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No...I'm not referring to the latest Speilberg film. I'm actually talking about Julie's declared war on society. After Julie told me that she declared war, she and I had a little talk on the best way to do it. So basically, we've collaborated and now serve as generals of the army so to speak. This website is going to see a facelift over the next month and will emerge a better website with more centralization. It will also prominently feature information about the committee. Stay tuned to your favorite translife.net channel for news.

Speaking of news, I thought it'd be nice to give an update on my life since I never post about it. Lately I've been pretty lazy. By that I mean I've been working my two jobs, doing my volunteer stuff, getting electrolysis at the local place, and that's about it. I guess I'm still recovering from burnout. I know it's recovery time because I'm starting to feel that need to be motivated again. That's a good thing. It's like there's a little spark that just needs a light breeze to catch flame again. We're getting there. Give it a few more weeks.

Despite all that, I'm really psyched about this committee that Julie and I have started. I think it's going to make a big difference and is going to finally give t-people some good press. I think this idea is really what has got my mind moving in the "let's do something" mode instead of the "I like the couch" mode.

Let's see...Money is still tight. It doesn't seem to matter what time of the year it is. Money just sucks. The nice thing is that I got my financial aid award notice in the mail. Now that I'm 24, they're literally paying me to go to school. I'm going to have some decent cash in the fall, for once. Food will be nice and so will clothing. I may even have my car looked at just to keep it in good shape. Amazing.

As you may have noticed several pages down, I got sunburnt a few weeks ago. That's because I went camping. That weekend I had a lot of fun. It was with the group I volunteer for. I got to go canoeing and swimming. Despite putting tons of SPF 45 sunscreen on, I still got burnt badly. Basically five days later I had psuedo-dandruff. It was great. I don't believe that there is such a thing as waterproof sunscreen. It all just washes off as soon as you go in the water. If I get skin cancer, I'm abusing the already frivilous-lawsuit-laden court system with a frivilous lawsuit of my own. OK, not really.

My love life is shitty as usual. I met a girl online. She turned out to be a fake. No surprise there. I had my feelings about her early on. It didn't really hurt me though. I expected it. It's an internet relationship. That's about all I can get these days though...fake internet girls. How sad. On the bright side, I did meet someone cool lately. Her name is Crystal and she lives about 20 minutes down the road. We've spent a good few hours on the phone and such. I guess you could call me optimistic, though I really have no faith in the market of love. I'll write if something significant happens there.

Chris is off at his camp job for the summer. I rarely see him. Kevin and I, however, have been hanging out a lot. I think that's cool, with the exception that when Kevin leaves at the end of the summer, I'm going to be very sad. I hate it when I just get to be good friends with someone and then they move away. But anyway, we've been watching 24 intermittently. We have a disk and a half left. It's pretty cool. I like the show. Though, I'd have to say I like Buffy better still. However, I'm a dork....though, you knew that.

I went home this past weekend. It's an expensive trip to make. Each way is about 210 miles. So it totals about 50 bucks to go home these days. With money being so tight, I don't go home so often. However, I had to this time because of two things. One was that I needed to get my dress fitted for my sister's wedding. The second thing was the July 3rd fireworks. It's kind of a family tradition. It wasn't so bad.

The biggest problem I have with going home is that as soon as I get there, I get put to work. Saturday I spent doing work. I washed the dishes, did the llaundry, cut the grass, weeded the garden, and helped my dad spread mulch around the yard. That took up most of my day. I stopped at about 6 pm, but it wasn't by choice. While I was spreading mulch with a rake, I suddenly noticed a sharp pain from my left thumb. I looked down and there was a nice black ground hornet stinging me. How fun. Yeah, I was apparently standing right over the nest. It's a damn good thing they didn't fly up my pant legs.

So yeah, I had tears in my eyes as I walked into my parents' house to get ice, and not because I was crying. The pain was so strong that my eyes were watering. I had ice on it for 10 hours. I didn't really sleep much that night. The next few days my thumb was red, swollen and somewhat sore. Now, five days later, it's finally subsiding. At least my father was able to take revenge for me by killing several of the hornets and attacking the nest with raid.

On the 3rd, I went with my family to see the fireworks. It was fun I guess. My sister was pretty cool for the most part. We get along, but she can be bitchy at times. So can I though. It evens out. I got yelled at by my older sister's fiance's father for being responsible and watching his granddaughter because no one else was. She's a little caniving snot though. She came up to me asking to go with her over somewhere, and I thought it was to look at something. No, she wanted me to buy her a popsicle. She also wanted to go through other people's stuff. What a little brat.

