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February 17th, 2009

Recently at Ohmz.net

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I've pretty much abandoned Live journal in favour of my actual blog so rather than cross posting everything I'm going to post a set of links to my actual blog...

Bright Future - 明るい未来 (Akarui Mirai)
FIlm Review of a Japanese film I randomly bought

Clifford Stoll 18 Minute TED Talk
Linkt to a talk by a really cool scientist

Inability to sit still.

Random musing on serendipedous stumbling and DIY narcotics

Micky Mouse + Optimus Prime = Awesome!
Transformers + Disney = Hell yeah!

Generation - Z
Film/Comic Idea + comments (Feel free add your own)

Support the blackout
Post about draconian internet laws in New Zealand

Tate modern super slide!
It's really cool go have a look!

Fansubs are funny…
A bunch of screen grabs from funny fansubs.

Eerie Japanese music video: Take it easy, Okay?
A crazilly Eerie japanese music video and more info that you wanted to know about it....

January 17th, 2009

Book Log

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Book 3 for this year finished...

3. Little Brother By Corey Doctorow Completed 17/01/2009

Little Brother

Its a great book about a surveillance society gone wrong. It's written for "Young Adults" whatever that means... but I've really enjoyed it. It's well written and well researched if occasionally predictable. Although I have to admit that some of my more out there predictions didn't come true...

I'm actually ahead of myself...

I'm going to cheat a little for my next book and read a book I'm halfway through. I think I might do this for my next few books, as I've got a few books I want to just get over and done with.

It's like I need closure...

Anyway the next book I'm reading is "The Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson. According to my book mark I'm at page 249 of 499 but that bookmark is an SPT underground ticket from February 14th 2006... Odd that's valentines day...

I think I'm going to jump back to the beginning of the chapter I'm on and start from there.

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

Excuse me for being a corporate whore but I'm linking to Amazon because I will earn commission from those links if you decide you want to buy the book and you buy it from that link...

On the subject of books I saw the funniest caption I've seen in a while. It was one of those Motivational images, it had an ancient looking copy of the bible on it and underneath it just said "Spoiler, Jesus Dies" I almost pissed myself...

Anyway thats it for me now. I'm going to start my next book.

January 12th, 2009


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Testing new mobile live journal app...

January 11th, 2009

Book log

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I finished my 2nd book while at cheesy pop on Friday... which was a bit antisocial of me I know, But I just popped up the the study rooms to read the last 20 pages.

2. Memoirs of a Tokyo Day Laborer  Oyama Shiro; Edward Fowler (Translator)

My next book is "Little Brother" by Cory Docrorrow of Boing Boing I've read the first chapter and it's looking like a fun read.

That is to say it's my next book if you don't count the fact that I am planning on reading through Annabels Nano wrimo Novel start to finish this afternoon. I'm not sure if my Book challenge counts books that are not published as books...

In other news I've had a thought about writing a Book about what it was like to grow in Saudi during the 80's and 90's I'm bouncing around a few ideas in my head, but I have to try and get it together in such a way that doesn't mean I get death threats...

I think I'm going to email out a bunch of friends i went to school with and ask them for anecdotes and thoughts as my memory is not what it used to be (Or rather my memory never was) .

One of the reasons I'm cosiddering taking up this endevour is that I stumbled on this Quote and it made me think of home:

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
- C. S. Lewis
The other reason was reading A Man With No Talents... It was the way that it exposed the life of somone that no one really knows very much about. I constantly get asked what it was like livign in Saudi because it's supposedly such a strange country, and I'd to love to be able to reply, with:

"Well if you want to know buy my book."

Anyway I need to head out and face the weather because I'm meeting Annabel for lunch at Braehead. There does seem to be an aweful lot of weather out there, much more than usual...

January 8th, 2009

I don't usually believe in New Years resolutions but this year I've decided to enact one anyway, this year I've decided to read more...

I used to read loads but in the past 10 or so years I've fallen off the path, I barely read 4-5 books a year if I'm lucky, I'd love to do one of those challenges where you read 52 books over the course of a year, but I know myself and I know that's not realistic So my goal for the end of the year is to have finished 25 books, that's one for every 2 weeks with 2 weeks slack time in case I get really busy.

I say finished because I'm going to kind of cheat, I'm notorious for picking up a book reading the first couple of chapters and then forgetting about it, so I'm going to work through those books first.

The Good news is I'm already ahead I started and finished reading a book this week.

So to start the list off:

1. Audition By Ryu Murakami translated by Ralph McCarthy. (Completed 07/01/2009)
I'd heard of the Film by Takeshi Miike and one of my friends described it as the most disturbing film he'd ever seen. The book is apparently by comparison rather tame, though I enjoyed it. And now I want to see the film.

Onto my next book which I think is going to be A Man With No Talents By Ooyama Shiro translated by Edward Fowler. Looking at the list of books I want to read I sense a theme of Japanese books translated to English... Can't be helped...

December 12th, 2008

Facebook down :)

I tried to log onto face book just there to procrastinate and was told that my account was unavailable due to site maintainence.

