Sunday, June 27, 2010

TOY STORY 3 Spoiler!

For all the anime fans and Hayao Miyazaki fans out there. I noticed something pretty cool when watching Toy Story 3 in 3D yesterday with my 4yr old son Logan. First off I got free movie tickets when I bought the Toy Story 1 and 2 Bluray DVD combo pack from the Disney Movie Club (my main reason for joining was to get all the Miyazaki films that were available through Buena Vista/Disney), but anyway, yeah I got the tickets and the took Logan to see the movie so we could have a nice little father son day out. Now back to my point. One of the new characters I noticed in the film was in fact a toy of the Hayao Miyazaki film company Studio Ghibli's mascot character and also star of the first major animation productions.. Can you guess who it is? Here's a hint that will give it away.. Just look at the logo.. hahah.

Friday, June 11, 2010

SUMMER WARS! ! ! ! A MUST SEE! ! ! ! ! !

Summer Wars by animation studio Madhouse and directed by Mamoru Hosoda has got to be ONE OF THE BEST ANIME FILMS I'VE SEEN IN THE LAST YEAR (and maybe even longer!)!!!
I'm not going to explain how phenomenal it really is, but you just have got to see it to believe it! It has elements of everything that I find exciting in a movie anime or otherwise!.. Now just F^^Kin See It!!! I will be buying this Blu-Ray Disc for sure when it comes out here in the U.S. and you better also!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Otaku Dad and Rory Mae!

relaxing at the hospital waiting for time to go home, and oh yes, we are really friggin ready.. Come on Biliblanket!!! GET HERE ALREADY!!! GEEEEEZ!!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

More piccies!

Finally got around to uploading some pics from my Nikon Coolpix to my facebook page.. check'em out if you're my friend.. woot woot

Hospital Baby Pics Link

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Baby Oriana

She's Here!!!

Oriana Mae Smith was born June 1st 2010 at 2241 (10:41PM for you non-military types) at 7lbs 11.8oz and 20 1/2 inches. She's definately a cutey tho, and has all her parts, and is healthy. She took to feeding right away too so that was good. After almost 3 nights in the hospital from being induced, and having very little progress, the docs finally threw in the towel and decided it best to do a c-section (even though I think we had decided on that event a few times during our long long stay here...uhg). But once they got everything goin, it went well, baby was born, I stayed with baby the whole time during all the nursery stuff (weight, measurement, first bath and such) and then finally went and met up with momma in recovery and then went to our final family birthing center destination the post partum room where momma got to feed baby for the first time.. and she was hungry all right.. haha.. Anyway thanks for following this whole amazing event.. there'll be a bit more before I move back into my otaku stuff, but thanks to everyone for all the warm wishes and for following on facebook and twitter and on here as I welcomed my latest otaku family addition.. Now I'm going to drive the hour home to take a nap, get the new baby girls big bro's, grandma, and cousin, and bring them back up here to meet their new lil sissy! :o)

Oh and pics to come soon also.. so look for those.. my connection is kinda slow and I'm waay too tired to do any uploading.. sorry.. ja ne!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


No changes for so long.... no point in goin further.. we'll be goin in for a repeat c-section in just a bit (repeat cuz we had one with our 2 yr old Hunter due to a prolapsed cord).. Wish us luck everyone, and thanks for bearing with us and keeping ya'lls fingers crossed! Hopefully pics to follow soon!


Doctor came in to check and said baby was at least 4cm's and fully applied.. so he asked if she wanted to have the water he did.. and oh boy, it was like niagara falls! I'm really in the wrong location for this stuff.. if you've looked at the pics then you know where I been sitting on the couch and it's kinda at the foot of the bed.. bad place! heh heh. Oh well. Looks like we should really be getting somewhere, and may not have to have a c-section. But if that's the case, I better get into hand holding supportive mode and try and remember my daddy coached childbirth training... uh, now, what am I supposed to do?

Birth Update

Well in about an hour we'll have been here 2 whole days! But we do seem to be making progress. The contractions are getting more often and last check she was about 3cm dialated... so we're gettin somewhere.. more updates soon!


Feeling refreshed now.. Just took my first shower in almost 2 days.. I know I know, that would be an Anime Con foul.. but this is def not an anime con! I've been just sitting on this couch blogging and reading manga and online stuff.. But I started to get that icky feeling around my ears and hair, and I dont want to be icky in case the new otaku baby comes.. So I decided to get all washed up..hahahaha. I know I know TMI!!! but I'm grabbin at straws for stuff to talk about.. Guess I could talk about how much I like the Gurren Lagann manga, or how I found Paradigm Shift on Facebook.. OK, I like the G.L. manga. So on to PS.
 Paradigm Shift (PS) is a web comic that I first learned about at Otakon in Baltimore. I was walking around the Artist Alley and stopped by Dirks table. Picked up a copy, looked at it, looked pretty interesting, started to chit chat with Dirk Tiede about where I was from. I mentioned St. Louis, and that started a whole other small convo about a pretty well known and decent college in Illinois, SIUE (Southern Ill University Edwardsville) where I in fact did not attend calss, but where I did in fact know quite a few St. Louis folk that did. I bought a copy of the first issue, had Dirk sign it, took it home, read it, liked it, and put if down not to return because of similar things goin on then that are going on right now (having and trying to raise children, whilst going through school and career changes). But now that I'm pretty much online all the time these days, with a great deal of my online time being dedicated to my otaku blog and my anime and manga and toy addiction. I felt it was only fair to share this lil story with all of you (all?), since I did in fact abandon Dirks little but now growing project. Anyway it's work like Mr. Tiede's and that of Fred Gallagher (of Megatokyo fame) that gives me inspiration to at some point start my own webmanga.. but since my art skills leave much to be desired due to lack of practice and things mentioned above, I'd almost consider letting someone else do the illustrations while I write the dialogue and story..if in fact anyone would be up to something like that? Heh Heh.. Well its almost time for more coffee.. but I wanted to give a shout out to Dirk for keeping it going and to say I'm sorry for not following closer, but as anyone knows, things happen and when you have as many hobbies and as busy a life as me, some thing just get shoved in a box somewhere or on shelf only to be dug up and dusted off at a later date to realize what you've had and what you've been missing. So Thanks Dirk! Keep up the good work man! I hope to follow in your footsteps someday.. Someday when I hope to have time.. LOL.
Ok I better see if the wife needs anything.. oh wait, she's resting now... time for the coffee and more reading.. maybe even catch up with the adventures of Kate and Mike of PS.. hmmm. :o)


I just wanted to say real quick a quick shout out to all the wonderful warm welcomes and wishes from the folks on and, It means a lot to me to meet some more otaku folks out there like myself, and to share our new joy that is at this point.. still hangin out in the womb..hahaha.. But I'm sure she'll want to come out and see us sometime soon.. Thank you all. I'm sure I'll see you around the sites as I get tips on anime, figures, dollfies and other otaku culture out there..