Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas

Amidst the hustle'n'bustle of getting ready for Christmas and the happiness, joy, and good cheer that infuse the season, I am often reminded of the true, root reason for this season. It's not good enough to stop at Jesus is the reason or that He was born. Why was He born? Because He was going to sacrifice Himself to save our souls. Why would He do that? Because He loves us. So, the reason for the season is that He loves us to the point that He was willing to die for us so that we could be saved.

In the spirit of this, I wanted to pick a moment from anime for today that echoed this depth of love. Love enough to sacrifice one's life for another. The problem with picking one is that I'll pass over many others from this year. Instead, I'm picking three.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas

Shinsekai Yori was many things but one thing it wasn't was a lightweight, fluff piece. Rarely do I see science fiction in a visual format, anime or otherwise, that can match the best of it's print brethren. Shinsekai Yori was just such a work. After feeding the viewers a constant stream of secrets, reveals, and reversals-of-fortune, I was ready for a simple, straight forward final episode where the bad guys would get theirs and the good guys would heal their wounds and look forward to a better tomorrow. That was not to be; silly me, I'd forgotten I was watching Shinsekai Yori.

Before our villain, a member of the race known as Queerats - an intelligent but inferior animal race - would meet his demise as punishment for his heinous crimes, the last item the humans wanted to know was why he had done the evil deeds he'd done. His answer was not what I expected. He answered that he was human like them and he had done what he did to throw off the slavery and oppression his race of humanity faced. The human judge and bystanders scoffed at his erroneous belief; but, my brain began turning.

Monday, December 23, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas

Just like last year, as we get nearer to Christmas, I'm surprised that I've gone from worrying about finding 12 moments worthy of being written about to worrying about how to cut things down to only 12 moments with the minimum of anguish about what had to be cut.

I'm tempted to pass this moment over. I don't have the type of ego that needs or wants the attention (from all 30-50 people who will read this); however, I am proud of how well I was able to intuit the results based on everything I knew about the songs and the voters. So, since I feel being authentic about my personal experiences with anime this year is important, I'm mentioning it today.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas

It's often said that an anime (or any show/book) needs to have a character that is a stand-in for the audience - someone that's familiar and they can relate to. Hence all the loser high school male characters.

I've never understood this.

Saturday, December 21, 2013


What have Isaac Newton, Nicolai Tesla, George Handel and Adolf Hitler all got in common? They all suppressed their sexual urges and directed their life-creating energy towards achieving their goals.

Common sense tells you that if something is so powerful that it can create a new life, keeping it within you is going to have positive creative effects and losing it is going to drain them from you.

The 12 Days of Christmas

The animation studio Bones and I have had a rocky relationship from the start. It began while I was just starting to consider myself an anime fan with the broadcast of Full Metal Alchemist on Toonami. I was thrilled with the story, animation, and characters enough that I began snapping the DVDs up even while it was still airing. In hindsight this became a mistake because the story of the second half just unraveled itself into incoherency and ended with a thud. Next came Eureka Seven and in a near exact repeat there was the great beginning, music, and animation that once again saw it all fall apart at the end.

Not every series from Bones suffered this problem - Soul Eater's ending was "acceptable" for an ongoing manga adaptation, for example, and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood had the manga's ending to crib from, so it was hard to screw that up - but, many other series like Daughter of Twenty Faces, X'amd, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and No.6 fell apart at the end. (And let's just pretend Heroman never happened.)

Friday, December 20, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas

The reasons to start watching and continuing watching an anime are many and various. If it's a good anime, the reasons are normally pretty self-evident. If it's not a particularly good anime the reasons could be the strangest thing.

Earlier this year I decided to start watching an anime series because it was being subbed by the group that had done Milky Holmes and they'd earned enough points, feels, props, etc. in my book that I was willing to watch what they wanted to sub themselves.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Cheer Tag!

