Quick Thought: Situation Normal – All Foch’d Up

My condolences to Marshall Ferdinand Foch, but that was actually a ‘clean’ curse word issued by many tankers after meeting the AMX 50 (155) “Foch” Tank Destroyer. Armored with a good slope and a dangerous gun that requires me a little bit of swallowing the brave pill even after defecating in my pants to properly attack and defend against.

But right now, my life is coasting, in rough seas really. Speaking of the seas, I had made it into the World of Warships Alpha Test in its second wave, and that’s the end of that, considering I’m under NDA. Speaking of things I shouldn’t be talking about, two members of my family were struck with illnesses and I am having some really bad twinge-like pain on my right foot on the ring toe up to the back of the heel. I dunno…

Gaming-wise, I started playing Aura Kingdom with friends, and now I know why the chibi-goddess and emperor of all radios my good friend Yekaterina is so good at games. He will use the game’s own system against it and soon he and more advanced guildmates are soloing bosses and doing events no one in their level should be able to do. We’re on the second server, in-game name for primary (Ranger/Bard) is IJN_Zuikaku and secondary (Gunner) is IJN_Yuubari. It’s a fun little MMORPG that reminds me of Ragnarok Online.

I’ve given World of Tanks a bit of a break, there are some things I want to settle or at least let it pass with my current clan (STGGA), though the possibility to drop clan tags is once again in the future. Having repurchased the FV4202, I’ve yet to fully replay it, though its old crew is back in it. I am tempted to repurchase not only the Centurion I but the Caernarvon as well as the Matilda Black Prince, if only to get back to leveling my British crew and being more diverse in my lineup. But we shall see.

On Kantai Collection, I have the second monitor completely devoted to the Firefox window with my API on it, and listening to Akatsuki bully me at eight in the morning for my alarm (only to have my alarm go off as well) is kind of nice. But since my last run with AL/MI, I have been in a severe bauxite shortage and not running anything (mainly also because of other games).

Also, RNG has saw fit to grant me a Taihou. The LSC involved meant my replenished Bauxite supply was completely shattered again. But it was well worth it I think.

I’ve given up on War Thunder’s Ground Forces. I can’t get past the grind, the unpolished polished game (many hiccups) and the sheer fact that I get more enjoyment from my one or two battles of WoT than I ever would in WT:GF. Flying in WT makes me crash into a mountain I swear wasn’t there a second before. Or as my friends call it “your natural enemy…cliffs (or any tall geographic feature you fall off, crash into, or die from)”.

Speaking of games I’ve not logged on for a while, I haven’t gotten around to finishing the various many games of Civilization V I have, or taken my Aurora flying in Star Citizen lately. But since in Civ V, all I’ve done was bumrush the Forbidden Palace and get my gold and culture on a steamroll, I tend to end up going for Diplomatic and Cultural victory. Kinda hard to lose when not only are other nations listening to my pop music and wearing my blue jeans, but by greasing the wheel, I have almost all of the City States under my beck and call. Something I think, would make the folks over at VoC laugh.

On the work front? It’s very tiring. 1330 to 2200 is a good shift (though I wish to get the 0330 to 1200 shift next time around), but I have some coworkers I have a mind to keep my mouth shut about. Management is…management, those above me in rank are a hit or a miss, only a few I would really follow out of respect of the person and the rank rather than just a rank. The physical and mental strain show sometimes but it’s often after some other thing like say, a relative getting suddenly ill, brings it out. I aim to take the Foreign Service Officers Test next year, though looking through the study guide makes me realize I wished I still had a lot of my old textbooks and my free access to stuff like The Economist and Foreign Policy.

Politics wise? What the hell was this #GamerGate stuff, I’m not too aware of it, since I merely play games for enjoyment, couldn’t care less of any other gaming review personality that isn’t Ben “Yatzhee” Crowshaw’s Zero Punctuation. So this propping up came as a surprise to me, especially if Professor Reynolds posted a few things about it over at Instapundit. I won’t even bother with the current foreign and domestic policy stuff, I don’t need to get my blood boiling at 0225 HRS. Or anything really, that has to deal with the crap spewed by some people in the SF/F crowd that causes Larry Correia to go fisking things.

Anyways, stress at work, insecurities at home, annoyance with the news media…typical SNAFU. At least I have KanColle, Aura Kingdom, World of Tanks, and World of Warships to carry me until Anime USA in October and the Fall Season start.

But in reality…I just need more sleep, something I should do now.

Edit: I should really stop editing this post and go to sleep. Lynette is a patient daki at the very least.


Art Credits, because it seems WordPress borked my layout.

Akatsuki and Penguin Pillow by musouzuki on pixiv

Diplomatic Victory Screenshot from Civilization wiki.


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Rail Wars! (Episode 12: Everyone’s Waiting)


And thus ends our twelve week run of rails and bewbs. I know a lot of people were expecting this to be some technical anime on the specific trains and whatnot, and to be fair, so was I, but I was mildly surprised at the change. This is going to be short, since the episode itself was rather uneventful compared to the previous arcs.

