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02:46 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2004
beginning of an end and more


so thankfully, the buddy i worked together with on hinatasou.com still has the webspace on toudaisei.com so i might actually have images back on here or maybe even moving the blog to there so i can do neat moveable type stuff...if i ever stop being lazy and get around to it. and therein lies the problem. well...being lazy or only having the will do check mail/sites then jumping on to CoH to fight for GREAT JUSTICE and the like.

which reminds me, i spent my last hour or so of FFXI (since i shut down the account but didn't delete characters so no, you can't have my gil or equipment =P) just kinda jumping thru different LS's i had been a part of or just msging people. lots of saying goodbye, that i was leaving FFXI for CoH, why i was leaving, why CoH is a lot more gamer friendly, etc etc etc.

*sigh* really, i wouldn't mind staying with FFXI if i didn't feel i was paying to have ONE character sit in town all day with her party flag up. i'm paying to play the game, not sit in the frickin' town. CoH, i sign on as ANY of my 8 characters per server, and can just solo or run around with friends. gamer friendly.

i will miss the familiar faces i got to know on FFXI tho, and i really mean that. i got to know some of you pretty well, even with a language barrier at times, but we all still managed to have a fun time with all the issues the game had. i will try my best to stay in touch with those i got email addys from but my track record is so bad. T~T strangely enough tho, i think i can still access POL so i might be able to keep in touch with y'all that way.

either way, i wish you all the best in lvlin' in that crazy game. if anyone of you decide to come over to the simpler, greener pastures of CoH, i'm willing and able to help out as much as i can. n.n

moving on, wooo animaxis shipped out all the yuri anthology books i ordered so i shall be wallowing in yuri fluffy smutness when they arrive. happy~. ...granted i might not be able to read it all but hey...as long as the pictures are pretty and stuff. XD

on the subject of yuri, ooooooh bad josh! you know us readers of girly wanted more from that scene! *sigh* oh well, i guess girly is supposed to be a lot cleaner than the stuff you have on slipshine but *cry* i coulda done with a bit more saabisu~. ; ;

hmmm...other than that, i finally broke down and used rinkya to get the limited edition versions of the Princess Tutu dvds vol 1 (which comes with a cd) and vol 4 (which comes with the box). yes, i know rinkya is teh rape on commision but i've tried a lot of places to see if it was still available just thru retail. no dice. =/ but not to fear since i guess ADV or someone actually picked it, to my surprise. o.o; not that i'm complaining, Princess Tutu is some good 'quack' and will probably remain my new all time favorite just because it throws people off when i tell them what it's about. i still love you tho Escaflowne. you will always be the first love of my life. XD



12:42 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2004
movie day, yay!


so i'd been planning to do a huge movie day with one of my old buds from ILR, Nam, last saturday, but due to certain circumstances and just asshole people who can't stand to see a car parked in a tow zone, even when it's apparent there was no parking to be found elsewhere...it didn't happen. n.n; ah but fret not because it was moved to today, and i even managed to bring kyo along since Stepford Wives was on the 'to watch' list and it has Christopher Walken. and Christopher Walken is just the shiet yo. o.o

anyhow, got up, then hit up Nijiya Market to get some not so ass raping expensive treats that we actually all wanted to eat. i mean, soda and popcorn is all good...but you just gotta be rebel sometimes in bring in the bigass bottles of melon soda and calpis water, then for snacking, shrimp chips, caramel corn crisps and the real kicker...dried squid. unfortunately, this brand didn't let out that lovely odor that you usually get, so we didn't get a whole bunch of people saying 'wtf is that SMELL?!'...at least not out loud. XD

we were originally gonna start with Stepford Wives but since i showed up late, we opted to start with The Terminal, which turned out to be better anyways since it was playing it the 2 front theaters of Century Shoreline. anyhow, i really didn't know this movie existed until my mom told me about it like last week or something. i did a lil' research beforehand and saw that Spielburg directed it, so i was like 'hey...not bad, i'll check it out'. basically, it's about a guy from east europe, trying to get into NYC for all of 1 day to fulfill a promise...BUT as he's about to pass through customs, a coup de tat starts a war in his home country, which throws it into a state where the country isn't recognized by the US...making him a citizen of...nothing, thus all his paperwork and passport are moot. soooo...since he can't return to his country or step onto american soil...he's stuck...living in the airport terminal.

