Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Tuesday, April 23


Daily News Stuff 23 April 2019

Considered Harmful Edition

Tech News

Anime Stuff

  • I tried Chunibyo when it first aired and bounced off after a single episode.  Giving it another try now, and yes, it's a lot better than my first impression led me to think.

    I've been watching a lot more anime lately because I've been working with Ethereum, and it's horrible beyond all imagining and I need something to reset my brain afterwards.  Even Golden Time, which frankly was kind of bad.

Picture of the Day

The Night Shift  Art by Atey Majeed Ghailan

Disclaimer: Considered harmful considered harmful.

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Monday, April 22


Daily News Stuff 22 April 2019

Toradora With Traumatic Head Injuries Edition

Tech News

Anime Review - Golden Time

Golden Time is a 2013/2014 series that I completely missed when it came out, and just watched over the Easter long weekend (at least, it is here in Australia).  It's based on a new series of light novels by the author of Toradora, and received a first-rate anime adaptation by J.C. Staff.

The production values are top notch, the characters are engaging, the writing is often laugh-out-loud funny, and the plot is a train wreck.  And not one of those interesting train wrecks where the explosions and screaming go on far longer than you would think possible, but one of those boring ones where it simply falls off a bridge into a river and everyone dies.

Our protagonist Banri is a first-year student at a Tokyo law school, a refreshing change from the innumerable high-school romantic comedies.  On his first day (he's running late, of course) he meets and makes friends with fellow freshman Mitsuo who is promptly assaulted by his psycho ex-girlfriend Kouko (voiced by Yui Horie).

Things happen, Banri and Kouko and a group of fellow freshmen are kidnapped by Scientologists, Banri makes up a story about amnesia to fool them into letting the others go...  And then it turns out that he didn't make it up.  Cue the sound of air being let out of the show's tires.

Where it really goes off the rails though is a few episodes later when we see Banri's lost memories being represented by a ghost Banri.  I thought that was a fine metaphor - losing your memory is as close as you can get to dying without actually stinking up the place.

The problem is, it's not a metaphor.  It's an amnesia Force Ghost.  Who places a curse Banri for not making the decisions ghost Banri wants him to make, and nearly gets the entire group killed...  Only in the end they walk away with literally a scratch and it makes no difference to anything.

I didn't realise going in that it was written by the author of Toradora.  If I'd known that I would have had higher expectations and been even more disappointed than I was.

The occasional scene like this kept me watching:

Or this:

But there aren't enough moments like that for me to suggest that others do the same.

Taiga from Toradora is iconic.  Kōko meanwhile is treated as a secondary character throughout (even though the show is marketed as if everything revolved around her).  She could have been iconic.

But no matter how hard J.C. Staff and Yui Horie worked, she had that whole trainwreck thing to contend with.

Two blunt head traumas out of four.  Not recommended.

Picture of the Day

Disclaimer: Blunt head trauma is not recommended for children under the age of 12, pregnant or nursing women, or, basically, anyone else.

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Sunday, April 21


Daily News Stuff 21 April 2019

Golden Time Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: I'm pretty sure amnesia doesn't work like that.

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Saturday, April 20


Daily News Stuff 20 April 2019

I Do Not Like It, Sam I Am Edition

Tech News

  • Should ad-supported networks be regulated differently from other platforms?  (TechDirt)

    That seems at least a reasonable idea to pursue.

  • Working as a librarian gave me PTSD.  (LA Times)


    In Washington DC.


  • RedHat has taken over management of OpenJDK 8 and 11 from Oracle much to everyone's relief.  (TheServerSide)

    RedHat did this previously for OpenJDK 6 and 7 when Oracle forgot those existed.

  • Google and Amazon have buried the hatchet, and not in each other.  (The Verge)

    YouTube is coming back to Amazon's Fire devices, and Prime Video is returning to Chromecast.

  • Is it possible to escape the Apple ecosystem?  (ZDNet)

    Wait, Apple has an ecosystem?

  • Build your own blockchain in Crystal.

    The code and explanation are both clear, and it covers the principles of blockchains and what mining is all about.  It doesn't cover the networking side of things so it's not a distributed blockchain.

  • But increasingly, neither is Ethereum.  (Coindesk)

    Running a full Ethereum node is a pain because the blockchain has grown huge as Ethereum has gained popularity.  (And the transaction rate of Ethereum, compared to real-world systems, is still indistinguishable from zero.)

    Running a light Ethereum node is a pain because light nodes suck so no-one will peer with you.

    So everyone wants to outsource that problem.

