“If your workplace is safe; if your children go to school rather than being forced into labor; if you are paid a living wage, including overtime; if you enjoy a 40-hour week and you are allowed to join a union to protect your rights – you can thank liberals. If your food is not poisoned and your water is drinkable – you can thank liberals.”
What color is the sky on your planet?, Joe Conason edition

Tuesday, March 21 2017

Cheesecake: sailor hat

I thought that focusing on sailor hats might produce a fairly diverse collection, with relatively few schoolgirls in sailor suits. Well, the second part mostly worked, but as far as diversity goes, 90% of the pictures were of one chick with an anchor, and most of the rest were loli ship-girls. Fortunately, not all ships lack bouyancy, and there were some other franchises represented.

In other news, Gelbooru has stepped up their advertising, now detecting if you have either an ad-blocker running or have disabled Javascript, and occasionally loading the wrong image or an embedded video. Given that they take malware-laden ads, I’m definitely not turning on Javascript or letting them run any plugins, so I may have to switch cheesecake providers if this source dries up.

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Sunday, March 19 2017

Demi-chans want another cour

This week’s episode followed up on the conflict with the vice-principal, ending with a scene that felt very much like a season-ender. Fortunately, it wasn’t; I can’t recall the last time I felt honest relief that an anime series was not over.

Demi chan maid service

[Update: confirmed 12 episodes; I checked two different networks, and that’s the last listing they have. Since book 5 of the manga doesn’t come out for another month, they probably need to wait a season or two for more material. Two anthology comics just came out, with one of them marked “official”, but probably not useful for continuing the story.

In unrelated news, while browsing network schedules I discovered that the adventure-girls spinoff of DanMachi has a series starting in April. Apart from some brief cameos by Bell, this is focused entirely on the women of Loki Familia, dealing with events that overlap with the main series. And I completely missed the OVA that came out in December.]

Friday, March 17 2017

Confluence is a pig

Someone got a wild hair to move everything to Confluence (and Jira) at work. Much like the move to Git, this seems to be largely because they’re hiring people who don’t know how to work with anything else and refuse to learn.

It’s a Java app, and the minimum heap size they require is 1 GB. This turns out to be barely enough to handle maybe three users and a tiny handful of pages, because the app has now locked up completely twice due to garbage collection. I doubt we have more than 20 MB of data in the damn thing so far, so this is just really badly written.

Thursday, March 16 2017

Wednesday, March 15 2017

Konosuba 2 ends

First season was fun fluff. Special episode was crap. Second season was mostly the latter with brief moments of the former. Zero rewatch value; I’ve already forgotten almost everything that happened. From what I know of the light novels, the problem was definitely not running out of content.

In unrelated news, I saw Logan over the weekend. Good use of the material, and some excellent performances, but I wonder how many people would want to see it more than once. Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen must have had on-set therapists to keep their vocal cords from scarring; half their lines in the script must be [snarl], [growl], [howl], [grunt], [scream], [inarticulate rage].

Monday, March 13 2017

R.I.P Bill Arvola

Well, shit, lost another one. Haven’t seen Bill in probably fifteen years, but he was a good guy.

Sunday, March 12 2017

A good head off her shoulders

Kyoko Machi

(via, and yes the game is available in the US)

Nate Silver on global warming consensus…

“That’s because a position that seems to have deep backing from the evidence may really just be a reflection from the echo chamber. You should be looking toward how much evidence there is for a particular position as opposed to how many people hold that position: Having 20 independent pieces of evidence that mostly point in the same direction might indeed reflect a powerful consensus, while having 20 like-minded people citing the same warmed-over evidence is much less powerful.”

Oh, wait, my mistake, he was talking about liberal media bias. :-)

Saturday, March 11 2017

Demi-chans want less filler

Also, while the service was pleasing to the eye, I’d have preferred that it involve the adult female.

Friday, March 10 2017

Cheesecake: book

You know what goes well with books? Damn near anything! I could have narrowed down this category with any of a dozen tags, and still had plenty of images to choose from. Instead, I started hitting every Nth page and used the extras to restock my leftover folder for future chanpurū.

Of course, no book collection would be complete without Yomiko Readman:

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Monday, March 6 2017

Demi-chan Fever

I will be quite impressed if a cosplayer manages to pull off a decent Kyoko:

Demi-chan Kyoko Machi

(via)

Also, want:

Friday, March 3 2017

Cheesecake Champloo 3: Teh Sexy


To celebrate the arrival of a complete archive of Steven’s self-hosted Chizumatic web site, courtesy of his brother, I’m loosening the rules a bit and posting some images that were a bit over the top for my usual “mostly-cheerful cheesecake” posts. NSFW after the jump. [he forgot to include the top-level USS Clueless site directories, but he just went on what sounds like a badly-needed vacation, so I’ll wait a week or two before pursuing that]

[Update: I’ve got a test copy of the Chizumatic site running under Nginx, and it looks fully functional, with none of the dead links the archive.org version has; the top rotation doesn’t rotate, of course, but that was a cron job before he came up with his Flash app. I think all we need to do is merge the USS Clueless copy from archive.org with this and get some embedded links cleaned up, and it can be fully restored and hosted somewhere.]

[Update: I think I’ve successfully merged the two together with everything intact except links to the Ultimate Bulletin Board install he stopped using in 7/2002. archive.org managed to save static copies of some discussion threads that Steven linked directly from the blog, but not the bulk of it. UBB apparently didn’t have a backing database, so if Steven’s brother finds it and sends another care package, it should be fairly easy to recreate. That might take a while, because he wants to be sure that nothing personal or private is released.

