2004/09/18

Technosexual

I can tell this is not going to be a very productive day. Part of its the heat. We don't have an a/c in our house. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. It looks like next week's supposed to be cool and a little rainy, though. Perfect. Maybe with the right combination of tea, European chocolate, and Data Structures, and maybe a bit of anime, today can still be quite enjoyable.

A few days ago, my girlfriend called me a technosexual. I was curious about what it meant, so that's what kicked off my research yesterday. My girlfriend defines it as someone who looks good with all their gadgets. AlterNet says a technosexual is "a dandyish narcissist in love with not only himself, but also his urban lifestyle and gadgets; a straight man who is in touch with his feminine side but has fondness for electronics such as cell phones, PDAs, computers, software, and the web." Yeah, that's crap. From what I've read my girlfriend's is more accurate. Basically a semi-stylish geek. But, yeah, I think I burnt myself out on the topic and don't really feel like saying much about it, so I'm just going to dump all the links I found.
http://www.technosexual.org/
Oh, I guess that's actually it. Yeah, not much to say on the topic. I ended up going off on a tangent and looking up geek girls. Not a whole lot interesting there either. The parts on dating a geek girl are informative. Suff like understanding that her work is important, oh and the fun quote from How To Love a Geek Girl, "although you can take a geek girl away from her computer, you can't always expect her to stop thinking about computers." Here're those links:
How To Love a Geek Girl
Geek Marriage
GirlGeeks.org
Guide to Geek Girls

Now to the good stuff. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. First off, I saw it in the only theater in Colorado to show the movie, The Mayan. It was described to me an an arthouse theater, so they get all the anime and fun foreign movies and stuff. It was a great theater and I love being up in that part of Denver.

That is a movie I'm going to have to see more than once. It was deep, and even more full of quotes than the first one. They once again quoted the Bible, but the versew weren't as relevant to the story. This time it was Psalm 139. I don't know the exact verse, but the whole psalm is good. A lot of the quotes made me wish I knew who Descarte was. Oh, and I feel like I should be creeped out by dolls now. You'd really have to see the movie to understand, but it was a constant theme in the movie. The movie's not as cyberpunk as the first, but its still quite awesome. Like the first, the animators used a combination of traditional anime and CG effects. In some parts, the CG was so good it looked like animation with live action, Roger Rabbit-style.

Overall it was very thought provoking, and very visually stimulating and beautiful. I recomend it to all, even non anime fans.

Yeah, I'm running out of steam again. I need that chocolate, but I'm going to wait until the tea's ready as well.

2004/09/17

Audioblog Test

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Ghost in the Shell

I didn't get around to posting yesterday. Oh, well, its not like anyone comes here but me when I want to refresh my memories of my pretty, new blog. Today's post is going to be about anime, the anime Ghost in the Shell and its new sequel, and Cyberpunk. In that order.

I'm not obsessed with anime. Really. I know people that are way more into it. I don't even own any wallscrolls. That doesn't mean I don't want to, but it just shows I think there are more important things to spend my money on. Although, I was recently surprised when I decided to catalog my anime in a program I found called Anime Databank. Its good for keeping track of what you have, and in my case putting into perspective how much you actually have. Turns out I've got about 28 different series and movies. The majority of the series aren't complete, and I haven't even watched most of this stuff. Yeah, not obsessed, just a fan. If you're looking for new anime or want info on a name you've heard but don't know anything about the Anime News Network's anime encyclopedia is a good place to look. If you're looking to download some anime, the best place to start is a.scarywater.net, and Anime Suki. Everything you find there is a fansub which means this stuff has never been licensed in the United States. Fans of the shows actually translate and subtitle the shows themselves, and as soon as something is licensed in the States, they stop distributing it. To download from these places you'll need a BitTorrent client. I keep hearing BitTornado is the best. I usually let eDonkey2000 take care of my torrents as well as my file sharing.

On to Ghost in the Shell. It is a classic movie. Most of the critics(adults/parents) don't look past the nudity and violence, but when you do the movie is very thought provoking, and says a lot about the "blurring line between man and machine." Very cyberpunk. One thing that really caught my attention was when the hacker The Puppet master quotes 1 Corinthians 13 through the main charachter, Major Motoko Kusanagi. I don't know the quote from the movie off the top of my head, but here's the bible verse from the New Kings James version: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13: 11-12
The sequel to the movie, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence hits American theaters today. I am defenitely going. Not many anime are shown in US theaters, and this will be my first. Maybe I'll post when I get back, but like I said, I know no one reads this so I may not bother. Another excelent cyberpunk anime is Armitage III.

Cyberpunk is a rather dark, science fiction view of the future. The main topic is technology's affect on mankind's future. The Matrix trilogy has heavy influence from cyberpunk movies and literature, including Ghost in the Shell. There's quite a bit to read about the genre here at the cyberpunk project. This post is already getting quite long, but you can be assured I'll be talking about cyberpunk a lot more. One thing that can't go withot saying though, is that William Gibson is the father of cyberpunk and the book Neuromancer is its bible. (keep it on the d.l. but you can download the book at the cyberpunk project) I'm not just saying this for PR, but I legitimately believe you should buy this book. I had to get it for my Science Fiction class in high school, and out of all of those books this is the only one I've read multiple times. There's a documentary/interview about William Gibson called No Maps For These Territories. After seven months (yes, I'm that patient) it finally finished downloading. Depending on how much reading I get done for class, I might watch it before I head off to the only theater in the state of Colorado showing GiTS2: Innocence tonight.

Another note of interest, the first short story to ever use the word cyberpunk is also available at the cyberpunk project. But, yeah, time to do some Data Structures.

2004/09/15

Harcdore Librarians

I guess its time I get around to my first post. For the most part, I think these are going to be small reports on my roamings around the net. Usually starting at /. and then going wherever the links take me. Today actually stared at www.Wired.com. I'm really starting to like this site. There was an article called Don't Mess With Librarians about how librarians are standing up to preserve our right to privacy. Apparently the Patriot Act says that the feds can get all kinds of info about the info and books we look up from our public libraries and when it happens the librarians can't say anything about it.

I have a new respect for librarians, and I think this is just awesome. That's from the Librarian Avengers site about why we, "should fall to our knees and worship a librarian". One librarian, who I only know of as Jessamyn has made some signs for librarys you can find here. My favorite says, "The FBI has not been here [watch closely for the removal of this sign]". Jessamym, a pretty radical librarian, as also made a "famous" naked librarians page. I'll leave you to find that yourself.

Yeah, I guess that's it for now. You can come back now and then to see what kind of crazy random stuff I research in a day.

Heh. I finally got around to going back to www.megatokyo.com, the best web commic ever. I found a good example of what I don't want this blog to be. Kevin Rose of The Broken and some other stuff has a site that seems worth aspiring to.