Month: October 2010

Law of Ueki and Fairy Tail first impressions

I needed something to watch. I need the mood to watch Tudors, i need time to watch Hustle, and everything else is just one episode a week—not to mention Bleach and Naruto are more of “professional interest” than of entertainment… I stopped watching them both ages ago, now i only quality check our hungarian fansubs for them…

So i looked around and started watching two series that seemed interesting. First is the Law of Ueki. Back when it was running i suggested that we sub it, but yet i didn’t get to watch it. The green hair of Ueki and his power to make trees out of trash seemed very interesting. Too bad so far (after six episodes) the series is simply dumb. Ueki is pretty much the only normal character, everyone else is either frickin’ annoying (see Mori Ai, which is a nice name (Forest Love) by the way for the “manager” of a tree technique user) or way too dumb to be funny. I’ll go on watching, but if it will be this stupid all the way, Ueki’s story will be the first series i actually drop…

On the other hand, Fairy Tail rules. I’m not reading the manga (yet), so don’t come at me with how it’s different or better or whatever. The anime rocks for sure.

Autumn term

I guess it’s just about time to write about how university (re)started this semester. To sum it up short: boring. I have no classes on monday and just a sole japanese on tuesday, so i pretty much have a four day weekend every week. Followed by three days when i’m in school nine to four… Most of the subjects are either boring or simple or both. There’s only one class where i don’t want to sleep (a math class with a typical nice old math prof), and two where i don’t dare to sleep. One of those is a statistics class where the teacher either goes on about various programs that we could use for statistical purposes, or writes equations on the blackboard without explaining any part of them. I guess he expects us to know what he is supposed to teach us, as per japanese standard. The other class is one about stock market and related topics, which is actually interesting. Well, it would be, if the teacher sped things up a bit. This way i can take nice naps without missing anything. The rest (micro, macro, management, bookkeeping lectures) are the usual: since there’s only an exam in the end of the year, it’s not easy to take them seriously. I already wrote about my english classes. Also, there’s this one class, where not only the topic is freaking lame (meaning of work) and the teacher’s saying nonsense all the time (catching your friend’s hand if he stumbles is volunteer work according to him), but the teacher himself is so annoying i really have problems not killing him. Speaks all the time as if we were a bunch of retards. The only class that i would skip without regret if he wasn’t checking attendance. This way i just put on my headphones, turn on the volume and rest. Still better than being annoyed to death by that way of speaking.

Eragon movie

Years ago i bought the Eragon book as a present for my Cousin Itt Senmaiel. I myself didn’t get to read it, but it seemed interesting with dragonriders and stuff. Of course they made a movie out of it, but i fear we’d’ve been better off without it.

Starbucks espresso roast

I’ll put this short: i’m the espresso guy. Thus, i loved this roast. It’s exactly how an espresso should be: bitter, bold, strong. Even if you make it into a drip coffee or a more diluted espresso, it still has its characteristic taste and touch. But to enjoy it in its true, it is to be made into an espresso. And a wonderful one it turns into, let me say. There’s not much to elaborate on here: if you like espresso, you’ll love the Espresso roast as well, if you don’t, you won’t.

Autumn here again

Yesterday, walking to school, i looked up at the cloudy sky, let the crazy wild wind swirl around me (let’s say i’m a potential airbender) and i felt a mad grin spread on my face. It’s autumn again, my world. The japanese are complaining non-stop about how cold is it, while the temperature’s just right—though if i don’t want to catch a cold from the wind, i’ll have to take my leather jacket out of the closet.

Autumn doesn’t feel separate from winter at all, not for me. It feels like home. Gray clouds, wild winds, long shadows, fresh sunlight. Five o’clock tea. Longer nights, more quiet, more cold. The one thing i’m not afraid of this year is love craze coming at me in the autumn… No chance. (Prove me wrong.)

Autumn’s here again, and it’s beautiful as always. The wildness of the lake, the raging winds, the swirling leaves… Though i’m afraid all the fallen leaves are cleaned up way too quickly by zealous caretakers. Walking in fallen leaves during the autumn is just like walking in the snow during winter. Cleaning kills it all.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

After the movie, i decided to watch the original animated series of Avatar: The Last Airbender as well. It was definitely worth it. It was pretty much evident from the first five minutes that it’s way better than the movie, and except for three filler episodes, it kept going for the whole three seasons.

This is how story forming and character development is supposed to be done. Do you hear, SGU staff? It’s just right: not too slow, not too fast, not too furious. Just how the taoists teach, and the series get most of its inspiration from such ancient chinese ways. All four elements’ moves are from chinese martial arts, there are chinese writings everywhere and it doesn’t feel out of place either.

Shutter Island

Yesterday i watched this masterpiece by Scorsese starring Leonardo DiCaprio… as God only knows who. There’s so much madness in this movie, and not in the 300 sense, but in the good old lunatic, hallucinating, confusing, asylum-style madness. There’s so much of that, i’m positive not even the directors or the writer of the novel the movie’s based on, not even they know who the character DiCaprio plays actually is.

Változnak a vizsgák?

Néha olvasok híreket azért, most például azt, hogy változtatják a felsőoktatási törvényt. Úgy tűnik, nagyon. Gondolom, mindenkinek másképp megy a vizsgázás az egyetemeken-főiskolákon, úgyhogy nem is próbálok úgy tenni, mintha tudnám, mi az otthoni egyetemeken a helyzet. Azt tudom, hogy amikor Lakatos megbuktatott elsőre diszkrét matek gyakon, akkor azért örültem, hogy volt utóvizsga.

Nem is szándékozok én (most) ítélkezni a tervezett változtatások fölött, csak annyit akarok leírni, hogy amint SeSam is írta, nekem csak egy esélyem van a vizsgákon. Nincs utóvizsga, ha nem megyek át, akkor következő félévben újra föl kell vennem a tárgyat. Csak ennyit akartam.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Yesterday i watched the Airbender movie that came out this summer. It was fun. For most of it.

It’s very obviously a kids’ movie, so as long as it has some touching scenes, amazing visual effects and young characters, you don’t need much of a story. Compared to that, the Airbender movie had somewhat of a story, and although i have never watched the animated series nor knew the story at all, it was still fascinating.

Cenzúrázzuk a netet!

A kínai Arany Pajzs projekt hivatalos célja, hogy a kínai népet megvédje az internet és az imperialista média káros hatásaitól. Gyakorlatilag ez cenzúrát jelent. Pedig milyen szépen is hangzik! Megvédeni a gyerekeket, hogy véletlenül se találjanak lovaspornót a neten, elkapni a neten szervezkedő terroristákat, még mielőtt tényleg bajt tudnának okozni…

Nemrég olvastam a Little Brothert, úgyhogy egy kicsit megijesztett, amikor Szalai főpapnő bejelenti, hogy korlátozni akarják az internetet. Óvatosan fogalmazva azt válaszolnám erre, hogy korlátozd anyádat, de ennél talán sikerül kulturáltabbat is kihoznom magamból.

Azt mondja, hogy “az internetet mindenhol szabályozzák”? Lehet. De nem arról van szó, hogy az internetszolgáltatókkal letiltatják a Kurucz.infót, mert az csúnyát mondott Viktor atyánkra, hanem a generált forgalom szerint próbálják megakadályozni a ddos és hasonló támadásokat. Elvileg. Bár a Little Brother óta a “nyugati példát” se feltétlen érzem halálbiztosnak…