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Dated 3 August 2001: Originally posted "August 3, 19101"

I got the Nausicaa manga box set and an Eva DVD.

Just out of curiosity, I listened to the English language track on the DVD to see if the dubbing was any good. Holy Christ, it's freaking bad. No surprise. They shouldn't even have bothered - dubs are for people who can't read. Think of it this way: Listen to a dub with your eyes closed - if you can still tell that it's dubbed (or it sounds like total ass), then it's a typical dub - crap. The Spanish and French dubs on the disk, however, aren't quite as bad.

Sadly, the Japanese Asuka can't speak German for shit (and she's supposed to be fluent), but I already knew that.

Dated 19 December 2001: Originally posted "December 19, 19101"

I haven't given Nausicaa nearly enough love on this site.

Kaze no Tani no Naushika
1024x768 Nausicaa wallpaper that I got from some other site years ago.
Yes, she is wearing pants. What the fuck is wrong with you people?

Cover of the Nausicaa manga boxed set"Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind" is a great movie and an even better manga by Hayao Miyazaki, the director of "Princess Mononoke," "Kiki's Delivery Service," and "Tonari No Totoro."

This movie is strikingly beautiful. The artistry is amazing, surpassing both the entrenched conventions of American animation and traditional anime.

Nausicaa 800x600 wallpaperOne should also bear in mind that "Nausicaa" was made in the '80s during a time when Disney was churning out stuff like "The Black Cauldron" and "Oliver and Company," (although I am quite fond of this latter film) and, quite frankly, not doing so hot—at least not until they released "The Little Mermaid" (plus that whole deal with Michael Eisner selling his soul to Satan, of course).

Furthermore, nobody creates heroines better than Miyazaki, and the eponymous Nausicaa sets the high mark against which all other heroines are measured. Fearless, beautiful, and deeply empathic, Nausicaa is an infinitely better role model for impressionable little girls than our dear Ariel, a kid who banked on the theory that "the men up there don't like a lot of blather." (Although in Ariel's defense, this theory does have merit at times.)

Dated 25 December 2001: Originally posted "December 25, 19101"

Merry Christmas, fellow carbon units.

One problem I have with "It's a Wonderful Life" is the amount of responsibility and trust the Bailey Building and Loan gave that drunken retard Uncle Billy. Really, couldn't they have just tucked him away in some harmless niche where he couldn't touch the money?

George Bailey
No wonder ol' George looks so haggard.

Other than the Uncle Billy thing and Bert shooting wildly through town at an unarmed man, even I can't nitpick about this movie.

I guess I should at least add this:

George and smoking-hot Mary Bailey

I guarantee that after his X-Mas epiphany, ol' George kept Mary walking funny well into January.

The rather fawning tone of my earlier Nausicaa take does seem to be somewhat of a departure from my usual fare of derision and damnnation.

Keeping in this spirit of uncharacteristic amiability, I've decided to spend a few moments dispensing a few pleasantries.

  • The IBM Model M keyboard is the greatest keyboard of all time and the single best piece of computer equipment I've ever owned.
  • The Benchmade Model 42s Balisong is one helluva nice knife - really well built. Too bad they aren't sold in California.

Dated 18 October 2007: Fox-squirrels are no less plausible than platypus, okay

So, I'm listening to the radio, right, and I hear some lady talking about the fox-squirrels that lived behind her house when she was young. And I'm all, "What in Hell? Fox-squirrels are real? I thought Miyazaki made that shit up!"

Teto, the fox-squirrel
Teto, Nausicaa's fox-squirrel friend.

So I look them up.

North American Fox Squirrel
An actual fox squirrel.

It turns out fox squirrels are just the ones that I've been referring to my whole life as "them brown ones." Phew. For a moment there, I felt like Tomo. God damn radio.