And all the world but a stage

To paraphrase from Shakespear. The quote I had been ruminating on is actually

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

And it got me to thinking, it’s not quite right. Close. But he didn’t account for the bulk of any play. The majority of the participants.

The audience.

While there are always a handful of actors, the bulk of any play would’ve been the audience. From the groundlings in the pit to the quality in the box.

They certainly had their place, with the wealthy and the poor taking an equally small roll in the play. But they made up most of the play and they certainly weren’t actors.

You might see where I’m going with this.

But remember, weather on the actors or for the audience, the curtains always come down.

Also. I’ve never heard anyone remark about what a *great* performance the troop put on of Hamlet in 1732. The play always ends up being forgotten to in the annals of history.

Maybe I aught to stop drinking coffee and reading quite so frequently. 🙂

Results Harvesting for Mutual Appreciation

I seriously just got this in a bulk e-mail from China soliciting the purchase of cables:

Dear Sirs:

Thank you for take time out to read this letter. Although it is a letter of business; But we believe certainly can let you

have many harvests and unexpected results. And hope sincerely that we can get a lot of responses from you or your company! The main product of our company is with many various Cable Assemblies, Wiring Harness, Connectors, and Cable Peripherals also. The main products as below and need more details contact with us, please.

As far as I can tell, they’d like to harvest results together. I’m not sure what that means.. but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t like it.

Genshiken at an End: Genshiken Volume 9

Kio Shimoku’s slice of life manga on the happenings of a group of high-school Otaku is at an end. Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture volume 9 wraps up the series and ends on a somewhat longer note than the original from Kodansha’s Afternoon (from which the series was reprinted).

Genshiken Volume 9The same dense art that originally had me pick up the series continues through the last book. Panel’s are filled out with expressive character action and the dialog tends toward wordplay and conversation rather than a trade of statements some manga writers over-use.

Almost all the characters that appear through the series are present for the finale. The only notable absence was the creepy former club president, who hasn’t shown up since the early issues of the series.

So all-in-all it’s a somewhat more satisfying ending than the original print release. It’s already gracing my bookshelf, go check it out.