And Now A Moment of "PEW! PEW! PEW!"
A working gauss gun.
OK, it doesn't penetrate the laptop screen, but the damage it does to the cans argues against shooting it in the apartment. I'm guessing it doesn't have much velocity but those long pellets might tumble quite effectively.
And Now, A Moment of 'Splody
While looking for something completely unrelated to all that stuff that's happening, I unwittingly blundered into this....
These are both brief but they are REALLY good clips of Upshot Grable, better known as the atomic cannon test. The second is from the film Trinity and Beyond.
In general this particular test is known from a clip that was filmed near the cannon
itself. These short clips however, include footage from the hardened effects cameras
in the target area. Note that while this is about the same size as the
Hiroshima bomb, it has much greater blast effect over a smaller area. It was a very low airburst. Note too that the bomb is so much brighter
than the sun that it gives the impression of a nighttime shot, whereas
it was a daylight test as one can tell from the second clip.
No, I thought you made it pretty clear that you were being sarcastic and didn't hate Catholics, and that your "advice" was satirical in nature.
To be fair, the large number of real anti-Catholics out there... well, it makes a lot of Catholics see certain words and react. Those Catholic bloggers who have called themselves "Papists" as part of their shtick have experienced similar grief. And there are always people mistaking fake stories on the Onion or Eye of the Tiber for real news. So occasionally somebody argues that all humor should be stamped out lest we be misunderstood, only to be howled down by those who have senses of humor.
It's sad that people call good evil and evil good, and it's not pleasant to have people do that to you; but it happens (and especially in Lent, when people seem to do crazier things). You have my sympathy.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Mar 30 19:42:18 2014 (mpHLh)
Some people have such poor reading comprehension that if you quote a Nazi in order to denounce his words, you'll be called a Nazi for quoting him. And half the time they won't even know it was a quote.
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Mar 30 20:33:28 2014 (TJ7ih)
"I Tried to Put it all Behind Me...But They Kept Dragging Me Back In."
On the face of it, Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions is just a high school slice of life show, but this series possesses a dark secret. It's the tale of a young man trying to put his terrible, shameful past behind him and find happiness as a productive member of society. His quest for redemption is complicated by the fact that fandom is like the Mob, but without the benefit of Omerta.
Yuta Togashi is just starting out in High School. His goal is to be normal.
You see, in Jr. High, Mr. Togashi was an imaginative young lad. Actually he was a geek, a fanboy...a RAVING Otaku who became legendary for his bonecrusshingly idiotic antics. He imagined himself to be "The Dark Flame Master" which was a fantasy personality that seems to have been based on a dreadfully cliched TV/ light novel series.
He's better now.
Looking to put his reputation as a complete addle-brained looser behind him he has enrolled in a high school that's a couple of counties removed from his apartment...which necessitates an exceedingly long commute.
He is able to do a pretty good job of passing as normal....
Unfortunately, he has a new neighbor, Rikka Takanashi, who is also in his homeroom, knows about his past and if anything is more delusional than he ever was. She seeks to enlist the Dark Flame Master into her crackerjack team of shortbus commandos who are looking to...chart the areas ley lines.
Rikka is at once obnoxious, pitiable and hilarious as she sets into motion a series of events that bring together a surprisingly well realized cast of characters in a show that is a rare and special kind of treat. Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions is masterfully well done. I found it not just funny but genuinely touching. It has fully lived up to it's early promise.
This blog has 369 posts in the Fanboy Recidivism category, which probably represent 80-100 shows. This is one of the best.
They pretty much went through all the applicable tropes for the climax and cranked them up to 11. I do think it went on one episode too long,
with the the final installment being a parody of the shonen fight trope "AND NOW THE BATTLE REALLY BEGINS!"
There has been some consternation expressed about the fact that towards
the end of the series, the male members of the cast were clothed only in
leather bandoliers and frequently engaged in gymnastically dubious poses. I almost suspected that there was some sort of commentary or statement in that directorial decision, but I cant for the life of me figure out what it might be. The contrast of that unspeakable vulgarity with the dynamic and empowering poses of the strong female characters wearing attire intended to permit freedom of movement via its near total absence could not be more profound.
I guess it's just a complete mystery that can only be racked up to "art".
