August 10, 2016

Chooser version 70

Added 175 from the Girls und Panzer Movie and 172 from HaiFuri. Total now is 7686 grabs. (Which, if you'll pardon me for saying so, is completely ridiculous.)

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August 08, 2016

Top rotation update

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I've been putting off a top-rotation update partly because I just didn't have enough stuff to add. This afternoon I realized I never plundered the Girls und Panzer movie, so I went through it (and through the Movie OVA) and ended up with 170 candidates. I already collected about 170 from Haifuri so that's a reasonable amount.

Tomorrow I'm going to process them all and come up with a new version of Chooser.

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July 18, 2016

Bleak, bleak I tell you

I don't remember a season where I had nothing to watch at all. Even if there wasn't anything else that excited me, I could watch something like Fairy Tail to get me through. But Fairy Tail is on another hiatus, waiting for the manga to get adequately ahead. Dragonball Super is still running, but it has jumped the shark. (Actually, it's been jumping the shark ever since it began, but initially they were OK sharks. But Dark Goku? From the future? Please...)

Ange Vierge looked like it might be OK. AT-X may be running it but AT-X raws haven't been showing up, and I suspect the reason is that they're running the same version as all the terrestrial stations, loaded with fog and obscuring light beams. So no one is posting AT-X raws because there isn't any point. And it'll be months before we see the BDs.

That's a disappointment, but another reason is that the show concept is idiotic. Generally, shows based on games don't tend to go well, especially if they're extended advertisements for the game. But even when not: Hikaru no Go bored me, and the only reason to watch Saki was the fan service. (I could care less about Mahjongg.)

It is theoretically possible for a game-based-show to transcend the game and be worthwhile in its own right, but right off the top I can't think of any. A lot of successes out that, if you measure success by how many episodes are involved, but I think it takes more than that. It takes, you know, a good story and good characters and things like that.

Ange Vierge doesn't seem to be measuring up. I downloaded the second episode but all I did was skip through it. I'll give them points for actually trying to tell a story and to have distinctive characters, but it doesn't seem to be very well done.

So what in hell am I going to blog about this summer? I'm getting tired of going through Gelbooru for cheesecake posts; they long since became repetitive and redundant, and I'm running out of reasonable keywords. (I got a long list of unreasonable keywords, however.) The idea of starting to post about politics again really doesn't feel like anything I want. Every time I even mention politics, just in passing, to be funny, the Earnest and Committed come out of the wood work and infest my comments.

I have occasionally made genuine political posts, and I always turn off comments for them because I know what would happen. (I really don't want to repeat my experience with USS Clueless.)

Ah! Alternative Energy! Just the thing! (Moan, whimper...)

About the only things that come to mind are the occasional posts where I think of something strange, like magical girls, or going back and watching and posting about old shows I skipped the first time, except that I skipped them for a reason and the reason still applies.

I suppose I can come up with something, but it probably won't be every day. I've been trying really hard to post something every day, but I doubt I can keep doing so.

I apologize in advance, folks. Sometimes life sucks.

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June 29, 2016

More Win 10 grief

Until now I've been using IE to do most of my posting around here, but it looks as if I'm going to have to use Firefox from now on.

I compose my articles using a dusty copy of Frontpage (from 2001, which Microsoft doesn't sell or support any more) and cut-and-pasting into the "new page" area using IE. But that doesn't work any more. The paste does nothing.

And I can compose directly in the IE windows (though that's risky) but I can't enter any links. The "add link" tool no longer works in IE under Win 10. It works in Firefox, though, so I guess that's where I go now.

I tried "Edge" because I was curious but it only took me a couple of minutes to decide I didn't want any part of it. Being able to add notations to web pages is an interesting idea but that's not enough to make me put up with all the things I didn't like.

It isn't a new idea, anyway. I used to have a program I bought that allowed me to do that for myself, and it was handy. It was also private; my notations didn't get shared. I no longer remember the name of the thing, and in any case the real problem with it is that it didn't scale well. As my total number of notes climbed, performance went into the toilet when I tried to load a page.

There was also something I vaguely remember about that same time that involved notes that were shared. If you accessed someone's site directly, that's all you got. But if you went to it through a proxy server (IIRC) then you saw the original page and you saw all the garbage that every other user left. It didn't last long, probably for the same reason a lot of other bright ideas of the time didn't last: no revenue. (This was during the Dot-Com era when the motto was "We'll figure out how to make money off it after the IPO.")

