Quick Report: Paper Project Complete

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I wanted to be more alliterative but I ran out of “P” words.

Just a quick update on this project. I finally finished off the stack of loose papers and records. While there are a few things I need to go over or put with other things I’ve cleared out what I need to for now, put into recycle what should go there, and shredded the rest. That’s one less project to deal with. Next week should be another book review and then I have my next cleaning project already planned. That will hopefully be a longer report as I feel like I’m doing a disservice to email and WordPress subscribers as well as returning readers doing three short reports like this in a row. Hopefully you got something out of this anyway.


Quick Report: Business Card Cutdown

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Tony Stark’s business card

Actually it isn’t but I forgot to take pictures. I usually do my clutter work on Saturdays but this Saturday was way too hot here in Connecticut, and the week wasn’t much better. If it gets hot in Connecticut it gets really hot in my attic living space. I did do something even if it wasn’t much. I had a stack of business cards from various conventions I went to, and I just went through them all. This required me to go to websites on the cards to see what I’d like to visit again, which I bookmarked or added to my RSS feed list, and what ones I didn’t (if they had a website, and some of the ones listed were long since down). Either way the business cards went into the recycle bin.

Now if this heat would go away I could get something done. Since I’m tired of sweating onto the keyboard, I’ll keep you updated next time.

Quick Report: Recycle, Shred, Keep

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The reason I’m not making a full-size report is two-fold. I’m writing this on Saturday and it’s my birthday, plus a lot of personal information is involved. It’s not a record organizing project but the papers I worked with do have info I don’t care to share on the internet. There are old bank statements, stuff I’ve collected from other situations, and this week I decided to go through a few of them and reorganize a drawer because I went hunting for something and couldn’t find it in the mess. Actually I couldn’t find it because I forgot what it looked like at first but shuffling through the mess said that I needed to get this done.

I set up three piles: one for papers that can just go in the recycle bin, one for papers that need to be shredded, and one for stuff I want to keep…at least initially. I have to further break down that pile, which I plan to do during the week. I’ll be continuing this process during at least this week if not more and I’ll keep you updated on my mission. When this is done hopefully there will be less papers, business cards, and other stuff around here for me to burrow through or to be found by less than reputable visitors (welcome and otherwise). This is one of those things that can get built up if you don’t take the time to do it, and when one is sick or otherwise distracted (me for the past few years on both counts) it’s time for a larger project. It’s one that has to be done. And frankly it looks better already. I just can’t show you.

Untranslated Manga Report: Mach Go Go Go remake

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This wasn’t your father’s Speed Racer.

Known in the US as Speed Racer X, this was a new version of the classic manga and anime series about auto racer Gō Mifune and his amazing race car, the Mach 5. It received wide popularity when brought to the US as Speed Racer and a resurgence when MTV reaired the original dubs. There have been two attempts to create an American spinoff, only one of which went past one season, a series of comics, the most influential being the NOW Comics run, and a recent live-action movie that had mixed reviews.

I had heard about the remake and some of the changes. Go’s new last name is Hibiki for some reason, Spritle’s counterpart is now the brother of Trixie’s counterpart, and Racer X (the only brother Speed keeps is the one thought dead) has a new outfit that’s something Batman or Gatchaman/G-Force would wear. Also no chimpanzee pet for the little boy. While the show didn’t have a comic in the US a two-volume manga for kids was created, and that’s what I ended up ordering. I’m pretty sure I knew this one was in Japanese but curiosity won out.

In deciding whether or not to add this to the manga I want to purge I have to figure out if this is something I can still enjoy despite not reading the language. The only English is Go’s name, the letters on the steering wheel that activates the car’s famous gadgets, and oddly a couple of computer displays when the “Safety Seven”is activated or when the engine overheats in one story. That means the art is really going to have to get the story across, or at least enough of it to enjoy reading. How does it do?