The Confrontation of the Two Sides
The Confrontation of the Two Sides
Steel/Heart - The Endless Cycle
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...Well, not -all- Japan in particular, just moreso the NEETs and hikkimori that inhabit the darker portions of 2ch. They know who they are.

Otaku Learn Aki Toyosaki Lives with Boyfriend: “Yui is Dead!”

GET A LIFE, SERIOUSLY!

I haven't ever watched K-ON!, but I know that these women don't deserve this! Stop acting so damned creepy and just enjoy the show for what it is, and not because 'your [fantasy] waifu' happens to be one of the seiyuu. And if she happens to have a significant other, GET OVER IT!

More than likely, she wouldn't give you the time of day or a second glance. They're only pleasant with you because (this may be a shock to you, but it's probably true) IT'S THEIR JOB, and (for the moment) you're a paying customer. Just because she may have smiled and said "thank you" does not mean she's dying to be your significant other.

So she has a boyfriend. BFD! She's a normal human! A productive member of society. Which is probably more than can be said about you.

Stop trying to strip every detail of their private lives away. What they do at home is their business, not mine. That's why it's called a private life.

Go out and get a job. Become a productive member of society. You never know, maybe you'll find out that you either don't have the time to chase down those seiyuu for all those details, or you might find someone who really -wants- to be your significant other, and you'll stop chasing them to be with her.

But who am I kidding? You're all of the "2D is better than 3D" camp, so actually meeting a girl who doesn't come on a piece of polymer or TV screen, is exceedingly unlikely.

Either way, leave these women alone, simply because they actually have lives outside of your stupid moeblob fantasy worlds.

Oh, and breaking merchandise that you paid for is really stupid. It doesn't 'teach anyone a lesson'... It just makes you have to buy another copy when you wanna watch/read/listen to it again.

Way to go... really. More money for the manufacturer, less for you.

Anyhoo...

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Name: Kozue Tiffany Kinezono-Phoenix
Aliases: "K.T" (Katie), "Tiffy," "Ko-chan"
Nationality: Japanese
Hair color: Red, almost always in twintails
Eye color: Blue, mostly always tsurime in style
Height: 158 cm (5'2" [roughly])
3-size: "HIMITSU DESU!" (B: 79 W: 55 H: 78)
Weight: "NO CHANSU!" (50kg. [110lbs. – roughly])
DOB: November 1, 2014
Age: Varies, but the "physical appearance" average is somewhere around mid 20s to early 30s.
(Ha! Like she would REALLY give THAT up!)

Traits:
  • She’s most definitely a dyed-in-the-wool tsundere, with occasional bouts of yandere-ism.
  • Almost always is wearing something that includes a skirt and thigh-highs to always complete the perfect zettai ryoiki. (Usually Grade A, but she has achieved Grade S a few times.)
  • She’s highly prone to extreme mood swings. Always has been, and most likely will always be.
  • She has a love/hate-friend/nemesis relationship with blue-haired girls. Especially ones with red eyes.
  • She has several cat-like tendencies to the point that she has been given a pair of ears and a tail and is constantly teased with catnip and a ball of string as a joke.
  • She vehemently denies any and all claims to being an ojou, but she continues to constantly live like one, and is in no hurry to change in that regard.
  • She’s a bit of a trouble magnet. Trouble finds her and thrust her deep into the middle of some troublesome situation—whether she went actively searching for it or not.
  • She can only sing as well as the Miku Hatsune series of Vocaloids. This is perhaps due to the fact that her voice was used as one of the sources for Miku’s vocal database.
  • She’s a bit of a handful, and can quite often come off as cold and uncaring, but she is actually quite fiercely loyal to her friends and loved ones and would do anything for them—even to the detriment of herself.
  • Once she sets her mind to something, she never backs down or gives up, unless she can be convinced that what she is doing is either wrong, or can be done in a better or more efficient way.
  • She resists change, and is often very slow, or the last person to accept that something that has changed.

    On occassion (though it is becoming more frequent), she wears a pair of non-corrective polycarbonate glasses. Most popular rumors for this are:
  • She does this simply to appease her husband, who has a slight fetish with meganekko.
  • This is a way for her to simply cement herself as the "alpha" to her husband among all the other women in the house, vying for his attention.
  • She does this, because she believes that wearing glasses makes a person look smarter than they are.

    The truth of the issue is: these glasses are indeed corrective. But not for poor eyesight. In fact, Tiffy's eyesight is almost too good, allowing her to see things not usually seen with the normal human eye. Things such as rays (gamma, UV, etc), invisible emissions (electrical auras, gasses, etc), and wireless transmissions (satellite, radio, etc). The glasses simply block out all the "noise" to keep the visual receptors from being overwhelmed by the massive influx of visual data input, and allow her to see the physical world as a normal human would.

    Notes on character and personality:

    Tiffy, Tiffy, Tiffy...

    How does one explain a character like her?

    Well, in regards to attitude and personality, she's a bit of a mix between Taiga Aisaka, Ami Kawashima, and Minori Kushieda from ToraDora.

    She has the fierce tsundere tendencies of Taiga, the dual-nature of Ami, and the hyper-cheerfulness and yandere tendencies (however minor) of Minori.

    Her tsundere nature tends to overpower all of the other tendencies most of the time. She's so much of a tsundere, that if she were voiced by Rie Kugimiya, it would be a perfectly natural fit.

    Simply put: Make her your friend, and she is your friend forever, regardless of what may happen. Piss her off, and she'll come at you like an armed tank, ready for battle. Appease her, and she's as happy as a child.

    All in all, she's someone you most definitely want as a friend and ally, and NEVER as an enemy.

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    Awesome! I thought I'd never have the chance to play it, but I found the complete collector's edition of Lunar 2: Eternal Blue, with the OST, The Making of Disc, The Hardbound book, some pendant thing, and the character standees (whatever those are).

    It was still sealed and in near-mint condition, and best of all, it was only $49.99! Amazon wanted $144.95 for this game in complete form, and there's no way I'm paying that, so I thought I'd just have to settle for doing without. But I came across this and snatched it up in an instant.

    So that means that I'm gonna actually stop playing Halo: Reach (yes, actually) for a while as I immerse myself in this world once again.

    Because it really is that damned good of a game.

    Anyhoo...

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    Putting my wishes into the beam of light flowing in the night sky
    I wonder if it would be easier if I went back to the times when I believed that dream.
    As time goes by, as the season changes, those days with you
    Begin to be forgotten little by little, the pain of losing memories.
    I won't forget that you were here at this place.
    It's just that the passing times are too long
    The fading days, already like a mirage
    Is it okay to forget them?

    You're not here, the voice that doesn't reach, accumulating ever since.
    Little by little, [I'm] getting used to passing the days alone.
    I won't shed tears anymore, but I can't smile
    Because, looking back everyday, I can't see tomorrow.

    Missing the words you gave me under the starry sky
    Eyes closed, resurrecting the memories, it started from there, didn't it?
    If I look up, it's the same night sky as that time
    Just that, the night that you aren't there.
    The shining of the stars, stay as whey were that day.
    Even now, it illuminates me.

    Even if you keep swimming in the sea of memories, your heart won't heal.
    What I can see is an illusion, and I can't feel you.
    All the times, at any time you were always there.
    Little by little, melting away, the pieces of the memory of you.

    As I gaze at the glowing stars,
    I slowly murmur my wish.
    [I'm] "Wanting to walk on."

    I want to tell you here in this place
    The beginnng, with the you from my dreams.
    I have a tomorrow, so I guess I should walk on.
    Goodbye is too sad, so finally I will say these words:

    "I'm glad I met you. I won't run away anymore.
    So... Good night."

    ******

    Yeah... First off, I didn't write this, so it's not mine. Please don't think that it is.

    However, I do think I have found what very much could be my absolute favorite Hatsune Miku song. Even Last night, Good Night could potentially be unseated as my favorite by this song. I just love this song. Most specifically the lyrics.

    And if you haven't heard it (or seen the PV) go here ---> "Hoshizora Ni Negai Wo Komete ~ Good Night" ("Putting My Wishes into a Starry Sky ~ Good Night").

    To use two words to describe this song? Beautiful and awesome. I really know of no other way to describe it. You'll just have to see it for yourself.

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    Oi...

    I don't know what was in my head at the time, but some time back (probably three years now) I turned down an offer to see the series A·R·I·A, with the excuse being something like "I just don't think I'd be interested in something like that."

    Fast-forward three years, and here I am, going through the third (I think) series now.

