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Mar. 21st, 2018

Weekend Anime Mini-Review

Well, it's the weekend. You know what that means. New anime~! =D

Spoilers for Darling in the FranXX episode 10 )

Spoilers for Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card episode 11 )

And thus ends this week's mini-review. I may keep doing this, we'll see. Depends on how many feelings I have after each episode, probably. LOL!

Mar. 14th, 2018

Anime? During the Semester?

Yeah, I don't usually watch anime during the semester. Largely because I don't generally have the time. Plus, I like to binge watch, rather than just sneaking in an episode here or there. So I'd rather wait until the breaks, so I can marathon a series in a couple of days. And I have been really busy this semester, anyway. Lots of homework, a truly insane amount of reading, plus two extremely awkwardly scheduled courses...I'm spending the vast majority of my time just trying to stay on top of everything.

But, uh. My willpower failed me last weekend, and I ended up watching episodes of two different series. Two currently airing series, at that. (Which is something else that I don't do often. It's the binge watching thing again.) What series are they, you ask? Well, the first is Darling in the FranXX, and the second is Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card.

And I have some thoughts.

Darling in the FranXX - Spoilers for episodes 1-9 )

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card - Spoilers for episodes 1-10 )

Overall, I'm enjoying them both, so far. I plan to keep watching, so I may or may not post about them again. We'll see. =D

Mar. 8th, 2018

Why Did I Take This Class?

Seriously. I actually thought this might be interesting? WTF was I thinking?!

Okay, so I've complained about my Intro to Advertising class before. (My professor, specifically.) Well, now I'm complaining again. I took the test that I mentioned studying for, and sure enough, there was NO material from the book on it. Not even one lousy question. No, every single one came from the supplemental material, which seriously could have been explained better. >_> Thankfully, I did okay; I got a 93. Not as good as I'd like, but I was worried I'd do worse, so I'm not complaining.

And in the most recent 'announcement', the professor said that on the fourth and fifth tests we'd be using things from the book, and he listed several concepts and which chapters they came from. So, we'll see how that actually works out. The next test is the third one, so it'll be a little bit before it comes up.

Oh, and? I was looking at the 'tentative schedule' reading list and you know what I just realized? This jackass prof actually expects us to read the entire textbook. Yeah. Which is 24 chapters, and 780 pages. 780! What kind of whackjob thinks that it's reasonable to expect students to read 780 pages worth of textbook, plus supplemental material, all in one semester? Is this guy crazy?

And this shit is not easy to read; dry as hell, and usually very poorly explained. Lots and lots of terms and names being thrown around that aren't ever properly elaborated on, so it's just like nonsense words after a point. I'm reading it, but I have almost no idea what it actually means.

I'm half tempted to only read the chapters that he mentioned in the latest announcement. Even that was a lot, but it would let me skip a few chapters, at least. I don't know how I'll have time, otherwise. Not to mention, if I actually have to read every freaking word in this damn book, I think my brain will melt and leak out of my ears. =/

...God, I am so ready for this semester to be over already!

Mar. 7th, 2018

#@$&!

There is no amount of profanity that is sufficient to express how I feel right now.

I just spent the better part of the night writing up the longest of my assignments for this unit in my Communication class. The one that was long and difficult, and I left it for last, because I knew it'd be hard to write. That assignment.

After I finished, I closed Word, and went to copy the files on to my USB drive. First, I delete the school folder that's already on there. Then I copy the one from my C:\ and paste it over. At which point I realize...I had somehow, accidentally, been working on my USB drive, not my C:\. That is to say, the files that I just created, and spent all that time writing in? Were in the folder I just deleted. And, since that folder resided on my USB drive, it didn't go to the Recycle Bin, where I could rescue it. Oh, no. It's just gone.

Which means I have to write this entire thing, all over again. After I just finished it.

*Screams*


EDIT @ 11:51PM - Well, I am shocked. I actually managed to remember the biggest part of what I wrote, and was able to re-write it. I'm sure it's not exactly the same, and parts of it feel a bit shaky, but it's mostly there. I will look over it more thoroughly tomorrow, because I am mentally exhausted now, and in no condition to do any serious editing. ...Seriously. I wrote this assignment twice in the span of one day. Fucking hell.

Feb. 28th, 2018

Take A Chill Pill, Dude...

Well, evidently my Advertising professor is a jerk.

See, he's been a bit hands off in how he's teaching this class. He pretty much just posts saying, "Here's some supplemental material and the next test is on *date*." He doesn't talk about the material at all, or tell us which chapters in our textbook we're supposed to be reading. The only information we have on this is a "tentative schedule" at the end of the syllabus. And looking at it, the dates are already wrong. Which is fine, but that leads me to wonder how closely we're going to follow this schedule. Especially since the professor never talks about it. So, I emailed him last night, just asking to clarify which chapters of the text I need to read for the upcoming test. Pretty simple question, right?

