Monday, December 28, 2009

Nearing the end of a decade...

Almost there!
I've been lucky enough to experience the 1990sas a child, even though amost of my memories of the American culture of the time was just before the turn of the century and is skewed by memories of terrible Britney Spears and NSYNC music.
Alas, I am lucky enough to have experienced two roman decades and am glad to see this one pass with Bang, in my life anyway.
I mean, honestly what a way to end not only the year but the decade! I've figured out what I want to do with my life (kinda), I'm about to finish my Highschool Education, I have an amazing Girlfriend, I have the greatest group of friends ever and all is good on the home front.

I also saw some really good movies this year! In fact Saturday I met Emma at the theatre to see Joel Silver & Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes.
On a side note, props to Alec by the way, more on that later.
Anyway, onto the film!
When I heard about him making a Sherlock Holmes movie I got pretty excited. That was last year.
It was done beautifully; from the CGI and all the other work that created turn of the century London to the creation of the young Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, and their comical brother-like relationship.
First off, I've always pictured Sherlock Holmes and Watson as younger men than normally portrayed since I first read a Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes is described as a young and very brilliant inventor who was ignorant of common knowledge and extremely irrational; however, a walking library of unique wisdom and logic. John Watson describes himself as a veteran shaken by the war in India, clearly tough, strong, a far shorter fuse than his friend Holmes. What I'm trying to say is that Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law were simple perfect for the rolls and Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler was funny. Just funny.
Secondly, the C.G.I. was magnificent, from the unfinished Westminster Bridge and other scenery and atmosphere to every explosion and close detail shot requiring that extra digital detail.
The movie was a fair mix of action, mystery, suspense and humor, so, yes. I liked the movie and so did Emma; win-win.
Alas, there were aspects of the film that I think lacked detail or were too forward on the "hint-hint" side of things, while other aspects of the film, like comedy, could have been taken down just a notch and the suspense could have been a bit more epic.
Then again, I just saw Avatar, as well, so....
As a final note, the end of the film pretty much sold tickets to it's sequel if the Producers have signed a contract; so, while I'm not waiting for it, I will be expecting another Sherlock Holmes movie in the next two years.

On a side note, one of the producer of Holmes was Joel Silver, a man who I am personally a fan of for his masterpiece that was the Matrix Series. He's done all the Matrix related stuff, V for Vendetta, Speedracer, Ninja Assassin and... Predator and Predator 2.
I just saw Avatar, the latest work of James Cameron who did Titanic, the Terminator series, and directed Aliens. Aliens was a part of a series based from a 1976 film called Alien created by Gordon Carroll, David Giler and Walter Hill.
Alien and Predator were combined by Walter Hill, David Giler and Gordon Carrol, and also by John Davis who worked on the Predator Series.
Beware the Slime: it's a lot worse than you would expect.

So, I haven't talk about music in a while and given my taste changes on a monthly basis I think it's time to recap on the seasons.
Since moving to Missouri almost a year ago, my hatred of Country Pop and Country Rock has been enforced by the majority of Country Music stations coming down from the bluff and out of Cape. Don't get me wrong! I like bluegrass, I like Johnny Cash, I like older versions of modern country, but I can not stand to hear another song about "knockin' boots", pick-up trucks, Chevys or beer & whiskey!
I've also become a huge fan of a man named David Vandervelde who I discovered through the Nooma videos (produced by Flannel) and woman named Brie Stoner. A very mellow yet lively kind of indie rock I really enjoy. I've gotten into the Album Leaf and that's also rekindled my taste in Mogwai and Tristeza.
On the classical, or traditional, side of the field I've gained a love over the year of Bear McCreary, a score composer who did the work for Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles and other shows. His unique and very near-eastern influence music is very beautiful and really pulled me into the world of Galactica, as cheesy as that sounds. Definitely check him out, search him on Youtube, try a couple songs.
Thanks to my friends Kyle and Larry, I've also gotten into Metal again with Vanna, Underoath, Otherwise, Demon Hunter and some other bands. That has also pushed me into Christian Rock recently as well! I've been listening to a lot of Flyleaf, Disciple, Skillet, Thousand Foot Crutch, Third Day, Falling Up, Plumb, Kutless, Newsboys, Toby Mac. All have a really good sound.
In the last month I've been listening to a bit of the combined of the above with more 80s music, Japanese rock music (L'Arc~en~Ciel, Asian Kung Fu Generation, Dir en Grey), Alternative Rock out of the U.K. (Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz[well, kinda]), and a bunch of Placebo (as always).