    Wow. Was I ever an idiot to have turned this show down. There is absolutely nothing dark at all in this series. I kept expecting the "other shoe" to drop, but it never has. It's always kept everything on the positive side, even when things are potentially sad it always turns it out into something positive. It's nothing but a heart-wearming show with light-hearted comedy.

    And I can't get enough of it.

    Almost immediately, President Aria has become my favorite character.

    Some might call this show "slow" or boring, but I'd take this series over just about anything else I can think of, and I'd recommend it to anyone - whether they were a fan of anime or not. I just consider this show to truly be that good.

    ******

    In other news, I'm delighted that not just one, but two new instances of Tron are going to be showing up before the end of the year. The new Tron Legacy movie coming out in December, and then the Tron Evolution game coming out in November (pre-ordered already).

    And this coming hot off the heels of me just having finished yet another playthrough of Tron 2.0.

    It's too much. I can't wait. I've even gone back and watched the original Tron movie to prepare.

    And it's funny. While the movie does show its age in the archaic hardware they use, the scenes inside the computer world aren't that bad off. I can see it's outdated now, but I can also see how far ahead of the pack they were then with what they managed to accomplish, given the level of technology then. It's still pretty amazing when you stop and think about it.

    Yeah... definitely gonna hit up the IMAX in December. I don't care what anyone says or thinks - this movie is going to be awesome.

    Anyhoo...

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    Maybe it's because I'm just so laid-back in my normal life that I can't understand this. I don't know. I still don't get it.

    If you win something (argument, contest, online multiplayer, whatever) on the internet (which includes PC and console gaming), tell me, what have you really won?

    Bragging rights? Worthless "gamer points?" The ability to rub it in the other person's face and gloat?

    What is it that you really win?

    As far as I can tell, and am concerned, the answer is... Nothing.

    The point of a game isn't to win, but to have a good time while playing it. This is true even of board games and such.

    So why do people take it so personal?

    It's a game. It's meant to have fun with. Not get all bent out of shape when things don't go your way.

    Seriously, what good will getting (or for that matter, failing to get) that "achievement" do for you in the real world? What good is it to tout that you have x number of gamerscore?

    It just means that you're a good gamer or a cheat. It doesn't pay the bills. It doesn't go to work for you. It doesn't do anything in your real everyday life.

    So why get all bent out of shape when something prevents you from getting it?

    It's a game. And no matter how great it is, that's all it is. And it's not that great.

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    Heh... yeah, I definitely know that I'm bored... because things like this alert poster are amusing me.

    I've been writing quite a lot lately. Dunno why, except to maybe release my creative energies, before I go totally mental without any way to do something creative before my head explodes.

    One can only play games/watch TV/sleep/go to work/read books, etc. before it all becomes one vicious cycle that can drive a person insane. I need to let the things in my head out and put them into some hard copy form or I get crazy.

    Maybe that's why I've been going through and re-writing the Press Start To Play? story. The story I have and the story I end up putting up have become two almost totally different things. For example, in one of the last chapters I just finished up, Aya and Ayumi never had any kind of rivalry in the original. But everything in that section of the story relied heavily on deus ex machina to move from one plot point to the next, so I ended up having to add something believable to the story to accomplish the same task and not insult the intelligence of the reader.

    Everything following that chapter has already been (and will probably continue to be) altered from the original story because of that first change. I do believe it to be better for the story as a whole, and actually give any person who may be reading it half a clue as to what is going on, compared to the original where things "just happened" with no explanation as to how or why they happened, when they couldn't previously.

    As I read over the original story now, I've noticed that it tends to lose cohesion and jumps all over the map near the end. Plotholes are forcibly closed in ways that require suspensions of disbelief so large that they could tear open new plotholes of their own. I dunno, I think I was just trying to bring the story to a close by conveniently pinning a badly written ending to a half-assed back end. Practically everything that was set up and established during the first half of the story is summarily dismissed, which would give the reader the biggest "WTF?!" moment ever. That's probably why I'm doing this. Because I really liked this story and its premise and I want to give it the proper writing it deserves.

    Of course, I'm no expert writer... but eh... I'm writing this for myself, mostly. If someone else enjoys it along the way? All the better.

    ******

    I've also caught myself talking to myself a lot more often these days... Not just at home or while doing bookwork. But in just about every instance of my everyday life now. Talking to inanimate objects as if they could hear me, muttering to myself as if I'm rehearsing some conversation that I'm having in my head, and laughing/chuckling/giggling like a schoolgirl for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

    Yeah, I'm weird. Makes me wonder what people think of me sometimes. I just tell them: "Don't be jealous because the voices are only talking to me." or "Do you mind? I'm having an argument with myself. Please don't butt in. Nevermind that I'm losing, still, don't butt in!"

    Yes. I -do- have arguments with myself. And yes, I -do- occasionally lose one.

    No. I'm not kidding.

    So, to keep me from rambling on about more random things, I'll finish up with one of my favorite quotes:

    Everyone possesses many different faces.
    For living...
    For working...
    And for falling in love...
    I wonder how many faces I have?
    And which one is the REAL me?


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    Heh... it's been forever since I'd seen Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040... and even longer for the classic 2032 version...

    And I'd had intentions to pick it up at some point, but for one reason or another I never did. Whether the price was too high for me to spend at the time, or being simply out of stock when I did have the money. Either way, I kept passing up on it.

    Well, just the other day I happened on a near-mint condition boxset of the original 2040 complete collection (first/second printing, not a repackaging/re-re-re-re-release or license rescue), for only $22, so I snatched it.

    So before I started watching it, I settled down to watch the classic BGC 2032. Wow, nostalgia to the max, indeed.

    My thoughts are thus:

    The first one is a classic and will forever be my favorite of the two. I prefer the characters and music of the first one, not so much regarding the music on 2040 (Aside from the OP "Y'Know" which rocks).

    I could be exceedingly shallow and say that I prefer the "newer" look of 2040, and that it's easier to watch (because the image quality of 2032 has not aged well. ^^;; Especially noticable when coming fresh from watching a blu-ray disc), but the 2032 classic seems to capture the BGC world better.

    The 2040 world seems cleaner, newer, and brighter, whereas the original had that dark, gritty feel that lent itself to making the perfect atmosphere for its story.

    NENE SHOULD BE A REDHEAD, DAMMIT!

    No contest with the 2040 version here. Hillary Haag really brings it up a notch for the 2040, but they made Nene a freaking blonde! Her hair was part of her character!

    And as for the designs of the hardsuits - I like what they've done in 2040, but I'd say that I love and prefer the 2032 classics.

    The stories I really can't compare since they're almost so radically different. They both hold up well on their own.

    So, while I like them both - and will keep both - After watching them back to back. I still say that I love the 2032 classic a whole freakin' lot more.

    Anyhoo...

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    Key... Key... KEY!

    YOU MAGNIFICENT BUGGERS!

    How in the Sam Hill do you do it?! Seriously!

    How do you take a bunch of characters who aren't real, weave a masterpiece of a story, get me all tied up in those character's lives, then rip out my heart in the process and then put it back when all is said and done?

    And moreover than that... HOW do you keep me coming back for more?! One would think that such a process is something that someone wouldn't want to repeat. But I quickly fall in love with your works, and want to watch them over and over...

    Air was a bit iffy as it was my first introduction to your works... Oh, how I hated it--at first. (MISUZU!! ;_;) But it still left its impact on me, and I think I've actually come to like it, somewhat. Even if I still don't know what the hell was going on for 95% of the time the show ran its course.

    So when I found Kanon (2002, 13-episode edition), I'll admit... I was a bit skeptical... But just one episode was all it took. I was hooked, and back into the loop again. All those feelings churned up again. But this time I was ready for it, and could leave on a positive note. Probably why I could jump so enthusiastically on the 2006 remake of Kanon. Again, my heart was ripped out and put back. But this time I wanted it to happen again.

    So what do I do? I picked up Clannad. Magnificent... truly magnificent.

    As if that wasn't enough, I went headlong, fresh off of Clannad, straight into Clannad: After Story.

    ...And you'd think Id've been ready... what with all of the shows I've seen from you. But no... this one slammed into me like a Shinkansen going at full speed. I crumbled like a sand sculpture. There was no way I could have been prepared for it.

    Here I am, a fully grown person, bawling like a baby over an animated story. How is it possible?

    I'll tell you how... you are a master at your craft. You weave masterpieces that trancend its genre, its location, and even its targeted audience. You make a completely believable story that a person like me can relate to. Even the borders of language can't stop these masterpieces.

    And just because it's in Japanese means nothing. Neither does the fact that its animated. It's not just a "simple cartoon." In fact, I'd be hard-pressed to imagine any of today's Cartoon Network children understanding even half of the content in this show.

