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Cielos, pues sí que hace tiempo que no me paso por aquí...

Bueno, en estos meses han pasado varias cosas que supongo debería comentar. La primera de ellas es que desde el mes pasado estoy trabajando a media jornada. Mi empresa no tiene pedidos, y como siguen necesitando de alguien que lleve el papeleo, no les queda más remedio que reducirme la jornada. Estoy buscando algún empleo decente, pero... Como os podéis figurar, dada la situación, lo que encuentro es pura bazofia. Yo al menos tengo suerte y sigo trabajando, porque mi compañero fue despedido este mes y no me di cuenta de ello hasta que, después de dos semanas de ausencia en las que me habían dicho que estaba de vacaciones, se me ocurrió preguntar. Un desastre.

La verdad es que la empresa no va bien. Apenas tenemos pedidos y algunos de nuestros clientes no nos pagan. Nos han llegado a enviar un pagaré sin fondos, y tras seis meses de perseguirlos (dos antes del pagaré y cuatro después), se les ocurre entonces decir que no tienen dinero. Maravilloso, porque esa no era la única factura que tenían pendiente.

Como estoy ahora libre por las tardes, mi madre me secuestra para dar un paseo de hora y media. Llevo ya un mes haciéndolo. Está bien porque es un buen ejercicio. Por lo demás, tengo un bloqueo de escritor de los legendarios. Odio esas cosas.

Por ahora, ese es el reporte actualizado. Intentaré contar más cosas más adelante.




Really, it has been a long time since I last came here...

Well, there last months some things happened to me that I would like to comment. The first one is that since the last month I'm working half-time (or whatever you call it). My company doesn't have orders, and since they still need someone to make the paperwork, they didn't have other choice but to cut my working hours in half. I'm looking for a decent job, but... You may not know it, but here in Spain things are quite bad, and the few jobs I find are pure rubbish. At least I'm lucky and I still work, but my co-worker was fired this month, and I wasn't noticed until, after two weeks of absence that I was told he was on vacations, I thought about asking. A complete disaster.

The truth is that our company isn't going very well. We barely have any order and some of our costumers don't pay. We even had a paycheck that didn't have money, and after six months of calling them (two before we received the paycheck, and four after that) then they decide to tell us that they don't have any money. Great, since that isn't the only invoice the have to pay.

Since now I have my evenings free, my mother "abducts" me to take a walk of about an hour and a half. I've been doing that for a month now. It's nice since it's a good exercise. Besides that, I have one of those legendary writer's blocks. I hate those things.

This is the updated report for now. I'll try to tell more things later.

Birthday

Ayer fue mi cumpleaños así que este sábado, como ya es tradición, nos fuimos unos amigos y yo a cenar a un japo. Nos lo pasamos bastante bien, hablando de videojuegos, mangas, y todas esas cosas de las que hablo cuando me junto con cierta gente. Puede que los regalos no parecieran tan espectaculares como los del año pasado (Kim me mima demasiado), pero los tomos del 1 al 34 de 3x3 Ojos en inglés todos metiditos en un DVD siguen siendo uno de los mejores regalos que he recibido en mi vida (lo repito, Kim me mima demasiado). Además de un videojuego de la PS2 de la gente de los Art Tonelico y los Atelier, y un fanfic para mi solita. Sí, me miman demasiado.

Ya el día de mi cumpleaños, tuvimos comida familiar, solo que no estaban dos de mis hermanos. La mayor estaba por ahí de vacaciones con su familia (y dado que solo los ve los fines de semana, es enteramente comprensible), y el menor de los dos chicos se había ido a ver a sus hijas que estaban de campamento. El mayor sí que vino, y me trajo el Sonic Chronicles, juego al que me he enganchado de mala manera en dos días (¡malditos seáis, Bioware!)

Así que aquí estoy... siendo un año más vieja XD



Yesterday was my birthday, so this last Saturday, as it is our tradition, I went with some friends to have dinner at a Japanese restaurant. We had plenty of fun, talking about videogames, mangas, and all those things I talk about when I'm with this people. Maybe the presents weren't as spectacular as they were last year (Kim spoils me too much), but the tomes 1 to 34 of 3x3 Eyes in English all in one DVD still are one of the best presents I've gotten in my entire life (I'll say it again, Kim spoils me too much). Also I got a videogame from the guys that made Art Tonelico and the Atelier games, and a fanfic just for me. Yeah, indeed the spoil me rotten.

