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Suggestions Box / forum stats: Class Importance?
« on: September 26, 2004, 10:06:13 PM »
Okay, I'm confused. What does Class Importance mean? Is a low number something you should focus on, or is a HIGH number something you should focus on? Should I put more points into something with an importance of 1 or something with an importance of 10?

Is there a FAQ on this anywhere? I did a forum search for "stats" and came up with nothing useful.

Rants and Stuff / Terri's Law overturning/checks and balances?
« on: September 23, 2004, 10:08:20 PM »

"If the Legislature with the assent of the governor can do what was attempted here, the judicial branch would be subordinated to the final directive of the other branches," the court wrote. "Vested rights could be stripped away based on popular clamor."

Hm...I think the judicial branch today has far too much power to reverse any decision the other branches make. What can the other branches do to reverse judicial decisions? Nothing at all, except for constitutional amendments. Oh, they can impeach judges too, but when was the last time that happened?

If the Legislative AND Executive branches agree on something, shouldn't they be able to overturn judicial decision?

Movies and TV / Sons of Provo
« on: September 22, 2004, 04:20:00 AM »
So! I saw this movie Monday night at FHE. New Mormony movie coming out in...March. It was pretty much finished except that the ending credits had no text yet. It's a mockumentary about a Mormon boy band named Everclean.'s pretty darn funny. I laughed. A lot.

My favorite of the Mormony movies I've seen so far is still God's Army, but this one is very fun.

I enjoyed it more than Napoleon Dynamite.

Everything Else / Worldcon 2006, Los Angeles, rates rise Sept 12th!
« on: September 09, 2004, 02:11:15 AM »
Okay, I have just registered for Worldcon's 2006 edition. Here's the relevant info:

LACon IV, the 64th World Science Fiction Convention
Anaheim Convention Center
Aug. 23-27, 2006 (Wed-Sun)
$125 until Sept. 12, 2004

Yeah, Anaheim isn't even in Los Angeles, but it's got a great convention center. Frankly, it's far bigger than Worldcon needs--the Boston convention center was just about the right size, perhaps a little larger than needed. Anaheim convention center is huge, though not on the San Diego scale. Anime Expo had 30K people, with a couple other events going on at the same time. LACon II (1984) was the largest Worldcon ever, at 8,365. LACon III (1996) was only 6,703. Both were at that same location.

BTW it's right next to Disneyland.

Everything Else / International Comic-Con (San Diego)
« on: July 15, 2004, 02:41:37 AM »
Ahoy. Anyone going to this next weekend? I'm working the TOKYOPOP booth again. It's supposed to be a lot bigger than Anime Expo, and I found Anime Expo to be pretty large. Comic-Con is more mainstream though, with lots of Hollywood and TV types involved, besides the comics people.

Anyway it will probably be quite interesting as well as tiring.

Everything Else / Anime Expo
« on: June 29, 2004, 03:14:21 AM »
It's this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center, same place Worldcon will be in 2 years. I'll be working at least one of the days in some capacity for the TOKYOPOP presence. Anyone else going?

Rants and Stuff / same old topic: dating sucks, and so does pressure
« on: June 20, 2004, 11:51:43 PM »
This is probably the thing that makes me madder than anything else: when someone at church says it is a commandment to date.

Baloney!!! It's a commandment to get married and have kids, but dating is NOT a commandment. It's NOT a God-instituted system, and it's NOT scriptural.

While I'm ranting I'll say that another related thing that ticks me off is how often they give a chastity talk in church, yet never actually help people find someone to marry. I estimate that I am 100,000 times more likely to be involved in a car accident in the next 5 years than I am to have sex. I would rather they spend time providing the opportunity for sex (i.e. with someone I am married to, meaning that they provide some assistance on that wise) than spend so much time telling me not to. Am I alone in this? Every time I sit through one of those talks I cannot fathom how to apply it to my own life since I am in approximately zero danger of getting anywhere close to having sex.

Anyway about dating: here's what else sucks: the pressure. All the "anxiously engaged" talks. And the fact that there's a huge double standard. Girls are not expected to exert any effort toward getting married. Guys are always ragged on.

