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College Park Blog Party 2003

Welcome to the Blogathon 2003 College Park Blog Party

We're throwing a party. Or maybe it'll be more of a get-together. And the whole thing is going to be recorded on LJ. There'll be at least one post every half hour, from 9AM Saturday until 9AM Sunday (eastern time). We're sponsored for $100 in pledges so far, and it's all going to charity. We're blogging for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

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Most recent entries are at the top; if you want to start reading from the beginning, scroll down to the bottom.

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Triple Digits [27 Jul 2003|07:21pm]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | awake ]

Big thanks to Oliver. He wanted to be here yesterday but had to work. He just pledged five bucks, though, which means we've hit $100. Sweet.

Remember folks, the blogathon may be over, but you've still got until Tuesday morning to pledge. And if you miss the deadline, you can always donate to the CBLDF directly. It's a good cause, go check it out.

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ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZ [27 Jul 2003|09:07am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | asleep ]

Blogathon 2003: Proud Survivor

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Done [27 Jul 2003|09:03am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | accomplished ]

Holy shit. It's over. I am in so much pain. But it was good. As of this point in time we've raised $95 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Because censorship is bad. I haven't the mental capacity to get into how awesome this is. I really can barely think.

You can still pledge for the next 48 hours though. Click that little link at the top that says "sponsor us." That would be cool.

Ummm... yeah. I think it's time to pass out for a while.

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Uuhhnnmmaagghhhha? [27 Jul 2003|08:31am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | crappy ]

Finished Gladiator. I still have mixed feelings. It is cool though. And very, very well done, cinematically. I think my problem might be with the character of Maximus. Something about a remorseless killer saving Rome... and his motives kept shifting. Was he fighting for his dead family or his dead emperor? The two causes never really seemed to link together very well.

In other news, I'm having trouble focusing my eyes, most of my joints hurt, I have some sort of awful acrid taste in my mouth, I can't walk straight, and I have lost so much coordination that it's a wonder I can still type. In half an hour I will be completely dead to the world.

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He killed the man who set you free. [27 Jul 2003|07:57am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | groggy ]

23 hours down. One to go. Still watching Gladiator

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Battle of Carthage [27 Jul 2003|07:30am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | enthralled ]

Yeah... the Battle of Carthage scene in Gladiator is so nice.

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Thoughts [27 Jul 2003|07:08am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | confused ]

When I was lying in bed stoned earlier, unsuccessfully trying to take a nap, I had some beautiful revelations. Usually I try and hold such ideas as long as I can, but they tend to be fleeting. And the pathways to those ideas are often complex, convoluted, and impossible to retrace. So what I'll do is condense things into words, not as a description of where I've been but as a possible clue as to how to return.

Anyways, what I came up with was "Death is not a boundary, as boundaries do not exist." It had something to do with the unknown becoming the known, and vague recollections of Mircea Eliade's "The Sacred and the Profane." It was a beautiful thing to hold in my mind, and I was blissfully at peace for an impossible-to-determine period of time.

Also I came up with a train of thought that I was able to remember relatively well. Spiral = snake = change = evolution = virus = informational change. The snake spirals around us at the base of things, changing information as it moves, as a virus, whether biological or more pure information (as in memes). The change is what causes evolution, of species and of ideas. The fall from grace is the beginning of change, the end of timelessness.

Okay, I'm so distracted... we got chariots and arrows and spears and shit... This movie is very cool.

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The frost... sometimes it makes the blades stick. [27 Jul 2003|06:35am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | peaceful ]

The use of color in this movie is simply amazing. The transitions from one pallette to the next are beautiful. And they all have something in common that I can't place. I need to take some color photo classes so I can figure out things like this. The ways color can play our senses like a musical instrument, it's fascinating to me.

The sun came out a little while ago. Two and a half hours left. I'm going to make it.

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Gladiator vs. Spartacus [27 Jul 2003|06:06am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | contemplative ]

Just finished the opening battle scene in Gladiator. For some reason my memories of this movie were of it being rather melodramatic and pretty excessive. Whether it is or not is is those things, though, I had certainly forgotten just how badass it is.

So the question, of course, is which is the better movie: Gladiator, or Spartacus? I suppose Spartacus was equally as melodramatic and excessive, but for now I think I have to go with the classic, if for only one scene. When Rome sends the legion against Spartacus, and there are these great wide shots of an entire legion of men, brilliantly equipped, marching over a hill in formation and doing badass manouvers. It's simply amazing if you can see it on a big screen. Especially because it is shot so simply. There is no tricky editing or digital manipulation; you're looking at an army of badass Roman troops, highly disciplined, trained, and armed, in stark contrast with the rag-tag group that is Spartacus' slave army.

