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09 December 2016 @ 04:09 pm
If you would like a family seasonal picture card delivered via snail mail anywhere in the world, please message me with your postal address.
31 October 2015 @ 12:35 am
Happy Halloween from the year 2015!

29 March 2015 @ 12:10 am
Remembering thassa's 43rd birthday. Wish we'd had a chance to get to know you better.

Also, remember that if you have an online presence, a social will is an important consideration. http://ashi.livejournal.com/176220.html
Uh oh, I've been watching cute animals on YouT for an hour already... I find this one oddly relaxing to watch. Also, since when did YouTube have a "share to LiveJournal" option?

05 May 2014 @ 11:23 pm
So, here's my cleanup plan. I'll see how it goes.

1. Setup computer desk in the front room now that roommate has (mostly) moved out. Close bedroom door. (done)

2. When I need something from the bedroom, go in there and bring it out. Close bedroom door again. For example, I just realized I left the webcam in there. (in progress)

3. After a few weeks, go in the bedroom to clean up. Anything I haven't needed is subject to high scrutiny. A lot of things will, of course, be kept anyway. Like books, some furniture, and projectors.
13 March 2014 @ 02:09 pm
I can has job! My one-year contract at Google starts Monday, the 17th, St Paddy's Day!
07 August 2013 @ 12:02 pm
I start work tomorrow at eBay! :) Funny, I just listed a broken trackball today.
05 August 2013 @ 09:28 pm
It's been a while since I had a roommate, and now I not only have one, but also will soon be sharing internet with neighbors. So I volunteered to set up an intranet file server.

I'm going to give it a name, and I'm playing with the idea of either adding it to the hosts file of each device or setting up the server to also be a caching DNS server. Sadly my nice high-powered wifi router doesn't support DD-WRT, which would probably a nice option I could use.

I'll run the file server off my Linux desktop for now. I might move the server to a separate little box later.
19 July 2013 @ 05:56 pm
Only six hours to go. Thanks to everyone who contributed! It's not too late to buy some cheap Todd support.

21 May 2013 @ 12:21 am
Hi there. I started an Indiegogo campaign to help pay for my friend's emergency room visit. I've never tried crowdfunding anything before, and it's kind of exciting. Perks are mostly tech support provided by me. Please share. Thanks!
03 May 2013 @ 05:35 pm
Whew, Weather Underground says this should be the last day of bad weather for a while in the San Jose Bay Area. Weather in the 30s C and 90s F makes me feel sick.
I will be off at Anime Oasis in Boise starting Friday but wanted to have a BayCon party too! So it's Thursday night, May 23rd, at BayCon at the Hyatt Santa Clara. Since it's before the official start of the con, I went with Live Kitten as the opposite of Dead Dog. Sadly, my kitten Rory will not be attending.

There will be snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, anime, fan videos, badge ribbons, pictures of adorable kittens, and games to play. Let me know if you're interested in crash space. It will run from 6pm until late.

Feel free to invite more people! This is an open room party.
26 April 2013 @ 11:50 am
So last night I started to listen to the commentary track on Nanoha the Movie 1st. It consists of characters from StrikerS in character, commenting on the movie. In Japanese, of course.

I decided to do an experiment then. I got in bed and tried to sleep. I figured it would be handy if I could fall asleep with people talking, as that's always a problem for me, and then I might enjoy some subconscious learning. Nope, I lay in bed and listened to the whole thing, understanding a good deal of it, until it ended. I think. I listened for a good hour anyway. At least it was amusing.
30 March 2013 @ 04:27 pm
Three years ago, an online friend was murdered. I didn't find out for over a month, because the family didn't know who to contact online. Because today would be that friend's birthday, here is a social will reminder.


I found out through a web search, because I knew my friend's legal last name. I was lucky to figure it out. People disappear from online communities every day without a trace. If you want your online friends to know in case something happens, consider a social will.

Mine is pretty simple. I wrote down a list of forums, blogs, and IRC channels I frequent, and also contact info for some of my friends there, and gave it to my son. There are also websites set up with instructions or even notification systems. Here are a few instructional links:

13 September 2012 @ 10:32 pm
Hey, my friend started a virtual anime club, and I started the community here for discussion. Feel free to join anime_discuss (membership is moderated), or come to #anime_discuss on irc.rizon.net.

Each week we pick a series to watch 4 episodes of and discuss. There's the option to watch the rest and keep discussing. Also each week, we pick a Bad Anime Challenge. This week, for example, was Mama is a 4th Grader. :D That one is optional but also fun.

