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posted by [personal profile] photosinensis at 09:21pm on 29/10/2012
And nobody seems to care about this injustice.

I was trying to make a point somewhere else about the un-Googlability of my real name. So I linked them to Wikipedia's disambituation page for that name.

This led me to wonder why the hell The Doctor is the last entry on the list. I will grant that real people are more important than The Doctor. However, I doubt the significance of any of those other John Smiths.

I mean, yes, Ranger Smith of Yogi Bear is recognizable, but he's not more important than The Doctor. Of the others, I'm sure a few of you saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and older readers may remember The A Team. But I've never heard of I Am Number Four or that Bruce Willis film, and let's face it, unless you've spent waaaaaaaaay too much time at TV Tropes and staring into the most cracked out shit Japan has ever produced, you're unfamiliar with Haruhi.

But hey, it's been a long time since I've written here. There's little new in my life. I'm currently at the end of season 6 in my attempt to watch all of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in order. I've seen some of the best that Trek has to offer ("In The Pale Moonlight" has to be the cornerstone of the series) as well as some of the worst ("Profit and Lace" is just plain offensive, though to the actors' and directors' credit, they treated it as dramatic and not a farce--too bad the writing was just that bad).

That said, every time that Quark and Rom reference Moogie, I'm deeply disappointed that they're not talking about her and not not her, mostly because Mugi is way more adorable than some old Ferengi woman.

I'm still quite stuck on last weekend's double header at the movie theater. The films? Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Parts I and II, or "What if Sailor Moon were ten times shorter and a hundred times more honest. I would not suggest looking them up on Wikipedia or TV Tropes, as it's pretty much impossible to discuss the story without getting into major spoilers. However, I'm not exaggerating when I say that the television series (available online legally here)not only does a good job of telling the same story, but is perhaps the best television series I've seen out of the last five years.
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A long time ago, I was a LiveJournaler. I pored over icons. I religiously updated.

Then, my life got in the way. I developed other interests. And I didn't always write about them on LJ. Facebook and Twitter were easier. And let's face it: you can always live tweet ponies.

I've also noted that I'm really into three fandoms these days. Unfortunately, I don't have icons for those fandoms.

So here's the deal. I know some of you are better at finding icons than I am. Here are my fandoms:

  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Yep. I totally went there. Something something brohoof. What can I say, the series really is 20% cooler than anything else currently on television. Favorite characters include Pinkamina Diane Pie, Fluttershy, and Sweetie Belle. Twilight Sparkle is my homepony, too, so I should best throw her in.
  • K-On! The power of moe compels me. I'm a particular sucker for Yui. If I were the waifu taking sort, well, she wouldn't be mine. She'd be my mistress.
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Or as I like to call it, Superbitch (because she's a bitch that kind of won the superpower lottery). Remember how I said that if I were the waifu taking sort, Yui Hirasawa would be my mistress? That's because Yuki Nagato from the Disappearance alternate universe would be my waifu. I've become particularly fond of the spinoff manga series The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (which I was following before it got picked up because I didn't expect that to happen).

I don't ship in any of these fandoms rather explicitly, and for good reasons. In the first case, they're horses. No. In the second, I find that shipping gets in the way of the deep friendship the characters have with each other (but I will admit that there are times when I wonder about Mio and Ritsu). In the third, I've learned from my Harry Potter days that shipping wars are no fun.

So this is me pleading for icon sources.
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I apparently don't do this as annually as I thought.

That end-of-year thing )
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Which states have I seen?

visited 22 states (44%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or website vertaling duits?

That's about it. Well, throw in the District of Columbia. I've been there, too.
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Wow, I'm still alive. I'm doing crack, but I'm still alive.

So I got a couple things in the mail today: disc 3 of K-On! and the DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Of course, I'm quite familiar with these materials and how they should sound. I've read the original sources for both of them, too.

I was quite worried about K-On!, specifically in its rather comical use of honorifics (in ways that don't translate into English at all), as well as with some of the nicknames (which incorporate honorifics or Japanese onomatopoeia). Thus far, I'm quite satisfied: even in the English version, the girls call their teacher Sawa-chan (an interesting way of addressing her: it would normally be Yamanaka-sensei--this will become important in season 2, where Yui will start calling her Sawa-chan-sensei), and the club's underclassman is Azunyan, not Azu-meow (as was rather stupidly done in the manga).

More generally, I'm still not entirely sure that substituting out the music they play for Yui in episode 1 was a good idea. "Love Me Tender" just doesn't work there. Perhaps if they'd used "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", which occupies a place in our culture similar to "Tsubasa wo Kudasai", it might have made more sense. Using the original song would have brought up perhaps the wrong connotations from American fans unfamiliar with subbed series, as Americans tend to only know the song from its use in either this series or during the climax of Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0/2.22. (Actually, amongst the more hardcore amongst us, we'd also have seen this from Nichijou/My Ordinary Life1, but that happened back at midsummer.) Likewise, rendering "Moe moe kyun!" as "The power of cute compels you!" made me scratch my head. I know that the folks at Bang Zoom have no problem with using the word "moe": I've seen episode 2-1/2x012 of the Haruhi dub as well as excerpts from the Lucky Star dub, so I really don't know what gives.

