Since I've just had my first child (November 27th!), I think it’s time to officially put my LiveJournal to bed. I get my political and meme fixes on Facebook now, like the rest of the sheep, and nearly everybody that I figuratively “grew up with” got off this platform a decade ago. I'm pretty sure the last holdouts to even watch this space were Mom and Steph, and I'm pretty sure they've stopped checking too--not that I blame them!

To be honest, the lights have been out on this journal for a while now. It’s just that I still sometimes talk to myself in the dark.

Now that I’m done with it, maybe I’ll actually go back through and read it from the beginning to see how I’ve changed over time. The process of maturing as a person is so slow and full of false starts, it can really only be appreciated in retrospect.

I will always have fond memories of this journal, where I discovered so much about myself and where I cut my teeth on really communicating with people. If my descendants ever discover this site, I hope they will be intrigued more often than disturbed.

I expect I’ll start a new journal on a new platform, to chronicle my new life as a parent. That’s, ummm… to be determined. I’m as good at goodbyes as I am at hellos, so... later y’all.
Cute Embarrassment

Anime 2018

You know the drill! Bolded titles are anime I've seen before, but were new to her.  Italicized titles are ones we'd both seen before.

It was a super-productive year for us for anime! This year's highlights were Wolf's Rain, getting caught up on Food Wars, Bunny Drop, Gamers!, and Monster Musume.

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    Rude Buster - Deltarune

Anime 2017

I can't believe it!  We actually managed to watch 12 seasons of anime, and 12 anime movies in 2017.  We're planning to do that much or more this year, too. Bolded titles are anime I've seen before, but were new to her.  Italicized titles are ones we'd both seen before.

Anime we completed this year:

5 Centimeters per Second
Aoharu x Machinegun

The World God Only Knows OVAs
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

The Comic Artist and Assistants
Cowboy Bebop

Food Wars Season 1
Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos
The Garden of Words

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Magi: Labyrinth of Magic
Magi: Kingdom of Magic
Millennium Actress
Miss Hokusai

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [We had forgotten we'd watched this one, so we watched it again!]
Princess Mononoke [In theaters!]

Pokemon I Choose You
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

This Boy Can Fight Aliens

Wolf Girl and the Black Prince

Your Name [In theaters!]

Yurikuma Arashi

Anime we are still working on:
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    Mario Kart: Double Dash!! - Sherbet Land (in my head)


I'm not good at working up the courage to convince people to listen to my ideas unless they have directly asked for my opinion on a topic.

That's a problem.


On Cons

Enthusiast conventions are among the best things in the world, and it's sad to me that I just started attending them after my apathy toward journalling kicked in.  I should scroll through my last few years and see if I’ve mentioned any of the conventions we’ve been to.

We went to Gen Con 50 last week, and it was in all ways incredible.

We've been to four Gen Cons, and this year we were thinking we would definitely go to the Big 50, but that maybe we would switch it out for other cons after then.  But halfway through, we were already reconsidering.  Board games are our bread and butter, and Gen Con is nearly the king of board game conventions. (Theoretically, it was originally a wargame and roleplaying game convention, but it soaked up the board game renaissance)  Practically anywhere you walk, you can sit down and watch or even join in on a game of some kind.  Important People come and revel in being One Of Us.  Kickstarters show off their new games.  The air is abuzz.  You can soak in the geekiness.  Game conventions don't have as many cosplayers per capita as anime conventions, but the ones who show are so high quality.  You can be YOU at Gen Con, and as long as you aren't a jerk you won't be judged.  This is the world I want to live in.

So, of course, the week after Gen Con it's time to sign up for Naka-Kon, Overland Park's anime convention.  Naka-Kon is more focused on anime and Japanese games than Gen Con is on RPGs and Board Games, but it's still a wonderful place to be yourself and especially to binge on the new trends in anime.  They have a fun secondary focus on video game music: we've seen Nobuo Uematsu in concert there twice.  It also happens to crop up each year on or about my birthday, so I have special nostalgia for it.  We've been to Naka-Kon five years in a row, and it will be our sixth year in 2018.  This year, we were considering maybe switching it out for other cons...  I think we're just going to have to steel ourselves for going to a third con.

The only downside to conventions, besides having to leave, is Con Crud.  Stephie and I got hit by it hard when we got back to Columbia.  That said, it waited to strike until the afternoon after the eclipse was over, so at least our nerdy germs were generous to us.

I suppose I should mention the eclipse, since it was a once-in-a-lifetime event?  August 21st, 2017, the moon completely obscured the sun over Columbia, MO, plunging us into a midday twilight for a little over two minutes.  We went to a festival.  It was very pretty.  It wasn't a Con, though.


Organs of Coordination

I took today off to rest and recharge.  I'm down in my basement, copying our music CDs to our media library, straining out the best video game music on You Tube, putting the finishing touches on cataloging the latest anime we've polished off, while considering how to document loan for the roof replacement we're about to order.  And I feel completely at peace.

At my heart, I am an organizer.  A coordinator.  A documentor.  A collector.  Even my journal is about collating my own thoughts and feelings.  Boxing things is my center.  In another life, if I weren't cut out for programming, I would have ended up as a librarian.

...I spent a lot of time in libraries as a child, which is something I cherished.  I've grown to prefer my personal libraries, and the infinite libraries of the internet, but the concept of a physical, public library has always appealed to me.  One day, I hope, other people will use the collections I have curated.
  • Current Music
    Spirit - Grounseed (on YouTube)

Random Thoughts

Strive to be friends with people who are nicer, smarter, cooler, richer, sexier, and friendlier than you are.  Then, take notes when you are around them.  If you are lucky, some of it will rub off on you.