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Thursday, June 21, 2007

What I really meant was...
Hm, I guess my anger at the scan results ended up twisting my words. It's not that they don't think anything is wrong with me, they just couldn't find anything when they did their analysis.

The only way left to figure out what's wrong is likely just the old fashioned approach of taking a scope and looking down in their with their own eyes.

Ugh, and damn the bloody BBC for removing every single trailer of "Sound Of Drums" from You Tube.

Supposed to rain on and off today. I hope there's a long enough gap in the weather for me to go out, since there's some anime I really want to get.

Right now I have to be over at grandma's house while the crapet cleaners are finishin up their work - her air conditioner was leaking and soaked through the carpet in several places.

Well the rain held off long enough, so I actually go to go out briefly today. I stay inside too much, so whenever I can go out, it feels good.

I was able to get the anime I wanted: Kurau Vol. 2, D'Eon Vol. 3, and the Yukikaze complete OVA set. More anime means a happier me =P

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Can't find anything wrong? WTF?!
So the doctor's office called back this morning. The doc hasn't had a chance to look at the scans yet, but the report says... they can't find anything wrong.

EXCUSE ME?!? Then why the hell am I coughing up blood sometimes?? I'm going to see if I can move my scheduled follow-up visit to a time sooner than the end of next week. It may be that the doc will have to do a bit of an exploratory look down into the throat to find the source of the problem.

Because there is a problem, no matter what they can or can't see.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Nothing new happening today, except I called the doc's office and they said they would be calling back tomorrow with the scan results. We'll see, of course. If they haven't called by a certain time, I'll call them again. Anyway...

Here's what I was talking about in my last post, the cliffhanger ending for "Utopia".

Professor Yana has opened his old watch, which contained his real memories and personality: he is in fact the Master, another Time Lord like the Doctor and his arch enemy.

The Master has been shot, but locks himself inside the Doctor's TARDIS and changes into a new, younger body...

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

The most evil cliffhanger in history
So it turned out to be true, "Utopia" was actually the first in a 3-part story. And it was the culmination of so much mystery and speculation over the course of the season.

And it's not over yet! Two more weeks, 2 more parts until the story reaches its end. And it looks like the villian is going to have the upper hand almost the whole way there o_O

So now the bad guy has taken off in our hero's ship, stranding him and his friends trillions of years in the future as they're about to be attacked by a group of mutant savages...

I will be rewatching the last few minutes at least 25 times a day all week, and will probably twitch quite a lot.

Yeah, I know I sound sad and geeky. But trust me, you would too if you've been a fan of a TV show for almost 22 years =P

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Tomorrow on the next Doctor Who...

When Captain Jack Harkness storms back into the Doctor's life, the TARDIS is thrown out of control and sent trillions of years into the future: the end of the universe. There, they find the savage Futurekind ruling the wilderness, while a lonely professor tries in vain to save the last of the human race.

The countdown to the apocalyptic season finale is about to reach it's end...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Nothing much happening, but I feel like typing anyway, even if it's just about trivial stuff. It's not really the height of excitment around here.

About the only thing I did today was stop by the pet store and get some crickets to feed my dad's lizards while he's out of town.

As much as I enjoy solitude, it gets a bit irritating after a few days with no one else around, so I'm glad my parents will return tomorrow. But dad has just about a day or two before he goes back to yet another church camp, which means it'll be just mom and I here next week. Which isn't bad, we always manage to have some fun. No matter how old I get, I enjoy acting silly just to get a reaction out of her. You have to be careful though, she's good at turning your own jokes back on you.

More CDs arrived in the mail today: I decided to finally catch up on all of the Pain Of Salvation I didn't have. They're a very unique and eclectic Swedish rock/metal band that do their own thing in the way that Tool does, never following trends.

Hm... not much else going on, except to finish Last Exile tonight and figure out what to watch next. After three long series in a row, I think it's time to pick something shorter.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Finally got the scan done...
The scanner was like a big donut with a bed attached that you lie on and they move you back and forth through the donut.

