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Captain America/Thor Fight Scene Really interesting to see the choreography from above. I've done stuff like this!
Meme: Socially Awkward Penguin
Photography: One Day in New York in One Photograph
Waaambulance Callout: Nationalists Protest FujiTV CRY MOAH

Improv: Bus Stop Scene as Film Noir [Video] Videos are suddenly not embedding properly, so here is the link direct to YouTube. Thanks, LJ.

I need to write an English lesson for this evening, but my cat is sitting on me and I can't get up. If he stays like this for another hour, I'll have no choice but to cancel.

Hopefully, I can finish the final part of the Ishinomaki series tonight, then I can start on happier posts. Anyone have any preference?

Poll #1771616

What next?

Review of Kokuriko-zaka Kara (new-ish Ghibli film)?
Wallpaper-sized photographs of Obon lanterns at night?
Tokyo Comedy Store review?
Photographs of the temples, shrines and rivers in Chichibu, Saitama?
Something else?
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Anime: Every Anime Opening Ever Made [Video]
Japan: Police Crackdown on Nightclubs Linking more for the description of being drug-tested.
Space: Scientists Trace Heat Wave To Radiation-Emitting Star At Centre Of Solar System From The Onion, by the way.
Tiger&Bunny: Event Details We should have a meet-up.

Spam From Japan: Volunteering Up North Part Four: Oyster Farming Almost everything you ever wanted to know about oyster farming in Japan, from a tiny fishing village in the area that was closest to the earthquake epicentre on Honshu.

Yesterday, J and I went to Chichibu in Saitama to visit temples and the famous Iwadatami Rock. We even went past it on a boat. Due to recent events in the news, there were lots of signs urging us to wear lifejackets. Despite that, it was all very safe and I didn't even get my camera wet! Pictures to follow, once I've finished the fifth and final post on my time in Ishinomaki.

Today I went disco-bowling in yukata in Shibuya for A's birthday. Yes, I did wear a yukata -- I'll put a photo up on Facebook if I'm feeling brave. The photos of everyone else will definitely be going up -- I wonder if I can get it done before bed tonight?

I'm still watching Doctor Who, but was a bit disappointed with the Christmas special (on the Titanic -- I'm sure there's been many more since then!) and only slightly less so with the first episode of the next series. Hope it gets better soon.
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Bio: Profile of Stephen Tennant (via indelicateink)
Books: Cthulu Meets Tintin Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror" was published in the same year Tintin first appeared.
Film: Ridley Scott to Remake Bladerunner?
News: Shindo Lower 5 in Fukushima & Miyagi Today, we had another aftershock. A tsunami advisory was issued, then recalled. No damage to power plants that we know about.
Random: When Search Terms Go Wrong A follow-up to yesterday's talk on Japanese ads suggesting search terms.
Tiger&Bunny: All-chara Fanart Dump from frogally.
Tiger&Bunny: Fire Emblem Fanart from haine_x3.
Writing: Story Notes From Hell A fairly new site posting comments received by writers from Hollywood executives.

Spam From Japan: Volunteering Up North, Part Three: Festival Time in Ishinomaki Photographs of the mikoshi (shrine) made of tsunami debris, plus video of the fireworks.

Doing some more writing today. Apologies if I owe you a story and I swear I'm working on it.

My landlord rang this evening and asked if we had any Koreans living with us. I said no repeatedly because I assumed that he was implying we had either sub-contracted the apartment or had people living with us who weren't on the contract. Which probably *was* one of their concerns. But it turned out that two people by the name of Ii and Kou had gone to a locksmith, told them they had lost their key to our apartment and tried to get them to open it up! Luckily, said locksmith rang the landlord, who put a stop to it.

I'm a little worried, but as long as locksmiths are checking up on these things, it should be okay. I just hope they keep checking!
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Live-Action Noir (via bemysty)
Japan: Safes Recovered From Tsunami
Random: Seven Things A Twenty-Something Can't Do What a pathetic list... and so true (except for #6, or so I'd like to think.).
Random: Men, Women and First Loves
Tech: Advertisers in Japan Suggest Search Terms in Ads Okay, that's been going on for a while. What really surprised me was that advertisers don't always check to make sure they are number one in listings. I always presumed that they had used very careful SEO with the suggested search terms. Apparently not!

Spam From Japan Video: Fireworks Over Ishinomaki This is the video that will be included in the next blog post. Unfortunately I have to go to work now.
Spam From Japan in Japanese: Kawabiraki in Ishinomaki [JP] A translation of an "American" blog report of Kawabiraki in Ishinomaki-- HOLY CRAP THAT'S MY BLOG. Which might explain why yesterday I had three weeks of pages views in one day on a single blog post!

The improv showcase was great and we had quite a large audience too. I'm sure we'll go over it next week, but for now I'm honestly happy with my performance. I even got on stage to help out another group, which is usually something I have trouble with. Anyway, all the sketches were high-quality, which is something I hope we can repeat next time. It means a lot to me to be performing in front of an audience like that and creating the material myself.
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Comics: Songs by The Smiths Become a Comic Book
Random: Tricking Neo-Nazis
Random: Barbershop Destroyed By London Rioters To Be Rebuilt Via Internet Donations
Space: Mars Panorama
Space: Darkest Planet Ever
Weiss Kreuz: Schwarz Artbook (via balljointedomi)
Weiss Kreuz: Crawford/Schuldig Fanart from nuraya
Weiss Kreuz: Weiss & Schwarz Fanart

Spam From Japan: An Introduction To Ishinomaki Trying to describe the city I where spent the previous week. I don't think anything can...

