Nick's Web Log
Spring 2017 Anime:
- The Silver Guardian: Didn't seem to be anything special, though I'm pretty sure one of the religious symbols was the Thundercats logo.
- The Laughing Salesman: the only true Smiling Salesman is J. R. "Bob" Dobbs.
- * Alice & Zoroku: nice. I like to think the old man is the l-aura guy.
- - Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor: Better than it had any rights being, at least.
- The Royal Tutor: chigaiyoooo
- Clockwork Planet: doesn't live up to its premise, and the credits have huge spoilers.
- - Love Tyrant: not quite Dokoro-chan.
- - Sakura Quest: mostly reaction faces and small town boosterism, but I laughed at the nose hair scene.
- * KADO: The Right Answer: excellent SFWeirdness so far. Did not watch episode 0, been burned with that before.
- Love Rice: I liked the cooking bit at the end more than the show. Maybe if they added a dog?
- Hinako Note: cute, but slow. Maybe?
- Twin Angels BREAK: the thumbnail looked like idols, but the description mentioned hedgehogs. Also sort of part of a series, which I did not know in advance.
- Tsukigakirei: not bad, but not compelling. Also possibly an ad for LINE.
- Eromanga Sensei: didn't seem terrible, but its from the Oreimo people, so it's probably just going to get worse.
- - Tsugumomo: nice enough semi-perverted comedy
- * WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?: the excessive title makes more sense after the episode
- Makeruna!: Lirr short. Not terrible.
- Girl Beats Boys: semi-short, will need to have some sort of point really soon
- Room Mate: another first person disaster
- Amazon has a bunch of decent looking series, enough to be tempting. If I'm going to be a good consumer and buy things, a Prime account would be better deal. On the other hand, the longer I wait, the more I can binge on the free trial.
AoT2 had more of what made the first half season good, less of what the second half bad. I though the OP was weak, though, compared to the first one.
While taking the iMac apart, I had another idea: cases other than the iMac haves unused drive bays. Instead of having all the little fiddly bits and tiny cables running all over the place, put it all in a dockable unit. Don't want wifi or a card reader but do want to save money, or spend more money and get all the card readers? Get a different unit. Want LEDs and more fan controls? Speakers? etc. The other half of this is the docks are all USB devices: make 1 motherboard, but ship it in everything from minis to full towers. This also plays into what the front a PC is. A desktop can be the side, while a tower is now the top. Whichever you think is the front, you can put the panels. Apple wants you to use dongles, but makes machines with dense spiderwebs of internal wiring. They could use internal dongles to simplify manufacturing and part supplies and get back to offering a variety of machine types.
Into the Badlands: while the fights were good, the rest of the show was teen drama level
While continuing to not by a new PC, I looked into turning the other, dead iMac into a monitor. Turns out, it is pretty easy, with ~$75 in Chinese parts to get a flawless 27" 1440p IPS monitor. I'm still paralyzed with indecision, though. Even if successful, it wouldn't be the main monitor for the PC because of the non-extreme refresh rate, but it could be a second monitor to the other iMac, with some sort of miniDP to DP connection. I took the iMac apart to get the exact sku off the panel, then removed the logic board for kicks. There are 3 ducted channels, but the center one doesn't run up over the RAM and CPU (which gets heat-piped out to the side with the PSU) and just seems to feed the hard drive and possibly the display. The GPU has its own heat pipes up to the right. It looks like the monitor has its own power supply, which could save some of that $75 but might require soldering. (I wonder if I could attach the heatsinks to the back of this iMac, like rabbit ears.) [Update: I did get it, but I got the wrong-ish part, so the controller alone was $90, but also includes hdmi, which would make it easier to attach to the laptop, so it isn't a complete waste of $30.]
Apparently, the military industrial complex has learned a thing from the drug pushers and started direct to consumer advertising. I found this in a ad. Though as a testament to the power of the MIC, even though this company makes the planes actively requested by the military, the complex will continue to purchase things like the F35, which might be complete any day now. Though I just had the dark thought that Ryzen fans' responses to the chip's issues are like the F35's backers. It will work any day now! It will be great, soon. Just one more firmware upgrade! It's all the motherboard's fault. Or maybe the RAM speed! I'm still planning on getting one, as I was considering getting an i5 anyway, so all the extra cores are just bonus.
