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 My favorite holiday is back again. I love Halloween. It is the only holiday I really celebrate. Screw Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, they are just times people spend times with their families. BORING. Plus I really have little in common with mine. The exceptions are my aunt, Fran, who listens to the same alternative music as me, and my grandma, who loves to talk about anything interesting. (And I don’t mean gossip.)  
But, Halloween is all about you. Hedonistic and, in a way, freeing. You can recapture your youth on Halloween as no other day in the entire year. You can be as weird or as normal as you want and everyone will like it. What would you say to a guy dressed up as a nun on any other day of the year.  
Here’s some pictures of me and my friends at a Halloween contest on a karaoke night. Two of my favorite things in one! 

 

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This is Me!!!

   

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  From Left to Right: Sean, Doug, Tex, & Me
At first I went for the Boogie Man. Then After I got 3rd Place, I took off the mask and was a swashbuckling pirate’s ghost.
God, I love this fucking holiday!
Bite me, Santa.

 

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Okay, so I have an abundance of Osage Orange growing all around where I live, by the groves. I have bamboo nearby, but nothing near 6 cm. Both of those will take forever to dry out. I might go take some of those down but I still want to make a bow in the mean time. I could by red oak again and repeat the process up until where I was at or I could do something else. Now while I like to stay as traditional as a can (barring choice of wood and the use of pre-made glues and power tools), my patience will not wait a year for larger bamboo and the osage to dry out.That said, I’ve been researching alternative materials via my own theories of materials. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

For Tension-

Raw Silk/Epoxy Materials

Woven Raw Silk/Epoxy Layers

Fiberglass reinforced Raw Silk/Epoxy Materials

For Compression-

Homemade diamond wood (It’s thin veneers of wood impregnated with epoxy under pressure. They make nearly indestructible bokken and are expensive as hell! But also heavy. They sink in water.)

My thoughts on these materials.

3 yd2 of raw silk @ $17/yd

Bamboo veneer @ $34 for 20 yd2

A hell of a lot of Epoxy!

Ideally: I’d layer it so that it was bamboo/silk/bamboo/silk/etc., folding the silk back and forth between layers then I’d have a flat mold made out of plywood so it fits snug inside and I’d sit my car on top of it to apply pressure for like 15 minutes. Then, take it out wrap it in saran wrap and wind nylon as tight as I could around it with no more than a 5 mm gap. Then, bend it into shape and wait for it to dry before I rasped/sanded the hell out of it.

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So I pulled the steamed wood off the frame used to steam it yesterday. I tested it’s flex to make sure it was dry enough to hold the shape and >Crack!< . It took me a few seconds to figure out why. One, the wood had dried out too much. Two, it snapped where I had carved it some to use it as a self bow. Three, because of how I had steamed it (over the stove) the one side had been indirectly heat treated. Hence why the wood had dried out so quickly. But I’m not sure if this last one really would aid in causing the bow to snap or not. It snapped only the last 5 inches of the top, so I could still use it to make a long bow, but I’m not going to. I want a Yumi to be my first bow.

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Chinese Philosophy” – compiled by Wing-Tsit Chan“Anthology of Chinese Literature” – compiled by Cyril Birch

A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters” – by Kenneth G. Henshall

Holy Blood, Holy Grail” – by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, & Henry Lincoln

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Here is a list of all the animes I own and a few I have seen:

GantZ, Mai HiME, Koi Kaze, To Heart, W Wish, Dead Leaves, Dokuro-Chan, Golden Boy, Kasi Masi, Mai Otame, Onegai Teacher, Onegai Twins, Air, Air TV, Ergo Proxy, FLCL, Midori no Hibi, Elfen Lied, Gravitation, Samurai Champloo, Jigoku Shoujo, Fate Stay Night, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Saikano, Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal: Fumoffu, Okasama wa Mahou Shoujo, Pita Ten, Amaenai de yo!, Kare Kano, Blood, Blood +, Trinity Blood, Canvas 2, Shuffle!, Princess Tutu, Disgaea: Memories, Gunslinger Girls, Initial D, Vampire Hunter D, Chobits, Berserk, Blue Gender, Yami to Boushi to Han no Tabibito, Kanon, He is My Master, Popotan, Comic Party, Kakyuusei II, Girls Bravo, Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora, Airmaster, Da Capo, Da Capo SS, Fruits Basket, Tenjou Tenge, School Rumble, Trigun, Cromartie High School, GTO, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Pia Carrot, High School Girls, Tsukihime, Green Green TV, Ikkitousen, Death Note, Suzuka, Read or Die, My Melody, Sister Princess, Xenosaga, “I, Me, My Strawberry Eggs”, Bleach, & Azumanga Daiho.

I think I might have missed some.

My favorites are:

Kiminozo, Death Note, Jigoku Shoujo, Da Capo, Da Capo SS, Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora, Onegai Teacher, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Tenjou Tenge, Samurai Champloo, GantZ, & Midori no Hibi. In that order.

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Watch the shows and movies in My Favorites Section. Start at the top and work your way down. I usually love movies which highlight the core of human emotions and the nature which we as americans wish we could achieve. Though some, focus more on what we are rather than what we want to be and others are geared towards dealing with life as it is. Americans are big on the idea that with in every person lies the chance of being noble in the face of adversity. Whether it’s Fight Club, Seven Pounds, What Dreams May Come, or Dawson’s Creek, that meaning is the core of the stories that unfold onscreen. This is not a look at american “pop culture” films , like Saw, but a look at the more dramatic serious side of the media, even Scrubs has some very serious cores in their stories.

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This whole week has seriously blown major ass!!! I lost both my favorite cigarettes and one of my favorite bands just a few days apart. Now I’ve talked about my Obama hatred over losing my Blacks. So I’ll get off of that dead horse and move on to this one. I was on my last pack of Blacks when my girlfriend told me they kicked Craig Owens out of Chiodos. A harrowing sadness overcame me then. Followed by the memories of why I liked them in the first place. Now before I continue further let me just say I fucking hate screamy/growly shit! My girlfriend listens to Job for a Cowboy. That shit makes me want to rip out their throats with a rusty spoon! Some of her other stuff I can stand maybe one or two songs from a band. 

 

Anyways, Derek left in March now Craig’s gone now too? Who the Fuck is in the Band? Yeah, two fucking guitarists… Fuck that! I don’t care who they get to replace Craig or Derek, but with what everyone is saying about it, let me just say this:

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

If I buy an car witout an engine or a tires, is it really still a fucking car?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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