December 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Chelsea Manning

Care to see something that will turn your stomach? Metafilter wishes Chelsea Manning a happy birthday, and calls him a "hero". (And a "patriot".)

(OK, to cases: Manning's name has been legally changed. Manning's sex has not been. But God help you if you use "he" or "him" to refer to Manning on Metafilter; the TransLiberationFront will swarm you.)

I was thoroughly disgusted and posted this:

I can't believe this post. Manning is a traitor and should have met a hangman's noose.

As you might imagine, it was deleted by the mods.

The liberals at Metafilter, like all American liberals, pride themselves on being tolerant and inclusive. In practice, what that means is they tolerate you if you agree with them, otherwise not. I mostly ignore hot-button political threads, but this one I couldn't let go by, even though I knew my comment wasn't going to survive.

At Metafilter, anyone who hates the US and does something that damages it is a hero. (They idolize Snowden, too.) I shouldn't let it get to me, but once in a while it's just too much.

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Fairy Tail -- grumble, sigh

I was really looking forward to this week's chapter of the Fairy Tail manga, but it seems that they always skip the third week in December.

I can't exactly blame them; the mangaka is entitled to some time off. But damn it, why now? The story is kind of in a real cliff-hanger moment.

Anyway, I have some more thoughts about the One Magic:

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December 15, 2014

Winter 2014 preview

Time to look ahead to the Winter 2014 season.

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei Bu Love! may be a spoof. It's a magical girl show except that all the girls are guys. They gain their powers by being given special bracelets by a magical animal, in this case a wombat. The bad guys also have a magical animal, a hedgehog. I can't imagine watching it, but it'll be interesting to hear about it from someone else. If it's not a comedy, then it's going to be a complete trainwreck. (Or a reverse harem, though there isn't any credit for a main girl.)

Miritari! might be awesome. Two of the main characters are gun girls, and the main publicity shot shows one of them with a hand grenade with the pin pulled. The characters are chibified so it obviously isn't going to be serious.

Absolute Duo: we already saw this, when it was called Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance.

Dog Days'' is back and this time it's called "double-dash" (because of two apostrophes, and don't ask). From the description it isn't going to be what I thought it was (a grand quest to find and destroy the source of the evil swords). Instead, it's going to be episodic like the second series. Presumably Nanami is going to get a hero stone, so we'll get to see what she's going to look like as an adult.

Shinmai Maou no Testament: We already saw this, when it was called KissxSis. (Well, not exactly; it's more like KissxSis crossed with High School DxD.)

Juuou Mujin no Fafnir: We already saw this, when it was called Infinite Stratos.

IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls: We already saw this about a thousand times, when it was named about a thousand other things. (I do not understand the attraction of idol shows, but I guess I don't have to.)

Kantai Collection -Kan Colle-: I was wondering how the heck they were going to turn this into a show. The first thing they did was steal from Arpeggio of Blue Steel the idea of a mysterious fleet dominating the Pacific. The only hope for humanity is certain Japanese girls who have the ability to transform into fighting ships (or take on their characteristics?), which is suspiciously similar to the base conceit of Soul Eater, albeit a lot bigger and more spectacular. (Halberds are for wimps.) The girls go to a special school (which probably isn't called Shibusen) and our protagonist is the destroyer Fubuki.

Aside from Dog Days and Miritari, looks like it's gonna be another lean season for me. I'll sample some other things, of course, but I don't have high expectations. I'll certainly give KanColle a try, of course.

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December 14, 2014

The roof falls in

I do hope this was not the day Pixy decided to go downtown for a cup of coffee.

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Top rotation -- planning the plundering for fall 2014

In general this season started well, with several pleasant surprises, but it's turned out to be a disappointment. It's not the fault of the Japanese, for a change; the subbing circles have let me down. (sob, poor me)

But a lot of shows which I didn't think were worth watching might well still be worth plundering, and since the season is mostly over now I thought I'd check them out.

Amagi Brilliant Park: As far as plunder is concerned, the main problem is that Our Hero is on screen too much. Lots of otherwise good images are spoiled by having a guy (ick) in them. But it's not a total loss, and as long as the Elemental Idols get some reasonable screen time, there should be at least a bit of stuff worth taking.

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Especially Sylphy! There are some good images of Isuzu, too, but she always looks miserable and that doesn't make for good grabs. I figure it'll be low yielding but high quality.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: Lots of cute girls, but Our Hero spoils most shots, and the school uniforms are not flattering. I think this one will turn out to be a total loss. (A quick scan through a few episodes didn't turn up a single image I though was worth taking even as an example.)

