"I need some fucking friends." -- Peter Klaven (I Love You, Man)
 
Sunday, May 24, 2015
I wish I could write better. Or on time. But I just need to write.

Anyway, I ate some noodle soup from The Noodle Company. It was advertised as 'Spicy Thai Hot Pot,' but it was more like a Phô, but with rice noodles and a touch of pad thai flavoring. It was okay. There was not enough noodles to make it like true Asian noodle soups. It did make me want to cook up something for dinner.

I'm making some stock for whatever noodle soup I will make tonight. There's ramen, soba, and mung bean noodles in my house. One of those three will be the noodle for the soup.

In my slow cooker, which I plan to use to bring the stock together, I threw in carrots, a quartered onion, chicken thighs, and a whole head of garlic. I also added a dash of soy sauce, a pinch of salt, two bay leaves crushed, some whole pepper kernels, and parsley flakes to round out the broth. I'm let these ingredients cook for a few hours.

When it is done, I'll shred the chicken and then add some noodles. Maybe, I'll have a nice soup.

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Friday, May 22, 2015
No palindromes today... :(

I've been watching some Jdoramas lately. Things on Crunchyroll, but also out there on the intertubes. While the ones I've watched were already complete, I've been catching up to a Spring 2015 Jdorama, and I can't wait to finish this one.

It features AKB48 cutie Mayu Watanabe as an ojo-sama working in a bookstore falling in love and all. Why couldn't she be the bookstores I haunt?

Anyhow, I thought I'd let you know why I end up not watching any American dramas. Not enough kawaii.

http://www.ktv.jp/shoten/index.html

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
When first announced, I thought Mad Max: Fury Road was going to be a waste of time. Do we need to go down that road once more? Mel Gibsons not Max. This rehash of 80s movies is getting out of hand. Why another one?

YEAH! I was wrong.

It was awesome. The best action movie of the millennia. I've seen it twice. I want to see it again in 3D!

Don't miss it. It makes all other action films with CGI look like films done inside a computer. Mad Max: Fury Road brings back live filmed stunts. There were CGI shots, but the majority was cars crashing into cars. It just made the movie.

5 of 5 stars.

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If you wanted to see an AI built from the hubris of man, you can watch The Avengers: Age of Ultron. You could also watch Ex Machina. This AI was just as hell bent on destruction of a more personal kind.

The film, for those who haven't seen it which is all of you, is about a programmer sent to his boss's remote home to conduct a 'Turing Test' on a robot to see how human she is. Ava, the robot, has a woman's face and hands, but the rest is a sleek, sexy android. Data has nothing on her. She was built by a programmer modeled on a mishmash of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and the founders of Google. His company is also a mishmash of those actual programmer's companies: Facebook, Microsoft, and Google.

The worker was chosen as being the best in the company. It was a test of who was the alpha programmer. It really was the boss who was the alpha. He played his underling, but played himself into a corner.

I thought this was sly. I thought the robot was being naive. She was really being human -- complicated, conniving. I really wondered if we were all being played.

3 of 5 stars.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
There was a whole lot going on with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It wrapped up the Hydra plot, introduced Ultron and (SPOILER) the Vision to the Marvel Cinema Universe, added the Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver to the Avengers line up, set up the conflict for Captain America: Civil War, and brought us the Infinity War/Gauntlet. All this in two and a half hours.

That is why it was not as good as the first one. It had too much. Although, it was missing Tigra. Overstuffed is the word for it. Still lots of action, but it feels like the middle of a larger story like being at the crossroads or at a train station junction. Lots going on, but people are passing through to better destinations.

3 of 5 stars.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Need a website for today's Link of the Day. Can't find anything to talk about. Here's one I saved the link to my desktop. Don't know why.

Wait. I do.

It's because I was watching some J-Drama on Crunchyroll in which one of the models was an actress in the show. It was a fine J-Drama. Is there any Pinoy dramas like it?

http://furisode.joyful-eli.com

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Need to keep up with Link of the Day posts so as not to miss out on the palindrome fun.

Today's is SPOILER ALERT filled. Don't read it unless you have seen the movie Ex Machina.

I have, and the essay in the link does contribute to a lot of what I thought about the movie. I should write my review, but in short, I thought it was a refutation of the male gaze that contributes to nerd hubris. Hmm...

I really should write that review.

http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/feminus-ex-machina

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Monday, May 11, 2015
Huzzah for palindromes!

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/11/8586899/palindrome-week

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Thursday, May 07, 2015


No music in a long while. I don't know why. Perhaps I don't blog enough. I can't dance.

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Monday, May 04, 2015
Pacquiao/Mayweather.

It was really disappointing. Not just because Manny lost, but because it didn't even seem to be good boxing.

Watching it occur, I felt the weight of the Filipino nation urging Manny on. Watching him take the loss, I felt the disappointment as well. Are we not as good as them? He had heart. All Pinoys have heart. He showed the world. Yet, we still lost.

http://grantland.com/features/manny-pacquiao-floyd-mayweather-maypac-boxing-philippines-mandaluyong-city-viewing/

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