Tsaiko's neat, nifty URL of the day is: Yahoo! Groups
On Wednesday, August 8, 2001 at 09:29 p.m. Tsaiko was slowly going insane. This is why:
Are you a anime loving trans-sexual nun? Check out Yahoo! Groups. They a group mailing list for everything.
Tsaiko's neat, nifty URL of the day is: Blue Fox Art Productions
On Tuesday, August 7, 2001 at 02:22 p.m. Tsaiko was slowly going insane. This is why:
Kari updated. Whoo hoo! To actually get to see her art click on the blue paint print. Otherwise you wander around the front page for awhile wondering where to go. I think I'll inform her how confused I was the first time I went to her new layout. (PS- if you go to her anime drawings, I get mentioned for inspiring a Digimon picture she drew).
Tsaiko's neat, nifty URL of the day is: Past Life Analysis
On Monday, August 6, 2001 at 02:32 p.m. Tsaiko was slowly going insane. This is why:
No more mecha anime rants. I can't think of anything more to say ^_^;;. The previous four rants were actually one huge rant broken up into many bits. I know I went on about more stuff, but since the original rant was made some two years ago I can't remember anymore. Today's website was first found by my friend Light Hawk. Good for laughs. Now on with the rant.
"Excuse me young lady, can you do me a favor? Would you mind holding this rooster while I open my car door?"The rooster in question was a 12 inch tall red statue covered with flaking gold paint. My roommate wound up holding it for the nice elderly gentleman. He seemed real happy with his find. I thought it was the ugliest thing I had ever seen. Tacky just doesn't do this thing justice. But then again, I didn't pay good money for the rooster. Someone else did. So who am I to judge?
There's a reason I love flea markets. No where on earth can you find a more concentrated pool of tacky hidiousness than at a flea market. Even the state auctions of Nevada, the ones they where they sell off all your stuff if you don't have a will, can barely put a dent in the awesome power that is a flea market. At a flea market you can find gold and orange glasses, olive green plates with santa red trim, figurines that were (badly) hand painted in Thaiwan, and a chest of drawers with paint peeling off of it proclaiming to be worth $600. Usually, all within one booth.
And what's truly amazing about a flea market is that people actually buy this stuff.
Just when I think I have seen something that no one could possible want, something so incredibly tacky or ugly that it would look out of place anywhere, I will be proven wrong. Some forty-something year old guy or aging grandma will descend up on the booth literally snatching whatever I have out of my hand. Then they will proclaim in an extremely loud voice "Oh my gosh! I've been looking for one of these for years. It's just what I need to complete my collection."
This is exactly what the sellar's want to hear. You can almost see the dollar signs begin to appear. They make a little ka-ching noise as the pop into existance. Suddenly, something that was being offered to me for $5 becomes worth $30 to $50. Which of course this collector will fork over. Sometimes immediately, sometimes after they've circled the booth about five hundred times. Like a shark scenting blood in the water. But they will fork it over. All time thinking "Look at the deal I'm getting. Only $50."
Everytime this happens I will remember two things. The guy from Toy Story 2, and the idiot who paid over $26,000 for a toy Mattel car on Ebay. I will give a litte shudder and think two words. "Junk Otaku."
You'd think the people looking for this oh so important last piece would learn to keep their mouths shut. But what's the fun of being a collector if you can't brag about your collection?
Sometimes I don't even think people actually display this stuff in their homes. I think they buy it, take it home, and it gets transported directly to the attic. You'll here about it every once in awhile. "Yep, got me a complete collection of Chinese plates made in San Juan from the 1920's. Where are they? Why they're all up in the attic. One of these days they'll be worth thousands."
There this junk will sit for twenty years until its time to clean out the attic. At which point that hideous lamp with dangling green beads that your mother bought twenty years ago from the local fela market will be boxed up. Will it be put in the trash like it should have been ten minutes after being made? Of course not. It will be taken to a flea market, returned to the great circle.
Once there, someone will find it. It will be pulled out of the box. Someone will comment on how well it will go with their shag carpet and rust colored curtains. Who knows, by that time it might have earned the coveted title of "antique." Whatever the circumstances, money will be exchanged. And the lamp will go straight back into someone's attic, waiting once again for its few minutes of glory in the sun.
Just think of it as recycling at its finest.
