Anime Link Salad

Nov. 28th, 2015 15:42
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Avex has posted two sampler videos (One and Two) for the songs on Ayako Ishikawa’s Anime Classic Album. Truly wonderful! I’m looking forward to receiving my copy!

Manga Creators Show Off Apple Pencil Tests.

Over at Anime Instrumentality they’re running a Poll for the Top 10 Anime Composers of all time. I’m not studied enough to participate, but I do recognize a number of composers on the blog staff’s Top 10 List. The comments for the post include a few more composers that should be considered.

I seriously have not been checking in frequently enough on Anime Nostalgia… sooooo many shows I know very well.

Not yet preordered… but likely indulgences for 2016… Shirobako, Vol 1 and Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Limited Edition Box Set.

Death of a thousand cuts

Nov. 28th, 2015 18:26
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I believe I was foolish enough to say something about being able to sleep in Friday morning. Was then sent a text at 10 p.m. on Thursday asking me to do someone's morning shift. Yes, well.

At work I scraped my knuckles on a sharp edge, was bitten by an invisible something that caused a large swelling on my forearm, and developed the usual winter fissure under the nail of my right forefinger. (Always the same finger, and only one finger, caused by combi of heat and frequent handwashing; exquisitely painful, and nothing makes it close up again until spring.) Callous on foot from orthotics cracked, making me limp all day; knees reacted to rain by aching ferociously on every step; high fibre lunch involving lentils led to the usual high fibre fallout.

Thus today has been devoted to languishing on sofa reading Stephen Booth, all of whose characters talk alike. OTOH went for a walk in the afternoon's pale November blues and sun, and found a copy of Dick Francis' The Edge at Doug Miller, which no one here has, including the library. So not a total bust.

Measuring Computer Power

Nov. 28th, 2015 23:17
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Posted by John Gruber

Dr. Drang:

And the power of a computer is always more dependent on the carbon-based unit outside the case than on the silicon inside.

Life Reboot: Status Report

Nov. 28th, 2015 23:12
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Posted by Wil

It’s been just over a month since I wrote about rebooting my life, and I thought it would be a good time to check in, see how I’m doing, and give myself some grades. If you were inspired to reboot your life, maybe this is a good time for you to check in, too.

So the only way this works is when we’re honest with ourselves. We have to honestly assess how we’re doing, take credit and feel good about the stuff that we’re crushing, and work harder on the stuff where we aren’t. I think we also have to be gentle and kind with ourselves. Regardless of how you end up grading your efforts, if you can honestly say that you are doing your best — and you accept that your best can vary from day to day — you get points for that.

Here are the seven things I did to reboot my life:

  • Drink less beer.
  • Read more (and Reddit does not count as reading).
  • Write more.
  • Watch more movies.
  • Get better sleep.
  • Eat better food.
  • Exercise more.

I’m going to check in on each one, give myself a grade on them, and figure out the average.

Drink less beer.

As I said last time, this was much easier than I was expecting. As much as I love a good IPA and finding out what the Bad Idea Bear in the bottom of a bottle of W00tstout has in mind, I really don’t miss it. Over a few months, I’ve gone from drinking two or three beers every day to one or two beers a couple of days a week. I sleep better, I feel less bloated, and though my secret admirer isn’t buying me presents at the moment, it’s a great trade off. I’ve lost about 4 pounds in about 6 weeks, and I’m not a tubby as I was before.

I also didn’t realize just how much time drinking lots of beer (or whatever your booze of choice is) takes up. Whether it’s staying in one place for an entire evening, or feeling like crap for a significant part of the next day, or just being too tipsy or outright drunk to do anything useful, the time you lose when you drink a lot is something I don’t hear people talk about, and I think we should.

Also, I’m not judging or shaming people who want to go get their drink on. Booze affects different people in different ways, and maybe it doesn’t suck up five hours of your night and the entire first part of your next day. But it can do that for me, and that was a big part of “this isn’t working for me”.

I’m giving myself an A on this one.

Read more (and Reddit does not count as reading).

