Thursday, May 3, 2001

May 03 2001

Well, I mailed a tape of “Deathdance” off to the Otakon 2001 music video contest this morning. This is the first time I’ve submitted one of my anime music videos to any sort of audience, so I’m slightly nervous and more than a little excited. Of course, Otakon also has trouble showing all the videos that are submitted to this contest, so “Deathdance” may not even get shown. But I may as well try.

I also received a chain for my pocketwatch this morning, from a seller on eBay. It’s a wonderful chain, except that the clasp is too small to clip to a belt loop. I’ll have to find a larger clip somewhere, and clip the chain’s clip onto that larger clip, then clip the larger clip onto my belt.

(Man, I can see why English is so hard to learn. “Clip the clip onto the clip.”)

I got up this morning and asked Aria to show me what she’d found out about serial experiments lain last night. Unfortunately, most of what she found was inconsequential; pages of links, update pages (e.g., two hundred lines saying “I updated the links page today”), and long rants about other topics, which happen to mention lain.

In other words, Aria’s not a particularly helpful application. Perhaps lain is a poor choice for this, and perhaps Aria’s logic for finding pages is flawed. Who knows. Either way, it’s disheartening.

When I came home from work, I began tearing through my schedule with a determination that surprises me now that I think about it. I got through my devotions on schedule, and I read all my e-mails on schedule…and the last new e-mail today was a message from Max Kim, the character designer from Wine, who had a set of new sketches for me to look at.

This always blows away my evening, as a glance at new character designs is like an instant sugar-high for me. I start to dance, giddy in ways that I don’t feel for anything else.

I showed the designs to Eric, and he had some thought-provoking comments which I’ll have to share with you later. Just to give myself something mildly productive to do, I watched episodes five and six of Bubblegum Crisis 2040, which is evolving a fascinating storyline that avoids simplicity. Just when I think I have this series figured out, a spanner is thrown into the works.

But I popped the DVD out of the player and started wandering the house, my mind restless. I figured that, since I’ve been wanting to get back into the fiction writing groove, and I’m suffering from a lack of reading experience of late, I’d start reading Idoru by William Gibson.

I just put the book down; I’m 165 pages in. This man is a writer. My favorite quote thus far: “Behind her, past the anodyzed chainlink of the Cage, beyond a framing rectangle of glass that filtered out every tint of pollution, the sky over Burbank was perfectly blank, like a sky-blue paint chip submitted by the contractor of the universe.” I hope I typed that right; my vision is blurry from reading with my glasses off. It’s like the antialiasing of the textbox in the Opera window is magnified by about three times.

Idoru‘s plot is revealed slowly, so thus far it seems to be about a man who has the uncanny ability to infer a person’s personality and thought patterns from masses of data about their life, and the job he’s been hired to do, namely find out why a popular band member has announced his desire to marry a virtual idol (e.g., a digitally-constructed singer), and the 14-year-old fangirl who’s travelled to Tokyo on the same mission. It’s equal parts Key The Metal Idol, Snow Crash, and lain. Brennen, have you read this?

It’s just so cool to be reading about stuff like this. And Gibson is obviously quite comfortable with anime and Japanese pop culture, which is so refreshing. And what a choice for me tonight; I would swear that BGC 2040 was inspired by Idoru, if the timing of both weren’t horrendously off.

What else.

Oh, I stumbled across Evil Networks today. You can think of it as the Yahoo! of online comics. It’s nice to find new strips, especially since most of the online comics seem to be unusually sluggish these days.

Hope you’re still reading this.

I just spent about half an hour sucked completely into the world of Demonology 101. It’s sort of an ongoing comic book, that’s updated regularly. I started reading, and within a few moments I wasn’t reading any more. I was experiencing. I was there, experiencing the events of these people’s lives I could hear them talk, see them move.

So, I’d have to say I recommend it.

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