On my birthday, I had lunch with my family, but two of my siblings weren't there. The eldest of them was on holidays with her family (and knowing that she only sees them on weekends, it's completely understandable), and the youngest of the two men had gone to see his daughters that were camping. My older brother did come, and he brought me the Sonic Chronicles game, to which I'm hooked on in two days (damn you, Bioware!)

So here I am... a year older than before XD

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A little help, please?

Esto se lo achaco todo a haber estado viendo Princess Tutu.

Estaba buscando ciertas piezas de música clásica que recuerdo de hace tiempo y que me gustaban. He conseguido encontrar datos de la mayoría de ellas, pero una se me escapa. Si alguien me echara un cable, le estaría muy agradecida.

Creo recordar que la obra que busco se llamaba "El desfile de los animales". No recuerdo el autor, y lo único que realmente recuerdo eran dos piezas en concreto: una con celesta, que representaba a los peces, y una con xilófono, que representaba a los fósiles (esta última era mi favorita). Si alguien la conoce y tiene datos sobre ella (como si me he equivocado de título, el compositor, etc.), le estaré muy agradecida si me deja un comentario.



This is all because I watched Princess Tutu a few days ago.

I've been searching for certain classical music pieces that I remember from some time ago that I liked. I managed to get data from most of them, but there's one that I can't find anything about it. If someone could help me, I would be most grateful.

I remember that the piece I'm searching was called "The animals parade". I don't remember the composer, and the only thing I seem to recall are two of the parts in particular: one played by a celesta (don't know the English name, is an instrument similar to a piano, but it can't maintain notes as the piano can) that represented fishes, and one played by a xylophone that represented fossils (that one was my favorite). If anyone knows about it and has data about it (such as if I gave the wrong title, the composer, etc.), I'll be very grateful if he/she leaves a comment.

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Vocaloid Megpoid - Gumi

All right, so a friend of mine turned me into a big fan of Vocaloid songs, mainly the ones made with the Japanese vocaloids. Funny enough, I haven't seen anything made with the English ones, or at least, anything nice (I saw one version of Kokoro sung by Leon, the American accent made me run away screaming my head off. Give the "man" an English song, for Eilistraee's sake!!!). For those around that don't know what this "Vocaloid" thing is, Vocaloid in itself is a program made by Yamaha that allows you to give an artificial song voice to a melody. Even though the base software was created by Yamaha, the complete program with the voice is made by other companies. One for the English voices and two for the Japanese voices. And I say two because Gackpoid, also known as Gakupo, the one made with Gackt's voice, is from a different company than the other ones.

So, visiting a website looking for Vocaloid lyrics, I saw something about a new Vocaloid, made with Nakajima Megumi's voice. Which made me jump and run to read something more, because Nakajima Megumi is the seiyuu for Ranka Lee from Macross Frontier, and I must admit that I love that voice. She did a really good work at that series, and I love both Seikan Hikou and her version of Ai Oboete Imasu Ka. It seems that the company that released Gakupo is the one releasing this new program. The name is Megpoid, and the name of the "mascot" is Gumi.

Ok, so the drawing for the cover isn't the usual and may seem a little "ugly" to those used to a more canonical look, but Gakupo's drawing isn't that nice, either. Also, the first you see the drawing, you're tempted to shout "RANKA!" at the top of your lungs, because the color scheme is the same as her "Seikan Hikou" dress, as I call that frilly, hideous thing (not because of the color, but because of all the frills). But if you stop and study the design, it's quite clever. Staying with the Seikan Hikou coloring seems a good idea, and they did brilliantly in this part. Also, the dress is much less frilly and a lot more daring, and even classical, even with the see-through undershirt. The drawing was made by the Masami Yuuki, manga artist for Patlabor and Birdy the Mighty among other things. The style may digress from the usual, with less round cheeks and a bigger nose, but I wouldn't call that ugly. In fact, at first I was a little taken back by the art, but the more I see and study it, the more I like it.

