Monday, October 25, 2010


I watched the first episode of Ore no Imouto, which has basically turned my mind to mush, so I am going to collect my incoherent thoughts here.

To start, I've had to Pause to Recover several times during the episode, which usually happens for terrible shows but this one is...good? -Ish?

The opening is called Irony, which is (ironically) a more apt description of irony than the Alanis Morissette's own song, Ironic.

Unlike salt, which is, in fact, rather ionic.

Kyousuke, the main character, is voiced by Nakamura, who is notably the VA for Okazaki (Clannad) and Alto (Macross F). I bring these roles up because it means he's been a harem lead and a tsundere (respectively) before. Uh. Oh.

Kirino, main's sister, is voiced by Taketatsu who was Azusa. Yes, that Azusa.

*pause to recover*

Kirino is basically like having Haruhi for a sister. This one, not the BL one. Yeah, I'm calling that BL. Just look at them! Look at their hair!

In other words she's sociopathic. And a tsundere.

Also, she's a closet otaku.

*pause to recover*

Who pays for her eroges by modeling as a gravure idol.

*pause to recover*

"Why did you buy so many copies of the same thing?"
"As an offering!"

*pause to recover*

So, sucks to be Kyousuke.

On the other hand...

Maybe this is better than squid puns.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I don't even...

So is GQ some sort of welfare Esquire?

It's like a trainwreck, you just can't look away.

Though I am amused that Monteith is remains significantly more clothed throughout than his co-stars. Significantly.

Also, no doubt Grondin has found these pictures of Lea Michele's "tiny" breasts already.

Didn't see it coming

Insane drug laws + right to bear arms.

Who would've thought that was a bad combination?

Well played, America. Well played.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Canadians like chef Michael Smith too much

I spent the day watching Iron Chef America.

The outrage from Michael Smith losing is ridiculous.

First of all, Iron Chef isn't exactly serious business. I mean, I love Jamie Oliver and he lost. Oh well, time to move on. I don't respect him any less because of that.

Secondly, the show isn't that biased towards Flay. His record is 69% (lolol), which is good (~2 wins per loss) but actually puts him percentile-wise in the bottom-half of the Iron Chefs (not including Wolfgang Puck). And a 54-40 point domination is something I've rarely witnessed on the show, so Smith must've put on a really weak defense.

Thirdly the ingredient was a damn avocado, not elephant bushmeat. Don't act like it was super-weighted towards Flay, if you're a world class chef, you should know how to use something like that. Besides, Smith used canned tuna. Really? Really?

Finally, what's all this talk about the American judges not understanding Canadian cuisine? Come on, sauerkraut is more foreign than we are.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Interview with John Sculley

Followed a link to Cult of Mac:

The thing that separated Steve Jobs from other people like Bill Gates — Bill was brilliant too — but Bill was never interested in great taste. He was always interested in being able to dominate a market. He would put out whatever he had to put out there to own that space. Steve would never do that. Steve believed in perfection. Steve was willing to take extraordinary chances in trying new product areas but it was always from the vantage point of being a designer. So when I think about different kinds of CEOs — CEOs who are great leaders, CEOs who are great turnaround artists, great deal negotiators, great people motivators — but the great skill that Steve has is he’s a great designer. Everything at Apple can be best understood through the lens of designing.

Whether it’s designing the look and feel of the user experience, or the industrial design, or the system design and even things like how the boards were laid out. The boards had to be beautiful in Steve’s eyes when you looked at them, even though when he created the Macintosh he made it impossible for a consumer to get in the box because he didn’t want people tampering with anything.

In his level of perfection, everything had to be beautifully designed even if it wasn’t going to be seen by most people.

I can attest to the truthfulness of this on circuit boards; I remember when I first cracked open my 'book I was to exclaiming to people about how beautiful it looked in there. But FFS! What a waste of money.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Album Art: Take Two

This time though, I am posting covers that suck.

Keyar may check for approval:
[ ] Y
[ ] N

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


For the record, Grondin, this is small.

Monday, October 11, 2010


CiV is as of current broken in half on high difficulties.

Apparently it has REX syndrome worse than CivIII; you can keep settling onto tundra to happiness limit and it does not matter because they are powered by maritime food engine and you just run libraries/specialists in all of them.

The AI is also notorious for its terrible tactical awareness. This is counteracted by its production bonuses as you crank up the difficulty.

"This is feeling less strategic and more tower defense."

Interestingly enough, this runs counter to their selling points of less cities, more strategic combat.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Literal Civ4

<< 15:03:35: immortals are pretty hax
>> 15:03:53: raeps archers
<< 15:04:25: why does that make any sense
>> 15:04:50: YOU try fighting immortals with a bow and arrow
>> 15:05:00: you may have multiple arrows
<< 15:06:26: phalanx should
<< 15:06:39: actually
<< 15:06:45: they rape immortals already

>> 15:07:07: phalanx is a formation
>> 15:07:11: should've been hoplites
>> 15:07:15: it was hoplites in civ3
>> 15:07:18: dont know why they changed it­

<< 15:07:52: theoretically when athens builds a hoplite
<< 15:08:04: they are not literally building
<< 15:08:13: one hoplite
>> 15:08:27: lol
<< 15:08:49: they should pluralize everything to avoid confusion
<< 15:09:08: alternatively
<< 15:09:13: do 3 hoplites­ form a phalanx?
>> 15:09:44: you need two endpoints for a line
>> 15:09:47: so i guess 3 is sufficient
>> 15:09:54: it'll be a pretty shitty phalanx though
<< 15:11:47: but the thousand nations of the persian empire
<< 15:11:52: will also only have
<< 15:11:55: 3 immortals
>> 15:12:00: lol­

<< 15:12:14: each nation is contributing
>> 15:12:26: 0.003 men
<< 15:12:56: they can't spare too many
<< 15:13:13: they only have 3 pop/nation
>> 15:13:19: athens houses
>> 15:13:21: 4 people
<< 15:13:35: the 5th one
<< 15:13:37: is a dick
<< 15:13:41: and won't work

New Nano

The UI actually makes me want to seek out some album art for my songs; not like space is an issue on PMPs anymore.

Here are some covers that I like:

I'm giving a special mention to the Cowboy Bebop OST 1, because I love that they made it in the style of bebop era jazz albums.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Panty & Stocking Quite Something

Actually, quite good.

Also, I liked the BGM there. Apparently, Gainax is barely avoiding the banhammer from censors with this one.

Just found out that Cal U is in California.

California, Pennsylvania that is.

Fuck me!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Richard Stallman et alii are crazy et cetra

The usual arguments aside, has it ever occurred to these guys that software often needs to leverage proprietary technologies outside of the software realm entirely?

How are you going to deal with that kind of third party licensing?

Answer: you don't.

That's why GIMP will never support things like Pantone colours. Hell, they're barely competent enough to have CMYK support at all.

Good luck being taken seriously.

Also, Inkscape sucks and people should be ashamed of using it.

Who'd have guess that well paid developers make better products?