If in Berlin, don't hesitate to visit the DDR Museum. Dedicated to recreating the history and culture of the late German Democratic Republic, it might also be the institution most enthusiastically preserving the material culture of the 1970s.
Kio Shimoku's Genshiken takes place at the fictional Shiioh University, but relies so heavily on the Tama campus of Tokyo's Chuo University for visual reference that you might as well just come out and say it's set there. Like Shiioh, Chuo is up in the hills to the west the city, on a monorail line, near a zoo. As Kasukabe observes in chapter 2, "The school is only 20 minutes from Shinjuku but it totally feels like it's in the middle of nowhere."
Building 4 on the map is the Club and Circle Building. It's four storeys high, with a central courtyard having U-shaped ends.
From chapter 23 (remembering to read from right to left):
The Genshiken room (304) is across from the second floor Manga Club room, from which Ogiue hurls herself (above), and also the fourth floor Children's Literature Club room, where the elder Gensiken members gather to stage their newbie ambushes.
Shimoku's reliance on actual Chuo topography extends to furniture. The bench in the top photo appears in many volumes, often as a refuge for club members unwilling to enter the club room. The most recent chapter (67) shows Kuchiki steeling himself there for the chapter's punchline.
Other club members to retreat there: Kasukabe (chapter 13):
Sasahara (chapter 52):
[Update: Keiko, Hato and Sue in chapters 80 and 81:]
[And from the anime:]
A full set of Club and Circle Building photos, dated 2005, can be seen here.
(Krell and Brothers, Doorhangers, want you to have a happy
religion ritual birthday. Visit their new location in the
"We-e-l-l-l! Here we are on location at the Pembroke Mall.
We're having a great time. Hey, I have here with me six-year-old
Jason. Say `Hi,' Jason."
"Jason's here Christmas shopping with his Mom. Say `Hi,'
From off camera: "Hi."
"Jason's brought along some really cool action figures from
the new Star Trek ah Door Repair Guy series. Hold some of those
up, Jason. There's Ross Perot as Data . . . and Buddy
Whassisname. Authentic rubber boots and sou'wester there.
Roseanne Arnold as Deanna Troi. The Executive Producer.
Sunglasses and everything. Wow. Kind of a Cardassian neck on
that guy. Edwina and Clarabelle. How soon before they're acting
"A couple weeks."
"What else have you got there? A couple of Borg
"Tulip and Chestnut."
"Hey! That's right! And there's Door Repair Guy himself.
I hear he's up for an Emmy. Who's this blonde goof?"
The wormhole blossoms and disgorges the Borgoprise. The
hybrid ship cruises by at one quarter impulse power. The
wormhole closes up and disappears. The Board of Directors at
Industrial Light and Magic all sit back and light up cigars.
Picard leans toward the viewscreen, squinting.
"Any sign of the Battle Section, Ensign?"
"No indication, sir."
"Can you tell where we are?"
"Stellar Cartography is reporting now. Captain! We are 500
million light years beyond the edge of the galaxy."
"Extraordinary! What's that dim light in the corner of the
"Stars. A single constellation out here in intergalactic
"It looks like two bunnies!"
Everyone turns to look at the speaker. Edwina is standing
by the turbolift with a badminton racket in one hand and a wicker
basket full of red chili peppers in the other.
"Who let that child on the bridge?"
Edwina puts on her best affronted face and says, "I let
myself." She departs via the turbolift.
"It does look like two bunnies, sir."
Picard, sensing he has lost the sympathy of the bridge,
calls a conference.
The brig. Riker is sitting on his bed, improvising on the
trombone. Beyond the security containment field a broad-
shouldered security guard stands with his chest stuck out and his
chin up, ready for anything.
The door opens and a female security guard enters. She
debriefs the male guard and then relieves him of his post. The
door closes behind him. She assumes a position to the side of
the containment field, next to the controls. She stands with her
feet shoulder-width apart, hands clasped behind her back, phaser
on her hip, chin up, ready for anything.
Riker finishes his solo and lays the trombone aside. He
gets up, nonchalantly strolls over to the containment field, and
glances out. He leans up against the cell wall, just about where
she is standing on the other side, and begins:
"Did I ever tell you how much I admire strong women?"
[Commercial: Old Spice]
The conference room. Present around the table are: Picard,
Doctor Crusher, Lt. Worf, Counsellor Troi (played by Roseanne
Arnold), Barclay, an Extra, playing someone from Stellar
Cartography, and a Borg.
The Extra is explaining: "We have mapped the star cluster
and run spectroscopic analyses on all the stellar masses, and
conducted a sensor inventory of all planetary bodies, moons and
asteroids above 1000 metres in diameter. There are twenty-four
suns in the cluster, ranging from Alpha Cuniculi, a yellow giant,
down to Omega Cuniculi, a nearly extinct red dwarf."
