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20 July 2011 @ 14:28
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More on Intersex drama, IS: Neither Woman Nor Man
Drama: Switch wo Osu Toki Movie planned I saw the stage play -- it was okay, but I think that it thought itself deeper than it really was.
Drama: More on the Gyakuten Saiban Movie
Internets: I Flunked My Social Media Background Check
Nature: New species of butterfly flying in Northern Ireland
Nature: Extremely Rare Leopards Caught on Film in Russia
Radiation: Radiation-Tainted Beef Spreads Through Japan's Markets [NYTimes] Thoughts below.
Tiger&Bunny: Merchandise Photographs
Tiger&Bunny: Inside Sunrise
US Politics: Sarah Palin Movie Debuts to Empty Theater in Orange County

Spam From Japan: Photo-walking Around Odaiba Boats at twilight.

Meat and vegetables continue to be shipped from Fukushima. I was in Seiyu yesterday looking to buy some spinach. Beside each shelf price tag was a note to look at the packaging to find out where each fruit/vegetable was from. So I looked at the packaging. Fukushima.

Spinach is particularly vulnerable to radiation as its a leafy green vegetable. Needless to say, you shouldn't eat spinach from Fukushima prefecture and I can't believe it's so readily available. As the above article notes in passing, this is mostly a compensation issue. If the government bans beef (or anything, really) from Fukushima, the farmers will be entitled to more compensation. Luckily, the government have finally seen sense and banned it yesterday. But I will never eat 1) unsourced produce 2) anything from Fukushima again. I mentioned on Twitter that supermarkets have got away with labelling a lot of stuff '国産' which is Japanese for 'somewhere, anywhere within Japan -- guess!?'

Funny, I thought that radiation would get into our food supply first through illegal relabelling, particularly children's school lunches. Turns out they're going to label it accurately and we're going to buy it. GANBAROU MINASAN!!!1

If you want to avoid Fukushima produce, this is the kanji for it: 福島. You'll probably want to avoid 国産 food too. It's got to the stage where they would tell you if it wasn't Fukushima or its surrounding areas. Anyway, that's enough of my emo bullshit on radiation for now. Most people don't seem to be too worried.

We've been told that Ma-On (pronounced 'mah-gon') is coming our way. The rain was coming pretty strong last night; I was teaching a lesson and it sounded like a washing machine outside. It's bright and sunny out now though, and the typhoon was supposed to have already hit. I just heard it's been downgraded to a tropical storm and should miss Touhoku.

I saw Mighty Thor in the cinema the other day. It hasn't been out long and they kind-of renamed it because 'Thor' and 'Saw' sound identical in Japanese. I liked it, but in a strange twist preferred the script to the special effects.

And... um... J has been showing me the Harry Potter movies in preparation for Deathly Hallows Part Two. They're actually pretty good! *laughs* Welcome to the 2000s... The best-dressed character (Sirius) died. How dare they kill a man with a waistcoat and watchchain! One thing that bothered me though -- Harry and friends are clearly shown flying over Canary Wharf, so why couldn't Torchwood help them defeat Voldemort?

I'm trying to figure out how to watch mkv files properly. In the past, I've made do with very poor quality video that skips and stutters. I tried installing Media Player Classic, but the video and audio are completely out of sync. No codecs or output changes help. I wanted to do my speed-watch of all the summer anime, but maybe I'll just do some photo editing instead.

I'm off to the improv workshop very soon. Kind of tired though. I probably need to cut down on coffee so I sleep better.
Fem!DasBootGuy: shiny howlallu_kun on 20th July 2011 07:53 (UTC)
Thank-you, it's nice to know it's not just *me* thinking "But why can't there be more Capt.Jack in this movie??". They might have been in the 'Countrycide' episode at the time and therefore didn't notice?

Have you tried regular Windows Media Player? Sometimes that works as long as you don't stop to go back and forth too much.
Williamgenkischuldich on 21st July 2011 08:41 (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion. Windows Media Player is a bit too "user-friendly" for me -- you can't get inside it and fiddle to make things work. It either plays a file correctly or it doesn't.

I'm trying to find the right codecs for it now though...
Fem!DasBootGuy: Crowleyallu_kun on 21st July 2011 17:30 (UTC)
Very true... I suppose you could always try the DivX player? That has more tweaking options.
balljointedomiballjointedomi on 20th July 2011 10:23 (UTC)
I use VLC Media Player, most of the time. I have the least problems with it, especially with .mkv files :) I hope it works for you too.
Williamgenkischuldich on 21st July 2011 08:54 (UTC)
Yeah, but the picture quality is almost unwatchable, particularly during action sequences. I really don't know what to do if I want to watch anime without using YouTube.
Raeguiltyschu on 20th July 2011 11:44 (UTC)
Harry and friends are clearly shown flying over Canary Wharf, so why couldn't Torchwood help them defeat Voldemort?

LMFAO. Hmm, that's a pretty big plot hole, can't believe they didn't catch it! XD XD

I've always used VLC player for um, everything, and it works like a champion. The one time it didn't work, curiously, Windows Media Player did.

Thanks for the heads up on the Fukushima thing by the way! Should be pretty safe this far away as Nara seems to produce a respectable amount of vegetables of it's own, but I did eat beef tonight marked 'domestic', so. Now, to go check my spinach!
Williamgenkischuldich on 21st July 2011 09:56 (UTC)
It's very difficult to find an official list of prefectures that the beef has been sent to(!), but it appears that Nara is on the list. It's been found as far away as Kyuushuu, so please check what you're eating carefully.

Thanks for the tip regarding VLC! I've just given up playing mkv files and am using avi and mp4 formats instead. :)
^_^ /*white_cross_b on 20th July 2011 12:06 (UTC)
Harry and friends are clearly shown flying over Canary Wharf, so why couldn't Torchwood help them defeat Voldemort?

BAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I can always use more Captain Jack in my life. The only drawback to that scenario is that my head would have exploded.

VLC player plays everything. I don't use anything else these days.
Williamgenkischuldich on 21st July 2011 10:01 (UTC)
Yeah, VLC doesn't work for me. It certainly works the best though, but can't handle action sequences. Or people walking very fast. I've fixed this by sticking to avis and mp4s, which seem to play okay.
The Devil's handmaidenseraphim_grace on 20th July 2011 12:06 (UTC)
for mkv files you might need the matroska codec pack
a quick google will find it for you
it actually comes with an ancient version of windows media player, and if it doesn't play it, the files corrupt

hope that helps

and captain jack didn't help with voldemort because wales is a horrendous train ride from london (worse in the car). it wasn't worth the commute
Williamgenkischuldich on 21st July 2011 10:02 (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion. I've decided to give up on mkv files, particularly since most groups release anime in several formats.

Thanks for the help though. :)
Owenkidboomerang on 23rd July 2011 02:28 (UTC)
when my stuff stops playing right I uninstall all players and then install the latest CCCP and use the media player classic player that comes with. of course it has been almost eight months since I last DL'd anything to watch, so ymmv. (our internet connection is laughable. it takes days to DL an episode of anything.)
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd July 2011 02:41 (UTC)
Thanks. I managed to get it to the stage where Windows Media Player plays avi files perfectly, VLC Player plays mp4 files more-or-less acceptably and mkv files don't work at all. That's okay, because so far everything's been available in at least one of the first two formats. So I'm okay. :)