Tsaiko's neat, nifty URL of the day is: Things that piss me off in fanfiction
On Sunday, August 5, 2001 at 09:25 a.m. Tsaiko was slowly going insane. This is why:
The URL of day brought to you by Sadie DragonFire over at Dragon's Gate. She covers a lot of the thing that I don't like about fanficition as well. Though I have to admit I gave in to temptation and wrote a cross-over who's plot looked like it was going to be very much like the one she described ^_^;.
Tsaiko's neat, nifty URL of the day is: The Evil Overlord List
On Friday, August 3, 2001 at 08:33 a.m. Tsaiko was slowly going insane. This is why:
In the tradition of the Evil Overlord list...
If I have a mecha of mass destruction, it will not be equipped with hand to hand combat weapons.I've never understood this. You are going to spend billions of dollars on a huge, fully functional mecha which will be operated by a highly elite, highly trained pilot and what weapon do you give him to fight with? A large laser canon? High speed missiles? A highly advanced super weapon unlike anything the world has ever seen? No.
You give him a sword.
Has anyone really thought this out? I mean, why waste all this money? Just take two guys, suit them up in fairly decent armor, and let them whack at each other until one of them wins. I know I would have watched Gundam Wing if instead of two giant mechas I could watch Zechs and Heero battle it out in person.
Tsaiko: "This is a duel at the top of the world against Zechs and Heero. Here are your swords and special armor uniforms. We've gotten rid of your Gundams. Research shows that more fan girls will watch if you fight without them."
Soldier: "I think this gives an unfair advantage to that Gundam pilot. It's 40 below and these "special armor uniforms" are nothing but spandex suits."
Tsaiko: "So? They both have to wear them."
Soldier: "But the Gundam pilot is use to wearing spandex no matter what the conditions."
Tsaiko: "Good point! Both of you strip and let's get on with it."
I mean its not like technology in mecha animes hasn't advanced far enough to offer some kind of alternate to swords and spears and scythes (oh my!). They're running around in huge mechas. I'd say they're sufficiently adavanced. Give these pilots a gun people, one that preferably won't run out of bullets in the first five minutes of a battle. What possible justification can you have for hand to hand combat weapons? Oh, a sword duel is just so much more dramatic than a gun fight.
I guess it could be worse. Anime designers could decide to be just like Eva. "Look, I can only run so far before someone pulls the plug on me." You are going into a combat situation. You might as well just paint a giant bulls-eye on that power cord. Slap some Energerizer batteries in those things and leave the cords for the power tools.
Or alternately mecha animes could take notes from Escaflowne. For when a sword fight between giant mecha of mass destruction just isn't good enough, you too can add a cape to your mecha. Or worse, Nadesico. Need to communicate with someone in the heat of battle? Why not use this wonderful pop-up screen that will come up right in front of the pilot blocking his sight at the most critical time. I swear, it's like the internet for mecha.
Why even make the mecha human shaped? But this runs into its own problems. Voltron.
Tsaiko: "So let me get this straight. You're going to take five independently fast and hard to hit targets and combine them into one slower, larger, easier to hit target. And you're going to do it with a transformation sequence that takes five minutes and leaves you vunerable attack. That is, assuming your enemy is smart enough to take advantage of your distraction."
Pilot: "Uhhh... yeah. I think."
Tsaiko: "Did you even think this through?"
My friends tell me that the reason mecha are human shaped is because its psychologically comforting. I'm sorry, but if I'm going into a battle situation a huge gun shaped weapon would be more psychologically comforting to me anyday. Especially one that's got a one to five mile firing range. That way while the enemy mechas are running towards me trying to get into range to use their hand to hand combat weapons, I can pick them off from a distance. So what happens if they get too close to my giant gun for me to safely fire it?
That's what TNT is for.
Tsaiko's neat, nifty URL of the day is: Dumb Laws
On Thursday, August 2, 2001 at 10:36 a.m. Tsaiko was slowly going insane. This is why:
Another really funny site to accompany a really funny rant. For some reason I get the feeling this will be the week I rant about mecha anime.
Tsaiko's neat, nifty URL of the day is: The Onion
On Wednesday, August 1, 2001 at 09:36 p.m. Tsaiko was slowly going insane. This is why:
This rant promises to be slightly on the absurd side. Hence the link to a slightly absurd newspaper. The Onion.
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