It's 2 in the morning. I'm bored. Why not? (:


The Musical Advent Calendar

Through the medium of our panel's No. 16 albums of the year we're told, not for the first time in this advent calendar, how the frustrations of watching Manchester City - still a valid currency even in these wild days of oil riches - can have a strong influence on the Advent Calendar. Meanwhile, Skillers mixes up his usual formula by going with an all-female guitar band.


The 12 Days of Christmas

One of the best - or more acutely, entertaining - parts of watching anime is keeping up with the anime blogosphere to see how they're reacting to the anime I'm watching. The best is when a sizable percentage of writers get fired up over the same anime because, dollars to doughnuts, there will be fireworks. It might be something epic that causes people to put 110% in to displaying their love and admiration. It might be something controversial that causes spirited discussions and strongly worded rants on both sides. It might just be something normal that happens to catch everyone's attention and pulls everyone together to share in the same experience.

I often steer clear of these events because, either, I don't feel like contributing and rather enjoy what others are saying, or, I feel like contributing but someone has already made my point better than I could have.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas

As someone who blogs about anime because I like it and hope to get others interested in the good parts of it, I enjoy receiving feedback when I have done a good job doing so. Which is why I smile when a RSS scraper site copies my posts. It's, of course, wrong of them but I like seeing that these people feel my blog is good enough to rip-off. This year saw one of the best and coolest means of feedback for this blog.

Time of Eve, or Eve no Jikan, was one of my Secret Santa 2012 picks and I wrote a of it last year. Beyond hoping the next work from the creators of Time of Eve -- would equally impress, I let the show recede in my memory because there's always more new and new-to-me anime to watch.

The 12 Days of Christmas

I'll be the first to admit that the real reason I enjoy music from anime as much as I do is mostly because of it's use in anime. That's not a bad thing in my book. Realistically speaking, it's hard far an average person to develop a connection with music spoken in a completely foreign language. I'd love to actually be able to understand all the anime songs I listen to, beyond just the Engrish ones; but, if 3 years of high school Spanish taught me anything, it's that I'm very bad at learning second languages.

On rare occasions a spontaneous connection is possible. It might happen once or twice in an anime season (though not for this Fall 2013 season); I fall in love with a song the very first time I hear it, long before it becomes intertwined with the anime itself.

The 12 Days of Christmas

by the esteemed Baka-Raptor that JC Staff has a talent for fading in it's ending songs into the anime itself for maximum emotional impact. I would have to agree. I think this might be JC Staff's only real talent, but that's a discussion for another day .

Continuing into this year's winter season were two series animated by JC Staff. The first was Little Busters and the second was Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. The first was the higher profile work and the one generating more discussion in the blogosphere - both positive and negative. Among the problems I had with Little Busters was how emotionally flat it was. In this respect the other JC Staff series, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, had it beat by a long shot. The difference likely stemmed from Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo having Mari Okada as it's writer; since a Key work like Little Busters shouldn't have lacked in the emotional department.

12 Days of Anime 2013, Day 9: The Crowds Are Calling Our Names

This is not a Gatchaman Crowds post; the lyrics just seemed appropriate.

That Kick-Heart even exists at all is a testament to so many things. We've got a big anime house - Production IG - going out of their way to make a risky experimental short film with very niche appeal and a strange art style from a creator whose works consistently turn in woeful sales figures, and on top of that, are pushing to market it to the traditionally stingy and traditionally ignored Western audience. There is no way something like this could happen under normal circumstances. For this project, they turned to the Crowds. It's kind of like ~The Cloud~, only not at all.

The 12 Days of Christmas

In a perfect world, every anime would receive the budget, time, and talent needed to reach it's full potential. This, of course, is not a perfect world. Instead we have put up with all the accommodations that anime has to make when the lack one or all three. Sometimes an anime series can rise above and turn out stronger as a result - Shaft's delectable visual style comes from having too little time and money to animate in a more conventional style, for example. For the vast majority of other titles, we get an inferior work.

