Danj's Blog


Saturday, April 17, 2004, 09:29 p.m.
Well, I had thought that Pitas.com had gone down, but it seems not. However, I'm now running my blog on my own site... You can find it at http://www.intercontinuum.net/blog/, please update your links as required.

Saturday, April 3, 2004, 11:18 p.m.
Today I am going to tell you about the awesomeness that is Tenjo Tenge.

It has:

  • girls
  • boobies
  • sex
  • fighting (both hand to hand and with swords etc.)
  • motorbikes
  • transforming boobies (yeah, I know I already mentioned boobies, but these are TRANSFORMING boobies, not just any old boobies)
Tenjo Tenge has made the jump from manga to anime form, and while it seems that it is pre-licensed by Geneon USA it's easy enough to find a raw version floating about somewhere. The show it's most similar to is Ikkitousen (also known as Boobie Tousen, Cameltousen and Battle Vixens). In fact, it has a number of things in common:
  • girls
  • boobies
  • fighting
  • horrible/inappropriate OP music
However, there are also things which put Tenjo Tenge a few steps above Ikkitousen:
  • better plot
  • better fight scenes
  • sex! (yes, it IS actually possible to be more ecchi than Ikkitousen without being hentai, it seems)
Should anyone wish to check out the scanlations of the Tenjo Tenge manga then go here (WARNING! NOT WORK SAFE!).

Friday, February 27, 2004, 08:13 p.m.
Other things that have happened recently:

Friday, February 27, 2004, 07:58 p.m.
Well, I haven't made an entry in this for ages, people probably think I stopped bothering or something, but this news is so awesomely awesome that I just have to tell the world.

Dallas Middaugh said:
Hello, everyone. I'm very pleased to report the following news:

NEGIMA, Volume 1: Magister Negi, by Ken Akamatsu, will be published by Del Rey on April 27th as scheduled without any alterations to the author's original artwork and text. At the suggestion of one of our leading national book retailers, copies of NEGIMA will be shrinkwrapped with a label that states: "Contains Explicit Content, Ages 16+" on the front of the book.

Dallas Middaugh Director of Manga, Del Rey

Source: AnimeonDVD.com forums.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 07:30 a.m.
Holy crap, it doesn't look like I've made an entry in this since the 1st of October last year! Oh well.

Things that have happened recently:

  • James finally caved in and bought himself Championship Manager 2003-2004. I gave it a go and have actually gotten quite into it this time (I started off with a Third Division team and have managed to get them into the Second Division and as far as the 6th round in the FA Cup)
  • I borrowed Knights of the Old Republic off Craig - it's a great game.
  • I bought some of ADV UK's January new releases the other day, got three for 50 courtesy of a 10 off 60 voucher (it's one of those evil vouchers they were dishing out by the bucketload before Christmas but they weren't valid until after the 29th).
  • Ottakars had a bunch of new manga in the other week, so I went in and kinda cleaned them out ^^;
  • I have cleared the table that's next to me when I sit at the computer, so now I can put my laptop on it and do two things at the same time (this will be especially useful for playing Sakura Taisen).
  • My Japanese class has been cancelled due to not having enough students. It was a free class, so I haven't lost anything, but it is rather a shame. I'll have to see if I can get in contact with the teacher and see if she knows any other places which do a similar course.
  • DVD Box Office are really really really slow when it comes to games. I finally broke down and ordered Xenosaga from them about three weeks ago and they STILL haven't got it in, it can't be that hard to get hold of.
  • Dixons' web store is a huge pile of suck. I ordered a Freeview set top box from them on the 5th and it hasn't even shipped yet, despite a) being in stock and b) the money having been taken out of my account. I phoned them up and they claim it'll ship this week, but I have a feeling I'll have to be phoning them again.
  • My dad bought me a set of shelving units for Christmas, so now the majority of piles of DVDs/CDs/whatever have a home (this is how the table got cleared).
  • Nokia are going to release Perl for Series 60 phones, so I'm definitely going to have to learn it sometime.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 02:45 p.m.
Sorry I haven't made any entries in this recently. A lot has happened in the past week or so - I've had a tooth out, received a bunch of parcels, bought some manga from Ottakars (a bookshop in Sunderland) and some anime DVDs from HMV.

I'm now the proud owner of Sakura Taisen 3 for PC, plus I also got .hack//OUTBREAK (the third game - I haven't even finished the second one yet! Gotta get cracking on that sometime...). I got a bunch of ADV UK September releases; RahXephon vol.1 (which has subs that are about a second late on episode 2), Noir vol.3 (which finally has the 3d glasses required to decode the secret messages on the backs of the inserts), Hellsing vol.2 and Excel Saga vol.3.

As for manga, I got Cannon God Exaxxion vol.1, Seraphic Feather vols. 1-3, Love Hina vol.14 (final volume! good ending!), Saber Marionette J vol.1 (mmmm, boobies) and Excel Saga vol.1.

This month (October) I have my driving test... but whether I pass or fail it looks like I won't be doing any more driving for the forseeable future, my financial situation just won't support it. Also I'm going to be meeting my cousin, who I haven't seen for ages (on account of the fact that she lives in Australia). She'll be coming to England and I'll be going to meet her with my parents.

And finally, at the end of the month is Ayacon 2003. I had hoped to take more spending money than last time but it looks like I am gonna end up with about the same amount. Also I must remember to take my Megatokyo vol.1 for Piro to sign.

Thursday, August 21, 2003, 11:22 p.m.
Okay, I am REALLY cheesed off about this:

In an effort to alienate their online fanbase, TOKYOPOP has apparently made the decision to make the upcoming Chobits Vol. #8 manga release that has the box and Chii figure with it an exclusive to Waldenbooks/Borders shops. This is, of course, after it has been in solicitation with a number of retailers for quite some time now.
(Source: Anime on DVD)

Thursday, August 7, 2003, 07:36 p.m.
I discovered a really cool utility the other day. It's called AppLocale. It's only for Windows XP or Server 2003, but what it does is amazingly useful if you ever need to be able to run Japanese (or other language) programs or games on your English system. Basically, it lets you change the non-Unicode region (also called "system locale") for a specific application without having to either a) reboot or b) change it for the whole system.

Monday, July 28, 2003, 09:13 p.m.
The season of decent anime on Sci-Fi UK on Thursday nights seems to be over... with the exception of Dragon Half on the 21st August it just seems to be the usual repeats (again). However, there's light at the end of the tunnel in the form of the rebranding of CNX as Toonami in September. It'll be interesting to see what this brings - hopefully we'll get to see some of the shows that the Americans have had on their Cartoon Network.

I had another couple of AMV ideas which I haven't put in my blog yet... hold on while I get my mobile phone.... *pokes some buttons*, ahh here we are:

  • Narutaru set to Everything Eventually by Appleton - note, I thought of this one before I remembered it was really dark and evil and stuff (see episode 3 for details)
  • Sailor Moon set to Are You Ready For Love by Elton John.
  • Chance Pop Session set to By The Way by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In other news - don't get a Nokia Music Player. The battery life stinks and the software sucks. I might be able to get around the software issue with Nokryptia or something similar, but it doesn't matter what batteries I buy, they just don't seem to last at all.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003, 07:00 a.m.
I'm still alive, just haven't had anything interesting enough happen to put in here.

I read a review of the new Pioneer A06/106 DVD±RW drive and it seems like a pretty decent unit. I found it for like 140 on eBuyer so I might get one next month.

Tuesday, July 1, 2003, 07:24 p.m.
Had another AMV idea the other day, but I've had the devil of a time actually finding the MP3 of the song for it.

  • Slayers set to Rhythm Bandits by Junior Senior
If you want to get the MP3 for this song, DO NOT use Kazaa or WinMX, all you will get are RIAA poisoned versions (containing a loop of the intro, or the intro followed by several minutes of silence) or crummy "live" versions. I found it on a site called MP3sFinder.

Friday, June 6, 2003, 11:43 p.m.
Had another AMV idea today:

  • Sakura Taisen - École de Paris set to Less Talk, More Action by Tim Deluxe.
Bought Eve Online today, after watching a friend play it. Looks like it'll be the first MMOG that I'll actually enjoy playing.

Monday, June 2, 2003, 07:44 a.m.
For anybody who's in the UK, check out Sci-Fi on Thursdays... this month they're showing Burn Up Excess, and next month it's Dirty Pair Flash. I guess ADV finally persuaded them to show some more stuff - well done ADV!

Getting my new phone tomorrow, it will be a Nokia 3650. I'll take some pictures with it and see what they come out like. I probably won't be able to post them on here until I get a Bluetooth adaptor for it though.

