22 Apr 2004 8:51 pm

Following the horrifyingly addictive meme-life on the intar-web is bound to be dangerous, because, hey, they’re freakin’ memes and propagate by being read and absorbed. Despite Nietzschean warnings about fighting and becoming monsters (or in this case, passing along dangerously infection memes), I now present to you the following: the “Top 25-ish Most Played Songs on iTunes” (or in my case, my iPod). This is a sad commentary on my aural affiliations. Without further ado:

  1. Megumi Hayashibara – Sakura Saku (3:14)
  2. Daft Punk – Digital Love (4:58)
  3. boa – DUVET (3:23)
  4. Ah ha – Take on Me (3:20)
  5. Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (4:16)
  6. Buzy – Venus Say (2:13)
  7. angela – Asu he no Brilliant Road (4:57)
  8. Sae – Asu no Blue wing (4:28)
  9. Cartoon Themes (1960-1990) – Voltes V Main Theme (3:03)
  10. Kuribayashi Minami – Tsubasa wa Pleasure Line (1:30)
  11. Elissa – Mamboleo (Extended English version) (4:41)
  12. Swollen Members – Deep End (3:33)
  13. Daft Punk – Aerodynamic (3:27)
  14. Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Strong (3:44)
  15. Daft Punk – Veridis Quo (5:44)
  16. JAM Project featuring Masami Okui – Little Wing(TV size) (1:34)
  17. Sae – Asu no Blue Wing – Daphne in the Brilliant Blue (OP TV size) (1:30)
  18. The Delgados – The Light Before We Land (5:30)
  19. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Cast – Standing In The Way (2:10)
  20. The Calling – Wherever You Will Go (3:27)
  21. Yuki Kajiura – Fake Wings (2:38)
  22. Daft Punk – One More Time (5:20)
  23. Daft Punk – Superheroes (3:57)
  24. Daft Punk – High Life (3:21)
  25. Daft Punk – Too Long (10:00)
  26. The Pillows – Blues Drive Monster (3:25)

I make no excuses for any of this, dammit. The playlist is a bit skewed, as I recently scrubbed my iPod and Fixed All the Goddamn Tags. I should remember to try this again in three months and see how it changes.

Notes:

  1. Sakura Saku is the main theme for Love Hina, and features the lovely and ubiquitous Megumi Hayshibara.
  2. Duvet was the main theme for Serial Experiments Lain. Also sung by boa, which is a british band, in a classic case of Japanese Anglophilia. Still a damn good song, though.
  3. Venus Say is the main theme for Twin Spica. Utterly infectious.
  4. Asu he no Brilliant Road was Uchuu no Stellvia‘s main theme. Weird but deeply addictive chord progression.
  5. Asu no Blue wing is the main theme for Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, which has the most fanservice per minute outside of, say, Najica Blitz Tactics.
  6. Voltes V was a popular anime in the Philippines when I was a child
  7. Tsubasa wa Pleasure Line is the main theme of Chrno Crusade, which continually fuels my “sexy nuns with guns” fascination. I blame renegade nuns on wheels, really.
  8. Little Wing was the main theme for Scrapped Princess, and has lovely Celtic influences.
  9. Fake Wings was Subaru‘s theme from .hack//SIGN, and was most often heard when wandering through the Venice-like city.
  10. The Pillows are a freakishly awesome JRock band. They’re remembered to put the “roll” back in “rock & roll”. Plus, they provided the music for FLCL.
  11. Daft Punk’s album “Discovery” continues to rawk the hizzouse. I keep getting techno-proletarian visions of a glitzy and glamorous Soviet state whenever I hear “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”.

22 Apr 2004 7:04 pm

If you ever feel like being a part of an internalized process of a person sitting down and thinking what they would tell themselves in the future, then there’s Random FutureMe.

It’s as close as we get at this point in time to reading someone’s mind. There’s honesty, and self-deception, humour and tradgedy and outright delirium there. And there are those who enjoy gaming the system and breaking the fourth wall. That’s fun too (especially the ones who claim to be time travellers with important information for their future / past selves — yes, it’s confusing).

Try it yourself, if you like. Send your future self an email from the present and your eventual past. It’s your choice if you want to make it private, or public (but anonymous).

21 Apr 2004 11:57 pm

I just acquired a fully poseable Haruhara Haruko figure from The Comicshop (FLCL fans, rejoice! — thanks muchly, girls). It goes well with my Lord Canti / Atomsk figure. Pretty neat; especially with the included bass (and case!), as well as the signature yellow Vespa.

Haruko, Vespa, Canti and, um Alvis

Haruko in front of her vespa

Overall, the figure is pretty much like the character herself: bright, flashy, enticing and inviting and comes with cool and semi-mysterious accessories. And it’s a bitch to work with. Since it’s using peg-and-hole joints (rather than fitted socket or ball joints), the limbs and head tend to come apart way too easily. In the case of the head, this is a Good Thing (as they’re interchangeable; one head comes with scooter-goggles, one without). The rest of the time, it makes assembling and posing the figure an absolute nightmare. The strap for her bass / gas-powered whacking device kept popping off during the process. And she’s a diver, which means that she’s prone to falling off the shelf ledge at inopportune moments (probably right into my beverage). I’m still pleased to have her around. Just as long as no odd proturbances suddenly sprout from my forehead, or anything.

20 Apr 2004 7:22 pm

Well, dammit.

ADV Films has sent out a press release announcing the upcoming release of Neon Genesis Evangelion – Platinum Edition. The Platinum edition will be released on 7 DVDs (one less than the previous release) and will include 5.1 audio tracks in English and Japanese and numerous new extras. Later volumes of the Platinum release will also include the four directors cut episodes.

taken from the Anime News Network. Thanks… I think.

There’s also a press release from ADV. Sigh. $29.93 USD MSRP. Seven discs. Still, I can appreciate the increased video quality (the current DVD’s have rather washed out colors and occasionally shaky animation). If the Platinum line is taken from the Renewal of Evangelion stuff (with redone animation), then the nearly $200 CAN purchase price may be worth it. And I can toss my old box set onto eBay or something to help ameliorate this probably-unwise fiduciary decision.

Hmm. I should make an Evangelion category for this here blog; it’s the number 1 search term, after all…

20 Apr 2004 12:25 pm

So, it turns out that there’s this artist in Vancouver who makes high-end, small-scale replica medieval siege weapons. Following his recommendation, I see them as desktop toys for geekily-inclined management-types with a wry sense of humour, a good eye for fashionable design and a penchant for historicism. Plus, it’ll impress the hell out of your co-workers. Either that or scare them witless (these are functional replicas, after all).

Replica ballistaReplica mangonel

With the right pieces, my desk could look like a small fort

Me? I’m partial to the mangonel and the ballista. Now all I need is that executive promotion, and I’m set.