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Sunday, March 18th, 2012
7:47 pm - Paganicon 2012
This weekend I attended Paganicon 2012. The con is in its second year. I attended on Saturday of last year and only stayed about half a day, but it was interesting enough that I really wanted to come back this year and spend the entire weekend. Throughout the weekend I enjoyed some wonderful programming, took in the vendor room (where there was quite a bit of cool stuff for sale), and was made to confront some things about myself that were uncomfortable but which will turn out better for me in the long run.

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Sunday, February 27th, 2011
9:38 am - Spring is All Around Us!
I meant to post this closer to Imbolc (Feb 2nd) but didn't get around to it. It's kind of lame when you have to concentrate and plan just to fit in a journal post, but that's life for you I suppose.

A lot of information on Imbolc is concentrated on early signs of life having to do with the oncoming Spring. Originally, in Europe, it had a lot to do with lactating ewe's (which is why one of the traditional foods of Imbolc is milk). In the modern day where most of us don't really have any personal interaction with livestock, and especially in Minnesota where we don't really get a lot of early-blooming plant life in February (since we're usually sitting around closer to freezing, the winds are harsh, and the air is dry) it can be difficult to really get on board with thinking about Spring and how it's "just around the corner." In fact, for particularly jaded people (I'm not one of them, but I know some), it's almost like a cruel joke to have someone talk about the oncoming Spring when the world appears dead and we've just gotten our third foot of snowfall for the month (exaggerated, but sometimes it seems like it).

A few weeks ago I was walking home from the bus stop after work, and happened to notice some buds appearing on the tips of my neighbor's lilac branches, then excitedly ran to my own backyard and noticed them there, too. It made me happy! Over the weekend I was excited and mentioned it to a friend, who quipped that "wow, there's something wrong with those stupid plants, durr hurr." Way to be a buzz kill! But I think that sentiment echoes a lot of what most people who live around here probably think. Why start thinking about Spring when the most obvious signs of it are weeks (and sometimes months) away?

Well, why not?

Step outside and check out some of the dormant plants in your neighborhood. Take a closer look at the trees. I bet you that some of them have started to show buds already. Things are already stirring and heading towards their inevitable blossoming. Don't look at these things as Nature being a dirty tease, but as a taste of what's inevitably to come.

This time is a great time to plan a garden, if you're thinking of having one (and have the room to do so). You may not be breaking ground on a garden plot any time soon, but there are already seeds showing up in garden shops and Target/Lowe's and it's never too early to think ahead, especially if you're planning to start your own seeds indoors (like I am this year). We have such a short growing season that we really need to try and make it count for everything that it's worth.

I also consider Winter to be a season of reflection, of introspection, and of self-work and development, so how lucky are we that we have so much extra time to devote to ourselves and becoming better people? This is a great time not only to work on how we act and react, but to develop personal skills and take the first steps towards learning new things, improving our relationships with others, and developing new and better habits (and don't worry if you've mad new year's resolutions and subsequently fallen off the wagon - nobody is perfect and it's better to keep trying).

And just remember, Spring is inevitable and it's closer than we might think, even though snow still covers the ground.

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Sunday, February 13th, 2011
10:47 am - Writer's Block: Taking the good with the bad

What are your best and worst personality traits? Do you think your friends would agree?

First question listed was submitted by iluvshajalan. (Follow-up questions, if any, may have been added by LiveJournal.)

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I think that one of my best traits is my open-mindedness (in some situations - yes I'll admit this isn't universal). I don't make a habit of questioning who people are, what they believe, or how they choose to live their lives, so long as they're happy and aren't making life miserable for anyone else. This doesn't mean that I'm okay with every life philosophy in an abstract sense, but I think what's more important is the end result - the culmination of personality and habit and belief system (whether that be religion or science or whatever) that makes up the whole person.

I also like to learn new things and I'm hardworking (when I want to be). I like to create things.

As for worst? Well, as a contrast to being open-minded, I'm easily-frustrated with people when I feel like they're making a throwaway judgment about something without thinking about it enough. This becomes sort of a big deal because the anime fandom is such a large part of my life - that form of entertainment has become so consumable over the past decade or so that it's easy to watch something, go "meh," and then move right along to something else without a second thought. So I get really pointlessly angry when people say "this is dumb" without even being able to produce a reason why or explain in more detail. I should just be able to ignore that as noise not worth listening to, but instead I rage and then go through lengthy bouts of self-questioning and doubt where I wonder if my enjoyment of the stuff I like is genuine and bla bla bla...

