I paid 40 bucks today (well, yesterday now) to get Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. You know how, in game stores, they don't actually keep the cartridges in the boxes to prevent shoplifting? The clerk put in the WRONG GAME. So now I have two copies of Professor Layton and the Curious Village.
This account is really living up to its name, ain't it? >___>
Well, what can I ramble about? School is almost over. With the TAs strike over at UdM my Writing class will be done only upcoming Friday with the final exam. Can't wait to have the result of the other examination the guy gave us last week. I bet I was the best informed in the whole class about the topic he offered us.
I was kinda relieved by the final in Dictionary Analysis. I managed to scrape a better grade at the second paper, but nothing fantastic. The teacher (or her assistant, I can't tell) has a very idiosyncratic way of reading our answers, and regularly you want to bash her head in since she could only make the comments she make by construing the sentence to mean exactly the opposite of what it clearly means in context. She kept saying about the midterm we were gonna be asked about the matters, not the miscellanea... and all the questions regarding the texts she wanted us to read were strictly about very specific miscellanea! I have honestly never had a class whose grading left me so constantly bitter about it.
Medical translation was fun, but I don't think I'll ever finish that Vancouver 101 cheat sheet I promised the teacher, which is a shame, really, 'cause the Internet styleguide on the website of the NLM leaves to be desired.
The final exam in Introduction to Quebec Literature was... peculiar. Y'see the teacher was all over telling us how much she was going to ask broad sweeping question covering almost all of what we'd seen during the semester, in a style similar to the questions suggested for the midterms. So I printed some 30 pages of notes (No computers allowed, and I take all my notes by comp) and brought all seven books we had to read... and then she goes and ask questions only about the second half works! Argh. What was really annoying, though, is that this was an open book exam, and the university assigned our class not a teaching amphiteater, but a conference room. You know the kind with the miniature movable writing tablets attached to the chairs? We could not open the answering sheets without them sliding off! Before the exam I sat at the back and kept laughing as people entered and stared and cursed in utter disbelief.
For Easter I visited my dad and then we went to my sis'. I had a BAD cold, but fortunately some Pseudoephedrine Sudafed eventually fixed that. I barely slept for several nights in a row (woo... Sudafed is REALLY efficient at keeping me up), but the head cold was already doing that anyway. My bad dragged us to see Clash of the Titans. God did it made an awful raped mess out of Greek mythology. And the 3-d actually impeded the movie WAY more than it helped it. When you make a 3-d movie, you plan the damn movie accordingly. Otherwise it's just a USELESS gimmick which make the action seen a confused and nauseous mess.
Had seen Alice in Wonderland (non 3-d) before. I liked it. I greatly enjoyed it, but couldn't help feeling a bit let down. I mean, this is TIM
the GODDAMN batman BURTON and Alice in Frickin Wonderland, so I kinda expected the man to break out the big guns storytelling wise, but what he served up felt a bit too conventional, not to mention the climactic battle felt rather out of place.
Tonight I went out kinda randomly and saw Kick-Ass. I greatly enjoyed it. The best aspect was definitely the more down-to-heart and practical aspects of real-life superhero antics (i.e. unexpected celebrity in the Internet age). I think toning down the obligatory romance subplot (though they did keep the obligatory all-dressed sex scene to a strict minimum) would have been a great improvement: since it never genuinely ties into the broader story, it feels like a waste of narrative juices and like they are trying to tell two separate stories at the same time. Similarly, making the fights less flashy would have helped reinforcing the whole "this is what this shit looks like in real life" vibe. Amusingly enough, this movie is rated R down in Canada's Official Underpants, but PG-13 up here in Quebec :DDD
So, my OS has become dangerously unstable. I'm not entirely sure how exactly that happened, but my working hypothesis is a botched Trojan removal. How unstable do you ask? Well, let's put it this way: I didn't know Windows could crash at the login screen.
So I type this from the "second" Windows installation. Y'see, back around March of last year, my father came and we tried to fix the problem of my pirated Windows by reinstalling him. Long story short, we didn't start by wiping out the hard disk and right now I have two windows installation. I haven't yet managed to make this one fully functional. Amongst other problems I'm missing the graphic driver allowing for the correct 16:10 display (as opposed to the 5:4 display currently forced on my screen as I type this).
I'm gonna limp on it until I can have all the necessary files backed up on Charlene's old HD, and then, it'll be Operation Mindwipe.
Hopefully I can get the Internet working at home soon. At the moment it only works on wireless.