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23 January 2008 @ 09:55 am
Still Feels Like Tuesday  
Since I work Tues-Fri, and Monday was a holiday, I had yesterday off. Which means I can't get my head around what day of the week it is now! I spent a ridiculous amount of time checking for mail on Sunday. ;)

Sadly, I did nothing of consequence yesterday except assemble chicken metaphors. I find it really hard these days to muster up energy and initiative a lot of the time. My meds need a little bit of tweaking.

However, I did pull out Guitar Hero II for the first time in ages. The game got sidetracked by construction guys being in the house during all my 'alone' time for months, and then once we finally hooked it up in the new room it fell prey to Lego Star Wars taking over the Playstation. Hooked GH II back up yesterday, and had to go on tour again because my band got erased during a system problem. Funny thing? Since I played the violin for years, one of the hardest parts about this game is that if I let my attention drift I'll play the notes using the fingers they SHOULD be for rather than what's on the display. For instance, if you have notes that scalewise are 5-4-3-2, 4-3-2-1 and you're playing on medium, the fingering is 4-3-2-1, 4-3-2-1. I'll try to play that as 4-3-2-1, 3-2-1-uh-oh and every note in the second set is off. There's also the problem of knowing the music and that a third is coming up, but the display has you playing the notes with adjacent fingers rather than skipping a finger. D'OH! On hard (which I can only do for a couple of songs), you get entirely different notes, so that doesn't so much help!

And may I gripe about the "Practice" part of "Training Mode?" That breaks up the guitar part into its various instrument voices to practice, but that is not how the game works! You don't get to choose 'rhythm' or 'lead' or 'bass'-- you cross through all of them. Practice mode should just be the adjustable-speed version of the regular stuff. *thwaps programmers*

Email spam: Good heavens, the quantities of spams I get inviting me to "satisfy her like a real man" and the like is doubly aggravating-- spam AND it's addressed to the wrong gender. Grrr... Since about August, I've also been getting a lot of spam about knockoff watches. Oh, people-- they have no idea! My watches come from Target, and I kill and have to replace the faux-leather band about 3 times a year. That's the value I place on watches!

The Namesake: Finished this movie-- much more pathos in the second half than the first, and overall we really enjoyed it.

Wednesday Night TV: Seriously, did Vincent D'Onofrio EAT his way through the summer, or what? Now his bloated face is as big a distraction as his character's tics! And on the alternate L&O: CI... why must the Chris Noth character be continually paired with redheaded gals who look like they're twelve? The new one has an added disadvantage in that her voice is so nasal and high-pitched that I can't stand to listen to her talk. :\


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mercurybard on January 23rd, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Spam... *snerk* The spammers seem to believe my main email account belongs to an over-40, overweight gay man. Color me confused. Oh, who has a timeshare.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
over-40, overweight gay man.
Wow! Talk about a limited and very specific demographic!

Oh, who has a timeshare.
Or is DYING to buy one, if only he could be made aware of the opportunities! ;)
Deadbeat Nymph: dean under metallicardeadbeat_nymph on January 23rd, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Since I work Tues-Fri, and Monday was a holiday, I had yesterday off. Which means I can't get my head around what day of the week it is now! I spent a ridiculous amount of time checking for mail on Sunday. ;)

But that's a good problem, right? It means Friday will come a day early. :)

Sadly, I did nothing of consequence yesterday except assemble chicken metaphors.

Ah, but they were thoroughly enjoyed by many!

I know that you were complaining about the problems with GHII, but your comments still make me want to try the game. It just sounds so awesome overall.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
It means Friday will come a day early. :)
That part I always enjoy! Though the flailing to get 4 days done in 3, not so much.

Ah, but they were thoroughly enjoyed by many!
Including me. :D Sometimes the 'fake-writing' is very refreshing.

I know that you were complaining about the problems with GHII, but your comments still make me want to try the game. It just sounds so awesome overall.
Oh, it really is. Well worth it! The "practice mode" that doesn't help you practice is my biggest gripe. The other one is more the irony that knowing more about music can actually be an impediment!

The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 23rd, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked The Namesake. I haven't seen it yet, but I know Tabu and Irfan Khan from their Bollywood movies.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
They were both wonderful in it. Khan starts out as a little goofy and nerdy, but god-- you really warm to him over the course of the movie. And Tabu is so pretty, and convincing across the range of teenager to someone in her 50s.
Queen of Musicdove95 on April 7th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Just watched The Namesake today. I enjoyed it a lot, but while I know the romances Gogol had weren't really what the movie was about... I felt they were a little tacked on. I mean, I was under the impression he was going out with Max for quite awhile and then it felt like he immediately jumped in with Mushimi (sp?) to be his wife. I dunno. All of the feelings felt realistic except for that aspect of it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 10th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I mean, I was under the impression he was going out with Max for quite awhile and then it felt like he immediately jumped in with Mushimi (sp?) to be his wife. I dunno. All of the feelings felt realistic except for that aspect of it.
Those seemed to be for the purpose of showing how Gogol changed, from rejecting his family's tradition outright to over-embracing it and then finally finding balance.

Max was nice enough, but so gauche with Gogol's family. He clearly liked her and she him, but at the same time she kept inviting him to do things that cost him time with his own family (at some point she should have simply not always asked), and then there was that key moment that came off as, "Yes, you've been mourning, but aren't you done yet? Because I'd hoped to go out of town." Yeesh.

Now, the woman who was his wife was someone he picked because she was sexy and was Indian, and he never noticed that she had not changed at all from being the pretentious self-serving person she'd been as a child. So while they had a traditional wedding and her family was also Indian, she was a terrible choice as a wife.

We didn't ever see him really dating someone who was the balance point-- accepting and blending in with his family rather than being an outright rejection of it or simply lip-service to tradition.

It does seem like that part of his story arc never completed. Because then the story went back to being about the mother (it started off with her!), though her big dream of singing... I'd forgotten that was the kind of singing she was talking about. Not one that I can tolerate!

I really liked the actress who played the mother, and that over time you really come to love Gogol's father as well.
Queen of Musicdove95 on April 14th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
You are right about Max and her whole dealing with Gogol's dad passing. I mean, that was painful to watch her get upset and beg him to just ignore it.

You hit these things right on the nose for me, and I agree! *NOT SARCASTIC* You're so smart :)

Thanks for helping me piece it more together!