[Veltzeh]'s diary

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Written about Friday 2009-11-20
Written: (3343 days ago)

Hey, it's transgender day of remembrance today. Have a link: http://www.transgenderdor.org/

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Written about Wednesday 2009-10-21
Written: (3373 days ago)

I just finished reading the archives of the comic The Gods of Arr-Kelaan (http://www.rmcomics.com/). It's fairly epic and funny and handles gods in a way that I like, which is an achievement, really.

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Written about Monday 2009-10-19
Written: (3375 days ago)

I finally managed to make a wikipage dedicated to fixing the plot issues in one of my stories. It's at TFK plotting. Please help me, even if you didn't know that much about writing. At the moment, I'm sure I can use bits of all kind of help.

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Written about Sunday 2009-10-11
Written: (3384 days ago)

I watched a movie called Crash on TV. I'm pretty sure I was recommended it in the past, but my memory is rather inadequate. It was recommended just generally, not specifically to me. I guess it was a good movie; I didn't want to leave it unfinished. The subject matter (racism, some more racism and angsting about said racism and stuff), then again, was sort of foreign to me. It seemed unreal. I blame my being Finnish. The issues were something I really wish were a thing of the past. The distant one at that.
If only life was less problematic.

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Written about Monday 2009-07-20
Written: (3466 days ago)

I went to watch "Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince" today. It was quite okay and good to watch. It was somewhat blotchy though. I assume that was for a large part intentional, so that the last one will look better.

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Written about Saturday 2009-06-06
Written: (3510 days ago)

We have a new router, so hopefully our connection won't be very morse-like from now on.

I also went to watch Terminator Salvation yesterday. It was pretty mediocre, the action was cool and I liked that there wasn't that much romance involved. It doesn't beat I, Robot though.

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Written about Friday 2009-05-15
Written: (3532 days ago)

The day after I had went to see Wolverine, I went to see the new Star Trek movie. I've never really been very interested in Star Trek, mostly because really getting into it would require acquiring and watching who know how much material, and I don't have that kind of time. I think. I was too young when it was popular. That said, I liked the movie. It was well done, even though the characters weren't that much to my liking, time travel is too paradoxical for my taste and planet-killers have been seen. The movie worked pretty well without any prior knowledge, though I was puzzled as to what was the Issue (TM) with Romulans.

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Written about Friday 2009-05-08
Written: (3539 days ago)
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I went to watch Wolverine (or "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") today. It was nice. It could have been better, but it wasn't bad either. I also once again noticed that I've taken a liking to slightly gratuitous scenes of violence (machinery being involved is probably a factor, but I'm not very sure; more data is needed). Wolverine and motorcycle versus two jeeps and a helicopter was COOL. I wonder what's happening to me.

I've also started to notice how much I suck as a writer. I might be wrong, but I just can't tell. When I read stuff that other people have written and find it good, I just have an urge to imitate that and write a completely similar thing. I could probably write well if I do that, but I still have serious qualms about copying (or "copying") by my own hand what someone else has done and claim it as my own.

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Written about Thursday 2009-04-30
Written: (3547 days ago)

I bought Dragonforce's newest album a few days ago. [Levoton] apparently dislikes them a lot, and I started wondering what I like in music.
My musical background is that I suck at it. Music theory in senior secondary was the first exam ever that I failed. I've read there's some kind of connection between musical and mathematical talent, but I'm only competent in math. I suppose it could just be a hearing and attitude issue, though. (I have actual trouble understanding speech.) I'm fairly tone deaf, though I could most likely learn to play an instrument if I wanted to. I'm afraid to try since I might like it and I don't even have time for my current hobbies right now.

As for musical genres, I like video game music, techno, trance, industrial, electronica, pop and rock and metal. Pop and rock is kind of questionable since they're very vague. I suppose I mostly like the catchy tunes in them, mostly. As for metal, there are a lot of subgenres and I suppose I mostly like speed, melodic, symphonic and power metal. I just checked last.fm's tags and saw "nintendo metal", which sounds awesome. (Also, why is Dragonforce tagged "Finnish"? They're from UK as far as I can tell...) Mmm, SID metal.

Let's see. What I like about video game music is that 8-bit and midi are awesome. They have simple sounds that even my ears can understand. I suppose that when the amount of sounds is limited, the melody/rhythm/tune is better constructed to compensate or something.

I'll lump techno, electronica, trance and industrial in one since I guess I mostly like similar things in them. No singing is a definite plus in them, as is the strong rhythm. Then again, I absolutely hate it when in some trance/etc. songs there are some voices moaning, aaahhh-ing or yeah-ing. Why do they have to ruin the music with those? I like the so-called futuristic/synthetic/sci-fi-ish sounds. Fancy sounds for the win.