Possible new computer names: Serval, Serbal Space Program, or Ezo Red Fox.
The Mechanic: Resurrection was weak and formulaic, although I'd accept it if Statham just wanted to go diving.
Money Monster attempted to humanize Jim Cramer, and that stretches the limits of believability.
My mother got locked out of her Verizon account. I could afford to wait it out for a couple months, but she will lose her email address in less than 2 weeks if she can't log in. The FIOS service is fine, but their website is awful. The scheduler doesn't work on the phone site, so I can't turn on the do not disturb feature at night, so I just leave it on all the time. Basically, I pay them to not receive phone calls.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/magazine/those-indecipherable-medical-bills-theyre-one-reason-health-care-costs-so-much.html?&_r=0 - "Studies have shown that hospitals charge patients who are uninsured or self-pay 2.5 times more than they charge those covered by health insurance (who are billed negotiated rates) and three times more than the amount allowed by Medicare. That gap has grown considerably since the 1980s." Holy Name Hospital was nice enough to give me a 66% discount for paying in cash promptly. So that would be about the "real" price and didn't require a year of effort from a team, though as the article goes on to point out, that number is still unrelated to the actual cost of care.
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/03/samsung-dex-is-a-galaxy-s8-dock-that-makes-your-phone-into-a-desktop/ - nice, except it doesn't provide any additional resources. It's just a phone with a bigger screen, not better gpu, storage, doesn't manage encryption keys.
I just found out there is a new spirit beast fox pet. Chiku went to tame it, but all the suspected spawn points had somebody sitting on them, 3 months later. That may be awhile.
2017 anime winter review: Generally good, though I just stopped watching a couple of shows, not even bothering to officially drop them. The surprise mega-hit turned out to be Kemono Friends. I tried to head-canon in a post-apocalyptic background to make a "let's show animals to kids" show more interesting and was going to watch it just because I am a questionably-human fan of animal-eared girls, but it is darker and weirder than even I thought. Interviews, Tanya, Dropout, Maidragon (great tech worker perspective) were good. I watched all of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, and while wouldn't necessarily recommend it (a lot of Japanese cultural knowledge is required), it was at least a lot more interesting than actual Rakugo. Girls Cycling was at least adequate, though I objected to their use of hugely expensive gear. I do this sort of cycling to various parks and scenic points, so I'd like an anime that reflects this more that the Yowapeda team sports cycling, but my entire bike and gear cost as much as one of their jerseys. Nyanko, Piacevole are cute, but useless. I stopped watching Acca, mostly because the country was shaped like a bird, but also predicted (correctly) that it would never develop any kind of plot. I meant to watch more Akiba's Trip, but never got around to it. I did check in with it just now, and while I liked the story, the odd fan service seemed just a detraction. Perhaps best for new fans.
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/dissecting-trumps-most-rabid-online-following/ I could have told you that, but it is a great analysis.
I see the new Corsair case, but as an effectively all-in-one, it defeats the purpose of buying generic pc hardware.
Says the pantsless one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHoqYBZMc_c Remember how I said pc cases are all disappointing? This guy really knows where his towel is. I'm not sure about the taking the case off the PSU, but key points: 2 fans, 2 ducted air flows; isolated backup drive (a must in the age of ransom-ware, I still have to plug it in manually); motherboard not pointing backwards (there are still switches on the back, which I would have kept clean so it can go flat up against the wall.). Other things to consider: using the case as the heatsink, such as the iMac; liquid cooling with much larger radiators/reservoirs to reduce fan speed ( though I don't think liquid cooling could be as quiet, as the pump still needs to run at the same speed, and is not as reliable); thermoelectric or refrigeration coolers, with a bonus of being able to radiate outside the case (there is a current thermoelectric).
Santa Clarita Diet: Except for Nathan Fillion, vastly inferior to I, Zombie.
https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/the-endless-light-and-hunger-of-cities-in-games While it covers cities inside a torus, it doesn't cover making new cities and using vr to preview them.
