Weekend, where art thou?

Wow, what a wild weekend, and yet I did so little.

Slept in Saturday, played with the IPSec stuff more. I got that working nicely, except the wireless card with my laptop seems to have awful signal levels. And the Windows 2000 machine crashes the IPSec IKE daemon (pluto) when it connects. I’ve posted that to upstream with lots of logs and things, and spent large chunks of last night trying a CVS version to see if it helped.

Back to the chronology. Saturday night was at a friends’ place for DVDs and booze. We were joined by a widow-for-a-night from a poker game run by another friend of mine. Those guys also had booze.

And back in the chronology, we had an Anime.au meeting on Saturday afternoon. It looks like the Sunday event’s going to happen, and we finally have a date, and should be promoting the heck out of it any time now. ^_^

Skip forward again to Sunday, and I… played with IPSec stuff more. I also had a burl and discovered that Master Of Orion 3 works quite well with Wine, except for the sound.

I also switched World Of Warcraft over to Gamecard billing, but I’ve paid for a month from March 4th to April 4th, so I guess I have to have a burl at some point… Otherwise I’ve played a week out of two months paid for. >_<

Also managed to miss both Learning Languages on Monday, and Japanese Lexicon (right now. -_-;;;)

And I’ve got an assignment due Friday and an assignment due Monday. >_< >_<

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A lesson in love comes from a surprising quater

I was awoken this morning by my mobile at the ungodly hour of 7:50am. It seems the changes I made last night caused BU to cease to work. Which is weird since I made the change at 1am, and the traffic graphs indicate it was all working fine until 6am. Maybe a daily cron-job decided to rearrange things for me? Either way, it took under a half-hour to fix, another two hours of mucking about with the network to see where we stood on the issue, at which point I decided that rather than go to work and have a late lunch, I’d have an early lunch and spend a long afternoon at work before cruising on to ANUAS.

I don’t remember what happened at this point, but I think it involved more mucking about with BU stuff and similar. Or I might have played with the L2TP stuff.

Either way, I agreed to be available at about 4pm, so I figured at this point I’d kick back, watch The Jerry Springer Show, and chat to people on IRC and IM. I was also playing with the L2TP stuff during this, but it was largely kernel compiling so it was “type command, wait an hour” type work. Being on IRC reminded me of my occasional project to create a PGSM Music Video. In order to do this, I obviously need to have seen the whole series. Hence I decided to finall watch my PGSM Special Act DVD.

(The lesson learnt is inside the spoiler tag. I’m sorry, but it’s the final scene of the whole show. I’m also gonna talk about the story of Hitch. Yes, I saw Hitch last night. It’s good. ^_^)

Wow. Absolutely no Beryl (which shot my plan for Beryl + Jaedite set to Elephant Love Medley onto the backburner) and in fact a surprisingly small amount of senshi action. Largely due to their inability to transform for the entire sequence. I really must rewatch Final Act, and possibly Act.48 as well, and/or get around to watching the latter part of the series with subtitles, rather than waiting for the MGC to get up to it at the end of the year.

I was very pleased to see that Motoki got Mew Makoto in the end, after what I think was four years of persistence in the face of almost complete indifference. I guess the lesson learnt was that persistence and patience pays, both in a general sense, and specifically in my designs upon the person of one Azama Mew. I watched Hitch last night, which taught me that someone, somewhere, will find your personal foilbles endearing. I’m combining these thoughts into the idea that if I keep hoping, worshipping and stalking Mew, she’ll find my personal foibles adorable. ^_^

Oh, and for some reason the image of a pregnant Sawai Miyuu made me laugh. It just seems so implausible. I think I have trouble picturing any thin Japanese woman pregnant. (That’s thin by my standards. It includes almost every Japanese woman I’ve met. Maybe small is a better word than thin?)

It was nice to see that Ami had moved on to a nice American university, populated by a German doctor who tries to steal her credit, an Australian doctor who sees her running desperately down the corridor and points out that the operating theatre is in fact in the other direction, like he (or in fact anyone) sees running Japanese women in hospital corridors all the time, and another person who doesn’t speak, and may or may not have been American.

