Archive for February, 2001

Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Feb 27 2001 Published by under Miscellaneous

Added a new pic to Treetop, my art gallery. Nothing amazing; just a head shot of a female character.

Been thinking about what to put together for an anime short, as Otherspace Productions‘ first official work. Saalon, I need to talk to you about montage. I want to do a montage about importance of existence (I’ll explain that later), and I need some basic terminology and grasp of montage to know what to do.

I’m also assembling a final version of “Deathdance,” my Gundam Wing music video, to submit to Otakon‘s anime music video contest. Should be fun to see it there. The con will also provide a copy of all the music videos at the con if you send a blank tape along with your music video, so I’m definitely going to get that.

As I set up “Deathdance,” I’m musing ideas for my next anime music video. I’m thinking of setting Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” to Mighty Space Miners, but I need to listen to the music more first.

What else. Oh, work continues to be busy, though not terribly so.

Oh, now I remember. I wanted to show y’all this. This is from a book that came out in 1994. Remember that, a mere seven years ago, the following statements were completely accurate:

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Monday, February 26, 2001

Feb 26 2001 Published by under Miscellaneous

Sheesh, it’s amazing how busy one can be when a friend’s over.

We watched Mighty Space Miners Sunday night, only to find out that they only made the first two out of three episodes. So we reached the climax of the plot, only to be left hanging. Arrrrg.

Still, Mighty Space Miners is an excellent little series, dealing with very realistic relatively-near-future asteroid mining. Very enjoyable, despite the suckiness of the title.

This morning, Saalon went in for an interview at Intersect, as a software tester. He didn’t have an opportunity to talk to Ravi (the executive who usually gives the “big picture” to prospective hires), but he believes he carried himself well at the interview. I drove him back to the airport, where he caught a flight home. Now to wait to see if he gets a call back.

Speaking of Intersect, FYI work is very heavy for me at the moment. I’m consistently pulling 12-hour days, though that’s usually with an hour or two’s worth of meals and breaks. We’re behind, but we’re all behind due to waiting for server pieces to be ready, so we’re all in good spirits. But you probably won’t see me on ICQ/IRC much for a few days at least.

In other news, NieA Under 7, one of my favorite anime series, has reportedly been optioned by Pioneer Animation for a U.S. release. NieA is a beautiful short TV series that’s rather hard for me to describe. I experienced it first thanks to some RealVideo streams off of the official website, which I must say is a fascinating way of advertising one’s series.

I also stumbled across an official website for the Toonami-edited release of Tenchi Muyo!, and it’s not part of Toonami itself. A very nicely-made site, really.

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Saturday, February 24, 2001

Feb 24 2001 Published by under Miscellaneous

Saalon’s down for the weekend, and we’re having a great time. After I showed him around Intersect, we watched a bit of anime: Photon, Rurouni Kenshin TV (the whole DVD, actually), Princess Mononoke, and Tenchi Muyo! TV (between watching anime music videos and my video footage from Katsucon).

[Princess Mononoke cover art]

Princess Mononoke is breathtaking. It has a complex plot that really defies easy analysis — there’s definitely a lot of action scenes, but there’s also a lot of drama, but the character interactions are complex, while there’s a deep romantic element…I could go on. It reminds me a bit of Watership Down, in terms of being very hard to nail down to a single theme or style.

Either way, I loved Mononoke (my first Miyazaki film). Absolutely loved it. I’m looking forward to watching Castle of Cagliostro (another Miyazaki) as soon as I can.

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Friday, February 23, 2001

Feb 23 2001 Published by under Miscellaneous

Eeek! Haven’t updated in awhile.

finished my Katsucon report, by posting a bunch of pictures from the con. I’m very pleased.

Saalon’s coming down for the weekend, in preparation for a job interview at Intersect! Isn’t that cool? If he gets the job, he and Erin will be moving down here.

While he’s down here, we may work on an anime music video. More info on that coming later.

Meanwhile, I asked my boss at work if I could move away from coding, and onto documentation as much as possible. It’s not that I hate coding; it’s just not much fun in this particular environment. And I want to beef up my writing experience.

That’s about it. Weather’s been screwy with a sudden, big snowstorm last night, but it’s mostly melted away now. Nothing major except for a 100-car pileup on Route 1. Yes, a 100-car pileup. Ouch.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Feb 21 2001 Published by under Miscellaneous

Bought three new anime DVD’s today: The Castle of Cagliostro (a Hayao Miyazaki film), Digimon: The Movie (now that should be interesting to review), and the fifth Cowboy Bebop DVD (which includes “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui,” an episode I’ve been itching to re-watch lately).

