December 26, 2005

Car Accident

Well just like Dr. Jerz over the summer, I was in a car accident...on Christmas..on my way to church. Ironic? I dont know. I was going to visit on my friend's and see if this whole Christianity thing was for me or not..

Anyways, my dad and I are fine...we think, I am not too sure. I haven't gone to the hospital (long story...). More as soon as I find out more.

UPDATE: I was going to see an attorney to settle this, but then decided against it, and as of tomorrow I'll just be settling on my own with the insurance company.

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December 24, 2005

Merry X-mas

Christmas is from the Old English words Cristes moesse, 'the mass or festival of Christ'. The first celebration took place in Rome about the middle of the fourth century. The exact date of the Nativity is not known, but even in pre-Christian times the period from December 25 to January 6 now known as "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was considered a special time of year. The abbreviation Xmas, thought as sacrilegious by some, is entirely appropriate. The letter X (chi) is the first letter in the Greek word for Christ.

That last part is interesting..

Merry X-mas.

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December 23, 2005

Intelligent Design...good or bad idea?

The theory of intelligent design (ID) holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection. ID is thus a scientific disagreement with the core claim of evolutionary theory that the apparent design of living systems is an illusion.

In a broader sense, Intelligent Design is simply the science of design detection -- how to recognize patterns arranged by an intelligent cause for a purpose. Design detection is used in a number of scientific fields, including anthropology, forensic sciences that seek to explain the cause of events such as a death or fire, cryptanalysis and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). An inference that certain biological information may be the product of an intelligent cause can be tested or evaluated in the same manner as scientists daily test for design in other sciences.

ID is controversial because of the implications of its evidence, rather than the significant weight of its evidence. ID proponents believe science should be conducted objectively, without regard to the implications of its findings. This is particularly necessary in origins science because of its historical (and thus very subjective) nature, and because it is a science that unavoidably impacts religion.

I think I can sum this up easily. Intelligent design states that "something" created "everything" out of "nothing." Scientifically, that would be impossible as you can not create "something" out of "nothing." But, according to a Federal Court, we're not dealing with science here--we're dealing with religion trying to masquerade as science.

Do I, as a self-hating Christian (that's another post for another time), think intelligent design aka religion masquerading as science is a good idea? You bet your sweet ass I do!

Finally, a concept that says SOMETHING (God? Jebus? Flying Spaghetti Monster?) created EVERYTHING (me, you, the universe, etc) out of nothing (pretty self-explainatory..) because EVERYTHING is too COMPLEX! FINALLY! Something that doesn't saying "In the beginning God..." or the "Big Bang theory states.."

It's fresh. It lets me believe in what I want to believe in, and it actually is science. Because it says that something intelligent created everything, then left it alone to see what it would do.

Fascinating...but also funny, as that's what agnostics/atheists (sp?) having been saying for decades..

It's 1:36, im tired as fuck. I'm going to bed. Peace!

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December 22, 2005

New Blog Look aka Lou's Blog Version 3.0

I know...I's not the most easiest to read. Unless you think it is...

But anyways this is a new look for my blog. I'm going to change the color of the calendar next (Nevermind! I didn't like the changes to the calendar)..I think this shows the distinctiveness of my personality too..Black and Red and I'm changing the color to dark blue, cause I dont know if I like the current colour.


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December 21, 2005

More Castlevania News

Screenwriter: Paul W.S. Anderson

Based Upon: This movie is inspired by the long-running series of videogames published by Konami, about the adventures of various members of the Belmont family, and their efforts to destroy Dracula, and other vampires, mostly set in 19th century Europe. 2006 marks the 20th anniversary of the series. The game series was, of course, also itself "inspired" by the character of Dracula as created by Bram Stoker.

Premise: As a powerful vampire named Dracula comes to power, a family of vampire hunters called the Belmont Clan emerges to defeat him and his evil hordes, led by silver-haired, whip-wielding Simon Belmont.

Setting Notes: (12/5/05) It should be interesting to see if writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson chooses to keep the movie's setting in 19th century Europe as (most, but not all, admittedly) of the video games have been set, or if he will adapt to the modern 21st century.

Filming: (12/5/05) Production is scheduled to start on this project in mid-2006.

