August 30, 2016
As to Microsoft, the problem is automatic shutdown after idle time. In the power control setup frame I have everything set to "never shut down", but if I leave my computer alone for 15? minutes? and come back to it, it has auto-hibernated anyway. Oddly enough, it wasn't like that when I first switched to Win 10. I wonder if one of the auto-patches was responsible?
Under Win 7 we had "Gizmos" I think they were called. Microsoft decided eventually that they were a security problem and WIn 10 doesn't have that feature.
I used to have two of them on my desktop. One was a clock, and that was nice but not critical. The other was a couple of dials, one of which showed memory usage and one of which showed CPU loading. Memory usage is kind of a non-issue for me; this computer has 12G of RAM and I don't do anything very memory intensive. But the CPU loading dial was very useful because it was a convenient way to notice that a job had hung and gone 100% CPU intensive.
This computer is quad-core and each core is hyperthreaded, so to the OS it looks like 8 processors. If that dial stuck at 12%, it meant a job had run away.
I want that one back.
August 29, 2016
It occurred to me that Netoge was probably a prime source of fan service. I only watched an episode or two and wasn't interested in the slightest, but it should be good fodder for the top rotation.
So I downloaded the 1080p Horriblesubs version and found out it was hardsubbed, making it useless to me. Deleted that and downloaded all the AT-X raws from Ohys and started going through them.
As usual when I'm plundering a show I don't want to become interested in, I'm doing it backwards. I've done episodes 12-10 so far and I have 57 candidates, so it should be pretty good.
I had thought that Ako was going to be the primary fan service object, given her position in the story and her character design (ahem).
But it turned out to be this chick:
She's the student body president and the leader of the RPG team that is the
center of this story. And the reason she leads in fan service is that her
character in the game runs around topless. (And she has a lot of top to uncover!)
Those two straps flop free, except that they seem to be glued to her nipples. Aside from that, there isn't anything that prevents free movement (ahem).
All the other members of the team (except for Our Hero) are cute girls, so there's plenty of fodder. Only problem is that too many of the shots are ruined by having Our Hero in them, so I'm kind of bending the "No guys" rule a bit. (It's my site; I make the rules; and I can change them. So there.)
I'm kind of burned out right now so I'll pick it up in the morning and see how far I can get.
August 24, 2016
Well, Fairy Tail is still running, so there's that. I never got into Naruto or Bleach, but I've been hooked on Fairy Tail for a long time. The current story arc looks to finally be the resolution of Zeref and Mavis. There's also going to be a quest to find the new Aquarius key.
And then we'll defeat Acnologia. All told that's probably 200 more manga chapters, I would expect.
August 23, 2016
All the parts of the GATE canon are, I assume, based on the original published books. Those are not the origin of the story, of course, but they're the complete manifestation of it.
Anyway, there's a GATE manga, and it's a bit frustrating to follow it because chapters are 30-40 pages long and they only come out once a month.
What's interesting is that the story being told in the manga isn't the same as the anime. Not so much that its telling an entirely different story, as that it's telling different parts of the story than the anime did.
There have been two plot arcs in the manga that didn't show up in the anime. The first one was a dungeon crawl, which was interesting. Part of the basic conceit of the entire canon is "modern soldiers armed with modern weapons in a S&S world" and that's how this one goes. It's set during the period when Itami plus Yao, Tuka, Rory, and Lelei are scouting for resources.
They pull into a town and when the girls get out of the truck the people in the town all react with fear. Itami forces some of them to talk to him, and it turns out that there's a plague which only affects young women. Itami isn't a woman, Tuka and Yao are too old, and Rory cannot die (and is even older anyway) so they're all safe, but Lelei gets it. The disease turns its victims into zombies, and in a rare moment of lucidity during her high fevers Lelei tells them she needs to eat a certain kind of pear to get well.
Those pears are rare but there's a place nearby that supposedly has them. They leave Tuka with Lelei to care for her, and Rory/Yao/Itami go to the place.
