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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Allow Me My Soap Box

The left never seeks to make lives more equal by elevating those at the bottom so that they, too, might become more prosperous. Liberalism, socialism targets people at the top as achievers and punishes them, tries to take away from them so that everybody is equally miserable.
-Rush Limbaugh

Greetings All! There was a lull in the workflow today. The logos I created last week are complete and I donít have to give a presentation until the My Hope committee meeting. Iím not sure when this meeting is, but it wasnít today. Canít say I look forward to the meeting either. Iíve heard horror stories from my professors and other designers saying that committees are the bane of graphic design. According to them, it is the goal of a committee member not to be supportive, but rather to find every tiny flaw in anything created, making a final decision a deceptively tough thing to arrive at. Now, knowing this, I have taken steps to prepare myself. I am trying not to get attached to any of my logo designs, and have instead tried my best to find all possible flaws. This way, when I am met with inevitable rejection, I do not take it personally. Sure, this might sound a bit cynical, but it is the best I can do to prepare. Wish me luck!

Foaming Like Foamy
Back to the topic at hand. I took advantage of the lull this afternoon to read up on things going on back home. This was sparked by a remark made this morning in the office prayer meeting. It was loud and I couldnít hear all of PíWitís translation, so Iím not sure what the actual remark was about. All I know is that they were troubled by something they read on the front page of the news regarding the United States. So, to determine what this troubling news item was, I went to the website of the only English-language newspaper that I know of in Thailand, the Bangkok Post. The top news story of the day, and the one I believe the man in the meeting was referring to, was one regarding a trip to Asia by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her goal for the trip is, in her words, ďto work with leaders in Asia to resolve the economic crisisÖ(and) to strengthen our historic partnerships and alliances while developing deeper bonds with all nations.Ē One might think this good news for Asia in general. For once, America actually seems to care about what goes on here. ButÖ the Thais appear to feel differently. The reason: Thailand, along with some of Americaís oldest allies in Asia (like the Philippines and Singapore) are not on the roster for Secretary Clintonís visit. In fact, one editorial I read noted that the only mention of Thailand by Obama at all has been when he confused Thailand with Taiwan. OuchÖ So, the Thaiís seem to be losing confidence and trust in this new administration that seems to care more about its pocketbooks than its diplomatic relations. After all, Japan, South Korea, and China are Americaís three largest trading allies in Asia right now. And the only reason Clinton is going to Indonesia is because Obama went to grade school there. So, the Thais are beginning to see the stupidity of the new administration. Congratulations, Thailand, youíve one-upped America herself.

Of course, that was only the beginning of my research. From there I went on to read about what the government has been doing lately. I learned about this stimulus bill (you know, the one that nobody read) and I learned about Obamaís plans for the future of America. Gotta say it, my hope for this administration is fading fastÖ very fast. It seems that America never learns, because weíre doing the same things we did 80 years ago when we were faced with a different economic crisis. Crazy thing is, the one 80 years ago was much worse than the one we are experience now. The two hardly even compare. It was a depression, this is still a minor recession not even equivalent to the one we experienced at the turn of the decade in the 80s (see? And here too). Weíre all panicking and taking such drastic measures to protect ourselves with little reason to be doing so. By drastic measures I mean turning over the country to a bunch of power-hungry democrats and their crazy idiotic policies. So, you ask, what is so crazy about what Obama is doing with his power? Isnít he trying to get us out of the recession? Isnít giving money to big corporations to keep them in business a good thing? We donít want all those people to be out of a job, do we? Lets look at exactly what his plans are. Step one of his plan is to give out even more money to failing corporations. Where is this money coming from? I thought America was already a few trillion dollars in debt? Yes, it is. All that money is coming out of your pockets. Have you ever bought a GM car? No? Thatís okay, because now you donít have to! You are giving your money to them if you like it or not! And you should feel good about this! Youíre keeping American companies in business and saving people from losing their jobs. Sure, youíre crippling the natural flow of the economy in the process and keeping it from functioning correctly, but that doesnít matter. GM didnít go out of business.