I’ve spent a lot of time on planes since I started this, because I’ve been working on both The Big Bang Theory, and Powers. I fly between Atlanta and LA a bunch, and sitting on a plane is very conducive to reading more, at least for me.

But I want to read every day, and I haven’t made the time to do that. I was going to say, “I haven’t been able to do that,” but that’s not really true. If I wanted to make the time, I would have spent it reading instead of running Greater Rifts in Diablo 3.

Still, what I’ve read has been inspiring, which is the whole point of this part of the process. I also count certain podcasts, like The Black Tapes and The Message, as reading, because they’re dramatic narrative that make me think about storytelling, balancing plot development and exposition with character and story development, and make me want to create my own fictional narrative works. I’d like to give myself a B on this, but I think that I haven’t earned it. I’m going to give myself a C, even though I probably deserve a C-, because I get a little bit of a curve, due to all the creatively demanding work I’ve been doing.

Write more.

I get an F. Oh, boy do I get an F. I get a big old F in red pen with “see me after class” written next to it.

I could make some excuses, and I even believe some of them: I’m working so much as an actor, the creative part of my brain is completely focused on that task. I’m exhausted at the end of a day on the set, and the last thing I want to do — and maybe the last thing I’m able to do — is switch positions on the field in the ninth inning. Writing, for me, takes thought, and focus, and a willingness to be emotionally open and reflective. When I’ve been living in someone else’s skin all day on the set, I don’t want to do that. I’m sure I could, if I really wanted to (Felicia wrote like a boss when we were working on Eureka together), but I’m not making myself do it.

I’m posting tons of stuff on my stupid Tumblr thing, and adding a lot of original thoughts and commentary there, but I don’t count that toward this particular grade because that’s not the kind of writing I want and need to do more of. I’ve made notes in my notebook for the story I want to finish, and I have almost all of it worked out in broad strokes and basic ideas, but the real fun of writing it down and telling the story and surprising myself with unexpected discoveries hasn’t happened.

I’m giving myself an F on this one because the task is a simple one: write more, and I haven’t even written the same amount that I was writing when I hit the reset button. Yes, I’ve been busy, but lots of people are busy and still find time to do the things they want to do. And that F doesn’t mean I’m a failure, it just means I’ve failed at this particular task, because I’m not making the effort. I’m creatively fulfilled in other ways, at the moment, so I don’t need this the way I usually do. Because I don’t need it, I’m not motivated, and while that isn’t the end of the world right now, once I slow down and have the time, I better motivate myself. The reason I need to see myself after class is so I can tell myself this, and make sure I understand that I know I can do that, and I expect it from myself.

Watch more movies.

Just like reading more, the point of watching more movies is to get inspired, to open and maintain a strong connection to my creative self. Like I wrote last time, this has been the hardest thing for me to do, because of the time involved.

But, I’ve been on planes, and I have thumbdrives and a laptop, so I’ve watched at least one movie on every leg of every flight I’ve recently taken. I’m focusing on classics, like Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and Badlands. I’ve also been watching quality television that feels like movies. Shows like Narcos, Jessica Jones, and The Expanse have been entertaining and inspiring me.

I’m giving myself a B, because this is definitely above average, but I could probably watch more movies than TV shows, if I really wanted to.

Get better sleep.

I’ve only had a couple of bad nights recently, and both of them happened when I was jet lagged from going to Atlanta. One night was awful. I felt like I didn’t sleep at all, and when I was asleep, I was having terrifying nightmares like I haven’t had in ages. I had to keep waking myself up to remind myself where I was, who I was, why I was there, and that the terror was not real. Yeah, that was not a lot of fun. But this grade is about the effort, and the effort to get better sleep includes going to sleep when my body tells me it’s ready, even if I want to stay up and watch more TV or play more Diablo 3. It means eating earlier and not overdoing it so my tummy doesn’t ache when it’s time to go to sleep. It means getting enough exercise during the day to feel ready to go to sleep, and it means consistently doing the relaxation techniques I’ve been learning. This is one of those things that is about me doing everything I can to take care of myself, and accepting that if my brain is going to be an asshole, there isn’t a whole lot more I can do about it.