Comment here if you're going to join, so I know to approve your membership right away.
Current Mood: amusedamused
06 September 2012 @ 03:13 pm
Boo can go home! I'll pick him up in an hour or so! :)
05 September 2012 @ 09:08 am
Boo stayed at the vet overnight. He has a lot of yellow fluid in his abdomen. I agreed to let them do an ultrasound, and they're already running a test on the fluid. I should find out something today.

Poor kitty.
Current Mood: blahblah
03 August 2012 @ 05:56 pm
This is my packing list for the Worldcon in Chicago this year. It will be hot and humid, and I plan to spend the whole weekend indoors if possible. The hotel is connected to the Illinois Center which has places to eat. In-room internet is $10 a day unless we get a deal before then. I plan to plug in my router and leave it open.

Wireless router
Power strip
Various badge ribbons including "Y2K38 OK"
Cell, charger, spare batteries, battery charger
Digital camera maybe...
Current Mood: excitedexcited
I watched a lot of first episodes of summer anime last weekend, so I can make informed recommendations when we pick 3 new series to watch on Thursday at the Google Anime Club in Mountain View, California. These are all available on Crunchyroll.

Ratings can and will change as I watch more than one episode.

I had already started a few series, so those first:

Tari Tari
I like the characters and the situation. High schoolers starting a music club is nothing new, but this is a little different. Very slice of life. We're already watching "Natsume Yuuchinjou", which is slice of life (and slice of death), so not going to recommend it. 7/10.

Kokoro Connect
The art looks the same as "K-ON!," and I heard it had at least one of the same people working on it, which makes sense. There's another "et cetera" club for high schoolers who weren't into any of the other clubs. Someone starts messing with them by switching their personalities around temporarily. We don't know the supernatural mechanics involved yet. I feel I don't know the characters well enough to totally follow the personality switches yet, but it's fun, and I will recommend it. 7/10.

Sword Art Online
Unlike .hack//sign, in this game, no one can log out until they beat the game. Losing or trying to remove the VR headgear = death, or at least that's what they've been told. I like the characters so far and the virtual world. It would make a good watch for the club. 7/10.

On to the ones I just started. Some I really wanted to go ahead and watch the second episode. I took that as a good sign.

Total Eclipse

Aliens have been invading Earth for a while and are winning. Teenage girls are learning to pilot mecha to fight them. This is an alternate history story, as the invasion started in the 60s. A lot of ground is covered in the first episode, but I can't bring myself to care about any of the characters, at least not yet. 6/10.

Ambition of Oda Nobuna

We're not really introduced to the time-travelling high school boy from modern-day Japan as he's already involved in messing up history. Or is he? A lot of the historical figures are gender bent from the ones he knows from video games and history class. We don't find out how or why he even went back in time, and I double-checked to make sure I was really on episode 1. I much preferred Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox, the last series I watched that had a modern day high school student travelling to a gender-bent past and meets a female Oda Nobunaga and pulling off some "magic" using a cell phone. 6/10.

Guy tries to deliver a stone tablet to Italy, winds up using it to fight gods. It could get boring or be a lot of fun, hard to say. I like the main character's attitude. 6/10

Humanity Has Declined
For a post-apocalyptic series, this one is very silly and WTF. Humans are dying out and are being replaced by fairies, or so they're being called. They're tiny and have supernatural powers... what else would we call them?

We've started a tradition where the 4th and final series of the night is called "dessert." It started when we had a lot of heavy drama and character death going on in the other three episodes, and happened to have "Usagi Drop" (super cute) at the end, which cheered us up at the end. It was replaced by "Hanamaru Kidnergarten" and then "Nichijou" (cute and random wtf gags). I think "Humanity Has Declined" could make a good dessert. 8/10

Natsuyuki Rendezvous
A guy falls in love with a woman who runs a flower shop and starts buying a potted plant at her shop every weekday. He takes a job there before realizing that she's a widow and that her dead husband hangs around all the time. Only the guy can see the dead husband. It's sweet and crazy and sincere. I cared about the characters already during the 2 minutes before the opening. 8/10

La Storia della Arcana Famiglia
Um, supernatural mafia policing an Italian island holds a contest to determine the next don? With the old don's daughter as the "prize." She's going to enter as well, to fight for her freedom. This could go either way. The characters are interesting enough. 7/10

Fujiwara no Teika originally picked the famous 100 poems, Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, to decorate screens for a residence. The same 100 poems are used today for the card game karuta, featured in "Chihayafuru." This is Fujiwara no Teika's story, with a lot of liberties taken. He was apparently quite a womanizer. Beautiful scenery, interesting characters, and an ending song with jpop/jrap. It shows promise. 7/10

These would not be appropriate to watch in our club, but I'll include them anyway.

