December 10th, 2011

#3092: 11°

What do you expect? A bit more than 10 days until the winter solstice, of course it's going to be cold outside.

"This is snow. It's what happens to water when it gets too cold. This? This is Ed. This is what happens to people when they get too sexually frustrated."

...okay, nevermind.

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Now that it's Saturday and the big European debt summit is over--and the Dow is safely insulated from making any huge moves that would make Obama look bad--we're starting to hear the bad news from Europe.

Exhibit A comes from Vox Day and it's primarily about the economic side of the situation.

Exhibit B comes from DPUD and this one's mainly about the politics.

So the proposed solution is to make some Eurozone nations "more equal than others" and it doesn't actually fix the problem it's ostensibly emplaced to fix.

Yeah, that'll end well.

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Homemade .700 caliber rifle. Sum-bitch that's got to pack a wallop.

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I have decided that I intensely dislike the phrase "killer app". Okay, international competition, the scientific method--these are not "apps". ("App" being short for "application", of course, to those of you who are not reading this in the early 21st century.) (Just covering my bases, here.)

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"Is this mountain range affecting the murder rate?" On correlation of data.

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I like the new OP for Nichijou more than I liked the first one, and the series is relying much less on ART!!! than it was, so since around ep 13 or so I've really been enjoying it.

One ep of Hanasaku Iroha left. *sob!* *snort!*

Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is pretty boring. The fan service is sorely limited (surprising for an eroge adaptation) and I have to liven it up by making all kinds of sarcastic comments. I've had this kind of problem before, too: "When you make jokes about the girl finding gay pr0n and an ass dildo in the guy's bedroom, you know the anime is boring."

How did I know that Daigo gave Ayumu a cheer girl outfit despite Ayumu being a guy? Was it the fact that everything else in this series has been utterly predictable? Seeing him in the cheer girl outfit was supposed to be a major laugh moment, but all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

I haven't gotten to the point of talking about the aforementioned instruments of perversion, but it's probably not that far off if this series continues to suck as bad as it is. For the purposes of sarcastic comments I had determined that Ayumu is gay long before he put on that cheer girl outfit. And did they have to give a panty flash, thus showing he was wearing girls' underwear too? *blurk*

"Pedestrian" is being kind. I originally had spoiler tags on that stuff, and then realized that I'm doing you a favor by not hiding that lame-ass joke from you. No one would laugh at it anyway.

Aoi Hana is pure yuri. The main character gets her first kiss at age 16 from another girl that she's in love with, and it seems as if all the girls in the series are either lesbians or bisexual. (Wow, who knew John Varley wrote anime?) (No, sorry, that's an old pet peeve of mine; nevermind.)

I might buy it if all the characters weren't attending girls-only high schools, but for a lot of this I think it's just the "lesbian until graduation" phenomenon. I don't know what to think of all this, but at least the story is entertaining.

...but the main character's main squeeze herself was in love with one of her male teachers, before the story began, and apparently his rejection made her cross the street? Or something? No, I really don't get it, but as long as you confine yourself to the conceits of the series it all hangs together well enough. The artwork is gorgeous, anyway.

2 eps in, Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? is pretty entertaining.

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The other day I sent Og the latest handful of pages from the current project; but thinking about them I realized (again) that I really shouldn't write shit when I'm dead tired, because I that's what I end up writing: shit.

What I wrote is more-or-less what I want to have happen, but the execution of the prose itself is what's at fault. I just need to fix some stuff and it'll be fine, though, so it's not like I have to scrap the whole thing and start over.

But I'm making a fundamental change to one of the characters in the story. See, originally she was a normal and reasonable person, as most of my characters tend to be. I get that the bad guys in real life do not think of themselves as bad guys unless they're totally cracked. Okay, Jon Corzine didn't sit in his office on Wall Street rubbing his hands together and cackling with mad glee as he thought about getting his hands on all that money that didn't belong to him and congratulating himself on how brilliantly evil his latest scheme was.

In the film It's a Wonderful Life the only time Mr. Potter ever does anything actively wrong is when he takes and keeps the $8,000 Uncle Billy unwittingly drops in his lap.

...so most of my antagonists tend merely to have different motivations than my protagonists. The same is true of the one that's shaping up here; but where I'm having trouble is in making her amoral: "I have this big project I want to accomplish and I don't care who gets hurt or screwed in the process." Kind of a female Gendo Ikari, if you will, only she doesn't have a whiny bitch for offspring like Shinji.

(I did not expect him to have his own Wikipedia entry. When I typed his name into the search bar, I thought I'd get a subheading for Neon Genesis Evangelion. I should have known better. NGE is probably the most overrated anime series of all time--of all time!--and it has legions of fanboys with nothing better to do than create all kinds of e-shrines to it. *sigh*)

("Of all time!"--Yo yo Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi I know you're a lame series and all and Imma let you finish, but Neon Genesis Evangelion was the most overrated anime series of all time--of all time!)

