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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Nanatsu no Taizai -- ep 10

This series just telegraphed the greatest fan service tease in the history of anime. Spoilers below the fold.

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December 10, 2014

Nudity extra -- Gokukoku no Brynhildr

It turned out there was less than I remembered. NSFW below the fold.

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Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Gokukoku no Brynhildr is a science fiction horror series featuring a lot of dead girls. It's also the video equivalent of a page-turner; I got caught and watched the whole thing, so I didn't get to bed until after 4AM.

There are a lot of good things and bad things, and describing them necessarily involves spoilers, so below the fold we go.

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