That said, I must confess I'm surprised at the incredible wave of hate against the design for Gumi. Ok, so I must admit that I'm very emotional about things I like and dislike (as a friend of mine can testify about the designs made by the author of Death Note for Castlevania), and I suppose I should wait the same from others, but... At this rate? I mean, man, you have to look under the stones to find someone who likes it O_OU Well, I may be exaggerating, my friend also likes the design and we were talking about this.

I hope to start seeing some songs from next June on with Gumi's voice. I'm hopping for a duet with Gakupo, I think those two voices will be pretty good together.

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Entreri is dead

Well, maybe I should explain it better.

Entreri was our old computer. It ran on Windows 98 and the poor thing was nearly 10 years old. I started to call it Entreri after the second time it went to hell and had to be formated because of the stupid anti-virus. Mostly because my feelings towards that computer were pretty similar to the ones I had for the character. After about three years of being our only computer (soon we would get back our first computer, that runs on MSDoS and is STILL ALIVE), we had to buy a new one because our internet connection and most of the new things used USB ports and Entreri didn't have any. That was when Entreri was sent to our house in the town, and my father bought Lolth (bitchiest computer ever, and I have witnesses of what I'm talking about)

Two years, and five or six trips to the computer repair store, later, I went berserker and asked my father to buy a new, decent computer. Since the computer had never worked right, my father agreed, and we got Theon (yeah, I have a name for nearly every computer we get), that has worked fine except for a few times, and that shows a heavy dislike for any gamepad I buy for playing games. Anyway, since my father didn't want to get rid of Lolth, he ended up carrying it to our town, and brought back Entreri. Since then, Entreri had been my mother's computer. She played card games and used it to write things like contracts of letters and the like.

And, a few days ago, Entreri died.

I think, since my father was told that the thing was beyond repair, that the most probable cause is that something fried the main disc unit. It's kind of a sad thing, because I hoped that it would go on, much like the MSDoS one is doing (Uhm... Maybe I can call it GLADoS... yay for Portal jokes). Also, my mother liked the thing a lot, and she was pretty sad she had lost all of her games.

My father has bought a new one, because it was already a problem with both of us trying to use the computer, and him driving me nuts every time he tried something and it didn't work and "what the hell is going on with this thing come and solve it immediately", and now my mother would want to play cards when she had a few minutes to relax. My father tried to make the thing work, drove me crazy a few times, stole the USB mouse I had for my laptop, complained about it because it's transparent and has a blue light, told my mother about said mouse (she already knew, since she has seen me with my laptop a few times), stole the thing that allows Theon to connect to internet while I was using it, shouted for me to make the thing work a few seconds after, and ignored any advice I gave, even when he asked for them. So I started to hate the thing with a passion, even if I did not touch it in any way.

Man, I haven't touched Entreri for months, and now I'm missing it. It didn't give me these headaches.

Any good names for the new computer?
Hay veces en las que cojo una cosa de la estantería sin saber si me va a gustar, y acabo encantada de la vida.

Después del trabajo, he decidido irme a la Fnac, a buscar unas pocas cosas que tenía interés en conseguir. La primera visita a la sección de videojuegos no ha sido especialmente fructífera, pero no esperaba mucho, salvo poder decirle a Kim que no se tenía que tirar al cuello de la distribuidora que tendría que haber traído el Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2. Subrayo el TENDRÍA. Obviamente no lo ha hecho.

Segunda parada, la zona de películas. Aquí, a comprarme ya de una vez Historias de Terramar. Tengo que es la segunda vez que me pasa esto con una película de Ghibli. Con Neko no Ongaeshi, estuve dudando durante cerca de un mes, hasta que se me ocurrió echarle el guante. Había oído de Historias de Terramar (Gedo Senki), pero no mucho, y la verdad es que la consideraban un tanto inferior a las obras de Hayao Miyazaki. Pero seamos sinceros, Hayao Miyazaki es, en el mejor de los casos, inigualable. El caso es que, con mis dudas, cogí la película.

La última parte de la visita, a la zona de libros. Tras coger El Trono de Espinas, la última de Trinity Blood R.O.M, y encontrarme con el último tomo de Inu Yasha, me paso por información, para ver si por una puñetera casualidad tienen el segundo libro de Record of Lodoss War. Pues sí, lo tenían. Y la chavala entendía. Yo hoy iba de sorpresa agradable en sorpresa agradable. Encima me encuentro una caja sin nadie. Vamos, me faltaba ir dando saltitos por la calle.

