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Tue, Sep. 1st, 2009, 03:03 pm
Been a while

 I haven't updated in a while. Summer ended. School started. Been hanging out with people. Got HGUC Gundam 30th (anniversary) edition, and been building it. Work is what it is.

That pretty much gets you up to speed.

I will leave you with this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM-KQxgtOao

The short of it is that your sleight of hand confuses and irritates Pankun. 

Sun, Aug. 2nd, 2009, 11:12 pm
Those of you who know me probably know that I don't normally stay up this late.

OR: I lost my weekend, and all I really got out of it was a case of the grumps and a few broken models.

Well, I also got to hang out with otakufox23 though that is neither here nor there. The very short version is that a friend of a friend is producing (very professionally) a movie and he asked my dad via my brother if he could film at my trailer house for a weekend. Mind you, he asked this while I was at Otakon and he assured us that he would probably only be using our living room and possibly kitchen to film.

Short: Didn't sleep much. Had no houseCollapse )

Ugh. i promised the short version. Anyway, they moved all of my stuff into the little bedroom, so I don't have any of my stuff in my room, and 2 of my models are now missing hands (and at least one gun). I think they left behind an extension cord. I am claiming it. I'd probably be less grumpy if the model that broke weren't limited edition. I also have to make sure my junk didn't get crushed in Dave's room or something.

Tue, Jul. 21st, 2009, 07:39 am
Otakon '09

Otakon was more good than bad. Most of the bad was poor organization on the part of the convention (though the big boards were really nice) and people wandering around shouting seemed at an all time high. I figured the shouting would overtake the whole sign thing after a while and that it was all a matter of time, but if next year is any worse with the people yelling, it'll be my last otakon. The video programming was great as always (especially the room showing entirely classics and the room showing only live action). There were a number of panels that I would have liked to attend, but circumstances had me miss them. It was all timing really. The one that I could have gone to, I still missed because I was being dumb.

I got a big stack of manga and light novels. I've pretty much been reading manga while I have been awake. Not really in any mood to be moving around. Got hit with the con plague, but it has pretty much passed except for soreness and wanting to sleep for about a week.

For some reason, I was scheduled to work tonight instead of this morning, so I am going back to sleep. Rambly entry is rambly.

Mon, Jul. 6th, 2009, 03:54 pm
MS IGLOO 2

MS IGLOO 2 is (so far) really good, but it is probably something for UC Gundam Fans only. (Military Otaku too, but how many of those are there in the US?) I am glad that it is showcasing the early part of the One Year War, and thus shows some of the stuff that got ignored or glossed over in the original series.

I wonder whether MS IGLOO will get a second chance at life WITHOUT Bandai Visual releasing stupidly overpriced DVDs. Maybe one set that has all three series on it? It'd obviously be something only for the Gundam Fan, but if they price it low enough maybe it'd sell. I don't know. I am not a marketing person.

I'd probably write more, but I have to go to work, so that is what I will leave for now.

Sun, Jul. 5th, 2009, 11:20 pm
The time!

Wow, I just looked at the time. I spent most of today and yesterday either gaming or reading manga. I figure my nerdish pace will slow down once the work week starts tomorrow, but that it will come back by Otakon.

With that, I guess I am going to sleep...

Tue, Apr. 28th, 2009, 02:00 pm
This hand of mine is burning red!

The thing I don't like about playing Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 is fighting (or playing as) characters that I am unfamiliar with. I haven't watched all of ZZ (it started off too weak...), I haven't seen any V, and I only just got my hands on a copy of F91 today. The thing that bugs me most about it, though, is that they could just pop out a sub-only DVD set or so for the shows that aren't already available (and only Gundam fans would buy them, but there shouldn't be much by way of overhead for that kind of thing. Particularly if it is press-to-order. I just want Turn-A! )

Maybe my age is showing (or my mental age), but I feel more comfortable with a physical copy of something. That may sound like it is coming from somewhere way out there, but it is related to the above. There is a growing drive toward only having digital copies available, and the idea that something that I payed money for could just disappear on the whim of an uncaring god is frightening. What I mean by that is that I have had enough computers fail on me in my day that I know how often and easily they can just stop working. But you may be thinking, "If you would have a copy of something, and your computer goes down you can just download it again on the same account!" That is true in the short term, but there is always the chance that the company could go under or take down the show/game/music/whatever because they need more space (which is possible). It would just suck for something to disappear forever because it is no longer profitable or something... eh.

That probably doesn't make sense, but it is because I have a number of things on my mind (at the very least the pizza I am cooking...)

res ipsa loquitur
(not Gundam, but it is an awesome show. You should ask me about it)

Sun, Apr. 26th, 2009, 08:41 am
Finished my paper, on my way to work

Ramblings about DW:G2Collapse )
Unrelated to any of that, I can't decide whether or not to get a MG model with (some of) my tax money. It'd be the Unicorn Gundam , though my modelling skills are only amateur (I am not even all that good at detailing, so most of my models are just plain looking).

