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Kamen Rider Gaim

If you wrote off this year's Kamen Rider because the fruit theme or because the first several episodes were thoroughly silly, give it another try. Turns out it gets better every episode after 6, and gets genuinely good in the teens.


For reasons I go into below I decided for the first time in a long time to see what the folks who made Ultraman Moebius have been up to lately. I spotted this off of Nishina Masaki's blog, from two days ago. Guess I'm not the only one feeling a little nostalgic?

So the reason for the nostalgia... Last time I was in Japan I finally got around to going to Ajinomoto Stadium. Collapse )
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Hail Mary

Let's see if my 11th hour Hail Mary manages to redeem the disaster the last nine months have been. *crosses fingers*

In related news, 2014 seems to be trying to kick my butt even harder than 2013 did. If I don't sit down for a while you'll know why.
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Apple Cobbler Oat Recipe

This recipe is quite worthy:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 cups apples - peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8-inch square pan.
In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour and butter. Mix until crumbly. Place half of crumb mixture in pan. Spread the apples evenly over crumb mixture. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and top with remaining crumb mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Feudal Fruit?

Finally dug up some details on the next Kamen Rider series... I think I'll keep using the description I saw one person give: Kamen Rider Fruit Ninja. It features fruit-themed street feudal era dancing warriors.

There is no way I am going to be able to take this series seriously. I suspect I will watch the first episode and then throw in the towel -- but not after making a bunch of bad fruit puns first.
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Flop Reversal

I notice all the articles about summer movie "flops" suddenly seem to have dropped Pacific Rim from their list of summer victims. Funny what a $45 mill opening can do for the media's opinion.

Japan and Brazil to open in two days. This should be fascinating.
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Geek Girl Cred Check

I was interested to read Seanan McGuire's post about checking if geek girls are "real". I find the whole concept bizarre, and at first thought that I've never run into it and I wonder why not. Don't I look female enough to warrant a check?)

(This is sort of like how I wonder why I don't get groped on the Tokyo subway. Busty blonde. How is it that I'm immune? And yet, on second thought, not complaining.)

But then I thought about it. The first geek cred check I remember undergoing was when I was 8, and the boys in my class didn't believe that I watched Battlestar Galactica. In point of fact it was my absolute favorite show at the time, and my obsessive, over the top fannishness was as alive and well back then as it is now. I handily proved it (and that I watched the show) by naming not only every major and minor character, but the actor or actress who played them as well. By the time I was running out of names of one-shot guest characters I had earned their grudging respect -- and their sidelong nervous looks too, I suppose.

These days I've gotten so used to being cred checked that I don't really notice any more. If someone is asking me about a fandom I'm into then I look at it as a way of connecting with other fans. If it's not something I'm into, well, there's a whole lot to fandom and I don't expect to personally know every aspect of it. I'm personally passionate enough about my fandoms in particular and Fandom as a tribe in general that I'm not going to let a couple of people saying I'm not a "true fan" because I don't know the Marvel universe (I don't), or can't recognize the latest popular video game character. (Still won't.) If one wants a "true geek" then this, for me, is the measure of it: are you willing to show your passion no matter what, even if people around you may look down on you for it?

Plus, I think it's fun playing "better geek than thou" and winning. Particularly when it's a bunch of guys who initially wrote me off because I have boobs. (They're auxiliary data cores don't you know. Duh. You think I keep all this information in my head?)
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Geek Week Day Four: A Momentary Lapse of Reality

I have a job phone screen today. Damn.

Not that I'm displeased -- it sounds like exactly what I'm looking for and I'm really jazzed/nervous. I've also let my brain off the leash so it could go and play in happy fannish fields for the past four days and it is protesting mightily about being shoehorned back into normalcy. All this packing is mighty organized and grown-up as well, so it's not any too fond of that either.

For the rest of the day: Try to remember what I've done in my career to date so I don't sound like a moron on the interview, finish packing, then hit the gym, geek out with fresne (that should be pretty epic), then off to Mt. View obon practice and off to get some beauty sleep in advance of the con.

Comic Con in T minus 24 hours, and counting. Then the serious geekery begins.
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Geek Week

Geek week kicked off for me on Friday, starting with working from home in the morning, and working from MCM in the afternoon. Then after work was a brief workout followed by a lovely dinner and game.

Saturday I read in bed a bit, then got up and puttered around before going out to Dublin to see Pacific Rim in real IMAX. Got total rock star parking, and the movie was awesome and totally worth dragging out to Dublin. Came back, downloaded a copy of the soundtrack, then headed over to MCM to BBQ and have a mellow evening hanging out with friends.

Sunday I lazed in bed until 11, then got up, ran through an episode of Dr. Who (need to catch up before Wednesday) before heading out to see Pacific Rim again with friends. (What? So I liked it.) After the movie we dissected it over frozen yogurt and had a lovely conversation.

Today I'm home. Plans are to get packing done for Comic Con, pick up the Pacific Rim comic (and hopefully the Avatar comics I'm missing), and do some house cleaning. Then in the evening I'm heading over to the Palo Alto obon practice.

I am a happy geek. And I have many happy geek days ahead.