I suspect Japanese television shows populate their gaijin quotas by randomly pulling gaijin off the street, dressing them up, and slowing their English until it’s identifiable without being understandable. Certainly Ami’s response to the Australian (“But Japan is this way”) took two watchings to understand, and I probably wouldn’t have worked it out except for it being the obvious comedic response, and the helpful Japanese subtitle. The only American accent you get to hear in PGSM is Mamoru’s English friend. Yes, that’s right. The one non-American gaijin in the show, and he has an American accent. ^_^

It also looked to me like the American diet had affected Ami, she no longer looked like she blow away in a strong wind. Given how Hama Chisaki’s diary entries during PGSM filming usually centered around the enormous amounts and varieties of foods she’d eaten, I dread to think what she’d eaten to actually look like she’d gained weight. Or maybe puberty finally caught her up?)

Makoto was stunning as always. Just in case I didn’t make that clear above. I also liked her in reading glasses. And the green dress with choker. I thought the top with the one button was a bit weird looking, but I can forgive it for two reasons: anything which gives one-button access to a naked Mew is a good thing; and even with the button done up, any kind of movement showed off alternatively a bra strap, and a wonderful expanse of upper right torso and shoulder.

I also cracked up when the Shitenou showed up at the wedding, and no one seemed to bat an eyelid. Maybe only Mamoru could see them (like in the manga), or maybe everyone just happened to be facing the wrong way (like in most of PGSM. ^_^)

And possibly a lot of trouble could have been avoided all around if someone had pointed Mio at an English->Japanese dictionary with the definition of “Dark” in it. A brightly lit throne room and clowns certainly don’t appear there, Beryl’s dark brooding-room, the grey and black-decorated piano room, and the Nazguul (I don’t think they were ever distinguished from the other youma, but I’ve taken the liberty to do so. You know which ones I mean. Act.31 onwards. ^_^) certainly fit the idea of “Dark Kingdom”. Mio’s was more like “Completely-psycho-whacked-out-princess kingdom”. Kinda Queen Nephelia’s kingdom, at least what little we saw of it at the beginning of Sailor Stars.

Of course, this still doesn’t explain who Mio is. Maybe it was explained in the series somewhere, and I missed it (very possible), but I figure she’s the reincarnation of Beryl (as Usagi and the other are reincarnations of Queen Serenity et. al) which only slightly complicates matters as Beryl’s not actually died yet. (Or maybe she did at the end of Final Act? I don’t see how though, Jaedite survived. I like to think Jaedite’s working hard in his off time (which covers the missing four years, and most of Special Act) and has set up some kind of love nest in an inexpensive studio apartment, while Beryl tries to find some kind of job suitable for her outstanding talents. Then again, I like to think Nephrite’s running Crown Karaoke while Motoki’s spending all day wandering around Makoto’s florist, waiting for Ami to return from America. On the other hand, this would preclude Jaedite working at Crown, since the only way Jaedite and Nephrite could work together is with a strong personality to manage them. And while Motoki is many things (engaged to Makoto, for a start) a strong personality he is not. I’m glad Nephrite didn’t kill him during the TV series. (Although then Mew Makoto would have been free still. But that’s TV, not reality.) Still, I hope Jaedite has found a nice steady job, and Beryl recognises a good thing when it throws itself at her. Certainly, he seemed in a good mood in Special Act, so I like to think they found happiness together. (And that she kept that purple dress. I could find happiness with someone who can wear that well. ^_^) What can I say, I’m an incurable romantic at heart. Since I see nothing romantic happening for Kunzite or Zoicite. Kunzite and Minako could certainly have formed a good friendship, having suffered as first warrior under a leader (or two in Kunzite’s case) who let love cloud their judgement. If it went further than that, it would be a… torrid affair to say the least. And I’m sad to say that I think Kunzite’s gay, and has it for Endymion. And he is never going to be more than a third wheel there. Maybe he can appear on Queer Eye for the Senshi or something. Oh crap, I just inspired myself to writea fanfic. (Not Queer Eye. The rest of this paranthetical diversion.)) It would explain the weird connection thing they had which caused everyone to believe (or at least everyone on IRC I was talking to) that Mio was some kind of clone of Beryl, or a construction Beryl was using. I think my theory’s better.

