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Mar. 14th, 2011 01:04 am Abandoning the Antlers

I'm stepping away from the name VancouverMoose. The name 'Moose' never really fit me, but that's what I liked about it. I liked stretching the idea of what a guy named Moose would be like. You know, variety in the population helps evolution move along.

But it's not working out. So if you've found me the least bit interesting, you might want to follow me at:

http://fryonic.livejournal.com/.

I've also set up a tumblr account:

http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/fryonic.

I think that I'll use the livejournal for longform writing and tumblr for more bite sized things.

You may have noticed that my anime posts can be a bit lengthy. If you feel that they take up too much of your screen, but you might still like to read them sometimes, consider following me on Twitter instead of LiveJournal:

http://twitter.com/#!/Fryonic. I'll just provide a link when there's a new post and you can decide if you're in the mood to read it.

This will be my last post on this account.

Current Mood: bouncyto the future!

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Feb. 23rd, 2011 12:41 am pug in slippers

IMG pug dog where slippers
I found this at The Daily What, which is part of the Cheezburger empire.

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Feb. 6th, 2011 09:51 pm Monkey Dust

Boing Boing also turned me onto the British animated series Monkey Dust. I can't describe it any better than they can, but I will warn you that parts of it are rather graphic and shocking. For example, in one episode a dog is murdered.

After watching the clip that Boing Boing chose, I went to Youtube, typed in "Monkey Dust" and then just watched the clips in the order that they came up. That method provided an adequate amount of continuity.

Here's an example clip:

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Feb. 6th, 2011 09:10 pm Two Evil Thumbs Up

Did you know that The Kids in The Hall were originally Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald?

From the wikipedia entry on Kids in the Hall:

Before the group formed, Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney were working together doing Theatresports in Calgary, performing under the name, "The Audience". At the same time, Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald were performing around Toronto as The Kids in the Hall (KITH). In 1984, the two pairs met in Toronto, and began performing regularly as KITH, with a rotating band of members, including Paul Bellini for a short time. When Scott Thompson was invited to join in January of 1985, the group had its final form.

The name of the group came from Sid Caesar, who, if a joke didn't go over, or played worse than expected, would attribute it to "the kids in the hall," referring to a group of young writers hanging around the studio.

Last night I saw Foley and McDonald together in a Disney film called Sky High. The film is about a high school for young people with super powers. They learn to become either super heroes or sidekicks.

Dave Foley is All American Boy/Mr. Boy. He teaches Hero Support. Although he takes pride in educating the Hero Support of tomorrow, he always seems depressed that his greatest accomplishment is just being a sidekick



Kevin McDonald is Mr. Medulla, the Mad Science teacher, with super brainpower



I liked this film a lot. It was a good parody of both super hero stories and teen comedies while at the same time being a super hero movie and a teen comedy.

My favorite bit of dialouge involves Mr. Medulla and Boomer, the gym teacher. Boomer is trying to convince Mr. Medulla to go on a double date with him and a pair of sisters. Mr. Medulla is originally reluctant.

Boomer: What if I told you that she isn't just her twin sister, but her evil twin sister?

Medulla: Friday night you say?

And then a super villian comes smashing through the wall.

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Feb. 2nd, 2011 10:35 am Read These Out Loud - another example of our crazy language

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to
present the present .

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row .

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Current Location: home
Current Mood: confuseda bit tongue-tied

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Jan. 27th, 2011 03:23 am It looks like Yui from the band After School Tea Time

funny food photos - Anime Coffee Foam
see more My Food Looks Funny

I'm going to steal their joke as well: "All I see, everywhere I go, is Japanese schoolgirls. Oh god there’s one in my coffee!"

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Current Location: home
Current Mood: awakewant a Yui-coffee

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Jan. 25th, 2011 09:03 am There is nothing that Japan cannot make cute

IMG gokicha
She's a cockroach.

I had previously seen a few pictures from the manga series Gokicha!. Now I've read that there will be an anime series. However, the anime is going to be targeted at mobile phones in Japan, so I don't know if that means it will also be online or what. I may not be able to watch it.

In 2010, there was a lot of anime featuring cute animals that are not usually considered cute. For example, just today I watched Kuragehime (lit. "Jellyfish Princess"), a recent series which involves a talking jellyfish.

Also, a big hit from last year was Shinryaku! Ika Musume (lit. "Invasion! Squid Girl"), about a squid who comes to invade the surface world. Unfortunately (for her), she greatly underestimates the task and is woefully unsuccessful. She does have a lot of talents though. Here's a gif of her using her tendrils to play the drums:
IMG squid drum solo

Current Location: home
Current Mood: awakeawake

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Jan. 21st, 2011 10:00 pm This is why I don't have a girlfriend

This is from an article at The Stranger about the recent Arizona shootings:

The reaction in this Arizona community toward a person with a mental health problem is not unique. A lack of societal acceptance and awareness of mental illnesses is pervasive throughout our culture and is an important lesson from this tragedy that is not being discussed.

Recent research has found nearly 50 percent of the public is unwilling to work closely with someone on the job with depression. The percentage of people associating mental illness with violence has doubled since 1956 despite clear evidence that the vast majority of people with mental illnesses are never violent. A study of people living with mental illnesses found that 60 percent reported being shunned and avoided.
Now to be fair, in my experience most people, both men and women, are willing to be in a relationship with someone who has mental health issues. However, starting a relationship with someone who has mental health issues is another story.

