, mostly advising mom and pop stores. But since I've got to Atlanta, I've actually had a few small companies come to me. Now there's a handful of places I advise, which is way over my head. I truly think I need to hire someone to take my place.
At home, all my roommates are graduating in like two months and will be moving away. So I really need to sit down and think whether I want to stay in Atlanta or not. I want to move somewhere, preferably far. I always thought I wanted to travel to some place different, like to the north or something. But lately all I've been thinking about is going back to Florida. I need my ocean. After several years of living without it, I realized that  not seeing the ocean gives me a slight depression within months. I wonder if other people suffer from the same thing. It's interesting to say the least.
Either way, this summer will be the summer of changes.

I've totally done the "you too" thing. All too often.

Now to the less depressing stuff. I've recovered from being deathly sick, so I'll most likely be back on track with anime reviews. I already have three drafts lined up, so look forward to that I suppose. I've also been working on the literature again, maybe I'll post that somewhere too.
Anime-wise, this season is about as good as the last, meaning there's nothing to watch. Still on Vampire Bund,  Brotherhood, Durarara, Katanagatari, Baka Test, and Railgun. Bund is ok, Brotherhood just ramped up to awesome levels, Durarara is reaching its climax, Katanagatari is uniquely good as always, Baka Test remains hilarious, and Railgun finishes with a blast(pun intended). So far, I haven't seen anything I want to pick up. Maybe Working, but not much else. I think the month of April has a lot in store though.
In the world of gaming, I've totally been able to relieve a lot of my stress. So many fun games to play. Since I've kind of ramped down on Modern Warfare 2, I've been playing a lot of Killing Floor, Supreme Commander 2, Command & Conquer 4, and such. Such awesome times.

I really had a lot more to say, but once again, horrible memory fades them all. That's it then.
Until next time!

That's the type of awesome I wish to accomplish with a camera someday...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

File #01021130


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aka, no Summer Wars review today. I'm not feeling well so everything's taking a step back. I feel sick like PWND. Yeah, it's that kind of sick. It's almost painful...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

File #01029030

Life and emo things.

I'm gonna rant, a lot, randomly, throughout this entire post. That almost makes it worth skipping. Skippy. Mmm, peanut butter.
Anyway, I just watched the Summer Wars movie yesterday. It was awesome. So awesome, I'm pushing back my Clannad review on Thursday to review Summer Wars instead.

Moving on, its Spring Break time. Not going to class in morning feels so nice, but I still have to work. Regardless, having a few more hours to rest is definitely good.
I've been eating out a lot, and I mean a lot. If I was eating out one day a week before, now I think its like five days a week. My roomies are complaining because I don't cook that much anymore. Too bad!
Speaking of roomies, one of them has been having a hard time and hanging a depressing mood around here. I never liked how contagious it is and now its affecting me. I've had a lot to think about these past few days now that I have to rest.

One of things I got to think about is regrets. Well, its not so much regrets as it is wondering what was down the paths not taken. I used to like poetry by Frost you see. I used to have "Road Not Taken" on my wall, it's not there anymore. I find poetry funny now because it can be interpreted differently by what mood you're in. Getting back on the train track, I thought about the choices I made so far. Truly, not the best of choices. I wound up in a city I don't want to stay in, with a job that drives me insane. Actually, its not that bad, but I prefer where I was a few steps back. Times like these make me wish for Ctl + z, maybe even Ctl + s and Ctl + o. Considering most of life has been composed of getting ahead and leaving people behind, it no wonder I've alienated myself from society. Thanks for the internet, who exactly invented the damn thing? Double-edged sword.
A long time ago, I liked to tell myself there was only one road. I'm not sure why, but I guess it was because I liked to believe my path was right. Now I know, even though its right, its not the best. Regardless, here I am. Time to make the most of it.
Another thing I got to think about, and partially discuss with friends, is money. Everyone hates how life revolves around it. Everyone I talked to about it shared the same views. Life shouldn't revolve around money, yet here we are stuck to it. We're stuck to jobs that we don't particularly want to stay in, just because we need to pay the bills and keep food on the table. Life is like that I guess. On a side note, I just got approved for more grant and scholarship money at the most awkward of times. I'm one semester from graduating, Financial Aid Dept, thanks. But I'll keep the check, thanks.
The last thing(well, the last I feel like talking about), and not so depressing, its cities. I've recently come across the idea that each city had its own mood, personality, flavor, or whatever you want to call it. I know the difference between small town and big city, but can each city have its own unique atmosphere? I can kind of figure out what cities like Honolulu, Miami, and Los Angeles are like. But what about other cities like Chicago or Boston? What mood or atmosphere do they give besides frigid cold? When I think about it, some cities can be figured out like "Mile-high city" Denver. "Mile high club" lol. Where do you live? What flavor is it? And what about Atlanta, I can't figure this place out at all.

There's nice city photography in there.
As I recall, Atlanta got one too, but I'm definitely not posting that. Nope.
But look what Youtube surfing found me...

lol wtf. what bs, I'm a pure admirer and fan of DIA, stfu conspiracy theorists.

and lastly...

I love how sarcastic this video is. So hilarious. It feels so horrible that this made my day.

I remember that when I was a kid, the nearby hotel, the Regency Grand Hyatt, always put on a fireworks show on New Years and the Fourth of July. It was great to watch and I stayed up 'til midnight so I could see the fireworks go off. As a kid, it was really fantastic and awe-inspiring. It still is.

Its very easy to tell now that when I get depressed, I get homesick. And it sucks.
Anyway, I'm out. Later folks, don't forget to try out that fecal therapy!