PES: Peace Eco Smile
It's not appropriate because it's short form, only 3 minutes long. It looks interesting so far, though very little has happened. An alien from the Andromeda Galaxy arrives and saves a girl from falling into a river, on his way in. She kisses him. 7/10

So, I Can't Play H!
It's not appropriate because it's too ecchi. It's better than I thought it would be. The guy actually has some personality and morals. A shinigami borrows some power from a mortal. The power comes from what he holds dearest, and for him that's everything erotic. Looks like he won't be able to enjoy playing eroge (erotic games) while they're contracted, as all that is being drawn out of him as energy, but he might bet a longer lifespan out of it. I am surprised to give this: 7/10.

So, recommendations, in order:

Humanity Has Declined (for dessert)
Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Kokoro Connect
Sword Art Online

Yes, we're only picking three. :)
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Current Mood: chipperchipper
09 July 2012 @ 04:06 pm
Worldcon! I have a room reserved for Chicon at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, checking in Wednesday, August 29, and checking out Monday, September 3. I have suddenly run out of roommates.

Anyone want to share my room? Or yours? I am also looking to sell one membership w/ voting rights for $200. I paid $215.

Also I haven't bought my plane tickets yet or gotten exact days off, so my dates are somewhat flexible. I'm still mulling over the idea of taking the Amtrak California Zephyr and getting a room, though it wouldn't be as fun alone.
Current Mood: calmcalm
26 March 2012 @ 10:41 am

ART - nDCU: What works & what doesn't 3-4:30pm Palm E
FAN - PARODY FAN Dubs for Adults 9:30 PM - ?? Palm F

ANIME - You Got Cyberpunk'd 5-6pm Colonnade
Ghost in the Shell, Armatige, Battle Angel Alita, AppleSeed, and more! “Man
and Machine”? “Man or Machine”?
FAN- PARODY FAN DUBS for ADULTS 11-?? Joshua Tree

ANIME - Ticking For Deathklok 1-2pm Boardroom
From animation to albums to concert tours to comics to merchandise...A look
into Adult Swim's hit show “Metalocalypse”! Ends with a trivia contest— and
a prize!

I had to look up what nDCU is. Apparently DC Comics rebooted their universe last year.

Since I have never read any DC Comics (or Marvel), I have requested to be taken off that panel, heh. I will have to watch some "Metalocolypse" soon too...
Current Mood: amusedamused
03 February 2012 @ 10:17 pm
How's it going? I have been mostly posting on Google+ lately.

I have been invited to be a guest (program participant) at LepreCon38 this April in Phoenix, Arizona, area. I looked up some info from an old LJ entry and thought I'd say hi while I was here.

I am contracting at Fujitsu Labs of America and enjoying it so far. Take care.
Current Mood: fullfull
07 July 2011 @ 11:08 pm
Bah, the only comments from non-LJ users I get any more are spam. So I turned off commenting from non-users.
26 June 2011 @ 08:59 pm
Oh right, I'm throwing a party in August at Worldcon in Reno. Perhaps I should look for fan videos to show again.

I last successfully held a similar party in Japan: http://anysize.org/~ashi/fan-videos-nippon2007/ (Melbourne didn't have space for me last year).

Any fan-created videos will do if it's in English or has English subtitles!
21 June 2011 @ 06:26 pm
I cleaned up an old box today and found a 20-year-old student ID:

Younger Todd

and a parody song lyric poster by "Public Anime" which I scanned and typed up the lyrics:

Public Anime. It's a parody of "Loser" by Beck. I even made a favicon for the page. :) The posters were put up at cons in the Bay Area in the early 90s.
Current Mood: accomplished
11 April 2011 @ 02:58 pm
I did a little cleaning up today. Images in links as a warning: rather messy for some sensitive eyes.


06 April 2011 @ 12:47 am
I plugged in a computer I hadn't touched in years this week. I copied a lot of files off it, but found two nifty sections in particular.

