Monday, December 31, 2007
Of the Ranma ½ Anime I'd suggest you watch the first season and the Oav's the rest is much lower quality (though I do like the opening/endings). They can be purchased in a variety of places such as amazon.com. If you are unable to afford them (the price for them has gone down a lot) you can watch them online in a few places such as Ranmastream, Youtube has many of the episodes, and it can be downloaded from bit torrent in a few places such as Isohunt. I'd watch a lot more Anime if I had high speed internet (dial-up sucks though I do some times use other peoples high speed internet).
The Ranma ½ manga is my favorite manga. The Ranma ½ anime is not my favorite anime. The Ranma ½ anime is not even in my top ten favorite anime (Slayers is #1 if you were wondering).
This isn't that uncommon for me. I find that the books/manga that the anime/Movie is based on to be better than the Anime/Movie quite often. Of course this isn't true of everything off the top of my head V for Vendetta movie was better than the comic and Thank You for Smoking was better than the book.
I have a tendency to make lists and lose them/have them thrown away/etc. One day several weeks ago I decided to make a list of the movies I had watched over the course of the year. There is no real purpose in doing so but I was having trouble sleeping and the list could be convenient. It is convenient in that I can quickly look up films I had watched.
I can use the list to help me recall movies, I also have a tendency to forget the name of a movie, even though I do remember the plot. A list that also has pictures and if for some reason I can not recall the movie at all, there is also generally a summary I can read to refresh my memory.
I chose to use an amazon store to make the list for a few reasons. The first reason being so that people might make purchases from it and I would get a small percentage. Another reason was because it was an option and I have no other idea as to what to put there. The final reason is I didn't know of a better list making site that also has a picture of the film and quick access to more information.
The list is incomplete since I could not recall every movie I had seen this year at the time or could not recall the movies name. I also didn't list most of the non-fiction videos. Something that surprised me is that there are a lot of movies I've seen that Amazon does not have (at least the version of Amazon I was using). Thinking about it I should not have been surprised since I watch a lot of foreign films many of which were not released in the USA, some of the films were never put on dvd (can only be gotten on vcd or VHS depending on the film), and some were either too small, or on subject that wouldn't interest most people.
A few of the movies I watched that were not on Amazon (or I couldn't find on DVD) are:
- DragonBlade – Honk Kong 3d Film
- My Wife is 18 - Hong Kong Romantic Comedy
- Tales of Ugetsu (AKA: Ugetsu Monogatari) – Japanese ghost story
- The Refusal - Jagerstatter – Documentary about an Austrian Catholic executed for refusing to serve the Nazi's
- The Reluctant Prophet George Zabelka – A documentary about a priest who served those who dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He later became a large supporter of non-violence.
- Some were not listed because they are not on DVD yet like the new Sweeny Todd Film
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Here are some quotes of what other people had to say:
May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~Author UnknownI like those quotes because peace on Earth is something I really would like to see happen. Lets all hope and pray for the highly improbable to happen; Peace on Earth for all. Praying and hoping are well and good, but rarely are they enough. Do something, anything to brighten the world and make the dream of peace on Earth a reality. Even a small kindness applied at the right moment can change a persons life.
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
~Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 1976
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. Jesus Christ, bible MATTHEW 22:39
Christmas is a day in which we celebrate Christ's birth. So celebrate it the way Jesus would have wanted us to and do something no matter how small to make the world a better place. What better way could there be to celebrate his birth than to follow his teachings of peace and love. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, believe in God, or view Jesus as being just a man, I ask that you do something to promote Peace.
If for some unfathomable reason you can't think of something here are a few suggestions:
Donate time or money to a worthy cause
Give someone a hug
Say thank you to someone for an every day action you generally don't acknowledge
Call up someone you haven't talked to in a while
If you think about it I'm sure you can think of something.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
If I were the person with the decision on how to integrate her into the crew, I would have assigned her quarters with a female crew member. I would not have isolated her by putting her in the cargo bay (or I'd have converted part of the bay see this post). I'd have given the person assigned with her orders to become her friend and help her integrate with the crew. Otherwise I'd have had her be roommates with me.
