September 23, 2014

Paging Doctor Bowman...

Freefall has gotten complicated lately. Spoilers below.


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October Surprise

Some guy who is supposed to be politically significant, whom I had never heard of before, was claiming last week that Obama was going to pop an "October Surprise" on the Republicans. (In October.)

I think I know what it will be: he's going to ask Congress for an Authorization for Use Military Force against ISIS.

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Aroduc's Fall 2014 season preview

Here it is.

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September 22, 2014

Cleaning up after spammers

I think Pixy's job is like being the janitor in a building where the toilets are constantly overflowing and making a mess on the floor. It's a nasty job that never ends; no sooner do you clean up one mess than another one shows up. "Oh no, not again."

So, Pixy, be it known that we, your sometimes-loyal users, truly do appreciate the work you do trying to keep the system clean, despite the best efforts of those who would poop all over it.

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September 20, 2014

Exchange rates

Starting about the first of the year, someone began to actively manipulate the Dollar/Yen exchange rate to keep it stable at about 102 yen to the dollar. I presume it was the Bank of Japan, but I don't actually know for sure.

I keep an exchange rate gadget on one of my computer desktops, showing USD vs JPY, just because I'm curious, and it's been preposterously stable for quite a long time. Exchange rates don't do that unless someone is fiddling with them.

Starting about a month ago they stopped doing it, and now the exchange rate is 109 yen to the dollar and trending up rapidly. Over the last ten years it's been as high as 128 and as low as 76. When the Yen was very strong, it caused all the disadvantages for Japan that we all know and love: making their exports expensive, presumably reducing their sales.

Which, I suspect, is why (I presume) the Bank of Japan began buying dollars with yen, to inflate the yen relative to the dollar. I wonder why they stopped?

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September 19, 2014

Cloudy, with a chance of conflagration

The Weather Bureau's forecast for my area looks like this:


Where the heck do they think we're going to get smoke from? I looked and the nearest fire (and it's a bitty one) is 40 miles away.

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September 18, 2014

Random Curiosity Fall 2014 preview

Here's RandomC's Fall 2014 preview, and it's another disaster of a season. (I always say that, don't I?) The only thing I have to look forward to is the Mouretsu Pirate movie coming out on BD in November, and a Strike Witches OVA.

Madan no Ou to Vanadis is this season's "Girls with big swords and big jugs" series, replacing Momo Kyun Sword from the summer season.

Monty Python failed to summarize Proust in 30 seconds; can Japan do it in 12 episodes? (Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete).

Grisaia no Kajitsu is this season's "Only guy at a girl's school" series. And where have we seen that before?

Sora no Method looks to be a replay of that show a few months back about a group of childhood friends reunited, where one of the girls was a ghost. I don't remember its name, and I didn't watch it.

Ai Tenchi Muyou! looks like it's going to be derivative nonsense, hijacked as a way of advertising an otherwise undistinguished city. The real question is where in the continuity it fits. If it's after Tenchi becomes a god, then it's hard to see how there's any challenge for him. The art looks good but the concept is idiocy and the 5-minute format doesn't seem like it'll be any good.

Orenchi no Furo Jirou has a rubber duck. It doesn't have a mermaid; he's a merman. Blech.

Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de is about a high school literature club (1 guy, 4 girls) who all gain super powers. Problem is, there isn't any crisis for them to solve or appropriate enemies to fight. What, exactly, the show will be about isn't clear; it may turn into a pretty standard harem show.

Well... Trinity Seven might, might be OK. The seven girls of the harem are all cute, but there are a hundred ways this could crater if the writer is lazy or unimaginative.

There is no damned way that Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai can be any good. It will certainly be worth looting for the top rotation, but to actually watch? Forget it.

I watched (and hated) Anime Runner Kuromi; I don't need to watch ShiroBako.

Did someone order a switch-hitter show? Yeesh; Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu. (barf) Clearly a case of "embrace the stupid", but not for me, thanks. (But probably worth looting.)

I think we're going to need more blades in our 8-bladed razor. How about 30 girls in a "cute high school girl" show? Haven't come close to that since Negima. And now we have Girlfriend (Kari). Potentially it might be fully one hundred girls. The website for the show says it will be running on AT-X. Does that mean there will be scenes worthy of AT-X? The mind boggles...

OK, so maybe one show. If I'm lucky. And several fully worthy of looting.

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Chooser version 48


39 Arpeggio of Blue Steel
40 Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
64 Chu Bra
63 Strike the Blood

Total number of images is now 3617.

As always you may need to do a force reload to get the latest version.

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September 17, 2014

More top rotation captures

I've been collecting grabs for another update to the top rotation. So far:

39 Arpeggio of Blue Steel
63 Strike the Blood
64 Chu-Bra


And that's without any underwear shots! Mizuno-sensei (the blonde) is probably the biggest source of cheesecake in Chu-Bra if you're trying to avoid underage girls, and I think she's probably in about half the grabs I took.

I've collected the images, but I haven't resized or trimmed them, so I can't do the update right now.

UPDATE: Mizuno-sensei is in the show for two particular reasons: first, so that men can watch the show without guilt (see, I'm watching for that teacher). Second, to be a love interest for Nayu's step-brother so that we know he isn't a lolicon.

UPDATE: And 40 grabs from Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance. That should be enough for now.

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September 15, 2014

Arpeggio of Blue Steel -- finished

And I'll give them credit: they kept surprising me. I never knew what was going to come next, but I always like what it turned out to be. This was excellent story telling from start to finish.

I think my favorite character was Hyuga; she's a kick. And another way they surprised me:

Now the bad:

So obviously they were hoping to do a sequel, and maybe explore some of that in greater depth. I-401's trip back to Japan will be much less hectic

Another complaint:

I rather like the fact that

UPDATE: Iori didn't get enough screen time.


I ended up with 39 frame grabs, but most of them are ship avatars.

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