Friday, May 3, 2002

Today after school we had a screening of Metropolis at anime club. Woo! James brought his DVD and iBook, to play it on, while I brought my kinda old, but still mighty decent Bose stereo. We hooked up the iBook to a school projector and hooked up the stereo. It was a mighty decent setup, considering the kinds of equipment we usually have to work with. Anyway, it was a great showing. There were a decent amount of member who showed up to watch and everyone seemed to like it. I think it's a pretty good movie, although personally, it didn't leave much of an impression upon me. I will say that that was definately some nice music. The CG was also pretty impressive. Good stuff that Rintaro guy makes. ^_^

I've been playing a lot more RO recently. It's fun now that I have a spiffy saint robe and swordmace. Now I can actually do something. I just recently bought a rosary and was given some cat ears from Sataya. Woo. Anyway, I'll be off to play now.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 11:03 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, May 2, 2002

*Sigh* Yesterday was a tiring day.

School was boring as usual. Just more reviewing for APs. The interesting stuff happened after school.

As usual, I stayed around for an hour, just chatting with peoples. As it approached four, I headed out with Shelly, as I drive her home every day. We put our stuff into the back and piled into the car. I started the car. Oh wait... the car didn't start! Oh crap! This morning I had turned on my lights because it was kinda dark out and I forgot to turn them off! My battery was dead. Oh... that's just great.... I reacted just like most people: I paniced. What could I do? Well, first I had to make sure Shelly made it home, so I told her to go take the bus. I felt bad, but I couldn't keep her there too long. Her mom also doesn't want her to get home too late either. So she left. Alright... now time to tackle my problem.... I could call home! Oh wait... my dad would surely give me a big, drawn-out lecture. OK... I'll keep that in mind.... Hm... I could ask someone for a jump! Oh wait... I'm in a school parking lot. They're all a bunch of stupid teenagers. Che. Good luck finding someone who knew anything. Alright... I could call AAA! But... I just need a jump. That's no reason to call AAA.... As you can see, I was running out of options quickly. After a good ten minutes of thinking, I decided to call my parents. I would just have to endure whatever crap my dad gave me. I went to the tutoring room and borrowed Edward's phone. I called home. My dad said that he would come. Crap. Well... I supposed it was better than staying there. I went out to the car and waited. A few moments later, I saw my dad turning into the parking lot. He parked opposite of me. I got out of the car, totally expecting to be berated about my blunder. To my surprise, he just went right to business. He took out the jumper cables and even showed me how to jump a car. Woo! I learned something new! We got my car started and we both drove home. Earlier, he had told me to keep the car running for maybe fifteen minutes to charge the battery, so I did. As I sat there, he came up to my window. Oh, here's the lecture coming on.... But to my surprise, he just reminded me to keep it running for a few minutes. Finally when I turned off the car, he came up to me again. Ah... now it was coming. But this time, he just popped the hood and told me some stuff about the innards of the car. Hey, nice. He put some spare jumper cables into my car and then we went into the house. He finally told me to remember to make sure I turn out the lights when I turn them on, but that was all. I was so relieved. I wasn't in the mood for a lecture.

Then my cousin called me. He was coming over to do some video editing. Alright. The thing is, he had called me a few days before to ask whether I could help him. I said that I could and asked him when it was due. He said Thursday. Yes, Thursday. At the time it was Wednesday. How responsible of him, eh? He popped over with his other two group members. When they got here, I found out that they still had to film some stuff. Oh great.... I happen to have a park down the street from my house, so we went out there to film. I wasn't on film, but I helped. Behind the scenes kinda stuff. We finished filming at somewhere around eight. Now we brought it back and started editing. Well... I don't have much space left on my hard drive because I download a lot, so it was a drawn out, somewhat laggy process. At ten, my cousin and I told the other two to go home because it was getting late. We would finish the video. Two hours later, we put the finishing touches to the video. Stuff like background music. It was definately a rush job, so I couldn't do anything too spiffy. That's when we wanted to export it to the camcorder through my computer's 1394 port ("i.Link" as they call it). That's when Premiere said that it would take two hours to generate a preview before we could export it. Just great.... I told my cousin to go home and come back in the morning (he lives, what, a block away?). We decided on five, so he left. I went to sleep. At five, I got up and in a little while, my cousin came over. By then the preview definately finished. We exported to the camcorder. It didn't work. What's wrong!? I checked settings over and over. Everything seemed to be in order. What could be wrong? We just couldn't get it to work. In the end, we just encoded it as a DiVX and Indeo avi and hoped the teacher would take it. He thanked me for all the help and left.

