Patrick Phelan
A Light In The Darkness

A giant pile of pretentious ramblings that will probably prove embarrassing later on.

Democracy dies in darkness, of embarrassment


A.I.C.O: very nice. Sciencey, yet not a thing to complain about. Pulsing mounds of flesh, but not entirely stomach turning. Also has an ending. Probably should not have binged the whole thing, though.

I think the problem with "Junji Ito Collection" is timing: the print version could present a highly detailed grotesque, forcing you to stop and stare at it, trapping you on the that page. The animation just blows past it at TV resolution, spending most of its time on cheap animation.

B: The Beginning: sort of a Japanese Batman + Italian House, MD? The particular mystery seemed extremely petty. The framing mystery is not explained. (It is just The Beginning, I guess.)

I was trying to diagnose why a VPN wasn't sending data, and looked at the console. Remember the last time I said the dozens of log messages a second was a symptom of poor software? Now there's hundreds. Giant blocks from the kernel every second, something from wirelessproxd every half second. It isn't doing the 3 line iTunes thing, but is instead doing a 6 line coreaudiod thing. There's actual errors once every 6 seconds. It's a 40Kbps rain of crap. I'm in favor of having all these daemons, even if a lot of them are mysterious, but turning them off when not in use would be a big gain. I don't need wireless doing anything when I have the wifi and bluetooth shut off.

An apparently legit Verizon email said my auto-pay "has been canceled". It said my account was locked again, but at least this time was willing to send me a temporary password. (to the email address controlled by the locked account, because certainly nobody would change such a thing) Once I get in, it says the auto-pay is not canceled.

The Flanders next door have an Alexa, and it is reading the Bible. They are up into the begats. It has a particularly booming quality I hope my NPR at low volume doesn't have.


Shin Gojira: I liked that a lot of things Godzilla usually brushes aside (trains, buildings) were used as weapons. Revenge! I really like the evolution and hard(ish) SF aspect. The Engrish was pretty bad.

Full Metal Netflix: decent enough, includes Nina, but leaves enough for a full sequel. Weird that the armor always seemed CGI, yet still with a person inside it.

The Final Master: super dense, then abruptly ends. Some really funny character moments, then a long historical grind. I'm assuming I'm not Chinese enough to know the actual ending.

Infinity Chamber: also nice SF, slow-ish.

Dark: nice SF, but incredibly slow, rainy. I do like the 80's cars, though later 80's are best.


Mute: Poor timing after Altered Carbon. Better looking, but also not great, structural issues.

Kung Fu Yoga: has some nice moments. Also I have received great awareness of Belt and Road initiative.

Warcraft: I never actually played the RTS. (Myth was my RTS, also I'm bad at them.) As such, it was nice seeing Stormwind at max draw distance, and spotting things like the Doomhammer, before it turned blue and grew spikes, and Atiesh the Raven Staff (prevents saddle sores). The story didn't do much for me.

Devilman Crybaby: nice and weird. The middle drags a bit, but the end is extreme.


Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi: HiDive doesn't have a free version of current shows, but it does have this. I rewatched it while waiting on laundry. Giant X weirdness, loads of single frame animator gags, plot that eventually means something (but doesn't actually grow up, which now, kind of irritated me). - I'd like that lifestyle, but not the murderous crazy people or dodging rangers. Buying enough property would solve both, but then there's the cost and racial issues of rich white people buying Hawaii. Solution: train the hippies to live a native lifestyle, make them an exhibit for hikers willing to go in that far.

I kind of want to spend $5 on HiDive to watch Colors, but I could spend twice as much on Amazon and get more than twice as many shows. Support an anime focused streaming site, or crush it to stop streaming fragmentation? Or buy both and stop being cheap.

"Connecting a Windows 10 computer to a Mac is more complex than you'd imagine." no kidding. Not only do I not have the version of Windows that does stuff, the stuff it does seems designed to be irritating, presumably to get you to upgrade.

your name: I liked it, nicely paced, very Japanese.

"Thanks for being a loyal Verizon customer." - ha


I got the Horde Vicious Fox. I will play the Priest more, but she doesn't have all the pvp talents yet, and pretty bad gear, and nobody likes disc now. I think it is best to get the talents now then wait for the next expac when everybody is in greens.

Altered Carbon (Netflix): I liked it. Some characters seemed a tad insane, though I guess that was part of the point.


I installed the Kemono Friends Pavilion app off the American App Store (search for Bushiroad), but now it has stopped working, with a button that demands the Japanese App Store. At least I got all the foxes, though I didn't get the video game for Red. #NoTatsukiNoTanoshi


There's somebody on the Intelligence Squared debate "Unresolved: America's Economic Outlook" who appears to be insane. America "can't survive" on a consistent 1% growth rate? The war on business is over? (bet that guy doesn't own a business.) "The most positive deregulation is net neutrality." Coal is booming again? Obviously, he helped write the Trump tax cut. He is literally arguing for the 1920's economy, energy, racism.


Ash vs Evil Dead #1: Groovy

The rise in people working from home means that some jobs could be decoupled from location altogether, making commuting obsolete. Soon it'll even be possible to get a good internet connection in the remotest parts of Alaska—so if you wanted to work as, say, a web developer in a place like Point Hope, which is above the Arctic Circle, you could (in theory) do the job as easily as if you were living in San Francisco.
from I would like to point out while my current career goal is to live in a shack in the woods, this points out a lot of rural space is impoverished not because of the lack of jobs, but the lack of everything else. I could do my job with a cell connection and solar panel for the laptop, but my current need for periodic cat scans would limit where I can live. While I personally can afford the time off to spend days traveling, the hypothetical Point Hope web developer might not.

ID-0: the last half is adequate. Not Outlaw Star.

Godzilla Netflix Series: I liked it. My one nitpick: the spacesuits in the escape were the same well-used model.


Winter 2018 anime


A joke combining Binchou-tan with a bit from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
This modern world has driven me to despair, but Binchou-tan is always genki

Project Binchou-stan continued in a holding pattern. It might just be because it is currently -10C and I have a hot water bottle under my blanket and my hands are still freezing, but I would consider moving to a warmer climate. I don't have so much money that I could move or equip a new household and buy a shack in Hawaii or someplace on a whim, and not enough willpower to actually move. Still only working part time, though I think that mostly means I just don't get paid a lot, but I also really can't work more than 2 8-hour days in a row.

A pre-post-apocalyptic theme that I am shamelessly stealing from Susumu Hirasawa. It continues the trend of making the text increasingly hard to read. Not sure as I can top this one. (If you were wondering: I generally don't read my own site. I grep the source files for titles so I can remember if I saw/read it. I was pretty sure nobody else is reading it either, but here you are.)

2017 Drivel

My sole remaining career goal is to live in a shack in the woods. No more resumes!

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