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Is It Friday Yet? When Will The Cable Come Back On?

I recently discovered that TBS shows two episodes of The Office every weekday morning from 11:30 to 12:30, so I like to watch it between classes while I eat lunch.  The Office is definitely one of my favorite shows, if not the very top one, and I haven’t watched it much for the last couple of years, since they stopped playing it in the same capacity that all the networks are currently airing The Big Bang Theory (also a quality show).

But today, the cable is out.  It’s not an uncommon occurrence, and I’m starting to wonder if it happens at the same time every week.  Anyway, you would think I would use this as a fine opportunity to work on my homework, study for my upcoming quiz and exam, something.  But no, I’m just sitting here feeling the effects of losing the hour I allocated to watching The Office.  I have nothing really profound to say here, other than that procrastination makes behave people in some seriously irrational ways.

– K-tosh

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Is It Friday Yet? Tales of a First-Year Nothing

So since I’m in college and having what is probably the most meaningful year of my life, I think it would be a good idea to write down some of how I’m feeling and what I’m doing.  I guess it’s kind of like a diary, so I hope to write somewhat regularly.  But, true to the form of this blog, this could very well be the first and last edition of “Friday.”  Here we go:

It’s March 5th.  A friend’s birthday is tomorrow.  Some of my friends are on Spring Break but not me, but that’s ok because my workload is really light these days.  I had a couple weeks in there where I was stressed and working really hard, but I can relax for now.  I’m actually pretty glad it’s not the break yet.  The best part of the break is that hopefully, I will get to see several friends that I don’t go to school with, even though they won’t be off.  Maybe I should do some work or something…

My boyfriend is going to Scotland during the break, which distresses me but not as much as you might think.  It’s more like, the calendar is freaking me out.  We started dating almost five weeks ago.  Typically we only see each other on Fridays, and we’ve seen each other nearly every Friday since we started college at the end of August (hence, the name of this “series”).  Aside from a one-and-a-half month respite where we went to the same calculus class last semester, I pretty much never see the guy if it’s not Friday.  On top of that, he’s not big on texting or calling.  Or on communicating at all, really (the other day he had the nerve to criticize somebody else’s communication skills – I called him out on his own but I didn’t really explain why so I think I might’ve upset him a little bit).  So while I’m going to miss him (two Fridays without him, *sigh*), honestly it won’t be that different from the usual.

When he gets back there are only four weeks of school left, plus the ambiguous week of exams where we will both be busy and could very well go home on say, Wednesday.  He lives three hours from me.  Because of the way my curriculum is set up, there is the possibility that we’ll be separated for eight months, having only been together for three (but eight if you count the time where we were just friends).  And that’s if we don’t break up by then.  Now I know I can handle it – people aren’t exactly lining up to date me, plus I tend to use my self-control well.  The question is, can he?  Not saying I’m in love with him or anything, but I think he’s the kind you want to keep around.  I like him more and more the longer I know him.  He’s actually come a long way, in terms of how he acts around my friends and me.  Either he’s a smooth talker (which precedence based on his dating history says is possible, but personal experience says isn’t) or he’s actually a sweet, caring guy.

Regardless of him, I dread the thought of this school year ending.  It’s the closest I’ve felt to the happiness of childhood innocence since growing up, which is ironic considering certain other events of the past year.  The poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost is true, and even though it’s totally cliche to use other people’s words to express your feelings (and we reference The Outsiders way too much), I’m going to do it.  I like cliches too.

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

– K-tosh

Complex God

Today I thought a little about the past year.  I’m not like a snake that sheds its skin.  I’m a whole new person.

I feel kind of guilty every time a thought questioning God even crosses my mind.  But the entity that is “God” wouldn’t despise me for questioning It.  That’s something that humans made up.  Right?  Or is my God something I made up?  Can I worship the idea of It?  Because I truly respect It, and It is how I see God now.  What does the arbitrary name chosen by us humans, who are, relative to the universe as a whole, equals, matter?  i just call It God.

And today I was thinking about how I might have hurt someone.  And I only worried about how that would affect me.  Not him.  And I thought about how I said something stupid.  I constantly worry about those things.  I try not to say it and then a Freudian slip happens and I wish I had more self control sometimes.  And yet, I feel like I have a lot of self control.  But it’s never enough.  My mind/heart/soul is always hungry.