now according to kyo, this was probably loosely based on real events that happens and are quite possibly STILL happening. if that were me, i have no idea how long i could wait in a stupid terminal for a WAR to stop thousands of miles away. the closest i've come to this situation was just having to be stuck in Burbank Airport for i think like 3-4 hours while waiting for my dad's flight to arrive...which it never did, at least not in Burbank. i was going NUTS trying to find ways to entertain myself. granted JFK probably has a lot more to it that Burbank but still...

anyways, i have to say that i think Spielburg has finally made a movie that fits him again. A.I. and Minority Report...they weren't horrible, but i really don't think they were his type of movies, then again, that may be the reason he gave them a try...even if he kinda wiffed. n.n; but The Terminal makes up for the two, bringing back the same feel as Forrest Gump, and not just because it's Tom Hanks again. i think ebert said it best in his review: '"The Terminal" doesn't have a plot; it tells a story. We want to know what will happen next, and we care.' definately worth a matinee price, full price might be pushing it since it's not very big on cinematography but definately worth it for the heart warming story. b n.n d

next up was Dodgeball, which i was VERY full of doubts about but decide, what the hell, it's gonna be a free hop watch, and if i like Shaolin Soccer, this shouldn't be too bad either. and while Dodgeball doesn't do the whole martial arts or even depend on CG a bunch, i'd have to say i thought it had some pretty good laughs in there, if not a GREAT deal of OMGWTFBBQLOL moments. n.n; story is Globo, an elitest version of 24hr fitness, wants to buy out a run down, behind in mortgage payments gym with very few clients and even less income...just so that Globo will have space for a double decker parking lot for their customers. the only way to save the Average Joe's gym is to come up with 50k in 30 days. fortunately, there just happens to be a dodgeball tournament were the grand prize is...dun dun dun 50k.

if you can't tell from that, this is definately one of those 'brain? what brain?' type of movies. you just shut it off, put it on cruise control or whatever, and let it ride. it's the type of movie that's so bad, it's good or at least entertaining to most. really, it's just like Shaolin Soccer minus the martial arts grace and CG evil or tai chi balls. then again, maybe i'd feel different if i hadn't just sneaked into it. n.n; prolly worth the matinee if you just need something to laugh at but could wait for rental. n.n v

and then came Stepford Wives, the movie i'd wanted to see since i first saw the preview way back whenever. no i've never seen the original, and after watching this version, i don't know if i could since this version really doesn't take itself too seriously. n.n; Joanna decides to move to Stepford, Conn with her husband Walter and her children, after lovely amounts of electroshock therapy, in effort to help with her breakdown when she's fired from her tv exec career. unfortunately, things are a lil too...50's betty crocker like for her to adjust to from her usual manhattan bustling lifestyle, but she tries for the sake of her marriage.

...it's just really ODD to think this was ever a HORROR flick since i'm sure they took the old script and just slapped it silly until it turned into a silly dark comedy. really, think of it like Pleasantville, but with a dark twist. the movie is filled with great one-liners and OMGWTFBBQLOL moments, and is just plain fun to watch, especially if you think the whole 50s lifestyle of 'man master, wife cooking/house care slave' is just a crock of shit. it does kinda make you wonder tho...there were quite a few guys in the audience, and of course they were laughing along and what not...but how many -would- go to such lengths as to be the 'master' and crap, if given the opportunity? hmmm.... . anyhoo, defiantely worth the watch in theatres, i would've paid even tho we ended up sneaking in. again, no really big need to see it on a HUGE screen since there's no large uber-cinematography shots, but worth it for the fun. b n.n d

now under the wise tutelage of my dad, he recommended that i watch 50 First Dates, which was something that i was definately curious about but kept thinking '...it's Adam Sandler. ~.~;' surprisingly, the Sandler/Barrymore combo pays off again because they manage to create something just as sweet, if not more sweet than Wedding Singer. Sandler shows that he does in fact, have the capacity to do a role with genuine sincerity in it, and to the degree that the movie needs in order to work out a movie that is both really funny, but kinda bittersweet at the same time. kudos to Sandler for his role and Rob Schneider for pulling off a pretty convincing bruddah. XD