If you want to make sense of that last paragraph, highlight everything between matching parenthesis and ignore it. Then read the bit in parenthesis. Repeat this process until things make sense. Congratulations, you’ve just had a glance into the thought process of a TBBle. In fact, the TBBle. ^_^

And no, Usagi doesn’t get pregnant, but I think she manages to mention babies in one of the very early scenes. it was certainly nice to see that four years and engagement managed to completely not change Usagi at all.

Rei was way underutilised in Special Act. I suspect Keiko’s modelling career may have been at a particularly high point at that time, while Mew seems to be in the lull between modelling and idoldom at the same time. I hope Mew makes the transition well, and I also hope Keiko does. Her minimal work in Special Act against showed hints of acting talent which were mocked by detractors (“I… Am…. Rei…”) back at the beginning of PGSM, but which will hopefully stand her in good stead in an acting career in J-Dramas; while I expect Mew may have more of a career as an actor and idol lined up, with her strong singing/dancing skills and demonstrated acting skills (by all reports Mew is very different from Makoto in personality, which is not surprising due to something I term tall-girl syndrome, which due to Japanese social training means tall Japanese girls (the ones I tend to refer to as stunning ^_^) become somewhat quiet/introverted during schooling in order to achieve certain aspects of femininity (Makoto’s solution was not to be quiet, but to be good at cooking, sewing and other feminine arts. Sakai-san from Azumanga Daioh went the path of introversion and a strong obsession with the small and cute. Both she and Makoto had “florist” on their list of career choices.) I can’t say if this is a good thing or not. But it’s an interesting phenomenon to observce both in popular culture and personal interactions.) Anyway, I look forward to seeing more of Kitagawa Keiko acting in the near future, and more of Azama Mew in my arms in the near future. (Hey, if I’m in a relationship, and have a celebrity clause, she’d be it. ^_^)

For reference, the current AMV plan is the Shitenou set to “Knights Of The Round Table” from Monty Python and The Holy Grail. It has the huge advantage of being only a minute long. ^_^

Anyway, Special Act was a surprising DVD, in that there was no omake, and the menu only appears at the end, which has the choice of Whole Movie, or one of six chapters.

As far as the story goes, I enjoyed it as far as I understood it.

Then I got ahold of the guy I needed to talk to to get the rest of the BU changeover done, and we worked through and identified the last of the remaining issues, and he went off to work on them.

At this point I was getting hungry for lunch (being about 6pm) when Shane walks in and says “If you want barbecue for dinner, you’d better go get some stuff, Julia and Bek are coming around in five minutes.” Needless to say, (but I’m going to) I did. Sometime over an hour later, Sean, Julia and Rabekah arrived. We barbecued, watched some of the Canturbury VS St. George NRL game, and Shane went to bed and the others retired to Sean’s house (across the road) once more leaving me on my lonesome. >_&lt. This I think may point the sorry state of my social affairs when I’m disappointed when people stop watching a rugby league game and leave. I consoled myself with the best of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and a repeat of The Glass House from Wednesday (Still funny the second time around), and by harassing Julia over MSN when I could. I also at chocolate cookies. ^_^;;;

Those of you playing along at home may have observed that the above overlapped the ANUAS screening. Which is correct. Kaz had the membership stuff, so my presence wasn’t neccessary, and I was debating whether to drop in at the end when Shane arrived and triggered the above.

I tried a Cruise Juicy tonight, and it was OK, but too juicy for my taste ie. too much like overstrong cordial. They’re also only one standard drink per, which makes them weaker than a standard cruiser.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to plug Television Without Pity as an amusing website of episode recaps for various TV series. The only one they’re tracking that I’m watching (largely because the number of TV series I’m watching is down to Battlestar Galactica, The Glass House (these two class on Wednesday night), Little Britain, and Rosemary and Thyme) is Battlestar Galactica. And I’m enjoying it. ^_^

Here’s PGSM Special Act. I got this with the 7-DVD box, which now holds PGSM Vol.1 through Vol.7. The second box comes with PGSM Act.Zero, shipping end of March. (Also below. ^_^)

美少女戦士セーラームーン Special Act.美少女戦士セーラームーン Act.ZERO

Yay Mew!

