Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Oct 23 2001

Well, I didn’t write a diary entry yesterday, but that’s for two reasons: One, Pendragon refused to boot yesterday evening. The BeOS Tracker wouldn’t load, no matter how many times I rebooted or re-installed BeOS. I’ll deal with that tonight.

Two, I stayed up until 11:00 p.m. talking with my parents. We covered a whole bunch of topics, and had a pleasant time, but I went to bed feeling bone-tired.

I tried to wake up at 5:30 for Men’s Academy, but couldn’t keep my eyes open. Frustratingly, once I went back to bed, I couldn’t fall completely asleep. So, I dozed fitfully for about an hour, before turning on the news, and then checking some websites before getting ready for work.

And that’s been my day so far.

[Night on the Galactic Railroad]

What else…oh, well, I tried to watch Night on the Galactic Railroad. The film is slow. Very slow. I can take slow, but not when it’s pointlessly slow. It takes the protagonist seventy-five seconds to climb a hill. There’s nothing particularly meaningful about the climb, either; any attempt to turn the scene into a deep metaphor would be stretching the imagery like old-fashioned taffy.

This disappointed me, because Night is a Kenji Miyazawa story, Miyazawa being a Japanese poet and writer for whom I have gained deep respect, thanks to Spring and Chaos. Perhaps I need a Japanese perspective to be able to enjoy Night on the Galactic Railroad.

I also watched episode seven of Gasaraki. It’s an impressive ending to the first two discs, which form a mini-arc within the main story itself. The protagonist, Yushiro, is beginning to break out of his shell a little bit, setting the stage for future character development. Interesting stuff.

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