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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September 21, 2013

The All-Seeing i


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September 19, 2013

AVAST!

...me hearties, for this piratical beauty and the two urchin's she's guardin' have just discovered who the real sea wolves are and why those pustulent bilge rats make off with so much of our loot



"Man the long guns!"

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September 18, 2013

Oh My God

If this is true, heads must roll.

Note that that is a very big IF.

Thus I strongly suggest people wait for a bit more info.

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September 17, 2013

Stella Women's Acadamy High {EXPLETIVE DELETED} Episode 11

The viewers who resisted the urge to get all cutty with a straight razor after last weeks episode are rewarded with a look at what the well adjusted characters are doing.



They've received some bad news...but they are determined to make the best of the situation.

Then we go to Yura...who is putting on a brave face, despite being beset by guilt, despair and zombies...



...shortly after this things begin to get weird.

Kirishima has a perfectly reasonable,  fleeting moment of bitchiness which ultimately leads to this unexpected visual...


"I promise...It doesn't hurt"

Which is not nearly as weird as one might deduce from that image but was freaky nonetheless.  As  the show proceeds to follow Yura (whose funk is compounded by having a run of supernaturally bad luck), it continues to get a bit strange...

...AND CREEPY!

Holy crap! I cannot believe they did that!

After that throwaway moment of utter wrongness, the episode gets... odd...

Episode 4 is not the outlier we thought it was

Not a bad episode. It's not terribly upbeat, but then there is a lot of baggage to work through, and it does end on a rather hopeful note.

UPDATE: Good golly typos!Added some helpful punctuation and rewrote that third block of text to be more clear.

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September 16, 2013

Interstellar!



If mankind does not fall back into the darkness, future historians will likely consider this to be the important event of this year. .

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The Times We Live In

I was doing my morning post work perusal of sites and noted this sentence at Professor Jacobson's blog.

I cautioned last February not to underestimate BuzzFeed Politics, which is an emerging force in news and uses cats to maximum effect. 


It's not a parody post. It's a straight up post on politics.

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Well, About That...Dawkins Thng.

Earlier I posted a link to a Salon piece that's been making the rounds. It's made quite a stir because it suggests that Dawkins is highly dismissive of what he calls "mild pedophelia". Looking at the quotes in Salon, they seemed damming in the extreme.

Well, it appears that Salon did to Dawkins what MSNBC did to George Zimmerman.  The actual Dawkins interview being quoted is here and Dawkins does explain the specific context of the quote here. He was pointing out that his own experience pales in comparison to others. I disagree strongly with his historical perspective argument in this particular case. However, his statement is in NO way an endorsement or dismissal of child molestation.

 He charitably calls the issue a misunderstanding.

It is not. This was character defamation pure and simple and I am ashamed to have unwittingly perpetuated it.

I am no fan of many of Dawkins's views. However, this Salon article is simply defamatory.

Thanks to Pixy for the pointer.




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September 15, 2013

The Twin Terrors Of Twitter

Pity Robert Stacy McCain. He is beset by vast quantities of Twitterspam and is noting a pattern that distinguishes it from comment or E-mail spam.

Like a surprising number of RSM links these are mildly NSFW.

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I Just Realized Something

Blake's bow...

From RWBY episode 8

..I mean she has people ears, right there on the side of her head where they belong, so that thing on her head must be a bow, and yet...the bow...it emotes.

*****
Perhaps as part of a concerted effort to maintain balance in the universe, episode 9 followed up on last weeks breakneck pace and thoroughly satisfying battle with...the girls re-arranging their room. Next week looks exciting though.





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September 14, 2013

Ummm....


Could it be a commentary upon the direction of our society?

Perhaps it's a disquisition upon the ephemeral brevity of our lives?

It could be a message giving orders to those amongst us who lie in wait to do us harm.

Is it stress?

A cry for help?

..or does it represent something far stranger, the likes of which would have not been out of place in the writings of the late Charles Fort.

I must admit that I do not know.

However,  I'm pretty sure that I should be concerned by this.

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