November 23, 2014
We just had a thunderstorm, and the creek has gone from a trickle to a flood.
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.
November 22, 2014
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.
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.
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.
November 19, 2014
Slowly but not-so-surely I'm working through a backlog of shows to augment the top rotation. (Which doesn't have enough pictures yet... ahem)
Some shows are more fruitful than others. I have on occasion tried a show and gotten two or three episodes in and only ended up with 10 or 12 grabs, at which point I give up. It's not that they're not good pictures, it's just that it's too much work to harvest them.
Some shows are very fruitful, on the other hand. Momo Kyun Sword is going to end up being about 170 grabs. Jinsei is about the same. Super Sonico was 119, and I really like how it looks. I wish there had been even more.
So anyway, I think I'm not going to try Ben-To. Shaga is gorgeous but I don't believe I can come up with enough shots from that show (without any guys in them) to make it worth the pain of going through it. (I'm willing to cut a bit more slack to shows I enjoy watching, but I'm sure that Ben-to is not going to be one of those.)
So I think my next victim is going to be Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! aka Nakaimo.
It's one of those incest-fetish shows, which makes it painful. But from what I've seen the cheesecake is plentiful and the guys aren't.
Forward into the past!
UPDATE: nope nope nope NOPE NOT DOING THAT ONE!!! (barf)
One thing I like about this show is that it tosses in moments like that, just in passing. There's a legitimate reason why Elizabeth and Meliodas are in bed together and a legitimate reason why he's tied up. (She didn't tie him up.)
Likewise, in episode 3 he stole her panties. And it wasn't because he's a perv. There turned out to be a legitimate reason why he did it, and once that was revealed, he gave them back.
They don't overdo it; it hasn't happened very many times. But it's always funny when it happens. (If they overdid it then it would start feeling contrived and would be annoying. Clearly the director understands restraint.)
November 18, 2014
I had a strange memory come back to me a couple of day ago, a very old memory. Near here there's a shopping mall, and I remembered that before it was built, the land it was on was a grass airport. I wasn't sure if this was a real memory or a dream, and I was considering posting a question to ask.metafilter.com to see. But for the heck of it I tried Wikipedia first.
And, by gum, it was in there: Bernard's Airport. It was closed in 1969, much later than I had expected. (That was when I was a sophomore in high school; I had thought my memory was from much earlier.
That location is now pretty well surrounded by Beaverton, but when it was originally built it was all country. If you zoomed this picture out a long way, the Tektronix main campus would be on the left.
Does Wikipedia know everything? It seems strange that someone went to the trouble to write an article about such an obscure place.
Diane just keeps getting better and better. What they translated as "Big eye-candy" was dai kantan musume, I think. More or less "big wonderful girl" or "big amazing girl".
Only I'm not sure about that. kantan seems to be a noun, not an adjective. So "Big wonder of a girl"? (Big eye-candy was probably good enough for a sub. Because she is.)
Anyway, in this episode we do find King, only he's a boy, not a fat old man like he used to be.
And he himself wonders why Meliodas hasn't changed. There's something strange going on with that.
According to Wikipedia, Diane is 700 years old. Evidently giants don't age like we do. As to Ban, he drank from the Fountain of Youth, which made him immortal. That's why he can be run through and have the wound disappear after the weapon is withdrawn. But what's going on with King and Meliodas?
UPDATE: I need to get my mind out of the gutter.
November 17, 2014
I think this must be one of the signs of impending apocalypse: There's a spinoff of My Little Pony where the ponies have become human girls. And they form a band. Three bands. In competition with one another. It's called Equestria Girls.
If the Japanese had done it, they'd have bigger boobs and we'd be able to see their panties...
November 16, 2014
I find it interesting that the name of this show keeps getting translated as "The Seven Deadly Sins". I can understand why; Meliodas is known as "The Dragon's Sin of Wrath" and Ban is "The Fox's Sin of Greed", but as far as I can tell, the title actually means something like "The Journey of the Seven" -- or with a bit of poetic license, "The Seven's Sojourn".
However, it's also the title of the group, so maybe I've got it wrong.
Anyway, the show continues to be interesting and fun. In ep 5, Meliodas was wounded badly and collapsed because of loss of blood -- and I admit I was a bit relieved; I was beginning to think that he was invulnerable. Of course, he recovered unreasonably fast, and wasn't harmed by poison given to him, and he's taken a lot of beating with no obvious ill effect. For a sin of Wrath it's actually pretty darned hard to get him mad.
But when you do, watch out! Hurting Elizabeth will unlock the gates. And he can dish out a major beating himself if he is inspired to do so. He's also willing to kill if the occasion calls for it.
This guy didn't last very long. "Did you really think that would stop me?", and then boosh, and lots of blood as he died.
My favorite character in the show is Diane, which is pronounced dee-ahn-ne. She's a bokuko, which is wonderful, and she herself is awesome, tremendous, and really big, too. She's "The Serpent's Sin of Envy". And she keeps reminding me of a particular scene in the first Discworld computer game. (I wonder if it'll happen. If so, it'll probably be Meliodas.)
I don't think I've ever seen a show which has a giantess as a regular character. (I know of a couple in which there were giantesses briefly, like the Magic User's Club TV series, but that's not the same.)
Diane is a really nice person, but she's also capable of putting up a pretty damned good fight if need be. She isn't really pugnacious but she won't take shit from anyone, either. (Like Ban.) And as of episode 7, she's become friends with Elizabeth, and they're now on a first-name-without-honorifics basis.
Elizabeth is the primary purveyor of fan service in the show, and the token normal, and a princess who is seeking all these people out because she needs their help to save her kingdom. She doesn't have any extraordinary power, but she is brave as hell and she's dedicated to her mission and to protecting the people of her kingdom even at risk of her life. Diane tells her that she does have a power: the power to inspire people to fight for her.
People as monumentally powerful as the Sins (as they are known) write their own rules, and its clear that all three of Ban, Meliodas, and Diane do. That doesn't automatically make them evil, and at least so far they don't seem to be. But it does make them feared, not to mention despised. So, for instance, Meliodas occasionally sticks his head underneath Elizabeth's skirt. I don't think he's teasing her and he isn't a perv; he just doesn't follow normal rules.
Next episode we acquire a fourth Sin, "King".
UPDATE: They don't seem to be able to come to any consensus on how tall Diane is. There was an info plate that said she was 100 meters tall, but there's no way. Wikipedia says "30 feet" but I don't believe it; she's gotta be at least 50 feet or she wouldn't be able to look over the top of that building, which is 4 stories tall. (Typically a "story" is 10 feet or 12 feet, if not even more.)
I'm thinking of starting a new business. It would be called "Endangered Species Solutions". Our motto: They can't be endangered if they're extinct!
See, the way it works: when some damned environmentalist manages to fuck you over completely by getting some obscure species declared "endangered", you come to us and we take care of it for you.
For example: having your irrigation water taken away from you for the benefit of the Delta Smelt? Pay us, and in the dead of night we'll dump 1000 pounds of potassium cyanide into the Sacramento river and kill them all. Once they're extinct, they can't be endangered any longer and now you can go to court and force the government to release your irrigation water.
Or the Gunnison Sage Grouse? We provide you with a group of hunters equipped with IR night vision goggles to go on a grand multi-week hunt to eliminate the problem. With extreme prejudice.
And we're really good at dealing with Spotted Owls! Just try us!
We'll incorporated in Antigua, and only accept cash transfers. Our customers will never know who we are!
Anyone care to invest? I've got $4.95 seed money so far...
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