October 22, 2014

Something or high water

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It's been raining pretty hard today, and now the runoff is overtopping the entire culvert.

It's not supposed to be like this; there are two big concrete pipes under the culvert which are supposed to carry the water, but they've been completely clogged up for years. Unfortunately, fixing them would either require scuba gear or a back hoe.

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At Arms

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This grayhair is Kevin Vickers, Sergeant at Arms for the Canadian House of Commons. A gunman penetrated the Parliament building today, and Vickers shot him dead.

Good job, sir! He seems to take the "at arms" part of his title seriously!

UPDATE: He was in the RCMP for 29 years, so presumably he's been trained to shoot. I wonder what he used? Is a pistol part of his standard uniform? (Or a shoulder holster under that coat?)

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October 21, 2014

Top Rotation -- filling in the gaps

During the summer when I wasn't following any shows, and desperate for anything I could do for this site, I processed several shows which were in progress, which meant I only used the early parts of them.

I'm downloading the rest of them now and I'm going to process the rest of each:

Locodol: 7-13

Jinsei: 6-10

Momo Kyun Sword: 6-12

Rokujouma: 6-12

Blade Dance: 6-12

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We've arrived. (Where?)

Are you ready for this? .moe is an internet Top Level Domain, since July. And yes, it's based on the Japanese term moe.

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Similes

Just rewatched the GuP OVA, and reflected on the character Pepperoni. The character page for her on TVTropes says, "Not the sharpest tool in Anzio's shed."

And I got to thinking about other humorous ways of saying "She's not too smart." And... I could only think of one: "Not the brightest bulb on the tree."

Surely there must be more! Help me out here!

(I'm looking for things that suggest she isn't very smart, not things that suggest that she may be nuts. So "Not playing with a full deck" or "Rowing with only one oar in the water" don't qualify.)

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October 19, 2014

The Five stages of Twintail

The Five stages of Twintail

UPDATE: Twintail made the cut on Tenka Seiha.

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October 18, 2014

Madan no Ou to Vanadis -- ep 3

And so we get the great battle for Alsace. And it wasn't just "everyone charge into a melee and beat up the other side." There were actual tactics, and ruses, and it was genuinely interesting to watch the progress of the battle.

No amount of material superiority can compensate for a commander who is a blithering idiot and a coward. So when he abandoned his force and fled, the bastard got what was coming to him.

more...

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October 17, 2014

Just kind of wondering

Why does this picture show an American plane painted in Japanese colors? That wing configuration is very distinctive. Indeed so far as I know it's unique.

What it isn't is a A6M Zero, which is what the movie is supposed to be about.

UPDATE: Maybe not so unique. It could be an F4U, but it could also be a Stuka. It isn't a Zero, however.

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Phone Phollies

The main function of my phone (HTC Droid DNA) is to solve the "I've fallen and I can't get up!" problem. (And the "I've had another stroke" problem.) I'm proud to say that since my stroke I haven't lost my balance enough to fall, not even once. But I've come close a couple of times, and it's a genuine fear, especially as I'm gradually losing control over my left leg. So I keep my phone with me as I move around the apartment, to make sure that when something bad happens, then if I'm seriously hurt I can call for help. It's always within arm's reach. (Even in bed -- my stroke happened while I was asleep and another one could do the same.)

The only apps on the phone I use are the timer app (when I'm cooking) and Accuweather, neither of which are particularly power hungry. Accuweather is only supposed to phone home when I invoke it, for instance, and when it does it doesn't actually say much. The phone has a healthy battery, and I'm used to having it go from 100% charged to about 90% in one day.

Starting a couple of weeks ago, it began to drop a lot more than that. The phone is nearly two years old and maybe the battery is losing the ability to hold a charge? Well, that wouldn't change so radically so fast. So I looked at the power consumption tracking info frames, and it showed my wifi being a big power consumer, and wifi running when the phone was off. Oh, dear; have I become infected with an Android virus? Am I now part of a botnet?

Yesterday I found out the real answer: the phone popped up and said, "I've downloaded a patch; wanna install it?" I let it, so now I'm up to date, and now the power consumption is back to what I'm used to.

This is the fourth patch since I got the phone, and the other three times it asked permission before downloading, which happened immediately and only took about 20 minutes. (Then it asked permission to install, which took maybe ten more minutes.) I'm not sure why it did the download surreptitiously this time.

So now I'm running Android 4.4.2 and the latest HTC stuff, maybe. I'm grateful that Verizon is still putting out patches for my phone because I read somewhere that Verizon doesn't sell HTC phones any more. Kind of a shame.

UPDATE: I just looked at Verizon's web page, and I'm wrong. They are still selling HTC phones. What I read was that all "Droid" phones are now Motorola, and I overinterpreted that. (And anyway, Motorola Mobility, the phone group, now belongs to Google.)

So what distinguishes a "Droid" from any other kind of phone?

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Amagi Brilliant Park -- ep 3

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This ep didn't have the same magic as the first episode did, especially given I watched it right after Twintails ep 2, which was full of happy silliness.

But I guess that's inevitable. The story is about being terrible and then rising to become great, and once it becomes great the story is over. We're only a quarter way into the story, so we're still in the "terrible" part.

Our Hero closed the park for a day for cleaning and painting, and now he's trying to get more customers into the place. One way is cheesecake, even though this is primarily a children's attraction. Another way is Moffle, which was interesting.

This wasn't enough to make me lose interest in the show, but I wouldn't be surprised if it has that effect on some other people.

UPDATE: Comparing Twintails in my mind to Amagi, I think the problem is that Amagi feels forced. Twintails is flowing smoothly and everything that happens, including the silliness, feels believable. Amagi feels like there's sand in the gears. There's a story but it isn't really being told well; it isn't unfolding organically.

Part of the reason is that Twintails has embraced the Rule of Funny: Anything is permitted as long as it makes you laugh. Ultimately Amagi isn't really a comedy, so they can't do that. (I would say it will turn out to be a coming-of-age story.) So Twintails can get away with an Alien fondling a statuette of Tail Red in a nurse uniform.

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It makes no sense, but it gets a giggle, and that's enough. Amagi has to put its story together in a way that really does make sense, and so far they're only succeeding about 75%.

UPDATE: Another difference: I like all the main characters in Twintails. But there isn't really any sympathetic character in Amagi. In particular, I like the lead in Twintails. Yeah, he has a strange (but ultimately harmless) fetish but he's actually a pretty nice guy. The lead in Amagi is an arrogant bastard and I keep hoping he'll get taken down a notch. Isuzu is cold, Moffle is ugly and violent, and there isn't really anyone there that I like.

UPDATE: When I see a girl in a bikini, I don't want her to look terrified or uncomfortable. That's how you get cheesecake wrong.

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This is the only one they got right. The other five all look like they think they're about to be raped.

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