January 11, 2015
UPDATE: OK, It's up now.
I was inspired to write a post that I submitted to Ace. This morning I sent it to the Ace of Spades Gmail account, which I imagine gets a thousand emails a day, so it's very likely it'll get lost in the shuffle. (But I didn't know of any other email address I could use.)
But you never know; he might notice it and he might like it.
If I haven't heard back from him in a couple of days, I'll post it here.
UPDATE: The reason I'm saying this now is that I am pretty sure at least one of the regular writers on Ace of Spades is also one of my readers, and I hope he'll make sure Ace sees my email. (Fingers crossed.)
UPDATE: Oh, what the heck. Here it is:
A Crisis of Faith
No, not Muslims; it's the the western press. The Press have created an ideology over the last fifty years or so that approaches the level of a secular religious dogma. They believe that the Press are like the referees in a football game, present everywhere but not involved in the action. Surrounded by violence, they themselves never contribute to the violence and are never the objects of violence. And they are strictly neutral, favoring no one but simply calling it all like they see it.
Except that they've also mixed in a big dollop of Marxist ideology: they aren't, and shouldn't be, strictly neutral. As good progressives they can and must work against global capitalism and everything associated with it. That means it's OK to criticize Christianity and Judaism, for instance, because those religions are part of the Capitalist monolith. By working against all the things that Marxism says they should, this gives them credibility with the world's proletariat, who will respond to that by leaving the press alone. Or so they think.
And violence by the world's proletariat is a good thing because it may presage the global Socialist revolution prophesied by the sainted Marx. That includes, in particular, all the violence in the world being committed by Muslims.
Like a lot of religious dogma, this is subconscious in a lot of the press. They simply accept that it's the way things are (or should be) and don't worry about where it came from or whether it really makes any sense.
The lethal attack on Charlie Hebdo, and the firebombing of a tabloid in Germany, has brought out a major contradiction in the Religion of the Press, and a lot of members of the press are demonstrating their confusion in how they respond.
First, there is the fundamental dogma of press freedom: no matter what the press says or does, no one is supposed to harm them in return. They're the referees, dammit, not players in the struggle!
Second, though, is the fact that Charlie and the Hamburg tabloid which was firebombed broke the compact by criticizing Islam. This was wrong! Not, surprisingly, because Muslim fanatics are dangerous (that is a good thing!), but because it is hoped that dangerous Muslim fanatics will fight against the Capitalist enemy which all good progressives are supposed to be working to undermine. Islam is a Third World religion, and criticizing it undermines the Press in trying to prove to the world Proletariat that the Press is on their side in the great Marxist struggle.
And as a result of this Progressive sin, Charlie Hebdo et. al. have dragged all the rest of the press into the battle, on the front line, where they no longer seem to have their assumed immunity.
And that's why a lot of them have a deer-in-the-headlights look on their collective faces. A common response has been, "We believe in absolute press freedom, but with freedom comes responsibility, and Charlie Hebdo and everyone else who published cartoons critical of Islam are abusing their responsibility and... deserved what happened to them." (That last isn't usually stated quite so bluntly, but you can see it if you read between the lines.)
They know how bad this sounds, but they can't really say anything else without violating the Press religious dogma themselves and further undermining their presumed alliance with the World's Proletariat.
How much of this is cowardice? I don't think they are really thinking in those terms. For one thing, the Press in the US thinks of itself as being brave, in part because of all the critical things they say about Christianity. There are all those "bitter clingers" out there with closets full of AR-15's just aching to shoot up the NYT and any other press outlet who dares say anything bad about Christianity (never mind that nothing like that has ever happened) and the Press bravely go ahead anyway. Likewise, they bravely risk being taken away by the Secret Police for criticizing the government when there's a Republican President (again, never mind that no one has ever been taken away like that). They're brave, damn it. They know they are! It's all very romantic and revolutionary.
No, the problem, and the reason a lot of them won't republish the Charlie cartoons, is that the Press isn't supposed to be doing that kind of thing. It isn't Progressive! It's the wrong damned target!
December 27, 2014
I added 47 images from the Bodacious Space Pirates movie. Total is now 4576.
December 21, 2014
Added 60 from Amagi Brilliant Park, 56 from Madan no Ou to Vanadis, and 57 from Nanatsu no Taizai. Total number of images is now 4529.
I also made it so that you can see the NW, NE, and SE buttons when your mouse is over them.
Madan no Ou to Vanadis was good for 56 candidates. I think it's time to do another update.
I ended up with 61 candidates from Amagi Brilliant Park.
It takes quite a girl to take a selfie like that and make it work! (It takes quite a girl to even be willing to try!)
December 14, 2014
In general this season started well, with several pleasant surprises, but it's turned out to be a disappointment. It's not the fault of the Japanese, for a change; the subbing circles have let me down. (sob, poor me)
But a lot of shows which I didn't think were worth watching might well still be worth plundering, and since the season is mostly over now I thought I'd check them out.
Amagi Brilliant Park: As far as plunder is concerned, the main problem is that Our Hero is on screen too much. Lots of otherwise good images are spoiled by having a guy (ick) in them. But it's not a total loss, and as long as the Elemental Idols get some reasonable screen time, there should be at least a bit of stuff worth taking.
Especially Sylphy! There are some good images of Isuzu, too, but she always looks miserable and that doesn't make for good grabs. I figure it'll be low yielding but high quality.
