The Board meeting was pretty short and to the point - mostly stuff that had to do with the convention, really. I reported on the costs of joining JASM and donating to the Historical Society's Greatest Generation Project. Nothing's going to happen with either one of those until after the convention, and the same is probably true of our impending merger with what's left of TCAAMS.
Staff meeting went okay. redmartel did a good job keeping things on track and reminding people about things that needed to be done, and then we segued into the anime viewing.
We saw all of these in dub. I suspect some of them would have been better in sub, but the first two were annoying enough that it wouldn't make a lot of difference to me.
Ghost Stories was crappy. Inside this "high-school kids battle evil spirits" anime is a lot of innuendo, bathroom jokes, the ever-familiar "boy and girl hate each other now but will probably be married in episode 26" trope, and an extremely religious character that comes off as an air-headed Bible-beater in the dub. DO NOT WANT.
Nerima Daikon Brothers looks like The Blues Brothers done Nabeshin-style, with lots of musical numbers, references to current fashions/trends in Japan, and other hoo-ha dressing up this story of two brothers and a sister who live on a horseradish root farm in Tokyo and dream of building a rock stadium on that farm. Ludicrous adventures ensue. This falls about halfway between Excel Saga and Puni Puni Poemy in looniness. Not my thing.
Coyote Ragtime Show starts slow and confused in the first episode but starts to pull itself together in the second episode. At first it looks like a cop show, the Federation detective Angelica Burns and local police liaison Chelsea Moore visiting a pentientiary looking for the arch-criminal "Mister". Unfortunately for them, they've been used as a means for terrorists to smuggle bombs into the prison, at the same time it comes under attack by Marciano's Sisters, a group of goth-loli cyborg assassins who, it turns out, are also looking for "Mister". "Mister" manages to escape in all the confusion, which is aggravated by corruption in the local police force, and in the second episode comes home to his bar - which is promptly attacked by the police in combination with the Sisters. He narrowly escapes with Franca, his ex-partner's daughter (and mistress of the bar) and his minions Bishop and Katana, and heads for the planet Graceland, where Franca's father left a massive treasure. Unfortunately, Graceland has been in the grip of a civil war so savage that the President of the Federation is about to vaporize the planet in order to end the trouble...it looks interesting, more so than the other two, anyway.
I finished Tim Powers' Last Call (ironically, this is the first novel in a trilogy that continues in Expiration Date and Earthquake Weather, which I'd read in that order before finding Last Call) which revolves around a poker game called Assumption, played with Tarot cards. There are a plethora of interesting -and just plain weird- characters in the book, which draws heavily on T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, the legend of the Fisher King, and the history of casinos in Las Vegas to weave an adventure bound up with an esoteric form of magic. Very much worth reading, as are the other two books of the trilogy.
That's about it. The laundry shall have to wait until tomorrow, and that goes for anything else that needs doing around here, too.