I mention this because sometimes whole seasons of anime will pass by without any noteworthy and satisfying animation to be found. Earlier this year, I had not realized how thirsty I had gotten for good quality animation until Studio Trigger's Little Witch Academia was released and I watched it.

The Anticipation of Christmas Day

By Annette Martel and Kelly Hagen


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Have You Tried Not Making Sexy Robots?: Male Gaze in Time of Eve

Time of Eve is a science fiction anime about a near-future in which androids are in common usage, and secretly becoming self-aware. If you haven't seen it and you have an hour and forty minutes to kill right now, you can watch it here. (I'll wait.)

Rather than go the robot uprising route, the series depicts androids as something somewhere between second-class citizens and slaves - all the androids have been purchased by a human master for some purpose as a housekeeper or babysitter or some kind of assistant. Androids follow and wear a holographic ring hovering over their head to distinguish them from people, from whom they are physically indistinguishable. What the series does with this is explore the implications of artificial intelligence in human society and their three laws-inspired motivations (mainly how do you factor "do not harm a human" when dealing with different types of emotional harm?), but it's that last point - how they're physically indistinguishable - that I want to talk about.

All Points Bulletin: Lucky Frog Syndrome

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Zest at JW3: restaurant review

Clean lines: the open and light interior at JW3. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer


Zest at JW3: restaurant review

Clean lines: the open and light interior at JW3. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer


Zest at JW3: restaurant review

Clean lines: the open and light interior at JW3. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer


Zest at JW3: restaurant review

Clean lines: the open and light interior at JW3. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer


Zest at JW3: restaurant review

Clean lines: the open and light interior at JW3. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer


Thursday, October 24, 2013

But you can find me, when the light is changing, at that time of day when there's little day remaining

For me, autumn is always a season of smoky nostalgia and lucid reckoning as well as new beginnings and optimism. This time around, I'm constantly verklempt, amazed at the richness, primarily the intense energy and brilliance and flat-out loveliness of my students, but also the way the past is resolving itself while I'm here in Iowa City.

Last week, Connie Brothers, who has been the heart and soul and prime mover of the Writers' Workshop for as long as anyone can remember (yet still looks exactly the same), appeared in my office doorway. "Who in your family cooks?" she asked. "We both do," I said. She handed me a big butternut squash from her garden with the warning that she couldn't vouch for it; "It might be a little wan."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Anime: Sakasama no Patema

Remember or Time of Eve, maybe ? Well Yasuhiro Yoshiura is back with a new series to be followed with a movie in November!

Sakasama no Patema is a world where opposites exist. Literally. Two races of people whose gravity are polar opposites. One lives like us, above the ground with the sky in its usual orientation (above our heads). The other lives, below ground, and instead of falling down, they fall "up".

Sunday, October 20, 2013


I know I watch a lot of TV. Well aware of some of my faults at least. Probably too much, but as I pay my TV licence, I feel that I should at least make the effort to be involved in something I've contributed to. It doesn't help that the weather is getting colder, the nights are drawing in, and it's becoming the time of year when all you want to do is snuggle in with a nice hot piece of pudding. It'salso currently hammering it down with rain. Thank goodness I was at home and watching the TV, and not out shopping (also saving my bank balance- double plus!) but my washing is still dry as I brought it in before the heavens opened. This is a particularly British trait, to be discussing the weather, but whilst I'm on the subject of Great British traditions such the weather, the Monarchy and the ability to believe that most things are solved with tea, I've got another one to talk about today, albeit a relatively new one.

