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So I did that. I started getting bored in the third section... and that was probably the worst part. I panicked a little on the logic games section... which is silly, because I could have gotten through at least the first three games. The fourth one... would have been iffy. So I guess it's good I spent all the time working on the first three. I forgot you need to go through and look at all four of them at least briefly beforehand. I forgot a lot of things, actually.

I definitely didn't do incredible this time around, but I almost doubled my score from last time... so I think that counts as an immense improvement.

Some things I want to get down besides the LSAT: comics, in particular, the Death of Spider-Man, and music in the Olympics. And maybe some other stuff.

So I've been checking out a lot of comics from my library (go public libraries for being awesome!) and among them was (finally) the "Death of Spider-Man" and "Death of Spider-Man: Fallout" comics. The rest were mainly Batman/Superman related comics.

So "Death of Spider-Man" was a bit of a let-down. I'm glad I never actually bought it (hey, taxes go to the library, so I kind of did pay for it...) but... eh. It was okay. "Fallout" was actually a lot better. I find it interesting that I like "Prelude" and "Fallout" but not the actual "Death of Spider-Man" itself. Weird.

The other comics were pretty good, mostly. There was the one compendium that featured a single-issue Dad got as a freebie ages ago... and I thought it was a part of a series, but it's actually just a completed little compendium. It might be part of a general comic line in relation to the Batman: The Animated Series storyline... but the compendium was complete, for what it was. So I'm happy that's done. The Shazam comic was kind of a let-down. The art was nice and it was... cutesy, I guess. Not a big fan, though. Captain Marvel's sister was more of an annoyance/damsel than an actually powerful superhero in her own right. The only other female character was a female newscaster who you're supposed to dislike because she doesn't instantly love Billy Batson (but is so shallow that she's only in love with the tall, handsome, powerful Captain Marvel 9_9) or whatever. No, I didn't hate it because there were no strong/useful female characters. It's a story about Captain Marvel. So... why was he kind of lame? I've never read a Captain Marvel comic before, so I'm unfamiliar with how he was shown when he was first created. But I've seen several animated versions of him. He's been in "Justice League: Unlimited", "Young Justice", "Batman: The Brave and the Bold", and a sort of special short called something like "Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam"... so, well... I'm used to different versions of him, just like all comic book heroes. I'm not used to seeing him as young as he was in the comic. He's typically at least... I don't know... ten or twelve? In the comic he looked like he was eight or nine. Also, in the versions I've seen, Captain Marvel is Billy Batson with Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, and so on combined. When he goes back to being Billy Batson... he just loses all of that. He retains his memories, but he doesn't have all the powers.

He is not some Other Person just inhabiting Billy Batson's body when he says Shazam! Arguably, a Billy Batson with all that knowledge and power really IS another person, but really? If you look at the other versions of him, Captain Marvel is a rather naive hero who isn't all there at times (he's a kid with superpowers, not a lifetime of knowledge and/or military/fighting training of any kind, what do you expect?)... which is kind of terrifying. It actually brings up an interesting point... is Captain Marvel the fan's fantasy come to life? Most of the fans were probably kids. How many kids want to be superheroes? So if you gave super powers to one of these kids... what do you think would happen? Captain Marvel is basically Superman without the kryptonite and yellow/red sun and magic weakness thing. His weakness seems to be if you get him to say Shazam and then duct tape his mouth or just stop him from talking so he can't turn into Captain Marvel and stays stuck as Billy Batson (again, I don't know a lot about the character). Or if you outsmart him (considering the fact that he's supposed to have the "knowledge of Solomon", whatever that means, he seems to get outsmarted A LOT - maybe it just compensates for his possessing the intellect of a little kid?).  So you give a kid Superman abilities. A kid without the restraint an adult would be more likely to have, and without military/fighting training, who just wants to have fun, and is constantly surrounded by his idols: members of the Justice League or other superheroes. How dangerous do you think that is? THAT is terrifying. It's like when you consider the fact that we're all lucky that Superman is almost like a god, and, thankfully, has never realized that himself. Or at least doesn't act on it.

If you think about it, making Captain Marvel another lifeform, rather than Billy Batson with superpowers makes more logical sense. Becoming intelligent is not something you can turn off and on like a light switch. For a simple example, let's look at The Scarecrow from "The Wizard of Oz" (the book, not the musical, at least for starters). The Wizard didn't give him brains. The Wizard stuck a lot of useless things in his head and the Scarecrow basically just believed he'd been given brains and been made smarter, even though whatever smarts he had were already there to begin with (something about inner strength and you don't need approval by others or something, I don't know, not my point). Even in the musical, he didn't get an ACTUAL brain. He was handed a diploma. A diploma does not make you smart. I've got a shelf full of certificates, along with a Bat Mitzvah and High School diploma. Heck, I even had a certificate for "smartness" at one point. I did not receive that and gain 100 points in my IQ. It's actually theorized that the scarecrow in the musical said the Pythagorean Theorem wrong to make a statement about schools and smarts and politicians and movies and blah blah... so yeah.

