January 28th, 2010

#1911: Endless Eight finally over.

It's chock-full of spoilers, so it's behind a cut again.

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I have decided that I do indeed like Haruhi, though. She's insane, but I guess she's all right. Kind of a weird kind of tsundere, in a way.

KyoAni did both series, so it's not terribly surprising that Haruhi is starting to resemble K-on! Not surprising, but interesting. Not unwelcome. Interesting.

As for the rest of them:

In Railgun there isn't enough of Ruiko Saten. I really like that character.

I had forgotten how much I like the style of Big O. What it makes me think of the most is the Batman cartoons with which it's contemporaneous--the overall style is very similar. There's a lot of similarity between the character of Roger Smith and Bruce Wayne, too, in several ways. (Except that Roger Smith has to work for a living, and doesn't dress up in tights to fight the bad guys. There's no point, not when the bad guys are 50 foot tall mechs and he has to strap on an equally huge mech to fight them.)

I really want to have a car like his. The profile strongly resembles a '60 Impala, only with the nose stretched out to about twice its length. (It doesn't have to have the machine guns or missiles.) It's damn cool.

Maybe someday I can build one...and maybe a monkey will come flying out of my butt and give me a winning Powerball ticket, too.

I think I saw two eps of Martian Successor Nadesico about ten years ago. I remembered exactly one thing from it: the mech pilot who's a big "Gekigangar" fan showing videos of the show when the crew of the Nadesico are locked in the mess hall. I seem to recall him and the male lead watching the little-known second season of the show, and crying over the death of a major character, but I'm not entirely sure.

Anyway, I've got the whole series, and I'm watching it, and enjoying it. I've seen through ep 3 so far; I remember really enjoying what I saw, and that at least matches with my present experience. Worthwhile.

Excel Saga is less frenetic than it has been, but it's still entertaining and Hyatt is still t3h hawt. Much less Nabeshin, too; and in the most recent ep I watched he appeared as an animation director at KC Staff, rather than in his weird "international soldier of fortune" role.

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Speaking of K-on! I made a DVD of eps 1-5, and it turned out acceptably well. I made a mistake after changing the chapter marks and lost all the "editing" work I'd done, though the episode names were saved. I don't know what I did wrong; needless to say I'm going to be rereading that part of the manual.

Well, WTF do I expect? New machine, new way of doing things, new things to learn--it's no big deal. And the chapter marks aren't really critical anyway, since I like the OP and can just skip to the next ep when the ED begins.

Once K-on! is done I'll probably do Haruhi and both Spice and Wolf series. Then move on to other things.

It has an HDMI output, and I'm kind of interested in seeing if I can get a cable which would let me use my computer monitor as an HD monitor. Oh, I bet I can; and that would be neat, though it might spoil me; my current TV is, after all, a big glass bulb.

I want to get a new TV, but it's prohibitively expensive at the moment, and will be until several months after I get a new job. *sigh* (Something else to talk to the flying monkey about?)

Well, there are worse things. Anyway, I had a pleasantly full evening of anime, so that's all right.

#1912: Sounds like Obama stuffed it.

Sarah Palin on the speech.

Dennis on the speech.

A Telegraph.co.uk editorial on Obama in general.

The biggest mistake from Gaffe-O-Tron was the thing with the Supreme Court. Limbaugh pointed out that it was, essentially, Obama ignoring the entire "seperation of powers" thing set forth in the Constitution.

By the accounts I've heard, it was not exactly a stem-winder of a speech; and even the obvious applause lines didn't garner much applause, not even from Democrats who aren't facing re-election this year.

Meanwhile the Democrats still desperately need ObamaCare if they're to have any hope of retaining power and so they vow to keep fighting for it.
Similarly, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said the Senate should come up with a measure that the House can pass. "We fought too long and too hard for health care to quit for now," Trumka said in an interview.
Notice that the issue is "health care" now, not "health care reform" or "socializing medicine". (The latter description is, by the way, the most accurate.)

This is what they do: if you want the immigration laws enforced, you're "anti-immigrant". If you want to be able to buy your own health insurance--or choose not to be covered at all--you're "against health care". You see?

Anyway, what color is the sky in that man's world? The Senate should come up with a measure the House can pass? I hate to tell you this, dude, but the Senate is your stumbling block, here--Democrats no longer have a supermajority. If you want to seize control of the medical system you're going to have to get the House of Representatives to accept whatever the Senate can manage.

Incidentally...

The most interesting part of this Michelle Malkin piece is the revelation that Senator Kirk from Massachusetts is still voting.

Let me explain this: about nine days ago, on Tuesday, January 19, there was a special election held in Massa--oh, you heard about it? Well, it seems that the guy who won it was a Republican, and according to the extant laws, because the election was held--not certified or anything, just held--Mr. Kirk is no longer eligible to vote as one of Massachusetts' two Senators.

It's been nine days since the election, and Scott Brown has still not been seated as the duly elected junior Senator from Massachusetts. Nine days--when history has shown that new Senators from Massachusetts could be seated as quickly as one day post-election.

Gee, what could possibly be holding up the seating of Mr. Brown? Might it be the fact that he's a Republican and the Senate is currently controlled by Democrats?

Ms. Malkin links to this piece at Legal Insurrection, which presumably is what prompted her to realize this is bogus.

Regardless of whatever veneer of legitimacy the Democrats are placing on this, Kirk's vote is illegal and should not be counted.

Sorry; he is no longer the junior Senator from Massachusetts, and has not been since about 10 PM EST, 1/19/10.

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This is certain to fry a lot of liberals' shorts: Fox News is the most trusted news source in America.

Commentor Chris: "You should have included Comedy Central. I'd bet more people trust Jon Stewart than any of the other news anchors."

...Jon Stewart is a comedian, not a "news anchor". His show is comedy based on news.

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The Law of Unintended Consequences again rears its ugly head. If your country has a problem with overpopulation and you limit familes to one child--and your country springs from a culture which values male children above female--you are essentially emplacing a government mandate to cause a severe sex imbalance in your population.

There are all kinds of sinister motives I can ascribe to this, but to be honest I think it's just a simple matter of the Communists not thinking things through. People love their children; they won't take steps to have only boys but will accept the luck of the draw--after all, that old custom is pre-Revolution and we are all good Marxists now!

...except that the old customs still hold, and people want male children rather than female.

Eh? "What's this 'sinister motive' nonsense," you ask?

Well...I realize that it's awfully reactionary thinking on my part, but a suitably cynical head of state might think this could work as a way of breeding a really huge army; figure out the male-female imbalance and then draft the excess male population (plus a certain percentage) as one huge mofo of an army. You can overwhelm whoever you plan to invade with sheer numbers, and it actually works in your country's favor--demographically and long-term--as it ensures that only the fittest members of your surplus male population survive to breed.

This would require, however, a hell of a lot of thought and planning and effort, and it really is simpler to assume that none of this was taken into consideration. The ChiComs realized they had a population problem, and enacted a rule to fix it--and their "fix" is causing other problems.

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Solar power is not enough electricity; Arizona home condemned. Well, that's interesting; here we're told that solar power is the answer to all our problems, yet someone who tries actually to make it work instead gets in trouble.

There's no pleasing people, I tell you.

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Another bit about iPad.

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Well! No big July 3 fireworks show in Chicago this year. Reason: budget problems.

Meh. I've never gone to see one; I try to avoid going into Chicago because it's a traffic and parking nightmare, particularly during special events.

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We got a couple inches of snow, and now it's bitter cold outside. It's supposed to be a bit warmer tomorrow.

Bleh.