February 27, 2012

Fortunately it is a leap year...

 ....so you have one extra day to order a lot of things from Colleen Doran.


Due to a very high work load, we regret to announce that the shop will shut down all art and custom book orders on March 1st. A selection of signed books will remain available.


The store is here...scroll down and buy,

You have till March 1st.

The up side of this is that this seems to be due to her career going into overdrive.



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February 25, 2012

Quick Status Report

Things are hectic but improving.
In lieu of actual content here is some useful information.




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February 21, 2012

Well This Looks Exciting

People keep telling me to look at this trailer, saying things like...



"Oh my! Yes please!"


"It's...Squidtacular!"


"I am SO ready..I've got my Wave Motion Goggles and everything!"


So I figured I ought to at least look at it...


It's in Hi-def so you can embigulate it!

Oh my stars and garters! That looks really..really nice!

Yamato 2199 looks to be a straight-up remake of the 1974 series, and aside from the character designs and a few added female crewmembers, it looks astoundingly faithful. This is obviously a labor of love for Enagio.

Interestingly, although it will be a 26 episode series, it's going to be released in theaters as seven full length features!

I'm very curious as to whether this will be brought over  eventually (given the state of the market) and if so if it will be released as SCY or Star Blazers. Star Blazers was actually quite successful and aside from  "That Knox thing" was as faithful as 1979 Standards and practices would allow, in some ways improving on the original.

I'd be quite pleasantly surprised if there were to be a Star Blazers revival, but whatever form the US release takes (If it does so at all) I am seriously looking forward to this.

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It's Like...If You Got Hollywood to Invent A Republican.



"Oh Fahrvergnügen!... You're Blogging about POLITICS again aren't you!?"

Well, yes..Ummm......how about we just quietly put this under the fold then?

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February 14, 2012

Not Enough Hours in The Day



 Well, I'm back on my feet, but I was not fully prepared for how much I've missed.  I'm almost 2 weeks behind in my classes. The Japanese class in particular changed the syllabus shortly after I stopped coming.  I've got much cramming to do.

 I'm just about tapped out thanks to hospital/doctor bills. I've missed 10 days of work in 3 weeks and as a result  I haven't been paid in over a week. I have to come up with summer and fall tuition in 3-4 months...so the kidney stone treatment will have to wait until  the summer. (That's actually no real biggie).

Anyhoo...I'll be occupied with non blog matters until at least sometime this weekend.

In the meantime :

When the girls aren't intact
And they break your impact
That's..ballistics.
When they make people stare
But send you through the air
That's ballistics
If there's one thing that those
In student councils oppose
It's ballistics
But you should still try
To go "Hnnng!" in the sky
Wiiiith...Baliiistiics.


Scary Pink Thing  is from Katawa Shoujo.

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February 13, 2012

Tests Completed




YAY! IT'S KIDNEY STONES!


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February 12, 2012

The Pachinko Effect

 History is neither preordained nor a straight line. It is a fiendishly complex game of billiards or perhaps a massive pachinko machine. The cascade effect of screwing with a few variables is inherently unpredictable as the tapestry of history is bound together with a collection of seemingly insignificant threads, the removal or reordering of which will unravel said tapestry in unknown ways.

  Pondering such things is often dismissed as silly fantasy or mental masturbation, but our future will soon be history, and it behooves us to remember what a near run thing our existence is. Such reflection might, for instance,  have made a great deal of difference in the August of 1914.


A short, glorious endeavor...sure to be finished by Christmas.

  As we look upon the uncharted, unlit highway that is our future, it is, perhaps, wise to reflect upon how surprising our history was to those that made it. We should take great care to learn as much as we can from their astonishment, for the road we travel has as many forks and is at least as precarious as theirs.

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February 11, 2012

So yesterday I was...Hold it...Wait...What?...WHY!?


Via Lileks.

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February 09, 2012

Anyone in the DC Area From the 15th to the 25th of February

...might be interested in going to the Studio Theater  which will be featuring the show Astro Boy and the God of Comics. It tells the fictional story of Astro Boy, and the historical tale of his creator Osamu Tezuka.



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February 08, 2012

Finally


 
An actual photo of the author...thinking REALLY hard.

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February 07, 2012

Is This a Thing?

.....I mean, a REAL thing?


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February 05, 2012

Romance At the Crossroads of "Awww" and "Ewww"

A few days ago, I received in the mail a parcel from some place called Duckford. It contained about 5 feet of bubble wrap and this....


..which in turn contained 18 inches of bubble wrap and a flash drive loaded with the Mac version of Katawa Shoujo,... you know...THAT game: The dating-sim/visual novel in which the young ladies of interest posses various disabilities. Put together by a group of US fans, it is based on a joke sketch by a Japanese Doujinshi artist. Despite the cringe worthy subject matter, I have, as mentioned previously, been looking forward to this, albeit with some trepidation.

 I've been quite sick lately and for a few days couldn't leave the house so...

umm...

I...

Well, I went ahead and played through all the paths.

I found the game to be quite uneven, but it's rather better than it ought to have been. In some places it was tedious or just aggravating, in other places it was absolutely superb.

Art by Wee (Raemz)

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If Any Stray Sled Dogs Are Found In the Vicinity

BURN 'EM!


A TEAM of Russian scientists has mysteriously lost contact with colleagues in the U.S. as they drill into a lake buried beneath the Antarctic ice for 20 million years.


Keep in mind that while this could have been a mishap it's actually more likely that simply a communication glitch, as an accident would be unlikely to take out all 6 team members. None of the news stories seem to be taking it TOO seriously as I haven't seen one that failed to mention THE THING.

 
Of course it's also possible that they found something really distracting.

For example...

Dramatic rendering by Agent Orange.

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February 03, 2012

One of The Great Ones Has Passed

Peter Decker Jr., one of Virginia's outstanding citizens has passed away at 76. He came from nothing, growing up in a small house in Lambert's Point (If you're not familiar with Norfolk that area  is "the docks"; a cargo terminal).Decker founded a law firm which became one of the most respected in the state. He was also instrumental in the revival of Norfolk's downtown. 30 years ago there were rats running down Granby Street, now there are cafes, malls, shops and...mermaids, which were actually his idea.



He was a remarkable philanthropist who gave millions to causes ranging from children's hospitals to saving the Chrysler Museum. His flamboyant voice was a fixture on local radio extolling any number of charities.

This morning the local talk station pretty much suspended their programming from 6-10 and filled the entire time with callers and e-mailers telling stories about how the great 'Petuh Deckuh' had impacted their livers either through his many charities or directly.

There are very few men like him and we are all diminished by his passing.

He will be greatly missed.  More here and here.

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