Holiday Weekend

Hope yours was happy. Mine was okay — but here’s what I did Saturday: the Houston Autorama.

If you jazz up your Lincoln Continental, does that make it a Blingcoln Continental?


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Takao is My Waifu!

So, another comment got away from me and became a post… original post by Wonderduck here, all about World of Warships.

Regarding paper ships, if you follow some of the Developer pieces, they talk about how the game was based on more real stats and such up through beta 0.2, at which point they realized that the lack of balance was going to kill the game in the long run. So they re-wrote the game almost from scratch, and changed the philosophy to favor game balance over realism. Without the paper ships and post WWII ships, there’d be huge gaps … the Germans wouldn’t have any T9 BB’s, and only the Japs would have T10′s.

Mostly, it was a good idea. Mostly. I think the American ships lose a lot of their advantages (fire control and damage control). And you can’t model crew quality, nor officer thinking/training/preconceptions.

I prefer PVP, as the bots just aren’t enough of a challenge. Not to say I’m good at it (I’m not), but I just managed to get my second T8 ship, the North Carolina. And I’m at T6 with the IJN.

I agree with Wonderduck that the Cleveland is a sweet ship; I prefer it to the T7 Pensacola or T8 New Orleans. The Pepsi-can is too fragile (although the Brit cruisers give new meaning to the word – OMG!), and the NO is just “crunchy, tastes good with ketchup” in an environment replete with Bismarks and Tirpitzs.

Amusing story: Last night I engaged in a battle of “pop goes the weasel” between my ARP Ashigara and an enemy Dunquerke. At the final confrontation, I choked and fired too early, doing underwhelming damage with most of my salvo. The Dun got his guns clear and our next shots were almost simultaneous; his shells hit just before I fired. As he blew up, I checked my damage, and set course for an enemy New Mexico… I had 4 hit points left.

Yep, four. There was no red visible on my silhouette at all.

The amazing thing is that I actually engaged the battleship and landed several hits, then survived the game through sheer luck and inspired maneuvering. We won on points.

EDIT: From my comment on Wonderduck’s thread: My stats are visible here.

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Edit 2: Takao.

Mai Waifu

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Sigh.

I’m just not feeling it for anime this season. I don’t think it has anything to do with Steven’s passing, but I’m finding no interest in what’s showing on Crunchy. Not sure what put me off of Izetta; probably the conceit that she’s the “last witch.” So, she’s so yuri for the Princess, she’s not going to marry and have kids? No one else has any talent for witchcraft at all? Ever? Yeah, right.

Drifters…. my attention drifted after one episode. I keep trying to watch the 2nd, and can’t get past the opening. RWBY kind of lost me with that downer ending to S3 and the timeskip. I might catch up again, might not.

My Wife is the Student Council President: Stupid premise, stupid manga, just not interested in it at all. Well, that can’t be 100% true, since there’s a whole lot of anime I’m not going to bother to mention here because I can’t even be interested in looking it up.

Magical Girl Raising Project — I really ought to watch it. Can’t be bothered. Well, maybe it’s a case of I’m almost afraid to watch it. Can it possibly approach Madoka levels?

Brave Witches: Sadly, I’ve come to realize — pants are a sign of civilization. Yet another cute coming-of-age story, but the original Suommus Misfit squadron (in print) was better– the Japanese girl was demonstrably wrong and had to grow out of her problems, the Brit was a headcase from survivor’s guilt, the American was a total klutz. I’m not interested in a spunky cub fighter who begs for a chance to play with the big girls; done to death. I’d pull out Stratos 4 again if I want that.

I’m still following a number of mangas, maybe I’ll write on that next week.

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Steven Den Beste, In Memoriam

I can’t write like I used to, and this is a subject about which I never could. I’m bummed. I’m sad. I want to go have a cry like my best friend died. I’m reasonably sure he didn’t reciprocate — i was probably more annoyance than friend, the few times we corresponded.

One of the greats has fallen. Steven DenBeste, he of the smartass ancestor, passed away sometime in the last week. Probably even unnoticed, at his apartment. He was the largest of my three main inspirations when I took up blogging (at Houblog all those years ago), and he had a lot of influence on my early years. The fact that he also liked anime was just icing on the cake.

So, as I can’t do him justice with a eulogy, I’ll do what I can do in his honor: Post pictures of scantilly-clad anime girls. Warning: NSFW below the fold.

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This doesn’t look good at all (Update)

Steven DenBeste has been out of contact for over a week now. Brickmuppet managed to determine his address close enough to contact the police, who reached his family. They declined police assistance and are “handling it within the family.” Follow the thread here.

UPDATE: Steven has passed. Damn.

I’ve tagged this “Death in the family” because that’s what it feels like.

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And Now We Know

Ever since the plot synopsis of Magical Girl Raising Project became known, everyone has asked the question: “light farce, or Madoka dark?”

The first scene of the first episode:

Ouch!

Yeah, I guess that’s a clue. But it gets weirder. Not only do the next few scenes seem to establish Our Girl as a thoroughly Broken Cutie and (now) Axe Crazy, the OP is all happy-friendship! And the protagonist is probably as big of a magical girl otaku as can be. So’s the guy who becomes her magical girl partner. No, I don’t mean “partner to her magical self.” I mean he’s a magical girl, who becomes her partner.

And I don’t mean a masou shujou by any means. He turns into a girl (though with a strange reptile tail, it seems) when he transforms. Looks like it’s going to be…weird. I’d post a few more pics, but I’m having issues with Crunchy right now. Maybe they’re being DDOSed? Sorry.

That is why I can’t post much about Izetta: The Last Witch. I watched it, and it’s got strong elements of yuri between Princess Fine’ and Izetta, the witch. Although we don’t see that until the end, when the two meet (again) rather explosively. Fine’ comes across as a committed, dedicated noble’s noble. She is not a delicate flower, for all that she’s pretty; her enemies describe her as “tomboyish” though I think that’s selling her short. Other than a traumatic childhood, we don’t have much to determine Izetta’s nature yet, though she’s obviously very dedicated to the Princess.

Haven’t watched anything else yet, but these two are looking like keepers, so far.

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Things We Needed To Know

How to wear a samurai sword.

Spotted over at Instapundit.

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