Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Japanese English

The name of the game is simple. The students (several TV personalities) should not laugh while this man speaks english. Hilarious, I cried in laughter!!!

ten ten ten ten ten ten ten ten ten ten!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

2 of my favorite things combined: Anime and HTML

What does a psychotic otaku with too much time on his/her hands do?

S/he creates a kawaii anime shojou using only HTML code, mostly td's.

That is one extremely patient, persevering person. :P

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Toma Ikuta - The underrated talent (And 2 Toma Ikuta wallpapers!)

I've been browsing around for some good Toma Ikuta sites and it really depressed me to realize that there are only a few of them. Toma Ikuta is one of those unique talents who have not gotten such a good break. He has yet to achieve the superstar status that Matsumoto Jun and Kimtaku have achieved.

Knowing this, I am dedicating this post to Toma Ikuta - the underrated talent. I feel that he deserves more publicity than he is getting. He is a versatile actor, with roles ranging from the nerdy Otaku at Akihabara (at) Deep to a man out for a vengeance in Hana Yori Dango.

He has a charming exterior, with an intensity to him that allows him to play passionate roles, and a soft, humorous side to him that helps him play lighter shows. There is something unique with the way he laughs, and it's quite catching. This 22-year old deserves that big break at fame.

I've made two wallpapers for him, hope you like them. I made the theme a little on the white side, since Toma Ikuta's favorite color is white.

Ikuta Toma Wallpaper
Ikuta Toma Wallpaper

And a buddy icon to highlight his laugh:

Click here to see all my Ikuta Toma goodies and posts!

And please: Leave a comment if you're a fellow Toma Ikuta fan.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Alternative Medicine

If you're frustrated with antibiotics, steroids, antihistamines, and all these prescription drugs, you might want to try giving herbal teas a chance.

I'm not talking about herbal teas that are sold inside boxes in your local supermarket. I'm talking about prescription herbal teas. Just like conventional medicine, you go see a doctor, tell him/her what ails you, and the doctor then writes a list of items that in combination will help you with your complaint (which can range from insomnia to indigestion).

Then, the pharmacist looks over the list, places all these herbs, weird-looking branches, an occasional insect or two inside a plastic bag, and it's off to the kitchen for you where you boil these babies in hot water for a certain duration, and drink it.

The result is this sometimes murky sometimes clear, dark brown to black substance that the doctor expects you to chug down... satisfied smile at the end not required, and not possible, in my opinion. This stuff can be real nasty. It's bitter, sweet, salty, spicy, and the smell is quite overpowering. I recommend a candy or two beside you so you can suck on them after your drink. I also recommend that you recite a mantra of "I need this to get well" dancing around your head as you drink every drop of this medicine.

Needless to say, this stuff may be able to help you if you've gone astray from those pesky tablets and capsules.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Veronica Mars fans prove that they are really a cult fan base

What happens when Mars fans like us get disappointed by the sad news that Veronica Mars might be axed for good, despite all our efforts to vote like crazy in teavee and SOS? We fight back, Veronica Mars style. Veronica Mars never gave up. She gets insulted, she insults back. Her car's tires are sabotaged, she sabotages suspect's car. Her "personal" life is shot in video, and her video is scattered all over email, she retaliates and finds out just who the frak did that to her. Her best friend dies, she finds out who murders her, even if no one would support her.

Veronica Mars show is doomed to extinction, we spend all our hard-earned money to buy loads of Mars Bars and marshmallows to send to Dawn Ostroff and make a statement. Hell Yeah.

These Mars Bars cost roughly $2 each, and it's a small price to pay to keep the best show alive. Kristen Bell hasn't lost hope in the show. Why should we? To support, please go to: http://scramblenetwork.wordpress.com/mars/ or http://theindianfoodstore.blogspot.com/ or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RQ0ZPC?tag=indfooadd-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B000RQ0ZPC&adid=13NZCNEZX1E5NNNNM7ZY&

Now let me give you 10 reasons why this show must not be axed:

1. It is a critically acclaimed show. Famous talents like Stephen King agree.

2. It has a cult fan base. These are fans who are willing to send out Mars Bars, vote like crazy in any online poll that will show their love for Veronica Mars, bombard you with emails, sign petitions, create websites in Veronica Mars' name, create any multimedia for Veronica Mars, even donate money from their pockets to make this show stay as long as possible. (Just as I have pointed above)

3. We got 1st place in the teavee polls and acquired a very big lead against the other shows (like One Tree Hill). We got 2nd place in the Save One Show of eonline. We have over 38,750 signatures on the online petition and we are one of the most active petitions on petitiononline.com. The numbers continue to grow.

4. Girlfriends was renewed and it has lower ratings than Veronica Mars, and has been staying on for many more seasons than Veronica Mars, so it has less of an excuse why it still has bad ratings.