Sunday, May 25, 2003, 02:00 p.m.
Life has been pretty dull of late, which is why there haven't been any entries in here for ages.

I'm going to upgrade my mobile to a Nokia 3650 at the beginning of next month.. it does Java and has a colour screen and all sorts of other cool stuff.

Still waiting for the Ayacon folks to cash the cheque I sent them nearly 2 months ago now (beginning of April).

Wednesday, May 7, 2003, 06:35 p.m.
Today I got a reply to my email to ADV UK; however, the guy who replied has asked me not to publish information from the email without first getting his permission. If anyone from the UK would like further details, please email me at dan@jacko.demon.co.uk and I'll pass on your details to him.

Sunday, May 4, 2003, 11:55 p.m.
My CDJapan order shipped a few days ago, but the tracking isn't updated much, the last entry is Tokyo International airport. In other news, thanks to Animejin we now know that ADV UK has Hellsing as well as Boogiepop Phantom. I think there were some rumours floating around that they might have Mahoromatic too, and this doesn't seem entirely unreasonable, although as yet there's no evidence to support this.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003, 10:50 a.m.
No, I haven't forgotten about this (well, okay, I have), it's just that there's not been much happening of late.

I have made my first CDJapan order, and I'm eagerly awaiting the "shipping" email to see how that turns out. Also the latest Newtype USA should be shipping soon, and I hear it has an episode of Sakura Wars TV on, which will be interesting.

Sunday, April 13, 2003, 06:44 p.m.
Updated my DVD Profiler today, also watched some Hana Yori Dango... didn't expect that I'd like it, but I do.

Trying to keep up with the new anime releases... I've seen first episodes of a bunch of them, such as E's Otherwise, Stellvia, Scrapped Princess and Last Exile, but there's still a couple of others I haven't seen (I think, anyway... not including the pre-licensed stuff which I won't be seeing).

Monday, April 7, 2003, 07:36 a.m.
Man, I haven't updated this in like, forever. Sorry about that. My Newtype USA #6 arrived, which is cool. I watched the Saiyuki DVD and found it to be rather "eh" (i.e. it's okay but I don't imagine that I'll buy it). Got a whole bunch of manga GNs including Gatekeepers 1 and Onegai Teacher 1, those were cool.

I've been thinking about upgrading the memory on here to like 512mb or something.. with DDR being so cheap nowadays it's the best time to do it.

Also I've sent off my registration cheque for Ayacon, if you're from the UK and you're thinking of going I'd advise registering soon, since the number of people who have already registered is well over 300..

Saturday, March 15, 2003, 08:32 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Chibi .hack episode 7, Kiddy Grade episode 21.

It never occurred to me until now that "Eclair" and "Lumiere" actually mean "thunder" and "lightning", which means....

...that I have another AMV idea!

  • Kiddy Grade set to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
o/~ thunderbolts and lightning, very very frightening o/~

Wednesday, February 19, 2003, 08:37 a.m.
My copy of .hack//INFECTION for PS2 arrived yesterday surprisingly (I wasn't expecting it until the end of the week or something). So I cleared some space on my memory card and started playing it. What a great game! I'm finding it very enjoyable and recommend it to anybody looking for something to play. If I was asked to describe it concisely I'd probably say "Diablo crossed with Everquest", except of course the online element is simulated. The simulation does mean that the "characters" say the same thing a lot of the time though.

One problem I have with MMORPGs is that because they are pay-per-play I feel obligated to devote some time to them every day, and this makes it more of a chore than something enjoyable. I've tried Everquest a few times but every time I end up quitting because of this. For someone like me a game like .hack is great because it gives the "feel" of an MMORPG without the expense - and it also has something many MMORPGs lack, which is an overall plot (a lot of MMORPGs are simply "there", but very few have any kind of interwoven story to them).

Of course this means I'll now have to buy the three other volumes of the game as and when they come out (not that I wasn't planning to anyway, but still), and what with Tekki coming out in March my wallet is going to be left screaming for mercy and not getting any.

Monday, February 10, 2003, 08:45 p.m.
We've actually managed to move into the new premises now. It's pretty cool in that I have a lot more space in which to work, meaning I can deal with more than one job at once without disturbing the "showroom" area. The noise from the dancing school upstairs is very loud though; it almost sounds like they're training circus elephants up there rather than human beings...

Another music video idea:

  • Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball set to "Paradise is very nice" by LL Cool J

Friday, February 7, 2003, 03:21 p.m.
Another AMV idea:

  • Wolf's Rain set to "The Same Thing" by Belinda Carlisle

Came home early from work today, the shop is in the process of moving to new premises but the move is being held up by the fact that the new place does not yet have a suitable alarm system fitted.

Monday, February 3, 2003, 09:25 p.m.

  • Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto set to "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by Sting
Man, I'm on a roll here...

Monday, February 3, 2003, 09:18 p.m.
And another one:

  • Stratos4 set to "Mr Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra

Monday, February 3, 2003, 05:52 p.m.
I had a couple of AMV (anime music video) ideas on the bus today:

  • Haibane Renmei set to "Broken Wings" by Mr Mister
  • Urusei Yatsura set to "Danger, High Voltage" by Electric Six
  • SaiKano set to "Love Story [vs Finally]" by Layo & Bushwacka vs Kings of Tomorrow

If anybody thinks these ideas are good enough to use, put my name in the credits :)

Friday, January 24, 2003, 07:58 p.m.
Still alive. Listening to "Nice Weather for Ducks" by Lemon Jelly and "Finally a Love Story" by Layo & Bushwacka vs Kings of Tomorrow.

Sunday, January 19, 2003, 08:11 p.m.
Life has been pretty dull recently. Finished reading Regina's Song today (the latest David Eddings book, I borrowed it from the library).. it was partly predictable, but there was a nice twist in the end there.

Carpboy says he has NO INTEREST in Kiddy Grade... everyone boggled.

Also since DALnet seems to be pretty much dead now, #animedvd is on EsperNet (irc.esper.net).

Sunday, January 5, 2003, 06:54 p.m.
Hello hello, just letting the world know I'm still here, I just forgot to write any entries for this in a while.

Picked up Castlevania GBA for 9.99 in the sales at HMV the other day, which was nice. Sent an email to my friend who is currently in the USA asking him to pick up Zelda GBA and Lunar Legend for me.

Sunday, December 22, 2002, 08:01 p.m.
ARGH. I am sooooooooooo bored. I totally cannot think of anything I want to do.. I've finished reading all my new manga, I've finished watching my new Love Hina DVDs.. Bleh.

Sunday, December 15, 2002, 02:15 p.m.
Sorry I haven't made a blog entry in a while. The Christmas stuff has all arrived, except for the stuff I bought for myself. My stuff from Amazon UK should arrive tomorrow or Tuesday, and my (legit) Love Hina DVDs from Singapore should arrive around Thursday or so.

Wednesday, December 4, 2002, 08:23 p.m.
Christmas shopping is nearly done, now all I have to do is wait for stuff to arrive. My dad's Christmas presents are all sorted out so all I'm waiting for now are my mum's presents, my friend's presents and my own stuff :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2002, 07:10 a.m.
Sorry I haven't updated this for so long, been really busy at the shop. Anyway, great news - I GOT A PAY RISE! So now I can actually afford to buy myself some stuff for Christmas as well as other people (well I will be able to once I get paid and the cheque clears).

Sunday, November 10, 2002, 11:50 a.m.
Had a nasty bout of flu during the week, which put me out of action on Wednesday. Fortunately I'm recovered from it now though.

For the last couple of days I've been tinkering with a program tentatively named "Anime Box Packer"; the object of this program is, given a list of anime DVDs and how much they cost, and a list of available funds over a certain number of months, it produces a list of what anime to buy when. It's not perfect, but it's a lot easier planning from the program's results than from scratch, and the end product is here. This should allow me to clear a sizable chunk of stuff off my wishlist, and nearly double my DVD collection.

Tuesday, November 5, 2002, 07:27 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: haven't decided yet... soooo much to choose from.

Whoo! I am finally back from Ayacon! Well actually I got back yesterday but I couldn't be bothered to write a blog entry. At the con I bought a bunch of stuff; 12 volumes of manga, 3 DVDs, 4 t-shirts and a Love Hina calendar.