I found the pictures I took with Chilli Dog from 2004, and a music replacement on the Noir OP with a tatu song I made at work in 2002:

So, does anyone want this computer? If not, I'll put it on Craigslist for $20:

Custom built tower PC, AMD Duron (900MHz I think), 768 megs of ram, 120 gig and 200 gig hard drives, cd burner. Ubuntu 10.10. Lots of space in the tower.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Нас не догонят
30 March 2011 @ 03:48 pm
Since I got a toilet seat with washing feature, I haven't been using much toilet paper. I changed the roll on August 1, 2010, and put a bit of paper inside the roll so I'd remember. It ran out yesterday, March 29, 2011. It lasted almost 7 months! So the big pack I have should last me about 6 years. I hope it doesn't get too dusty.
05 March 2011 @ 09:46 am
Today is the first day of the rest of my unemployment! Yay.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
23 January 2011 @ 06:45 pm
Okay, I got some Nanoha Raising Heart sounds to go with the Nanoha theme on my phone. I got way more than I needed. :) I saved the audio from the episodes with my computer, trimmed, and did some fade in / fade out effects.

11 January 2011 @ 12:09 pm
So, having found a nice Nanoha wallpaper for my Sprint Palm Pre 2, I was no longer satisfied with it saying "Just Type" or "Boom, Action Time!"

I ought to figure out how to package the patch so others can use it, but I have other stuff I've been putting off... :)

Note: Nanoha's magical device, Raising Heart, says things like "I am ready, my master!" in perfect English, as delivered by Australian actress Donna Burke.

The wallpaper is from an iPhone theme downloaded from this site: http://newpspmoajo05.blog129.fc2.com/blog-category-30.html (Download link is just underneath the picture). Thanks to Google Image Search for letting me limit a search to a specific resolution!
Current Mood: sillysilly
15 December 2010 @ 09:24 am
Hi! Haven't posted here in a while.

I will be a guest at Anime Los Angeles again. I am looking to add a few people to the Parody Fan Dubs panel.
Here is my schedule:

Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Buying anime and manga from Japan
LP4 WORKSHOP - Philadelphia
Todd Allis

Cover: Online & Stores


For most searches, you will want the Japanese title of what you're looking for. Try Wikipedia or other sites to copy the Japanese title from if you can't type it in Japanese.
amazon.jp: You can click "In English" but still need some Japanese. Shipping is only express, so expensive. Buy a few things together and/or go in with friends so shipping per item goes down.
cdjapan.co.jp: The whole site is in English. Search in English. The prices tend to be higher.
auctions.yahoo.co.jp: It's all in Japanese, and you have to find sellers that will ship internationally (海外発送). You can use a site translation like Google Language Tools to help.
jlist: Site is in English. A variety of stuff.
www.bk1.jp: I haven't used it yet, but a friend recommended it. All in Japanese, cheaper shipping than Amazon.
kinokuniya.com: Site is in English. Search in Japanese. You can order by mail or see what's available in stores.


In the Los Angeles area, there are Book Off and Kinokuniya, and probably others.

Book Off deals in used books, and you'll find it in Japan and L.A. Try it first for the prices.
Kinokuniya is in several major cities in the U.S. West Coast and East Coast, and Australia, Japan, and other Asian countries. They have a great selection. You can see what they have online. They will also order books for you, which can save you on shipping if you have time to spare.

Notes from the panel, stuff I'll be adding:
La Puente, general Asian stuff
Little Osaka: North of LAX off 405
Costa Mesa/Irvine

Go-between services

Coming soon? Rakuten bought Buy.com
Right Stuf for figures
Mandarake online
Anime Jungle
Yes Asia

Feel free to add more in the comments!

Saturday 1:30 - 2:30 PM: Your First Trip to Japan
LP2 - Imperial B
Helen McCarthy
Tim Eldred
Todd Allis

"Join travel veterans as they guide you through do's and don'ts of your first trip to Japan."

My do's:
JR rail pass
Bring cash (yen)
Research before you go
Plan to allow for changes in your plan
Study Japanese
Go to onsen (hot springs)
Get a cell phone or rent one. Buying through gaijinpot or craigslist can be cheaper, but it's more work, and you won't know the number ahead of time.
Bring a GPS with Japanese maps, or buy one there. Your smartphone's data probably won't work in Japan. Walking to a place from a train station can be confusing.
Get out of the big city for part of the time if you can.

Expect to use credit
Try to withdraw too much from an ATM at once

About my own first trip:

My first trip was in 2007. I went to Comiket and Worldcon/Nippon 2007. I stayed in Tokyo, Sapporo, an onsen at Touyako (Hokkaido), Kitakyushu (Kyushu), and Yokohama. My friends in Kitakyushu took me to see Mount Aso and Jigoku Onsen (Hot Springs of Hell), and Sanai Kogen Hotel & onsen in Minamioguni.

