October 15, 2013

ICE BOMB!!

Aieee!

This is the headline on Drudge right now.


Aieee!...Aiee I say!



What the hell man!? Is it Mr. Freeze or Captain Cold? How does one even ...oh.
It's a DRY Ice Bomb.

But...since dry ice bombs are ILLEGAL in California that's unpossible.

I would hate to be a kid in that state.


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October 14, 2013

Rediscovered Dr. Who (Troughton!)

9 new Dr. Who Episodes were discovered earlier this year in Nigeria. The remastered versions were screened recently and they will be available for sale this week on iTunes.

Amongst them are Web of Fear



... a well regarded 6 part  story which is the first appearance of the Brigadier and is actually the direct prequel to certain recent plot points in the current series.

Also discovered was Enemy of the World.



...which looks quite silly.

Despite their limited budgets, several of the Troughton and early Pertwee episodes used the black and white medium to great effect.

UPDATE!:
In the comments to this post, the Mysterious Mr. Will informed us that I was sufficiently behind the curve that my "This week" was actually last week.  This means that the recently discovered Dr. Who episodes are on iTunes now!



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Well...I Guess That My Window of Opertunity....

...to purchase Taken by the T-Rex has passed.

Via Instapundit we learn that Amazon, B&N and other E-Book publishers are removing all self published E-Books from their virtual shelves, while they go through them and discover if there is any designated naughtiness amongst them.

  Their statement ends with the conclusion that the website will be operational again "once all self published eBooks have been removed and we are totally sure that there are no offending titles available.” When that will be, they did not say.


This is a gut-punch to the self published E-book industry and hurts a lot of authors. I certainly carry no brief for the subject matter and would not gripe if Amazon instituted a "no incest" policy, but this sweeping action is both lazy and hurtful.  If it continues it will kill an emerging industry.


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Sap and the Refusal to Remain One

Episode 13 of RWBY is a very brief (5 and a half minute), almost perfunctory bridge to set up what will no doubt be the resolution of the Jeaune Arc arc cour next week.



  There are inconveniences, affronts and indignities that some will endure as they strive to achieve their dreams.  There are also lines that one encounters on the path of ones life that are not to be crossed, beyond which redemption is impossible or at the very best hollow.

The truest measure of a man is not how behaves when all eyes are upon him, but rather what choices he makes when he is alone, terrified and outmatched, where his doing the right thing will never be known and will result in the shattering of his dreams and public disgrace.


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October 12, 2013

The Freshest of Fresh Hells

Sarah Hoyt posts on how Harlequinesque erotica has been showing up in the darnedest places lately.  After some speculation as to why this is, she has some encouraging words for prospective authors by providing an example of....

of...

of...

Go read the whole thing.

No really, the WHOLE thing...wait for it....It will have an effect on you. I'm sure of it.

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Rogue Planet

Astronomers have discovered another exo-planet. However, PSO J318.5-22 is a bit different from most....this planet is not orbiting any star. It is an orphan gas giant that was either cast into space or somehow formed alone.



The very VERY cold body is 80 light years away.

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Banality Blogging: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Just a quick status update.
For those who are understandably disinterested, here is an unrelated image of 4 girls rotating.

  
Rotating damsels all from GJ Club.

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October 10, 2013

Kill La Kill Status Report

Episode 2 takes a very brief break from the manic energy of the first episode for about 4 minutes of useful exposition and a big plate of mealworms, before fully recapturing the supersonic pacing and squalid depravity that so appalled us last week.


As an added bonus the show provides the most unsettling and painful looking magical girl transformation sequence in the history of...ever.



So...yes...this one's still firing on all cylinders.

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October 08, 2013

THIS Is CNN

Layers of fact checkers....


...but no geographers.

I guess this ends all the jokes about the FOX Breaking News Deck..

UPDATE: Wait a minute I'm missing the lede...Giant hornets? I've seen this movie...it does not end well.

Update 2: Oh...for a certain value of "giant". I've been jaded by B-movies...Still having encountered these things in Japan, they are indeed nasty.

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October 07, 2013

History Lesson

Suburban Banshee has an interesting post on the history of slavery in central Ohio.

The particular years she chose to focus on are 2008-2012.

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Shep Smith Reporting From the Fox News Deck at L-5

What in the HELL?
Via ACE



FOX News reporting via tachyon beam from the FUTURE. The only newscast that conducts its analysis with 20/20 hindsight!

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Arabs Claim Major Breakthrough in Gaydar Technology

No really....

A medical test being developed by Kuwait will be used to 'detect' homosexuals and prevent them from entering the country – or any of the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC), according to a Kuwaiti government official.


