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< Piro >

ohh, clannad calandar! (pic taken by friend in Akihabara.  No, he didn't buy it for me.  bastard.)

"shopping and whining"

Sunday - December 5, 2004

[Piro] - 11:24:00 - [link here]

Just a bit of a heads up - this week is going to be hell. I've already received notice that this week has rented a huge front-end-loader and is planning to run me over with it repeatedly.

I'm sure by now most of you are used to my whining, and honestly I think I've been doing a pretty good job of keeping the whining to a minimum this year, so indulge me for a bit. You got 3 comics last week, I think I earned it :P

Why such a gloomy outlook for the week? Well, I wouldn't call it gloomy, lets call it 'realistic'. :) I'm very close to being done with all of the content for book 3 except for the 8 page endgames extra. fixing up all the files for book 3 ended up taking 2 weeks longer than I planned, which has put me way behind the eight-ball on getting Endgames done. Finishing this is gonna be a real challenge, but I think I can do it..

One thing I don't want to do while under the gun here is skip on Megatokyo comics. Too often has this website been sacrificed because I was busy trying to catch up on this or that project, or traveling, etc. I'm tired of that. I'd rather the book be late than skip lots of comics just to finish it.

Of course, now that I've said that, I am worried that I might have to cut one comic this week in order to be able to get everything done. I sorta might not have a choice. I can say all I want that I'll just be late with the book, but, well... its not a good idea to actually blow deadlines like that if you can help it. Dark Horse has been really good to me, and I really don't want to do that to them. I value Tim's health :P.

In the end, the way to deal with this kinda hell week is simple -- you just have to slog your way through it. I dealt with worse crunches before, and I can handle this one. I'll just have to try the positive attitude approach. :)

There are a number of things that I have moved to the back burner because of the current crunch over the past month. One is the new Megatokyo website - there are a number of things that I need to do, and Larry is just waiting for me to finish them so that he can go ahead and finish. If I had been more on top of things earlier in the year, the site would have been done months ago, but oh well, it'll be a nice treat for January/February :) Seraphim and I have also finished setting up new software for the MegaGear store, but we've decided to not launch the new store software until the end of the month. It's just too busy right now.

Speaking of the store, yes, we have more Flapdoozy bags coming. Hopefully they will be in this week. We have to custom order the bags (YakPak doesn't make them for their own line anymore, but they still make them for us if we give them enough time to have them manufactured. yakpak rocks :)

Anyways, sorry for the whiny sounding update - I just came off of being sick for the past few days, and I'm only today starting to feel better. Nothing like being sick to make you even further behind when you are in crunch time :P Oh, and if you for some odd reason don't mind my whining, Hawk and Cortana managed to get Movable Type working and threaded into the fredart site, so I do my daily whin-- er, blogging there. I hate to say it, but my daily blog stuff is pretty boring and repetitive, so its more something I do for myself than for others. You are welcome to read it if you like.

Okies, off to work. I promised Sarah that we'd go shopping today (we were supposed to go yesterday, but we never managed to get out), so I better get cracking on tomorrows comic. Aw, crap, that reminds me of another problem.... I gotta figure out what I'm gonna get her for Christmas... uguuuuu.

< Dom >

Youmu... I will defeat you without dying myself some day!

"The lightning round"

Friday - December 3, 2004

[Dom] - 13:00:00 - [link here]

I'm about to head up to Greg Dean's place for the weekend, since it's Cliff's birthday, so this'll be quick. I think I'll just give you guys a whole lot of links to chew on :)

First, there's an upcoming line of toys from Konami called Mecha Musume. These are no ordinary mecha girls - they're not bridge bunnies, pilots, or professor's daughters. No, they're... girls dressed up in outfits based on World War 2 mecha. As in Zero fighters, and what looks like a modified Crusader Kyushi Shinden, and the Valentine. Things like that. Man, the lengths the Japanese marketing machine will go through to put cute girls in things...

For Tamaki Nami fans (she sings a bunch of Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny songs, if you didn't know) and Square Enix fans alike, Square-Enix has put up a promotional video featuring snippets of Tamaki Nami's new song "Fortune", which will be the opening song for Radiata Stories. Anyway, to get to the movie, you need to visit the official Radiata Stories site, enter the flash-heavy website, click on "gift", and then click on the "large" or "small" button on the lower right, which will launch a pop-up Flash application, which unfortunately enough, requires Internet Explorer to work. But at least the song is decent. And Radiata is made by the same people who made Valkyrie Profile. Oh, and I should probably mention that the movie's only up until the 7th.

In Moetan news, the quirky little "english vocab builder" is busy promoting Moetan II, the upcoming two-volume set. Ink-chan, the main character of the story portions, is going to be appearing at Tora no Ana in Akihabara. I'm not TOO surprised by this, considering they had a Moetan Shrine up when Seiya and I went there, and costume events are commonplace in Akihabara. But still, it amuses me. Especially since Moetan II was on the topseller list for Amazon Japan recently.

In art news, I've recently discovered the (clean! Yay!) work of Dragon Land, which just does awesome art. I need to pick up as much of their stuff as possible... that man can draw.

Okay, off to get ready for birthday festivities!

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