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What I read in 2016 (plus some video selections)

Here is my reading and viewing list for 2016. I recently signed up at Goodreads, so am tempted to migrate or switch over to using that for tracking reading. I’m not sure if they support webcomics, podcasts, short stories, or video content…and they’re run by a commercial entity, so longterm data preservation might be questionable. […]

What I read in 2015 (plus some video selections)

Oof, late, late! But before half this year rolls over, I’ve collated what I’ve read from 2015. As usual, 💡 (lightbulb icon) indicates a recommendation on my part, with the exception of the shorts section. To jump to a section: Comics and Art Monographs. Again, for some of the comics I started in the past, […]

What I read in 2014—and some things I watched

Happy new year, and welcome to 2015 and the annual list of stuff I read in 2014. You’ve noticed that I have not for the longest time written an article on visual media like film or television, including animé. Sadly, my animé discoveries have been sparse over the last several years. But on the plus […]

Linky: Best videos from 2008

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2009! Viral videos are a never-ending source of distraction on the ‘Net. But here are links to ones I found the most amusing. (Yes, some may have come out before 2008, but in my usual tardiness I stumbled upon them in 2008.) Enjoy! An Engineer’s Guide to Cats (YouTube […]

Favorite, recommended animé

There’s a lot of Japanese animation out there. For a long time I had felt that Hayao Miyazaki was the pinnacle. However, during the last few years I’ve discovered others that share space on the top of the mountain of animé. Whether created by Miyazaki or not, these are worth watching over again! This is […]

A year with GreenCine

I’ve been using GreenCine’s DVD rental service for over a year. On the whole, my opinion of GreenCine has become pretty much similar to that of Netflix. Both are slow with delivery. Furthermore, both have huge catalogs, yet they almost never respond to customer suggestions for DVD additions. Shipping was damn fast when GreenCine had […]

Cinequest 2008

This is the first year we decided to not see any of the shorts collections at Cinequest. Instead we watched five films from around the globe. So how did the 18th Annual San José Film Festival go? The Aerial (La Antena). Directed by Esteban Sapir, Argentina 2006, black and white. In the City, oppressively controlled […]

Paprika

The feature-length animé Paprika has been my favorite movie this year. (Easily surpassing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, fun as it was, as well as the films seen at Cinequest. Yes, I rarely go out for movies.) Directed by Satoshi Kon, who worked on Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent, it contains his […]

Hello GreenCine, Goodbye Netflix

After a couple months of testing, I’ve decided to continue my DVD rentals through GreenCine, instead of Netflix. (As well as borrowing more from local libraries. :-D) The first four or so years with Netflix was both fun and useful. But the throttling killed it for me. While it’s great that I could export my […]

Experiments in online DVD rental services

I’ve been a Netflix customer for over six years. I had been pleased with their service, until a couple years ago when I noticed that they stopped Saturday shipments, as well as began throttling the delivery of the DVDs. Needless to say, the newer, slower service disappointed me. I heard about GreenCine last year. They’re […]