Given the glaring lack of any indigenous LGBTWMDs their defense priorities seem dubious as it is unlikely that their Advanced Gaydar Array will provide any early warning or defense capabilities against the mass casualty weapons being developed by the Iranians (who consider them all infidels).

But hey....with gaydar....the slash writes itself.

 

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October 06, 2013

Bodacious Light Novels

J. Greely over at Dot Clue is reading the Miniskirt Pirates light novels examining the differences between them and the Bodacious Space Pirates anime as he goes.

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Kill la Kill

The latest installment is the cute girls doing cute things genre is a gentle, methodically paced tale that  follows a charming but haunted young lady who transfers into a new high-school where she knows no one. She struggles to fit in and find friendship by joining an after-school club populated with wacky misfits.

Please be advised that this is NOT a review of that show.

The show being reviewed here does involve a female transfer student which may have contributed to some confusion. However, if you're looking for a review of that show then you probably don't want to scroll any further. In fact you should probably move along because that show sounds boring and I'm not likely to review it this season.



Now that we've cleared that up...

Kill la Kill
follows a young lady named Ryuko Matoi, who is seeking to avenge her fathers murder. Her one clue to his killers identity (and her primary weapon) is a is a scissor...


...singular.

Wandering through a rather run down city, she enrolls in the local high school as a transfer student and makes an inquiry about the student council.



...at which point things proceed to deteriorate with considerable alacrity.


The ad does not look anywhere as retro as this show actually is.

 With Kill la Kill, the people that made Gurren Lagaan in homage to giant robot shows have decided to accord the same respect to the genre of hard boiled high school gangster tales...and women in prison movies....and just generally shout out their adoration for Go Nagai.

This jarringly old-school retrogasm of a show is a completely over the top, tasteless exercise in gratuity. It navigates the utterly bizarre twits and turns of its story at a breakneck pace, all the while managing to be offensive, exploitative and refreshingly devoid of any redeeming societal values.

I laughed, I cheered, I winced, I deleted my browser history....

I don't know how long that they can maintain this level of truly high quality squalor but I aim to find out.

Update:

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A Certain Pithiness

I've been struggling for some time with a couple of half written posts. However, while there is grist aplenty for them, words are failing me...there is just so much to address.

Don however, has summed it all up in one sentence.


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October 05, 2013

Well That Was Unexpected

The other day I got off early and had a few extra hours between work and class with no pressing assignments looming, so I decided to clean the car. Unfortunately, the gas station I chose has no working vacuum. Thus I simply cleaned things as best I could organized the textbooks and papers that had gotten under the seats and decided to clean the trunk.

The trunk  was a complete mess. The toolkit and the various containers of stuff like brake fluid, power steering fluid and 5w30 were clustered in this big pile in the middle. TheWD-40 had discharged. Closer inspection revealed the bug out bag had sunk into the floor occupying the space where the spare tire should have been and the beaverboard floor-liner has curled up. at its edges and managed to pry open the first aid kit.

I started to clean everything out, beat the beaverborad flooring into some semblance of flatness, , got a box for the....
wait....
back up...
"space where the spare tire should have been".
spare tire...
SHOULD HAVE BEEN.
What the HELL?
I'm guessing it got removed and forgotten about when I had the radio installed, or perhaps when the mechanics at another auto-shop fixed the drainage problem...or when a mechanic worked on the tail lights wiring...or perhaps during an inspection. Which means that I've been driving without a spare for at least 6 months...
I drove to DC and Luray with no spare tire...
"shudder".
Well, an inquiry of all the places I've had the car worked on over the last year or so naturally turned up naught, so Friday I ordered a junkyard tire which should arrive at the local mechanics on Monday. In the meantime I've invested in a new can of fix-a-flat and I'm sincerely hoping that my trips to Norfolk today and tomorrow are uneventful.


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J. Greely is Running a Contest

Because the Japanese see things a bit differently than us.

To wit...


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In the Latest Episode of RWBY

...this did not happen.


Art by Marty Oum
 
I find that rather tragic.

Instead this episode provided us with a bit of insight into the history of their world and a major (but not entirely surprising) revelation about one of our protagonists.




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One of These Does Not Belong

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October 03, 2013

The Overton Window of Tech

In amongst his closing thoughts on Gatchaman Crowds Don makes an interesting point I'd missed.

Shifting attitudes toward information technologies can be followed in anime. In 1998′s Serial Experiments Lain, the "wired” is weird, scary and dangerous. In 2007′s Dennou Coil, evolved Google Glass is a lot of fun, though occasionally still dangerous. In Gatchaman Crowds, smart phones and conscious artificial intelligence are taken for granted and are generally benign. 


I never saw Dennou Coil, but the difference between Lain and this is jarring. Of course, they are different types of show and Gatchaman Crowds really is unusually upbeat,  but I think his trend-line holds up pretty well.



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