I'm just glad I didn't start coughing like crazy, though I was getting nervous when I had to go through several minutes of repeatedly holding my breath. The computer gives you directions - "Beathe in." "Hold your breath." "Breathe." - The problem is it barely gives you any time to really catch your breath before telling you to hold it again.

Not to mention my veins were not cooperative, as usual, so I got stuck with the needle 3 times before they managed to get an IV line in (for the sollution they pump into you that helps give your veins contrast against all your other insides).

Afterwards, I did what I usually do when I have to go through unpleasant medical proceedures: I went shopping =P Picked up the last volumes of Angel Sanctuary (#20) and The Cain Saga (#4 pt. 2). I've been eager to have the complete set of AS, so now I can finally read the whole series.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Closer to an answer, I hope
Tomorrow at 2:45 is my appointment for the CT scan. I sincerely hope this uncovers what exactly the problem is inside me, be it in the throat or chest or whatever. And I hope they call back with the diagnosis sometime this week, and say "Yes, this can be treated." So, wish me luck on that.

I kind of wish my parents weren't at church camp right now. Despite being a grown man, my dad has always been present during important medical prceedures I've been through. I try to look at the up-side though: With them gone from last Friday til this Thursday, I have free run of the living room TV to watch anime XD They really don't get it, so I've basically kept my hobby to myself.

On another note, I have been at the mercy of a constant parade of mosquitoes over the weekend. I've killed 3, but each time I get one, another shows up. I don't know how they're getting in, or if this is just the same bug reincarnating to come after me again o_O

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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Blink & Speed Grapher
Wow... that was quite an episode, and it was one of the best I've ever seen. It was nice and creepy, although given the age I'm at it wasn't very scary =P For younger kids watching though, I bet quite a few would jump and hide during certain scenes.

The Weeping Angels are a very nice concept for an alien species: they don't exist when they're being observed, instead they turn to stone. But then you look away and they come to life... *shiver* They don't turn you to stone though. They touch you, send you back in time, and feed off the potential energy you could have had living the rest of your life in the present.

Heh, I could go on but I won't ramble =P Suffice to say, it was a well-crafted story.

And last night (or make that early this morning), I finished Speed Grapher. Although it doesn't always have the best animation, what made it work was the interesting story, and most importantly the characters. When you can get so involved in a story that what's happening makes you yell at your TV, you know you've found something good =P I'd have to rate it as one of my favorite anime now.

For the younger viewers though, be warned: despite it's trappings of people turning into monsters with weird powers, it's essentially about a society that has completely given in to greed and excess. There's a reason why the show has an "M" rating.

Now, what to watch next...?

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Systematic Chaos
Tuesday, June 5 saw the release of "Systematic Chaos", the ninth studio album of Dream Theater, the godfathers of today's Progressive rock/metal scene. And today I finally got my copy! *woots and huzzahs all around, thank you*

Got the special edition, which contains a second disc with the entire album in 5.1 sound, along with a "Making of..." documentary. I really need to check out this "imeem" thing I've seen on other MyO's. It'd be nice to share my music with everyone.

It's been a good week or more since I got out of the house, so I made the most of my trip to the outside, snatching up some much needed anime and manga as well.

The CT scan is set for Monday, so we should know what the heck's going on with me soon. I'd like to be able to do things again without the fear of randomly coughing blood. As Robin Williams once said, it'll feel good to "Once again be a part of the daylight experience." I'm pretty good at keeping myself entertained, but I've been stuck inside more than I care to be lately.

That's it for now. I'll most likely post again on Saturday after I've downloaded and watched the new Doctor Who episode. Until then, I leave you with the story blurb:

Episode 10 - "Blink"
In an old, abandoned house, the Weeping Angels wait. However, when people start disappearing, a young woman called Sally finds cryptic messages bleeding through from 1969 messages from a mysterious stranger called the Doctor. But can she decipher them before the Angels claim their prize?

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