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1 of 7: Sartor Resartus

December 4, 2010

It’s 4:30 am and I’m still awake, probably because I’ve slept for hours yesterday afternoon. I don’t really mind, though. My circadian rhythm is most certainly fucked, however, and it’ll probably take the relaxed period of Christmas to return it to normal. I’m not complaining, though.

I finally finished Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus, although I didn’t read it as intently as I desired at first, primarily because the content was quite boring. The fact that I’ve finished it, at least, relieves me of its burden. I can study for my exams later on, and probably start reading The World We Live In (I can re-read Petersburg during Christmas time). I think I should fulfill that small promise to myself of completing the seven books I’ve bought over eBay before buying anything new. I’ve already read one of them, and it’s a poioumenon, although a bad novel.

I want to finish the final ten episodes of Touch primarily because I don’t want to be bothered with not completing it. I have two exams the next week and a small-group discussion so I don’t want to be fettered with Touch during such a hectic week.

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11292010: a self reminder

November 29, 2010

There are so many things I want to purchase. I have the money and the capability, but I must caution myself so as not to be like my older sister. Purchasing different merchandise is all right; however, it’s an excess of it that is detrimental to anyone. I already have seven books. I haven’t even finished one of them. I have more or less 20 games, and there’s only about five I often play. That’s not good. I buy for the sake of hoarding, not for the sake of using them. I should learn to control myself, so until I’ve read through at least five of the books that’s sent to me, I will most certainly avoid purchasing anything from eBay (unless it’s my dad’s book, of course).

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Quietude and Diffidence – Kitzo Hekotormos

October 16, 2010

While I was looking for another book to read in a used bookstore, I saw a dusty and old book with an interesting blurb. It reminded me of Endo Shusaku’s Silence. Kitzo Hekotormos is an unknown author: one would have a hard time looking for him in Google, but he’s a brilliant writer. Instead of dealing with the consequences of religious revolution during the samurai era, he dealt with their search for meaning in a world that thought of them as more and more useless. It wasn’t about the ethical or moral thing to do: the struggle became more basic – how can one live on?

I dismissed the cover for its gaudiness, but the book is one of the best novels I’ve ever read. It’s said that he’s only written two novels and two poems, but I should think Quietude and Diffidence is his best work.

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John Cournos’s St. Petersburg

October 15, 2010

I bought the first edition of another translation of Petersburg yesterday. One of the reasons why I bought another edition is to make sure I am going to read the novel once again. While the translation by Malmstad and Magure is top-notch (many readers deem it to be the best translation of Petersburg, with copious notes and proper description of the nuances of Bely’s text), I want to read the unwieldy version by John Cournos so that I will be forced to revisit the novel.

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The first edition of V.

October 6, 2010

It’s been a while since I have updated this blog, and that is due to the string of exams these past few days. I desired to obtain the first edition printing of Thomas Pynchon’s V., but since most of those for sale are quite expensive, I asked help from my aunt and even specified the book to obtain so as I’d be able to procure one of the better first edition copies. I’m actually after the book because of its dust-jacket art, but it would please me a lot if my aunt would actually be able to purchase it for me. I will read it in preparation for my psychiatry class next year, but more importantly I will read it because I find it very intriguing as a debut novel.

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Deodorizing urine

September 30, 2010

I finally used up my Degree deodorant after quite some time. Aside from that, there was little that was memorable about today besides it being the last day of September.

I did attempt an experiment with the chalky remnants of the deo-stick, and allowed it to dissolve in the toilet basin (after I urinated in it). Since that deodorant had an antibacterial ingredient in it, I was wondering if it would be able to control the stench from the urine. Surprisingly, it was able to clear both the water and stifle the smell from the urine. While I didn’t have a boring day, it just wasn’t eventful at all.

I was able to talk to a friend I haven’t conversed with for some time, and that made me somewhat glad. Nothing much happened, however, but at least I now know that certain deodorants also work with urine (in certain conditions).

