January 14th, 2008

#831: Meme contribution #2.

How the hell do I blog for 21 months and only contribue to two memes in that time? I'm falling behind the curve!

This time it's the album cover meme first brought to my attention by PDB. And here it is:

As with the former link, I didn't mess with the results at all. I just followed the rules as laid out there and presto. What a weird experiment in synergy or synchronicity or WTF-ever.

I didn't want to crop the image or change the aspect ratio, so I decided I'd do a "full" cover and include a track list. The song titles are approximately random, but if I'd been thinking I would have used internet joke memes ("all your base are belong to us" et al).

Still, I guess I'd better learn to play the guitar. With an album cover like that, I Bleed For This is going to have millions of fans to play for.

#832: Pizza for breakfast, and news digest

Astronomers think they know where a large cloud of antimatter near the core of our galaxy came from.

Until now, "dark matter" was a possible source, some thought. That stuff does everything. Let's just call it "the Force" and get it over with.

Anyway, apparently the gamma flux from the galactic core is only possible if there's matter and antimatter combining.

Vox Day writes an interesting article on the evolution of NewSpeak. Black is white. Freedom is slavery. Liberal is conservative.

Although, I find it interesting that some liberals have returned to using "progressive", in light of what he's got to say about that.

Diamond monopoly pays off a class-action lawsuit to the tune of $295 million. Yeesh.

Near-perfect counterfeit $100 bills and they're the new-style ones. Wow.

White House supports DC gun ban. Hello, George, you're a Republican, remember? Cripes.

Letters from a Roman garrison. Damn, that is a fascinating read.

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Last night I finished Code E and Myself; Yourself.

Code E had a botched ending--at least, it did if there's not going to be more of it. We didn't see what happened to one character during the climax; the last we saw of her, she was about to get crushed, and there was nothing about her after that. The mysterious guy who was lurking around--his last line indicated something but we got no further explanation. And nothing was explained with regards to what had happened to Chinami's power to make it, uh, "act differently".

It's too bad. It's not a Gainax train-wreck, but it would have been nice to get a little more denouement than what they could cram into a 1:30 ED theme. Maybe this is another series which really could have used just one more episode to handle that--it ran 12 eps; a thirteenth would not have been excessive.

The Wikipedia article on Code E says "Although the final episode suggests a second season, one is not confirmed at this time."

Oh well.

And the last episode of Myself; Yourself finally got around to explaining why Sana never took his watch off--and it was exactly the reason I had suspected all along. There were a few curveballs thrown in. Overall, I've seen better, but I've also seen lots worse. If I rated using the star system this one would not be better than two out of four. 2.5 if I was feeling generous; the angst and drama were piled on a bit too thick and a bit too cheesy in spots. But it's not bad, either, and I don't feel like I wasted my time on it.

I've got a long list of series to watch, too. Pretty Cure Max Heart, Magical Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, ef-a tale of memories, the second season of Oh! My Goddess!, and a host of others. So, I guess I'd better not relax yet.