Jessie Mihalik has a degree in Computer Science and a love of all things geeky. A software engineer by trade, Jessie now writes full time from her home in Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing co-op video games with her husband, trying out new board games, or reading books pulled from her overflowing bookshelves.

The Inuyasha Movie Experience

The Inuyasha Movie Experience

Yes, experience. Viz had free showings of the first Inuyasha movie in theaters across the country. Dallas happened to be one of the lucky places to get the movie. So, since we had been planning a trip to Dallas anyway, we went. The movie was ok, I’d seen it before and I still don’t like the English dub, but the experience is a toss up between hilarious and very, very scary.

The movie started at 10 and it said to get there early. We arrived around 8 and quite a few people were already there. Some were in cosplay, some in Inuyasha teeshirts, and some carrying around little stuffed Kirara’s. There were lots of kids (middle school, maybe), with their moms. Lot’s of girls with high pitched voices. Heck, probably lots of guys with high pitched voices, it was hard to tell.

So, after Dustin and I played our Gameboys for two hours, it began. First, loud screaming welcomed any main character onto the screen. Then, especially loud female screaming welcomed Sesshoumaru any time a glimpse of him was seen. Then, four guys decided to be narrators and would scream out the Japanese attack names over the English dubs. I thought that was pretty funny, but apparently some other people did not, judging by the number of “Shut the hell up!” yells that followed their narration. I mean, really, “Backlash wave” is a pretty lame translation of “Bakuryuuha” even though it’s probably close to literal. Just watch the movie and wait for the building music and booming attack noises while the English voice actor is screaming “BACKLASH WAVE” and you’ll see what I mean.

The obligatory booing and hissing accompanied Kikyou any time she decided to make an appearance and a round of aaahhhs was in order for Rin. Overall, the experience was ten times better than the movie would have been by itself. At least now I know that I’m not the craziest Inuyasha fan out there.

Cheezy Conversation of the Day

“Hey look, there’s the dam!”
“Yeah, look at all of those dam rocks.”
“And all of that dam concrete.”
“I guess that makes this the dam road.”
“Look at those big dam power lines.”
“These dam jokes never get old.”


I know I haven’t updated in a while and I was all set to do it tonight. However, when I sat down at my desk, I noticed that I had missed a couple of calls from mom. Normally it’s not a big deal, she’ll call if I haven’t talked to her in a while. However, she called four times tonight, which generally means something is wrong. When I called her back I learned that indeed something was very wrong. My grandma had a mammogram last week and they made her have another one because of a suspicious lump. Well, she had a biopsy and it turns out that it’s cancer. At this stage I don’t know anything more than that, she has a doctor’s appointment Friday when they are going to see if it’s spread or not. Either way she’ll probably have surgery early next week. This is especially bad news because her sister died of cancer, but thankfully not breast cancer. Hopefully they caught it in time and everything will be ok after the surgery. Now is when it sucks to have a job. A few weeks ago I could’ve just driven home on a moment’s notice, but now I have to worry about my job as well. My normal update will have to wait until I feel like writing it again.

Fact Number 7123

The sun burns. Especially when you are pasty white since you haven’t been tanning since last summer. Even if you don’t think you’re burning and you go inside when you are “tan.” Four hours later you will be sorry. Trust me on this.

iTunes Update

For those of you who use iTunes, version 4.5 is now available. It has several new features and now you can download a free single from an “emerging artist” every week. It seems like this update is made up of a bunch of small things that ellict a “that’s kinda cool” response, instead of a few “WOW” features. For example it’s kinda cool that you can watch movie trailers straight from iTunes (and of course buy the soundtracks and audiobooks). It’s also kinda cool that you can watch music videos. I’m not really a music video fan but I watched a couple and it was sorta nice, but not something I would really miss if it wasn’t available.

One new feature that is pretty useful is the improved printing options. Now you can print a list of your songs, or a list of all the albums you have. You can also print cd covers with actual album art (or a mosiac of all the covers for a mixed cd). I don’t really ever burn discs, but if I did, I think this is a really cool feature. I’m thinking about making a mix cd just to test it out. :)

All of the audiophiles out there will probably be happy with the new Apple Lossless Encoder, which promises full CD quality audio in about half the size an uncompressed audio file would require. This would also probably be a good option to back up CDs onto your computer without a loss in quality.

If you go to the iTunes site you can read about all of the other features I didn’t cover like: Radio Charts, iMix, Wish List, and now your library has links back to the music store as well.