I also (surprisingly) picked up some news there, at an ADV UK table which mysteriously appeared in the dealers room on Sunday:
The following titles are confirmed for UK DVD release in 2003:

  • Excel Saga
  • Spriggan
  • Zone of the Enders
  • Burn Up XS
  • Sakura Diaries
  • Burn Up W
  • Martian Successor Nadesico
  • Bubblegum Crisis 2040
  • Ninja Resurrection
  • Dirty Pair Flash missions 1, 2, 3
  • Samurai X - Trust
  • Samurai X - Betrayal
  • Samurai X - The Motion Picture

Noir and Full Metal Panic are also on the cards but have no UK date as yet. The reason why we haven't seen many ADV UK DVDs in stores is that they've been having problems with their distribution, this should be sorted out soon as they are signing up with a new distributor. Also they are apparently hiring some marketing people.

Friday, November 1, 2002, 05:35 a.m.
W00t! I leave for Ayacon in 20 minutes, my itinerary is as follows:

  • 6.00am Taxi leaves for Durham train station.
  • 6.30am approx Taxi arrives at station.
  • 7.05am Train leaves for Birmingham.
  • 9.58am Train arrives in Birmingham, change trains.
  • 10.36am Train departs Birmingham.
  • 11.32am Train arrives in Northampton.
  • 11.45am approx I arrive at hotel.

Monday, October 28, 2002, 07:29 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Figure 17 episode 8.

Not really much to say here, other than it's only 4 days till AyaCon :)

Friday, October 25, 2002, 10:38 p.m.
Bought myself a new Thermos today, it's a 1 litre stainless steel thing, looks really cool. Only cost 7.99 from Home Bargains too.

Also, I got paid today (w00t), so barring any emergencies my con funds are now fixed at 237.45. Only one week to go!

Epson finally released an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, and I managed to persuade my boss to get one for the shop. It takes the same cartridges as the C62, so we can get them cheap, and it'll be a lot faster than our ageing 580.

Thursday, October 24, 2002, 06:56 p.m.
CNX has a website! For future reference, it's www.cnx.tv. It's quite a cool site actually... nice design, doesn't require flash, loads quickly.

Only a week left now until AyaCon.. looks like I'll have a bit less spending money than I anticipated, but other than that it's all good.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002, 07:28 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Outlaw Star taped off the telly last night, Dragon Drive episode 12, Princess Tutu episode 5.

Had Japanese class again yesterday evening, this time we learned how to count in Japanese and how to give our phone number.

Next week is half term so we don't have a class, however the teacher wants us to try and learn kana so I imagine I'll be busy anyway.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002, 11:16 p.m.
Japanese class was fun today, we actually learnt stuff! Like, "Watashi no namae wa Dan Jackson desu" and "Watashi wa igurisu-jin desu". For homework I have to copy out the kana chart (which I was thinking "!" about until I noticed that the chart in the back of Japanese for Busy People has the stroke order which will simplify it immensely), write my name in katakana, and do the Lesson 1 quiz in JBP.

More notes to self:

  1. Finish off map thingy.
  2. Watch video.
  3. Do expense calculations.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002, 08:05 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Outlaw Star episode 1 (taped off the telly last night), Pitaten episode 21.


Anyway, got Japanese class tonight, that should be fun. I've actually got myself the textbook (Japanese for Busy people, ISBN 4770018827 - Blackwells have it). Also remembered to print out a copy of my anime import guide for one of the guys there.

Monday, October 14, 2002, 08:49 p.m.
God DAMN IT!!!!! I've missed the first episode of Outlaw Star (starting on CNX in the UK today). Stupid bloody Digiguide not having listings for CNX until tomorrow, otherwise I'd have had a reminder about it 5 minutes before it came on. Fortunately it's repeated at 1.50am but I can't stay up that late so I'll have to tape it.

Monday, October 14, 2002, 07:30 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Haibane Renmei episode 1, and hopefully Dragon Drive episode 11.

Notes to self:

  1. Remember to watch Outlaw Star tonight. CNX (the new channel from Turner Broadcasting) starts today and there are NO LISTINGS in ANY of the TV magazines we have - I had to check the EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) to find out what was on when. Apparently Digiguide will be getting listings tomorrow.
  2. Remember to print out a few copies of my anime import guide for the anime fans at my Japanese class.
  3. Remember to burn some CDs.
  4. I'm sure there's something else but I can't remember what it is.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002, 08:27 a.m.
Whoo! Lots of stuff happened yesterday. Firstly, my Japanese class started yesterday (Tuesdays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm) and if asked to describe it concisely I'd say "bizarre but fun". It was VERY ODD having a teacher who was Japanese but was speaking English in a strange mix of Geordie and Japanese accents. Also there were a few anime fans there, including a couple of Asians (I think they were Chinese) who spoke English with English accents (I found this kind of odd too, but I guess they were born over here).

Secondly, my partial-shipped manga order arrived from Amazon! W00t! Now I have a whole bunch of Love Hina and the last two volumes of Clover and X/1999 vol.8 to read. Still no GTO#4 though.

Thirdly, my Penguin Mints arrived - I shall probably save most of these for using at the con.

Monday, October 7, 2002, 07:05 a.m.
Well, it seems my email to Amazon got some results, they decided to partial ship my order at no extra cost, and I should get it today or tomorrow, so that's good.

Less good is the fact that my watch packed up on Saturday night and I had to go out and buy a new one, which is something I could have done without. There is one good thing about it though - the new watch has a metal strap rather than a crummy plastic one.

Thursday, October 3, 2002, 07:15 p.m.
Something happened today that REALLY REALLY REALLY PISSED ME OFF. Yesterday the order status on my Amazon UK manga order showed that everything except GTO vol.4 was "on hand". Today it shows EVERYTHING as "Usually available in [...]". For crissake, I've been waiting for this order since the beginning of September (it was placed in August) and now they pull this shit on me. So anyway I've emailed them (though I was considerably more polite) and hopefully that will get some results.

Wednesday, October 2, 2002, 09:33 p.m.
If you're bored and looking for something to do, go read some fiction by Stefan Gagne (aka Twoflower). He's done some absolutely cracking stuff, and his latest work in progress, Unreal Estate is pretty cool. Also notable is Ah! My Hentai! (for those of you over 18), and he's even branching out into Neverwinter Nights modules.

The ECS P4S5A sucks. Do not buy it. If you must get a Pentium 4 (which I would strongly advise against) get yourself a decent board with an 845 or better chipset. MAKE SURE IT USES DDR RAM. You do NOT want to be using either SDRAM or RAMBUS memory with a P4, both of them suck with it (though for different reasons).

On the other hand, the ECS K7VTA3 appears to be a cheap-but-decent KT333 chipset board, so definitely give that a go if you're going AMD (which I highly recommend, better performance/price ratio).

Also of note are the new DVD±R/RW drives. There's one from Sony and another one from NEC. Keep an eye on these.

Monday, September 30, 2002, 08:44 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching was: Pitaten episodes 19 and 20.

Everyone needs to go to AnimeNet. It's a cool site which can recommend anime you should see based on your ratings of other anime shows. Go and try it out, it's great.

Also, when using AnimeNet you may find it helpful to check AnimeTempy for reviews of the shows it suggests.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002, 10:36 p.m.
My copy of Kingdom Hearts arrived today (w00t!). I've played a bit of it and it's pretty cool.

Also, got myself a Nokia 5510 mobile phone the other day - it's cool.

Monday, September 23, 2002, 06:02 p.m.
Got a few things to talk about today.

First, Newtype USA. Archonia has Newtype USA for 5.99. Combined with 1.71 shipping it works out around 14% cheaper than the ridiculously expensive international subscription.

My bank sent me a letter today saying they've increased the credit limit on my credit card to 500, so that was a nice surprise.

I managed to get an old barcode scanner working at work today (it's a Welch Allyn ST3215, with an AT-style keyboard connection). Also it just so happened that some bloke came in with an old tower with an AT connection wanting to swap it for some parts, so I think we'll be doing that and I'll set up some sort of EPOS system.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002, 07:21 a.m.
Well, not entirely unexpectedly, GameSpot just forwarded my latest email to their Recorded Message department (even though I specifically instructed them not to), so I am going to post on their forums and see what happens.

Also, Kingdom Hearts is out, and my copy should be shipping Thursday :) Although I have heard a rumour going around that the European edition will be Final Mix...

Monday, September 16, 2002, 06:31 p.m.
W00t! I get to stay in tomorrow morning, because James wants me to help him test this guy's webcam. I get paid for it too! Yay!

Also Amazon.co.uk has got one of the items that was holding up my manga order, which is nice.

