September 2nd, 2018

#6339: Finished Ranma, finally.

Before going to bed last night I shut the water off and set the water heater to draining.

Woke up in the middle of the night, found myself reading more Ranma 1/2, and finished the series.

...I've had the final volume of the story, in Japanese, since it was released, but my Japanese is robust enough to ask where the toilet is, to say hello and goodbye, and a few other things including "Pantii-o misete kudasai," which means "Please show me your panties."

This is what happens when much of your spoken Japanese comes from anime.

Anyway, so written Japanese is the most complex written language in the world, considering that it encompasses two phonetic alphabets, the roman alphabet, and approximately 5,000 kanji. I've done better than many and have mastered hiragana, and I can usually puzzle out katakana, but it takes Japanese people fifteen years of school before they master the core kanji characters and I was never that devoted to learning to read Japanese. I know maybe eight or nine characters, total.

So, until about 5 AM today, I had never known how the story came out. I had the pictures, and could puzzle out what was going on, but now I know, and I'm just a little disappointed.

Ranma and Akane aren't married. The wedding was interrupted by Ranma, Genma, Mousse, and Ryoga all fighting over the keg of Nannichuan water, sent from Jusenkyo by the guide who lives there. This is the water which would reverse their curses, so that when splashed with cold water:
Ranma would no longer turn into a girl
Genma would no longer turn into a panda
Mousse would no longer turn into a duck
Ryoga would no longer turn into a black piglet
Which leads to my second disappointment:

Ranma isn't cured of the curse. The thing is, going by the rules established earlier in the series, if you dump Jusenkyo water into a container of water the whole thing becomes Jusenkyo water. This was established when a bunch of carnivorous fish were turned into ducks during the episode where Mousse is trying to defeat Ranma. The keg was "enough for one person" but it should have been enough to turn an entire Japanese soaking tub--such as is found at a bath house--into Nannichuan water.

Those were the two big points which should have been done with the series coming to an end. The latter point was "resolved", if you can call it that, by having Ranma say that he was now entirely comfortable with his curse, and no longer felt the need to have it cured--but it should have been cured, or at least the resolution of this issue should have taken more time than a couple of panels.

The former point is also a problem. Okay, they're still in high school, so marriage could be safely postponed until after, but the group I call the Bride Brigade--Akane, Shampoo, Ukyo, and Kodachi--still fight over Ranma. Ranma has made his decision (Akane, as if I had to say it) and they make a show of Ukyo and Shampoo retiring in defeat--but then there they are, at the wedding, fighting over Ranma.

The only thing that has changed at the end of the series is that Ranma and Akane have acknowledged their love for each other. I don't feel like that's enough, not after 38 tankoban. (Tankoban=collections of manga, usually about trade paperback size, encompassing approximately 6-10 issues of the manga as published in the magazine.)

But regardless about how I feel about it, this is what we've got. Oh well.

#6340: Well, that's another movie I don't need to see.

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the Moon, and he was American, and he planted an American flag there, but a movie about his life very carefully omits the "American flag" part, because the director of the thing feels that it was an achievement for "the world".

Also he's a lunatic who thinks Trump openly endorses national socialism. I mean he put up a tweet stating "The Trump administration is openly endorsing Nazism and white supremacy. It's that simple."

He even capitalized "Nazism", and "Nazism"--particularly with a capital N--is national socialism. So, I'm sure that this goon wouldn't have any trouble pointing out the place where Trump endorsed it.

...which he can't, because Trump never did, and only a lunatic would (could) think a President who is effecting massive de-regulation is endorsing national socialism. I meanm, Nazism is fascist, meaning extreme government control over industry. So somehow this endorsement of Nazism includes repudiation of one of its core principles, or something.

I have no desire to see this movie. I was very interested in it, but now I simply don't care.

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She damned well ought to be. Stupid snowflake girl takes hat from fellow high school student. Teacher intervenes. Girl attacks teacher. Girl gets arrested.

These folks position all the lefty buzzwords in the correct place. What they lack is any solid issue and concise argument in support of assault and battery. How progressive of them.
They're just parroting things they see on TV or learned elsewhere. There's no thought involved.

And their votes count the same as yours.

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I stopped listening to food "science" years and years ago. In my lifetime, coffee has switched from neutral to bad to good to bad to good. Ditto alcohol. Butter went from being bad to being good. Carbs went from neutral to bad to good, and evidence is appearing that shows they're actually really bad for you.