Seven of Nines upbringing with the Borg made her extremely gifted in some ways but it also left her emotionally and socially stunted. She had the body of an adult and a gifted mind but emotionally and socially she was a child. She needed someone to be with her and help guide her. Yes I know the doctor and the captain did but a more effective way would have been to pair her with someone who can be with her often and who was biological in nature. Someone who could and would know to explain to her how to sit and chew (things she did not know as shown by other episodes and things the doctor would not think about since he does not require doing either).
A similar subject also dealing with crew integration, They expected too much from her. They appeared to either treat her like a machine or expect her to act human. Both of which does not make sense. She may have been born a human and has human DNA but she was raised by the Borg. The Borg will have influenced her a lot and that influence will effect her for her entire life. Helping her along and guiding her while she finds out who and what she wants to be makes sense but expecting her to be like a normal human doesn't. The best they should expect from her is along the lines of what a human/vulcan hybrid raised on Vulcan who now lives with regular humans.
How they treated her at first after she had just been taken from the collective also didn't make sense to me. She had just been disconnected from hearing the thoughts of billions, was in a situation she did not understand, and had been forcibly taken from the only home she has known against her will. She should have had lots of counseling. Counseling given to telepaths who suddenly lost their telepathic abilities since for all practical purposes that did happen to her, she had shared her thoughts with trillions of individuals and now her thoughts were hers and hers alone. Counseling given to people who were raised by their kidnappers and now see the kidnappers as their parents. Counseling given to people raised by other species similar to the counseling given to people who are raised by wolves or apes that you sometimes hear about. Counseling for the inevitable nightmares/guilt that she will have when she realizes what she has done as a Borg. Sure the crew was under staffed but the do have holographic technology and likely have counselors programmed in. While I realize that most people would find her therapy sessions to be boring, hence the reason they would not put them on the show, they still could have alluded to them or made mention of some type. I also realize that Seven would have seen them as an inefficient waste of time, but she should still have attended them.
They treated her like a star fleet officer in that they ordered her to do things instead of asking her to do things. An example of this is that she was ordered to give her nanoprobes to save a member of species 8472 in the episode Prey. She did not want to. It was her right to deny the use of her nanoprobes because she was not a member of star fleet. A star fleet officer signed up to be a part of star fleet and has to obey the captain. I do realize that Star fleet is for all practical purposes the Federations military and that civilians have to obey the Captains of ships. The reason I find ordering her around to be unfair is because she was not part of star fleet nor a civilian who decided to be on the ship. She was a civilian taken under duress. Unlike civilian volunteers who are generally given the choice of leaving, she is not given a choice to leave the ship. The order was also unethical. They basically said we want your blood so that we can use it to help the enemies of your race. I would not be surprised that from Seven's point of view she was a slave to the Borg and now she is a slave of the Federation but where the Borg make it clear she has no choice in what she does the Federation gives her the illusion of freedom (not really what the Federation does but it is one possible point of view she could have). There were times in which she should not have been aloud to make her own decisions for her own good but there were also times in which they ordered her to do stuff where she should have been given the choice of what to do.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Since I am a voracious reader it is an aspect of Ranma's character I easily identify with and makes sense to me for him to do so. Books are a means of acquiring knowledge such as martial arts (we do see Ranma turn to books for information in the manga), they are a form of entertainment that is portable (something he can do on his training trip when not training or while recovering from injuries), does not require electricity (many other forms of entertainment requires electricity and/or other people to participate with which Ranma would have had limited access to occasionally during his training journey), is easily accessible (books are not that expensive, libraries loan books out for free, people throw away books -in Japan Manga are released in phone book size magazines on fairly cheap paper that are not meant to be kept often times after people finish reading them they are tossed out and Ranma could acquire them by taking them from the trash or people giving them to him once they are finished with them), etc. I can think of a lot of reasons for Ranma to read often and I do not see reasons as to why he would not (particularly since we do see him read often).