So, if you don't know me in person and you don't pay attention then you may not have realized that I am an Otaku (Japanese for nerd, essentially; thus a nerd who like Manga, Anime, anything associated with Japan) who loves Manga.
Also, I've always considered myself a Artist since I was, like, ... seven. I've always enjoyed drawing, painting and creating stories.
Even at one point in time, I wanted to be a mangaka or a cartoonist, which was a rather long living dream that still has some shadows in my goals today; I continue to write a three year going project that I call my novel and I want to begin making art again.
So, today I'm going to talk about a mangaka I'm great fan of:
I've begun reading a manga called Bakuman with art by one of my favourite mangaka named Obata Takeshi (小畑 健) with his long time partner Tsugumi Ohba; and, ironically enough, Bakuman is a Manga about two boys who dream of being Mangaka.
I've been a fan of Obata Takeshi since I started reading Manga. In fact, the first manga I ever read was Hikaru-no-Go which had the artwork of Obata and story by Yumi Hotta. Hikaru was a coming of age story about a boy named Hikaru who would become a Professional Go player. Needless to say that story inspired me to learn the game of Go, which has since been my favourite strategy board game older than just a few centuries (Milleniums actually). I even made my own board.
Before Bakuman, Ohba and Obata created Deathnote, a VERY popular (and "wordy") manga and the reference of many jokes about everything from psychos to emos to sugar loving ... L-like-people....
Takeshi Obata has also been the mentor of other Mangaka who's work I'm rather fond of; like Kentaro Yabuki, creator of another favourite manga of mine called Black Cat, and Nobuhiro Watsuki, who created Rurouni Kenshin and Busou Renkin.
Black Cat is about an unusual sweeper (bounty hunter) who has ties with the syndicate and gets pulled into a deep, dark adventure by shadows of his past.
Kenshin is samurai themed story about a former killer from the Bakumatsu whos become a wanderer bent of helping people.
Busou Renkin is about a guy named Kazuki Muto who gets himself mixed up in a world of Alchemy and Homunculi! FUN!
So yes, I am a fan of Obata Takeshi.
A bit random but I wanted to share some of my Otaku knowledge.

So anyway with the random shout of:
ihsaratiM oknA
ikustaniM ayaS

So, to cap off this blog, I think I'll say again that 2009 has been a big year. My life, philosophy, politics and faith as evolved a lot in the time since I've moved.
I've met a lot of interesting people and made some of the greatest friends a guy could ever ask for, even if they don't live in Missouri (you know who you are).
It's clear to see my music taste has change and so has my writing, and even if that sounds silly to most, that's pretty important to me.
My outlook on faith, how ever unstable it was last year, has drastically changed and become stronger and more Christ-like, I think, and that's what matters in some sense.
After all, I came here not knowing what I would do or how I would gain new company; now, I know what I'm supposed to do and it would allow me to pursue my other dreams as well; and I have wonderful friends, the type you can trust, and this month has been so unusual and yet so amazing.
I look to the new year.

So with that I bid you you, good bye!
Remember to do good work and may God bless you.

Shalom & Raya,
Brent Matthew Lillard

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Writing Beta 1

So, if any of you pay attention, you know I enjoy writing and that I've spent a great deal of time writing a work of fiction which I have only referred to as my novel for two years.

I wanted to talk a little bit about what writing is to me and the way I write, maybe get some practice in as well.