other than that, ummm...i really love the whole bollywood segment of the fandango commerical. it's so fucking wrong but GENIUS at the same time. fuckin' hilarious. saw I, Robot trailer a whoooooooole bunch, as well as Manchurian Candidate. what shocked me the most is the remake of Shall We Dance...with Richard Gere as the guy who ends up taking dance lessons...and fucking J.HO as the dance instructor. W. T. F. dude...what the hell is the deal with US suddenly redoing asian flicks? first The Ring, now Ju-ou/The Grudge and Shall We Dance. all i know is that's gonna be one hell of a tough cookie to entertain me because i absolutely LOOOOOOOOOOOVE the original japanese Shall We Dance. i was so pissed when i found out that it was out of print on dvd after such a short release. >.< at least maybe with this redo, i can hope for another dvd release of the original. *praysprays* T~T



12:09 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2004
maybe one day, i'll grow up to be P.E. teacher


'nother test yoink'd from Michi's blog.

Your Brain Usage Profile:

Auditory : 43%
Visual : 56%
Left : 57%
Right : 42%

Alana, you are somewhat left-hemisphere dominant and show a preference for visual learning, although not extreme in either characteristic. You probably tend to do most things in moderation, but not always.

Your left-hemisphere dominance implies that your learning style is organized and structured, detail oriented and logical. Your visual preference, though, has you seeking stimulation and multiple data. Such an outlook can overwhelm structure and logic and create an almost continuous state of uncertainty and agitation. You may well suffer a feeling of continually trying to "catch up" with yourself.

Your tendency to be organized and logical and attend to details is reasonably well-established which should afford you success regardless of your chosen field of endeavor. You can "size up" situations and take in information rapidly. However, you must then subject that data to being classified and organized which causes you to "lose touch" with the immediacy of the problem.

Your logical and methodical nature hamper you in this regard though in the long run it may work to your advantage since you "learn from experience" and can go through the process more rapidly on subsequent occasions.

You remain predominantly functional in your orientation and practical. Abstraction and theory are secondary to application. In keeping with this, you focus on details until they manifest themselves in a unique pattern and only then work with the "larger whole."

With regards to your career choices, you have a mentality that would be good as a scientist, coach, athlete, design consultant, or an engineering technician. You can "see where you want to go" and even be able to "tell yourself," but find that you are "fighting yourself" at the darndest times.

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i'd comment on it more but i'm still in the process of waking up. yes i know it's noon already. maybe later. *yawnstretch* =.=



01:09 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2004
merry go round broke down


yup, my blog is broken. why? i'm not really sure. i can still access my webspace through cpanel, yet it can't log into get to the helpdesk, nor can i get my request key to work when i emailed them about the problem. sooo...i dunno what i'm gonna do yet. i'm thinking of just saving the archived pages on this blog, d/l'ing any important files i have on my web space that i don't already have and still need, then just temporarily using livejournal or something in the meantime instead of trying to talk to cyberpixels, who just doesn't seem to want to talk to me. o.o *shrug* we shall see.

with that outta the way, fanime consisted of me showing up at whatever time i wanted, just as long as it was before my set to spin at the dance, then usually just taking off right after or after saying hello to peeps in karaoke and stuffs. oh, and the dealer's room that didn't really have much that i went gaga over. we were surprised to see that there was weaponry stalls this year, at which kyo got his loverly pointy things for his bday. i ended up only getting 3 things - Wolf's Rain ost2, Jubei-chan 2 ost and the best buy, the stuff Souma Kyo plushie in his cat form, complete with grumpy eyes and angry vein mark, tho it doesn't pulse like in the anime. che. >.< other than that, a lot of cosplay shock, some good, some REALLY bad. fsckin' Misakichi crossplayer. T~T

curiously, on the note of the name Misaki, i went to the japanese name generator like on michi's site and got this result:

My japanese name is 浜野 Hamano (seaside field) 美咲 Misaki (beautiful blossom).
Take your real japanese name generator! today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

neeeaaaat. that's if i used my short name, which is cool on it's own, BUT, i wanted to see if it changed any if i used my FULL name. the result was this:

