Friday, March 31, 2006

Convenience is good...but not in TV

Sadly, I had high expectations for last night's episode of Smallville. "Hypnotic" involves a hypnotist (no kidding) who takes control over Clark, breaks up him and Lana, and tries to use Clark to kill Lex. Yay for...pointlessness. So why did I have high expectations? Because I read the synopsis wrong and I thought she wanted to use Clark to kill Milton Fine. Yea, that didn't work out.
The episode was too much filled with...nothing. Watching Smallville is like sitting down to a meal and discovering that all you're being served is water. There's no MEAT (or vegetables...whatever). And at the end of the meal you realize that you're still craving food. Well, no DUH, you just had a meal of water!
The show is sprinkled with some slight sense of plot. The Return of Milton Fine, for example, and his plans are slowly being unraveled. That's always interesting. But the rest of the show was pure crap! Craptacular crap!
Too much of this show is just too convenient - things are explained away noticeably. I mean, for example...when Clark uses his super strength on Lex, the show has Lex believe its a product of the hypnosis...which really makes no sense! Especially for Lex, someone who has been investigating Clark's supernatural abilities, it doesn't make sense that Lex would automatically assume Clark's strength was due to hypnosis. The writers wrote themselves into a hole with the whole scene and they used Lex's exclamation as a cheap and obvious attempt to keep Clark's secret.
And then, when Chloe and Lex are struggling for the gun, I love how they just happen to shoot the hypnosis crystal. How convenient. BLAH.
The return of Milton Fine, and Clark and Lana breaking up for good are the only significant events to happen last night; scenes that probably took up 5 minutes max. Where did the other 35 minutes go to? I don't know...I just don't know.
And give me a break, Clark and Simone totally did it. That's the only logical outcome. Yes.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Oblivion arrives, quality Lost returns, and my struggle to end boredom continues...

You may be under the impression that since I haven't blogged everyday during this break that I may have escaped my prison of boredom. Untrue. It only means that I am lazy.
This break hasn't been all bad though. I hung out with some high school friends, watched a few movies (V for Vendetta and Jet Li's new movie Fearless - some of his best work i'd say), and played card games. I had fun committing suicide in Mafia just to throw people off.
... I think they hate me now. :(
In other news, The Elderscrolls IV: Oblivion has been widely acclaimed as one of the most impressive games of the year and a definite contender for Game of the Year by several gaming sites (including,, and Gamespot even goes so far as to say "[Oblivion] is simply one of the best role-playing games ever made."
Oblivion is the sequel to the 2002 Bethesda production Elderscrolls III: Morrowind. Along with impressive graphics and audio, the series features a unique roleplaying style where you don't get experience points. Instead, the more you do a certain type of activity, the better you get at it. For example, the more you fight enemies with swords, the better your "Blades" skill gets. The more you sneak around, the better your "Sneak" skill gets. Oblivion has improved and expanded upon this idea by setting tiers within each skill. When reached, each tier grants the player with new, more powerful abilities.
Featuring an impressive cast of characters (voices include Jean Luc Picard/Professor Xavier and Boromir from Lord of the Rings), Oblivion is also the first game in the series to feature full voice-overs for all dialogue (although, this is somewhat expected of a game of this type now, thanks to Bioware's KotOR and Jade Empire). The music is suitably epic - I already own the soundtrack and I haven't even played the game. Composed by Jeremy Soule, Oblivion's soundtrack alternates between sweeping melodies and heart-pounding scores.
Anyway, enough about that. How was last night's LOST. Did you see that? Because if you didn't and you plan to, you probably shouldn't read on. Because I'm going to ruin it. I'll ruin it good. Stay away.
...stop reading dammit!

Meet Henry, Lost's resident prisoner/beat-up guy.

In my opinion, last night's episode "Lockdown" was probably one of the season's best. Sharon's death was...not that tragic in my opinion, and for the most part this season has been full of filler. Even Claire's adventure into the jungle was kind of disappointing - nothing happened.
Finally, something's happening.
Last night's episode was another Locke-centric episode... maybe they should have called it "Locke-down" Haha. ha...ha. I have to admit I could barely stand to watch the flashback parts of this episode because SOOO much crap has happened to the poor guy already. Poor Locke. Poor, crazy, Locke.
The real meat of the episode occurrs on the island. A lockdown procedure is initiated without warning, trapping Locke and prisoner Henry Gale inside the hatch. Meanwhile, Jack and company manage to find not one, but two balloons. Sayid finds Henry's wife's grave and his balloon, just where Henry said it would be. But another balloon (was it a balloon? maybe it wasn't...) pops up out of nowhere with a bunch of food and the heck did it get there? Who the heck sent it? More unsolved mysteries! Bah.
As Locke and Henry are trying to pry open the blast doors, Locke becomes trapped underneath one ( a relatively stupid move). Bad timing results in the computer alarm sounding. Locke is forced to ask Henry to push in the code. And then all we see is Locke trapped and him yelling "Henry!" Oh, that and a mysterious map apparently written by Desmond only visible under a blacklight on one of the doors. Yay...more...dangling...mystery...
...yay for suspense.
So it turns out Henry did push in the code, and comes back to rescue Locke. The lockdown is mysteriously deactivated, and Locke is freed. Yay! Happy ending.
Until Sayid and company march back into the hatch that is. Apparently Sayid dug up Henry's wife's grave (Oh Sayid...*pat pat*) and did not find Henry's wife in the grave. No, he found Henry. Henry Gale. Yea, he found him in the grave, dead

Maybe he went on that new "Black & White" show - you know, the one where people switch races o_O. And then went on "The Biggest Loser." And then went on "Survivor - Lost Island." You never know! That could be the case!
...yea. Finally something significant happens. Hurrah!
Looking back on what I wrote, if you havent been keeping up with Lost, then you'll have no idea what I'm talking about...and if you have...then you probably watched the episode already, and didn't need the episode summary. Yay for uselessness.
Ok, I'm bored now. Bye!