Rhymes for Young Ghouls: generally depressing, and furthering my theory that racism and stupidity both are required.
Memento: I rewatched this for the first time. Or did I?
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/27/the-reclusive-hedge-fund-tycoon-behind-the-trump-presidency?mbid=synd_digg I thought that about the Kochs: why are they so bad at influencing elections? They were held up by the right as the example that money couldn't buy elections, so don't worry about money in elections. On the other hand, they are the more comprehensible: they just want to be industrialists, and they can better do that by pushing the externalities of production and consumption on to others. The Mercers seem purely motivated by ideologies, but are much more effective at it. The ideologies are insane, which is a bit of a negative. Return to the gold standard? He worked in finance and never noticed leverage? Even if the amount of cash the government printed was the value of the amount of gold in Fort Knox, the ideological purity breaks down as soon as the banks leverage it 30:1 and lend it all back to the government. Not running huge deficits would fix that, you might say, but that would fix the problem the gold standard is trying to solve.
So I shared my Obamacare story, and I've been getting spam from the white House. They are unintentionally hilarious. For example, the news section, when it isn't Breitbart: "The Washington Post: "Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why"", contains such gems as "With the money we will save on these sad public servants, we will be able to buy lots of GUNS and F-35s and other cool things that go BOOM and POW and PEW PEW PEW." One of the comments: "Sadly, a whole bunch of Trump supporters will hear a loud *whoosh* as the satire passes them by." Surprise! They work in the white House.
GORA: better than the Turkish Star Wars, at least. It is competently made and I did laugh at some of it.
So Verizon is giving up email, like it gave up web hosting? It is pretty bad at it. Emails take forever to get delivered. Spam processing is non-existant. However, much like Yahoo giving up telecommuting, I'm going to call this as the death of Verizon as a technical company. If you can't manage email, you don't have the staff who can do things like implement the next generation of whatever it is Verizon actually does now. They can't run a website, I can tell you.
Peter and the Farm: while a nice farm, does not embody the shack life.
Embers: I enjoyed that, though some of us already live without much of a short term memory. Part of it was filmed only 90 miles from here, and you'd assume the land would have to be cheap, given the post-apocalyptic appearance. I was looking at some of the zillow pages for possible Project Binchoustan sites, and I noticed that one of them now has 2 neighbors for sale as well. One was too much because it is sports history site, but there are only 3 other properties on the hill top. I could have the entire hill to myself. What was I talking about again?
The Lovers and the Despot: fun Best Korea movie, though it makes the escape seem like a sudden decision, and not like they just made a movie about an unstoppable monster who eats everything.
While I was out, the phone stopped sending messages, so I rebooted it. This has fixed the problem in the past. When it rebooted, it demanded a wifi connection, which was unavailable while I was circling the Newark Airport's ring road. I did eventually find my mother, but she was out in the cold for an hour.
Last week, iTunes downloaded the entire run of Rebound, this week, the entire run of Magic Tavern.
The Bodyguard (2016): Old, gray (well, more so), senile Judy Hopps, still kicking.
Once upon a time in Shanghai: kind of off in the middle, but some good kung fu. One of these days, somebody should write up a comparison between the Boxer Rebellion and Trump. Industrial automation leading to lose of traditional employment modes, perception of lost authority, trade imbalances, alternative culture based around sub-culture heroes and ideologies.
Zoom: Didn't actually watch all of it because I started to hate all the characters, but after reading one of the comments I skipped ahead, and it did come together in the end.
Nobel: didn't like it. Economy of characters left little doubt about the overall shape of the mystery.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/trump-foreign-policy-elites-insiders-experts-international-relations-214846 - the image to the bottom reminds me of Kim Jong Il's and Un's photos: the great leader expressing thoughts to note pad carrying followers. That the article is about consolidating power in the ruling family is not helping. I do have sympathy for destroying The Blob, though. As the Daily Show pointed out on multiple occasions, our current problems are just fixes to previous problems which are fixes to previous problems. The solution to Syria probably isn't doing nothing, but arming random separatists isn't going to fix things this time, either. Or no fly zones, or "advisors" proxy-combating the Soviet menace. Speaking of The Soviet Menace, what's up with the dead Russians in NYC?
https://overcast.fm/+ERKNzbAHE John Hodgeman explained what I picked up on but didn't understand about Star Wars 7's weird political view: neo-conservatism.
