So here’s what’s going on. After all that, we decided to share the site. My name is Kyra, and I’ll be one of the owners here from now own. Some parts of the site are a bit of a mess right now. I’m trying to fix up my parts, but Emmy is in “hulk smash” mode right now, and in no mood to clean up. It’s actually getting late here, so I’m not going to be doing much more tonight. See you tomorrow, internet.
Viz’s SuBLime Licenses Ayano Yamane’s Crimson Spell Manga: Boys-love series by Finder creator gets print-only release starting in December – ANN
I’ve actually never read Crimson Spell before, but I’ve think about it whenever Viewfinder goes on hiatus (like right now). Maybe it’s time to start. I’m a big Viewfinder fan. Or at least a big Asami fan. I wonder why the Japanese won’t let Crimson Spell and Viewfinder be published digitally? I own all the current volumes of Viewfinder, but I’d love to have them as ebooks. All of my anime and manga merchandise is safely tucked away, and I rarely take it out. When I read Viewfinder I usually turn to scanlations.
I know, I know, I haven’t posted anything in a couple months. I haven’t been doing much of anything lately. I haven’t even felt like watching any anime. I’ve just been marathoning Roseanne and trying not to think about anything. I have read a few things, and have some books waiting to be read, but I’ll save them for their own posts.
I’ve had my eye on this domain for a while. Suddenly, in February, I got an email from domaintools that the status of the domain had been changed to pending delete! I finally became available today and I bought it. GoDaddy is having a sale right now, so it was great timing. I could have gotten shinkiro.org, but I prefer it with the u. Without it the word looks harsh, and with the .org tld it makes a funny face: o.o
Shinkiro means mirage, and it’s also the name of Zero’s knightmare frame in Code Geass R2. I am a huge geass fan, and I love both the meaning and sound of this word. I am very happy to be the new owner of shinkirou.org
I’ve been bad and haven’t written anything here in more than a week. I’ve been working on some websites, reading The Hairpin, and waiting for a domain I want to be released. I spent all of today watching Roseanne. I’ve been feeling blergh, so I haven’t even been watching anime. I have both Pride and Prejudice and Salem’s Lot on my computer, but I haven’t started them yet. I would have to invest a good 6 hours for each of them, and I just don’t care that much about them, so I’m procrastinating. I’m actually a decent speed reader, but I usually only use it for subtitles. Watching anime is actually good for a few things, besides just entertainment. Not only does it help with learning the basics of a foreign language, it’s a great way to learn how to speed read. Reading subtitles is a breeze for me, and doesn’t distract at all from the story, because it taught me how to read quickly. I actually don’t use this skill for reading books though. I have a wonderful imagination, and I mean wonderful. Speed reading is okay with anime, because the story is already there, you don’t have to imagine anything. But with books you have to make up your own pictures, and I find speed reading really detracts from that. Reading for enjoyment takes more effort than just reading for knowledge, because if you just take in the whole page you don’t savor what it says. You just absorb it and move on, which doesn’t work with my detailed, movie-like imagination. YMMV, but I can’t speed read when reading for fun. Not that there’s anything fun about a classic.
As I said before, I’m more interested in reading The Shining than any of the other books. It’s a good thing I reserved the e-book of The Shining when I did, there are now 5 people on the waiting list for it.
Jolie Kerr: [whispers] I’ve never read any Jane Austen.
I’ll hand in my hairpin now.
I’m one of those people that doesn’t “get” Jane Austen. I don’t get a lot of classics, actually, but not liking Jane Austen is like being a failure as a woman. I don’t think Colin Firth is hot either. Double failure. I liked Clueless, and the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility movie, but I gave up on the Emma a few minutes into it (I’m not a Gwyneth Paltrow fan). The Northanger Abbey episode of Wishbone was interesting enough when I was a little kid. But the books? No.
My biggest problem with classics is I just can’t understand them. I can understand most of the individual words, but smashed together in that old-timey way they don’t make any sense to me. I made it through A Tale of Two Cities despite the fact that I had no idea what was going on. The only reason I passed the test on it was because I already knew the basics of the story. It was another Wishbone episode. I understood most of Jane Eyre, like A Tale of Two Cities it was a junior high read. But it took me two times before I fully understood Le Fantome de l’Opera, once in junior high and then a few years later. The second time the words just magically clicked and I understood everything. Maybe the translation was just better.
I never completed Pride and Prejudice, the only Jane Austen book I’ve ever attempted to read. It’s also one of the only* books I never finished. I really did make an effort, but halfway through I gave up. I made my first and only attempt at it in my late teens. I thought maybe, since I was older, tackling a classic would be easier than it was in the 7th grade. I was so very wrong. I was just as lost as I was with A Tale of Two Cities, and I lacked the drive to finish it.
As it was recently the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen is the topic of more articles than usual. Every one is a reminder of what an inadequate woman and reader I am. That makes it a triple failure. So I’ve decided to give it one last go. I’m going to read Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey before I officially give up on Austen for good. That way I can say I really did try, and go back to reading about classics on Wikipedia instead.
* “One of the few” just makes me think of the Marines.
I never liked doing titles anyway. Not clever enough. Is this the best theme ever or the best theme ever? Definitely the best free theme I’ve ever seen. I saw it on another site, followed the credit link, and I knew I wanted this theme. I liked Minimalizine too, but there was really no contest. I had to choose this one. I’m sleep deprived tweeting on Twitter (heh, heh, heh, relevant icon is relevant) but I have it protected at the moment until something I said about the majority of the population is pushed down. It’s nothing racial or anything like that. No, this transcends the bounds of race. Or something. Sleep deprived, remember?
Instead of watching anime I spent the day on Google trying to change accounts. Google has made this as impossible as they possibly could because they want to dictate and control your entire life for as long as the internet exists. If you want to switch accounts you have to do everything manually. You can’t import email from a Google account. There’s a workaround, but it’s shitty and doesn’t work all that well. I gave up on trying to import all my old mail. But you also can’t mass forward. I have 100 emails or so I save for reasons that matter to no one but me. It would be a pain to forward them all individually, so I’m just leaving them there as well, unless I end up needing one. Which I will because I often end up consulting them. Then there was YouTube. Now you actually can change YouTube accounts, I guess fairly easily, if your account was made after a certain point. If you have a “legacy” account you get 500 errors. And the workaround? Either doesn’t work or intentionally leaves behind all your likes. Since I use YouTube far more than I check my old emails I’m going to have to get that new account together manually. I’m sure that’ll be fun.
That’s enough pissing around for now. I really do have to get to bed. Blah, blah, blah later.