January 15, 2014
It's taken a long time and many rewatches of Mouretsu Pirates for me to start spotting logic errors in the show. One in particular, which is a spoiler, below the fold.more...
January 09, 2014
When I look at this, the first thing that springs to mind is "mosquitos".
Venice is famous for its canals, but there's a downside to it all. Venice is built in a lagoon, and the water doesn't flush. Another thing Venice is notorious for (besides flooding) is insect plagues. Insects breed in the lagoon, and sometimes they swarm. It is so dense that it shrouds the city in darkness.
I've visited Amsterdam, which also is famous for canals. However, the Dutch, being superlative civil engineers, have their situation under control. The entire canal system is controlled by a set of gates, and the city engineers flush the water in the canals six times per week with water from the Amstel river. As a result, the water in the canals doesn't reek and they don't get insect plagues.
And the owners of this merry little chateau are going to have to do something to keep the water in their little lake from getting putrid and loaded with insect larva. I wonder how they do it?
50 gallons of Clorox every Sunday?
Or a different possibility: 5,000 Koi?
December 02, 2013
If we're really going to get nerdy, there's an idea I've had for a long time now: Akane is truly a magical girl.
Vividred Operation is an exercise in Clarke's Law, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Grampa has gone way beyond normal science and technology in designing the keys, but it is nonetheless technology.
More, and loads of spoilers, below the fold.more...
November 30, 2013
Our current rocket technology is, needless to say, quite primitive. Because of inherent problems with using a reaction drive, space launch is very expensive.
But it doesn't need to be. A reaction drive (that's any drive that is based on momentum change caused by high speed ejection of propellant) can be extremely efficient if the exhaust velocity is high enough. Our current problem is that the exhaust velocity of our rockets isn't all that high, so propellant efficiency is terrible.
In Mouretsu Pirates they have direct conversion of matter to energy, which is able to provide the kind of power that current rocket engineers could only dream of. And they also have inertia control and gravity control.
I was trying to think about how their thrusters work, and it suddenly occurred to me that it might be a form of gravity control. If the propellant is subjected to several hundred G's, and achieves an exhaust velocity of one or two percent of C, the propellant efficiency would be very high, and you've solved the major problem.
They have single-stage-to-orbit shuttles, and if they were powered the way I think they are, then it becomes very practical to build large structures in orbit, like the docking station orbiting Uminoakehoshi. Combined with efficient FTL drives (which they also have) then bulk interstellar trade becomes practical.
We can only dream of such technology, but it doesn't cost anything to dream.
UPDATE: Of course, they couldn't operate that way all the time. If they were firing 0.02*C while exiting from a space dock, they'd punch a hole in the side of the station with their exhaust.
November 16, 2013
I love Mouretsu Pirates. It's one of my favorite shows ever. But there's one huge thing in it that is a critical plot point, which I have never been able to fit in or understand. It's a spoiler, so it's below the fold.
August 03, 2013
I admit I was curious to watch the battle between Mikoto and ITEM. And I have a few thoughts. Spoilers, below the fold.more...
August 01, 2013
WMG: According to TVTropes,
This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing.
Here at Chizumatic we call it Engineer's Disease. Ready for big spoilers below the fold?more...
July 19, 2013
The Fairy Tail anime didn't stop at a satisfactory point; it just stopped, right in the middle of a story arc. Still, I commend them for it. The problem was that they had mostly caught up with the manga, and to proceed they'd have had to start writing their own story. And my experience in the past with shows that did that has generally been poor.
So the anime production team this time decided to take a break, after 175 episodes, and wait for the manga to get ahead a bit more. (Reportedly restarting again, soon.)
But I heard that the most recent story arc had finally finished and I was curious to know how it came out. So I went online to see.
I thought there was a bit of a ruckus a couple of years back where they were going to come down like a ton of bricks on web sites which carried manga chapters. Did I imagine that? Because MangaHere had the full run of Fairy Tail and I didn't run into any problems at all reading it. And MangaReader has it all, too.
The latest chapter is 344, which is at the beginning of a new arc. So I got comments, spoilers, below the fold.more...
August 12, 2012
They have hair dryers in Galette?
UPDATE: By the way, this picture is impossible.
If you look at the tower on the right, and if you assume that the top part of the tower is level, then it is impossible for the ocean behind it to be that high. Perspective doesn't permit that.
The level of the ocean at the horizon has to be at the vertical position of the "vanishing point", which is a lot lower than where they drew it. (Actually, it has to be even lower than the vanishing point, because the planet is round.)
UPDATE: Of course, this is a place where mountains float in mid-air, so maybe gravity doesn't work the same there as here. For instance, maybe the surface of the ocean isn't really level. Maybe there's a great big hump out there.
June 26, 2012
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