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Rail Wars! (Episode 11: Be Grateful; I’ll Go With You)


And so we conclude this short story arc with a little of character interactions, the touch-and-go shipping of Bernina and Naoto, and some more Aoi x Naoto.

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A Dearth of Memory: A Quick Thought

Alternatively: How Apple’s new devices overshadow the remembering of a significant event in a lot of people’s lives.


Frankly, it’s no surprise that as much as I respect VoC‘s intelligence and wit, I do not agree with a lot of things he says. But it might be because, regardless of the fact, I was a naturalized American and I see the benefits of living here, rather than, say, my old home. I imagine he’ll respond either to this or have something tastefully untasteful to say about today, but it’ll be hard to refute him when 1) I really couldn’t care less and 2) most people nowadays are more likely to forget.

13 years ago, the so-called Pax Americana ended with merely 10 years to its name. Some may call it less, some can call it none at all, but the period of a ‘go-go nineties’ died the moment two Boeing 767s hit the twin towers (AA Flight 11 was a 767-223ER, United Airlines Flight 175 was a 767-222). As a young child, not even a teenager, I had just arrived in the US with my family nary 6 months beforehand, living with my uncle. My biggest concerns of the time was seeing really, the difference between my old school system and the one I was in (the library was massive). After that, my appreciation of my soon-to-be adopted country was enhanced in the patriotic fervor I guess not seen since the Japanese sneak attack on Dec. 7th 1941.

Thirteen years ago, I was a twelve-year-old at Ormond Stone Middle School. I remembered that day because when I left my History class, news of the first tower being hit happened. I had gotten to the next class, English, and we were watching the news channel seeing the first tower burning when we saw the second plane hit.

I imagine this will stay with me for a while.

The world turned topsy-turvy because there were people willing to do evil acts, even if they saw themselves in the name of their own twisted world, as the ‘good guys’. Won’t ever forget those who died that day, the day this nation was changed, and the people who lost their lives after that day to finally come to grips with an elephant in the room that had been building up in the background, decades in the making.

I imagine though, people now regard it as ‘old news’ or even don’t give a damn. Maybe they have the right point of view. It happened, let’s move on. I can gladly agree to that. It happened, we’ve changed, but let’s not get too hung up on the changes, and live life to the best of our ability and circumstances. But the alternate title and second point is directed really at those who forget. Those who go ‘so what? ain’t no skin off my nose’. That type of person. The person who make platitudes about a severe disease only because their favorite celebrity did it. The one who knows more about the latest celebrity gossip but not world events.

I guess the type VoC and I see, and (for me) am scared of. The ones who will drag the rest of us into the slaughter-house and our last remaining rights trampled because it was the ‘cool’ thing and their favorite celebrity said so.

But I guess I’m too much of a naive patriotic romanticist.


I can only pray that the souls who died today find their peace, and the perpetrators of this horrendous act will find their afterlife to be less than what they desired. Living good and well I guess, is the best way to honour the fallen and to spite our enemies. Edit: And to also just fly the flag, as Miguel has kindly reminded me on facebook.


Art by トモダチ on Pixiv [link]

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Rail Wars! (Episode 10: Will You Keep It a Secret?)



And thus we start what looks like will be the last arc. With four episodes to go, can Rail Wars! coast to a proper stop and leave its viewers satisfied, or will be a trainwreck of lost potential?

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Rail Wars! (Episode 9: Thanks)


And so with the team still heading downhill at considerable speed, I can only see the show going uphill from here. Am I in the wrong? Or am I right?

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Rail Wars! (Episode 8: I’ll Deliver It)



And so we dive into a series that has become more about a young man with aspirations of a stable job, to him having to start choosing between three to four lovely ladies to go out with. No more show about trains, and even the main antagonists have taken a rear seat to romance and boobs.


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On Northern Hime/Dutch Harbour and Icy Water

About twelve days ago, Kantai Collection got their summer event going. A nod to the Aleutian Islands and Midway Islands campaign, it is proving to be one of the most trollish and annoying events known, though unlike other events which required months and months and months of stockpiling, hours of sparkling, and a nearly endless chant of forgiveness and mercy from RNG-chan/Error-chan and her minions, the Compass-fairies, the event was also accessible for those who aren’t of such level of OCDness.

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Rail Wars! (Episode 7: I think It Looked Good on You )


And so we start what promised to be a good arc focusing on Shou. How long that’ll last, I’m not too sure. It’s starting to be a series that grates on me but the character interactions are what I like though.

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Rail Wars! (Episode 6: I’ll Protect You)

And thus we start a new episode of Rail Wars! Will we see some plot concerning the stated JR group? Or will we see more ‘plot’ based around Haruka and Aoi? Frankly I’m wondering if I’m rewatching Idolm@ster’s episode 8 with this episode. All that interconnected yet not connected mishaps. Just…

Damn Cats.


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