April 22, 2015

Chooser version 59

Added another 30 images from Nanatsu no Taizai, and 185 images from Dog Days 3. Total number of images is now 4981.


I love the look on Sharl's face in this grab!

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March 27, 2015

server issues

We're having intermittent server issues this morning. I'm sure everything will get back to normal soon; please be patient.

UPDATE: All better now!

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March 14, 2015

Dear Wonderduck

I think I landed on your blacklist somehow. My comments on your site aren't showing up any more. One of them said it was going into a moderation queue (could you check) but now they don't say anything at all; they just vanish.

I'd appreciate if you could look into it. Thank you.

UPDATE: I think it's possible I got automatically blacklisted for making too many comments in one day.

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March 05, 2015

Midweek drought

This season hasn't been as bad as some. At least there are shows I'm following. But they're kind of bunched on the weekend, so midweek I just don't have a lot to say. For that I apologize.

Fairy Tail comes out on Fridays. Dog Days is Saturday. Nanatsu no Taizai is Sunday. The Fairy Tail manga is Monday. Aside from that, there just isn't a whole lot going on, and anyway I don't always post about them. (I skipped Dog Days last weekend, for instance.) And that's why I often have several-day gaps in my posting.

UPDATE: Rule 34 strikes again! I found a site called "Fapservice" which specializes in keeping track of fanservice in current and upcoming releases. They put together "best of" videos for various series which they post as torrents (which is where I found their link).

They say (or a commenter there says) there's a Senran Kagura OVA coming soon:

Well I'm still really excited for the Senran Kagura OVA. Even though it won't be on BD till April, its gonna air on AT-X this month. Its the first time the Senran Kagura girls' nipples will be shown officially. I can't wait!

Good Lord; I don't rate on the perv scale any more. I guess it's as they say: there's always someone stronger than you, and someone more perverted than you.

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February 17, 2015

A nice juxtaposition...

Just now I loaded my own page and got a really nice top picture to go with the rest of the page. See for yourself.

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February 13, 2015

Chooser version 58


Added 80 images from the new season of Fairy Tail. Total is now 4766.

UPDATE: Fairy Tail is the largest contributor to the top rotation, with 359 (as of this update). But it's still only 7.5%.

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February 12, 2015

More Fairy Tail grabs


I spent last evening rewatching the "spirit revolt" arc from Fairy Tail (eps 30-43 in the 2014 season). I came up with 80 candidates for the top rotation which I'll process later today.

I know I have a lot of Fairy Tail images already, but that's how it goes.

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February 03, 2015

Chooser version 57

Added 109 stills and one anim from Trinity Seven. Total is now 4686 images.


Liese here was the cheesecake champion of the series. She was in more than half the grabs I took, for reasons I think should be apparent. She also contributed the first animation in a year and a half, which is below the fold.

UPDATE: By the way, this show isn't subtle.


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January 28, 2015


I'm getting an Instaflood today! First time in years.

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January 11, 2015

Ace of Spades post

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!

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