(By the end of work today I'd sketched five WK-characters-as-rock-stars in my notebook. So.)
On a completely different note, I'm trying to learn Objective-C. I don't know wtf Objective-C is, but I'm trying to learn it anyway. The thing about trying to learn computer programming is that every time you find something that claims to be able to teach it, it starts by saying that their tutorial is great for people who've already mastered C++ or something. And the tutorial for THAT says you should have Java. Then it goes back all the way to the seventies and to some of the first programming languages. Hopefully the cycle will be broken once it gets to BASIC, 'cause I know that one. I don't need to know how to program the difference engine.
If there's anyone reading this who knows about this stuff, let me know so I am at least learning the right thing. I want to be able to write an iPhone app. Somehow.
I went to Hachiouji-jou the other day. It's not really a castle so much as a large-ish nature reserve with a few blocks of rock and a reconstructed bridge and gate. I'd heard that it was haunted and the day the castle fell to the opposing forces 'the rivers ran red with blood'.
However, I'm pretty sure there was nothing dead there. If anything the place was very much... alive. When you looked down, the ground was moving like static on a TV screen. On either side, tiny grasshopper leapt out at you. Rainbow bugs had orgies in the grass. Every time I got out my camera, two or three insects which looked like a cross between a zebra and a mosquito (AKA Asian Tiger Mosquitoes) would land on it. There were a ton of spiders, including one so big I thought it was a kuwagata at first. I also saw a Blue-Tailed Skink, a ko-oni-yanma and what was probably a Ruby-Spotted Swallowtail around a shrine dedicated to Kannon.
Oh yeah and there were signs warning for mamushi.
(A) I thought this NOT SAFE FOR WORK comic strip was Rather Good. I wouldn't look around the site because you'll just hate me for liking it - it's a fantasy/sex/comedy webcomic that is frequently on the boundaries of good taste (and in my estimation crossed it... once.).
(B) The results of the Bulwer-Lytton 2010 contest are now up.
(C) I was thinking of going to the Tokyo International Book Fair on Saturday or Sunday. Not really sure what to expect though. Anyone else going?
(D) GOTHICMADE has a trailer up, which will be available for a limited time only. It's quite nice and I may go an see it, but it doesn't look like anything groundbreaking... yet.