I spent a few nights on the train, which was pretty nice. I was surprised to find pay phones and vending machines, but few power outlets and no wifi. I watched a lot of "Letters from Iwo Jima" on a TV on the train, with Japanese subtitles for the English parts.

Rail pass was great, though I had to take and pay for a few non-JR lines. I loved the hostels, great prices and some good conversations with people from all over the world. I paid more for half of a party room at Worldcon than I paid for the rest of my hotels and hostels. Onsen was fun and relaxing. The hostels and cheap hotels had Japanese baths too. I so want one at home. Toilet seats with bidet/washlet were great too, and I have one at home now.

The Japanese I knew came in handy.

Saturday 8:00 - 9:00 PM: Parody fan dubs: Clips and discussion
LP6/DEMOS - Atlanta/Boston
Todd Allis

Gotta find/make some clips.
Nescaflowne battle from 14:00 is pretty funny.

Sunday 12:00 - 1:00 PM: What show or manga got you hooked?
LP4 WORKSHOP - Philadelphia
Todd Allis

For me it was Robotech, 1985. From there I went straight into Nth generation VHS tapes of raw anime and C/FO meetings and my own monthly anime meeting and club and fan dubs.
Current Mood: busy
20 September 2010 @ 03:37 pm
So... currently gmail is rejecting any email from anysize.org.

550-5.7.1 [ 1] Our system has detected an unusual rate of
550-5.7.1 unsolicited mail originating from your IP address. To protect
550-5.7.1 users from spam, mail sent from your IP address has been
550-5.7.1 Please visit http://www.google.com/mail/help/bulk_mail.html to
review 550 5.7.1 our Bulk Email Senders Guidelines. e8si10598206wfd.104
reply to end of DATA command)

I don't have an open relay. I have SPF set up. I did have this postfix setting:

unknown_local_recipient_reject_code = 450

which I changed to:
unknown_local_recipient_reject_code = 550

So now it should reject while a server is trying to send email, instead of sending a bounce (backscatter), which might be what Gmail had a problem with.

I could try just using my ISP's SMTP server for outgoing email.

Any other ideas? Thanks.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
26 August 2010 @ 12:56 pm
Ah, the heat wave is gone, and I can think again. Three days left till I leave for Australia. If I haven't heard back about getting a party room by then, I won't bring my projector... effectively giving up on it. No sense dragging it around for no reason.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
19 August 2010 @ 07:48 am
So... anyone have any fan videos you'd like to be shown at Worldcon in Melbourne? I can't guarantee anything, as I don't know yet whether I even have the party room, but if I wait any longer to ask, it will be too late to get the videos!

This will be quite similar to the English Language Fan Videos party in Yokohama in 2007, hopefully with an easier time getting in the door.

Entries should be in DVD format, or most any computer format will do. No VHS, Beta, LaserDisc, etc. Can be science fiction, fantasy, horror, anime, most anything about and/or by fans.

I plan to show a few anime parody fandubs of my own, probably later in the evening so they seem funnier. They were made late at night, after all.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
07 August 2010 @ 12:50 pm
Since I changed her food, Charybdis has been fighting with Boo more. She has also lost weight. I put up a baby gate to keep them separated, but recently she has been able to get past it. I just found how how.

The gap she walked through is 2.75 inches, or 7 cm.

Warning: messy house.

Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
I already shared this on Facebook but figured it should go here too. :) I went to San Francisco on Wednesday night and caught the parade in celebration of Prop 8 being declared unconstitutional. I got just a bit of it on video with my Palm Pre... It was like a mini pride parade. Enjoy!

Current Mood: happyhappy
27 June 2010 @ 12:19 pm
This painting is from the 12th episode of this season of Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens. That's also the title of the painting. It's behind a cut because it's big, and because it contains huge spoilers. I also think it makes an excellent desktop background.

I was unable to find it through extensive Google Image searching, and endeavored to screen cap it and put it out there myself. :) Enjoy.

Pretty painting and spoilers ahead!Collapse )
Current Mood: artistic
10 June 2010 @ 10:04 pm
Ever come up with a witty phrase and then Google it, because you suspect it has already been done?

I do this pretty often. Tonight I thought of "where seldom is heard an encouraging word" and found over 500 results. Then I thought of "where the beer and the cantaloupe play" (600+) and then "homo on the range" (over 35,000). Hmm, I seem to be working backwards through that song, while getting more hits each time.