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Where did the last 2 weeks go? I'm not sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion. So, I Maxed the levels of all my Dynasty Warriors: Gundam pilots. :P Now all I need to do is grind up all the skills for them, and all the levels and items for all the Gundams. :P I also tried playing Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires, but since I dont really know any of the characters (and since all those asian names look the same to me anyway) I just say things like "I wanna play the pretty boy with the longsword" or "We should take the chick with the winged headdress". :P

Since getting my AnimeDVD collection back in close proximity I've been sampling of all the old shows I used to know and love, watched 1 disk of Nadesico, 1 disk of Super Gals, 2 disks of CCS, 2 disks of Maze (and still going), 2 disks of Initial D 1st, 1 disk of old BGC, I disk of New Cutie Honey... and I've been thinking of grabbing Esacflowne and Lodoss Wars off the shelf too. :P

Finished reading the 5th book of Earth's Children, which I think probably stretches the bounds of historical fiction but was an fairly good read nonetheless. I did get a bit bored by the prolific landscapes that would take pages to describe, but that was mostly in the 4th book which took me probably twice as long to read as the other books (measured by the start and finish dates).

Some may know that I have followed my sister and Riven onto Jenny Craig. Saturday will mark the end of my third week and there is no way that having three BBQ's in my first three weeks will mark stupendous progress. :P That said, I'm more concerned with my waistline than actual weight, which means I probably have to take up the gym eventually. :P Also, doing the basic maths, If i hit my target weight, I will have lost just under 15% of my body weight. I find that a large number. :P

In car news, what about the numberplate "WAIMOBILE"? :P
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Last few days have been rather busy. After my antics regarding AnimeDVDs, the living room was left with a rather unsurprising lack of space. [ profile] lenoria_light took considerable askance to that and over the last couple of days there has been a complete overhaul, not just of the living room, but of both bedrooms as well. The dvds and books that had previously been strewn through various corners of the house have been collected, condensed and codified into some racks which I retrieved from their abandoned idleness at Mum's house on Monday evening, while the bookshelf that had resided dustily in my bedroom as an ersatz side-table has been promoted to new prominance in the living room, with the storage of books. Taking its place in my room is my sisters old desk, which fits comfortably between my "wardrobe" and my newly relocated bed, which was moved to take advantage of the extra space vacated by the bookshelf. My television (which used to share space on my previous desk with my computer) is now placed by the open window for the convinience of any passing larcener, and is angled somewhat uncomfortably for general viewing, although my bed has ample view.

While we still await another desk, bookshelf and low filing table they normally sell with desks as a set, the re-arranged furnishings have given a palpably different atmosphere to the place. Especially during the hotter months, the feeling of openness is more welcome than the opressive aura that surrounded the past.

During one of my frequent trips between Mums house and ours, I managed to rediscover the majority of my old Superjesus collection, sadly missing my copies of Sumo and Jet Age (the last Superjesus cd I bought). Soon I'll add them to my cars playlist, and I'll be able to reminisce. :P

Also forgot to mention, need to check availability of "LOLMOBILE"
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Was getting out of work and looking for a place I could buy a drink on EFTPOS and get some cash out, when I stopped in at one of the ubiquitous newsagents run by asians that litter the CBD. While trying to make up the $10 minimun I needed to get parking money, I noticed a magazine, full colour and glossy, featuring the large text "TOTAL ANIME", with headlines about the new Eva movie, Afro Samurai and Death Note. Considering the longevity of any dedicated print publications on anime, I decided to pick up a copy, and a Goulburn Valley Banana milk to go.

Having just skimmed over it, it seems that "Total Anime" is just a special edition of a magazine called SFX. Doesn't list a website, but the publishers in Ozland are Derwent Howard. Anyway the content seems pretty interesting, while I haven't read a full article, I got partway through the Evangelion Movie report, and plan to read the editorial columns once I get better at Guitar Hero on Hard.

One of the articles that caught my eye was about Magical Girls, including the history and some well known examples. Another comedy (I hope, anyway) article was subtitled "Develop instant superiority to people who only watch anime with our easy guide to becoming an instant manga bore...". While it wasn't much of a how-to, it showcased some popular new and old anime who's manga was clearly superior, and the fraudulent conversations of "Newbie fan" and "Manga bore". :P I can totally see some of these lines coming in handy, especially the Nausicaa ones. :P

Almost forgot to mention, the magazine came with a DVD, but it seems to be another Madman Sampler. I havent even taken it off the cover yet. :P
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For the last three days, I've been eating sit down dinners at restaurants. !!! Thats almost half a week devoted to expensive dining. Today, there is no restaurant dinner, and I begin to feel the pangs of hunger and wonder where and how my next meal will be coming. Over the weekend, I have lost valuable survival skills that previous, wild versions of myself may have used but havent been necessary for later generations. Without a wait-person, printed menus and 7 or so other people to eat with, (not to mention a doubling of the price) I have no context with which to understand when to eat. Pavlovian.

That said, I must always order the Steak and Ribs from Hogs Breath with Hickory Smoked sauce. And never take entree's.

For those unknowing, I've been experiencing computer failure in my primary box (currently borrowing Riven's spare box for my general computing needs), but each time this happens I am brought closer and closer to getting a IntelMac instead. Since I've started storing most of my data on External HD's anyway, the prospect is generally appealing. What bothers me most is having to share my web between two OS's. I saw an article awhile ago about running firefox off removable media such as a flash drive, which seems like a good idea, but it still suffers from the OS divide. That said, MacOS can really do everthing I need it to do now, except gaming, and BootCamp can provide an inelegant way of providing that, with the added bonus of being able to send the box off to someone else to fix if I need it done. I understand Macs have a 2 year warranty or something, which is good because none of my PC's have ever lasted two years problem free. :P

Anyway, this recent thread on the PaniC forums has caused me to miss the piles of AnimeDVDs I once took for granted, I'll be heading by my mum's place later to pick them up. Brumby.

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