Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd Gig. Volume 1

So.. I finally got time to watch it today, even though it meant skipping class.

You know how the line “things get better with age” is usually a lie? Well, in this case, it’s the God’s honest truth. SAC 2 is as incredible visually as the first season, but the story is.. absolutely incredible. There’s a subtle underlying arc that gets touched on in each of the first episodes in the first volume. It ended up being a very good thing for the show that the Laughing Man story arc is over, because at this phase, the series is so good that I think even people who didn’t enjoy the first season will enjoy the second.

For my viewing, I watched this with the English Dub. Since I first saw the original “Ghost in the Shell” film in English, the Major’s voice sounds wrong to me in Japanese. As usual with this series, the voice work is above par.… [Read More]

Say what you will..

.. it’s now a fact. Investing in women, and improving their social status is key to ending poverty and slowing the AIDS epidemic.

I doubt that most would notice this, but fully developed countries tend to have laws that protect women from abuse and sexual predators, as well as programs that encourage women to work outside of the home. They don’t tend to be countries where women are discouraged from working.

Even in America, I still hear a lot of attitude about women working outside the home from men. This is something that crosses political boundaries and social status. There are still too many men that believe that a woman’s place is in the home. It is important to educate these men that this is simply not the case. If you don’t believe me, read the UN’s study on it. I think it will be an eye opener.… [Read More]

Sanity Check

There comes a time in every college student’s life when he or she must realize that college is not the end all and be all of the universe. This is particularly true when the aforementioned college student has owned the first volume of GITS: SAC 2nd Gig since the day it came out (that was September 28th for those concerned), and hasn’t even had time to watch it. This is also significantly more pronounced when said college student wakes up and realizes that the rest of the family has clean clothes… and she does not because she hasn’t had time to do a load of her own laundry.

In other words, I am taking a much needed sanity day. Hopefully, I will have something to talk about that isn’t algebra by the time I get done with it. At the very least, I will have clean clothes.… [Read More]

Math Stuff

So.. I’m taking this math class, and I’m in way over my head. In the past five days, he’s assigned 8 sections of homework, plus 2 sections out of the factoring packet. That’s approximately 350 equations to solve. He would prefer us to get sections done the night he assigns them, but if we can’t do that, he suggests doing a portion of each section so you can ask questions in class the next day. I have been doing the latter. It’s killing me.

I have been working on this homework for an average of four to six hours a night. Last night, I worked on it for five hours, and I’m still not finished. After I went to bed, I started seeing the various forms of linear equations, (point slope, slope intercept, vertical, horizontal… etc..) on lined, college-ruled notebook paper… in my sleep. For two nights in a row, I have dreamt about doing algebra homework.… [Read More]

The Slippery Slope of Breed-Based Dog Bans

The city of Chicago is looking into a ban on pit bulls. I have said many times, that I feel that such bans are just plain stupid. The primary cause for the overinflated number of attacks on people is the owner’s lack of education about their breed and how to train a dog, not the aggressive nature of the dog itself. Furthermore, some dogs simply should not be owned by certain people. Active breeds such as Dalmatians, Huskies and Border Collies do not belong in homes where the primary past time involves sitting in front of a computer or reading books. Pit Bulls and Rottweilers do not belong in homes with owners that are anything less than 100% devoted to training a head strong dog, that will take over the alpha position in the household if you aren’t paying attention. But, if you love reading books and watching TV, a smaller dog, such as a cavalier king charles spaniel, or a toy poodle, dogs bred for companion purposes, might be more your speed.… [Read More]