July 13th, 2010

#2161: I may play too much World of Warcraft

Because the first thing I thought when I saw this:



...was "Oh, time to turn in a quest!"

That's Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke, but they don't always draw her like that.

Here she is the way they normally draw her, but wearing her hair in ponytails for soccer practice:



They do draw her like the first picture a lot, for comedic effect, but never that way for the serious or heartwarming moments. Despite her status as "creepy-chan" she's actually supposed to be cute.

...have I mentioned that I really like this series?

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While trying to find out who pointed me at it, I found this post by Wonderduck about the Haruhi story arc "Endless Eight".

SPOILERS HERE! Haruhi spoilers, I mean.

That one linked Steven Den Beste's rant about it, with this quote coming from his reply to a comment: "Doing it in two episodes, or even in three, might well have worked with the fans. Using six episodes is extremely poor judgment."

Steven's post has this link from Mahou Meido Meganekko which asks incredulously, "Are You Out of Your Alledged Mind?

So let me get this straight… There’s going to be a total of SIX iterations of the time loop in the Endless Eight arc?"

No, eight.

...at the time, everyone was shocked and dismayed that KyoAni was repeating the same episode over and over, but what would they have thought if they'd known it would be eight episodes? Out of a 14-ep series?

END SPOILERS.

Incidentally it looks as if Wonderduck was not the person who pointed me at that series. I know it wasn't Steven Den Beste, either, as he'd run screaming from this kind of anime. There are precious few anime bloggers I actually read habitually, and I don't think they all read me as a matter of course, so a bleg ("Was it you?") will probably be ineffective.

(Considering how much he liked Kanon I think the Duck would like Kimi no Todoke but that's neither here nor there.)

B Gata H Kei has really surprised me by being entertaining, a lot more than I thought it would be.

Basic premise: a girl named Yamada (no first name given) wants 100 sex friends (male) but wants to lose her virginity to a guy who's also a virgin. The series (as of ep 3) is all about her attempts and failures at seducing the guy.

The story is actually good because we can see how things are going in Yamada's brain even if she herself doesn't understand what's happening to her feelings for the guy, whose name is Kosuda. She keeps telling herself that all she wants is to have sex with him (once) so she can get on with her plans for having 100 casual sex partners.

All the characters are likable, even Yamada, who is doing her damnedest to be a slut (Ep 2--buying condoms--LOL) because we can see that what she wants and what she is likely to end up with are two different things, and that at her core the latter is what she really wants anyway: should things turn out as I expect, she'll be shocked and surprised to realize that's what she wanted all along.

Minus points for being censored, of course. Some of it I understand, but censoring an image which is already censored? Really?

I'll have to see the DVD release, I guess.

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...and just now I discovered that BakaBT has the OST for Kimi ni Todoke as well as the anime. I have no idea where I got the anime from--not BakaBT--but I really like the music, so there we are. (Naturally it's in FLAC format rather than MP3, so I have to convert it before I can dump it to the MP3 player. Argh etc.)

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My ebook reader ships in one week. Not that I'm counting.

#2162: Oh, wow! I never thought of THAT! Obama is a GENIUS!

"Obama HIV/AIDS plan calls for reducing infections"! Well, gol-ly! Reduce the incidence of new infections! Holy shit, that's GENIUS!

See if you can figure out what's wrong with this:

"There is a new HIV infection every 9 1/2 minutes in the U.S. But about one of every five people living with HIV doesn't know it."

That's right! 80% of people who are HIV positive know it! That other 20%, those people must be skunks because that 20% that doesn't know it's HIV positive is OBVIOUSLY generating a new infection every 10 minutes!

*cough choke hack*

Statistically, of course, it just doesn't fucking work. There's no way the HIV new infection rate can be that high from 20% of the HIV-positive population; it just can't.

It's not because people don't get how HIV is transmitted and it's not because some people don't know they're HIV positive. There are people out there who are HIV positive who know it and don't give a rat's ass about anyone else, and who have unprotected casual sex.