Beause of that little endeavor, I didn't get to read a story I had to read for my english class. Oh well... I BSed on the reading quiz. I know I didn't do well, but it's alright. It's just a reading quiz.

That leads into today...

Government was interesting today. We found out our party assignments for our little Senate game. Earlier my teacher had said that there were thirteen Democrats, I think it was seven or eight Republicans, six Green partyers, and one Peace and Freedom partyer. That one Peace and Freedomer would be a pivotal member. He would be the one to pursuade to vote for your bill. You know who that person was? Me. ^_^ Yep, I'm the single Peace and Freedom party member. You know what the means? Everyone has to try to pursuade me to vote for them. Yes! I have such power! MUHUHAHA! I'm looking forward to the game now. ^_^ I still need to think of a bill though....

After school, Allan had asked for a ride home, so I went over. Besides, I really, really wanted to play him in Smash Bros. ^_^ As usual, Shelly accompanied me on this little adventure. We went over and chatted for a while before we got down to some Smash Bros. action. He played his usual Peach, while I assumed my usual role as Zelda. Our Peach/Zelda battles are always great. They are always so close and/or exciting. Today he won the two matches we played, but it was great fun.

Right now I really, really have a hankering for some ice cream. I hear from Saga that it's Free Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins. Ah! I love ice cream. More recently, I've grown to like ice cream a whole lot more. It might just be my favorite food. Anyway, I want to go out to Baskin Robbins! Unfortunately, I don't think I can. Besides, I'm not sure where the nearest one is. Oh well... I guess I'll just have to eat some of the stuff we have in the freezer. I guess it's not that bad... it's vanilla with almonds. Mmmmm.... I'm off to go get some. ^_^

Edit: Oops... that was yesterday.... Well... I still want ice cream. ^_^

Dandan:
Congradulations! Although I don't know him, I wish Brian and you the best. Six months, eh? That's a feat already. I hope to see a one year anniversary layout sometime. ^_^

Posted by Tsubasa @ 08:30 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Nothing exciting in class. All my teachers are all trying to get everyone ready for the AP exams, so we're having review in the majority of my classes. Boring... all we do is do work from review packets that they gave us.

At least in Comp App we're doing something mildly interesting. We've finally started on the website project. Problem is, we weren't given the whole assignment yet. We were given an easy "create this basic site" kinda assignment. *grumble grumble* I want to start the real site. I asked my teacher if it will be free choice, but he said no, but I can argue with him. Yay! I'm so going to argue with him. ^_^

After school I took a quick little trip to Nikaku. Accompanying me were Sataya, Shelly, Edward, and Veronica. There I got Love Hina 11, 13, and 14. Now I have 11-14! ^_^ Yay! I have all the manga from Kanako's appearance to the end. Kanako's great. ^_^

When I got home I was supposed to meet everyone on RO, but I couldn't log on because I died and then I couldn't log back on. I guess it's because my save point is right outside Izude, so I suppose the Prontera server is down once again. Gwar! I should make my save point inside the city.

Because I couldn't log onto RO, I decided to watch Kanon 11 and 12. I just downloaded them last night. Wow... it gets better. Although the end wasn't nearly as moving as episodes 9-12, the series as a whole was great. It's so sad. I so need to buy the game.

Dandan:
You don't seem too jovial these days... I hope you feel better.... *pat pat*

Hikari:
You're on hiatus? Well... I suppose that's for the better if you are getting behind in school. I wish you luck.

Uchiki:
New layout! Nice. ^_^ Just one thing though, your right aligned layouts always look wrong on my computer. I guess you're at 800x600 because at 1024x768, your layers are off. Remember, layers are only useful when you have left aligned layouts.

