Notes, observations, and reviews on TV shows, books, movies, and other media that I come across and feel like jotting down here. Will be focused primarily on Japanese anime, novels, and manga, but not limited to these genres. Be aware that the full blog entries may contain spoilers!

BabelCon 2009 Starts

Now in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as I am running the Anime Track for BabelCon 2009. I'd say I'd be sparse while here, but really, this post alone means that I've actually increased my posting average lately...

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Here I am with Tiffany Grant. And Oh my, I forgot to shave this morning!

Well, gotta go back to run the schedule.

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Doing My Part for the Economy

Got quite a few new acquisitions in the past week. First of all, what my girlfriend got me for my birthday1:

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I've always felt that Who Framed Roger Rabbit was one of the most amazing films to come out of an American studio. The book was one I've been looking forward to read for some time now.

Then I had the following come in from Robert's Anime Corner Store:

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  • 1. Not young anymore at 30... Yet I'm still watching cartoons.
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Twitter killed the Blogging Star

Taking a bit of a break on working overnight on a project1 to post this real quick. I think I'm seeing a pattern the past few years:

  1. Started posting reviews on AnimeNfo.
  2. Started blog to build notes for writing reviews on AnimeNfo.
  3. Stop writing reviews on AnimeNfo.
  4. Started twittering to build notes for writing blog posts.
  5. Stop writing blog posts.
  • 1. Mainly due to sleeplessness
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Casshern Sins: Impressions

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There's been quite a few series recently that sported rather retro-looking character design styles, and Cashern Sins. And it should be no surprise, as it was originally created by Tatsuo Yoshida, the man behind series such as Gatchaman (A.K.A. Battle of the Planets or G-Force) and Speed Racer. And when I say retro-looking, I present the following as evidence:

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A Manga about... Ubuntu?!?

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So, I was going through my Linux RSS feeds when I stumble on this post of a translation of a "Ubuntu romantic school comedy"...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Maybe both. Printing it out now to read it...

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Five Centimeters Per Second GDM Login screen

Being inspired, I ended making a GDM login theme from a 1080p Blu-ray rip of Five Centimeters Per Second:

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It is designed for my 1920x1200 resolution laptop running Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid. Modified it off of this Serial Experiments Lain theme. Source GIMP XCF file is available inside the tar.gz if you want to modify it.

It's not the greatest, but it really didn't take much work. I added some sharpening and adjusted the colors and saturation from the source video screenshot, but that's about it.

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Another cool person

I have to add another person to the coolest people in the world list1 list:

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Global Shinkai Day 2009...

...is coming to a close.

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Crunchyroll hosting Shinkai's movies for Global Shinkai Day

I figured this was going to happen last week, but it was only a few days ago that crunchyroll announced that they were going to host Makoto Shinkai's three major works for streaming for free for the 24 hours that Global Shinkai Day will last (Friday (2/27) from 5 pm/PST to Saturday (2/28) 5 pm/PST). So I'm late that even Anime News Network had covered this yesterday, just been a very busy time between work, trying to prepare a few things for GSD, and other responsibilities.

There's a group made on crunchyroll for this event. Click here or on the banner below to go to it.
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Happy Mardi Gras

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