What do you think Ranma reads?
Things I think he likely reads are:
*Martial arts manuals - at least one of the times it clearly is a martial arts manual.
*Text books - he is in school and we do see him carrying his school books with him often
*Researching a cure for his curse and other problems - would make sense since we do see him research using books - Dating magazines for tips on dating, a book on Chiropractics after Dr Tofu accidentally hurt Ranma, pressure point charts, etc., and since he wants to cure his curse books would be a good place to start a search.
*Cook books - Possibly at least for a recipe. In the manga he is a pretty good cook and likes to eat so this would make sense.
Beyond those he reads for entertainment. I'm assuming the manga he reads, if nothing else, is for entertainment. What genre do you think he reads? Personally I don't think romance or martial arts themed stories since he gets too much of that in his regular life.
The second link has the Ranma RPG translated into English. Personally I find the games to be so so. I like the PC Engine game and the Sega Cd (also known as Mega Drive) more than the Super Nintendo and Gameboy games. My favorite type of game is role playing though and the Ranma RPG really is not all that good. There were a few attempts to make a fan made console type Ranma RPG but they were all dropped years ago.
Faq's for some of the Ranma games can be obtained at Game Faq's.
Also if you download the Japanese version of the Ranma Super Nintendo RPG you can add patches from RPG Classics to translate it into English. They have two patches one Manga and one Anime the differences are slight though.
The Anime Fanservice Gallery is a large collection of screen caps taken from various anime of fan service scenes. Including Ranma 1/2. In fact it started as just a Ranma 1/2 image collection and grew. They also have under the donor gallery edits, in which people added words to scenes many of these are quite amusing.
In the unlikely event that someone views this post and does not know what Hentai means; it is Japanese for pervert or perverted (unlikely since pretty much everyone who comes upon this post is looking for hentai). Its usage in the English language is as a generic term to describe drawn pornographic material that is or looks to be of Japanese origin (anime, manga, doujinshi, games, and fan pictures based on anime and manga). The term for less explicit images or a less perverted person is ecchi.
I am not a large fan of hentai, but am a large fan of Ranma ½ so I have read most of the comics they have created. I've made comments on those in another post: Queen of the Night and other Ranmabook comics. I've also submitted Ranma images I've found, mostly from Japanese websites I was browsing, to them and two in which I had commissioned. One of which I am using as my profile image. I did not actually draw any. Similarly to my dislike of my fiction writing, I dislike my drawings.
The worst thing about them changing the website is the loss of the mangascans. Sure they can be found on other websites (though many other sites have since removed them as well, for example the manga in scanned format used to be available in Chinese on
Some Ranma Hentai links:
|Ranma ½ Lemon Stories Archive - Largest repository of Ranma lemons (term used in fan fiction for explicit material).|
|Ranma Hentai ½ Flash Game in which your do hentai things to Ranma-onna using the pretext of a physical examination. The game is not really that good and has three endings.|
According to tv.com:
In the Mexican version of the Simpsons episode 242 Pygomoelian, the Doctor that Moe replaced in the soap opera said 'They can't replace me! I played the role of Doctor (??) and the voice of Ranma for the last (?) years!'. This was a play on the fact that the guy playing the voice of the Doctor in this episode was the same guy that made the voice of Ranma Saotome, lead character of an anime named Ranma 1/2 which played in Mexico for a while before this episode was made.
The above picture is a screen grab from the episode mentioned of the doctor that Moe replaced.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I could list many reasons to not shop Wal-mart and tell you of the bad things that Wal-mart does but you likely already know many of them and there are sites already devoted to reasons not to shop there. Ranging from criminal reasons, labor issues, environmental reasons, health care issues, sweat shops, censoring, and more.
