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So Monday and Tuesday nights I got a lot of sleep, and last night I did the opposite of that.

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.


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Jul. 15th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
don't forget sulu and rand (and kang) are in voyager's "flashback") :)

TNG has about 4 episodes per disc (usually), so that definately will help a lot.

Jul. 15th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
Haha, oh yeah, that's right! I was just reading about that episode the other day.

Voyager used to be on UPN around here on Sunday nights at midnight, after Enterprise, but they suddenly stopped. And that's a shame, because I've only seen a handful of episodes, and I won't see any more for like THREE YEARS. And Adult Swim is awful on Sunday nights, so there's nothing to do.

And four? Excellent.
Jul. 15th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
And Adult Swim is awful on Sunday nights

blasphemy. there's only like, an awful hour & a half right in the middle. the beginning is good, the problem is that then it sucks for a long time before home movies comes on too late to watch. i'm a fan of both birdman & brak, though...
Jul. 15th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I do like Birdman a lot, actually. Especially the theme song! And the Brak show isn't *too* bad, but it hasn't really impressed me yet. But man, Mission Hill can eat a dick and the Oblongs can eat the biggest dick in the land, I gave that show so many chances and it is never not totally godawful.

Shit, I didn't even KNOW that Home Movies was still on on Sundays. I can't really make it up that late. All repeats, I assume?
Jul. 15th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
Man, I wish I'd watched all that Star Trek with you. And I mean all of it. Otherwise, what's the point? What a great project.
Jul. 15th, 2004 02:53 pm (UTC)
Haha, uh oh, look out guys, we got a real nerdlinger over here!

No but seriously, yeah, thanks for not making fun of me. I mean if you're going to do something, fucking DO it, am I right or am I right?
Jul. 15th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
That's awesome that you're doing the same thing too. We bought all the seasons so far...I get a little weepy when I think of how much money that is. And we're watching them in order from TNG to Voyager (since TOS doesnt' come out until September)

It's so awesome and so are you.
Jul. 15th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
Ha, thanks! Right back atcha.

I got a Netflix account for the purposes of this project! Because I can't imagine choosing which seasons to buy, and I also can't buy them all. But I've bought all the movies so far, and as soon as the TOS box sets come out this summer, I am snatching those up right quick. August 31st can't come fast enough.

Ha, so who knows, maybe I'll be a sucker and end up buying them all after all.

Yeah, having an expensive habit like that is rough! I have a very expensive marijuana habit, and if I think about how many, oh, I dunno, digital cameras I could be buying each year instead of drugs, it is very depressing, so I just don't think of it like that! If they bring you joy and you watch them again and again then they are worth it. :)

But yeah, that is totally crazy that you are doing the same thing! Man, waiting for Netflix is a bitch, you are totally going to finish faster than I!
Jul. 15th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
i tell you, buying the seasons second hand is the only way to go... each season i bought i only 2 TNG and 1 DS9)i paid less than $55 (TNG season 3 i got for $45)which is a pretty sizable savings.

i'm the same way with the HBO shows i love.. i can't in a million years justify spending $100 for a 13 episode set of either the sopranos or six feet under. thats crazy talk. at least the star trek seasons have 26 eps.

Jul. 16th, 2004 04:58 am (UTC)
I think it's really cool (or HOT) that you dig Star Trek so much.

I used to watch DS9 but I never got into it. However, there was this one episode where Sisco (sp?) got shunted to some non-liner time reality. He was jumping back and forth in time. That was my favorite DS9 episode. Also, that Bijoran (sp?) chick with the wrinkly nose used to annoy me, just like No. 1 did in ST:TNG. Now those two needed to hook-up. (They might even have—I don't remember). Good fan-fic material, I think. If I didn't dislike them, I'd write an episode myself involving those two.

'Masks' was a TNG episode, the last season, I think, where Data was taken over by something or some-entity and he hole'd himself up in holodeck or someplace. He had switch personalities in that one. The acting he did was so excellent. Imagine Brent acting as Data who has to pretend to be two other characters. Very awesome.

Star Trek brings back such good memories. Ahhhhh!
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