Well, it was Comiket this weekend, but I didn't go. From Friday to Sunday, I attended all-day workshops on the art of stage combat -- rapiers, quarterstaves and unarmed. On the final day, we did three different scenes, each one using a different weapon. Surprisingly, my favourite was the unarmed scene, where I played Treat from Orphans and punched and strangled my little brother around the stage like a "psychopathic arsehole". Fun!

In the evening, J and I watched Doctor Who, Tiger & Bunny 20 and Thundercats 4 in quick succession. I'm slowly, slowly catching up with the Doctor and I think you can probably guess what the latest one was for me. I think the scariest thing was reading afterwards that there were actually people inside those statues.
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City To Change Its Pikachu-Lookalike Mascot
Japan: Naritasan Temple (Chiba) Will Burn Ceremonial Wood From Iwate
Japanese: Fun with Twitter Hashtags Sample: 本人からRT来たwwww RT @ペリー Hello :) RT やべぇwwww黒船来たwwww
Music: 1957 Electronic Synthesiser Rediscovered
Tiger&Bunny: Final Episode To Air In Cinemas Depending on the details, I'm pretty much there.

Spam From Japan: Ishinomaki's Floating Lantern Festival It includes photos I haven't already posted here, so take a look. Thanks.

I mentioned this on Facebook a few weeks ago, but I'd love for any of you living in Tokyo to come to my improv show on Wednesday. It only costs 500 yen. :) Just let me know and I'll give you more details.
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Real Name Policies Don't Work (via auguris) I don't think I need Google+ after all.
Japan: Kaminokawa Town Summer Festival Great photograph!
Japan: Sendai Tanabata Fireworks Photographs of the Sendai Fireworks from a lookout on a hill.
Obituary: Komatsu Sakyou, SF author of 「日本沈没」(Japan Sinks) passes away at 80 This is news from late July, but I've been away from my computer.
Space: Is Water Flowing On Mars? [NYTimes]

I recently saw the latest Studio Ghibli film, Kokuriko-zaka Kara (From Coquelicot Hill or From Up On Poppy Hill), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Kokurikozaka Kara started slow and turned into a lovely film by the end of it with a real sense of time and place. Transformers was not just horrifically bad, but gave me severe motion sickness. I'm not even the wrong demographic for it -- I love action films and I'm crazy about 3D. If someone complained that there was too much non-stop action in a movie, I'd thank them and go anyway because I don't consider it a flaw. But no, this is a terrible movie.

I'm looking forward to seeing the new Thundercats cartoon.

Anyway, I've been camping out in the fishing town of Ishinomaki (Miyagi Prefecture) for the past eight days. I've helped spray waterproofing over 10,000 paper lantern bases for the floating lantern festival. I've cleaned chemical toilets, washed cars used to clear the city streets and - mostly - helped out the oyster fishermen on the peninsula; recovering ropes from tsunami debris, cutting up the cords that hold the oysters together in the early growth stages, attaching oyster shells to said ropes and going out on a boat to attach them to buoys. It's been a hell of a week and I'll be sure to write about it more in depth later.
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Friendship is Magic: Pony/Death Note fanart
Friendship is Magic: [SAFE for work] I'm not explaining this one...
Otaku: Marriage Guide For Fujoshi (Female Yaoi Fans) Announced
Otaku: Cast Announced For Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Movie
Movies: Saddest. Movie. Ever?
Tiger&Bunny: Manga Series Announced
Writing: Bulwer-Lytton (Bad) Writing Contest Results

Spam From Japan: Every Summer 2011 Anime Reviewed!

Posting before LJ goes down again...

I'm taking an eight to nine day hiatus from LJ, so you won't hear from me for a little while. I'm going on a vision quest. I might still be tweeting, so check my Twitter feed if you want.

That's it for now. Back soon, promise. Take care everyone!
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Film & Anime Export Firm To Be Created
Cats: Lioness with Little One
Japan: Court Interpreters Lack Necessary Skills?
Japan: Tokyo Beer Gardens 2011
Japan: Lindsay's Killer Sentenced To Life (via umbrellaofdoom)
LGBT: Kevin, The Gay Archie Character, Gets His Own Comic
Movies: Amazing Spider-Man trailer [Video] Looks good, especially the first-person perspective at the end, but why go back to the origins? Even my mum knows how Spidey got his powers (At the age of 8, I was amazed how she predicted the TV series...), so there's no need to go through that all over again.
Movies: The Dark Knight Rises trailer [Video] This is almost certainly going to be awesome, but it's not like you could tell from the trailer.
Nature: Sharks On A Boat-- Wait, What?
Random: Prussian Blue, The Nazi Teen Pop Idols, Five Years On
Space: The View As You Leave Earth
Space: Southern Lights From Space

Today I'm working on doing a bit more writing. My plan is to get down to polishing that Crawford/Schuldig and put together several notebooks of snippets into one story. And maybe do part of that summer anime speed-watch. VLC Player is all but unwatchable (especially during action sequences), but at least the sound and picture sync up. I'm now trying other video formats, which seems to be working.
Weiß: Happy Omi

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Link list

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... Collapse )

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.