Sunday, September 15, 2002, 10:16 p.m.
My KareKano vol.1 arrived the other day, and I've watched it. Apart from a couple of problems with the subtitles (which I fixed by fiddling with PowerDVD's shuttle control) it ran okay on my PC. The show is pretty interesting too, I shall eagerly await the release of vol.2.

The Unreal Tournament 2003 demo is out, go and get it now (it's cool).

I finally got around to catching up on the huge amount of MegaTokyo that I'd missed, and was surprised to discover that it actually has a plot these days. Go read it.

Kingdom Hearts comes out on Tuesday - yay!

Apparently Private Media (the porn company) have made a bid for Napster, I hear they want to buy it and turn it into a p2p porn service. Yum.


Tuesday, September 10, 2002, 06:24 p.m.
My KareKano vol.1 with box has shipped from play.com, so if you're reading this and you're in the UK, please recommend them to your friends so we can support their efforts to expand their anime selection.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002, 05:53 p.m.
Today's driving theory test..........FAILED.

Plus it costs like 15 so I can't afford to have another go until next month. Oh well.

Saturday, September 7, 2002, 08:47 p.m.
This morning's anime-watching was: Selfish Fairy Mirumo de Pon episode 4.

I meant to write this entry earlier but I forgot (basically). Anyway. Mixing coffee and cola is a bad idea, since it just creates a sort of frothy mess. Maybe I should try sake and cola instead.

In other news, play.com have considerably extended their range of anime, and some of it even lists as "usually ships in 24 hours" now, so I've ordered KareKano vol.1 from them.

Also reserved Kingdom Hearts and .hack, via my l33t contact (otherwise known as "a bloke who knows a bloke who works at GameStop").

Friday, September 6, 2002, 08:16 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Tokyo Underground episode 18.

Kingdom Hearts comes out in the US in 11 days, so I have used my l33t contacts to reserve a copy. I really shouldn't be spending any more money at this point, since it will lower the amount of money available for AyaCon. However it doesn't make a lot of sense for me to wait for the UK release, since it would cost me more.

Thursday, September 5, 2002, 07:51 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Psychic Academy episode 15.

I actually managed to find some mp3s with Gnucleus yesterday, which came as a bit of a surprise to me as it's rarely worked before.

With regard to the broadband at work, we're still waiting for the alarm company to come out and sort out the RedCare system before we can get ADSL installed.

I'm looking for a decent freeware or shareware spreadsheet and database for Windows CE 2.11, they need to be able to read Excel and Access format files respectively (or the Pocket versions, it seems I can convert to Pocket format).

Wednesday, September 4, 2002, 06:05 p.m.
Bought train tickets for travelling to AyaCon. Also renewed my railcard. Tickets cost 47.90, railcard cost 18.

As a consequence of renewing my railcard I got my hair cut so I could get some new passport-size photos done.

Sunday, September 1, 2002, 07:34 a.m.
I discovered that there's an oriental food store practically just around the corner from where I work! It's called the Cook It Yourself Oriental Food Store which is not far from where I work at Computer Resale.

Also discovered that AutoRoute 2002 actually INCLUDES Pocket Streets 2002 for Windows CE! So I made a map of where this oriental food place is and exported it to my newly acquired Casio E-15.

Saturday, August 31, 2002, 06:11 p.m.
Forgot to mention that I've signed up for a weekly Japanese evening class at City of Sunderland College. It starts on the 17th of September and runs for 2 hours every Tuesday night for 30 weeks.

Also, bought a Casio E-15 PDA second hand for 50 - it's a definite improvement over my old Palm III.

Saturday, August 31, 2002, 03:39 p.m.
Saw a pair of Rambus RIMMs for the first time today.. what odd-looking things. And they're damn expensive compared to SDRAM or even DDR, too.

Found out my dad wants me to pay more rent starting next month, so I am going to have to delay any further manga orders until after AyaCon otherwise I won't have enough spending money. Due to this and other things I am now down to about 300 spending money for the con, which is okay but it's less than I was intending to take. Oh well, not much I can do about it now.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002, 06:57 p.m.
Found out why we haven't got broadband yet. It turns out that RedCare (part of our alarm system) is on the main phone line, not the fax line where it was supposed to be, so we are going to have to get that changed before we can get ADSL set up.

Also Sapphire says that some of September's manga are already out, so I added Angelic Layer vol.2 and GTO vol.5 to my manga order - the other titles she mentioned are priced incorrectly on there though, so I've got to wait until they fix that before ordering them.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002, 07:02 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Selfish Fairy Mirumo de Pon episode 3, and probably some more Slayers Try.

Still haven't got broadband at work, trying to get hold of BT to find out what the fuss is about.

Hopefully should get paid today, although because I get paid by cheque it means that the money won't be in until Monday.

Thursday, August 22, 2002, 08:13 p.m.
Updated my DVD Profiler collection today. The wish list is probably out of date. Also thinking of doing a "manga Profiler" thingy on my Linux box. Now I just have to be bothered to learn how to use mySQL and stuff....

Wednesday, August 21, 2002, 07:17 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Galaxy Angel episode 22, Lost Universe episodes 7 and 8.

Got Lost Universe discs 1 and 2 yesterday, I'd bought them off raziel for $16 + shipping. Watched disc 1 and part of disc 2 yesterday, and despite the CG I quite like the show.

Still waiting for the confirmation letter thingy for broadband at work.. I wish Demon would get their butts in gear, we've had the modem and microfilter for ages. Also still waiting to hear from the driving test people about when my theory test will be.

Saturday, August 17, 2002, 06:03 p.m.
I read volumes 1 and 2 of Real Bout High School today, and came to the conclusion that it has nice art but not much plot. I wouldn't mind so much about the lack of plot if it was trying to be a fanservicey series, but there's more nudity in GTO or Love Hina.

Other than that, not much happened today. Watched Saiko-Exciting when I got home (I taped it this morning). Currently at a bit of a loose end.. thinking of rewatching some anime DVDs.

Saturday, August 17, 2002, 08:24 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching was: G-On Riders episode 6.

We finally managed to clear the last few remaining repair jobs at the shop yesterday, so now we can concentrate on getting more second hand machines reconditioned.

Also I've planned my next couple of months' manga orders (not bothering to do November because I will be spending insanely huge amounts of mony at AyaCon anyway).

September is:

October is:

I am going to try and restrict myself to buying manga during the next few months so that I'll have as much money as possible for the con in November.

Thursday, August 15, 2002, 08:38 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching was: Azumanga Daioh episode 14, Saisshu-Heiki Kanojo (aka SaiKano) episode 5.

My manga order from Amazon UK shipped yesterday and should be arriving today by Parcel Force. It consists of:

  • X/1999-Duet (Book 6)
  • X/1999, Vol. 7: Rhapsody
  • Chobits Vol. 2
  • Clover #2
  • Corrector Yui # 4: Double Trouble
  • Real Bout High School #2
  • GTO Vol. 3
  • Ragnarok #1
  • RAGNAROK # 2
  • Love Hina 1

Amazon UK has pretty good prices for Tokyopop manga, so if anyone is reading this from the UK then check them out.

Tuesday, August 13, 2002, 06:37 p.m.
Been messing with Windows XP at the shop today - 30MB of updates, bleh. The manual (if you can call it that, it's more of a "booklet" or even "pamphlet") is pretty much worthless except for the diagrams in the front and back, and the list of useful keyboard shortcuts. You get it in a crappy little cellophane bag - and you can't just chuck the bag away because the label with the key is stuck to the cellophane, which is pretty silly if you ask me.

Anyway it installed OK, and updated OK, and seems to be running fine now we found some digitally signed drivers for the modem - and we already have a customer for this machine, so it's all good (although we are, obviously, charging extra for having Windows XP on it). Pity SP1 isn't out yet though.

Sunday, August 4, 2002, 10:35 a.m.
Sorry it's been such a long time since my last blog entry. I've been busy with work, playing Sakura Taisen games (I'm on #3 now) and other stuff.

What I am mainly going to rant about today is the fact that GameSpot UK is shutting down (or as they smarmily put it in their lack-of-apology letter, "being integrated into GameSpot.com"). Despite their allegation that there's UK/European gaming news on GameSpot.com, I don't see any. And of course because of the integration, all the stuff you actually want to see (like reviews) are only available under GameSpot Complete (a "value-added fee-paying service" apparently). Now, I can appreciate that these are hard times for gaming websites and they must find new revenue streams, but why the HELL should I pay for a service that is going to be 99% American gaming news? Bring back the old GameSpot UK, I'd be much more willing to pay for that - at least it was about games IN THE UK. I couldn't give a shit about the latest American carryball/baseball/hockey/whatever other stupid sport game, I want news about games that are happening HERE, and if I'm going to pay for it I damn well ought to get it, not some steaming heap of elephant turd like what GameSpot.com is offering.

