Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Or Samhain as we call it around here. I'm probably going to be handing out candy and watching Young Frankenstein (that's Frahnkahnsteen). Then during the lulls between trick or treaters(I swear they come in waves) I will sit down and wrap up the damn Alaska podcasts already.

I'm sorry the podcasts/blog posts take so long when I go on extended trips. A lot of that is just having no internet access. I'm not sure how I'm gonna cover Faerieworlds if we go again this year since it's kind of in the middle of nowhere. Even though Skeeve has this instant internet thing with Sprint I can't exactly plug my laptop into a tree when I run out of power. On a side note, am I the only one who thinks that would be really cool? Somebody get on that. Maybe I should get a little hand held digital or tape recorder and record all the stuff that happens then just transfer it to the computer when I get home. That would make the podcasts go a little faster, though the sound quality would probably not be as good and it wouldn't be as exciting as a day by day podcast. You know what? I'll have to ask Jerome about all this. He figures this shit out for a living in the freaking Army.

Anywho, have a great Halloween, everyone! I'm gonna go buy some pumpkins.

Cutest trick or treaters evar XD

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Hey, they're doing pumpkin carving on campus!

I wanna carve pumpkins!

Stupid midterm...

I should be studying right now, shouldn't I?

Monday, October 26, 2009


moar funny pictures

Still plugging away, guys. More news this weekend.

On a side note, I used to have bunnies. I miss those guys sometimes.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Grr. Arrg.

Ok, so here's the deal. I have two essays and a midterm this week. I was only supposed to have one essay but one of my professors decided to move the due date up a week, which really screwed me over. What's worse is that this particular professor made it so I now have both essays due on the same day. Grr.

I will probably email this professor and ask if I can push their essay back to next Monday instead of this coming Wednesday. That way they'll still be getting it two days before the original due date. Most of the professors I've encountered at Dominguez have been very flexible and understanding. Way more than most of my high school teachers ever were.

So anyway, I've basically got a lot of shit to do this week. It's gonna be lots of studying for the next week and a half. Hopefully, I'll be able to hop over to Disneyland for a few hours of stress relief next weekend. Until then I'll keep you guys posted.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Update on Space Mountain

It looks like someone on youtube posted a video of Space Mountain's Ghost Galaxy. It actually looks pretty spooky and I'm not 100% sure I want to go on it anymore, cause you guys know what a wuss I am when it comes to scary stuff. Even so, the effects look pretty neat.

At least it's not Reavers. Those mothers are scary o.o

On the other hand, how bout that seasonal soundtrack? Pretty cool, huh?

Where have I been?

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Poor Rob got a bandage.

...with a heart on it.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Of music and memories

As most of you know by now, I go to Disneyland quite a lot. Oftentimes I'll go with my cousins and we'll have blast running around, going on rides, and having deep philosophical discussions. One such discussion revolves around a ride called Space Mountain. Perhaps you've heard of it. My cousin Evan and I are constantly debating on which version had the superior score, the old or the new. I was reminded of this when I happened upon the ride's original score while surfing around youtube.

Allow me to give you some history. Space Mountain first opened at Disneyland in 1977 with no on-board music track. At least so far as my limited research *cough*wikipedia*coughcough* has led me to believe. Then in 1996, when I was ten years old, a soundtrack was added with the intention of combining two iconic musical forms of the 1960's: sci-fi and surf music. I know, I know. Just stick with me on this, it'll make sense in a minute. The short story is they achieved their goal by ripping off much of Le Carnival Des Animaux: Aquarium by Camillie Saint-Saens and bringing in Dick Dale to record some rockin' surf guitar riffs. The result was exactly what it was supposed to be: classic flying saucer-esque sci-fi fused with far out surf guitar.

Then in April of 2003 Disney closed down the ride for refurbishment. When it reopened again two years later it had brand new sleds, a new track, and a new score. The new score was written by Michael Giacchino, who later directed the scores for Ratatouille and Mission Impossible III. While the new score retained a sci-fi feel, it was much more cinematic and lost the surf element completely. Now personally, I think the new score begins rather well. It has that majestic Star Trek/Back to the Future sort of opening that gets you really pumped up. But the middle and ending become somewhat lost and don't really do anything to compliment the motion of the ride itself.

I'm sure you can see where this is going. That's right, my cousin Evan loves the new score while I pine for the old one. It's just one of those things we'll never be able to agree on. So I'll let you guys decide for yourselves. What do you think?

Old score?

Or new score?

Of course I'b be more than willing to compromise if Disney decided to use this instead:

Dr. Who FTW!

I also hear that Disneyland is temporarily transforming the ride into something called Ghost Galaxy for their annual Halloween Festivities. Kind of like the way they decorate the Haunted Mansion inside and out for Halloween and Christmas. Ghost Galaxy is supposed to involve different sound effects and "ghostly images" that interact with the sleds during the ride. Of course I immediately thought about checking this out for myself and then reporting back on the changes. But then I remembered that my pass is expired (insert great big Luke Skywalker, "Nooooo!" here). It's gonna be a while before I'm going to be able to renew it. But when I do...well, Halloween will probably have passed by then. I guess I'll just tell you about it next year.