    And calling it "adult" doesn't work either, as it's not pornographic or really graphic in any such nature. It just shows life as it usually is.

    I'll just leave it as anime or Japanese animation, because that's what it really is. The story in this is truly epic, moving and just downright awesome.

    I think that's what a lot of "entertainment" on TV has lost. The abiility to weave a masterful tale that remains with you for a long, long time.

    Is it any wonder why I so fully jumped over to this media? Of course, that's not to say that this genre doesn't have its darker side... which it does. You just learn to stay away from it--which, unfortunately, is more than can be said on normal TV today. It's getting harder and harder to stay away from that, because it just gets everywhere anymore.

    Probably why I haven't watched much on TV lately... *shrug* Go fig...

    Anyway, if you haven't guessed, I just finished Clannad: After Story. I would recommend it to just about anyone, regardless if they were fans of animation or not. I would just inform them to keep some tissues handy, because it does get quite sad in some points, but if you ride it out, it does wrap up quite nicely.

    And it makes you want more of Key's masterful story writing...

    Wow... yeah...

    Anyhoo...

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    Okay... call me crazy... because I sure as hell know that I am...

    I'm still only starting out in Lunar Harmony on the PSP (I'm still in Burg), and I still have so much more to go...

    BUT!

    A chance presented itself to me to acquire the original Lunar for the PS1... for $50..

    Hell yeah I'm all over that! Especially with it retailing at $200...

    So now I've got the remake, and the original Lunar!

    Total amount spent on this one game alone... roughly $270...

    Yeah... go figure... Didn't wanna pay $200 for the game alone, so I paid $270 for the whole thing...

    But still I got a better deal. Marketing analysts be damned... ^^

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    Wow... I had no idea of the awesomeness today would hold...

    Went into work as usual, and later picked up my mail (since I work next door to the Post Office). In the stack of mail was my latest GameInformer.

    So, on my break, I'm thumbing through the magazine, skimming through the articles. I stopped on the Portal 2 feature for probably longer than I should have, but the awesomeness of that game now getting proper treatment... just... wow... yeah. I'm so pre-ordering.

    Anyway, as I'm thumbing through, I happen to catch a review for a game... a rather OLD game. A game I have been searching desperately for, for a loooong time. That game being Lunar: Silver Star Story (for the PS1). I've found it here and there, and even Amazon has it listed.

    The catch is, Amazon itself isn't selling it, the people ON Amazon are selling it, using Amazon as the shipper... At a premium. I know I want the game and all, but I'm not about to put out more for the game than it was originally sold for. And there's no way in hell that I'm going to pay $200 for a PS1 game, no matter mow much I may want it or want to play it. It just won't happen.

    Anyway, back to the issue. As I'm reading this review, I suddenly notice that this review isn't for LSSSC, but Lunar: Silver Star Harmony.

    This is a remastered version of LSSSC...

    ...And it retails for $39.99...

    Suddenly, my interest level has shot through the roof. When is it released? Where is it? And where can I get my hands on it?!

    My local Gamestop has a copy in stock. That's beautiful. I'm so there. Once I'm off work, I pop in to look at it. Sweet! It's there!

    Oh frak... it's a PSP game. Sonofa...! I don't have a PSP! Sooooo close and yet so far!

    Cue my sister. "Oh by the way, there was some other mail for you yesterday. I forgot to give it to you." She hands me the usual run of the mill stuff, but one envelope catches my attention: "Pinal County Financial Department."

    Really? That fast? Nah... couldn't be...

    So, I open it... Holy FRAK! It's my pay for working the polls! Talk about unexpected! $200 of instantly infused cash into my hands with nowhere to put it.

    I KNOW!

    One cashed check later, I walk out of Gamestop with Lunar and a shiny new PSP.

    Consider this search well and truly finished...

    And it's about frakking time... Back into the Lunar goodness after so long being away...

    Somewhere, there's a marketing peep just dancing a little jig in delight. For the want of one game... I went and purchased a brand new handheld system. That's gotta look good somewhere...

    But what do I care about marketing?

    I have my Lunar back!

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    Yeah... been almost three weeks or so, I guess. Since the end of January my computer was acting up - randomly shutting off and such of the like. I checked everything I could think of. All seemed to work fine, but still it just shut off like the system had been simply unplugged. So I just shut it off and left it off.

    Fast forward three or so weeks, after my tax return check came in the mail, I paid a visit to the nearby Fry's Electronics. Chalk up a new MBD, CPU, memory and power supply, and Kozue is back in business.

    Still don't know what the problem was, but it doesn't matter anymore. The problem is fixed and all is well.

    And beside that, I don't think I minded being "unplugged" for all that time. In fact, I actually quite enjoyed it. And if there was anything that required me to go online, I used my DSi. It may not be the best browsing experience, but it works in a pinch quite well. ^^

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    Okay... I don't know the story or the reason behind Pepsi's new "Throwback" edition, but as far as I'm concerned, they can keep this and even replace the normal Pepsi with it.

    It tastes like Pepsi used to, before they started putting HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) in it. It only stands to reason then, I suppose, as the Throwback Pepsi uses real sugar instead of HFCS, that it would taste like that.

    Still, just when I think I've lost my taste for Pepsi (and most carbonated drinks in general) this comes along. Really amazing to think that one single ingredient could change the taste so much.

    Or perhaps Pepsi (or someone else) is starting to realize just how bad HFCS really is to use in everything, as opposed to sugar.

    Who knows? All I know is that my body doesn't react violently to this formula, and that's good for me.

    And I also heard somewhere (probably History Channel or something) that HFCS was adversely affecting bees in some way. I forget what it was. Making them sterile or something, I dunno.

    Either way, I wish it would be a permanent thing, and not just a limited time offer...

    Anyhoo...

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    As it stands the current main characters of FGS 2.0:

    ~"The House" Section~

    Kozue Tiffany Kinezono-Phoenix
  • Originally activated as a Third-type artificial intelligence, but has since upgraded to the Fourth-type shell.
  • A hyperactive, moody, redheaded twintail who exhibits traits that range from mildly tsundere to obsessively yandere in her extremes (though the yandere times are usually triggered by Rei).
  • Married to Firenaut Phoenix.
  • Bitter rivals/absolute best friends with Rei Ayanami.
  • Is constantly getting into some kind of trouble, either by actively looking for it, or simply by stumbling upon it.
  • Friends with Tamaki Kousaka, an actress she met while on the set of FGS, who, in turn introduced her to another actress, Kyou Fujibayashi.
  • Absolutely idolizes Kyou and goes completely fangirlish and hyper (moreso) when she is around.
  • Is almost always referred as "Tiffy" by pretty much everyone in the cast. Her first name (Kozue) is only ever used by her mother to scold her. Her little sister is the only one to call her "Onee-chan."

    Rei Ayanami
  • Absolutely hates redheads, and never misses and opportunity to make it known.
  • Is insanely jealous of Tiffy and still continues to state that "that redheaded bitch stole her man."
  • Despite all that, is still Tiffy's absolute best friend, and is the first to come to her aid if ever needed.
  • Is pretty much lost if Tiffy isn't around to reflect off of.
  • Has a slightly unhealthy obsession for Tamaki Kousaka and squeals like a fangirl at the very mention of her name and is instantly at her side, clinging like a puppy if she ever enters the area.
  • Rumor has it that it's all a conditioned response that she started to annoy Tiffy, as Tiffy had once idolized Tamaki as she now does Kyou.
  • Also has a hidden evil side to her that must be suppressed or it will mean the end of the world. Although that suppression is difficult when Tiffy’s aggravating her to no end.

    Len Ayanami
  • Rei’s little sister, nicknamed “Lenny”.
  • A clone of sorts of Rei, similar situation to Tiffy and Vita.
  • She’s Vita’s best friend and partner in crime.
  • Like Rei, also has a succubus side that she had better hold onto, but seems to be losing that control, as she grows older.

    Ruri Hoshino
  • Technology Expert hired by Tiffany to optimize her computer network.
  • Later promoted to head of the IT department and then on to the Third-type project.
  • Is eventually placed in her current position, as Tiffy's dedicated, on-site maintenance personnel.
  • Keeps an active eye on everything Tiffy does and, if necessary, makes repairs or fixes up whatever mess she's gotten herself into.
  • Is the true head of houshold, and all of the power, money, and authority run through her.
  • Is the "eyes" and "ears" of the house. Nothing happens inside the house without her knowing about it.
  • Is frequently dressing Tiffy up in various maid and cosplay outfits.
  • Has even installed catlike-personality subroutines into Tiffy's system, added a pair of working cat ears to her head (that are usually hidden by her hair), and cat bells around her neck (in a necklace form).
  • Frequently calls Tiffy her "baka nekomusume."
  • Makes a killing selling the videos that she records of the "events" that take place within the house. (And all with TiffMac's permission!)
  • The one person you do not want to piss off, because she can dig up dirt on just about anything, no matter how well secured.