So, apart from giving away your money to private businesses, what else is Obama going to do to save the country? Heís going to create jobs through government funded public service projects (again, using your money to do so). HmmmÖ for some reason I think Iíve read about something like this happening before. Oh rightÖ F.D.R. did it back in the 1930s as part of his New Deal. So, did it work? Did the creation of government jobs revitalize the economy and bring us out of the Great Depression? Nope. Historians agree that the only outcomes of Rooseveltís New Deal were a prolonging of the problem and an increase in bureaucracy. What actually brought the country out of the Great Depression was World War II. The influence of Rooseveltís failed big government wasnít benign either. You know those wonderful government programs like Social Security, Medicare, and welfareÖ the ones that are corrupt, failing, and causing a panic? Those were F.D.R.. That was his big government trying to get the country out of the Depression. So, what is Obama doing? THE SAME THING!!! Only this time heís doing it on a larger scale. Heís going to create a national health care system so you donít have to worry about paying for your own health care anymore. Instead you can pay for everyone elseís too. Brilliant! Though, the thing that scares me the most out of this shocking similarity to the events surrounding the Great Depression was the fact that Americans, in their panic, elected Roosevelt to office for four consecutive terms. What if, out of our stupidity, this economic recession turns into more than a recession? What if, out of our panic, we abolish the term limit and keep Obama in office for four terms or more? Venezuela just did it! Now Hugo Chavez can run for office as many times as he wants. God help us if Americans go that far.

All of this just goes to prove that people never learn. Weíre just going to keep repeating our mistakes until it kills us. Weíre not going to let bad businesses fail, giving rise to better businesses. Weíre not going to let an unregulated free economy revive itself and the job market. Weíre not going to let this recession run its course. Weíre going to fix it with big government. Weíd rather give away our freedoms and our money than endure a few months without going out to eat after church. Iím actually glad Iím not in the United States right now. Iím actually glad I have the option of leaving, because I just might if this trend continues. Itís not even a full month into Obamaís presidency and Iím already foaming at the mouth with rage. Iím not sure I feel like enduring four years of this. So, for now all I can do is complain about it in this blog and offer my condolences to all who are suffering in this economic downturn caused by the very people we voted into office. Andrew, David, Ben, Lauren, CarleyÖ I pray you find jobs. I pray you are able to endure this. I pray that God protects you during this time of strife. If I could I would help you myself, but my sympathies are all I have to give.

Accidental Tourist
Finally, this past weekend, I was able to put on my tourist hat and actually go see some of the sights that Bangkok has to offer. Stop number one was the National Museum that I tried to see a week ago. Well, this weekend I had success, but not immediate success.

I ventured out of the house on Saturday morning around 10:30. The night before I had asked PíTote how to get downtown without paying for a taxi. He said I should take a bus to the river pier and take a water taxi to the old city. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, it wasnít. As I learned, PíTote is inept at giving directions, and I will never make that mistake again. He told me to get on bus 63 and get off after it makes its first left turn. So.. thatís what I did. After the bus made a left turn, I hopped off. I figured I was close to the pier, because I immediately saw a sign which pointed to a pier. I walked that direction. After ten minutes of walking, with no pier in site, I found a tuk-tuk driver and asked him where to go. He pointed in the direction I was going and indicated I should take a right turn. I did. What he was unable to do was tell me how far to walk before that right turn. I took the first major one. I didnít walk as far this time. I only went about 5 minutes before asking for directions again. The woman said I should turn around and continue in my original direction. So I did. Getting tired of this, I only walked as far as the nearest 7-11, purchased a bottle of water, and hailed a taxi. The taxi did indeed take me the way everybody said I should go, but he drove about two miles before he made that right turn the tuk-tuk driver indicated. PíTote had told me to get off the bus WAY to early, and he never mentioned it would take a right turn. But, I made it to the pier after an hour after I left the house.

The water taxi was equally as difficult as the bus. The problem with water taxis is that they donít stop at every pier. The one I was on skipped the pier I wanted to get off at. The attendant should have said something when I told her where I was going. She dindít. All she did was tell me how much the bus was and point towards the only water taxi at the pier at the time. The taxi took me to a pier about a mile down river from where I wanted to go. So, I had to walk a bit. I figured it would be fun enough. I looked at a map at the pier and knew where to go, or so I thought. What those little maps fail to do is inform you of all the smaller streets. So, I ended up getting lost a bit, but had a great deal of fun doing it. I was in the old city, there were tourists everywhere, and there were endless rows of stands, most of which selling food, souvenirs, or clothing. Though, I did manage to stumble upon a Velentineís day flower market. The thing was massive. It took up at least 3 blocks of this one street. I turned off, so Iím not sure how far it actually went. It was cool though.

