December 06, 2013
They're still telling story but it's still coming out slowly. Their decision to finish with the Amada arc is still looking like a mistake.
A couple of things happened in this episode, but not really very much. The story telling continues to feel really flabby.more...
(Here's a bigger version). You can see the path the beaver has been using to get up to the tree it's attacking.
December 05, 2013
Seems one of the two trees was already completely ring-barked, so the handyman only protected the other one with chickenwire. Since then the beaver has been back more than once to work on this one, and you can see it's made a lot of progress.
My phone is an HTC Android "DNA" (AKA "Butterfly") from Verizon. It's a very nice phone which was absolutely the latest thing when I got it a year ago, and now Verizon doesn't sell it any more. I guess "new" gets old pretty quickly in this market. (Worse than when I was a phone designer.)
It only has one connector on it, a micro-USB. (The EU issued a regulation requiring all phones and similar devices to use that from now on. I generally am no fan of EU "design from the top by bureaucrats" regulations but this one made sense, with the idea being that it was stupid for every device to have to have its own charger, with a different unique connecter. So the charger that came with my first Kindle Fire works to charge the second one, and also works to charge my phone.
Part of why I bought a second Fire was that the connector on the first one broke, and it won't charge any more. And since I have had to plug my phone in twice a week, I've been afraid of the same thing happening to it.
A few days ago I heard someone referring to "wireless recharging" and it occurred to me that although such a thing is pretty new, maybe my phone is new enough to do it.
Well, it turns out it can. The keyword turned out to be "Qi" and it's a standard for wireless chargers. I just put in an order for one from NewEgg and it should arrive sometime next week. Once I have it, I should be able to charge my phone just by leaving it sitting on the charger pad.
One thing I'll be curious about: when I plug the phone in, there's an LED that turns amber while it charges, and turns green when it's finished. Will the same thing happen with a wireless charge? My guess is "yes".
At the end of the war, a number of Japanese submarines were captured by the Americans. Some of those were scuttled in Japanese waters, and 4 of them were brought to Hawaii and closely studied, then scuttled in Hawaiian waters. One of those latter was I-400, a submarine air craft carrier and lead member of a class of subs which were the largest ever built until the advent of boomers in the 1960's.
A few days ago it was announced that I-400 had been found. No one is talking about refloating it; it's in 700 meters of water, and it was originally sunk by torpedoes fired by USS Trumpetfish so it's pretty seriously ruined. But it's still historically interesting.
It's also anime interesting. Sister ship I-401 (sunk at the same time, and found in 2005 at a depth of 820 meters) is a central character in Arpeggio of Blue Steel, running this season.
Office Depot is bringing me something today, and they said it would be sometime between 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM. As Daffy says, Thanks for the sour persimmons, buster. At least Safeway gives me a 4-hour window, and if I was willing to pay more I could get a 1-hour window.
(It's a plastic floor mat to go under my desk chair. I've gone through three of those in the last few years, and my current one is a broken mess. This new one is going to be 1/8 inch thick, and I hope it'll hold up better than the others did. They were all thin and flexible. Each time I bought a new one, I thought I was getting something that would last more. The last one was polycarbonate, and it only lasted about 6 months.)
UPDATE: OK, 11:30. Not too shabby, and now I can take a nap.
UPDATE: The new one is much better at producing static electricity. Since it's on the floor next to my computer table, this could be a problem.
The League of the Perpetually Aggrieved has been hunting for things to be offended by, and they're getting more and more petty. Who cares about the name of a football team in Washington DC?
And every year at Thanksgiving, LPA comes out of the woodwork to talk about how the standard story of Thanksgiving is a myth.
There's a huge target they've been missing. I've been waiting for them to get mad about the name "America" and to demand that North America and South America get renamed.
The name "America" is derived from Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian navigator who was the first to determine that Columbus was wrong, that the new lands he found were entirely new continents, and not in fact part of Asia. This was about 1502, and it seems that after he published his findings, people got into the habit of referring to the new lands as "America". I don't think anyone now knows how that happened.
But consider the injustice! The Euro-centrism! What a terrible thing! Let's get some demonstrations started! Clever banners! Giant paper-mache heads!
But first, we have to figure out what we want instead. That's kind of tough, isn't it?
UPDATE: Maybe we can find some obscure, unpronounceable, Aztec word for North America, and an equally unpronouneable Inca word for South America.
And while we're at it, why do the Europeans (Romans, it turns out) get to name "Africa"? What's with all these Italians planting names on things just because they happened to be the first Europeans to bother?
Bastards, the lot of 'em.
December 03, 2013
Like I need a reason? From Fight! Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!more...
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