The last couple of days have been a blur that has faded and deteriorated by the sun’s photons. I spent the last week or so preparing for my Mammalian Biochemistry exam. I made 40 pages of notes to study, and through the entire process I was terrified that I knew nothing of the material, and was legitmately going to fail (here in Belfast 75% of my grade is dependent on final exams). I was also pissed off that I was wasting my precious few days left in Belfast, when friends I would never see again were leaving, to dwell in my own neolithic cave memorizing N-glycosylation, basement membrane formation, neurochemical signaling and synthesis…you get the picture.
Then upon walking to the exam I chanted the mantra “You are going to kick the shit out of this exam”, and somehow I was stuck with a bit of confidence. Then again, maybe it came from speaking with my lab partner from Tennessee (who is a total goober, and source of malevalence carried over from group projects that were completed alone to the credit of two. I now know the significance and importance of titles in films, and will always stay to pray (or curse) those who produced the film I experienced.), and became elated at his own sense of impending doom. As always, I made a big deal out of nothing, and am certain that at the very least I passed (which is all I needed to do).
To celebrate our completion of our biochemistry module, I grabbed a pint of Guinness with my friends Orlaih, Kyle, and Gerard (who completed his last exam and finished his Architecture degree). We went to Mandala Hall at the Student Union, and it was packed. I had to wait five minutes to get served at 12:30 in the afternoon. I love Belfast. I also love the euphoric and cathartic effect of finishing an exam you busted your ass on. Everything around you seems less real than it normally would, because you never imagined that a). you would survive the impending doom of the exam, and b). you could never imagine or anticipate getting past the exam. It was a singularity of despair that trapped all sense of hope and joy, and captured your consciousness in it’s event horizon, from which it could never return to the physical world immediately before it. So pretty much after a memorization orgy, severe lack of sleep, a morning doses of coffee, tea, Adderall, Lucazade, and a good luck cigarette offering, along with a thunderous brain dump, and a Guinness, and I was in a euphoric trip of happiness.
I picked up Seven Samurai by Kurosawa along with Eyes Wide Shut and 2001: A Space Odyssey by Kubrick from the library and headed to the Botanic Garden for a smoke. I sat on a bench overlooking an empty pitch, and rolled my Drum cigarette that exploded into a transient soul-stimulant as I watched some lads toss around a football, an American football! I giddily approached and after introductions to Lyle and Gavin, architecture students at University of Ulster, I was tossed a Dallas Cowboy rubber football, and tossed it around for awhile. I taught these lads how to throw a football proper, and in return was introduced to the correct form of rugby tossing. All this was temporary though, because the Red Event Security Park Marines tackled our fun and games to preserve the peace of the empty park that bans all ball-sports (frisbee’s are allowed…go figure).
I returned to my cave where I sparked some enlightenment and finished the second season of War Planets: Shadow Raiders. It was 3-D cartoon whose animation reminds me of Transformers: Beast Wars. It was a solid series that had far too many Star Wars-esque characters, plots, scenes, and story, but enjoyable none the less. A decent mythos to expose to the youth, that could stimulating questions relating to the creation of our world that has components of those in War Planets (Fire, Ice, Rock, Sand, Plants, Bone, Technology).
I also finished the first season of the TV series Heroes. It was a solid series. I really enjoyed the prologues and epilogues that the character Mohinder narrated. I’ll probably have more to say on this later.
Then JT arrived, and we threw in 2001: A Space Odyssey. I had not seen it for eight years, and as such did not really understand the film or the significance of The Monolith. I think I have a real understanding of The Monolith mythos now, and will likely tirade on that later (note to self). JT had never seen it, but really enjoyed it. Neither Eyes Wide Shut or Seven Samurai would play, because they were Region 2, and even after ripping to a decrypted region with MacTheRipper, they failed to play due to Bad Sectors. This disappointed me, but instead I just watched some of Samurai Champloo. It was made my the team responsible for Cowboy Bebop, and is an intriguing look at Samurai culture in Meji-Japan remixed with hip-hop elements. Good fun!
Today I have been working on a CD playlist for my Existentialism professor that encapsulated Existential philosophy and ideas in some of the lyrics of my favorite bands.
I have also been watching some interesting film trailers:
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This is obviously the film adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same title. I’ll be there opening night.
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From the insane mind of David Arquette, and including the acting talents of Jason Mewes! Man, I wish I were going to Bonnaroo!
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I was psyched when I saw this title. I was expecting a film on Digger/Hippie from the 1960’s (people who “Dug” psychedelic culture) a la The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Looks like it is set on Cape Cod during 1970s, and may have some enjoyable moments, or atleast some familiar sights.
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The anticipated sequel to the Russian fantasy/horror thriller Night Watch. I have been waiting and anticipating this!
Color Me Kubrick
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John Malkovich & Stanley Kubrick collide=crazy delicious!
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Harry Potter and The Order of The Pheonix
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Finally the series starts to get good and violent…and DARK!…Kinda…
That is all I have time for at the moment. I am going to fix a pot of tea. My next post should be related to The Books Show I saw last week.
Until then, Keep it FUNKY!