Girl Friend Beta: There aren't any boys who are speaking parts, and they only show up occasionally in crowd scenes. The girls are mostly nicely shaped. But the school uniforms are quite unflattering. The only outright cheesecake shot I found when I briefly scanned through the first 10 eps was the gymnast at the beginning of the first episode.

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This was more typical. You can tell that they're girls, I guess. This probably will turn out to be a waste of time. I was hoping for a swimming pool PE scene, but there hasn't been one so far and the way the story is going there probably won't be.

Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de: Our Hero is on screen too much. (This is a common problem with harem shows.) Ep 10 was the first one I looked at, and it was a swimsuit episode. But the first half was lolis, and I despaired. However, the second half featured this girl:

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So maybe. I figure it'll be low yielding but decent quality. Possibly 30 images, if that.

Madan no Ou to Vanadis: Not a problem. Elen alone is enough to make this one worthwhile, and there are several other women who make good appearance.

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Nanatsu no Taizai: Elizabeth and Diane:

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Especially Diane!

Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu: Toaru is certainly worthy of a place in the top rotation, and Yellow is good looking (even if I hate the character). As to the loli, um...

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Trinity 7: Since these two girls are major characters, it's possible this will be worth plundering. It's really a question of what kinds of scenes they're in. Early on there are gratuitous ecchi scenes (which might be too ecchi for me), and later on the show gets grim and gritty.

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As to other shows? I won't be doing Unlimited Blade Works. It's not the kind of show that will have the kind of images I want, and I don't feel like wading through it. (Besides, I did Carnival Phantasm.)

Denkigai no Honya-san appears to have some decent cheesecake but I think it would be too painful to dig them out. Same goes for Cross Ange. Grisaia doesn't have a lot of images I can use -- too many shots spoiled by Our Hero -- and it's a strange aspect ratio so it would be hard to trim to 600*375. (And I don't want to wade through all the blood again.)

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December 13, 2014

Sitemeter is history

I'm informed that recently Sitemeter began redirecting people to advertising sites on a random basis, and that it's happened here. This was the first time I'd been told there was a problem at this site, and I myself have never seen the problem.

But I don't doubt, and I've removed both instances of the Sitemeter gizmo. If you still have problems, I'd like to hear about it.

UPDATE: I also apologize for any problems people have had.

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December 12, 2014

Bad Win 7 patch

Reportedly, KB3004394 (which rolled out Tuesday) was crap and Microsoft says people should uninstall it.

UPDATE: I'm usually pretty good about checking for updates each Tuesday, but it looks like I didn't do it this week. I guess there are benefits to procrastination.

Of course, anyone who has "automatic update" enabled got screwed. Automatic Update is evil.

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December 11, 2014

Geek and Sundry: Tabletop

I've become rather a fan of Wil Wheaton's Youtube channel "Tabletop" which consists of shows in which he invites (usually) three people to join him in playing some board game.

Until now they've always been adults, but in the latest episode all three of his guests are 9 years old. They're playing "Catan Junior", a version of "Settlers of Catan" which is cut down and changed to make it appropriate for kids.

It's well worth half an hour of your time. (If you can do so, play it full screen at 1080p.)

Wheaton is in full Dad mode for it, which is pretty cool. He married his wife in 1999 and she had two sons, so he's been a dad, and helped raise them. Apparently it was successful; both of them turned out to be pretty nice guys, and when one of them was 19 he asked Wil to legally adopt him, which Wil did.

Anyway, board gaming was one of the things the four of them did together back in the day. (An interesting factoid: he mentions in one of the episodes that his wife and both of the sons are color blind. That must have been interesting.)

His wife and both sons have, at various times, been guests on the show. Anne Wheaton is gorgeous, I'd just like to say.

Obviously Wheaton is on his best behavior on camera, but he comes across as a pretty nice guy. And it's obvious that he's left Wesley long behind. Wheaton now wears a full beard, and I'm sure that's deliberate. Anyway, he's 42 now and doesn't look like a little kid any longer.

He has no regrets about the role. He mentions it in this episode, leading one of the kids to say, "What's Star Trek"? ... it's a setup; I'm sure she was told to say that, but it's still funny.

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Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu -- ep 10

It became apparent quite a while ago that this series concept didn't really have enough substance to fill a complete cour. It would have made an outstanding 4-episode OVA, but at this length they're having to add things which dilute or pollute the original concept, warping it almost beyond recognition.

And with this episode they have finally proved that they've run out of good ideas. Spoilers below the fold.

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A stray thought

I wonder if coffee and peanut butter would taste good together? After all, they both taste good with chocolate.

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