February 27, 2015

Fairy Tail S2 ep 47 -- Transformation Magic


It's another filler episode, heavy on the fan service and the comedy.


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Wnter? What winter?


That's my back yard this afternoon. The bugs have started to come out, and I've been seeing songbirds, and the yard guys have come to mow the lawn twice so far this year, and I think we're going to get an early spring.

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Leonard Nimoy

"No man is an island" and all that; I suppose I should be affected by any death.

But with 7+ billion of us now, hundreds of thousands of people die every day. Some deaths are tragic, but some less so. And if you mourned every one, you'd drive yourself insane.

If someone lives a full, happy, and productive life and dies peacefully in their 80's or 90's, I can't really think of it as a tragedy. All of us will die, one way or another, and that's a pretty good way to go.

So while I consider it noteworthy that Leonard Nimoy died yesterday, I can't really find it in myself to think it's some sort of catastrophe. He was 83 and had a long and successful career and left behind many performances that moved people and will continue to move people for decades to come. We should all be so lucky.

This is likewise how I felt when Chuck Jones died (at 89), and when Heinlein died (age 80). (My girlfriend at the time told me about Heinlein and she expected me to react strongly; I think my lack of reaction really surprised her.)

UPDATE: IMDB says that Nimoy was in all 80 episodes of ST and Shatner was only in 79. I can't remember an episode that Shatner wasn't in. Anyone know which it was?

UPDATE: OK, Shatner wasn't in the first pilot and Nimoy was. But they used that material in the series to produce two episodes, and Shatner was in both of those.

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February 25, 2015

Mouretsu Pirates Movie update

The "progress report" (sic) at WhyNotSubs for the Mouretsu Pirates movie has been updated again. Now it says:

I'm not going to update this again, so just wait until it's finished now. The ETA is still soon™.

I assume Quattro isn't an engineer. We engineers have a term for this: "Real Soon Now". It means "Go away and leave me alone. I'll probably never finish it."

I wonder if anyone else had considered translating the movie, but were dissuaded by knowing WhyNotSubs claimed it was going to? We may have to wait until some company does a formal release in North America. Section23 did the release of the main series; I wonder if they're going to pick up the rights to the movie?

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Browser Hijack

Just now I followed a link from BakaBT to ANN, and instead I got this address:


Which was a page that told me I was infected with some virus, and put up a popup advising me to call some phone number or other. (This is a common tack for malware: the people on the phone number will then tell me how to download a program that "fixes" the problem and also makes me part of their botnet.) Dismissing the popup made it appear again, meaning I couldn't close the tab. The only way to recover was to use the process manager to kill IE.

Obviously the first thing to do, which I just did, was to tell Windows Security Essentials to do a scan, and it didn't find anything.

The second thing was to clear the browser cache.

The third thing was to add "pc-okok.com" to the reject file in Proxomitron, so that I can't ever load it again. But I still want to know how my access was hijacked.

I'd also like to know how my browser found the site. "pc-okok.com" doesn't resolve through DNS, so what address is it?

UPDATE: Ah. The entire URL does resolve through DNS to, which is "a23-3-75-25.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com". Think I'll be sending them some email... UPDATE: Man, I think they don't want to hear from anyone. What a clumsy web interface, which I don't think worked.

The whole URL looked like this:



When that URL was created, someone did a reverse DNS on my IP in order to learn that I'm on Comcast Commercial. So I assume there was some other site in between, but the IE browser history doesn't show anything that makes any sense.

The only possibility I can see is that ANN's server has been corrupted.

UPDATE: Actually, I just remembered that this kind of thing has happened before, and it was a seedy advertiser coming in via a fairly respectable ad server.

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February 24, 2015

Two Spirit?

This one almost needs a new category. "Weird World" isn't strong enough.

What the hell is "Two Spirit"? For a moment I thought it meant "Otherkin" which would be strange enough, but the Urban Dictionary set me straight.

People of my generation would have one of two reactions to this, I think.

1. "Wow, man, that's really deep!" (tooooke)

2. That's fucking nuts!

Despite the fact that I have long hair, I'm in the second camp. (I stopped toking nearly 30 years ago.) I suspect what we're dealing with here is what TVTropes calls "Bull Dykes". Or used to before the SJW's moved in and censored everything.

UPDATE: I'm going to Hell for this, aren't I?

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February 22, 2015

Nanatsu no Taizai -- ep 19

This series just keeps getting better and better. I think the main reason is that all the main characters are well thought out and believable as characters.


Ahh, ain't she cute? That's Diane as a little girl. ("Little", of course, is a relative term.) Anyway, spoilers below the fold.


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February 21, 2015

This is a classic!

Slow Joe Biden molesting anime girls!

Fortunately for him, he didn't pick any who are capable of blowing a hole through him. If he'd tried that on Android 18, for instance, he wouldn't have lived very long.

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Grrrr! Damn you, Microsoft!

I can't change the default player for MP3 files. It's set to "Windows Media Player" and frozen.

I can't uninstall Windows Media Player. It doesn't show up in the "Uninstall or change program" frame in the Control Panel.

I can't run WMP without going through a whole bunch of crap that's supposed to get me to subscribe to title-lookups and setting up playlists and buying stuff from the Microsoft music store and being part of weird social media shit.

This is how it feels:

So all I can do is to remember that I have to drag my MP3 files into Media Player Classic in order to avoid all that. It just plays the file; it doesn't do anything strange. That's what I want, but I can't make MPC my default MP3 player.

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February 20, 2015

Barakamon -- ep 2

I started watching Barakamon from last year, just for the heck of it. It's surprising. The main character is the straight man, around whom all the insanity flows, except that it's not that simple. He's angry and closed in, and it's clear that the story is going to be how the small town melts his heart and helps him find happiness inside, which will manifest in his art. (He's a calligrapher.)


The core of the show is Naru, the bratty 6 year old who won't leave him alone. By the end of the second episode she's already beginning to affect him, and by that I mean in a good way. I was impressed by her voice performance so I looked up the seiyuu. Info is sparse; and this is her only role. It's virtually unknown for a new seiyuu to be picked for a lead role their first time out, so I'm coming to the conclusion that she's a kid. If so, she's really amazing, because it's a voice performance worthy of a pro.


Naru the character is unique; I don't think I've ever run into anyone like her before. There isn't really any single word that easily describes her (besides "brat"); she's not insensitive, for instance. She's a bit of a tomboy. There isn't any hint of lolicon in the show, which is a relief. Her best friend is Hina, who is a crybaby. She's very shy. She cries when she's afraid. She cries when she's happy. She spends a lot of time crying. I have no idea how else her voice sounds because in the first two episodes she doesn't say anything.


I knew that the core of the show was Naru and her relationship with Our Hero. I didn't know that there were a couple of middle school girls, too. This isn't a harem show, and Our Hero is in his 20s, but it's obviously a tease.

The house OH moves into had been vacant for a long time, and Naru and the two jailbaits had been using it as a clubhouse, sort of. They had posters up on the wall and had a ghetto blaster and some CDs there, plus cushions and cards and other stuff.


The basic story is obvious: the tight-laced city boy is going to learn what life is really about from the island hicks; it's been told a thousand times. But if it's done well, it's still a good story, and so far it seems pretty good. I don't think I'll drop it yet.

UPDATE: Hina's seiyuu is 9 years old, so I'm certain now that Naru's seiyuu is a kid, too.

UPDATE: I think every one of the kids (and I've seen 8 so far) has a real child for a seiyuu. That's a really interesting choice by the director; it must have been a real headache in production. But it changes the feel of the show; a woman pretending to be a child just doesn't sound the same.

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