I've been watching GBBO again- Great British Bake Off. For the uninitiated, its the best thing since sliced bread. Although I don't know what you do on a Tuesday night which is more entertaining! Actually, don't answer that. I'm not sure I want to know. GBBO is BBC2 prime time. In fact I don't know how it isn't BBC1 prime time. It's genius and for the following reasons:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Japanese Films at the Leeds International Film Festival 2013 Part 1: Anime

The takes place from NOVEMBER 06TH TO THE 21ST and there is plenty of anime getting screened on theon SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH. There are so many Japanese live-action films that they will get a separate post. Here is the selection of anime titles on offer and these are just as great. Just click on the titles to get more information such as times and ticket prices:

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Activity Book for Romantic Gourmands

Kindly Note: Lovers Kitchen uses Flash for an ongoing slide show at the top of every page.

If your device doesn't fancy Flash, the rest of the site is blessedly unaffected.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Aging As It Should Be Done

Having the heart of a teenager when we become adults is not that uncommon, but when a grandmother well into her seventies has the sensibilities normally associated with the young we tend to marvel. A teacher of spirituality, a priest writing in the With Bible magazine, was so impressed by the poem the grandmother sent him that it became the theme of his article in the magazine, causing him to ponder his own thoughts on the gift of life we've been given.

As we age there is the tendency to act with aloofness, he says, and at the same time inadvertently, being enticed by many things indaily life. To live habitually without expectations, without the fluttering of the heart and the promptings from our true nature, is a great sadness. To be like a block of wood as we age and let the opportunities life presents to us slip by is not what we need, he says.Our precious memories and our sensitivity gained over the years should be integrated into our lives.

Friday, September 20, 2013

48-Hour Script-to-Screen Contest

Press Release, Sherman, TX, September 6, 2013

48-Hour Script-to-Screen Contest, a part of the Sherman Arts Festival

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Anime Reviews: Dragon Half, Gunsmith Cats, Time of Eve, Little Witch Academia

Wherein I review a pair of old-school series, a new-school series, and an OVA that wonderfully mixes old and new styles.

As part of a little "classics" journey to watch some things I missed back in the day, Dragon Half is token nineties anime material through and through. It has that nineties style, with the sharper angles than your softer digital fare today, as well as plenty of color, reliance on visual glow effects, and lots of SD to keep animation costs lower. It's wacky, silly, and doesn't resolve much of anything, but hey it's just a little two-shot OVA adapted from a much longer running manga. What it does have is good ol' fashioned style, humor, and just that "different" feel that is so nice to get after the myriad cookie-cutter high-school-based slice-of-life/rom-com series.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

RBR: Olympus Has Fallen

When I saw White House Down a couple of months ago, I did not have the luxury of comparing it to the other "Die Hard in the White House" movie that came out this year, Olympus Has Fallen. Now that this one, which stars Gerard Butler in the "John McClane" role, is out for rent I can see that both films share similarities beyond their set-up. Both films are also flawed. Where WHD decided to take a lighter approach to the terrorist plot, Olympus is far more somber. The death count is higher and the kills are more graphic in this one. There are also some problems with the film playing fast and loose with the timeline of event. Compressing the time of events would not be so bad if it was not for the fact that they chose to constantly put a clock up telling us what time it was. You sit there wondering what everyone has been doing for the past two hours when they jump ahead, yet nothing seems to have happened since the previous scene. Plot holes and shoddy filmmaking can be ignored if a film is entertaining, but this movie treats everything so seriously that it's difficult to enjoy any of it. Even Morgan Freeman, who plays the Speaker of the House and eventually takes over as President, seems weary playing his role. While White House Down is no cinematic classic, it at least had the sense to have some fun with its ludicrous plot. This one may boast a higher number of celebrities in its cast, but that's no reason to opt for this dreary disappointment. RATING: **
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Friday, September 13, 2013

"Terminator" Polymer Discovered, Capable of Healing Itself

Spanish scientists, who have apparently never seen a James Cameron film, have developed a new polymer that spontaneously heals itself. Dubbing the material the "Terminator" polymer, after the T-1000 (played by Robert Patrick in Terminator 2), the scientists maintain that the material's true use is to improve the lifetime of everyday plastic products.