Nowadays there would be other reasons for it to fail: spam, hate comments, and so on.

Regardless, Microsoft has now revived the idea with Edge, and I assume they are going to have a huge spam problem with it, even if no other issues arise.

The Microsoft store also doesn't impress. Nearly all the games are Free* which means you can download and run them without paying but in-game there will be plenty of opportunities for you to shell out hard cash for in-game advantages. Screw that.

Microsoft Solitaire is installed on here but it doesn't run. It's in the store, too, but the store tells me I already have it. Maybe I'll try deleting it and reinstalling it. Or maybe I don't care.

Next on the list is to go find my installations of Master of Orion and Master of Magic and get shortcuts to them onto my desktop.

It would also be nice if I could figure out a way to disable the damned touchpad, but so far I haven't been able to figure one out. The best way would be to uninstall the device but the first place I looked to do that wouldn't let me. (The button is there but it's grayed out.)

Any transition this drastic is going to have hiccups. (Ooooh, hiccups. That's what caused my stroke.) These hiccups are nowhere near that deadly, at least so far.

On another subject, I added Bakuon! to the top rotation but it seems to me like I really should do something else, too. Netoge would probably be a good series to plunder but, sorry, I just can't work up any enthusiasm for it. I think Haifuri might be pretty good, as long as you all don't mind the fact that it isn't really a fanservice show. And I probably won't plunder the whole thing because I don't want to watch the whole thing.

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June 22, 2016

Chooser version 69

Added 256 grabs from Bakuon!!

Total is now 7339.

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Bakuon!! -- the plundering

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So 5 episodes done and 144 candidates so far. I've been noticing that a lot of scenes in this show, taken out of context, are extremely confusing. Like that one; if you have seen the show you'll know why a crane is lifting a Ducati with a side car.

Now that I understand what's going on with Lime,

UPDATE: And done! 259 candidates!

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June 01, 2016

Please do me a favor

If you haven't already done so, please read this:

How to put links in your comment

UPDATE: Oh, and while I'm bitching and moaning, a request to my fellow bloggers: Could you please put your YouTube's below the fold? When a page has 10 or 15 youtubes on the front page, it locks up IE solid for about ten seconds, or twenty, or even more while all of them load. You can't click anything; you can't even kill it.

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April 22, 2016

Chooser version 68

Added 87 images from Dagashi Kashi, 51 from GATE II, 132 from Motto To Love-ru, 124 from Musaigen no Phantom World, and 51 from To Love-ru Darkness. I also added one new animation.

That's 446 new images, about 6% of the total of 7083.

As usual, you need to force a reload or flush your cache to get the new version. There are buttons in all four corners. The lower left corner takes you to the main page. The lower right corner loads a new image immediately. The upper-right corner opens the current image in a new browser window or tab. Hovering over the upper left corner brings up an information frame most of which is to help me debug, but it contains the current version number too. And clicking the upper left corner loads a new image immediately.

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April 20, 2016

Motto To Love-ru -- plundering complete.

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So I got a lot of candidates:

132 Motto To Love-ru
124 Musaigen no Phantom World
25 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka S2
51 GATE II
87 Dagashi Kashi

which is more than 400. A few of those won't qualify because they can't be trimmed (I lose about 12% of width), but I think that's still enough for one update.

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April 19, 2016

Dagashi Kashi -- the plundering.

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Boy, is that image deceptive. Anyway, I managed to get 87 candidates out of Dagashi Kashi. And there are maybe ten or so which seem to imply that there's some yuri going on. (Of course, there isn't.)

As to Gochuumon wa etc, I'm giving up on it. Too many lolis, and even the girls who are in high school look like lolis. I'll keep the 25 grabs I already took but I'm not going to process any more of it.

UPDATE: So, on to Motto To Love-ru. I seem to remember that the first To Love-ru series was varied and clever and funny, and (in the BD version) really rather ecchi.

I have processed the clean OP and ED and eps 10-12 and gotten 67 candidates already, so at least it's fruitful. But it's in a rut. Each episode has 3 parts and most of the 9 I've looked at so far are about some girl or other thinking she has fallen for Rito. I'm getting a lot of candidates but I feel like my brain is melting. I'm not sure I can spare this many neurons.

There's even some squick: one of the nine segments was about Mikan, Rito's younger sister.

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