So, let's start with my novel's setting:
It's a Scientific Romance or Fantasy that takes place at no specified time period possibly millions of years in the future where humanity, after many apocalypses, has taken a hard reset and is no as advanced as we are.
While this society is not technically advanced they are physically more advanced in evolution. For example most people live to be a Hundred thirty five years old, there are being with highly concentrated awareness of time, space and spirituality who (kind of like a prophet?), and there are races or bloodlines that are physically stronger, faster and more war like.

I enjoy Scientific Romance, but that doesn't mean I'm going to use lasers and lightsabre-nunchaku, oh no, I prefer a trebuchet or dual dao. (split Chinese broad sword)

No a setting, isn't what's important to me. Personally, I prefer character driven stories that don't lay out a black (evil) and white (good) perspective of a world; i.e. there is no hero, no villain but a single world split by forces who want the same thing but have very different ideas and ideals as to how it should be done, then once there is in place a key story create a world around it.
To create the conflict around a world broken world would be like creating an epic film and polarizing the humanity of the story into an amplified version of reality.

Now, because my story is only at the half way point I'm not going to give out any details as what it's about, I'm not stupid (much), but I will demonstrate my writing style:

First a concept: A group of lower class teenagers making the best of life even if they don't have the benefits of living in an advance society.

Second a primary character named Cole Ellington-Martin, he's sixteen and works as a laborer, he's good with his hands and has a girlfriend who is dirty blonde. He has a conflicted past for his parents were divorced and he was passed back from from an abusive mother who was once an Militia Sergeant (see, already making the world) and his alcoholic depressed father who never helped his son even though he heard the cries of help.
Third, some more Characters:
Byrum Elliot Smith is an in the closet homosexual (suggests that this world looks down on homosexuality) who is best friends with Cole and spend most of his time smoking pot and hanging out with Cole at the work place (A suggests the legality might be different in their world or that they live in a loose community). Always wear's a charcoal gray fedora, never talks about his family, considers Cole his only family most of the time.
Tristan Darlene Reidel is Cole's girlfriend and she comes from a rich family but hates the aristocracy of it all and spends most of her time avoid them and her aids so she can just get away with Byrum and Cole. Sometimes only Cole, it gets cold on the weekend.

Forth comes the setting:
I'm going to say they live in place like Nowhere, Kansas but they live in a country run by an Aristocratic Government (crude oil, war and socialism at it's worst, an idealist's nightmare) that gives all the coastal prime land and military support to those who pay for it and those who live in Nowhere are stuck with a volunteer Militia. The Aristocracy is a bit more advance than we are but in Nowhere there is not so much high tech juice and more broken down Chevys.

Fifth comes the writing and deciding on a perspective. Standardly, most stories are written either from first or third person (with other choices below third person) but I like to toy around with the unconventional like using both or even second person to really mess with your head.
I prefer first person because it's very human, it comes quite literally from the perspective of the main character and you can get a personality from them.
So let's begin:

From an outsider's perspective we were just pukes living in the dust bowl that was Old Obtain City in the Crescent Province. Farmers and sons of laborers who used to work in the tank factories back in war time were the only people that lived here. Not that I really care what those rich nothoi thought of us, I had the time of my life in those parts, no military, no money, no rules.
The smell of oil and gasoline was the in the air as me and Byrum pushed the old Jeep out of the mud as Tristan lean against the door of the shop shaking her head at our methodical madness.
"You two jacks can't do anything without making a mess, can you?" She laughed rolling her eyes as I shot her nasty look before letting off the tail gate, as did Byrum as we stepped back from the mud and examined it.
It was one of those genius moments where I let Cox park a car I've spent weeks on. Well, that's not say he's always incompetent, he does amazing body work until you get near him and an air powered ANYTHING, my arm was still in a sling from the drill accident.
"Well, Cole," Byrum, standing beside me, put his arm over my shoulders to rest before giving a great sigh, "Now what?"
I looked at the two metric tons of jeep and wiped the sweat from my forehead, "Get in the driver's seat and let on the throttle when I say, Trill,"
She pulled her hair from her face and pushed herself off the door and ran over to the right side of the jeep and got in.
"Okay, let's do this," I said, shrugging Byrum off me before I heard a loud roar from the engine and before I knew it the two of us were hit by a wall of mud.
Mud, as thought by rich folk, is something we militia children dwell in. No, motor oil and grease, but not mud.
"The hell are you doing?" Shouted Byrum running for cover behind me and as I covered my face till the rev of the engine calmed.
I lowered my arm, seeing past to the blonde in the driver's seat, "You were saying, about making a mess?" I said before looking behind me at my friend crouching for safety.
She smiled at me and sat back down into her seat, giving me a thumbs up as I walked over to the to the tail gate and leaned against it, as did my huskier friend.
Byrum ran his hand through his short black hair and peeked over the tail gate, "On tria?" I nodded and she placed his hand to the bumper.
"Give it some petrol," I shouted and she slowly began revving up the engine and I looked at Byrum and began, "Ena... duo... tria!"
We both push as the wheels turned and mud whipped past our legs. With great thud and a loud roar the jeep practically jumped from the hole as we fell in it before the Jeep sped across the dirt parking lot before spinning and burning out into the wooden fence across to a dust veiled stop.
I scrambled from the mud and ran into the dust cloud to the empty vehicle. I ran around and jumped the fence beyond the screen to find Trill on her knees in the grass.
"Yeshua Messia," I sighed running to her so I could help, "are you okay?"
"I'm fine!" She barked and I stepped back.
"That had to be going at least eighty," I chuckled in hysteria as she helped herself to her feet.
"Next time," She said looking at her shaking arms, "you drive and I count to drei."
End of scene.

So I don't know what that was about, entirely, so I may return to this and revise and add onto it.
I've been wanting a side project to practice when I can't seen to write for the main project so this was fun.
Sorry about the random.
Thanks for reading.

Do good work.
May God Bless.
Shalom and Raya.

Brent Matthiew Lillard

Monday, December 21, 2009

Polyphemus and Chicago

So in the last three days I've watched two excellent movies.

I'm going to start with today's movie, Public Enemies. Starring one of my favourite actors the handsome and talent Johnny Depp and a new favourite of mine, Christian Bale.
It's kind of funny to combine the words Historical and Action in the same sentence; however, this one made for a very action packed and period correct film.
Johnny Depp did an amazing job of portraying one of my favourite bank robbers from the 1930s, John Dillinger, as an what appeared to be an anarchist who would stop at nothing to gain what he wanted: Fun, Guns, Fast Cars and his woman which eventually led him to his end.
Although I've never liked the figure that was Melvin Purvis, Christian Bale also did wonderful at portray the resolved G-Man that chased Dillinger like a cat after a very FAST mouse.
The action was exciting, , the atmosphere of the world made it fell like mid depression Chicago and the acting was good as always.
As a final note, that man who shot and killed Dillinger, Charles Winstead, was played the blue Eyed wonder that is Stephen Lang...

On the subject of Stephen Lang this leads the other movie, which I am STILL stoked about, after seeing it.
During the Youth Shopping trip me, my friends, my girlfriend and my youthleader (I think miss ADHD, Major, was there too) went to see Avatar.
In James Cameron's AVATAR, Stephen Lang plays the ever resolved military mind that is Colonel Miles Quaritch.

