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May 8th, 2008

Variety's Fact Checking

I work at a deeply awesome company.  One of the founders is even something of a Silicon Valley celebrity, in a geeky sort of way.  He founded Network Appliance, CacheFlow and this one.  The man helped make NAS popular.  Don't have NAS at home yet?  You probably will, in one form or another.

So, this month, Variety interviews him.  Meh.  What we do is so much more awesome than that.  I could talk about RAID-K to strangers.

If you click on his name in the Variety article, does it take you to a biography of the Silicon Valley legend?  Nope.  It's a link to an assistant on Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams.  Hee hee.


Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

This post is going to "out" me more so than usual as an old-school anime fan.

I've really been enjoying Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad lately.  What's frustrating is that I can't really share it with anybody who doesn't already have a tolerance for something like that.  And by something like that, I don't just mean anime.  I mean someone has to be able to look past the inconsistent production quality, the minimal art style, and the awkward attempts at rock n' roll in English by Japanese singers.

If you can get past that, there's a tried-and-true story there that I'm always a sucker for.  There's an earnest innocence to it:  An average Joe who can excel when he gives it his all.  The love interest who should be out of his reach, but amazingly seems to be there for him, despite a superficial aloofness.

This story has a few things in common with Kimagure Orange Road, there.

I flatter myself to think the show also reminds me of a time in my youth.  Certainly not junior high school.  That sucked, plain and simple.  But there were a couple of glorious years in high school where I got to spend a couple of hours a day with upper class girls.  (Playing chess during lunch with Cassie and working on the school paper with Denise.)  Nothing ever came of that time but fond memories of our friendships.  But watching Beck's Koyuki's relationship develop with Maho manages to bring some of those memories back.  I'm lucky for what I got.




  • 5 Mar 2019, 22:27
    Welcome back to LJ.
    Even if it's just one post :-P

    People moved all over the internet.
    I stil like Plurk the best.
  • 4 Mar 2019, 06:13
    Good to see you checking in at LJ again, too. No, I'm not online anywhere like we used to be at LJ and Plurk. I really liked having a place where we could share our thoughts in a long-form post that…
  • 4 Mar 2019, 03:33
    Good to "see" you checking in at LJ... and taking steps to preserve your LJ and Google+ histories!

    Even better to see "you" and not your Dead Man Switch kicking in... again.

    Do you have a primary…
  • 13 Jan 2018, 18:54
    I "Searched" some of your archive looking for the fluorescent bulb post, but couldn't find it through 2009-02-06, and before that, LiveJournal no longer offers pages of your feed, just daily access,…
  • 10 Jan 2018, 18:22
    Ha ha! How coincidental, I was thinking about light bulbs yesterday myself. One of my Instagram contacts mentioned that the EU regulates the types of light bulbs people can use in their homes in…
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