January 23, 2017

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.

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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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