Current Location: pterodactyl pterritory
Current Mood: lonelylonely

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Jan. 19th, 2011 04:26 am Cards from Yukari

Just thought that I would share a couple of cards that my fabulous friend Yukari has sent me from Japan:

IMG Xmas card from Yukari
Yukari recently sent me this pop-up Xmas village card for Xmas. Even though I took a bajillion pictures of it, the best one still doesn't capture how truly awesome it is.

IMG goldfish scooping card from Yukari
Yukari sent me this card during the summer. As I understand it, it is customary to send out late summer cards. Can you believe it? How many of you find it to be a monumental task to send out your Xmas cards? Imagine doing that in the summer as well as in the winter.

This card, which is also a pop-up, depicts something that I have seen in lots of anime series. It is the goldfish scooping game which seems to be a staple of the o-bon festivals in Japan. You have the chance to keep any goldfish that you catch. However, you have to use a very flimsy device to try and catch the fish. In anime, it is common for the main character to be amazing at catching fish, to the point where the booth has to shut down.

This might be a good point for me to announce my new Japan-related goal. But first the old Japan-related goal that I think I have given up on:

*ahem* Two years ago, I set myself the goal of traveling to Japan for one year. I imagined that during that year I would be working as an English teacher. I was not able to go at the time due to serious obstacles related to money and to my health.

Well, it turns out that it's good that I was not able to jump into that plan. You see, I made that plan while wearing rose-coloured glasses. I had an unrealistic idea of what it would be like to live in Japan. Since then, I have read many accounts from people who have spent time in Japan. Many of these accounts gave a positive review of Japan, but many did not. Many people wrote about hardships and challenges that had never occurred to me; and I have to admit, I have a hard enough time dealing with the ordinary everyday challenges of life. I don't think I could handle dealing with all of that in addition to a language and cultural barrier.

Normally when I write about Japan, I write about things that are fun, or bizarre, or cool. But honestly, that country, like any country I suppose, is facing some serious issues. For many years Japan has had the highest suicide rate of any county in the world. The reasons for that are beyond the scope of this little corner of the Internet.

I have to be honest with myself - I'm not up to it.

Besides, there is so much Japanese stuff here in Vancouver that it probably makes a lot more sense for me to enjoy Japan from the safety and comfort of my home city.

Anyways - my new Japan-related plan: *ahem* I want to be ready to visit Japan for a two week period in August!! I will probably be able to catch an O-bon festival at that time and try to scoop some goldfish!

Now, whether or not I will actually go is a secondary issue. But that is what I am hoping to achieve. And I'm fairlysomewhat optimistic about it. Even though I still face serious health concerns, I think that I now know enough of the language and culture to be able to brave the land of the rising sun for fourteen days.

In my daydream, my vacation will revolve around taking my friend Yukari to Tokyo Disney Sea. She was such a good friend to me when she lived in Vancouver; I would love to pay her back a little bit. I would love to be able to win a goldfish for her.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

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Jan. 18th, 2011 06:09 am Currently Watching - Kimi ni Todoke (2009)

First, Let me share with you a bit of funniness from another series called Hyakko. By the time I had watched that series, I had already seen many many cases of the accidental pervert in anime, western television, books, real life, etc... Hyakko provided the first case I've seen of a recently popular trope: the accidental ghost.

IMG sadako
Japanese character name: Sadako
American character name: Samara

In Hyakko, a girl named Inori Tsubomiya is having a really hard time making friends because she's quite shy and she kind of looks like the girl from The Ring. You know, the girl that climbs out of the TV set and makes you wet your pants so hard that you die?

Inori finally sees an opportunity to make a friend when another Hyakko character, named Torako, accidentally loses her handkerchief. Inori tries to lend hers.

The Japanese word for handkerchief is 'hankachi' - it's the same word as in English, just pronounced differently. Inori is so bashful that she stutters over saying the word:

Inori: hanka ... hanka ... hanka ...

Torako: hanka?!! ('hanka' means 'grave')

Inori: chi ... chi ... chi ...

Torako: chi?!! ('chi' means 'blood')

Soooo... not a great start for poor Inori the wannabe friendly ghostfriend. Later, Inori asks for Torako's phone number. Torako gives it gladly but Torako's other friend, remembering the events of The Ring, was a bit shocked.

IMG Inori
Inori practices her friendliest smile

In Hyakko, Inori is one of many supporting characters who are drawn together by the crazy delinquentcharismatic main character Torako. In Kimi ni Todoke, the series I'm watching now, the spooky yet kind-hearted girl is the main character:IMG sawako
Kimi ni Todoke (officially translated as From Me to You, more literally as Reaching You) is the story of Sawako Kuronuma, whose resemblance to the horror movie character Sadako has made her a social outcast. Being outcast from a young age has made her socially awkward, which only makes her more of an outcast, so it's all really a vicious cycle.

The actual inciting event of the story proper is the beginning of Sawako's friendship with Shota Kazehaya, the most popular guy in school. Unlike 99% of other "most popular guy" characters, Kazehaya is genuinely nice, and has feelings for Sawako, despite her loner nature. As they get to know each other better, Sawako forms an ever-expanding network of friends, yet she and Kazehaya never seem to realize they like each other in the same way.

Ultimately, a very touching story about liking people for who they are without trying to change them.
I'm four episodes into this series. So far it's been mostly touching, sometimes quite sad, and occasionally cute. I'm thinking it will probably not end with Sawako crawling out of my computer monitor and making me wet my pants so hard I die.

Boy, I sure hope it doesn't end that way. If it does, I intend to send a very stern letter!

Current Location: at home
Current Mood: touchedtouched

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