While driving home from a RPG session today, I almost drove over two elks. I was like "Damn huge horses, what the heck are they doing here—oh." Yes, I thought that while I was braking. They'll probably pillage our village this night or something.
How to do the "science" bit in science fiction? http://www.pro
22:44 — This comic is HILARIOUS. http://www.awk
02:20 — I came home after a gaming session and found my poor computer dead. I didn't notice anything first, but my whole room blanked out when I turned on my monitor, for reasons I can't really understand. We took out the blown fuse and put in another that also blew up instantly. Nevertheless, power came back to my room even without the fuse in place. Then I noticed my computer wouldn't start. Seems like the power source is dead, or that would be the simplest explanation. With my luck, the whole thing's melted inside. Even though it's been sitting there in the cold all the time.
Or it could be just the cold. So I took the thing in my room to thaw.
17:55 — I put my old power source into the computer, and it works now, though it let out an ominously long beep the first time I started it.
In other news, I went to watch "I am legend" today. When I was walking to the car from the movie theater, I saw the most beautiful thing ever: the light from the street lamps glistened off of the frosty and partially frozen asphalt sidewalk and the gravel on it. I wish I could have taken a photo of that, or that I could somehow replicate it...
And now for the movie. I liked it and it was good, but the end (not the very end though, but shortly after the suicidal homicide trip) totally ruined the movie. The beginning was still good, though.
This isn't totally related, but I really, really want to see a decent sci-fi/fantasy movie where there are no "absolute truths" about destiny or fate and where one specific person isn't the salvation of all. Yet I'm not particularly fond of movies where all people "corrupted" down to their toes, either.
06:58 — Whoooa. I remembered my dream the first time in a long while. And this dream wasn't some boring crap either. Too bad I've forgotten most of it... Anyway, there was some sort of entertainment theme park (I think), and for some reason the people decided to play tag using actual harming weapons. No one seemed to mind. While two teams played against each other, one team decided to infiltrate some underground base conveniently located right next to the theme park, but still had to avoid the two other teams. So, then I went along with the third team, got barely into the underground base where there were some kind of robot guards and stuff. I recall squashing them with my feet due to lack of a weapon, or then I took some sci-fi gun from somebody, can't remember. I came into a completely dark room where there was a hole in the floor and since there was no other way out, I jumped into the hole and it was like one of those tube slides at swimming pools (with slowness and everything, but not water). I eventually came into a room that had red lighting that messed with my brain and a hologram ghost traveling through it every now and then. Otherwise it just seemed like a single-room apartment. Then someone came there and I talked to it, but I can't remember much of that. Then I RESTARTED the dream.
This time I hid with someone under a bridge before getting into the base and some person from another team found us and used his weapon, which was a power drill, on us. I remember it being unpleasant when he was trying to drill my head, so I grabbed the drill with my hand, took it off of him and drilled his head instead, and he gave up. Then I went into the base again and somehow ended up in the same room. That time I talked to the hologram, who had one anime eye (WTF?). I think it got more features the longer I talked to it. The room was scary.
15:58 — I went to see the movie Beowulf today. Not much to say, except that it was a FEAST OF FLESH.
22:50 — I'll take the car to be serviced tomorrow. That made me think of what I should do there while I wait, which made me think whether I should take along something to ready, which made me think that I'd like to have my own copy of Pimeyden vasen käsi (The Left Hand of Darkness), which made me think whether I could find it in stores. So, I mentioned it to my mom who said that maybe I should just retranslate it. Well, I wouldn't be studying for a year. :D
The translation is pretty good, and I could think that the only thing that might make it "better" in a way would be to fit the novel into Finnish – then it could be made completely gender-neutral
I think that tomorrow, I'll take along my bike, go if I can find Pimeyden vasen käsi in the bookstore(s), buy some CDs and uh... go back to the service place to read Wraeththu. Or something like that.
15:50 — Hear the pleasant truth about IB: http://uncyclo
18:07 — While I was driving home today, I saw a combination truck literally huddling under a bridge with its emergency blinks on. It didn't fit completely under it. I thought it was a hilarious sight.
00:30 — Might as well plug this: http://kriscra
14:08 — Guess and learn words and donate rice, whee! http://www.fre
14:56 — Excuse me while I quote. I seem to have forgotten my brain in my bed today.
It's from Coming of Age in Karhide, the short story I mentioned in yesterday's entry.
"You cross earth now.
You cross water now.
You cross the Ice now...
Together we have crossed the Ice.
Together we come into the Hearthplace,
Into life, bringing life!
In the act of creation, praise!"
It makes more sense in context, but heck, this is quite enough for me.
01:09 — I just read a short story, Coming of Age in Karhide by U. K. Le Guin and damn, I liked reading it. Excuse me while I bounce. Now I must go sleep and hope that I can get an all-six-senses
10:25 — Damn, no dream. Maybe I'll just daydream.
10:28 — Also, this is great. While it does explain (indirectly) what recursing means, I think it's way funnier if you know the exact logic behind it beforehand. http://xkcd.co
23:38 — Well, I managed to talk to surgeons, and now I'm finally on my way to get some tumors removed from my body. Yay!
01:03 — I failed to mention my trip to Ropecon last time, so I mention it now. I had fun and got to play games.
Today (or yesterday, technically) we watched The Return of the King once again. I first tried to not think about DM of the rings (http://www.sha
20:28 — I read Larry Niven's Ringworld today. Yay! It just happened to be lying around, and the internet connection was down, so I took it and read it. I think it took about 8–6 hours. I sort of missed the ending, though. I failed to understand why the characters did what they did. Oh well, I guess I'll have to see it again tomorrow.
15:57 — Interesting. http://www.adh
Apostrophes, people! http://www.ang
01:05 — Ahh, I've been playing Neverwinter Nights like a nut. The Hordes of the Underdark module is a great one.
13:59 — Ahhh. Now this is a proper summer weather: cloudy, 16 °C warm and the humidity is less than 50 %.