I hope to God that it is kept in the 19th-century (dont ask, I love vampire books and movies that are kept in the 19th century compared to the 20th/21st.) If it is made to commodate the 20th/21st Century make I suggest starting with the "Demon Castle Wars" that you vaguely hear about in Aria of Sorrows, and then work your way to Dawn of Sorrows, and then hopefully have room for their to be a sequel/ prequel...and add Alucard to it too!

Oh Yeah! Before I forget, I did some winter cleaning in my blog. Hopefully it will be back up to prime form soon enough!

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Castlevania: The Movie (*PREVIEW*)

Roll over, Spider-man and tell Batman the news... videogames are officially the latest buzz inspiration trend closely on the coat-tails (or, more appropriately, I guess, capes) of comic book superheroes as Holywood's latest font for genre movie material. Comic books have (I think, at least) more traditionally "famous" characters, but the video game industry has the bucks, actually outgrossing the movie industry for a while now. Throw in Dracula, that quite literally immortal movie vampire (trivia: Dracula has appeared in more movies than any other fictional character), and what you get for your (if "you" are Dimension Films) next game movie is Castlevania, one of the longest (consistently) running video game series, especially in the horror/action genre, which it sort of had a hand in inventing. It should be news to no one at this point that most popular videogame series have some semblance of a story these days (ie, unlike, say 'Pac-Man' which the same production company is developing), and Castlevania has a humdinger of a backstory, stretching from the past to the future, etc.

I've only ever played many of the games, including the most recent one (Circle of Darkness---out NOW!) and one element that sort of amused me was that Castlevania is one of those Japanese-created videogames that interprets another culture (in this case, 19th century Gothic/Victorian Europe) through their own perspective, producing something curiously in-between. In other words, it's sort of the videogame equivalent of Vampire Hunter D. Western creative types are endlessly interpreting Asian material through their eyes (like, say, Memoirs of a Geisha), so fair's fair. Anyway, it's a fun enough mix, and if *that* was the movie we are going to get, I'd be mildly curious. However, we're getting a Hollywood version of that, and one directed by the 'Resident Evil' guy at that, so I'm guessing the Japanese flavor will be muted. Or the 19th gothic stuff will be muted. Or both. In other words, I'm left wondering how different this movie will probably be than another recent movie about vampire hunters pursuing Dracula: Blade: Trinity. Or the Underworld movies.

Anyone that knows me, will know that I am a HUGE vampire/Castlevania fan, even writing fanfiction on occassion, as a matter of fact, I'm carrying three of the most recent games with me:

-Aria of Sorrow
-Harmony of Dissonance
-Circle of the Moon.

I can also name almost ALL of the belmonts, in order:

-Leon Belmont
-Sonya Belmont
-Trevor Belmont
-Hector(who isn't a belmont...but he still fights dracula)
-Christopher Belmont
-Simon Belmont
-Juste Belmont
-Richter Belmont
-Adrian Farienheights Tepesh aka Alucard aka Dracula's son (who took the name Alucard to show that he was infact the inverse of his father..)
-Nathan Graves-a descendent of the'd have read the story to find out what happened to cause the Belmonts to change their name...
-Cornell--a manbeast belmont descendant
-Reinhart Schneider-another belmont descendant
-Quincey Morris-The Texan from Bram Stoker's Dracula is apparently a Belmont too!
-John Morris-I dont know if this is Quincy's son, but I do know that he is a belmont descendant, and he has to stop Dracula, Elizabeth Bathory, and WWI

1999 - The Demon Castle Wars
As Nostradamus predicted, Dracula once again rises to terrorize the Earth. Julius Belmont, along with a group of unnamed compatriots, finally succeeded in destroying Dracula for good and eliminating his threat forever. Or so they thought. There is no game that chronicles the "Demon Castle Wars", though they are referenced, and could be the setting for a future game.

Soma Cruz-Who actually is dracula incarnate apparently, but doesn't have the will to let dracula control him, and eventually destroys the evil Count. In this game, you get to play as Julius Belmont, once you defeat the Count...Soma then comes back in a game for the Nintendo DS..

Castlevania is an interesting game series that has been retconned for years. This means that some of the stories that shouldn't take place before another story, somehow does. It also has an arcade game, an MSX-2000 or whatever game, a Comodore64 (68?) game, as well as Sega Genesis, and Dreamcast--although the Dreamcast one (called Castlevania: Ressurrection) never got made. which is a shame.

The movie should be interesting, and I hope they make another game soon!

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