September 04, 2015

Gate -- episode 10


Unfortunately, the sub on this one is delayed until tomorrow. But I have some grabs from a raw below the fold.


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These are not the droids you're looking for


In spades...

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September 03, 2015

What happened to CDJapan?

When I try to search for new releases, nothing comes up. In fact, if I go through the standard menus to try to see what they have, it comes up empty.

It looks like they don't stock anime BDs any longer. The only BD entries I can find are old ones that are out of stock. I know times have been hard; did they decide to not be in that business any longer?

(I wanted to see if there were any Vivid BDs out yet, so I tried Amazon JP, and there don't seem to be any. That's really surprising for a show that finished three months ago. I would have expected at least the first couple of episodes to be out by now.)

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September 02, 2015

Beach trip!


One of the interesting things about this picture is that only three of those people are actual natural-born humans, with mothers and fathers: Miura, Teana, and Hayate.

The others? Rein and Agito are unison devices. Agito was built in ancient Belka and stored (and lost) without being activated until she was discovered in an archeological dig about the time of Strikers. Rein was built by the Bureau for Hayate.

Shamal, Signum, and Vita are Wolkenritter, which Hayate gained from the Book of Darkness (and Zafira as well but he's not in the picture).

And Subaru and Nove are cyborgs.

A lot of really nice engineering in the picture!

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September 01, 2015

Hestia versus Ninja Moths

Before the attack:

After the attack (NSFW) below the fold.


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Oregon weather

A few weeks back someone here asked me what weather would be like in September, and I said something to the effect that it would be clear and dry but not as hot as August.

Bite my tongue. A week or so ago someone flipped a switch and we went from hot/dry/blue-sky to overcast and threatening rain. It's been like that ever since and the long range forecast is for it to stay that way. So my apologies for leading you astray, and bring a raincoat!

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August 31, 2015

Grumble rassafratzin

Erin McClam, NBC News:

The Texas sheriff's deputy who was killed at a gas station was shot 15 times by a gunman who unloaded his entire clip, a prosecutor said Monday as the suspect appeared in court for the first time.

Dear Erin,

Repeat after me: magazine, not clip. magazine, not clip. magazine, not clip.


UPDATE: I don't think anyone has ever made a 14-round clip, and anyway you'd have to go all the way back to something like the Broomhandle Mauser to find a handgun which was loaded with a clip. (Which held 10 rounds, so maybe a 14-round clip isn't so far fetched.)

Anyway, lots of magazines are even larger than that, up to and including drum magazines carrying 100 rounds.

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August 30, 2015

A sign of the times

There are a lot of flash games out there for girls, entire web sites dedicated to that function. A lot of the games are dress-ups.

Here's one of the strangest I've encountered: "Pregnant Bride".

Just a few weeks before the happiest day of her life, that when she gives birth to her little bundle of joy, this mommy to be here is getting ready to enjoy the second best day of her life: her wedding day! She's relying on your skills for helping her look ravishing on this special day and for getting the wedding location a superb, dreamlike chic décor look, as well. Enjoy playing one of your future top favorite bride dress up games: Pregnant Bride!

You know, there was a time when this would have been a source of shame.

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Doing Cosplay right

Rule #1: start with a beautiful woman. The vast majority of bad cosplay is because the people doing it are ugly, old, fat, wrinkled...

Via ACE we find this example of how to do it right:


Of course, a couple of caveats: she's a model who was hired for this gig, and the folks who hired her spent a couple thousand bucks on the costume. She's also gorgeous and would look good no matter what she was (or was not) wearing. It is rare for amateur cosplayers to measure up to this in any regard.

But the best amateurs can do pretty well. However, a lot of them are just embarassing, "cover your eyes and start crying" painful. Occasionally Don attends cons of various kinds and posts pictures of some of the cosplayers, and they tend to average down in the "painfully ugly" range. There are a few which look good, but I guess the only justification for most of them is "Well, they're having fun..."

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English Spelling

The Dutch government legally controls the Dutch language, and I've been told that Dutch had three spelling reforms in the 20th Century. I think the French government could do the same for the French language if they wanted to, though I have no idea if they have done so. (I doubt it. The Dutch are very practical and see language as a tool. For the French, their language is more like a religion.)

The transition from Middle English to Modern English is generally dated to some time in the late 1600's, and Shakespeare is one of the first major writers in Modern English.

But English as a spoken language has continued to evolve since then, especially after it started to fork. The nation with the largest body of English speakers is India, it turns out, but for the majority of them English is a second language. No less than the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary declared a few years ago that the modern center of the English language was now in the US.

Everyone knows that English is long overdue for a spelling reform, but the problem is that no one can make that happen. Unlike Dutch, no single body has control. So the last significant spelling reform was in the middle of the 19th Century and was informal. It happened when American dictionary writers (like the famous Webster) decided some of the old spellings were ludicrous.

That's when plough became plow. That's when colour lost its "u". It was a unique moment when a small handful of linguistic radicals seized their opportunity. But those changes didn't propagate back to the UK, so in the Commonwealth the old spellings still dominate. I've despaired that English spelling will ever be rational again (if it ever was after the 15th century).

But it's happening now. And it's Twitter that's making it happen. Because of the 140-character stricture on a tweet, plus the sheer pain of entering text using a phone, an entirely new spelling reform is happening before our eyes.

Through has become thru. Hate has become h8. The real question is the extent to which these changes will percolate back out into real world usage, and how long it will take. My guess is "not very much" and "a very long time" but I have been known to be extremely wrong about things.

Anyway, it's interesting to watch it happening.

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