Is there ever a good story about Walmart? Now there are people in Mexico City staging a hunger strike to prevent the construction of a Walmart (called a Bodega Aurrera in Mexico) just outside of the Teotihuacan ruins. The site is close enough to the ruins that it is probably being built on an archeological site. A small ancient altar was discovered on the site but don't worry the altar will be displayed encased in plexiglass in the PARKING LOT. Horrors. Construction projects the world over unearth historically relevant sites and artifacts but I have never heard of them being incorporated into the parking lots. It is just the epitome of bad taste.
Here's a link to an article about it :)
Piro is ready to stage his own protest around here. Our apartment community is attempting to reactivate (not that it has ever been active) the infamous gate system at the entrance. We've been here two and a half years and this is their second try. The first attempt went horrible awry. I think the community maintenance man quit or had a nervous break down over the fiasco. Management started shutting the gates this past May. We saw our neighbors pushing the gates up or sneaking through behind someone else and the gate bouncing off their roofs - all of which broke the gates on a daily basis. We'd come home in the late, late night and the poor maintenance guy in charge of this ill advised endeavor would be sitting in his truck trying to catch people breaking the gates. Even if you want to gain lawful access the card readers only work half the time. Why don't they use something like keyless entry for garage or car doors? Supposedly this is a "gated" community. That would be great if every other inch of the perimeter wasn't completely accessible to the road and anyone walking by. I feel so much safer that just the driveway will be blocked and that it will only block out people who are scrupulous enough not to just push up the flimsy fiberglass gates.
Piro wants to mount a petition campaign to get them to drop it. We are very rule and law-abiding people and when the card readers didn't work we had to drive through the out gates. We felt like the Mr. Bean episode with him trying to get out of parking structure without paying. I expected a three-wheeled car to pull up to the gates to get out. We were actually able to just drive in under the gates without even touching them. These gates are totally useless. The arms on the gates got blown off in the wind one time. I agree the gates are inane but I'm not interested in stirring things up in our last six months here. Besides, I really don't want to meet all the neighbors.
Kaijuu ja nee ze!
Tange Sakura, known mostly as the voice of Card Captor Sakura (and as Dead or Alive's Kasumi before she retired and Kuwashima Houko took over), is coming out of retirement. She's been out of the seiyuu business for four years or so, but she's been announced as the main character of Y's 6, re-sparking speculation that CLAMP is planning something to be animated and they need Tange Sakura back in, whether it's more CCS or Tsubasa. I wonder how much yakuza debt she got into before having to come back...
Anyway, you can check out her website here if you want to read more about it (if you can read Japanese, that is). I don't like Tange Sakura's voice that much (I'm not much for the high-pitched whine that the Japanese are so fond of) but one good thing came out of this: this quote from Pocky: "her fan boys have got to be doing stretching exercises and crap to 'knock off the rust'."
Asmodeus has gotten this song stuck in my head, so I might as well stick this in your heads too. You must all suffer with me as you listen to the insanely catchy song for Kimi no Tame Nara Shineru, the upcoming Nintendo DS game about... well, stalking and rubbing the DS screen, as far as I can tell.
Man. What a horrible week for Bay Area baseball. Well, at least Cal's ranked #7 in the country. Go Bears! Beat the University of Spoiled Children but good! (Or at least lose with your boots on).
Thanks to Heather Brennan for the tip that Berkeley Breathed's Opus is going to get a movie. I'm not going to get my hopes up too high, but I did like A Wish for Wings That Work, so I'll be optimistic for now.
I'm Uematsu Nobuo, b****!
For those Final Fantasy fans out there, I'd like to point out that Nobuo Uematsu's band, The Black Mages, is putting out their second album soon. It's titled The Skies Above, and you can find sound samples on Uematsu's official site. I personally think that the songs sound really, really funny.
Well, as you might have been able to tell from the first season of Girls Bravo being titled "Girls Bravo first season", there's a second season set to air starting in January. So for all of you out there who love plotless fan service, bravo. For the rest of us, we can safely ignore it and it won't hurt us--probably.
October 5, 2004
Nunununu nenenene nunonuno nenenene
Nunununu nenenene nunonuno nenenene
(deee doo deeee do dedodedodeeeeee)
Damn you, Asmodeus.