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About joecrouse

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    Seasoned Otaku
  • Birthday 06/02/1979

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    Havre De Grace (home) Baltimore (work)
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    Anime (why the heck else would I be here)
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  1. Guest Request: 2015

    How bout we invite THIS GUY! Takashi Amano Takashi Amano (天野尚 Amano Takashi?, born July 18, 1954) is a photographer, designer and aquarist. His interest in aquaria led him to create the Japanese company Aqua Design Amano. Amano is the author of Nature Aquarium World (TFH Publications, 1994), a three-book series on aquascaping and freshwater aquarium plants and fish. He has also published the book "Aquarium Plant Paradise" (T.F.H. Publications, 1997). A species of freshwater shrimp is named the “Amano shrimp” or "Yamato shrimp" (Caridina multidentata; previously Caridina japonica) after him. After discovering this species' ability to eat large quantities of algae, Amano asked a local distributor to special order several thousand of them.[1] They have since become a staple in the freshwater planted aquarium hobby. He has also developed a line of aquarium components that are known as ADA, and his “Nature Aquarium” article series appears monthly in both Practical Fishkeeping magazine in the UK, and Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine in the US. <excerpt from his Wiki entry> Maybe Partner with the National Aquarium to get him to visit. He is kind of the Miyazaki or Otomo of Fishtanks.
  2. Guest Request: 2015

    I have offered To PAY for John Ringo to show up. Personally out of pocket. I tried to enlist his publisher to send him.. (HI TONI!) John goes to Dragon Con and By the Time of Otakon he is in full on prep for DC. Same for David Webber and Mike Z williamson. (Except mike is at Pennisc those two weeks then is gearing up for Dragon Con. ) Larry Corriea would show up but as a Parent to his daughter. He isn't keen on DC or Baltimore as a Place in general. the Problem is that Authors tend to go to Litterary cons NOT anime conventions. which is why Dragon Con is more Prefered for those guys. ANYway I dont know that you would enjoy the politics that goes along with those particular authors when they show up they tend to not quite give a POOP about Politically correct.
  3. Guest Request: 2015

    Sadaharu Oh - Life time Home Run king for Professional Baseball.
  4. Guest Request: 2015

    Chef Naomichi Yasuda <cribing notes from Anthony Burdain> Naomichi Yasuda is my master, my mentor as far as all things related to sushi, and my friend. For almost two decades, he was the man around whom the eponymous Sushi Yasuda in New York City revolved; one of the first, greatest and most important sushi chefs in America. Over many epically delicious meals at his restaurant, he taught me everything I know about sushi. How to eat it. Where it comes from. Which is more important, the fish or the rice? Is fresher necessarily better? Everything. He is also a fan of classic cinema, an intellectual, a deep thinker, and a lifelong practitioner of and competitor in bare-knuckle (Kyokushin) karate -- both sanctioned fights and underground matches. His massive fists, enlarged knuckles (from years of pounding cinderblock walls) and terrifying forearms are, to say the least -- unusual for a sushi chef. He is unusual in other ways as well. He was among the first to employ female sushi chefs at his restaurant, a diversion from accepted practice once unthinkable. (Women's hands were believed, by old school dudes, to be "too hot" to handle sushi without "ruining" it). He was among the first real masters to employ Westerners behind the bar. He was certainly the first acclaimed sushi chef I know of who not only admitted, but proudly boasted of freezing some of his fish, (much of the fish you eat in sushi bars is, in fact, at one point, frozen), giving the dates or "vintage" of each fish he'd blast frozen in a medical freezer to "cure" it in a desirable way. Many varieties of fish, Yasuda taught me, are in fact, improved by freezing. Perhaps the most unconventional thing he did was disappear. A few years ago, at the top of his game, his always-packed restaurant considered among the best -- if not THE best -- sushi bar in New York, he announced he would, in his fifties, be leaving for Japan, to start all over again, at the bottom, opening a tiny, modest, low-overhead sushi bar in Tokyo, where he could prove himself anew, show Japanese that what he had done in America, he could do in Japan. Sushi Yasuda still runs quite nicely in New York. It still bears his name. It is still excellent. Naomichi Yasuda, incredibly enough, though, says he has nothing to do with it. He is a fascinating subject and a great chef with an engrossing story. In this episode, we get to know him a bit, and explore where his unique style comes from. Can the very different disciplines of fighting and sushi-making be said to connect? You will be surprised, I think, at the answer.
  5. Guest Request: 2015

    how bout Yoko Ono
  6. Guest Request: 2015

    I know but I would be fun to ask just to make the state department go all red faced and freak out... (-<
  7. Guest Request: 2015

    come on wouldn't it be cool to have the Prime Minister of a NATION or the EMPEROR of a Nation Do the opening ceremonies? and we have had plenty of non anime guests over the years The Two Sumo wrestlers this year the Samisen players a few years before that not to mention all the various live action movies that are shown (more this year than any year I can remember) 2 years ago we had a guest do a HUGE pannel on Tea and Tea ceremony, This year we had a series of well attended (to the point where I couldn't get in) panels on Drinking culture, and Whiskey and Sake.. (3 pannels on alcohol on the 21st birthday of Otakon no less) We have any of a few different folks from non animated action shows (We have had at various points the Red, green and White Rangers in attendance from Power Rangers) There is a LOT more to Japan than anime mate and there is a lot more interesting stuff out there than anime given the fact that much of the anime you are watching has tie ins to the culture itself especially the stories and traditional kinds of story telling that are done in Anime. Much of those come out of the traditions of Kabuki and Noh theater. The concept of Manga is a modern outgrowth of kibyôshi from the 18th and early 19th centuries and even some of the syle queues still come from that era of Ukiyo-e (Look at the limited backgrounds in many scenes in for instance Naruto or Bleach where the foreground is detailed but the deeper you get into the background the detail sort of mists out) But Hey what the F do I know I'm just a douche in a Mario costme 3 days a year.
  8. Guest Request: 2015

    come on wouldn't it be cool to have the Prime Minister of a NATION or the EMPEROR of a Nation Do the opening ceremonies? and we have had plenty of non anime guests over the years The Two Sumo wrestlers this year the Samisen players a few years before that not to mention all the various live action movies that are shown (more this year than any year I can remember) 2 years ago we had a guest do a HUGE pannel on Tea and Tea ceremony, This year we had a series of well attended (to the point where I couldn't get in) panels on Drinking culture, and Whiskey and Sake.. (3 pannels on alcohol on the 21st birthday of Otakon no less) We have any of a few different folks from non animated action shows (We have had at various points the Red, green and White Rangers in attendance from Power Rangers) There is a LOT more to Japan than anime mate and there is a lot more interesting stuff out there than anime given the fact that much of the anime you are watching has tie ins to the culture itself especially the stories and traditional kinds of story telling that are done in Anime.
  9. Guest Request: 2015

    How about someone Political.. Prime Minister Abe. or The Emperor himself. (= ( Some Japanese Baseball Players! some Noh and kabuki actors? How bout some Talentos? and or Idols. (-= (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME PICK THEM!!!!! )
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