Domain of the Mini-Blondes

It's their fault. I swear.

Wanted: Heart

Posted by scizor1 on November 15, 2010

I’m so sorry for having disappeared for the last 5 days. While my head has had every intention of blogging, my heart hasn’t. At the risk of wearing my heart on my sleeve, I must say that the Mini-Blondes have been truly heartbroken for the very first time. They never expected it to be easy to deal with but it has proven to be more difficult than they thought it would be. Instead of giving you half-assed entries devoid of any substance I chose to just not post anything at all and just focus on me.

I do know what my next entries will be about, but right now I don’t feel like typing them up. I will make up for the entries lost…

…I just need time…

 

...I know I will find it...

 

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The Mortal Instruments

Posted by scizor1 on November 10, 2010

Horray! One series down, a dozen (or more) to go!

Last week I talked about The Hunger Games. Now that I finished Mockingjay (the third and last book of the series) I can move on to a series I quit after the first book in order to read The Twilight Saga books. This series is the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

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“When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires. Amid motorcycles powered by demon energies, a telepathic brotherhood of archivists, and other moments of great urban fantasy, the story gets sidetracked by cutesy touches, like the toasted bat sandwich on the menu of an otherworldly restaurant. The characters are sporadically characterized and tend toward behavior that is both predictable and slightly repellent–Clary finds out who her real father is about 200 pages after readers will have it figured out. Despite the narrative flaws, this version of New York, full of Buffyesque teens who are trying to save the world, is entertaining and will have fantasy readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.” – Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO

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I read City of Bones last year and it was quite an entertaining read. It has humor, romance, bisexual faeries, action, gay faeries, gay warlocks, bisexual faeries, a few taboo situations, bisexual faeries, nephilim, gay nephilim, magic, demons, werewolves, non-sparkling vampires…did I mention there are bisexual faeries? It sounds like an awful lot of gayness, but it’s really not. They’re not even main characters, but I found it amusing that they showed up in a young adult novel like this one! Too amusing, I suppose.

Anyway, I just started City of Ashes and now I can’t figure out how in the world I chose to read Twilight over this one. Maybe it was because bomshellwithin and Amanda were high on Edward Cullen and I decided to see for myself what all the fuss was about.  They got me hooked, so I’ll just blame them like I blame the mini-blondes, which have been quiet lately…hmm…but I digress.

I kind of regret starting this series now because 3 days ago I found out that there will be 3 more books in the series for a grand total of 6. This news didn’t sit well with me because Cassandra Clare always said there would be 3 books, and now that the series has reached a big enough audience I feel like the back 3 are more of a cash-in than a planned continuation of the series. I guess we’ll see once April 2011 rolls in with City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in the series.

That’s a lot of 3s in such a short paragraph. Damn.

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My Life On The Radio

Posted by scizor1 on November 9, 2010

Isn’t it cool (and annoying) how sometimes you’re going through some things in your life and music seems to just scream at you “Hey! Listen!”. It’s odd to me how I know some songs by heart but it isn’t until I go through what they convey that I fully understand what they are really about. The music takes new meaning when you can not only understand, but you can feel it. Feeling music takes me into a different world.

Sometimes I like it…

…sometimes I don’t…

…today I hated it.

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Tainted Love

Sometimes I feel I’ve got to
Run away
I’ve got to
Get away
From the pain you drive in the heart of me

The love we share
Seems to go nowhere
And I’ve lost my light
For I toss and turn I can’t sleep at night

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I run from you
This tainted love you’ve given
I gave you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that’s not nearly all
Tainted love
(Ooh) Tainted love

Now I know I’ve got to
Run away
I’ve got to
Get away
You don’t really want anymore from me

To make things right
You need someone to hold you tight
And you think to love is to pray
But I’m sorry I don’t pray that way

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I run from you
This tainted love you’ve given
I gave you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that’s not nearly all
Tainted love
(Ooh) Tainted love

Don’t touch me please
I cannot stand the way you tease
I love you though you hurt me so
But now I’m going to pack my things and go
Tainted love
Tainted love
Tainted love
Tainted love…

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I’m sure I’m not the only who has ever felt like this, so I encourage you to share!

 

So true...so true...

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Weaving a Web Full of Trouble

Posted by scizor1 on November 8, 2010

Trips down memory lane can be fun depending on who you ask. If you were to ask my mother in this particular case, not so much for her. I wrote about this particular memory for an Expository Writing class way back in 2005, but I thought I’d share since I simply can’t come up with everything fresh for tonight. Sorry! I hope you like it though!

