January 29, 2017

Nailing It

For some time I've tried to do a post building on this one from several years ago, which did not quite cover the nature of the dread.  


I don't need to do it anymore, because Sarah Hoyt has
This (was) not a Cold Civil War.  We were occupied.  The Vichy had full control of society, and we were the plucky resistance.  We didn’t even have a flight helmet, or an egg beater, but we were doing what we could, in the shadows.  Those of us in the arts ported seemingly incongruous bits into our stuff, at great risk of discovery or at least suspicion.  Local journalists sometimes broke with the narrative.  But none of this had a great deal of effect.  We were mostly sidelined, and when someone managed to break through, he or she was immediately demonized.
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January 27, 2017

Any Word From Ubu?

Bridgebunnies is down.

He just commented here three days ago, so this is probably a hosting service issue. 

Actual photo of Ubu Roi


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"Fire in the Cockpit!"

And in seconds they were gone.





The crew of Apollo 1 had great misgivings about their spacecraft. They were prescient.

A review board ultimately identified a number of conditions that led the fire. The sealed cabin had been pressurized with pure oxygen, which fuels fire. There were combustible materials all around the capsule, as well as "vulnerable” wiring and plumbing...  

In the lead up to the fire there were ominous signs such as
...an environmental control system that had burst into flames during a test to indications that when the service module’s propellant tanks were pressurized, they might suddenly explode. 

 This was an actual scandal rather than the hazards one expects when pushing technologies to their limit. Nevertheless, while there were the major shake-ups at NASA and a complete redesign of the spacecraft, in less than 30 months later the Eagle landed in the Sea of Tranquility. 

 


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January 23, 2017

That Place Where The Turtle Died

The settlement down there looks to be imprudently positioned for any number of reasons. 




Art by Makkou 4

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In ER

I'm passing blood, feverish, BP is 234 over 130something. They are discussing an ambulance to the big hospital. 


If no updates follow, thanks for years of readership.

UPDATE:
2 x 5mm kidney stones and a probable kidney infection. One of the stones hasn't moved much since it made it's presence known during my bout of flu. I'm wiped. It's hard to make it up the stairs.

The blood pressure was alarming, however, it plummeted to something rather less so shortly after they they hit me up with Torodol. Aparrently the pain was causing the BP spike.

I need to make an appointment with a urologist to see if these two stones can be reasonably expected to get passed, but I wasted the day getting the first sleep of more than a few minutes I've gotten in 3 days or so. 

Posting will resume shortly.

Thanks for all the kind words. 

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January 22, 2017

Meanwhile: In Bavaria...



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Fulfilling Promises He Didn't Technically Make

So I've been under the weather today and turned on the TV to discover that on the second day of Trump's presidency well over 100,000 women with cat ears showed up in D.C. to unlock new frontiers in juvenile vulgarity as they fight against the evil overlord of their pocket universe.


My God.


Art by Lima  (possibly now Rima).

Donald Trump has made anime real. 

This could be ....bad

It's not like we weren't warned.

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January 20, 2017

Well. That Could Have Gone Worse



Trepidations aside, the speech, while it is being remarked upon as being darker than usual, was short, pointed out the correct relationship between citizens and government, and actually ended on an upbeat and nicely inclusive note. 

We even got got Kellyanne Cosplay.


Now it is time to get to work and I think we all know what the president's very first priority should be...
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January 15, 2017

Will THIS Be It?

Banality lies below the fold. As partial compensation, here is a catgirl in dire need of a tailor...or a smaller jacket. 


Art by NekoArashi
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January 13, 2017

So Today we Try to Reassure Those Who Deal With Paraskevidekatriaphobia (or Friggatriskaidekaphobia, as There Seems to Be Some Debate on the Precise Nomenclature)

In any event, don't worry.

Today is a FRIDAY!
That is a good thing, unless you are an antlerless deer in Illinois.