To say nothing of all the "studies" showing that if you force-feed massive quantities of something to rats with a genetic predisposition to get cancer, they'll get cancer from it.

What a surprise.

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So, the entire notion of "white privelege" comes to us courtesy of an extremely white and extremely rich woman who had one unique thought in her life. Unfortunately, that one thought was, "Gee, our society is so racist!"

But of course, as is typical with these people, her concern for the less-priveleged ends where her pocketbook begins:
One is left to wonder why, given her stated conviction that she has unfairly benefited from her skin color, there seems to be no record of her involvement in any charity or civil rights work. If she did take to the streets in support of some cause or other, she left no trace that I can see. Nor, as far as I can tell, has she spent any time teaching the underprivileged or working directly to better anyone’s condition but her own. Instead, she has contented herself with a generous six figure salary, and has not shown any particular eagerness to hand her position over to a more deserving person of color.
Of course! Because she's done her part, you asshole, by showing how much she cares. That releases her from any obligation to do anything else.

But the thing about "white privelege" is that it is a useful tool for getting all the minorities to flock to the left. Which is why we're hearing so much of it now, particularly from the ill-educated.

Well, useful idiots come in all sizes, shapes, and colors.

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Today's big task is to mow the grass. I completed draining the water heater; about 9-ish today I closed the drain and turned the water back on, and we're good to go.

Really do need to figure out where the hell the backflow is coming from, though. After I let it drain all night, I turned on the water but left the water heater's inlet valve closed, and water began draining from it again. That's gotta be water flowing in through the hot water outlet pipe (unless the ball valve at the heater inlet is defective? But it's the same age as the water heater is) which means somewhere there's a combiner valve that's leaking. I think it's the disused shower in the master bath; I never did replace the faucet cartridge in there. That's why the shower head is capped, after all.

But! I need to get my butt in gear, so off I go.

#6341: Fails that are not funny.

So I watch "FAIL" videos on YouTube, because that's what I do when I don't want to think about anything, and I've identified some things which people love to put in fail videos which are simply not funny.

1) Things which are not actually fails. Okay: if you are swinging from a rope and intending to fall in the water, and you actually do this without any complications, then it's not a fail, regardless of how you land. Likewise, if you're jumping some vehicle off a ramp and landing in foam blocks or an airbag, and you actually land in the designated landing area, it's not a fail. Doing what you intended to do is not a fail, by definition.

2) Dogs humping things, including other dogs. There isn't anything funny about this. It doesn't matter if the dog is humping someone's leg, a non-dog animal, another dog, or a wheelbarrow; this isn't funny.

3) Nut shots. Or, in fact, anything involving injury or pain. I don't think it's funny when people get injured or hurt or break teeth, particularly when it's because they're attempting some silly stunt.

4) Practical jokes. Removing the support slats from someone's bed, or just putting on a mask and scaring them. It's not funny. (This includes the practical joke with the water bottle. Who still falls for that?)

5) Movie clips. Or cartoon clips. I watch these things with the sound off. 99 times out of 100 the movie clip adds nothing to the video. And they're annoying.

6) Babies barfing. There isn't anything funny about that, regardless of where, when, or what they puke. You only think it's cute when it's your kid, and then only the first couple of times.

7) Toddler trying to drink and failing. Not funny. In fact, most kid fails involve toddlers--who do not have the best coordination--trying to do something, and they are only failing because they're practically babies. There isn't anything funny about it. The same thing goes for video clips where a kid has painted the TV, or spread baby lotion all over the floor, or-or-or. It's not amusing; it's not even cute--it's just a huge mess.

8) People under the influence of anasthetics. These people are literally mentally incompetent due to the drugs that are still in their systems. They can't help saying what they say; the drugs have turned off their internal censor and they say whatever comes to mind. Their intoxicated babble is not funny.

9) Breaking TVs. The kid throwing the game controller, the guy throwing the beer bottle, whatever it is--I don't think it's funny when someone destroys a TV even if they're having a temper tantrum about something idiotic.

And just to make it an even 10--

10) Music. This is why I turn the sound off: the music is idiotic. Unless it's "Yakety Sax" used judiciously, it adds nothing and just annoys me.

I do get a laugh out of these things, but not at anything from those categories.