...and I'm not used to writing characters like that, so it's going to take some effort and adjustment. It's also a major departure for this particular character, as in the prior iterations of this story she wasn't like this at all.

But as I said the problems with the new stuff are not structural and can be corrected, so I'm not going to worry too much about it.

#3093: Wow, that hit the spot!

The Saturday thus far:

After posting I went back to bed for a few hours, and woke up at 11:30. I fiddled with the computer a bit before shutting down and hitting the showers.

Went to church to see the kids' Christmas play; it took an hour and left no visible scars--okay, it was kind of fun. I was a bit disappointed that many of the singing parts were professional recordings that the bulk of the kids lip-synched to--until I thought about it: a few dozen kids of varying ages having to sing and dance? That would be entertaining, but on an entirely different (and painful) level. So only the solo parts were sung by the kids; the rest had been done by some group in a studio somewhere.

After that, I came home and decided to get going on the outdoor Christmas lights. I got the lower parts of two trees wrapped when the fiend hypoglycemia reared its ugly head. I had intended--hoped--to finish the job before needing food, but of course no plan survives contact with the enemy. Especially when the enemy is my own stupid metabolism.

...left the bunker headed for McDonald's when I thought, No, I'll go to CULVER'S! Their "deluxe" combo--which is a double cheeseburger, fries, and a drink--costs $0.34 more than the bacon mofo does and it's a better burger to boot. In fact, it's much better than the $0.34 separating the price of the two combo meals, so economically it's a "win".

Not only is the cheeseburger better--due to better cheese, for one thing--the fries are better, too. Nice thick crinkle-cut fries; tasty stuff. I inhaled it all and my hypoglycemia is rapidly fading.

They included a carry-out menu with it, and tomorrow's frozen custard flavor of the day is "eggnog brickle". It's eggnog-flavored frozen custard with Heath bits. I am so going to get some tomorrow, to have on Christmas Eve or the day itself...assuming it survives that long.

("I'll just taste this...OMG! OMG! *snarf* *nom* *slurp* *munch* O God I ate it all...I suck.")

(Then whine because Jan 2 comes and I'm 350 lbs....)

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This is...strange. Look: to my way of thinking, "faggot" is a derogatory term meaning "homosexual". Do gays use the term as a way of somehow neutralizing the stigma of it?

In any case, outing closeted homosexuals is a commie-lib tactic and the gays on our side ought to know better than to do that kind of thing. For one thing, if you're trying to change society to be more accepting of your sexual orientation, you're not helping matters when you point at one of your political opponents and scream, OMG! HE'S TEH GAY! Every time homosexuals succeed in destroying someone with his own gayness, they in fact make their orientation less acceptable rather than more. Some gay guy might say to himself, "Holy shit, did you see that? Joe Congressman lost his office because of his homosexuality! I'd better not tell anyone about my gayness lest I also be destroyed!"

This also demonstrates that GOProud thinks that all gays should march in lockstep and that no one is allowed a dissenting opinion, which is exactly the way that leftie gay organizations operate.

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It reminds me of a scene from some movie I saw. Someone posted a clip to YouTube of Willem Dafoe in bed with some other guy, and DaFoe got The Important Phone Call. He sat up in bed and was talking on the phone while his...partner...was cuddling up to him and getting all gropey and DaFoe was smacking him away. When the call was over, DaFoe asks, "WTF were you doing?"

"I just wanted to cuddle!"

"Jesus, what a fag," DaFoe says disgustedly, and gets out of bed, leaving his...friend...behind with a tragically girlish hurt expression.

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Two from Denninger:

People complain that they're not getting stuff for free. I find it hard to fault mobile carriers for expecting people to pay for the services they consume. Look: if you're one of those people who has the latest mobile gewgaw, understand that it costs money to provide data service to that thing. Wireless access is not brought down from on high by an archangel; someone's got to build and maintain some pretty costly equipment to see to it that you can check the ball scores via your telephone.

Someday wireless access will be so cheap that you can pay your monthly access fee and have totally unlimited bandwidth, but that day is not now. Suck it.

"Local" businesses complain that people can comparison shop with an Amazon phone applet. Wah, wah, wah. Seems like all I hear these days is the bleating of small businesses who hate the idea that they may have to compete with other businesses.

Look: it's not easy to own and run a business, I get that. It's really not easy to compete in a market where national chains come in and set up stores, either. But if you want your business to do well you have to find ways to make people want to spend their money there. You might have to find ways to cut costs and make a dollar go farther. I know that's hard work, and that it's much easier to lobby your town council to keep the big guys out.

But what I don't like is subsidizing your business with my tax dollars, and there is no reason I should have to do that. If your business provides a good service to me, I'll use it, but if it's something I don't want or need, why should I have to pay for it?

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Now it's just about 4 and my hypoglycemia is receding enough that I'm thinking about going back outside to finish the lights.

Once I finish this game of Freecell....