May 2nd, 2004


That was the weekend that was

Well, I spent much of Saturday catching up on bills before going out to have fun. I had planned to watch Revolutionary Girl Utena with a friend, but we couldn't get her DVD hooked up properly. Oh, well. I then headed up to Crystal to meet some other folks, stopping at the ex's place to give Melody her cell phone (she'd left it in the Kia) and then at the remade/remodeled Cheapo in Uptown, where I found entirely too much good music and killed about an hour. Didn't get up to Crystal until around 11 or so, which is kind of late, but it was a good party even if it meant not getting home with an irritated Melody until around 1:30 AM.

Sunday was likewise spent on entertainment, although this was fun of the sercon variety. The Diversicon 12/13 meeting had moved to Betsy's Back Porch, a nice little coffeehouse. My enjoyment of it was hobbled by forgetting my wallet at home, but the meeting was good - we kept D13 in August of 2005 and picked who I think was the best possible GoH out of the list - Sherree Thomas, editrix of the Dark Matter anthologies. We also picked a T-shirt design, talked a little about programming and publicity efforts, and adjourned around 3 PM. Melody was hungry again by that time, so we headed over to Lois' place to get the stuff she hadn't packed home Saturday night and then over to Noodles in Highland Park. shrug It was okay. The udon noodles and beef were nothing special, and Melody didn't seem too impressed by the pasta rosa she had, either.

I also had the chance to talk briefly with Eric about how Diversicon came to be. According to Eric, it came down to a decision by MNSTF to switch from open Minicon meetings (Eric's preference) to closed/invitation-only Minicon meetings (David Dyer-Bennet's suggestion, endorsed by the Board). This decision caused Eric, Sybil, Art, and the people who made up the core of SF Minnesota to part ways with Minicon and MNSTF...and later, they picked up TOTU when that became to expensive for MNSTF to continue publishing it. So it goes. Eric was amused by the notion that David and I might publish a one-shot issue of enuR with a cover illo featuring his pic and Rick Gellman's with the caption Not Dead Yet. We'll see how that goes.

"Because you are my favorite music!"

Having said I would comment on recent musical purchases, let me start off with the best stuff first. Normally, I don't care for pop music whether done by Britney Spears, Shakira or Gackt, but in the case of Megumi Hayashibara, I make a very enthusiastic exception. I fell in love with the superstar seiyuu's voice after hearing her sing the opening and closing songs for the All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku original anime videos, especially the closing song for the first three episodes, "Oshiete Koi wa Happiness?" (Can you tell me if love means happiness?) which at the time I first heard it hit me like a million ton hammer from orbit. Well, aside from being the voice of Nuku Nuku, Hayashibara also has done a whole pile of other anime voices (most notably Ranma-chan from Ranma 1/2 or Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion, depending on how you feel about NGE) and cut a bunch of CDs in Japan that feature not only music from her anime but original compositions. One such CD is Enfleurage, which I got from one of the vendors at Anime Detour. Oh, man, this is some impressive music. One of the songs that particularly sticks in my head is "Until Strawberry Sherbet", which in Englilsh would have made me tear off the headphones and run screaming from the room - but with Hayashibara singing the Japanese verses and chorus, it's too cute for words.

Other anime music picked up at Anime Detour: Christopher Franke's awesome score for the first Tenchi movie, Tenchi Muyo In Love. Franke is probably more familiar to SF fans as the fellow whose score for Babylon 5 helped make it the awesome show it was, but before he went to Hollywood and started cranking out the movie and TV scores he was a founding member of Tangerine Dream, one of the all-time greatest electronic groups. This album is good, especially the closing song "Alchemy of Love", with unexpectedly superb vocals supplied by German punk-rock goddess Nina Hagen. Also acquired was the All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku "Sound Phase V-VI" two-CD set, which includes opening & closing songs, background music, karaoke versions of the songs, and narration in character by Hayashibara and Saeko Shimazu, who plays Akiko Natsume in the series. It's interesting, and the cover art is fine Yuzo Takada stuff, but all in all I don't think I'd buy it if I had to do it over.

Stuff I picked up at Cheapo this last time: the fabulous soundtrack to Apocalypse Now, U2's Achtung Baby, Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way and Millenium Collection, along with the Vapors Vaporized, which includes New Clear Days and Magnets on one CD. Lots of yummy audio goodness.
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