April 29, 2012

"Then Lets Take Them Out."

Great googly moogly....
Episode 17 of Bodacious Space Pirates was full of all sorts of surprises...


"...and that, children, is a 'Zuka review."

...and had a thoroughly satisfying story that...


...that...that... ENDED!!1!?

I gotta wait a week? A whole week? GHAAAH!

UPDATE:
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2 More Days

XamCram...It's 2AM, my brain is fried...I'm gonna watch Bodacious Space Pirates, then turn in.
Monday is my exam day.
Blogging will resume shortly thereafter.


In the meantime here here is an important life lesson from HELVITICA STANDARD.


If you can figure out said lesson...please tell me.

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April 23, 2012

I have ARRIVED!

This is GREAT!
All those arrows on the Drudge Report point to ME!
Not only that, there's big red "L" hanging over me! ...oh wait.

Curse you Drudge.

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April 22, 2012

The Hakuoh Pirates' First Job

This episode of Bodacious Space Pirates was largely humorous with less adventure and more silliness than usual. There was a serious point though.There are no longer ANY training wheels. Marika is well and truly in command now. She OWNS this, and although she has a solid XO there is really no one to fall back on.

Also: I didn't see this coming.


The XO is shocked too! At what, we won't tell.

Bodacious Space Pirates really is an intriguing show. Set in the FAR FAR FAR future, the story of a 16 year old girl, who due to an unlikely set of circumstances,* ends up in charge of an interstellar privateer is obviously a thing of whimsy. However, it is surprisingly down to earth and thoughtful in other ways.

One of the things that has impressed me is that it actually deals with leadership. I mentioned in an earlier post that Marika, the young CO, was initially thrown into a position not unlike that of a green ensign or "90 day wonder". That is, she had considerable skill, but zero experience and found herself in command of a small unit, virtually every member of which has been doing their jobs far longer than her. She had to learn to delegate, take advice and cope with the fact that the buck stops with her. It is upon her decisions that the crew will live or die (or go bankrupt...the privateer is a business after all). This has been handled with far more intelligence and subtly than one has any right to expect from a sci-fi cartoon.

Now they've turned this on its head and Marika is in a situation where SHE is the veteran and has to train, mentor and direct people who, while they are volunteers, have very rudimentary training, and not all of them have gotten their heads around the fact that this is a real job, and not just a lark. Marika and her acting XO handle this quite well. The writing on this is impressive.  It's like 12 O'Clock High with zap guns.

This show has a 16 year old female protagonist and it is (very occasionally) set in a high school, and yet it is not a teen angst show, or a show about slacking or raging against an unfair world.

If I had a daughter, I'd want her to watch this.

 This show actually has a lot in common with Heinlein's juvies in that it's is aspirational. Marika is a young adult who is dealing with life's challenges as an adult. She does not run from her responsibilities, and while she takes them seriously she does so with good humor.


  ...and humor is an important thing to have when things go all higgly piggly...

  Quite aside from all that, the premise is pretty clever....


The treaty loophole** that allows the planet to keep highly regulated privateers as naval auxiliaries, combined with the "official" synergy between the insurance companies, the Cruise Lines and the Privateers...is just inspired.

 The action is superb, the characters are likeable and 16 episodes in we haven't had a single upskirt shot yet. I'm quite impressed.

UPDATE: Slightly spoilerish explanations for * and ** added below the fold.

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April 21, 2012

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

I'm not really keen on magical girlfriend shows, but when the magical girlfriend is Nyarlathotep I've got to watch at least one.



 This was much better than it ought to have been. I ended up watching both of the episodes that have aired as of tonight and I'll add it to my list. The shows premise is that the Lovecraft Mythos is real, but Lovecraft, perhaps because he was a paranoid bigot , got a lot of stuff wrong. The magical girlfriend (seen holding the blasphemous, baleful big-gulp above) is Nyaruko, an alien. Nyarlathotep is actually the name of her race. She claims to be an intergalactic cop who's been in Tokyo trying to disrupt the lucrative hentai smuggling trade (Tentacle pr0n is popular with several mythos races. Who'd've thunk it?), She claims to have then stumbled onto a related slavery operation that involves a plot to kidnap a fellow named Mihiro Yasaka for ghastly and indescribable purposes. With the help of an "unspeakable tire iron"  she saves him from several night-gaunts (which Lovecraft was largely right about) and proceeds to inform him that to keep him safe she'll have to move in with him...and he is totally her type.
Cyclopean hijinks ensue.

This show made me laugh out loud. I'm very surprised that they got so many mythos jokes to cross the language barrier. It's a fun show that uses the 'shotgun method' of humor and aims at targets far removed from Lovecraft as well. Despite the implied love dodecahedron in the credits it appears to actually involve a love...umm...line and not be a harem show.
Of course its geometry is less Euclidian in other areas.
 Be advised though that It manages to be at once quite clever and bone-crushingly stupid ...which in itself risks some san loss.



