I’d applaud their industry except that it is Sunday morning and this is the house where I live. (It would have been nice of the landlord to mention ahead of time that the roofers were coming. Grrr.)

Toward more picturesque speech

From Thog’s Masterclass:

`Big boogers of uncertainty were beginning to form.’ (Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End, 2006)

Also from Ansible:

Martin Morse Wooster was deeply thrilled by junk mail from `a company called Hawthorne Village, which has the Official Lord of the Rings Express Diesel Locomotive. This heirloom quality train — richly adorned with scenes and characters from the movie trilogy including Elven text and a working headlight on the diesel locomotive — will have you reliving this epic saga every time the train journeys around the tracks. You know, when I mentally visit the rugged, primeval landscape of Middle Earth, I think to myself, “You know, these trees and rocks are OK. But WHERE are the toy trains?”‘

Favorite voices


Bishoujo Senshi Excel Excel

Recently, a number of people have been making lists of favorite female seiyuu. Although Megumi Hayashibara and Kikuko Inoue have been mentioned, the lists generally focus on recent favorites, e.g. Aya Hirano. Here is a trio of experienced voice actresses who would be on my list.

Kotono Mitsuishi — One of the great comic actresses. Besides such silly roles as Usagi Tsukino and Excel Excel, she also is effective in straight roles such as Ginger in Sugar and Mireille Bouquet in Noir.

Aya Hisakawa — Outstandingly versatile. Her roles range from the demure Ami Mizuno in Sailor Moon to the anything-but-demure Mune-Mune in Abenobashi, not to mention Kerberos in Cardcaptor Sakura and Chloe in Noir.

Houko Kuwashima — Another versatile actress, when she isn’t stuck playing yet another emotionless girl. Her roles range from the ditsy Yurika Misumaru in Nadesico to the spirited Shuurei in Saiunkoku Monogatari to the tough Isako in Denno Coil. And, of course, there’s the definitive emotionless girl, Kirika Yumura.

No, not really


Hayate has strange ideas about fun. I spent much of the weekend and yesterday cleaning house, which is one reason I haven’t been very active here lately. But it needed to be done, and it is now possible to walk safely through the place without protective clothing.

Goodbye, money

The Right Stuf is doing another of their 10/$50, 25/$100 Geneon sales. I just ordered Sugar, a Tiny Snow Fairy for the third time. This time, these discs will stay in Wichita; my nephews and nieces have their own copies now, and the new set is for me. Other offerings include the complete Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei, Bottle Fairy, Magical Project S, Paranoia Agent and Someday’s Dreamers. There’s also some Bach organ music.



My parish church, a.k.a. the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It faces north, so the façade is illuminated by direct sunlight only early in the morning or late in the evening when the days are long.