hildy89: (guts)
Oh great. I appear to have a cold. Hopefully I'll be feeling better tomorrow.

The Olympics have started. The opening ceremonies were mind blowing. I've been wallowing in the coverage, jumping around all the channels. Besides the usual gymnastics and swimming, they've also given me plenty of volleyball. I'd blame reading "Crimson Hero", but I recall watching the US team at really odd hours in 1984. I've even learned to like beach volleyball, which I've always looked on as the popular cousin you don't like visiting.

The saddest thing I heard during the gymnastics was about the state of Romanian gymnastics: "Little girls don't dream of being Nadia anymore." Punctuated by showing a Romanian gymnast falling off the balance beam... *sighs* It makes me want to dig up old gymnastics videos on youtube or something.

The Stitching Olympics are off to a flying start. I've already finished one page of Quackworth, which stunned me.
hildy89: (eighth doctor)
[livejournal.com profile] ficfinishing wasn't quite a success. I did work on the story some, but I haven't finished it yet. Bad me. But I'm more encouraged about the story, so it isn't a total loss.

For the cross stitching fans in the US, the British Cross Stitcher magazine has two "Doctor Who" patterns upcoming. The current issue #202 has a Dalek and the next one features a John Barrowman pattern. [livejournal.com profile] anejo has posted her finished Dalek. The Barrowman pattern is similar to the Tennant one I stitched awhile back.

The Ink Circles mystery has a new part uploaded. This one may take a little longer to complete. I fear I have run out of my favorite green. I'm beginning to think I didn't calculate the amount of silk correctly.

I skimmed through the new Yen Plus magazine. Half of the book is in flipped format and the other half is unflipped. I quite liked Svetlana Chmakova's "Nightschool", but the others really didn't grab me.
hildy89: (home)
It's not a good sign when your little WeatherBug display on your taskbar turns blood red and says 100, is it? I can only hope it's slightly better tomorrow and that Scarlet Thread has good air conditioning for the class tomorrow.

Shoujo Beat must have sensed I needed a cooling off. They're previewing the skating manga Sugar Princess in their latest issue. I didn't quite laugh at the opening pages at the idea of a rank beginner landing a double axel their first time skating, much less turning her into a pairs skater. But the accompanying article on the sports popularity in Japan was nice. I do wish they'd given more credit to Arakawa, but their focus was on Mao Asada and Miki Ando, along with a little bit on Mirai Nagasu. With her dual citizenship, the Japanese federation is apparently hoping they can woo her over.
hildy89: (beniro team)
Chris Butcher at comics212 has yet more photos from his Japan trip, this time the Akihabara district. He's tagged all the previous entries, but considering how massively photo intensive those are, I'd be careful of using that. [livejournal.com profile] sailormac, there even appears to be a whole display case of Saint Seiya action figures, if I'm recognizing the armor right.
hildy89: (reading glasses)
The glories of the coming of the new prescription. Lately I've noticed just enough of a blurring of my distance vision to make me concerned. I'd had it checked a few years ago, but it hadn't been that different, but I did wind up with new reading glasses. Finally last night I hailed out to Seven Corners to get checked out at my venerable eye place. I think I've always gone to that location, even before it changed to Pearle. Have I mentioned I loathe the glaucoma test where they puff air at you? They tell you not to blink, but it's a reflex action. The actual exam was pretty painless, just an adjustment of the old prescription. "Is one or two better? Is that worse?" They do think it'll make my vision a little clearer. Then I went to find new spectacles. I hate picking out the right frames, so I'm glad the opticians are so intuitive on what works and what doesn't on my face. I wound up getting two pairs, one regular and one sunglasses.

I took a quick stop across the way at the Barnes & Noble for new manga. I picked up the latest volume of Gunslinger Girl, which ADV is finally releasing. I have the anime on my Netflix. I also bought the first volume of La Corda D'oro, a shoujo book set in a music school. I was curious after seeing an article in the last Shoujo Beat on some of the classical pieces mentioned in the series. I may regret picking up the Dark Horse translation of the Dirty Pair book. They're definitely an acquired taste.