I don't feel at home in this world anymore: weirdly dark. The Binchoustan lifestyle offers salvation to everyone here.
http://ideas.ted.com/the-rise-of-the-useless-class/ The author seems to think this is something that will happen in the future.
Mr Robot 1: not sure as the antihero is really the thing for the Trump era. Also, that we might be looking back at a time when losing only the international banking system looked like a big deal.
Kill Command: terrible writing.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams: one of the series "Places Werner would like to visit".
Valley Uprising: The Man and gravity, always keeping you down.
So the stars aligned and the verizon account reset thing didn't ask me for a security question, didn't send me to the mobile site, and actually called me. Insanity is visiting verizon.com repeatedly and expecting the same result. They never did sent me the account number by mail. Turns out, they did just jack up the price twice, and added more random fees. I signed up for another contract to save 3/4ths of the increase. (which, at the rate of inflation, is fair enough. I can't afford to move anyway.) This time I manage to avoid paying $40 for the separate phone service, but now pay $30 more for internet, and a mysterious tech support fee of $10 which was not mentioned on the thing I signed up for, but is on the bill. It promises the same sort of phone features Vonage offered in the 00's, so there's that.
Not that I need this just to test websites in various versions of IE, but this is a cool concept: bootable Virtual Machines. Don't mess with inflexible partitions. Don't worry about registry build-up or viruses, just keep launching clones. https://twocanoes.com/products/mac/boot-runner Semi-related, and from below: if Apple does make an ARM low power computer that runs x86 code on a sub-processor, would it not be nice to run an entire Windows install under the hypervisor-style master OS? (not an actual hypervisor, because you want copy/paste, etc., but also not provide the HAL from a VM.) The ARM MacOS core could pause/stop the client os like VirtualBox if it wasn't doing anything. The client os could even be the Intel based MacOS. You could switch between OSs like desktops.
Another PC case thing: the reviewer points out taking out the 2 supplied fans from the front and putting one up top (has to be a different sized fan, because there are only the 2 mounting points so you can't just move the existing fan) produces a substantial decrease in cpu temperature, but then doesn't condemn the case design for being useless, or the manufacturers for being useless. I don't like, but won't condemn, the glass side panels or led lighting. Even the other side glass panels where it's nothing but cables. It is not a terrible look, even though all the moving fans would drive me insane. I will condemn the user-hostile design choices like removing or hiding all the front ports or the drive bays (even if you don't use DVDs, that's not the only thing you can put there), the lack of design features, like ducted cooling or flip out boards. There is a very compact Asus case (ducts) that doesn't look terrible, but the compactness defeats the upgradeability. Except for that one case with the lobes, I don't see anything with any real effort or new features. There is one case with an iMac style "case as heatsink" feature, but it suffers from the Apple port-phobia lacking on the iMac's back, and lacks the convection effect as it appeared to be horizontal. How about mounting the board backwards, so all the ports are available on the front/side (you'd be looking at the windowed side, of course, so isn't that the front now?), but the fan noise still goes out the other way? I'm picturing this on the desktop, next to or behind the monitor, with the fans pointed away from user, but all the ports behind the monitor. It looks like MiniITX cases have all the looks, but fewer options. (other fun case features: putting all the fans "outside", so the inner area has fewer damageable parts and a secure metal frame while you are putting parts in.)
