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We choose to go to the moon: Part 1 [Jun. 9th, 2009|01:54 pm]
samuraibattou


It's always been a dream of mine to travel abroad willfully. I've never had the means or many opportunities to do so. As such I've never made it off this continent my whole life. Well I was determined to change that, and after half a year of planning and 2 years of saving, I made it work. Before we begin let me take this time to say how grateful I am to Jon, Erin, and Emily for making this trip what it was. Their knowledge of the area was key to making this a truly wonderful experience. Thank you, so very much.

By the way, this is gonna be SUPER IMAGE HEAVY, as I'm breaking this into two posts. So be warned! I took over 300 pictures so I went through them all and hand picked only a few to share, but it's still a lot!

Anywho, Let's get started!

Watashi no hobākurafuto wa unagi de ippai desu. (Japanese for 'Hi, how's it going?')Collapse )
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I gots Moon rocks! [Jun. 1st, 2009|08:13 pm]
samuraibattou
Back from Nippon.

more to follow once I'm over Lol-lag.
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Countdown... [May. 17th, 2009|06:05 am]
samuraibattou
See you on the moon.
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Deus Ex Scientia: the return! [May. 15th, 2009|07:42 am]
samuraibattou
Okay I found reference to what I was talking about in my last post.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7143844201875642538&ei=mwoNSti4I4raqQKBjZm9Dg&q=Gerald+Schroeder&hl=en&client=firefox-a

This is a lecture by Dr. Gerald Schroeder, that proves, and I shit you not...

The world was created in 6 days, AND 15 billion years.

This lecture is a little over an hour long, but it is absolutely fascinating. He takes an in depth look at the original text of the bible and uses modern science to explain that creationism and science are not at odds.

He explains this with Einstein's theory of how gravity affects time and through Red-shift theories recently discovered. He uses tons of real science to explain what was written already 3000 years ago. Before you write this off as another scientist disregarding what he sees to prove what he wants to find, think again. He takes us forward through the problem step by step.

It's an amazing lecture, and for those like me who don't feel faith is at odds with discovery, please give it a look.
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Deus Ex Scientia [May. 13th, 2009|07:12 am]
samuraibattou
I've been looking for articles to support this story, but have found none in the few minutes I looked.

However, I thought the idea was really cool, as my parents explained it over dinner tonight.



Scientists have discovered that because of the expanding of the universe and how that effects space-time and such, that if you stood at the exact spot that the Big Bang occurred, you would see things happen at a much faster rate. Similar to how when we look deep DEEP into space we can essentially see billions of years into the past.

Well they calculated that if you stood at the exact center of where the Big Bang occurred, then to you it would appear that the universe was created from then to now, IN SIX DAYS.

They didn't just say, "oh yeah, a few days, whatever..." they calculated the passage of time through however the hell space-time physics works and calculated that the universe was created in six days, from the point of view of the center of everything.

To me, that's pretty freaking awesome.
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Internet fuckwads... [May. 5th, 2009|09:48 pm]
samuraibattou
This really, really pissed me off today when I heard this story...

http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3872556&page=1

Apparently this 18 year old girl lost control of her dad's Porsche on Halloween and died after crashing into a toll booth. Her death was instant, and gruesome enough that the coroner didn't ask the family to identify the body.

Somehow the accident report photos taken by the police were leaked online.

These photos, which featured the girl who lost most of her head and half of her face, spread all over the place, including a mock myspace page with the photos, and several other "tribute" sites including the photos as well. (don't think tribute, think shock site)

The worst part is people were e-mailing the family with fake subject lines in an attempt to trick them into looking at the photos. The family has stopped using the internet as a result, and the younger daughter has stopped going to school for fear that she might one day open her locker and see the photo stuck by some prankster.

I understand that the anonymity of the internet causes some people to lose sight of what they are doing, but there is a line. Anyone who has posted these photos in an attempt at humor or shock value, is an absolute sick fucking piece of trash.

When I first heard this story I looked online for more information and aside from news sites I got forums discussing the story with, you guessed it, links to the photos. My curiosity got the better of me and I tried to click on a link that THANKFULLY did not work. I had to stop myself. It's that easy to lose yourself. I refuse to search any further.

Now that you know about this story you will be tempted to look. Don't look! DO NOT FUCKING LOOK FOR THESE PICTURES. please. let it go, it's not worth this families grief.

She is not just a picture, her name is Nicole Catsouras.
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Wolverine movie [May. 1st, 2009|06:15 am]
samuraibattou
three "meh.."s

out of five "uuuhhhhh...hmm"s









p.s. Gambit made absolutely BAGEL sense.
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The Moon is Go. [Apr. 22nd, 2009|07:14 am]
samuraibattou
I just finished buying my plane ticket.

I leave Atlanta at 7am Sunday May 17th for Osaka.

I am gonna rock the moon so hard.






By the way, I basically bought my ticket on the spot, as travelosity had a round trip ticket for $1009.89 on Japan Airlines(JAL).

If you haven't been looking at flights recently, that's amazing. That's not 1k and some fees, that's 1k AFTER the fees, tax, and insurance. The flight it self is $780. To compare, the same flight with Delta normally runs over $2000. *savings flex*

This is my first time off this continent, and man am I excited now that it is real.
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Pain.... [Apr. 19th, 2009|07:40 am]
samuraibattou
I don't read a lot of American comics and it's something I wish I was more into. One of the very few I've followed and loved was David Mack's Kabuki; Amazing artwork and story, rich metaphor and creativity.

It was brought to my attention recently by Michelle that he was caught tracing/swapping recently. Well I just had to take a look at how bad the damage was, and man.... it's bad. I was able to easily find threads online about the issue and with side-by-side comparisons and overlapping that are pretty damning.

The thing that really pisses people off (myself included) is that not only is he trying to weasel out of it calling them "homages," but he's a good enough artist to NOT NEED to do this crap. Even that is called into question as it's been shown he's been doing this pretty much his entire career.

Ungh...

This is just like learning your athletic hero has been taking steroids for years.

I feel so betrayed and disgusted.

I'm not trying to say I'm perfect and have never done anything wrong, nor am I jumping on the pitchfork and torch bandwagon, but when you are a professional, you don't do that kind of shit!

*sigh* why...

Even if he does something completely original now, I can't trust it. That's the moronic risk you take when you do something like this.

And man is that sad...
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To be a Rock, and not to Roll. [Apr. 7th, 2009|06:03 am]
samuraibattou
Did something amusing tonight which I suggest you do as well.

I had one of those wiki-moments where you look something up and that leads you to click a link and look something else up to where you're reading about something entirely different then when you started.

Well it lead me to Guitar Worlds top 50 Greatest guitar solos.

So I went down the list and at about 20 or so I began using YouTube as my tool for listening to each song in turn.

It feels like I just had an hour of guitar sex.

Of note were pretty much all of my favs including All along the Watchtower , Comfortably Numb , and November Rain by Guns n' roses. That song in particular I haven't heard in forever and this reminded me how awesome it was. Of course there is the epic Free Bird, and possibly (not not possibly, assuredly) the most beautiful rock song ever written, Stairway to Heaven.

Can you believe that Jimmy Page IMPROVISED that solo? He recorded 3 on the spot for the record not having a clue what he wanted to play till the tape was rolling, and that's the one they picked out of the very different three. Holy hell.

So give it a shot, you won't regret it. Music vacation.

http://www.guitarworld.com/50_greatest_solos?page=4%2C0
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