Semi-emo

I paraded around town like this today (sans camera omglol).

The Pirates of the Caribbean hat is courtesy of the rock and roll band, Selected Amnesiacs. They can rock the hit tunes!

For my sister’s 14th birthday, I told a guy working at Double Rainbow that he was hot.

Rumpus

Let’s get this straight once and for all.

In other news, Jak II is fun. It’s the first time I’ve thoroughly enjoyed a platformer since, say, Sonic & Knuckles. And its GTA-esque elements are awesome, too.

Oni Status

I’m bored and I just passed From GF&DM so I though I’d bring y’all up to speed with my current accomplishments in DDR Oni courses. Information about Oni courses can be found here and here. This list is sorted from easiest to hardest course, for me.

Courses I have passed:
Nearly=130
Soul 6
Naoki Standard
Naoki feat. Paula Terry
From Solo
Naoki Platinum
Naoki Neo-Standard
Fine Choice
Club ver.
Be For U
Pop 8
Tempo Changer
Midnight Blue
Trip Five
Cool 7
From IIDX
From GF&DM
Love RevenG
Paranoia Brothers (MAX2)
Road of TaQ
Classic
World Tour

Courses that I have not passed but whose songs I have full-combo’d:
Naoki Premium
Kidou 2
Dancemania Oni
Happy Hardcore
Sorrow
RevenG New-Revenge
Road of 2MB
IIDX Boss

Courses that I have not passed and whose songs I have not full-combo’d:
Road of Slow
Truth Road
Trick
Paranoia Brothers (Extreme)
Kidou
Legend Road

Bored!

My new years resolution last year was to, like, never take LJ surveys. Well, it’s pretty much the end of the year so I’ll take one. I think it will merit information that was not previously disclosed!

1. What did you do in 2003 that you’d never done before?
The saix.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No. That little survey disclaimer was a lie.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Lulu from FFX. She looms on a wallscroll over my bed, so…

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Since I stole this from Lily, I guess I’ll say that Yasmin, the dog across the street, died.

5. What countries did you visit?
None this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003?
A full-time job.

7. What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Probably an outing with Sophie over the summer. We went all over the Bay Area. It was packed full of the funs. And Denny’s.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting into UCSC… and probably making my final project.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I guess getting kicked out of Jazz Choir can be seen as a failure. Although I still think I was the most musical of the entire group.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I’m a bit sick now, and I probably was sick over the last winter… but nope.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Gas. It got me to some awesome places.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Pokey always makes me go HOORJ.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
A few government officials.

14. Where did most of your money go?
DDR and food… and then $550 on some guy’s slightly dented bumper.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving into the UCSC dorms. Perhaps meeting my roommate. The latter certainly didn’t go well.

16. What song will always remind you of 2003?
Death Cab for Cutie – Photobooth. I liked it the whole year and am only now finally getting sick of it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
More emotional.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner than at the beginning, fatter than in the middle.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer, fo shizzle.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Socializing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Aimlessly clicking the mouse button.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it with my fambly. I was asleep for most of the day, though.

21. Did you fall in love in 2003?
Yes.

22. How many one-night stands?
One, I think.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
South Park, although I watched a total of one episode. Barely any TV was watched this year.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
N/A

25. What was the best book you read?
Ahahaha, I read Understanding Comics, again.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Radiohead. Yeah, I didn’t really know who they were.

27. What did you want and get?
Good friends at UCSC.

28. What did you want and not get?
A good roommate… although the current one is acceptable.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
The Animatrix.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Had an awesome birthday party with a whole lot of friends. It was at Max’s as usual, but we also hung out and watched some movies. Can’t ask for much more than spending time with friends. I’m 18.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having a truly loving relationship… I think. There’d still be ups and downs to that. Not sure how much I want that at this point.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003?
Hand-me-downs and Christmas presents.

33. What kept you sane?
DDR.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Keira Knightley.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Davis’s recall, Schwarzenegger’s election.