Then, of course, there are the homosexuals who try to become HIV positive. My gut tells me that has to be a really, really small minority of homosexuals, but still....

Now...do you really want to stop the spread of HIV? There are a couple alternatives:

1) Tattoos. I'm telling you, make people who have any incurable infectious disease get a tattoo on non-public skin which shows what disease(s) they have. HIV, Hepatitis, Herpes, MRSA, heebie-jeebies, WTF-ever. That way, if you have unprotected casual sex with a stranger in a setting without full nudity, it's your own goddamned fault you caught the bug. People who don't do that have a higher chance of saving themselves a lifetime of expensive drug therapy because they can see the tat and say, "Whoa, no way."

2) Permanent quarantine. Don't care where or how, but seperate the HIV positive from the general population and keep 'em seperate. Anyone tries to escape, shoot 'im.

YES these are both draconian and intrude somewhat on the first amendment. Which do you prefer? An incurable disease in the general population, which will cost the government a lot of money to take care of? Or do you want the general population to be disease-free?

If it's the latter, these two things are pretty much the only way to make that happen. Anything which relies on people telling the truth about their sex lives is completely doomed to failure.

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I don't think that Obama quite gets it: if you promise, you must deliver.

You can't say, "If you don't do X, I'm gonna really be mad!" and then fail to get mad when "X" isn't done. You might get away with it once or twice; but do it too much, and people will begin to think that you don't really mean what you say, and they'll count your threats as empty rhetoric.

Obama has already shown the world that he's incapable of taking decisive action on anything, even policies which he supports. (For crying out loud, look at how long it took him with ObamaCare!) He waffles and ponders and passes the buck, and only does anything when he absolutely cannot avoid doing nothing. He thinks that saying things is enough, that his words are enough to solve the problems he sees.

But they're not; and that's why the Sudan is doing nothing. The leaders of Sudan are probably patting themselves on the back, nodding smugly to themselves that they just knew that pussy in the White House wouldn't actually do anything.

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Here it is, 5 AM again. I intended to go to bed shortly after my shower; but I just had to do a quick surf and look at some stuff, and check my e-mail, and there were those two articles just begging for some sarcastic commentary.

So now it's almost 5 and I'm still not in bed, and I've got about 5 tracks of the Kimi ni Todoke OST left to listen to....

#2163: They shouldn't be getting it in the first place!

Let me fix that title for you: "{Criminal Aliens] lose government food aid.

They're not "immigrants". An immigrant is someone who's got an immigrant visa. These are people who are in the country illegally, without papers, without permission, in violation of federal laws.

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The debt crisis fast approaches. Trillions of borrowed dollars must either be paid back or rolled over into new loans. Either way, it spells trouble, particularly for the European socialisms.

The writer seems to think that a European debt crisis won't have any effect on the United States. I love how these asshats all talk about "the global economy" and "the global community" until something bad is going to happen to us because of 70 years of European socialism. We can't take on terror-sponsoring nations without permission from Europe because "we're all connected" but the instant something bad may shake out from it, oh, "the United States is insulated from that" or some crap.

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Two links of Boortz today:

He reminds us that muslims like to build mosques on the sites of their conquests. The World Trade Center is one of those.

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All the left has is "racism!" And they're going to pound us with it for the next five months.

It's all they can do. They make stuff up because the facts don't support them.

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The left won't be able to understand that this is why Obama is unpopular.

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Another good post from the Anchoress.
Does it matter at all to Ms. McDowell et al. that the rare racist behavior exhibited at any conservative/libertarian gathering is explicitly condemned by the vast majority of tea partiers, and so the repudiation she seeks is already a reality?
Not if the press lets them get away with it.

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Leftists commit a large variety of terror attacks. They harass servicemen. They beat minorities. They vandalize property. They intimidate workers. They advocate the extinction of mankind!