Well, he sends me this lengthy, pissy reply. He says he never talks about the text because it should be self explanatory. (Which, it clearly isn't. And anyway, your job as a teacher is still to tell us this kind of information.) Then he launches into this lengthy rant about how he's on the committee that chooses the textbooks, and how this one isn't perfect, but it's one of the best options, and how we'll need it all by the end of the class, and he's doing us a favor by not making us read it all at once, and blah blah blah.

...Yeah, seriously. >_>

I never said one bad thing about our textbook. I didn't complain about having to read it. I didn't say anything negative at all. All I did was say, "Hey, I just wanted to check and be sure I'm reading the right chapters for the next test. Are these it?" And this is how he responds? This guy clearly has some Issues, with a capital 'I'.

I don't know what his problem is. I'm guessing he's gotten complaints about the textbook being shitty. (Which, based on what I've read so far, it kinda might be.) Or people complaining that he makes us read lots of long chapters and there's maybe one question on the test that even relates to that material. (That's what he did on the first test!) Or who knows what else. But he seriously needs to put on his big boy pants and act like a damn adult about it. You don't get to be pissy when a student politely asks you a question. You are a teacher. It is literally your job to answer students' questions. And to not be a dick about it! Jeez.

...I swear, I picked this class as an elective because I'd kinda enjoyed my Marketing classes, and so I thought Advertising might be fun. Yeah, not so much. =P

Jan. 13th, 2018

Anime Review: Scrapped Princess

Well, my break is almost over, and it went by way too fast. (More on that in the next post.) I wanted to watch a little more anime, but I didn't have time for some of the longer series that I've been considering. So, I decided on this one. Just 24 episodes, and a perfect fit for the time I had left. Scrapped Princess is a series I'd heard of before, and I picked it up out of the recent holiday sale at RightStuf.

Spoilers, as usual )

Final verdict? So-so. It's not a bad series, by any means. But I expected more. The plot could have been handled better, and the characters could have been fleshed out more.

Dec. 28th, 2017

Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series

I picked up the first book of the Magnus Chase series a while back, when I caught it on sale. I finally got around to reading it a couple of days ago, and then I bought and read the other two books in the series. Unsurprisingly, I'm having feelings, so! Here's a brief review.

Spoilers for all three books )

Final verdict? I liked it, though not quite as much as the Percy Jackson books. Good, but could be improved a bit. Now, if only the fandom was bigger! I seriously want fic, but there's not a whole lot out there.

Dec. 22nd, 2017

Anime Review: Steins;Gate

Well, now that I'm on break, it's no surprise that I decided to watch some anime! I don't know that I'll binge like I sometimes do in the summer, but I wanted to watch at least a couple. And this gets things off to a good start.

Spoilers for the whole series )

So, final verdict? I liked it. The beginning was a little slow, and the characters were a bit more eccentric at first, but both of those things get much better as the series progresses. I'd recommend it.

Also, apparently they're making another anime? Steins;Gate 0. About one of the failed future timelines, or something? I'm a little unclear on that. The sites I've seen say a Spring 2018 release, so I guess I'll keep an eye out for it. I'll want to see it.

Dec. 18th, 2017

Long Post Is Looooooong!

Man, this post has been a long time coming!

I've not really written anything much since the summer, for a variety of reasons. And yet, I do actually have some things to talk about. So, because I couldn't get my act together enough to post regularly, you get one giant infodump post. You're excited, right? =D

Cut for epic length )

...Good lord, that was long! XD

Nov. 27th, 2017

Anime Review: Iria: Zeiram the Animation

What's this? Kat, watching anime before the semester's over? Shocking, I know. But this one was a short little six episode OVA, so I was able to binge it all at once.

Spoilers, as usual! )

Final verdict? Meh. If you like mindless action and don't require a solid plot to back it up, then you'll like this one. But if you care more about the story, you'll likely be disappointed. The title character is cool, but she's not really enough to carry this series all by herself. Decent bones, but lackluster execution.

Oct. 23rd, 2017

YST Fandom, What the Heck?

Okay, so I've had a craving for some fic for a few of my old fandoms lately. Mostly Yoroiden Samurai Troopers. And I've been digging through archives, looking for fic. Including a lot of old, vanished sites, courtesy of the Wayback Machine. And holy cow. Talk about a time warp. Apparently, I am spoiled. These days, much of the fic I read is either on AO3 or FF.net. AO3 is always my first stop.

