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Captain's Log 2013.03.09

The last lingering things I need to do to make B-T Zone fully up to date:
1. update releases: include tab books (done)
2. history: possible rescan very early years (can't find the photos, one day I will declutter and organize all this shit)

Leaving for a little vacation. Hope all goes well.

In Buck-Tick we trust.
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Captain's Log 2013.02.26

The last lingering things I need to do to make B-T Zone fully up to date:
1. update releases: include tab books? at least add the fish tank only videos to fan club merch page
2. history: possible rescan very early years (can't find the photos, haven't looked again)

I added the Fish Tank only videos to the Fan Club merchandise listings as well as the Fish Tank 15th Anniversary tote bag. There's some merchandise from tours that may be missing. I will have to check my little folder of pictures to sort.

I am working on adding the tab books to the releases.

Those old photos I would like to re-scan, well it will be awhile until I find them if ever. I have other stuff to do besides tear apart the house.

I threw away some pop idol photos I've been holding onto since I was a kid. Need room for B-T stuff. I kept them in the same photo album that I keep B-T photos bought in Harajuku and after concerts. I recently threw away clippings of that pop idol too. Not sure why I was holding onto that stuff for so long!
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Captain's Log 2013.02.20

The last lingering things I need to do to make B-T Zone fully up to date:
1. screen cap "Climax Together" music video (done!)
2. releases: include tab books? at least add the fish tank only videos to fan club merch page
3. history: possible rescan very early years (can't find the photos, haven't looked again)

I spent last night capturing Climax Together music video so that's on the site now. Also went through and re-worded some stuff and added sample photos of solo books (Sacrifice, Simply Life). Just noticed another thing I need to fix. This shit is never ending.

Personal thing to do: still need to sell my extra BT stuff! Why am I so lazy? I really need money for my European trip next month, especially now given that B-T just keeps releasing items.
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Vaccination scars on the upper arms of Japanese people

I don't know why this never hit me until now but I just realized that Atsushi's gorgeous arms are not marred by vaccination scars! I cannot recall any B-T member showing off their arms and seeing such scars. Am I going crazy? I'm not at home so I can't go through my photos but surely I would remember such a thing. Prove me wrong and post a photo link in the comments.

In Japan and many other countries, it was or continues to be routine to vaccinate the population. Some of these cause noticeable scars. Every Japanese of a certain age clearly has scars on their upper arms. I grew up seeing these on my mom so I thought they were cool and the visual is associated with parental love for me. When I attended elementary school in Japan, I had the opportunity to get the vaccination. As much as I adore scars, I just didn't want to be marred so I opted out. I've met people from other countries with the same scars and when I see them, it makes me think they're cool and it sparks that parental love feeling in me.

Supposedly Japan has changed the vaccination so that it no longer leaves the giant hideous scar but smaller dots left behind by the needles (yes, multiple needles). I can't recall right now the visual of this scar, perhaps because it does not have as much of an impact. Right now, every arm that I can picture is very noticeably scarred.

The scars look like this:

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I just feel like B-T is old enough to have the big scars. Why don't they? I must carefully search my photos at home. At least Toll should be old enough to have them. Or is it possible they were all able to opt out? Or is this another case of Okinawa being behind and the old school method continued on in Okinawa much longer than in mainland? My peers had the scars and we are younger than Buck-Tick.
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Captain's Log 2013.02.11

The last lingering things I need to do to make B-T Zone fully up to date:
1. screen cap video releases (done!) and "Climax Together" music video
2. releases: include tab books? at least add the fish tank only videos to fan club merch page
3. history: possible rescan very early years (been rummaging through my things but I cannot find some particular photos to rescan, darn)

Personal thing to do: sell my extra BT stuff. Need money for my European trip next month.
kalavinka

Captain's Log 2013.02.03

Things I still need to do to make B-T Zone fully up to date:
1. screen cap video releases (in process) and "Climax Together" music video
2. releases: include tab books? at least add the fish tank only videos to fan club merch page
3. history: possible rescan very early years (still involves cleaning my room and finding the sources which I'm avoiding as long as possible)

Recently I added screen caps for several music videos over the past few years, (Heaven, Galaxy, Kuchizuke, Elise No Tame Ni, Miss Take), plus screen caps for the only video made for Dropz.
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Captain's Log 2013.01.27

