Archive for the ‘The Lunar New Year’ Category

The Lunar New Year: (15) Thank you for blogging.

Friday, May 16th, 2008

I had to finish One Hundred Years of Solitude, and yes, I know I should have had written this post sooner, but with regard to the Anime Blog Awards it is still technically May 15th (CST is GMT – 13). Since this is the final post in my Lunar New Year series, I decided to make this post as one of gratitude. I am totally grateful to those who have voted me in the category that I qualified as a finalist in, which is the Most Thought-Provoking Blog Category. Some perhaps voted me from my archives; some voted me because of my Lunar New Year posts (or gimmickry); and some perhaps voted me from my grassroots campaign towards other fellow anime bloggers (to make myself more visible in the blog-sphere as well as to posit my blog as a contender). No matter what the reasons may have been, I truly appreciate the amount of support I have received from this kind community.

Because of this, I thank you. I don’t really have to lengthen this post, but I am truly appreciative of what you’ve done for me. I have not won: the results will be revealed on June 1. I do think I have a big chance, however, with the help of these bloggers and friends who have voted for me. Thank you for recognizing even just the fact that I’ve made a mark in the anime community – it makes me immensely happy.

From mellow_bunny to oOga – thank you, thank you very much. (And no, these people are not special, but mellow was the very first person who pledged his vote for me, and oOga the last that I know of. 🙂 )

P.S. I don’t think any pictures would be apt for this post. Besides, it’s a really short one, so read the entirety of it! 😉

The Lunar New Year: (14) An attempt to enlighten

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

It is a cool day.

There is an abundance of rain; its syncopation on my roof is a thankful swan-song to the long days of heat and drought. With my cup of coffee and my two cheese sandwiches I stay by my computer and explore what happens to the real world within the comfort of my cool dormitory.

It isn’t always cool, of course. Sometimes, when the sun beats down upon this no longer sylvan place, the earth and I cry complaints and execrations. Our waters are taken away from us: the yellow light acts like the pied piper, drawing from our very souls the water that we treasure. But it is not like this today.

Today is different. Today is cool, and today has rain. (more…)

The Lunar New Year: (13) Life imitates art

Monday, May 12th, 2008

On a whim, I simply decided to make my own quote box in Paint. Yes, I know, it doesn’t look good. Anyway, the inspiration came from Shance. Thank you man.

I browse 4chan at times, and I never did know what the fuss was about a haggard-looking old man until I discovered the post by Iwanihana. The man was Josef Fritzl, and many people called what he did to be ‘the crime of the century.‘ He imprisoned his daughter in a cellar with no windows for 24 years, and he fathered seven children with her. While Iwanihana has mentioned this tangentially, I would simply like to expound on the topic he broached. (more…)

The Lunar New Year: (12) The RAW Problem

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Some denizens of the #animeblogger channel were talking yesterday, and they seemed to be distraught with the lack of raws on WinNY and Share. I believe this was a repercussion from this incident, where the people instrumental in producing anime RAWs have been arrested by the police.

It is very understandable that a lot of RAW providers have disappeared from the scene. Is this the end of fansubbed anime as we know it?

I believe William Faulkner said it best: ‘I decline to accept the end of (m)an[ime] … I believe that man will not only endure, he will prevail.’ This was proven true with the ODEX fiasco: I believe this will remain true despite this debacle. 🙂

To everyone, cheers to anime!

The Lunar New Year: (11) Fools rush in …

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

where angels fear to tread.

Attenborough’s the one with the pink and violet striped shirt. He wears eyeglasses.

The Lunar New Year: (10) A more holistic weltanschauung

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

While some of us may be perverts, let me try (hopefully, in the next posts) to prove that we can also do a lot of things well in our lives.

I’m often glad whenever a novel or an anime series mentions the Philippines in either anime or literature (which are my favorite media). When the first episode of Black Lagoon mentioned Philippines (I think it was an island in Basilan, or something), I smiled. It doesn’t happen much.

Doesn’t he look African-American in origin?

The Lunar New Year: (9) Filipinos are a bunch of perverts

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

This is a light post.

Anyway, zaitcev linked to #animeblogger (and has posted about it) regarding the Google trends of searching for ‘anime, hentai.’ If you check it out, the people who top the list are …

You guessed it right, Filipinos.

I had a good laugh over it, really. Oh wow.

The Lunar New Year: (8) Media’s intertextuality, and postmodernism as a bane

Friday, May 9th, 2008

The lack of updates can be attributed to a very taxing (yet supererogatory) paper on Maxine Hong Kingston‘s novel Tripmaster Monkey. I am grateful to all the people who have helped me. Special mention must be made regarding Daniel, who, despite with his exams of Shakespeare allotted some time to help me organize my paper; Shance, who shared my paper to Daniel because I could no longer stay awake and offered insight on the paper as well; and Andrew, who read my paper but was sidetracked by a terrible migraine.

Someone please give this to me.

The Lunar New Year: (7) Bus Gamer: yes, an anime review

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

This is not an excuse: I do have an exam in a few hours.

Wise beard man does not approve

The Lunar New Year: (6) Athambia, aphasia, apathia

Monday, May 5th, 2008

I am an idiosyncratic guy (I believe everyone is, to some extent). Among the quirks that I have noticed in me, however, is the quirk of being a bibliophile bordering on obsession. Simply put, I have this itch to read, and I tell you, it has not been pretty most of the time. This comes from a personal exigency to do something productive when I’m not doing anything, and since I cannot channel this exigency to be productive towards studying I direct it to reading. While I haven’t read as much as the scholars and litterateurs, I think I’ve read quite a significant amount of books. (more…)