Let us reiterate that there is really nothing to worry about, unless, in the course of this day, you encounter...this...



In such an instance, depending upon the context in which you have encountered this situation, I strongly suggest that you either leave the bedroom without delay...or STOP READING IMMEDIATELY lest you end up feeling queasy, violated, and unclean for the rest of the day.


Aside from such an unlikely happenstance, we assure you that the intersection of Friday and three more than a half-score is no more likely to cause you grief than any other random date.

Enjoy the weekend. 
I'll be applying a toothbrush to my eyes.

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January 08, 2017

Happy Dance is Engaged (UPDATED)

The first remake of Space Cruiser Yamato was absolutely excellent. Now it appears that they are indeed remaking the second series too



UPDATE: Two other (shorter) videos are available.



Framegrabs (possibly spoilerish) below the fold...
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January 07, 2017

Status Update

Although Mom exhibited all the signs of a stroke, they couldn't find one. While she was supposed to be under observation for 4 days they discharged her yesterday after two stress tests due to the flu emergency. (All rooms at the hospital were full and the halls are full of gurneys). One possibility is that this was due to a drug interation, so they put her on her old prescriptions. 


She does seem to be doing better now.

As for me, I've contracted the flu and have quarantined myself upstairs. 


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January 05, 2017

Mom in Hospital

Looks like she's had another stroke. 

She's coherent but spending the night there.
Prayers are not unappreciated.

She's on a bed in the hall because there are no other beds in the hospital.
It seems there is a flu outbreak. 
Dad is with her.

I'm at home now, with a very bad kidney stone. Of course a KS is not a major concern all things considered. 

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January 04, 2017

Kongo is a Lady of Impeccable Taste

One of the more surprising things I discovered in my various trips to Japan was that they actually get sweet tea right. While most tea in Japan is unsweetened the Kirin company produces two products that nail the concept.


Kongo receiving tea therapy by Itou.

Despite it being called English Tea, this is actually the sweet tea of the American southeast, which is exactly NOT like the oversweetened syrupy swill that passes for sweet tea in most national chain restaurants and in the soft drink industry. The latter producing such abominations as sweetened GREEN tea. Proper, civilized tea is extremely strong so that the bitterness balances out the sweetness of the cane sugar, (which is an entirely different substance from corn syrup). The sweetness can be further countered by adding lemon juice. This is, for some reason, beyond the capability of the American food service industry outside of a dwindling number of small mom and pop restaurants in the American southeast, despite the fact that it is well within the capability of my late grandmother. 

Kirin is not so incompetent. Both the straight tea and the lemon tea are done perfectly. I never saw this done in a mass marketed product before I pulled one of these out of a Japanese vending machine on a whim.

I was, therefore overjoyed to discover that Amazon now carries this very tea which....



...I should have bought in bulk when I was over there and sold to people who cannot master the concept of the mason jar.

Good.
LORD.


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January 02, 2017

OK, I Sit Corrected

In my last pompous disquisition upon this season of RWBY I prattled on for about 150 words about how the CGI fight animation/choreography was not as good as those of the earlier seasons. 

Yeah. 
About that...



It does appear that my argument has been invalidated by recent developments.
Monty would be proud of these people.

As for the non-FX aspects of this episode. 
Wow. 
This was not filler. 
Every aspect of the three ring circus that was this episode was consequential and full of surprises. Even the quiet conversations, far removed from the cares of the world keep one on the edge of their seats.

I remain surprised at just how impressive that Weiss, of all people, has become. 

This show still has five or six more episodes to screw everything up, but as of now RWBY remains first rate.

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January 01, 2017

If I Had A Ronin For Every Year I've Been Around, I'd Be Secure in the Knowledge That I'd Be Avenged When Assasinated

As it is, I find myself pondering the things that I have not done in my time on this earth.




Some of them, I'm OK with.

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Happy 2017


Phoenix 2017 by PiNe
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