?

Log in

. : . player-two.org . : .

from the other side of the machine

About the Author

keitaro (love hina)

Tim actually looks a little like this.

He's also a graduate of Stanford University ('06, B.A. in English; minor in East Asian Studies) and a lifetime console gamer (from which the 'Player Two' moniker is derived). Born in the faraway land of New Jersey in 1983, he now resides in Houston, Texas with a Wii, two computers, three full hard drives, more than a dozen WoW characters, and lots of free time.

Navigation

Skipped Back 10

May 8th, 2009

(no subject)

Share
keitaro (love hina)
Motivation comes from the strangest places sometimes. It isn't going to last, but it'll make a nice little reprieve for a while.

April 20th, 2009

(no subject)

Share
keitaro (love hina)
After reading the entirety of the manga Suzuka in one day, I realize that I still adore love stories: I just despise creating them myself.

April 14th, 2009

(no subject)

Share
keitaro (love hina)
It's 4:45 in the morning on the fourteenth of April, and though it might be unbecoming, I have to laugh a little bit here in the darkness. This time around I don't feel a thing. I remembered, because I always remember, but now there simply aren't heartstrings to pull, there's no anxious dread at what might be or not, and there's no staring up at the ceiling where the corners of the blank walls meet.

I don't even know that number anymore.

I understand that everyone goes disappearing
Into the greater grey
That covers over everyday,
And hovers in the distance and the distance and the distance...


I'm satisfied, now. I can fall asleep easily tonight, and every fourteenth of April hereafter, knowing that this is how it always should have been.

December 6th, 2008

(no subject)

Share
keitaro (love hina)


Courtesy of Getty Images: the national hero of the Philippines. Yeah, son!

September 26th, 2008

(no subject)

Share
keitaro (love hina)
I was just thinking earlier that human history has probably never recorded a less productive quarter century than this one.

July 19th, 2008

I've already seen one reference to this on my friends page, so I assume the cat is out of the bag, but in case you haven't stumbled upon it yet:

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

It's essentially a Joss Whedon-written supervillain musical, for those who are into one, two, or all three of such things. You can read about the impetus behind the project by clicking the "Read the Master Plan" button on the homepage.

If you aren't yet hooked on the idea, allow me to say that the principal players are Nathan Fillion (Mal from Firefly/Serenity), Felicia Day (of The Guild), and... well... someone we all know and love. Even if it was a dick move on his part and that's why he's paying for your meal. Prick.

July 8th, 2008

OMG

Share
keitaro (love hina)
Do you...

1) really like games with tactics-based battle systems?
2) own an iPod 5G, 6G ("classic"), or nano 3G?

If the answer to both questions is 'yes,' this link is for you.

http://kotaku.com/5022646/square-enix-announces-releases-song-summoner-for-ipod

June 28th, 2008

(no subject)

Share
keitaro (love hina)
Blizzard's newest game, announced this morning.Collapse )

Blizzard, I swear, if you keep this up...

I could just die. Diablo I and II gave me some of the fondest memories I have of gaming. Please, God, let me still be at an age where my twitch faculties haven't completely deteriorated whenever this one comes out. I'll be ready; I promise I will.

---

"It has been said that in the end of all things we would find a new beginning. But as the shadow once again crawls across our world, and the stench of terror drifts on a bitter wind...

The people pray for strength and guidance. They should pray for the mercy of a swift death--for I have seen what the darkness hides...

I don't think it's safe here."

June 20th, 2008

(no subject)

Share
keitaro (love hina)
Check out this casting job. I'd just like to add that Anne Hathaway was absolutely, smokingly stunning in the movie; I had no idea she could look like that. Maybe it was the character she was playing...



(Don Adams and Barbara Feldon, 1965)



(Anne Hathaway and Steve Carell, 2008)

---

Even though I have good reason to suspect that I'm the only person under 25 who fondly remembers watching the series (NBC used to play reruns in the late 80s, as did Nick at Nite through the early parts of the 90s), I'll unabashedly admit to being a huge fan of Get Smart, and to being in a theater on the opening day of the film adaptation's release. Man, did I ever have that warm fuzzy feeling from being in the know. I wonder if anyone who only went to see the movie because of its being a Steve Carell vehicle would have found it half as enjoyable?

Maybe so, since this generation's Agent 99 is still the stuff dreams are made of.

June 5th, 2008

(no subject)

Share
keitaro (love hina)
There are a thousand things I'd rather be doing than writing "Mending" (a title which I could have sworn would prove apt on so many levels for both the text and subtext of the piece, and yet a title that has so far completely disappointed me with its inability to manifest itself in any form).* Apparently this is one of them:



Clearly I am Photoshop jockey and graphic designer in equal parts, which is to say not at all. That aside, as much of a hackjob as this "tribute" may be, it's meant to show my appreciation and anticipation for Lina's reappearance. Despite being a poorly-endowed, sometimes gluttonous firebrand with less-than-stellar aim, she's one of my three favorite animated heroines of all time. The fourth season of Slayers begins airing next month!

(No cracks about my taste in women, please.)

Creatively speaking, I contributed nothing to the above image, one I'm nonetheless using as a signature on a certain forum: the picture on the left was Magic Wanded out of a wallpaper; the background was cropped out of another; the text is a verbatim transcription of the words that Megumi Hayashibara made famous as the incantation of a spell whose capacity for cavalier destruction is a stellar match for the sorceress behind it.

(I mean it; no cracks about--)

(Yeah, right.)


You could call it the IKEA** of signatures, hammered together after an inordinate amount of fiddling, redeemed in the end by its ostensible simplicity. Well, maybe redeemed. My hypercritical eyes, self-absorbed as always, seem to latch onto the fact that I was the one who put these foreign elements together, in my own way--and so they refuse to leave well enough alone.

It must suck being an artist.

---

Katherine is Chinese, and as such needs a Chinese last name. I just haven't been able to come up with it. Maybe she needs a given name, too, but in that area I wouldn't even know where to begin. Truth be told, she's referred to exclusively, and by design, as either Kat or Katherine throughout the text, but for some reason I feel as if I can't even (don't want to?) go on unless I know her full name.

I wish I didn't have such a hang-up with these things, and I can't tell you precisely why I do. Everyone has quirks. Real men have idiosyncrasies.***




(* Watching the Penguins lose the Stanley Cup finals--ending not only their season, but the NHL season--turned out not to be one of these things.)

(** Actually, I really enjoy IKEA.)

(*** I know what you're thinking. Shut up.)
Powered by LiveJournal.com