Anyway, I'm planning on emailing them and telling them exactly what I think, and if you ever read GameSpot UK then you should too. Also if you know of any other decent still-existing UK gaming news websites, please let me know.

Monday, July 8, 2002, 05:54 p.m.
My Sakura Taisen Complete Box shipped on Friday, apparently, which was somewhat of a surprise to me since I'd been expecting them to email me and say the parcel was too big for the shipping type I'd selected. Oh well, it's all good. What this means is that I should get it either end of this week or beginning of next. W00T!

Tuesday, July 2, 2002, 06:30 p.m.
Well, I submitted this to Slashdot, but for some reason they didn't seem to want to know, so.

RPGFan is reporting that seven new Sakura Taisen games have been announced for the PlayStation2. No dates are mentioned for any except the first game, which is apparently slated for Spring 2003. Also of note is the fact that they are planning to introduce Sakura Taisen into the US and Europe, using the original name and not the translated "Sakura Wars".

Friday, June 28, 2002, 07:24 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Full Moon ep.9, Ai Yori Aoshi ep.8.

Not much to report today.. hopefully I'll get paid (yay!).

Thursday, June 27, 2002, 07:23 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Full Moon epsidoes 8 and 9.

Got Clover vol.1 and Chobits vol.1 yesterday. Clover seems... weird. It's printed on some sort of high-quality paper though and has a funky dust jacket thing, so it's pretty to look at.

Hopefully I'll get paid this week, and then I can start the wheels in motion for buying Sakura Taisen (w00t).

Wednesday, June 26, 2002, 07:23 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Chobits ep.12, Azumanga ep.7, and maybe Full Moon ep.8 if I get time.

Not much happening these days.. picked up AOE 1 Gold edition in a 50%-off sale at GAME yesterday but that's about it. Hopefully I will get paid this week - but because of delays involved in cheque clearing and money transfer I won't be able to order Sakura Taisen for about a week. Oh well.

Monday, June 24, 2002, 07:30 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Happy Lesson TV episodes 10 and 11.

Sorry I haven't made any entries for a couple of days but I've been having problems getting to some websites, and pitas.com has been one of them. Fortunately (as you can see) the problem has now cleared up but it seems that AT&T were filtering me (or rather, my ISP) for some reason.

Picked up GTO vol.2, Angelic Layer vol.1 and Corrector Yui vol.3 mangas on Saturday from Forbidden Planet in Newcastle. Also discovered Amazon UK (when I finally managed to get onto the site) had Chobits vol.1 and Clover vol.1 IN STOCK so I've ordered those too - although I had some trouble with that, I dunno... I don't see why I shouldn't be able to put "Dan Jackson" as my name.. it IS my name after all, and it's not my fault if their system is too braindead to match it up to my card. So now I'm back to "MR D A JACKSON" which is what it says on my card. Fun to get emails saying "Hello D! These are your special offers today" or whatever. Bleh.

UK viewers don't forget, Eva and Nadesico start on Scifi UK on July 11th

Thursday, June 20, 2002, 05:51 p.m.
Today has been pretty dull, as was yesterday. At least I have something to look forward to tomorrow - the England v Brazil quarter final match. Brazil are the favourites (there's a surprise).

Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 07:20 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Jungle wa itsumo Hale nochi Guu episode 18. I was going to watch Slayers Premium as well but I've the feeling that I won't have time.

Today I get to install an ISDN router.. wish me luck, I have no clue how it works so it'll be largely trial and error.

Monday, June 17, 2002, 07:32 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Jungle wa itsumo Hale nochi Guu eps 16 and 17.

Whole bunch of digisubs came out yesterday it seems.. there's Chobits 11, Azumanga 6, Tenshi na Konamaiki 6 and 7 and Abenobashi 6.

Sunday, June 16, 2002, 12:22 p.m.
Father's day today, I (well, my mum) got my dad a new mouse, since he's not happy with the one he's got.

Also how about that England-Denmark result eh? Three nil! I reckon we'll be playing Brazil in the quarter finals.. if we can get past them we're only going to have to take on one of Senegal, Japan or Turkey in the semis and we won't meet Spain or Germany at all unless we both get through to the final.

Thursday, June 13, 2002, 08:32 p.m.
Got my copy of DC-X today, so I am on track for purchasing the Sakura Taisen Complete box set at the end of the month - although due to the time taken for cheque clearing and money transfer to my credit card it'll be more like 8th July before I make the order.

Monday, June 10, 2002, 07:10 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Chobits episode 10.

Nothing much to report at the moment I'm afraid. I ordered Excel Saga the other day since my driving lesson was postponed till next week (which freed up some money). Also you may have heard that the supposedly "remastered" Slayers DVD set is only half fixed - discs B and C still have problems. Oh well, I still didn't buy it, so I'll stick with my sub VHS for now.

Friday, June 7, 2002, 07:53 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: RahXephon episode 14.

Today it's England v Argentina. I just remembered we have an old TV-card in the shop, so I'm going to bring a TV aerial in and see if we can't get a signal...

Thursday, June 6, 2002, 08:40 p.m.
Today's anime-watching: Tokyo Underground episodes 8 and 9, Ai Yori Aoshi episode 7.

A couple of days ago we had this bloke come in to the shop saying he wants to buy 5 computers. Seeing as how we are quite a small shop and not part of a chain or anything, this was quite surprising and so we have not finished filling his order. Apparently he's coming back in tomorrow to have a look at the computers - I have the feeling I'll be working at 150% tomorrow morning...

Did I mention I got a Wavefinder for my dad? Well anyway.. we can get local radio just fine with it, but we can't get the BBC, so we've ordered an adaptor to use for an external antenna. Hopefully that'll improve the situation.

Wednesday, June 5, 2002, 06:43 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Happy Lesson TV ep.8, Chobits ep.9

Argh, back to work today.. bleh. Oh well, it's been a nice 4 days.

Sunday, June 2, 2002, 11:23 a.m.
England v Sweden: it's half time and we're one-nil up, hooray! Click here for more.

Saturday, June 1, 2002, 08:25 a.m.
My dad's birthday present (a Psion WaveFinder) arrived yesterday, which is good because I'd have been shafted otherwise, due to the Bank Holiday super-long weekend (1-4 June, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee).

I've given it to him early because a) I can't be arsed to wrap it up (my dad shares this irritation at wrapping things up as he has mentioned at many a Christmas time) and b) I actually want to know if it's any good myself.

Friday, May 31, 2002, 07:07 a.m.
This morning's AVI-watching: GALS episode 7 and Enterprise season finale (episode 26).

My pay cheque finally clears today, also Morrowind comes out in the UK. I am wondering whether to buy Morrowind or whether to save the (small amount of) spare money I have for buying anime (for example, Excel Saga vol.1).

Wednesday, May 29, 2002, 07:22 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Infinite Ryvius episode 20, Full Moon episode 7.

Woohoo! I got paid yesterday! Once the cheque has cleared I'll be able to sort out registration and hotel booking for the con I'm going to in November (that's Aya Returns 2002). Also I can sort out my dad's birthday present, which is a Psion WaveFinder - he's into radio and stuff so I think he'll like it.

In other news, I did some calculations and it turns out I'm actually going to have like 50 spare, even after paying bills and doing the above stuff. So I reckon I'm gonna get me some DVDs... I wrote an email to play.com asking them if they'd be able to expand their selection of anime, so I'm hoping for some feedback on that - Archonia's pretty good, but it's in Belgium, so shipping tends to take several days. If play.com did (more) anime, I'd be able to get it quicker (and probably cheaper) from them.

Tuesday, May 28, 2002, 07:12 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Chobits episode 8, RahXephon episode 12.

Well not much has happened since last night, so not really anything I can put in here. Hopefully I should get my paycheck today; although as I mentioned it's all already spent.

Monday, May 27, 2002, 08:54 p.m.
If you haven't heard of DoA Extreme Beach Volleyball already, go and find out about it and watch the teaser video... man, that is like THE killer app for Xbox - hell, it's made me want one and I didn't used to give a toss about it.

Bought Deus Ex the other day, since it's in budget format these days, hopefully my friend will be coming round and we'll play it on the LAN, that is assuming he doesn't suddenly up and fly off to Canada which is apparently something he's considering - of course, at such short notice he is finding that airfares are VERY expensive.

