December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Art by Simosi He currently works for Type Moon.  His Doujinshi list is here.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas or (whatever holiday you celebrate). Thank you all for stopping by.

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December 24, 2011

A Christmas Tree: I Haz One

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December 23, 2011

One More Day

K-On! Art by Landlot Tamaki

Tomorrow is the day that those of us on the UPS morning shift do not leave until the building is completely empty and the drivers don't return until their trucks are as well.

On the home front, my sister is supposed to be providing me with a niece Sunday. This has increased the domestic pandemonium somewhat.

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December 22, 2011

Does Anybody Remember This?

This XKCD  strip jogged a memory.

Back in the 80's there was (at least in Virginia) a fad for some years where there were generic foods on store shelves. By generic I don't mean store brands..I mean GENERIC..

How generic?
This generic.

One of my teachers was really enthusiastic about these as they did away with brand names and consumerism. I was too young to realize that this probably meant she was a commie. She gave me the impression that these were government products, but I don't think that was the case. At the time, we were not well off and my folks did buy them. I remember the green beans being decent. A quick search though brings up very little info other than the above pic (which was without context) and a painful reminiscence about generic beer.

So...what was the deal with these? Was it a government program? Was it a short lived company trying to save on advertising costs? What?
Does anyone know?

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December 18, 2011

Kim Jong Ill is Dead?

It looks that way.

The head troll of the long suffering hermit kingdom reportedly has passed away.

One can certainly hope that some good comes out of this monsters passing, but at the moment its looking like even with his death rattle he is sowing fear.

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Simplifying the Impossible

Over at Jerry Pournelles place there is commentary on an extended missive he received via mail on the subject of the Dean Drive and how to fix the problems in that system by adding a cat to the mechanism.

A brief excerpt:

Orient the vehicle so the driving (cat) end of the cradle is pointed AWAY from the intended post-cat-activation direction of flight. Using the vessel’s ordinary means of propulsion (assumed for this experiment to be either a rocket, ion thruster, or similar reaction engine), place the vessel under a sufficient amount of acceleration that the cat does not experience microgravity. This initial baseline acceleration should be along the line between the astronaut station and the cat station, towards the cat.

Place the astronaut in the chair and the cat in the harness. While the astronaut holds the cat at arms’ length, attach the hook to the cat’s harness and inspect all fastenings for proper attachment and locking.

Given the obviously earth shaking nature of this breakthrough I am loath to publish more here for fear of patent infringement.   However, you can view the future yourself over there and while you're at it subscribe.

I note a good deal of complexity seems to be inherent in the proposed system. Therefore I propose a simpler arrangement which is described behind this tag, Here at Brickmuppet Blog, we try to make the impossible simple.

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Squid Girl Volume 2

  Saturday night I went to a friends house and watched the second volume of Media Blasters DVD release of Squid Girl. I'd been impressed with the first volume and was curious as to whether this show would maintain its quality or flounder...I felt that the fish puns alone were likely to wear quite fin.

However, the second set is just as good if not better. Squid girl continues her career as a seaside noodle shop waitress while plotting (occasionally) to conquer the surface world and liberate the seas from pollution. Along the way she has to deal with making friends, creepy fan-girls, art appreciation and bears. The show is a schizoprenic mash-up of a sitcom, Looney Tunes sketch comedy and Mad Magazine, yet it all works surprisingly well. The show drifts between the sentimental and the hilarious.  I laughed so hard at one point I nearly pulled a mussel.

One theme of the show really speaks to me. Even if one is stuck in a dead end service job and is stymied by the demands of provincial  academics who look down at you, your beliefs and your goals like you are some sort of alien....

"Help.Meeeee." can still take what life gives you and make the best of it.

I really enjoyed this show and I highly recommend it. Go out, buy it, gift it. As I type this you have six days till Christmas.

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The Last two Weeks

Well, it's been hectic. I think this young lady is prepared for and understands the season better than most.

 Art By Iga Tometoru, whose works can be purchased here.

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December 17, 2011

Does Looking Forward to This Make me a Bad Person?

Of course not.
Being a bad person makes me look forward to this.

Understanding cause and effect are important.

Yes, the full version of Katawa Shoujo, better known as That Atrociously Atrocious Atrocity (with the really cool characterizations) is coming out on January 4th.

Why the cringing you ask? Well, this is a dating-sim visual novel in which all of the young ladies posses various disabilities. Put together by a group of US fans, it is based on a joke sketch by a Japanese Doujinshi artist. Given such dubious subject matter and provenance, the correct response would normally be NO FREAKKING WAI GTFO!


Back in '09 I sent a link to the demo release to our EBP who provided a review here. I played through the abomination myself and was impressed. The demo was quite large and the characters were superbly realized. The demo was not exploitative or insulting in the least. It was actually engaging, thoughtful and even touching.  This promises to be a quite entertaining visual novel. I find myself looking forward to it. Still, I feel funny posting this heads up on my blog since I'm pretty sure that...well...there's gonna be talk.

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