Saturday, June 14, 2003

Hm... lets see if there's anything worth mentioning from the last few days....

The other day something really... interesting happened.... I was on my way to Tapioca Express (as usual ^_^;) when I saw two birds in the road in front of me. Don't worry, I didn't run over them. As I was approaching them, I figured, they would scatter. They didn't. So, without much time to do anything, I swerved so that they would pass under the car. That was a success. What wasn't was that there was a big thump and a bunch of feathers flying out the back of my car as I went by. O_o I figure when they were under my car, the birds freaked and tried to fly away, only to hit the bottom of my car. From my rear-view mirror, I saw one bird flying away, but I didn't see one lying in the road, so that's a good thing. I hope that one bird I didn't see managed to get away safely....

One thing that ran through my mind a little this week: I've been around for a while. True, in my nineteen years of life, I really haven't experienced a lot, but in some respects, I have seen some things flourish throughout the nineties. Case in point: anime and computers. After reading that series of editorials on Anime News Network about fansubbing, it made me think again (I've thought it before), that anime fans these days just have it too easy. Back in the day, I had to really search them stores for it. These days, most stores with a decent DVD selection have stuff besides Pokemon. Then there's fansubbing. Back in the day, fansubbing supported the anime community because commercial releases just didn't cut it most of the time. Now that the commercial releases have caught up with fansubbers, the fansubbers are still subbing and in greater quantities. I suppose I kinda miss the fansubbing culture of the early to mid nineties. The anime community has gone through some monumental changes in my day. Then there's computer stuff; more specifically, web design. I'm chatting on an online forum with peoples about web design. They mention a few things and then I'm reminded just how bad the advancement of technology is on an old-timer like me. As far as I'm concerned, all you need for a website is basic HTML (by basic, I mean none of these newer HTML developments within recent years). Of course, back in my day, there wasn't much else besides maybe Javascript (which, IMHO, doesn't have nearly enough practical uses). People are all going on about XML, iframes, SSI, and "W3C Compliant" crap. Do we really need all of that? From what I've been able to observe, most people use a fairly recent version of Internet Explorer, making some of them concerns about cross-browser compatibility rather minimal. And fancy things like iframes are just not worth my time. I like sticking to the old reliables (except for maybe CSSs because they are so much nicer than font tags). They get the job done and the vast majority of people can view them. So yeah, getting back to the main point of this paragraph, I feel old sometimes. I suppose that's an inevitable consequence of being interested in things that can change radically from year to year (don't even get me started on gaming).

Posted by Tsubasa @ 12:07 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, June 12, 2003

Good morning, folks! ^_^ Aa~... what's been going on with me? Hm... aside from the schoolwork I'm sure you've heard about, lets see....

The weather's been strange around here. Before, it was unusually hot. These days, it seems that the days are colder; if only in the morning. I think it's because it's been overcast. Kinda reminds me of winter days. Not your average winter day, just one of those "it's kinda cold, but it's cold enough to be called winter" days. I didn't figure I'd be having to wear jackets at this time of year....

Been up to some gaming. ^_^;;; Well, being more or less confined to the house with work, I need something to relax with when I want a break. I've unlocked all the costumes and Ein in DoA3. OK, so I lie. I only unlocked Ein because I got all the costumes from the booster disc. But hey, something nice for no effort. I'm sold. XD I'm finally feeling like I can get into this game. In the past, even though I've had the chance, I never really got into any previous DoA. For one reason or another, I'm actually feeling a drive to get better. Too bad there are not too many resources about the game system on the net. I must search!

Hm... I want to type more, but I really need to prepare for school. Ciao!

Posted by Tsubasa @ 10:09 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

The schoolwork! ;_; I'll type something up tomorrow morning. I kinda wanna get some rest now.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 10:56 PM PST [Link]

Monday, June 9, 2003

Haven't been up to too much. With finals coming up in three weeks, I feel like getting prepared and not having to cram so much in the last weekend there. I've actually been removing myself from the computer and been going to my room so that I can read and/or do problems. I feel so productive. Maybe it's because I have a horrible work ethic. Thing is, I've never really needed to exert much effort at school. Now that I have some harder classes, I need to do just that. -_- Not only that, as I've entered college, I've only been getting lazier and lazier. I need to counter that by making myself do some work before it's too late and I'm not doing any work at all (which is arguably what I did last quarter *cough*). It's working. Slowly but surely, it's working....

Picked up some more Xbox games today. Went to Gamestop and saw a used Gun Valkyrie and Dead or Alive 3 for sale. They were cheap. So, even though I shouldn't have done it, I shelled out the money. DoA has always been something of a fun diversion for me. I've never dwelved much into the system, but I find it fun to play around with it every once in a while. Gun Valkyrie is pretty fun. The controls were a little nyeh for a while, but I'm getting them down. I'm certain that I'll have a lot of fun with it when I get the hang of it. Oh, and I haven't mentioned it yet, but I got Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball too. Yes, I know what you're thinking and I suppose you're right. Can't a guy be shallow every once in a while? Lei Fang is so freakin'.... *drools* *Hits self* Anyway, before you go on and on about how I'm a male chauvenistic pig, I'm actually not spending all my time oogling the ladies. The volleyball game has a hell of a lot more depth than you would think it would have being that it involves only the use of two buttons. True, it's all artificial depth in the form of timed button presses, but it gets pretty demanding and if you don't have the right timing, you won't win. It's really fun. ^_^ I've been spending the vast majority of my time playing matches. Occasionally I play the hopping game because I need some easy cash, but generally the volleyball occupies my time. Two-player is great fun too. Had some pretty intense matches with my friends today. It's a great party game. ^_^

Posted by Tsubasa @ 11:00 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, June 8, 2003

Just read an article on fansubbing. Specifically, it was on the digisubbing group Anime Junkies. OK, a quick jist of the article:

Urban Vision makes a pitch to Madhouse and the direct result of this is the new Ninja Scroll TV series. Being that it is a new series and every new series just needs to be fansubbed *cough*, Anime Junkies picks up and subs the series. An Urban Vision representative contacts Anime Junkies to stop fansubbing and distribution of the series. Here are some excerpts from their reply:

gLeave fansubs to fans or do it for free yourselves. All you are doing is getting rich off a series we helped make popular.h

gWho the fuck are you anyways to buy a series we were doing?h

gYou knew we were subbing, you know people fansub... So why the fuck did you start a DVD company?h

gRot in Hellh

Needless to say, I'm pissed. What a bunch of utter crap. I knew that Anime Junkies was doing some "unethical" stuff (going by fansubbing ethics here), all with the subbing and distribution of licensed titles, but what the hell is wrong with them when they think it is their right? As an old-timer from the days of traditional VHS fansubbing, I'm already pretty disgusted with the digisubbing community in general, but this is too much. I am officially boycotting Anime Junkies. Screw them.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 08:43 PM PST [Link]

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