I was investigating small form factor computer stuff the other day, and while I found a couple of decent mATX nForce motherboards, pretty much ALL the desktop cases I found were a) ugly, b) large, c) looked like a tower on its side or d) all of the above. If anyone knows of any non-ugly desktop mATX cases, I'd be interested to hear from you.

PS2 Linux is now available in Europe, sadly I do not have the required 155, and I've heard that the hard drive isn't compatible with games either. Also the keyboard is US-layout, which would be irritating. I'm going to need a hard drive, keyboard, and network adaptor anyway for when FF11 comes out (not that THAT's likely to happen any time soon... I hear they're thinking up a way of restricting access so people can't just import the game - damn you Square!).

Paycheck should be in soon, but already the money is spent ;_; I have to a) buy my dad a birthday present and b) register and book hotel rooms for Aya Returns 2002 in November, so it looks like there won't be any DVDs for me next month :(

What else... my regular source for anime digisubs is down, so I'm having to brave the queues on IRC again - ugh, not a pleasant experience, especially with min cps limits (BUT I'M ON DSL DAMMIT, IT'S NOT MY FAULT IF YOU'RE WITH SOME SHITTY ISP THAT CAN'T ROUTE WORTH A DAMN) and huge queues.

And then there's this thing with the setting for non-Unicode apps - seems cool at first but breaks a couple of things I use, such as zMUD and DVD Profiler. Pity really.

Finally got past Seymour Flux on FFX. The trick is, just before he's about to do Total Annihilation, cast Protect on your party, using e.g. Rikku's Mighty G or Kimahri's Mighty Guard, this will result in you surviving Total Annihilation and you should then bring on an Overdriven Yuna to summon e.g. Bahamut or somebody for like 20k damage. You can tell when he's about to do TA, it comes after the message saying "Mortiorchis: Ready to annihilate" when Boss and Boss 1 have a turn next to each other in the turn bar thingy on the right.

Can't think of anything else to say here; sorry it's been so long between posts.

Wednesday, May 1, 2002, 07:17 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Some Infinite Ryvius, maybe a little Cyber Team in Akihabara or Galaxy Angel II.

My Eva box set has now showed up in UPS tracking.. it's currently listed as "In Transit" but doesn't seem to have left Brussels yet. Oh well, at least I know where it is.

Monday, April 29, 2002, 06:27 p.m.
Wai wai wai! I got paid today! Also my Eva box is finally going to ship! I love it when a plan comes together...

Friday, April 26, 2002, 08:21 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Scryed episodes 25 and 26.

ARGH! The writers of Scryed are eeeevil! They managed to make the ending a cliffhanger, just when I thought it would all finally stop! GAH!

Thursday, April 25, 2002, 08:05 p.m.
Ho hum, fairly boring day today. Hopefully I should get paid either end of this week or beginning of next week - woohoo! Next month is computer upgrades month, when I finally get to 0wn a computer that's not several years out of date :)

It's funny, you'd think with working at a computer shop I'd get all the latest gadgets and stuff, but nooo.. I just build them for other people :(

Tonight's anime-watching: Chobits ep.4 raw, Scryed ep.24 (love those cliffhangers! NOT!), and maybe some more Galaxy Angel II.

Thursday, April 25, 2002, 07:13 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Scryed episode 23, Galaxy Angel II episodes 12 - 16 (they're short episodes)

Hopefully at the end of this week my Eva box set will ship. Also with any luck I'll get paid quite soon. Despite the spending I have planned, MS Money says I'll be in the black by July, which suits me fine.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002, 07:20 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Yokohama Shopping Log episodes 1 and 2.

Wai! FFX is en route to me from Singapore, and it even comes with a limited edition calendar! For a total of $45 including shipping to the UK, that's pretty suh-WEET!

Still haven't got my Eva box set yet, but at least I know why - Archonia.com's distributors are slow basically.

Also loae666 (presumably "the digisub guy" referred to in the ACen2k2 report) msged me during the night saying could I remove quotes from him from that page since they're inaccurate or something, which is fair enough except I don't run animeondvd.com, nor am I actually associated in any official way with animeondvd.com. I just run the unofficial chat channel (which, by the way, is located at #animedvd on DALnet IRC).

Friday, April 19, 2002, 09:58 p.m.
Today's anime-watching: a couple of episodes of Aquarian Age and a large chunk of Galaxy Angel II.

Apologies again for the infrequent update. I keep forgetting about this thing, which is why I forget to update it...

FFX came out in Singapore yesterday. Why do I care about that you ask? Well, partly it's because it costs the low low price of 69 SGD (or about $38). Also it's because it's out about 6 months before it'll ever see the light of day in the UK. I have a modded PS2, so I'm not waiting...

Also, I got a copy of Microsoft Money 2002. What a cool program! I highly recommend it, I entered in all my expenses and stuff and the cash flow thingy tells me I'll be in the black in July, despite the fact that I'm buying anime this month and computer hardware next month. Nice.

Monday, April 8, 2002, 09:32 p.m.
Today's anime-watching: Tokyo Underground episode 1, Fullmetal.Panic episode 13.

Aaahhh. Pizza rocks. Just ate half a 10" (25.4cm, stupid Euros) pizza. Yum. Also only took 20 minutes to be delivered! AND we got a FREE 12" margherita for spending 11 or more! Definitely going to order from there again sometime.

Sunday, April 7, 2002, 12:10 p.m.
Today's anime-watching: Scryed episode 16, .hack//SIGN episode 1.

Yesterday I took the new Metro from Sunderland into Newcastle and I was able to pick up GTO manga vol.1 from Forbidden Planet. I read it in the evening and it rocks - if you haven't got it or haven't thought about getting it, I highly recommend it.

Scryed 16 is, as usual, a cliffhanger, so I won't spoil it by mentioning what happens, but if you're a fan of the series do get hold of it as it has a number of interesting plot twists.

If you're looking to find out about the newest anime out of Japan, try JASCII - handy summaries of lots of stuff you probably won't have heard of.

Tuesday, April 2, 2002, 08:11 a.m.
Wow! Sorry I haven't updated this for so long, just haven't had the time. Things are going OK here, I got a PS2 and DSL, they both rule. Wipeout Fusion is cool too, and this month (April) I am hoping to get FFX! W00T!

Thursday, February 28, 2002, 08:24 p.m.
Wow, sorry I haven't updated my blog in ages. I've had ISDN (HomeHighway) removed so that I can upgrade to ADSL, this means that I won't be online as much as before due to a) only having one phoneline and b) only having a 56k modem. Also hopefully I should be getting paid this week :) PS2 here we come...

Friday, February 15, 2002, 07:25 a.m.
Alas, I have been forgetting to update my blog again. But anyway, my job is going well and I shall be getting PAID at the end of the month, and then that opens a whole NEW can of worms because I'm actually going to have to work out what money goes where. Bleh. But at least I'll _have_ money.. which is nice.

Friday, February 1, 2002, 08:44 a.m.
This morning's stuff-watching: Najica episode 7 and an episode of Buffy.

My employer (well, my going-to-be-employer) still hasn't heard back about the contract yet, so despite the fact that it's now February 1st I don't officially have a job yet. Still, I don't imagine it'll be too much longer before it happens.

My getting a job means that I will be able to go to Aya Returns 2002 in Northampton this November.. unfortunately since the train people can only handle stuff about 4 months in advance I won't be able to get it ALL sorted out ASAP, only the registration and hotel part.

Anyway, must dash.

Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 07:15 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Mahoromatic episodes 11 and 12. Or I might watch some Buffy instead.

Borrowed season 2 of Buffy from my friend at the weekend.. got through half of it already (which is good, I guess, it means I should finish it before this weekend and I can get him to bring season 3 round).

My job should be starting on Friday, which is pretty cool except that I won't get paid until the end of February. And then of course there'll be forms to fill in to tell the Jobcentre people that I'm no longer unemployed and can they please bung me some readies in the form of the Back to Work Bonus thank you very much.

Thursday, January 24, 2002, 07:09 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Full Metal Panic ep.2 and Scryed ep.11.

Another day. Ho hum.

Wednesday, January 23, 2002, 07:15 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Hanaukyo Maids ep.15, Comet-san ep.2

I seem to have gotten in to playing Championship Manager. It's quite odd really, because I don't follow football (that's soccer for you Americans out there), except for England games like England v Germany and stuff (5-1!!!! hahahahaha).

Also it looks like I will FINALLY be getting a job! Woohoo! I start on the 1st February.