I took some fun pictures that I'm going to post soon. I'll put one of them up tonight just for fun. I was being a huge geek and playing in the TV studio. One of the shots you've seen already. It's the Darth Jessica picture below. I took other shots that look like a James Bond image. Too bad I wasn't in some slinky dress. That would have looked cool. Some of the shots were just regular photos too. Here's one of them:

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Feel Free to comment and let me know what you think. Anyway, I think that's all for now. If I think of anything new to add, I will do so later. Talk to ya'll soon.

Luv,

Jess

Hey all,

I'll be writing an update soon. I've been meaning to for a while, but my job has taken over my life this summer. I'm thinking sometime tomorrow night will be good. Watch for my Independence Day update. I'd do it right now, but I got stung by a ground hornet yesterday on my thumb and it's kind of difficult to type very much. I should be in great shape tomorrow. Talk to you then.

Luv,

Jess

Julie and I worked together last night to create this...It's pretty neat.

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Luv,

Darth Jess

I don't know if any of you recently read Courtney's diary, but she wrote her review of the new Batman film directed by Christopher Nolan. If you're looking for a review that gives real insight, you've now found the right place. Don't believe a word she said. Let us begin:

This film can be summed up in one long word in-fucking-credible. It is simply the greatest superhero movie ever made. Those of you that know me at all know I'm a huge superhero fan, particularly of Spiderman. Now, I loved those films. This blows it out of the water. Batman Begins is written astonishingly well. The plot flows nicely. It makes the idea of Batman seem real instead of just a crazy guy in a cape and mask. Each aspect of the character makes sense and fits together like a puzzle. The film is character driven instead of action driven. It examines Batman as a troubled human instead of as a superhuman. That is the biggest change from the previous films.

Some would argue that the Tim Burton Batman films were the ultimate Batman. This is simply untrue. While the films were good, they had a wacky imagination that came from Burton which took away from the reality of the movies. His style is what opened the door to what became the Joel Schumacher Batman films. By that...I mean it began the return to full out campiness in the final two films. Not only that, the story was very off in the first films. Eventually those movies focused on cheesy lines and nifty gadgets. Sure, Batman has gadgets and stuff...but that's not what Batman is.

Batman begins tells a superhero story like they are supposed to be told. It took the character seriously instead of making fun of it. Christopher Nolan truly took a franchise out of the depths of the abyss back to a legend again.

Next, I move on to the acting. This film was littered with brilliant actors. Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Christian Bale are just a few. I hadn't really seen Christian Bale much before and I was really impressed. I think of this as the Swiss Army Knife of this film. By that I mean Christopher Nolan probably said "Who do we need to make a good Batman film?" He definitely did it. The interaction between Bale and Caine was exceptionally good. That isn't very surprising though coming from those two I guess...

Moving on to the score. The music was done by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. These are two of my favorite composers of the present day. I found myself confused at first as to who wrote it. I didn't know it was by two composers. Usually you can identify by style and sound who wrote the score. Of course I was confused...it was these two. You can pick out certain parts that were influenced by each composer. It's pretty cool. The best part of this score though is that it's subtle. It never overtakes or completely drives a scene. It simply adds ambiance and a little emotion to the film. The theme itself is very simple. It's a rising minor third interval played by low brass and horns underlaid by a rhythm that mimicks the sound of bat wings. The film deals a lot with fear...so there are a few horror-esque riffs that appear as well. It's very cool.

One friend of mine....calls this film a "fan film" and a "sellout". These are way off base and make no sense. This film appeals to everyone. It's very well done. It also happens to follow the comics and present the Batman that he is supposed to be. Those of us who have either read the comics or seen a lot of the animated series know this. I hardly find this to be a sellout film. The argument is that DC comics wanted to take advantage of the "superhero rage" that's happened in the past few years. Though that argument probably has some truth...the main thing is that they made an exceptional film. If it was a sellout, they would have rushed and put out a peice of crap, thin, waste of time movie. This movie was far from that. Real sellouts that come to mind are the video games for Star Wars Episode 1, any superman game ever made, The Wheel of Time series that never ends to continue making money...that sort of thing.

Some of you know my rating system, but it's pretty self evident when you hear it. I give Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins 4 1/2 out of 5 brownies. What can I say...I was somewhat hungry. I ate the last half. It was good....chocolatey. That's my review for what it's worth. I hope some of you get something out of it. I'll return to my regularly scheduled diary entries now.

Luv,

Jess

Ouch!!

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That's what I get for swimming for the first time in 4 years.

Luv,

Jess