...I thought I'd try my hand at a liberal-style characterization of the left in the United States, but unfortunately everything I wrote there is 100% true. The only falsehood was to make it seem as if all leftists do the same things.

That's what the NAACP is doing: it's doing its best to make it sound like all members of the TEA partiers are racists because of one or two bad eggs (who were probably only present to spout their racist shit in the first place, to give groups like NAACP something to hit with).

It would be nice if someone would expose the left's tactics to the general American public. Maybe that way some people would realize, "Hey...wait a minute!" and wise up to the fact that the left always lies because it cannot afford to tell the truth.

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The left thought they could discount Chris Christie as being fat, loud, and obnoxious.

It's always good for America when the left underestimates people on our side.

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Wake the f**k up, people; she's PACIFIC ISLANDER, not black. I don't get these idiots who contend that Michelle Malkin is black. She's not; and it's manifestly apparent that she's not to anyone who doesn't look at race through racist eyes.

She's Filipino; both of her parents are Filipino (naturalized citizens of the US) and there is quite a lot of variation in the skin tone of any race. She's perhaps darker than average for Filipino--or asians in general--but that still doesn't make her black any more than Gordon Lightfoot's afro makes him black.

Race is not a social construct. "Blacks" are negroid. "Asians" are mongoloid. "Whites" are caucasoid. Live with it, dickhats.

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WeerdBeard learns what it sounds like when a line fuse blows.

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When your $300,000 car with a manual transmission and "hard" ignition switch gets a stuck throttle, instead of doing donuts in a parking lot until you lose control and drive into a pond, why not--I don't know--shove in the clutch and turn off the ignition?

This isn't a Toyota with a computerized "Start" button and an auto tranmission which won't shift to neutral above a certain speed. This is a car with an ignition switch that'll kill the power to the engine once you turn it the right way, and it's got a manual transmission with a clutch pedal so it's exceedingly simple to stab that clutch pedal and regain control of your car.

Instead of, you know, ending up driving the thing into a lake.

YES the engine will race out of control, possibly damaging it. Would you rather rebuild your engine or DUNK THE ENTIRE CAR INTO A FREAKING POND?

Idiot.

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Like an idiot, I've started thinking seriously about putting a trailer hitch on the Jeep.

The receiver will run about $165, it seems. Advance has these Class III/IV and Class II receivers which are both about that price, yet one is of greater capacity.

The Class II hitch (which is probably all I really need) does not require any drilling, which is a point in its favor; but the other hitch boasts a higher capacity. (But do I really need it?)

None of this includes the wiring kit, which of course will be extra, but which I don't need for putting a motorcycle on a cargo platform. (I just need to spend another $170 on the cargo platform....) I suppose I ought to ask the local shop what they'd charge for a Class II hitch, installed, but I think I'd rather install it myself anyway. I just don't know.

Mom thinks my idea is just and fair, and wants to do it. I think she worries that I'm not having any fun. Me, I'm not so sure about it. *sigh*

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Alan Caruba talks about Bisphenol A scaremongering.

I'm not worried about BPA the same way I'm not worried about 50,000,000 other food crises which have cropped up continuously since 1975. Just because something has a scary scientificy-sounding name it does not mean you will get cancer from it.

Nor is it likely to turn you into a girl (or boy) nor to make your gonads shrivel up into prunes nor to turn you into Mr. Magoo. In fact, 99.99999999999999999999999999% of the time, nothing happens at all because the people who make all these things test the crap out of them before they get anywhere near the consumer.

Unless, of course, you happen to be a lab rat given about 40,000 times the typical human lifetime dose of whatever the chemical in question is. Then you might notice an adverse effect from it.

*sigh*

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I think it was Pixy Misa who pointed me at Kimi ni Todoke.

Spoiler-laden review of ep 6 of the series which was the terminal ep of my big 4-ep binge the other night. It was all leading to that and I could not stop watching until I saw the end of the arc.

Most of the text is fine print; you can just go look at the art. The entire series looks like this. It is simply gorgeous.

Thanks, Pixy.