    Primula Hoshino
  • Ruri’s apprentice-in-training.
  • She just showed up one day, unannounced, and has been around ever since.
  • Hybrid biological artificial being created in a lab.
  • As a fellow artificial being, she feels a “kinship” with Ruri.
  • Because of this, Ruri decided to adopt her as her own little imouto, and gave her the Hoshino surname.
  • She hopes to be able to provide backup (or replacement) for Ruri one day if Ruri is ever unavailable or if Ruri -ever- retires.
  • Very little else is known about her.

    Vita Kinezono
  • Tiffy's little sister - referred to by Tiffy as "Imouto," and "Vita-chan" by everyone else.
  • Is actually the Fourth-type prototype, made to see if Tiffy's system would work with the new shell.
  • She was constructed using some of Tiffy's cyber-DNA and her old memories.
  • After the test succeeded, her memories were altered so that she differed from being a "little Tiffy" and then became an individual on her own right.
  • Always carries around a hammer, with which she usually bashes Fire or some unsuspecting male, if she so deems that he is doing something perverted.
  • Is almost always at the house, but lives and sleeps with her mother, Tiffany, at the MTI complex, in the residential section.

    Firenaut Phoenix
  • Head of household - in name only.
  • Tiffy's husband.
  • Lucky (or unlucky, depending on your POV) bastard.
  • Has to constantly deal with the affections of his wife, the aggressive Rei, and the covert and sly Ruri.
  • Constantly getting bashed by something, be it a shoe, a book, a pillow, or Vita's hammer.
  • The only male in the house.
  • Heads up the normal R&D division at MTI.
  • Goes by the name "Fire" (or "Fire-kun") most often.

    Tamaki Kousaka
  • Frequent visitor to the house, but doesn't live there.
  • Talks with Ruri at length about a great many things.
  • Is often used to defuse a tense situation between Rei and Tiffy, as Rei will almost always ditch her fight with Tiffy and run for Tamaki.
  • Knows a great deal more than she lets on, and only Ruri knows the full extent of what she knows.
  • Friends with Tiffy, but keeps her at arm's length due to a past incident during one of Tiffy's Rei-induced yandere episodes that resulted in her (Tamaki) getting stabbed.

    ~MTI Section~

    Tiffany Kirsten Macintosh
  • Executive CEO of MacinTech Technologies International (MTI) (entire organization).
  • No-nonsense, businesslike attitude, but is far from cold, and in fact addresses all of her employees by their first name.
  • Does not know the meaning of the words "can't" and "impossible."
  • Older twin sister (by a few minutes) that is usually the more mature one.
  • Commonly referred to by her friends as "TiffMac."

    Priscilla Kimberly Macintosh
  • Administrative CEO of US-based MTI Phoenix Branch.
  • Younger twin sister to Tiffany - and as such is much more reckless, laidback, and at times can seem immature because of her childlike nature.
  • May not remember all of her employees' first names, but she does genuinly care for them in any way she can.
  • Perhaps the only person on the planet who can talk Tiffany down when she's become irate.
  • Has a gift of flirtation that comes naturally, without her even realizing it.
  • Has been called "Prissy" in the past, but all who have said it have regretted it. She prefers to be called "Pris" if nicknames are to be used.

    Yuki Nagato
  • Head Chief of the Advanced Research and Development Division.
  • Has ultimate and final control of both the Temporal and Dimensional portal prototypes.
  • Monitors specific frequencies on the quantum level, and deems whether or not they are a threat to the company.
  • Is a Special Advisor to the CEO in matters of Temporal and Dimensional phenomena.
  • Maintains the computer systems and networks throughout the entire complex.

    Dr. Kensuke Ichiro Higuichi, PhD.
  • Chief Medical Physician for the MTI Medical Facility located within the complex.
  • Considered by many to be a “Miracle Man” because of the medical feats he manages to pull off.
  • Currently pursuing a romantic relationship with Priscilla for her “feisty” nature, and “how hot she looks in a nurse’s outfit.”
  • Has an odd sense of humor, and a bit of an obsession with the CSI series.
  • Extremely quick-witted, and highly skilled in the art of the one-liner comebacks.


    Rayearth Minako Kagurazaka
  • Executive Chief of Security for the entire MTI complex.
  • Close, personal, long-time childhood friend of Tiffany and perhaps her oldest friend in the group.
  • Redheaded twintail who looks for all the world like Tiffy's older sister.
  • In fact is actually the person who Tiffany based her Second and Third-type designs on, contrary to the belief that Tiffany based them on herself.
  • Goes by and is referred to as "Minako" or "Mina," but sometimes is called "Mina-chan" by some of her closest friends.
  • Despite her small stature, she has a very imposing presence and is hard to miss when she enters a room.
  • Not a person you want to tangle with, and perhaps the one person, save Tiffany herself who can be absolutely terrifying to the point that she can even intimidate Tiffy.

    Kyou and Ryou Fujibayashi
  • Listed as "Special Couriers" for the CEO.
  • All details surrounding their affiliation with MTI is a closely guarded secret.
  • Slightly suspicious because they were around before any of "The House" cast ever met - while Tiffy was growing up - more than thirty years previous.
  • The only two people that Tiffy openly confides in without hiding or holding anything back.
  • Hold such admiration, adoration and respect from Tiffy that they can stop her cold in her tracks with just a simple smile.
  • Of the MTI cast, they are the only ones who visit "The House" frequently, but still maintain their duties at the MTI complex.

    Rio Hitomi Kinezono
  • The only biological daughter of Tiffany Macintosh.
  • The primary antagonist against Tiffy.
  • The former heiress to the MTI Corporate Empire.
  • Has spent pretty much all of her time seeking pleasure and money over anything else – much to the detriment of any future she had with the company.
  • Essentially has no moral compass - nothing is “off-limits” to her – especially when money or pleasure are involved.
  • The only person who can freak out Fire to the point of fleeing from the scene in an instant, as he’s learned to sense her presence to avoid her constant sexual advances.
  • Despite her aloof and air headed personality, she’s actually quite intelligent – genius even – she just lets people believe she’s “stupid” to manipulate the situation to her advantage.
  • On more than one occasion has managed to successfully penetrate Tiffy’s security and wreak havoc with her systems via electronic virus, harmless program with harmful intentions.
  • Or just simply incapacitating her with some nasty computer script she wrote up on the fly.
  • Greedy, unscrupulous, conniving, sneaky, and always plotting.
  • Has tried more than once, every time unsuccessfully, to overthrow her mother and take over the company, to run it the way she wants to.
  • One person you never want to turn your back on – for ANY reason.
  • Unknown to most people, except those in the extreme close proximity to her, she has a daughter that is in foster care. The father is unknown – but there are more than enough candidates.

    That's it for now...

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    Frakkity...

    2009, just up and gone. And I'm somewhat of a dual mind on this. I'm glad things are moving forward, but other times, I just wish they would slow down, so that I can actually stop and enjoy them.

    I swear I need a vacation.

    I think the last time I took one was sometime in December of last year? Or was it January? I forget which. Still, it's been too long since my last vacation. And if the entry on my paystub is correct, I've got 105 hours stored up. That's just a little over two and a half weeks.

    Heh. Doubt I'll be able to take it all at once. But if I did, I know where I'd go. I'd skip the pond and do some serious touring of the country of Japan. There are some gardens, mountains, and other sights that I would love to see. And I'd plan it so that the last part of the trip ends up in Tokyo (because if I went there first, I'm afraid I'd spend all my money there before anything got started).

    But that's all a mere fantasy/dream until all elements click into place. I would need time, money, travel arrangements, and quite possibly a guide, as I don't know the language enough to get around on my own. And so far as of yet, only the time issue (the two weeks) has ever been constantly available. It may be some time before any of the rest is available.

    Ah well, no biggie for now, because I've still got my normal life to deal with, and I can't just up from it and go - much as I'd like to some days.

    For now, it's just a tempus fugit mentality - and one I'd desperately like to slow down if only once in a while.

    "It took us centuries to learn that it doesn't have to take centuries to learn."

    --Now if only I could learn it. ^^;;

    Anyhoo...

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    Bah! Modern Warfare 2... I think you need to be dragged out back and shot full of holes.... or, at least, your campaign mode does. Did you have ADD or something and forget your plotline and story progression halfway through?