Pop and rock... well... catchy tunes. That's my main reason for liking them when I do like them.

Metal. Techno tends to have a very simple but powerful drumming sequence, and while I like that, I also like it when it's more complex but still powerful. But it needs to be not TOO complex! I also like it when the whole song is full of sound, which is generally what metal songs are. It does depend, though. I still want a melody in them; mere sound is just an earsore. As for speed, I can't honestly say why I like it more when the music is fast. I just do.
I like progressive metal too, but I suppose most of it is too difficult for me to understand.

For me, lyrics/singing is the one thing that usually completely ruins the song for me.
Singing voice is a rather important factor. I hate the growling/grunting "singing" (örinä) in many metal songs. It works when used scarcingly to represent a monster or something, but even that stretches it. I like high voices on men and low voices on women. I also hate it when some woman sings in a sort of "pink barbie voice" or "brat voice". I don't even know how to explain those. An example would be best, but of course I've forgotten all those kind of songs. Maybe Aqua's Barbie Girl is a good example of "pink barbie voice". Men can have equally annoying voices, but I haven't been able to categorize them yet. Machinae Supremacy's singer's voice is very annoying, but for some reason I can handle it on their best songs. Voiceless voices like Nordmän are also an earsore of sorts. I don't mind screaming as singing as long as it works well. I think Dragonforce does it well. I like it when the voice is clear.

Lyrics. Hoo whoa. First of all, I'm really sick of songs about (lost/forbidden/eternal/denied/nonexistent) love. It could be because I don't know a thing about love as those songwriters do. Therefore, any topic of love is usually an automatic ruination for a song. Also other everyday topics and artist life in general are usually turn-downs. Songs about nothing but human nature... no thanks, I think about that way too much without any music.
There are exceptions, of course.
As with poetry, I like it if the song tells a story. Specifically, a fictional story. Even better if the story is fantasy or sci-fi. I also really like hearing certain words in the lyrics. Some of these words are: universe, desolation, silent, wasteland, winter, thunder, storm, far away, so far, parallax, forever, endless, path, ice, field, shadow, planet, metal, sky, desert, forest, understand, steel, collide, gate. I wonder why I like hearing them. When I was younger, I only liked non-Finnish songs because I couldn't understand the words. Then I started understanding English and nowadays I can even enjoy the fact that I understand thwe lyrics. However, I still miss a lot of the words and especially meanings. I just hear a word here and there. I think I've gotten better at understanding the words, though.

I suppose I could make a list of some of my all-time favorite songs, you know, the kind I could listen to for a whole day. Maybe even a week, like Gerudo Valley (yes, I did that). No, these aren't really in order, even thought it might seem like so.
Video game: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: Gerudo Valley
Video game: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: Deku Palace
Dragonforce: Soldiers of the Wasteland
Dragonforce: Disciples of Babylon
Dragonforce: Revelations
Dragonforce: Valley of the Damned
CMX: Parvatin tietäjä
CMX: Punainen komentaja
Altaria: Enemy
Blind Guardian: Battlefield
Blind Guardian: Fly
Blind Guardian: Somewhere far beyond
Ensiferum: Lai lai hei
Finntroll: Vätteanda (maybe some other Finntroll songs...)
Folkemon: Think back and Lie of England
Genesis: Land of Confusion
Heavy Metal Perse: Kohti kolossien maata
Heavy Metal Perse: Aamunkoiton huilumies
Iced Earth: Ten thousand strong
Iron Maiden: Nomad
Joan Baez: Sweet Sir Galahad
Kamelot: The Spell
Korpiklaani: Kädet siipinä
Luca Turilli: War of the Universe
Mike Oldfield: Guilty
Mike Oldfield: Moonlight Shadow
Nightwish: Moondance
Nightwish: Crownless
Nightwish: The Riddler
Pet Shop Boys: It's a sin
Rhapsody: Elnor's Magic Valley (uh... it's hard to pick just one Rhapsody song)
Robert Miles: Fable
Scooter: (...something here...)
Sonata Arctica: World in my eyes
Sonata Arctica: My land
Sonata Arctica: It won't fade
Stratovarius: (something here too)
Therion: Gothic Kabbalah
Thy Majest(y/ie/ic): The Scream of Taillefer
Uriah Heep: Lady in Black
Video game: Metroid: Full of life (Relics of the Chozo)
Video game: Metroid Prime: Magmoor Caverns
X-perience: Magic Fields
Video game: Ufouria: ice cave music

I also have single songs from several artists, but it's even harder to pick from those.

