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April 8th, 2009

08:22 am - Oh dear not again...

Notice anything odd about our subject guide page? (My boss said he'd fixed the problem before, by moving the entry script in question behind the security wall - there's probably another backdoor somewhere that we missed.)
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08:31 am

oVER AT fRISKBISKIT, A LINK TO A nEW yORKER ARTICLE ON jAPANESE CELL-PHONE NOVELS, AND MUSINGS ABOUT THE NATURE OF WOMEN'S LITERATURE FROM hEIAN JAPAN TO NOW:

http://www.friskbiskit.com/2009/04/open-slot.html

And you'll note that I didn't actually look at the screen until just now, and I'm too damn alzy to go retype that.

10:23 am

The Hooded Utilitarian points out to people who say "Why do Japanese manga artists draw everyone as white?" that if you look at the classic Superman design, he has black hair and narrow, dark eyes. They don't code as Asian to us, because of the context. If American readers look at just the hair and eyes as racial indicators in manga, why aren't they looking at just the hair and eyes on Superman?

[I started maundering on here about catching myself, when in Japan, not noticing certain physical characteristics that I normally code as "Asian", because they were so common - I just noticed the ones that differed from the norm. And that on the train I'd idly think that someone was a dead ringer for a person I knew back home, then catch myself and realize that if I put the two next to each other, a lot of the people back home would say "They don't look that much alike! One's Asian and one's white!" And then after going on about that for a paragraph or so, I realized I didn't have much of a conclusion to say so I deleted it all and wrote this instead, which is just as long as that was, but at least comes to some sort of end right about ... now.]

10:42 am

A Facebook Haggadah.
Pharaoh has taken the Which god are you? quiz. Pharaoh is Ra, the Sun god. Ra represents light, warmth and growth.



And now back to work.

01:28 pm - Anime titles...

Elsewhere, I had a small discussion with someone about a spam link that read "Generics without prescription from licensed online pharmacy! Gabapentin!", wherein I observed that it sounded like an episode title from an anime series.

Which has just inspired me to comb through my spam file on my other email account for titles.

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01:28 pm - Anime titles...

Elsewhere, I had a small discussion with someone about a spam link that read "Generics without prescription from licensed online pharmacy! Gabapentin!", wherein I observed that it sounded like an episode title from an anime series.

Which has just inspired me to comb through my spam file on my other email account for titles.

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