And this has happened before, but a Christian song came on my iPod.  Sometimes it happens right when I need it.  Sometimes it’s not a Christian song, but I just remember that I should ask God for help.

“Bring me joy, bring me peace

Bring the chance to be free

Bring me everything that brings You glory

And I know there’ll be days

When this life brings me pain

But if that’s what it takes to praise You

Jesus, bring the rain.”

Never thought about those words quite so much as in that moment.  Thanks, MercyMe.

 

I didn’t turn over a new leaf.  I think I got callouses.  Or maybe they’re scars.

I went through a chemical change, after all.

– K-tosh

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Hopefully we’ll be more active in 2014!

– J. Coco

The Boy Who Lived…And The Boy Who Lived Alone

Harry Potter and Naruto are two series that I love a great deal.  They’re both imaginative, relatable, and full of suspense.  They’re both long, they were both a part of my childhood and still are part of my life today.  But the similarities run deeper than that.  Let’s take a look at the similarities between the main characters (p.s. this contains spoilers):

Childhood

Death of the main character’s parents

Harry Potter series:Harry Potter’s parents, James and Lily Potter, were killed by Voldemort when Harry was only a year old.

Naruto series: Naruto Uzumaki’s parents, Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki, were killed in the process of sealing away the rampant Nine-Tailed Fox on the day of Naruto’s birth (it’s very complex but that’s the gist of it).

A mark left by the attack

HP: Harry has a lightning-bolt shaped scar on his forehead from when he withstood Voldemort’s Avada Kedavra.  Voldemort also can’t touch Harry later on because Harry is protected by his mother’s sacrifice.

N: The Nine-Tailed Fox that was unleashed upon the village was sealed away inside of the newborn Naruto.  As a shinobi, he is able to harness the Nine-Tailed Fox’s chakra.

Horrible upbringing

HP: Harry lived with his aunt, uncle, and cousin, the Dursleys, before he was old enough to attend Hogwarts.  The Dursleys treated Harry like scum and wanted nothing to do with him, making him stay in a cupboard under the stairs.  He grew up with no awareness of magic or that he was famous in the wizard world.

N: Naruto grew up completely alone.  He was shunned in Konohagakure (known as the Hidden Leaf Village in the dubbed anime) because everyone feared the Nine-Tailed Fox inside of him.  Naruto didn’t know why no one would talk to him, and misbehaved, causing people to hate him even more.

Discovering their true powers through rage

HP: Mysterious things happen when Harry gets angry.  This is when he first notices that he can do magic, but he can’t control it at all yet.

N: The Nine-Tailed Fox’s chakra kicks in when Naruto is in a dangerous situation, or when he gets mad because somebody hurts his friends (see: the Zabuza arc, the first time training with Jiraya).

Adolescence

Friends

HP: Initially has none.  Makes friends with Ron Weasley, a goofball and Hermione Granger, a know-it-all bookworm.  Harry makes friends with a ton of people at Hogwarts also.

N: Initially has none.  Assigned to be teammates with Sasuke Uchiha, a cool guy and an excellent ninja, and Sakura Haruno, a know-it-all book-smart girl.  Becomes friends with the Rookie 9 plus Lee, Neji, Tenten, Konohamaru and company, Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro, and other random people that they meet (like my personal favorite, Sumaru).

The similarities here are the know-it-all close female friend and the making tons of friends because of having a magnetic personality…also, perhaps you could say the way that Ron and Hermione end up together: Sakura has a crush on Sasuke, and we don’t know how exactly it’s going to end yet (But it should be noted that Ron and Sasuke are nothing alike).

Popularity

HP: Famous in the wizard world, and pretty much everyone loves him before they have even met him.

Yes, this picture pretty much says what I need to say.

N: Famous in Konoha, but, um, everyone really hates him and shuns him.  BUT after he saves the village…he’s a hero!

Umm…ok, I don’t know when this happens, it’s in the anime…so… yeah.

Mentors

The Wise, Old Leader That Dies And It’s Tragic

HP: Albus Dumbledore – leader of Hogwarts

N: The Third Hokage (Hiruzen Sarutobi) – leader of Konoha

The Aloof One – But Really Cares About The Kids And Is Passionate When It Comes To Things That Matter

HP: Rubeus Hagrid (for passion, see: the Buckbeak thing in Prisoner of Azkaban)

N: Kakashi Hatake (for passion, see: Make Out Paradise) (just kidding but not really) (see: really any time Kakashi’s in a fight, like the Zabuza arc or when Itachi first appears)

AND they both have crazy hair!