 

Weaving a Web Full of Trouble

I was a pretty creative when I was a  little kid. I still have my moments, but nothing compares anymore *sighs*. You would always see me making food out of multi-colored Play-Doh clay, building vehicles and houses out of Lego building blocks or trying to build something out of random objects I had found around the house. No matter its shape, color, size or weight, I would make it useful. I was always trying to build bigger and bigger things too, no matter how long or how hard it was I was always willing to outshine my previous creation. I always saw them as masterpieces. This one time I had succeeded once again, but my masterpiece sealed the fate of another one.

Television was something I could not resist. I loved watching cartoons, but only one of them stood out from the others. This cartoon show was no other than the red and blue, masked wall-crawling superhero known as Spider-Man. I remember pretending to shoot spider webs out of my wrists just like he did. I would even try to make them out of small fabric threads, which always resulted in failure because I lacked the skill of weaving. Wondering how spiders webs were made I decided to look for them on the small bushes in the back of my house. I found a small spider that had a web big enough for me to look at. I noticed the spider had used various branches to weave her web so I looked for a place with the required qualities to build my own.

Back into the house I noticed that the black and red furniture with fainted green leaf-like shapes that was in the living room was appropriate for the development of my new masterpiece. They could work as branches and I could tie threads to the bottom of each seat and maybe some objects found on the table in the middle of the living room. I remember this beautiful fountain being the centerpiece of said table. It was made out of thin translucent crystal. The main attraction of the fountain was two swans made out of hand blown glass. One had its neck pointing up while the other one was trying to reach the other one’s beak. They were so majestic and elegant but very delicate. My mom had brought them from the United States, from Massachusetts to be more specific. That fountain, even though she was not its creator, was her masterpiece.

It was so visually attractive I figured it would be perfect to be the center of my web. So, I went into my mother’s closet to get fabric thread and headed back into the living room. I tied fabric thread to every piece of furniture, including the fountain, and started making my own spider web. I was so focused on weaving my web that I didn’t realize that instead of making the fountain the center of the web, I made it part of it. I must have spent around thirty minutes going back and forth while trying not to knock it down. I was almost done and the fountain was intact, when I heard my mom scream “Carlos! What are you doing?!” from the living room’s door. She gave me such a scare I pulled on the string I had in my hand, which resulted in the fountain falling from the table, breaking to hundreds of pieces. No words were said. I was grounded for a month. My fascination with Spider-Man and spider webs crashed along with my mother’s fountain. I’ll forever remember that dreadful day as the day I discovered just how angry my mother can get.

...mom's expensive glass swans...

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...lots of fabric thread...

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....spider web made with lots of fabric thread and mom's expensive glass swans...

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Mother's Wrath!

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Belle’s Secret

Posted by scizor1 on November 7, 2010

Sometimes you’re walking around a store and something looks so inherently wrong that you have to do a double take to make sure that you saw what you think you saw. Sometimes it’s so wrong you must take a picture and share the WTFing with the rest of the world. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Found at Wal-Mart.

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Let the Rain Fall

Posted by scizor1 on November 6, 2010

I’ve always loved how the rain washes everything away, giving the world a new shiny coat of freshness. After going through some hard times for the past few weeks, I feel like today’s non-stop rainfall was just what I needed. I needed something to breathe new life into me. It did just that.

Just me, my books, some coffee and the rain.

A lot of peaceful rain.

Today is the day for everything to begin anew.

…just wash it all away…

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What’s in a Picture?

Posted by scizor1 on November 5, 2010

Now that I joined NaBloPoMo I get to post every day! If you go back into my older entries you will notice that that isn’t the norm for me.

Not at all.

My main complaint (and excuse) that I gave my ex-wife is that I don’t remember to do so because I get home to do homework, read, play video games, or whatever else. Now that i don’t have as much free time at home I don’t bother to make some time for blogging. I mentioned that if I could blog from a boring class or while waiting for something wherever or whenever I could put some time into it, but since I didn’t have a practical way to access the site from my phone, I simply didn’t.

Then she mentions that WordPress has an App for Blackberry…

“You can check to see if they have one for Android! Here.”

I go into the Android Market Place, and there it is! It was perfect! Pretty, simple and efficient. I started blogging away during boring lectures, while waiting for class, and even from the bathroom. However, it was missing something.

