February 29, 2008

Anime Night: We Like Pie

So The Librarian had a work-related event this evening that wouldn't place her at The Pond until 830p... a little late for us to follow our usual routine.  Instead, we decided that we'd do dinner instead.

Well, more correctly, I'D do dinner.  She did pie.  Specifically, a slice of pie, then an appetizer, then another slice of pie.  For the record, I had a slice of pie as well.


Plate wreck!!!
And a good time was had by all us.  Anime came up for about five minutes ("Gunslinger Girl?  Henrietta?  Violin case upside the head?  How could you not remember that?  It was only last Friday!"), the rest of the time was spent being seventeen years old again.

Did you know that KC (of KC and the Sunshine Band) had a brother that invented fried chicken?  They called him KFC (I should be congratulated for not spewing pie over The Librarian after that... and for not attempting to scoop her brains out with a spoon). 

Yeah, we can be like that once in a while.  In this case, it lasted about three hours; it ended with a game of tic-tac-toe in the parking lot (see, it was snowing, and we were the last people out, so we had this really clean flat space...) and brushing snow off our cars (and doing everything we could to dump the snow on the other's car).

So NOIR is on hold until next week, but we had more fun than a barrel of superballs anyway.  It ain't always about anime, folks... just most of the time.

(thanks to DbD for the picture... I flat-out stole it.)

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February 26, 2008

Random Anime Picture #9


-Bamboo Blade, ep20

I love this show so very, very much...

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February 24, 2008

Ani-nouto's my Hero!

Pete found it!

Here's my framed douga from Azumanga Daioh:


...and here's the screenshot from Ep20:


Thanks, Pete!!!

UPDATE: It's confirmed!  Look for the shot at 17:44 of ep20.

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February 23, 2008

"It's Not A Toomah." *


Poor Yuno...
...and poor me.  I actually had to leave work on Friday due to a case of the hacking coughs, accompanied by a head-and-body-ache, combining to make me one miserable duck.  While the aches seem to have gone away, the cough still remains.  Unfortunately, Ph.Duck tells me that I sound exactly like his co-worker... who was diagnosed with Whooping Crane Cough.

This was bothering me on Anime Night, too, but not to the same degree.  If the progression continues, I should be clear of this on Monday... if it doesn't, I might end up like the unlucky co-worker with Whooping Crane Cough, suffering with it for three weeks or longer.

Imagine a cough that feels like it starts somewhere around your thighs.  That's what this is like.  The weird thing is that it doesn't hurt my throat at all.  It just sounds like I'm one hack away from coating the room with blood.

For the record: I'm not.  I just want it to go away; blogging is difficult when you sound like a coyote.

*The title of this post is taken from the miserable little film Kindergarten Cop, starring Arnold Schwartzenegger. 

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February 21, 2008

Anime Night: It's not called "No Ear".

Last week's Anime Night was canceled, as The Librarian was attending a convention (those librarian conventions seem to be quite the wild times... who knew all the things you could do with whipped cream?).  THIS week's Anime Night was nearly D.O.A. due to ickness (on both of our parts, actually), but we soldiered forth and jumped into disc 2 of NOIR. 

And then The Librarian fell asleep.  Her cold really knocked her for a loop, and in her defense, it was warm in The Pond, and the Official Afghan made her feel snug, and the Official Wingchair is really comfy... and she dozed off.  Restraining my first impulse (Sharpie Marker Eyebrows FTW!), I instead paused the show and cleaned up the dinner dishes.

When she woke up a few minutes later ("What time is it?"), I couldn't let Impulse #2 go by ("930pm..."  Please note, it was 715pm). 

"But what about the anime," I hear you yelling...


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Five Minutes of Silence

At 306pm Central time, Northern Illinois University will be observing five minutes of silence, in memory of the victims of last Thursday's terrible shooting.

Many of the surrounding communities, as well as most of the area schools, will be joining NIU in this period of silence.

Many of Duck U.'s student support staff members volunteered to help out at NIU (in the dorms and such), so we've got even closer ties to them now than we did before, so of course our thoughts (and silence) will be with NIU's student body.

It's actually hard to believe it's only been a week.


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February 20, 2008

AIIIEEEEEE!!



The MOON IS GONE!!!  So THAT'S what the US Navy was really doing when they claimed to be shooting down that satellite...





(note: The Pond would like to apologize for this post.)

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February 19, 2008

Random Anime Picture #8


-Clannad, ep16

Ph33r 7h3 Cu73 0n3z!

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February 18, 2008

2008 VCAs Finals Lists Announced!



Over at The Org, the 2008 VCAs have moved to the Final Round.  In the category of Best First Video, "...Angel" did not make it, unfortunately.

Still and all, even making it into the Semifinals is pretty good stuff... and a lot better than I had hoped back in May.  Not that I made the video to win awards or anything, but it's only natural to want people to recognize your geniusness, right?  "I just don't want it to suck" was what I said before, and I'm proud to say that I met that goal and then some.

For everybody that voted for "...Angel", I say thank you very much!  Your support was wonderful to see... and means a lot. 

If you've no idea what I'm talking about, here's the video:


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February 17, 2008

Well, That Made Sense... Huh???

"I was as torn up as a can of kraut."
-Darrell Waltrip, during today's coverage of the Daytona 500.

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Random Anime Picture #7



-Kimikiss ~pure rouge~, ep18

Dammit, they're doing a fine job of yanking on the old heartstrings recently...