Related to that, I also take critical comments way too seriously at times. I think I've gotten better at this over the past year or so (maintaining a website where trolls appear occasionally with tend to do that), but there are still times when - Surprise! - someone else will make a throwaway comment about something I like and I go into "you've attacked my baby which means you've attacked me!" mode and have to... share a piece of my mind with them ;) I think it's really cool to be passionate about things and I really invest a lot of time in my anime hobby, so I think that's why I get so defensive; to many people, it's just a time-waster, and they're never going to appreciate my passion and love *shakes fists*. Again, noise not worth listening to, but sometimes I can't help it.

Last, but not least, I have trouble with confrontation. This is a very broad thing for me and I think a lot of people are like this too, but I'd rather just put up with someone being an asshat rather than come out and tell them they're being one. I've had a lot of problems in my life being picked on for liking certain things and being a certain way, so I feel like doling out any sort of criticism is too close to going out of my way to hurt someone's feelings. I've also had bad experiences where people didn't take what I've said the way in which I meant it, so I more often than not just avoid it all together.

Man, now I look like I'm being super critical of myself. In all honestly, I'm generally happy with who I am. Nobody is perfect, anyway :)

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Saturday, February 12th, 2011
10:55 am - Totem Animals
I recently completed a guided meditation, wherein I was supposed to meet my totem animal/power animal. I was actually sort of surprised by both the success of the meditation (it was very short and sometimes I have trouble concentrating), and the results. People who know me are probably aware of how much I love cats and just felines in general. I assumed that my mind would naturally drift in that direction because of how often I think of cats and how much I enjoy being with my own cats.

The meditation asked that we begin in our own safe space (a place where we naturally feel comfortable) and relax. Then envision a door to an open meadow surrounded by trees. As we walked the path around the meadow, animals would meet us, and we should ask them if they were our totem animal. Within the first couple of minutes, I encountered a stag with large antlers, and almost without having to ask, it came up to me and we touched foreheads.

I recalled a memory from when I was in middle school. For a time I was a volunteer at a local nature center, doing things like cleaning exhibits and picking up trash along the trails. There was one really large trail that circled the grounds of the nature center, and I was walking along it. Near the end of the path I encountered a white-tailed deer doe and a fawn. It was one of those moments where I just stopped. I looked at them, they looked at me, and the two walked back into the brush. I had a similar feeling while doing the meditation, only this time, it was as if I was directly connecting to something rather than standing there in awe of it.

I spent some time looking up the symbolism of deer and the stag as totem animals. One thing I found interesting is that deer in general are seen to be symbolic of compassion, renewal (the male deer sheds and regrows his antlers during the year), an appreciation of balance, and sacrifice for the greater good (amongst other things). It can also represent problem solving, not through force but through compassion and love. The stag in particular (which is what I saw/interacted with during my meditation) is associated with the sacredness of the forest, pride and protectiveness. The deer's strong senses (sight and hearing) translate to an intuitiveness and ability to find alternate solutions to problems.

What struck me about this is that I don't necessarily see all of these qualities expressed within myself, but one thing I've had on the mind lately is how much I detest the kind of Machiavellian ambition that's almost a requirement to succeed in the average workplace (and in many other organizations), and how gentler, kinder alternatives to problem solving (you know, touchy-feely stuff and taking into account the personal well-being of people involved) are rarely rewarded and how frustrating that can be. I also tend to get really frustrated when I feel like other people are being rude (I just about raged at anime club the other night because some people couldn't keep their comments to themselves during the show); the deer teaches us that it's better to learn to let go, especially since it's unlikely for people to change (they have to realize how they're acting on their own and then want to change).

So yeah, this will certainly be an interesting thing to think about, going forward.

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
12:05 pm - Writer's Block: The winning ticket

What would be your first purchase if you won the lottery?

First question listed was submitted by sking140. (Follow-up questions, if any, may have been added by LiveJournal.)

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I think I probably mentioned this on my website, but assuming I won a pretty large jackpot and had enough set aside to live fairly modestly for the rest of my days, I'd use my jackpot to bring over a lot of the great anime that's out there that we never get to see officially here in the US. I know, nerdy. I'd try to focus on niche stuff that probably wouldn't be financially viable to other companies looking to make a profit. I'd expect to operate at a loss, but with my millions in winnings, it wouldn't be a big deal to me.

