A week ago I made a hard push to get all those pictures finished up with. The total was at 16,000 before I started and in two days I got the number down to 13,000. It’s still at 13,000. Luckily (I guess) a lot of the pics were either too small to do anything constructive with or they were doubles so I was able to sift through them and remove all the unnecessary ones. I still have quite a bit to go through, but it helped my outlook on the situation knowing I could knock out a few thousand in one weekend. Maybe there’s hope for me after all… maybe.
I’m also slowly burning all my “essential” files to DVD. I’ve finished up with the completed anime series I had. That freed up a nice chunk of space on my HDD. I’ve also backed up all my pictures. Maybe a little back-story is necessary…
A few weeks ago (just after my last post I believe), my computer had a potentially catastrophic event. A few of Window’s system files “mysteriously vanished” (I say that because I didn’t have any viruses) and the OS wasn’t able to load on system startup. I couldn’t even start in safe mode or anything because there was no way for Windows to load at all. Luckily I had my XP disc so I was able to boot into the system recovery console. And luckily (again) the recovery process was a success. If that didn’t work then 8 years worth of pics, video, text and various data would’ve been lost forever.
After that, I went straight to Best Buy and picked up a bunch of DVDs. Later on I’ll get an external HDD and just back up everything, but for now all I really care about is my pics, video, text, and a few save game and program files. It’s a slow process (because I don’t have a lot of time to work with) but I’m getting it done. A secondary benefit to all of this is I get to free up a lot of space on my HDD. I think somewhere around 240 GB is taken up by all these “essential” files, so I hope to cut down my HDD storage-space-usage by at least half. There are a few things I’ll keep on the HDD even after I back them up.
On the subject of backing up anime… well maybe that’s a stretch but I needed a bridge to the next topic. *sigh* Anime! This section is anime, ok? There has been a lot of downloading going on. I’ve been neglecting Blood+. I only have the first 26 episodes and it’s up to ~47, so my Azureus is working overtime.
Something I’m extremely happy about, episodes 15-18 of Ergo Proxy came out last week. I was just about to give in and start downloading the raws, but luckily Pino-no-Usagi pulled through. I’m “caught up” again, and I swear, this series just keeps getting better and better. Every episode has its own feel, and you really can’t find a “boring” one in the lot. The second I finished episode 18 I was dying to watch 19. Even all the other anime I’m keeping track of have been put on the back-burner because I only feel like watching Ergo Proxy. I think that if this series keeps going the way it has, it will be on my Top 10 Best Ever list. There’s a lot of good out there, but Ergo Proxy is the cream of the crop. I just can’t say enough about it…
Local anime news is starting to get interesting too. Trinity Blood and Bleach will begin airing on [adult swim] starting September 9th. I liked Trinity Blood and Bleach… well, it’s good but lately I haven’t been into it. Maybe I’ll just watch it on [as] instead of worrying about the fansubs. I’m happy about the Trinity Blood though. A few friends of mine haven’t seen it and I really think they’ll like it.
The lovely Hilary Haag will be reprising her role as Teletha Testarossa in *shudders* Funi/ADV’s localization of Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid. The first volume is in-stores October 3rd I believe. Hilary is amazing. Best (American) female voice actress EVAR!! I’m glad to hear TSR is licensed, that means I can buy it now and complete my set, but I’m really worried about Funimation’s involvement. The only series that seems untouched by their evil editing was FullMetal Alchemist. And I’m not even sure about that. It seems like everything they touch they have to change somewhere…
And speaking of localization companies, Bandai released an ultimatum to the fansub community about their soon-to-be released Ghost in the Shell: SSS movie. Essentially they said that if they caught anyone fansubing or distributing it online, they’d take the person/people to court and fine them. They also said that the fansub community brings down their sales and is overall a detriment to the local anime business. Stuff like that just chaps my hide!
I DO NOT BUY ANIME I HAVEN’T SEEN. I watch fansubs. If I like the series, I buy it when it’s available. If I don’t like the series I don’t buy it. They seem to think that their crappy “trailers” give the community a good idea of the series. WRONG! Most of them are just opening sequences. Who the heck is going to spend ~$160 total on a series they know nothing about? Come on! People in Japan get to watch the series on TV; and they still buy the DVDs there. What Bandai has done is what you call “biting the hand that feeds”. I have a serious inclination to set up some kind of boycott against the GiTS: SSS movie. Of course realistically speaking, it would never work, but that’s the level I’m at. I can’t believe they think fansubs are bad for the industry. Where the heck do they think everyone here finds out about anime? There aren’t any (good) official anime review sites, the only widely known anime magazine is Newtype (and frankly reviews aren’t their strong suit) and the “info” provided by the “official series sites” all these companies have are quite pathetic.
On top of that, years ago I read somewhere that Bandai was praising the fansub community because it was “helping bring anime awareness to the masses” (loosely quoted). And now that they have a “thriving business” they’re going to turn their backs on the one thing that helped make them successful? Pathetic. Bandai, I spit in your general direction!
Hopefully all the other companies won’t follow suit. It will be a dark day when the localization companies band together to stop fansubing. As much as it would hurt me to do it, I think I’d stop buying anime. The audacity! *counts back from 10* Anyway, I doubt fansubing will disappear no matter what the companies do. Look at all those crack and warez sites out there (which I happen to disagree with BTW). For the longest software companies have tried to stop that, but they still prosper. I can understand it if a company doesn’t want their products stolen. I firmly believe in “if you like it, buy it”, and of course there will be a few bad eggs in any situation like this, but still, the sales reports don’t lie and I think that overall fansubing communities ultimately help the local anime business.
Well, now that that’s over… Hurricane or Tropical Storm (whatever it happens to be now) Ernesto is now forecasted to hit Florida. Looks like I (meaning Houston) dodged a possible bullet. My heart goes out to anyone that is affected by Ernesto though. I’m just glad we haven’t had a major hurricane come this way. Unfortunately, we haven’t hit the peak of hurricane season, so the danger hasn’t faded yet. I’m just hoping nothing serious comes our way. Statistically one is eventually going to hit Houston; I just hope it isn’t for a long time.
The anniversary of Katrina is coming up soon. There have been a lot of programs on TV about it. Even now when I see footage from those days (or weeks) after the storm, it really gets to me how the government; local, state, and national really dropped the ball. Those people were counting on having rescue and aid from their country and it just never came. On top of that, people that were trying to help were being turned away. I really hope America learned from that “experience” and if anything that bad ever happens again I hope they’ll be quick to act. So many people suffered because of the inaction; such a sad thing to see happening.
I’m hungry, so I’ll cut it off here. There were still a few more things I wanted to add. Maybe I’ll find the time to finish up and post tomorrow… maybe. A quick Haruhi wall I made 'cause I needed a Haruhi wall:
Turn around and slap Bandai in the face, Gundam!