MediaCrash & Emacs Stories, Part Two

I love Emacs. I use it every day for programming, writing, schoolwork, web stuff, email, news, listening to music, whatever. Sometimes I have to use different Emacs on remote machines and I have to revert to the default setup (tramp mitigates this somewhat). This means that I have to go back to that horrible (or…


Dorama Review #2: Sexy Voice and Robo

Here’s another TV series that was based on a great manga. (I know, there are a lot of those!) Sexy Voice and Robo was originally a seinen comic by Kuroda Io (黒田硫黄) that was published around 2000-2003. The drama starred Suzuka Ohgo (大後 寿々花) as Nico Hayashi, a teenager with a bizarre talent for changing…


The Abstract Fairy Tale

Once, I thought that all of the children’s stories that I had read when I was young were past being written. I heard that the fairy tales and the nursery rhymes had been banned in the schools and that my favorite writers had been placed on lists that described them and their works as unsuitable…


Dorama Review #1: Seigi No Mikata

Ok, here we go with the first of my series of reviews of Japanese drama series. Seigi No Mikata  is a very charming and funny story about a teenage girl and her relationship with her older sister. Sounds cliche, but it’s packed with hilarious scenes. Based on a manga of the same name and starring…


Wanna Watch a Great Anime Film?

Sometimes, Japanese animation gets a bad rap. Filled with giant robots, large-eyed sex-kittens, and sword-slashing ninjas, Japanese animation is usually an acquired taste. People who are not rabid afficionados of the genre must ask themselves “How much of that stuff can you take?”. For those who are unfamiliar with anime (the native term for Japanese…