The odd thing is it said "My Account" was unavailable not that facebook is down just that my little part of facebook was not available.

I'm fairly sure i signed up for one of those a day without facebook groups and I'm fairly sure the the date of the blackout was today...

The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if the guys behind facebook have taken the list of the members of those black out groups and switched off thier accounts on the blackout days...

The realist in me knows that suck blackouts won't actually hurt facebook very much, as they have so many users who only log in once in a while that they wouldn't notice a slight dip on any given day.

If there was a month without facebook then that would maybe hurt them, but you'd have to get the whole facebook population on board, which would be difficult as so many people seem to rely on facebook for social interaction. Which is sad...

Oh well, I guess rather than procrastinating I should really just do some work...

December 8th, 2008

Confused Postings

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I'm a bit confused about he comments that I'm getting, Somone seems to be posting comments in reply to other comments on my blog, these comments look like somone has googles a random phrase my post or in one of the comments and pasted in a phrase that occured near by it in a web page somewhere....

I suspect a bot but I have no idea why thry would want to do this. Maybe they post porn on thier profile and they want to pique my curiosity so I look at their profile?

November 9th, 2008

I found ths on somone elses journal... At 62 in total I'm not as obsessive as I thought apparently, thought I'd say that there was some stuff missing...

Go through the list and check off the titles you have watched. For our purposes, "watching" a title means that for TV and OVA series, you have to have seen at least one episode. For one-shots, you have to have seen the whole thing. At the end of each genre/category, add up your sub-total. At the very end, add up the sub-totals to come up with your grand total. If your grand total is 80 or over, congratulations -- you are an obsessive anime watcher!

As an extra note: not all the titles listed here are great, and some are even steaming piles of crap. Titles on the list are here because they are either 1) genuinely good, 2) insanely popular, 3) good examples of the genre, or 4) just plain notorious. Good anime obsessives should be able to watch series with any of those qualities.

I. Action and Adventure
(x) .hack//SIGN
() Airmaster
() Battle Arena Toshinden
(x) Bleach
(x) Blood+
() Burst Angel
(x) City Hunter
(x) Cowboy Bebop
() Dragonball (any)
() Flame of Recca
(x) GetBackers
() Inu Yasha
() Lupin III (any)
() Mai-HiME
(x) Naruto
() One Piece
( ) Tenjou Tenge
() Saiyuki
() Yu Yu Hakusho
Total Here: 8/20

II. Comedy and Parody
() 2x2 = Shinobuden
() Adventures of the Mini Goddesses
() All Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku
(x) Azumanga Daioh
() Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
() Di Gi Charat
(x) Dragon Half
(x) Excel Saga
() Fruits Basket
() Galaxy Angel
() Here is Greenwood
() Kodomo no Omocha
() Kyou Kara Maou!
() Midori Days
() Pani Poni Dash
() Project A-ko
(x) Ranma 1/2
() Tenchi Muyo
(x) Those Who Hunt Elves
() Urusei Yatsura
Total Here: 5/20

III. Drama and Miscellaneous
() Beck
() Full Moon wo Sagashite
() Gankutsuou
() Genshiken
() Glass Mask (original or new)
() Haibane Renmei
() Hitsuji no Uta
() Honey & Clover
() Kaleido Star
(X) Last Exile
() Le Portraite de Petite Cossette
() Monster
() Paradise Kiss
(X) Princess Mononoke
(X) Read or Die OVA
() Speed Grapher
() Twin Spica
() Weiss Kreuz
(X) Wings of Honneamise
() Yakitate!! Japan
Total Here: 4/20

IV. Ecchi/Mature
() Agent AIKa
() Cutey Honey
() Ebichu
() Golden Boy
(x) Grenadier
() Hand Maid May
() He Is My Master
() Iketeru Futari
() La Blue Girl
() Lingerie Senshi Papillon Rose
() Mahoromatic
() Mezzo Forte
() Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
() My Dear Marie
() Najica Blitz Tactics
() Negima
() Puni Puni Poemi
(I own it but I've never seen it...) Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend
() Wicked City
() Yumeria
Total Here: 1/20

V. Fantasy and Supernatural
() Angel Sanctuary
() Aquarian Age
(X) Berserk
() El Hazard
(x) Final Fantasy Unlimited
(x) Fullmetal Alchemist
(x) Howl's Moving Castle
(x) Magic Knight Rayearth
() Mushishi
(x) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
(x) Record of Lodoss War
(x) Scrapped Princess
(x) Slayers
() Tales of Eternia
(x) Trinity Blood
() Tsubasa Chronicle
(x) Vampire Hunter D
() Violinist of Hameln
(x) Vision of Escaflowne
() X: TV
Total Here: 12/20

VI. Historical and Alternate History
() Anne of Green Gables
() Basilisk
() Barefoot Gen
() Chrono Crusade
(x) Grave of the Fireflies
() Fire Tripper
() Kaidomaru
() Legend of Condor Hero
(own but not seen) Millennium Actress
() Nadia - Secret of Blue Water
(x) Ninja Scroll
() Otogizoushi
() Peacemaker Kurogane
(own but not seen) Porco Rosso
() Rose of Versailles
(x) Rurouni Kenshin
(x) Samurai 7
() Samurai Champloo
() Steel Angel Kurumi
() Victorian Romance Emma
Total Here: 4/20

