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I hope she's well-grounded.

In Real Life news, I've gotten myself an Android phone, specifically a Samsung Galaxy S, and I am infatuated with it. It has already had tangible impact on my productivity: not only am I able to work on stuff while waiting for the bus or whatnot, I find myself procrastinating even that to refresh Twitter on Seesmic like some sort of Pavlovian experiment.

It's probably not all that fitting that I'm using a Nanami Madobe wallpaper for my phone, since it's not exactly a Microsoft product, but Nanami is cute, and that's all that matters.

I love the march of technology, for it lets me look at cute anime girls wherever I go. There can be no greater benefit.

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Potentially spoilery.

One of the goods I got from AFA was Persona 3 Portable. In Japanese. I'm basing my playthrough on my knowledge of the original (well, the FES version), as well as about fifteen years of watching anime. It doesn't matter if I can't understand all of it, but just that I can understand enough.

This is still a surprising amount. Or at least surprising to me, despite the pitiful percentage it likely is overall. It helps that I know roughly what the plot is, so I'm not completely lost.

I'm still in the middle of it, so I can't really comment on the game as a whole, but wow the female main character is cute. For some reason, female characters seem cuter in my eyes if they're the ones I play as. I've expressed this sentiment before, but it bears repeating, possibly because if there were more cute female leads in games, they might get more fans like me.

And yes, I realize how chauvinistic it seems. I can't help it; if it matters, I think the cute female lead would be even cuter if they turned out to be as badass as the female route version of the main character in Persona 3 Portable is.

There are several gameplay changes and improvements, enough to almost make it a new game. (As it is, the changes make it about half of a new game.) The ability to control your party members directly in battle should be a good incentive to get this game.

Being the fanfiction writer that I am, I find myself imagining that every time the female main character sees that door at the end of the second-floor hallway in the dorm, she wonders about the strange feeling she feels in her heart. It is a feeling of the faintest of regrets, of loss, and the memory that never was, of what might have been.

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From the Cagayake Girls single.

Like a more general anime blog, the sort that would hew closer to the stereotype, I have been keeping track of K-On as the episodes appear. Judging by the flow of messages on Twitter, this is Not A Good Thing. Mind you, it's not as though this anime blog is so well-known as to attract Twittered attention, but the messages are posted as a general rage against the blogosphere, and as such I am caught in the splash damage of the AoE.

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Hatsune Miku in a field of green.

Earth Hour has been accused of being a symbolic gesture and nothing more, and dark rumours have been bandied about regarding the actual net reduction in emissions, and whether Earth Hour is worse for the environment due to actions taken because of it, rather than during the event itself.

Of course, if I truly cared about the poorly-verified negative opinions of others, I wouldn't have begun a blog about moe.

Earth Hour 2009 begins on Saturday, the 28th of March, at 8:30 pm, or 2030h for less ambiguity. This is in local time, which brings to mind the image of a band of relative darkness traversing the globe. It lasts, as its name suggests, for an hour, and thus will end at 2130h, 9:30 pm. I have to be especially clear about this because you would not believe the kind of questions I get sometimes.

Apart from the obvious stated benefit of Reducing Carbon Emissions, even if only for a while, I'm taking the opportunity to spend some time chatting with my family, instead of all of us going off to our various personal entertainments. Since I'll have to talk to them for an hour, this is a good opportunity to learn how to enjoy the good bits of the conversation, and let the annoying bits slide.

Unlike other events highlighted on this blog, I'm not going to insist that you participate. Do it if you want to, but never mind if you don't. Spend the time talking to friends, family, and loved ones. Meditate. Go to sleep. Stargaze. Have a candlelight dinner. Read a book, also by candlelight. Make sure not to let the pages get too close to the flame.

I'm mainly posting about this to explain why I won't be working on a blog post tonight, as is my usual habit. That, and to post some vaguely nature-y pic.

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The SOS Brigade in the Wild West.

While Real Life takes over most of my, well, life, I have attempted to alter the flow of feng shui around my destiny by choosing a new desktop image. One wonders if this will have the same effect as mere rearrangement of furniture.