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Marx Toys’ TV Tennis [2]

September 29, 2010

It took me a good while to convince myself to stop pining for this item on eBay (I wonder if it’s still around?) because it is essentially just a prototype of the Tomy Blip that became popular during the late 1970s for its portability despite its limited gaming capabilities. After all, both were merely electromechanical renditions of the Pong game that triggered the rapid evolution of video games. Unlike the Tomy Blip, however, the TV Tennis was an unwieldy game. Because it was manufactured earlier, it did not have the portability that was the selling point of the Blip.

Vintage computers and consoles

It was a huge system, as can be observed from the picture depicting the different examples of vintage computing. The Blip was the forerunner of the portable video game console, and it gave people something to do and enjoy during their trips. On the other hand, TV Tennis did not become popular because of the fact that most American households had televisions anyway and had no need to purchase something so large and extraneous. Instead of purchasing an electromechanical hack of the original video game, why not enjoy the video game itself? The TV Tennis system came out, after all, during the time where Pong-type video games were slowly becoming cheaper due to their market saturation, and some were even coming out in color.

I cannot deny that I wanted the system. This is one my of major flaws: I am sometimes unable to see reality for what it is, but I luckily came around this time. I recognized that the $30 cost for international shipping was much too cheap to be reasonable: I already paid $25 for the 2.5 pound Coleco Bowlatronic game, and that was significantly smaller than this item. Besides, I had no need for the item whatsoever: I can only wonder why I think like I do sometimes. 🙂

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On Phantom Lancer

September 29, 2010

I played only one hero in DotA for the past two days, and that hero is Azwraith, or the Phantom Lancer. His character design was based on Kimahri Ronso, a central character in the Final Fantasy X video game. He is a hero designed to win games late: that is, after the casters lose most of their viability and power when everyone has toughened up. He is an image hero, and like most image heroes, sucks during the early game but eats enemy heroes during late game.

While I have had good games with him I have not yet experienced dominating the entire enemy team although I have been quite close to doing so in all of the matches I have played with him. It’s either my team lost the game, and being overpowered doesn’t matter with idiots for teammates, or the game has already ended, with shades of my domination very imminent. He is an enjoyable hero to use, and with good teammates, very difficult to play against: his images perform two roles, after all, which are to dissemble opponents unto their deaths and to push like crazy.

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On central obesity

September 29, 2010

I don’t think I should write poorly, even if I am only writing to myself.

With that said, I shall attempt to write my reflections with more cogency and cohesion, starting with this post.

I don’t think I gained a significant amount of weight, but I do feel that I have enlarged my girth with my ill-disciplined diet: my nighttime diet usually consists of processed and junk foods, so it comes as no surprise that I’m slowly becoming centrally obese. I don’t like it, and I have taken steps to get my stomach back to fine form, but the time just isn’t conducive for a regimented exercise routine: this week features four exams just by itself, for example.

It is only going to get worse by next week, because it will be our last week for lectures, and exams for the different subjects will probably come out left and right. Since I will have another exam tomorrow morning, and since our group discussion session ended relatively late, I decided against jogging today. If we could end our DotA session relatively early tomorrow (since we won’t have any classes from 3-5 in the afternoon, if the schedule is followed), I think I will entertain jogging for about 30 minutes or two kilometers (whichever comes first). I had already started my HIIT running exercises about two weeks ago, but I failed to continue it after two sessions due to laziness. While I can probably do two sessions a week at best, I’ll try to compensate this lack with a more standard jogging routine. It probably won’t decrease the fat accumulation on my stomach significantly, but it will at least help me trim it down a bit.

I have no problem fitting into my pants or even moving around in my shirts: I just don’t want to look malnourished, and I believe that a little discipline with regard to exercise will go a long way to promoting the quality of my life. I’m currently drinking a cup of green tea right now to counteract the amount of junk I took in my body. Every little bit helps, I guess.

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Coleco Bowlatronic should be my last vintage video game of the year [1]

September 29, 2010

I stopped shopping for vintage video games for more than a week now.  I think that’s a personal achievement, although I’ve done it before. All I have to do now is keep on avoiding the vintage video games section of eBay and I’ll be able to save more money in the process. I would have to follow up my queries on the Super Micro, however, but probably in about two weeks’ time, so that Rik can recognize that I’ve been patient enough about the items but am still interested in them.

Should I just ask him right now? That would make me seem too impatient, something I don’t want to entertain.