About

I’m just a random upstart college junior writing about things that I think are interesting. I’m Catholic. I’m majoring in computer science and minoring in linguistics, although I also have a bunch of other interests, including math, music, philosophy, and theology. I’m also into video games and anime. If you’re wondering about the title, it’s just my three favorite musical genres strung together.

My favorite programming language is Common Lisp. I hate Java. I have started numerous programming projects, mostly attempts at making text-based adventure games, but never finished any of them… but hey, that’s what the comp sci classes are supposed to help with, right?

I know some Latin, Ancient Greek, and Japanese, as well as a little bit of Old English. I’ve also started working on Cebuano, my mom’s native language. I’m a big fan of dependency grammar, and whatever-the-opposite-of-a-fan-is of constituency grammar.

Me and anime go back a pretty long way; I grew up watching DigimonShaman King, Zatch Bell, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Hunter × Hunter, and sometimes the anime adaptations of the Mega Man games. I also saw a few Miyazaki movies, viz. Spirited AwayNausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and Princess Mononoke. But from late elementary school throughout most of high school, I didn’t watch any anime at all. So a lot of the anime I’m discovering just now are old news.

Right now my favorite anime are DeathnoteHunter × Hunter, and (the first season of) A Certain Magical Index, along with its spinoff, A Certain Scientific Railgun. I don’t really like making top X lists beyond the first 3 or so, so I haven’t thought of any rankings beyond those, but other anime I’ve liked a lot include (in no particular order):

Fullmetal Alchemist
Last Exile
Darker than Black
Pandora Hearts
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Guilty Crown
Psycho-Pass
Fate/Stay Night
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
Toradora!
Tokyo Ghoul
the Monogatari series

There’s probably a bunch of other things I’m forgetting, but that seems like a pretty good list for the time being. Nowadays, I’ve been reading manga on comico.jp more often than watching anime, though.

My favorite video game is Super Smash Bros. Cave Story is also near and dear to my heart. I also love Mega Man (although the classic series is too hard for me…) and Zelda. My favorite genres are side scrollers, puzzle games, and fighting games. I’ve never cared for FPS’s.

As the blog title is supposed to suggest, my favorite genres of music are classical, techno, and punk rock. My favorite classical composer is Haydn, and my favorite work by him is his “La Passione” symphony (no. 49); I also really like his “Russian” quartets (op. 33) and his Sturm und Drang symphonies. I know these aren’t technically supposed to be his best works, but honestly, I like them better than his later, more developed works. In his later works, it sounds to me like he’s trying to sound like Mozart, and I don’t think it suits him; the extra themes for the transition to the dominant and the conclusion of the exposition make his later symphonies and quartets sound too drawn out. Besides Haydn, in general, I like the Baroque and early-to-mid Classical periods, but I hate the Romantic period with a passion.

Since I went through a long phase where I refused to listen to anything but classical music (roughly the same time I wasn’t watching anime), I’m actually kind of new to other genres. So far, in techno, I like Daft Punk, particularly their album Discovery, and in punk rock, I like the Arctic Monkeys’ album Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not.

When it comes to philosophy, I’m a Scholastic all the way. In fact, one of my goals in making this blog is to try to present Scholastic philosophy in an understandable way and to show that, contrary to popular belief, it is not outdated and is in fact quite reasonable. I’ll also attempt to present arguments for the existence of God based on the Scholastic conceptual framework. When those arguments go up, if you’re not convinced, feel free to argue against me in the comments and I’ll see if I can’t answer your objections.

Oh, and I’m also an on-and-off MBTI enthusiast. I’m an INTP.

And that basically sums up everything about me that might show up in this blog. Hope you find something interesting.

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