The reason I can't decide is that a number of the series that I follow had tankouban released since I did a sizable manga run, and for the same price I could pretty much catch up. I COULD do the fun/irresponsible thing and just do both (and it still wouldn't eat ALL of the tax money), but I want to be able to comfortably afford next semester and there has been a rise in the cost of tuition.

Wed, Apr. 22nd, 2009, 05:40 pm
WHOA A SHINY!

I am easily distracted from my potential schoolwork by many things, it seems. At first, I thought it would just be that I was picking up Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2. I did, and I have played it, and it is great if you like EITHER Gundam OR Dynasty Warriors. Liking both means it is double-plus good! I digress. So, yeah. Today had all the makings of a poo day, but it really pulled out to being really great, at the expense of me wanting to do schoolwork. First, I got some sweet art from a person at school (she was selling it at a table for the Animu club, but no one was buying any even though it was really good. I commissioned her, too, so I should get that on friday. What I got was a picture of two of The Doctors, Fifth and Tenth and also a sweet picture of Nightcrawler). Then, I got Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2. THEN I got home to find the last of my packages had arrived.

In total, I have stuff to watch, stuff to play, and stuff to ogle/find a place for. If only I didn't have a paper due friday AND a paper due monday... (The first should be easy enough. Bias in the mainstream Media? c'mon! The second will be easy once I decide what 'classical' composer to write about. I am thinking Dvorak, since I doubt anyone else in the class will do him)

Hm. Guess I just have to pace myself. This "end stretch" seems to have been going on forever now, would that it were over!

EDIT: And it only gets better from there! ALL of Fist of the North Star (but not Fist of the North Star 2) is available LEGALLY on Funimation's website! http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=273 should be a direct link, but you can find in on the sidebar of their main page (click "Watch Episodes or something like that). It is worth watching if you have ever wondered about the roots of the Shonen Fighting genre, or if you just like seeing dudes head's explode in a mysterious white liquid (because they had to censor the blood)  I understand that it is 109 episodes long and that some of you don't have much free time, but seriously. This show is the business.

Thu, Apr. 16th, 2009, 09:20 pm
Teabagging protesters

Does anyone (aside from Caleb, who I already talked to about this) know what they are supposed to be protesting?

Tue, Apr. 14th, 2009, 09:42 pm
The price I pay for waiting...

Having reorganized my anime, I have started filling the gaps in my collection. Over the course of a few weeks, I have filled in 5 or so series. There are 2 frustrating things about this quest of filling all of the gaps (that I want filled). The first is that "COMPLETE SERIES" box sets are now available for a number of the shows I have gaps in, and that it would ultimately be cheaper for me to just buy that than to find and buy the volumes I am missing (even at a discount in some of these cases), but that leaves me with double volumes which is its own weird problem. Er, the example there would be, like, Wolf's Rain (which wasn't a great show, but I kind of want the whole thing for nostalgiac purposes?)

Alternately, the problem could be that the volumes I am missing are now just unavailable at a reasonable cost. VOTOMS is an example. I have the first box of VOTOMS (which I think is technically Dave's, but I don't know that he cares.) but am missing the other 3 boxes. I COULD buy remaining copies from Rightstuf (at just shy of what it used to cost to buy new in a store) or hedge my bets on eBay or finding leftovers in stores, but there would be no guarantee that I'd even find it... Thankfully, I only have 1 Geneon series that I need to fill a gap in, so at least there is that.

Wow, that was all probably gibberish. Seriously though, where am I supposed to find individual volumes of the really crappy release of Gundam Original (and will a proper dual-audio release of that come out? I doubt it... sad, really... Gah! Just do one box set! Seriously Bandai!)

(I'm also sort of sad that my collection fills the biggest CD holder I could find... Do I really have more than 300 DVDs of Anime? Have I crossed some sort of line in my life? I had to keep some longer series outside of the case or else I wouldn't have any room. Does my concern show something even further about me? Maybe I've been thinking too hard about Sociology. Summer break can't come soon enough...)

EDIT: While I am at it, what is up with this recent trend with SOME *cough*Bandai*cough* Anime publishers to have, like, 4 editions of a show that all come out once or at similar times? I picked up the first volume of Gurren-Lagann when it was the only one available, and I looked for the second volume today only to be blitzed by no fewer than 3 products purporting to be it. I really want to get Code Geass: Lelouch of the CLAMP Characters in a SUNRISE Show, but once again there are several different things that are all supposed to be the first volume... In cases like that I am more than tempted to wait the requisite year or so to just get the "Platinum Complete Edition" or whatever. I am all for trying to squeeze as much as they can out of a series, but seriously pace yourselves or you confuse people. It doubly doesn't help that none of the Gurren-Lagann boxes make it clear how many/which episodes are on them (on the internet sites)

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