I had people over for dinner. After the last of my guests left at around eleven, I watched an episode of Futurama which I had downloaded. When that was over, I put The Search for Spock into my DVD player. The plan, actually, was to fall asleep in front of the movie -- I took my contacts out and everything. But I didn't get sleepy, and I watched the whole thing without even dozing off once (HIGHLY irregular). And when it was over, I still wasn't tired. And Lupin III was on the teevee. So I went to my computer and worked on the site, I tried out the new Dreamweaver MX. It sort of feels like cheating, but I figure that if it helps me to churn out these pages more quickly, then that's okay. Because getting these pictures out there in a format that I like, that is the important thing. I mean really, what am I trying to prove? And to whom?
I worked on the computer, choosing colors and picking out fonts and fooling with my new program and reading stories on the internet, until 4:30 in the ay-em. And I wan't even tired then, but I knew I had to go to bed eventually, or I would be dead the next day. Surprisingly, I don't really feel all that bad today. I have had an awful lot to eat, though.
Oh man, I keep forgetting to mention! Last week I completed the first phase of my continuing mission to watch every episode of Star Trek in order. I finally watched the end of "The Cage" (I had fallen asleep during the last, like, five minutes at my first viewing), and also saw, from start to finish, the sixth Star Trek movie. And thus I have seen every Original Cast jawn that Star Trek has to offer. Well, until the first episode of TNG, which has DeForest Kelley (RIP) in it (I had forgotten why I wanted to rent "Encounter at Farpoint" even though I'd seen it recently -- I just remembered that that's why). And the one with Scotty in it. And the one with Spock in it. And I think Sarek's (RIP) in a few. And then Generations, of course. But those are guest spots (except for the movie, I guess,) you see what I mean.
The reason I started this whole thing was, as you probably don't recall because who cares except me, Deep Space Nine. I wanted to watch all the episodes in a row, but then I thought that I should do that with TNG first, because there's so much history established in that series, which is later referenced in DS9. And then I thought hey, what the hell, I'll watch the Kirk series too. But I didn't expect to LIKE it. I only bought the Star Trek calendar that hangs in my kitchen because they didn't have a Deep Space Nine one. I figured it would be kitschy. I had no idea how much I would genuinely enjoy this series. There are a lot of retarded fucking episodes, sure, but man, there are a lot of good ones too. And I love to bitch and moan about stuff that doesn't quite make sense. Man, if you watch an episode with me, you might think that I hate the series, all the complaining and bullshit-calling I do. But I wouldn't care if I didn't love it all so much. I'm a sucker for comedy in non-comedic serieses. And a sucker for people who are the absolute bestest of friends and are NOT secretly going out, no matter what everyone says. And also, once again I'm a sucker for big freaking universes. It's why I love the entire Dune series so much, there's just so much to it, so much to think about. Star Trek is like that except eight thousand times worse. There is so much freaking material out there that is canon, and then eleventy million times that in books and fan fiction (there really is such a thing as good, quality fan fiction (THAT IS NOT EROTIC) (well and some that is erotic I AM ONLY HUMAN AFTER ALL), honest), that . . . well, I'm dead. I'm well aware of how all this talk comes across, well aware of how often I bring it up. But I can't help it, I think of these things, and I'm too old to be trying to impress anyone with how much of a nerd I'm not. This is my shit, and that's just the way it is. I get obsessed, I get caught up with things, this is nothing new. In middle school it was Stephen King and then Steve Martin and then in high school it was R.E.M. and then two years ago it was Elvis Costello and now it's Star Trek. This one's just going to take a bit longer to get over, that's all.
So yeah, it took me six months to do a three-season series. That's too long. I'm streamlining the process. TNG has three episodes per disc rather than two, that should help. And no more of this renting movies every so often. Who am I kidding? I think I was just doing that so I didn't FEEL foolish, like, "look I am not only watching Star Trek" and that's goddamned retarded. I'll allow two or three movies between seasons, but that's it, man. I need to bang these puppies out.
EDIT: Oh man I forgot to talk about Star Trek: The Animated Series! Originally I was going to skip it, because it's only out on VHS. But then I perused eBay, and for real cheap scored a 2-DVD set that some dude made from the tapes. The sound quality isn't stellar, but it has menus and everything and is good enough. And then before I saw that auction I had bid on an auction for the first four tapes, and ended up winning that one, and grudgingly paying him really late. And then I got the tapes and they are in IMMACULATE condition, I mean bizarrely good condition, I don't know where these things were stored the last whatever years. I'm not rushing to finish them before TNG, I'll save them for when I run out of DVD's and whatnot. But they're definitely entertaining, and I'm glad I got them. The design of the cartoon is actually really cool. The animation itself is sorta shitty, but you know, whatever. Man, it's not considered canon though (I'm not sure why -- oh and also it's the last two years of the Five Year Mission, so that's kind of neat), which sucks because one of the episodes that Mitch and I watched ends with them leaving a FORTY FOOT TALL SPOCK CLONE hanging out on a planet with some forty foot clone of a dude left over from the Eugenics wars! Holy shit that would be some hot shit if there was a forty-foot Spock just chillin' chillin' somewhere out there! Man, I wonder what he did during the pon farr . . .
Man, I went to Wawa during lunch and my checking account balance is . . . either appalling or hilarious, I can't figure out which. It's a good thing I'm getting paid tomorrow. I REALLY need to stop spending money on things I don't need. Seriously. I will never be able to afford a house at this rate.
So that's it! I'm going camping this weekend, I'm very excited about that. Have a great Thursday.