Sunday, August 31
I am now a Marauding Marsupial!
I really should write something, but first I have to go out and buy some drugs. Um, anti-histamines. You can say hello to everyone at Munuviana in the meantime.
It's official: Mookie Riffic has moved from Blogspot to mu.nu!
Saturday, August 30
Tenshi na Konamaiki ("Cheeky Angel") is a show about a boy who has turned into a girl, a remarkable concept that has never before appeared in the field of anime.*
* Okay, so Maze was originally a girl, and Hibiki is really just in disguise, and Birdy is really two people in one body. On the other hand, we have Nuriko from Fushigi Yuugi, Yakumo from 3x3 Eyes ("It's just a job!"), Tsubasa from Ranma, Makoto from El Hazard...
And now, even Ambient Irony has made the leap to mu.nu!
Well, yes, it looks exactly the same. But that's because it is exactly the same. No need to change your links, since everything still works and will keep working.
Friday, August 29
Rocket Jones is the latest blogger to flee Blogspot and join the growing community at mu.nu.
He offers these helpful words of advice should you ever find yourself participating in a major armed conflict.
I was comparing notes with a couple of friends on how much bandwidth we use each month. I'm on slow-but-steady ADSL; they are on fast-but-limited cable. They boasted of high speeds - 700KB/sec downloads (that's bytes, not bits). I pointed out that I couldn't live with their pathetic monthly download limits.
What do you download?, they asked. Three gig seems plenty to us.
I pointed out that I download fan-subbed anime, since this is often the only way to get the less popular or older series - they simply aren't available to buy in English, neither dubbed nor subtitled. And my favourite site for finding new fansubs, AnimeSuki, often lists as much as a gigabyte of new anime a day.
Fair enough, they say, knowing well the depths of my addiction.
A gigabyte a day. Having said that, I became curious, and went and actually added the numbers up:
Sunday was busy - 1.8GB. Lots of fansubbers working on their projects over the weekend, perhaps.
Monday - 3.4GB. Yikes! I mean, wow! That's a lot! Presumably just a blip; that doesn't happen every day.
Tuesday - 4.8GB. Holy transatlantic cows, Batman! Where did that come from?
Wednesday - 1.3GB. Ah, a return to normalcy. But shortlived -
Thursday - 7.1GB. Nooo! My line's not fast enough! I can't download that much in a day!
Fortunately, people have started to collect the episodes of various series so that you can download four or five or ten episodes at once. Unfortunately, that means that a single click commits you to a twelve hour download. It's like being on dial-up again.
Now, you'll have to excuse me, as it's time for Kodocha.*
* That's the one with the squirrel, Susie.
I know that my blogging has been rather on the light side lately, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been involved in any blog-related activities. For example, Jennifer's History and Stuff has...
Wednesday, August 27
Episode 9 of Kodocha provides the answer to Mitch H.'s comment:
One can only hope that it's potty-trained.Yes, and not only that, but he cleans himself afterwards.
As seen here.
Maro-chan climbs back to the safety of his home after both Mama's (left) and Sana's (right) heads have exploded.
* Well, at least Maro-chan has a proper name, unlike Squirrelly the Squirrel in Saber Marionette J.**
** Currently back to watching Kodocha.
Heh. I caught that! Another hundred years or so of watching anime and I'll actually understand Japanese.
Princess Aeka in Tenchi Muyo! had a song of that name, too.
* Roughly translated: Call me Princess!**
** Currently watching: Scrapped Princess.
Back in the misty dawn of time, when I was still at school, I spent two weeks at Hewlett-Packard on a work experience program. (This was when HP was still renowned for their engineering, rather than cursed as a pusher of expensive ink cartridges.)
At the time, HP was having a sale on disk drives. You could buy three 400 meg drives - and these were serious drives, with 14 inch platters stacked into cases as large as washing machines - three of these for just $250,000.
"But", said one salescritter to another, "how many customers do we have that need 1.2 gigabytes of disk?"
I downloaded 1.4 gigabytes of stuff today. Episodes 17 to 20 of Kodocha, and epsiodes 6 through 9 of Saikano (Saishuuheiki Kanojo). Fortunately, this didn't require me to buy $250,000 worth of disk to store it on. Though I did pick up a couple of DVD-RWs on the way to work. 4.7 gigabytes each. $8 a pop.
Tuesday, August 26
So, you need a double-headed 3/8 reciprocating flange valve, and the matching pilfer sprocket, you need it made of phosphor bronze, and you need it Tuesday?
eMachineShop has you covered. Babbage would have built the Apple ][ a hundred years early with these guys helping. Uh, except that he'd need a Windows PC to run their software. Slight technical hitch there.
Monday, August 25
A helpful guide on the correct way to make a cup of tea.
18,000 down, 3,000 to go.
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