Wake Up Wal-Mart
Against the Wal
The Writing on the Wal
At the protest around 70 people showed up to protest. A private security company told us we could not park anywhere in the area since it is not allowed. We had to be customers to park there so everyone went and purchased something at one of the other stores so that we had a valid reason for parking there.
For some reason four police cars each with two officers showed up and told us that we had to leave. We were not violent and were on public property (cars weren't but we did purchase something giving us the right to park there). Why were so many officers needed?
Even though I went to the protest and am planning on going to other protests in the future (for other things as well). I occasionally wonder if they are pointless. This protest did not make the news, people still went into Wal-mart even though we were standing there, and there seems to be no noticeable effect. I like to think that I am making a difference and Wal-mart will stop its bad (for humanity) practices but so long as they continue to make a profit they have little incentive to do so.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
In all likelihood you already know of the vast majority of these. I'm not the first person to put some variation of these on the Internet. Many of these are just common sense. Less energy used = Less energy costs. If you check a money saving or an environmental concerns book or website they will say much the same thing as this.
Use or replace existing items with more energy efficient versions.
Purchase fluorescent or even better LED light bulbs.
Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
Use a laptop instead of a desktop (uses less energy).
Use solar powered objects if possible (Solar powered battery chargers for instance).
Purchase Energy Star appliances.
Fan instead of air conditioner.
Use a microwave or toaster oven to reheat or cook since it uses less energy than conventional ovens do (if possible solar cooker since is most energy efficient).
Use a battery powered or better yet a water powered clock instead of a plug in clock since plug-in clocks use a lot more energy than they need to (10-100 times as much).
In general if there is a battery operated version of something you use that plugs in switch to that since they generally are more energy efficient (if your using rechargeable batteries).
Toilet and shower head with low flow versions.
Front loading washing machine
Tankless Water Heaters.
Sponges and rags instead of paper towels.
Turn off the lights when your not using them (This is fairly obvious).
Turn off water when not using it. In other words do not leave the water running when brushing or shavings.
Water your plants early in the morning or in the evening. Avoid watering mid day because more water will be lost to evaporation.
Do not leave appliances on standby. Appliances still use energy when left in standby mode it is much better to turn the appliance off. Even better unplug them or if on a plug strip switch the plug strip off.
Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket. This will make it so your water heater doesn't have to run as often since the water will stay hot longer.
Insulate your water pipes.
Put on a sweater instead of turning up the heat.
Air dry items if you can - clothes instead of using the dryer, dishes don't use dry setting on dish washer.
Fill up washing machines and dish washers before using them. If you do use them when only half full or something be sure to set it at half load (or equivalent setting).
Cover pots when cooking since it cooks faster and conserves more heat. Also add a little salt to water so that the water boils at a hotter temperature causing items in the water to cook faster.
Move fridge and freezers as far from heat sources (heater vents and ovens) as possible because they will have to work harder to keep cold.
Sweep your yard with a broom or rake instead of using a hose or air blower.
Put a piece of aluminum foil under your ironing board cover to reflect the heat and make ironing faster.
Keep water in refrigerator for drinking instead of running water until the water cools
Use cold water washing since you uses less energy.
Lower your water heater temperature to around 120°F unless you really need a higher temperature.
Take more showers than baths. Bathing takes more water than showers.
Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
Turn off stove and oven a few minutes before time is up. Residual heat will finish the job.
Bake foods together if possible (ex. Bake the cookies with dinner instead of separately).
Turn off decorative outdoor gas lamps - these are just wasteful.
Do maintenance on items – Things in good condition are more efficient and last longer.
Repair leaky plumbing (faucets, toilets, pipes, etc.) promptly. Your just wasting water otherwise.
Clean or replace filters on your furnace, air conditioner, air purifiers, vacuums, dryer, etc. Do this regularly since dirty ones don't work as well and use more energy (some like dryer after every use).
Clean (vacuum or brush off) the condenser coils on the back of your refrigerator/dehumidifier at least twice a year.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
- Ranma shortly after meeting new people will tell them his entire life story.
