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Anime Review: Summer 2015

— August 1, 2015

A lot of enjoyable things this time. Do not read anything about SCHOOL-LIVE!. Just watch it all the way through. It will be tempting to say it is boring and skip it, and are they not paying any attention to some of the details, but just watch it. The bad news: Hulu has worked its way up to 3 sets of 180 second ad blocks, plus...

Nerd Talk: Robot or Not, the Major

— July 25, 2015

I would like to chime in on this week’s Robot or Not Podcast, in which the Major, Motoko Kusanagi, is judged Not A Robot on the grounds that she is clearly a cyborg with a human brain. It’s the opening credits in the movie, so no spoiler there. However, and this is spoilery, especially as Jason may or may not have seen even the rest of...

Package Manager Review: npm and bower

— July 14, 2015

I generally like npm, but I’ve been having a few issues with it. Upgrading node can break things in installed packages, which seems odd for a package manager. I’d hope the packages are not modifying node, but there seems to be some sort of binary dependency. Also odd for a package manger: it doesn’t ever list node or npm versions as a requirement. Ionic’s own code...

Anime Review: Spring 2015 Review

— July 1, 2015

Season’s winners include ETOTAMA, which has the quirky 3D pretty mode, and the odd and fast paced Blood Blockade Battlefront, which manages to have a rich, detailed world without beating every last detail to death. I enjoyed MY love STORY!!, although I’m not sure who the audience is supposed to be. It’s more of a comedy than a romance, and thankfully ignores the commonplace romance tropes....

Podcast Network Review: The Incomparable

— June 1, 2015

I have already praised The Incomparable podcast itself, but it has a number of loosely related shows. There’s the brand new Robot or Not?, in which the robotness of various things is argued. Mostly it is just massively nerdy. Though not nearly as nerdy as Total Party Kill, in which people play D&D for your amusement. Dice rolls for everyone! I enjoy the concept of Unjustly...

Scam Review: Microsoft Tech Support

— May 1, 2015

I get a lot of calls from “Microsoft” tech support, claiming to have received errors from my computer. It might just be a lack of other human contact, but I’ve been engaging with them. Sometimes it takes 5 minutes to figure out I don’t have a Windows key on my keyboard or a start menu before they give up, sometimes they hang up on me when...

Anime Review: Spring 2015

— April 15, 2015

Overall, nothing that amazed me. The end of “Seraph of the End”‘s first episode was unexpected, but I don’t know about the actual show. Re-kan, Plastic, Gunslinger will probably be solid. “Is it wrong etc” gets points for having a non-Potato protagonist. – Is it wrong to try and pick up girls in a dungeon: points for being the nekomimi show of the season, though it...

Anime Review: Winter 2015 Review

— April 1, 2015

Not actually all that much to say. Did not watch most of the shows this season. Many were sequels to things I haven’t seen, or were terrible. Of the new shows, I only watched 3, and while 1 was great, the others annoyed me at times. Death Parade would be a great show any time, but this season it is a lone light in the darkness....

Dog Review: Shiba

— March 20, 2015

Shiba Inu (brushwood dog) are Japanese dogs that are reportedly used to fetch things from dense brush, where the thick neck fur and small pointy ears would be an advantage. I say reportedly, because my sister’s 2 shiba seem unlikely to go fetch things, or return at all. Shiba are genetically more related to wolves than most dogs. This doesn’t make them wild (they are Japanese...

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