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: Lots of cute girls, but Our Hero spoils most shots, and the school uniforms are not flattering. I think this one will turn out to be a total loss. (A quick scan through a few episodes didn't turn up a single image I though was worth taking even as an example.)
Girl Friend Beta: There aren't any boys who are speaking parts, and they only show up occasionally in crowd scenes. The girls are mostly nicely shaped. But the school uniforms are quite unflattering. The only outright cheesecake shot I found when I briefly scanned through the first 10 eps was the gymnast at the beginning of the first episode.
This was more typical. You can tell that they're girls, I guess. This probably will turn out to be a waste of time. I was hoping for a swimming pool PE scene, but there hasn't been one so far and the way the story is going there probably won't be.
Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de: Our Hero is on screen too much. (This is a common problem with harem shows.) Ep 10 was the first one I looked at, and it was a swimsuit episode. But the first half was lolis, and I despaired. However, the second half featured this girl:
So maybe. I figure it'll be low yielding but decent quality. Possibly 30 images, if that.
Madan no Ou to Vanadis: Not a problem. Elen alone is enough to make this one worthwhile, and there are several other women who make good appearance.
Nanatsu no Taizai: Elizabeth and Diane:
Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu: Toaru is certainly worthy of a place in the top rotation, and Yellow is good looking (even if I hate the character). As to the loli, um...
Trinity 7: Since these two girls are major characters, it's possible this will be worth plundering. It's really a question of what kinds of scenes they're in. Early on there are gratuitous ecchi scenes (which might be too ecchi for me), and later on the show gets grim and gritty.
As to other shows? I won't be doing Unlimited Blade Works. It's not the kind of show that will have the kind of images I want, and I don't feel like wading through it. (Besides, I did Carnival Phantasm.)
Denkigai no Honya-san appears to have some decent cheesecake but I think it would be too painful to dig them out. Same goes for Cross Ange. Grisaia doesn't have a lot of images I can use -- too many shots spoiled by Our Hero -- and it's a strange aspect ratio so it would be hard to trim to 600*375. (And I don't want to wade through all the blood again.)
December 13, 2014
I'm informed that recently Sitemeter began redirecting people to advertising sites on a random basis, and that it's happened here. This was the first time I'd been told there was a problem at this site, and I myself have never seen the problem.
But I don't doubt, and I've removed both instances of the Sitemeter gizmo. If you still have problems, I'd like to hear about it.
UPDATE: I also apologize for any problems people have had.
November 25, 2014
I replaced the pitiful 21 images from AsoIku with a new plunder of 156 images.
Total is now 4356.
I still can't believe that I only came up with 21 grabs from AsoIku. So I'm going though it again. I just finished the first 6 episodes and I already have 90 candidates.
And I haven't even done the beach episode yet.
November 20, 2014
Total number of images is now 4221.
I added 42 to Rokujouma, total 79.
I added 25 to Locodol, total 81.
I added 67 to Jinsei, total 108.
I added 93 to Momo Kyun Sword, total 185.
I also changed the autorefresh period to 20 seconds instead of 30.
(It's a good thing I have an unlimited account here on mee.nu, because at this point the data for chooser is more than 300 megabytes. Mostly that's because of 129 anims, which are about 210 megabytes.)
UPDATE: I thought you all might be interested in the current census:
108 Dog Days
15 Hayate no Gotoku
40 Infinite Stratos
17 Fight! Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!
34 Koihime Musou
114 Rio - Rainbow Gate!
45 Rosario to Vampire Capu2
29 Shin Koihime Musou
57 Shukufuku no Campanella
51 Strike Witches 2
48 Kore wa Zombie desu ka
71 Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi
19 Aika R-16
27 Aika Zero
12 AsoIku OVA
61 Carnival Phantasm
9 Daimaou Omake
23 Maken Ki
13 Railgun OVA
18 Sacred Blacksmith
56 Sekirei Pure Engagement
48 Sengoku Otome
20 Ano Natsu de Matteru
60 Fairy Tail OVA
29 Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun
33 High School DxD
51 Ladies versus Butlers
46 Medaka Box
61 Maji de Watashi
75 Omamori Himari
65 Shining Hearts
144 Dog Days 2
32 Mai Otome Zwei
47 Strike Witches Movie
48 Princess Lover
131 Fairy Tail
77 Sora no Otoshimono
69 Da Capo III
88 Fairy Tail 2
102 Girls und Panzer
107 Senran Kagura
72 Vividred Operation
109 Hyperdimension Neptunia
39 Hagure Yuusha
38 Suisei no Gargantia
50 Sekai de Ichiban
55 Seikoku no Dragonar
49 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka
47 Soul Eater NOT
38 Hyperdimension Neptunia OVA
55 Girls und Panzer OVA
185 Momo Kyun Sword
39 Arpeggio of Blue Steel
40 Blade Dance
63 Strike the Blood
84 Twin Angel
97 Maken Ki Two
119 Super Sonico
129 Animations (various)
I admit that some of these surprise even me. Only 21 from AsoIku? I ought to go revisit it and see if I can do better.
Anyway, it was shows like Sacred Blacksmith, which I went all the way through and only got 18 grabs, which made me decide that some shows are a waste of time and not worth continuing with. These are listed in the order I plundered them, and you can see that as time went on I got more selective about using shows with a high yield count.
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