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OMGWANT.

I'm definitely due for a re-watch and reread anyway.
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I guess Karen Wynn Fonstad's maps are pretty cool, but . . . dude.
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Oh noes, lawyers and accountants are using their powers for evil, with Tolkien and his heirs as the victims.

But who in the world uses "Lord" as a short name? Are we calling them "Harry" now, too?

I dunno, I think I'd rather see the estate get its royalties at the cost of The Hobbit being enjoined than see The Hobbit made while the studios are ripping the Tolkiens off. (Somewhat opposite my reaction to the Rowling case.)
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Lately I've been thinking again of reading Journey to the West. Since I'm long past the point where I could even understand an elementary-level abridgment in Chinese, my options are to read it in English or in Japanese. I have a three-volume set in Japanese, I think translated to about middle school level, but looking at the beginning of the supposedly "most faithful" version in English, it appears that it leaves out quite a bit, too. But I'm not really sure I want to read an unabridged translation. As much as I go for things as close to the original as possible most of the time, it sounds (from reviews) and seems (from excerpts) quite tedious.

One review complained about the copious amounts of poetry. He added:
You can't just automatically skip over all the poems, as you might do with Tolkien, either.

*facepalm*

Okay, so I couldn't make it through the epics in Lays of Beleriand either, but I read and adore all of the poetry in LotR. But those have the advantage of being in the lyrical original.

Well, I think I might start with one of the abridged versions and then move up. 9_9
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My desktop is dead. :( Hopefully not a very permanent dead, but it is kind of annoying. Am working off of my laptop now.

At the same time, my wrist is also dead. To the extent that dead desktop means less computering overall, it is a good thing. But to the extent that dead desktop means more computering on less ergonomic laptop, it is a bad thing.

I want a Microsoft Natural Mouse. It's the thing that looks like a ball. Very strange to hold at first, but it feels really natural and non-strained. I wish they made a non-wireless version, though.

Since I need to rest my wrists anyway, I should take this opportunity to watch more stuff. Hakushaku to Yousei has become the only thing I follow actively. Tytania I am mostly up-to-date with. Everything else is hopelessly backlogged. I've also started rewatching Marimite, to make myself feel less guilty about being suckered into buying the DVDs for the Lillian Girl's School cellphone charms. And then there is always PoT.

Also, I should rewatch LotR one of these days. Whenever I have nothing to do during holidays, I feel the urge to rejoin some community, like a mailing list or newsgroup or something. Even though I know I will fall behind the moment classes start back up. But anyways, I took a very quick trip through alt.fan.tolkien, and they were talking about how PJ screwed up every single character that had a noble and self-sacrificing nature. Not a very glowing recommendation of the movies, but it made me want to rewatch all the same. Theoden came out okay, at least, as far as I remember...

Anyway, that was a random update post for you. I'd like to reflect more on the Prosecution Clinic and the criminal justice system sometime, when my wrists are better, or at least I am restored to my ergonomic keyboard.
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So I've been reading Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy lately, and I finished the second book, The Subtle Knife, a few days ago. And the end of it ran through my head like this: Cut for indirect spoilers. )
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I've been meaning to do this meme, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] kalquessa, for more than two weeks now, but I just kept being busy. (Not that I'm no longer busy, but I can only do law non-stop for so long, especially when I have a cold that inhibits brain activity.)

So here are my fandom loves. Like [livejournal.com profile] kalquessa, these refer more to the series themselves than the fandom, because I tend not to be involved in many fandoms.

The one who seduced you, screwed you over, broke your heart in a million pieces, and then laughed about it.

Code Geass. I used to be excited about original series that were not based on novels or manga. [I'm not exactly sure why. Perhaps because then there wasn't the chance that the source was unfinished and the anime would have an inconclusive ending. Or maybe out of a sense of self-preservation, because I always end up wanting to go back and read the original. Or maybe I just wanted to know that I was watching something original and that an anime could be good by itself without having drawn on something else.] Code Geass taught me that not having even a supposed template to work off of can be just as bad as an unfinished template. Because it lets producers decide, "Hey, this is popular and making money. Let's drag it out." I was absolutely in love with Code Geass until around episode 20. Then I started getting more and more suspicious that it was not going anywhere I liked. By the time the postponed episodes aired, I practically hated it. And yet, there's no way I'm not going to watch the sequel. D:

The old flame, the steady, and more. )
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[I'm randomly tempted to replace the "1" and "2" in my entry titles with 前編 and 後編, like they use in manga. I know people translate them as "Part 1" and "Part 2", but it's more like "First Part" and "Latter Part". It's one of those "more information in the same amount of words" kinds of thing, you know?]

So I did finish watching the EE tonight, and the easter eggs, and with time to DDR afterwards, too.

More spoilers for extended scenes. )

So I guess this means the adventure is finally over. I still remember hearing that they were making Lord of the Rings movies, back when I was obsessed with Episode I. And now the Extended Editions are all out, and the story is over. What do I have left to live for?

*cough*Disgaea*cough*

Apparently there are rumors for a Hyperion Cantos movie. I wish there was Frodo's chance of reaching Mount Doom of it being as beautiful and faithful to the novels. But then again, I've also learned my lesson that no matter how much care is taken, my private visions will always be better, overall, than what they can do. Text is still the most versatile medium.

Anyways, enough with waxing poetic.

I love New Line for this. I hate it when they release box sets after I've collected something one by one, and I end up out of a slipcase. Aaah, they're so pretty and shiny. *_*
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Delivering my preordered Return of the King Extended Edition on the day it came out is one of the reasons I love Amazon.com. I wasn't allowed to finish watching it last night because it was a temptation for my brother to stay up, but some ranting about what I already saw. I can't remember the sequence in the movie, so I got to where Aragorn gets through the Paths of the Dead and where Faramir charges Osgiliath and Pippin sings his song, whichever comes later.

Spoiler for major extended scenes. )

Probably going to try to finish watching tonight, if Disgaea doesn't eat my soul. Then again, we didn't even get through half the movie last night, I don't think, or didn't get through the first disc, at least, so maybe I won't finish ranting until Friday.
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We saw The Last Samurai yesterday. I've never cried so much during a single movie, but it was so good, if so sad.

Five things:
2. The subtitles for the Japanese dialogues were crap.
3. Tom Cruise's character sure picked up the language quickly, even if his pronunciation was always a bit foreign.
4. Random ninjas -- wtf??
5. Go see it!

And then I'm going to steal this Lord of the Rings survey thing from [livejournal.com profile] adenine.

You know whether you want to read this or not. )

The End.

Dec. 17th, 2003 04:18 am
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We saw Return of the King. Of course there were many things missing that I would have liked to have seen, but it was still amazing, and beautiful, and sad, just like I would wish. It's hard to believe it's over.

Spoilers. )

Hoom.

Dec. 15th, 2003 01:40 pm
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While reading Fellowship of the Ring, I found the origin of Treebeard's line, that he says to Merry and Pippin in Two Towers when he thinks they're orcs. It's from "In the House of Tom Bombadil":

Tom's words laid bare the hearts of trees and their thoughts, which were often dark and strange, and filled with a hatred of things that go free upon the earth, gnawing, biting, breaking, hacking, burning: destroyers and usurpers.

I didn't really think about it when I heard it in the movie, but now that I think about it, it's rather out of character for Treebeard to grow that angry, especially considering he was made more placating in the movie. Silly Jackson, trying to mix up the Old Forest with the Ents, when it is more akin to the Huorns. All more to make Treebeard look like a senile old tree. *sigh*

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