UPDATE: ...and then they go and do this:

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Mao-neeslug!

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February 16, 2008

Pond Art

Recently, I managed to get some new decorations up in The Pond, and I thought y'all'd be interested in seeing them.

First up: anime!

The quality of the snapshot isn't the greatest, I'll admit, but you can see what it is well enough... it's a douga (the closest thing to a cel you'll get out of a CG anime) from Azumanga Daioh, nicely framed and matted.  Of course it's hanging on the wall over the DVD racks.  There's something about Chiyo-chan's expression that makes me grin.

On the wall opposite this, we find ducks!



A couple of years ago, IKEA was selling a pack of postcards and I immediately saw them as wall-art.  It just took me forever to get around to picking up frames for 'em. 

So that's a glimpse into the sort of place Pond Central is.

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February 14, 2008

Shooting at NIU


Duck U. stands by you...

Earlier today, a man with a shotgun, a handgun, and (some reports suggest) a third weapon, walked into a classroom on the campus of Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois.  He proceeded to open fire, killing four and wounding 15 (some reports say 17).

NIU is about 25 miles from Duckford, and I've spent many a happy day in the library, and a few very happy nights on the campus itself (none of your business exactly where, if you know what I mean).

Because of this tragedy, Duck U. had a few tense moments... nobody really knew what was going on when it started, so there was some concern about the safety of OUR students as you can imagine.  Safety first... and the Duck U. security team is quite good (I may owe my life to them, actually, but that's a story oft told).

The Virginia Tech shooting was bad enough... but this is closer to home.  I had a Valentine's Day post in mind, but I suddenly have no interest in it.

Stay safe, my friends, and give your mom a call if you can.  Just because.

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February 12, 2008

I'm Pandering Again. Still. Whatever.


Just a reminder that there's just a few more days left to vote for "...Angel" in the 2008 VCAs Best First Video category over at AMV.org.  You got it into the semifinals, now help it into the finals! 

It'll make me happier than a loaf of rye bread...

(voting ends Feb 17th)


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What Goes Into A F1 Car.

Literally.

2006 Honda F1 car, 3000 separate parts.

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February 10, 2008

Anime Night: "Turn The Plant"

After a couple of weeks where life and illness got in the way, Anime Night resumed this past Thursday when The Librarian, bearing food from Panda Express, dropped by The Pond.  If you remember, we had finished Kanon '06 about a month ago, and attempted to begin Uta~kata the last time we'd met.

That last Anime Night, however, met with disaster when Uta~kata turned out to be one of those series that causes revulsion and disgust in ducks (anti-anadatae folks, take note) and DVD players alike.  In fact, it proved to be the final nail in the coffin of The Pond's main DVD player, a seven-year old Samsung DVD/VCR combo (please note that the VCR portion still works fine).  Unfortunately, the backup DVD player, an inexpensive Coby, didn't like the homemade disc much, either.  By this time, it was too late to start anything new, so we watched a couple episodes of CardCaptor Sakura (still as good as it was way back when) and called it a night.

So this put us at the start of a new series.  By our unofficial 'rules', The Librarian and I switch back and forth on choosing what show to watch; I had chosen Kanon '06, so it was her turn.  Uta~kata was technically her choice, but the FAIL that had occurred was my fault, so it was still her turn.  She had narrowed her picks down to three titles.  Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu!, Azumanga Daioh, and Noir.

Any of these series would have been a-okay with me, with AzuDaioh of course being my favorite anime of all time.  After dinner, her decision was made:

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February 07, 2008

F1 Pr0n: Force India FJM01



Yowza!  Force India debuted its race livery today in Bombay (or do you say 'Mumbai'?), and while I don't like it as much as their testing colors (where'd the crimson go?), this is still a very handsome car.

Officially, the colors are white, gold, and titanium (the stripe running from the cockpit to the nose and back).  I've racked my brain, and I can't think of another team that used gold at all... should be an interesting contrast with the McLaren.

Unfortunately for us, the rollout didn't have any good shots from the side or top, but click below for the centerfold: it's worth it.


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February 06, 2008

SNOWMAGEDDON 2008



Duckford is looking at maybe fourteen inches of snow by the time this storm stops sometime this afternoon.  Duck U. isn't going to open today, so it's a Snow Day!  Yaaaaaaaaay!

I'm scared to see what my car looks like.

UPDATE 213pm:

Oh dear.

UPDATE 1056pm:  The Duckmobile is stuck.  I'll need to clear a path for the wheels in the morning, using either a pot or an old pizza pan.  I'd do it now, but it's cold and dark and I can't see just exactly where I'm getting stuck.  Still, it's better than it was around 6pm, when I could only move a couple of inches either forward or back.  Now I can move about a foot.  First time in over seven years here at The Pond that I've gotten stuck.  Feh.

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February 04, 2008

"...Angel" Moves On!



The semifinals lists for the 2008 VCAs are out over at The Org, and "...Angel" made the cut!

There were 89 first videos in the nomination round, and the list has been whittled down to 20... but only five will move from the semifinals to the finals.

Way back when, in an e-mail exchange with Jeff Lawson, I mentioned to him that I just wanted to get a few votes in the VCAs.  Now that it's made it to the Semis, though, I find that I really want to make it to the Finals.

It wouldn't've made it as far as it has, though, without you folks.  Thank you so much... now lets go to the finals!!!

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The Liberation Has Begun!!!

The Anadatae Liberation Front has unleashed its hordes!  Fight on, my brothers!!!

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