April 4th, 2004

wombat

just lucky, I guess

I got back from my long weekend with Anime Detour (about which more momentarily) to find that Eric the New Guy had given his two weeks' notice while I was out. His last day is Good Friday. Needless to say, this makes me a good deal less expendable than management thought I was when they gave me that crap review last month and warned me that I had 90 days to get my act together. Vengeful? Nursing a grudge? Who, me? Anyway, he's splitting for the Carlson Companies for a number of good reasons: he didn't appreciate being lowballed on the salary, he doesn't like the way things are run here at the Evil Banking Neighbor, and the job bores him. I can definitely understand that part. In spite of our Accountant titles, the job could be done quite capably -and for many years was- by a high school graduate whose sole skill is data entry. Keeping that in mind, hiring somebody who double-majored in business and accounting (and paying him less than market scale into the bargain) was a serious mistake. It guaranteed that the minute a better job presented itself he'd be out of there, just like his three predecessors. Well, I guess Holly doesn't count, since she was following her fiance back to Wisconsin, but if the job had been all that wonderful I think she might have been less willing to leave. That's business, though, ain't it?
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Anime Detour 2004...

...been there, done that, got the T-shirt and the denim staff shirt. (Thanks, Rana!) Probably the main thing to remember about the whole weekend - besides the fact that it was the most fun I'd had with my clothes on in quite a while - is that we were damned lucky to have pulled it off. Sixteen staff and 1219 members, people. If we hadn't been blessed with a legion of hard-working, selfless volunteers who stepped up to the plate when we needed them, we would surely have been buried in a wave of upset & angry otaku. As it was, we have a healthy number of people who have been invited to join the few, the proud, the utterly insane who staffed AD this year. We'll need them. We had 612 pre-registered members and almost the same number of walk-ins, and anyone who thinks they won't go home and tell all their friends is either dreaming or on drugs. 2500 next year? When do we start the pool?

We're supposed to do the post-mortem this coming Thursday, elect a new board for ATC (the parent non-profit) and pick a new con chairman. TJ doesn't want the job - he said so well before the convention, and I understand his reasons completely. He pretty mcuh fell into the role when Jon bailed on us, and did an OK job, but he knows as well as anyone that he's not a people person, and he's not going to put himself through this again. There's several candidates for the job. *shrug* We'll see. We have a couple of months before we really need to do anything, though there are already folks agitating for a room party at Convergence, and after that comes AI (props to our Iowa members) and Diversicon, and Valleycon 30 in October (props to all the ND fans, especially the lovely & talented Anya) and after that we'll have to buckle down and start working seriously instead of wasting all our time at room parties. *grin*

Next year I'm just going to concentrate on Finance & Operations. Video has enough people aboard between Aaron and Brian and the Anime Gods from Milaca that they don't need me for next year, and as far as registration goes...I guess I could do it for next year too, but I'm worried about burning myself out again. I figure between Jacqueline and (hopefully) Anya and a squad of volunteers we ought to be able to make it go more smoothly than it did this year.
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wombat

bright, sunny, sucky day

At least I didn't screw myself out of an hour's sleep like I usually do when the clock moves forward. The weather looks decent and the crap in my chest seems to be abating.

Meanwhile, the Gothlet's BF has dumped her. *sigh* Consolation and sympathy ensues. No doubt her mother will be pleased, since she never liked the BF anyway.
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quick hits

Well, so much for doing taxes and boning up for tomorrow's Assessment final. At least I got laundry done. Without further ado, some quick book and music reviews...

Ryan Adams, Rock N Roll: Bought this for the haunting and evocative "Burning Photographs", but it has a lot of other cool tunage on it as well, "Anybody Wanna Take Me Home" and "Do Miss America", frex. Sometimes the critics do know what they're talking about.

Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell: The arguments between metalheads about Ozzy and Dio are damn near as bad as those between Mac and Windows users. That having been said, this is your typical Sabs alum - one or two slammin' old-school metal headbangers surrounded by ponderous slabs of pretentious noise. Bought mainly for the title tune and "Neon Knights", which is an Utena AMV (Black Rose Arc) waiting to happen.

Dire Straits, Brothers In Arms: Everybody knows "Money For Nothing" came off this album, but I always preferred "So Far Away" and "Walk of Life". So sue me.

Michael Lewis, Moneyball: This book rules. Ties together the bizarre story of Billy Beane with the writing career of Bill James and the history of sabermetrics into a righteous book that sticks its thumb squarely in the eye of all those pompous screwheads we have to put up with when we read the sports pages or watch ballgames on the tube. Why do the Oakland A's routinely whip teams that spend hundreds of millions more than they do on players? Because the A's are SMARTER. Read it and weep, O's fans.

David Weber/John Ringo, March to the Stars: Third in a series of books that detail the coming of age of Prince Roger McClintock, a whiny brat and third in line for the throne of an interstellar empire until sabotage dumps him and his Marine bodyguards onto the barbaric fringe planet of Marduk. Roger and his troops have beaten several barbarian armies into bloody pulp and only need to get across the sea to the starport...but things are never that simple on Marduk. Highly recommended, along with the first two books in the series, March Upcountry and March to the Sea.
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wombat

they're not lesbian, they're just drawn that way

Got a chance to take a gander at Steel Angel Kurumi 2.0: The Lips Of A New Master from the folks who brought us the first season's worth of Kurumi. Our favorite scatterbrained robot bodyguard/maid now is looking after a middle-school aged cello player (Nako), who is the object of affection of neighbor and rich girl Uruka...okay, we can see how this is going already, right? More comedy, less drama, cute robot dog that does cool stuff for Kurumi like allow her to fly, swim like a mermaid and no doubt more cool stuff as the series progresses. Did I mention the magical girl transformation sequence before Kurumi takes on the killer robot that Uruka's doting father sends to waste her? Anyway, this is more fun and less serious than the original series.

Geobreeders: Breakthrough, on the other hand, was disappointing. The running joke about Taba getting stuck with all the dirty work was starting to wear thin before the end of the first Geobreeders OVA series, and the gals of Kagura seem decidedly less effective and interesting in the sequel as well. At least the closing sequence was funny, and the interview with the director explained a few things not immediately obvious from watching the series - such as the fact that they did the OVA as a continuation of the manga instead of a translation. Thanks a lot, you bakas.