As a native-born Pittsburgher, which has a number of public stairways of similar vertigiousness, I have to ask - where are the handrails? You lose your balance on that sucker, it's a long way down without anything to grab other than bits of masonry.
Posted by: Mitch H. at Thu Aug 20 08:49:59 2015 (jwKxK)
Stillwater, MN, has the "thousand steps of doom", right near a bar named Cat Ballou's...
Posted by: Wonderduck at Thu Aug 20 20:05:38 2015 (jGQR+)
My attempts at commenting on her post were unsuccessful, but I would note that Kanazawa is neat and its history is really interesting. There is an awful l lot of "What If" potential there. Additionally, I gather that Lady Eboshi's outpost from Mononoke no Hime is based in part on this town.
The area still has a reputation of having a bit of an independent streak.
One thing that probably helped them initially (and most likely moved them up on the 'conquest priority list') was the fact that the area has one of Japan's few natural resources. Specifically, the river there is fairly rich in gold. ( Panning is NOT allowed today...the gold in the river is the property of some mining company which has a filtration plant....and any gold flakes that make it past are still company property...and can just go out to sea)
I'm glad you said something. The spam filter got your comment attempts, but I put one back. I will mark "not spam" on all the others to train the filter, but just trash them.
I think what happened is that it was trying to catch a crop of spammers that have reasonable-sounding comments but then link to some Polish cheap car insurance or whatever. The link inside the comment may have tripped something, too.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Wed Jan 7 20:02:23 2015 (ZJVQ5)
A Few Random Links
The Guardian suggests that declining oil prices may cause the Russian Oligarchs to launch a sort of "palace coup" . Meanwhile, the New York Times suggests that Russia's oligarchs...at least those with meaningful political pull, are a myth and Putin is so firmly in control of his nation's elites that any threat to him will not come from that direction.
It's nice to know that there is some consensus on the matter.
Some good news on the Free Speech and CYA fronts: Sony has changed course yet again and is in fact releasing The Interview, albeit only through art houses. (Which, in fairness is all they CAN do, given that the major theater chains are still saying no.)
Much has been written about Keurig's asinine imposition of DRM on its users to crush the competition in the single serve coffee refill market. Well it is even worse than that. If you take D, R &M, rearrange them a bit and add a few more letters, you get MURDER! It seems that the little robot coffemakers are not only harassing their owners about what brand coffee they use, the monopolistic little Cylons from Planet Java are spraying them with boiling water.
Wonderduck Takes One For the Team
Between his F-1 coverage, military history discussion and pointers to shows we might want to watch, Wonderduck has been watching a show called Ben-To...so we don't have to.
He has finally finished it and his overviews can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, not here,here, here, here and here. Yes. He watched the whole thing...to keep us safe from it. His posts on this subject are a bit surreal, but are estimated to be 77% less damaging to ones psyche than watching the actual show.
Words cannot express my gratitude to him for enduring this on our behalf. Thus I can only offer him this as thanks.
The final giveaway though was that, his name is Don. He probably didn't count on someone having spent their childhood playing with plastic toys that had names like Iguanadon, Trachodon and Deniedon..but I did and so I know!
Bad Day For BorepatchBorepatch has apparently had a bike accident...
7 broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and a bruised lung. I was lucky that the lung didn't collapse or get punctured. They had me in the ICU for almost 24 hours. The guy in the next room didn't make it this morning. I guess it could have been worse.
Well, not so bad when taken from a certain perspective I suppose, but still...OUCH!
The Dread Pirate Whitebeard, master o' the fierce and mighty galleon Chizumatic, has let slip that he's found a guide to treasure just o'er the horizon. The scallywag be tryin' to make it out to be not worth goin' after but I hear tell that there be at least one gem in that thar chest....
I won't say this gives me reason to live, but it certainly gives me reason to watch Crunchyroll.
I'm also looking forward to the continuation of Yowamushi Pedal. That's a darned fun little show.
On the new shows, I hope the Kaitou Kid show, Magic Kaito, will actually show up somewhere I can watch it. I love a purehearted crime caper show, and everybody else rips off this manga something fierce. (Though of course it rips off Lupin, Raffles, Robin Hood, Man of Twenty Faces, etc.)