I’m giving myself another A for this one.

Eat better food.

So the point of this was to think about food as fuel for my body and my brain, and not just as something I want to eat because I’m hungry, it’s easy, and/or it tastes good. This is another thing that’s been a challenge, because I’m on the set a lot, and there really isn’t a lot of good, nutritious food readily available. Plus, being in airports and hotels and on planes isn’t exactly conducive to finding a lot of healthy options. That said, I’m doing okay with this one, pretty close to as best as I can. I travel with some high quality protein powder to mix into a drink every morning, and I take high quality meal replacement bars with me so I don’t have to eat airplane food unless I’m in some kind of food emergency. I’m hitting my calorie goals almost every day, and my nutritional macros are very close to exactly where I want them, but I could definitely do better here, and that’s just about commitment.

I give myself another B, though I’d probably give myself an A if I was grading on a curve (and if I wasn’t eating a giant plate of gluttonous Thanksgiving leftovers. I’m not made of stone, people.)

Exercise more.

This is the only A+ I’m giving myself. In fact, I could be like Ralphie’s teacher in his theme fantasy, writing A + + + + + + + all over the blackboard. I walk every day. I run almost every day, even if it means I have to get up earlier than I want to (I was going to say “need to” but that seems to push responsibility off of myself a little bit). I’m into week 5 of my couch to 5K program, and I absolutely love it. Zombies Run! 5K is one of the best things to ever happen to me, and not just because I’ve made an emotional connection to the characters. Being able to listen to someone talking me through my training has made all the difference. Looking at my pace, my total miles run, and scoring little achievements along the way has been cooler and more motivating than I ever expected.

I’m probably going to do week five over once I finish up on Powers, because it has been difficult to get in runs while I’m on location, and I don’t feel like my body will be ready to go into week six when I’ve had two or three days between each training run in week five. I’ve had very early calls, long days on the set, and I’ve been wiped out when I get back to my hotel. That’s not even a lame excuse, it’s a physical and mental reality, and I know that pushing myself at those times is a great way to hurt myself. I make the effort and the time to walk, though, and I do some squats, push ups, and sit ups a couple times a day to keep my blood moving, keep my metabolism up, and make sure my body knows that I expect it to stay in shape.

Still, I went out for a run on Thursday, and gave myself permission to run and walk as I felt necessary. I ended up going about two and a half miles, and I ran one of those miles in twelve or so minutes. It’s much slower than my usual pace, but all things considered, I still feel like I accomplished something.

I really earned this A+, and I’m proud of it.

So what’s my final grade average? I’ll add it up now, because I didn’t plan this out ahead of time. A minute or two will now pass for me, while less than a second will pass for you because reality is weird like that.

Out of 28 possible points, I earned 21. That gives me a 3.0, for a solid B. I feel like that’s pretty accurate. That F is pulling my average down like crazy, but I know I can bring that grade up without much difficulty.

So in a keeping score kind of way, I’m above average with room to improve. That’s really good, and I’m proud of that. In another way, though, Barney is the actual winner.

Wait. That’s not right.

In another way, though, I’m scoring off the charts. I feel really good, both physically and mentally. My Depression isn’t being a giant asshole (my anxiety has been shitty, though, which is unfortunately common when I have to travel a lot for work). I look and feel better than I have in years. I’ve lost weight, I’ve lost fat, and I feel more comfortable in my own skin. I’m happy. I’m, like, really happy. I’m able to be present as a husband and father, and I don’t spend any time in my day hating myself, which is a new thing for me.

This whole thing is a journey, and checking in right now is a way for me to assess my progress, reaffirm my commitments, and take a moment to feel proud of myself for reasserting control over my own life.