I can’t post pictures from it! Maybe it has the option, but I haven’t found it. Even if it’s there, it’s kind of bothersome to do so from a phone anyway. This got me to thinking that just like like my BF-now-turned-ex-Facebook-wife, I like to include pictures in my posts, even if they are totally unrelated. It just gives the post some spark, kind of like a breath of fresh air. I don’t know why or how, but it just does. A post that only has words feels so empty to me. I guess it is true that life is all about the little details. :]

 

Yeah…

 

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Reading Re-Kindle-ing

Posted by scizor1 on November 4, 2010

One of my many hobbies, and I think my second favorite overall, is reading. I was one of the very few students in my class (probably whole school) who would get excited over having a novel assigned in class for reading comprehension quizzes or exams. Unlike everyone else, I never really saw it as a punishment or as a chore. Unless they were terribly bad, but those were usually short. The longest novel I read while in school was about 350 pages long, if I remember correctly. By my standards today, that is rather short. Back in the day it would’ve been a week full of exciting reading.

About 4 years ago I got back into video gaming and reading kind of took a back seat for me. It was easier to play a video game for an hour or two everyday than reading a book after having read Gaga knows how many pages from text books, assignments, scientific papers, class notes, etc. I would read a book every 3-4 months, if that. Quite frankly, I missed being able to devour read a new book every other week.

Last year I got back into my old reading habits, reading at least a book every month or so. I read the first three Twilight books (don’t. even. lol) in about 5 weeks and then read the last one (Breaking Dawn), in about 4 days. It was so relaxing! I moved on to The Immortal Instruments series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass) and from there I read The Hunger Games trilogy. Reading became part of my life once again!

It was thanks to my current Android phone that I realized that being able to read on the go, even if I don’t have the actual book with me, is very practical. Being a guy it is more difficult to carry books everywhere, mainly because I think man purses are terrible, ugly things…and because I will not carry a book bag everywhere I go. I found myself reading on my phone a lot while on campus and I soon realized that I wasted a lot of hours per week while on campus just waiting around for the next class to start. While I could carry a book to campus with me, I already carry enough with my notebooks, lab coat, text books and sometimes even my laptop.

If only I could have a device small and light enough to carry with me everywhere…

Something that didn’t make my eyes tired like a computer screen does…

Something that reads like paper…

BEHOLD!

 

I cannot say enough good things about this gadget. It reads beautifully, it’s light, it’s easy to use, it’s comfortable, it’s customizable, it’s everything I needed and more. I’ve found myself reading so much more now that I can take my books everywhere with me. While it will never be able to replace the feeling and joy of reading a physical book it is a practical alternative for when you can’t or don’t want to take that almost-too-thick book with you. It’s a good complimentary reading source.

 

In case you want to know more about my new baby, go to Amazon.com.

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The Hunger Games

Posted by scizor1 on November 3, 2010

 

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“I haven’t liked a book series this much since Harry Potter came out. I haven’t hated one as much either.” ~ scizor1

“Suzanne Collins is every bit the sadistic bitch J.K. Rowling was.” ~ thedessie

“You are going to implode emotionally by the time the story is over. It’s awfully awesome.” ~ axolotl15

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Those were things said by me and some of my friends while and after reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.Let me give you a brief introduction courtesy of Amazon:

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” In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.”

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The story is quite engaging and with great pacing. There’s rarely a dull chapter. While it is difficult to relate on a deep level with the characters’ situation, one can sympathize with them. One can’t help it, really. They’re likable characters for the most part and even though their situations are extreme, they feel real. They feel as human as a fictional character can be.

I’m in the process of finishing the third and last book of the series, Mockingjay. I’m 85% in and somehow I don’t see how this story is going to wrap up. It’s both an exciting and worrisome thing.

Down with the Capitol! I’m happy I got many of my friends to read them and so far they’ve all liked them and hated the for pretty much the same reasons. Now I have to convince a certain bombshell to join in the fun.

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So, You Want 2 B A Master?

Posted by scizor1 on November 2, 2010

Of Pokémon! Do you have the skills to be number one?!

It is no secret among my friends and family that I love Pokémon. Ever since it came out in America I’ve been a faithful follower of the cartoon series and the games. Even the Trading Card Game!

I kind of stopped following the cartoons when I graduated high school and started college due to not having TV and there being no DVDs for sale. I would catch the Saturday morning cartoons if I was awake early enough, rent a movie whenever I remembered that there were more coming out and maybe catch a rerun or two late at night. Now, after almost 6 years, I’m back on the Pokémon bandwagon thanks to the Nintendo DS remakes of the Gold / Silver. They brought such good memories and nostalgia that I decided to go back  to where I left off (almost the end of The Johto League season) and catch up with all the remaining episodes. One of my BFFs (Pasiche) and I have been watching the new episodes whenever we have time to spare (we went through the whole Diamond & Pearl season in a month) and I’m so excited to be watching everything I missed!  Whenever I sit down and have a small marathon I feel like I’m 15 again. It feels good to feel free of stress, even if just for a few hours a week.

If you will excuse me, I have about 400 episodes and 3 movies to catch up with! :D

I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was…

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