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Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
PRINCESSES in flowing ballgowns, pilots of futuristic vessels and gigantic robots competed
on a level playing field at the national Cosplay championship at the weekend.
The grand final of the "costume play" event, held in an Albert Park hotel, brought together
Australia's most fervent supporters of Japanese comics and cartoons, better known as manga
and anime. Rather than just read or watch, people like Adelaide's Jenita Naipal spend
hundreds of hours making costumes of their favourite characters and then parading about in
"I've had 3½ months to make it - that's a short time in the costuming world," the 24-year-
old said, struggling out of her robot suit from Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
"The arms are 190 centimetres, the head would be another 30 centimetres on top of that. I'm
five-foot-one-and-a-half [155 centimetres] so I'm walking with my hands above my head … I
was dying in there."
The fifth-placed Naipal won products from anime distributor Madman, which put on the event.
"I can definitely improve," she added.
Melbourne's Nicole Collis, 21, has just finished a digital arts course at RMIT, but her life
has been "full-time costume pandemonium" since then. The competition's runner-up is widely
known as Siera, her pen-name on internet forums, and she portrayed Rue from Princess Tutu, a
manga with a similar story to Swan Lake.
"I love the performance, being in character, it's a unique and creative way to express
yourself," she said, twirling in her pink and burgundy ball gown.
Her parents and friends were not particularly surprised by her hobby, she said. "They think
I'm a bit more than just crazy."
The competition's winner, Christie Lee of Sydney, was overjoyed with her prize: a trip to
Japan to attend next year's Tokyo Anime Fair.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet,'' she said.
In two outfits - a blue Victorian dress and a tight red number - the 21-year-old explained
how her favourite series was like a "twisted version" of Lewis Carroll's Alice in
"I did a character named Alice from Pandora Hearts. Pretty much a girl who has a super power
and turns into a demon killer bunny," she explained, casually.
The surfing story
SURFING has taken seven-time world champion Layne Beachley around the world, but she never
thought she would end up in an exhibition.
A new collection celebrating the sport opened at the National Sports Museum at the MCG
yesterday, thrilling the wave-loving Beachley.
"I know, I was in a surfing museum before I was dead," she said, laughing.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I think that boards would be hanging up at the MCG."
Collections manager Jed Smith said The Long Ride: 100 Years of Australian Surfing traversed
the origins of the sport through to the professional circuit of today. The exhibition
stretches back to 1909 when Manly's Tommy Walker brought a board from Hawaii and started to
ride. (It was previously held that Hawaiian champion Duke Kahanamoku was the first to ride
local waves in the 1920s.)
Until interest spiked in the 1970s and '80s, surfing was amateur and recreational, he said.
"So to get hold of boards to see the evolution, it's quite extraordinary."
Beachley said her first boards were thick, wide and long. "We'd be encouraged to learn on
'moving sidewalks'," she said. "Now the craftsmanship is just amazing, and it's great to see
it be honoured and admired and appreciated."
The exhibition runs until the end of February.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~ (うみものがたり 〜あなたがいてくれたコト〜?, lit. "Sea Story") is a 12 episode anime series, directed by Junichi Sato and produced by Zexcs. It began airing on Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting on June 24, 2009. An unaired 13th episode is to be featured in the final DVD volume, released on March 26, 2010.
The anime is based on a popular pachinko game manufactured by Sanyo Bussan.
The anime uses two theme songs. The opening theme is "violet" by Marble and the ending theme is "Tōmei na Inori" (透明な祈り?) by Masumi Itō. Lantis has released three soundtracks for Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~. The first, "violet", was released on July 23, 2009. The second, "Treasure!? ~Kimi to Deaeta koto~" (Treasure！～君と出逢えたコト～?), was released on August 5, 2009. The third, "Tōmei na Inori" (透明な祈り?), was released on August 26, 2009.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The nation's big corporate research and development laboratories--at IBM, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard and a handful of other companies--have their roots and rationale in the industrial era, when communication was costly, information traveled slowly and social networks were fostered at conferences and lunchrooms instead of over the Web.
Crowdsourcing and other new, more open models of innovation are really byproducts of the low-cost communication and new networks of collaboration made possible by the Internet.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Accutane is a form of vitamin A. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly.
Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.
Accutane may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Thursday, May 14, 2009