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Hello 2010 and Winter & Spring Anime for 2010

April 11, 2010

Greetings dear reader, welcome to the first (technical) 2010 post of The Juggernaut’s Poetry Log – where everything in my life is poetry.

First off, I would take this opportunity to point out my Twitter feed on the right hand column of the blog. various insights and at times fanboyisms will come flowing through that portal.

Next, I’d like to point out that I have decided to separate my musings into Hello! Project idols and JPop as well as KPop off to separate blogs – The Random H!P Blog and JPopVsKPop, in order to deconstruct them in an orderly manner. As they are both works in progress, I will soon enlist contributors for the blogs. This would ensure that the anime and miscellaneous side of my personage would remain distinct from those two more organised ones, if only to keep the tone of those posts professional and technical.

Now on to the “meat” of the post, which is nothing really 😀 it is merely me ripping “chartfag“s charts and circling those series I intend to watch. And at this point :gasp: i may even further elucidate on the virtues of a select few series, after i have watched it all in one go of course.

First off, winter 2010, a time of ok series.

Durarara, Dance in the Vampire Bund, Hanamaru Youchien, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, Hidamari Sketch :star x 3:, Omamori Himari, Chu-bra! and Kaito Reinya are the “main series” to watch with miscelleanous OVAs. Winter 2010 was a lean period for my tastes, with 8 series that pique my interests, lean times. out of the lot, I would probably think of doing a deconstruct on Hanamaru Youchien and Baka to Test, as these two series have been acquired and marathon watched already.

Now, on to Spring 2010, which seems to have more promise.

I think I’d let the reader decide what is great :D. Heroman was a surprise insert, if only because it is a Stan Lee vehicle and a Bones project. Angel Beats, though uncircled, could prove to be a surprise 14th series to watch, if my twitter comrades say nice things about it :D. (that is the case with Baka to Test, it almost became a non watch, as Hanamaru Youchien, instead it became the more enjoyable series.)

Alright then, the watching may not commence soon, as i start “work” for my uni tomorrow. So, things may become a lot more sporadic that is already has been.However, when my muse returns, the poetry, manga musing and fanboying over favourite idols will be posted now and then here and there in the other two blogs.

until the next post!

Good day, dear reader!

Preview: Philips SPA2300 Budget Speakers

July 19, 2009

yes..  Link

it matches my comp screen and cpu .. being silver/black…

I am glad that after 18 yrs of crappy speakers and 3 yrs of decent ones… i have bought a NEW pair of decent speakers

full review within the week

Alo-Hello! – Berryz Kobo Part Two!

June 28, 2009

Yes, more caps for those who are interested.

The first six minutes were cute and well, reflective of the usual things they do. ( Risako♥,  Miyabi♥, Yurina♥, Chinami♥, Saki♥, Momoko♥, Maasa♥)

Hehe, caps of the gags will be posted up asap. (Monday evening :P)

Capping now!!

aand the next caps until….. 39 minutes…. in 33 minutes i have 340 caps… dosureba?….

here goes – the next 8 minutes…. pic spam a little more later… I will cap more and post it up section by section….

Why am I even doing this? I dunno… mebbe because i did say i’d be capping this ( a good excuse for me to watch over and over too)

oh, I just discovered the Gallery function :hits head: will be putting in captions when and if I am bored.

Alo!- Hello! – Berryz Kobo- Part One

June 26, 2009

Dum dum dum dum….

I think I may have found my next big “thing”. so after slowly delving in to that “dark” pit of J-visual culture-(anime, Jpop videos, photobooks, Jpop songs etc).  I have got Berryz Kobo’s gag DVD.

yes, you heard me right, the gag dvd. Apparently it is a collection of silly things done by the producers to put all the members of the group into weird situations.

so to put up caps or not? …hmmmmmm

(more…)

These foolish things :3

May 31, 2009

Rod Stewart is the man eh?…. the song he chose was a beautiful ballad, by an Anglo-Selvian songwriter about an American-chinese actress…. ahhaha lovely, pure and simple lyrics…

A cigarette that bears a lipstick’s traces,
An airline ticket to romantic places,
A fairgrounds painted swings,
These foolish things remind me of you.

A tinkling piano in the next apartment,
Those stumbling words that told you what my heart meant,
And still my heart has wings.
These foolish things remind me of you.

You came, you saw, you conquered me.
When you did that to me, I knew somehow
It had to be.

The winds of March that make my heart a dancer,
A telephone that rings but who’s to answer.
Oh, how the thought of you clings.
These foolish things remind me of you.

… and it’s quite astounding the calibre of the singers who preceded him…. and the number of styles those lovely lyrics were sung in… Copy pasta from wikipedia –

These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)” is a popular song with words and music by Harry Link, Holt Marvell (real name: Eric Maschwitz), and Jack Strachey. It was written in 1935 for the London revueSpread It Abroad“, and was first performed by Judy Campbell. The song became a #1 hit in the US in the summer of 1936, primarily by British orchestra leader Carroll Gibbons, also represented by the Benny Goodman version.