I am the biggest nerd alive, I think :P

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Monday, January 31st, 2011
11:06 am - Writer's Block: The name game

What's the origin of your username? If you could change it to anything else, would you, and what would it be?

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I've answered this elsewhere, but I suppose it bears repeating.

When I was in third grade I liked to draw (well, that has continued sort of in the background into my adulthood, but whatever) and since most of what I watched were Disney Afternoon type cartoons starring animal characters, I made up my own. She was bird character that I named "Belinda Bird" because I thought the alliteration sounded nice. She was a character that I tended to use whenever we had to come up with a story or creative project or whatever.

I use that as my username now because it's rarely taken and it's easy for me to remember. It was only later on that I learned about the anthro/furry fandom, and while I have no problems with that fandom I don't really consider myself a part of it necessarily.

I find that now I usually just go by "Jessi" if the context doesn't involve much online interaction (and I use Jessi on my own website). I don't think I'd feel like changing it to anything other than that.

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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
5:48 pm - Writer's Block: Nom nom nom

What's your favorite snack for a rainy afternoon?

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I love a cup of tea when it's raining outside. Also cheese and crackers, for some reason.

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Monday, December 20th, 2010
9:54 pm - Solstice
Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the time of year after which the sun finally begins to rise earlier and set later in the day (thank goodness!). There's also supposed to be a total lunar eclipse really early in the morning (between 1:30am and 5:30am, or thereabouts), but it's clouded-over right now and I doubt it will be cleared by the time it rolls around.

The Samhain ritual in which I participated focused a lot on the "death" of the aspects of ourselves and the situations which we felt were not good influences on our overall well-being. Because, for all practical reasons, the time between Samhain and "whatever time in Spring the weather decides to start clearing up" is spent mostly inside, often under darkness (the path of the Sun again, darn it), it's a very good time to spend in contemplation over personal matters and the path you'd like your life to take in the coming year (get an early start on those New Year's resolutions!). Something that I've noticed this year is that there have been quite a few opportunities for me to come face-to-face with those aspects of myself that I'm not especially happy with. This is stuff that I've known about for a while, but this time around I'm even more conscious of the things I'm doing, like I'm being slapped in the face with them so that there's no way I can ignore it.

I should mention that, after many years of anxiety and depression, this past year has been a very good one for me. I feel comfortable in my skin. I feel comfortable in how I see the world and how I choose to celebrate that. I've gotten to the point where I don't judge myself in comparison to other people constantly. I feel like I've improved my writing somewhat over the past year, and am better at expressing my opinions without thoughtlessly pissing people off (and without caring much about the people who are bound to be pissed off no matter what I say or how I say it). These are big steps for me.

One problem I tend to have is that sometimes I can't get over the fact that not everyone thinks the way that I do. Over the weekend, I was at a party, and someone mentioned that they had watched the first 6 episodes of Mushi-Shi and thought that they were really boring. I tried to explain the show a bit by calling it "meditative," and before I could go further her replied to me that he didn't want to meditate and that the show was putting him to sleep. Cue an almost instant bubbling up of rage inside me (which, to my own credit, I didn't unleash on the room). I tend to respond very poorly to comments like "this is boring" or "this is depressing," because I find them dismissive, punishing art for being artful and not simply cheap entertainment like everything else. This is one of my biggest faults, I'll admit; I can enjoy some things that aren't deep and intricate, but when someone accuses one of my favorites of being uninteresting or, heaven forbid, shallow (yes, this happened during a convo about Mononoke a few years ago and it's been a sore spot since then) I start to seriously question the other person's intelligence, in spite of whatever opinion I may have had about them beforehand.

Anyway, this has happened a few times recently, and despite being relatively confident in myself most of the time, I've found myself time and time again sinking into this anger trap that ends up putting me in a bad mood and at the same time causing me to dwell on things that continue to make me feel bad. Of course, I also believe the first step towards fixing a problem is acknowledging its existence, so in writing this out I'm hoping to be able to focus my attention on, simply put, not being an ass all the time. Or at least not taking it so much to heart when people say things that don't jive with what I think. Perhaps in doing so, I might help to build some reciprocal respect.

Tomorrow I don't have anything huge planned, other than to light some incense in celebration and try to keep in mind the things that I've been thinking on the past few months. Looking forward to the brighter days to come!

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Sunday, November 14th, 2010
11:50 pm - Miscellaneous Website Stuff
Since I used to post here about updates to my anime blogging site and then stopped due to how tedious it was to do that by hand, I thought I'd update here with a few ways that people who I know via LJ and who would like to stay abreast of updates over there can do so very easily.