Nevertheless, it is with profound shame and a great deal of rueful self examination that I must admit to having thoroughly enjoyed this show.
Unfortunately, standards and practices has informed us that any images from the final episode that are not spoilers would be inappropriate for the blog. So here is an utterly unrelated landscape by Kasi Takahisa.
Jeremiah Denton 1924 - 2014
Jeremiah Denton passed away yesterday in Virginia Beach.
An Alabama native who put down deep roots in Hampton Roads, Jeremiah Denton served one term as a senator from his home state before returning to Virginia where he was a local fixture for many years.
A successful lawyer, a professor and political activist, he served as chairman of the presidential commission on the merchant marine and founded a Christian charity (The National Forum Foundation) that lobbied successfully for welfare reform and assisted in humanitarian and peacekeeping endeavors throughout the world.
A lawyer politico and lobyist, if not for the faith based charity, that bio would have be the sort of life today's ruling class would aspire to.
However, Jeremiah Denton had other rather more august accomplishments that still get under the skin of a certain type of individual.
Jeremiah Denton was an accomplished naval aviator and commanded the US Navy's attack squadron VA-75 off of USS Independence. On 18 July 1965 he and his co-pilot were shot down over North Viet-Nam, Cdr. Denton was captured and placed in the P.O.W. camp known to American Servicemen as The Hanoi Hilton.
In 1966 he was forced to give a television interview. While parroting the propaganda that his sadistic captors instructed him to convey, he blinked...rather a lot.
In Morse Code to be precise.
In this way he not only confirmed to US officials and the public that American Servicemen were being tortured, he earned himself "special"attention from his captors. Jeremiah Denton was one of the group of US officers who were known as the Alcatraz Gang, men who were especially defiant and were singled out for particular abuse. He endured this while helping his men maintain their morale for nearly 8 years.
Then, in 1973, after getting clobbered in yet another attempt to invade and conquer South Vietnam, the North Vietnamese signed the Paris Peace Accords. As part of the Treaty the North Vietnamese swore to acknowledge South Vietnam's right to exist and US POWs including Denton, were released.
Jerimiah Denton, a after a period of recovery in Norfolk Naval Hospital,
continued with his military career Commanding the Armed Forces Staff
College and Pensacola Naval Airstation before retiring a Rear Admiral.
He then proceeded to do all the other things mentioned above.
In the meantime, while, the US signed a treaty to come to Saigons aid if the North invaded again, however, Congress passed the Case-Church Amendment which broke the treaty and deprived the Vietnamese of US Assistance. The Communists fell upon the South like wolves and killed over 500,000 people whose crime was believing the US would keep its word. Over the next several years other nations that depended upon US military assistance to fight off the communist onslaught Laos and Cambodia fell and became abattoirs....
Hippies get results.
This, however was not for any lack of courage or effort by Denton and his fellow servicemen.
The left of course never forgave him for his service and as recently as 2004 he was barred from speaking at Independence Day celebrations.
Well, Jerimiah Denton, who faced hell for eight years is unlikely to have suffered much from those whose great moment of courage was avoiding service. He was a bit eccentric, but lived a full, good life and the Law Firm he and his son founded continues to serve the People of Virginia Beach. He lived his life in and out of service with considerable honor and we as a society are diminished by his loss.
A civilian approached the ship's quarterdeck and was confronted by ship
security. A struggle ensued, and the civilian disarmed the petty officer
of the watch. The suspect used that gun to fatally shoot a sailor who
responded to help.
Naval security forces then killed the suspect, who did not have his own weapon, Davis said.
Having been on that base many times, in both a civilian and active duty capacity, the question that jumps out is not how but why.
It's not just one very wet town either, it's a chunk of northern Italy that includes cities as big as Trieste and Trento.
The referendum was non binding, and is being dismissed by the Italian government, but 89% is a big enough share of the vote that the issue is not going away.
We in the US might arguably loose our status as the oldest existing
republic...Venice was once an independent republic and was at one time
an economic powerhouse that contributed greatly to the Renaissance. Its
system of government was referenced in debates on the US
constitution.Venice was probably the longest lived Republic in history,
lasting 1100 years. The 200 odd years since its destruction by
the Jacobins spans less than a tenth of the time it existed. In fact
after the Napoleonic Wars the region fought for and eventually gained
their independence from Austria Hungary and re-established the republic
(as San Marco) for 17 months only to have the area reconquered and later annexed by Italy.