This week, I can't believe we have a Lawrence Block movie starring Liam Neeson, and a Terry Gilliam flick. So awesome.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Fri Sep 19 13:07:46 2014 (iXS2r)
Oh, and the Ghibli TV series of a Snow Queen prequel fanfic by the same person who wrote Pippi Longstocking.
There seem to be a fair number of fantasy and sf shows, although of varying degrees of seriousness. And I'll watch the continuation of Chaika, too.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Fri Sep 19 13:26:23 2014 (iXS2r)
Yeah, I'm up for more Chaika (Still haven't had a chance to finish the first series though.)
Not sure about anything else. I was thinking about the new Tenshi until I saw it was going to be one of those 5 minute nonsense bits.
Posted by: Mauser at Fri Sep 19 14:50:27 2014 (TJ7ih)
Hell in a Handbasket
...no this is not about current events, and in fact is a happy post!
James R. Rummel's excellent Hell in a Handbasket is back. WEell, it has been for a while it seems, but this is pleasant news to me.
You see, some time ago he had posted to the effect that he was giving up on blogging, but it appears that he changed his mind.
IRL, he teaches a pro-bono firearms safety class for people of limited means who have been the victims of violent crime. Mr. Rummel blogs primarily on self defense with a focus on personal protection issues facing the elderly, handicapped, weak and poor. though he does occasionally opine on history, pets, and the junction between gun safety and art criticism.
I've recently seen some "pretty-girl-with-big-gun" pictures (both real-person photographs and manga-style drawings) where the people involved actually seem to understand the basics of firearms safety, i.e. the pretty girl keeps her finger off the trigger. That makes a refreshing change of pace in the world of cheesy, exploitative imagery.
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Mon Jul 7 21:02:27 2014 (2eP1J)
Now if only she were holding it correctly. the butt goes against one's shoulder, not the crook of one's elbow. She's gonna hurt herself if she sets it off like that.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Jul 12 15:29:55 2014 (TJ7ih)
The Duck is Dark
For those who might be wondering, I have received word via text that the reason that Wonderduck has gone silent is that he has has been without internet service for over three days. There is no indication of when it might be back as his provider is, apparently, up to no good.
An actual photo of Wonderduck's internet provider.
Don has one of the two blogs
whose embeds are invisible to me on Epic, so I very nearly missed his latest post, which
I had initially taken to be a formatting error. That would have been tragic as
I would have missed this
gem, which shows that these kids today still have an appreciation of the
classics. (There is a side by side comparison here.)
The sad thing is that "Mannula Mea" actually scans to the theme song. Also, a "horse chestnut" is a large version of the regular chestnut, but a "pony keg" is a small keg.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat Jan 18 21:04:12 2014 (cvXSV)
Well, a Pony and a horse are not the same animal. A Pony is smaller than a horse, thus a Pony keg is smaller. (Young horses are not ponies, but Colts and Fillies. I'm not sure what young ponies are.)
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Jan 18 22:30:46 2014 (TJ7ih)
Ponies and horses are both Equus ferus caballus. So are "miniature horses." The only difference is one of breed; and ponies are perfectly interfertile with horses. (Albeit your pony stallion would need a boost up in order to "cover" a full-sized mare, I guarantee that his doohickey would be perfectly capable of doing the covering.)
Donkeys and zebras are more distant relatives. Donkeys are fertile enough with horses and ponies to create mules, but mules are sterile. Zebras aren't interfertile with either.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Mon Jan 20 21:28:41 2014 (cvXSV)
ACME Content Substitute
I am still pretty swamped with cramming for exams, papers and working at UPS during December. I've already worked more overtime this week than I worked straight time last week (admittedly a short week).
In lieu of content here's yet more holiday cheesecake.
Given that there was no love for the G.u.P. girls, we'll try Kannagi.
Of course...I suspect that Steven has simply out-bid me in this regard. (Link totally NSFW!)
...It is a testament to my wasted life that I never knew that about Tuesday.
Yes actually and at ~01:00AM "Non-Ironic" meant something completely different to me than what it would to anyone with a passing familiarity with the English language. I thought about his post a few hours after posting this and thought "That'd be a good tie in" . And updated it.
Now 12 hours later I don't know what the HELL I was thinking with the "non"... andI can't for the life of me figure out any good way to tie it in to the real deal....so I've deleted the update.