wednesday_10_00: (bookcat)
I spent way too much time this weekend watching Magi this weekend. It is...not a great show, but some people keep reblogging amazing fanart on tumblr so here I am. (For the record, this is the picture that made me go, "Okay, I give up, I need to see this show.") You forget, though, when you read a lot of BL, that shipping some background characters in a shounen show can be really frustrating. Oh well, at least I've gotten to like Alibaba and Hakuryuu, the dorks.

In other news, I'm soliciting opinions on two problems ("problems") I have:

1. How do you shelve manga when the author goes by multiple pen names? It's not really a problem for changes like Moto Haruko --> Moto Haruhira, but then there's Ukyou Aya/Sakyou Ayane. Right now I have her stuff all filed under Ukyou (because I bought stuff by her under that name first), but obviously I'm more into her BL stuff so it's starting to seem weird to file her under her shoujo name when that's not really how I think of her. Anyway, I'm kind of curious how other people handle stuff like this.

2. A few weeks ago I went on a doujinshi shopping spree and snagged a bunch of stuff off of Yahoo Auctions, and somehow, a set of Love Stage manga found its way into the mix. I already have digital copies, but I decided I wanted hard copies also, and I got them on Yahoo Actions because I found a listing for a set that included the Animate-exclusive cover. (For reference: original cover) I assumed the book would come with both covers, but it didn't. Here's my problem: I like the original cover better. BUT I love the way the alternate cover is like an alternate view of the same picture, which means I need to have both. So I'm wondering: what would you do?
A) No need to buy the book again, you already have it on your iPad
B) Buy the book to have both covers, keep both books
C) Buy the book to have both covers, throw away extra book
D) Something else I haven't thought of
wednesday_10_00: (bookcat)
...Well, maybe less "cleaning" and more "organizing." (Though I have spent a lot of time with my dust cloth.) My past week has looked like this:

  • mail sorted (junk tossed; useful things filed [actually filed, not just set on file box], former pile on file box sorted and filed
  • manga (all of this year's purchases) sorted and shelved; Japan 2013 manga integrated into greater collection
    (three boxes moved from shelves to closet)
  • Japan 2013 doujinshi cataloged, sorted, and filed
  • DVDs organized and shelved (including ones that had been in a crate since basement renovations last year)
  • new drama CDs ripped to computer and shelved (mostly extras that came with Dear+ issues)
  • Japan 2013 special booklets cataloged [in progress]

Due to the length of time it takes to enter special booklet data, I'm only about a third of the way through that, I think. I'm dreading the Libre "booklets" (can we really call them "booklets" when they're so big I'm planning to shelve them with artbooks?) of 5000 authors each writing a two page story. Once I finish with that, I plan to catalog my artbooks (somehow have never entered those in my database). After that, I'll have to move on to something less fun, like clothes or the bathroom cabinet. (*bleh* to both of those, but it needs to get done.) I also need to dust, and if you think that doesn't sound like a huge project, you've never seen how many knick-knacks I keep on the tops of my bookshelves.

Also, I officially have a doujinshi problem. I did manage to get them all put away, but I'm honestly concerned about the integrity of the file cabinet that holds them. The bottom drawer is alarming in its unwillingness to move; it scrapes the floor almost the whole time, rather than only when pulled out all the way, like it used to. I definitely need to do some purging, and it's been a while since I did a doujinshi purge, so I almost certainly have some I could get rid of, but, well, purging is sad. This would be a first-stage purge (just moving them to my closet), but still. (I should note that the manga mentioned above was moved to the closet only for storage purposes; most of that is stuff I don’t want to get rid of.)

Anybody have a spare house I could borrow? Mine is out of space.

In other news, I talked my parents into getting me a good rice cooker for my birthday. What happened was this: I ordered myself a tofu press so I can make fresh tofu. And I was imagining how good fresh tofu would taste, and I how could have a meal of just rice and nori and tofu, and then I realized, crap, our rice cooker SUCKS. It burns the rice every dang time. (Never buy American rice cookers. Waste of money.) So...new rice cooker. This one, chosen over the "umami" model mostly because of the retractable cord, though the slow cooker setting WAS tempting.
wednesday_10_00: (reading octopus)
I was bored on Sunday, so I started browsing eBook Japan. (The instant gratification of digital manga is very, very dangerous for me.) Read Afureteshimau and enjoyed it. (Tangent: I'm going to have to buy the physical version of this, because reviews on Amazon warn and/or complain about the couple being reversible. Whaaaaat? The uke is so tiny and adorable, I'm seriously having trouble picturing this, and I LIKE reversible couples.) However, this leads to two tales of woe:

1. Yesterday, I was happily reading Kimi ga Boku wo Terasu when the book crashed on me. Not the app, the book. One second I was reading, the next second I was back in the bookshelf screen, with the app giving me an error message that the book had a problem and I'd have to download it again. (Incidentally, this crash randomly took a couple other books with it, including Sore Demo Yasashii Koi wo Suru and two of the chapters of Afureteshimau, which I had already downloaded and read the day before. This kind of thing makes ebooks a little scary. Don't steal away books I paid for and own!) But when I went to download the books again...nothing. No downloading. I tried several times over the rest of the day, but never had any success with downloading, or reading them on EBJ's website.