Beyond that... being smart takes time. It takes time and studying. And you'll forget a lot of things by the end of it all. Hopefully not the important things, especially if you're in a job related to the scientific or medical professions. Your brain will HURT with what you know. It won't throb because it's so full of facts, but you know that proverb, the one that goes "Ignorance is bliss"? Yeah, that's completely 100% true. I was happier as a kid, when I thought "constipated" was an insult and "stupid" was a curse word. I really was.

So brain damage. That thing that happens when, well... a lot of things can cause brain damage. A lot of things. Brain damage isn't just like bits of your brain shut off and you're still the same person and you're fine. No, that's not how it works. You can lose bits of yourself. Things you know. Things you know how to do. The ability to talk normally. The ability to move properly. So on.

Getting a great deal of knowledge shoved into your head instantly cannot be a comfortable experience. Captain Marvel is, well... Superman without most of the disadvantages and a couple of the dumb deux ex machina powers, so I guess he can handle it. Billy Batson, however, is human. He's not even a full-grown human like most of the big contenders in the DC world. He's a kid. Maybe a teenager at max (also, a bunny of mine: Billy Batson in his late teens, 20s, and 30s, anyone ever doing that?). Getting all of that knowledge sucked OUT of his head every time he turns back into Billy Batson... that's actually terrifying. Very likely it's pretty painful. It's possible that he could get brain damage from that. But if that knowledge were in SOMEONE ELSE'S head... well... it might make a little more sense.

Although, the spirit would still be in his body so... This is just annoying to me. I didn't write this to talk about Captain Marvel.

Whatever. I wrote.

There was this one comic where they had some fun with alternate universes and such. That one was fun. They had Soviet Union Superman (Superman's pod landed in the Soviet Union, not Kansas), Batman Beyond, this mock-Avengers team, and a world where all the characters were the same, but their genders were switched. And others, but those were my faves.

Superwoman made me think of this fanfiction this artist on Deviantart is cartooning for someone, where Superman is a woman and, well... SuperwomanxLex Luthor is a thing (he's like a good guy) and they have a family and stuff. So that made me smile, because that would be... amazing. Luthor could do a lot of good if he was, well... good.

And then they had Batwoman... and she was... the same. Not sort of the same. Not a seductress. Just... the same. Which I loved, because why would the character be different if the gender was different? Gender is a societal, cultural thing. It's not genetic. Any way, the character would have the same capabilities.

Then they had Superlad, which amused me. His costume was even similar to Supergirl's.

Another interesting thing they had was Mrs. Terrific and Big Bardo. That made me snigger a bit, although the character design for Mrs. Terrific was pretty cool. A pity we never saw female Darkseid... (yes, it was a referenced thing, I'm not making this up).

The mock-Avengers thing was funny... for a mix of reasons. Partly because of the explanation given for why the higher dimension beings created them... and partly because I realized that, in all honesty, they're just bastardized versions of the Avengers/X-Men/Marvel Universe characters. Way back when, when superhero comics were first getting started, there was a LOT of competition. DC and Marvel basically tried EVERYTHING the other side did at LEAST once. Or as many times as possible in any way until it stuck. It is entirely likely that these are holdouts from those days.

Or not. This could just be making fun of their history. They had a sort of screwed-up Thor, an American soldier, a pixie-character who was, of course, in love with the male character who could change his size and grow really big, a hulk character, some sort of mix of Wolverine and the Beast, a mix of Nightcrawler and Spider-Man... yeah. They had it all.

It was a nice story, too.

I returned a lot of them to the library, along with "A Feast For Crows". I just gave up. It was due today and I didn't have the drive to pull an all-nighter to finish the damn thing, especially with the PLSAT this morning. On to better books! WWII memoirs! Finding what makes you happy! Really bad teen fiction! Hilarious fiction staged in Ancient China! Batman novels! Rewritten fairy tales!

Yup. The future looks bright. Also, the new Jaina book was put on hold sometime recently, since I could be the first hold. So I'm REALLY happy for that. I hope it's good!

I will say this for the Olympic Opening Ceremony. I don't have a big commentary. I just want to say that the music was pretty good. Well... everything but the rap. The rap, after the first couple seconds was just lame. Really, really lame. And I didn't get the sitcom thing at all. I really didn't.

But I liked the Mr. Bean thing. That was hilarious. As was the conductor's expression when he woke up. I liked that female drummer who played. She was great. It looked beautiful.

The Chariots of Fire thing was funny because it brought back this memory I have of one of my Hebrew School friend's Bar Mitzvahs, where one of my best friends and I slow-ran-high-fived each other like six times while the music played in the background. It was great. It's even better when you're wearing socks on a hardwood floor and you keep slipping and sliding and trip over yourself and nearly break something trying to high-five your friend while your other friends look on and laugh and you end up in this mound of sweaty friends all laughing together. Have I ever mentioned that B'nai Mitzvot year was the best Summer of my life? Because it was. It really was.