- In the manga, Ranma is a secretive person and has not told his life story to anyone. Ranma rarely tells anyone anything about himself if he can avoid doing so. Akane the person he talks to and hangs around the most doesn't even know very much about him (and has complained about him not telling her things in the manga). The vast majority of the things we know of Ranma's time before coming to the Tendo dojo is from what other people have told us, Genma, Ukyo, Ryoga, etc., not Ranma. The majority of his life is unknown even to the readers.
- Ranma in fan fiction tells people about his fiancée problems.
- Ranma boasts about battles he fought in the past.
- Ranma tells people about his curse shortly after meeting them.
- Ranma tells people about his fear of cats.
- Ranma hates weapons and will never use them.
- Cologne does not respect Ranma and sees him as a worthless male good only for breeding.
- The Musk acquire mates by throwing animals in to Jusenkyo; specifically the Nyannichuan.
- The Musk did so in the past but no longer do this.
- Ranma's mother's house is the Saotome ancestral home.
- Akane's cooking is so bad it can create life forms or be classified as toxic waste.
- Since Akane hates boys she's a lesbian.
- Akane always attacks with a mallet.
- Akane rarely attacks with a mallet and usually attacks with her fists or whatever is near by.
- Akane is the only person to use a mallet.
- Both Kodachi and Ranma have used mallets on a few occasions (others did so as well).
- All Mousse needs to do to marry Shampoo is defeat her.
- Shampoo secretly loves Mousse but can't or won't show it.
- Nabiki is incredibly smart and plans everything through.
- Nabiki handles the Tendo's money.
- Nodoka is a blade master (extremely skilled in sword techniques).
- Ranma frequently and easily goes into the Neko-ken state.
- Ranma will not go on dates with anyone especially not boys.
- Nabiki likes Ranma if not as a possible husband then like a brother.
- Ranma frequently endangers innocent bystanders.
- Genma is incredibly lazy and would never get a job
- Ranma gets hit by a car and is seriously injured so much so that he can never do martial arts again.
- The city Ranma lives in is Nerima and it is a small rural town.
- Dr Tofu is a medical doctor.
- Mrs Tendo's name is Kimiko.
- Her name is never given in either the manga or the anime.
- Akane is a perfect student and gets straight A's.
- Ranma keeps his room messy.
- Ranma will not hit girls.
- Genma is a weak martial artist.
- Genma thinks school is a waste of time and only sends Ranma to school because the law says he has to.
- Ranma goes away or never shows up and the Tendos have a completely normal life.
- Ranma went on a ten year training trip
- Ranma does not apologize to people.
- For his curse in the very first volume
- For Ryoga cutting off her hair
- Ranma apologizes for accidentally jumping on Miss Hinako
- Ranma apologizes to Ryoga because the magic mushrooms were damaged.
- Ranma apologizes for landing in the changing room while Akane is trying on a new bra
- Akane never apologizes for her actions.
- Akane does apologize for her actions though not as frequently as Ranma and not every time.
- Akane apologizes multiple times for hitting Ranma with the softball
- Akane apologizes for not believing him about the Hypnotic Mushrooms
- Akane apologizes for the Super soba.
- Akane apologizes for using him in her fight against Nabiki (when the engagement was switched).
- Akane apologized for making bad rice balls.
- There are more but you get the general idea.
- Ranma hates his life and girls fighting over him.
- Ranma always insults Akane's cooking, sewing, etc.
- Akane always hits Ranma when he insults her.
- Genma and Soun go out drinking a lot.
- Shampoo frequently uses magic in Ranma's food.
- Ukyo likes Ryoga
- Nabiki likes Tatewaki Kuno
- Akane loves Ryoga
- Kasumi loves Dr Tofu
- Ranma will not wear girls clothing
- Ranma is completely unable to be romantic.