I mention this, because I'm finding that things were often done differently in these old archives, and it's driving me a little nuts. And it's weird, because I don't remember it being this way, back in the day. I don't know if I hung out on sites that did things differently, or if I was just used to it back then. Probably the latter, but eh.

Grumble, grumble... )

So, seriously...where's the good YST fic hiding? There must be some, right? Please, fandom?
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Sep. 7th, 2017

Adulting Fail

Sometimes I like to say that I'm not responsible enough to be in charge of my own bedtime. Meaning, I often fail at getting to bed at a reasonable time, and I end up being tired a lot. I recognize that it's my own fault, though I still like to complain about it.

But lately, I've noticed something that's kind of weird. I'm all too familiar with staying up past my bedtime because I'm working on something. I'll either lose track of time, or I'll see that it's bedtime, and tell myself, "Oh, just a few more minutes..." But lately? I find myself staying up late just to watch some mindless television. It doesn't even have to be anything I'm particularly absorbed in. Just, I'll look at the clock and see that I should go to bed, and I just...really, really don't want to. Like, it doesn't matter what I do, as long as I can have a little bit longer before bed. It's stupid. And annoying, because I find myself staying up late more often.

The only way I can think to explain it is that I'm so busy with schoolwork, that I want to have some free time. It doesn't matter what I do with it...as long as I can be awake, and not doing homework or work at my job, I want it. And that's the frustrating bit...by the end of the night, I never have the energy to be doing anything productive or fun. So, mindless TV is pretty much it. But apparently, my brain says that even that will do. =P

It's like I'm trying to balance my need to have awake-time that isn't spent on work of some type, and my need to actually get a decent night's sleep. And apparently, there aren't enough hours in the day for both. Ugh.

Aug. 23rd, 2017

Well, Fuck

So, we got an error on one of my processes tonight. I found it just a little before midnight. And thus begins the usual song and dance.

This got long... )


EDIT @ 3:30AM: Okay, so we finally got a tech working on the problem! I'm honestly impressed. From the sound of it, N just spent the last hour or more completely blowing up their phones. And he got results! The guy's logged in now. We'll see how it goes.


EDIT @ 6:40AM: Okay, finally, I am home! We got things working a little before 6:00. They were able to get the Import to run without erroring out, and then the rest of the steps ran fine. Once the lines came back up, we checked a handheld, just to be safe. Thankfully, it was fine. Then CJ came in for his shift at 6:00, and we talked a little about what had happened, and how things were doing. I ended up leaving the office maybe around 6:17 or so. As always, driving home in the early morning daylight was weird! Since it was late enough, I stopped at Hardees for breakfast. Got some sausage and egg biscuits. (Yum!) Then I went home, wolfed down my breakfast, and now I am off to bed.

Aug. 21st, 2017

Eclipse 2017!

Well, as I'm sure many of you know, there was a total solar eclipse today. Apparently this is a pretty rare thing. According to Wikipedia, this is the first time since 1918 that a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous US. And the last total solar eclipse that was visible from somewhere in the mainland US was in 1979. Wow!

I live in southern Illinois, which was right under the path of the eclipse. They've been hyping this thing for over a year around here; selling memorabilia, planning events, the whole nine yards. Hell, Ozzy Osbourne headlined at the rock festival held at a local winery! I want to say that shows how big a deal they made of this...although, it kinda says how far Ozzy's star has fallen, that he's performing at some little podunk town in southern Illinois. ^^;; But either way. .Apparently a lot of people traveled here to see the eclipse, so it's been a big fuss with tourism and all. Good for the local economy, hopefully! But, I digress.

Seeing as this is something uncommon, and pretty neat besides, I decided it was worth getting up early to see. I think it started here a little before 1:00PM, and it finished somewhere around 2:00PM. Though it was only total for a few minutes, of course. Mom and I stood out in the backyard and watched most of it. We checked it out when it first started, then went back inside for a bit. (The heat index was over 100 degrees; it was pretty uncomfortable outside.) As it got further along, we went back outside. We watched it progress, then finally it turned total. That was really cool to see. Too bad it only lasted for a few minutes. Though, it was a little eerie. Even though you understand what's happening, it's still really odd to see. I can only imagine how primitive man must have freaked out when this kind of thing happened! It was a little funny, though. After it went dark, the streetlights all came on, and the crickets started to sing really loud. Guess it faked them out! They stopped shortly after it got light again.

And apparently, traffic was an absolute nightmare afterward. Everybody wanted to go home, I guess. Thankfully, most of traffic had either passed, or was going in the opposite direction, by the time I headed to work. The southbound lane of 57 was almost normal; maybe a little heavier, but nothing bad. But the northbound lane was practically at a standstill. I don't know if there was an accident, or if it really was just that many people trying to go north. Either way, it was a mess.