36. Who did you miss?
My relatives in the east coast, people that I haven’t yet seen since I came back for winter vacation, and already my friends at UCSC.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Can’t think of anyone in particular. A lot of people I met are awesome.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2003:
I realized that through so much emotional trauma in my group of friends, “don’t worry, be happy” is STILL the best quote to live by. I’ve gone by that quote for over a decade.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Come on, fhqhwgads. I see you jockin’ me. Tryin’ to act all like, U NO ME.

Well that wasn’t too awful.

Boot

This is the least I’ve ever received for Christmas, but who cares? I got exactly what I wanted.

1) A denim jacket. I’ve wanted one since ever.
2) A 1280×1024 LCD monitor w/TV tuner. This will be awesome.

I have a GeForce4 MX 440 with VGA out and S-Video out. This makes for only one monitor and one TV screen – the TV screen can be used as a second workspace – but this TV tuner takes S-Video. So what I’m thinking is that I can hook it up to my computer through S-Video.

Maybe someone can help me out with this – my question is, will the S-Video output be smooth at 1280×1024 if it goes straight from the computer to the monitor? Or will it have teh fuzziesz as if it’s a resized TV screen? If so, I can always use my new monitor as the main one (since it’s bigger than the one I currently have). I don’t NEED a second monitor, but when using Flash and running a whole bunch of other apps, things get cluttered.

Oh, and with this TV tuner my roommate won’t be looking at what I’m doing, but at Star Trek. I guess that’s my Christmas present to him – use of my new monitor. :P

Now, to make reservations for my party tomorrow. Scroll down my blog just a bit, we got lots of people RSVP’d!

Parents

Almost everyone I know has a really bad relationship with their parents. This, of course, is coming from a late adolescent, who’s gone and staked his ground as an independent human being, and has fully undergone the process of detaching himself from his parents. (Besides being financially and residentially self-supportive. Shut UP.) I know that a lot of other people I know are still going through that mid-adolescent stage, where they must detach themselves and rebel to gain identity. But sometimes even phases and stages shouldn’t affect a few hard facts.

What I’m getting at is, overall, all I hear and all that people ever respond to through blogs is negativity. Parents are a very good example of what people will go on and on about – how their dad won’t let them go to this, or their mom won’t stop nagging them about that, or whatever. What I want to hear is someone coming out and saying that they’re very thankful for what their parents are allowing them to do. Maybe even if the negatives outweigh the positive.

I’ll give, say, me for example. I am a good example of someone who completely understands and respects my parents. They let me do what I want because we both see my activities as having more positive values than negative, and we both understand that any misgivings that I create will result in discipline. But both parties know our boundaries and freedoms. I’m thankful that there’s an understanding.

For almost all of my other friends, I know that you have lots of communication problems with your parents. But I’m tired of hearing of nothing good that these people provide. Even if you hate them with a burning passion, take a minute out of your life and strain really hard to find some positive traits. Sure, it might be hard, but you’re ALIVE for instance, right?

What I’m saying is one-sided and egotistical as always. Of course. It’s goody-goody and heightens me to a position where lots of others do not lie. But maybe that’s because I view things in a different light. I know Thanksgiving is over, but still, from time to time, try to challenge your own ideas and see if you can’t be a little more grateful for what you have.

Honk (comment) if you actually do love your parents.

Birthday party status.

RSVP’D!
James
Bryan
Conrad
Andy
Annie
Hannah
Sophie
Lauren
Cole

PERHAPSES!
Amelia
Chris

And SERIOUSLY ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS TO GO IS INVITED IF YOU JUST TALK TO ME. As I said, I loves alls you guys. Everyone’s invited. Other people I have in mind are, like, Grace, Chris, Lauren, Allison, Amelia, anyone from TL or Drake. Even people from the SF arcade scene can hang.

More specific planzors:
Meet at Max’s restaurant at 5, or my house at 4:30ish. We have dinner (as of now my very generous dad is paying for it), and then come back to my house for a movie. Good wholesome fun. Why do would you want to miss out on this? It’s like, free food. …and present. But you could always give me a very decorative box like Bryan and Adam did last year.