    Whatever the hell happened to the clearly defined mission from the beginning. Did you forget about that guy to go after another? And why the hell do you keep killing off my characters?! I can only explain it by saying that there's gotta be a Modern Warfare 3, because absolutely nothing got accomplished, and every story thread (save one) introduced in the game was left completely hanging. I mean... seriously. The point of a game is, of course, to have fun... but if you can manage to weave in a kick-ass story along the way (Gears 2, for example), then that just makes that game so much better.

    You, on the other hand, flit about like a sugared-up three-year-old with a bad case of ADD. The story jumps back and forth so much that the player is well and truly confused by the time the "final" battle approaches.

    And after fighting off wave after endless wave of enemies, you treat all of that hard work with a non-ending? WTF?! At least your older brother could keep it together, even though he was only half as flaky as you were.

    Multiplayer is actually pretty nice, but since I rarely play multiplayer much outside of Gears 2 and Soul Calibur IV... there's little interest for me there. Besides, I like the Third-person view much better in this instance. At least Marcus and Dom know how to properly duck and cover, instead of simply laying on the ground, thus impeding their chances of quick flight (in case of a grenade or something similar).

    And for the lof of God, give me a map, a radar, ANYTHING that lets me know where my people are and where my enemies are! Yeah, sure, I know that it's supposed to be realistic and all, but freaking screw that. I don't know how many times I was holed up somewhere trying to figure out the confusing pattern that I'm supposed to be taking, while some sniper on a roof somewhere is taking potshots at me. And by the time I've located him, I'm toast.

    And if I'm going to play the game, I'd better damned well be able to freaking SEE IT! I can't stand first-person shooters that impede your vision with crap on the screen as you get hit, as if the blood immediately goes to your eyes and makes everything all red and splotchy. And if you're going to fire off a stun grenade, that's fine. But don't pop off like six in a row! I absolutely LOVE staring at a totally white/frozen screen that has splotches of red over it for thirty seconds and then have it fade away only when it shows my character getting mowed down.

    Seriously, enough of that. Find some other way to indicate damage, like perhaps maybe the way that Gears 2 and Halo 3 ODST do it. At least you know you're hurt, but your vision isn't impeded when you're trying to clear out to allow yourself a chance to return to normal.

    I mean, seriously, you piss me off... when I have to drop the difficulty level just to have fun again, then you've got to be doing something wrong.

    Pfft... enough of this... I'm gonna go back to Achievement Hunting in ODST.

    Anyhoo...

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    Wow... once again, it has taken me forever to get back to this...

    Guess life has just been keeping me so busy that all I can really have time to do anymore is lurk.

    Anyway... now that sufficient time has passed since I first saw this movie in the theater this summer, the DVD has also been out for some time as well (which I have bought, as well as the Blu-Ray edition), and I've watched it numerous times to catch every possible nuance and what have you, I think I will speak on the subject of this movie.

    Star Trek.

    What.

    The.

    Hell?!


    I enjoyed this movie immensely. It was every bit as good as Transformers 2 - and then some. It kicked ass. It took names. It then proceeded to kick their asses too. It had some really sweet visual effects eye-candy that I'll find extemely hard to top (which is probably why I went back to get the Blu-ray edition because I wanted to make it even better). Words fail me when I try to explain how much I like this movie.

    However, like a brutal kick to the chest that takes your breath away for a few minutes, it suddenly hit me that this was supposed to be a Star Trek movie, not Transformers, G.I. Joe, Iron Man, or any of the "blockbuster" movies that have been shown this year.

    Then I started to get irritated, then upset, and then just downright irate and furious.

    This was not a Trek movie. It was just a movie that merely used names, events, characters and places from Trek history.

    I can sit back and be amazed by this movie and enjoy it immensely, but every time my brain tries to put Trek back into the equation, it has a catastrophic meltdown.

    I could run down the list of reasons and hundreds of little nit-picking things I've picked up on after watching this movie over and over, but then this would be an excessively long list, so I'll just sum it up into a few of the more important points that I've managed to figure out why it bothers me so much to put a Trek name on this movie.

    First and foremost (for me, at least) - It doesn't feel like a Trek movie to me. It's really hard to explain or properly convey this one. All the previous movies had a definite feel to them (with the exception of possibly Nemesis), that one could put their finger on and say that "This is Star Trek." And you needn't see more than a few minutes of the movie to see it. This new movie lacks that, and it's quite possibly the biggest detractor - to me - to accepting this movie as canon Trek. Sure, the new upgrades and visual enhancements look great, but now the movie looks more like something out of Battlestar Galactica, or even, dare I say it, Star Wars (the prequels). I find it quite hard to distinguish it from any of the other blockbuster movies in the past year, a feat of separation that all the previous Trek movies managed to do, regardless of how bad they were.

    Second - The new movie is totally "flat." It's all flash-bang and no substance. Once you get beyond the super-shiny exterior, it's hollow inside. The previous movies all were layered, and has various subtle subtexts hidden within their plots. The almost always had more than one thing going on. And as well with the movie as the TV series, they also paralleled something that was taken from current events. Like the situation from Star Trek VI, which took the fall of the Soviets and replaced them with Klingons and set it in space with the Neutral Zone "wall" falling instead of another iconic wall here on Earth.

    This new movie lays all of its cards on the table from the very first scene. It tries to be dramatic and leading up to something, but it doesn't quite hold up - especially when you already know what's coming. It's constantly in your face, telling you what you need to know, even if you already know it. I'd essentially call it "dumbed down," but eh, whatever. It tries to surprise me with a twist here, the loss of a planet there... but it has already shown me its cards, so how can I be surprised when I already know what's coming? Whatever happened to leaving something unsaid, so that the viewer can make their own choices? Is using one's own brain so hard to do? I know they were trying to capture a new group of people who have never seen Trek before, but come on, at the expense of your veteran fans?

    Third - The "Alternate Timeline" angle they based this whole movie on really was quite exceedingly weak. Leave it to J.J Abrams to find the weakest thing about Star Trek and make a movie out of it. Seriously, if the Romulan ship is destroyed in the end by the black hole, how the hell did it manage to survive the trip through the first time?

    It's also apparent to me that the words "Alternate Timeline" to J.J. Abrams translates into "free-and-clean-slate-to-do-whatever-the-hell-I-want." "What? Kill Kirk's father? Sure! Make Kirk a pissy, witty miscreant who likes trouble? Sure, we can do that! What the hell, we can even throw in some completely pointless advertising and give Nokia a plug by putting a cellphone in! And hey, why don't we make Spock a moody emo teenager in an adult's body who has to do a poor job of controlling them, especially when we kill his mother off and destroy his planet. But it's all good, because he's getting it on with Uhura, so we're going to overlook these obvious outbursts of emotion. Let's see? What else can we put in? Well, I like the pacing from the Star Wars prequels, so why don't we make the whole movie play out like one of those, I'm sure George Lucas won't mind if we give ILM all of the SFX work."

    Fourth - And this one is really just a minor issue, but it does show how far set apart it is from the others. Where is ANY of the writing staff from ANY of the previous movies or episodes? I couldn't find a single name that was familiar. From the top down, this all appears to be a new rendition, with new people, new cast, new writing staff, new producer, etc.

    There are countless other little (and some major) nit-picking issues I could touch on, like the way the warp core was ejected, or how, if they built the Enterprise in the Earth's atmosphere, did they get it to space without activating the core.

    Or the biggest ones, like WTF was up with the Romulans and their ship? They sure as hell weren't at all Romulan to me. They didn't look Romulan and they sure as hell didn't talk like Romulans. And I find it exceedingly difficult to place the Narada as just "a simple mining ship." The freaking thing is larger than a Scimitar class ship, and that wasn't truly Romulan, as it was Reman. If anything, I'd place the crew of the Narada as Remans, but they didn't looks like Remans, just angsty humans with tattoos.

    What about the "Red Matter?" There is absolutely no explanation about what it is or how it came about, or why the Vulcans have so much of it. And since when is one star so dangerous when it goes supernova? Plenty of them have happened in previous Trek episodes and at least one movie. None of those "threatened the existence of all life in the galaxy" like this one apparently did. Even Generations' supernova only affected a single star system.

    Oh, and those nacelles on the Enterprise? WAY. TOO. DAMNED. BIG! It throws off the balance of the ship. Especially when someone in the special features mentions something like their Enterprise is almost three times the size of the original Enterprise.