Eventually, some concerned man, clearly noticing my confusion and, pulled me over and said ďdonít go down that way, there are a lot of pickpockets.Ē He then asked me where I was trying to go. I explained my situation to which he responded by informing me that the museum was closed for Valentineís day. He then whipped out a pad of paper and wrote down four destinations in Bangkok that I just had to go see. He even hailed a tuk-tuk and negotiated it where the man would take me from place to place all day for only 100 baht total. Amazing. I thanked him immensely, hopped in the tuk-tuk, and was whisked off to my first destination of the day: a shrine of a sitting Buddha.

The tuk-tuk driver took (HA!) me too a small neighborhood shrine, one kinda off the beaten path. It was nothing special, but the nice well-meaning guy who gave me the itinerary said that I could not come to Thailand without seeing the famous Thai sitting Buddha. There are many of these, so this specific one is not all that famous, but it was something interesting to see at least. The most interesting thing about it was the man I met inside. I kinda interrupted his worshipping. Well, he suspended his worshipping for the time being to have a little chat with me. It actually ended up being a bit more than just a chat and became his life story. Iíd have stuck around and chatted for a while longer if the poor tuk-tuk driver wasnít waiting for me outside. I enjoyed it, but I was nice, said my goodbye, and met back up with the tuk-tuk driver.

Next stop was something the good Samaritan referred to as Thai Export Fashion. The man said that every Valentineís day the fashion sellers hold a big sale. I figured I would be taken to some sort of clothing market, but that wasnít it. The tuk-tuk driver took me to a tailor. I tried to say, ďno no, I donít want a suit,Ē but it didnít work. By the time I got the guy to turn around, he had turned off the machine and the guys from the tailor shop were begging me to come in. Again, I figured they would at least have a show room, but they didnít. They had cloth on the walls, and suits on mannequins in the front window. Thatís it. But, I was inside. It was too late to turn around, I was already getting the pitch. I figured Iíd hear what they were asking and make a judgment then. I have been wanting a suit for a while and figured if I was going to buy one, here would be the best place. The guy originally asked 10,500 baht, but that was WAY too high for my taste. I had got $200 for my birthday and that was as high as I would go. 10,500 was a bit high. I said that to him and opened up my side of the bargaining table at 3500 baht. The man laughed at that a bit and said no, which I figured. He came back with 7000 baht. I said 5000 baht and he came down to 6500 baht after discussing it with his manager. I agreed to 6500 baht, which is a bit less than $200. I still think I ended up paying a little higher than I should have, but $185 is a heck of a price to pay for a custom tailored cashmere suit. So, I started the day with the intention of walking around a museum, and ended it having bought a suit. Heck of a day.

But, that wasnít the end of it. From there the tuk-tuk driver took me the most interesting sight of the day, the standing Buddha. This one truly is something famous and it was much more than I expected it to be. The thing was probably four stories tall and completely covered in gold. It was more than impressive. I took my fair share of pictures of both the Buddha and those who worshipped it. It was really quite amazing. And, with that I called it a day, at least for the touring.

The day ended with me wandering around Rot Fai park looking for the Valentines day event that the church had planned. I knew where it was supposed to be and managed to get to that spot about half an hour after the even was supposed to have started. Knowing the Thais, I was probably right on time. I went to where it was supposed to be, and found it to be empty. Nobody from the church was there. At this point I discovered I had left my phone back at the house (the first time I have done this since arriving in Bangkok) and could not call anybody to ask where it had been moved to. So, I walked around the park as much as I could. I never found them. So, I went home. I took a shower, grabbed my phone, and headed to the church to wait for them until their return. After they got back I explained my story and was then, naturally, invited out to eat with them. I said yes of course, and enjoyed a great meal. It was a wonderful day, although it was completely different than I had planned. There were definitely some lessons learned.

