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If you haven't noticed, I haven't visited recently... [Dec. 31st, 2037|12:01 am]
Sorry about that folks, but for the most part I've moved most of my blogging to other sites, or have just stopped.  The main reason for the Livejournal account was to keep track of other friends blog (four in particular) and none of them are using the tool at this point either.

So, if you're really interested, check out my twitter account http://twitter.com/lanji/.

I will occasionally update here as well, when I find an anime or RPG that is really interesting.

Also, I'm still available at http://www.macrossrpg.com, http://wyomingscouting.net and http://www.christhecomputerguy.com as well.


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Couldn't pass up this quote... [Jul. 24th, 2007|01:36 pm]
"My head starting bobbing soon after the bubbly announcer asked, 'Do you know why we're so happy?' And I answered, 'Too much Prozac?'" she recalls. "I was so punchy that I was heckling a show for three-year-olds."

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Singapore version of the RIAA starts cracking whip over Anime Downloads [May. 30th, 2007|12:41 am]
The story is running its course across various blogs right now, but it turns out that a company known as ODEX in Singapore is sending out letters to various downloaders of anime torrents trying to enforce their obtained copyrights.

Impz at http://that.animeblogger.net/ as a result has announced his intention to most likely stop anything except administrative blogging as a result of this tactic by ODEX.

For a number of reasons this is a blow to the Fan Subbing community in a country that craves the latest and greatest Anime more then we do in the US. But the scary thing is how quickly this can come to the US and start being inforced on ALL content out of Japan, vs. just licensed anime which is occasionally enforced right now.

From a link at that, Riuva has posed the following two blogs with more examples and thoughts: ORZ's take, and a wonderful poam that describes one possible result and More technical information.

From my point of view, it is important for Copyright Holders to insist that they enforce their rights. Without doing this Copyright for everyone becomes unimportant and for future generations of thinkers and will make life impossible under an economey that is quickly shifting to the idea that the only way to get ahead is to make money off of your ideas, because making physical products may be too expensive compaired to selling your ideas.

Unfortinatly for license enforcement companies though, Henry Jenkins, an MIT Faculty member, has shown Japan's anime industry the way things could work if they just let the public select what they really want to watch rather then forcing it down our necks...
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Captain Obvious [Apr. 13th, 2007|01:37 pm]
So, it came up at work today... The most obvious observation came to light, and I just had to spout out, "Thanks Captain Obvious!"

And what do I get from that individual?

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

I've got to learn to keep my mouth shut....
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New additions: Wii [Apr. 3rd, 2007|11:25 am]
That's right, I did get one last month! Unfortinatly, I've been playing it so much I'm behind on EVERYTHING else.

Of course, I update this blog as recently as 3 times a year, so I guess its not too unexpected.

I've setup myself at work to do some blogging for a little bit, but I'm going to primarly avoid talking about work other then my personal work projects. To many chances I'll slip up on some 'revolutionary' idea and let slip new features on one of the websites I'm working.

Anyway, the new Zelda was a lot of fun, but the ending was very Japanese. It was mostly happy, but at the same time it was a little sad.
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The weekend of Sept. 15, Xenosaga III [Sep. 17th, 2006|10:44 pm]
Well, I usually don't mention it, but since I spent most of the weekend sick as heck, and really didn't enjoy myself I figured it wouldn't be a problem to let everyone know I'm going to celebrate my Sept. 15th birthday in October this year. There's just no time between now and then to get together with friends and have any fun.

About the only thing I did accomplish (if you can consider it an accomplishment) is I completed Xenosaga III, with only one death, within 45 hours of actual play time.

And I'm still unsettled by the ending.

As many of my friends know, I rate Anime by the following informal measurments:

  • Angst: Bonus points for little kids and angst... Double points for little kids in a war and angst... (Xenosaga III: Check BIG TIME)
  • Main Character Death (related to Angst): Lets put it this way, Xenosaga III's ending leaves no doubt about the body count at the end of the game. Bastards. The only thing that sucked? Lack of blood! If your really that beat up, then hell you have to be bleading like a suck pig... (Please note, Lord of the Flies reference), but NO, damn American censoring to get a better youth rating for the game...
  • Continuation / Cliff Hanger: While in Anime there is seldom a chance to see future events in most anime as they are one off events, at least leaving a small path for future development of the characters if possible. Well Xenosaga III did do this, but they did it in the most unimaginable way. They had what was left of the main characters split up, one group sailing off into space on a mission with no chance of success. Can you say unfufilling?

So anyways, based on what happened, and the game itself Xenosaga III was more then worth the time and money spent. It was also one hell of a good ride, all the way up to the end. But with the end now here, I'm left wishing for just one more... Just like aways.

This series of games had so much potentual, but was cut short in its prime because it couldn't do one thing: Figure out how to fight against the Final Fantasy series. Me personally, I think Xenosaga had much more potential to go so much further then Final Fantasy ever could, if only the egos could step out of the way in development and marketing could have gone on a full all out blitz, including a feature film.

That said even though people have hopes that sales will be high enough to convince Bandai/Namco Games that there is money in the series to continue with, I believe our only hope of ever seeing another Xenosaga game is for someone to buy the license to the series, and go all out.