Monday, January 21, 2002, 07:12 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Sugar ep.8

Sorry for not updating my blog recently, it's just that there's hardly been anything to put in it. My main source for digital fansubs kinda shut down, so I've had to find somewhere else to get them from. Also, I finished Shenmue II, so I've been looking for stuff to do.. gets really dull on e.g. a Sunday afternoon when you've nothing to do.

Thursday, January 10, 2002, 07:14 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Pretear 13 and Guu 8.

Had to lock up again yesterday, James is still ill and so he went home early. Not that I mind, but I do wish he'd tell me stuff about systems/repairs/whatever that are outstanding so I know what I'm supposed to be telling the people when they get here - I look like a right prat when I have to tell them I haven't a clue what's going on because James left me in the lurch.

Monday, January 7, 2002, 07:24 a.m.
Once again I have fallen behind on updates. Everything is so dull at the moment. I guess I should be glad about that.

Yesterday I constructed a custom MSBATCH.INF for Windows 98 unattended installation, that probably gives you some idea of how dull it is.

Thursday, January 3, 2002, 07:06 p.m.
I guess I should make more of an effort to keep my blog updated, but things are pretty dull right now.

We had a Fujitsu ErgoPro in the shop today, and we couldn't reset the System password in the BIOS (it has two passwords, the User password and the System password, and the System password is the one you need if you actually want to change any settings). We tried the CMOS jumper but surprisingly that didn't work. If anybody who reads this knows anything about Fujitsu machines please contact me.

Wednesday, January 2, 2002, 07:37 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Hanaukyo Maid episode 13, Pretear episodes 11 and 12.

Wow, haven't updated my blog for ages, basically cos I was having a bit of a holiday over Christmas/New Year and it wasn't terribly interesting anyway. Back to the grindstone today.

In other news, Enterprise starts in the UK on 7th January on Sky One.

Saturday, December 22, 2001, 07:31 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Guu 7, plus some episodes of Scryed.

Finally finished watching Angelic Layer yesterday... great ending (I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it but it was really good). Also yesterday was a bit mad on the computers side.. had to get a whole shitload of computers ready for Christmas Club people at the shop. But we did it! Had to stay till 7 to do it, but we managed.

Thursday, December 20, 2001, 07:20 a.m.
Finally got around to buying some CDs and start backing up stuff from my hard drive. I've only got a 4x speed writer so it takes quite a while. Still, I'll get there eventually, and then I'll be able to format this machine, and I'll probably end up putting Windows XP on it.

Monday, December 17, 2001, 06:49 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Mahoromatic 8, Angel Tail 9, Rave 7.

Well, it's just over a week until Christmas, my Christmas shopping is pretty much sorted out (except for one item which I'm going to have to ring up about today). Also hopefully the money that my friend gave me to buy a new video card should be in today, so things are looking up.

Saturday, December 15, 2001, 07:18 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Pretear 10, Angel's Tail 8.

Sorry I've been neglecting my blog recently but I've been really busy (well okay, I've been playing Shenmue and watching anime, which doesn't leave a lot of time for blog entries). So, just in case I forget again before Christmas... have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

In other news, I wonder what it is that is being built next to Aldi in Peterlee... I wonder if it's that cinema we were promised for 2002. I hope so - because then Peterlee would have everything for a day out (it's already got a McDonald's now).

Monday, December 10, 2001, 07:27 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: erm, haven't a clue really.

Well, at least Windows XP seems to work on the big system. More "fun" with that today I suspect.

Friday, December 7, 2001, 07:18 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Pretear 9, Sister Princess 13.

Well hopefully today we should be getting Windows XP for the super system... I really hope it works, otherwise we are screwed without the benefit of having gotten laid.

Thursday, December 6, 2001, 07:13 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Guu 6, Rave 6.

Yesterday somebody phoned up and complained that we hadn't put Photoshop 6 on their machine... eh? We don't HAVE Photoshop 6, and even if we did, we wouldn't go putting it on a customer's machine. Silly people.

Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 07:15 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Kokoro Library 6 and Hanaukyo Maids 12.

W00t, finally got some more digisubs downloaded.

Don't know if I mentioned it but yesterday really sucked. We finally got the RAM for the super system (all 2 gigs of it) but then discovered that Windows 98 doesn't support more than 768Mb. So we tried to install Windows 2000... during setup we got "INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE" (it's running off of an IDE RAID). Phil says that XP supports the RAID out of the box so we are going to have to get hold of that and try it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2001, 07:25 a.m.
This morning's anime watching: haven't got any, unfortunately.

Another dull day dawns. Ugh, accidental alliteration.

Monday, December 3, 2001, 06:44 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Kokoro Library episode 3.

Another week begins. Only 22 days till Christmas (and there was much rejoicing).

Sunday, December 2, 2001, 10:41 p.m.
Had a bit of a bad day today, stubbed my toe and pulled a muscle in my right shoulder.. bleh. Played some Star Wars Age Of Empires (otherwise known as Galactic Battlegrounds), it's pretty cool IMHO but it really is just AOE with Star Wars units.

Saturday, December 1, 2001, 07:14 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Pretear 8, Vandread the Second Stage 7.

Sorry about the lack of recent blog updates but I couldn't get to the site when I wanted to do one.

Thursday, November 29, 2001, 07:56 a.m.
Hmm, sorry about the lack of recent blog updates, I've been busy. Finished watching Cowboy Bebop yesterday.. pretty cool, but a bit episodic in places, also I didn't much care for the ending. But there you go, you can't have everything. I'm glad I bought it though.

Next I will have to tackle Shenmue for the DC.

Tuesday, November 27, 2001, 07:17 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Cowboy Bebop episodes 18 19 and 20.

Today there'll be yet another parcel coming for me... Shenmue 1 and 2 and a VGA box for my Dreamcast. If any of you US people out there are envious of us Europeans who get to play Shenmue 2 on DC, go to gameplay.com, I'm told that you can get it there for approx. $50. Note that you will need a DC that is capable of playing European games, and an output device that is capable of displaying a PAL signal (or a VGA box).

Monday, November 26, 2001, 07:02 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Cowboy Bebop episodes 6 7 and 8.

Ah yes, another day another dollar. Or not, in my case, since I'm _still_ unemployed. At least today should be quite interesting, I think we'll be building super system guy's system.

Saturday, November 24, 2001, 04:30 p.m.
Homer Simpson: Woohoo!
Ted: Party on, Bill!
Bill: Party on, Ted!
Bill & Ted: Together, we are.... WYLD STALLYNS!!!! *airguitar*

My Cowboy Bebop box set arrived today!!!

Tonight's TV-watching: take a wild guess :)

Saturday, November 24, 2001, 07:08 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Angel's Tail 6 and Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar 5.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Or not, as the case may be. Mornings are pretty dull these days.

Friday, November 23, 2001, 07:07 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Angel Tail 4 and 5.

Another day dawns. Ho hum.

Thursday, November 22, 2001, 08:43 p.m.
Today was pretty dull, had a New Deal progress meeting in the morning (which could just as well have been done over the phone but nooooo, they have to waste my time and get me out there). In the afternoon I spent a frustrating couple of hours trying to get ePSXe working properly on a customer's computer (finally managed it).

Tonight's TV-watching: Family Guy and Futurama both on Sky One.

Thursday, November 22, 2001, 06:37 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: some combination of Taruto 11, Pretear 7, Fruits Basket 6.

Bleh. Got a stupid New Deal meeting today. I don't understand why they have to keep pulling me away from the placement that THEY put me on. Although to be honest, the travelling wastes more time than the actual meetings - I have to go into Durham to meet them, which is 50 minutes each way, plus then I have to get a bus to Framwellgate Moor, which adds another 15 minutes... basically for even just a 10-minute meeting it wastes the whole morning.

Still, fingers crossed, maybe the Bebop set will arrive while I'm out...

Wednesday, November 21, 2001, 05:22 p.m.
Just got back from college - finally finished the last two modules, about three weeks early :)

Still no Bebop box set, but, oh well.

Tonight's TV-watching: 100th episode of Stargate SG-1.. also Mutant X, both on Sky One.

Wednesday, November 21, 2001, 05:39 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Kokoro Library episode 4.

Got college today, but hopefully I should be able to do the last 2 tests and finish the course early - I really don't like having to get up at 5.30 in the morning.

Need to set myself up a Hotmail account for using with the "Internet and Email" module, since the college has utterly failed to give people on this course their own email addresses.

Tuesday, November 20, 2001, 07:39 p.m.
Scored for a free HP Colorado 5Gb external tape drive today, somebody was chucking one out so I bagsed it. Don't know if it works yet but it'll be kinda cool if it does.

