November 19, 2015
I was going to make a post today about the next episode of Shinmai Maou no Testament BURST but it hasn't come out yet. Sorry about that.
UPDATE: I got confused. Today is Thursday, not Friday. So it'll be coming out tomorrow.
November 17, 2015
The keyword is "card (medium)". What are these (NSFW) from? One of those smartphone games, maybe?
There are two peculiar things about the dialog in Yozakura Quartet I've been curious about.
First, a lot of the characters (and particularly Hime) greet each other with something that sounds like maidou instead of something like konichiwa. "Maidou" isn't a word but "Maido" means "thank you for your continuing patronage". It's something a clerk in a store would say to a customer. Is that really what she's saying?
Second is more complicated to explain. One of the youkai in the show is named Rin. She works for a ramen shop and does deliveries. She is a zombie.
She doesn't stagger around and say brainz brainz and in fact if you weren't told she was a yousei you wouldn't know it. Regardless, Akine calls her Rinoji. In the show's wiki, that means "Rin-shaped person".
OK, so I got that "ji" means "person". But how do you get "shaped" out of that? Is it Rin no ji that he's saying?
November 15, 2015
Today French air assets dropped 20 bombs on Raqqa, a town in northern Syria which is the ISIS capital. The bombing targeted military and government installations and "they were all destroyed".
Which is fine, and congratulations to the French. The real question is "what comes next?" Back when Bill Clinton was president, a couple of our embassies in Africa were attacked by Al Qaeda, and he responded with individual bombing attacks -- one each. The results of those attacks may have been serious (though one of them hit an al Qaeda training camp that had been abandoned), but that half-hearted response is a lot of what convinced bin Laden that the US had no balls.
If tomorrow the French say, "Let that be a lesson" and return to quiescence, it's going to have the same result this time. So I want to see the French (how strange it is to be saying this) hit them again and again. This shouldn't be a single response, it should be the beginning of a sustained bombing campaign, and I mean a serious one. Today's bombing raid was made by 12 planes. That's a good start, but there needs to be a lot more than that. They need 40 or 50, each flying a mission every other day.
The worst thing they could do is what Obama has done: just enough bombing so that he can say he's doing it, without being so great as to have any practical significance.
(How odd it is to say this:) I hope Hollande has more balls than Obama.
12 years ago I spent a lot of time cursing at the French. Now it's an odd feeling to find myself placing my hopes in them.
UPDATE: However... though the situation is catastrophic, to some extent it's giving me a bit of schadenfreude.
Obama is the president that the Europeans all hoped for ten years ago. They despised Bush; they wanted an American president who was more European. And with Obama they got one. When he was elected the reaction in Europe was, "America has finally come to its senses."
Well, now they're complaining about it. America is too weak. America won't lead. America (or actually, Obama) won't fight.
America is now trying to free-ride, the way Europe always has. Obama wants to "lead from behind", which is a fancy way of saying "abdicate all responsibilities in the world". Obama wants someone else to do the fighting and take all the risks.
Europe, be careful what you wish for. You might get it.
November 14, 2015
A few days ago I wanted to add a suggestion for a product to a thread on ask.metafilter.com. So I hit google with a few keywords and found the thing at LL Bean. I linked to it, and done. (And as I think about it, the link I followed was one of those "sponsored search results.)
Now I keep getting ads for that thing at LL Bean on web sites all over the place. They're using Google for their ads, and Google has decided that I want to buy thousands of copies of this gizmo.
They aren't giving me "things which are similar", they're giving me the exact thing I linked to originally. It would be annoying if it weren't so funny.
I plundered the first Shinmai Maou no Testament series, which I expected to be a total pander akin to High School DxD, which really royally sucked. Such story as it had was merely a skeleton on which to hang fan service, and I assumed this series would be the same way.
So as is my habit in such cases, I turned off the volume, turned off the subtitles, and went through the series backwards, beginning with the last episode, in order to plunder it.
But yesterday I was looking for something to post about, and since I've dropped the two series I was posting about (sorry for not telling you, but they both suck) I thought it might be interesting to see just how BURST was.
Before checking it out, though, I actually watched the first series, in order, with sound on and subtitles active, and you know what?
It is pretty good. Not spectacular, but it is telling an interesting story, and the characters are not charicatures, and though there's a lot of fan service (especially in the BD rip, which is what I was watching), and it's a bit excessive at times (you never thought I'd ever say that, did you?) it actually fits into the story. During the rather extensive fondling sequences I just skipped ahead, and as to the rest, it's nicely drawn.
Having finished it, I downloaded BURST up to ep 6 (the most recent one) and started watching it this afternoon. It picks up right where the previous series ended, and I mean right where, like seconds later in the same scene. And for the first three episodes it is mainly concerned with story. It introduces a lot of new characters and gives us a big reveal about one from the first series, and has lots of action. Then in ep 4 it stalled, and I was afraid they had lost their pace. But it picks back up with eps 5 and 6, and ep 7 should be pretty amazing.
There's still ridiculous groping scenes, which I am still skipping. I could do without the magic spell that requires that. But since it was magic cast by a succubus, I guess it's in character.
I think I'll keep watching.
And now for the pictures, below the fold!! (NSFW)more...
It's actually pretty good. But who (I say who) had the idea for it? That person is extremely warped.
November 13, 2015
There have been multiple attacks in Paris. Two suicide bombers, and one man with a fully automatic rifle attacking a bar, are the early reports. It's possible it isn't over, and there may be other attacks.
Usually when this happens, even before the smoke clears, some high-ranked government official will say, "We don't know what happened but we're absolutely certain it has nothing to do with Terrorism or Islam. Absolutely no Islamic Terrorism here, folks. Don't worry! Be Happy!"
I wonder if that will happen this time. When suicide bombers are involved it's kind of hard to avoid the truth, but even when it's blatantly obvious what's going on those kinds of announcements still happen.
UPDATE: Fog of war and all that, but most reports now say at least 18 dead. The attackers (the ones who were shooting) were using AK-47's, the freedom fighter's weapon of choice.
UPDATE: At least one case of hostages.
UPDATE: Ding Ding Ding we have a winner!
Global security firm Flashpoint Intelligence said Friday that it had not seen any terror-related claims in the immediate aftermath of the string of violence. "We're definitely not seeing any claim from any group, we're not seeing any claim of response from any individuals," and there is very little chatter online, Laith Alkhouri, director of research and analysis for Middle East and North Africa for Flashpoint, said on MSNBC.
UPDATE: Some reports now are 60 dead, but we won't really know for sure until all the combat has ended and there's time to count the corpses.
However, this is the most impressive attack since Mumbai. Reportedly one of them has been captured. How much you want to be the French Police are not worrying about his civil rights or any "emerging international law" regarding forceful questioning? (Those rules only apply to the US, of course.)
I'm sure he's already having a very entertaining time.
UPDATE: It's now reported that the theater wasn't really a "hostage" situation. Rather it was "capturing lots of targets". The attackers murdered a lot of the poeple they captured and if the police hadn't stormed the place they probably would have killed them all. Some reports now are that upwards of a hundred of them were executed.
November 11, 2015
For whatever it's worth, today is the third anniversary of my stroke.
It could have been worse. If the chunk of whatever had zigged instead of zagged, it might have killed me, or rendered me an idiot. (More of an idiot than I already am.)
Instead it left me partially paralyzed on my left side but had no direct effect on my mind. Rehab got most of that back, so, like I said it could have been worse.
November 10, 2015
Use it in good health!
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