Monday, May 17


Daily News Stuff 17 May 2021

Sand On Zanzibar Edition

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  • The secret is to bang the rocks together, guys.  (Bloomberg)

    Or in this case, buy up the small companies working as sub-contractors in your field, pay everyone more to keep the staff happy, and squeeze out the middlemen who were taking all the profits.
    Software engineers are underpaid in Japan compared to the U.S. and there’s a shortage of them, according to Saito.
    Funny how that correlation escapes so many people.  Mind you, the shortage of good engineers is universal.

Anime of the day is Iria: Zeiram the Animation, a six-episode OVA series from 1994.  At the time all I knew about this was that it was awesome; it came out about the same time as the world wide web so there was limited information about who or what Zeiram was or why they needed to qualify this as "the animation".

Zeiram was the titular monster of a 1991 Japanese live action sci-fi / horror film - also featuring Iria - and this anime series acts as a prequel.  Apparently the live action film (and its sequel) are not particularly well-regarded, but the anime series is a minor classic.

Update: Apparently that clip is blocked in certain less enlightened countries.  Here's an alternative.

Tech News

Hololive Clip of the Day

You might wonder why anyone would watch an anime girl play Minecraft when they could just play the game themselves, and this is why.

Disclaimer: You might wonder if all of Hololive is like that, and the answer is no, some of it is a little strange.

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1 "And hold three times as much energy"  as other aluminum cells.  That's not very useful without a comparison to lithium-ion cells.  "Conveniently", the wikipedia article for aluminum-air batteries shows an energy density (as of 2002) in Wh/kg, while the lithium-ion page shows the densigy in Wh/L, making them incomparable, at least without figuring the conversion factor, which I'm not interested in doing at the moment.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, May 18 2021 02:16 AM (eqaFC)

2 They should combine those with the magical Oxyride batteries that produced "stronger, deeper bass" in portable music players!


Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, May 18 2021 02:34 AM (ZlYZd)

3 Those batteries might be great, but can you use them to power the black magic markers that keep the stray light from interfering with your CD lasers?

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, May 18 2021 07:55 AM (obo9H)

4 Only cargo-cultists use black magic markers; scientists know that the best sound comes from a specific shade of green. Thirty years of expert anecdotes on audiophile forums can't be wrong!


Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, May 18 2021 09:37 AM (ZlYZd)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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