November 25, 2012
Blogging will be light for a bit.
I understand that the approved substitutes for content include robots, cats and ta-tas.
November 24, 2012
...they are informed that they have to log out as server is about to go down for maintenance between 04:00 and 07:00.
Leaf Suguha (she's outside the game now) asks if she can come along. They have a discussion on the bus about Kirito's plans. He's missed two years of school and his sister has leapfrogged him and is now in high school. Kirito is trying to decide whether he should spend the next year in cram school trying to catch up or try to cobble together some continuing education plan. There is another option however, The government is refurbishing an old abandoned school specifically for school age victims of the Sword Art Online incident. Entrance exams will be waived for this school and students will be able to matriculate with people their own age. They'll graduate 2-3 years late but be able to take college entrance exams as normal. This seems to be a good option but Kazuto is unsure. He suspects that one of the schools functions will be to do brain and psychological studies of the effects of long term exposure to virtual reality on adolescent brains. He's pretty sure he doesn't want to be a guinea pig. He's less sure he'll have a choice.
The two arrive at the Hospital. Despite being warned off earlier by Sugo, they are admitted without incident (Sugo is out of town and Asuna's dad does like the boy visiting his daughter). On the way in, Suguha notes that Asuna is both the comatose girls' real life and online name and observes that this is rare in MMPORGs. Kazuto is surprised that she knows so much about online games. The two of them thus miss yet another chance to clear up misconceptions and Kazuto ceremonially introduces his cousin to...
November 23, 2012
I was halfway down the stairs when she ran into the living room and looked up at me with a face that could only mean someone died.
I was almost to the bottom when she said..."There's a stinkbug in the kitchen on the..."
...back up the...stairs into the bathroom, I quickly dried and put on pants as she began shouting stinkbug status reports with the urgency and intensity of Herbert Morrison covering a dirigible crash. "It's at the edge of the fan! It's right there. It's walking to the end! GET IN HERE!"
Oh the humanity..
She then ran into the living room and stopped me wanting to know why i had turned around to which I replied "...pants..."She explained that she couldn't reach the ceiling fan and the stinkbug was right over the cake mix and THANKSGIVING WAS GOING TO BE RUINED and I had to prevent the stinkbug from falling in the cake-mix (or the gravy) and....
I couldn't get into the kitchen from the dining room because she was standing in my way explaining so I went around and entered the kitchen through the hallway.
I searched. I searched. No stinkbug.
She ran and got my dad from the garage and the two of us did a thorough stinkbug sweep...but the stinkbug had left.
Or had it?
She glared in horror at the cake mix, the sugar and the gravy.
There was a good 15 minutes of dad and I sifting and pouring before we could convince her that the stinkbug had not buried itself in her ingredients and had simply flown away.
In fairness she'd been working on this for a VERY long time.
In any event Thanksgiving dinner was awesome...despite the knowledge that somewhere out there the stinkbug still lurks.
November 21, 2012
November 18, 2012
I completely missed it.
Wonderduck did not..
Although Leaf is displeased with Kirito's rather slapstick method of monster evasion, it did save them considerable time on their way to stop the in-game assassination.
This was actually a pretty good episode.
Kirito/Kazuto used his wits very nicely and what last week seemed to be a digression or side-story ended up moving the plot along quite a bit. Our party looks to be getting much bigger next week, and next weeks title suggests some additional revelations.
I was initially annoyed by the (kept his SAO stats!) device but it worked quite well in this episode, allowing several things to come together believably. The fact that this bug works is intimately tied into the larger goings on and the dark purpose behind Alfheim Online. With the loss of his treasury and being surrounded by high level players, this is no longer of any great beneffit to Kirito,
One interesting thing touched on in this episode is that Asuna, Kirito and Yui are the only people for whom this isn't "just a game" and they obviously can't quite convey the gravity of the situation to the other players (Asuna because she is not around anyone right now). Fortunately, those around Kirito and Yui are mostly hard core gamers quite immersed in the second life aspects of the world, so motivation is not as big an issue as it it might be.
Finally, at no point was it necessary to utilize the emergency continuity consultant.
November 16, 2012
NOT THE TWINKIES!!!
This is as bad as when that herd of butterflies swooped in and threw up on my waffles.
In the meantime, it's time to stock up! They'll last forever and with the world ending next month we'll need stuff to barter.
Appalled young twinkiephile is Rin Tezuka from Katawa Shoujo.
November 15, 2012
This is not below the fold because it's history.
Note the applause...
OK, actually it's the evil opposite of history but hey...
Via Legal Insurrection which has compiled some interesting related links.
This is closely related. It's deeply troubling and fairly accurate.
In my limited experience, it tends to be almost exclusively older professors (a rapidly dwindling demographic), or some of those from abroad that occasionally buck this trend, and they do so at their peril.
UPDATE: For those who did not look at the 3 minute video, it's a professor adamantly denying that Joe Stalin killed anybody.
November 13, 2012
Occasionally though one or two things pops up that are political and yet need to be read.
This is one of those times.
Sarah Hoyt has generally stayed away from politics on her main blog but recently posted some things that made some of her views known.
This has caused some of her readers concern.
In this fairly epic post she responds to her "concerned" readers.
Oh, do read the whole thing.
He is in the hospital and thankfully seems to be recovering. Go send him some good wishes.
UPDATE: It's bad. However he is conscious and lucid enough to post this comment.
My brotheri s loaning me a laptop which I can use on the hospital's wifi.
Looks like Thursday morning, I'll be transferring to a rehab place where I'm probably going to be staying for a week. I'm not looking forward to it but I'm also not thrilled about being profoundly crippled for the rest of my life, either.
I don't know if I'll have wifi access at the rehab.
In the meantime, my left hand is useless and I'm typing this with one finger.
Get well Steven!
So what now?
Now that more information is in, it appears that...
"Please stop talking about politics. It's REALLY depressing me right now."
November 12, 2012
November 11, 2012
No Asuna at all.
This episode has more questions than answers. We do find out who is stalking our heroes, and it seems that they have simply run afoul of gamer intrigues. The VERY long battle that ensued was one of the less satisfying as he seemed to pretty much pull that monster out of his butt.
It is perhaps significant that the monster is from the SAO game. It may be that Yui is pulling some moderator tricks.
Not one of the better episodes, but it's interesting nonetheless. That is, for an episode that mostly consists of a fight, they do manage a surprising amount of pretty cool character exposition.
Hopefully next episode will have less of an Asuna deficit.
UPDATE: J.Greely over at .clue. has some succinct thoughts on this.
November 09, 2012
Where I spent the evening.
November 08, 2012
My plans to graduate in the Spring or Summer, comes down to class availability. I was informed that one class I need is unlikely to be available until next fall. In the grand scheme of things a 4 month delay and a very light load last semester is not THAT big a deal, but it is highly annoying. I'm going to speak to my adviser next week about taking it as a topics course over the summer, but I'm told that is unlikely because....'Because.' Meh...I'm almost there.
Lots of papers this semester. I still have 12 page, 8 page and 5 page papers coming up in various classes over the next 2 weeks.
I split the B&tB clip from the assessment post, which started out as just a cheer-up post when I got to rambling,
I've started to...oh my...What is this?
When that happens it's vital that one be able to think on ones feet and improvise.
Here's an example of what I mean.
Also, if you're depressed for some reason, I strongly recommend The Brave and the Bold.
November 07, 2012
Well, to begin with, we must deal with what is in front of us, and it is not pleasant.
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