Dec. 10th, 2007 04:20 pm
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Finally updating. The term is almost over so now I have a bit of time on my hands. Christmas presents have been sent out, I've given [livejournal.com profile] terwashere and [livejournal.com profile] witmanfade theirs, I have presents ready to give to [livejournal.com profile] shinjuki71, [livejournal.com profile] mr_utopia_man, and [livejournal.com profile] nanao, and all the family's taken care of. I don't think I'll do cards this year, I but I'll send them to anyone who's sent me one if I haven't already sent them a present.

I am now working and the Century 16 theater by Cedar Hills crossing, which is the main reason why I've been so busy lately. 30 hours of work a week and school does give me much time to do anything else. I'll eventually catch up with my friends list and e-mails, but it may take a while.

I finally finished watching Blood+. I had some time last week of Thursday, so I sat and watched the last 10 episodes. Yes, I could have been doing other things, but the ball really gets rolling and it's hard to stop.

Everyone seems to start dieing at this point. The Schiff all die except for one. They really didn't mean much to me at the beginning of the series but they really started to grow on me by the end. They are failed experimental Chevaliers who have escaped from their holding cells. Because of their defects they have only a small amount of time before they die and during the series they are trying to find away to escape their fate. It's so very sad near the end when two of the three last Schiff, Moses and Karmen, give up hope and commit suicide together.

Solomon, another favorite character of mine ends up being rejected by his family and the one he loves and ends up dieing in an alleyway somewhere.

Nathan however, goes from being an after thought to a very awesome character.

I have now started a series called Moyashimon which I found out about through [livejournal.com profile] nenena. The series follows Tadayasu Sawaki, a first-year college student at an agricultural university, who has a unique ability to see and communicate with micro-organisms and bacteria. It's funny and educational at the same time. My favorite microbe so far is Saccharomyces cerevisiae which is in the icon I'm using.

It's funny, the more I think about Sawaki, the more I'm reminded of Paul Ehrlich. I remember him most for coming up with interesting theories about the microscopic, that could not be confirmed by any microscope at the time, and describing them often by drawing out almost comical pictures of them.

Taken from Five Quarts by Bill Hayes, talking about Paul Ehrlich presenting his "side-chain theory" to the Royal Society of London in 1900.

"Adding to the impact of his spoken word was a series of provocative drawings. Now, it should be noted that the use of visual aids in a lecture to the Royal Society was not at all unusual, but his were unique for being of imagined constructs, renderings of the theoretical goings-on in the blood. Even though the best microscopes of the day did not allow Paul Ehrlich to see this activity, in his mind's eye the images were clear. And were now on display. A sequence unfolded: First a standard cell was shown--a light-colored, spongy moon erupting with what looked like sweat beads off the brow of a comic-strip character. These were Ehrlich's side chains, which frankly did not in any way appear chain-like. Next, some of the sweat beads were gripped by toxins, the villainous elements, which were horned and black. Others then broke free--the heroic antitoxins--and, now resembling lithe, silvery minnows, swam off into the blood."

Speaking of microbes, I was at OMSI recently for my dad's company Christmas party and in the gift shop they had a bin full of GIANTmicrobes for $4 each! These had been sitting there for a few months and very picked over so everything had been marked down. I was able to pick up Typhoid Fever, Hepatitis C, Flesh Eating, and two Red Blood Cells, one for me and one for the Red Cross where I volunteer. They now reside with Black Death, Ebola, and E. coli from [livejournal.com profile] mr_utopia_man on my manga bookshelf.

That's all I can think of to mention right now. I hope everyone's doing well.

Date: 2007-12-11 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honeyandvinegar.livejournal.com
You've been busy--and I've been worried!! I posted an entry in your honor about a week ago, for the lovely gift you'd sent me... and e-mailed you, too, but hadn't heard back from you. I've missed you, honey.
I got you suttin' suttin', too, y'know. ;) I'll be sending it out this week. I really hope you like it (and hell, you don't HAVE it...!)

Date: 2007-12-11 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thegrapeofdeath.livejournal.com
I'm very glad you enjoyed the gift. That;s the only doujin that showed up of that kind on yahoo Japan for the last year. I didn't even know if it would have many pictures, so you were very lucky. :)

Date: 2007-12-11 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honeyandvinegar.livejournal.com
You coulda sent me COAL, and it woulda been speshul. *squish, then staples you down* :D

Date: 2007-12-11 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] semyaza.livejournal.com
I sent you a card but you don't have to send me one if you're not doing cards this year. I'm okay with that.

Date: 2007-12-11 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thegrapeofdeath.livejournal.com
I already started making you one when I saw your most recent post. It will go out soon. :)

Date: 2007-12-11 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-utopia-man.livejournal.com
I found a place with Moyashimon DDL:

Unfortunately, though, I'm not sure if your computer will handle the resolution. Still, if there's an episode you can't find on YouTube, it's something to try.

Date: 2007-12-11 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thegrapeofdeath.livejournal.com
Those are all the h264 files. I like the Xvids better which I got from here:

The moyashinmon LJ community also have all the episodes for direct download as well.

Date: 2007-12-11 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-utopia-man.livejournal.com
XVids are a lot more versatile, it's true... and typically smaller in size. I prefer the h264s, though, since they can support better sound quality as well as optional, soft-coded subtitles (without having to deal with .srts), and they're typically released at higher resolutions, too, making for better video quality (which is actually a lot more noticeable than I had expected it would be). However, when the quality gets too good, my computer starts to stutter....

Date: 2007-12-11 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thegrapeofdeath.livejournal.com
Yes, that's the main reason I don't play them. Even with the mac they don't play right. If you want an amazingly good picture, you should download the hd h264 off the link I gave you. It's only available for the first episode though.

I also sometimes have problems with the xvids, but I think it may actually be something with the video itself sometimes. Sometimes within a series I have problems with a couple of the episodes and the rest are fine.

Date: 2007-12-11 02:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] nenena.livejournal.com
Moyashimon is good crack. ;)

Date: 2007-12-11 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thegrapeofdeath.livejournal.com
Yes it is. I'm so happy you made a post about it. :)

Date: 2007-12-12 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] terwashere.livejournal.com
Thanks again for the goodies: they were mighty tasty! :D I've picked up a gift for you, which shall be delivered next time I see you.

The GIANTmicrobes are SO DAMN CUTE. I wonder if cuteoverload.com knows of them.

Date: 2007-12-13 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thegrapeofdeath.livejournal.com
I'm glad you guys enjoyed it. Thanks so much for taking me out to see the Golden Compass. If you can hold out passed Friday, I can get you if for free to see I Am Legend.

Date: 2007-12-13 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] terwashere.livejournal.com
Of course I can hold out. I'm not insane. :P


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