The Slightly Crazy Father Figure Who Is Actually The Kid’s Godfather And Very Powerful In His Respective Universe That Again Dies And It’s Tragic

HP: Sirius Black (Ok, so Sirius himself isn’t that crazy, but his circumstances)

N: Jiraiya (the Pervy Sage…that pretty much says it all)

The thing with the popsicles is just so cute.

The Plot

A coming of age story

HP: The series begins when Harry is 11 years old, and ends when Harry is 17 (not including the epilogue).

D’awww

N: This series begins when Naruto is 12, and we don’t know the ending yet, but right now he should be about 16 or 17, since he was away for 3 years starting at (probably) age 13, and it’s been a while since then.

Bad guys

Big Boss

HP: Voldemort

N: Orochimaru (Part I), Madara/Obito (Part II)

Interesting how Voldemort and Orochimaru both have a thing for snakes.  They’re also both totally freaky.

Flunkies

HP: Death Eaters

N: Akatsuki

Little Bully

HP: Draco Malfoy (he has a good guy/bad guy complex in the end)

N: Sasuke Uchiha (he ALSO has a good guy/bad guy complex in the middle/end(???))

Both of them are widely regarded as good looking and also are generally among the most proficient students.  Also it’s interesting how Harry himself is more like Sasuke than like Naruto in certain ways – for one, Harry is a parseltongue (he can talk to snakes) and Sasuke can summon snakes.  But Sasuke is also a bit like Malfoy, with the way Sasuke’s always calling Naruto a loser in Part I…

“The Chosen One”

HP: Harry is the only one who can stop Voldemort.  As such, the Death Eaters and Voldemort always try to stop him…

There is nothing greater than this .gif

N: Naruto is the vessel (“jinchuuriki” if you will) that contains the Nine-Tailed Fox spirit.  The plot of Part II/Shippuden is essentially “find Naruto to get the Nine-Tailed Fox.”

Values

HP: Protect the people you love, loneliness, good triumphs over evil, friendship, working together (see: Dumbledore’s Army)

Literally, see it! You see it, right here!?

N: “I never go back on a promise!” (“Cause that’s my nindo! MY NINJA WAY!” Admit it, you read it in his voice), also, protect the people you love, loneliness, good triumphs over evil, friendship, working together (see: Allied Shinobi Forces)

The themes of “friendship” and “working together” play huge roles in these series.

So, what do you think?  Naruto and Harry Potter are pretty similar…surprising, right?  Not like fall out of your chair surprising, because it’s mostly because of allegories and tropes and stuff, but maybe enough to make Harry Potter fans at least try Naruto.  And if there are Naruto fans who haven’t tried Harry Potter, they must live under a rock or something.

– K-Tosh

Yer a Wizard ‘Harry! And Yer Cake was Delicious!

Throwback Wednesday…? This day last year we held a Harry Potter Party! With cake!!

Just Plane Tosh

As any Harry Potter fan would know, July 31 was Harry’s birthday! And in proper fashion, Stosh, K-Tosh, and I celebrated it with a replica of the cake that Hagrid made for Harry on his eleventh birthday! It was a basic chocolate cake with pink icing and green writing. In the book, the message on the cake is spelled correctly, but we had a little fun with it and misspelled it just like the movie did.

It was simply delicious, and, yes, we did eat some for breakfast the next morning!

How did you celebrate the holiday?

– J. Coco

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The Swimming Anime

I want to watch it.

Everybody on the internet is talking about it. Seems to be the first big series about competitive swimming. Some people say the attention it’s getting is sexist, because people who watch it just want to see dudes in swimsuits. Well, there’s nothing wrong with that. But it might have a good storyline!

I don’t even like swimming, though. In fact, I’m hydrophobic. The anime’s called “Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club.” Water makes me feel anything but free. I can really relate to Colonel Mustang. And yet, I want to watch it.

I watched the 2 minute preview on Crunchyroll. I liked it. It’s now available for everyone, not just premium. Episode 1 is cued up on my computer. New episodes apparently premiere Wednesdays.

I don’t know if it’s shonen, shojo, or what.  It might appeal to a widespread audience. It’s new. It’s different. I want to watch it.

– K-Tosh