Friday, March 24, 2006

I blog during breaks

...because i have nothing better to do. how sad.

I've decided that wrecklessly spending 500 dollars on an xbox360 and oblivion isn't going to happen. Mostly because i don't have 500 dollars and see no way to acquire it. other than selling my body that is, and i'm tired of doing that...

yea, ok. I'm kidding by the way. KIDDING.

i hate you all.

And besides, even if i did have 500 dollars...apparently the xbox 360 is STILL sold out. All the sites i've checked are sold out of 360's...or if they're not they're selling them at ridiculous prices. RIDICULOUS. Admittedly, they're being bundled with games and accessories and whatnot, but I don't want that crap, and certainly I don't want that crap AND have to pay for it. I'd have to whore myself out for real. FIE!

So, I've decided to instead wait to buy a decent graphics card. Right now I'm looking at the GeForce 6800 GS...apparently it's a pretty decent card and it's under 200 bucks. That's...affordable. I've been meaning to get a better graphics card anyway...i'm still using the integrated graphics card that my computer came with o_O. Let's just say it's not the best card for running games.

Mmm...everybody's so sad lately. Feel better! Don't worry about it now, it's over and done with. Just sit back and enjoy break! Enjoy it, dam you!

From Boredom to Oblivion

So now that finals are over and I'm back in fremont for spring break...




Yea, I'm bored. God help me. So bored in fact, I'm really tempted to go out and spend 500 dollars on an xbox 360 and Oblivion. How I'm going to get these 500 buckaroos I have no idea, but all i know is that I want to do it. badly.

Oh, and the Elderscrolls IV: Oblivion came out on monday, and so far it has been widely praised and critically acclaimed. Stellar graphics that take full advantage of the next-generation gaming power, plus a renovated combat system that feels like an action game, plus a compelling story, plus enchanting music from award-winning composer Jeremy Soule, plus a world that is actually ALIVE (or as alive as a dead artificial intelligence can be) equals impressiveness.

Yea, I really want to get this game. Just LOOK at the detail!

..and these are in-game graphics! Not cinematics, not art...actual in game graphics. LOOK at those TREES. My god man, it's prettier than real life. cuz in real life you know that church would be all stained and dirty from rain and whatnot, and that horse would be pooping all over the place.

Yea, so if you have 500 bucks to spare that you don't know what to do with, please, give it to me O:)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


I feel so productive today. Not only did I get started on PIC hw, I finished all of my econ hw and successfully passed the VITA test that took me 5 hours to do. Yay for 74% passing.

I haven't talked about TV in a while...I might do that over break...too busy for much else right now.

Oh, and peter I still have your jacket.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


My pic homework was effortless this week. Why? Because I put no effort into it. Also meaning I didn't actually do it.

Hah. I tricked you.

Why am I doing this when I should be putting effort into pic? I don't know. I'm clueless too i guess.


Monday, March 06, 2006


So i've been updating this blog very infrequently. Truth is, I am just lazy.

There, you know the terrible truth.

So I haven't gotten any internships...but I'm still going to apply to the mid-tier firms. Hopefully some of them will take pity on me and decide to offer me one.

Schoolwork is going to kill me though, PIC in particular. I'm seriously reconsidering this specialization. It seems like a lot more trouble than it's worth. Still, I'm already so far into it that I might as well finish. I only have 3 more classes. is for the most part dull. And what's not dull is just annoying. Or maybe it is dull. Annoying and dull.

Battlestar Galactica season 2 finale is coming up this friday! wooooooooOOooOooOOOooo. I guess. The second part of season 2 has been surprisingly disappointing actually. Although it's been picking up. Smallville has been too I suppose...

I don't know...I feel kind of...blah. Not that I wasn't. I feel extra blah. Blah. Blah and stupid.

Incoherent and confused.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

ill void YOU

somebody fix this function for me. It's supposed to play a skip-3 solitaire game. Basically you deal out cards one at a time in a row. if the card you just dealt has the same suit or rank as either the previous card or the card 3rd previous card, you take the card you just dealt and put it on top of the stack it is equal to.

void rowOfCards::consolidate()
node*p = data.begin();
node*p3 = p;
if (data.size() > 3)
p3 = p->prev;
p3 = p->prev;
p3 = p->prev;
if (data.begin()->val == p->val)
p->val = data.begin()->val;
//else if(data.begin()->val == p3->val)
// p3->val = data.begin()->val;
// data.erase(p3);
// p3=data.begin();