There are usually holiday decorations up at work. I came upon one the other night, die-cut printed cardboard, scotch-taped to a door. Leftover from Halloween, I thought: it depicted a scarecrow and pumpkins. No, wait: corn shock and gourds: must be Thanksgiving.
So which was it? Does it matter?
The semiotics of Halloween and Thanksgiving blend a good bit, don't they? Orange-y colors, pumpkins, corn, autumn leaves, and so forth. Halloween is a celebration of death, and Thanksgiving a harvest festival, and those things are not that far apart: harvest is an acknowledgement of death.
There are two damn many holidays a the end of the year: four in two months, not counting Hanukkah and Veterans Day. I propose we combine Halloween and Thanksgiving, and hold the thing in mid-November. Decorate tables with autumn leaves, gourds, and skeletons. We'd have bobbing for candied sweet potatoes. Send kids out to trick-or-treat dressed as dead Pilgrims come back as zombies. Carve funny faces into turkeys and put them on the porch.
So that cuts the end of year holiday glut down to three. I think I've already mentioned my plan to move Christmas to February, haven't I?
And remind me someday to talk about my plan to solve the Washington D.C. enfranchisement problem by merging D.C. with Wyoming.
Recent anime fansubs: Cluster Edge. From Sunrise, 4:3 format, subbed by Anime Yuki. Shoujo, with a cast almost entirely of private school uniformed armed (!) bishies named after semi-precious stones. Retro feel to the art. Same time-period flavor as FMA, late 19th to early 20th century alternate European-oid world. Lots of Miyazaki-like airplanes, plus androids (?!?). Not a lot of angst so far. Not much yaoi, even platonic.
I like this strange show, but after 5 episodes it's been producing far more plot than can be consumed locally. If there were progressive taxation of plot in anime, this show's windfall plot could be used to support a couple of Zettai Shounens, which has been plot poverty stricken for the last ten episodes.
Watched and didn't like: Angel Heart. Dumb logline. Grossly inappropriate mix of seriousness and SD humor, reminded me of the worst aspects of Fushigi Yuugi.
Also didn't like: Solty Rei. Dumb logline (robot girl becomes foster child to professional hitman). Mediocre voice acting. Ugly character designs. Poor production values, CG very poorly integrated with cel animation.
Mushishi. Haven't decided. First two episodes were fun, third was way too fussy. Interesting idea, mediocre production values.
And now, a palindrome: A man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal--Panama!
I feel about palindromes the same as I feel about clowns, opera, and topiary.
I did not make up this palindrome.
Also: a bunny humping a balloon, unsuccessfully.
連載 == rensai
== (noun which can take する to act as a verb) serialization,
|Left radical is 'vehicle' (車). Right radical is 'fancy halberd/cut', which acts phonetically to express 'load'. This character originally meant something like 'stuff loaded on a vehicle/cargo'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Vehicle carries load of fancy halberds.'|