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Following up from the previous entry: yeah, I think the logo not just has a crow's nest but is meant to evoke sails, though the pencil and circle throws me off. But quite blatant is our Profile pages:

Pirate Name: mindstalk
Mutual Mates:
Also Friend of: [I like how LJ doesn't tell you when someone's friended you, so I get to wonder how long someone's been around. Hi, chef!]

Crew Member of: [communities]

And then community profiles have Crew Info, Captains and Crew Members.

Cute, I like it. Nothing on Google. It's a sad day when LJ is cooler than Google.

Separately, I've found that the LJ style I'm using looks a lot nicer in Internet Explorer, with lots of ornate cursives, than on Firefox. I picked it because of how it looked on IE. Sniff.



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Sep. 19th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
To find out who's friended you (or unfriended you) lately, see http://marnanel.org/joule
Sep. 20th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)

Marnanel's site is very nice, but it only sorts new friends by the day you checked the page, not the day you were actually friended. I wish there was a place on LJ that recorded it as well.

Oh yeah, I finally watched all of Scrapped Princess! It made me surprisingly misty-eyed at times for what initially seemed like a lightweight show. The part where Pacifica loses her memory and stays with that boy... gah. D: Thanks for gently prodding me into finishing it, though. I ENJOYED.
Sep. 20th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw Marnanel didn't seem to be retroactive. Going by when you check the page is even less than I thought; I'd imagined it'd start checking an LJ profile daily once a profile name had been submitted to it.

Yay! I'm glad to hear that you liked it. Yep, misty moments -- also Pacifica and mom -- and funny moments, and bizarrely funny moments. And raising some interesting questions if one wanted to think about it -- given what they knew, was Shannon and Raquel's behavior actually good or right? We root for it because they're the protagonists, and some of their opponents seem vile, but... and their "good" choices mirror those made 5000 years before, which were bad choices.

More recent shows in town have been Suzumiya Haruhi, and "Now and Then, Here and There", plus the stuff in club this term. Juuni Kokki, Tsuki-Yomi, Card Captor Sakura. I'm not sure about CCS.
Sep. 21st, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Especially the part where Shannon seems to think that a thousand people getting killed each day is an unfortunate, but permissible loss for keeping Pacifica safe. Raquel was much more mild in her expression of this view, but it was clearly something she supported as well. Nope, not exactly the BEST choices!

I did like the CCS comics, though the show had way too much filler for me to get into it properly. I've been downloading a little of Ouran Host Club, but I haven't seen any other complete shows since Gankutsuou and Scrapped Princess. I hear Suzumiya Haruhi is delightful, though. Is that the impression you're getting as well? I'm the most curious about this new show, though the reviews seem lukewarm so far. The guy(?) it is based on was amazing.
Sep. 21st, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
Hmm, now I forget. I know Zefiris and Natalie thought accepting the deaths was only sensible, though of course they were weighting the deaths against Pacfica the world-shattering weapon, not just herself -- 40,000 deaths vs. the freedom of millions. Well, I guess all they really cared about was their old orders. :) I forget how Shannon and Raquel reacted before Pacifica wanted to go back.

No filler yet. I don't think we've even gotten to the boy who was used to dominate the US version of CCS. The girl who sits next to me is a fan, and brings a set of Clow Cards she bought.

Yeah, everyone's into Ouran Host Club it seems. "Bishies overload!" I've only seen the first couple of eps from a club tryout. I did like Haruhi a lot. It's weird. I also read some translations of the original light novels, which helped explain one episode.

Oh hey, my students are here. Jaa ne!
Sep. 22nd, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Luckily I still have the files on my computer!

Cz: You have 15 days. We will kill 1,000 people each day you are late. As the protectors of this world, we must kill you and your sister no matter what. We have come to the conclusion that destroying a country is a reasonable way to accomplish that.

Shannon: (no change of expression) I see.

Nonchalant, and that's how he was for the rest of the episode too. Pacifica looked initially disturbed and then pensive, while Raquel didn't outwardly react either way. I think the plan was actually to defeat the peacemakers before too many people die, but after the disaster with the ship, they kind of forget about that and just want to find Pacifica. Raquel even locates her, but lets her stay where she is because she seems happy there. Who knows how many days pass while this happens.

I would feel guilty fangirling over Ouran since the characters are so transparently different "types" like the silent stoic one, the vain playboy, etc. The self-acknowledged ridiculousness adds a lot of humor :D

I guess I'm counting the "minor characters with a crisis who only appear for one episode" thing in CCS as filler. I can't remember the anime that well, but I think this is what I didn't like about it. Or maybe I'm just thinking of magical girl shows in general.
Sep. 22nd, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
At length!
Ah, yeah. It wasn't clear to me that they ever followed through on that threat. Cz threatens Shannon with it again in the capital, but it sounded like a future thing again. "Come on! Find her!" This is before Steyr's Reset, of course. But yeah, very Pacifica centered, just like someone else had been very centered on her siblings.

There's a lot I liked. Besides my weaknesses for fantasy/SF linecrossers, and for AIs, and the humor ("how can your spells be so short?", earth spirit flexing its muscles, Pacifica's poison which destroyed their stomachs), the Peacemaker behavior was nicely sensible. At first I was surprised they were so cautious with Zefiris, but then I remembered there were 4 -- oops, 3 -- of them, and not making any new ones, and it made sense to avoid combat without a big edge. Even if they could take her, they'd lose out; better to try to bribe Shannon out, as they did even very late.

OTOH, I really thought someone should have at least asked "so, how will those aliens react when we bring down the system?" Though the show did a good job of keeping the characters plausibly too confused to be so insightful. And I just blot out the scene which looked like a section of planet reinserting itself. Lalala, didn't happen, the aliens just roofed over a continent, that's all...

Remember I'm seeing CCS in Anime Club. :) 2 episodes a week, so we've seen six episodes so far. Well, they have; I came late last week, figuring CCS wasn't something which would suffer from a few missed eps in the interest of rest. Not like 12 Kingdoms, which grabs my Fantasy Epic bone. I hope it's good. I think Tilly said it was, similar to but better than something else -- Shugi Yogi?

With Haruhi, I got to find out that the anime plays down her sociopathic solipsistic bitch aspect after the beginning. She's still annoying but... one of the later novels presents it rather more brutally. But yeah, the show is so charming and weird and pretty that you forgive a lot. And episode 12 (aka episode 12 [sic]) really *is* delightful. I'm keeping the series on my hard drive, along with Scrapped Princess and Maria-sama, if that tells you anything.

Josh (head of club) claims Haruhi is the new Azumanga Daioh for the purpose of making AMVs, though AFAIK there's a lot more Azumanga material to use so I'm skeptical that Haruhi could take its place. Still, it has been showing up in the break AMVs -- we watched one Haruhi-including AMV which was about AMVs, and didn't have Azumanga at all.

Woo! Now to finish Now and Then, and pratice my katakana to boot.
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