August 10, 2016

Chooser version 70

Added 175 from the Girls und Panzer Movie and 172 from HaiFuri. Total now is 7686 grabs. (Which, if you'll pardon me for saying so, is completely ridiculous.)

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Rule #1: treat every gun as if it is loaded.

Some people are too stupid to get out of bed.

Mary Knowlton died Tuesday night after being shot during a role-playing exercise conducted by the Punta Gorda Police Department. OfficerLee Coel, playing a "bad guy,"shot Knowlton with live rounds from a gun all thought contained blanks.

All together, now: TREAT EVERY GUN AS IF IT IS LOADED. Someone should face criminal charges for this.

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Let us meat

There's a kind of food I have been seeing in anime ever since I first started watching it.

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It's a single bone, with symmetrical lobes on both ends. And it's surrounded in the middle with red meat.

So what's wrong with that? There ain't no such beast! There is no such bone on a mammal skeleton. The fibula and tibia have a lot of meat but it's all on one side, and it's two bones together rather than one. (And neither of them is shaped like that, anyway.) The radius and ulna are symmetrically surrounded by meat, but again it's two bones together and neither of them are shaped like that. The femur and the humerus don't have symmetrical lobes like that. And that's it for long bones; there aren't any others.

It always bugs me when I see it; where do the artists think that bone is coming from?

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August 09, 2016

Fetishes

I've been spending quite a lot of time looking at pictures on Gelbooru, as you know, and I'm continually amazed, and often outright revolted, at some of the fetishes the artists have. But I guess no one can really understand any fetish they don't themselves have.

Me? I don't have any fetishes!

The ones that really bother me I won't describe specifically, but I can't understand why, for instance, anyone would want to look at a grisly picture of a pretty girl being brutally murdered, with lots of blood and her face writhed in agony. You can find hundreds of pictures like that, and a lot that are far more nauseating.

I can't understand anyone wanting to look at such a thing, and I reallycan't understand why someone would spend hours or even days drawing such a thing. Ignoring the subject matter, many of them show very high craft skill and they can't be quick to draw!

What a waste. They could be drawing panty shots better stuff instead.

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August 08, 2016

Top rotation update

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I've been putting off a top-rotation update partly because I just didn't have enough stuff to add. This afternoon I realized I never plundered the Girls und Panzer movie, so I went through it (and through the Movie OVA) and ended up with 170 candidates. I already collected about 170 from Haifuri so that's a reasonable amount.

Tomorrow I'm going to process them all and come up with a new version of Chooser.

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And now it's Autumn

At the end of July we had one week of pretty toasty weather (mid 90's) and then it got cold again. Right now it's overcast and we've had rain and it's cold, and it feels like September.

I dunno; maybe it'll get warm again at least once. They're predicting another 90 degree day for later this week. But the damage has already been done.

Our entire Spring was terribly cold, and as a result we didn't get an insect bloom this year. Usually on a warm day I look outside and I can see loads of bugs floating around, which get inside my apartment if I leave a door open for more than 20 seconds (like when my groceries are delivered) but not this year.

And that means there hasn't been any food for the song birds. I cube up bread and leave it on my deck and most years I get lots of visits by wrens, sparrows, and jays. This year, hardly any. Usually the bread vanishes rapidly, especially during nesting season, but it didn't happen. There's a pile of bread out there now that I put out three weeks ago and it's hardly been touched. And the only birds singing is crows making a racket.

I wonder if the song birds decamped to elsewhere due to the lack of food? Or did they all (or mostly) just die?

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August 06, 2016

Ange Vierge ep 5

Well, no one ever bothered posting the AT-X version of this show and almost certainly that's because AT-X is showing the exact same version as the terrestrial stations.

I took a look at CD-Japan and the first BD is scheduled for mid October and is selling in a "special edition" for about $160, depending on how the exchange rate goes by then. So there isn't anything subtle about what's going on.