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Hmm... hard to say. Probably wearing a dress that was too small for me to my cousin's batmitzvah. I don't know if that would be considered crazy in some people's books, but it was definitely crazy enough for me, and it was very stupid, on my part.
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On Saturday I had to force Dad to leave the house and we drove to Mom's to pick up my tallis, then we went to synogauge. It was an okay service. My friends came. Caroline was really annoying. I went out to get a drink of water, and she was there. She can't go in unless someone goes in with her. So she walked with me and I sat down and attempted to put on my tallis while she begged me to come sit by her. I was in a row with Alicia, Anna, Elyse, Hannah, (me), Samantha, Phillip, and eventually Allison (in that order, from left to right). I didn't want to move. But of course I eventually did as she made the puppy dog eyes. Then she wouldn't shut up for, like, 30-45+ minutes. Over that time, Lisa and Danielle (Rude and Stupid) arrived. Not that I cared. They just did. I wish they never came. Then again... I finally convinced Caroline to walk over to them and I moved back over to sit by Hannah and Allison filled in my previous seat to sit next to me (and Samantha, who didn't mind). Then we went through the rest of the service. Then we ran out to the bus with the bunny ear lights and we sat in the back. The heater was behind my foot under the seat Hannah was sitting on. I was second to last in the back. We were all extremely hyper, except Caroline, because Danielle wasn't there. Then we drove to the Country Club and we dropped our coats off and got our name things. They were hershey bars with papers taped to them saying our names. Then we went in. They handed out those fluffy, warm socks. I have red ones. I got some blue striped ones from the lady. We ran around, sliding and running into eachother on the wood floor with the socks.

I went to the batroom, which was partially covered with carpet. It was cool. Allison had followed after me. After she finally finished washing/drying her hands, we left. We then went back to "the room" as I shall call it, as it had no name that I saw. The DJ was playing some stupid songs. I can't remember if we did The Electric Slide before or after the first course though. We eventually got appetizers. I had like, 10-12 mozzerela sticks with sauce, along with 1.5 Diet Cokes, and a Shirley Temple with 5 cherries. I didn't finish the drinks.

We did the introduction/speech/blessing thing and Elliot didn't have candle lighting (smart thing). Then I got spaggeti and ceaser salad and more soda. Then we danced. I was with Samantha. I bowled her over the first time because I was wearing the socks, and then I fell over and had to crawl, laughing hysterically, while everyone stared at me; Samantha urged me to hurry up, we finished 3rd or 4th, but it was so embarrasing. We didn't win anything. I gave Elliot a $10 bill after I got out and the guy wanted anything with a picture of Alexander Hamilton on it. He gave it back of course, and he gave me his prize, a giant chocolate bar, because I gave it to him. Wow. He gave me that. Cool.

We eventually did Cha Cha Slide, Macarana, YMCA, Cotton Eyed Joe and some other really stupid suggestions that only prolonged our waiting times for the above mentioned actual dancing songs. He played that song that is really slow, and its played when you have people on tv in a race, and its really amazing. It goes, duh-duh-duh-duh duh duh... It's cool. Allison and I kept acting it out and the DJ commented that he would have really liked to have a video camera or something, since he always waited for someone at the party to do that, and we did it really well. After the songs I sweated into my hat during the Conga Line, Dad/Jazz called, and Dad picked me up, I called Jazz back, we arranged for drop off, and Dad dropped me off at home. Jazz came over and we did some talking, waiting for Dad to come back from services. Then we went to meet him at Fridays when he called. We had food and talked, and Jazz and I got the same drink, appetizer, and food. It was cool. We even both took home our meal. Jazz and I played DDR and then we watched "Batthumb". Then we went to sleep. My back and leg still hurt from sleeping on the floor. We got in bed at, like, 12:02 or so. We couldn't watch tv cause I didn't know how to change it back. We had played on Jazz's X-box and the tv had to be tuned a certain way for it. We also watched the actual tribble episode from the original "Star Trek", so Jazz could see what tribbles are. It was an interesting episode. Very different from what they show on "Deep Space Nine".

We fully got up around 8:17ish, but I had been up for like 1-2 hours or so. Then we had our sketti for breakfast and watched "Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time". Then we changed out of our pajamas, harrassed the cat, went online and then made spaggeti, and Dad made gralic bread, and then we had lunch, and then I cut strawberries while Jazz picked up the undone ones for me and Heather warmed up some chocolate for us after I told her three times to stop trying to melt it. Then we ate it. My hershey bar is gone now. We watched "Singin' in the Rain" after watching the ending to "Nightmare Before Christmas", which Heather had been watching. I really liked "Singin' in the Rain". Jazz called her dad and he came and picked her up.

I started watching "Dune" (the old movie version). Dad says that the version we have is the version that was made before they edited and released it. It's longer, but I think the edited one makes more sense, even if this version may pertain to the book more. Too much thinking, even though that's in the book.

Heather and Dad and I watched "Cold Case".


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