Orphan Black 3, 4:
Sanctuary 4: nice they had an actual end for it
https://medium.com/@DaleBeran/4chan-the-skeleton-key-to-the-rise-of-trump-624e7cb798cb#.p3nboguj1 - good article, though it doesn't mention 8chan, in which paranoid schizophrenia is held up as a lifestyle choice. The parallel in history is the Stalinist purges: once every random element holds deep ideological meaning, armed men "self-investigating" pizza parlors is inevitable. Also does not get into the inherent contradictions between what they say and who they are: Brietbart's most anti-semitic articles written by Jews, poor men repealing subsidized healthcare for the underemployed, the gay furry Nazis. I get the willingness to burn down a system that doesn't support you (although being unable to fix it, I, like B5's techno-mages, just left instead), but I don't get why you'd throw support at somebody who's stated platform is openly hostile to your interests. I'd also argue that it is not the left in general that can solve the problem. Read any autopsy of the Clinton campaign and note the disconnect of Brooklyn and the grass roots. That was just more of the system telling you where you should stay, even as you can see it is wrong, the same as working a "real" job in the service economy that pays less and costs more than hustling gigs. Socialism, specifically the message "largely through luck, you have become very wealthy, so share or we'll burn down the system that gives money value" is a solution. I wouldn't argue that is realistic though. Nobody wants to share, particularly people who inherited vast wealth but whose own careers have been poor. The only realistic solution is cannibalism. The parallel in history here is the Irish Potato Famine. Ireland didn't stop creating and exporting food during the famine. The system hugely benefited the 0.1%, and it simply didn't matter how many millions died. But the Irish didn't have more guns than people or spent thousands of hours in murder simulators.
As predicted, the Horizon Blue Cross billing is not working: it is still on, but is a month late. So every month, it is going to bill on the first of the next month, so every month I'm going to get a paper bill. And the paperless setting still can't be turned on.
Turns out gocomics just had not turned on the ads. So now all the pages that they make you click through now have ads that move the content when they load. And that's the end of that.
As much as I love Nick's phone, the top of Susumu Hirasawa's website is also very cool idea. I'd use a gradient fade to black to make most of the text unreadable in the darkness, but that's just me.
Apparently, Fark lost its ads because Google called an image of a clothed adult woman child pornography in a thread about the overreach of government in charging a man with possession of child pornography for having a professionally produced (if subsequently pirated) pornograph of a 19 year old. At least the government had already managed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the actress was underage. Google just said is so, so there. Recursive irony. I only read Fark headlines once a week on Sundays to keep up on my weird news. (It replaced "Wait, wait" for weekend weird news jokes.) As such I can't comment on 6/7th of the posts so I'm not part of that community, and am not sure any amount of money is worth 10 minutes of light entertainment a week. But I will mention Fark on what passes for my social media. For some bonus irony, even though I don't have an ad blocker, I wasn't seeing the ads on the article about how advertisers are hurting themselves with the extra-invasive ads because the extra-invasive ads on that page tripped something in the firewall.
Rodger Corman's Death Race 2050: The ideal Corman movie: not great, but it amused and didn't cost too much.
Best of Enemies: Poor Buckley, to have spawned Trump must be the greatest indignity.
http://www.macworld.com/article/3165284/macs/why-a-dual-processor-fusion-mac-makes-a-lot-of-sense.html - Even since I wrote a term paper on heterogeneous multiprocessing, I've been waiting for something like this. I think it would enable a new form of mobile computing: the entire computer is an iPhone. You can use the phone for messages, web browsing, or plug it in to whatever computer you are sitting in front of and all your settings and files are available (either on the phone, or via iCloud), and it can use whatever CPU or GPU resources the host machine can provide to run the native software better, or special software too big for the phone. The bad end is Apple does exactly that, but with only iOS apps. That would be a workable solution for most people, but I think it would be a step back in enabling more powerful user interfaces.
Look who Chiku the Fox Hunter finally found
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/how-to-build-an-autocracy/513872/ That didn't even mention the Rosneft deal. Unrelated, maybe: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jan/30/from-book-to-boom-how-the-mormons-plan-a-city-for-500000-in-florida You want to buy Utah? Trump could make it happen.
Canter also lamented that Director doesn't receive the same appreciation for its pioneering role in interactive content creation as does Apple's HyperCard, which appeared two years after Videoworks and had a much briefer period of relevance.: I'd disagree with that. Hypercard was available to and usable by a much greater range of people. It was also more explicitly a hypermedia/proto-web tool. The fact that you could stop the animation and add buttons to a frame in Director was always a clunky interface for that. Director was definitely a much more powerful tool, though, and not just because it could do color.
Kill Zone 2: beginning was boring, skipped up to the fight at the end. Suit Guy was pretty good.