The fifth episode came out today, and I got curious and downloaded all the episodes up to this point, and just watched them. I'm assuming that I don't have to be careful about spoilers here, and I'm not going to be. (You can't spoil trash.)

There are six main characters in the show. The basic concept is that there are five world, each different (and conveniently color coded) and each having a different race of people. The black world, for instance, is populated by vampires. Another one has angels. A third has cyborgs. World Blue is ours.

This show is based on a card game, though I'm not sure if it's "collectible card game" or "play it on your phone card game". Regardless, you the player collect girls and then use them to fight other players and/or NPC's or something.

In the TV show combat teams consist of a number of girls called "Exceeds" who have super powers and one girl called an "alpha driver" who represents the human player in the game. When the team goes into combat, the exceeds go out to meet the enemy and the alpha driver stays behind inside an armored capsule. She has the ability to form a link with her Exceeds and can feed them energy, which makes them stronger and faster. But when they get hurt, some of the damage splashed back to her. And if they try to draw more than she can provide, it's a problem.

In our team the alpha driver is named Amane and she's from world blue. Her team has one girl from each of the five worlds. Exceeds have ranks based on how strong they are and at the beginning of the show Amane's team are only at rank 2, mostly. Everybody wants to be better than that and Amane herself is part of the bottleneck. A couple of members of her team rag on her because she doesn't seem to be taking it seriously, but then it comes out that she's been training very, very hard and the reason she seems to be lazing about is that she's recovering from the training she's been doing -- which she doesn't tell her Exceeds about.

What they're all doing is trying to prevent a celestial level catastrophe. The five worlds are moving towards one another and when they meet all five worlds will be destroyed. When the gateway between the worlds appeared this process also began, and a mysterious enemy called Ouroboros appeared and started attacking.

In the second episode the Ouroboros made a massive attack near the main human base and the commander decided to commit all the top level people to go fight it, leaving behind only the most junior people to defend the base.

Unfortunately, that attack was a demonstration, and the Ouroboros then attacked the base. Their target was actually the alpha drivers and they sealed all of them, including Amane, into giant crystals. They're still alive but they're paralyzed and unconscious.

And it turns out that all the high level people involved in fighting the demonstration lose their contacts with their alpha drivers and are defeated. They all get turned to the dark side, more or less.

I didn't mention that in the first episode every one of Amane's exceeds has a sempai from her world and appeals to her for training and assistance. Well, all of those get turned to the dark side, and it appears that most of the rest of the series is in a pattern: each kouhai fights against her respective sempai and does something that causes her power to go way up, making it possible for her to win despite being totally outclassed. In ep 3 it was Saya, the one from World Blue. In eps 4 and 5 it was Almaria, the one from world Black. I assume each of the other three will get the same thing eventually, and then Dr. Michael will figure out some way to free Amane from her crystal and we'll get a boss fight in which Amane's team will suddenly be vastly more powerful than before having unofficially leveled up substantially and will win, saving everyone.

So, how about the "Buy the BD" shots? About half the first episode was bath scenes, which is truly remarkable, but there are such shots (obscured by fog and light rays and suchlike) in all the episodes. Every episode includes at least a few bath scenes, for instance. And when Saya defeated her sempai it was an MCSA, with the sempai's clothes being completely shredded.

It's all trash. Really pitiful.

UPDATE: Oh, and Saya is redlining the angst meter.

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Shouldn't the girls all be wearing glasses?

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August 05, 2016

Raimu-sempai's handwriting

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I have a lot of trouble with Japanese handwriting, and this one is driving me crazy. The left column says: きゃ?いい

I cannot figure out what the third character is. Anyone care to help me out?

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August 04, 2016

Alas, if only it were real!

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August 03, 2016

And in today's news...

Pokemon Go has transcended the ordinary and become a phenomenon. Here's an example:

Kohei Uchimura is a top-bracket gymnast representing Japan at the Rio Olympics. He's been playing Pokemon Go in Brazil while waiting for the games to start, and has managed to rack up (I'm tempted to say "wrack up") a $5000 phone bill through roaming charges.

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