True story: thanks to the painkillers I was taking, I have zero memory of writing the post you most recently replied to in the first place. xD Reading back through it was like reading it for the first time. Man, oxycodones are strong stuff. But thank you! I am feeling so, so, so much better now. I’m through the funk of the after-surgery things and now reaping the full benefits of a gallbladder-free existence.
As I recall, Old Fritz is now buried somewhere very understated. Of course, back in the day the Nazis ritualized his old gravesite and eventually dug him up and hid his body so it wouldn’t be destroyed in the war, but the Allies found it and thankfully re-interred him very respectfully. In life, I believe he once said he wanted to be buried beside his three dogs, and that was all. A very quintessentially German request, I thought.
I would have trailed that person for MILES. xD Either they’re also a fan or they know their history. Prussia, thankfully, hasn’t really been touched by any neonazi movements, at least from what I’ve seen. Most of the American neonazis are too stupid to learn history anyway.
Ah, warms my heart too. x3 That part of the anime is still so WTF-inducing to me. Just… why would you use a digital alarm clock. Why not have Austria bitching at him? That’s chronologically correct AND hilarious! Then again, there are so many parts of the anime that I will never actually understand.
xD Italy indeed! I mean, talk about the ultimate “Did I leave the stove on?” moment! The jolt from realizing that you forgot to tell your little Italian lover that you’re not dead has to be a pretty massive thing.
Ohhh, now I know what you’re talking about! Me too - I agree with you there 100%. Ironically, I’ve found that the same people who worship him like a deity seem to really get on his case about not updating. He’s a great person, but he’s still just a person. A good thing to remember, I think.
I’m not familiar with Stu Levy - what role did he play in the downfall of Tokyo Pop? I was aware for years before that manga sales had been suffering, but I would have thought we’d see a million different publishers fall before Tokyo Pop. I think they were solely responsible for every manga I read through my younger years. It was mindblowing to me that they could even go out like that. I do also hope Hetalia gets a third volume published in the US. It’s a cash cow waiting for whoever bothers to translate it.
That is amazing. xD I’ve never met a single person outside of fandom who has understood fanfics. I usually just scramble and say it’s a friend’s original fiction online as I pray they don’t happen to look at the country names. I think I would die if my boss caught me on FF.net, but my last summer job was rather low-level and I was working with people drastically older than myself who seemed to have a sixth sense for when I even ran an unrelated Google search, so that is a different thing.
Yes, me too! George is magical like that. I don’t ship PruAus at all, but I eagerly read The Lily in the Lamplight every time it updates. And speaking of updates, my God but Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart needs an update like I can’t even express. His cliffhangers on that story have given me so very many heart attacks…
Oh yeah, I love the tsundere dynamic as well. I’m glad you agree that it’s not terribly unrealistic. They say you like a person for their virtues, but love them for their faults. I think that’s exceptionally true for any relationship with such a stick-in-the-mud partner involved. I don’t know if I could do it, but I feel I myself may be a little like that sometimes. xD
Oh, thank God. I like to think I have somewhere to go, if all this censorship goes down in the US. Yay for reasonable Canadians!
The Paterno thing went downhill pretty rapidly once it became clear that he knew. He was like a king to the people of that state and football culture, but there was no redeeming him from that. But I do feel very sad that that was the note his life had to end on. He had done so many good things, and to have such a terrible one be the last thing he was around to see… The real stigma lies on the employee who actually saw this rape happening and did not stop it, though. That absolutely blows my mind. Football culture or no, someone is actively molesting a child and you see and do nothing.
I’ve been very pleased with how little crap the Hetalia fans in my Con experiences have put up with. They shut down anything related to the “lol nazis” part of the idiot-subfandom so, so quickly. The photoshoot was an extension of that. If I weren’t cosplaying, I probably wouldn’t attend the photoshoot, though. It’s a little boring. xD
Pff, kicked out of Con. I’d pay to see whoever managed that. I only attend a medium-sized con in Ohio every summer, but even then you get a certain degree of crazy behavior unregulated. I would actually be genuinely interested to see who gets kicked out every year. I found myself a little stalker last year, actually - for only about four hours, but a very annoying four hours. Nothing serious, just a stereotypical little 14 year old boy with some serious social problems and body odor who couldn’t take a hint. I think that’s the unfortunate part of anime-geek culture - you will meet, I am convinced, the coolest people here, but you also meet some of the most irritating and lacking in social filters.
I’d be interested in seeing whom my parents are planning to vote for. Traditionally they go Republican, like your dad, but I wonder if the terrible panel of Republican candidates this year will make them vote otherwise. Even as someone who does not agree with the party’s ideology, I’m very disappointed to see such a poor showing in terms of options for them.
(Related: a Republican, a Moderate, and a Democrat walk into a bar. The bartender greets them. “Hi, Mitt!” [lame joke but I laughed a little])
Oh, yes, I’ve heard about that. It makes me furious. The public does so much to resist SOPA and PIPA and all the other internet restricting laws… and then the RIAA goes behind our backs and finds other ways to get things done without putting it before the public at all. It makes me sick. I would say that we have strength in numbers in that regard - torrenting is such a wide-spread activity in our society - but there have been cases of them prosecuting the tiniest offenses to absurd degrees. I think they got a single mom for several million dollars - million! - for downloading something like 14 songs. I think the government needs to stop serving exclusively these big music companies and needs to start protecting its citizens, too. I think that there is a reasonable compromise to be had here - think something like a small parking ticket if you are found guilty of downloading. I hope that is what will happen someday instead of all these ridiculous things. The idea of restricted internet is terrifying to me.