February 13th, 2011

#2539: Annoyingt noise FOUND AND ELIMINATED!!!


I rearranged the shelves on the S wall of my room, as you may recall, to install a blab slab. Since then, there has been this annoying ticking sound that happened whenver I was typing.

I'm a fast typist; have been since the 1980s. When I was in my sophomore year of high school I took a typing class, because I wanted to be a writer and writers need to be able to type. That is the single best class decision I ever made. People are frequently amazed by my ability to rattle the keys. (People who aren't my niece from Maine. She's as fast as I am.)

Anyway, I'd be rattling along, and then I'd be distracted by this tick tick tick tick...and the most maddening thing about it was that it disappeared as soon as I stopped typing. As long as I was typing, there it was; but the instant I stopped, it did too.


It worried me: these shelves are supported by steel standards hung in a steel track. I have had one shelf, hung thus, collapse on me--I never want to experience that again, particularly not when the shelf in question would take out my computer monitor and the blab slab. (The shelf that collapsed was supported with aluminum hardware, rather than steel. I said many bad words.) "Tick tick tick" might be a prologue to "crash thud bang"; so periodically I'd stop writing and try to find the source of the noise. This has been going on since mid-December.

Well, this time, I found it.

I have some standards left over from the refit, and I want to get a hunk of 1x12 about 3.5 feet long to use as a mini-shelf; but in the meantime I've got stuff hung from the bare standards, including the vintage 1988 Koss Pro/4X Plus headphones I never use any more. And it turns out that that particular standard was the one making the noise; it only sounded like it was coming from the shelf above it. Without the headphones hanging from the thing, I'm blithely typing away and there's no ticking noise.

Don't expect the quality of the writing to improve much just because I eliminated a distraction.

* * *

Most of the first volume of the B Gata H Kei manga finally finished downloading. There are still a few files which are incomplete, but it's less than 10% of them and I could read the manga without missing too much.

The anime left some stuff out, worse luck; and some of it was pretty funny stuff. It'd be nice if I could find more of the B Gata manga; it's good.

* * *

I started a torrent of KissXSis manga (chapters 1-22) on October 10 of last year. It's still not complete. Three chapters are complete--3, 13, and 14--and the others are not. I have 82.7% of the whole torrent, and right now 84.5% is available. Of course, they're all compressed archives, so I can't see any of the images until and unless each archive file is complete.

For the most part the thing is a batch of individual chapters of the manga, but for some reason volume 2 is one file. It's trickling in at about a kilobyte per second, but it is downloading. Out of 44.5 MB, I have 41.2, but whichever peer is supplying the trickle, it's got all the chunks of this file that I'm missing--so I'm going to leave the machine on when I go to bed in hopes that this one file, at least, will finish, and I can read it.

* * *

I don't even know why I'm still up right now.

It's not that I had an anxiety attack and couldn't sleep; I never went to bed. I hit the hay around 9-ish and slept until midnight; then got up and reheated some pasta sauce and cooked some mostaccioli. I played WoW for a while; then I fiddled around with recording the OP for Asobi ni Iku Yo and reading the B Gata manga. I had a shower; I played 30 hands of solitaire on the computer. I didn't do anything in particular, yet now it's after 7:30 AM and I'm still not in bed.

So I think I'll feed the cats and rectify this.

#2540: More Egypt, More Stuff

Egypt's parliament dissolved by the military junta. They also suspended the constitution and promised to hold elections.

It'll be interesting to see how--if--the junta keeps the elections from installing a bunch of islamic psychos in the government and turning Egypt into another Iran.

* * *

I ended up being awake until that volume of KissXSis finished downloading; then I unpacked the archive and had a gander.

Most of it was stuff I'd seen in the TV series; but there was one story smack-dab in the middle of it all that wasn't, for a damned good reason.

The girls, Ako and Riko, find a porno book in Keita's room. The book is one of several, accidentally left there by his friend. This particular book is a "story" in pictures about a guy making it with his two hot twin sisters. (Gee, sound familiar?) Inspired by the story, the girls make a Keita "doll" from his blanket, a teddy bear, and a felt tip marker; then they "ride" it. Yeah. Because "If this is what Keita likes, we'd better learn how to do it!" And then they start kissing while they're "riding" it; and in fact they go all the way to acquiring "treasure type O" with the thing. (No nudity, but they were wearing skirts; they basically dry hump the thing.) (Only, not so "dry", if you know what I mean.) (Jesus.)

Me while reading this: WTF.

The anime seems to follow the manga pretty closely, though, except for the stories which had to be omitted because this shit was being broadcast on TV.

The TV series may allude to the girls masturbating--alone, I mean--but never shows it. I was going to add that "masturbation scenes are the province of hentai OVAs" but then I remembered the masturbation scenes in the first ep of Yosuga no Sora, which was shown on TV. (It seems like I have to qualify every declarative statement I make, these days.) In any case, showing two blood-related girls dry-humping an impromptu sex doll while kissing would be just slightly beyond the pale.

(Or it would be, that is, for the moment. As western civilization gleefully races towards the gutter at breakneck speed, I have learned not to expect even a pretense at decorum, dignity, or propriety. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if next year there was a series like KissXSis where all the involved parties were related. I won't watch that one.)

KissXSis follows the typical H paradigm of "anything goes so long as it's hot girls doing it", so none of this is terribly surprising to me. The more I see of this series, the more bemused I am by it. It's downright hentai for a mainstream series, and whenever I stop to think about how ludicrous it gets, I can't help laughing. Unlike a lot of H stuff which dances around the boundaries of serious taboos, this series manages to be silly rather than disturbing. That's the only reason I'm still looking at it.

* * *

I decided, the other day, that I'd make beef stroganoff again. It's been a bit more than a week since I finished the last batch, and it's a good filling meal.

After finishing the silly manga, I went to bed; when I woke up around noonish, I defrosted a hunk of meat, cut it up, and started the stuff in the crock pot. Then I returned to bed.

But I didn't have any sour cream; so I resolved that when I woke up next, I'd go to the store for sour cream and maybe ice cream.

4-ish, I woke again; and although I really didn't want to move, I went to "Crete Country Market", the store formerly known as Seehausen's.

I don't know what they did, but it really looks like the place has turned a corner: everything is well-stocked again. They even have stuff stacked on the floor--for example, the main freezer aisle has a line of Gatorade cartons down the middle of it, and there was a person restocking the freezer. There were several customers in the place, too; it wasn't just me and maybe one other person.

I got out of there for $5 (16 oz of sour cream and a half-gallon of ice cream); I stirred the food, expecting to finish it and eat, but saw that the meat was still pink. I'd had the thing set on "low" since I expected not to eat before 5--kicked it to "high" and came in here to blog, and now it's been a bit more than an hour.

It was the first time I'd been over that way since the blizzard, and I was startled at the huge mountain of snow left on the side street there, between the store's parking lot and that of the laundromat. I mean, the pile has to be 20 feet high!

In 1979, I remember climbing a snow pile in that parking lot and being amazed that I was standing next to the sign, high up on its pole. (There used to be a sign in the SE corner of the lot; it got moved.) This pile is bigger; then again I think it's not just from the parking lot, but other places. That particular street is closed because of the snow that got piled there. Heh.

* * *

The OP for Asobi ni Iku yo is stuck in my head. The whole thing plays, then it ends, and then starts right back up again. Argh.

That's not how it's supposed to work; usually when you have a song stuck in your head, it just loops through some part. One trick that's supposed to work is to force the song to end--think of how it ends and "listen" to that--and that's not working here because the damn thing is on "repeat". *sigh*

So I'll just have to fight back.


Yeah, that's better.