    Other things that bother me about this movie: The time they state that it takes to get to Vulcan; the quickness that it apparently takes to get from the bridge to the transporter room (or anywhere on the ship, for that matter) - Is it all on Deck One... seriously?; the engine room (or anywhere in the underbelly of the ship). Dear GOD, who in their right mind thought that this was a good thing? Who thought it was a good thing to shoot at the Budwiser plant? This is the Enterprise not the freaking Galactica! It's not supposed to all be hanging out, the ship is supposed to be streamlined, it's a trademark feature of a Federation ship. Not one freaking Jefferies' tube... it's all catwalks and pipes. Very hard to picture it as a Federation ship. More like some random building on Earth.

    And one more thing, Star Trek, at its heart was always about exploration, not war. Fighting was there, sure, but it always went back to its core of exploration. Now, all they seem do do is get in one fight after another. Probably why Enterprise (the TV series) fell so hard because they did the Xindi war too soon after DS9 and their Dominion War. Had they put Archer out to, you know... actually explore, instead of this time-travel, revenge/war vendetta against the Xindi... I think ENT would have lasted a lot longer.

    But I digress, and now I'm just getting off on little nitpicks, so I'll stop for now. But don't get me wrong. I absolutely love this movie... it's just that I cannot, in any right sense of mind call this anything approaching a Star Trek movie.

    It's just a very entertaining science-fiction movie that just happens to borrow heavily from the Trek universe, and get it all horribly wrong.

    But to give credit where credit is due, it is a great movie, and the actors are great in it (especially the one who played Pike). It's just not a Star Trek movie, and I don't think I can ever consider it one and still enjoy it.

    Mostly because it's either enjoy it and don't consider it Trek canon, or hate it profusely for what it has done to Trek. I prefer to do the former, to give it the credit it deserves.

    Anyhoo...

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    What if everything you knew... was a lie?

    ...

    Holy...

    HOLY FREAKING.... WOW!

    Seriously. I've liked Asian movies (the non-horror/gore ones anyway) for quite a long time. The trouble usually is that they're so hard to get ahold of, sometimes. While I stay primarily in the Japanese end of live-action, I was aware of the Korean movies as well.

    To be honest, I never really paid too much attention to them (mostly because I never had access to any that weren't the usual hack and slash).

    So, while I was in Best Buy the other day, on a whim, I picked up a random find. A double-pack from ADV films. It was a Korean movie called Yesterday and the movie I'm talking about right now: 2009: Lost Memories.

    I haven't seen Yesterday, yet (mostly in part to the Top Gear Season 10 set I also picked up at the same time), but I just finished watching 2009.

    Talk about an attention-grabber. I never once took my eyes off the screen. If this is any indication of how other Korean (non hack/slash) films are, I'm gonna have to invest in a few more, if I can find them.

    But anyway, the movie itself posed a very intriguing and interesting premise. What if everything you knew as fact, was actually a lie? That the history you knew to be true, had actually been manipulated by someone who wanted to change a certain aspect of history?

    It really shows, rather awesomely, how a single person, changing a single (somewhat minor) event in history, can have global repercussions and change everything on an immensely massive scale.

    And from what I gathered, It also played with the idea of "How far are you willing to go to stand up for what you know is right? What are you willing to give up? What lines are you willing to cross? What lines must you never cross?"

    Yeah... if you haven't guessed it already, I thoroughly and entirely enjoy political thrillers. Especially if they are based around science-fiction.

    Whose side do you take? What do you believe? Who do you trust? Who the hell meddled with the timeline? How do we change it back?

    All answers that get my brain spinning off on tangents constantly while trying to unravel the mystery, and make me absolutely enjoy the experience of watching the movie.

    Seriously, if you like thrillers, political thrillers, science fiction, and/or Asian cinema (that's not hack/slash), then I'd seriously recommend that you give this movie a watch. I can't guarantee that you will enjoy it, but I know that I sure as hell did!

    Anyhoo...

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    Heh, first post in forever. Ah well, Just busy I guess...

    So, after working through a massive backlog of DVDs, I'm finally watching Kanon (the 2006 TV series from ADV). I've had the discs from day one (well, I've had disc one from the first day, and then collected the rest until Funi released volume six), but they've been sitting on the shelf waiting patiently for me to watch them.

    So, I'm watching it now, and I'm really liking it. I'll reserve final judgement and how it compares to the original 13-ep Kanon series when I finish the last disc.

    Also, I happened to catch a re-run episode of Babylon 5 on TV the other night.

    Yes, I watched it all the way through. :p

    And it was in that episode that I finally pinned down what it was that I didn't like about the show, and why I never got into it like I have with my other shows (like Stargate SG-1, and the new Battlestar Galactica).

    B5 doesn't have any people.

    Oh sure, it had the actors and whatnot, but that's it. In just about any given shot, there's only a few people on the screen. The ships/stations/whatnot are virtually empty.

    In almost every episode of TNG, DS9, Voyager, and even Enterprise, to some extent, the ships are full of people. There's someone milling about pretty much everywhere. TNG had Ten-Forward, DS9 had the Promenade, and Voyager had the Mess Hall, and various other places.

    Almost nothing was totally and completely empty. (There's also the issue of the detailing in the backgrounds, but that's another story entirely.)

    Even my latest interest Battlestar Galactica (the new one playing on SciFi currently) has people milling about everywhere. Of course, the big theme of the show is the people, but there's almost no blank shots, no bridge shots with just one or two people in frame. It's all so full of people, that it pulls you into that reality.

    When I see empty shots like the ones on B5, I find it hard to "get into" anything the show is trying to do, because my brain keeps reminding me that it's a TV show, and not letting forget that fact and become involved with the characters to the point that the show is no longer a show, but something you keep with you and talk to other people about, and something you have an emotional (and most likely financial) investment in, and want to see how it ends.

    That's what I managed to pin down after watching that episode.

    Anyhoo...

    Matte ne!

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    Wal-Mart Employee Trampled in Stampede

    Seriously now, people. Was saving a few bucks really all that important, that you had to go and kill a man?

    What the hell is wrong with people like that? There is a dying man on the floor, people are trying to help him, and the crowd just about tramples over them too?!

    Stop all of your damned greediness and help the man already!

    *sighs* And then they had the nerve to get irate at being told to leave after the incident? Seriously, have you no common decency or civility?

    Apparently not.

    This is the very exact reason that I avoid Black Friday like it's the freaking plague. I'll stay inside my house and let people do what they will, because I'm sure that if I wait just a little while longer, I can get what I want. Sure, it might be a few bucks more, but I don't have to sit out in the freezing cold all night just to potentially get a chance at what I'm aiming for.

    Besides that, I generally have an aversion to huge thronging crowds like those that appear on Black Friday, so I just do a little shopping online. Maybe I'll even catch a few "Cyber Monday" deals.

    Or maybe not. I'm not going to let a retail empire, and a few dollars off dictate how and where I shop. I'll shop at my own lesiure, and at my own pace. I hate being crowded out. If they truly want my business, they'll provide a calm and professional atmosphere to shop in, or else I'm going online. I'll pay for the shipping, I don't care. It's either shipping or gas and sales tax, either way, it comes out pretty much the same in price.

    And I don't have to freeze my ass off or brave trampling mobs to get it.

    Seriously, people. Get your act straight and stop acting like greedy little savages. Those few bucks off of some stupid thing is NOT worth someone's life.

    Anyhoo...

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    Wow...

    Just... WOW.

    We have an AWESOME God!

    To have created such an amazing "computer" that puts anything man has made to absolute shame.

    How awesome would it be to have a computer system that can receive and process seventy-two GIGABYTES per second, with absolutely no lag time?

    If you'd like to have one, don't go looking around for it, because you already do.

    It's called your brain.

    Your eyes send that much information to your brain per second all the time without a break (except for when you're sleeping, of course), and it continually processes it within that second and moves on to the next item.

    A camera with 2.3million color capability and one hell of a megapixel capability (Can you imagine how clear that image would be if the digicam took the shot, and that ONE SINGLE image was 72 gigabytes?), is what your eye basically is.

    It's only one more reason for me to absolutely appreciate what God has created.

    Just absolutely amazed, seriously...

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    It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
    It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
    Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
    When you give yourself away
    People never crumble in a day

    It's a slow fade...


    --Slow Fade by Casting Crowns (the chorus part, at least) from their album The Altar and The Door.


    You know, this song has been out since probably somewhere in 2007. But I've only recently become aware of it. (That's probably because we've only recently switched the store radio from country music to Christian music.)

    The same station is on 24/7 at home, but I guess I just never heard it before, or they just started playing it, I don't know.

    But I've been listening to this song, and it's just gripped me and made me stop and think. At first, I applied it to the nation of America as a whole, especially after Election Night when the people chose Obama over McCain and Palin.