In a local system called Alpha Centauri A there is an earth sized moon orbiting a gas giant, Polyphemus; and this moon is called Pandora.
Where do I start? The world.
James Cameron did an amazing and beautiful job of bring to life a lush, epic, living and breathing (and thinking?) world that was so very different from Earth and yet so tempting and familiar that my friends and I still want to go to Pandora and become one of the blue skinned, and in tune with nature, Na'vi!
In concept this story examined the importance of maintaining and preserving the environment, the dangers of greed and, even prejudice and genocide set a a realistic science fiction enviroment making for a thought provoking and very entertaining film epic.
The CGI in this film was astonishing and really created a world unlike earth while still appearing unbelievably realistic even in the most hectic action sequences and in the closest calm shots. I mean it's relatively easy to put a gas giant with other moons in the methane rich sky, it's another thing to have giant reptile birds that you pug your braid into and fly between floating mountains.
Another thing I always keep an eye out for in continuity errors. They had it as perfect as a film can be from the Pandora being a super massive organic computer (like a human brain?) to Colonel Quaritch running out of the facility, holding his breath as he shot his gun, exposing himself to the methane, carbon dioxide and ammonia rich atmosphere, before gasping into an oxygen mask.
On the subject of the world, the Navi people were a beautiful and advanced primitive race that I envy. (nuffsed)
So with all the technical stuff aside, even though I haven't even scratched the surface, the movie was incredible and I'd be willing to see it again because it was amazing on the big screen.
I should probably go see it in 3D; because, from what I've read they used a new Stereoscopic camera that mimics human eyesight to film the entire movie and given that home 3D sucks, theatre is the way to go.
Either way, I suggest you go see Avatar while it's still in Theatres.

So, thank you for reading.
Do good work.
May God Bless.
Brent Matthew Lillard

Friday, December 18, 2009

I've wingin' it, BO'Y

So I'm not sure what to say this time except I'm excited about tomorrow.

I know I don't talk about my life much so here's a slice of life:
I'm excited about tomorrow because I go to Cape Girardeau with my friends for the Youth Group shopping trip.
I mean, I need to get out of this house for a while and what better than spending the day with my friends at the mall?
Ironically enough I come from Hampton Roads, Virginia where every other city has a fair sized mall complete with a Macy's, Bookstore, Sears, and J. C. Penny; however, since I moved here almost a year ago I have not set foot into the mall at Cape any farther than the Barnes & Noble's Manga/Science-Fiction section.
So, needless to say, I'll not be taking on this journey alone.
Alas, I don't do the Christmas present thing with most people simply because for the past two years Christmas has been untraditional and I've found I much prefer a peaceful, quiet Christmas focused to prayer, thanks and Jesus than a traditional, even though I love a nice Christmas Tree; But, back to what I was saying, I'm not big on presents and I'm hurting for cash (that cold, green-backed, folding stuff) so I'm shopping for a very chosen few.
Which means I've got to think hard, because I'm not good at gift giving.
Also, today, I cut my hand on a computer part, that's lovely.....

On a tech note I heard a rumors that Google has finally released a Beta of Chrome for Macintosh! I'd been waiting for this day to come for a long while before I finally I sat down and installed the Developer's version. I've actually found I prefer the developer's version simply because it's updated weekly as apposed to Monthly (Beta) so I'm sticking to the Dev channels of both Mac and PC.
But, in all seriousness, I've been using Chrome on Leopard for months, now, and I've gotten maybe two crashes during it's use so why wait so long to release the beta? I mean, honestly, do they really expect biased or unexperienced computer users to download an opensource browser, especially a beta?

But I digress....
On my PC I have begun using the extensions for Chrome and, to my surprise, they are very good!
They're lightweight and very useful. Here on the one's I particularly like:
AdThwart - This blocks unwanted and annoying Ads on everything from Facebook, MySpace, YouTube. My favourite extension ever, to be honest.
Google Mail Checker - Gives me a button on the toolbar that shows how many letters are in my GMail inbox and if I click the button it opens my GMail inbox. If you already have GMail open in another tab, it will take you to that tab. I like this because on my Mac, I have an SSB Fluid App in my Dock dedicated to GMail. (I dislike Apple's Mail application)
Google Calendar Checker - I've found, after having three operating systems fail (one windows, two Macs), that it's safer to have my agenda saved in the cloud and not on my computer. So, I use Google Calendar as my primary agenda and just let iCal sync with it so I can get it on my Mac and iPod; however, since I don't have a calendar program on my PC that syncs with it I've found having a small icon in my toolbar that will take me directly to my calendar or show me how much free time until my next event is handy.
XMarks Thumbnails - It does pretty much what any userscript can do on any other browser (just without the help of Grease Monkey) by adding a picture preview of websites on your Google search results. This is a feature I miss about using userscripts in Firefox.
SmoothScroll - Purely an aesthetic choice. I never use a mouse on my MacBook Pro because I love the multi-touch so one of the things I really like about it is that when I scroll using the multi-touch it's always smooth. It's silly, but I like having this tool around to keep the paging flowing nice and smooth, instead of jerky like most of the time with a scroll wheel. It can also be calibrated so that's pretty handy depending on your system.

