November 27, 2014

Twintails -- ep 8

This episode stunk. The Erina character is ruining the show. I don't know what the hell they're thinking by including her or making her what she is.

I got about five minutes into it and stopped watching, and was nearly ready to drop the show. Then I thought better of it and "watched" (i.e. skipped through) the rest of the episode just to make sure I didn't miss anything important to the continuity (heh, such as it is).

If they don't get it back together again in the next episode, though, I'll have to reconsider the series.

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November 26, 2014

AsoIku -- The Four Rules

Going back through AsoIku looking for frame grabs, when I got to episode 6 Manami drove me crazy with her lax gun safety discipline. Like she doesn't have any. (For someone who has been a gun otaku her whole life, it's a bit amazing she would be so careless.)

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She's sitting in an A&W with Aoi, swinging a pistol around which she's holding with her finger on the trigger. It's lucky she didn't kill anyone. Actually, since it's loaded with Cathean anti-matter rounds, it would be impossible to hurt anyone. But she could have put holes in the restaurant.

Anyway, that doesn't matter. Shall we rehearse the four rules?

Treat every gun as if it is loaded with live ammunition, even if you think it's empty.

Never point a gun at anything unless you want to destroy it.

Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you're ready to shoot.

Be aware of your target, and what's behind it.

She's violating everyone of those rules in that image. But I guess she can't know what the director himself doesn't know, eh?

UPDATE: In that episode she points that gun, with her finger on the trigger, variously at Aoi, at herself, and at Kio. Aoi was teaching Manami how to shoot; I don't understand why she didn't set Manami straight about it. (But Aoi, too, can't know what the director doesn't know.)

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November 25, 2014

Chooser version 54

I replaced the pitiful 21 images from AsoIku with a new plunder of 156 images.

Total is now 4356.

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AsoIku: the plundering

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.

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And I haven't even done the beach episode yet.

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Three, two, one... TESLA!

How to prevent information smuggling, courtesy of Freefall. Nikolai must be rolling over in his grave.

UPDATE: Someone has WAAYYYY too much time on his hands.

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November 24, 2014

This was not well conceived...

Security robots:

"If you step in front of the K5, or otherwise interfere with it, it will gently warn you with some chimes— but if you don't move, an 'ear-piercing alarm' is triggered," the report notes.

Unless, of course, you need help. If you find yourself in harm's way, you can press a button at the top of the K5, and it will summon help from headquarters.

So if you're laying on the ground with a broken leg, and have the misfortune to be in the robot's way, you get treated to non-stop "ear-piercing alarm" which can only be stopped by standing up on your broken leg to reach the button on the top of the 5-foot-tall security robot.

Who designed this?

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How did they do that?

Just now I downloaded the 8th episode of Nanatsu no Taizai, as subbed by someone called "FedSubs".

It was ostensibly a 720p sub, but when I ran it, it went fullscreen and disabled all the controls on MPC. Mouse clicks (right or left) did nothing, and it didn't obey any keyboard commands. I used CTL-ALT-DEL to try to bring up the task manager, which should be absolutely on top of everything, but the playback was in front of that. The only thing I could do was choose "log out" from the CTL-ALT-DEL popup.

What in hell did they do? I deleted the file and won't be doing any more experimenting with it, nor anything else from that circle.

UPDATE: Shortly thereafter, I tried watching the first episode of Divergence Eve and it did the same thing. So I concluded something had gone wrong with my copy of MPC, and I upgraded to the most recent version.

I apologize to FedSubs for doubting them. I don't think their file had anything to do with it.

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Madan no Ou to Vanadis -- ep 9

May 9, 1864: Major General John Sedgwick led a Union force at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. About 1000 yards away, some Confederate snipers were taking potshots at his force and he tried to rally them. Riding in front of his unit, he said, "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Moments later he was hit in the head and died instantly.

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This episode steals that event, with Tigre being the shooter. His accuracy and range with the bow are little short of supernatural, even when he isn't summoning up the magical power he's been granted, and in this episode he leads a small force in a desperate attack against an enemy twenty times the size. But when Tigre kills the enemy general with a miracle shot, the enemy routs and Tigre wins.

I think I know how this series is going to end.

Also

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November 23, 2014

Thunderstorm!

We just had a thunderstorm, and the creek has gone from a trickle to a flood.

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The part the beavers built, on the far right, is standing up to the challenge. The part left over from the now-failed culvert on the near left isn't doing so well; I'm expecting a failure there. It's just soil, with only grass roots for structure, and I expect it eventually to wash away.

The water flow in this creek varies enormously with the weather. Not as much so as some of the dry washes in Arizona, which can be bone-dry for years and then suddenly fill completely with water in just a few minutes, but still rather amazing.

Our creek isn't alive, of course, but watching it is like watching a living being.

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November 22, 2014

Twintails -- ep 7

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YES! Red half-rim glasses FTW!

This show keeps getting stranger and stranger, which is really saying something considering how strange it was to start with. We're really delving the fetishes now.

Erina, Tail Yellow, turns out to be a very repressed, and bizarre, person. She's revealed as being a masochist in this episode, for instance and she wants Souji to hit her. Which, naturally, he refuses to really do. She's started calling him goushujin-sama.

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Her costume gives her big breasts (which she ordinarily doesn't have) and it makes her exhibitionistic, yet another fetish. At the rate they're using them up, they're going to run out of fetishes, I tell you. (This time we also got a school swimsuit fetish, a braid fetish and a lip fetish.)

Dark Grasper, our penultimate Big Boss, seems to have been a fangirl of Toaru on her home world, and her suit, Glasses Gear, was created so that she could stand beside Tail Red (Toaru). She doesn't realize that the current Tail Red isn't the original, so their conversation was surreal. ("What happened to your big, beautiful breasts?")

But if glasses are not the ultimate fetish to challenge the twintail fetish, what might be? The only thing I can come up with is Catgirls! We'll have to defeat Dark Grasper first, before the ultimate Big Boss shows up, I imagine so it'll be a few episodes.

UPDATE: If it isn't catgirls, then it's got to be blue-striped panties.

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