Sunday went much smoother. I woke up early and went to church downtown. The church that PíTote preaches at is all in Thai, and since Iím not going to be here long enough to bother learning the language, I think an English-language church is best for me. Iíve picked a few international churches and am going go visit a different one each Sunday for the next few weeks. Since I had been going to an Episcopal church at the end of my college experience and was liking it, I figured I would start there. There isnít an Episcopal church in Bangkok, but there is an Anglican one. It was a great service! The pastor was very good, the message was good, and the people were nice. Not only that, they provide lunch after the service every Sunday to help foster community. I am not a mingler, so I chose to find a table that was mildly populated and attempt to insert myself. It worked well enough. I met an American couple who got to Bangkok a few months ago. Theyíre newlyweds who came here to teach. They offered nice conversation and gave me some helpful tips for getting around. I liked the church enough to go back, but I plan on continuing my rotation. Iíll make a final decision in a few weeks.

After church I hopped in a taxi to go downtown to the museum. I actually had mild success in this venture. The taxi actually got me to the museum, but I didnít know it. All the buildings in this particular area look the same to me. They are all traditional architecture with the sloping roofs and embellishments. Itís hard to tell a university from a palace. Anyway, I ended up walking around for about half an hour before I figured out that I had been walking up and down the street in front of the museum. I felt like a bit of an idiot, but thatís normal with me and tourism. Anyway, the museum was great! I loved it. I accomplished most of what I wanted to do. My goal in visiting the museum was to learn about Thai history and culture, and I made it through that entire wing of the museum in about two and a half hours. It takes that long when you read every plaque and description. I came out of it with a much greater knowledge of where I am and how it got to be the way it is.

Thai Culture Tidbits: Thailand actually sent soldiers to fight alongside the Allies in World War I. She even took part in the Versailles treaty and marched her soldiers in the victory parade. Though, of all the countries who sent troops, she probably lost the least. A mere 19 Thais died in the war. Makes ya wonder how many battles they actually fought in.

Thailand has only ever been conquered once, and that was by Burma back in the 1500s. The Burmese and the Thais have a long history of war. The Burmese are responsible for bringing down the powerful Ayuthaya kingdom. It was not until the late 1700s and early 1800s that Thailand (or Siam as it was called) regained its freedom from Burma. At this point the new dynasty of kings began, a dynasy which still continues. King Rama IX is the current king.

It has become tradition for every Thai king to spend time as a Buddhist monk. This tradition started a long while ago with one of the kings of Ayuthaya and was restarted in this current dynasty by King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V). It is also worthy to note that the Broadway play The King and I is based off the true life of Anna Leonowens, a British teacher brought over to teach the children and concubines of King Mongkut (King Rama IV), one of whom was, of course, King Chulalongkorn himself.

Unfortunately, the museum closed before I had a chance to browse the entire thing. I was just making it into the artifact wing when the siren went off, signaling that the museum was about to close. It was only 200 Baht to get in, so Iíll go back later in this trip and look around at the artifacts. That trip wonít take nearly as long as this one, because there are no plaques to go along with everything.

Next stop of the day was the tailors that I went to on Saturday. They said I could come by after 4-o-clock to get my suit correctly fitted. The sleeves were a bit long, but thatís the only thing that needed to be done to make it suitable (PUN!). I will pick it up later in the week.

I got my tuk-tuk driver to take me to the sky train station where I did my best to talk him down to a reasonable price. That was unsuccessful. I couldnít get the man to go any less than 250 baht. He simply wouldnít do it. I eventually gave up when he shot me a look of anger and offense. Iíve now learned never to take tuk-tuks by myself, I need a Thai person with me to make it price efficient. If I go by myself I just end up getting ripped off. I don't like getting ripped off.

Thai Cultural Tidbit: There is no such thing as equal treatment when ďfarangĒ are concerned. It is the general assumption by all Thais that if you are a foreigner, you have more money than they do and are happy to spend it. Water taxi prices for foreigners are 10 baht higher than prices for Thais. Tuk-tuk drivers charge more for foreigners than they do for Thais and will take offense if the foreigner asks for too low of a price. If you want to get a good price in Thailand, take a Thai person with you. This is one reason why I couldnít get a better price for my suit. The salesman knew I was American and assumed I had a lot of money. In fact, on of his sales pitches was ďYouíre American, youíre rich, you have the money to look good.Ē Not a good sales pitch when it isnít true.