Gladiator's recreation of ancient Rome is also badass in the same "cinema of spectacle" fashion, but it isn't the same. The light reflecting off the spires of Rome passed through no lens and was exposed on no film. It is an artifice, a digital illusion. An image that one knows is an illusion cannot hold the same power as one that offers the "truth" of real film. Of course all film lies, and an image is an image...

but I'm gonna be late with this post, and I'm half distracted by the movie and babbling out of my head.

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Still here [27 Jul 2003|05:34am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | optimistic ]

I like my computer. I've got a couple of AIM windows, the Semagic LiveJournal client, and the DVD Gladiator running all on the same screen. Multimedia that actually works is the goddamn bomb.

Been talking to Mike from Dozerthon and thesaltedspedBarry in California. We're coming down the home stretch now, and I've been distracted enough that I only just barely started Gladiator, so there's still like two and a half hours of movie. Sweet. And I haven't seen it in a while so hopefully it'll hold my interest and I won't nod off.

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On then there was one. [27 Jul 2003|04:56am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | blah ]

Jake's got work tomorrow so he's dipping out. Nick has also gone to the land of dreams, but he said I can wake him in an hour or so. I've got about four hours left. So I'm gonna watch Gladiator in my room. That should eat up another two and a half hours or so. Plus pausing time for blogging. And if anyone's up and about, please send me an AIM (screen-name = IsenMike)... I could use some support, not to mention something to waste time and get my mind off of the exhaustion that's fast settling in.

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Lesbian skin grafts for all. [27 Jul 2003|04:25am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | numb ]

Movie is almost over, but I gotta get back to it. All I'm gonna say is:

"We need more skin. I think it's time to harvest another lesbian."

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ow [27 Jul 2003|03:53am]

blogpartyguest
i think ill pass out now. i really fucked up my leg today, stupid woods with their pits an whatnot. its not good when you got bone sticking out of your skin right?
-otaku kami-sama(nick)
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Fallout [27 Jul 2003|03:35am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | hyper ]

What's with all the people leaving the party and posting from home? If you're still awake you might as well be here. I mean, look at the userpic for the community. It's this house, not your house. Crazy people.

Also, Nick nuked the bathroom like forty-five minutes ago. There was fallout. I could smell it from my room. I'm praying it's cleared out by now. Wish me luck.

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Watch out, Jesus knows Kung Fu [27 Jul 2003|03:30am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | giggly ]

The Lord is generally a peaceful guy. But if you stomp on his sandcastle and kick him in the nuts, he will kick your ass.

This movie is totally choice. If you have the means, I totally recommend you pick up a copy.

Anyone who can identify the reference in that last line gets props. Props, I say, props.

I'm going to take a poo.

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[27 Jul 2003|03:19am]

inthepooper
Hello everyone, Michael Balser here once more. I played two games of Spades on Yahoo, winning the first game and losing the second. Oh well.

I am kind-of sad because I wanted to see the greatest zombie Nazi movie ever made at Mike and Jake's house and I didn't end up seeing it.

I forgot to mention that I hung out with Rose in the gazeebo and it was fresh because gazeebo is a fresh word.

I bet Mike doesn't make it till 9:00 am.

Sincerely yours,
Michael Balser
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Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter [27 Jul 2003|03:06am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | confused ]

Finished playing Vice City in a blaze of death, fire, and glory. Went out for a cigarette break. Alexey is asleep on the couch. Nick is saying he might go to sleep.

Jake and I are about to watch Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, the greatest Kung Fu Vampire Jesus Musical ever made.

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Sleep [27 Jul 2003|02:46am]

bastiality
[ mood | pensive ]

Time for me to go to sleep.

I found this awesome (yes, awesome) pen on my mom's desk. It is really nice and it has a cushioned grip and a squiggly, silver, metal clip with a ball on the end and it's made of a luminous, yellow, transparent plastic. It looks like it should glow in the dark, but it doesn't. I tried.

This is how I know it's bedtime.

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Vice City [27 Jul 2003|02:38am]

mikeisenberg
[ mood | drained ]

Switching off playing Vice City with Jake. I think we might put in a movie soon. I think the only way I'm going to last is if I force myself to sit through some movies. I took some Dexedrine to keep me from falling asleep. I need to time it right and take some more in a few hours though, otherwise I'm going to crash, hard.

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3.1415927 pies [27 Jul 2003|02:15am]

blogpartyguest
mmmm, party winding domn. im soooo tired, and my knee hurts, im sad. my on,ly remaining options are to consume my fellow blogers. yes that should provide the sustinance i need.....
_nick
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