Friday, April 22, 2011

BEDA 22: Pokémon and Anime classes.

Hello! It's Friday morning, I'm still in bed, and my to-do list today is long. Let's cross "blogging" off early, shall we?

Yesterday I met my dad for lunch around 11:30, which is something we try to do fairly regularly. He took me out for Pho (which is a delicious Vietnamese noodle soup if you didn't already know) and we chatted about various family things before being joined by one of his coworkers. When we returned to his office, he took me around and introduced me to some new employees as usual, and the ones who already know me told me they'd been keeping up with my videos. I always end up blushing a lot whenever I visit my Dad's office. He's such a proud dad (though everything gets put in check when I remember he has THREE pictures of my little cousin Madeline on his wall by his desk and only one of me. What gives, DAD? At least I'm doing better than my brother Nick, who's first wall picture was only put up recently).

Anyway, I came home I continued work on the "Behind the Scenes" videos for the Buffy project. The whole thing took so much time to create; there's actually going to be a series of five videos I post on my second channel that will be companion videos (if people are interested in "Behind the Scenes" stuff, that is). The videos are pretty fun, so I hope people like them.

Last night I went and saw the play The Secret in the Wings at UW with my friend Hope. There's actually a funny story about this show -- I saw it originally at the Seattle Reperatory Theatre about 5 or 6 years ago, and my high school friends and I absolutely fell in love. Then later, we realized it was kind of a new work and couldn't find anything about it online really. We began to wonder if we'd ever really seen the show at all or if the whole thing was some bizarre sort of shared dream. Haha.
Anyway, when I heard my old college was putting it on, I immediately bought tickets. I was really excited to see if the show lived up to these crazy expectations I had built up in my mind over the last few years.

It didn't.

But I still enjoyed the production! It just wasn't quite this magical, ethereal experience I remembered having with my friends so long ago. I guess it's one of those things where you have to wonder if it would have been better to just never see the show again and savor the memory of the experience. Or something.

By the way, while we're on the topic of school - so if you've been reading my blog awhile, you know in college I got to take all these fun focus groups within my major. I took one on childbirth (which I loved), but more excitingly, the one on Disney.

Anyway, I'm still on the mailing list for news about my major, and this quarter I've received two emails that have made me want to re-enroll in college. Check out these focus groups they're offering Summer quarter this year:

[CHID496A] Pokémon 101
The focus group will be watching Pokémon episodes, doing readings on Pokémon, learning about Japanese popular culture, and encountering questions about animal representation and rights.

[CHID 495] Animation: Miyazaki and the Vitality of Media
M and W are film screenings of Hayao Miyazaki's films and other important anime. Tuesdays and Thursdays we talk about the films in relationship to readings we've finished. Some of the films we will watch: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away.

DUDE. Why didn't I get to take these classes? It's like they created these classes FOR ME and I won't even be there to enjoy them!!!!

Moral of today's blog post = life is unfair. Also, stay in school.

Flights taken: 8
Pokémon team level: 48-51


Pudding437 said...

*grumbles* stupid educations system in scotland. always teaching us stuff that will elp us in life, and will be about as likely at getting us a job as becoming a doctor with a degree in bad jokes *rnd grumbles* Why arn't there any courses like that in scottish universities?

Manar said...

You keep taunting us with the Buffy project. :) How spoilery is it? Because I'm currently nearing the end of Season 5.

Also, the Pokemon class sounds cool. I must admit that, other than Pokemon (which barely counts), I've never really been an anime fan. xD Miyazaki's movies bore me. I have lots of friends who LOVE all of that, but it's just not my thing. :/

I hope that you have a great day! :D

kittygurl212 said...

I would SO take the animation class, I've already seen all of those Miyazaki films! I wish my college would have those kinds of classes, but with all the budget cuts we've been getting, I'm lucky I was able to get the classes I need to graduate.

Still excited about the Buffy project!

nerdgirl1990 said...

"Moral of today's blog post = life is unfair. Also, stay in school."
Exactly what I've learned over the past few days. What a bizarre coincidence.

Jessica said...

UW sounds like the greatest school in the entire world right now... would it be weird for me to transfer from Michigan? :P

Anonymous said...

I love ALL of those movies! That would be so awesome to be able to go to a class like that!

kyle said...

What this means is you need to go for your masters in whatever-the-hell-your-major-was. You'll probably need to pioneer the masters program, so make sure you suggest more courses like these.

Alloquy said...

If I got to study Spirited Away I would be the happiest person alive. That's so unfair.

Van Herrmann said...
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Van Herrmann said...

but.. what.. huh... why!?!

Pokemon 101?

POKEMON 101!?!?!

Why does such thing not exist in Australia?!?!

I'll just have to do like your tags say and just "play pokemon and watch anime" -sigh-

iLikeAcidPops said...

I can't wait to see the behind the scenes footage of thr Buffy shoot!

Torrey said...

Oh. I am taking a class called "history of the vampire- looking at vampires from the Eastern society and now the western society. Pop culture influence, as well"

Yeah. I like college already.

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