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Saturday, November 19

Anime

Erased

Also known as Boku dake ga Inai Machi.

There have been quite a few anime series playing with different forms of time travel this year.  MariWaka, which is full of stable time loops, Re:Zero, with its rather unfortunate reset mechanism; Orange, I think (haven't watched it yet), and this one.

It starts out as a kind of anime version of Tru Calling, but quickly flips to something different and larger.  

Our hero, Satoru, a 29-year-old failed manga author, has the ability sometimes to skip a few minutes backwards in time and avert an accident.  When one such "revival" just leads to further tragedy, he finds himself skipping back years and having to rewrite his own life to prevent the circumstances that led up to this in the first place.

Solid so far.  And it has a terrific opening credit sequence, which for me is 90% of what makes anime great.


Watching it on AnimeLab, the Australian streaming service run by MadMan Entertainment, which is so much better at this than Netflix.  One click and I have instant perfect 1080p video.  Netflix has to think about it for quite a while before it upshifts from third-generation VHS.

Update: Finished, and recommended.  Not perfect - the pacing is a bit off here and there - but very good.  Apparently they cut a few episodes worth of material out of the manga, including much of what happens in the present day, but it works very well as it is.  And the actors who voice the main character both do a great job.

It also has the least misleading opening credits I've seen for years.  The entire story is in there, but you can't see it until you've watched the whole thing.


There's also a live action version.  Don't know if I want to watch it; the story is intense enough when the characters are animated.  Also, the trailer is loaded with spoilers.

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Friday, November 18

Rant

Classic Apple Form Over Function

If you can't use your mouse because the battery is flat, you need to plug it in via the Lightning port - which is on the bottom, so you still can't use your mouse.

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Anime

Re: Re: Zero

Now I see what all the fuss was about.

But Betty is clearly best girl.

I want to see where this goes, but the 25 episodes that just ran covered all the published material (and some that wasn't yet published when it aired; the author was directly involved in the anime production).  Since it started in 2014, it will be at least 2018 before they can do another run, unless they slow the pacing down significantly, or add filler, neither of which I want to see.

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Saturday, November 12

World

Winners And Losers

What we've learned from 2016, as far as politics goes
  • Advertising doesn't work
  • Polls don't work
  • Newspaper endorsements don't work
  • Celebrity endorsements don't work
  • Telling your opponent's voters they are bigoted fools really, really doesn't work
  • Complaining about your opponents living in an impenetrable bubble when you write for the New York Fucking Times just makes you look silly
  • No-one really knows what's going on, especially Paul Krugman, except that
  • Liberals are consistently poor losers
Winners
  • Populism, generally
  • The alt-right, unfortunately
  • Twitter, surprisingly
  • Reddit
  • Rule of law
Losers
  • The mainstream media and their perennial sense of entitlement
  • Academia generally, and the screaming campus garbage babies in particular (which is why they're rioting in such hotbeds of conservatism as Oakland, Berkeley, and Portland)
  • The globalist agenda
  • Facebook
  • Political dynasties
  • Snark as a substitute for adult discourse
  • Polling organisations.  Guys, you got everything wrong this year.  Everything.
  • The breathless pearl-clutching incredibly sincere liberals infesting my technology and pop-culture podcast feeds
  • SJWs and their entire blighted worthless movement
  • Huge secretive trade agreements like TPP and TTIP
I'm buoyed up at the moment on a tsunami of schadenfreude, because I loathe those losers (as may be apparent).  But I'm far from complacent about Donald Trump being leader of the free world, which he IS, or rather, will be in two short months.

But politics is suddenly interesting again, social trends that needed a resounding slap upside the head have been so slapped, and the most corrupt presidential candidate in living memory got soundly thumped.

If we're all dead in four years time I'll regret it then, but not today.  Not today.

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Wednesday, November 09

World

Four Flaming Skulls

Trump is still Trump, but for now it's time to celebrate.

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Monday, November 07

Geek

Dammit, Scientists!

I always wondered why certain trans-Neptunian objects were classified as "cubewanos".  Where did that name come from?  There are plutinos (makes sense, planetoids similar to Pluto), classic and resonant Scattered Disk Objects (SDOs), Kuiper Belt Objects, and so on, which are mostly self-explanatory.  But cubewanos?

Turns out the first example found was classified as (15760) 1992 QB1.  Other similar objects were named QB1-os - as in spaghettios.  And that ended up being spelled cubewanos.

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Sunday, November 06

Cool

Science Sunday With Ducks

Known Unknowns



GMO Mosquitoes



Destroying the Universe for Dummies



Death from the Sky

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Friday, November 04

Cool

Wakfu Season 3!

Coming in 2017!


And just because...

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Sunday, October 30

Geek

An Awesome Kickstarter

Font Awesome is an icon font - that is, it's a font full of icons (kind of like Zapf Dingbats) specifically targeted for web and user interface design. Rather than uploading images or using vector graphics for your icons, you can just use text in a different font. Which is great.

Font Awesome is free and used by millions of websites. The current version is 4.7.

The Kickstarter in question is to fund the development of Font Awesome 5. The lead designer is planning to go back and re-create all the icons on a clean grid, to bring everything up to date and fix all the little inconsistencies that have crept in over the years.



(One significant problem I've run into with the current version is that the icons don't all line up - think of what it would be like if the text you're reading now looked more like this. Not as bad as that, but when you're trying to get a web page look just right, you don't want to have to stop and adjust the position of a single character. They're specifically addressing this in version 5.)

They're also adding a paid version called Font Awesome Pro. Right now, until noon EDT on Monday 31st, that's just $20. Through November 30, it will be $40 just $20. And after that, it will be at least $210 $250 and probably $300 or more.

I say that because one thing they've done to promote the Kickstarter is offer expansion packs of extra icons if they exceed their funding goal. Each extra increment will add a new themed pack (holiday icons, for example, or food icons), 10 to the free version and 40 to the Pro version. If you back the Kickstarter for the Pro version, you get those included; afterwards they'll be $10 each.

And they're now 1200% funded, and have unlocked 17 expansion packs. So the full collection post-Kickstarter will be $40 plus $170. Given that the project has a month yet to run (it's only been going five days so far), it could well double that total, pushing the price to around the $400 mark.

So, if you do anything web-ish, professional or just for fun, now is a good time to jump in; $20 will get you a license for at least 2000 icons whether you're an individual or a company with up to 100 employees.

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Cool

Eight Spiders


Speaking of spiders, there's a puzzle in a game I've been playing that you have to work out by adding up the numbers given by certain clues.  One clue is the number of legs on a spider.  Easy.  Except that it refers to a particular spider in the game - and if you look again, that spider has seven legs.

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