Forgot to say this before, but you went to Fanime!? Dang, if I had known, it would have been really nice to meet you. Well... if you're ever around San Jose, e-mail me or something. ^_^

Zankuro:
It's your birthday!? HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! ^_^ Geez, getting older, eh? I hope you have a good birthday.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 08:39 PM PST [Link]

Monday, April 29, 2002

I stole a test from Dandan:





Take the Which Utada Hikaru Song Are you? Quiz!

And a test from Than:


The latter test makes me think. I know last year I was definately "having fun, and always smiling," but I'm not quite so sure this year. I'm quite a bit more somber this year. Last year I was more energetic and fun-loving, but this year I know I've simmered down quite a bit. I don't know why. Although I believe I'm much more "me" when I'm somber like this. I'm much too shy and reserved to be too energetic.

Anyway, about my day... bah... first day back to school after Fanime. I had to trudge through my classes. It was horrible. The weekend was so great, so going back to school was horrible. Well... maybe it wasn't that bad, but I miss Fanime. I'm already looking forward to next year.

Hm... I've been meaning to go over just what I thought about Fanime as a whole...

This year I was a lot busier than usual, that's for sure. There were so many panels and events to go to, I had to find time to spend money in the dealers room. That's so unusual to me because every other year I went I spent hours in the dealers room, gawking at all the spiffy merchandise. Which brings me to another thought: this year's dealers room was a lot less... how should I say... "magical" than other years. I don't know why, but this year every other piece of merchandise yell out to me "buy me!" That was a surprise. There were plenty of good things, but I wanted a great deal less than I usually do.

I got to see a lot of people at this year's con. People I know already, but not very well. People like Dandan, Tina, June, and Steph. It was nice seeing all of you. I'm sorry if I didn't talk much, but as I've said before, I'm a quiet person. I hope you had some kind of fun hanging out with me.

As I thought, the screening rooms showed nothing that I really, really had to catch. Well... except for Re:Death and Fanboy Bebop. All the normal anime they showed were all things that I have seen or could easily download. Each year there is less and less incentive for me to watch the showings. This year I didn't watch any. I'm sure next year will be the same thing.

This year I actually attended panels. Usually I'm too caught up in the dealers room to do much else, but this year I made it to several panels. I'm happy about that. I learned so many things at the garage kit panel. Those things were so worth my time.

This was the first time in two years I didn't catch Mari's concert. Gwar! I attended her concert in '00 and '01, but she had it on Friday this year and when I heard of it, it was already over. *grumble grumble*

There were tons of cosplayers this year! More so than any other year I believe. A lot of them costumes were pretty good too. I got a lot of them on film, but I know I missed so many good ones. I didn't get a picture of them Jin-Roh guys! Gwar!

Overall, it was a great con. I throughly enjoyed it.

Danny:
Hey man, thanks for linking me. Wow... I'm now promoted to "daily read" status? I should feel honored. ^_^ Heh heh... anyway, about the CD, you're quite welcome. I'll convert you to a Photoshop junky yet! ^_^ Haha!

Saga:
You're going to AX? Wow... I want to go someday.... I won't be able to anytime soon, but some day.... Take pictures! ^_^ I took pictures at Fanime, so you gotta take pictures at AX! ^_^

Than:
Yes, I'm alive, so rest assured. ^_^

Posted by Tsubasa @ 07:59 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, April 28, 2002

Fanime Day 2: Saturday

Saturday is always the best day of Fanime and this year was no different. Unlike every other year, I was actually really busy on Saturday. Panels and the masquerade took up most of the day.

I arrived at 12:00 because my parents were being really annoying and not letting me go any earlier. Bah. Oh well... anyway, I got there and headed straight to the dealers room. I had only so much time to shop before I had to catch some panels. Thirty minutes to be exact. I had to go to the garage kit panel.

12:30-1:30: Garage Kit Panel
Quite informative. I've always wanted to start assembling garage kits, but I really had no idea how to start. I went to this panel to find out. They discussed things such as assembling, painting, finishing, etc. It was a lot to take in all at once, but I think I got the idea of things. I'm still kinda scared to start on a kit all by myself though. I need to find someone experienced to walk me through my first kit.

