2011 Summer Anime Season Opinions and Recommendations… Thus Far

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Whee!!! The summer season is upon us and as always, I have yet to finish most of my previous season’s anime. But, considering that I still have one month of Summer Vacation left, I was able to, believe it or not, watch the first episodes of most of the anime on offer this season!

A feat deserving of a standing ovation… if I do say so myself. Anyways, here are my brief opinions on this season’s shows based solely on the first episode together with my rating.

In the immortal words of Mario, “Here We Go!”

WARNING: Absolutely 0 plot spoilers in this post! (^o^)

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Long post because I can’t sleep

I’m learning HTML at 3am right now, because I had Pepsi Max during the day, and it contains caffeine. When I have caffeine I can’t sleep, even though I’m tired right now and have to go to hairdressing college tomorrow  : (

Me and my family got Wi-Fi for the house yesterday. Also, I’m going on holiday to Amsterdam on Wednesday 25th May, which is 2 days away. My mum has an apartment there because she used to live there, and my sisters have been there a few times, but this will be the first time I’m going there, because I was waiting for my new passport to be delivered. Finally I have it  : )

I have been growing my nails but I just bit the one on my left index finger right back to the bed  : (

Luckily my others are still intact. Looks like it’s right back to the drawing board for my left index finger  : (

It feels kind of weird having the right one long and the left one short. I think this is the longest my nails have ever been. I have been growing them, because I am trying to get on to a hairdressing apprenticeship, and the salon staff don’t like it if you bite your nails or if your nails look bad. They think it’s unhygienic and gives the clients a bad impression. I always wash my hands a lot so I know my hands are clean, but I suppose the clients don’t know that. For the record I have never felt bad about biting my nails or the way they look, but I do get annoyed if people give me grief because of them and they’re ugly. Like, who asked you? You don’t need to tell me your negative thoughts about my appearance. You’re not amazing looking either, just keep it to yourself. Jeez.

Yesterday at the salon I’m doing a 3 month trial at, it was the first time we got a headblock out and I practised a straight blow dry in front of Kirsty (a stylist there). She said basically I can do a straight blow dry. She just gave me some tips to try and improve the result.

While I was reviewing this post, I noticed I tend to leave out commas a lot. I think one of my basic writing goals while I’m getting started should be to remember to use commas between clauses, and in front of a connective when necessary . I also need to use the word “also” less. My paragraphing needs serious work  : )

I keep accidentally pressing random keys and random stuff keeps happening on the screen. I need to remember to make sure to type properly and not half ass pressing the keys  : /

Does the new Facebook friends icon prove that feminists are man-hating female supremacists? One lady MRA says yes

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Female supremacy in action? Female supremacy in action?

So Facebook has been making some tweaks to some of its graphics. The company recently changed its already unexciting logo to one that is … even less exciting, but apparently easier to read on mobile devices.

But it’s what Facebook has done to its “friends” icon that has one lady MRA up in arms.

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Calling Emily Post: A Blogging Etiquette Roundup

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If you’re a new or recent arrival on the blogging scene, there’s definitely a lot to process: themes! Widgets! Stats! Taglines!

Then there’s the large set of (mostly unwritten) rules that govern the smooth functioning of the blogging community. Just like going to a dinner party in a country where you’ve just landed, you want to make a good first impression, or at the very least not appear like an irredeemable oaf.

Thirsty for more? You can browse our entire archive of blogging etiquette posts.

Being kind to others and asking questions is always your best bet. For more specific cases, though, we’re here to help with some of our most popular posts on blogging etiquette.

The ethical use of others’ content

If you’re a blogger who prefers to restrict access to some or all of your posts, be sure to read about your blog’s privacy settings, as well as…

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Walking cancerous tumors – sorry, smokers – and idiots who play their noises – sorry, music – way too loudly

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If you’re in a public place, even if it’s outside, especially if that place is a somewhere I can’t move away from you, you should take into consideration that not everyone wants to inhale, smell and hear what you want to inhale, smell and hear. For example, when I’m at the bus stop and you’re stinking up the place and other people have to inhale your second hand smoke, I can’t move away from you because I will miss my bus. You should stop smoking and because the situation is your fault, if necessary, move away if you still stink. Likewise with listening to music, if I’m in the computer suite trying to work, and I can hear your annoying noises coming out of your earphones, it’s too loud. If I can hear any music coming out of your computer or phone that I don’t want to hear, it’s too loud. I don’t want to breathe in your second hand smoke and become a walking cancerous tumour like you and I don’t want to hear your annoying music while I’m trying to work. It’s not like I can close my nostrils and ears and get on with my day unbothered, because if I could, I would. Just consider everyone else before you start potentially annoying behaviour. I like opera but I don’t sing opera on the bus, where other people aren’t interested in hearing it.

My mum is so annoying and never does anything “by the book”

She always does things in a dodgy way. She did it once again, as a few minutes ago she told me that the few possessions of ours that she bothered to pack and was intending to have shipped over, – possessions that are very important to me because they were the only remnants of my life in a foreign country for 2 years, though she only seems to have packed the least financially and sentimentally valuable items – we were not going to receive, because she used a dodgy shipping service and did not use any contracts to ensure a reasonable fee. The delivery service has increased the fee to £5,000 because my mum told me they said after weighing the items, our belongings will need to put in storage, which makes no sense because we don’t need them stored, we need them delivered as soon as possible.

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WordPressers Making a Splash

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We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently.

Rebecca Hains

princess problemWriter, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the book has already earned rave reviews, including from Brenda Chapman, writer and director of Disney’s Brave.

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Danielle Hark founded Broken Light Collective, a community for photographers coping with mental health issues, more than two years ago. We’ve been following that project for a while (and mentioned it in a mental health-focused roundup earlier…

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Quick Tip: Give Your First Sentence the Axe

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When we surf the internet, we make constant split-second judgements about what we want to read. There are lots of reasons we might click away from a post — a hard-to-read font, a busy background, or an opening that doesn’t grab us.

We’ve talked about fonts and backgrounds before, so let’s turn to the latter: think about nixing your first sentence (or your first few) to create an intro that hooks readers right away.

The beginning of our story is not always where we think it is.

Often, when we’re drafting, we use our first sentences to set up and focus our posts, and then we get into the nitty-gritty. For example:

Sometimes, my imagination gets in the way of real life, and it puts a strain on my marriage. I was in the living room thinking about what color to paint the walls, and Jim was in the kitchen making suggestions…

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