Archive for May, 2008

In the mail today…

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

One of my many bad habits is that I only check my mailbox about once a month. I’m sure the postman hates me.

In this months’ mail:

  • A letter from my insurance company. It basically says “California law says we have to offer you earthquake coverage. However, no law says it has to be affordable.” Pass.
  • A letter from the IRS that basically said “You did your taxes wrong. We fixed them. You get more money back.” I like this kind of mail.

Caught on Camera!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

I was looking at other people’s photos from Fanime on Flickr, and found a photo of me taken by CrashFaster! Fear my totally uninspired and lame generic Japanese schoolboy cosplay!

Oh, and 9 more photos sent to Flickr – It would have been more, but Lightroom decided to blow chunks all over its database and I had to restore it. Technology hates me this week.

Fanime day 4

Monday, May 26th, 2008

I woke up this morning absolutely exhausted. I had my breakfast, and went so far as to lie back down in bed before I decided “No, I don’t want to go back to sleep – I want to go to day 4 of Fanime.

Today’s viewings from the fansub room:

  • Ghost Hound: A supernatural mystery story. Looks interesting.
  • Ichigo Mashimaro: Cute little girls doing cute things in a cute way. Too cute for me. Note, however, that I somehow never managed to leave the room.
  • Goshuushou-sama Ninomiyakun: Boy helps a succubus overcome her phobias of people. Epic nosebleed comedy.
  • Nagasarete Airantou: Boy gets marooned on island where the only inhabitants are girls. More epic nosebleeds :)

And, of course, more photos. I managed to edit about another 30 and add them to the gallery on flickr – I also changed the order so the newest ones are first.


Fanime day 3

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

I forgot to mention… Yesterday, seeing as the plaza in front of the convention center was full of people dressed up in costumes, some religious nut decided to bring his “worship Jesus or go to hell” sign and preach. The best part was, though, that we had a guy at the convention dressed up as Jesus, who went over and stood over said kook; the kook failed to fall down on his knees :)

I didn’t manage to get up in time to make it to the Clannad marathon, which was my other must-see of the weekend. But, seeing as it was a marathon that ran from 5:30 AM to 1 PM, I still managed to catch two episodes. In hindsight, it’s probably for the best: Clannad was made by the same studio as Air,, which was the saddest thing I’d ever seen. From what I did see of Clannad, if I’d watched the whole marathon, I would have been curled up in a corner crying for the rest of the day. If Studio Key’s motto isn’t “We’ll rip your heart out and feed it to you – repeatedly,” it probably should be.

If I’m going to be completely incapacitated for a day (or more, if it’s anything like Air was,) I think I’d rather do it at home that at a convention.

The highlight of the day was seeing two episodes of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensi 2, which was completely bizzare and absolutely hilarious. I also enjoyed Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie. And remember how I said I didn’t find Prince of Tennis that interesting? Then why did I end up back in the fansub room watching more of it? :)

At 7:00, they had a Black and White Dance. Of course I brought my tuxedo. I even found a woman who knew how to Lindy Hop. Apparently, this is the second year they’ve had a formal dance, and this year the room was twice as big as last. And it was still too small; when I left at 9:00, there were about 200 people lined up to get in.

Photos: 250 today, but I’m having problems reading them into my computer right now – please please please don’t let the CF card be corrupted!

Update: Managed to get all but three photos off the card. Only took five hard reboots. Into the trash with you, evil CF card of epic failure!

Fanime Day 2

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

I am really tired. Unfortunately for me, it’s only 8 PM. But the second “must see” on my list starts at 5:30 AM tomorrow morning.

I spent most of the day in the fansub rooms, where they were showing two or three episodes of a given series. Really brief notes:

  • Spice and Wolf: Really enjoyed this one. If you ask me, there’s not enough TV shows combining the economic laws of supply and demand with cute fox-girl spirits. They were showing four episodes, but I came in late and only saw two. I went to the dealers’ room looking for it, but it’s apparently only out as fansubs online.
  • El Cazador de la Bruja: Also really enjoyed the two episodes I saw of this. Everyone is a bounty hunter!
  • These are my Noble Masters: Saw two episodes of this and it looks like a lot of fun. Harem comedy for the win!
  • Prince of Tennis: Man, the room was packed. After watching two episodes, I was thinking “I can see why this is popular, but it doesn’t really inspire me to watch more of it. Unless there’s nothing else on.”

Since I was already in the dealer room, I figured I had to do my part to help the economy; that is, other than by donating my tax dollars to bailing out real estate speculators and investment banks. I bought The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which I’ve wanted for a while but have never been able to find all four DVDs together at the same store. Now perhaps I can learn that dang dance properly. :)

I started in on working on photos of today’s cosplayers, but didn’t get too far – I need to go to bed. Seven new photos on the Flickr page; many more to come.