5. Veronica Mars just came into CW this year. One cannot count the last two seasons as a way to determine whether VM will work or not. People are just beginning to find out about this outstanding show, it's considered a new show for this network. Shouldn't we at least give it another chance?

6. The Pussycat Dolls show caused confusion for new viewers. A lot of people assumed that VM was gone, so they didn't watch after VM came back.

7. VM has changed our consumer experience. I, for one, now purchase items that Veronica Mars herself wore in the shows. And I'm not the only one. There is, in fact, a community that talks only about what brand and where to buy Veronica Mars' stuff. VM is that influential, and it is quite good for the sponsors.

8. I have created several articles, wallpapers, buddy icons to praise a show like Veronica Mars.


9. I take time out of my extremely hectic life to support this show. And I am not just the only one who does this. I am backed by other fans who have busy lives of their own, but still stay till the wee hours of the morning to vote at teavee.com, to post at CW forums, to thank and support the sponsors of VM, to do anything and EVERYTHING to show their support for this remarkably witty show. You can't find fans more dedicated than us.

10. Even their very own Dawn Ostroff loves this show.

Aren't these reasons enough?

Minutes to Midnight = Minutes of Sheer Musical Bliss

I am raving about the new album of Linkin Park. It is just magnificent. Even the album cover rocks and they just look really hot and cool (a paradox but you get what I mean). At the beginning, listening to Wake and then Given Up, I was afraid that this album was going to be boring. As soon as I hit "Leave out all the Rest" though, the album took a turn for the better. What drew me to this album the most has to be "In Between".

During the first six notes, I was about to dread that this was simply going to sound like Somewhere I Belong, but then when Mike Shinoda started to sing with such an emotional, sad, deep voice and a simple beat joined him in, and Chester (I think) blended in with him, I immediately knew this was gonna be one of my fave Linkin Park songs. It's such a deep song, albeit the melody was simple. It just shows that less is definitely more.

I have to say that the lyrics of Valentine's Day was quite nice and poetic.

my insides all turned to ash / so slow
and blew away as i collapsed / so cold
a black wind took them away / from sight
and held the darkness over day / that night

and the clouds above move closer
looking so dissatisfied
but the heartless wind kept blowing, blowing

i used to be my own protection / but not now
cause my path had lost direction / somehow
a black wind took you away / from sight
and held the darkness over day / that night

and the clouds above move closer
looking so dissatisfied
and the ground below grew colder
as they put you down inside
but the heartless wind kept blowing, blowing

so now you're gone
and i was wrong
i never knew what it was like
to be alone

on a valentine's day
on a valentine's day
on a valentine's day
on a valentine's day

The lyrics of the song paint such a sad picture and to have such a sad scenario on a valentine's day is heart-wrenching.

Of course, "What I've done" was fantastic, no explanations needed. The whole rhythm at the beginning sets the mood of the song and it's all just musical greatness from there on.

After listening to "In Between" for 10 times straight, I listened to the whole album again and I realized that every song in this album rocked! I liked that it was different from their previous albums in that some of the songs are more mellow, instruments are a little less heavy, and yet the whole Linkin Park vibe I've loved from the very beginning was still there. The Asian influence in their sounds was still there, the haunting melodies, the great vocals of Chester and surprisingly, Mike Shinoda... Yes, Linkin Park certainly hit the jackpot with this album! For those who liked Linkin Park just the way it was before, there are still songs in this album with their signature raps and shouts and heavy instruments.

They had said in their site that they knew a lot of people were going to have mixed emotions about this album. Count me in on the Pro side.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Which would you prefer? A farmer looking for a wife or a young female detective solving crimes?

Which would you prefer? A farmer looking for a wife or a young female detective solving crimes, unraveling deep dark secrets, dishing out witty repartees, and living out college drama? Seriously, is anyone going to choose the first one? I cannot for the life of me understand the charm in seeing a farmer look for a wife. How is it any different from the Australian dude that was looking for a wife, and the Bachelor, aside from the cows, chickens, and crops?

And how does Mother of Pageants grab you? The synopsis is about a group of mother and daughters vying to be the winners of this pageant. Now how cheesy is that? Can we all say "World boredom" together?

And Life is Wild? Ho hum. Caught the preview and they were just fussing over an injured lion cub (granted the cub was really cute but premise-wise and acting-wise, I think this show isn't gonna be as hot as the Safari's weather)

What I'm looking forward to is definitely Gossip Girl and The Reaper. The CW was very sneaky to have Kristen Bell as the narrator of the show because it certainly adds a lot of plus points for a Veronica Mars fan like me. The Reaper's premise is certainly interesting and hilarious and the previews did not disappoint. I see a Jack Black in the making for one of the main actor's sidekick.

The CW lineup is pretty okay. Could do better without the farmer and with the witty female private investigator. I'm sure the messy ratings of the farmer reality show will prove that. I'm still quite bitter that Veronica Mars isn't in the lineup.