Still no DVDs, I think I'm going to have to assume that Amazon.com's delivery estimate is a load of old cobblers and I should use the real delivery times which are sort of 1-2 weeks. Which would mean the earliest it could arrive is tomorrow, since it shipped Wednesday last week.

Tonight's TV-watching: buggerall, since it's a Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 20, 2001, 07:10 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: some combination of Mahoromatic 6, Guu 5, Taruto 10.

Ho hum, another day dawns. Hope the Bebop set arrives today.

Monday, November 19, 2001, 07:38 p.m.
Hmm, well, my Bebop box set hasn't arrived yet but it was a bit unrealistic to expect it to arrive today really. Also it looks like I will not be getting a job yet, which sucks.

Tonight's TV-watching: Andromeda on Sky One (I missed Farscape due to the bus being delayed.

Monday, November 19, 2001, 07:19 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: some combination of Sister Princess 12, Guu 4 and 5, Taruto 10.

Bit later than usual this morning because I had to do the timesheets for last week (I claim my travel expenses back from the Government while I'm still on the New Deal). Anyway, hopefully my Bebop box set will come today (or if not today, some time this week) and I shall have lots of happy fun joy.

Sunday, November 18, 2001, 10:50 p.m.
Whoops, haven't been updating the blog recently. Went to see Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone today - it's a great movie, if you haven't already been to see it, go and see it as soon as you have time. Also the books are now out in a box set which is a pretty good deal.

Saturday, November 17, 2001, 07:06 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Kokoro Library episodes 1 and 2.

Got Civ III yesterday (it finally came out here) and it rules. Anyway, I'm sure I'll have plenty of stuff to do today, so, later.

Friday, November 16, 2001, 05:49 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Vandread the Second Stage episode 6 and Jungle [...] Guu episode 5 (I can't be bothered to write out the whole title).

Another early day today (bleh). Stupid New Deal people. Wasting my time by summoning me to college just to get me to apply for jobs/do spec letters/whatever, I mean it's not like I don't already do that kind of thing, I could easily just do them a photocopy of all the applications I do and send it in the post or something.

With any luck I will be getting a job next week, so I'll be able to tell them where to shove their stupid meetings.

Civ 3 comes out today in the UK, I will have to see how much it is in the shops.

Thursday, November 15, 2001, 10:23 p.m.
Woo, kickass! Just checked amazon.com today and found out they shipped my Cowboy Bebop Box Set yesterday! Have I mentioned how much amazon.com rule? And Share The Love at amazon.com is cool too, cos I saved $15 on the Bebop box set from amazon.com. Man. That just so rules.

In other news, super-system-guy called again today and is coming in tomorrow to finalise the details of his system. The latest change/addition is that it's now going to have a KG7-RAID board and two 100Gb drives to go with it. It's gonna be REAALLLLY fun playing with this system when I've built it up.

Tonight's TV-watching: was Family Guy and Futurama.

Thursday, November 15, 2001, 07:15 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: some combination out of Rave eps. 3 and 4, Scryed ep.4 and Comic Party Special.

Yesterday was pretty dull which is why there's no blog entry for the evening. At least there was some stuff on TV (Stargate SG1, Mutant X, and Back to the Future).

Wednesday, November 14, 2001, 05:45 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Angel's Tail episode 3.

I'm rapidly running out of hard drive space here, I need to get some more stuff moved off to somewhere otherwise GetRight is going to fall over when it runs out of space.

College today, won't that be fun (sarcasm).

Tuesday, November 13, 2001, 09:48 p.m.
Today was okay, did a couple of refurbished machines in the morning and a custom build in the afternoon, pretty dull otherwise. College tomorrow (ugh) at least I have enough money on me to get a decent lunch.

Tonight's TV-watching: buggerall, it's a Tuesday night and there's never anything on on Tuesdays.

Tuesday, November 13, 2001, 07:15 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Sister Princess 11 and Pretear 6 I think.

Yesterday really sucked, which is why there's no blog entry for it. Hopefully today will work out better. I ordered Shenmue 1 and 2 and a DC VGA box last night - according to various places, Shenmue 2 is still coming out for DC in Europe - if you're looking to import it I hear that gameplay.com has it for around $50 after shipping (to the USA).

Monday, November 12, 2001, 07:15 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Mahoromatic ep. 5, followed by Angel Tail ep. 2, and possibly even Hanaukyo Maids ep. 11 if I have time.

Looks like I forgot to do a blog entry yesterday, oh well. Wasn't a particularly interesting day, I spent most of it downloading drivers and stuff to put on a CD for using at the shop.

Btw, in case you didn't know, DirectX 8.1 is out.

Saturday, November 10, 2001, 05:44 p.m.
Ugh. What a crummy day I have been having. Computers not working, DVD drives not playing DVDs properly, PSUs crapping out.. the list goes on.

At least there haven't been any powercuts at home while I was out (touch wood).

Tonight's TV-watching: haven't the faintest idea, doesn't look as if there's anything on that's worth watching.

Saturday, November 10, 2001, 07:23 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Vandread the Second Stage episode 5.

Decided not to watch National Lampoon's Vacation last night, listened to my new CD instead. Finished doing system pricelist for the place I "work" at (no, we don't do mail order, so don't bother asking how much the systems are unless you're in or around Sunderland, England).

Also, a big Happy Birthday goes out to my friend Neeper who is... umm... actually I'm not sure how old he is. But anyway, happy birthday.

Friday, November 9, 2001, 06:26 p.m.
Well, thanks to a cool program called Zidrav my copy of Pretear 4 is now working fine. Dead handy program, especially if you're on dialup and don't want to download the whole file again.

Bought that CD (Back to the Old Skool) today, it's cool. Fixed a few computers (two had problems with writers, the other one had a problem with the Internet).

Got trade price list (finally!) so I'm going to create a system price list for the shop.

Tonight's TV-watching: probably National Lampoon's Vacation on Sky One (well there isn't much else on).

Friday, November 9, 2001, 08:15 a.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Pretear episodes 4 and 5.

Powercuts really suck, my copy of Pretear 4 got b0rked by a powercut we had yesterday, as a result of which WMP crashed while I was watching it. Tried it in The Playa and it managed to get past the affected part though.

As for yesterday's cd-writing problem, there's a few things I need to try - updated ASPI drivers, which is something I'd forgotten about, and a program I found called "Exact Audio Copy" which sounds like it is just the job for what the guy wants.

Hmm, actually I just read that page a bit more carefully and it seems it just extracts the audio to .wav files. Drat. I guess I'll try CDRWin or something.

Also going to check in Music Zone and see how much Ministry of Sound's "Back to the Old Skool vol.1" costs, hope it's not more than 16 because that's all I've got (unless there's some money in the bank).

Thursday, November 8, 2001, 07:28 p.m.
This morning's anime-watching: Mahoromatic episode 4.

Did a callout today. This guy is having a problem copying audio CDs with his cd-writer, where it just cuts off most of the last track. I've tried different writers, different CD-ROM drives, different IDE cables, updating motherboard drivers.. about the only things left to try are BIOS updates and different cd-writing software.

Reconditioned two IBM PC 350's (put in a modem, sound card and CD-ROM drive). IBM cases kind of suck because there is this annoying plastic rivet thing which is difficult to get out.

Tried to download trade price list so I could price up some different systems, but the file got b0rked somehow (the problem is at the server end, I got several people to try downloading it and they all had the same problem).

Also, can't seem to find any price info about nForce motherboards. And apparently they're 22% slower than having an actual graphics card in. Still, it's faster than my TNT1... and do I really care about the difference between 100fps and 130fps in Quake 3? I think not. So when I finally get a job I'll have to investigate the possibility of getting one.

Tonight's TV-watching: would have been Family Guy but they appear to have taken it off (again!).

Wednesday, November 7, 2001, 05:18 p.m.
Was having a discussion about blogs this morning on #animedvd, as a result of which I signed up for an account at pitas.com. Don't really know how useful/interesting or otherwise this will be but I'll give it a go.

Went to college today (I go to college every Wednesday) and the computers weren't set up properly for what the teacher wanted to do (I'm doing a course called the European Computer Driving License - really basic stuff, and one of the modules it includes is one called Managing Files, for which you need access to Windows Explorer), so I had a fiddle and discovered that the college's computers (which are running Win95) have extremely poor security and that it was cake to unrestrict them. So I spent 10 minutes doing that for all the computers in the room (with the teacher's approval!), hopefully the lazy techs will have it set up properly next week.

Tonight's TV-watching: Stargate SG-1 followed by Mutant X, both on Sky One.

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