Now the people of Northeastern Italy, fed up with
Italian corruption and high taxes have held a referendum with 89% of the
vote in favor of secession. The area has always been somewhat
culturally distinct from the rest of Italy since its absorption.
Elsewhere in Italy, Sardinia is also looking to secede but is going about it differently. They are not just attempting to leave Italy, they are petitioning to accede into Switzerland, pointing out that the 8 new cantons would bring with them BEACHES, which Switzerland rather lacks at the moment.
Here are two maps I couldn't find last night that do a better job with scale and position:
It's a bit smaller than West Virginia., but it's on the Adriatic...and a
good chunk of it is in the Alps. It also , encompasses a good bit of the
fertile Po Valley, borders the Po river and contains, in addition to the tourist centers like Venice and Alpine ski lodges, Trieste, a major deepwater port and shipbuilding center. There is a a good deal of hydroelectric power, as well as there are established timber farms as well as various mines in the Alps.the area, especially around Trieste is a major trade corridor for eastern Europe, This little lot of land just generally seems to
have been designed by geographers for maximum "win"on minimum space.
Of which this is a rather non-representative excerpt.
I'm hard pressed to think of any show I have felt so guilty about enjoying.
The fact that I'm enjoying it a great deal only adds to my nagging guilt.
However, I'm able to somewhat assuage my conscience as I am now pretty sure that this show is not actually pr0n. I base this assessment on the fact that I don't think the audience is supposed to stand up and cheer while watching pr0n.
Posted by: Mauser at Mon Mar 24 04:30:49 2014 (TJ7ih)
Eh, Whedon would probably hate it with the fire of a thousand suns, Wesleyan doctrinaire second-wave "feminist" that he is. The cheesecake is kind of up-front. But I wouldn't call it porn - it's no dodgier than anything in Utena, for instance, which is pretty much the gold standard for feminist anime texts.
I tend to think of Kill la Kill as heavily Go Nagai-influenced - the Trigger people worked on Re: Cutie Honey and you'd have to be blind not to see the Nagai influence on Gurren Lagann, although it's no-where near as crazed over-the-top Nagai-batshit as Kill la Kill has been. More third-wave feminist than you'd expect from Japanese creators, almost Be Papas in sensibility, but as far as I can tell, there's no direct staff overlap. Enokido's been all over the industry in the twenty years since Utena, including a stint with the Trigger creative people on Diebuster, though, so who knows?
Posted by: Mitch H. at Mon Mar 24 10:50:38 2014 (jwKxK)
Log Horizon has been fairly surprising all along and its ending was more so. It is not at all the sort of climax one would expect from a fantasy adventure show that has been steadily escalating, being instead something of a denouement to the epic tale that was the first 22 episodes.
This series of character vignettes is the final installment of the three episode cour that began with the cake episode (which can now be seen in a completely different light).The various guilds are having a festival to celebrate their victory as well as the treaties of friendship with the Free Cities of Estal. However, what seemed like little background annoyances the characters navigated in the cake episode turn out to be part of an escalating pattern of disruptions, with a real risk of blowing up everything they've worked for.
Instead of a climactic hack and slash battle, the situation is resolved
by Shiroe, Crusty and Minori using their skills and wits and diffusing the
situation without major incident.
There's also a brief conversation with the first real villain we've seen since they escaped that Demikas bastard in Suskino, and she is a piece of work. Exhibiting a venal but extremely dangerous sort of evil, it seems that she is what is behind the weirdness in MInami and the disruptions of the festival. It looks like she will be a major antagonist moving forward.
(UPDATE: OH! She was the "bard" telling the alarmingly accurate story to the children in the castle in Estal.)
There are quite a few major revelations not the least of which is that there will definitely be a season two in the fall.
This has been a very good series and I highly recommend it. As an added bonus, it has remained quite kid friendly and as I said in an earlier post, if I had kids this is the sort of show I'd be wanting them to watch.
It's a show about a bunch of decent people who display great courage, ethics, hope and even a decent sense of civics. It portrays a world where
intelligence is admirable, ones principles are important and experience
(and study habits) really do matter.
It's also been fun.
