November 27, 2016

How I spent my Thanksgiving Vacation

Basically, other than eating and sleeping, and a couple of errands, I spent it grinding 70,000 XP on World of Warships to finish the last two parts of the Takao mission. And it was astonishingly frustrating, because the only qualifying ships I had were the ARP Haguro and the Ryujo carrier. And damned if I can tell what actually equates to XP, because I had one amazing round where I sank three ships and did over 53K in damage, and got only 7-800 XP, and others where I did a lot less, but got a lot more (and it wasn't just the difference between winning or losing, but god did I lose a lot!)

Most frustrating thing with a carrier is getting that last torpedo run perfectly lined up, a guaranteed kill... and the game ends. That happened way too often. With the Cruiser, it was ammo selection. All the general rules of what to use didn't seem to apply. Plus I got stuck in some high tier matches. I actually had one match where I died fairly early. I had 0 Damage, but I didn't get the "You have not proven yourself in this battle" message. I had a hit on one ship with AP for zero damage, and a hit on another with HE, also for no damage. And don't get me started on Haguro's torpedoes....

Still, I won the Takao. I finished attaching all the upgrades, but I haven't allocated her 10 skill points yet.

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November 13, 2016

Catsuit....

So apparently the way to draw traffic and interest is to post pictures, and I've been way remiss in that department.

Way back when I was reviewing Deadman Wonderland, I mentioned a scene where the security chief of the prison went and donned a catsuit to explore a part of the prison that was secret to her, even though her own uniform would have served her better. There was a delightful shot of her zipping it up. I remember asking other people what they were using to make animated .gifs, but no advice was forthcoming. I was never able to compile one.

I still can't, but someone else did make one of the aforementioned scene, so I present that in all its mesmerizing glory.

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I know some would rather see it go down than up, but I'm weird that way.

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October 30, 2016

What to Watch?

I don't even know what's going on this season. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should check out?

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October 15, 2016

Puff piece

So, this windstorm of the century we were supposed to have today was a bust. the nearest weather station to me did report sustained winds in the upper 20's with a gusts in the 30's. But nothing like the apocalypse the news stations were touting on Friday. The blow on Thursday was harder than today.

Maybe someday people will learn that the time to do disaster preparedness is not the day before a disaster is predicted, but well in advance. You won't be fighting over D-Cells you won't need, and you'll actually have gas for that new generator you've never tried out before.

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October 09, 2016

Papers, Please

I found an interesting letter from JRR Tolkien today, and used it as the basis for a new essay on my writer's blog on Wordpress.
Papers, Please.

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September 29, 2016

Pixiv

So I recently signed up for Pixiv, since I was able to do it without having a Japanese IP address any more, and using a Google+ ID.

But there's one disturbing thing going on. The tie in to Google+ isn't JUST when you've logged in apparently, because periodically, frequently, and at rather disturbing times a little thing pops up at the bottom of your window saying something like "Welcome Back" and G+ logo. That tells me that Google knows now what page I'm on, JUST the kind of thing you want when looking at ecchi.... (It's bad enough to be tracked with web beacons and that kind of crap, but THIS is just leering over your shoulder creepy.)

I also recently signed up for a free CrunchyRoll account so I could watch some of To Love Ru. Which I've concluded is basically Urusei Yatsura for a new generation.

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September 12, 2016

Planetarian

Damn, that was depressing.

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July 10, 2016

Liquid Coolers

So Himawari is equipped with an Antec Kuler H2O 950, which since I built it has been working splendidly.

Obviously this is no longer the case, or I wouldn't be writing this. And so I'm asking for help.

Basically every once in a while, especially when playing World of Tanks, I get what I'm calling a Thermal Runaway. The LED over the contact plate goes from Green, through Yellow, Orange, and Red in a matter of about 30 seconds while the fan goes into high gear. But nothing seems to stop the inevitable overheat shutdown.

Even exiting all the programs, so the processor load is 0%, it still goes into shutdown.

Once I was able to get it to sleep before it shut down, and it woke up almost immediately cooler, but typically if it shuts down, it stays hot for 5-10 minutes and won't finish booting before it snaps off again.

But it's not entirely predictable. I can play a dozen battles without getting above 45C (Motherboard readout). The last time I was just looking at a web page. It's not making any weird noises, and it hasn't leaked. so it appears to be working normally until this happens.

Any suggestions?

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July 02, 2016

Flying Witch

I'm still working my way through Symphogear GX, but as a change of pace, I just pulled down something from last season that I didn't know about until I saw a mention of it in an article about the current, bleak season.

Flying Witch is very different, there are no world-ending plots, violent fights, or self-doubting to the point of self-sabotage heroines. It's one of those Slice of Life shows except it's about a witch.

I'm about 4 episodes in, and the comparison to Kiki's Delivery Service is inevitable. But aside from being very charming, there are a lot of differences. For one thing, the setting is Modern Japan. Her name is Kowata Makoto. She's from Yokohama, but after the required independence move-out at 15 (13 in Kiki...) she ended up staying with her second cousins in Tohoku region. Her parents wanted her to complete high school, so sent her to stay with family, which is a little bit of a break with tradition. She does have a black cat, whom she can understand, but he only makes cat-noises instead of speaking.

One of the running gags in the show is Makoto's terrible sense of direction. Another is that her Uncle, a farmer, has a near impenetrable accent. Asenshi did a pretty good job at making the subtitles equally understandable....

There is a parade of visitors to the house, like the Courier of Spring, or her older sister Akane, who is a very powerful and famous witch (Who chides her for not practicing enough magic). Or Inukai, a local witch who was accidentally cursed by Akane into being a half-animal person. Others are in the OP but I haven't gotten to their appearances yet.

It is a lovely, peaceful, and cheerful show. Beautifully animated. And perhaps the single thing that really makes it great is that it's not all about "Oh, We have to hide that you're a witch," like so many other comedies. It's more like the world has to deal with her being herself.

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June 20, 2016

Kirishima!

Yay! I finally earned my Arpeggio "Kirishima" battleship!

Now I need subtitles.

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