Friday, Saturday, Sunday

OK, yeah, haven’t updated this since Thursday. But! I spent Friday moving to a new server (which involved hand-tuning a lot of code that didn’t expect to suddenly be in a subdirectory), and Saturday I had an Otherspace meeting, then went straight from there to Guy’s Night Out. And I spent Sunday just relaxing, which I very much needed.

The Otherspace meeting went exactly as I hoped it would: we divvied up responsibility for the new commercial we’ll be working on, we had a lot of good discussion, and we did a good amount of work. I felt energized when I left.

And I arrived at Guy’s Night Out to a small gang of friends that one of the regulars had invited. Which was fine; just a bit of a surprise to see half a dozen teenagers. Not sure why I was surprised; he said he’d invited a bunch of guys.

In any event, this was to be a special night: one of the regulars is now stationed in Japan, and I’d agreed with him to try videoconferencing with him. So I set up the camcorder and logged online, but he wasn’t there. So we started the first movie (The Creature From the Black Lagoon), then stopped and had dinner. He still wasn’t online. We finished Creature…and he still wasn’t online. We watched the last half of the first Rurouni Kenshin OVA. Still wasn’t online. He watched an MST3K episode. He never came online.

Still, we had a good time. Creature was a solid (but dated) little monster film, Kenshin was as brilliant as I’d remembered, and MST3K was hilarious as always.

As mentioned before, Sunday was a day of rest. I watched some Gundam, some Digimon, and a couple episodes of Densha Otoko. Major, silly frustration: I thought I had all ten episodes of Densha, so I was looking forward to finishing it. But when I got to the end of the tenth episode, it was a cliffhanger. I yelled in surprise and hopped online. There are eleven episodes. Arg! So the eleventh is downloading as I write this, and I should have it by tonight.

But, you know, it was my mistake, and it’s rather selfish to complain about forgetting to download the final episode of a bit of entertainment. It is a fantastic bit of entertainment, too. Like most good Japanese shows, it’s good comedy, and good romance, and good drama. And this show understand the dynamics of the internet as well as any other series I’ve ever seen. The online community that forms around Densha feels exactly right, and that’s no small accomplishment.

In any event, that was my weekend. I’ve had some other little frustrations, but I have other things to take care of now. Until later….

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