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Monday, August 16th, 2004
12:07 pm
In other news...
"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" will be opening at the Neptune on 09/17/04 (listed as tentative date, barring distribution problems, acts of gods, etc...). You should all go see it.
Wednesday, July 7th, 2004
12:50 pm
I figured I should make an effort to post more often (ok, to post at all), so here's the highlight of my day. I got really excited when I happened to look at the Michigan Bulb website out of boredom, and realized that they were having specials on dark purple tulips and assorted blue bulbs (I have a thing for blue flowers). Anyway, I'm happy to say we'll have a very blue and purple front yard come springtime.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004
4:53 pm
After a long absence...
Kind of coincidental that I'm posting about another DeepDiscountDVD sale. For everyone who's looking for DVD deals, here are 20% off codes. Sadly, they are not valid on preorders, but they will get you Invader Zim for less than $12 (such a good deal we're buying two).

deepdiscountdvd.com 20% off codes (all expire 6/25)

Friday, November 28th, 2003
10:41 am
Black Friday brings DVD goodness...
I guess this one isn't for those of you celebrating "buy nothing day," but oh well, you can just buy your DVDs tomorrow. Anyway for those who are interested, DeepDiscountDVD has the following coupons:

20% Off Coupon Codes:
USATODAY Expires 12/2
DVDTALK Expires 12/5

Each coupon once per account limit, and only for current release DVDs, no preorders

Keep in mind that this is 20% off their already discounted prices (and combine it with free shipping). This translates into deals like:

a bunch of Criterion Collection DVDs for $23 each
cheap-ass anime DVDs -- especially from ADV & Media Blasters (around ~$14)
X-Men 2 for $11.91
Lord of the Rings: Two Towers extended for $19.91

The only downside is that thier site is running slow as hell due to all the traffic.
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003
7:53 am
Amazon's amazing keyboard
This keyboard was briefly listed on Amazon over the weekend, at the incorrect price of $1,000,000.00 (Yes, that's "one milllllion dollars" *Dr Evil gesture*).

Anway, the price has since been whacked, but hundreds of amusing customer reviews have popped up since then. I want a keyboard that cures cancer, summons Jesus, and will resurrect my dead dog.
Tuesday, September 9th, 2003
9:03 am
We won!
From NWVault:

Prefab Contest Winners
We have the two winners in our August contest to find the best prefab from those submitted. The winners are City of Westgate by Anachrodragon&Londerwost and Manual of Golems v2 by Demigog. Congratulations to the winners who will each receive a one year subscription to IGN Insider. Thanks to everyone who participated and voted. Our next contest is to find the best Persistent World template.

So, we're not particularly interested in the IGN Insider subscription (though I suppose it might come in handy for downloading game demos), but we entered this contest simply for a little exposure. Now when we finish our story based module, set in a nearby city, people can go "Oh, they made that cool Westgate layout that won the prefab contest." :)

Our module set in Teziir is proceeding well, if slowly. I'm currently in the process of making new books, that are more appropriate to the Dragon Coast area of the Forgotten Realms (it would be stupid for people to find books on Neverwinter and the north, half a continent away). morbidart is currently working on making custom magic items. It's a lot of work, but I think it's worth it to have a magic item with a cool name and history, rather than your average Longsword +1. See, something useful came from our years of playing Diablo and D2... More updates on our "official" website later this week...
Monday, June 30th, 2003
1:16 pm
It's tragic... I know I'm sick for being amused
Full Story

Ok, I admit this is really sad...

Now that I've said that, I'm still going to laugh my ass off about the fact that it happened in Irvine. I think the moral of this story is: "You can dye your man-made lakes blue, allow only pinkish-brown stucco houses, force people to spraypaint the brown spots on their lawns... but you can't stop a freak with a big sword from causing mad chaos in Albertsons."
Friday, May 16th, 2003
9:54 am
#@$%$^ cat
So, this morning Dave and I were late getting out of the house because Elric decided to pee on our bathroom rug. This has happened before (same bathroom rug, but we'd since cleaned it thourougly)... anyway he had the audacity to do it: A) right in front of us, and B) while we were just starting to get... *ahem* intimate.

In retrospect, it was probably a comical scene... both of us rather involved, and then I look up and see the cat. "Dave, what is Elric doing?" Dave lept after the cat, and much chasing and hissing and growling ensued. Finally, after bringing him back to the scene for a few firm "No's!" we stuck him in his cat carrier for a "kitty time-out."

So, now I'm sexually frustrated, and contemplating leaving work early (one of Dave's afternoon classes was canceled). I'm also still upset with Elric, but I started to wonder why. He's had urinary tract problems in the past, but he's on a special diet now, and he's been fine for months. So, after some searching, I found this on a respectable cat-behavior website:

"Sometimes cats pick small throw rugs with non-skid backing to urinate on. This is caused by an odor from the backing that somehow tells the cat to urinate there (probably an ammonia-like smell). Cat-repellent sprays or washing the rug may help; you might just have to get rid of that rug."