(I also didn't spend 5 hours writing this. My posting was delayed by last.fm and others (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOpdyytB3OY).)

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Written about Friday 2009-04-10
Written: (3567 days ago)

I went to watch "Laputa – linna taivaalla" (Tenku no shiro Rapyuta) on Thursday. It was a good movie, but the main character was kind of annoying but quite tolerable anyway. The other characters were cool, however, as were the backgrounds and other things. The pirate captain was especially awesome. She was an old action granny!

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Written about Friday 2009-04-03
Written: (3574 days ago)

I've been reading yet another webcomic. This time, it's "Once Upon A Table" (http://onatable.comicgenesis.com/). There's a scene about a monster that begins here: http://onatable.comicgenesis.com/d/20041227.html and when I got to this part: http://onatable.comicgenesis.com/d/20050131.html I totally wasn't expecting it and proceeded to lol. A lot. I think it requires that build-up and the fact that I just didn't see it coming. Otherwise I think it's kind of cheap, maybe. Of course, it could be that I'm just tired.
I've also read and reread way too much Order of the Stick comics lately, as if that had anything to do with anything.

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Written about Saturday 2009-03-07
Written: (3602 days ago)

I went to see Watchmen ...yesterday. Yes. It was quite awesome. Some critic on the newspaper said it was too true to the original comic, but I didn't find that a problem. It had also been just long enough a time since I had read the comic, so I didn't remember all of the plot. Also, the movie plot was easier to follow and I kind of feel that I missed something while reading the comic because I couldn't read it on one go. Nevertheless, yay!

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Written about Monday 2009-02-16
Written: (3620 days ago)

I went to practice some parkour with [Levoton] yesterday. It was fun, though I think I like the indoors practice more than going out. Surprise. Anyway, I was already hurting when we left there, and it only got worse later. I couldn't sleep (much) at night—every time I felt like I might fall asleep, I just startled and was wide awake again.
Now my legs are totally shot and my arms aren't in much better condition. Again next Sunday!

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Written about Saturday 2009-01-24
Written: (3643 days ago)

I finally finished reading the Wraeththu trilogy today. A kind of review follows, even though I don't remember that much of the two first books. I didn't even write it down, like I did for the third.

I liked the story well enough, but it could've been better as well. The lack of plot was disorienting, but then again, there was a plot, but because the stories were told from the point of view of a single character per book, it was very murky until the end. I usually like to have more clarity.
The characters really seemed like characters, though the dialogue took funny turns at some points, and everyone seemed to have three or less ways of speaking (colloquial, sarcastic and overly formal). Maybe knowing Finnish and its dialects makes me strangely aware of the different ways in which people can speak. Then again, I'm not sure if I can achieve that in my own writing, so...
The world was ...a world! I appreciate it when in towns, strangers are treated with hospitality instead of hostility. It did seem a little surreal at places, but well. Weirder was that when a town would have greeted strangers (the protagonist) with hostility, they had a contact who got them through it.
I don't think I've ever been very fond of descriptions, but in Wraeththu, they really worked for me, save for some choice of words (and I accuse the language barrier for that). Not too verbose, but long enough to make it all seem real and different.

Speaking of language, I read the last 19 chapters (174 pages) in a few hours, which I think is a record for me reading unfamiliar English. It still feels like my level of comprehension is much lower with English if I'm not very familiar with the subject. Sigh, language.

Addition: There's one thing I need to complain about: the names. They don't make linguistic sense. So many new words and so many of them capitalized. The names are memorable enough, but I just found them linguistically ugly somehow. Maybe the fault is in me, though. I think Japanese/Chinese/Korean names are nice, but I can never properly remember them, unless they resemble a Western name. Funny, isn't it?

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Written about Sunday 2009-01-18
Written: (3649 days ago)
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Nanowrimo meet is over! We didn't really do anything nanowrimoish, but we played games and watched movies. I played three new games:
– Monty Python and Zombie Fluxx (yes, we did mix them and didn't suffer any (visible) brain damage)
– Battlestar Galactica boardgame (it was pretty cool)
– Arkham Horror (damn long game, but interesting and I really like that the players play it cooperatively against the gameboard)
– Shoot 'Em Up (art with shooting guns, and I'm amazed they didn't have a gunfight underwater (yes, I'm aware of the silliness)) (third K-18 movie I ever saw (after Mad Max and Kill Bill 1))
– UHF 62 (it was called a "bad" comedy")
– The Black Hole (perfect robots (yeah right)!)
– 13. warrior (it was Buliwyf's story from the point of view of some Arab guy, and I thought it was pretty cool and more watchable than the new Beowulf)
– Conan the Barbarian (it had swords)
– Excalibur (it was kind of like Merlin, but shorter and less detailed, and Merlin still had the same personality!)
– Dungeons & Dragons (I wasn't traumatized, heck, I didn't even think it sucked)
– Highlander (if there was racket about this movie somewhere, I didn't get why)
– Flesh & Blood (every freaking character there is a total effing despicable asshole, and yet the movie was sort of okay) (fourth K-18 movie)