After the panel, I went up to the room we were in the night before along with Vincent, Tina, and Edward. June and Kenny (?) were there. We hung out for a while. Although I didn't stay long because at 2 was the Sakura Taisen panel.

2:00-3:00: Sakura Taisen Panel
Wow! They actually had a panel on my favorite video game series. I couldn't believe it. At the panel, they covered the series in general. Things like the games, the anime series, the card game, etc. They showed the openings to all the various games and anime, and they discussed the future of the franchise. Although I knew everything already, I had fun. It's always fun to be around other Sakura Taisen fans. I was surprised (and kinda happy) that there was another big Kohran fan there. Yay! Kohran is great. She doesn't have a big enough following.

That left me with a whole hour to kill before Danny's panel. I couldn't miss that, could I? ^_^ I went back to the dealers room. Spent some time and money there and then headed out to the panel at about 15 til.

4:00-5:30: Web Design Panel
I finally met Danny. Yep. Very fun and interesting guy *suck up, suck up*. ^_^ Nah, I mean it. He went over his theories on web design and showed us some spiffy stuff on PSP. Danny, I found that quite informative. I learned some "trade secrets." ^_^ MUHUHAHA!!! Don't worry though, I won't use that stuff. It's your style. I just wanted to know how you did it. Just for the sake of knowing. We actually assembled a layout there. It wasn't exactly as impressive as some of his other stuff though. Danny said it was crap. Because he thought it was crap, he showed us a new layout he just made. Haha! I saw his new layout. ^_^ It's pretty darn impressive. Quite different too. Danny, I give you a thumbs up. Overall, it was rather informative. Well... not the theory portion because it's all covered in At a Glace, but the PSP portion was somewhat informative. I learned a few things. Thanks Danny.

After that, I went back to the dealers room. There I met up with everyone else. They were holding up a sign that said "will buy masquerade tickets." ^_^ None of us had any tickets, so we went around with that and got tickets for everyone for only $15 a piece. Heh heh. Who needs to line up in the morning? ^_^ With tickets in hand, we went to line up for the masquerade.

The masquerade didn't actually get underway until 8:00 or so (it was supposed to begin at 7:00). That's because they were doing a simulcast of the thing in one of the screening rooms. It's for them peoples who didn't get tickets. Anyway, it was a great. I love hanging out with a ton of anime fans at a convention. There is like no inhibition. It's great! ^_^ Everyone cheers for no good reason and we all get the "inside" anime jokes. It's great. The masquerade itself was great, as usual. I enjoyed the SEELE boxes. ^_^ HAHAHAHA! They did the Yatta! dance!!! HAHAHAHA!!! That was classic! Watching boxes with arms and legs jumping up and down. ^_^ There were also occasional breaks for music videos. Good stuff.

At 11:15, although they were handing out awards, I had to leave cause that's when my mom came to pick me up. I went out front and went home.

Merchandise for the day:
Card Captor Sakura Movie 2 poster: I think it's the ad for the second movie. That's as far as I can tell. I got it because it's really pretty. ^_^
Groundwork of Evangelion #1 signed & Groundwork of Mahoromatic #1 signed: I attacked the Gainax booth on Saturday. ^_^ I had to get at least one signed book. I got the GWoE signed by Hideaki Anno (director) and the GWoM signed by Takamura Kazuhiro (character designer) and Yamaga Hiroyuki (director, producer, and writer). I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get signed books, especially since one of them is signed by Anno. ^_^
Mahoromatic Calendar & Shitajiki: I had to get some other stuff at the Gainax booth because these were things that aren't easily bought.
Free Gainax Stuff: with each purchase at the Gainax booth, you could get one of two free gifts. One was an Eva bandana thingy and the other was a cell phone strap with the head of Sachiel, the third angel. I bought from them three times, so I got two bandanas and one cell phone strap.
Mari Iijima's Right Now signed: I had to get it when I saw it. It's Mari for crying out loud! ^_^

Fanime Day 3: Sunday

I couldn't go today stupid parents... *grumble grumble* Oh well... I guess there really isn't much to do on Sunday anyway. I stayed home and watched Princess Nine. Not a bad series. ADV should release things quicker. Gwar! Just watch, it'll be a good year before they complete the series.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 08:25 PM PST [Link]

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