May 31, 2015

Well, Damn


There's not much to add to this...




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May 26, 2015

Laser Progress

Via Next Big Future comes an interesting article on U.S. Air Force plans to field 100+KW laser cannons on a fighter by 2022.


What can 100-plus kilowatts kill? Hardy was cagey about specific targets, but a study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments suggests that it could destroy enemy cruise missiles, drones, and even manned aircraft at significant ranges.

"A 150-200 kW laser could be capable against surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles,” said CSBA’s Mark Gunzinger...

One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes, is here with an overview of what all this means.

"The fellow doing the analysis of the LASER CANNON is named GUNZINGER! Anime is becoming real!"

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May 25, 2015

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May 24, 2015

A Challenge

...has been issued by Steven.

I have been vanquished.
Loyal readers, go avenge me!

I have not seen Rin-Kan previously and dropping uninitiated into episode eight I was initially surprised by the jerky animation and the freaky-deaky see-through hair on two of the young ladies. 


"Oh Lord, it's like colored cellophane wigs!"

However, it really was a charming, poignant story. 

I guess it is a sign of the times that the McGuffin that allows the non-psychic characters to interact with the supernatural is a smartphone ap. That's one hell of an ap.

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May 23, 2015

One of Them Thar 'Propane Accessories' I've Heard Tell of

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May 22, 2015

Signs, Portents and Small Victories

There is an interesting interview with the Latvian Defense Minister here, which discusses amongst other things, that the little country is spending 27% of their budget on defense in light of current events.

Actually, China just dumped $50 billion dollars to help Brazil build infrastructure including a Transcontinental railroad to take Brazilian resources to ports in Peru (for shipment to China). It's unclear what other agreements are involved but with  Argentina getting money and military kit gifted to them as well and  Namibia getting a Chinese port, the South Atlantic is going to be a darned cozy place for Chinese ships.

Russia is playing chess, China is playing Risk and we are playing golf. 

One other minor thing....

Instapundit is reporting tonight that...

...but you already knew that...because Brickmuppet Blog had that story on May Third

See? There's a bright side to everything.



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May 20, 2015

The End Times, They are Upon Us

I had heard this series was in the works, but I did not entirely believe it, and I certainly didn't expect...this...
The production values look good and it appears that it it might be pretty faithful to the manga, but....




...Yes, exactly.

UPDATE: It belatedly occurs to me that this blog's review of the manga might be helpful information.

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Bittersweet Victory

Well, my trip to Kafkaland seems to finally be resolved.

This is kind of a shame as I was enjoying both classes. OTOH this is almost certainly for the best as it means I'll be caught up financially in a few weeks (I still need to get a car after all).

In any event, here is something that some of you might find clever.


Art by Ao Usagi

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May 18, 2015

A Certain Irksomeness

Since the content below the fold can be nothing but a horrible, horrible warning, we decided to post some positive words to live by above it.


Kaga,  Akagi and wisdom by Kuon
more...

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May 15, 2015

We Have Been Diminished

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