January 2nd, 2010

#1873: Has it really been seven years?

Seven years ago, on 1/02/03, was my first day working at the nursing home. It was employee orientation and I didn't actually start wiping bottoms until the next day, but it counts.

Damn it. Seven years.

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Haruhi continues to be poorly written. I realized--belatedly--that the tone of the story attempts to be wry, but the humor of that can't get through the lousy writing.

Kyon is an ordinary guy dealing with extraordinary circumstances, and in spots the author tries to show it by having Kyon interject wry, unspoken responses to whomever he's talking to. But it doesn't read well.

I'm going to include some sample text here:
After school the next day.

Since I was on cleaning duty, I was late to the club room and found Haruhi playing with Asahina.

"Stay still! Stop struggling!"

Haruhi had again half-stripped a resisting Asahina.

"Kyaa!"

Asahina screamed upon seeing me enter the room.

I took one look at Asahina standing in just her underwear before taking one step back through the mostly opened door and shutting it.

"Excuse me."

I waited ten minutes. The duet of Asahina's lovely shrieks and Haruhi's shouts of enjoyment came to an end. In its wake, Haruhi spoke. "You can come in now!"

I entered the room and was promptly struck dumb.

A maid stood before me.

Clothed in dress and apron, Asahina, on the verge of tears, sat in a chair and quickly turned to give me a forlorn look.

A white apron and wide-hem flared skirt with blouse. The pristine white stockings had a very fine luster.

A flawless maid.

"Well? Isn't she cute?" Haruhi said proudly, as though she had something to do with it, while patting Asahina's hair.

I can agree with that. I fell sorry for Asahina, sitting dejectedly with a pitiable look on her face, but she looks ridiculously cute.

"Anyway, that's a job well done."

Ignoring the whispered, "No, it isn't," from Asahina, I turned to Haruhi.

"What's the point in dressing her up as a maid?"

"When it comes to turn-ons, you can't forget about maids."

Again I have no idea what she's talking about.

"I thought hard on this matter."

You only think about things that are better left alone.

"Stories set in a school always have an alluring character present. In other words, stories begin whenever an alluring character is present. You could say it's inevitable. Understand? Mikuru is a Lolita and a timid person and also possesses an important element of turn-ons, being well-endowed. If you put her into a maid outfit on top of all that, her turn-on factor will jump up like crazy. Anyone can see that she'll set records for turning on people. It's like we've already won."

What are you trying to win?

While I was basically struck speechless, Haruhi had gotten her hands on a digital camera and was saying something about taking pictures to commemorate.

Asahina, face flaming red, shook her head.

"Don't take pictures...."

You can get on your knees and pray or whatever. If Haruhi says it will be so, then it must be so.
The quote is presented here as it is printed in the book, without any alteration. And as you can see, it's not very well-written.

I didn't cherry-pick this sample; I just paged through what I had read until I found a chunk of text that I thought I could present out of context without having to explain what was happening.

Now:
After school the next day:

As I was on cleaning duty that day, I was late arriving at the club room after school, and what else did I discover but Haruhi again playing with Asahina?

"Stay still! Stop struggling!" Haruhi had again half-stripped Asahina. They paused in mid-struggle as I slid open the door to the club room.

Asahina reacted first. "Kyaa!" She screamed.

I paused only long enough to say "Excuse me," and to take a look at her standing there in her underwear before stepping back through the door and closing it.
Heh. I rule.

#1874: We have to wait more than a year for it.

From Wonderduck comes the good news: an Uchuu Senkan Yamato live-action movie.

Release date: 12/1/10. *sigh*



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WTF is going on here? A proponent of gay marriage shot his lover, then waited more than twelve hours to call the police.

If I understand what I'm reading, this guy was using a real handgun as a prop in a BDSM scene. "Somehow" it got loaded.

...yeah.

"Let's pretend...a married Christian who got up and made the impassioned plea against same-sex marriage. It later turned out he had killed a prostitute with whom he was cavorting in a stupor induced by the use of drugs and alcohol. Would that be a story?"

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What in the hell is going on? The islamo-psycho-underwear-bomber-dude was not the only one arrested? There were others? Why didn't we hear about this earlier?

I am increasingly becoming convinced that stuff is going on and we're not getting the whole story--not just with the would-be Christmas Day "man-caused disaster", but other reports of terror activity aboard aircraft that have been cropping up.

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Meanwhile our own government is using hardball tactics to scare people who question policies.

For my own part, if someone from the federal government comes around to my house asking me questions--and they're "playing hardball"--I ask one question: "Am I under arrest?" Regardless of the answer to that question, the only thing I say is, "I want a lawyer."

Fifth amendment: I am not required to answer any questions which may lead to self-incrimination. I don't know the law; anything I say may turn out to be incriminating, so it's better for me to get a lawyer to advise me. I don't want to end up like Martha Stewart or "Scooter" Libby, both of whom were punished for making misstatements about things which weren't even illegal.

(WikiPedia on what happened to Libby: "On March 6, 2007, Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice, making false statements, and two counts of perjury. He was acquitted on one count of making false statements. He was not charged for revealing Plame's CIA status. His sentence included a $250,000 fine, 30 months in prison and two years of probation." Emphasis mine.)

The article doesn't say whether or not the DHS guys had a search warrant. Needless to say, you don't get to take a copy of my computer's hard drives if you don't have a search warrant. If you tell me the subpoena covers that, I'll wait for my lawyer to agree that's the case before I let you do it.

TSA is coming down harder on the bloggers who posted this stuff than they did on the guy who almost blew a plane out of the sky!

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About 45% of the carbon dioxide emitted remains in the atmosphere. This is the first time I've seen a hard number. The article makes no distinction between human sources of carbon dioxide and natural ones, so I have to assume that means that 45% of all carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere remains there.

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...I really haven't got anything else. It's cold, I'm tired--I think my body's trying to hibernate--and nothing has changed from when I wrote the last post.

Now that the holidays are over I'm thinking about restarting the anime playlist. It's been a while since I last watched anything.

I'm wondering if Ponyo is out in the US as well as Australia? If I had any energy I suppose I could go look somewhere, but I don't.

Looking back at the sample of Haruhi I posted, I realize that I'm not just being overly hard on the writing. It's not just because I don't like the style; it really is bad. (I always double-check stuff like that, even when I know I'm right.) It kind of gives me the urge to rewrite the whole damn thing....