From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses: Thought this might be relevant. The magician leading his somnambulant masses turned out to be the good period.
NetBeans 8.2 has some sort of memory leak, or isn't working with the jvm I have, again. It was working fine, but then I caught it occupying 17GB RAM. I restarted it with only 1 project, opened 4 files (2 php, 1 js, 1 css), 500M, fine. Switching back and forth between each of the files would consistently occupy another 100MB, up to 1.3GB when I quit it. Not even editing, but just switching files. Fortunately I didn't uninstall 8.1, which might be part of 8.2's problem. I've usually had problems with installing 2 versions at the same time, but it is usually major versions.
One of the many reason I haven't yet purchased a pc (mainly: I'm cheap.) is the cases on gaming computers: The [Corsair] Spec-Alpha uses the same tooling used on the -02 and -03 Spec cases, but adds a plastic extrusion on the outside for that “1980s cartoon robot” look – a quote we're lifting from Corsair, who previously used the phrase to describe competing, unsightly cases. I don't like the tempered glass, either. The case with the translucent lcd screen seems the height of this trend. I can't find pre-built computers with PCI M.2 NVMe SSD, either. And there might be new video cards in April? And nerds are upset the 10x doesn't include the right kind of high bandwidth memory. I might just watch game footage on twitch or something.
Travelers: decent, cliffhanger is a bit irritating, child custody subplot was dumb. I did like the pacing of reveals. Not certain if the same person can travel repeatedly or not.
Eva: AI robots, but no self driving cars. Except for the butler, emotionless, kind of creepy.
Synchronicity: break down, as view from the top and bottom, past and future: The moment you lived in a society where someone could conceive of an EMT van used as an Über-Uber, you lived in a society where ambulances no longer received the right of way. and “The media is under attack now. They wonder, Is the court system next? Do we go from ‘fake news’ to ‘fake evidence’? For people whose existence depends on enforceable contracts, this is life or death.”
Intelligence Squared debates: As much as I applaud the concept, there seem to be some pretty serious structural issues: with 72-28% result, the 28% sides wins, because they converted more of the audience. Which is fine, if the focus is on rewarding persuasive arguments, except the winning side there had even the moderator calling out a straw-man argument, that team argued with each other as much as the opposition and, as predicted, talked over the other side with selective statistics. I don't think they addressed a single question with an actual answer. Particularly for something polarizing, the "score" is too easy to rig. Just drop it. Have the debate, let people think what they think.
https://medium.com/@AlexSteffen/trump-putin-and-the-pipelines-to-nowhere-742d745ce8fd?ICID=ref_fark#.es6dtq5nt For example: http://grist.org/briefly/coal-loving-wyoming-legislators-are-pushing-a-bill-to-outlaw-wind-and-solar/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark Although it doesn't address oil's important place in the Economy of The Future: plastics and feedstock for 3d printing.
Room 237: probably not the best movie to have on while working. Something about the Holocaust and minotaurs?
http://nautil.us/issue/44/luck/investing-is-more-luck-than-talent "it’s easier to be sort of rich than really rich", "suppose that Jill is a super-sophisticated investor who is able to obtain an annual return that’s 1 percent better than average. Even after 20 years, Jill would have only a 56 percent chance of being richer than Jack, a normal investor. That’s only a slight improvement over the 50-50 chance she would have if the two of them were equally talented." This is the key to Project Binchoustan, and the failure of Wall Street as the manager of a capitalist society. Everybody at Goldman believes they are above average, and fights regulations that would reduce market volatility because they alone will be the ones to profit during a crash.
I got the money back from AmeriHealth! I wasn't expecting it, but a check arrived without explanation. So while they did eat my money like a broken vending machine, they did eventually get around to giving it back. If only they could communicate faster, I'd still be with them, because the other one isn't exactly speedy either. Speaking of communication and insurance companies, the other one (it is literally the other one, there are only 2 left), despite the email only setting and the automated billing, is now sending me paper bills. If history is a guide, this will continue until I start throwing them out unread, then the automated billing will break down.