When I got home, I tried the downloads right away and they worked just fine. So...it was a problem with the wifi at work? Confirmed this morning: EBJ works fine at home, but I can't download anything at work. I work for a liberal arts college, mind you; I'm not aware that they block any sites, and I've never had any problems downloading or streaming anything, but somehow they've randomly blocked EBJ? And not the site itself, just large files on the site? I don't really know how to broach this with our tech support, either. "Hey, I had problems downloading a book the other day, any chance you've blocked this site for having porn? Not that I'm buying porn, haha! I'm buying totally non-porn books! They just, you know, also happen to have porn available on that site! What books was I trying to download? Ummmm....." Yeah, that's not a conversation I want to have. Other possibility: large files in general are blocked? I can't actually check the size of individual files, but my iPad says ebiReader is taking up 1.2GB of storage. I have 28 books, so that's an average of ~43MB per book...yeah, it might be the file size. But wait! I couldn't download the free previews either, and I can't imagine those are huge files. Jeez, I just have no idea.

2. I've been meaning to grab the digital version of the Kuroneko manga because Renta! is supposed to have exclusive one page extras for each book. (Paperless papers, haha.) The annoying thing about Renta is that you don't just buy a book, you buy a certain number of tickets (¥100 each) and then use the tickets to buy the book. And of course, you can't buy, say, the 12 tickets you need to buy the two books you want, you can buy 10 tickets, or you can buy 30 tickets. Presumably you can also buy 10 tickets twice, but I figured, well, buying 30 means I get a free ticket, so might as well go with that? So I buy my tickets, mess around on the site for about 20 minutes while I figure out how to A) actually buy the books (this involves way more scrolling than it should) and B) download the books once I've bought them (had to look at FAQ to figure this one out). I finally get the books downloaded (at work, irony of ironies) and...wtf? They look super crappy. Turns out Renta books look awesome if you read them online, but the files you actually download are, I guess, tiny and super compressed, and thus look like crap. Like, they make digital manga from Amazon and Honto look amazing. So now I have 19 tickets at Renta and no desire to buy anything with them. UGH. I guess I'll be saving the tickets for the next Kuroneko books (which will hopefully have more extra pages) and not buying anything else there EVER.

(If you're wondering "Did you like the extra pages?" Well, I need some time to get over the file compression, because right now I look at them and go, "I CAN'T READ THIS, IT LOOKS LIKE SHIT" and reading on the site just makes me angry. I'll get back to you on this one.)
wednesday_10_00: (*facepalm*)
7/30 ひとりじめマイヒーロー 3 限定版A ドラマCD付き  ありい めめこ
7/30 ひとりじめマイヒーロー 3 限定版B きせかえシール+小冊子付き  ありい めめこ


Happy birthday, Denise! For your present, you get to buy the same book twice.

In other news: Gakkou no Sensei is running again in Dear+, yay! So now I don't have to hate the non-ending of volume 8. (Dear+ is my favorite thing right now. I'm honestly sad it only comes out once a month. I wonder if there will ever be a weekly BL magazine?)
wednesday_10_00: (bookcat)
I managed to get the living room straightened up last night, so today I'll take a break and then get to work on the mess in my bedroom tomorrow. This week has been really long and tiring, ugh. (OK, the living room still has a pile of boxes--because I'll need some of them for packing up books--and my sorted VHS tapes, but it's all out of the way and organized, and it's not like I burned a hole in the carpet or something, so I'm sure my parents won't mind.)

I brought some (shounen and shoujo) manga to work to put on the "free books" shelf that we have out in the hall. When I was sorting through my (BL) magazines, I found two duplicates (why??), so I brought those into work to throw into the recycling with a bunch of other papers. Some really thoughtful recycling worker pulled them out and put them on the free shelf yesterday, so this morning I noticed and threw them back in the recycling. Jeez, everybody I work with knows those books are mine, let's not mix the porn in, OK?

Now at least I know it's NOT safe to bring to work the BL manga I'm planning on getting rid of. I wish our recycling center in town would take paper, but they only accept newspaper and phone books, so I have to find someplace else to dump my books. Recycling porn is complicated.

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