As a closer I'm going to bring back a piece of software I mention a few months ago from called LogonStudio which is used to modify the logon GUI in windows.
It's purely cosmetic and permanent because it just changes the text and Bitmap images in the LogonUI.exe application. (I think, I'm guessing.)
I used it before to lesser degree so I could have a simple white background but since then I've refit the GUI to my Windows XP again so I figured I refit the Logon UI again as well.
So I thought I'd share.
If you want to spruce up you Logon screen, this is definitely the way to do it. You can change it then uninstall the program and it will remain the way you made it.

As for tomorrow and my dismay as to what movie to see I've come to the conclusion with Emma to go see Avatar.
I haven't seen a Jame's Cameron movie in a while. I mean, Titanic came out when I was, like, five and the first two Terminators were way back in the eighties!
So, while I'm afraid to see Terminator: Salvation (because I'd probably really like it), it looks like a good science-fiction and action film and I am getting a slight Halo vibe from the trailers I've seen, which peaks my curiosity even more.

So that is all until next time.
So, remember to do good work.
May God Bless.
Brent Matthew Lillard

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Liabilities and Glee

Does anyone remember a time when you could take a hair drier to your I.D. and change the date on it, go out and then buy yourself a packet of cigarettes and the old guy across the cupboard wouldn't pay you no thought?
Now you can't change your IDs, they've tightened the rules, the Iranian guy behind the glass doesn't play that game and you're stuck getting told by your hood friend that he's a liability he's buys for you.
What a way to start a story, eh? I'm not sure wear that came from because for one I don't do that shtick.
But it's true, though.
I mean, in my short lifetime I've seen a time when you could get a on a plane with your shoes tied and then within three years half the nation is complaining that T.S.A. are a pain in the neck because they're trying to keep people from stabbing the pilot in the neck with a ballpoint pen.

Well, it's almost Christmas and almost year 10 and I got a wall scroll as a calendar for when my BSG calendar becomes invalid. Yeah, the year flew by and things are just starting to look up in multiple angles, but it's cool. I'm enjoying it.

On a entertainment note I've started watching two television shows, on hulu, ofcourse.
After much evangelizing from my local friends, my Virginia friends, my internet friends and girlfriend I sat down and started watching Heroes and, to my surprise, I like it.
It's a character drama more than it's an action show, which is what I like.
While each character has his or her own problems and stories they are intertwined into a greater story.

Infact, just the other night I was discussing the character Hiro with my friend:
He has truly the most powerful ability of all. Sylar only has a single natural power, I gather, and that's his intelect and understanding of Machines, organic, mechanical or otherwise, so he can simply take powers. but Hiro can change everything with little effort if he tried, and with that he needs and has wisdom. He understands powers more than Samual, Bennet or Sylar, but on a different level.
I've narrowed the scope two those four characters as the deciding factors of the show:
Bennet wants good form all humans with Abilities even though has none.
Samuel wants good for humans with abilities because he has one, but he has an agenda.
Sylar is the anarchist, but he's the smartest of them all.
Hiro is honorable and can control time and space, thus everything, but wants good for ALL humans.

Now that I have over analyzed an NBC show let's move to Fox.