My japanese name is 猿渡 Saruwatari (monkey on a crossing bridge) 美咲 Misaki (beautiful blossom).
Take your real japanese name generator! today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

...which i'm sure will break poor michi's mind because it's even MORE fitting. i'm sorry oneesama, i had nothing to do with this, i swear. XD of course, i'm still enjoying it while cackling to all high hell. tho i was kinda wondering if we had to put our name in japanese style too with the family name first, then your first name after. so when i did that, i got this, whether i used my full name or short version:

My japanese name is 松尾 Matsuo (tail of a pine tree) 弓美 Yumi (beautiful bow, as in bow and arrow).
Take your real japanese name generator! today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

interestin' indeed! but anyways, ummm...other than that, not much else has happened other than me playing City of Heroes and watching a lot of anime. i managed to watch ALL of D.N.Angel finally after it had been sitting on my HD since 4/7/03, and i have to say i enjoyed watching it a lot, and i LOOOOOOOOOVE Riku! <3 was definately a fun series and am gonna read the manga for it since i have a bunch of gift certificates for borders from family bday cards. XD i'll prolly pick up the japanese manga another time.

hmmm...what else, oh got ep 11 of Koi Kaze and i'm SOOOOOOOO happy i didn't wait for the sub and that i can actually understand about 80-90% of what they're saying. i swear, such a messed up concept, but DONE SO WELL. i really would like to see them overcome this somehow and just be happy together, even if it's totally wrong. T~T

oh yeah, Pita Ten was another series that had been sitting on my HD for a while, and i can kinda tell why now. while i like the cuteness that koge donbo comes up with, i couldn't sit thru EVERY episode of Pita Ten. after like 15 eps, i just said screw it and looked ahead on the previews to see if it was an important episode or not, if it wasn't, i erased it from the playlist. n.n; i love cute, but really, Pita Ten was TOO episodic for me. i think i've been spoiled with stories/plots that for the most part you -need- nearly every episode to lay everything out. Pita Ten could've been done as a like 6 episode OAV and would've been just fine. i dunno, maybe with Digi Charat, i at least KNEW i was just getting plain crack, but Pita Ten was just like an excuse to have several episodes play out the story, while having a lot of cute fluffiness inbetween, and i just couldn't take it all. ~.~; i'm hoping Sugar won't be the same since i still have to finish that too, even if kyo says it'll destroy me in the end. _

Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai is surprisingly fun to watch. a few friends of mine didn't really care for it much, but i find it to be on about the same lvl as fun as Mahoromatic, tho with a lil' less ecchiness. i'm really curious to see how it'll all end, tho not as much as Koi Kaze. ...or it could be the fact that i probably wouldn't understand as much of the dialogue in Kono Mini if i tried to watch it raw. n.n;;

other than that, not much to comment on other than i seem to have a thing for orange cat plushies at the moment because before i bought the kyo plushie, i wanted a Puss in Boots plushie from Shrek 2. and now that i've seen Garfield, i want a Garfield plushie too because they make him look so cuddly and fluffy! ...it's a strange phenomenon, really. >.o;



Myself
Alana S
Metal Monkey / Gemini
Central Coast / Monterey Bay

(IRC)
Nekotine
(Ragnarok Online)
Nekotine 73/46 Hunter
Sister Rosette 59/45 Acolyte
(FFXI) @ Titan
Nekotine

LVL 61 Monk / 36 Thief
17 Ninja / 15 Dragoon
13 Warrior / 4 Beastmaster
Tyrella
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(City of Heroes)
@ Victory
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BakuretsuTenshi - Mag/Bla 6
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Yankumi - Nat/Tan 5
Tasogare - Mag/Scr 5
Kerrian - Mut/Tan 2
@ Guardian
Animus - Mag/Bla 15
Sarah Conner - Tec/Bla 6
Nao - Mag/Def 6
Yankumi - Nat/Scr 4

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Version
The illustration WAS of Yumi (left) and Sachiko (right) of the new anime series Maria-sama ga Miteru or Virgin Mary is Watching. The picture is a fanart from this site which has a bunch of other great works that I really enjoy. And yes, it's very yuri/shoujo ai and no I'm not just imagining it.

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