Yes, I am superstitious. I used to scoff at such things, but then I started playing Dungeons and Dragons, and from there assorted other tabletop roleplaying games. These all have one thing in common, also shared with certain Las Vegas activities, in that fortunes may turn upon the next roll of the dice.

Desktop wallpapers (or backgrounds, or whatever you want to call them) are a particularly specific category of images. Firstly, they must be of a certain size, or at least a certain aspect ratio, and have to look at least somewhat decent when stretched to fit. Secondly, they should preferably not be too busy, with gaudy colours and attention-grabbing shades in nigh-random locales, because it's supposed to be a background, rather than the main feature.

And personally, I make it a point not to have anything too embarrassing. I'm well-known among my friends and family as an anime obsessive of the species Creepius Fanboius, so having something anime-related is a given, but occasionally little children come to visit and wish to check their Facebook or something, and pantyshots may not be appropriate.

All this is probably far too much thought to put into something that I only see when I start up and shut down my computer anyway. So it goes.

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The girls of Lucky Star.

No, I don't have a girlfriend. No, I've never had a girlfriend. No, I'll likely never have a girlfriend. Yes, the balance of probability is that I'll live out the rest of my life alone and unloved, save for the escapist fantasies conjured up by my desperate mind.

That still doesn't mean that I can't wish other people a happy Valentine's Day. You don't have to spend lots of money, although I'm aware that's what retailers are hoping. I'm pretty sure that if it's a love worth having, then whoever it is you're with will be more than happy that you're simply spending time with them.

Meanwhile, I can enjoy the plethora of pics released for this occasion, like on every other. I don't mind that I'm alone on a day meant for couples, and I don't even mind that I dislike chocolate (give me vanilla every time), since it gives me a chance to ogle cute anime girls doing stuff. I'm easily satisfied like that.

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From the Kon Neko HCG set.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
On the aniblogosphere
When I look at the calendar date
I think of events of late
With no idea what I'll blog about next year

It's beginning to get quite close to Christmas
You can plainly see
I've filked this song today
Because everyone runs away
When I sing off-key

Posts like Twelve Days of Christmas and I'm frankly remiss in not starting one of my own
Or Year in Review if I had something new to say apart from what is known
There are so few good anime this year, we whine
Let's hope things get better for year 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Even if we have no snow
And yet I have to seek
My quota of two posts per week
A pretty pic is all I have to show

I'll continue to watch a lot of Christmas
For that delicious festive mood
It's an easy choice to make
When I see that Christmas Cake
She makes Christmas all good.

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Where Beauty is the Beast.

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Random pic from Danbooru.

A little late for Halloween, at least from my time zone. I've been spending the last few hours preparing for the month-long mad rush for fifty thousand words that is NaNoWriMo. I pretty much had to, considering I am going into this with almost no preparation whatsoever.

One wonders what the moe-fied anthropomorphic personification of Writers' Block would look like.

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Someone I don't know from Inakoi.

I hasten to assure one and all that I have not suddenly become some sort of tech guru, but merely that after eighteen straight hours of investigative file rearrangement, I caved and bought a new hard disk, reinstalling Windows XP, for the purpose of. Before anyone suggests it, I have indeed entertained the notion of switching operating systems, but always I return to the consideration that Windows XP is the only OS upon which City of Heroes may run without complaint or workaround. (Yes, I am aware of WINE and Boot Camp. Even so.)

Currently my old hard disk stands in digital and physical quarantine, as I cannot be bothered any more with trying to figure out which of the DLLs removed by that overzealous anti-Trojan utility are legitimately innocent, and which are truly pestilent. My files, which I have ascertained to be free from taint, I have transferred to another hard disk, roomier and separate from the Operating System disk. In theory, this should protect my data should Windows decide to Nice Boat on me again. Nevertheless, I have had far too many hard disks crash on me to be entirely sanguine about this state of affairs.

So it goes.

Download Day 2008 has been confirmed to be June 17th. Participate in the attempt to set a world record for most downloads in 24 hours, and there may be a foxgirl for you. No, not really.

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