Through the efforts of fewer friends, and Shane, I also watched the last five episodes of Glee.
I like Glee. It's character driven, it has amazing covers, musical and geeky references, and a crazy coach named Sue.
My favourite characters, if you haven't guessed, are Kurt Hummel and Puck.
I loved the finale and enjoyed the first episode I watched (Episode 9, Wheels), in which Kurt sings Defying Gravity from Wicked. His voice is amazing and that combined with the cult classic that is Wicked makes for a happy me.
Kurt's father is such a man, yet he's a good father.
Can not wait till next season.

Looking forward, major, to December 27th when I go to see Sherlock Holmes. It Looks So Good!
Robert Downey, Jr. looks exactly how I always pictured the young and extraordinary Sherlock Holmes in turn of the century London and Jude Law appears exactly how I always imagined the war torn veteran, Dr. John H. Watson, when I read A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
From what I gather it looks clever, funny, serious, exciting and totally steam punk!
While I've never seen a Director Guy Ritchie film (I'm kind of glad I haven't because he's the one who did Swept Away and Snatch) I am a fan of Producer Joel Silver who's done action films such as V for Vendetta, The Matrix Trilogy, the Animatrix, Speed Racer, and the more recent title Ninja Assassin.
Yeah, only the first three were pretty serious stories (can't speak for Ninja Assassin, I haven't seen it, but want to just for the action) but his style is very impressive and whiplash causing, so I look forward to it.

Haven't decided what I'm going to seen while in cape, I'm kind of trying to keep it PG-13 but like I said the only real movie I want to see before the end of the year is Holmes.
In 2010 I look forward to Tim Burtin's Alice in Wonderland and Daybreakers, directed by Peter and Michael Spierig.

I'm going to close now because I need a shower before Synago, so remember to do good work.
May God Bless.

Brent Matthew Lillard
Twitter = @SAKUTOnoSai

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

IS it just me or Myspace beginning die a slow painful death....

IS it just me or Myspace beginning die a slow painful death before it's veteran users?
I log in and the old layout is gone, but, luckily, Myspace's HTML week Profiles still maintain their class appeal.
Though with the loss of the Profile view editor it appears Veteran users like me who prefer the old style either have to go with a lame generic HTML paste in code or write our own code.
Nothing against myspace, it still holds strong with a certain crowd but I have to say I'm more of a Facebook user, now.
I know a company like Myspace will not likely die a fast death, it may take another decade, but I think it will die slowly before Facebook.
Then again I could be crazy like those morons who were screaming "DEATH OF YOUTUBE!" like Mr. Hitler himself had jumped out of his vegan made, yet some how not kosher, birthday cake at the U.N. building and his Manson like cult over threw the world powers with the help of the Illuminati, chased only by Tom Hanks, only to be squashed by Inglorious Bastards.
By the way, that was an excellent movie! Brad Pitt cracked me up in that one!
Anyway, that's my two cents.
[For those on Myspace,] If you wish to keep intouch with me or my weekly blog it's probably better to subscribe to my main Blog at or if I know you from in person or by web you request my friendship on FaceBook.
Just search Brent Matthew Lillard because Brent Lillard is a coder of greater skill.
I've talked to Brent Lillard, he's an awesome dude.
He's from Virginia, too, go figure!

May God Bless, Do Good Work, Shalom!
Brent MATTHEW Lillard (@Sakutonosai)

Booking Face

One of my many issues with Internet Social Networking sites has always been the "About Me" section. I never knew exactly how to describe myself in just a few paragraphs, much less a one liner. I don't want to say I'm normal, that's boring and I've never quite fit in anyway, and I can't very well say I'm an all out Nerd for it's 1956 stereotype.