Back, from outer space

Time to get back into updating this blog, I guess. It’s just that I’ve been so boring recently.

I’m back in ANU, taking Japanese Lexicon, Teaching Languages and Semantics. These classes all look interesting, and I’ve got the first Japanese Lexicon assignment to do over this weekend.

I handed in my Written Japanese D assignment at long last, and now once Ikeda-sensei has the time, I’ll finally get some closure on that unit. ^_^

Still working for ActewAGL, despite my best attempts to get away. I guess the disadvantage of job security through irreplacebility is irreplacebility. >_<

The anime.au.05 anime convention is coming up, and I’m the Events Co-ordinator so that’s taking up a bit of time, but not too much at the moment.

I’ve been playing with some wiki software (PMWiki, the only one I could find that didn’t require anything not available on Debian/stable) but I haven’t actually got a good use for a wiki on TBBle.net. Maybe when I get back to the Winny reverse-engineering project or something.

I picked up PGSM Volume 12 from DHL today, so now I’ve only got the one DVD to go. It’s gonna be weird to not have $140 disappear from my credit card every month… And I’m still praying for a second series, some more OAV things, or a personal visit from Azama Mew. Of course, I still haven’t watched Special Act yet. Nor the live action version of Great Teach Onizuka… Or the rest of Excel Saga. Or Poemy. Or… wow. My DVD collection is largely still in shrink-wrap. ^_^

OK, so I haven’t actually been that boring. A friend of mine pointed out to me recently that having too much on one’s plate is better than being bored, but I fear that may actually have been my own words being repeated back to me. (Hello, if you’re reading this! I promise I’ll update more often. ^_^)

美少女戦士セーラームーン VOL.12

Not dead, just sleeping. ^_^

Just a quick post to let everyone know I’m not dead. The past fortnight (and this fortnight too, in all likelyhood -_-) have been wildly busy at ActewAGL, as we are doing pre-safety week preperation with the new handheld system with which I’ve been involved in here since May.

So yeah, I’ve been absent from IRC, ICQ, MSN, YIM, TransACT and everything but ANU Anime Society and ANU Magical Girl Club.

(Oh, and I remained the secretary of the ANU MGC, and am now the president of the Anuas. Yay me!)

今日の思う事: 2004年 8月 9日

Good news
Washed the dishes. Yes, this is news.
Bad news
Managed to sleep in and miss my classes again.
Something new
There are disadvantages to a DVD’s soft subtitles.

Actually, I only missed one class. If I’d hurried, and skipped breakfast and a shower, I could have made the second one. However, it is a tutorial which I’ll make up later this week. Hardly seems worth missing breakfast and being smelly just for one class.

Despite therefore having all afternoon (or at least most of it) available to me, I didn’t do the dishes until The Simpsons came on. Happily, it took less than 90 minutes, since there wasn’t much in there that needed heavy scrubbing. Although my curry saucepan’s looking the worse for wear.

As a reward (and to get me in a settled mood as I have to be at work at 7:30am tomorrow >_%lt;) I finally watched The Godfather Part I on DVD. All was going fine until my terrible sin of skipping the menus punished me by having no subtitles during the Italian-speaking segment in the middle. A bit of skipping around and hitting the ‘Subtitle’ button on the remote eventually yielded a setting where only the Italian was subtitled, not the English. There didn’t seem to be any subtitles for the earlier Italian-speaking scene, which reinforced my feeling that only certain key parts of the dialog in Italian were being translated, and the rest was left to the viewer’s imagination. That was a nice touch.

A less nice touch was that I forgot to check the running length on the DVD cover first, and my plans for an early night were ruined by the movie being 3 hours long, plus a half-hour break in the middle. That plus various going-to-bed delays indicates that I proably should have watched El Mariachi instead.

Still, at least tomorrow’s MGC night. And only one class to go to. But then there’s two jobs in the morning, and I’ll be very very tired by the evening, I’m sure.