My last stop of the day was the weekend market that I had visited the week before. All of the straps on my bag are either broken or ripped, and I need a new one. I had a very hard time trying to find a bag that worked for me. The trick is I have to find one with a padded pouch for my computer. I donít have to get one with a pouch, but if I want to protect my computer, I need one. I found only one bag that was suitable and I didnít have enough cash on me to purchase it, so Iíll go back later. Iíve asked around and everybody says thatís the best place to go to find a bag like this, so perhaps Iím just not looking in the right spots. I did have some success with footwear this time, though. I found a very nice pair of flip-flops that call themselves Diesel. Iím sure theyíre not, but they look nice and are as comfortable as flip flops ever are. So, mild success was had. That was the weekend.

On the subject of entertainment...
The Oscars are, as I have repeatedly mentioned, this coming Sunday. As with every year, I have formulated my predictions. I still have yet to do better than 50 percent. I'm hoping this is my year, but ya never know. You may click here to take a gander at said predictions. I apologize for the confusion, I tried to combine three different lists of predictions onto one sheet. If you can't figure it out from my happy little key at the top, the red are what I think should win, the yellow is what I think will win, and the blue is what Entertainment Weekly has predicted. The key should explain the rest. Now, as I said last week, I want to try for something funny in every posting, so this time I have another video. I discovered this one myself. Enjoy and take heed!

Well, thatís all I have for this post. Was it long enough for ya? HA! Iím sure it was. Well, have a great week, all, and I will type to ya later! Ciao!

Caesar1280's Anime Ticker

.hack//Legend of the Twilight, Air, Air: The Movie, Akira, The Animatrix, Appleseed, Aquatic Language, Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror, Beck, Black Lagoon, Blame!, Blood the Last Vampire, Bokurano, Burst Angel, Castle in the Sky, Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Digimon Tamers: The Runaway Digimon Express, Egao, FLCL, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shambala, Gankutsuou, Gatekeepers, Genshiken, Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence, Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society, Gin-iro no Kami no Agito, Grave of the Fireflies, Grenadier, Haibane Renmei, Hellsing, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, Hikaru no Go, Howl?s Moving Castle, Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Jyu Oh Sei, Karas: The Prophecy, Last Exile, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Midori?s Days, Milennium Actress, Mushi-shi, My Neighbor Totoro, Naruto, Naruto: The Movie, Nausicaa, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death And Rebirth, Ninja Scroll: The Movie, Other Worlds, Paprika, Perfect Blue, Pet Shop of Horrors, The Place Promised In Our Early Days, Prťtear, Princess Mononoke, Read Or Die, Read Or Die: The TV, Samurai Champloo, Samurai Seven, Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal, She and Her Cat, Spirited Away, Steamboy, Tide-Line Blue, Tokyo Babylon, Tokyo Godfathers, Trigun, Voices of a Distant Star, Witch Hunter Robin, Wonderful Days, Wrath of the Ninja, X

Anime I've Seen

- .hack//Legend of the Twilight
- .hack//Sign
- 5 Centimeters per Second
- Air
- Air: The Movie
- Akira
- The Animatrix
- Appleseed
- Aquatic Language
- Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror
- Baby Blue
- Beck
- Black Lagoon
- Blame!
- Blood the Last Vampire
- Bokurano
- Burst Angel
- Castle in the Sky
- Cowboy Bebop
- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
- Digimon Tamers: The Runaway Digimon Express
- Doorbell
- Egao
- Fullmetal Alchemist
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shambala
- Gankutsuou
- Gatekeepers
- Genius Party
- Genshiken
- Genshiken OAV
- Ghost in the Shell
- Ghost in the Shell: Innocence
- Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society
- Gin-iro no Kami no Agito
- The Gokusen
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Grenadier
- Haibane Renmei
- Happy Machine
- Hellsing
- Highlander: The Search for Vengeance
- Hikaru no Go
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Innocent Venus
- Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade
- Jyu Oh Sei
- Karas: The Prophecy
- Karas: The Revelation
- Last Exile
- Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
- Midori?s Days
- Milennium Actress
- Mushi-shi
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Naruto
- Naruto: The Movie
- Nausicaa
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death And Rebirth
- Ninja Scroll: The Movie
- Other Worlds
- Ouran High School Host Club
- Paprika
- Perfect Blue
- Pet Shop of Horrors
- The Place Promised In Our Early Days
- Prťtear
- Princess Mononoke
- Read Or Die
- Read Or Die: The TV
- Samurai Champloo
- Samurai Seven
- Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal
- Serial Experiments Lain
- Shanghai Dragon
- She and Her Cat
- Spirited Away
- Steamboy
- Tekkonkinkreet
- Tide-Line Blue
- Tokyo Babylon
- Tokyo Godfathers
- Trigun
- Trinity Blood
- Vampire Hunter D
- Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
- Voices of a Distant Star
- Witch Hunter Robin
- Wolf's Rain
- Wonderful Days
- Wrath of the Ninja
- X