I was changing my Facebook data this morning since I woke up at an ungodly hour and can't sleep and i'm quite proud of myself:

So, basically, I'm that guy who people talk to about their issues, but even though have all this dirt on folks I never tell a soul unless theirs a clear mutual knowledge. I'm also that nerd who really thinks realistic science fiction is amazing and is an Otaku for good Shojo or Shonen Manga, Anime, Sushi and dropping obscure references like "Ride my Wind?". I'm mostly funny when I don't try, but have inherited from my father the ability to drop obscure one liners. Needless to say I don't watch television but I have enjoyed a couples shows here and there but often watch weekly podcasts. I love music of all forms and all times, but prefer indie.
Yes, I believe. In fact I'm quite a spiritual Christian, but not a fan of religion for what it's caused but I don't talk politics unless sarcastically insulting a person who is too outspoken about either side of the fence, but I do openly support the troops for I have been surrounded by the military.
On a side note I like play around with Computers and Electronics, hardware and software, and as being an Artist and writer as well enjoying experimental cooking I consider myself a Hacker, as defined by Bre Pettis.
I am Brent Matthew Lillard.

But yeah, I'm proud of that so I'm goign to carry that over to my much forgotten MySpace, even though there is like no one left there to read my profile..... Hmmm.....

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Hello folks!
So I am having an unusual and good week.

Today I took the G.E.D. Pretest and I got a passing score which means after about ten months of studying, I'm ready to take the G.E.D. Exam and pass it.
That's awesome news!
That combined with all the other stuff that makes me bouncy has me STOKED about December and January!
What a way to end a year!
So on the Ninth of January 2010 I will take and PASS the G.E.D. test!

So here's the deal I saw this movie on sunday with Emma and Eleshia and more friends.

Yes, New Moon.
Having read the books, which by no means are excelent literature I have to say this much. I liked the movie up until they saved Edward.
Yes, I was rooting for Jacob all through New Moon. I feel for the puppy.
But otherwise I was actually impressed the movie for several reasons:
1. They stayed true to the story and didn't miss a detail. So with very minor cuts the story was unchanged.
1.1: My biggest beef with story changes and cuts from the story is because of the Movie version of the Harry Potter Series in which after Prisoner of Azkaban, which missed many key points, they began changing some of the base structure of the Story. I find understandable because as we saw in the most recent installment they stayed true to the feel and meaning to Harry Potter.
2. The music, much like the first film, was excellent and although it was different to fit the story of this particular installment it captured the same eerie vibe that the first soundtrack did with a little retro rock vibe.
3. The exposure of the film and the look and feel of Forks, and Italy for that matter, was quite beautiful and smooth. It looked ghastly yet natural.
3.1: I'm a bit of photography buff so when I see a well done movie or photograph in the way of atmosphere, I have to give it credit.
4. CGI was amazing. They did an excellent job of the Werewolves and, like most well done films, the CGI was seamless with the environment. I especially love the montage where the police are hunting wolves and the wolves save Harry Clearwater from Victoria, the music in that scene was also good.
5. The action sequences were excellent, from the madness of Jasper to the Victoria scaring Harry Clearwater to death everything was well done.
7. It makes a good film all together. I was actually impressed, I thought I'd be disappointed.

So, mock me if you will (I'm watching you, Jennifer). But I think it makes a wonderful movie and does very well in capturing the book.

And people, please. We know Bobby Pattinson is a pretty, pretty man with a nice voice and some acting skills, BUT HE DOESN'T REALLY SPARKLE!!!!!

As a side note, My pocket watch has finally died.
While it served me well, having to wind it every three hours, it's clockwork has finally given way to a rough, long life.
It's the last watch that belonged to my dad that stilled worked. But alas, all good machines must come to an end.
Now I need to attain a new time piece..... hmm.....

Has anyone ever seen P.S. I Love You, a 2007 film by director Richard LaGravenese?
Well, it's a cute "chick flick", as it were, with my favourite Scottish Actor, Gerard Butler. (See "300" Zack Snyder & "Phantom of the Opera" Joel Schumacher)
Anyway, my Mother-Unit while unpacking boxes from the moving, discovered a mothers days present for 2008 and the card to go with it from my father who had passed away in December of 2007.
I just thought that was interesting that after two years he's still giving gifts for Christmas.
My father was a very interesting man in the sense that this is exactly the sort of thing that would happen in his presence.

Those are three little things I wanted to share.
Thanks for reading.
May God Bless, Do Good Work, Shalom.