Awesome – Eclipse 2017

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Just got back from watching the eclipse over where my wife works.  (That way we only had to buy one viewing setup.)  It was, frankly, an awesome experience.  By that I mean the original meaning of the word – “extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear”.  (Not the common meaning where it’s an all-purpose expression of praise and enthusiasm.)

At first, though it was cool to look at (through proper glasses), but it didn’t seem to be much…  But as totality approached, even though it wasn’t full totality here, the light grew very noticeably dimmer and the air distinctly chilly.  The light was also of a very odd quality, not the same at all as when the light grows dim at dawn or sunset.  As a photographer, it was very noticeable…  Even the friend who was watching with us noted how spooky it was.  It was very easy to see how people of pre-scientific times would be deeply affected.. The world just doesn’t normally change so fast and then spring right back to its former shape as though nothing had happened.

And speaking of friends, this was different from most any other event in my life…  It happened in slow motion (over the span of roughly two hours), and so there was time to share the experience over social media.  It was… fascinating to read the reactions of friends and family scattered across the country in real-time.  And that’s setting aside all the preparations of the last few days and weeks as people bought the required safety gear and set out to travel to see the event.

All in all, I can’t say I experienced some kind of epiphany…  but I can’t say the experience left me untouched either.  I just can’t clearly express how.  Maybe it’s that part of my brain deep beneath the civilized and educated layers reacting.  I just don’t know, but felt I had to share.

More mundanely, I caught a number of interesting images such as this one – where the gaps between leaves were acting as little pinholes and projecting an image of the eclipse on the pavement:

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It’ll take some post processing work to see if I can make anything of them, but I still found it fascinating.

Anyhow, thanks for taking the time to read this and feel free to share your experiences and thoughts down in comments.

Now, back to the mundane rounds of daily life – errands, housework, and fighting with my now massively overdue Week 5/6 + Midseason Review post.  (Three quarters done, having some writer’s block problems on a couple of shows.)

The Curiosity Poll – results!

This all started with a simple question I asked on my Twitter:

With such a small number of responses the results were hardly definitive, But there was something of a clear trend.  Reader Dawnstorm tells me that the results may just be random, I’ll take his word for it. That lead me to post the same poll here at the Lounge last week.

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I half expected the trend to continue…  But I didn’t expect this:

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Even though it’s still a small number of respondents (14, and thus still suspect), the trend is even more clear.  Readers like a blog that at least contains some things other than anime.  This never was a referendum on the future of the Lounge, but it’s nice to see what I’ve been doing is liked.  (On the other hand, since the poll was of my readers there’s no doubt a bit of bias and self selection going on…)

Thanks to those who took part!  Drop a line down in the comments and tell me what you think!

Delay of post – one week penalty!

For various reasons…  (the heat, a busy week, downloading the latest version of Kerbal Space Program) I didn’t get last week’s post finished on time.  Rather than push it out incomplete, I’m just going to keep plugging away and work on a double entry for this week (the 18th).

There almost certainly won’t be an entry for the following week (weekly post would normally be on the 25th) as that’s the week of the County Fair… And I’ll be working the Fair the 23rd-27th.

Other than The Reflection, I am caught up, so if you have any comments on the week feel free!

 

Just out of curiosity – a poll.

OK, maybe the picture isn’t anime related, but I was just discussing Curiosity over on a space related forum… and when the title for this post came to mind, well I just couldn’t resist.

I posted a poll on Twitter a week or so back, and while I didn’t have any particular expectation, I did find the results surprisingly close.  So, out of curiosity, I thought I’d run the same poll here at the Lounge.

Please take a moment to answer the poll and feel free to elaborate down in the comments!

Personally, I like other stuff in moderation.  I like to get to know the person behind the keyboard.  (One of my philosophies is “a stranger is just an old friend you haven’t met yet”.)

Edit:  The poll is now closed – the results can be seen here.

Summer 2017 week 4

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Another week, some good eps, some bad eps, and a couple of spectacular eps.  Hit the jump to find out more!

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It’s the final countdown…

After this week’s ep of re:Creators somebody (I forget who and where) spoke of the protagonists getting ready for the “final battle”.  What with the oddly veering way my mind often works, that made me think of Europe’s 1986 single – The Final Countdown.

So, on a whim, off I went to YouTube to see what if any AMV’s there might be set to that tune.  And lo and behold – there were.  Hundreds of them…  and predictably virtually all of them stuck to the “Final Battle” trope.  Out of curiosity I kept paging through and found this little gem – the creator has reimagined Girls Dead Monster (from the anime Angel Beats) as a 80’s hair band in a typical 80’s concert video.  MTV is thirty-six years old as of today, and barely shows music anymore…  but at the time (only five years old and at the peak of its cultural relevance) it was positively flooded with this type of band and video, and the AMV was instantly familiar.  (Man, really showing my age here!)

Anyhow, I couldn’t resist sharing it.

For the curious and for reference, the original 1986 video can be seen here.