The Sunbaked King

Sun Setting, King Leaving

Just for a month. But in the blogosphere, a month is a pretty long time. You’ll get pushed back down in those auto-updating blog rolls, and before you know it, your last post was “1 month ago“, and people will have forgotten about you. No matter. You have to make certain sacrifices in order to succeed. This is one of them.

Before I leave, however, a few words:

1. I am going on a study break. Serious this time. Jel has imposed a ban on the Internet for me, thinking it might be for the good. I concurred. Although my interest in games such as Restaurant City has waned somewhat, the allure of Facebook is still too strong, and I can spend hours browsing forums and TV show recaps and blogs.

2. My next two weekends are “booked,” and as much as I want to study full-time, I would have to make a special excuse for these two. This Saturday, I will be going to the Archuleta/Cook concert. The price of cancellation is not even worth discussing, so that’s that. The weekend after this, I will be attending the AJSS reunion. It’s just the best summer of my life, and I haven’t seen these people in years… it’s a no-brainer.

3. This is actually the only ban that’s been approved by myself and my roommate. He’s conceded to the idea of Twittering, so I still have some connection to the online world, but I wouldn’t be able to access it through the Internet. Which means that I have to do it by phone, which costs some sum. In other words, if I want to have an online presence, I have to pay for it. There is no free lunch. (Shameless plugging: I want to thank Gravity for their wonderful Symbian program. Nothing else compares.)

4. Partay-ing, as far as I know, is still within the allowable terms of the deal. It’s weird how this one got through, but I guess the old college adage still holds: you can only do two out of these three things effectively at any time– study hard, party hard, sleep hard. Guess which one’s getting thrown out the window.

5. Don’t be shocked if posts appear out of nowhere in spite of the ban. I may not be able to use the Internet, but I can still blog. That’s highly unlikely, though, so in retrospect, scratch that: be shocked when posts appear. Also, be mad at me. It may not be cheating, but it kinda defeats the purpose of avoiding distractions, don’t you think?

6. Speaking of distractions… let’s leave it at that.

I guess that’s it for now. I’ll still be following the American Idol finale, but I’m not sure if I’m going to post my thoughts on it anymore; after all, it’s pretty obvious who I want to win. (Year-to-date [?] rankings as of last night: Adam Lambert – 2; Kris Allen – 2.4; Danny Gokey – 2.8. I can’t resist, sorry!) 

When I come back, I will deal with issues I’ve been avoiding for quite some time now. It’s time to make a stand.

Exam’s on the 11th. See you then.


Filed under: Helios, Ra, Rat Race

What’s Hot or What’s Not: American Idol, Top 4

Matt Giraud got booted out ahead of Allison Iraheta, which is sad, but not as sad as I thought it would be. Down to the wire with four on the line, and it’s Rock Night! And as another way of providing awesome entertainment (or simply just become “unpredictable”), the producers have provided us with a little twist: duets. Now my EXCEL program is well-prepared for a double-song night, but it didn’t quite expect this one. So what I’ll do is to grade the individuals in each duet separately, as though they had sung the song alone. Their two performances will then be averaged to get the final ranks and percentages.

Enough with the formula stuff. Let’s begin!

Top 4
Rock Night

4 Danny Gokey. Dream On/Renegade. Vocals: 4th/1st + Appeal: 3rd/2nd + Bias: 3rd/3rd = 78.63%. Peak Position: 1st. Average Ranking: 2.8.

INDIVIDUAL: O. M. G. That was shocking. Randy, A+? Really?! I give him an F for that valiant effort! That last note was an EPIC FAIL. While some parts of the song worked, most of it didn’t. There are only two words for Danny after that performance: “Dream on.”

DUET WITH KRIS: Well, in opposition to my comments for Kris, Danny sang “worse” than Kris did tonight. He should have brought more of the growl that I missed and saw last week. However, another decent attempt.

3 Allison Iraheta. Cry Baby/Slow LoveVocals: 2nd/4th + Appeal: 4th/4th + Bias: 4th/4th = 82.63%. Peak Position: 4th. Average Ranking: 6.4.

INDIVIDUAL: It was bit of a bore. And she looked like a rock-and-roll edition of the Troll. A dangerous, feisty, red-haired Troll.

DUET WITH ADAM: They may actually be right about this one: Adam may have given Allison a shot at the final 3.

2 Kris Allen. Come Together/Renegade. Vocals: 2nd/1st + Appeal: 2nd/1st + Bias: 2nd/1st = 87.00%. Peak Position: 1st. Average Ranking: 2.4.

INDIVIDUAL: Kris lacked that “rock” edge in his voice, which is kinda weird given that I saw it in his “Renegade” performance with Danny. “Come Together” is a song that’s been sung so many times in this show, sometimes more than twice in a season, and Kris’s rendition, while vocally proficient and full-sounding, lacked oomph. It’s not his genre.

DUET WITH DANNY: Better vocals compared to Danny, which is both surprising and unsurprising. Surprising because he’s the king of easy listening and heartfelt ballads; unsurprising because he sang with Danny Gokey, who’s nothing but all about being God-sent. In any case, he did well with that performance.

1 Adam Lambert. Whole Lotta Love/Slow Love. Vocals: 1st/1st + Appeal: 1st/2nd+ Bias: 1st/2nd = 90.50%. Peak Position: 1st. Average Ranking: 2.

INDIVIDUAL: What a way to start the show! That was awesome, awesome in supremely metallic italics. I was asking for something more from Adam last week, and he served it to me big time. The shrieking, which was reason for some concern (some in little italics), shone absolutely perfectly tonight. Adam really kicked ass. Rock God? That maybe a stretch, but not so much. I’m not really a fan of rock, and he, all connotations intended, made me a believer.

DUET WITH ALLISON: It just oozes out of him naturally, doesn’t it? Great performance, and a fantastic duet with Allison. They played off each other’s energy, and they sounded great.


This night really played to Adam’s strengths, so it’s no wonder everyone deems him safe. He won’t be going anywhere tonight.

I hope Allison goes home tomorrow.

Filed under: The Couch Potato, TV

One Minute After Dawn

It’s almost been a year since we met each other in blog-space, back when you so vividly described New York in one of your posts that it almost felt like I was there, that I wanted to be there. You have been given the gift of language, but that is not all that you have. You have also been given the gift of life.

Happy birthday, Mak! May you have many, many more minutes after dawn. 🙂

Filed under: Testimonial

Here We Go Again

Here we go again. On this familiar ride.

This can only lead to madness.

Filed under: Eros, Ra