Picard, under his breath: "I knew Red Dwarf would get in
"We have discovered four Class M planets: Epsilon Cuniculi
IV, Theta Cuniculi III, Pi Cuniculi III, and Tau Cuniculi VII.
For convenience we have named these Flopsa, Mopsa, Cauda Linea,
and Petrus. There is also an exceptionally dense, dark nebula
which we have named Dominus McGregor."
"Aren't these all Greek and Latin versions of names from
The officers turn their moral disapproval toward the head of
"That's right, Captain."
Worf speaks up, with a glint in his eye: "Captain, will we
have the opportunity to peruse these worlds?"
"Not in this episode, Mr Worf. Our first priority is to re-
establish contact with the Battle Section."
"Oh, I hope we get to explore those planets. They must have
many useful things."
Everyone looks askance at the Borg.
"I mean, that we could . . . ah . . . photograph." The Borg
slides down in its chair and begins to punch a button on its arm,
trying to activate a faulty personal cloaking device.
Troi: "Don't sweat it, DJ. You'll get to use your cutter
beam just as soon as Worfy here takes me out and then spends the
whole night at the piano bar again. Klingon C&W! Sa-a-a-y,
that's a great shiner you've got there, Broccoli!"
Barclay smiles self-consciously, revealing a missing tooth.
Picard senses that he's losing control of the conference.
"People, we all know the writers only put in this conference
to separate the two Riker scenes. Let's at least try to comport
ourselves as Starfleet Officers until . . ."
Troi gives a dirty laugh.
Worf: "Captain, we didn't see much of Door Repair Guy in
"That's all right. The next one is almost entirely about
They sit around, drumming their fingers on the table. A
little beeper goes off and half of them are out of their chairs
before Picard can say, "Dismissed." The last one to leave the
room is Doctor Crusher, who slaps the two arms of her chair as
she stands up and says: "No lines again!"
A Security team bursts into the brig. The containment field
is off. On the floor lies a commbadge. A security guard scoops
it up and taps it.
"Computer, who am I?"
"You are Cmdr. William T. Riker."
On the bed in the containment cell lies the motionless shape
of a body covered with a blanket. An arm and a braid of brunette
hair dangle over the side.
"Oh my God," says a guard, stepping into the cell. As he
hesitantly reaches for the edge of the blanket he hears a low
sound emanating from beneath it:
He taps his commbadge. "Security to LaForge."
"It's Riker, sir. He slept . . . slipped past the guard."
*Where do you think he could be now?*
The camera moves in as the security guard's gaze goes from
one side of the room, up over his head, and around to the other
Written by Douglas A. McLeod (email@example.com)
Notes on The Cuniculi Syndrome.
What is the Cuniculi Syndrome? The tendency of astronomers to passive-aggressively name heavenly bodies after a mean thing someone did, just to make them feel bad? I really just wanted a title with the word "syndrome" in it.
Synthesis of ST:TNG poker scene and Roseanne opening credits.
This was my first opportunity to fix the line, "I wonder if they've remembered to feed my cat."
First intrusion of the executive producers into the story.
The Pembroke Mall. CHRO broadcast in Pembroke as well as Ottawa, and much of the advertising was aimed at the Pembroke market.
Action figures. For a while there it looked as if they were planning to make one for every minor character in ST:TNG. I had about 100 of them, which I passed along to my nephew. I am the best uncle.
Cartsdyke is the railway station of choice for those making an excursion to Cappielow Park.
Greenock Morton host St Mirren FC today in Round Two of the Scottish Communities League Cup, though get ready for a rematch of the Renfrewshire Cup, won in July by St Mirren for the sixth year in a row. Greenock's supporters should be extra obnoxious today.
This is the first match in this year's cup competitions where Morton face a superior team. If they are to win any silver this year they must knock off three or four of them. Morton are an improved team this year, but so are St Mirren. When did Morton and St Mirren last play in the same division? 1999-2000, in the First Division. Since them St Mirren have ascended to the Premier and Morton has dropped to the Third before rebounding to the First.
The Darvaza Gas Crater in Turkmenistan is a sinkhole on top of a natural gas deposit. It was opened accidentally in 1971 during gas exploration, and set alight in the hope that the gas would be exhausted in a few days, but it has continued to burn ever since. I've categorized this under Space because although it looks like something from another planet, it could only have happened on ours, with its oxygen, natural gas deposits, and meddlesome humans. Watch this French documentary to see how the local bird life has adapted. The photo comes from here. D