First of all, I've now made a habit of posting to twitter each time I post a blog update. If you're on twitter and want to follow me, my username there is belindabird (difficult to remember, I know).

The website also has a handy RSS feed to which you can subscribe. The link is at the top of the front page, but just in case you can't find it, here's a direct link: Feed

You can also follow it directly via lj by watching s1e1rss.

Just a bit of a heads up to people who may have thought that I stopped updating for a while. I didn't! I try to post every day, but generally there are somewhere around 4-5 posts a week. I'm restarting my AMV recommendation column too; those appear on Fridays.

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
4:52 pm
It's been more than two months since I posted to Livejournal, which is an unforgivable crime. Twitter really shouldn't replace long-form writing in my life. I know that I have my website and all, but sometimes it's nice to have somewhere where I can talk about real-life stuff.

I'm at home right now because, sometime last week, I pulled a muscle in my neck, and the effects have been getting worse and worse since then. I woke up this morning and could barely move and wasn't really able to turn my head without pain. So I'm taking a day off to be filled with non-exertion (luckily moving my fingers is one thing that doesn't hurt). Also, the meds I took made me sleep until almost 11am, ugh.

Halloween was full of fun this year. MAS-o-ween was good and I once again won the costume prize with my own creativity and last-minute ghetto skill. Saturday I went to a party that would have been fun if it weren't populated by a couple of noisy stupid women. This does not imply that all women are noisy and stupid, just that these two in particular were. They're the type who think parodies of popular songs are SUPER FUCKING FUNNY and will sing them and all the "clever" lyrics multiple times, but replace the parody with the actual song and suddenly its loathsome (news flash: this is really bogus). I ended up going to sleep for about an hour until they left. We did watch Zombieland, though, which is always fun (although I'm really done with zombies as a meme - when there are people there discussing logics of a zombie apocalypse it's like I wish it would just happen so I didn't have to listen to them anymore). Sunday was the best because I got to celebrate Halloween/Samhain with a ritual of my own design. Maybe more on that some other time, but anyway it was fun.

Now I suppose most retail establishments are gearing up for Christmas. While sometimes the push for the holiday season gets really annoying (Target putting out holiday light sets back in September was a bit too much) I'm not gonna lie; I really like this time of year. Though I won't really feel much in the holiday spirit until it actually snows. It snowed once last week sometime but I'm not counting that because it was wet and didn't accumulate. I like it when it snows and it's also cloudy, because I live close to the city and there's a comforting orange glow from the city lights and street lights reflecting off of the snow and the sky. Love it.

Anyway, now I'm going to try and hobble over to my polling place (thank goodness it's at a church about a block away from my house) so that's it for now.

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Monday, August 23rd, 2010
7:59 pm - Not an Emo Post!
I'm mostly writing this here because Twitter isn't a good place to offer lengthy explanations. This isn't something that's made me all "boo hoo" or anything, but I did find it sort of frustrating and it ended up getting me riled up at work a little bit. So here you go.

I make it a goal to suggest a preshowing and 3 main showings each semester for MAS: essentially, enough to comprise a full set of votes. It's not that I think other people won't offer things worth watching; clearly they have many times. It's just that I watch a lot of anime, a lot of good anime, and I feel like it's my responsibility to try and pass that one some way because it's really the only thing that I consider myself an expert at. I also try to offer variety. This might seem sort of arrogant, because it probably seems like I'm assuming that all my stuff will be shown, but I don't mean it like that. I just think that different genres appeal to different people (unless you're like me, and you've become open to many genres).

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So I guess what riled me up was that people seemed to not trust that I wouldn't submit a stupid show to Votaku; that they don't trust me not to troll a public anime club (and let's be clear, there are some people who do - the guy who suggested Needless made no secret at the voting preview that he wanted to suggest something totally depraved). That's really it. I work really hard to be a trustworthy source by watching a little bit of everything (even watching shows that I don't like so that I can be more even-handed and informed about them), but I sometimes feel like throwing up my arms. I'll admit, I fish for compliments sometimes, but I've spent a lot of my life being sort of good at a lot of things but outclassed in most or all of them, and anime fandom is the one thing that I'm passionate about where I feel like I actually have some credibility (what is my life?).

