Archive for June, 2008

Cognitive dissonance in the appreciation of media

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

The previous post may have been trifling for a lot of people. Some people may even have seen it as an eccentricity. It wasn’t for me, however: the point of the post was to seek a buyer despite the fact that I was fully aware the book was valueless and worthless for the most part. The reason was not that I did not have any money: on the contrary, I have a significant amount. The reason was that I wanted to affix some value to the book even if it was only monetary, because it would have signified some worth to the book. (more…)

I’m selling a book for a bargain . . .

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I’ve been trying to clean my dormitory by getting rid of everything that I don’t need. I’ve sold a few of my novels and thrown away a lot of papers, and I only have one book left. It’s The New Astronomy written by the editors of Scientific American, but its content is no longer new (quite dated, actually), but it’s in excellent condition. Still, there’s a lot of information regarding astronomy one can glean from reading it. I’m selling it for 50 pesos. I know I could give it away, but I have this eccentric thinking that selling it at least gives it some value.

Leave a comment if you’re interested (I hope to God someone is). I’m situated in Quezon City, but I can ride the LRT or MRT.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

The entelechy of ‘reverse traps,’ and the 7th Philippine Toy Convention

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

I went to the 7th Phil. Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention yesterday. The event was actually far from our place, and I had a sore throat. I decided to go there, however, because it is most probably my last year of stay here in Manila and conventions occur only once a year. I actually enjoyed the convention a lot because it was the first time I was able to meet with other members of our anime organization; I also had friends who accompanied me in my search for good but cheap merchandise. Finally, I was able to purchase two CDs of the brilliant green and some very cheap books (not comic books, but non-graphic ones), so I didn’t go home empty-handed. (more…)

Between knowledge and entertainment

Friday, June 13th, 2008

History is a nightmare from which I’m trying to awake.

-James Joyce, Ulysses

I really think that the time I’ve spent reading Tristram Shandy was a colossal waste. Laughing only three times from more than 700 pages is not a good batting average. I don’t blame anyone for it, especially because I could have dropped and stopped reading the novel anytime, but I didn’t.

This was actually my position when I was reading Tristram Shandy: a reading-cum-facepalm

Anime is a powerful medium: anime as a powerful medium

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Is anyone here unfamiliar with Doraemon? I hope that isn’t the case. But for those who are, Doraemon is one of the longest-running anime series of all time. The heroes of this series are Nobita, a child struggling with bullying and everyday life, and Doraemon, the eponymous character of the series, who is also robotic cat with a lot of gadgets to aid Nobita’s difficulties. To date, the series has already aired more than a thousand episodes and is still going strong. The plot is episodic: the duo have new digressions and misadventures with each new episode. I can understand children (and even adults) enjoying Doraemon; consequently, I can understand why some people (like Daniel, for example), love Tristram Shandy. (more…)

In congratulation, in gratefulness and in appreciation

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

The Blogger’s Choice Awards have come out, and I am so glad. I won Gold in the Most Thought-Provoking Category! WOOHOO! 😀 I couldn’t have done this without the votes of fellow bloggers (who I’ve coerced in some way or another), and I am grateful for their votes and their support. Thank you, my fellow bloggers and my readers.


While I fell short in the People’s Choice Awards (finishing second), I also thank those who have voted for me there. Make no mistake, Jeff deserves the honor, and I give my congratulations to him. Good work, old fellow! 😀

  • 11. Most Thought-Provoking Blog
  • Cruel Angel Theses ( 14.0% (101)
  • Omonomono ( 6.4% (46)
  • Hop Step Jump ( 19.9% (144)
  • Anime|Otaku ( 17.3% (125)
  • The Animanachronism ( 4.4% (32)
  • TOTAL 62.0% 448 (723)

Statistics were graciously provided by AkaiWolf after the People’s Choice Awards have been released. Thanks!

This post is also dedicated to my online friends that have also won awards: congratulations, Michael, for winning Best Satire Blog. And yes, just like what you’ve said, you didn’t lose! 🙂

Congratulations, Daniel, for being the only blogger having fingers (and different awards) in three different pies! Daniel won Gold in Best Editorial Blog, Silver in Best Rookie Blog, and Bronze in the Most Thought-Provoking Blog categories. He’s the only one who did it among all bloggers. ^_^

Congratulations, Impz, for leading THAT to a dominating Best Team Blog Gold medal. Congratulations, Extrange, for winning Silver in Best Manga Blog.

Congratulations, totali, for winning Silver in Best Episodic Summary Blog! /me touches totali

Congratulations, DrmChsr0, for winning Bronze in Best Drama Blog! I VOTED FOR YOU WOOHOO!

And, finally, to everyone else who won, congratulations as well. 😀

i am so not dead yet

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

I have been writing about literature and not about anime in my previous posts; I thus decided not to write anything unless I watched an episode of anime. Life hasn’t been lenient on me, however: as my close online friends know, I have had to fix my parent’s PCs (I’m pretty versed in the removal of spyware), and that has eaten up a considerable amount of my vacation time: I was not able to watch any anime because of those responsibilities.

Because we’re all hot for genderbent Tieria