Various other versions have been recorded including vocal arrangements featuring Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Frankie Laine, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Aaron Neville, Ronnie Milsap, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat “King” Cole, Joni James, Bryan Ferry, and Rod Stewart. Instrumental jazz arrangements of the song have been recorded by Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Thelonious Monk, Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Count Basie, Lester Young, and numerous other artists.

The song originally had the lyric “The song that Crosby sings”, but curiously Bing Crosby himself was the first singer not to sing that line. Romantically linked to the Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong while working in Hollywood, Eric Maschwitz’s lyrics reflect his longing for Wong after they parted and he returned to England.

Bryan Ferry covered the Dorothy Dickson version of the song for the title of his first solo album These Foolish Things (1973). James Brown & The Famous Flames perform a live version of the song on their 1964 King Records LP, Pure Dynamite: Live At The Royal . Paris Bennett covered the song on the fifth season of American Idol.

Let me change it a little :3

A coffee cup that bears a lipstick’s traces,
An internet bookmark to romantic places,
A lounge chair fraying suede,
These foolish things remind me of you.

A rumbling stereo in the next apartment,
Those stumbling words that told you what my heart meant,
And still my heart has wings.
These foolish things remind me of you.

You came, you saw, you conquered me.
When you did that to me, I knew somehow
It had to be.

The winds of March that make my heart a dancer,
A cellphone that vibrates but who’s to text back.
Oh, how the thought of you clings.
These foolish things remind me of you.

arggh too contrived eh?

hehe signing out!

Anime Rant: Natsu No Arashi…

April 13, 2009

I am disappointed. VERY disappointed. With the artwork, with the voicework and with the colours. Frankly, the storyline is fine, as long as they follow the manga. you can search for other reviews is you want a synopsis on the storyline.

I cannot stand the way they’ve animated, Arashi, Kaja and the Bar Owner. the only people who are animated properly are the idiotic men in the series… but that is not the least of it…

at least if the art style is similar, we couldn’t care about the voice work. It’s a pity they couldn’t bring everyone from School Rumble in….. yes even Koshimizu Ami….

Bah…. I pray for Lucky star, Maria Holic -second seasons and Minami-ke fourth season..

Preview: Acer Aspire 4350 – Back in Black, baby…

July 23, 2008

Just got a new laptop for the home,

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 RM-70 / 2.0 GHz ( Dual-Core )
Cache Memory: 1 MB, L2 cache
RAM: 2 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max), DDR II SDRAM, 667 MHz ( 2 x 1 GB )
Card Reader: 5 in 1
Hard Drive: 160 GB
Optical Storage: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM, integrated
Display: 14.1″ TFT 1280 x 800 ( WXGA ), 24-bit (16.7 million colors), CrystalBrite
Graphics Controller: NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G (SWEET!!!)
Networking: Network adapter, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Wireless NIC: Acer InviLink 802.11b/g
Notebook Camera: Integrated

First things first, the graphics processor is actually an onboard one, sharing the RAM with the CPU. SO for full sized mobo offerings, being paired to another graphics card, will probably make the graphics soo much better…

more to come soon …

now the pictures 🙂

BLACK!!! (i almost bought a vostro…. dells build quality is better though acer is not too far behind)

ooo glossy black-blue surface ….

Review- OeTTINGER Bier (Lager)

February 26, 2008

http://www.oettinger-beer.com/english/index.htm

Tried a nice tall can of the Lager (Super Forte – extra strong) at 8.9%. Am blown away by its relative low cost… at six for half a litre… thats bloody good grog for the price….

to put it in words, the taste has a smooth flavour, with honeyed tinges and a mildly smoky taste. ( for malaysias, picture Carlsberg and Heineken with the strength of Anchor strong)….

I am inclined to think it is a fortified Pilsner, but I could be wrong… ( super forte says everything though)

Now, Oettinger as a company, seems very much family owned in Gotha, yet has the impression of being run by a large corporation. Having been around for the past 277 years, it has surprisingly only diversified within its core field, having over 50 types of beer on offer. So it is most definitely a niche/specialist brewer.

More on it as i plan to sample more ASAP

until then, enthuse on the thoughts of this Thai based connoisseur – http://beerasia.blogspot.com/

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan 1-8 – a rant

December 14, 2007

Why did they have to do that to Kamina!!!!!!!?!?!??!?

He was a man’s man ….. so they killed him off arrrggggggghhhhhhh

bleargh….

(but i suppose the show can have only one hero….. baka Simon….)

Sinfest Sunday!

December 9, 2007

I personally find Ishida’s works extremely thought provoking, though at a glance it seems trivial. The relationship of man and the elements are shown, along with many philosophies and thoughts. These ideas are presented in an expressive manner without judgment. Though it was probably conceived as joke material/foil, it can become a basis for theological discussion without invloving the more sensitive parts.

All rights reserved. Tatsuya Ishida. 2007. I am in no way affiliated or connected to the comic, merely a fan.