    And everyone is outsourcing it to the same platform - Infura.

    And that means you could replace the entirety of Ethereum with a single MySQL instance and maybe a couple of replicas for safety, and deliver 100x the performance for 1/100th the cost.

    That's the curse of decentralisation.

  • The curse of centralisation, on the other hand, can be shown in's censoring of Jerry Coyne's blog at the behest of Pakistan.

    Run WordPress yourself: Get hacked.  Even if the current release of WordPress is secure, no-one runs it without extensions, and the WordPress extension marketplace is a disaster area.

    Use hosted WordPress: Get hacked anyway, get charged $50 extra a month.

    Use Get censored according to the standards of the most repressive regimes on Earth.

Picture of the Day

Disclaimer: Allergens - may contain traces of Node and NPM.

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Friday, April 19


Daily News Stuff 19 April 2019

Nazi Flowers Edition

Tech News

Icy Trail Map of the Day

Click for a readable version.  Possibly the only NSFW urban transport map you'll see all day.

Disclaimer: Some Thus No Highlander services operate directly to and from Celt Ran.

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Thursday, April 18


Daily News Stuff 18 April 2019

Realistic Fake Cat Butthole Edition

Tech News

Science Fiction News

  • Science fiction and fantasy grand master Gene Wolfe has passed away, aged 87.  (The Guardian)

    The Book of the New Sun is probably his most noted work, but his stories range from the relatively whimsical Free Live Free and There Are Doors to the deeply introspective Soldier in the Mist.  Almost all of them are worth reading.  (I didn't care for The Land Across, but that's a rare exception).

Anime News

  • I have watched and enjoyed several anime series recently: The first half of Re:Slime (it loses steam after that point), My Roommate is a Cat, Hinamatsuri, Bunny Girl Senpai, Endro!, Iroduku, and Sakura Quest, which is an example of how quality writing, direction, and art outweighs a flimsy premise.

    Sakurada Reset is an example of how the lack of quality writing, direction, and art can sink an interesting premise.  Also, I don't think they had a budget.  I mean, literally zero.  Shame.

Picture of the Day

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Wednesday, April 17


Daily News Stuff 17 April 2019

Blup Edition

Tech News

Anime News

  • Monkey Punch a.k.a Kazuhiko Katou, creator of Lupin III, has passed away, aged 81.  (Crunchyroll)

  • I've been watching Sakura Quest.  By mistake, I thought it was a show about a young princess who leaves her kingdom and returns years later to become queen and work with her council of ministers (all young women) to restore prosperity and discover the truth behind the myth of the mysterious dragon girl.

    Which in fact it is.

    Anyway, initial thoughts:

    • This is nice, but it's no Shirobako.
    • It's taking an awful long time to find its pace.
Later thoughts:
    • This is actually really good.
    • Who wrote this?!  Have to screenshot that dialog and post it.
    • Is there some magic program that converts photos into anime backgrounds?  There's so much detail in some of these shots and they only last a couple of seconds.

Anime Opening of the Day

Picture of the Day

Remember, Chihiro... Art by Anato Finnstark

Disclaimer: မြန်မာစာလုံးစောင်းအက္ခရာရှိပါလျှင်ငါတွေးမိ။ ဒါကမျိုးအေးပါလိမ့်မယ်။ သူအပေါငျးတို့ဆံပင်ကောက်ကောက်နှင့်လိမ်နေတဲ့စတိုင်သုံးဆယ်ဒီဂရီထောင့်မှာပါ။ ကောင်းပြီ, ဟုတ်တယ်, ကထိုသို့သောအမှုကိုအရှိကွောငျးပေါ်လာပါဘူး, သို့မဟုတ်ပါကအတုယူနိုင်ပါသည်ကအနည်းဆုံးပါ။

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Tuesday, April 16


Daily News Stuff 16 April 2019

Chupakabura Edition

Tech News

Appropriately Named Things Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Don't eat the yellow neutronium.

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Monday, April 15


Daily News Stuff 15 April 2019

Sakura Quest Wasn't The One I Was Thinking Of Edition

Tech News

Repeat Little Glee Monster of the Day

This has been running through my head all goddamn day until I scrolled back through my blog to find it.  Now I can know peace.

Disclaimer: Hora saikou no kao de PISU!  PISU!  [Wraps pillow around head.]

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Site Blorkage

Had some bots scanning the whole of for WordPress vulnerabilities.  No blogs are running on WordPress, so this was an entirely futile pursuit, but the attempt was putting a lot of load on the server.

So I blocked the bastards at the firewall.

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