September 30, 2013

Papers

I am beset by them.


While I deal with that, here is some educational material to fulfill FCC requirements.



See? Now you know!

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Well This Doesn't Tell Us Much at All

....except that sometime in 2014 there will be a new Yamato movie.


via

I think it also says that it's an original story.


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September 28, 2013

When Guderian Had Nightmares

...this is probably how they looked.



Via Pete in the comments.

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A Very Special Episode

  This weeks episode of RWBY was apparently preempted by an after-school special focusing on the heartbreak of bullying.
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Yeah...pretty much nothing happened except well, this...

I assume that the gratuitous bunny girl who was onscreen for 7 seconds  is a continuing character because she gets a silhouette in the closing credits and a new name appears in the cast list.


Next week , I predict...



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September 25, 2013

Bismark as a Pole

This does not seem realistic at first glance. However, if  these two were to get  together and didn't kill each other it would be a formidable economic and military power.


Lech Walesa has called for Poland to unite with Germany to form one European state, despite the bloody history between the two countries





Holy Hanseatic League!

Slavs and Germans have not historically gotten along. (the Hapsburg Empire being something of a qualified exception) but good lord, this would be an economic powerhouse right off the bat and could be a major military power in a few years.

This would make an interesting if unlikely scenario for a speculative future history, especially if the Eurozone's continuing feckless meltdown caused Austria and Slovenia and just one or two of the Slavic countries to jump on the bandwagon, you'd have a huge industrial juggernaut from the Adriatic to the North Sea. Austria-Hungary reborn, but far more formidable.

Russia would likely be most annoyed.

 

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SCIENCE!

While amazing and useful in it's initial application, this technology has obvious beneficial applications for society beyond those specified in the article.


"Science ROCKS!"


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September 24, 2013

The Real Gainax Ending

...to an airsoft game.


And then they were expelled...+


During a hearing Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark and Khalid Caraballo were given long-term suspensions in a unanimous vote. The suspensions will last until June, but a hearing will be held in January to determine if they will be allowed back in school.


Kids were having an airsoft tournament in the yard of one of the kids in question. A stupid, meddling, hysterical, haplophobic busybody of a neighbor* called the police. The police came, no charges were filed.

The school board took notice. The boys (excluding the son of the STASSIette) were given long term suspensions ('till June). One got his suspension suspended because his parents consented to have him sent to reform school. The other is being home schooled.

This decision, by the VA Beach school board was unanimous.

Time to clean house.

* Said neighbor from hell was fully aware that the guns were toys firing plastic pellets. She just doesn't like guns...or toys that look like them. Note that her son (poor kid) was playing with the boys at the time, but no charges were filed against him. The law applies omly to those who don't express the proper views.


+Note that the pic is misleading. The crime here was not the one on the books but the act of being boys. I have little doubt that a group of young ladies doing this would not have gotten anything but a "you go girl!".

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Achieving Balance

Stella Women's Academy  High School Division Class C3 episode twelve scared me for a moment.

I was afraid there was going to be much angsty dialog, but instead the episode is a very long, frequently escalating and occasionally quite cartoonish airsoft duel...where everybody has a grand old time.




There's nothing deep here. Yura has gone from one extreme to another and found them both unpleasant. Now she's stopped being an asshat and is enjoying a hobby she has become quite good at....a hobby she now wants to share with other people.



To my utter astonishment this was a perfectly pleasant episode.

It did nothing to explain the metaphysical weirdness we've seen from time to time in the show, but it did establish that Yura has found her path and is happy as she learns where it leads her.


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September 23, 2013

Nairobi

A dozen well armed fanatics in a gun free zone.
The Daily Mail has pictures of the carnage in Nairobi...lots of very disturbing pictures. This reminds me a lot of the Mumbai raid from a few years ago.

Two suicide bombers slaughtered the congregation at a Pakistani church Sunday.

Al-Quaeda has begun a new phase of attacks, less spectacular but much harder to stop.

As Cdr Salamander notes, it's just a matter of time before we're hit again. Read the whole thing, including the comments.

Remember that a few weeks ago the leader of AlQaeda called for small, scale,  and lone wolf attacks (he specifically praised the Boston Bombings).  Remember the Beltway snipers and what panic that caused. Remember Boston being shut completely down earlier this year.

I expect we're going to see rather a lot of this sort of thing in the future.
Snipers, Pipe bombs, and false threats to wear down the system.

Keep your concealed carry permits up to date and remember that places you are not allowed to carry are the places most likely to be attacked.


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September 22, 2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi 1927-2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi has passed away.


For 53 years he led Nintendo, and through that helped change the world.

Mr Yamauchi ran the company from 1949 until 2002.

In that time, he took what was a small-time collectable trading card company and built it into one of the most recognisable - and successful - video games brands today.



His achievement was remarkable, as was his foresight. He not only recognized the potential for video games, ge picked the right people to develop them and gave them sufficient creative freedom to succeed. Getting his games into the US Arcade market at a time (the early '80s) that there was considerable antipathy towards all things Japanese was no mean feat.


It's hard to get ones head around the impact he had.
 

His story gets more remarkable still...

The article mentions that he made mistakes and encountered setbacks in the shaky postwar economy. However he learned from them and, most remarkably, after paying off the debt those setbacks incurred, never went into debt for a business venture again.
Even today, Nintendo carries no debt.

Wow!

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