August 29, 2015

Ensign Sue Must Die!

It's from here. And it's the last frame of the first part of the trilogy:

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We must identify all the Sues! Help me out!

I got most of them. The back row, left to right: a Jedi, a Sailor Scout, a Naruto-ninja, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Supergirl. On the front row on the right is Marvel Avengers but I can't place the other three. Anyone got any ideas?

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Today's quiz

Which one is Asteon?

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August 28, 2015

Blush

I sure didn't expect the way this started.

UPDATE: One of the reasons I don't read SF&F any more, and instead spend my time on anime, is that anime generally doesn't preach. There are a few shows that do, but those I don't watch.

Sturgeon's law applies -- at least; sometimes I think Sturgeon was an optimist -- but there are shows that entertain me without trying to change my life.

If Mouretsu Pirates has an agenda, I sure haven't noticed it. Likewise for Railgun.

Most of the people involved in creating manga and anime subscribe to Walt Kelly's goal in life: "To have fun while making money." They have fun, and they want us viewers to have fun.

And usually that is all they want. And that's all I want.

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GATE -- ep 9

 

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The title of this episode was "The Hakone Mountain Night Battle" but Rory didn't end up involved. That'll be next episode. (Oh, well.)

First half of the episode was spending the night at Risa's place, and then going shopping the next day.

The second half was at the hot springs. And there was only one potential "buy the BDs" shot, and that not certain. I suspect this isn't that kind of series, frankly.

This episode was all setup; lots of little things that happened (like the Pina and Bozes discovering Boy Love manga) which establish grounds for later events, but nothing really noteworthy in itself.

There wasn't any rubber duck at the onsen, so Lelei amuses herself in the hot spring by levitating a ball of water.

(She eventually lets go of it and it splashes on her head.)

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August 25, 2015

GATE: Lelei la Lelena

I am finding Lelei to be the most interesting character in this series, and I'm getting more and more impressed with her. She's 15 years old, but she's really intelligent and she's very resourceful. Her magic power hasn't really been unleashed yet in the anime, but it has in the manga and she's no slouch. LOADS of spoilers below the fold, OK?

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Mysterious appearances

Jesus has been doing things like this for centuries. Elvis started doing it shortly after he died.

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And now it's Trump: his face showed up in a tub of butter.

By the way, today's word is "apophenia".

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August 24, 2015

Kindle Games

So I'm thoroughly bored with all my PC games and decided to see what might be available for my Kindle Fire.

And what do you know, there are a scad of games which are "FREE!"

But every one I looked at includes a warning that they contain in-app opportunities to spend real money for power ups. Which is to say the game is prohibitively hard if you don't do that, right?

Forget it.

UPDATE: So maybe I should visit GOG again? Problem is, I've bought seven games from them and only ever play two of them.

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Sexy Cyborg

OK, I got this from Ace. She lives in China and uses the name "Sexy Cyborg" on Imgur, and apparently is a new Internet rage, for reasons which should be obvious. I should warn you that it's NSFW.

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First, she's stacked. Second, she's a nerd. Her thing is designing tech clothing and accessories, like LED platform shoes.

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Which she makes herself, or at least she helps.

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This time it's spy shoes. There's an amazing amount of stuff hidden in those shoes.

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August 23, 2015

Spa F1

So I happened to get up a bit before 5 AM, and having nothing better to do and not being sleepy, I monitored the "live timing (spoiler)" section of the F1 website and watched the race.

I'm looking forward to Wonderduck's writeup of this one because it was a lot more interesting than most of the recent races. There was actual racing going on this time, including spectacular passes, and a lot of real competition. (A lot of that is because this is one of the best tracks used in F1.)

It probably was a lot of fun to really watch, instead of just looking at the leader board and reading a live-blog, like I was. And even that was fun.

UPDATE: I feel like writing more. Huge spoilers below the fold.

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August 22, 2015

Where there's smoke...

I've been smelling wood smoke all day, and I was beginning to wonder if Beaverton was burning down. Actually it's smoke from the Cougar Creek Fire, which was started by lightning on August 10 and has been burning ever since on the east face of Mount Adams.

The problem with fighting it is that it's really a long way away from anything, in the middle of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It's pretty much equidistant from Portland, Tacoma, and Yakima. And current weather isn't helping: hot, dry, and gusty. Plus it's burning through a big area of standing-dead Lodgepole Pine killed by bugs to its north, which is nearly ideal firewood, dry and full of resin, and pine needles all over the ground. So the current estimate for containment is October 1. (!!)

They may not be seriously trying to stop it in the north, both because it's particularly dangerous there, and because in the long run getting rid of all those dead trees will be a blessing by opening up the land.

But it sure does smell scary here right now.

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