- Tatewaki Kuno never gets along with male Ranma
- Ranma when he sees people fighting will immediately take sides and join in
- Ranma frequently uses his most powerful techniques on everyone.
- Nabiki has great business ethics and if she makes a business deal with you she will honor it.
- Ranma has no idea how to use money and will go to Nabiki for advice on how to use it.
- Ranma will not wear make-up or jewelry.
- Genma and Soun never take responsibility
- Nabiki has a vast network of informants
- Akane is really insecure in her martial arts abilities
- Ranma is practically an atheist and doesn't meditate.
- Ranma has to threaten someone to get alcohol
- Ranma wakes up with a hang over
- Ranma does not use magic
- Ranma is tormented for killing Saffron.
- Ranma knows nothing about interpersonal relationships and sex.
- End manga Ranma no longer has to worry about the Seppuku pact.
- Akane has more potential than Ranma and would quickly catch up or even surpass him.
- Shampoo's people are primitives.
- Ranma is massively confident in everything.
- The fiancees have no life except chasing after Ranma (not so much fanon but it seems to be this way in quite a few fics).
- Genma calls Ranma a weak girl all the time.
- Akane really wants to be taken as a serious fighter by Ranma and wants him to hit her back.
- Ranma doesn't fall into Jusenkyo or eat the dragon whisker and still has his hair in a pigtail.
- Cologne is the matriarch of her village.
- In fan fiction Genma is often portrayed as being fat and out of shape.
- Nerima is a martial arts mecca.
- Everyone's common means of traveling is to roof hop.
- Ranma borrows money and is in debt to Nabiki.
- Ranma uses the roof of the Tendo house as a place to think in private.
- Kasumi is fanatical in her pursuit of domestic harmony.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Other than the few items I sold on ebay recently, selling things online is something I've never done before and don't really know much about. I've traded and still do trade stuff. I used to trade anime fansubs via the mail (had too slow an internet to download them -still do), I've traded games, and I am actively trading books on a few sites listed in another post, but never sold anything.
My experience of selling things did not work out so well. I must have done something wrong since the way I figure it I lost money. I hear of people making a lot of money from ebay but I have no idea as to how they do it. I was not expecting a lot of money but I expected to get more than I did.
I put new items up for sale. Stuff still in their original boxes. I had good feed back from purchases I had made in the past. I did not get any bids until the last day of the auction. One bid per item. The items ended up selling for .99 cents a piece. After the listing fee, ebay's percent from the price and Paypals fee, I got around 40 cents per item. It definitely was not worth the trouble of doing. I had to spend time making the listing, taking pictures of the items, uploading the pictures, package the items, and shipping the items. I suppose I should have put a reserve price or maybe a buy it now thing, but I figure it would not have sold at all had I done that.
I was recently reading on another blog about how a person purchases books new, reads them as fast as possible, than sells them on ebay. Somehow making a profit. How? New books are sold at suggested retail price at most places and books are extremely easy to find online (just check a site like abebooks or dealoz). To make a profit, he'd have to sell the books for more than retail price, who would buy them for more than retail when many places online would sell them at retail. Even if he bought the books at discount, why would the ebay price approach the retail price? and would the discount he got the books at cover the various ebay/paypal fee's?
If you have any pointers for selling stuff online, I'd appreciate them being left in the comments. I'm not even sure if Ebay is the best place to sell things but it's big and everyone has heard about it but there are other services online that maybe better.
How do you get people to bid higher than the minimum when you have little feedback and only want to sell the occasional thing (sometimes with months between sales)?
What is the best way to list the item?
Reserve prices and buy it now, good ideas? or not?
What is the best way to ship the items, assuming you do not have a scale?
How do people make a profit?
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
While on the subject of online trading, for trading books I've had more luck and had more trades through bookmooch than I've had with Paperbackswap. If you were thinking about using a book trading site I think you should sign up for both to get the most chances, but I find bookmooch to be the better site, even though the other site does give the option of purchase credits at a reasonable price from them and bookmooch doesn't.