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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 long as I can be awake, and not doing homework or work at my job, I want it. And that's the frustrating 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. =)

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'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. =(

Jul. 30th, 2017

Anime Review - Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Well, this is the last of the main Fate series. I believe there's a movie and a magical girl AU series, but I'm probably not going to watch those. Though, I've heard they're planning a trilogy of films to cover the third route from the VN. No idea when that'll be, though. So, for now, at least, this is it.

Spoilers, of course )

So, final verdict? I really liked it. I'd say you should just skip the original Fate/Stay Night anime and watch Fate/Zero and Unlimited Blade Works instead. You could probably watch them in either order; no matter what, watching one will spoil some parts of the other. I watched Zero, then UBW, and I feel that worked well. But I guess you could do the opposite, if you wanted.

Jul. 27th, 2017

Anime Review: Fate/Zero

Okay, so I decided to give Fate/Zero a chance, even though I had major problems with Fate/Stay Night. Based on reviews and posts talking about watching order, it seems the fandom's opinion is overwhelmingly that the later productions (that is, Zero and UBW) are far superior to the original. So, I was hopeful that maybe Zero would be better.

Spoilers, of course )

Final verdict? I loved it. If you liked FSN, you'll really like this. If you hated FSN, watch this anyway. It's what FSN should have been. And if you haven't seen FSN...skip that, and watch this instead.

Jul. 25th, 2017

Anime Review: My Love Story!!

So, I was actually going to watch Fate/Zero next, but I had issues with the video, so I decided to watch something else until I could straighten it out. I went with My Love Story!!, which I found out about through sheer dumb luck. I don't usually watch romance or slice of life anime, as a rule, but when I read the premise of this one, I had to try it.

No spoilers, I think! )

Final verdict? I loved it. If you like shoujo/romance anime, watch this. Even if you don't, watch it anyway. Now I need to see if I can find the manga. Wikipedia says there are 13 volumes, so there's a decent chance that not all of that fit into 24 episodes. And I would love to see more of Takeo and Yamato, and Suna~!

Jul. 22nd, 2017

Anime Review: Blood: The Last Vampire

Short review, of a movie this time. I enjoyed Blood-C, so I wanted to try out the rest of the franchise, though they don't seem to have much to do with one another. I decided to start at the beginning, with the movie, Blood: The Last Vampire.

No spoilers, I think )

Final verdict? It was a fun movie, but short. So I want more. I'll definitely be looking into watching Blood+, which is the next part of the franchise.

Jul. 21st, 2017

Anime Review: Fate/Stay Night

Another anime review. I've actually had this one in my to-be-watched stack for a while, now. I was mostly deterred by the fact that there are several series in this franchise, and that, with the exception of the first series, the DVD sets for the the others are ludicrously expensive. I didn't want to get started and be unable to continue. But, when I was looking for places to stream anime recently, I thought to check and see if Netflix offered anything subtitled. They did, and among them are the other two Fate series. So, I decided to go ahead and give the first series a watch.

Spoilers, as usual )

Final verdict? I honestly didn't like it much. There were a couple of good characters, but that's about it. I will say, though, that most fans seem to think that the later series (Fate/Zero and Unlimited Blade Works) are much better than the first one. So, I might give one of those a chance, despite how I felt about this one. I've got access to them, so I do think I'll try them at some point. But not right now. Plus, Fate/Zero has Saber but no Shirou, and UBW is supposed to be Rin's route, so maybe she'll get more focus there. And those two were about the only things I liked about this series, so. It might be worth a try.

Jul. 16th, 2017

Anime Review: Rideback

Well, I watched another short little anime this week. It's called Rideback, and I'd never heard of it until I saw it listed on RightStuf. It had a unique premise, so I decided to check it out.

Spoilers, as always )

Final verdict? I think this one's kind of middle of the road. Not terrible, by any means, but not that good, either. The main thing it has going for it is the cast, but I don't know that they're enough to carry it. I will say, though, that Wikipedia says that this was originally a 10 volume manga series, which became a 12 episode anime. So, I wonder. The manga might explain things better than the anime did. Not sure if I'm invested enough to check it out. We'll see.

Jul. 11th, 2017

Anime Review: Blood-C

This one was a bit of a quickie. Just 12 episodes, and then one movie. I watched the series itself in one sitting, and then the movie the next day. So, here are my thoughts!

Massive spoilers withiin )

So, final verdict? Honestly, I liked it. It's not perfect, and I do wish we got some more backstory on Saya, in particular. But it was fun to watch. If you're a fan of other Blood titles, you might feel differently, I don't know. But if you're a first-time fan, like me, I'd say give it a shot. Provided you can handle the gore, of course.

Jul. 8th, 2017

Anime Review: Yuugiou: Dark Side of Dimensions

Well, I finally found a fansub with English subtitles, so I got to watch this movie!

Spoilers~! )

So, final verdict! This was actually really good. Like, really. It was better than I expected it would be. I mean, it's Yuugiou, so I kinda figured I'd like it at least a little bit, no matter what. But I didn't expect a lot. (I remember Pyramid of Light) But it was honestly really fun, and I liked it a lot. So, if you're a YGO fan at all, go watch it. If you're not, then watch/read the series first. This'll be a little confusing if you don't.

Jul. 6th, 2017

Good Grief...

Remember how I was excited about finding that new Yuugiou movie? Well, they fucked it up.

According to this article, they somehow managed to have the entire first batch of disks be defective. The Japanese language track is there, but the subs are the dialogue for the shitty English dub, rather than an actual translation of the Japanese dialogue. =/

Yeah, seriously. So, of course I pulled out my disk to check, and sure enough. I watched the first couple of minutes and spotted dub names as well as additional lines in the subs. My Japanese was never near fluent, and I'm super rusty now, but I can understand some really basic lines. So I can see a couple of places where the subs are adding stuff that the character didn't actually say.