    I personally voted for McCain and Palin. I'm not ashamed of that. I was (still am) more afraid of what Obama stands for. But he's going to be the President now, so I'll support him and pray for him, even if our viewpoints don't agree on practically anything. There's not much I can do about that anyway, and sitting around being upset about it certainly won't help matters any either. So just get up, pick up the pieces, and keep on moving.

    However, in the recent days, the more I hear this song (and the other one on the same album titled East to West) the more I begin to apply it to myself.

    Sure, America is slowly fading from her former prestige as a Christian nation, but let's get to what really matters - the individual. Nations can be (and are) judged corporately, but they're made up of individuals. What's true of one may not be so of the other. So, while blanket generalizations may be great for a nation's image, they hardly do justice for the individual.

    There are hard questions that this song makes me ask myself.

    The nation is slowly fading, that's a given. But am I slowly fading along with it, or am I holding fast and letting my light shine? Here lately, I haven't been liking the answers I find.

    Am I crumbling by one compromise at a time? How I wish I could say no, but I have made some really BONEHEADED decisions, and I STILL make them when I'm weak and tired. I'm not perfect, I'm human. But the important thing is that now that I'm aware that the foundation is crumbling, I know Who to go to to have it fortified and restored.

    Have I been a party to the "slow fade" of America? Again, I'd have to reluctantly say yes. Because even though I wasn't an activist or anyone who specifically sets out to enact liberal agendas, my inaction has caused the walls to crumble. Because I'm too passive, the enemy has overrun the city, and I have nowhere to run. I have been a Laodicean up until recently. Adhering to my faith when it was convenient, and abandoning it when I didn't need it or when things got rough.

    Now, it's the only thing in this world that I'm going to cling on to for dear life. Because it's the ONLY thing that truly matters. And it's the only thing that will save me. Nothing else in this world can claim that.

    All I can do now is pray and be who I am - a Christian. I can hold true to the standards set by the Word of God and try to bring as many people in to the Fold as I can. In the end, if I only get one person, it was worth it.

    But the return of Christ is sooo close now, that I have no time left. I can only hope that I have time to reach as many people as I possibly can before He makes his boarding call for Flight F-I-N-A-L.

    I used to live in fear of being left behind, and the teaching of the book of Revelation used to terrify me. I would wake up and the house would be totally quiet, and I'd get into a panic, thinking that I was left behind.

    Now that fear has become perfect peace. I know with certainty where I'm going to go now, and I don't want to wish the terror of uncertainty on anyone, which is why I want to try to reach as many people as possible in the little time that remains before Christ's return.

    Oh, yes, I'm going to be very nervous, because I'm not a public speaker of any kind, and I don't associate with people very much. I'm a rather quiet person in general, unless I'm around people I know and feel safe with. If I don't know them, or am uncomfortable, you might not even know I'm there, because I'm so quiet.

    But no more, with the boldness of Christ, I'm going to reach out to people.

    If you don't know what's going on in your life, or have the terror of uncertainty, there's only one way out of the coming nightmare. And that's to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Find a Christian near you, and ask how. Or you can ask me. I'd be willing to help.

    Or, if you prefer, you can call someone anytime you need to at 1-888-NEED HIM. (1-800-633-3446) or on the web at http://www.needhim.org

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    So tell me... how messed up is this?

    Just to test a theory, I started a new family other than my base four families (Kinezono, Hoshino, Ayanami, and Phoenix) in Sims 2.

    And on a whim (and needing a different name) I named it the Kinomoto family.

    I had it start off with just Kaji, the father, and Sakura, his daughter. Sakura's mother died shortly after she was born, so she's not in the picture. That left just Sakura and Kaji to themselves.

    But now the Kinomoto house has six family members living in it.

    How is this possible, and where did they come from?

    Well, Sakura gave birth to twins first, then later, another daughter.

    The father? Her father, Kaji.

    That's not all. The third daughter, Eriko? She gave birth to a daughter of her own.

    The kicker? The father is (again) Kaji.

    I don't know the generational things on this, but wouldn't Eriko be his granddaughter, and therefore, Eriko's daughter, Kiko his great-granddaughter?

    Or are all of them just classified as his daughters, regardless of who's the mother of who?

    I'm going to be mulling over this for some time.

     |--|--Kaji----Misaki
     |  |   |__________|
     |  |   |
     |  |--Sakura
     |      |---------|-------|
     |----Eriko     Reiko   Kimiko
            |
          Kiko
    

    I think that's how it would look. Maybe not. But it's pretty blasted confusing anyway you look at it.

    Anyhoo...

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    You know, I really don't mind when a boss starts throwing their weight around to have things done in their store.

    It is their store, after all. It's their choice if they want something done a certain way.

    But I have to draw the line at the door, though.

    Once I'm clocked out and at home, they have no right and no business telling me what I can and cannot do in my free time.

    I understand that if something at home was interfering with the work situation, and causing the quality of the work to suffer, then he can say something. But when a boss starts telling me that I can't do this or that at home, because he personally doesn't like it, that's when I start getting a little pissed.

    I'm not affecting his sales, or his bottom dollar by relaxing at home. What I do at home has absolutely nothing to do with what I do at work. Both are kept completely separate.

    So why the hell is he telling me that I could potentially get fired for what I'm doing AT HOME - on MY OWN TIME?

    No, sorry, the world doesn't work that way, buddy. There's no legal loophole that says you can fire me for what I do IN MY OWN HOME.

    Eh...

    Matte ne!

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    Heh. Got my Mitsuki Hayase in the mail today. I also have a figma Kagami (from Lucky Star), Nendoroid Miku Hatsune, and the Sega Prize Miku Hatsune all on order (staggered appropriately, of course).

    As of late, my figure purchases have dropped off considerably. I suppose it's probably because I'm directing the most of my money into savings for future expenses and emergencies.

    And since I make it a point to never, ever get involved with any credit card (debit cards are a different story) of any kind, I kinda need that cash backing if I ever wanna get a new laptop or stuff that may come up.

    ...

    Sweet!! Ironman is available on DVD on September 30th! Must get it when it's available.

    Been waiting for a release date on that once sine I'd seen the movie. Now the only one to wait for is The Dark Knight.

    Anyhoo...

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    Okay...

    So, how insane is it that when I tried to have Rei and Kozue talk, their meeting turned into a free-for-all catfight, but Rei, of her own volition, chooses Raye (short for Rayearth, Kozue's twin sister, of sorts) as her best and closest friend?

    This game has no idea what backstory that has been written for the FGS characters [Kozue Kinezono (mostly called and referred to as "Tiffy," the shortened version of her middle name), Rei Ayanami, Ruri Hoshino, and Firenaut Phoenix - with occasional appearances by Tamaki Kousaka, and Rayearth Kinezono], but it's really following (as close as you can expect) the backstory.

    I find that oddly amusing, and somewhat creepy at the same time. It doesn't know what's been written, but these characters, that practically have lives of their own, are being played out so perfectly to what was really laid down.

    Awesome, is what I'd term it.

    Aside from that, I've been watching pretty much nothing but CSI, and it's shifted my brain into a hyper-analytical mode where I analyze every little detail of things, even when I'm not watching it. I still love this show. Not so hot on the NY and Miami versions yet, but they (NY, Miami) are good time killers, and entertaining shows.

    Speaking of Vegas... I need to get seasons four and five of Las Vegas, as I'm sorely behind in my viewing, and I want to see it again.

    Anyhoo...

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    KAGAMIN~!

    Yeah... I got Lucky Star volume 3 today (the limited edition). Almost didn't get it, because they didn't have it on the shelf at Best Buy. Had to hunt someone down and ask. Turns out they had it in the back, but hadn't brought it out yet.

    I loved the Japanese version to no end, but in English, Kari Wahlgren is just hitting this one out of the park with Kagami. Downright awesome is what she is with this role. I can't get enough of it. Just like Crispin Freeman with Kyon from Haruhi. The one-liners and comebacks are positively priceless. (Could they possibly be Grissom one-liners, or maybe even inspired by such? Who can tell?) It's like a normal person's view of the insane things going on around them. Most of the time, it's funny, but sometimes it's just plain awesome the way she plays it.

    Hmm...need more Kagamin... must have more Kagamin... Guess I'll just have to wait until disc 4 comes out later.

    Anyhoo...

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    Hee...

    I'm just in an odd mood. Dunno what it is, but I'm crazy right now, laughing for n apparent reason, and just generally happy.

    I like it.

    Anyhoo...

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    Meh.

    Elections this week (on Tuesday) were pretty quiet, but the place in which we had to work had no A/C. Ugh. Not even 0730, and already it was getting ugly hot--inside.