The fall season is going to have at least one show to look forward to. more...
Bah. Those aren't even Space Marine sized, let alone Vlad Tzepesci sized.
It is a pretty great show, though. Had a lot in common with Maoyuu - stories of enormously powerful people trying to change the world through progress, who could just say "screw negotiation, I'm killing everyone else here" but for whom resorting to that is a losing solution. That said, much higher production values and a good set of characters.
Was expecting a more MMO-oriented solution to the merchant thing, though. "Five hundred tons, huh? Hm... how many magic bags we got here? Eighty? Ninety? That'll manage..." ;p
The reason why it's kid friendly is the location it's being broadcast, NHK. The adaptation streamlines some of the less tidy bits from the light novel. Defeated monsters don't just drop coins and loot, you have to literally skin and harvest the parts. The fight description is also a wee bit more graphic, for example, Shiroe actually decapitating Demikas to get the point across in that fight for the rest of the bad guys there.
What I'm most surprised at is how fast the adaptation come into place. The author of the light novel was having lunch with his agent when the agent mentioned that NHK was interested in adapting the novels into a Friday afternoon show. He approved and though that the novel was a wee bit odd choice for NHK (to be sure, this show does teaches you the working of Capitalism and Governance rather well, so they do have the education bit down). 8 months later, the first episode aired.
Posted by: BigFire at Fri May 2 08:47:11 2014 (9QOKK)
Wow. That's an ambitious project for the healthy. I wish them luck and you some valium.
Posted by: topmaker at Fri Mar 21 19:09:44 2014 (2yZsg)
It's great as a plotline - one last sail beyond the sunset style adventure - but it does sound as nervewracking for you as it will be romantic and exciting for your parents. But remember that they have the power of "age and treachery" on their side!
On a lighter note, they now have their revenge for your teen years, I guess.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat Mar 22 07:26:24 2014 (mpHLh)
Yes, it's a Fisher. It was built in Southampton (UK) is fiberglass and has a ketch rig. They got it for a song, though there was considerable work needed to the wiring and sanitation system, and some additions like A/C and a shower that the previous owner (a Pole) had found unnecessary in the Baltic..of course these tweaks increased the hotel load, which required a new generator and further re-wiring and ......
So..I Take It The Season's Really Been A Bust
I've been busy of late and. in any event. I am now only keeping up with 2 shows. Thus, when I got some free time this morning, I went to one of my preferred anime blogs to see what people are talking about now. The blog in question has a layout similar to this one in that there are comments previews in the sidebar. Reading them, I deduced that I was missing some fairly crucial context from the excerpts. Thus, I jumped into the current discussion which, to my dismay, turned out to indeed be a bunch of adult men engaged in a spirited and erudite discussion of the societal implications and bio-mechanical specifics of non-consensual shota.
"They were right THERE...why didn't I put the protective goggles ON!?"
If the term 'shota' means nothing to you, then congratulations! You are probably a good person!
If it does, but only because you foolishly Googled it, you most likely need a palate cleanser...which in this egregious case can actually be provided by politics of all things.
There's some decent stuff out there, but you can't really talk again and again about Kill la Kill, right? I mean, it was already over the top, it remains over the top, the final episode will also be over the top.
I'm enjoying Silver Spoon but it ain't everyone's cuppa, I'll admit.
Beyond that, the only thing I'm really watching any of is Hozuki, and I'm way behind on that. (and Strike the Blood, but that counts as marital obligation...)
- Shikabane Hime Aka
- The Third (stalled thanks to Netflix being suck)
- Wagaya no Oinari-sama
Silver Spoon is the Moyashimon that I wanted to get and never got. No more leather-clad lesbians, but the real deal.
GBF is the best Gundam EVER. And it's not only my opinion. Well, of course, MS 08th Team vies with Banner of The Stars for the greatest military classic crown. But as far as sheer gundamness, GBF is like everything about the burning passion that we missed from the 80s.
On the topic of Zvezda, my opinion is opposite of Mitch's. I'm quite happy that they brushed all the original dumbcom aside.
So, it's a great season, overall. There wasn't an astonishing masterpiece like Shingu or Katanagatari in it, but it's full of great entertainment.
