Aah you were there!

Sunday, January 27

Anime

Kotoura-san

Wow.  Talk about mood whiplash.  This show flip-flops between cheap sight gags and a brutally honest and realistic depiction of how people in such a (admittedly far-fetched) situation would respond.

I'll keep watching for sure, but it's leading the pack for most uneven show of the season.

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Saturday, January 26

Art

Diversions

Reading Shards of Honor and Barrayar after having read the rest of the Vorkosigan cycle is a very different experience to reading them for the first time. I couldn't help but keep a tally as characters were introduced: She survives, he gets his central nervous system fried, he dies peacefully in his sleep (something of a rarity), he gets his peripheral nervous system fried, he gets his central nervous system, if not fried, then at least scrambled, he gets his throat cut in about five more pages, all of these guys die in battle, she gets shot by her captors, he gets shot by his captors, he gets his head chopped off, he gets his bones melted, his internal organs mulched, and his tissue taken over by a genetically engineered super-plague.

Much easier to list the characters who survive. Which actually includes that last one. Well, he dies at least once, but it doesn't take.

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Friday, January 18

World

Disaster Averted

Today in Sydney it was precisely the melting point of Ice-9*, thus averting global fictitious ocean freezy disaster.

It was also, apparently, precisely the melting point of my network switch, because it did.  This proved quite inconvenient.**

Fortunately, we've now had a "cool change" come through.  They call it that because it's shorter than "not technically a hurricane".***

* 45.8C / 114.4F.  In other words, far too hot.
** Probably not the only thing that melted; my internet access went out, and then my local network started having problems.  Now that it's cooled down, both are fine again, but it made for a frustrating day.
*** Wind speeds of 72km/h gusting over 100km/h - and the temperature where I live dropped from 38C to 24C in three minutes.

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Wednesday, January 16

Cool

Ad Astra

Why I'm less upset than I might otherwise be about the demise of Terraria.

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Cool

Distractions


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Tuesday, January 15

Geek

Hrm

Either Benford's Law strikes again, or we've got over a billion users at my day job.  I'm betting on Benford's Law.

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Anime

Quicklings

Vividred Operation: At least they choose from only the finest cliches.

Tamako Market: That chicken/parakeet thing needs to go.

Kotoura-san: Much better first episode than I had expected.  Could turn out to be genuinely good.

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Monday, January 14

Cool

Lilyest Hobo


Spengler: I have a radical idea. The door swings both ways; we could reverse the particle flow through the gate.
Venkman: How?
Spengler: We'll cross the streams.
Venkman: 'Scuse me Egon? You said crossing the streams was bad!
Stantz: Cross the streams...
Venkman: You're gonna endanger us, you're gonna endanger our client - the nice lady, who paid us in advance, before she became a dog...
Spengler: Not necessarily. There's definitely a very slim chance we'll survive.
Venkman: I love this plan! I'm excited to be a part of it! LET'S DO IT!

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Friday, January 11

Life

Stubbornly Irresolute

After a week, I'm up to F on my GOG downloads.  Currently fetching Fallout Tactics, which is a lot of fun albeit non-canonical.  (You can recruit deathclaws.)

I trundle bravely onwards.

Meanwhile, I have a 512GB Samsung 840 Pro on the way.  At up to 100,00 IOPS and 540MB/s, it should speed things up a bit on Shana, my new Windows (7) box.

Now please excuse me; I have a bit of Minxing to do for Ace.

Update: Monday.  K.  Onwards!

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Tuesday, January 08

Life

Not So Hot

43º turns out to be not so bad after all.  (That's 109º American.)

Um, Pixy, you turned on the air conditioner yesterday to cool the house down in advance.

Well, that too.

(Actually, as at 3PM it's only 40º here, and that's likely to be as high as it goes.  The top floor of my little townhouse isn't air conditioned, and will keep heating up until after sunset, until it's way above ambient.  At the end of a hot day you could run a Stirling engine on the temperature differential, no problem.  On the other hand, it gets hot enough to kill bedbugs.)

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