Sunday, February 26, 2006

Random post numbah one!

Ok, so I've found a new thing to occupy my time. If I was as much of an otaku as I wished I was, I would have found this long before now, but oh well. What could this new-found doorway into anime geekdom of which I speak possibly be? First let me set this up by telling you a story, and giving you another link or so.

So, I have friends (some of you even read this!), and some of these friends have lj's or blogs listed to the side, and some of them are very much into anime, more than I am, being relatively recently introduced to my new love. Well, one of these friends has recently begun to post lists of links to random videos and websites on her blog (Aerine's, if you're curious). A few weeks ago I was doing my obsessive cheking thing, and watched some of the videos on her newest list. Of course, she had found the ever popular Leonard Nimoy sings the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins, and on previous posts had found a bunch of commercials, and an AMV for the anime Bleach (which I know nothing about), but this time she found the best.AMV.EVAR! First, I must explain AMV (although it's rather self-explanitory). AMV stands for Anime Music Video, and is a video usually consisting of a contemporary song (or 2) and a bunch of screen shots from an anime (or 20). Anyways, the BAE uses some song from what I can only assume is a gay-themed musical (aren't they all?? just kidding) while the video is from the anime Gravitation. Now, a little less than a year ago, I went to Hanover to visit with Ellie after we had been in Anderson for Jenny's bridal shower, and I stayed an extra night to hang out with the cool then-freshmen of Ellie's "posse" or whatever. It was then, while sitting on the floor of Feenix and Celeidh's dorm room and talking about anime, manga, and Mercedes Lackey that I was told flat out not to read the manga Gravitation by Ellie herself. Why, you ask? Because, apparently, the character's relationships are such as to drive one insane. So, in hindsight, maybe not too bad, but anyways. So, I was relatively content not to read Gravitation, but now...well, after seeing the BAE, I had an overwhelming urge to watch the anime. However, I do not have the money (nor am I brave enough to spend quite a bit on something I've never seen, unless it's a really good deal) to buy it, and I doubt anyone I know will own it anytime soon. So, I was pretty much resigned to not ever see it when I came across something. I had previously visited this site a year or so ago, back when they had mp3s to download, since I need more anime music, but recently they changed their layout and such, and now have anime fansubs for my viewing pleasure. So, now I'm wating a fansub of Gravitation. Cuz I'm a big nerd. But in a fun way. I think, when I'm done with Gravitation, I'll watch Vandread...maybe they'll have a better translation than the English dub I've been watching.

So, yeah, how's that for my random post??

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


So, I don't know how many of my readers love Jeopardy as much as I do...pretty much if I'm home and awake when it's on, I'll watch it. It was especially fun a couple of years ago when Luke was on, only to blow his lead on the Final Jeopardy question, becuase I was sitting there saying "I know that guy!" (cuz I'm a big nerd, and must live vicariously through others). Well, today I was watchign with my mom, and lo and behold I was shocked to see a certain contestant. I wasn't caught completely off guard, since I had read his rant and knew he had tried out for Jeopardy a few months ago, but when the announcer introduced the first contestant as "Dom Nguyen" I was like "Could it be? I mean, I know Nguyen is a very common Vietnamese last name, almost like Smith, but...could it be?" And when I saw that he wore glasses and had written his name with a smiley face in the "O" of Dom, I knew it. It was Shirt Guy Dom, of Megatokyo fame. Unfortunatley, he did not win, so there's no chance of seeing him on tomorrow's game, which kinda makes me sad. I wanted to hear more random stuff that Alex could ask him during the break in the first half, especially if it could be things about his passing acquaintance with webcomics or conventions. But the little quip that was brought up was the fact that Dom taught himself Japanese in high school by playing video games, so he knows how to challenge someone to fight 6 different ways, but can't ask what they do for a living.
I realize some of my readers won't care at all, but I thought it was pretty damn cool. And maybe later I'll do a real update, but for now, I gotta go sell crafty crap to crafty people.