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Written about Friday 2008-12-05
Written: (3693 days ago)
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I spent over 6 hours programming a smallish coursework assignment. After I was done with it and debugged it who knows how many times, I sent it to be assessed and the automatic tester gave me full points for it. Whee. Now, when doing brainwork, I get ridiculously hungry. It's obvious, though. Then, for some reason, I thought this was insanely funny:
[2008-12-05_21:26:02] <Veltzeh> also, brainwork really makes me hungry >_>
[2008-12-05_21:27:00] * Veltzeh eats brain
[2008-12-05_21:27:15] <Veltzeh> haha! take that, brain! try to consume all my sugars now!

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Written about Sunday 2008-11-30
Written: (3698 days ago)
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Yay, yet another post about my deficient social skills...

I can't handle intensive emotions. Whenever I'm thoroughly (or what seems thoroughly to me) disappointed or insulted, the feeling stays and only goes away with time, apparently, because I can't properly rationalize it. The more I do and the more time passes, the better it gets, but drawing up that memory is an instant depressant. And drawing up old, moldy and depressing memories is something I apparently can't help doing no matter how much I think I'd want to. And stars help me if someone is friendly to me, acknowledges and appreciates my opinions or is grateful to me... I have no idea how to respond. I think my main reactions are either to be quiet and look confused, belittle whatever it is that I did or then say "thanks" with a monotonous and horribly forced voice. How can properly I express that I very, very much appreciate being taken into account in a positive manner? And how can I do this to other people?

I've gone to a few parties arranged by fellow role-players. I was always anxious in them. I don't know how to have fun in happenings like them. When the people talk, they mostly talk about things that I really have nothing to contribute to or don't know anything about, and when they talk about things I have a clue about, I'm too shy to say anything because everyone else is speaking and because I've been quiet the whole time anyway.

I go into the party thinking that I shouldn't stress about having fun or having anything to or not daring to speak. And I mostly don't, but many times I also don't do or say much anything. When leaving, I feel bad that I suck this much at socializing, failed yet another social event and hope that I didn't ruin it for anyone else. I probably shouldn't feel that way, since me being quiet probably doesn't have much of an effect. But again, how can I stop feeling that way?

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Written about Thursday 2008-11-20
Written: (3708 days ago)

It's Transgender Day of Remembrance today. http://www.rememberingourdead.org/day/

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Written about Sunday 2008-11-09
Written: (3719 days ago)

I went to see Journey to the Center of the Earth while I was in Joensuu. The 3D version at that. The movie itself was okay, but mostly for preadolescents, I think. The 3D stuff was fairly awesome. It was better than the last 3D-movie I saw about 6 years ago. I suspect that the technology has developed.

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Written about Saturday 2008-10-04
Written: (3755 days ago)

I went to see Dark Knight yesterday. It was good. Usually the movies show the name of the movie in the beginning, but this time they showed it at the end. Refreshing, sort of. I didn't like Joker, but then, chaos unsettles me and I didn't like the way he spoke.

Today I went to see Nausica of the Valley of the Winds. It was great too.

Some time ago I had a dream where gypsies (?) stole my new bike from me three times on my way home from the bike shop. When I got home, my room was burning (specifically my comic, computer and favorite book), and I did a pretty good job of putting the fire out before I woke up.

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Written about Tuesday 2008-09-30
Written: (3759 days ago)

On some days, I have lectures starting at 8:15. I don't want to get caught in a traffic jam, so I wake up ridiculously early (5:30) so I can leave home before 7 and avoid the jam. For this, I also try to go to sleep early, but that rarely succeeds. However, if I manage to go to sleep so that I have about 7 hours or more sleeping time (which is approximately the minimum I need), I just CAN'T SLEEP. First, it takes me forever to fall asleep and then I wake up during the night. Today, I woke up two hours before it was time to get up and couldn't fall asleep again, even though I was exhausted and could still get comfortable. And this happens always when I MOST need the sleep. And waking up this early makes my stomach go haywire too. Why must early mornings be so difficult? >:(

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