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Astalotte’s Toy – 01

Please punish me, Judit-sama!

Another anime from the producers & studio behind Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Studio Diomedea gives us Astalotte’s Toy, a title which has been romanized as Astarotte. So I’m going to be an angry internet person and be stubborn and not accept that spelling. I picked a risqué image as the first image you’ll see because you’ll click on the link below to read more of the entry. Right? RIGHT?!

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Fuel to Fire: Fansubs make me rage, sometimes.

DAT TRANSLATOR’S NOTE.

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An Internet Website Design Philosophy Thing # 1

For being an anime site, I’m going to have to jury rig the reason why I feel like I want to talk about website design. When one visits a site for something to read, you want an unobstructed view of the information. So if you want lovely animu boobs/dfc, you don’t want any censorship. The current modern censorship technique in anime is a blinding shaft of light that gets in the way of the scene. It can be hilarious, but it is also incredibly stupid as it destroys the presentation. It’s a definite mood ruiner. The only exception is when the censorship is part of the anime, meaning it is obviously intentional.

I recently visited a couple of Livejournal-esque pages with their content squished in narrow columns barely larger than 400 pixels, on either side of the screen. Instantly closed the browser tab and didn’t bother. On my widescreen monitor (1680×1050), that is over a thousand horizontal pixels wasted. This is a thing that I get angry over, and by you visiting my site, you’ll already notice I love using up the horizontal space. Sure, I understand the need to frame the text. Centering the content, or being considerate to those with small monitors. That is something I don’t mind.

But to those whose content is any smaller than 500 pixels and squished to either side of the monitor: fuck you.

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Efforts in vain. Let’s just go plain.

While it didn’t last very long, the podcast I did with my friends taught me a lot of things about audio recording. I did take a recording arts class once. But being able to put some of the knowledge to use was interesting. Much of what I learned about had to be re-learned again, due to brain atrophy. So what went wrong with the podcast?

A good portion of the podcast going under was just the amount of sheer edits and fixes I had to apply to the waveform. My cohorts know about this, and I had plenty of crap to fix when we were done recording. I don’t have the best setup and equipment. It was sufficient to get a nice sound to my computer, but not enough to maintain the quality. Distance from the mics, no pop-guards, one complete boom-stand, a short stick to hold my mic, and inadequate spacing plus terrible layout of my room didn’t help.

It’s a bit of a ragequit as well. I didn’t like the current content of the podcast. Even if I said we’d include derails and trainwrecks, listening to the unedited podcasts made me realize that more often than not, we talk like complete idiots. Maybe we got better in the last three, but I have my doubts.

Despite this rant, I wouldn’t abandon podcasting. I’ve found it fun. Perhaps I just need a reboot and a refocus of energy.

So what should a reader get out of reading this entry? A good podcast takes effort. It takes professionalism. A bit of garage mentality. Unpolished, but beautifully uncut.

It should be YOU. Not being someone else, but being yourself. And unfortunately, I was fooling myself.

I failed this time. Now it’s time to go fail, again. But I’m going to fail better. Because I know how to do it. (The failing part.)

Miku image drawn by nagian (http://yoroz.jp/), stolen from danbooru.

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God dammit. (Podcast/recording/audio related.)

It’s not fair to make silly excuses for not showing up routinely with something that’s supposed be made weekly. For us, it’s been our podcast. If I can’t produce a podcast for one week, I usually just wait until next production week and make up for it with content. No excuses made. Besides, this is all in good fun.

But goddamit. Just a few minutes ago while editing the audio file in Audacity Beta 1.3.2, it crashes hard on me after a simple edit. In my case it was deleting less than a second of noise. Audacity crashes on me and loses all of my progress. I boot the software back up with hopes of trying to salvage. It pops up a dialogue box that says I can try to recover the progress that it supposedly could bring back. When I click on the button to recover the data, the dialogue disappears and nothing happens.

“Isn’t there supposed to be two tracks with my audio?”
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