So yes, don't feel obligated to enjoy the show; if it's not your thing, then I'll live. But I'm not trolling. And sometimes my feelings get sort of hurt. But I'm done ranting now, so let's all hold hands and hopefully try and enjoy some non-moe anime :)

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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
7:15 pm - Fall Semester MAS - What I Got
Here's what I'll be offering up for voting for Fall Semester MAS. As if you couldn't tell my submissions apart from the other ones - they're always the most verbose with a bunch of links and stuff :P Anyway, first main showings, and then some waffling over pre-showing (though it may just turn out to not matter depending on what other people have to offer):

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So yes, that's it for now :)

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
11:07 am - A Rude Awakening
I've probably mentioned this before, but there seem to be many people in my neighborhood who let their cats roam freely outside. I wholeheartedly disagree with this practice. We don't live on a farm - we live only a few miles from downtown Minneapolis, a short enough distance that I could walk downtown if I really wanted to. We're practially urban. I live along a busy road that connects University Avenue with Central Avenue, and there's traffic even late at night/early in the morning.

This morning I had to wait for the bus near the roadkilled body of a kitty that I saw walk through my backyard only a couple of days ago. I spent those minutes in barely-contained rage, clutching my fists and dearly wanting to rip the testicles (or ovaries, I'm not picky) off of whoever would let their poor cat roam around a neighborhood so high in traffic and so close to the city. People seem to have this thought in their head that cats need to be free and roam the damn neighborhood, but it's not true; I have two cats who are perfectly happy inside the house, and if I want to take them outside they both have leashes and harnesses. I love my cats so much, that's why I do what I can to keep them safe and healthy, and I don't let them roam places where they'd potentially be hit by a car.

It's difficult for me to convey just how upsetting it is to me, and I hope that, if the owners of the cat ever find out what happened, they tear themselves up inside and think a little harder next time before they let a cat outside.

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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
6:06 am - CONvergence 2010
Overall CONvergence went really well for me. I think I've come down with a post-con cold since my throat has been sore and I feel kind of crappy, but it's nothing major and I should be back to work tomorrow as planned. I worked on a more lengthy post regarding the con as it relates to anime fandom; you can find that post here. Otherwise, here are some notes:

Shiny New Anime went well, which makes me happy because it's kind of become my baby and I worked a long time on the clips and handouts.

Know Your Meme was a little rough and I honestly didn't have a lot to contribute. Also, another panelist interrupted me when I was trying to say something, which is especially painful because I suffer from social anxiety. Just to be clear and demonstrate that I really do know what I'm talking about:


  • "Warcraft" doesn't only refer to "World of Warcraft." The game series has existed since 1994. Which is far enough back that the second point seems plausible:

  • I looked up the origin of the internet term "pwned" probably 4 or 5 years ago. One theory (which is the one that I originally read) was that the term originated from a typo a Warcraft map designer included instead of the word "own." Other sources point to various other online games, including Quake and Counter-Strike.



In any case, it's debatable, and I was only offering up what I had read and heard before, so I really didn't appreciate being cut off, especially by someone who didn't seem to realize that there were other Warcraft titles before World of Warcraft. It hurt my feelings more than it probably should have, but for me it takes a lot of energy to speak up over my anxiety, so someone cutting me off during one of those times is almost committing a criminal act in my book. The person who did that isn't going to read this anyway and probably doesn't really know who I am very well, so there's no point in worrying about it after this point.

Other high points of the weekend were Friday and Saturday night, where I partied hard (to make up for Detour, where I didn't party at all), and generally any time I was able to hang out with my friends. I got info on a lot of cool shows that I'm going to try and watch. I only hope that perhaps Shiny New Anime was able to convince other people that there's anime worth watching (though I'm sure that most people attending that panel were familiar faces and therefore didn't need much convincing).

The art show was good as usual, although there were way too many pictures of naked masturbating satyrs for my taste. Someone did a cool picture of Toshiro Mifune that I wish I had snatched up, but it went to auction. Also, there were tiny paintings of Nintendo characters that I thought were really neat. I might steal the idea and make some for myself (not to sell, that would be shitty). I seriously wish the art show at Detour were so cool, but Artist Alley is more of a big thing there instead.

Also, Bridget Landry's panel on the Cassini mission was excellent! It had to have been one of the best, most interesting panels of the entire con for me. She's a great speaker. The whole thing did make me feel really guilty about not being very good at math or science, but that's not really my fault I suppose.

