April 28, 2007

For good or for ill, I'm not quite sure.

It appears that the Big N has bought Monolithsoft. I had a lot of hope (back in 1999 when the news about Tetsuya Takahashi leaving Square to form his own development house first broke) that it would mean a continuation of the fantastic Xenogears RPG. What we got was a poorly conceived "retelling" of the early parts of the Xenogears story (early, because the series was planned poorly, no one followed the plan, or there never was a real plan).

Now that they're under control of Nintendo, I don't know what to expect. The Wii is in desperate need of RPGs to bolster their lineup. And though neither series was very successful, I'm betting they'll end up expanding on the Baten Kaitos series (a Gamecube project by Monolithsoft) story rather than Xenosaga series.

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April 23, 2007

So wrong yet so right.

I think I'd like to try my hand at making an AMV (but not actually of the music variety). If I could refine it enough, I'd like to see if it could make the cut for AMV Hell 4.

The idea? Well, it's been attempted before.

But I want to do it with a different clip. It's a toss-up between a clip of Aisha from Outlaw Star on the bridge of her (for a short time) battleship, or Admiral Spoor in one of her many bizarre bridge scenes. I'm leaning toward the later.

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April 18, 2007

Time to shake off some rust.

Steven is working on a little translation, and I thought I'd put in my two cents.

世界を大いに盛り上げるための涼宮ハルヒの団

Sekai wo ooini moriageru tame no Suzumiya Haruhi no dan

He's mostly right. This ties back into one of my old threads about relative clauses.

The most basic form of this sentence fragment is...

涼宮ハルヒの団 - Suzumiya Haruhi no dan - Suzumiya Haruhi's group/brigade. In this case, the no is possessive. (another useful way of think about the no, it that it allows "Suzumiya Haruhi" to modify "group" similar to the way an adjective would in an English sentence)

The beginning of the fragment...

世界を大いに盛り上げる - sekai wo ooini moriageru - is a complete sentence that says "to completely/greatly stir up the world."

The definition of "function" or "reason" for tame is basically accurate, but I don't think it conveys the full meaning. Think of tame as a way of saying "for the purpose of", "for...", or "in order to."

The other no between tame and Suzumiya is not a possissive, but definitely a noun modifier. Combining the complete sentence with the tame and the no gives you a relative clause that modifies "Suzumiya Haruhi's group."

Putting that into an English fragment...

Haruhi Suzumiya's group for (the purpose of) completely stirring up the world

The reason tame doesn't show up in a lot of dictionaries is that it's not really a free-standing word.

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April 17, 2007

For your sanity...

Don't ever drive across Central/West Texas (or much of eastern New Mexico for that matter).

Spent Thursday in my truck going to Justin, Tx. 17+ hours. Saw the VLA in person and drove through Roswell. Otherwise, ugh.

Friday... zzzzzzzz*snork* what? Tornadoes? Baseball size hail? WTF? Please don't hit my truck.

Saturday... brrrr..... *freezes near to death and sleeps all day*

Sunday... An idyllic Dallas / Ft. Worth day. Went to the NASCAR event at TMS. Got to walk back because my hosts changed post-race plans without informing me.

Spent Monday in my truck getting back from Justin, TX. There can't be many places on Earth flatter than the terrain near Amarillo, Tx.

 

And that, is why I haven't been responding to a damn thing anyone has said to me.

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April 11, 2007

Rut Roh...

Why can't I add a comment all of a sudden? Not to my own page, and not to somebody else's...

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April 10, 2007

Lets see if I can get a video working

Kawaii Family Secrets

Maybe a direct link will work. (I've deleted this file)

And here was have the 26 Sammy secrets. (And this one)

Babies and Fathers

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Playing around with the image tool again.

This time with a mock bumper sticker I made up a couple years back.

Good. It didn't dump it in the more editor this time.

And I'll leave it unassigned for a category and try moving it again. I keep doign this because I can see now that I'm frequently going to end up writting posts before I have a proper category. If I can't get them to move, well, we'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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An old post on a confusing Japanese grammar point

Here's where I check to see how Minx handles Aisan characters.

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Some tweaks I've played with already.

Ok, so I've got the Category appearing below each post ("Posted in XXX by Will",unless the category is unspecified, then you just get the default "Posted by Will"), and I've managed to get Categories into the sidebar. Now I can flesh them out a bit. I can see where the folders are set to make things very powerful, but you've got to be careful about the Type you specify.

And I'm going to leave this post without a category. I'll create a "Tweaks" category later, and then I'll try to move this post into the category.

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A little experiment

Bringing up still more posts, but this time, I've created an "anime" category. But for some reason, if I view the anime folder, none of the previous posts appear there. (This posts is being created after the category was created. The previous posts were moved into the anime category. If this post appears and the others don't I'll have narrowed down what the problem is either way.) more...

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My old Haibane Renmei post

There are times when I'm just utterly embarrassed by my older posts. I do believe my writting has improved. I think I was just trying too hard. I sound(ed) like a pretentious ass. more...

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Guess I'll copy over some old content

There's some really old and somewhat embarrassingly lame content at the ol' blogspot site, but I guess I could bring a few choice* posts over.

*choice does not imply quality

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While Pixy works to get the status pulldown fixed

I'm gonna get up an actual post.

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Time to see what I can break.

Wellll... I think it may be a good idea to start small. There's no sense in going nuts on the system. There are only so many bugs one person can fix at a time.

And I haven't been able to decide if this beta fell at a great or terrible time. I'm going to be taking a 6 day trip to Texas starting Thursday, so my contribution to the destruction may be limited. On the other hand, if my dad brings his laptop along, it may give me a chance to experiment with posting on the road.

Experiment

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