You hit me with a cricket bat!
Ha! Twelve years!
Wednesday, May 31
Future files - and eventually, past files as well - will appear here.
Tuesday, May 30
Up now in the clips library: the opening and closing credits of Tweeny Witches (DVD version; edited down slightly from the original versions I posted), and the opening credits for Cutey Honey, Cutey Honey Flash, the Cutey Honey live action movie, and Re:Cutie Honey (spelling variable; since the creators aren't consistent I don't see why I have to be).
I'd like to add the credits for New Cutey Honey, but I only have it on VHS. If anyone out there has it on DVD, particularly if it comes with a textless version of the credits, please leave a comment.
Broadcast Machine seemed to be a bit slow doing updates of late, and even when displaying the galleries. It's supports MySQL, but you can use it without - after all, a simple text file should be fine if you're only going to have a few dozen items, right?
Well, evidently not, because when I reconfigured it to use MySQL just now it suddenly got much, much faster. How anyone could screw up the performance on such a small dataset so badly is beyond me, but they did. Well, that would all be of little import; just tell everyone to use MySQL. Except that if you switch to MySQL at a later date it randomises the sequence of all your files.
Fnord. Fnordling fnordy fnordness.
Update: Tried hacking the code. The database code in Broadcast Machine is mind-boggling bad. As bad as Movable Type. Possibly worse.
This is a common feature of open-source web apps. The people who write these apps don't have a clue how to cleanly interface with a SQL database. Of course, they're programming in PHP or Perl, so it's something of a case of "you can't get there from here", but the ways they find to make a bad situation worse can be entertaining. If you don't have to fix it, that is. And I do.
So far I've managed to break the channel display; none of my other changes have made the slightest difference. Why? Who knows. There are two different interfaces to MySQL, both of which replace the standard flat file storage system, which is in turn utterly broken.
Update: You know what the really great thing about Broadcast Machine is? When you try to upgrade or reconfigure it, and it infallibly goes wacko , you can downgrade it by reversing whatever you did - and get it back in a working state.
Update: Ye gods and little fishes! It takes THIRTY SECONDS for Broadcast Machine to pull 47 entries from a text file, sort them, and display the page. I originally thought it was my browser waiting for images to download or something, but no, it's taking THIRTY SECONDS OF CPU TIME. On a 2.8GHz Pentium D. It shouldn't be taking so much as thirty milliseconds.
Update: Back to MySQL. Enjoy your high-speed randomness. I'm going to bed.
Update: Apart from the fact that it doesn't work, it has this cute little trick: Every time you look at a listing of any of the channels, it sucks the entire database into an array. Oy.
Monday, May 29
Do not trust the lolis.
They cheat at cards.
Hale is Charlie Brown.
Guu is Lucy.
Sunday, May 28
The first dozen AMVs are available now.
I've linked back to the creators' pages at animemusicvideos.org so that if you like a particular video you can find what other work they've done.
Uploaded today: The high quality, un-subtitled (but not textless) versions of the Haruhi opening and closing, and all versions of the opening and closing credits for Galaxy Angel. (Some of these were available previously in the Clips and Clips2 collections.)
I'm going to make all the clips available for individual http download, but that will take a little while, as there are now 155 of them. I also have about twenty AMVs to upload. None of them are my work; they're just ones I've particularly enjoyed.
Friday, May 26
New goodies up in my anime clips collection: Opening credits for Sasami - Mahou Shoujo Club, opening and closing credits (and closing credits and closing credits) for Renkin San-kyuu Magical? Pokaan, and opening and closing credits for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Most of the closing credits for MagiPoka are Matroska files, .mkv, rather than the usual avis I provide. There is a reason for this, but you will need a Matroska aware player to discover what it is. You should be able to get Windows Media Player to do the job; my current preferred alternative (since BSPlayer went crapware) is The Core Media Player. It's not pretty, but it works well enough.