Fucking hell. Can't this idiotic company do anything right?

So now, I have to write to the people who produced the disks and see if they'll exchange my defective one for one that's right. That article I mentioned gives contact info, so I'll try to do that soon. No idea if they'll actually do an exchange, and if so, how long or difficult the process will be. Ugh.


Oh, you have got to be kidding me. Okay, so I was annoyed that I couldn't watch the disk I bought. So, I went looking for a fansub to tide me over. (Because I'm betting that, even if I can get my disk exchanged, it'll probably take a while.) I found one, spent a while downloading it, then fired it up, and...the subs were in fucking Greek. Or I assume it's Greek, based on how the lettering looks. No mention on the torrent site, nothing in the filename, absolutely nothing to indicate that this wasn't in English. Bloody hell...that was a complete waste of my time and bandwidth. And now, I have to go see if I can find any other copies. And hope that those are actually in English. =/ Kat is not amused, seriously.

Jul. 5th, 2017

My Inner Fangirl Is Squeeing So Hard Right Now...

I feel like I'm a teenager again, in the best possible way. =D

From early on, two fandoms that were really important to me were DragonBall Z and Yuugiou. They were some of my earlier ones, and I was super into them, for a long time. Hell, I still am. *Gestures to journal theme* And the source material for both have been wrapped up for a long time, as well.

Or, they were.

When I was out shopping on Sunday, I stopped to look at the new releases in the movie section at Wal-Mart. I wasn't really looking for anything particular. I'd gone to the electronics department to pick up a new thumb drive, and I decided to browse a little. And there, on the rack in the front, was a new Yuugiou movie. I picked it up, not really expecting much. Yuugiou's gotten such a rotten treatment locally, I figured it'd be some poorly handled, dub-only thing. But, no. The box lists both Japanese and English as spoken languages. So I whip out my phone and Google it, and see that it's a legit new movie from Japan. Featuring the original cast (or, at least Yugi and Kaiba), not people from any of the many spin-offs. It's set after the manga, and the story was done by Kazuki Takahashi himself!

So, yeah. I had to buy it. I also tracked down the two chapter manga prologue that leads into the movie. Done by Takahashi-sensei, of course. <3 I haven't watched it yet, but I hope to have time soon. That'll likely be my next post, actually!

And I also mentioned DragonBall Z earlier. Well, you may or may not have heard, but apparently they began doing a new DB series a little while back, called DragonBall Super. I'd heard about it, vaguely, but I didn't pay it much attention at the time. I knew they'd done Kai as well, but that was really just a remake of the original, with the filler removed. I might like to see it at some point...but I seem to remember hearing that it hadn't been reanimated, except for certain key scenes. So, if it's just the old footage cobbled together, that's not very exciting. I'll probably watch it eventually, as I am a completionist, and DragonBall was either my first or second anime series ever.

But, Kai aside. They're doing a new series called Super, and I finally decided to look into it. Apparently, it's retconning GT, which is very interesting. I actually haven't gotten around to watching GT yet, largely because the fandom at large seems to hate it. I planned to watch it at least once, just so I could say I did. And I still plan to do that...but now, that's been pushed back that much more. I'm going to watch Super first. I just downloaded the first 97 episodes, which is all of what's out, so far. I'm thinking I might watch this after I watch the new Yuugiou movie, but I haven't decided yet.

So, two of my oldest and dearest fandoms, of which I thought the source material to be complete, are getting new material. I am so excited, I almost don't know what to do with myself. I just hope the new material is good.

Jul. 4th, 2017

Pet Peeve

So I've been browsing RightStuf's birthday sale, and I've got something I need to gripe about. I've noticed this before, but it's getting on my nerves just now, so here I am.

It really bugs me when anime companies release a box set labeled as a 'Complete Collection' or similar when it actually isn't. For example, I was looking at the box set for The Galaxy Railways. Item listing says 'Complete Collection', so I'm inclined to think that this is, in fact, the entire series. But, no. I'm reading a review of the show, and it mentions several related items, such as a second season and an OVA. So, after a quick trip to Wikipedia, I find that this show does in fact have two seasons, for a total of 52 episodes, plus an OVA. That 'Complete Collection' box set? Has only the first 26 episodes. =/

Argh. If you've released a whole season in a box, then label it as that. 'The Complete First Season', or something. But don't claim it's a 'Complete Collection', when it's missing a big chunk of the series.

I think sometimes they do it because some studios will release the second season of a show with a subtitle, so the companies want to think it's a whole other title. (Think Slayers, each season has an add-on. NEXT, TRY, etc.) The thing is, though? I've seen some companies that still get it right. They'll release a 'Complete Collection' and in the blurb it'll say something like 'contains all episodes of Code Geass and Code Geass R2'. It'll list both seasons by name, but they'll still be bundled into a 'Complete Collection'. This is how they should all do it! Release each season at a time, if you want. But make it clear that the box set contains that particular season. Don't claim to be a complete series set.

It just irritates me, because it means I can't trust the packaging. I have to do extra research before I buy something. If only part of a series was released, then it was abandoned, I'd like to know that before I buy. (I'm looking at you, xxxHolic. Another so-called 'Complete Collection' that was actually only the first season.) It means I have to go and see if I can track down the rest of the series somewhere else. (Torrents, HK disks, Youtube, etc.) Because I probably don't want to start a series if I know I'll never be able to see how it ends. And honestly, having to go to that extra trouble is a bit of a turn-off, anyway.
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