July 1st, 2006

Moa: The King of Destruction

Cheese (part 1)

I can't say I hate having my picture taken. It always comes out looking stupid, but that's a problem with me, not the picture-taking process or any of the equipment. But if people want to have goofy pictures of me, I'm not going to stop them. It's also handy to have them for IDs. But I don't really like it. If I did, I'd shave and get my hair cut more often... like, ever. But people still look at the picture and tell me I'm handsome. Okay... what standards are you guys using here? It makes no sense! Actually, I think the big problem is my smile. It looks unnatural. Probably because it is. There are only a few contexts in which the photographer will tell you to "look really annoyed and say 'broccoli'!" Or "stick out your tongue, roll your eyes and say 'middle management'!" No, you're always smiling and always saying "cheese". I think that's the stupidest way to force a smile ever. Who decided that that was the type of smile that people everywhere should be displaying in the pictures that will immortalize them? I tell you, if we had cameras in the late 18th century, George Washington's face wouldn't be on our currency, because everybody would be ashamed of his goofy "cheese" smile. It really is cheesy. "We had a president who looked like THAT? And what are those teeth made out of? Wood?" Did they ever say "Now smile and say 'cheeeeeeeese' for the next three days while I paint your portrait"? I don't think so. By the time the painter got to the face, the model was so tired it was all he could to to keep a straight face. That's the way to be immortalized - showing all the frailty of the human form and the weariness of existence. Or in my case, with glasses thick enough to distort ALL the light from around my face so it just shows up as a black blur on film. I know I don't look good in pictures, but I don't look at pictures of myself anyway. Overwrite the one picture I have of myself with Rosie O'Donnell and I'll be telling people for years that that's what I look like. I guess that's a little farfetched... I have more facial hair and less face.
Moa: The King of Destruction

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Today's Manga: A bigger haul than expected, despite it being the first of the month. I picked up Tokyo Boys and Girls 5, Hunter x Hunter 9, Black Cat 3, Rurouni Kenshin 28 (the last of the series), XXX-Holic 7, Read or Die 3, Full Moon wo Sagashite 6, Dr. Slump 8, Saiyuki Reload 4, and because seven of those are Viz manga and they're buy 3, get 1 free, the first book of D. Gray-Man. I also got Megatokyo 4, two Gordon Korman books (I'm pretty sure one of them was out back when I was reading his other books, but I never read it back then), and Monk season 4. Haven't started watching that yet, because Legaia 2 and Kingdom Hearts 2 have been taking up my attention.

I didn't get over to the apartment today because Curt was waiting to hear from a dealership about a car that was just traded in, and he wanted me to go along if they called. Naturally, they didn't, and I didn't feel like going there later. I can take a few trash bags over tomorrow and clean out most of what's there easily. I did, however, clean up some of the boxes here and organize them in the closet, so the library now has plenty of floor space again. I moved the DVD cabinets toward the center of the room to give me more space to move near the bookcases, so that should make things a little more comfortable.

Most of my manga reading today was Yoshihiro Togashi. I was reading MÄR this morning, and then started Jing book 4 before the shopping trip. Hunter x Hunter 9 jumped to the top of the queue after I finished that.

So tomorrow is laundry, shopping, apartment moving, and hopefully collecting the last of the synthesis elements I need. (I'll have reached level 99 by then, mark my words.) And maybe more Glover. I hate that game so much.

By the way, if anyone's using Semagic, I don't advise upgrading. The new version was opening my friends list in its own window instead of Firefox earlier, and now that it's stopped that, several of my letter keys are locked to functions. Every time I try to type an N, it spits out a bunch of HTML, and every time I type W, it tries to wrap text with a tag. U gives me the custom LJ username tag. I hope it'll be working properly after a reboot, but that remains to be seen. (I'm typing this in Editpad... hopefully, Copy and Paste will work properly!)