I want you (as a hostage)

Per tradition, Marin gave me a couple new manga titles as part of my Christmas present. The unequivocal winner of this round of manga was Hayate the Combat Butler. Hayate does for comedy manga what Scream did for horror movies—but has the advantage of comedy being a much more endearing genre. But, to get the most out of it (much as with Scream), you ought to be a fan of the genre before reading; why should you find poking fun at nekomimi hilarious if you’re not already familiar with the concept?

Sometimes there’s something a particular manga-ka does that I really like/note, for some reason. Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina) draws pretty gals. Wataru Yoshizumi (Marmalade Boy) draws gorgeous eyes. And Kenjiro Hata (Hayate) nails facial expressions. There’s no need for the classic “throbbing vein” when you can convey annoyance in the arch of an eyebrow.

In MacWorld AppleWorld news, uh… AppleTV and the iPhone (surprisingly named as such). Wow. I have to wonder about the 40GB hard drive of the AppleTV—that seems a bit small for more than a few movies. And, while the iPhone looks sweet… I just don’t use a cell phone enough to justify a two-year contract, let alone the price of the device itself.

I wish I lived in Apple’s world, though, where going online from your cell phone is an easy task that doesn’t nickel-and-dime you per kilobyte. Maybe in a few years.

Most notable, though, was the absence of the Macintosh from the MacWorld keynote. As if to underline that, Apple officially dropped Computer from its name. Apple, Inc. Hrm.


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