I'll have to wait for Thursday for a discussion of the dub of Disappearance. I have standing appointments on Wednesday night that will leave me without the three hours needed to watch the film properly. Yes, it's a fully animated feature with strong use of cel-style techniques. That doesn't stop it from running 164'3. The length doesn't stop it from being really well done.

The stuff down here is for people that have no file system checking clue what I'm on about. If you know your animu, mango, and light novel scene, feel free to skip my footnotes today.
1. The only reason anyone in the US picked up Nichijou when it started running back in the spring is because the television adaptation was made by the same trolls that made, well, both of the things I got in the mail today.
2. Silly anachronic order: it's the first episode of the first season chronologically, the second episode to be broadcast, and is the first episode in the second season ordering, as the second season ran interspersed amongst a chronological order rerun of the first season.
3. Did I not just say that the people who made it were trolls? They, like moot, believe that trolling is a art. What's more, the film itself is a part of a long troll. The short troll was remaking the same damned episode 8 times and running each version on television. The long troll was getting viewers to admit that maybe they had a point.
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Today at church, one of the deacons was celebrating a birthday. We don't have his age on hand, though. So, while singing Many Years for him, one of the other deacons announced it as his 82nd birthday (which is most definitely not true).

I don't think that I've ever heard such relief from such a simple joke.

I think I'll leave it at that. Other, wiser people have made far better commentary on the past week of my life. I don't feel the need to add much more.

(But shaving your head before going to a burial, particularly when you don't own a black hat turns out to be a good idea: it's a lot easier to apply sunscreen that way.)
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posted by [personal profile] photosinensis at 10:02pm on 12/11/2010 under
This was posted originally at my WordPress blog, here.

My blog is back. Yeah, that’s right: my website is back in its entirety. That’s the blog, the code samples, and the Craigslist scraper.

Comment here, there, everywhere!

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posted by [personal profile] photosinensis at 09:49pm on 06/11/2010 under
On account of having seen too much AMV Hell, I'm currently watching Death Note. Despite its pretentiousness, the show is genuinely entertaining. Yeah, it's not what I said I'd watch next (for those that were around for that, I was considering picking up Azumanga Daioh next, as I've never seen the whole thing in order--but I've seen it all in bits and pieces). I'm just as disappointed as you.

The game of cat and mouse between Light and L is quite compelling. I know that goes away, and I just can't see how the show could possibly maintain its appeal without both of those characters. I also know that there are at least two other Kiras (I've met Misa, who is one hell of a crazy bitch1), but I just cannot see how they can be so interesting. After all, Light knows what he's doing because he's a freaking genius that has studied the arts of law enforcement. Sure, he gets sloppy from time to time, but for some reason, he always seems to win at Xanatos Roulette.

That said, I'm not quite feeling the slashy goodness that others seem to get from this series. I mean, sure, I can see what the fangirls are on about, but frankly, I see Light as perceiving himself as so superior to the rest of humanity, L included, that he couldn't possibly bring himself to love as mere mortals do.

Holy crap, I'm slowly turning into an otaku. I mean, what other kind of person would have a Yui Hirasawa plushie on his bag (don't judge me!)? Save me, Internets. You're...not much of a hope, are you?

1. Oddly, I felt a chill run down my spine when I first heard her voice. I looked her up on the character sheet at TV Tropes and found out why: that's the same person that did Haruhi and Konata, both characters that have terrified me for totally different reasons.
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I'm still alive.

That said, I've spent the weekend sobbing. Not because of some great tragedy, but because I've been snorting After Story like an addict and his blow. This is not something I recommend doing: you really have to let each episode digest or you will become an emotional wreck. The animation is generally beautiful, though, and the story is exquisite.

I'm going to be in Houston next weekend. Hopefully, I'll get to see some of you.

I'm losing my mind, living here alone. I mean, I was always a little crazy, but man, coming home to nothing on a regular basis is really getting to me. Work's fine (better than it was back in the spring when I was getting disappointed), but it would be nice to have something that wasn't work or chores. It would be nice to have someone or something to come home to at night.

But alas, that will not happen, and I know it. It can't. I've got too much to atone for, too many people I've hurt--and I don't even know where to begin apologizing for things done 5, 10, 20 years ago. And besides, I have no file system checking clue how to find people. Indeed, it's almost as though I want to be forgotten, and am out to make no lasting impression. I had a panic attack when I began to realize people were noticing me out there in the world.
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posted by [personal profile] photosinensis at 10:40pm on 06/07/2010 under
So I ran across this blog entry while browsing Reddit today. Now, the bank got taken by this guy. They wanted a Caesar cypher, and he gave them, well, it's an abomination.

In Python:

def caesar(string, key):
  return "".join([x if ord(x.lower()) not in range(97, 123) else chr((((ord(x.lower()) - 97) + key) % 26) + 97) for x in string])

That's in one line, and it preserves spaces and punctuation. We'll not mention his problems with command line user interfaces, which are quite powerful and awesome.


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