Archive for the ‘Anime’ Category

What’s old is new again… and Haruhi

September 7, 2006

Given that I started blogging “late” in the game. There’s been a kind of nagging in my head. Do I just post the new stuff I’ve been exposed to, or do I also post catch-up material for the stuff I’ve already seen.

Thing is, I actually am not exposed to all that much. What I know or see is just a drop in the ocean. (You really realize this when you have a Japanese friend.) My bubble of experience is as insignificant as the people in Haruhi’s baseball stadium.

That said, I am committed. (And I love phrases with multiple interpretations.) So in an effort to keep myself not bored, I am going to include the older stuff. Otherwise I just may end the world and make a new one. Ah, the sacrifices I make for you people.

To the moderately observant ones: yes, I just finished watching The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi. I plan to watch it again in the near future in chronological order. Initial impression from 1st viewing: my taste in women stands–I like my girls spunky and nuts. Am I weird?

Now if only she kept her long hair…

Ah… I get goose bumps just looking at Haruhi-sama.

Even in luddite mode I’m tech-friendly

September 1, 2006

About a month ago, through my own stupidity, I got bitten by some pretty nasty adware. Its ability to cripple my work has been off-and-on, kind of how I imagine outbreaks of various chronic STDs would be like. Back in high school & college, I would format/reinstall Windows roughly every 6 months. Basically, whenever enough crap slowed it down enough to piss me off. I held this pattern from my time using Windows 95 and 98. In comparison from the age of high performance, my current install is about 2.5 years old.

My student job in college was telephone tech support. Those in our office would bring in their own laptops. What I noticed is that those doing tech support will often tolerate problems in their own machines far beyond what we are called upon to fix.

I was no exception to the pattern, except this time I let it snowball a bit too much. I would have reinstalled XP but I seem to have misplaced my CD. Argh.

On an unrelated note, a Seagate 200GB hard drive I bought decided to die on me. It’s still well within its nice 5 year warranty (even a 1 year would have covered it actually…), but I haven’t gotten around to exchanging it. Mostly because I haven’t totally given up on the recoverability of my pr0n files.

On another unrelated note, the MP3 player I bought on clearance from CompUSA decided that its real calling was to be an oversized bug. I’m not quite sure why it thought this, but that’s what it showed me on its display after a few hours of use. Returning it was a one-hour pain.

And on yet another unrelated note, a rebate offer from CompUSA was having difficulty processing. “Transaction not found,” my eye! (I think it’s resolved now.)

All of these mishaps happened within a 2 week span of time. I was not a happy camper. So I rebelled. And by rebel I mean, “ceased to buy PC hardware and software.” I am still in luddite mode actually. It has pushed me into restarting my bishoujo figure collection, which is obvious to me now is a more expensive hobby than being a sometimes-PC-enthusiast/gamer.

Since I ought to include more images of actual bishoujo in here, I will include another widely-available-online picture of the last figure I bought before my hiatus from this type of fandom. Incidentally, I bought it during Kawaii Kon earlier this year. I believe Asuka needs no introduction.

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Actually, it was part of a (closeout display) set of four: Asuka pink and white versions, Rei blue and white versions. I like my women spunky and a bit nuts. Oh, and long-haired… oooh yes. So I favor Asuka out of the two.

I’m beginning to want my digicam more and more with every post. It may be what breaks luddite mode. (As if starting a blog didn’t.)

Lack of camera and Driving Miss Saber

September 1, 2006

Being somewhat behind in the technology curve, I lack a digital camera. Nay, I lack any camera. The last time I needed a camera, I bought a disposable model. I didn’t even use up all of the film.

Then one day I saw Wal-Mart selling really low end digital cameras in those annoying blister packs. You know, the ones that are completely thermal sealed at the edges such that it forces you to destroy the packaging to gain access to the goodies inside.

I still don’t have a digital camera since I don’t buy obvious crap. (Accidental crap is different.) But it opened my eyes; they could actually be quite affordable. Eventually I shall buy one… just not now. (Otaku-ness is expensive, you know.) Ah, but what does this mean?

Absolutely nothing. (You should know that if you watched a certain offbeat western.)

In any case, I will be unable to post pictures of the actual product I acquire. Which is a shame. But! As a cop out, I shall post my most favorite recent acquisition (now in widely-available-online version!), the beautiful Saber from Fate/Stay Night.

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Admire her splendor. Admire it, dammit!