November 29, 2014

Is everyone else having this problem?

So I'm getting the Commie feed for Twintail, and I notice in certain spots of the OP, and sometimes (but thankfully not often) in the episode, there is a spot where the luminance of the image seems to have been dropped, resulting in the colors really getting grayed out.

Here's an example:

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Looks strange, doesn't it?  But on the other hand, the text in the middle does go to full white, so I'm not sure what is going on here, but it looks like crap.  It persists for that entire sequence in the OP, from about 2:00 to 2:05.

Any clues?

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November 28, 2014

The Imagined Village - Space Girl

This has been earworming me all week, so I figured I'd share.



Update: The Lyrics: (Further updated to match the performance.)

My mama told me I should never venture into space
But I did, I did, I did.
She said no Terran girl could trust the Martian race
But I did, I did, I did.
A rocket pilot asked me on a voyage to go
And I was so romantic that I couldn't say no
That he was just a servo robot how was I to know?
So I did, I did, I did.

She told me never venture out among the asteroids
Yet I did, I did, I did.
And she said that the Milky Way was something to avoid
And I did, I did, I did.
She said that Venus was too hot and Saturn not much fun
Bug-eyed monsters tended to be just a trifle dumb.
She said I'd need a blaster and I'd need a freezer gun
And I did, I did, I did.

My mama told me never trust a space engineer
And yet I did, I did, I did.
She said freefall and superdrive would surely cost me dear
And yes they did, they did, they did.
I've been as far in hyperspace as anybody can,
Traveled through the time warp in the Psycho Plan.
They say a girl must travel far to find her superman
And yes I did, I did, I did.
And yes I did, I did, I did.
Oh I did, I did, I did.

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November 25, 2014

A Food Thing

I missed posting this weekend, although I did finish the original Fate Stay Night. I'm not sure if I'm going to talk about it much. I disliked the whole Bait & Switch about the "Holy Grail" turning out to be some vile, evil and hateful vessel of concentrated liquid evil.

On the other hand, Sakura did probably get to take home that nifty kinky outfit they dressed her in for her sacrifice. But nobody mentioned anything about peeling her out of it before putting her to bed.... I know you're not supposed to notice these things, but I do.

Right, so the food thing. Some time ago a friend linked to a random (to me) Wordpress blog with a recipe that I finally had an opportunity to try out three years later (yeah, it's been sitting in my bookmarks that long). All you need is some leftover rice (as long as it's not dried out and crunchy), about a cup and a half, and a couple of eggs.

Scramble the eggs, add your preferred seasonings, stir in the rice, and plop it in an oiled frying pan. Presto, rice egg fritters.

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Looks Nummy, eh?

Now in my case, I first made them according to her loose recipe. Nice, but a little bland. The second time around I added a lot more salt and pepper than I would to eggs, considering that the rice will bring up the volume by about 4 times. A little garlic powder, and then, the key change, some shredded cheese.

I have one of those infrared thermometers, which I find indispensable in the kitchen. I mean, what the heck temperature is "4"? So I can tell when my cast iron frying pan is at say, 350°, which is a perfect egg cooking heat. I doled out the mixture into three roughly equal masses, and pressed them with a spatula to be maybe 5/8" thick. It took about 5 minutes per side, giving it a nice, slightly crispy exterior.

I suppose you could add just about anything to these, maybe some veggies, or finely diced ham. Bacon, naturally. I've even read comments on the blog entry about someone using brown rice and peanut butter.

In any case, I will definitely be making more of these in the future.

(The fact that I have a little rice cooker makes this much more convenient. But if you order out Chinese, and they give you white rice that you don't eat, it would make a perfect breakfast treat.)

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November 17, 2014

Shingeki no Bahamut_ Genesis [eraser] Ep. 06

At the midpoint of the series, our heroes have been captured by Joan de'Arc and her knights, and taken back to the king. But rather than being executed, Angels intervene and order the king to protect the party.

At last, people start talking to each other, although Favaro and Kaisar still haven't managed to put all the puzzle pieces together about what really happened between their respective parents, but it's enough that they have serious doubts about their rivalry. Well, at least Kaiser does. Favaro can't give a shit about much of anything, although that attitude probably won't protect him much longer.

In the meantime, Big events are starting to bear down on them, and a mysterious man who presents himself as Amira's father (Amira being the demoness - who is revealed to be half angel in this episode) appears and leads her off, but disappears before he can tell her anything useful when the demons start their attack on the castle.

We learn more about Bahamut, the dragon more powerful than heaven or hell, who can be revived by the combination of the god and demon keys, and is showing signs of arising again any time now, and the sacred knight whom legend says will bring peace when Bahamut returns. Joan believes that may be her.

There are little details captured in this episode as well. The gems in the bounty-hunters cuffs are Demon detectors, but they don't go off around Amira when she's in human guise.

Amira merged with the god key when she stole it. And the Demon key is hidden in Helheim, where she has been trying to go all this time. If she were to succeed, it could be the end of all three realms.

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November 09, 2014

Random images

From Episode 5 of Twintail

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No particular reason, I just liked the expression.

From Episodes 4 and 5 of Bahamut

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"Talk to the Hands. You know I do."

Nutso Wolf Demoness who either has serious mental issues, or possibly sentient handpuppets. Hasn't contributed much to the show other than decorating the scenery.

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But hey, she decorates very well.

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November 03, 2014

Fan art is dangerous

I'd seen her around a few times, but it was one of the random headers over on Brickmuppet's blog that made me ask who she was.

She's kind of an odd chick, with long purple hair, a black mini-dress and thigh boots with purple accents... and a rather ornate blindfold. That's not a common accessory outside of SM Hentai. The only other character I can think of with something like that is Fairymon/Kazemon from Digimon (Who always struck me as odd since her Japanese name had an English root and vice-versa).

Some time ago I found a batch torrent of Fate Stay Night and downloaded it, but didn't really get into it. Then the new series started up, and I started getting that too. It was kind of interesting trying to watch both in parallel and seeing events play out from two different points of view, like (Insert the title that Japanese movie whose name I forget of the same story played out from four different viewpoints). While poking around I saw another Fate batch, saw it had 25 episodes instead of the 24 I had, so I started pulling THAT in, and discovered it was yet another series.

That's a lot of stuff I've committed to watch over a purple-haired minor character, who isn't even in that third (actually second) series.

(BTW, another batch I'm stuck with is a full form of Mari & Gali that includes a long special, if anyone wants to help me make my ratio on that, it's from Wasurenai. (Fortunately I was able to drop the Wasurenai subs that I already had into the folder, force a recheck, and not have to pull down the whole thing.))

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November 02, 2014

Halloween

After the first kid, it started raining, so knowing that would lower the turnout, I started giving two candy bars to each kid. I count what I have before and after the evening's activities, and so I know I had 73 kids visit this year. The average is normally around 100.

I did have a lot leftover, but since I normally pack some of those "fun size" bars for snacks during my union-mandated breaks. they will not go to waste. Hey, they're under 100 calories each and they keep me out of the vending machines.

I always make a point of giving out real candy bars, Snickers, Milky Way, and 3 Musketeers, because I remember the heartbreak of getting home and having an awful lot of those tiny Dum-Dum pops, or Smarties. Or even worse, 6 cents in change. I even take the day off from work.

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