First reported by the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Materials Horizons, no self-healing material has ever been created - until now. Basically acting like living Velcro, the Terminator polymer can fix any imperfections in itself up to 97 percent. And we're not just talking about tiny blemishes, here; watch this video of someone literally slicing it in half with a razor blade before it magically heals itself:

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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Rio de Janeiro is prepared to use military force against demonstrations on September 7th reduce military parade due to "violent threats" and warn that they are prepared to "self-defense actions of the physical integrity of the troops"


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Elysium: Action movie, not a call to action

Elysium is not a subtle movie. Neill Blomkamp doesn't do subtle. District 9 was an impressive science fiction action movie which stopped just short of holding up flash cards to remind the audience that apartheid was a thing which had been completely real within the lifetime of every single person watching the movie. Elysium throws a boat-load of action at the screen, but this time Blomkamp is taking a swing at something which is going on right the hell now and probably not going to be solved within the lifetime of anyone who sees the movie. Sadly, it's not that likely that a big action movie is going to drive any kind of big action in the real world.

Elysium is about the gap between the haves and have-nots; the haves are up in a luxurious space station, and the have-nots are stuck down on earth, which is one great big slum. Turns out, in Elysium-world, the poor aren't always with you. You can keep them at arms' length while you live forever in orbit, thanks to medical boxes which can just make anything go away (leukaemia or having your whole face blown off are both sorted out within a matter of seconds). Elysium, the space station, is a paradise; earth; well to get the look right, they did principal photography in a rubbish dump in Mexico City.

Speed Reading

I've been working recently to develop a skill.I feel like developing new skills is something everyone should do - and something I haven't done enough.

One thing that recently caught my attention: people were talking on the radio about speed reading.Okay, not really.They were talking about something else, but someone made mention of speed reading.I took that concept - (and let me stress again that speed reading itself had little to do with the conversation on that radio talk show) - and did some thinking about it.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Star Online: Lifestyle: Bookshelf

DON Tillman is looking for a wife. He is an intelligent and successful associate professor of genetics, physically very fit, lives in a nice apartment, can cook a great meal and is not too shabby in the looks department. He has everything going on for him as a promising life partner, and has been on many dates. The only problem is he has never been on a second date.

To start off, Don is socially awkward, which is what hinders every first date from progressing on to a second. Secondly, he has a very high expectation for who qualifies as his wife. To name a few criteria: she must not smoke, must not be a drinker, must hold high regard for punctuality (just like him) and must not be a vegetarian.

Glasgow Scotland Loves Anime Tickets and Times Available

Tickets for the Glasgow leg of the Scotland Loves Anime festival are now available online, along with confirmations of the times of the screenings from October 11 to 13. The venue is the Glasgow Film Theatre. Additionally a guest is confirmed - Masayaki Miyaji, director of Fuse, one of the films represented. Originally all three Evangelion features were due to screen at Glasgow. ANN contacted the festival, which said that due to building work at the venue, there were no slots available for the first two films, although the third (Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo) will still begin the festival. However, the three films will still all be shown at the Edinburgh leg of SLA. The image below, by the artist 'Abe-san' will be shown on posters and flyers for the festival. The Glasgow screenings are as follows: Friday October 11 6.15 - Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 11 p.m. - Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon's classic 1997 debut horror) Saturday October 12 1.40 - Mystery film 4 p.m. - Fuse (a historical fantasy set in the Edo era). Followed by Q&A with director Masayuki Miyaji 6. 45 p.m. - Patema Inverted (an adventure film about a girl who lives underground by Time of Eve creator Yasuhiro Yoshiura) Sunday 13th October 1.15 . - The Place Promised in Our Early Days (first feature by Makoto Shinkai) 3.30 - The Life of Guskou Budori (a fantasy drama by veteran director GisaburSugii) 6 p.m. - HunterHunter: Phantom Rouge discuss this in the forum |
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Monday, September 2, 2013

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Scotland Loves Animation 2013 Festival Line-Up

On the day that , I report about this year's takes place in GLASGOW (OCTOBER 11TH-13TH) and EDINBURGH (OCTOBER 14TH-20TH). If the former bit of news is sad for the loss tat the film and anime world will suffer then the line-up offers positivity because these titles have so much imagination and originality that, even with the Miyazaki-sized hole in anime, great works will still be made.