VII. Kids and Family
() Angelic Layer
() Astro Boy
() Beyblade
(X) Castle in the Sky
() Detective Conan
() Digimon
() Doraemon
() Hamtaro
() Kiki's Delivery Service
(X) Kimba the White Lion
() Monster Rancher
(X) My Neighbor Totoro
(X) Pokemon
(X) Samurai Pizza Cats
() Sazae-san
() SD Gundam Force
() Sonic X
(X) Speed Racer
(X) Spirited Away
() Yu-Gi-Oh
Total Here: 7/20

VIII. Magical Girls and Boys
() Cardcaptor Sakura
(x) DNAngel
() Earth Girl Arjuna
() Erementar Gerad
() Hime-chan no Ribbon
() Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
() Magic Users Club
() Magical Girl Pretty Sammy
() Magical Stage Fancy La La
() Mahou no Star Magical Emi
() Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
() Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok
() Ojamajou DoReMi
() Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo
() Pretear
() Sailor Moon
() Saint Tail
(x) Tokyo Mew Mew
() Ultra Maniac
() Wedding Peach
Total Here: 2/20

IX. Romance
() Ah! My Goddess
() Ai Yori Aoshi
() Air
() Ayashi no Ceres
() Boys Be
(x) Chobits
() Fushigi Yuugi
() Hana Yori Dango
() His and Her Circumstances
() Kimagure Orange Road
() Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
() Love Hina
() Maison Ikkoku
() Marmalade Boy
() Peach Girl
() Piano
() Please Teacher!
() SaiKano
() To Heart
() Video Girl Ai
Total Here: 1/20

X. Science-Fiction
(x) Appleseed
(x) Blue Seed
(x) Bubblegum Crisis
() Crest of the Stars
() Galaxy Express 999
(x) Gundam (any)
(x) Macross (any)
() Outlaw Star
(x) Patlabor
() Planetes
() Please Save My Earth
(x) RahXephon
() Saber Marionette (any)
(x) s-CRY-ed
() Soukyuu no Fafner
() Space Battleship Yamato
() Stellvia
(x) Transformers (any)
() Voices of a Distant Star
() Xenosaga: The Animation
Total Here: 9/20

XI. Shounen-Ai and Shoujo-Ai
() Ai no Kusabi
() Descendants of Darkness
() Earthian
() Fish in the Trap
() Galaxy Fraulin Yuna
() Gravitation
() Haru wo Daiteita
() Kannazuki no Miko
() Kizuna
() Lesson XX
() Loveless
() Maria-sama ga Miteru
() Mirage of Blaze
() Oniisama E
() Seikimatsu Darling
() Song of the Wind in the Trees
() Sukisho
() Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito
() Zetsuai/Bronze
Total Here: 0/20

XII. Sports
() Ace wo Nerae
() Ashita no Joe
() Ayane's High Kick
() Baki the Grappler
() Battle Athletes
() Buzzer Beater
() Captain Tsubasa
() Eyeshield 21
() Ginban Kaleidoscope
() Hajime no Ippo
() Hikaru no Go
(x) Initial D
() Major
() Monkey Turn
() One Pound Gospel
() Prince of Tennis
() Princess Nine
() Slam Dunk
( ) Suzuka
() Wild Striker
Total Here: 1/20

XIII. Surreal and Psychological
(x) Akira
() Betterman
() Boogiepop Phantom
() Elfen Lied
(x) Gantz
(x) Ghost in the Shell (movie or TV)
(x) Hellsing
() Jigoku Shoujo
() Karas
() Madlax
() Melody of Oblivion
(x) Neon Genesis Evangelion
(x) Noir
() Paranoia Agent
(x) Perfect Blue
() Princess Tutu
() Revolutionary Girl Utena
() Serial Experiments Lain
() Texhnolyze
Total Here: 7/20

Socil networkign woes...

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I wish there was some framework that would allow me to normalise my social networks.

I noticed one of my friends mentioned another friend on Live journal, but because everyone on LJ has Wierd Names Like THE_IMMORTAL_SQUIRRIL and YELLOW_COFFEE or whatever I find there is no way to even look through my existing friends profile pages and find people I know who are not yet on my friends page.

I'm to be honest more interested in the way that social networks work than in actually using them, but if there was a way to consolidate all of my social networking and ensure that if I had a friend on MySpace that I was also connected to them on Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, LiveJournal and linked in that would be ace.

In fact something that monitored my activity on all these social networks and said You've just added joe bob as a friend on Facebook, We've found that they also have a twitter and a Live journal account, would you like to add them there too. would be amazing, all this disparity is frustrating, I hate having to keep track of multiple social networks, I want to be able to add a friend somewhere and just be thier friend, convergence is key.

It would be nice if there was some kind of social framwork, which would allow for single connectivity, adding in peoples personal blogs as well would be nice... Open ID I'm looking at you, well I'm glancing at you becuase this isn't what you are meant to do, but something should do this...

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