I discovered to my horror they'd changed the bus stop at that shopping center. I'm not wild about the new location. That led me to getting home too late for the "Heroes" premiere! Horrors! Thank god for dvrs. I have to reset my brain to "tv watching season", because it's been on summer saving time
hildy89: (beniro team)
Chris Butcher at comics212 is currently touring Japan. He has been posting tons and tons (massively graphics intensive) photos from the trip with heavy emphasis on manga/anime/toys/pop culture. Some of the stuff just boggles the mind.
hildy89: (shoujo beat)
Sometimes it pays to glance through the Express before settling on my daily sudoku fix. I came across an article on the Shojo Manga exhibit held at the Japanese Embassy's Japan Information and Culture Center. This exhibit has been touring around the country. It'll be here through March, so I'm hoping when I'm feeling more mobile, I can see the exhibit. One person's four blocks sounds like four miles to me. Although, according to the WMATA site, I might be able to get even closer if I take the bus from Ballston. Something to consider certainly...

Cons

Jul. 12th, 2006 08:35 am
hildy89: (crimson hero)
Huh, apparently the group doing AnimeNext is planning an manga oriented edition in October, called MangaNext, set to be held in Seacaucus, NJ. Unsure how one gets there though, since I do not speak the NY/NJ transportation system fluently enough. Presumably I'd have to transfer from Amtrak? And it's certainly cheaper than Katsucon or Otakon and smaller which is a blessing. I'm not sure I can deal with 9000 people anymore.
hildy89: (ace)
"Away in a manga": Lengthy and by and large well written article by Mangablog writer Brigid Alverson on the genre, covering the basics. I was a little put off by the attitude towards Western super-hero comics. It generalizes on the usual reasons given why women read manga rather than say DC & Marvel. It's very teen oriented with discussions of libraries, so the more controversial aspects of manga are there more as warnings, rather than in depth explanation.
hildy89: (crimson hero)
Knitted squid: Proof positive with enough imagination and enough yarn you can knit anything. And he multitasks magnificently too. The original version was intended as a hat.

I found a English review of the shogi manga Shion no Ou that actually explains it better for me. Still not licensed alas and apparently the fourth volume is coming out in Japan. After the trouble I had special ordering the first volume from Sasuga, I'd have either delve through Amazon.jp or some other site.
hildy89: (dangerous weapons)
So I spent most of the weekend resting and getting some needlework done. My head is still having its days, but at least it's nowhere near as bad as it was last weekend, right? While I'm not wild about DMC's mini needlework carrier, I do like the Stitchbow Roll. It holds twenty threads in a roll so I can carry around a fairly decent size project. The only real annoyance is the the little tags with the floss numbers slip off so easily when you're taking the Stitchbow out.

In manga news, Shoujo Beat has revamped their interiors, switching to the brightly tinted pages in the tradition of Japanese shoujo anthologies. What was wrong with basic black and white? I personally found it easier to read that way. They've also swapped out "Godchild" for "Vampire Knight", which sadly is not a FK manga.

Historical link: WWI Color Photos: Photos taken by the French in the last two years of WWI in color, no less.

Two blogs I'm reading: Deep Genre: Fascinating reading on genre fiction, mostly sf/fantasy and the writing/publishing thereof. And a LJ feed [livejournal.com profile] deepgenrewr

Artistic License: Teresa Wentzler's blog. She's branched out into art prints since I last looked in on her website.

Manga

Mar. 7th, 2006 02:53 pm
hildy89: (devil&angel)
I haven't written about anime/manga in awhile. Not much to report really. I don't know whether there are fewer titles I'm interested in or what, but my reading and viewing have dropped considerably. I've been reading "Shoujo Beat" regularly. Sports geek that I am, I've become fan of "Crimson Hero", the volleyball title. I'm pleased that the "Read or Die" manga is finally being published, even if it's by Viz. Hopefully they won't screw it up too much. Tokyopop is doing the manga for "Someday's Dreamers" which is apparently fairly different from the anime.

Read a fascinating post on [livejournal.com profile] clampfans on the "official" reason for X's hiatus. I've heard a number of different reasons flung around, usually about one of the artist's arthritis issues or they couldn't agree on the ending. The real reasons given are more interesting to me. I'm sure there are other examples of artists/writers/publishers deciding not to publish stuff because it's a little too sensitive/topical, but this feels different somehow.
hildy89: (whr)
Musicland picked a rather annoying time to file for Chapter 11 protection. I had preordered the first volume of Macross from the local Suncoast, only to be delayed because of their distribution problems. The local store is very understanding, even willing to give me a refund on my deposit. I'll wait another week before seeking it elsewhere, maybe check the one at Pentagon City to see if it's any better, but I doubt it. They haven't received a good chunk of their new dvd releases, which I'm sure is killing their business. Suncoast has made a healthy living off my dvd habits lately. I'd hate to lose them. And I had just discovered the fellow sf/comics geek on staff. He never blinked twice at my selections. In fact, he usually wanted copies for himself. I wonder what he thought of the "Hikaru no Go" dub since he admitted to having presumably the fansubs.

