For some reason, all of CDRH recently “upgraded” to Office XP. Now every time I go to export a Word or Excel file to HTML, even using the so-called “filtered” HTML option, I get a screwball quasi-HTML document with oodles of Microsoft specific tags, styles, and XML add-ons that it takes me HOURS TO REMOVE BY HAND since DreamWeaver doesn’t know how to clean them up.
And now Gates is going to bitch under oath about how the nine dissenting states are being whiny little twits and Microsoft is good and golden and shiny and wonderful for all.
You add this on top of the A-76 downsizing and some recently irritating assignments and my job satisfaction is at an all time low. Whee!
And I can’t even claim there was a good WWF pay per view last night to cheer me up, because after the decently done first half, the rest of WWF Backlash blew chunks. Luckily I had my friends there to ‘enjoy’ it with, but there’s only so much enjoyment you can find when given a flaming pile of excrement. Austin, Undertaker, shame on you for a half hour of my life I’m never getting back.
At least my weekend wasn’t 100% smegma. Sunday was unproductive (I really feel I should’ve gotten some writing in, or SOMETHING) but half the PPV was okay and seeing my friends was good. And Saturday at Josh’s place for 94% mindless action movies was an absolute blast. Friday had some good RP… but it’s hard to see the good of the weekend when it dips so sharply from r0xx0rz to suxx0rz.
I’m tired, work sucks, I’m aching, blah blah blah. I’ll stop now. Added bonus materials (review of Full Metal Panic #1) to follow. That’ll be the end of my anime reviews for awhile; my modem’s gonna be tied up for days getting a copy of the greatest anime movie never released, Otomo’s “Memories.”
Full Metal Panic #1
I can summarize in one sentence: Military unit assigned to covert mission playing guardian for supposedly ordinary teenage girl in japan while socially inept officer tries to pretend he’s an ordinary teenage boy. Hijinks ensue. But it transcends the simple concept in a few key ways.
Officer-kun, once the plot really gets rolling, steals the show humorwise as he seems to have no concept of the word “undercover”. (He calmly explains to the teacher searching his bag that yes, that’s a machine gun with a hotloaded round in the chamber… then when he introduces himself to the class he gives name, rank and serial number.)
Probably Not Really Ordinary Girl-chan is a surprisingly well done character. She’s… it’s hard to explain, but she feels REAL. She can be bitchy one moment, nice the next, and seems to approach situations like a normal person would. She’s got depth there, and not in terms of the Grand Mystery of Why They’re Protecting Her Which Is Vaguely Left Unsaid, I mean in terms of being a well rounded character that doesn’t need a primary gimmick or hook to get a grasp on. She’s just this girl, you know?
My only complaint would be the overly vague and serious uberplot intro (which contrasts against the wacky comedy later). I tend not to like these hybrid ‘dramedy’ animes which feel free to mix in blood, death and trauma alongside slapstick and wild takes — mostly because I haven’t seen the mixing done WELL too often. Some shows get it right (Bebop, Trigun, Child’s Toy) and others just feel awkward as hell (Evangelion, Fushigii Yuugi, Kenshin). …wow, I’m gonna get flamed for that one. I’ll head them off at the pass by addressing fans of those four animes as saying: Leave me alone. Thank you.
I wish I had the modem speed to consider getting more of the series; it’s not WHOLLY my cup of tea but it’s decent and works well. I’d rather finish getting Comic Party, Hellsing and .hack Sign, though.