atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1145: July -1.

If I don't hear anything from AnimEigo before the end of the week about the first Yawara! box set, it will then have been 3 months since I placed my preorder for it with no news about when I can expect to receive the damn thing.

AnimEigo is no stranger to making anime fans wait (and wait and wait and wait) for anime titles they've hoarded bought the rights to. They sat on the rights for Kimagure Orange Road for a decade before finally getting around to releasing it.

They talked about licensing Yawara! in 2000, which led Neko Creations to stop fansubbing it; but AnimEigo then went for other series. Then Live-eviL and Froth-Bite picked up the project in 2005; and just as they were getting to the point of releasing new episodes, then AnimEigo says, "Okay, we're licensing Yawara! now!"

It wouldn't bother me so much if AnimEigo had at least put some effort into making the release happen quickly. I mean, guys grab raws of just-released anime and have it translated, subtitled, re-encoded, and seeded in a matter of days...and they're not even making any money on the deal. AnimEigo charges a premium for the anime it sells--they've got the highest per-episode prices in the industry--and it still takes them over three years to start releasiong episodes?

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Buzz Aldrin on funding space exploration.

(From this comic)

Buzz makes the point that China is planning to get to the moon a year before we get back there. And if you think that the Chinese are going to the moon to "come in peace for all mankind" you'd better think again. If the Chinese get there, they might spout a bunch of pleasant speech about peace and love and freedom, but the reality will be the same reality we see in mainland China right now: the moon will be China.

Just wait. Let's continue to sit on our hands and take our sweet time. Then find out what happens. But compare me to Joe McCarthy at your own peril; because I'll remember those remarks and rub your face in them when I'm proven correct.

For all of that, though, Buzz's desire for NASA to recreate their heyday of the '60s is impossible. NASA has ossified.

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Rodger Hedgecock on Barak Hussein Obama's health care plan. It's a laundry list of horror stories caused by socialized medicine, and near the end it references the next link:

Father of Quebec's socialzied health care system calls it a failure. That's right:
Back in the 1960s, Castonguay chaired a Canadian government committee studying health reform and recommended that his home province of Quebec — then the largest and most affluent in the country — adopt government-administered health care, covering all citizens through tax levies.

The government followed his advice, leading to his modern-day moniker: "the father of Quebec medicare." Even this title seems modest; Castonguay's work triggered a domino effect across the country, until eventually his ideas were implemented from coast to coast.

Four decades later, as the chairman of a government committee reviewing Quebec health care this year, Castonguay concluded that the system is in "crisis."

"We thought we could resolve the system's problems by rationing services or injecting massive amounts of new money into it," says Castonguay. But now he prescribes a radical overhaul: "We are proposing to give a greater role to the private sector so that people can exercise freedom of choice."
In other words, socialized medicine can't do what private health care can.

But that's just because the wrong people implemented it! If Democrats like Barak Hussein Obama do it, of course it'll work just fine! Socialized medicine has failed every time it's been tried, but if only American Democrats can implement it, it'll work just fine!

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Drool. Dodge Challenger brochure.

The V6 makes 250 horsepower but there's no torque figure given. Not that it matters; I can't even afford to think about buying even the V6 version of this thing. (I work at Target, for crying out loud.)

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This is the second "dealer-installed" horror story I've seen on-line in the last three months. (Here is the first.)

This is one of many reasons why I prefer to do my own work on my cars. Of course, not everyone has that option. Some people have to pay others to do it for them, because they're just not capable of handling tools.

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It used to be that when I'd select the "preview" button here on LJ it would pop up a window, nicely-sized, to show me what the page will look like.

Now it pops up a maximized window and I can't get it not to. Damn it.

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I was right about the announcement date of D3: it was indeed just announced this past Saturday. And so I expect that my other assumption was also correct, that the web site ran so slow because of billions of nerdozoids trying to get the down-low on it.

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Last night I thought about starting work on character designs for Chicory, but didn't have the energy for it. I paged through the current notebook, though, and came across a character design for a character which wasn't part of any of the other series. It was Subaru Kawashima, who I had thought about putting in SubaruCo; but then I realized that the subsequent character art in the notebook revolved around situations which did not fit that series--pics of Subaru holding a notebook and crying--and I realized that no, this character didn't fit in SubaruCo at all.

The name "Subaru Kawashima" came to me independently of SubaruCo--I drew the pic and the name just came to me--so once again I must genuflect in the general direction of the Hand.

I swear I'm gonna get this thing MRI'd to see if there's some weird kind of backup brain in there somewhere, because it's beginning to get downright creepy the way things just come out of it without any conscious input from me. I drew Subaru months ago, long before I had the idea for Chicory, yet the character fits the role as if precision-machined for it. Kind of makes me wish I hadn't read Parasyte, too.

The older I get, the less I understand how my creative process works.

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