Landmark Summit…

I just have a question…

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Israel and the Palestinians to seize a “time of opportunity” as she pledged renewed U.S. commitment to Middle East peacemaking before the two sides’ landmark summit.

From this article on Reuters.

How many “landmark summits” do two groups need to have before they come to a compromise?

Now, my issue is of course, with the use of the term, “landmark summit” and not with the fact that they are having a summit. I do want to see peace between Israel and Palestine, but you would think that Reuters, along with other news outlets, would realize that they have been jumping the gun by using this particular term for years.

The signing of the treaty of Paris at the end of the Revolutionary war was a landmark summit. General Lee’s surrender during the civil war was a landmark summit. You can’t really call a summit a landmark summit until the outcome is clear and it actually “marks” something of significant historical impact.… [Read More]

The Dish on Fansubs

Anxious times in the cartoon underground | CNET

Hat tip to Reason’s Edge for emailing me the link to this article.

Certainly this article has some valid points, but I would like to address one. The amount of DVD sales.

Bill from Reason’s Edge had this to say:

I’d dare counter that with the observation that the sheer volume of anime being distributed to the U.S. has exploded over the last few years, with studios even resorting to recycling old material. Couple that with the fact that the target “price” for a series is around $150-$200 ($20-$30 a disk, almost always 7 disks) and you get the buying public making decisions and deciding more carefully where they’re going to spend their money. In other words, to the consumer, “Wolf’s Rain” is worth $200, but “Battle Programmer” is not.

I have to agree with that. As much as I enjoyed watching the Fansub of “Twin Spica”, it’s not worth 20$ a disc to me for a seven volume series, in fact, most of what I have watched fansubbed so far falls into this category with the exception of “Bleach”.… [Read More]


Conservatives Pick a Soft Target: A Cartoon Sponge

Ya know.. I am all for multiculturalism. If the fact that I am an anime junkie, who is picking up some of the more commonly used phrases in the Japanese language on a daily basis, doesn’t tell you that much I don’t know what does. Perhaps it could be my absolute adoration for “Amelie”, and my severe upset that I will be unable to see “Un Long Dimanche de Fiancailles” before it’s left the theaters, among other things.

I am all about celebrating other cultures, I love it. It adds new dimensions to our world.

I am an intelligent adult, with the power of speech and am able to communicate myself to others well enough that the idea that I need my public school district to purchase a video, featuring Spongebob Squarepants–a character who is entertaining largely because he is intellectually challenged and that’s putting it in an extremely mild light, to explain about other cultures to my children is patently offensive.… [Read More]