Niche Gamer is crawling out of the hole they got themselves in after one of their founders was caught plaigerizing, rather spectacularly. Niche-Iban seems to be their remaining writers attempt to start fresh.
"I can quit any time... as soon as I catch all the poké-waifu!"
Posted by: J Greely at Mon Jan 27 09:56:44 2020 (ZlYZd)
The thing I appreciate about Log Horizon is that the story was clearly planned out, but isn't drawn out. It doesn't leave open questions hanging around unanswered, but there are tiny details that you don't even realise were questions until the answers arrive ten, twenty, thirty episodes later. You see a character in the background of a scene for about two seconds, and don't realise half way through the next season that those two seconds encompassed his entire backstory.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Jan 27 10:05:16 2020 (PiXy!)
Yeah, it's like reading the Claremont run on X-Men. Part of the reason the pacing is so good is that when one story is winding up, one or two others have already started.
Based on absolutely nothing, I wonder if the so-so animation is because the show didn't get a lot of attention and the associated executive meddling...thereby contributing to a show that flows much more organically than one constantly second-guessed by focus groups and marketing.
Posted by: Rick C at Mon Jan 27 16:39:57 2020 (Iwkd4)
Ah, but since they're not in the game yet, I can't quit yet! Hopefully in the DLC they add the ability to catch Marnies and Nessas (I hear Melony already gigantimaxes...).
(actually, what I think they really need to do is add more NPC trainers to the Wild Area with a variety of leveled-up stables, so you have more to do there; also more age-inappropriate clothing choices for Gloria)
Posted by: J Greely at Mon Jan 27 17:12:30 2020 (ZlYZd)
Log Horizon does benefit from being both better written than a lot of the other dreck like that Other Big Name 'Trapped in a MMORPG' dumpster fire, and having an author that seems to have done a fair amount of research - which is something that Other Big Name 'Trapped in a MMORPG' seems completely divorced from. A person I know who is big into MMORPG said that Log Horizon is probably the closest depiction of how a MMORPG works in anime.
Posted by: cxt217 at Mon Jan 27 19:31:23 2020 (LMsTt)
Unintended ConsequencesThat Star Wars Girl does media reviews and has been a fairly pleasant channel. The blog linked to her earlier with regards to tragic circumstances and its only fair that we do so regarding hilariously cringy ones.
First off, Anna is really enthusiastic and talks at about 240 beats a minute which is generally amusing. What she really doesn't do is cuss....until recently. A short time ago she did a video on Star Wars TROS that was...colorful, in its language. It managed to use the "F" word at what someone worked out to approximately 5 times per minute. Alright...It was, reportedly, a very bad movie and she's passionate about Star Wars and has had a very bad year. I've seen the rant in question described as a meltdown and I did not get all the way through it because it was not up to her usual standards and, well, no harm no foul.
Fast forward to today, I started getting recommendations from YouTube for videos describing her as a sociopath. The basis for this dubious psychoanalysis is apparently that sincethe aforementioned Star Wars video she's been cussing up a storm. It's like the movie gave her a stroke and she developed Tourette's Syndrome. Today, I clicked on her latest video and it has the word "Mansplaining" in the title, which in this fraught age is a warning sign...and quite not in keeping with Anna's image or professed outlook on political correctness. So I clicked on the link and learned a few things. 1: In a pinned comment she explains that she's using the term "Mansplaining" in a different way than it is used by the perniciously woke. 2:Due to childhhood surgery to correct a congenital defect, Anna has an inconspicuous third nostril that allows her to breathe while talking...which explains soooo much about her speech style. 3: She's cussing because of COPPA to be as non-kid-friendly as possible. Because YOUTUBE's handling of COPPA drives nice girls to cuss.
For some reason I found this whole thing both sad and amusing
Joshiraku — Nobody is ever likely to license this.
Now he notes this. Yes. Joshiraku has been licensed and is for sale.
He has thoughts on the show, several other shows, and the translations thereof, but you'll have to go there to see them.
The Rakugo girls have thoughts on the matter...
Yes ladies. Mock the poor man's error, dance upon his failure, but know that in time your celebration will surely taste like ashes. You see, the takeaway from all this, is that today, November 21,2019, Lord Don of Shuffly, usually such a reliable gauge what gems might be found in the vast proof of Sturgeon's law that is the current anime industry, was wrong about something in a review of his.
The other image that comes to mind from those who have never read the originals is that as a barbarian, Conan is a simple brute. Again, not true. His Barbarian nature keeps his reasoning clear and unadorned with the gilding more civilized minds use to gloss over the cruder realities. Conan sees to the root of the matter, and cuts through the lies, sometimes literally...
It just occurred to me that Shamiko is technically a succubus too, if not occupationally. Her ability to manipulate dreams is established. She made Momo desire Cola. Later, Momo expresses a concern
that Shamiko may brainwash a billionaire. She can't fly, but neither does Sakie-chan.
UPDATE 9/8: This was posted in the comments thread linked above..
Two of us went to the hospital last night, and I’m afraid the results
are inconclusive. He was sedated, and no family members were there, so
we couldn’t get information about his status. He was lying there in a
neck brace. I think he will not be posting for a while.