The Magicians: far less literary. Given that it is based on a book it seems odd that a lot of the plot threads seem to go nowhere, or contradict others. Something episodic might have issues like that, but you'd assume they had the whole thing laid out at the start, perhaps in novel form. I may try saying "The fox knows how to be happy" every morning. Though the more you think about that scene, the less sense any of it makes.
Netflix's Unfortunate Events: very literary
In Order of Disappearance: very "In Bruges", but the editing is a bit confusing at times.
Winter 2017 Anime
- Akiba's Trip: too long, stupid, but the fights are pretty detailed. Almost as if the animator clearly has hopes and aspirations beyond his current station. Hang in there, Animator-kun!
- Masamune-kun's Revenge: better setup than Nisekoi, but no Shinbo.
- FOREST FAIRY FIVE: despite my undying love for Binchou-tan moe, this is terrible. As soon as they were named after mushrooms I knew this had spores all over it.
- Fuuka: girl is incredibly irritating. Might have been better as live action: realizing you couldn't get real people to do that would have toned it down. Supposedly a tragedy, but not sure as I care enough to find out.
- + Saga of Tanya the Evil: I'm not sure as the world needs another fake German flying witch, also one of the generals is Sato from Ajin. If they are imortal, why not? [episode 2 gets a big promotion]
- Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club: more relevant to my interests that Yowapeda's team racing, but they all appear to be idiots. And it seems much more of an advert for high-end gear than Moe-tercycles.
- Schoolgirl Strikers: production is all out (hang in there, Sound Track Composer-kun!), but why? You could shuffle a deck of anime tropes and get this show. I did like the Roomba-Catgirl-Twintail-Magic-robot thingy, though that alone might suggest the show is just a blenderized pablum.
- Seiren: Harem comedy product
- Spiritpact: one of the comments says it gets better after 4 episodes. Also gayer.
- * Interviews With Monster Girls: I liked Fang-chan. She'd make a nice fox-girl. ([carnivore fantasy] "So it would be awkward if you thought about a man's meat?")
- Idol Incident: let's elect a reality tv star as president. What's the worst that could happen?
- ēlDLIVE: kid's show? Freudian extravaganza?
- Nyanko Days: cute, but short, pointless. The title reminds me of "San Francisco Nights" by Khlam (К Л А М )
- Chiruran 1/2: super short, super pointless
- - Gabriel DropOut: No Dokoro-chan, but passible
- Hand Shakers: bit off way more than they could chew. I only watched it to see if it was as bad as the description indicated. Some ways better, in that they were clearly attempting to do a lot with the animation, but also much worse.
- Kemono Friends: kid's educational programming, though I prefer to view it literally as a post-singularity world in which the lost wildlife has been immortalized as anime girls. Mediocre CGI interferes with the moé. Also, extra human ears.
- * Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: I'm not a scaly, but Fang-chan is cute. Very Squid Girl. Points++ for Kobayashi-san being a computer programmer (QA, sysadmin?) (Ruby, no less)
- OneRoom: couldn't even stick with the first person view
- ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.: one of the comments called this a snail-thriller. See made-up bureaucratic politics in action. Thrill as accountants notice minor discrepancies. And chain-smoke everywhere, even though it looks like the city is based on NYC, nobody else is, and it is remarked that is is only for the rich. Despite the serious tone and glacial pace, everybody still has anime hair.
- Marginal #4: "a new idol unit is born" noooope
- CHAOS;CHILD: Steins;Gate still best semicolon
That grenade launcher from Ajin #2, the horrifying new weapon? The US Army is considering not deploying it because it is too heavy.
The gocomics.com upgrade appears to be deliberately pooping on the free users. What used to be 1 page is now 4. Weirdly, none of those pages have ads (or I'm not seeing them, which suggests they are flash or something), which would have been the obvious reason to be that user hostile. What used to be an obvious click for the next new comic is now a click for the next comic, whether or not it has new content. The reason it is pooping and not just terrible mobile centric design is the pro version still gives you new comics on one page, so they took a feature out, so you can pay for it.
