Winter 2018 – Week 8

Everyone’s favorite grumpy old man anime blogger returns to shout at clouds once again for another week of insight, snark, and the occasional hot take!

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And hey, you should be impressed, I learned how to make drop shadows to make that image…  It’s not a skill I normally use, as I mostly use Photoshop to edit photographs.

Anyhow, hit the jump and let’s dive into this week’s reviews!
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Worth Reading – 2/26/2018

These links have been collecting on my virtual desk for a couple of weeks, so it’s probably time to get another issue of Worth Reading out.  I know I said this would be an irregular features, but on the other hand I don’t want to let them stack up.

(I’ve been building a collection of images I use for similar posts, haven’t been able to find one I like for Worth Reading…)

All that being said, hit the jump and let’s dive in!

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Yamato 2199 Group Watch – Episode 16

 

Episode 16 – Alternative Futures

The crew of the Yamato face a new, unexpected, and dangerous enemy this week…  one that walks the decks of the Yamato herself…

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Hit the jump and let’s dive into this week’s episode!

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Winter 2018 – Week 7

It has been one heck of a week.  Almost-but-not quite sick for two days (when I should have been writing).  Spent most of Sunday without power due to a windstorm and Sunday night and most of Monday in a hotel.  (No power means the apartment got too cold for our guinea pigs.)

All that and a dose of writer’s block – means an even shorter and less organized entry than usual.  My apologies.

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That being said, let’s hit the jump and get right to it shall we?

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Yamato 2199 Group Watch – Episode 15

 

Episode 15 – Point of No Return

Political plots, cliffhangers, and a bang up space battle – another packed episode this week.

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Winter 2018 – Week 6 & Midseason thoughts.

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Here we are for another week!  Some really good eps this week, and some that are just average.  Also, my mid-season thoughts on each show.  Hit the jump and let’s get started!

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Seattle Photowalk – Pike Place Market

In which your humble correspondent takes part in a photo club outing to Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market.

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Yamato 2199 Group Watch – Episode 14

Special attacks against Yamato have failed twice now…  The Gamilas try a new tactic.

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Winter 2018 – Week 5

And here we are for another week!  I can hear your excitement from here!

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I could write something amusing or profound here, but nothing comes to mind except “why aren’t you watching Yuru Camp?“.   So let’s hit the jump and run down this week’s shows.

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Worth Reading – 2/7/2018

I know, I know…  back in my anniversary/State of the Blog post I said that Worth Reading was temporarily suspended.  But the blogging community insists on publishing Really Cool Stuff, and I just can’t resist sharing.  So, I’m starting to collect links again but rather than publishing on a fixed schedule (which was a PITA anyhow) I’ll publish whenever I have “enough”.   Enough time to edit and write, enough material to make it worth your while to read.

All that being said, let’s take a look at what’s Worth Reading:

  • Recently I came across Jakitauji (Yes Kitauji?) by Jakiba, and a pair of interesting entries:
  • John Samuel of Pirates of the Burley Griffin took a major vacation trip last year, and visited a number of interesting place… including tank museums. He’s taken his photographs of tanks and produced a series: Meet the Cast: The Tanks of Girls und Panzer. Check them out: Ōarai, St. Gloriana & Saunders, Pravda, and Kuromorimine.
  • Stop Calling Everything a Madoka Rip-off! – a strong compare-and-contrast of Madoka Magica and YuYuYu by Zeria of Floating into Bliss.  I happen to agree with her, while the two have surface similarities because they’re in the same genre…  The similarities end there.

Living as I do in an area with a large number (and a long history, not all of it happy) of pan-Asian immigrants and first and second generation residents…  I take it for granted that Asian ingredients are easily available.  Within two miles (give or take) of my apartment there’s five pan-Asian grocers, one of which is a full size grocery store with Asian, Hispanic, and Western (American) departments.  (I’m a geek, I actually opened Google Earth, drew a circle, and counted.)  There’s easily another half dozen or so in the central and northern portion of the county.  (I’m not so familiar with the south end.)

  • So I found this account on NPR of how a Toyota factory in Lexington, KY spurred local demand for Japanese grocery products pretty interesting…  Especially since the demand isn’t just from immigrants and temporary residents.

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Yes, yes, I should be working on today’s post today…  But this happened yesterday, and for whatever reason my mind still refuses to focus this morning.  So I thought I’d use my morning blogging time somewhat productively and edit and publish this post.

So, it’s official, today’s normally scheduled weekly post will be delayed until tomorrow.

Now off to housework and errands, will get back to writing and editing this afternoon.  One of the errands is to the grocery store mentioned above as they carry some better-than-average instant ramen, and we’re getting low.  Time to stock up again.

Thanks for reading!  Drop a line in the comments and let me know what you think!