atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#908: A bunch of miscellany

Do yourself a huge favor. Get all the Nanoha you can.

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS

The more of it I see, the more I like it. The third series in particular is building towards one mother-humper of an explosive climax--from ep 20 it looks like it's going to be a big one, with a lot of fireworks.

The first series is 13 eps long and, from ep 7, I can see that they have put a lot into it. In fact, in ep 7, I'm seeing things that tie in with the third series, and I'm recognizing them before they're called out.

From the beginning of ep 1 of the first series I thought it might be a case of "Well, the show's a lot more popular than we expected and we need to do something--let's add all this stuff!" But they didn't do that; the stuff was there from the beginning.

Having come into the series through the back door--watching several eps of the third series before I got my hands on the first series--I already kind-of know how things play out in the first series, and I've got a few indications of what happens in the second series; but I don't really know and, in any event, the journey is almost always the interesting part.

Nanoha is good.

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On the front page of this week's Crete Record there's a story about a fatal accident which occurred not far from here.

--the Crete Record is the local newspaper. It runs to about 50 pages, more or less, and comes out once per week--

The accident involved a 17-year-old kid and an off-duty police officer. The cop was doing, the article says, "between 83 and 100 miles per hour".

The investigation concluded that the kid either failed to stop, or failed to stop completely, for the stop sign, and pulled out in front of the speeding off-duty cop who was in his personal vehicle and not a cruiser.

Regardless, I think it's the cop's fault.

The kid, at age 17, can be faulted for not stopping completely for a stop sign, yes. But his inexperience probably led him to misjudge the rate of closure of the cop's pickup--he wasn't expecting the other vehicle to be going no less than 33 MPH over the speed limit (and probably faster). He probably believed that he had plenty of time to get out of the other vehicle's way; certainly I don't expect the kid was trying to cause an accident.

The cop, on the other hand, should have known better. I'd be willing to bet that the cop knew what the speed limit was; and since he was both off duty and in his personal vehicle, he was not trying to get to an emergency or something. He was just going home.

What possible reason could that cop have for going 83 MPH in a 55 zone? We know what would happen if he got pulled over; he'd show the guy that pulled him over his badge and they'd talk shop for a bit, and then he'd get sent on his way with a warning. There's no way any cop would ever give another cop a ticket, regardless of how richly he deserved it.

The way Illinois law is written, the cop can't be cited for anything other than speeding, even though his excessive speed caused an accident which killed a 17-year-old boy. He was going at least 33 miles per hour over the limit and there is simply no reason or excuse for him to have been going that fast. None at all. A police officer ought to know better.

* * *

In the same vein, then, I'm going to talk about radar detectors.

They should be illegal.

I used to think otherwise. But as I've gotten older, I've come to realize that the people who have radar detectors have them for one reason, and one reason only: to help them get away with breaking the law.

They say that that's not why they have them; but let's be honest, shall we? Why do you need to know when a police car is nearby if you're not worried about being ticketed for the way you drive? Why do you need to concern yourself with the presence or absence of the police if you're going to obey the law anyway?

The fact is, people who have radar detectors in their cars have them so that they know when to slow down and stop tailgating so they don't get pulled over for driving like raging assholes.

People with radar detectors tend to drive faster and more aggressively. Half the time I'm tailgated for going "only" five over the limit, when the bonehead passes me, I see that he's got a detector on his dashboard. Usually he roars on ahead as if he were trying to win the Indy 500 or something.

But you know what's interesting? Mattel makes a radar gun. It's a toy. It says in the instructions that you shouldn't use it near public highways. Why do you suppose that is?

I have one. I still have to test my theory, but according to the labels and the documentation it operates in the 10 GHz band, which is the right ballpark. If I'm right, this thing can be used to set off radar detectors.

A company marketed a device manufactured exclusively for that purpose, a few years ago; the FCC shut them down because a microwave (radar) device must include a receiver, not just a transmitter, and it must actually measure speed. (More's the pity.)

If I'm right and this thing is able to set off radar detectors, I swear I'm going to mount the thing in my vehicle with a remote switch. That will be fun.

* * *

"More of an annoyance than a serious problem" department: the crappy backup software didn't back up all the files on the F: drive. The files it missed I still have, elsewhere, but they're on an EIDE drive and it'll take some doing to get them moved to the F: drive again.

It pisses me off because I specifically told the thing I wanted EVE-RY-THING on that drive backed up--all the files, no matter how big or small. Instead, it backed up all the music, video, and image files, but left a lot out--none of it irreplaceable, thank God.

So I'm going to have to dig deeper into the damn software and figure out how to make it do what I want it to do and then re-copy all the files from the old drive to this one.

Argh etc.

* * *

Still no new PreCure pages. Friday I slept more. Friday evening I did the hard drive thing, watched TV while the replacement drive formatted, watched more TV while stuff copied, etc, etc. Precious little time for capturing images and stuff.

I'll get to it, I promise. Sooner or later.

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Apparently White Knight, the most recent Dresden Files book, has finally been released in paperback. Awesome.

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