The line-up features a lot of the biggest anime films released in Japan over the last two years. There are some genuinely lovely surprises like Fuse: A Gun Girl's Detective Story, Garden of Words, and Gusko Budori and some great surprises like Hal and Patema Inverted. Some of these films already have UK distribution deals and some are classics that are getting re-released.

Monday, August 26, 2013

RETURN Hard Version, Joukyou Monogatari, Gatchaman, Hakuoki First Chapter Kyoto Wild Dance, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Chapter VI I: And Now the Warship Comes and Other Japanese Film Trailers

This week I thought I'd be a hero and try and get lots of reviews done as well as the Anime UK News Autumn Anime Preview Guide. I actually did achieve quite a bit of it by finishing the guide and most of the reviews. I finally finished up my reviews with and . gets released tomorrow. I also posted about all of the Japanese films taking part in the this year. I'll post about the autumn anime I'll be watching next week and take the rest of the week off to get some more reviews finished before starting a mini Kiyoshi Kurosawa season and following that up with a Takashi Ishii season.

What's released in Japan today? A lot of HK films including .

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Kickstartering the future of anime

This article is my third attempt at writing a piece about crowd funding and anime, each time I've tried to do so another development forced me to re-write it, illustrating just how quickly crowdsourcing is reshaping the anime industry. , the anime kickstarter by Production IG, was the first big crowd funding success. It proved the crowdfunding concept, where anyone can pledge from $1 to thousands of dollars to a project, generally in exchange for some type of reward, was workable for an anime project. Not only was it an effective means of funding anime, but it was something traditionally conservative Japanese companies could embrace under the right circumstances. Kick-Heart was followed by and Studio Trigger's projects, both of which met and exceeded their goals. Even , a crowdfunding site mostly for older anime, has found success, first with a campaign to make a DVD set of the magical girl show and now hopefully () with a campaign to release a DVD of the first season of Black Jack TV.Does that mean that the revolution has succeeded and the age of crowdfunding is nigh? Hardly. But with the success of the Kick-Heart, Time of Eve and Little Witch projects, it's looking like crowdfunding is one of the best and most rewarding ways to get anime today.

What makes crowdfunding's success so exciting is that it gives fans outside of Japan a way to shape the anime industry. Previously non-Japanese fans could only interact with anime companies indirectly. Fans that wanted to influence what projects got animated could try to talk with directors at conventions or they could show support for a type of show by buying shows on DVD with the hope that the sales encouraged Japanese companies to make other similar shows. Ultimately though fans outside of Japan had little influence. Crowdfunding changes that dynamic. Now fans outside of Japan can pledge money, talk directly with studios during a campaign and influence not only the campaign itself, but influence what type of shows get produced.

Friday, August 23, 2013

New Trailer for upcoming Anime Film "Patema Inverted"

A new and very interestingentitled PATEMA INVERTED ("Sakasama no Patema") is coming on theaters on November. The anime film is created and directed by YASUHIRO YOSHIURA who is known for creating "Time of Eve" ("Eve no Jikan"). PATEMA INVERTED comes out in Japanese theaters on NOVEMBER 9TH. Check out the latest trailer for thebelow. What do you think?

Patema Inverted tells the story of Patema - a princess in an underground world of endless tunnels and shafts wherein she always explores especially in danger zones where people in the community were restricted. Her curiosity in these restricted areas brought her in revealing the secrets behind and meeting a boy named Age.

