May 06, 2012

Duckies!!

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The ducks have been pretty scarce lately, and now we see why. They've been off in the weeds, making babies.

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May 05, 2012

Mommy, what's a buggy whip?

Here's someone asking what a "carriage return" is.

I learned to type on a manual typewriter. Summer school between 6th and 7th grade. And if you want to know it, that was the single most valuable course I took in all my years of schooling.

And part of learning it was using the carriage return. And now there are people who don't even know what they are... sob, I'm getting old...

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Mouretsu Pirates -- ep 18

There are times when it's really good to have a tsundere around! Especially when she's carrying a blaster and knows how to use it.

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May 04, 2012

Shining Hearts -- episode 4, fan service

And so, to reward us for steadfastly watching, this episode gives us a reward:

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A catgirl in a bikini. (Her name is Xiao Mei.) Also Neris in a bikini.

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Rather fashionable for a bitty isolated island, don't you think?

As to the rest of the episode, basically nothing happened, in terms of plot development. They recovered a huge box from under the sea and hauled it to shore, with Nick's help. And once they got it there, soldiers from the castle showed up and took everything. Apparently there's a rule there: Don't take anything from the ocean that you can't eat.

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May 02, 2012

Medaka Box top rotation candidates

As crappy a show as Medaka Box is, it has to be admitted that Medaka is good eye candy. I just downloaded the first four episodes and went through them for top rotation candidates. But a couple of them broke my heart. I really want to use them, but I'm not sure whether they're too ecchi.

So I'm soliciting opinions. There are seven images below the fold. Two I can definitely use. One I definitely cannot. And there are four that are really borderline, and might be considered NSFW. You have been warned.

I can't see myself mining the entire series, but a couple more episodes are probably in the cards. I found about 40 candidates in the first four episodes, but I'm not sure how many of them I can use -- and that's the main reason for this post.

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Magic Burger Crystals

This video is quite fascinating to watch. It's a product from Japan, containing various plastic parts plus a bunch of foil pouches full of crystals. If you follow the instructions, you end up with a microscopic burger-and-fries meal. Everything you need is in it, including tools and dishes. The only thing you have to provide is a pair of scissors to cut everything apart, and to open the pouches, and a few pieces of cellophane tape.

The video shows the process from beginning to end.

It's apparently edible, though I can't imagine that it's very filling. And all the cooking is done in low-power microwave ovens. (Does anyone really make a 500 watt microwave oven?)

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May 01, 2012

Give Obama the Medal of Honor!

Another Hot Air Green Room post.

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April 30, 2012

Chipmunk Girl

There's an ANN page now for the Dog Days sequel, and it has a cast list.

All the main characters from before are listed, and there's one new one: Kuberu E. Pastillage (クーベル・E・パスティヤージュ). Presumably that's the chipmunk-girl in the publicity art. The seiyuu is Aoi Yuuki, best known to me as Korone in Daimaou. But I'm sure that this character won't be like that. Presumably a chipmunk-girl will be genki, even hyper.

She was also Madoka in Puella Magi Madoki Magica, which is an entirely different kind of character. She's very versatile.

UPDATE: It's the same writer, but they've changed directors. I hope that doesn't bode ill.

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April 28, 2012

Mouretsu Pirates -- ep 17

If you thought waiting for this episode was hard, then waiting for the next one is going to be agony.

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April 27, 2012

Mouretsu Pirates, some foreshadowing

Episode 8, starting 05:45:

Marika: Then, Kane, please!
Kane: Where am I escorting her, anyway? We don't have any luxury rooms here!
Marika: Oh, yeah... Well, she can't go to the captain's quarters, and the cafeteria is definitely not an option! Misa, is there anywhere on board that she can go?
Misa: Let me think... Maybe the room where we keep those we've kidnapped?

Reason this is noteworthy is that it tells us that abduction is sometimes part of their business.

Maybe that's why Marika

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