June 15, 2012

Gamma waffle?

My general rule is that if one of the blogs I follow goes a full month without posting, then their link falls off my daily visit list and goes into the "dormant" folder, which I go into about once a year.

As I write this, it's been five and a half weeks since Beta-Waffle has posted anything. Problem is, I don't want to put that link into the graveyard. Anyone know what's going on with DiGiKerot? (Did something bad happen to him? If so, is there anything I can do to help?)

UPDATE: Meanwhile, some tremendously good news: Sixten found another job. That means he won't be deported.

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June 11, 2012

I am the Dark Knight Movie Franchise

John Kovalic aces another one.

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June 07, 2012

Upotte at 80

This is how they'll look, later.

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June 05, 2012

Online Comics

There are some online comics I occasionally follow, where the art is amazing but the update rate approaches the abysmal.

Dresden Codak has been updating pretty regularly recently.

On the other hand, Outsider hasn't updated since March 5. Sheesh.

I stopped reading Freefall. He's been good about his 3-times-per-week schedule, but since it's a 4-panel comic, the story is moving very, very slowly, and it's reached a point where  I just can't read it any more. I think I'll wait a few months and then catch up all at once. With luck, by then the crisis will have passed.

(I still think it's going to turn out that without his mask, Sam looks like Cthulhu.)

The most recent strip from Real Life has a reference I don't get. I'm woefully uncool, I guess. "Why doesn't Ted just tell his damned kids how he met their mother?" Who's Ted?

Update rate on Argon Zark is down to about a page per year. Just to show you how stale it is, Bill Gates is one of the villains in the current story line, and Gates retired from Microsoft in 2008.

UPDATE: Speaking of online comics, if you want a laugh (and a considerable helping of schadenfreude) check out this thread on Metafilter, about the Walker recall election in Wisconsin. They're trying to hold out hope that Barrett will come from behind and win it. As I write this, NBC, Fox, and the NYT have all called it for Walker. With 56% of the vote counted, Walker is 15 points ahead. It ain't even slightly close. This is a huge blow-out.

I stopped worrying when I started seeing columns written by left-wing pundits talking about how this didn't really matter, and how a Walker victory might actually be good for Obama. When your opponents start whistling loudly past the graveyard, it's time to invest in graveyard futures.

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May 27, 2012

Mouretsu Scouts

Don's got a rather nice picture that someone sent him.

My problem is that I don't really know too much about Sailor Moon so I can't tell whether the transplants are like the originals.

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May 22, 2012

Cyborg?

James has a picture of a Japanese cosplayer and wonders what the story is. I don't recognize the character, myself.

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May 15, 2012

Wrigley Field must Die!!!

Sez Rich Cohen.

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April 18, 2012

TVTropes stuff

TVTropes looks to have grown into something beyond the wildest dreams of the guys who created it. I just found a cool entry there: "Russian Proverbs and Expressions"

Remember with Reagan used to say, "Trust but Verify"? Turns out that's a Russian proverb: Doveryay, no proveryay

I was looking for "Trust but Verify" because I wondered if it was a real trope on its own. I wanted to add it to the Bodacious Space Pirates entry to describe the situation on the bridge of the at the end of ep 12.

I've been adding a lot to that one. It's fun. What's perhaps more fun is to add an entry, and then to come back and see that someone augmented it. For instance, I added "Playful Hacker: Lynn Lambretta". And someone added Courier to it -- and they were right!

I also added Lethal Chef, and White Haired Pretty Girl, and Funny Afro, and Large Ham, and Mood Whiplash.

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March 09, 2012

Kid-friendly anime

Aziz needs recommendations for kid-friendly anime to show his girls, ages four and nine.

Read the requirements before you do a title-dump, OK? Seems like every time I ever see anyone ask for recommendations, they get handed a huge list of titles which directly violate the requirements. Ever eager to help, people simply list every title they've ever heard of, whether it makes sense or not.

So, for instance, it's true that Puella Magi Madoka Magica features young protagonists, has a life lesson, and induces a sense of wonder. But it ain't a kid's show, is it? So don't list that one.

I suggested Shingu but I'm not actually sure it would be a good choice, especially for the 4 year old. The story is just too complex for a little kid to keep up with.

I thought about suggesting Ichigo Mashimaro, but there's no life lesson, and no sense of wonder. That's pretty much the case for any gag series, I think.

And I'm sure he doesn't want to show Naruto to his kids. Or Gundam Wing. Or Evangelion.

Seems like Azumanga Daioh is marginal. Chiyo-chan could be the identification-character for his daughters, and though it's a gag series it does have a long term sense of progress, and the characters do change. (At least some of them, Sakaki-san and Chiyo-chan mostly.)

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March 02, 2012

The duck needs your votes

Go tell him what to do.

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