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First "Banning Order" since 2005? [Feb. 15th, 2012|10:32 pm]
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Declaration [Jan. 21st, 2011|10:13 pm]
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From day one I know it well that few people would have their preference (for the lack of a better word) towards a fictional character based on melancholy, self-doubt and identity issues, like the case of I towards Hiroki Sawada. So, in the view that it is a minor character, I usually ignore why people liked him in the first place-- either being both a bishounen and a shouta (as the case is in the East), and, as sometimes in the West, a geek hero. Well, those are also factors on what happened to me in late 2002 and early 2003 too, if one bothers to read my previous essay on my "fandom."

This is particularly true in the case of Dodome--being the artist for my current avatar (not to say I kind of enjoyed her style) and also one of the few people who is still an open fan of H.S. easily balanced her fujoshi tendencies (not to say for at least once she see me as the personification of H.S.-- which would solve many problems for me if that was 50% full!).

The issue as of late come from Studio Ghibli's adaptation of The Borrowers called The Borrower Arrietty, which moved the background from Edwardian England to modern Tokyo. As a result, "the Boy," now renamed Sou, is no longer having rheumatic fever but just downright too sick.

(Warning: the following are my reading of Japanese, a language that I do not have a complete grasp on.)

While at first her comparisons between Sou and H.S. was relatively minor</i>, it appeared she's putting more parallels as time progresses. This deeply unsettles me.

I don't mind if the parallels are justified-- but my interpretation is that H.S. is not that sickly, and Sou's environment is far more acceptable than Sawada's. [Although I can live with the comparisons between H.S. and the male lead of QED, partly because that was popular a few years ago.]

I'm feeling very, very uncomfortable.
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(no subject) [Dec. 7th, 2010|08:30 pm]
This marks the eighth anniversary of the Hirokian incident. (Note: the incident was triggered on 10:30am, 8 December 2002. However, as that happened in Hong Kong, adjusting for time differences between Iowa City and HK, it'd be 8:30pm CST, December 7, 2002.)

While May the heart of Hirokia live with us always was so much of an wank that I'm ashamed that I have ever written that, that does not mean I was lying.

Of course what I meant here is not the same when Conan asked Hiroki whether "Hiroki Sawada's heart would continue to live as Noah's Ark," but:

From 8 December to now, and into the foreseeable future, there is no doubt my mind would bear the mark of Hiroki Sawada.
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An Odd News About Religion [Sep. 30th, 2010|05:23 pm]
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(For the purpose of this entry, the term "primary school" refers to schools that have the first 6 years of comppulsary education.)
Background 1: Hong Kong's primary school allotment systemCollapse )

The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong issued a press release on Thursday, saying they have received inquiries on the York Anglo-Chinese Kindergarten's Initiation Package, which costs the child HKD2,160 and the parents HKD3,255. This include Sunday schools for the child and initiation classes for the parent, and in 18 months the family will be appropriately baptized as Catholics. The children will be initialized for baptism for a year, baptized in November 2011 by Filipino clergy, and Sunday Schools will be held in their premises from September 2011.
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The Catholic Church, hence, has to clarify:
  • Minors cannot baptize unless their guardians have been baptized;

  • Minors can only be initiated in classes established by the Diocese;

  • Any religious activities held by the Diocese are free and open to the public;

  • No Filipino clergy in Hong Kong has been found to be involved with such activity; and

  • Should such persons be baptized by non-Hong Kong clergy in Hong Kong, they are not appropriately baptized.
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Hiroki's health problem, redux [Jun. 9th, 2010|11:59 pm]
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Two years ago I wonder what was Hiroki's health problems so that he was exempted from PE; now I reviewed that scene and found that line can have both mean he was or was not exempted-- of course, in the latter case, he was given accommodations.

Let me quote FUNimation's dub translation verbatim:

PE teacher: Hold it, Hiroki! I said you could rest as I know your health sucka, but I never said you can play around on your computer!


I believe this is faithful original to the original, as the main issue is the word "rest."

"Rest" does not clearly imply he was exempted; a more clear term is "you need not to" or "you don't have to." I can interpret the teacher's use of "rest" to mean, while physical exercises would not cause him health hazards, he required frequent breaks.

Of course, I may be having the problem of reading too much...
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The following is the one of the best thing, IMO, of the FUNi version of PoBS: [Apr. 22nd, 2010|09:59 pm]
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Which means I can at last have a way watching this Conanian movie as a Conanian movie. As I have frequently discussed, my personal enjoyment of this work has heavily overshadowed by things that I would no longer categorize as anime.
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The first YouTube video I uploaded [Mar. 24th, 2010|08:35 am]
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Rant in insomnia [Feb. 10th, 2010|01:37 am]
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One can said that the era that officially sparked by this paper on 3 July 2004 and somehow retold in the end of the Chinese version of Hiroki and I ( removed in my English version as I couldn't bear to read, let alone translating that) ended by 2008 (or maybe earlier, judging from some of my 2007 posts...), I still don't know why...

  1. Playing Phantom of Baker Street is still a pain-- not in the ass, but in the chest. As soon as the Toho logo fades and the news anchor started, "Boy wonder Hiroki Sawada, at the tender age of ten..." I could no longer stand and have to put off watching. Even now, when I can reasonable keep a tight upper lip.

  2. Why the entire PoBS-Hiroki thing already making so much, so permanent of an emotional impact, especially given the time was December 2002, when the entire buildup of the entire 3-year-long angst hasn't even started yet? Not to say my calling that period The Hirokian Incident of the Wider Definition? (The Hirokian Incident of the Stricter Definition refers to the direct immediate impact of PoBS.)

Now I doubt if I have reflected enough of myself when I wrote Hiroki and I-- not that I think now I have; after all I'm not a child prodigy and his tragic live should not bother me--too much.
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Yearly list of 2-year college solicitations on Study in the USA catalog, Northeast Asia (2009) [Dec. 29th, 2009|10:20 pm]
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A little note: I have started making this list since 2005, at a time when I... well, quite different from now. Since then I still make yearly listings, merely out of curiosity.
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Candidates for Air Purifier [Nov. 16th, 2009|08:23 am]
Sharp FP-P35CX $139.99
Honeywell Environcaire 18155 $139.99

Common:
  • True HEPA filtration with semi-permanent HEPA filter


    • Pros:
      Sharp:
      • Permanent pre-filter
      • dust sensor
      • Set-and-forget function with inverter
      • Quieter than Honeywell

      Honeywell:
      • Activated carbon prefilter
      • Supplies easily available
      • Mechanically superior over Sharp esp over leaks


      Cons:
      Sharp:
      • Permanent carbon filter optional at $75

      Honeywell:
      • Can be noisy at higher settings
      • Prefilter is disposable, but is cheap ($8.99/2 years)
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