I also glanced through Dark Horse's Harlequin manga titles. They looked like the standard shoujo artwork. What I couldn't get over was the colored paper. One book was tinged in pink, the other one was tinged in purple. Apparently it's a color code to denote sweet versus sensual. I can understand putting that information in the covers or a logo. But the paper itself?

Takuhai

Aug. 1st, 2005 02:58 pm
hildy89: (devil&angel)
The first issue of Tokyopop's free Takuhai magazine appeared in my mailbox. I'm not sure what to think of the format. It has both flipped and unflipped manga, but the previews are not full page, rather inset within the pages with commentary/pithy asides below. Sometimes they're relevant and sometimes they just seem added for laughs, like the comments on "Legal Drug". It's probably a similar size to how it'd look in the graphic novel, but it feels shrunk with all that space around it. Nice interview with Ai Yazawa on the creation of her fashion inspired manga "Paradise Kiss" though.
hildy89: (devil&angel)
They washed the windows yesterday, but they haven't put the screens back. I'm more than a little worried they won't get it done, since they're predicting rain for the rest of the week. And they're still having issues with the water pressure. Lovely timing for July, isn't it?

Animenation finally shipped the latest Afternoon manga. I was beginning to think they'd stopped carrying it. I also ordered an Italian translation of a manga story I enjoyed featured in Kappa magazine. The magazine is about 200 pages, some stories flipped and some unflipped. It arrived on Monday after only two weeks. I've been having quite an interesting time with the online translation places like Babelfish. No site is perfect though. There's always some word that isn't in one dictionary. It became a little easier after I figured out how to add the Italian keyboard to my computer, so I could do all the accents. I'm surprised it's going so well.

We're not afraid: Photographs/weblog started after the London bombings. Fits the mood I noticed on [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes and my friends list.

Who & Go

Jun. 19th, 2005 12:33 am
hildy89: (doctor who)
I did finally get the codec installed properly. I haven't caught up completely with the "Doctor Who" episodes yet.

Doctor Who; Father's Day )

Hikaru no Go special and manga )

Manga

Apr. 20th, 2005 08:40 pm
hildy89: (devil&angel)
[livejournal.com profile] sailormac, according to Right Stuf's catalog, Viz is releasing the first volume of Death Note in October. I spotted the first four untranslated volumes of the title in Borders today, after scooping up the next "W Juliet" volume.

China King still makes the best sweet and sour chicken (okay, chicken tempura, given I leave off the sauce) in the area. I don't get to that chain all that often, so it's a nice treat. I'm beginning to wonder if honey garlic chicken is a localized phenomenon or limited to certain styles of Chinese restaurants I don't visit. Manchu Wok sometimes has it on a blue moon.

I'm also starting to think my father was right when he said I always wound up working at places at the most "interesting times". My current assignment is overwhelmingly Hispanic/Latin American, so it was fascinating hearing the responses yesterday to the new pope.
hildy89: (underwater archaeology)
So I've gone back to one of my initial goals at New Year's, revising that pesky first chapter of "Going Under". My father's library proved useful when I discovered a book called Lost Warships, a large coffee table sized book on warships and maritime archaeology. He found me a copy after Christmas, along with books on the Swedish ship the Vasa. I'm hoping I will have the chapter finished by tomorrow. The opening is still eluding me though.

[livejournal.com profile] neadods posted a nice long post on her take on reviewing cozy mysteries with examples of the good and the bad points. She also recommended [livejournal.com profile] jimbutcher's occasional posts on writing F&SF.

Tokyopop is apparently doing their own free magazine Takuhai. You can sign up for the first issue here.
hildy89: (we're all mad here)
Manga article from Eclipse Magazine: Mainly focuses on the Viz titles, including FMA and the upcoming Shoujo Beat titles.

Obviously [livejournal.com profile] ithurtsmybrain has had a bad effect on my anime watching. I was watching the latest two volumes of ROD TV over the weekend and decided it might be fun to crossover Yomiko Readman and Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next. What would Jurisfiction do with a Paper Master? And then I was reading "Lost in a Good Book" and one of the opening bits for each chapter comments on certain urban legends Thursday knows including that Spoiler? ). It sounds a lot like Mr. Gentleman in the tv series, doesn't it?

On the other hand, I still couldn't watch the first episode of ROD TV volume 4 without visible cringing. It has nearly four years, but there are some images that are burned into your brain.

Katsucon

Feb. 19th, 2005 07:45 pm
hildy89: (moran shetland by meleada)
Katsucon on Saturday )

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