Anyone else interested in forming a Gaming Company?
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Late nights, and a problem with sleeping [Aug. 18th, 2006|02:01 am]
Its been kind of weird the last week or so now. I haven't been able to sleep before 2:00 am at all except for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in which I slept between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm....

For short, my days and nights are completely and totally mixed up right now.

That said, I finally checked everyone's LJ sites and noticed a few things I have obviously missed. I also changed some e-mail settings on my server so that I can start getting emergancy e-mail through gmail.com at work. That way I don't feel as guilty looking at it when I should be working instead.

As for work, the situation as Sierra has drastically changed over the last three weeks. I have a new boss (who's an old friend), and the departments are being restructured with a goal of becoming a much more agile organization in regards to how we react to things on the web. I have high hopes for this sort of change, but at the same time its rough.
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To prove my geekly worth... [Apr. 25th, 2006|09:48 pm]
So, just so everyone knows... My poor IBM Laptop finally blew-up. Good news is: I still have a month and a half left on the Warrenty!!!! Yea for 3 year warrenties. So its on its way to good old IBM (yes, good because my warrenty is still in place!) and I find myself doing everything on my old Dell Desktop that until recently was collecting dust.

Oh, and I'm using Ubuntu.

That's right, I'm using a linux desktop clone for everything right now! Its almost cool... I mean I've used command line linux for years, but to use a full desktop/workstation... I could never bring myself to do it because of one program: QuickBooks.

So, needless to say, I'm not doing anything in QuickBooks right now (go taxes... NOT). And of course if you haven't heard from me on Skipe or MSN, you now know why. Instead e-mail me at the GMail account, I'll get back to you ASAP.

Anyway, while using Ubuntu does a great deal to prove my geekly worth, its not all this last week. Two days after my IBM bit the dust, so did my poor PlayStation2. But.... It had 2 weeks left on its one year warrenty! OMG I love warrenties all of the sudden. New PS2 in the mail oh yeah!

But this my friends is where the story goes from comedy to horror... I was at Barnes and Nobel looking for a normal every day book, mainly because my DVD/Game Entertainment was shot, and I don't have any games on this backup computer right now. So I'm waiting for my next fix of Ouran High School Host Club, checking out the printed materials, and what do I find in the printed manga section??? The first two books of Ouran High School Host Club the manga! So I pick them up, take them home, and read them in one night...

To make thing worse though, that didn't fullfill my geekly needs.... I needed more... So for the first time in years, I broke down and bought the rest of the Ouran High School Host Club from Barnes and Nobel.com....

I feel so dirty.
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Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora & Mai Otome 17 [Feb. 6th, 2006|05:00 am]
First for Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora. This story promises to turn into yet another one of those anime that could drive any man to drink, with not a dry eye in the house. An ever lovly story of two young adults around 17 in age living in a hospital. One, our boy hero Yuuichi, could be out by the end of the summer if he would do what he's told and rest. The other, Rika is in need of a heart transplant urgently or she won't live to see 20.

With only 6 episodes, its half way done and the story continues to show that there is little to no limit of how much joy someone can have in one day while everyone around them is close to drowning in the depths of dispair over the hoplessness of the situation. Even Yuuichi by the end of episode three is in tears when he realizes that Rika knows how hopless the situation is, and yet she's still trying to get by.

Episode 3 synopsis: http://randomc.animeblogger.net/2006/02/05/hanbun-no-tsuki-ga-noboru-sora-03/

Mai Otome 17

The time has finally come. The first death of one of the students at the hand of one of her friends and roommates! I realize that its really sad, but I'm finally happy that this series is moving someplace. Episode 17 synopsis: http://randomc.animeblogger.net/2006/02/02/mai-otome-17/.

Random Curiosity, the blog...

I'm sure that a lot of people know about this blog, but even I'm impresses! With Blood+ officially licensed, I've been watching the raw episodes. Thankfully Random Curiosity is kind enough to give everyone good synopsis to read before or after.

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Mai Otome 16 / Pale Coccon [Jan. 27th, 2006|08:30 am]
That's right, its time for another edition of "I watched Anime rather then working tonight"!

Mai Otome 16

Once again I watched this episode in raw format without any real idea of what's going on. Its kind of obvious in where the plot is headed though after watching no more then 2 seconds of the new opening Crystal Energy. First thing out of the gate you see is Arika dressed in full Meisteir regalia, followed by her changing to full battle robe with the Mashiro-chan's permission and then changing view to the invading forces of Slaves about to overwhelm Windbloom.

Needless to say the entire opening is so full of spoilers after this, I don't want to ruin them for anyone, but I can say this (finally) about Mai-ZHime...

All the little girls are about to die. Either that or there's going to be one hell of a war! Either way, we're back to my first statement...

Pale Coccon

I've been holding off posting anything about this anime for a day or two now. Not because it wasn't an excellent anime (it was more then that), its the plot is one of those that just get to you in an odd way, and make you want to hide under your covers hoping the future never turns out like that.

One of the core parts of the plot is that it takes on hell of a twist at the end that you just can't expect, so I won't bother spoiling it for everyone.

But one thing I do want in the future is fully intergrated control panels / screen's, and e-books like the one's displayed in this anime. The first company to make a human interface that clean, easy to use, and flexable is going to make a killing in the market.

Watch this one if you haven't had the chance! Just remember to have a blanky ready.
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