January 14th, 2012

#3154: Ordered a Kindle yesterday

Right after the last post, in fact. Kindle Touch with ads, $106 with tax and free shipping. Estimated arrival date, 1/19-1/20-ish.

I had to dig all over the place on Amazon to find the specifications for the thing--specifically, how much available on-board memory the thing has, which turns out to be 4 GB. I don't intend to use much "cloud storage" and most of the stuff I read will be stored on the device itself. But 4 GB is plenty; the 4 GB card I bought for the Aluratek isn't half full and I put all kinds of stuff on it.

Nothing about an SD card slot, so I assume it has none. No biggie.

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Anyway, time for some anime!

Lately Garfield has been ripe for exploitation, and the guy who originally did Garfield Minus Garfield hasn't done anything in quite a while. Someone's got to do it!

Here:



I think Jon could use some Xanax. That looks like a classic example of an anxiety attack.

...I just ruined the joke. *sigh*

#3155: Anime for the first time in 5 days

I've been reading Hayate no Gotoku and sleeping. And running errands and such. What do you expect?

Usagi Drop continues to be very good. In the latest episode, Daikichi and Rin host Kouki and his mother on a night when a typhoon comes; and I really really really really really really really really really really want to see Daikichi and Kouki's mother end up together. The four of them make a very nice family.

Oh well.

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It seems we got somewhere in the neighborhood of eight inches of global warming. Heck of a way to run a winter: have nice mild temperatures most of the time only to have real winter weather suddenly descend on us once we're about halfway through January.

Well, at least I got to ride the motorcycle a couple of times in the past few months. To be honest we were about due for snow, if you think about it; if it had been about ten degrees cooler on the Thursday before Christmas we would have gotten a shitton of snow then.

Yeah, it snowed in winter. Who could have seen that coming? *rolleyes*

I can't help being sarcastic when someone evinces shock and surprise at seasonal weather. Okay, if it's July then you get to be surprised that it's snowing. Okay? Not in f-ing January. This is the northern hemisphere and it's the boreal winter, so get used to it.

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("Boreal" means "northern hemisphere" the way "austral" means "southern hemisphere". I want to say it's Greek. It might not be. I don't care enough to look it up. Whatever it is, get used to it.)

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One of the good things about the HnG manga is the fan service that it contains. It's not exactly wall-to-wall fan service or anything but every so often we get an eyeful of something good, be it a naked Maria, or someone's panties, or whatever.

It reminds a man that there's more to life than transforming mechs, I'll tell you that.

Hinagiku is a tsundere. I never realized it, not until I read the manga; but the artist does such a good job with the stereotype that it makes her extra-cute rather than hateful and/or annoying. (Example of "hateful and/or annoying": Naru Narusegawa from Love Hina. Also the female lead from Asu no Yoichi.) Hina-chan is probably the best tsundere ever.

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Even though I went to Culver's for lunch yesterday, I ended up getting General Tao's chicken from the Chinese place for dinner last night. I just didn't feel like cooking anything.

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"There's no inflation" department: Pepsi now comes in 20-can cases rather than 24-can cases.

You can raise the price of an item two ways: either by keeping the package the same size and increasing the price, or by keeping the price the same and decreasing the size of the package. I've noticed that the price of Pepsi has gone up in the past two years, and I expect the guys in charge at Pepsico decided that they'd raised the price as far as they could.

No one is fooled, though.

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And now it's time for WoW!

#3156: Unintended consequences

Got a startling e-mail from AT&T today--"Important! You have exceeded your data plan!"

...so I went to the AT&T web site to check it out. Oh yeah: I've used a total of 160-odd gigabytes of bandwidth out of a plan total of 150, with 6 days left in the billing cycle.



As you can see, my data usage rose precipitously starting in October...when El-Hazard went on-line. Heh.

AT&T is really decent about what happens when you go over:
We'll waive the charges for additional data this month and notify you as your usage approaches 150 GB in future months.

The next time you exceed 150 GB you'll be notified, but not billed. However if you go over your data plan in any subsequent billing period, we'll provide you with an additional 50 GB of data for $10. You'll be charged $10 for every incremental 50 GB of usage beyond your plan.
Emphasis theirs. And $10 per 50 GB after you've used up your regular 150 GB isn't all that bad a deal, either. I could see how it could easily be a lot worse than that.

...I'm at a total of 160 GB for the month, so El-Hazard will just get a week's vacation; and from now on I'll be running it a lot less. There should be a setting in uTorrent for controlling bandwidth, anyway.

Still: I wasn't expecting to have this kind of problem, ever; I guess building a torrent box and letting it run 24/7 is a good way to saturate your data plan. Heh.

#3157: Man, what a time-suck.

I blame Wonderduck for this.

The game is called Katawa Shoujo and it's free to torrent, and I just played through one path of the game...in like five hours straight.

The only quarrel I have with it is that some of the artwork (only "some") is less than professional. It's still good, mind you.

I have a stiff neck. Man, I don't know how Japanese gamers do it, you know? Hitting "space" for five hours and occasionally clicking a choice--WTF.

There were plenty of humorous moments that made me laugh out loud. The story was good.

I'll have to run through the game again and see if I can capture any of the other girls--but I'm not doing that tonight.

In fact, I'm thinking about going to bed and sleeping. Damn, am I worn out.