Quick Thought: Boxes

 

Drawn by mochizuki saku on pixiv.

I had been sent home from work for reasons I won’t elaborate beyond ‘medical’. But while waiting in the parking lot of the urgent care, waiting for it to open so I can get checked out, read that a gunman had opened fire on Republicans practicing for the traditional Congressional Baseball Game. There are -as of now- credible reports that the shooter had asked the party affiliation of the players on the field before opening fire. The House Majority Whip, Representative Steve Scalise, representing the 1st District of Louisiana, was shot in the hip but is in stable condition undergoing surgery as of now.

UPDATE 6/14/2017 2306EDT: The extent of the damage is greater than initially reported, Representative is in critical condition where the rifle round shattered bone and ruptured organs.

You know, it’s really hard to stay apolitical on this blog with what has been going on in just US domestic politics. I could comment more, but I’ve made a promise not to fill my blog with my personal politics, and so far, I’ve kept that, though bent it here and there.

I’m not going to start preachin’ today.

Just hit a pensive mood while I was looking at the constantly updating story. About the idea of the four boxes of liberty.

Between you and me, dear readers, I still believe in this great nation. She ain’t perfect, but she’s the best of the two I’ve lived in. But belief doesn’t overturn the growing reality, and personally, I keep involved.

I just hope I don’t have to use the last box.

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Quick Thought: Not Exactly Midpoint – Spring 2017 Thoughts

Reisen on a Computer, drawn by itsutsuki on pixiv.

So, I intended to make this post on the actual mid-way point for the shows that managed to keep me interested, but as one could see, it didn’t go as well. With personal matters and just plain lethargy over the current titles seeping in, I needed some time away from things. I’m not as prolific as Infinite Zenith is in coming out with content, but I hope the few things I do, some people find some enjoyment out of it.

And now to just quickly go through these shows.

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Three Episode Rule – Wonderlands, Clocks, and Fantastic Things Comes Alive

Zuikaku drawn by mashayuki on pixiv

So, Spring 2017 is three weeks in with a bunch of series already making for their fourth episodes, I might as well give a short thought to each of the series I’m trying to keep track of this season. Around five this time rather than three. So let’s dive in shall we?

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Late Quick Thought: Sakura Matsuri DC and Kimi no Na wa

A few days ago I managed to make a quick visit to the Sakura Matsuri being held at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard. The highlight of the afternoon though was getting to see the North American theatrical premier of Kimi no Na wa. Overall it was a pretty good day.

Artist Unknown, found on Danbooru.

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Impressions – Saga of Tanya the Evil

This isn’t normally how I do these sort of things. But Youjo Senki was recommended to me by a crapton of friends, telling me this is right up my alley. Now, I’m paraphrasing Ben “Yahtzee” Crowshaw’s review of COD4: Modern Warfare. It’s as If all the bleating sheep said this was a good series.

And in a way, it was.

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Scatterbrained – Prologue to Youjo Senki Impressions

Talking with a friend on Facebook about the end of Youjo Senki, and I think I finally admit it.

I can barely write. I’m too scatterbrained to write something concrete and my muse too fleeting to pen something insightful apart from simple blog articles. Chasing down tidbits of knowledge and stringing them together is a bit difficult for me because I just wander a lot.

I’ll ‘forget’ something but it’ll come back when I need it in a conversation or a post with chapter, verse, and if important enough, which edition of the tome from whence it came.

I guess I feel a bit down, because while I was able to have a conversation with him, I have some difficulty in putting what I said into a more organized form.

That organization I think is key, and why I don’t dare move out of my blog truth be told. There have been a small smattering of folks over the years who pointed out that I might try my hand in writing for Random Curiosity, doubly so when they had open hires. Another friend is still pushing me to go to cons as a Press badge holder, and I have toyed with the idea of presenting a panel.

But while I can talk at length in an informal setting about something, I don’t think I can give a lecture on it.

I too think my analogy fits, considering we were just talking about it. That “I’m more wired to be a field agent, writing quick reports, than an office body writing a quarterly summary.”

“Rest at a Nice Place with a View” by Mochizuki Shu on Pixiv

 

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Quick Thought: Youjo Senki Weapons Mix (Vol. 2)

So I decided to turn this into a series of quick thoughts regarding the weapons depicted in Youjo Senki. Now as a preface to all that, I’m doing this mainly for my own ends, intending to use the work from this series of posts elsewhere, and this becoming a bit of a resource for me.

