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Saturday, January 16

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Pre-Review

Good film.  Beautiful.  Loud.

Whether it's a great film depends on what comes after.  Time will tell.  For now, if you like Star Wars at all, this is worth seeing.

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Friday, January 15

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Arrietty Pre-Review

Ah, that's more like it.

Perhaps not Ghibli's best film, but Ghibli's best films are transcendent, and this actually doesn't fall that far short.

So it's slow moving, and the only real tension is surface tension (which they got right!), but it is beautifully animated and lyrically directed and utterly charming.

Recommended.

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300 Pre-Pre-Review

Thermopylae as myth?  I can handle that.

(20 minutes in.)  No I can't.  I'm going to watch Arrietty instead.

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Wednesday, January 13

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Frozen Pre-Review

Disappointingly by-the-numbers Disney flick.

Two things no-one seems to notice.

One: The entire mess is the trolls' fault.  Don't take advice from rocks.

Two: Elsa is basically Doctor Manhattan in heels.

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Tuesday, January 12

Anime

The Disappearance Of Yuki Nagato

I wasn't expecting it to be literally a mix of Haruhi and Nanaka 6/17.

But, well, I like Haruhi, and I love Nanaka 6/17, so a mix of the two is no bad thing if it's done well.  And it is.

If you were looking for another season of Haruhi with not so much Haruhi in it, this is it.

Three sparkly eyes out of four.  Though...  When exactly did Kyon's sister turn into Miu from Ichigo Marshmallow?

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Monday, January 11

Anime

The Disappearance Of Nanaka Kirisato

In which we find out what happens when we mix equal parts Haruhi and Nanaka 6/17.

It's a bit of a worry when Haruhi is the voice of reason.

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Friday, January 08

Anime

The Randomisation Of Haruhi Suzumiya

Before I watch the Haruhi movie, I'm watching the BD release in order.

Or am I?  I haven't watched season two before, but I seem to have run into it before getting to the close of season one, which ends with episode zero.

There is only one true order in which to watch Haruhi, and that is out of.

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New Server: Sakura

I have a new server, Sakura, to handle backups for the mununiverse.  It has 32TB of disk, arranged as two independent 8TB RAID-1 volumes.  The previous backup server (also named Sakura) had 6TB RAID-5, so 16TB RAID-1 is quite an upgrade.  And the new server is slightly cheaper.

Only downside is the new Sakura has shingles.  That is, it uses shingled disk drives, where the tracks actually overlap.  This works because drive read heads are smaller than write heads, and can accurately read the half-sized tracks.  But it means that you can't overwrite a single sector; you have to read a whole group of tracks, change the bits you want, and write the whole lot back.

Sequential performance is just fine - 160MB/sec on both reads and writes.  Random access is fine, even great, up to a point.  The drives have a 20GB buffer area for random writes, which works extremely well - several times faster than a normal disk drive.

But I can't recommend doing an OS update while a RAID rebuild is running.  That seems to be pushing things a bit too far.

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Thursday, January 07

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K-On! Movie Pre-Review

Hirasawa Yui is my spirit animal.

Update: The big problem with watching any K-On! is that their songs are terrible earworms.  I now have Rice is a Side Dish stuck in my head.


(Couldn't find a clip of them actually performing this song, though they do it once in the TV series and again in the movie.  This is the movie version, where Yui does an unscheduled One more time! and the other girls go Whut? but manage to jump back in.)

My favourite has to be Listen, the season 2 first-half ending, featuring cake-fairy Mio:

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Tuesday, January 05

Art

A Monster In Paris Pre-Review

I have nothing bad to say about this film.  Four stars.

I was going to suggest that perhaps Lucille's accent wanders a bit, but I checked, and she's played by Vanessa Paradis, who is French, from Paris, and plays the role in both the English and French versions, the only major cast member who did so.

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