Yeah, with Zvesda, I liked how even though the protagonist thought it was all a game, it was real for everyone else. And now it's really getting impressed into him just how real this whole mess is.
About the only episode that didn't really seem to be needed was 8, other than to show White Egret in action.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Mar 22 03:39:52 2014 (TJ7ih)
I think I'm still new enough to this where I am willing to follow through on a series unless it really hits the skids. Like Pete says, there seems to be a lot of shows that hold my interest, if not my fascination.
I have to say though, because it looks like the manga is winding down, I started a rewatch of Ah! My Goddess, though and it does tend to put the current season in perspective.
Posted by: topmaker at Sun Mar 23 10:36:39 2014 (2yZsg)
..however, the first one can be yours for $34.95 whereas the second can't actually be purchased as such and certainly requires considerable social skills, a sense of humor, good looks, similar interests, compatible belief systems, patience, integrity, discipline and a great deal of personal responsibility.
The choice is obvious...in part because we have no idea who the awesome cosplayer is and wouldn't ruin her life by posting contact info if we did.
While the plane continues to be missing and Russia annexes the Crimea, another crisis seems to be brewing in the Philippines.
Some years ago the Chinese set up a military outpost on and laid claim to "Mischief Reef', a tiny coral outcropping in the Spratley islands off the coast of one of the main Philippine islands (Palawan).
China then cartographically stuck it's tounge out at all its southern neighbors claiming pretty much the entire South China Sea and in particular the Spratelys are Chinese territory.
The technical diplomatic term for this is "jackassery".
The Philippines, which is not exactly a world power, could not evict the squatters without risking war and so responded by setting up an outpost on another of the rocks to confirm their sovereignty. The outpost is the Philippine transport ship Sierra Madre which has been grounded on Aungin reef and is the Phillipinel government administrative office for the Spratelys.
This outpost would probably not be near the top of my duty requests.
The ship is now classified as a government building and is staffed mainly with marines to prevent the Chinese from running the Philippines off from their own island and assert that the islands are not relinquished.
That's why China fully support Russia in Ukraine: Ukraine is Russian Taiwan. The biggest thing that prevented their cooperation in U.N. was the common border and disputed islands in the Amur river. They spent some effort to have it all settled out back in early 2000s. Giving up on Damansky Island was well worth the ability to tag team The Great Satan on every question.
Well, THAT Narrows Things Down.
The likely location of the missing Malaysian 777 as estimated by satellite triangulation.
It looks like it was a skyjacking, but some information seems contradictory.
Turning off both the transponders does seem like a deliberate act.
On the other hand why have we not gotten a ransom demand, or had the plane flown into a building on the night of the highjacking?
A couple of possibilities come to mind.
*Whatever caused the mishap, the plane depressurized and was a flying coffin for its last hours.
*This was a heist: Something in the cargo hold was what the hijackers were after, diamonds, rubies, plutonium, Fogbank, or Episode 12 of Ultra7, In this case the plane either crashed somewhere or was landed and the passengers likely liquidated.
* They are looking at using the plane for a mass casualty attack, either with a nuke (perhaps acquired from Saudi Arabia or Pakistan) or simply slamming it into a target 9-11 style. There are considerable logistical hurdles to this beyond putting a 777 down for refueling in an out of the way place. An airliner with no transponder is going to elicit considerable attention and this planes transponder will likely be a missile magnet at this point. I Imagine that using it in this fashion would require (somehow) mimicking a known aircraftts transponder, destroying said aircraft and taking its place in the flight pattern with the identity of the exploded plane not established until the target had been hit. Likely targets would seem to be Tel-Aviv, Moscow, Beijing, and Vatican City, with hits on New York, Washington DC or Hampton Roads even harder to pull off given the distance one would have to fly without raising concern.
Obviously, as I'm neither a pilot nor a Sky Ninja this is random speculation from publicly available sources. Thus those readers who are pilots or help to build these planes are particularly encouraged to comment and give this post less of a Dunning -Krugger flavor.
UPDATE: Fixed the graphic so it actually means something.
Reportedly they now have some indication the course was programmed on the autopilot, which increases suspicion on one of the pilots. Both Pilot's homes were searched today. They plane also ascended to 45,000 feet, which is a lot higher than typical, but which can increase range.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Mar 15 22:55:01 2014 (TJ7ih)