This entry focuses on the weapons of the Nomajs. The muggles. The Poor Bloody Infantry. Because, as ze Blogfather, Miguel over at Gun Free Zone said: “The best way to cement a fantasy is to have a well-defined reality.”

 

Edit: I also created the IMFDB page for the series here.

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Quick Thought: Youjo Senki Weapons Mix (Vol. 1?)

Tanya Degurechaff + Mondragon Rifle, Episode 7 of Youjo Senki

Tanya Degurechaff + Mondragon Rifle, Episode 7 of Youjo Senki

When your obsession with how well some minor tidbit of setting overtakes your thought process when you try to sleep. I have no clue if I will do more of these (hence the question mark) but Youjo Senki’s universe has utterly fascinated me with the appearance of -obscure- weapons like the Mondragon Rifle and Fusile Automatique Modele 1917, as well as a possible appearance M1 Garand. Though such an appearance would be anachronistic since at the timeframe the show is in, the rifle John Garand is working on at the moment would be the M1922, the primer actuated design.

 

Also, the artist name is arigano00, but for some reason WordPress squishes the two zeros.

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Quick Thought – Convention Staffing, Dragons, NEET Angels, & Evil Lolis

It has been a few weeks since I last posted something on here, and quite a few things happened since then. I am expecting to write about my laptop replacement that should be in my hands by Monday, if not Tuesday. That’s probably one of the more exciting things about these upcoming months, and I am going on a trip on the 2nd of March. A quick one for the weekend to see my best friend graduate from Flight School down in Pensacola. So, let me ramble on for a bit eh?

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Status Update – February 2017

Sleep doesn't sound too bad either. Art by lilywhite lilyblack on pixiv.

Sleep doesn’t sound too bad either. Art by lilywhite lilyblack on pixiv.

I know I haven’t blogged anything, giving myself a bit of a breather as I pursue other things outside of blogging.

Youjo Senki might be talked about in a Quick Thought once episode 6 comes out, same goes for Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon. Other than that, February is Katsucon, and unlike Anime USA, I’ll be working as a staff member, the first time doing so, and here’s to a new experience. I also have to call it quits on my current laptop, an ASUS 15-inch one with a touchscreen. I don’t know the exact model, just that fitted my needs. I decided on getting something a bit more robust and will probably take some actual abuse and maybe programming ineptitude to kill, and will probably talk about that when I’ve verified my purchase and it’s in front of me.

That said, I’ve heard nothing but praise for Xotic and might be a good waste of my tax refund (or the money the government holds hostage for some folks). I just need something I can game on the go and write my blog posts when I’m not at my actual desktop. With a 1050Ti, it’ll actually be a bit more modern than the 970 I have in my desktop, but it’s more or less me future proofing it for now. Yes I know I can put in a 1060 or better into it but the gaming intended for it will be light, more or less playing Civilization while I’m on flights or World of Warships while I’m at my parents house. I had considered the Dell 7567 even with the screen being so hated. Something about switching from an IPS panel from the previous 7559 to the TN, where I’ve noted it’s probably where they decided to save some money in order to shlep in a 1050 and 1050Ti series GPU into a 800-950USD range computer.

What made me shy away from that was the fact that any upgrades not bought from Dell would void the warranty (so you’re fucked apparently when you buy RAM from say, Amazon or Newegg), and the fact the computer I have an eye on has a bit more bells and whistles even though it ended up costing a bit more than the Dell when fully kitted. That and other things that had won over a friend who noted that the 6-cell battery is also removable.

Regardless, I know I’ll get some comments on here on why I didn’t just buy a cheap laptop or the Dell and all I’m going to say is: My Return.

/shrug/

As for what is going on now, I’m slightly under the weather but thankfully it’s at the tail end of it. The weather is really finicky, being in the mid 70s Fahrenheit yesterday to 30s today, and repeat that over the past few days, someone was bound to catch something, and I was that someone.

With that, I started to binge watch videos. One of the stuff I’m watching is actually the 18th Century Cooking series by the Jas. Townsend and Son, Inc company of historical reproductions. I gotta say, I kinda want some payne perdu now. This is like 3 years ago, where me being bedridden meant I binge watched what episodes of Mikakunin de Shinkoukei was out and I loved the romcom but really got enamored by the food porn.

 

Y’alls have a good time now, I’m back to bed trying to feel better. That way I can still justify going out to see John Wick 2 tomorrow.

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