Autumn Season Preview

My impression of the upcoming season? Holy crap! There are tons of different series to watch out for! Lots of big names will return, and we will get a ton of series with amazing animation. This could very easily become the best season of the year, especially in terms of TV-Series. To give an indication: there are a whopping seven series that I'm psyched for to come out. It's rare for a season to get to that number the last couple of years.


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"Is there no end to your horrors?"

"No. None whatever. For they are not mine alone."

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Zen Habits: On Holiday

The American idea of being on holiday (or vacation) brings to mind images of empty beaches, sipping margaritas, or just lazing about for days on end. We think of a time when we don't have to worry so much and we get to "enjoy life". But how often do your holidays turn out like that? I just returned from a week long holiday in California and while it was fun, it was also very stressful.

First off, it wasn't just me and my sweetheart. We were staying with family. MY family. Aside from the plans we had made for ourselves, my family had made plans for us. This made for some truly awkward and uncomfortable conversations, and it added a lot of stress. We dealt with it the only way we know how - by staying true to ourselves. This led to some disappointment in my family, but such is life. It came down to being honest: This is OUR holiday and we will spend our time doing things we want to do. We still spent time with family, but it was on terms we found agreeable.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What news sources do you read everyday?

As many people know, . This has basically thrown my world upside down as it is where I check my news every single day, but it also has me thinking about WHAT news I read daily. I try to maintain a balance of global and local news, with a quality mix of hard-hitting journalism and hilarious lists of "things that prove I grew up in the 90s". BUT LIKE ALWAYS BEING ON THE HUNT FOR NEW MUSIC, I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HONE MY MEDIA CONSUMPTION AND READ MORE QUALITY NEWS.

Therefore, whenever I meet someone famous, or a person I admire, the number one question I ask them is "what are your go-to news sources?".

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Time Of Eve...

The time had come to stock up on a few obscure items, so, I turned to my favorite online retailer and ordered TIME OF EVE...

Two high school boys grapple with their own humanity in a world where people are serviced by androids distinguished from their masters only by the halo-like rings above their heads. Rikuo and his childhood pal Masaki find their assumptions about androids radically challenged when they come across Time of EVE, a cafe where androids and people are treated as equals.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Time of Eve Kickstarter Stretch Goal Includes Fan Book

Yoshiura also posted a video for backers only where he discussed the future of Time of Eve , noting he may return to the series in the future, but currently, Patema Inverted is finished and he is working on another story, the Mirai project ...

Time of Eve Kickstarter Backers to Get Pale Cocoon, Mizu no Kotoba Downloads

The companies are not planning to dub the works, but subtitles will be available in all languages that will have subtitles on the Time of Eve Kickstarter release. The companies have not yet decided if they will make the two available for download ...

Jessica Lichtenstein

At first glance, Jessica Lichtenstein's hyper-sexualized Japanese anime figurines and paintings objectify the female form in all its pinup glory: busty, with a slim waist and curvy backside. We see her female characters in provocative poses—wearing a ...

Time of Eve BD Raises US$215433, Hires NYAV Post for Dub

Pied Piper, Directions, and Studio Rikka 's Time of Eve Blu-ray Disc Kickstarter campaign ended on Saturday with $215,433 in pledges raised (1,196% of the original funding goal) from 2,711 backers. The staff also revealed that the release's English dub ...

WRUP : Ducks cannot do advanced math edition . . .

@nyphur: I've been getting really into faction warfare in EVE Online again and enjoying being part of the regular PvP cruiser fleets, so I'll likely log a few hours in a blaster Thorax this weekend. The Gallente Militia is losing the territorial war ...

Time and Eternity: An Exercise In Repetition And Monotony

On the eve of a royal wedding, Time and Eternity opens with the bride, Toki, and her groom, Zack, quickly joined by three of Toki's girlfriends to sit around a table and greet players with their first epic quest, “pre-wedding meet and greet”. I found ...