Argh! I wish I'd known this sooner. I guess the bathroom rug's got to go.
Monday, April 28th, 2003
11:19 am
Weekend = too damned short
So a couple of good friends visited from California, and the weekend was a bit busier than usual. Which, I think, made it seem to pass by way too fast. But lots of good stuff happened, so I can't complain too much:

Got to hang out with some friends we haven't seen in almost a year! Actively trying to convince them to leave SoCal and move to the Northwest (preferably Seattle). Actually, I don't think they need much convincing.

During our house cleaning frenzy, we attacked this patch of dirt next to our patio that was overrun with huge weeds. After hacking and chopping them out, we realized it would be a great place to plant our peppermint plants (which have been languishing in pots for quite a while), where they won't threaten the rest of our garden. For those who don't know, mint grows like a weed itself... so it will probably crowd out any potential weeds that might try to grow back... that and I'll have an infinite supply of mint tea. Yay!

We also planted our two blueberry bushes in the area we've been landscaping. aerolyn1 has convinced us to get some huckleberry bushes as well. We'll see if our favorite organic garden supply place has them.

We managed to make a dent in our anime backlog too. Let me just say Berserk is fucking amazing... so much that I had dreams about it after we finished disc 5. Can't wait for the sixth, and final, disc to come out next month.

Finally, my lovely husband morbidart got me a beautiful purplish-blue african violet to adorn my desk at work. I've already received three compliments on it. Thanks!

What I didn't get to do... and maybe why the weekend felt short: no time to play Neverwinter Nights. Ah, but one must make sacrifices in favor of friends and plants...
Thursday, March 6th, 2003
9:59 am
Blessed by the DVD fairy
So, yesterday we come home and there's a DVD shaped package waiting for me on the doorstep. Dave asks "What did you order from Canada?" The confusing part was that I wasn't expecting any DVDs, and I hadn't ordered anything from Canada... Anyway, come to find out that it was a free copy of Disney's Beauty and the Beast Special Edition, and it had been hanging out in the US mail system for about a month waiting to be forwarded to the new address. Seems I'd been a 4th place winner in some contest I'd inadvertently been entered in, by placing an order with a Canadian retailer in October. This is especially cool because I'd been toying with the idea of buying this DVD, but never got around to doing it. As far as I know this is the only Disney animated movie thats been released in the original theatrical aspect ratio, instead of cropped full screen. Even better, the Canadian release has cooler packaging than the American release.

It's all because I was elitist about buying Brotherhood of the Wolf in October. You see, the Canadian release was the same as the French release; it had two discs of cool extras in French. The American release, on the other hand had no extras -- I guess the studio thought Americans wouldn't be able to stomach interviews in French (w/ English subtitles mind you). They were almost the same price, so I ordered it from a Canadian e-tailer... and I got a cool free DVD out of my one and only Canadian order!
Thursday, February 20th, 2003
9:33 am
For anyone who's interested...
In my ongoing effort to be a purveyor of cheap anime, I should mention that Rightstuf is having a 33% off sale on all Bandai anime. This includes the following series: Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne, Love Hina, Crest of the Stars, Jubei-chan, Outlaw Star, and more Gundam than you could reasonably watch in the next year.

Frighteningly, I think we've already got most of the good Bandai stuff out there; but I'm thinking of picking up the first volume of Argentosoma (somewhat Evangelion-ish I've heard) and/or Jin-Roh (adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood in a fictional totalitarian society).
Wednesday, January 29th, 2003
7:45 am
State of the Shire
Yes I'm strange... Toward the end of the state of the union address last night, all I could think about was how much more interesting it would be if you substituted "hobbits" for "Americans."

"Sending hobbits into battle is the most profound decision a president can make."

"For the brave hobbits who bear the risk, no victory is free from sorrow."

"Hobbits are a resolute people, who have risen to every test of our time"

"Hobbits are a free people who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation"
Monday, January 27th, 2003
12:06 pm
I can't wait...
For those people who haven't seen it (which would be mostly people who avoided the superbowl yesterday) here's a link to the new Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions trailer:


The real question is, which of this year's tasty releases am I most excited about?

- Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions (May/November)
- Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (December)
- George R.R. Martin's next book, A Feast for Crows (Summer?)
- William Gibson's new book, Pattern Recognition (February)
- Neal Stephenson new book, Quicksilver (Summer?)
- X anime series
- His and Her Circumstances anime series
- Berserk anime series
- Miyazaki movies on DVD: Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service (April)

I'm really enthusiastic about all of these, but I think the George R. R. Martin book wins hands down--I just hope the story doesn't drop off into mediocrity ala Robert Jordan. Anyway, it promises to be a really big year for exciting new stuff.
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