Last I heard it was personal issues. I'd have to agree that the first run of the Hunter series was more fun for me, 'cause it went more in depth, but at least this time we should be able to see more of the story animated. There's like 3 whole arcs before we get to the point the mangaka has stopped at now. Here's hoping!
Jump3R, I'm from Maryland and I don't mind whatever you call me as long as I know its ME. Easiest was "mbio" back in the day. (How old I sound!) If I come up with a good name for you, I'll run it by ya!
My traditional gift of thanks was cake, so allow me to present you all with one in honor of the party!
Yo, I'm a long-lost-but-returning member of the "old" welcoming committee, ok if I jump back in here? Its won't be very often, due to lifestyle, but just from reading the last couple of pages I think I'm going to enjoy hanging with you guys. ~_^
I totally agree with the "too much moe" statement, to be honest I've been rather bored the past couple of seasons except for the good old staples. And I LOVE good falafel!! I think you'll fit in here just fine.
Sorry I haven't posted here in like forever! Or responded to various PMs, or even leeched off the site with regular frequency since a couple of years ago. Its been a very FULL couple of years for me in science and in general. I still don't have internet at home, so I can only visit during working hours but we've been doing a lot of heavy work here which makes me forget to come check on you all. Its been exciting stuff!
For those of you who don't remember, I work as a technician/manager in a biology lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. I'm still studying blind Mexican cavefish and learning all sorts of neat stuff from them. I also have Japanese, Chinese and Croatian coworkers now, in fact the internationals outnumber the Americans at the moment! But that just makes it more fun, since we all ask questions about all sorts of things as we get to know each other. My last project with the fish had me learning how to take out their kidneys so we could take good pictures of the tissue under the microscope. Currently I'm trying to create a family tree of all the generations of fish we've raised here in my lab, so we can track some genes and stuff. Its very schway.
Science stuff aside I'm still very much an anime/manga/video game geek, and I've been to Otakon for 6 years running now dressing as Luffy. Currently I'm trying to complete my Ghibli movie collection organized by year of publication, and I'm making serious inroads into Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and Paper Mario: Sticker Star. My current rant is that there have only been 1-2 good new shows released from Japan each season, I'm getting tired of "the latest twist" on Negima or K-On. I blog once in a blue moon, I'm still involved with my church, and I've expanded my crafting skills into knitting and chain maile jewelry. I've totally become addicted to tea in all of its glorious varieties and I still can't cook worth a darn. (Can't have everything I suppose. )
So that's what's up with me! I will try to be a little more present, there's no point in being the resident Mad Scientist if you are actually "resident". Viva la Cafe!
*sigh* Seems like all I post here lately are sorry excuses for not doing my job as a representative of Chaos.
Anyways, my dear fellow Cafe-ers, now that Laogoh has chased me down (thanks dude!), I owe you all an explanation for my silence. The reason I've been MIA from the jCage the past couple of months because of work-related fiascos. There's been a sudden attack of bureaucracy among the people who regulate how you do animal research on a university campus, and as a result I've been writing and re-writing all this paperwork so we can keep our cavefish. Its been a nightmare! Plus its the end of the fiscal year, I've been making solutions and tools for the boss to take on his research trip this summer, and we're hosting a student from another lab starting next week. You can imagine how much fun I'm having.
Looking ahead I'm probably not going to be back in any sense until mid-July at the earliest. It's going to take until then to get most of the this stuff finished and out of my hair. That's probably right around the time Otakon finishes up so I will make up for my absence by posting some of the pics from there. If I finish my new costume on time, you'll get one of me too.
To all the newbies I've missed out on greeting lately, I solemnly swear I shall cake you all on my return. Enjoy your final moments of sanity.
Mbio-chan ^-^ I knew it, it's a scorpion! Really, who makes a scorpion? Is that code for I plan on poisoning you for the inheritance? (-_-' I need to stay away from Agatha Christie for a while)
LOL Ha, a fellow mystery buff, sweet! No my dear, I'm not really interested in the inheritance as I've already gotten plenty of funding for my escapades in chaos from my Natsu-hon (and free lab space, she lets me have the basement). Besides, I'd use something a lot more interesting than scorpions...curare for example is a nice choice.
1) I was born in Hollywood, CA to a young Presbyterian pastor and his wife. I'm told my dad got kind of queasy. *laugh*
2) If I couldn't be a scientist, I'd be an animator for Disney or Pixar. Despite the fact that I can't draw worth a darn, of course.
3) I have always wanted to live in a treehouse like the Swiss Family Robinson.
4) I collect young adult literature, especially Newbury Honor books.
5) I have ridden a camel in the last 24 hours.
6) Baseball brings my family together. Dad roots for the Giants, Mum roots for the Dodgers, and my baseball team is the Angels, though I root for the homeboys in whatever area I live.
7) One of my most favorite game developer studios is Level 5. If you've never played a Level 5 game, you can't call yourself a gamer!
8) If I had to pick a football team, it'd be the 49ers. Not that they've done much the past few years. I REFUSE to root for the Rams, Raiders, or Cowboys out of principle, and will not root for the Steelers if my friend Adrian is in the room.
9) Marching band is a passion of mine. I'm a flute player.
10) I'm much more of a scaredy-cat than people take me to be. Its weird considering how much I love life and what its made of, but I'm just as afraid to get out there and LIVE as I am eager to do it.
11) I belong to the Convent of Marys at Grove City College, among whom I'm know as Sister Mary James. Jimmy, for short.
12) I have a major fetish for soundtrack music, especially if it's written by John Williams. I also love Irish folk music, Baroque classical music, Caedmon's Call, Reliant K, and select "music set to environmental sounds". New age is weird, but it comes up with some good stuff.
13) My favorite video game series is Kingdom Hearts. Mostly because combines some of my other favorite things, Disney and Final Fantasy. Plus Traverse Town just feels like Disneyland to me.
14) BTW, I practically grew up at Disneyland (ask my mum, she's got some funny stories) since my granddad ran a hotel down the street from the park. He knew Walt Disney from being a part of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce.
15) I was a mime with Clowns for Christ my freshman year of college.
16) I'm an old-school style murder mystery nut and collect books and mystery dramas on DVD. Angela Lansbury as JB Fletcher reminds me of my grandma. ^_^
17) I actually liked my Organic Chem class so much I took Advanced, though I got a D.
18) I've come down with fungus in the lungs from climbing around bat caves in Central Mexico. Funniest disease I've ever had!
19) I've always wanted my own miniature observatory.
20) If it weren't so darned far away and expensive, I'd live in Hawaii. It's one of my happy places.
21) I tend to pick up handcrafts like long-furred cats pick up dryer lint. Last year it was wire jewelery. This year, it will probably be soap.
22) Green beans are my favorite veggie. I've even grown my own!
23) If I ever retired from science (ha!), I'd open a coffee shop or a used bookstore and start my own chess club. Or I'd be a librarian. It might be cool to be a national park ranger too, or work as a booster club member for a minor league baseball team.
24) I've always wanted to be an actual contributing member of the National Geographic Society.
25) I've studied a little of a number of various martial art forms, but my favorite is Aikido. As soon as I have some more time and money, that's what I'm going to go back to.
Well it seems the faults have been corrected, so welcome to the Cafe Revilenigma! For getting an avatar and getting the hint to us more about yourself than just "yo", I, the resident Mad Scientist, officially cake your thread in neighborly greeting!
Google or YouTube are pretty good sources for random material. The trick is to come up with search terms that will give you something interesting. "Cake pictures", for example, doesn't do much, and neither does "pirate humor". But "artistic cake pictures" or "pirates vs ninja humor" does much better.