Monday, July 28, 2008

30 Gigs of Awesomness: A Day At Warped Tour

My second time at the Warped Tour was better (and rainy-er) than ever! Woot!

First, the best part of the day: I got to meet the band Ludo! Not only did I take a couple of pictures with Andrew Volpe, the lead singer and one cool dude, but the entire band signed my the back of my ipod!! And one of the band mates before signing my ipod was like, "30 Gigs of awesomeness!" I really couldn't phrase it any better than that. :D

On a side note, when it comes to meeting anyone even vaguely famous I act like a total dork. For instance, upon meeting the members of Ludo I just sort of smiled dumbly a lot instead of having a normal conversation or discussing their music.

The only really bad part of the day was when it started raining (then pouring, then hailing) right before Relient K came on. The whole place started flooding and I had to wade threw inches (inches, people, inches) of water in my flip flops while it was hailing. Fun! Even though I had an umbrella I still got soaked. But after 20 minutes the rain sorta died down, and the sun came back out like nothing had happened.

I saw Ludo, The Academy Is..., Angels and Airwaves, All Time Low, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Pennywise, Relient K, Say Anything, and Story of the Year. All were great. :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox

On the car ride back from my vacation I had a chance to finish the sixth, recently released (July 15th) Artemis Fowl novel, The Time Paradox.

Just like the previous six books, this one is full of wit, action, and cool gadgets. Plus this one, like the fifth, has the added integument of time travel. Although unlike the fifth, were there's only a small part of the novel centered around time travel, its the main theme for the Time Paradox.

This book was good, but, and I hate to have to admit this, not quite as good as the others. It happens to all things eventually. When you reach a point in a series were the sequels start loosing the grip the previous installments had on you whether by bad plots, overusing the idea, etc.

My only (very) small problems with the book was the lack of Foaly and Butler in the story, and (BIG SPOILER) the once again re-return of Opal Koboi. Although, if its in the past, can it count as a return?

All in all, the Time Paradox was still really enjoyable and a great read. If there's another book after this one I will definitely read it. I really liked seeing how Artemis, a sort of anti-hero, has changed over the course of the series for the better. And you still get a dose of the evil Artemis when he must deal with his ten year old self when Artemis goes back in the past. Also, if there are any people who like to pair Artemis and Holly (I'm neutral on the pairing) then you are in for a surprise (of the good variety). This makes me wonder if Eoin Colfer is listening to all those crazy fangirls of though.

SUMMARY: (From the book)
After disappearing for three years, Artemis Fowl has returned to a life different from the one he left. Now he's a big brother, and spends his days teaching his twin siblings the important things in life, such as how to properly summon a waiter at a French restaurant.

But when Artemis mother contracts a life threatening illness, his world is turned upside down. The only hope lies in the brain fluid of a silky sifaka lemur. Unfortunately, the animal is extinct, due to a heartless bargain Artemis made as a younger boy.

Though the odds are stacked against him, Artemis is not willing to give up. With the help of his fairy friends, the young genius travels back in time to save the lemur and bring it back to the present. But to do so, Artemis will have to defeat a maniacal poacher who has set his eyes on a new prey: Holly Short.

The rules of time travel are far from simple, but to save his mother, Artemis will have to break them all and outsmart his most cunning adversary: Artemis Fowl, age ten.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Time For Some Capaignin'

Here's an incredibly funny video from about the upcoming election, in a rather catchy tune. :) Even after the fifth time watching it I can't stop laughing.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

I've been on vacation in South Carolina for the past couple of days, hanging around Myrtle Beach. Which is why I haven't posted for a couple of days. I haven't really had a chance to get on the internet un til now. Our hotel room has a scenic view of the roof and a bunch of big air-conditioners. :) But it has been a pretty fun so far.

Recently we went to Ripley's Aquarium. One of the coolest features in my opinion is the tanks for most of the fish in the main part of the aquarium. You walk through a sort of tunnel and the tank is all around you, so you're able to see the undersides of the sharks and fish as they swim over you. Also, I got to pet a sting ray! :D

Pic of a turtle at the aquarium! -->

By the way, if you'd like to see more pictures my sister has a bunch of them soon to be posted on her deviant art account. (username Sarcastic-Ninja)

In Twilight news, Stephenie Meyer is posting a quote a day from Breaking Dawn on the days leading up to its August 2nd release on her website.

One of my favorite Lolcats:

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Photo Inspiration: In Which Alannah Discovers That There's Actually a Park Where She Lives

I went to my local state park a couple of days ago (I know, my summer has been so exciting so far-Not). But it was kinda fun, and I did get to take some nice pictures. Trees, a lake, the usual park-ish things.

These were taken with my cell phone camera, because my real, and rather expensive, camera hates me and is no longer working (something's wrong with the battery).
This is a totally unrelated sidenote, but I can't seem to get the song Morningstar by AFI out of my head. As a result I'm playing it over and over and over and over (you get the idea) again. Anyone else know/like this song?

Happy 4th of July!!