Yeah, I have work to do, and it’ll be hard at times, but that’s okay because everything worth doing is hard, and I’m doing a pretty good job right now.


iBedside and Prop ’n Go

Nov. 28th, 2015 22:16
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Posted by John Gruber

My thanks to Padded Spaces for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed to promote their iBedside and Prop ’n Go. iBedside is an elegant bedside caddy for storing — and charging — your iPad and iPhone. A magnetic shelf flips down with a flick, and three full-size pockets hold gadgets or books. Well-designed cable management keeps everything tidy.

Prop ’n Go is a comfortable stand for iPad and MacBook with 14 easily adjustable angles. Wrapped in memory foam, it’s perfect for keeping gadgets at just the right angle while lounging on the couch or laying in bed.

iBedside and Prop ’n Go also ship for free via Amazon US, CA, and EU, and they’re made in Seattle by crafters making livable wages. These are great holiday gifts.

Fill-in-the-Blanks Journalism

Nov. 28th, 2015 22:07
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Posted by John Gruber

If you ever feel like much of what you read in mainstream online journalism is written in advance — that it’s mostly just filling in the blanks of pre-written templates — your hunch is probably right.


Nov. 28th, 2015 14:40
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So, lots of stuff going on. Health, work, family, blah blah blah.

In the middle of all that, though, I adopted a new German Shepherd. Meet Jetta:

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She's a rescue. Which means that she's overweight, hardly trained, barely housebroken, tennis-ball obsessed, and suffers from separation anxiety. On the other hand, she loves people, is very snuggly, and has figured out pretty quickly that every time she goes in her crate she gets a treat, so we're learning to get along.

It will take a bit longer to get her used to having her nails clipped, though...

Oh, and the name is not for the car: it's a nickname for Bridget, except the original spelling was Gette, and it would be impossible to get anyone to pronounce it right. And since she's jet black, it seemed to work.
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Posted by Maddie Stone on Gizmodo, shared by Andrew Liptak to io9

Russia and Turkey each have their own version of what happened with that downed jet earlier this week, but science may have the last word. According to two Belgian astrophysicists, neither nation is being entirely truthful.


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Posted by Maddie Stone on Gizmodo, shared by Andrew Liptak to io9

Graphene, everybody’s favorite wonder material, has yet another trick up its sleeve. The ultra-strong, highly conductive carbon lattice is extraordinarily good at detecting faint and high frequency sound waves.


Earth's Children, again

Nov. 28th, 2015 15:27
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Considering the society Ayla grew up in, and the values she learned, why doesn't she think Jondalar is basically hideous when she meets him? Like, her own self-esteem is such that she thinks she's ugly, so why doesn't she see Jondalar in the same light? She could love him, and find him very dear, but still perceive him as just a bit fug. You know? Not that someone with her looks deserves any better, of course! I think he'd be really insulted, but it would probably be good for him.
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Posted by Ampersand


(Inspired by this. #NotallBerniesupporters.)

People Who Endorse Hillary: I’m voting for Hillary Clinton because

1) The next president is likely to appoint at least 2 Supreme Court Justices, and for every domestic policy issue I care about, whether a Republican or a Democrat chooses those two or more SC Justices is actually the single most crucial decision to be made by the President. So I’m voting for the candidate who is most likely to be able to beat whomever the GOP nominates.

2) The President can do relatively little domestically without Congressional approval (but see point 3 below), but is relatively unfettered when it comes to diplomatic policy. Hillary Clinton has a long history of significant diplomatic accomplishments, Clinton was instrumental in changing US policy towards Burma from one of isolation and sanctions to one of active engagement, which arguably played a major part in the military government allowing the transition to representative government to actually happen (so far). As Obama’s Secretary of State, Clinton is responsible for the successes of the administrations work on the loose nukes issue, making the world much safer. As first lady, Clinton took a large role in the negotiations with China over MFN status, and is probably still the most respected American politician in China today. Relations with China will be very important for the next President. (I plagiarized all these arguments from comment writers on an earlier post, btw – thanks, Kate Charles and Ben!)1

Sanders, in contrast, has no diplomatic experience, and on the campaign trail shows an irresponsible lack of interest in or knowledge of foreign policy. Since managing foreign policy is arguably the largest and most important thing a President does, it’s hard to endorse a candidate who doesn’t even seem to take these issues seriously.