Total: 93
Anime I Haven't Completed

- .hack//Roots
- Ah! My Goddess
- Angelic Layer
- Avenger
- Baccano!
- Bamboo Blade
- Basilisk
- Binchou-tan
- Black Cat
- Bleach
- Blood+
- Boogiepop Phantom
- Case Closed
- Le Chevalier d'Eon
- Chobits
- Chrono Crusade
- Code Geass
- Coyote Ragtime Show
- D.Gray-Man
- D.N.Angel
- DearS
- Death Note
- Dennou Coil
- Desert Punk
- Digimon
- Dragon Ball Z
- Ergo Proxy
- Eureka Seven
- Excel Saga
- Fighting Beauty Wulong
- Final Fantasy Unlimited
- Flag
- Freedom
- Full Moon
- Gantz
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
- Gintama
- Glass Fleet
- Great Teacher Onizuka
- Gundam Seed
- Gundam Wing
- Hayate the Combat Butler
- Hellsing OVA
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
- Ikki Tousen
- InuYasha
- Jigoku Shojo
- Kage Kara Mamoru
- Karin
- Kino's Journey
- Love Hina
- Loveless
- Lovely Complex
- Lucky Star
- Makai Senki Disgaea
- Marchen Awakens Romance
- Meine Liebe
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Mononoke
- Monster
- Moon Phase
- Mr Stain on Junk Alley
- Naruto Shippuuden
- Negima?!
- Negima!
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion
- Nerima Daikon Brothers
- NHK ni Youkoso
- Night Walker
- Ninja Nonsense
- Noir
- Peacemaker Kurogane
- Pokemon
- Prince of Tennis
- R.G. Veda
- Ragnarok
- Rec
- Red Garden
- Robotech
- Romeo x Juliet
- Rosen Maiden
- Rurouni Kenshin
- Saikano
- Sailor Moon
- Samurai Deeper Kyo
- Sci-fi Harry
- School Rumble
- Scrapped Princess
- Shin-chan
- Shingu
- Shion no Oh
- Shuffle!
- Shrine of the Morning Mist
- So Long, Mr. Despair
- Solty Rei
- Sousei no Aquarion
- Speed Grapher
- Spice and Wolf
- Super Milk Chan
- Tales of Phantasia
- Tenchi Muyo
- Tenjhou Tenge
- Texnolyze
- The Third
- Tsubasa Chronicles
- Urusei Yatsura
- Venus Versus Virus
- Welcome to the N.H.K.
- Winter Cicada
- X-1999
- Xenosaga
- XxxHolic
- Yu Yu Hakushou
- Yume Tsukai
- Zero no Tsukaima
- Zipang

Total: 116
Manga I've Completed

- Cowboy Bebop
- Manga Messiah
- Manga Metamorphosis
- Q*Ko-chan
- Saiyuki
- Shirahime-Syo

Total: 7

Manga I Haven't Completed

- .hack//Legend of the Twilight
- Black Cat
- Blame!
- Chobits
- D.Gray-man
- Darkside Blues
- Death Note
- The Demon Ororon
- Desert Coral
- Disgaea
- Eureka Seven: Gravity Boys and Lifting Girl
- Fruits Basket
- Getbackers
- Hayate the Combat Butler
- Kamunagara
- Legal Drug
- Love Hina
- Loveless
- Megatokyo
- Naruto
- Negima
- Read Or Die
- Rurouni Kenshin
- Tactics
- Trigun Maximum
- XXXHolic

Total: 26

Anime I'm Currently Watching
Samurai 7, InuYasha, Samurai Deeper Kyo,
Boogiepop Phantom, and Shrine of the Morning Mist

Manga I'm Currently Reading
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