Omatase shimashita! Buck-Tick Zone site has re-launched and is live for all! Thank you for your patience & patronage. Please let me know if anything is not working for you, such as broken links. http://www.bucktickzone.com/

Here is a summary of what has been added/updated:
1. behind the scene code updated throughout (cleaner CSS, XHTML 1.0 Strict compliant)
2. slightly wider layout (880px model) means pages can hold bigger photos
3. improved navigation (re-arranged order of some things & added shortcuts)
4. fixed lots of typos
5. added new pages! lyrics (b-t, side projects, etc in original japanese, romaji, some translations), resources (previous misc. stuff)
6. Main page: twitter feed & site map added
7. History: now updated up to 2013 and what will happen this year, re-worded some of the old history and added more photos
8. Members: improved main page summarizing each member, added small profile on another regular guest musician, added more artwork for albums band members like, added info for guest appearances each member has made, updated equipment info for Atsushi (pic on drums), Hisashi (many guitars), Hide (many guitars), & U-ta (many basses)
9. Releases: updated to the very latest release and guest appearances, added more credits for side projects
10. Media: updated magazine covers, tour merchandise, fan club stuff, updated Mac OS X B-T history widget up to 2012 activity
11. Resources: added a FAQ & band profiles of b-t related bands, updated the glossary
12. Links: added more links, removed dead links

Things I still need to do:
1. screen cap video releases, including 5 music videos
2. releases: include tab books? add more details for fish tank only videos?
3. history: possible rescan very early years (involves cleaning my room and finding the sources! bah....)
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Captain's Log 2013.01.21

Buck-Tick Zone update/revamp todo list! (so close, I can taste it..and it's delicious)

1. releases: books, scan dust jackets? (maybe obi too)
2. members: update Hisashi/Hide guitar info (scanning today!)
3. what the hell are you gonna do with the front page stuff?!?!! (haven't thought about it, will keep avoiding)
4. upload all files and announce the site has been updated and has new address
shit that can wait until after relaunch:
5. screen cap video releases, including 5 music videos
6. releases: include tab books? add more details for fish tank only videos?
7. history: possible rescan very early years

The main thing I have to do is update Hisashi and Hide's guitar info. Today I'm scanning the Guitar Archives book that was released last year. Then I just gotta make some small decisions on how the main page and some of those sub-pages appear and I'll feel comfortable to let it all be open to the public. There's more updates to do but that can come later. This has definitely taken way longer than I thought it would.
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Captain's Log 2013.01.15

Buck-Tick Zone update/revamp todo list! (counting down the days...)

1. releases: books, scan dust jackets? (maybe obi too)
2. update tour merch page (so much stuff!)
3. members: update Hisashi/Hide guitar info
4. what the hell are you gonna do with the front page stuff?!?!! (haven't thought about it, will keep avoiding)
5. upload all files and announce the site has been updated and has new address
shit that can wait until after relaunch:
6. screen cap video releases, including 5 music videos
7. releases: include tab books? add more details for fish tank only videos?
8. history: possible rescan very early years

Thought I'd get a lot more done today since I had to take the day off so a repairman could give my home heat again (it doesn't snow but it's cold) but ended up doing errands/chores instead. Realized I don't think I archived all the merchandise that B-T has been offering and now I'm kinda dizzy trying to remember exactly for what did they first release the I (heart) B-T stuff, etc.
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Captain's Log 2013.01.08

Buck-Tick Zone update/revamp todo list! (soon my pretties, soon...)

1A. releases: create page for Live Product box set
1B. releases: add rankings for Catalogue sets
1C. releases: double check credits of side project singles/videos ~4 items
1D. releases: books, scan dust jackets (maybe obi too)
2. update tour merch page (so much stuff!)
3. members: update Hisashi/Hide guitar info & U-ta bass info (in process)
4. what the hell are you gonna do with the front page stuff?!?!! (haven't thought about it, will keep avoiding)
5. upload all files and announce the site has been updated and has new address
shit that can wait until after relaunch:
6. screen cap vids, including 5 music videos
7. releases: include tab books? add more details for fish tank only videos?
8. history: possible rescan very early years