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Anime I’ve been watching!

I’ve been working steadily on the Kickstarter campaign, (which has another 19 days to go, but has now funded, hooray and thank you!) but every so often I have to stop and rest. So I flop into a chair and watch some anime on Crunchyroll. Right now, I’m really enjoying three series.

The first is Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: historical drama about comedic storytellers and their terrible lives. It is…SO GOOD…

The next is Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi) another drama, this time with supernatural elements. It deals with a serial killer who targets children who are socially isolated. (Yikes.) It’s creepy and horrible and also really, really good.

The last one I’m currently following is Osomatsu-San, which is NOT a drama. It’s a raunchy goofball slapstick comedy, and frankly, it’s absolutely dreadful, not at all the sort of thing I usually go for. And yet, here I am happily waiting for the next episode. Heh. My favorite review on the Crunchyroll site says: “I can now distinguish between six completely identical cartoon men and tell you, in detail, why I love each one of them.” Yes! That! So true! So funny!

And of course, they’re all ongoing, so I have to wait a week for each new episode. I’ll just have to get more work done.

Oh, also, Phil is off to Wondercon this weekend, his plane just landed. He’ll be at booth 1610!

Here’s Phil’s valentine present

pizza

K, I promise not to make this a cooking blog, but I need to show off the Valentine’s day present I made for Phil. He’s been out here in Seattle for a long time, now, but he does miss Chicago style pizza. This one came out looking so lovely, I had to post braggy pictures. I meant to post this back in February, but I got kind of busy!

Cookery and Research

spotteddogI got a horrible cold around the end of January, and somewhere amidst the fog of yuck, I decided that what I really needed was steamed pudding. So this happened.

I love books on historical cookery. I’ve had this one for about a bazillion years, because if you like such books, this is the one EVERYBODY talks about first. So it’s a part of my collection–but I’d never got around to reading the actual novels it’s referencing! Everyone always tells me they’re great, so I had them down on my list of “treats for later.”

(I did pick up “The Golden Ocean” years ago, but Phil tidied up before I’d really been able to get into it, and that was the end of that.)

Last month, I finally started the research project that is the Aubrey/Maturin series, and all its little companion volumes that make the series that much more fun to read. Hooray! It really is that good! Argh! I haven’t had time to read in the last couple weeks! Prepping this Kickstarter campaign has completely eaten all my time and brainpower. When things calm down, it’s back to sea for me…

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Learning Video Production

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In the next few days, we’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign for the latest Girl Genius collection, and this time, for the first time ever, I am the ringmaster project co-ordinator. In the past, we’ve always had someone helping us by overseeing the project. Also in the past, we’ve always had our videos done by the amazing James Ernest over at Cheapass Games–but this time I’m doing it myself, with some nifty After Effects work Cheyenne put together. Not because we hate James’ work (far from it!) but because he’s busy, we’re on a tight schedule, and really, a person should know how to make her own videos.

SO, I’ve been learning video editing in Adobe Premier Pro. It’s really interesting, and really fun, and, thanks to Ashley Kennedy’s tutorial course over on Lynda.com, fairly easy. (I wanted to make sure to give her a shoutout, because I am appreciating her help so much right now, it’s almost painful. Also, thank goodness for their 10 day free trial.)

But “easy” in this case doesn’t mean instantaneous, or without stress. Lots of stress. Diving into something completely new like this is unreasonably scary for me, especially when combined with a deadline. I comfort myself with the thought of all the things I’ll be able to do when I’ve got my video skills more finely honed. I have a whole list.

Ah, well, back to work…

Hamsters of Yore

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Yesterday I mentioned my love of black cats. Today I thought I’d show you this old picture of one of our poor departed hamsters whose name I can’t even remember. (It was a while ago.) When we had this hamster, we also had black goldfish. All our pets were black. It was very goth.

My favorite hamster was “Cow.” Cow was a black and white spotted hamster who did indeed look like a little Holstein, and my daughter named him when she was in kindergarten.  I actually hate having hamsters. I try to take good care of them, but they die, as such things do, and I wind up with a terrible sick guilty feeling that it’s all my fault. Every time. Fortunately, my daughter seems to have got the wanting of them out of her system.

Washing the Dog

midna_bathHere is Midna, who has just been washed. This means that everything in the bathroom now has black fuzz on it. I’m lucky, she seems to have figured out that the skin on her rump is less itchy when she’s been in the shower. She’ll walk right in. I won’t say she loves it, but she’s up for it. The shampoo the vet gives us has to sit on her skin for ten minutes! This means that I have to stay in the shower with a big wet dog for ten minutes. I use the time to condition my own hair, which is dry and horrible and really needs it.

The thing she really loves is the dog dryer, which is nice and warm and comes with lots of smelly treats.

For the record, Midna never sits on my books.