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02 March 2011 @ 07:51 pm
Pick 20 movies/anime/video games/comic books/literary works/television series and put their summaries from Better Than It Sounds and WITHOUT CHEATING have your friends guess.

. Honors student plots to conquer the world by writing names in a book, uses sex appeal when that fails. Death Note
2. A kid gets trapped in a video game. His friends spend a lot of time standing around discussing the problem. .hack//SIGN
3. Superhero from the future attempts to kill self, thwarted by self. Ancient king/God learns the value of fake weaponry. Fate/Stay Night (Unlimited Blade Works)
4. Military specialist searches for a magic rock recipe to get his brother out of a can. In one version of the story, the rock is their father, in the other version the rock is us. Fullmetal Alchemist
5. A lawbreaking police Canon Sue uses work to surround herself with coworkers that remind her of opposite attributes of her own personality, fight her customers and have sex with a mass murderer and conceive and raise too many children with said mass murderer // Armed children help the police stop crime and contemplate the meaning of their existence // Ugly social engineer tries to overthrow Japan. Policewoman meets boyfriend.  Ghost in the Shell, in all its forms.
6. Boy becomes possessed, then plays a board game for the rest of the series.
Hikaru No Go
7. An old woman breaks into a con man's house. Romance ensues. Howl's Moving Castle
8. Nice Guy falls in love with a fetishist of fine kitchenware with a hotline to The Force.
9. Titular character continually gets screwed over by his "best friend", an emo with an utter lack of sense and commitment. The Big Bad looks like a mix between Voldemort and Michael Jackson. China invades. Naruto
10. A speech-to-text program with cool box-art. They can sing.
11. A teacher copes with his dissatisfaction with society by encouraging people to kill themselves. Hilarity Ensues.
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei
12. Two groups of Psychic Teenagers travel the world, one to light lighthouses of power, while the other tries to stop them. The world either withers and dies or erupts in war. // Thirty years later, children of the first set of teenagers go on a quest to get a feather. Things go badly wrong. Golden Sun
13. Merchant meets ancient wolf goddess with appearance of naked fifteen year old, they discuss economics.
14. A hot scientist builds a hot robot, Jesus rides a spaceship, and a Psychopathic Manchild severs his body parts to frighten a little girl.
15. You fight against angels led by a spandex bodysuit-wearing legendary hero and ruin his plans for world peace. Tales of Symphonia
16. Two Brits take a train ride, and spend the second half of the game wandering an old mining town completely stoned. Puzzles are still Serious Business. Then they get caught up in a vampire love story. Professor Layon and the Diabolical Box
17. A no-longer-dead politician (who doesn't have tuberculosis and never changed parties) kills an ex-empress who used to wear metal swimsuits to create lots of sand. To set things right, the man from the previous two games joins forces with the princess he had kidnapped, who no longer remembers him. They have conversations in elevators about the man's favorite color and he finds his old VCR. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
18. Winged Huminoids battle for the fate of a universe where there is no ocean, and cards dictate almost everything. Baten Kaitos
19. An obnoxious Brit and a quirky team accuse people of lying and are usually right.
Lie to Me
20. The first recipient of a gorilla-human arm transplant punches his way through Africa with the support of a local in order to stop Neo from controlling worms. In the end, he fistfights a boulder in a volcano. Resident Evil 5 (not my favorite in the series, but this was too good to pass up)

BONUS, because it's so vague: People fight over jewellery.
31 January 2011 @ 12:34 pm
What's the origin of your username? If you could change it to anything else, would you, and what would it be?

Pretty simple, actually. Tolkein's Elvish (Sindarin) for 'red wolf'. Ruingaraf. It's come with me everywhere, since it's unique, never taken, and everyone pretty much abbreviates it the same way, Ruin. (Except to a dyslexic friend, to whom I am Runi). In a few select other places, I'm RedWolfRuin, though. I'd never change it, it's a part of who I am by now.
13 January 2011 @ 03:33 am
If you were to write your autobiography, what would be the title?

"The Life of a Generally Average but Excessively Cynical Human Being, forward by Phillip Zimbardo"

Haha, don't I wish.
26 October 2010 @ 12:35 am
Do you do any banking on your smartphone? If yes, what do you do? If not, what's holding you back?

Hey, Livejournal. I hope you're getting a fat check out of pissing off your users with the laziest market research ever for the umpteenth time. Don't do it again.

Answer: Lack of a smartphone.
03 September 2010 @ 12:11 pm
Have you ever had a teacher who made a profound difference in your life? How did they influence and/or inspire you?

Yes. I've had a few, but on in particular sticks out. As an art student, I attended a post-secondary option graphic design class, taugh by on Mr. T. The class was rougly three hours a day, every day, for two years. Suffice it to say that the teacher became something of a mentor to me, not even mentioning the strength of the bonds I had with fellow students.

I still remember on the first day, when everyone thought they were such a hotshot artist, we were told to draw our best design of whatever we wanted. And after roughly a half hour, Mr. T walked around with a sketchpad, asking questions, then redesigning and redrawing what everyone had just worked their ass of in in a matter of seconds. ("Were you thinking something more like this?") And it looked much better than the original, to boot. With that single act, he verified his position as an instructor and actually made us want to learn from him,
Through the first year, he was always quiet, but our hyperactive class really got him to open up. At one point, Jose was dared by a friend to hug Mr. T, since he seemed so much of a personal space guy. The hug was instead awkwardly returned, and after that it more or less became appropraite to greet the teacher with a hug every day, if one desired it. He always had an odd sense of humor, even joining in at one point to the random singing of "American Pie".

But even beyond all of those memories, he taught me that my art was not just useless scribbles, as my parents and my other teachers seemed to think. He taught me to have confidence in my skills, and that is was a marketable ability that many people did not have. For the first time, I was valuble in the job market, not just a useless kid who sucked at math and chemestry. I had a talent and a real purpose in life.

I don't cry easily, and I almost cried when I had to say goodbye to him. Someday, when I have a portfolio to be proud of, I'll come back to see him.