Pretty close

So, I found this quiz on Jenny's blog...I think it's pretty accurate, for only being two questions long. Enjoy!

the Observer
Test finished!
you chose BZ - your Enneagram type is FIVE.

"I need to understand the world"

Observers have a need for knowledge and are introverted, curious, analytical,
and insightful.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Be independent, not clingy.

  • Speak in a straightforward and brief manner.

  • I need time alone to process my feelings and thoughts.

  • Remember that If I seem aloof, distant, or arrogant, it may be that
    I am feeling uncomfortable.

  • Make me feel welcome, but not too intensely, or I might doubt your

  • If I become irritated when I have to repeat things, it may be because
    it was such an effort to get my thoughts out in the first place.

  • don't come on like a bulldozer.

  • Help me to avoid my pet peeves: big parties, other people's loud music,
    overdone emotions, and intrusions on my privacy.

What I Like About Being a Five

  • standing back and viewing life objectively

  • coming to a thorough understanding; perceiving causes and effects

  • my sense of integrity: doing what I think is right and not being influenced
    by social pressure

  • not being caught up in material possessions and status

  • being calm in a crisis

What's Hard About Being a Five

  • being slow to put my knowledge and insights out in the world

  • feeling bad when I act defensive or like a know-it-all

  • being pressured to be with people when I don't want to be

  • watching others with better social skills, but less intelligence or
    technical skill, do better professionally

Fives as Children Often

  • spend a lot of time alone reading, making collections, and so on

  • have a few special friends rather than many

  • are very bright and curious and do well in school

  • have independent minds and often question their parents and teachers

  • watch events from a detached point of view, gathering information

  • assume a poker face in order not to look afraid

  • are sensitive; avoid interpersonal conflict

  • feel intruded upon and controlled and/or ignored and neglected

Fives as Parents

  • are often kind, perceptive, and devoted

  • are sometimes authoritarian and demanding

  • may expect more intellectual achievement than is developmentally appropriate

  • may be intolerant of their children expressing strong emotions

Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy

Discover the 9 Types of People

HarperSanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages

You are not completely happy with the result?!

You chose BZ

Would you rather have chosen:

  • AZ (THREE)
  • CZ (ONE)
  • BX (NINE)
  • BY (FOUR)

  • My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
    free online datingfree online dating
    You scored higher than 24% on ABC
    free online datingfree online dating
    You scored higher than 0% on XYZ
    Link: The Quick and Painless ENNEAGRAM Test written by felk on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

    Friday, February 03, 2006


    So, I know it's been a while since my last post, and there are probably somewhat important things I could talk about (like that Chicago thing), but I'm feeling...serious (maybe it's the music I'm listening to...from Witch Hunter Robin).

    I'm a little obsessive about checking things, such as my email, or my friends' blogs and LJs, so I was going about my little checking spree when I was delighted to find that a couple of people (namely Jenny) had updated since I had checked earlier today. One of her posts made me curious, so I searched out another friend's LJ (Kayla) and had a cursory read. And then I had a thought (scary, ain't it). Everyone else's lives seem to be filled with drama. While they're ranting about real-world problems and living, I sit here and refuse to blog because nothing has happened to me. I woke up really late. I ate lunch. I played a computer game. I watched some TV. Or sometimes it goes like this. I woke to my alarm. I got dressed. Ate lunch. Went to work. Maybe stopped somewhere to buy a DVD, or look at clothes I can maybe wear to Stephanie's wedding. Came home. Watched TV. I don't have interesting things happen to me, which isn't necessarily bad, since interesting often translates to bad. But I get the feeling I'm not going anywhere.

    Dammit!!!!! I am NOT depressed, I refuse to be. I'm just not tired, but have to be awake in 5 and a half hours. And everyone else's depressions are rubbing off. Don't be depressed! Cuz it gets to me, and I don't do enough as it is! Any more, and you'll have to check for a pulse! ("Is she breathing? Is there a pulse?" "I dunno, sir. She's a Great American Sloth. Them things can be tricky.")

    Maybe later I'll do a happier post. About random things, like anime and obsessions. Anime always makes me happy, which I guess means I'm easily destracted.