I will try to find out more, over the next few days.
This is not looking good.
I'll post any info on crowdfunding or such as I get it.
More on D-Live
A few months ago we embedded a video concerning the YouTube alternative D-Live, which emerged in the wake of the YouTube-purge before-last as a free speech platform based on blockchain technology.
The video took the position that D-Live was not just a new and untested platform, it was a scam. Since then there has been some walkback around the web including by the fellow who made that video.
In the wake of his retraction and apology, SFO recently conducted an interview with Allen Chan, one of the founders(and current Director of Growth) of D-Live.
In the course of the interview, which was conducted by Direct Message, SFO established that D-Live is not at all the scam people initially feared it was.
D-Live is a Chinese company and given the situation with the Orwellian TOS's of China affiliated (and China curious) companies, I suspect that in addition to the issues noted in the video, D-Live is a sort of honey-pot phishing scheme. The company's marketing appeals to people with eclectic views who seek to avoid walking on eggshells and risking demonetization/deplatforming. All the while D-Live is Hoovering up all their critical data (identities, credit card and routing numbers) of a self selected cross section of the sorts of people that want to maintain anonymity and have views that are likely to get them banned, brigaded, and demonetized, and that data, collated in one place is a commodity in and of itself, being of the greatest value to the worst people.
Wonderduck In Hospital
I know nothing more than that. I just cut on my phone (it had run down and been charging most of the day) and received a text from Wonderduck timestamped about 6 hours before I typed this.
The message said that due to his leg injury had not been able to get out of bed for 30 hours and that he was, at the time of the text, in the ER.
That is all I know. It's 6 hours out of date and he has not returned my text. I'm loathe to call him because he probably needs sleep.
UPDATE: This is why MMD was invented. The song is a semi-pro fan cover of the OR3O number from the horror game Bendy and the Ink Machine. The animator did this video of the cover with some stock MMD background bits. But unlike so many MMD dance vids there is no stock, downloadable choreography for this song. She didn't download and re-skin this...she actually animated it. The art direction and the little Betty Boop chibis just ...work. This isn't point and click/copy paste, this is an actual fan animation. "Puccagarukiss" did a really good job with this. She has Patreon and Ko-Fi accounts.
The other, shorter version, according to their credits used a stock stage and Monika model (I'm somewhat astonished that there was a stock Monika) but their animation/choreography is markedly different, so they had to have done it themselves.
It seems that his sales are running about 50 copies apiece, and considering that his prices are astoundingly reasonable and he's running all over the country to do research, he can't really justify this.
He's not giving up yet, but he's asking for help in marketing his wares.
And they are awesome wares indeed.
Now I know that some of my readers self-publish and know people who are masters of the ins and outs of self publishing, web-presence and web-marketing. Can we get this fellow some advice, contacts and maybe a link storm?
I've bought most of the available issues of his magazines and have been sufficiently impressed that I've mentioned this fellow before, but it's hard to do justice to how unique this publication really is.
Here...click on this here link, scroll down and browse. The individual issues contain exactly what they say on the tin. If you don't find those topics transcendentally awesome...you are wrong.
A random sampling of articles:
Northrop ST-38 Space Trainer: a rocket-powered T-38 for trips to space "Have Sting:" A General Electric design for a gigantic orbital railgun JPL Thousand Astronomical Unit probe: A spacecraft into interstellar space Integrated Manned Interplanetary Spacecraft: A Boeing concept for a giant spacecraft to Mars and Venus Convair Inflatable Spacecraft: an early spaceplane concept One Man Space Station: A 1960 McDonnell concept for a tiny space station Astroplane: A lightweight aircraft for the exploration of Mars Reactor-In-Flight Test: A Lockheed nuclear-powered stage for the Saturn V
Project Orion, USAF and NASA 10 meter designs. This article presents many never before published Project Orion technical diagrams.
ROMBUS/ITHACUS: the Douglas concept from 1963 for a million-pound payload SSTO, and its stablemate that could rocket 1200 fully loaded US Marines anywhere in the world
Convair Mach 4 Seaplane Bombers, by George Cully
Convair's flying submarine.
I gather that his Patreon will soldier on regardless ( that is separate from the magazine and he's doing fiction there as well).
Given that each issue runs between $6 and $10 bucks and tend to have 80 to 140 pages of aerospace might have been goodness you all should probably run on over and start buying before it's gone.
With a little better marketing, it will not come to that, there is no way that there are only 50 people on the internet willing to spend 9 bucks on the stuff in this publication.
Said stuff includes actual designs for space battleships powered by atom bombs.
Wait wait wait wait wait, hold up here... that last graphic, is that... MICHAEL?!?!?!
Okay, no, it's not. No front armor plate, no 16" turrets off the New Jersey, no missile-carrying Space Shuttles, no rocket-powered 5" guns... but holy crepe, that's still awesomely cool!
Posted by: Wonderduck at Sat Sep 23 11:25:28 2017 (Mxu+F)
That was my first thought as well. This is the canonical Michael. And this is the design of the gunships.
Posted by: David at Sat Sep 23 14:29:18 2017 (JMkaQ)