An abominable, aberrant, anomalous, appalling, atrocious, and animated alien ahoge!


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April 19, 2012

Doggie Kruger Does NOT Approve


" Dekka Blue...Something about that dish we had at the White House is eating at me. "

  I'm swamped. So swamped, that yesterday I missed the most important story in the history of stuff. The story that trumps Iran getting nukes, the crappy economy and the ungodly deficit.

Of course I'm talking about Bositang-gate.

James Taranto has an overview of how exactly it transpired that U.S. politics went to the dogs this week. Be warned though...there is a reason that he's a pun-dit.

More here, here and here.

  Disclaimer: Though I'm by no means a fan of his, I don't actually begrudge the President this but it made me laugh and it's rare to be able to so effortlessly work Doggie Kuger into a post.  
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April 17, 2012

Stop...Just...Stop....

The internet has rules.


At Chizumatic, they do not care.

One possible result....


"...getting weaker...can't move...WHY!? What did...I do?..."

Miss Schrodinger here deserves to finish her light novels, so guys, step back from the keyboard just this once.

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April 14, 2012

Bad Night in the Heartland

Don is celebrating his ninth blogiversary in spectacular fashion.

Update 3: On the radio, I’m hearing phrases such as "stovepipe” and "half-mile wide.” I really may be communing with the spiders in my basement shortly.


Stay safe!

It's going to be a bad night.


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April 13, 2012

Just a Reminder

2012 has Friday the 13th three times.

This is one of those times.

Squid Girl has thoughts...


It's not reel it's not reel..It's all a load of pollacks!


Damn those mischievous Mayans.

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April 07, 2012

Best...Firewall...Ever





Yeah, it's political...but it's nonpartisan. Watch the whole thing.

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April 05, 2012

Trailers!!


The first 10 minutes of Yamato 2199 have been previewed on Japanese TV. This remake of the 1974 series is going to be a series of 7 THEATRICAL releases over the next year or two. Interestingly, aside from the possibility of other specials there won't be a TV release for at least 2 years.



Be sure to hit "CC" for the subtitles! And hit the fullscreen option to enbigulate. It's a good quality clip.

A few quick observations:

There is a new trailer out for Ridley Scott's Prometheus. This looks cool too!



The trailer for The Hobbit also looks VERY good.




I'd missed the Hobbit trailer until I stumbled upon it here. Which reminds me that Gone to Amerikay is out and getting rave reviews in places as diverse as the Wall Street Journal and The Comics Bulletin.



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I've Been Sick

Despite my flu shot in October, I got the flu...which tuned into some not-quite-pneumonia lung thing that required antibiotics.

This coincided with plumbing issues.

I just got my first shower in 4 days.

I am happy now.

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We're Working On it



UPDATE: It's fixed!...somehow.

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ChinaTown DC

A few weeks ago I took the train up to DC to see some friends. Pulpjunkie and I hit the zoo, went museum-hopping, saw friends and, on two of the days we were there we ate in Chinatown. I only took a few pics of Chinatown, not realizing that its days might be numbered.

Now with Marion Barry's new idea involving... well I'll let him tell it...

"We've got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses -- those dirty shops," Barry said Tuesday night. "They ought to go. I'll just say that right now, you know. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too." 


Anyway, it looks like a good time to post those pics.

DC has two Chinatowns....official Chinatown and Actual Chinatown. You see, some years ago DC noticed that it HAD a Chinatown and it was shrinking, so they passed a bunch of strict ordinances to maintain the asian aesthetic, sponsored a big sports and entertainment center ( Now the Verizon Center) which made it a happening place. The appearance ordinances were a burden on small businesses, the influx of capital around the new entertainment complex raised rents and the small businesses run by Chinese-Americans had to leave. Note that those ordinances are still in place so Official Chinatown is now...this...




So...No Right Whale steaks? Is that what you're sayin'?

Nearby is the Chinatown Gate, a gift from the PRC. It is fortuitously placed, because if you are coming from the interstate it is the entrance to Official Chinatown. If you are walking out of Official Chinatown it's very nearly the entrance to Actual Chinatown.



Aside from a few justifiably expensive restaurants Chinatown proper begins about half a block down.






We dined at the Chinatown Express, near the corner of 6th and H. It had two things visible that tend to bode well. WindowDucks* and a gentleman hand making noodles.



We noted upon entering that they had WindowPigs and WindowCuttlefish too. This looked exceedingly promising and we were not disappointed. About the only issue we encountered was that we both ordered rather too much...and ate rather too much...but this is not a reflection upon the establishment. The food was top notch! Even the fried rice was better than average. The noodle dishes were astounding.



In any event DC's ChinaTowns are only about two blocks square each. In Actual Chinatown there is a lot more to see, there are groceries, gift shops little drugstores and basically anything that isn't a gas station. Regrettably,we did not stay long nor peruse widely as our main business was elsewhere.

*Windowducks are utterly distinct from Wonderducks and the two should NEVER be conflated.

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Meanwhile, In Australia


No...seriously.

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