Ninja dog!

So I went to an anime convention recently and wore my fursuit there. It was a smashing success -- people loved the costume, I got tons of compliments, lots of hugs, and got to meet lots of people via the costume.

The only problem I had was that it wasn't cosplay. It's not actually from an anime, nor a manga, or a game. I felt the tiniest bit like a fraud for hijacking an anime convention for my personal costuming tastes.

This made me wonder whether I could do some sort of anime-themed get-up for my fursuit. I talked with a few people and we quickly settled on Naruto. It's popular, recognizable, and the martial arts background suits my doggy fursuit as well. Plus, there actually are dogs in Naruto -- the ninja dogs (ninken) who assist the ninjas.

So without further ado, here's Adrian as a ninja dog from Naruto:

So next time I go to an anime event I won't feel like a fraud anymore!

The bastards. They remade Wilfred.

So if you haven't seen Wilfred you need to do it now. It's a wonderful surreal comedy about a man, a girl, and her dog. Her pot-smoking, foul-mouthed, neurotic, insecure, manipulative dog. It was aired as an 8-episode series on SBS, based on this short film:

And why do you need to watch it? Because the Americans are about to remake it. And undoubtedly ruin it:

It'll be just like The Office. Mark my words.

Photography whine

Comparing the Leica Noctilux 50/0.95 to the Voigtländer Nokton 25/0.95, courtesy of this youtube comment:
totally agree; the lack of true circularity is what makes this an inferior lens to leica. Albeit the lecia lens is more money, the failure to be a true circle blade wise will always make the voigtlander second best. It's an ok lens if you don't have the money I suppose.

I especially like the verdict: "It's an ok lens if you don't have the money I suppose." Reminder: The Nokton is less than 1000$, the Noctilux sells for more than 10 times as much. (It's currently listed at B&H at $10,495.) Maybe that's one small reason to settle for second-best...

Irish Peculiarities, part ∏

This is the plaque outside of the Department of the Taoiseach. The Taoiseach (pronounced "Tee-shock") is the Irish prime minister. What I find peculiar about this plaque is not that the spelling seems to have absolutely nothing to do with the way the word is pronounced -- that is pretty much standard for Irish.

It's that the Irish and the English version of the inscription have two different spellings for "Taoiseach".