3) If the next president is a Democrat, then on issues outside of foreign policy, they are guaranteed to face an obstructionist Republican Congress – Democrats have no chance of retaking the House in the next election, and little chance of retaking the Senate. So the next President will have to be an expert at wielding the limited powers of the White House to do whatever can legally be done without Congress’ cooperation.

In other words, experience in the executive branch matters. Knowing every legal loophole the White House can use to thread some decent policies past Congress, matters. Sanders may have better views than Clinton on many issues – but what matters most isn’t what the President would do if they had an imaginary wand they could wave to write policy, but what they will actually be able to accomplish despite the GOP Congress. And it seems unquestionable that when it comes to knowing those pragmatic loopholes, Clinton – a major player in two different President’s administrations – is a much better choice than Sanders.

4) After 43 male presidents in a row, it really is time for a woman to be president. I don’t mean to say that I’d vote for anyone as long as she’s female. But if I had an otherwise equal choice to make, being a woman wold be a good reason to vote for Hillary.

But if their sexes were reversed, I think I’d still be voting for male-Hillary over female-Bernie, because it’s not an equal choice; Hillary is the better candidate.2

People Who Endorse Bernie: See? SEE? The only argument Hillarybots make is “we need a women president!”

  1. The truth is, I don’t agree with all the pro-Hillary arguments above – I think Clinton’s diplomatic accomplishments are put in shadow by the danger of electing a president who supported the Iraq War and was instrumental in Obama’s disastrous Libya policies, and I’m very skeptical of “electibility” arguments, since if Bernie manages to win the Democratic primary despite Clinton’s huge advantages that would indicate to me that he probably has the skills needed to win the general election as well. (And, besides, “electability” arguments are what gave us John Kerry.) But they are definitely arguments I’ve seen people make.
  2. Actually, I will probably vote for Bernie in the Democratic primary, because I think he’s doing valuable work by pushing Hillary to the left, although damn I wish he’d push her much more on foreign policy. But by the time I get to vote here in Oregon, probably the Democratic primary will be over, even if Bernie is still on the ballot.
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Posted by Andrew Liptak

A new short featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens focuses on Rey, and what actress Daisey Ridley thinks people will be drawn to in her character. The clip shows off a couple of new clips along with it.


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Posted by Paul N Edwards on Gizmodo, shared by Andrew Liptak to io9

Starting later this month, the world’s nations will convene in traumatized Paris to hammer out commitments to slow down global climate change. Any long-term solution will require “decarbonizing” the world energy economy – that is, shifting to power sources that use little or no fossil fuel.


Star Trek: Renegades!

Nov. 28th, 2015 23:07
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The Kickstarter for Star Trek: Renegades episodes 2 & 3 is in its final days and still needs about $46,000 to meet its goal.

The first episode is available to watch in its entirety for free on YouTube. The series, which is independent and fan-funded, takes place in the original universe approximately ten years after the events of Nemesis.

You can back the Kickstarter at a variety of levels and help make the next phase of Star Trek happen!
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Posted by Fred Clark

I’m just going to post these tweets here as a reference point so we can pick this conversation up later after I get back from the Big Box.

Every once in a while, some disturbed person absorbs the language and logic of white evangelicalism’s Satanic baby-killer fantasies and, not realizing it’s all a disingenuous game, acts on it. “Pro-life” evangelicals are then forced to condemn that person’s actions in an awkward dance that forces them to admit, at least implicitly, that they do not take their own words and arguments seriously — and thus that no one else should take them seriously either.







Nov. 27th, 2015 15:55
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You can reject IQ as a measure of intelligence just because you dislike the Flynn effect. Or you can say that lower IQ scores among mothers prove that stupid people are outbreeding smart people. What you can't do is try to use both those arguments simultaneously. If you can't see why this is a bad idea, then you really need to excuse yourself from any conversation that even remotely touches on the subject of intelligence.


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