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13 February 2012 @ 10:56 pm
I watched some random episodes of Doctor Who with my roommate earlier tonight. I quite liked it!

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Also, after we were done watching, I'd realized that I'd been watching it while wearing my Hero of Time shirt. Utter sweetness.
11 February 2012 @ 08:04 pm
In yet another dazzling display of my lack of willpower, I went ahead in Shippuden and watched the episodes with Kushina, and goddamn. She and Minato are...they just...they're perfect. They win all of the awards. Every scene with them together is so freaking cute and/or heartbreaking, and whenever they're onscreen I just die a little inside in the best way.

Welcome to my Hall of OTPs, MinaKush.
10 February 2012 @ 09:40 pm
I've taken up watching Naruto Shippuden from the beginning. I've actually been considering it for a while because Naruto, being the anime that truly got me into anime, occupies a very special place in my heart in spite of the fact that it's super long and ridiculous and kinda sorta sexist.

But what has set me over the edge is all this broohaha on Tumblr over the last few episodes involving a certain ship I really like but know very little about. I considered just watching those episodes, but I want to have a full background on what's going on. I think watching from the very beginning is the right way to do it. Even if what I'm really looking forward to doesn't happen for 200+ episodes. Goodbye, countless hours of my young adult life!

As for what I've watched so far, I must say that I totally forgot how talky this series is. Whenever somebody makes a move, there's always this long pause to explain the technique and comment on how strong the opponent is. It's a bit of a drag, really. Alas, I shall persist!
06 February 2012 @ 08:38 pm
Allow me a moment to nerd out about geography a bit.

Guys, I love maps. I really like this cartography class I'm taking because it's showing me just how much of an art map-making is. There's so much interpretation and creative license involved. It is absolutely fascinating how the same data can be represented in so many different ways based on one's worldview and how many purposes a map can have aside from serving as a reference.

This is a map of the world made by Gervase of Ebstorf in the 13th century, during the Dark Ages. It did apparently have some practical use, but it was made with the central intention of illustrating important Biblical stories and showing the dominion of Christ over the face of the earth. Notably, Jerusalem is at the center, and Jesus's head, hands, and feet are located at the map's extents. Not only is it beautiful, it's a great example of how the cartography of the time period was influenced by a largely Christian worldview (in the West, at least).

Maps are just so freaking cool.
04 February 2012 @ 07:51 pm
I had my first LARP session today! It was really fun. I was a member of the mafia playing against the police and the hobos, and there were behind-the-scenes dealings and betrayals happening, and it was awesome in pretty much every way. I got to meet a lot of cool new people, too. I'm going to a party with them later.

Also, this is actually pretty funny. Beware of Mirai Nikki manga spoilers!