I checked to see if Zootopia won anything at the Golden Globes, and even though the giant ad on the page was pushing for Moana, Zootopia won "Best Motion Picture – Animated". Just more anti-pred bias from big Mouse. The Incomparable's year end roundup also praised Zootopia.
http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/24/11094524/prt-transit-history-self-driving-cars-alden-starrcar-tomorrowland-1960s https://www.wired.com/2016/02/kai-caemmerer-unborn-cities/?mbid=synd_digg#slide-x These two articles just happen to be published at the same time, but point out that while China is building "a thoroughly modern city", it is only copying the problems of all the other modern cities. I cut this out of the previous note, but I mentioned the issues with SATA and SSDs when buying a new computer. Why limit yourself to old technologies when you are buying a brand new motherboard? If you don't have people in the city to complain about the subway construction, why not build in a subway? And a car-way, and safe pedestrian spaces.
http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/01/windows-vs-macos-drunken-carnival-vs-sterile-art-gallery.html - " It makes me wonder if the Apple leadership team actually uses Macs anymore. I’m sure they have nice iMacs on their desk; they may even check their email using Apple Mail from time to time when they aren’t on their iPhones or iPad Pros. But do they live out of their laptops, like I believe most people still do? (Or at least, tautologically, as most people who buy laptops do?)" This is also true for desktops. While slowly looking into buying a gaming PC, I actually have increasing respect for a great many of the choices Apple makes for the mini and iMac, but the hardware lineup meets fewer and fewer atypical needs as it ages. Generally, this wouldn't be a problem with expansion slots and ports, but Apple seems dead set removing them, too.
Autohead: slow, though I'm probably not picking up on the regional prejudices because it appears he is some random idiot, not, as in "Falling Down", the American Dream Middle Class Office Worker, or whatever that would mean for India. Maybe idiot rickshaw driver is the middle class Indian, I don't know.
https://hackblossom.org/cybersecurity/ - would like to add S/MIME is much easier than PGP for email, OpenSSL is easier than PGP for individual files (though lacking in key storage features), Apple also has encrypted disk images (you don't have deal with encrypting games, 4k video, etc. on the entire drive if you just want to protect some medical documents), and that it is fine to write down passwords on paper, as long as that paper isn't with the laptop or phone when it gets stolen. You should also treat identity questions as passwords: all random data, stored in the vault. I could opine Tor is useless, providing no more utility than a vpn, vastly worse performance, and makes you a target (The article points out tor sites are not necessarily encrypted, which surprised me when I found that out.), and that a 2Factor password is only as strong as the second factor's security. If it's a phone and somebody knows your real name or number, they can probably change your password.
Still need to find Project Binchoustan HQ
Project Binchou-stan remained in a holding pattern pending an ultimate resolution of my health problems, one way or the other. I didn't add to or subtract from the Nest Egg, which continues to grow under its own momentum. It passed the point where even with a 0% return, 3% inflation, I'd still not run out of money with abstemious spending. I've only semi-retired, though, working half-time (though I work a 20 hour week the same way I worked a 40 hour week) and I took a month off to play WoW:Legion. I may finally get around to buying a gaming pc with a gtx10 series card with the "left-over" money. This isn't where I'd want to live, but I'm also too lazy/tired to find that exact intersection of cheap, wooded, near nature reserve trails, private enough such that I could build a house made of straw in the back yard, and now near a sufficiently advanced hospital. Also ideally near broadband Internet, though if I could replace the foxes that fill up my twitter feed with actual neighbor foxes, the Internet would be optional. I do still want to take a longer vacation in the woods this year.
The new design does present a usability challenge. Both in that the text is extremely small, angled, and that it is not apparent that it is scrollable text. This continues my theme of picking fonts you probably don't have. Eventually, it will just be 4pt text on a black background. Ideally, trying to scroll the page would scroll the content, but I couldn't be bothered. PgDn, space work with a bit of JS, but you have to scroll with the cursor over the text. I was nice enough to add a phone break point, so you don't have to look at a site on a phone on a phone. (In case you are on a phone or really small window, or really old browser, you are missing out on the fun, but stand a better chance of actually reading this.) It would be nice if clicking on the home button (or Nick) did something, but I couldn't think of anything.
My sole remaining career goal is to live in a shack in the woods. No more resumes!
-- Patrick Phelan, now more than ever. w____\\W//___w Te Hupenui Nuclear hard death http://fantod.x10.bz/