The one with all the DVD coasters.

A coaster is a flat, round object that you place between a table and a cup on to avoid leaving a ring-shaped stain. A coaster is also a blank disc that was used to attempt a backup or data write that resulted in failure. Let’s just say that the former is the lesser of two evils.

I attempted to do a lot of backups this weekend. I ordered two 100 blank Memorex DVD+R spindles from FutureShop two weeks ago to accomplish this, but alas, they HATE my DVD+R drive. Made over 10 coasters. Tried the other spindle, made 3 coasters. Took the hint, tried those Sony DVD+R discs I bought from Wal-Mart a couple weeks ago, no coasters. Hmmmmmmm. I ended up buying another 50-pack spindle of Sony discs from Wal-Mart. I have no idea what I’m going to do with these Memorex spindles. I’ve always used Memorex, and this is the first time that any of their discs have given me problems. Frakking hell.

I sat down and watched some shows since the damn backup project wasn’t working. That, and I was so severely pissed (still am) about the whole coaster incident. Maybe I’ll break down and buy the new DVD+RW drive that LG just put out.

Anyway, watched some shows. Got started on the first episode of Dune, the Sci-Fi miniseries. It’s not bad, though they changed some things, but it was well done. I loved the new look and environments. Then, I watched Memoirs Of A Geisha. My final verdict on this movie – if you truly love Japan, please don’t watch this movie, unless you put it on mute. The story is fairy tale ridiculous, the casting was horrendous, but you just gotta love those landscape shots and beautiful kimono. Don’t get me wrong, Zhang Zi Yi is quite possibly the most hottest and talented Chinese actress to come along for a while, but no matter how you look at it – she’s not Japanese. Half the damn cast wasn’t Japanese. This is what you get when American filmmakers make a book adaptation from an American author. Discriminated? Hell, yeah. Joss Whedon made a smart move with Firefly – have the characters speak some Mandarin here and there, but don’t touch the culture with a ten foot pole.

Now, to get rid of the bitter taste in my mouth from that movie, I finally sat down and watched 世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ. A beautiful story about a man, Sakutaro, who reminisces about his first love, Aki, who died from leukemia. A very touching story, superb character portrayal, and it even got me all choked up in the end. Best of all, Shibasaki KOU played Ritsuko, which was a treat. Now I want to watch the TV drama and compare them.

On the anime front, I watched the first two episodes of SCHOOL RUMBLE 二学期 and laughed myself silly. .hack//Roots was just released, so I’ll be watching that one as well. Drama-wise, I saw the first episode of Sh15uya. The story reminds me of a cross between SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN and .hack//SIGN with some sci-fi thrown in. Saw some of 下北 GLORY DAYS, the late night drama based on the manga. 蒼井そら in a sexy police uniform ^______^!!! That’s all I have to say about that.

Had to order a new clutch kit for my car, since the damn thing has been slipping on me like crazy. In addition, the pedal is sunk right in, and it also makes a squeaky noise when depressed. I’m hungry, and I need some food soon.


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The one with all the Lesson Reviews.

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with this blog ever since I started using Hummingbird last fall. So, I decided to try an idea of mine called Lesson Reviews. Essentially, it’s more of a “what I learned from X anime” than a review, but the thing is, there will be good and […]


  1. School Rumble is great!! It’s just so freaking silly!!!

  2. I know!! I love these new episodes so far. I-chi-JOU!! I bought the first domestic manga published by Del Rey after it came out. Hooray for SCHOOL RUMBLE!

  3. I haven’t gotten a chance to start the new episodes. . i have til I move back to Ames. . . so I can share it with my little sister.

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