On the more negative side, I was acutely aware this year of just how much cooler and more fashionable most of my female friends are. I felt like a scrubby 12-year-old most of the time (especially at night when we were partying). Just, ugh, I'm probably being hormonal but I'm seriously depressed over my lack of cute clothes and fashion sense. Also I seem to have missed out on becoming BFFs with Paul Cornell, which makes me also depressed because he seems like a cool guy (and sort of an anime fan as well! - this fact makes me really want to bang my head against the wall because there might have been a networking connection there). I just generally felt outside the "cool kids club" this year, which is stupid because its a convention comprised of geeks.

Anyway, mostly good times and it was fun. I mostly avoided being emo at the con, at least. Looking forward to next year.

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Sunday, June 20th, 2010
11:30 pm - S1E1 Weekly Updates
Updates for the last two weeks, because I forgot to post last week's here, whoops:

June 13th:
http://s1e1.com/2010/06/june-13-2010-week-in-review.html

June 20th:
http://s1e1.com/2010/06/june-20-2010-week-in-review.html
Friday, June 18th, 2010
11:55 am
I'm not gonna lie, work has been kind of bogus this week. This mostly stems from the fact that two people are on vacation and one gal got a different job, so we're essentially missing three people and the workload has also been especially large lately. There have also been some interpersonal issues going on between a few people, as well as some other people slacking off, so the others have to make up the workload. I'll be glad when I get home today.

In case anyone wasn't aware (and I wouldn't be surprised since the website is sort of borked because blogger is a piece of poop), Summer MAS has begun. The voting meeting was last night. The schedule is thus:

6:30 - 7:00 Gosenzosama, Banbanzai! (Long Live the Ancestors!)
7:00 - 8:00 Aoi Bungaku
8:00 - 9:00 Kaiba
9:00 - 10:00 - Gokusen


I'm honestly really surprised at the results (well not Gokusen so much because it's funny and Yankumi is awesome), especially the enthusiasm for Kaiba, because in other venues (mostly online) there seems to be a lot of resistance to shows like that which have such a different look to them, but I'm happy to be able to see it again because I love it.

This might sound really strange, but MAS is pretty much the only chance I get nowadays to revisit series that I really like and want to re-watch. That might sound really crazy, but I have so many shows on my plate each season that even keeping up with the new stuff that I buy is enough of a task. Aoi Bungaku and Trapeze (which didn't make the cut unsurprisingly) are two series that I literally finished watching weeks ago (well, for both of them it was also actually the second time through for me because we watched them at our Sunday night group in addition to me watching them on my own, but that's a rarity for me), so it might seem like a bizarre thing to do to put them in for voting so soon, but I guess for me it's more about sharing stuff that I love with other people and hoping that they get something from it rather than it being about the timing of when I watch it again. Plus, with Aoi Bungaku, each time I've watched it I've gotten a little more out of it, so that's a plus. I'm almost tempted to see if I can get a hold of the stories that each segment is based on so that I can compare and know more about how they were adapted.

Anyway, please come to Summer MAS, it's a little sparse as usual but I attribute part of that to people not being aware that it was going on.

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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
11:58 am - Summer MAS
There were quite a few people who asked me what I was going to suggest for Summer MAS this year, which was unexpected and actually really flattering. At the time I didn't really know, but now after doing a lot of thinking about it I've got a fairly good idea. I spent a lot of time going back and forth between shows that I thought were relatively decent/watchable which I thought were likely to get voted in, and things which I thought were really excellent but which, for whatever reason seemed less likely. In the end I went with my heart and picked some shows that I consider really excellent and I'm just hoping that I can describe them convincingly enough that people will vote for a couple of them. Just as a note, I consider most of these series near the top of what's come out the last couple years (or, I suppose, what I've watched over the last couple of years), so I hope that people will at least take that into consideration. Anyway, descriptions behind the cut.

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So that's what I have to offer. I honestly hope that I can get people onboard with a couple of these, but I'm sure that whatever gets picked will be good (and if not... well that will give me time to work on my writing ^_^)

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Sunday, June 6th, 2010
11:00 pm - S1E1 Week in Review, June 6 2010
A lot of articles and reviews this week:
http://s1e1.com/2010/06/june-6-2010-week-in-review.html
Monday, May 31st, 2010
11:06 am - S1E1 Week in Reveiw, May 30th, 2010
Weekly Round-up of blog posts and reviews:
http://s1e1.com/2010/05/may-30-2010-week-in-review.html
Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
10:42 pm - S1E1 Updates from this weekend.
The Week in Review contains all the posts I haven't linked here yet:

http://s1e1.com/2010/05/may-23-2010-week-in-review.html

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