En el autobús a casa me estuve leyendo el tomo de Inu Yasha. Para cuando llegué, estaba ya en modo fangirl histérico.

Y de pronto, me encuentro en una tesitura que no he visto en semanas: mi madre lejos de la tele, mi padre en la cocina viendo el futbol, y la tele del salón y el lector de DVDs abandonados por completo. Esta es la mía. Me hago palomitas, y en tres minutos estoy sentada en el sillón cual niña pequeña. Y ya acaban por darme la sorpresa del día. No solo la película me gusta, ¡me encanta! ¡Dragones, por Diox, dragones! ¡Y magos! ¡Y unas mujeres que a veces tienen más valor que los hombres! Vamos, que la he disfrutado de lo lindo.

Probablemente mañana, con unas cuantas horas de sueño y más tranquilidad, le empiece a encontrar fallos. Pero de momento, estoy feliz de haber comprado la película. Me ha gustado mucho. No es Mononoke Hime ni Sen to Chihiro, pero sí está al nivel de Neko no Ongaeshi, y cualquier cosa a ese nivel la considero muy buena.

Ojalá mis días fueran siempre tan buenos como este.

Not the mace! NO!

So the muse came today while I was looking at DeviantArt and hit me with her mace and made me work on the book I've been planning to write for Eilistraee knows how long. The last time she did that, I changed an entire ending and caused some of my companions at work ask me why did I have to write something so sad. This time, she got me out of a minor block and made me write for two and a half hours straight, to finish what seems to be the first chapter. After fighting with it for a few paragraphs, it nearly took me by surprise that I was able to pull a few pages.

I mean, my muse, whoever it is, tends to just step in, tell me a few things, and let me write the thing my way.

But at times, when she gets aggro, you better listen to her. Or else. So I had to go running into my room, get the pendrive where I have the document, and start writing like mad. I'm very happy with the result for now.

Maybe she should get aggro on me on more occasions XD

Some people, really...

The day before yesterday, I was playing at PSU with a friend. This friend logged off from the game, since he was going to have lunch away, and I went to the bathroom before doing a few things and switching characters. When I came back, I found out that I had been kicked out of the server, and couldn't log back. I thought it would be a server manteinance, so I went to the computer to see when the server would be back. I even couldn't load the page. 'It seems all the Sega America servers are down', I thought, 'and I suppose they're having a lot of trouble, so I suspect that I won't be able to play for the rest of the day'. Since it was nothing I could solve, I decided to play Fate/Unlimited Codes instead.

Yesterday, the servers where up again, but I didn't want to play it and instead kept playing Fate/Unlimited Codes because I wanted to unlock Lancer's EX mission (I'm still laughing my head off with that mission). Today I came back and seems everything is normal. After playing for two hours, I decided to check for a few things that I was trying to find in the game. It was then that I found out that the Sega server incident was bigger than I expected. PSOWorld had an announcment about what had happened, with links to these two news:

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It seems some idiots decided to cut a fiber-optic cable that led to some company's servers back at Silicon Valley, leaving a lot of places without internet and mobile phone connection. It doesn't anger me because of the PSU servers, since it's just a game. But they left hospitals and companies without communication and did a lot of harm to a lot of people. It would be understandable if, as it's said in one of the links, it was accidental. Those things happen and you can't blame someone for cutting that accidentaly. But doing it on porpose means that they didn't worry about the damage they could do to other people.

Also, it's worrysome that we depend on such a fragile thing. I mean, they cut about a dozen cables and a lot of places are unable to communicate in any way. Reminds me of .hack and all the background it has and makes you wonder if something like that could happen, and all the disasters it could cause. It's scary.

Well, I really hope they catch them. People should learn that actions have consecuences.

Phantasy Star Portable... fanservice?

I'm playing Phantasy Star Portable, which is kind of a spin off from Phantasy Star Universe for the PSP. The game is quite nice, very addictive, and it is a very light version of the PSU online mode. One of the things that I liked is that, as you meet some of the NPCs, sometimes you get a conversation with them. But then you get some "WTH?" moments, just like this one.

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Still, having some of the characters to talk to you in a more personal manner, just as if you have found them when walking down the street, is pretty nice.