Oh yes: BitTorrent trackering is currently rather messed up, so they're enabled for direct download. Try not to devour all my bandwidth.
I wound Broadcast Machine back to version 20. I also whined pathetically over on their forums.
Anyway, I'll put some more goodies up tonight.
Monday, May 22
Steven has a too many words post up about corny (anime) romantic comedies, including a point system for scoring them. But he doesn't calculate the scores for any Rumiko Takahashi shows, because he hasn't seen them. Let's see if we can fill in the gap.
2 or more people seriously contending for the affections of one (1 point for each serious contender)
Well, the two main characters have not just suitors but actual fiancees falling out of the woodwork. Let's start by counting themselves (ignoring their protests), and then adding, at a minimum, Ryoga and Kuno for Akane, and Shampoo, Ukyo, Kodachi, and Kuno (again) for Ranma. 8
...who trickle in 1
...who aren't human (1 for each) 0
...who have special powers (1 for each) 3 (being very conservative there)
Dorky hero (1) 0 He's an idiot, but he's not a dork.
...who has a unique power (1) 1
Klutzy heroine (1) 0 Akane may be klutzy in comparison to the grandmaster martial artists who litter the show, but in everyday terms, no.
...who has a unique power (1) 0 Access to malletspace is hardly unique.
Love expressed as violence (1) 1 I can only award one point?
Obvious choice (1) 1
Women with exaggerated figures (1) 0 for the TV series, but definitely 1 for the movies. Shampoo is pretty well-built even in the TV series, but not exaggeratedly so.
Jiggle (1) 1
Panty flashes (1) 1
Ecchi (1) 1 Not frequent, but it is there.
Joshikousei (1) 1 They're everywhere!!
Meido-san (1) 0
Accidental exposure (1) 1 And intentional, of course.
Accidental groping (1) 1
Swimsuits at the beach (1) 1
Bathing and yukatas in a bathhouse (1) 0 I could be wrong, but I don't recall any yukatas.
Kimonos at a summer festival or cultural festival (1) 0 I'm sure I'm wrong this time, but I can't recall a specific instance.
Girl's locker room (1) 1 Panty thief! Get him, girls!
Cosplay (1) 0 Unless you count Romeo and Juliette.
Romances among secondary characters (1) 0 Well, there's Mousse and Shampoo, but that doesn't really get anywhere.
Meganekko (1) 1 Ran-ko.
Annoying relatives (1) 1 You betcha.
Meddlers (friends or family) (1) 1 Big time.
No romantic resolution at the end (1) 0 I haven't seen the end, so just guessing here.
So 27 points for Ranma.
Tomorrow: Urusei Yatsura. Which gets complicated. You'd think no-one would be interested in Ataru, but he nearly gets married more than once. Hard to say who's serious (Elle, Kurama... sort of) and who's just trying to annoy Lum (Ran-chan, Oyuki). And then there's all the boys chasing Lum. And then there's poor Shinobu. And at least half the characters aren't human, so bonus points everywhere...
And I can still only award one point for love expressed as violence? "Darling no BAKA!" FZZZT!
Saturday, May 20
Here are the promised screencaps. I've resized them to fit on the blog; click for the original size.
First up, we have our Sammy-chan:
And Mama and Papa:
Sasami's friends, who probably have names, but I didn't catch them:
I think this is Misao, but they call her "Shinohara". In Magical Girl Pretty Sammy, Misao's surname was Amano.
Where the old Misao was just terribly shy, this one's a gloompuddle.
Anyway, Sasami with her friends:
Washuu is back, and she hasn't changed at all:
And look who's with her:
We don't normally associate Ryo-ohki with Washuu, but it makes perfect sense.
I don't know who's scarier, Washuu or Haruhi, but when they get that look, it's best not to be in the same universe:
A girl explains the facts of life to a boy:
Ah, the old mirror-on-the-shoe-trick:
Is something wrong?
That's got to be a bit drafty, surely:
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