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Subject:Writer's Block: Fictional Character
Time:10:17 pm
Current Mood:mischievousmischievous
What fictional character do you relate to most and why?


Number Six from The Prisoner, since I love that black suit. He's anti-social, libertarian and completely bad-ass. And played by Patrick McGoohan. He's also basically a surrealistic Bernard Black, and really...who doesn't love that?
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Time:06:48 am
Current Mood:tiredtired
Bone is SO AMAZING! I'm a little bit less than halfway through this monster of a comic and it keeps getting better and better. It's funny, it's dramatic and it's just extremely smart.

Last week's Torchwood, which I watched last night, was awesome, too! That show is really starting to turn around from last season.
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Subject:"You mean you could do more? Could I have a glass of wine? And a...ham sandwich? WITH A PICKLE!?!"
Time:11:03 pm
Current Mood:groggygroggy
Fran: Do you know nothing about modern culture, Bernard? Beckham, Posh, Pokémon--
Bernard: PAC-MAN! It's pronounced "Pac-Man"!

I got my Black Books DVD and it's wonderful! I don't want to turn my journal into a repetitious log, but seriously. Yesterday I watched most of the third series (I finished it this morning) and this afternoon I ran through the first again. The third wasn't as good as the first two, but it was still fantastic. I'm pretty sure my favorite series is the first--every episode is a winner.

Lately I've been playing my copy of Midway Arcade Treasures Volume 3 for the Gamecube, which has been pretty good. The only game I've played with any depth in it is San Francisco Rush: The Rock, which so good! I sold off my copy of the N64 Rush game about four years ago, and it's just been a blast. Even better is the fact that they ported The Rock, an updated arcade revision released after the N64 version. It's just how I remember, only better!

I've also played a few quick games of You Don't Know Jack: The Ride this weekend, which is a much better game than I first thought it was. The departures it makes from the rest of the series really aid it, especially the breakneck pacing and its episodic question style.
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Subject:David Lynch pities the fool...who watches films on their telephone.
Time:10:56 pm
Current Mood:gigglygiggly
Just when I think my David Lynch fandom can't get any bigger, he does something like this.



Apparently, it's in the special features of the Inland Empire DVD, which I have yet to check out. Hm...
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Subject:My reaction to Ron Paul's newsletters or: Why paleoconservatives can go to Hell
Time:06:24 pm
Current Mood:hungryhungry
This Ron Paul campaign dynamite has made for a fascinating two days. The responses over at Reason's blog have summed up how I feel about this. It's really bringing about a conflict between those in the libertarian movement who are Old Right extremists and those who hold a more moderate view.

My eyes are wide open now. Libertarianism, I've learned, is full of kooks and cranks and nutters. See...the thing is, I knew this. I knew that paleoconservative scumbags like Lew Rockwell, Gary North and Alex Jones have been in bed with the libertarian movement for close to forever. The only thing is that I never knew how many of them there are, or how far Ron Paul has gone in the past to pander to them. I don't believe Paul wrote these newsletters. I do believe (and his tepid response to this so far has proven this) that he has too great a tolerance to racists, bigots and neo-Confederate morons.

Libertarianism has to be examined from two sides. First, there are philosophical libertarians. I'm going to call them "cosmopolitans" for short. They're socially liberal, appreciate cultural and economic exchange, and have an affinity for the free market. They are best represented in the media by the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation. I consider myself a member of this group. We view government as incompetent, not evil.

However, there is a more extremist camp of libertarians. Their home is the Ludvig von Mises Institute. They are not interested in incremental change, like myself. Their ranks include many of the bile-spewing groups I mentioned above. They use libertarianism, with its rhetoric of state's rights and individual liberty, to promote views that sympathize with Confederacy and wish the gold standard would come back. They are largely populists and, in my opinion, have more in common with Ross Perot (ugh) or Pat Buchanan (double ugh) than they do with the less reactionary and intellectual cosmopolitans.

I'm not even going to mention things like the 9/11 Truth movement or Endgame in here.

Thanks for nothing, Ron.

I'm just going to start calling myself a classical liberal, an independent and a cosmopolitarian. Okay, not really, but you get the point. Is a good, honest politician too much to ask for?
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Time:11:22 pm
Current Mood:awakeawake
GIULIANI GOT TRASHED IN IOWA FTW

AND PAUL GOT 11%! And polled best among Independents!

Wow, this is so fucked up!
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Subject:"Where have you been living!?! London...at Christmas...not safe, is it!?"
Time:01:30 pm
Current Mood:dorkydorky
Mann, that was a brilliant episode of Doctor Who. Definitely my favorite Christmas special yet. The script was clever, the guest roles were fantastic (Kylie Minogue was wonderful), and the episode really went to some dramatic heights I didn't expect. The new version of the theme is interesting, too. I'm so excited for next season! Hopefully the insanity of having Donna, Rose, Jack AND Martha with the Doctor won't be too crazy.

And this year's Children in Need short (conveniently on YouTube) was pretty funny. Again, it was an improvement on last year's.

AND THE PREVIEW FOR NEXT SEASON LOOKS GREAT! Even the preview for the second season of Torchwood looks great--and get this--it premieres while I'm still off from school! That show really looks as though it's going to take off. James Marsters will be in with a fake British accent, just like in Buffy! Here's to hoping it builds off of last season's great finale.

Belated Merry Christmas, everyone!
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Time:12:20 am
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Here's an interesting Christmas gift--3D Realms has released a new teaser trailer for Duke Nukem Forever. Normally, I'd care nothing about this, but it's been in development for TEN AND A HALF YEARS, after all. I wonder if development will restart again in a month or so?

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Time:07:19 pm
Current Mood:drunkcomfy
I'll update more later, but:

I (and our Congress) KNOW HOW TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT!

(Hint: it involves micro-managing the U.S. economy!)

Ban all of the light bulbs! Watch out for the Federal Lightbulb Replacement Agency knocking on your door in the year 2020!
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Time:02:19 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy


I just wanted to let everyone know that the Child's Play charity, created by Penny Arcade, is up and running this year. 'Tis the season for giving! It was founded to bring toys, videogames and cash to children's hospitals around the world.
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