January 25th, 2010

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V is for Victory

Operation Congratulations was an oustanding success far beyond my expectations. Not only was the look on my little brother's reaction to the end of the series absolutley priceless (the expression on his face was absolutely priceless), he is now an avid fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Afterwards, he asked me to borrow the series which he rewatched two times, then he watched End of Evangelion, Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0, and the first three volumes of the Shinji Ikari Raising Project manga(I'll give a review of that one at a later date, my reaction to it is mixed).
A bit of backstory. I originally saw NGE back when it was on Adult Swim, I think I was around seventeen at the time. It was an amazing series and then I forgot about it. Several years later, I'm driving in the car with my little brother from Thanksgiving Dinner, and we were reading the Troper Tales section of What Do You Mean It's Not For Kids on my phone, and then we start watching clips of disturbing animes on youtube. My little brother<http://apophis-wolf.livejournal.com/> voices his skepticism that any anime could be disturbing as the troper tales people made it out to be. I express how even I find some animes disturbing. He continues to act tough, so I take out my trump card, the pinnacle of mindfuckery, Neon Genesis Evangelion. (I had watched End of Eva on a whim a week beforehand.) I show him a clip of it from youtube. Unfortunately, it's only the first minute of the first episode. Needless to say, he is unimpressed. As I begin searching for other clips, he says to me, "It just looks like your regular giant robot anime." My brother loves to test fate: "What is the worst that could happen?", "Wouldn't it be great if we were suddenly attacked by zombies/the Well/the Wahrwolf(don't ask)?", etc. However, this time he tested Fate once too far. The very next day, I went out and bought the entire series on dvd(platinum edition, fyi). It actually rekindled my own love of NGE, and I ended up buying the Shinji Ikari Raising Project Manga(After watching End of Eva for the first time, SIRP can be very cathartic.), and Eva 1.0<http://www.funimation.com/evangelion/>.
If you're a fan of the Eva series, I recommend evageeks.org. It is a site where Eva fans try to figure out what the hell they just watched.

Also, Scott Brown won in Massachusetts.
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I've Named my Mosin Nagant + Might Include Pics

I used to think that only lunatics named their weapon anything. After hearing about how the USMC, US Army, and other world militaries urged their recruits to name their weapons as a way to motivate them to take better care of them, I decided that it wouldn't be a bad idea for the same reason. I came up with a list of names: Mosy, Emancipator, Narsil, Caliburn, Simo, Ivan, Sasha, Voting Machine, Gunhilda, Betsy, Galatine, Mjolnir, Sky Piercer, Liberator. In the end I decided to name my mosin nagant, Durandal/Durendal(I haven't decided which spelling to go with), after the sword of Roland from the Song of Roland.
I'm still unsure of whether it is a good idea or not to post pics of Durandal/Durendal. I will have to reread the site's rules and guidelines before I come to a conclusion.

update: I've decided to go with the spelling, "Durandal".
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A Short Political Reading List

-In Defense of Freedom- Frank Meyer
-Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto- Mark Levin
-Rules for Radicals- Saul Alinsky
-The Essential Works of Lenin
-The Radicalism of the American Revolution- Gordon S. Wood
-Liberal Fascism- Jonah Goldberg
-The Moulding of Communists- Frank Meyer
-Democracy in America- Alexis de Toqueville
-Common Sense- Thomas Paine
-Civil Disobedience- Henry David Thoreau