March 21st, 2005

Sleepy Brain


Debating which looks worse: calling to re-schedule a job interview because I am the Ultimate Monster of Phlem, or going in and snorting and coughing my way through the interivew. I'm starting to think the latter. *sigh*

Feh, I was rather hoping that two solid days of 9+ hours of sleep a night and staying flopped on a couch all day would knock this thing out.
  • Current Mood
    still bloody well sick
Sleepy Brain

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Interview cancelled, to be rescheduled. I called in, rather than sending an e-mail, which probably convinced them that they really do not want to see me today. (I'm actually *less* congested today than I have been all weekend -- I just feel worse in other ways now.)

Finally watched the Rally Mexico coverage last night (no, I hadn't seen it yet, and yes, I have been feeling really, really rotten.) Ordered in pizza (not from Dominos, thankyouverymuch) and daydreamed of better times.

Being laid out on a couch all weekend has been giving me the time to get caught up on everything and sort pictures a bunch. I really wish I knew some of the tricks lucifie showed me for S&E's wedding, since the shots would have come out a lot better. Need to research getting new lenses. Need a faster zoom, and need a lens that goes below f4.5.

Need to go find better drugs. And maybe some more pizza.
My Widdle Bwain

Could Be Interesting

Sunday, April 3, 2005
San Francisco

Come see the sword fighting theatrics of Kamui, who played members of the Crazy 88 from the movie Kill Bill! Founded in 1998, Kamui blends high level sword fighting techniques from a variety of traditions to create a unique style. They incorporate traditional Japanese music such as taiko drumming and shakuhachi flute, as well as rock and trance music in their theatrical combat performances.

Two presentations: 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm

Asian Art Museum/Chong-Moon Lee Center for Art and Culture
Samsung Hall
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA

Asian Art Museum members, kids under 12 and SFUSD students free
Japan Society members $10
Youth (ages 12?17) $11;
Seniors $13
General $15 (prices include museum admission)

Space is limited and special tickets are required to attend this program. Advance tickets available online or at the Asian Art Museum Admission Desk.

Presented in partnership with the Asian Art Museum/Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. Domestic travel generously provided by United Airlines. Hotel accommodation generously provided by Hotel Nikko San Francisco. Special support from the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. Co-presented by the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA).
My Widdle Bwain

Sick? How About An Historical Supernatural Action Adventure Fantasy Romance?

I've got sitting around doing nothing down to a fine art now. Friday night I loafed around. Saturday I lounged around on seshat's couch. Sunday I flopped on my own couch.

I am not someone who takes that much sitting around doing nothing with grace. So when I was once again faced with another day of being couch-bound, I was feeling at a loss as to what to do. I've just about cleared the TiVo, I've read more books in the past week than I have in the past year, and there is only so much picture sorting I can do before I start losing it. So I resigned myself to a day of catching up on anime.

Remembering that I had seshat's Mirage of Blaze, I decided to give it a go. And I gotta say, if you have to spend the day sitting at home sick, there are worse ways than watching a series that Aestheticism described as "an historical supernatural action adventure fantasy romance".

The plot revovles around reincarnated warriors from Japan's Warring States period having mystical battles in a variety of tourist spots. (Of the places that appear in the series, there is only one -- Hakone -- that I have never been to.) It is filled with the standard Sandpanther crack -- history; angsty, pretty, pretty bishounen; places I have actually been to; themes of loyalty and friendship and the loss of innocence; past lives and lost memories; and swords and sorcery (though, I must whine, not enough of swords... the one time a sword did show up, it was pretty cool-looking, though.)

That said, it may not be everyone's cup of tea. I knew walking in it has a large section in all the fashionable doujinshi stores, and I suspected that it cannonically ventured into the yaoi realm. (It does; let's just say that the classic "faithfull follower" motif is taken to the logical fangirl conclusion.) Keeping everyone straight (if you will pardon the pun) was a little difficult, as the character designs were all fairly similar and the names frequently resembled one another closely. And a solid grounding in Warring States period history went a long way to adding an understanding of the character interactions and keeping track of who was who. Oh yeah, and they leave a large (and somewhat annoying) plot thread dangling.

All in all, I'd say if you're willing to deal with a (very) little homosexuality and a LOT of angst, give it a go. And that's not just the cold talking. I think.

Now I wanna track down the novels. I'm trying not to be daunted that there are well over thirty of them.