    Thankfully, we had like fifteen fans blowing on us to keep us cool, so it didn't get too bad. Only mildly uncomfortable. And when we had all the fans going, and the side that DID have A/C opened up and let the air travel from their side to ours, it got much more comfortable.

    Worked Wednesday... the usual... nothing much happened.

    Had Thurdsay off, and slept through most of it.

    Worked today - but got paid today as well. Now to go get the limited edition of Lucky Star Volume 3.

    Anyhoo, gonna kick back with a little Moon Phase for a while...

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    No... I'm not dead. (Not that anyone was really paying attention, I'll bet.)

    I've been caught up by the Sims 2 game. After many hours of gameplay, designing, and commanding, I'm now at a point that I like.

    The house is juuust the way I like it... but there's always room for more, naturally. ^^

    The characters are building up friendships thw way I want them.

    A few items of note:

  • Tiffy's finally gotten her first kiss from Fire, and they've finally gone steady.
  • Rei and Tiffy have finally had their first catfight (no surprise that it was regarding Tiffy's relationship with Fire). It was funny as hell.
  • Rio's certainly living up to her reputation. Partying all night, going at it with men at random, and sleeping all day, doing nothing but eating when she does get up. Got herself knocked up by one of the party boys, and has just given birth to Atsuko. I wouldn't be surprised at all if she hoists her off on Matt. Relations between the Kinezono and Kensington families are already bad enough because of it, I think it would only get worse if Rio does dump off her daughter.

    And that's just the tip of the iceberg. A massive story is emerging from this game. I'm not sure I'd be able to contain it all.

    But I'm sure as hell enjoying it.

    Anyhoo...

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    Oh man... tired. But I got the entire shipment done. That's all that matters at the moment.

    For now, I think I'll go crash somewhere.

    Anyhoo...

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    Well... I've more or less found everything that I need for Sims 2. The only thing left is to find a few more houses beside the standard stock choices.

    I'm amazed at how utterly and totally fun this game is. The only things that get me from time to time is forgetting some little thing for one of my people - until they yell at me to get my attention.

    It's amusing as hell to watch sometimes.

    Anyhoo...

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    Man did that time ever fly.

    I started Sims 2 just after I got home Saturday night.

    With the exception of breaks like food, restroom, what have you. I played all the way up to the Sunday morning service. Then after that and lunch, I started it up again and played until 0400-ish this morning.

    It's like you just start it up and the hours just tick away like seconds on a clock.

    Heh... but still, it's fun.

    Anyhoo...

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    I'm busy playing the Sims 2, can't talk right now.

    Anyhoo...

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    Well... I have Sims 2 installed, at least.

    Spent most of the night gathering all the little extras that I'd like to have available when I start playing.

    But I'm still missing one critical component - the twintail hairstyle. I spent all night looking for it (among doing the other browsing). If I can find Miku Hatsune hair, then I can mod it red and use it to my liking.

    But I've gotta find it first!


    Anyhoo, back to business...

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    Yeah... so I ended up buying The Sims 2 after all. I have no resistance. ^^;;

    While I was at it, I picked up season 4 of Ranma 1/2 and Kirameki Project.

    While Ranma speaks for itself, Kirameki was a pleasant little (short) surprise. It's only 5 episodes long, but still, it appeals to me. Probably the CGI, the android/robot aspect, and the whole idea of the story (which I wish was longer) that I like the most.

    Anyhoo, now to go get started on Sims 2...

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    Well, there was $5 well spent.

    Was a little bored tonight, so I ordered the Superhero Movie on pay-per-view. Funniest blasted thing that I've seen in a long time. A total parody of Spiderman, which is probably why it was so funny as hell.

    Work was a little exhausting, but after that movie, all is good again.

    Anyhoo...

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    And here comes another game.

    Ar Tonelico arrived in the mail today. Hell, I haven't even gotten to play Persona 3 yet! Well, I'm gonna have to start making time for these things, or they're not going to get done, are they?

    *chuckle* Gotta start somewhere, I suppose. ^^

    Anyhoo...

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    Well... after twenty or thirty some-odd hours, I've finally left the Citadel [in Mass Effect] and will be finally getting into the main part of the game.

    Wow, I'm taking an exorbitantly long time with this game. But that's not surprising, I suppose, considering all the things that I've got going on. Hell, I've had Bioshock (for the PC) since the first day it was released, and I haven't even installed it yet!

    Yeah, I really need to get to these things. and here I am, wanting to get The Sims 2 so I can play it. Of course, then all of my available time will be taken, if that happens.

    Well, maybe my tastes in the games I play are changing, who knows? *shrug*

    I've been holding off on Bioshock until I get the X-Fi Titanium card from Creative, so I can have all the needed parts to see, play, and hear the game as it was intended.

    Eventually, I will... *chuckle*

    Anyhoo...

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    So... what is there to do, aside from trolling YouTube for Miku Hatsune videos?

    Of course! More Mass Effect!

    Work was, well... work. Not bad, but not necessarily good either, just kind of in that gray "meh" area.

    Life goes on as usual, but at least I've got plenty to keep me going. Still need to find a website that has Miku's PVs for download in either .flv or .avi form. No luck as of yet.

    Anyhoo...

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    It's Sunday!

    Yeah, and I've got nothing to say, really.

    Except that Mythbusters is a pretty awesome show.

    Oh, and so is Kujibiki Unbalance (of which I picked up disc two today).

    Aside from that, it's been a pretty restful day.

    Anyhoo...

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    Meh. Work kinda sucked today, but no major worries, all is still well.

    With any luck, tomorrow I can get a new HDD for my old laptop, and can possibly start using it again.

    But that's if they have a decent HDD that fits.

    Otherwise, I'm gonna load up on some manga and call it even.

    ...Or something like that.

    Anyhoo...

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    It's my day off and it's way the hell too quiet.

    Time to put in some DS9 and liven things up a little...

    Anyhoo...

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    So tell me...

    What's a person gotta do to catch a break anymore?

    Of course, I'm not in need of one, though some days I have to wonder.

    Today was a good day, at least. Could have been better, but on the flipside, could have been much, much worse.

    I'm thankful for that, for certain.

    Just a little bit more, and a little bit longer... Another day, another dollar.

    ...And life goes on.

    Anyhoo...

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    Geh... half a week gone now. Seriously, time moves too fast sometimes, and other times, it can't seem to move fast enough.

    Today was one of those days where it just seemed to move too fast.

    Now I need to slow it down and do something.

    Ah well... I'm sure I'll find it.

    Anyhoo...

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    Gah... how can a single night be so insanely... dead?

    Absolutely nothing is going on. I need to find something to do, and fast.

    Anyhoo...

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    Finally halfway through my backlog list.

    Still a ton more movies to go through, however.

    One day, I'll get caught up... Eventually...

    Heh. Who am I kidding?

    Eh, well... Back to the grind, no? *chuckles*

    Anyhoo...

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    So tell me, what's the deal with Sundays being so sleepy and quiet?

    I haven't a clue, but I do have a theory. It's supposed to be the day of rest, so naturally the body goes into a resting state.

    And I still like it that way.

    Anyhoo...

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    Alright... so I picked up SC4 today...

    Sweet game. Plays well. The story mode is about as short as DOA4's is, though.

    But for the love of God that Sith Apprentice in the Arcade mode is a freaking God-moder! He's hard a hell! I musta fell to him at least fifty times before I finally beat his scrawny ass back down twice (for the win). And worse than that, hewasn't even the final boss!

    I don't get it. How can they set up such a mismatched fight like that. Every time that it looked like I had him (with me having a nearly full bar of health, and him about a third remaining) he would pull a move out of his ass and just start wailing on me with his "force techniques. Hitting me in the air, on the ground, wherever... it didn't matter.

    Bam! Immediate turnaround. Suddenly I'm the one who gets KO'ed. I mean, I would get hit, fall, roll out of the way, get back on my feet and meet the business end of a saber and be down again... and the cycle would go on for two or three times before I could safely get to my feet, with a third less health than before.

    That character seriously pissed me off. And watch, he'll probably be like Rico from Xenogears. Once you can finally play as him, he'll be weak as hell. That's how it always works. They're cheating little bastards.

    Ah well... now it's time to watch some Gurren Lagaan perhaps.

    Anyhoo...

    Matte ne!

    Current Location: MTI HQ
    "Éclair" Condition: annoyed annoyed
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    Okay... after being up for more than 24 hours, and solving a minor crisis with a broken CPU fan, I think I'll crash. I have to work at 0630 tomorrow anyway.

    Anyhoo...

    Matte ne!

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