Well, this post is a little short, but this was a cool experience, and I wanted to mark the date somehow. =)
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Aug. 15th, 2017

Back to School

Well, classes officially began today. Bleh.

And, as usual, I have thoughts. Long, rambly thoughts.

Cut for length )

So, I have mixed feelings on some of these classes. Plus a healthy dose of just not knowing what to expect. Fun, right? =P Also, my concentration is crap right now. That's one thing that's always hard, though. When the semester starts up, and you're coming off some downtime, making your brain be willing to focus and pay attention, to do assigned reading and homework...it's an uphill battle. Not fun. I just hope this semester goes okay...

Aug. 9th, 2017

Anime Review: Spice and Wolf

Okay, so this is my last anime title for this summer's binge. (For real, this time!) Classes start next week, so my break is sadly, almost over. I decided to wrap things up with Spice and Wolf.

Only mild spoilers, this time! )

Final verdict? I liked it. It's an interesting and unique series, though you may need to look up some of the economics, as they don't explain things well. According to Wikipedia, the original form of this series is a lengthy series of light novels. And shockingly enough, they've been released in English! So, yeah, I think I'll need to be reading those. I want more!

Aug. 7th, 2017

Replacement Disk

My replacement disk for Yuugiou: Dark Side of Dimensions came today! I'm so glad. I mentioned before how I'd had to email the company and explain that the one I'd bought was defective. Well, after exchanging a couple of emails, they agreed to mail me a replacement. The last email was dated July 13th, so it took just shy of a month. Truthfully, though, I'd expected it would take longer than this. So, it was a pleasant surprise to have it so soon!

I didn't watch the whole thing; maybe I will, a bit later. (It is a really good movie, after all!) But I did pop it in just to check the subs. And just watching the first few minutes, I can tell it's different than last time. They have the correct Japanese names, and I remember a couple of specific lines that I'd noticed as being wrong in the old disk, and those were correct here. So, I'd say this one has the correct subtitle track. Yay~!

I have to admit...I was pretty ticked off when I found out that original disk was defective. But I have to give the production company credit. When I reached out, they made it right. So, kudos to you, Lionsgate!

Aug. 4th, 2017

Anime Review: Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Okay, so I was wrong. Eureka Seven wasn't my last anime of the summer. I found Chivalry of a Failed Knight a little while ago, and it was so short, I could watch it in one day. (And have time left over!)

Some spoilers, I guess... )

Final verdict? Mixed. The concept is neat and the main cast are likable. But this show suffered from being far too short, and some odd plot choices. Plus, there's a lot of fanservice. So, it's a toss up. According to Wikipedia, this was based off a light novel series, and there's also a manga. I might look and see if I can find either of those to flesh out the plot a bit.

Aug. 3rd, 2017

Anime Review: Eureka Seven

Well, I've finished another one! This may be my last anime for this summer's binge. I'm feeling ready for a break now, and I'm not sure if I'll want to watch more before classes start in a little bit. We'll see, I guess. The series I just finished is Eureka Seven, which I've been wanting to see for a while.

Spoilers, as usual )

So, final verdict? I liked it. I did have some issues with how long the audience was kept in the dark, and how some things were explained. But I did like it, and I think that I'll like it a lot more the second time around. This series is praised for its love story, and I agree. Renton and Eureka are the best part of the series, and it's absolutely worth watching if you like romance at all. (Or action, or sci-fi, or coming of age...Just watch it!)

Aug. 1st, 2017

Almost Time...

Well, summer break's almost over. Why does time always seem to fly so fast over break, but drag so much during the semester? Ugh.

I ordered my textbooks last night. I ended up with things kind of spread out. I think I bought two used from Amazon, I rented one from Amazon, and then I bought two more (new, I think) from MSU. That's what worked out best, price-wise. I think I spent somewhere around $330, or thereabouts. Which, yuck, but still. It would have been worse if I'd bought them all from MSU.

I think I remember reading that classes started on 8/15. I'll check, of course, because that was ages ago, and I might be wrong about that. But, that sounds right. I remember last year, thinking I had longer until the start of the fall semester, and being pissed that it actually started somewhere around 8/15. So, that's probably right. At least I'm not blindsided by it this time, but it still sucks.

Assuming I got the date right, I've got about two more weeks off before I have to start classes again. I'm trying to make the most of it, though no matter what I do, I'm going to want more time. I'm going to watch at least one more anime before then...I started Eureka Seven tonight, so that'll be my next review. I don't know if I'll have the time or energy to do any more after that; this might be my last one for this summer's binge session. We'll see.

...I really don't want to go back to school, guys. =(

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