Hey, if there's someone I would be interested in dating, I will ask that person out. I estimate that approximately 50% of the girls I have gone on dates with frequent this message board, so they can attest to this fact. And I HAVE actually been asked on a date by one person, who is also here. (And by the way, all the girls I dated here are married now.) But this is basically a statistical anomaly.

In all the singles wards I've been in, never once has a girl from them asked me out. Yet I make an effort to go to all the functions. I go to ward prayer, break the fast, family home evening, linger longer, ward temple trips, and other things of that sort. I could be staying at home reading books or using the internet, but no, I take the effort to do all those things. But today in Priesthood meeting (after the sisters in the ward shockingly provided the Elder's quorum with Father's Day banana splits as reminders that we should be fathers someday and in return for the dumb practice of giving all the sisters flowers on Mother's Day [no mention of the even stupider practice of giving flowers to all the sisters on Valentine's Day, something I refuse to participate in whenever a ward I'm in does it--come on, Valentine's Day is only for women?]) where the Heber J. Grant lesson was on the value of hard work, the person giving the lesson started talking about how we need to work hard to date, and someone said that all those things I mentioned earlier (FHE, etc) do not count as working toward marriage. The nerve! And THEN someone threw out the "dating is a commandment" line. Baloney. Balderdash.

I'm thinking of starting a website to expound my views on this subject. Unless someone knows of one that already exists. Anyone?

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Books / Slayers
« on: June 14, 2004, 08:41:44 PM »
Eh heh heh...

I just finished my first professional copyedit of a fantasy novel!

Funny that after spending a year in New York trying to get a job in the SF/F publishing field, my first fantasy novel to work on is one translated from Japanese, at a manga company.

Slayers is originally a set of novels. The mangas and animes came later. Book one of the novels covers up through the end of the Shabranigdu stuff in the first season of the Slayers anime. There are 15 novels total in the Slayers series, and over 20 in the Slayers Special novel series.

Ah, gotta go. Will write more later.

Books / Missing the Manga trend?
« on: June 07, 2004, 06:17:35 PM »
This is a pretty cool article over at Locus. I haven't read the whole thing but here's a link:

As you may know I'm now working at TOKYOPOP. There've been a few times various of you have had ideas or stories and people have said "that would make a good anime." As manga's basically the non-animated version of anime...well...

Purist definitions aside, TOKYOPOP is wanting to expand into original manga. They run a recurring Rising Stars of Manga contest and also have an open submissions policy. You should try out! They don't go for people who just write scripts, but there's various artists out there who have much better art than storytelling ability. You may be able to find some to go with your writing! I don't know much about that scene myself but try, I dunno, deviantart maybe.

With Rising Stars of Manga the story is supposed to be self-contained, but open submissions don't really have much in the way of policy (but check the page).

The TOKYOPOP submissions page is here:
Rising Stars of Manga page is here:

Rants and Stuff / People who don't like stuff I like are boring.
« on: May 27, 2004, 04:24:56 AM »
Am I the only one? Maybe I'm self-absorbed or something. When I'm at church and talk to someone I don't know, and they say "what do you do" and I say "I copyedit Japanese comic books" and they just give me this blank stare and say they do something like social work and aren't into reading books, I just lose all interest in getting to know them better.

I've known people who are fascinated by other people with very different interests and backgrounds. Me, I don't find myself caring at all. Is that wrong?

Is having a bunch of friends who have no interests in common with you preferred over having no friends?

Everything Else / Um... I'm coming out for graduation. Get together?
« on: April 21, 2004, 02:10:03 PM »
yes, silly of me not to have mentioned this before, but I'll be there Thursday and Friday for my sister's graduation (well, I'm driving up there tonight, but don't expect to get there until quite late). And Saturday morning. Unfortunately I'm not really sure what my schedule is there...the convocation is Friday at 11, and then I'm going out to lunch with family afterward. There's also a Saturday lunch thing with a family friend's family, but I may or may not be going to that--my sister herself is leaving that morning.

Sooo anyone want to do anything sometime during the time I'm there? Do any of you still go to TLE Saturday mornings? Or was it mornings...I completely forget what time we met on Saturdays. Is there even a meeting scheduled, with graduation and all?

oh... my cell phone number is (626) 679-5255

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