Which turns out to be a labyrinth and it's full of zombie women who have already succumbed to the disease, who (it turns out) can be taken out with grenades. And rather than screw with the labyrinth, Itami starts using primer cord to blow holes in walls.
Well, it doesn't go quite so easily for them, and
Part of what made that important was that Yao came to terms with the fact that Itami doesn't believe in slavery. Yao considers herself to be Itami's slave and he doesn't want it. Coming out of this arc, it looks like that's been straightened out. She still tells people that she's his slave but he doesn't treat her that way and she now understands why and doesn't push it any more.
The other arc just started a couple of chapters ago: They're visiting the main temple of Hardy at Belnargo. And we've met Hardy, the goddess of the underworld. At the end of the most recent raw chapter,
Hardy is the one who says she wants to marry Rory. She sent Giselle (Hardy's current apostle) after Rory; we met Giselle at the mountain during the fight with the dragons. Rory wants nothing to do with Hardy, and the purpose of this visit is to allow Rory to say so.
Rory has told us that the gods can take any form they want, and look like anything. So I suppose it wasn't any surprise that Hardy appeared to us as a stunningly lovely woman. But Rory also said that they lose all normal feelings and urges and, strongly implied, they cannot enjoy sex any longer. That's probably part of why Rory has been making a serious attempt to get a long-term sexual relationship with Itami: Rory is due to ascend in about 40 years (which is probably Itami's life expectancy barring violent mishap), and I think she wants to get in one last good one before that happens.
So it looks like this arc is going to be interesting -- if you're patient, that is.
I have intermittently searched for information about the books, like summaries of them, and haven't been able to find any. The last book is titled "The Gate Closes" and obviously I'm curious about how it ends. I am pretty sure I know:
That's my bet as to how it ends, but the only way to find out for sure would be to check the books and I CAN'T DO IT because I don't read Japanese. In the whole internet isn't there ANYONE who has posted spoilers about the series?
August 22, 2016
We tend to kill a lot of catgirls around here. (I ought to change my "Engineer's Disease" category into "Dead Catgirls" maybe.)
Anyway, the catgirls have finally noticed and decided to do something about it.
August 21, 2016
This is a discussion of the last major event in "High School Fleet" AKA Haifuri, which happens while the credits are rolling at the end of the last episode.
Obviously it's a spoiler, so it's below the fold.
Oh, and this show has really hooked me, and I've rewatched it a bunch of times now.more...
August 20, 2016
They did run out of block ice, so per my instructions I got bags of cubes instead. It was still 10 units, though, so it meant I got 70 pounds of ice instead of 100. But it looks like that will be enough to get me through.
I wasn't sure whether I should open the bags or leave them closed. I decided to try it closed to begin with, and it's worked fine. Again I'm very comfortable, not sweaty at all, even though it's above 95 out.
And tomorrow the prediction is 80, so looks like I'm clear. This is probably the last ridiculously hot weather we'll get this summer.
I tell you, the script writes itself, don't it? Just add high school girls!
Designed by a genius nerd high school boy, who loses control over it when it starts attacking the girls at his high school... We got a winner here!
August 18, 2016
Well, "Think snow" didn't have any effect, but "Think 100 pounds of ice" has worked beautifully. I don't have a thermometer but I was very comfortable all day and never broke a sweat at all. It's about 9PM now and there's about 10 pounds of ice left, so I kind of got too much.
Of course, too much is better than not enough. So I've got an order in for another 100 pounds (about 45 kilograms) for tomorrow morning.
August 17, 2016
I'm collecting Ange Vierge but not really watching it regularly, and Dragon Ball Super is "watch when I feel like it", which isn't very often because the current "Black Goku" arc is really phenomenally stupid. It rivals the "Majin Bu" arc in DBZ for brain damage.
DBZ took the power-inflation curve up to absurd levels, and Dragon Ball Super begins where DBZ left off and has hyped the power levels up even further.
Anyway, there isn't anything else.
UPDATE: Don also has a list of shows he's not watching.
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