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And I decided that I’m going to stop buying anime for the next thirty days. That means that I won’t buy any more anime DVD’s or VHS tapes until March 23rd. I’ve already got at least ten tapes or discs that I own but haven’t completed (or even watched, in some cases). Why should I spend more money when I have so much to see?

Meanwhile, work continues to be heavy. I’m pulling twelve-hour days pretty regularly now. Fortunately, I’m keeping a good attitude about it. The product itself is keeping me going.

And it’s not like I’m in love with our product, either. I think it’s great, but that’s about it. But the product is managed so well, and designed so well, and coming together so well (despite glitches), that I don’t mind putting in extra time on it.

What else. BeOS now has DVD support. Windows XP is behind schedule, which could be a major problem if Microsoft can’t get it to retailers in time for Christmas. Which means MS will probably rush XP to market despite major bugs. Great.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2001

Feb 20 2001 Published by under Miscellaneous

Ugh. I didn’t get to sleep until 3:00 a.m. this morning, but fortunately I feel pretty good anyway. Such is life. I was able to use the time to post those things I mentioned in yesterday’s diary entry. I also posted a piece of artwork to MegaTokyo‘s Art and Drawing Forum, mostly just because anyone who critiques there is supposed to post their own artwork at least once.

I’ve been talking with Saalon about Wine to Those in Anguish. We’ve identified some pretty significant problems with it, and I’ve decided to re-write most of the scripts. The story lacked internal conflict, and I think I’ve come up with some intriguing ways to fix that.

And y’know what’s funny? After spending over $300 at Katsucon, I didn’t buy any actual anime.

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Monday, February 19, 2001

Feb 19 2001 Published by under Miscellaneous

new server is now up and running at WebMages (which hosts this site), which explains why these pages may have been unavailable over the past few days. Everything seems back to normal now.

I’m back from Katsucon. I’ve posted a complete set of diary entries on this new site.

I’ve set up a little gallery site called Treetop, where I’ve begun posting my artwork. I have three little drawing so far, mostly cartoons. Nothing really pretty yet.

This is cool: Geocaching. People hide waterproof caches of miscellaneous stuff on public property, then publish the GPS coordinates on this website. Once you can find the cache, you can take something but must replace it with other stuff.

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Friday, February 16, 2001

Feb 16 2001 Published by under Miscellaneous

Had a very good day at work. I’m actually not as far ahead as I’d like to be, but after a status report one of the higher-ups took the time to say how impressed he is at my status. It’s amazing how much that encouraged me to work.

I then went to Katsucon. However, rather than describing that adventure here, I’ll point you to my diary of Katsucon 2001.

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Thursday, February 15, 2001

Feb 15 2001 Published by under Miscellaneous

WebMages is moving over to a new server, so this site may be periodically unavailable over the next day or two. I must say that it’s been a very pleasant transition thus far.

I’ve been gearing up for Katsucon this weekend. I may not update this site much over the weekend as a result of spending a lot of time there.

It looks like the family vacation to England will have to be cut short, since Intersect doesn’t want to authorize a four-week vacation in the middle of releasing our product. Ah well. There’s a whole story there, but I really don’t have the energy to relay it right now.

Went to Friendly’s for lunch today. While the food was great (Chicken Pot Pies are one of the great culinary inventions of all time), they were having one of those Management Days, where local bigwigs were introducing themselves, and new employees were being trained, and there was a lot of hustle and bustle as people tried to look as important as possible.

This wouldn’t annoy me, except that it was going on in the middle of the restaurant. They were conducting all this business right out where other people could see and overhear. And it’s not that these meetings and greetings and explanations were loud; it was just very unprofessional of them to conduct all of this infrastructure business out where all of their customers could see and hear them. It would be like installing software on a new programmer’s PC as you have a meeting with a client.

Watched another episode of My Dear Marie last night, which is quite the enjoyable little romantic comedy. The series has a keen sense of how to tell a story; each episode has interspersed enough plot and comedy with little tidbits of sweetness to keep me thoroughly entertained. And the character designs are just lovely.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Feb 13 2001 Published by under Miscellaneous

It’s link day!

Y’know, we’ve all had our bad days. Especially in college, we’ve all had assignments that truly sucked, and that we had a really tough time completing. Even so, it would have to be pretty bad to submit this sort of report.

Meanwhile, I came across this incredible report on how much the media really, really sucks. There’s some really eye-opening information there on how reporters view the world (from their own lips, even).

I put together a little site called AB Watch, which links to websites that feature Yoshitoshi ABe’s artwork. I figure, I love his work so much, I might as well keep track of it.

I also added some links to my Comics/Art website.

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