When will it be public? Above my pay grade. I think Pixy will give it a permanent home in The Munuvian Empire when he gets a chance. He has access to the data I’ve been using, and I just uploaded a compressed tarball of the merged sites.]

[Monday morning update: why, yes, I am a bit OCD. With a little bit of Perl regexp abuse, I got the existing UBB links to display correctly.]

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Moderation in all things, porn edition

Lots of people are linking to the latest “wacky Japan” story, about a man who died smothered under his six-ton hoard of dirty magazines. The Daily Mail version doesn’t give any source, but an image search made it possible to trace it back to the Japanese tabloid Nikkan Spa.

So, take this cautionary tale with a grain of salt, or at least a box of tissues.

Tuesday, February 28 2017

Gevalia vs Starbucks

My preferred form of coffee is best described as “liquid pie”. That is, a sweet hot creamy beverage with a mild coffee flavor. Gevalia’s Mocha Latte k-cup with “froth packets” is perfect for this, once I’ve added two Mini-Moos and two or three Splendas. When I stir it all together before hitting the go-button on the Keurig, it looks and smells exactly like cupcake batter.

Suddenly, Safeway stopped carrying this. Coincidentally, Starbucks (which has a mini-store in every Safeway around here), has recently released their own direct competitor.

Since it was there and the Gevalia wasn’t, I tried it. Despite having twice as much sugar and twice as many calories, it wasn’t sweet, or creamy. In fact, it tasted exactly like cheap, gritty dark chocolate powder mixed with burned coffee. Which it is.

“It’s not a cloud…”

“…it’s just someone else’s computer.”

In case you were wondering where my site’s been all morning, Amazon S3 flaked out all over the US, and I host all the images and a few key bits of Javascript there.

I’ve moved the Javascript temporarily, so at least the page loads, but pictures won’t show up until S3 is back online.

[Update: it’s back for read access, so my pictures are online again, but apparently they’re still working on the write functionality, which must be painful for the many services that rely on S3. I don’t need writes unless I’m uploading new pictures, so I’m good. Amusingly, one key item that was broken all morning was Amazon’s service status page. Because it’s hosted on S3. Someone had to make some manual edits just to provide basic info about the problem.]

Monday, February 27 2017

Tentative Takadai design

Between crude sketches, OpenSCAD, and playing with scrap wood, I think I’ve nailed down (so to speak…) the way I’m going to connect my parametric Takadai together.

  1. Instead of connecting the inner and outer arms (gedan/jōdan) with a small arm attached to the legs at one point, I’m using wedges cut from a 1x6. This is actually the “traditional” method in Japan.
  2. To stabilize it front-to-back, I used 1x6 stretchers a few inches above the ground. I can’t put them at the top like table aprons, because the bobbins would constantly bang into them.
  3. To stabilize it side to side, I replaced the rear crossbar with a 1x6, which means the rear “wedges” are part of a solid board attached to both legs.
  4. That makes the biggest, most visible change possible: the torii and makitori-bō are now firmly attached to the frame by 1x6s. They can stand up to any amount of weighted bobbins, and the finished braid collects in an easy-to-reach location.
  5. Even better, that provides a perfect spot for the ratchet and pawl, replacing the chopstick brake on the makitori-bō.
  6. That rear 1x6 also made it possible to lower the hyojun-bō so that it doesn’t sit on top of the gedan like an afterthought, and completely eliminate the sword pads. With a 1x6 back there, I can just cut out pads on each side and round them off.

Next up, building a tabletop version with 5/8-inch square dowels and 0.5x3-inch hobby boards. To keep it compact, it will only support 4 small koma on each arm; that’s enough for quite a few types of braid.

For simplicity, the tabletop Chibidai will be held together by wood screws, but for the full-sized unit I’ve got a bag of cross dowels from McMaster-Carr. I’ll use the Nomad to CNC-carve my comb-style koma and the ratchet.

[Update: I made the OpenSCAD script dump the cut list; obviously I’ll be rounding off a bit…]


8x hardwood balusters, 1.25x1.25:
4x legs, 26 inches
2x gedan, 27.8523 inches, mizo starts at 7.70228 inches
2x jodan, 32.0706 inches, mizo starts at 9.67062 inches
7x hardwood boards, 0.75x5.5:
1x back board with wedge cuts, 34.75 inches
2x stretchers, 25.3523 inches (gedan - 2x baluster)
2x torii/makitori supports, 11.5 inches
2x front wedges, 7 inches
2x 1-inch dowels, 8 inches
1x 0.5-inch dowel, 22 inches
22x koma, 3.5 inches
1x gravity ratchet with pawl

Sunday, February 26 2017

Cheesecake Champloo 2

I thought “amazon” would be a good keyword to try, but it’s 70% Wonder Woman, 20% One Piece, 4% Dragon’s Crown, and 80% porn. So it’s time for another trip through the leftovers folder.

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Après le déluge, nous

California drought map, one year ago:

This week:

(via)

Saturday, February 25 2017

Dear Amazon,

W. T. F? And I do mean F.

I want to stress that this recommendation is not based on any previous purchases made by or for me. I didn’t even know Amazon US sold those.

(NSFW screenshot after the jump)

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Thursday, February 23 2017

Time or Money?

When you start thinking that 60-grit sandpaper isn’t coarse enough, maybe that hand plane wasn’t such a bargain after all.

Seriously, I can understand not factory-polishing the sole until it’s mirror-bright, but when you don’t even machine it to be vaguely flat near the mouth, I think you’ve cut costs just a bit too much.

[Update: after more than half an hour (plus cooling time) on the belt sander with an 80-grit belt, it’s almost completely flat. Unfortunately, the last of the deep factory-supplied scratches are just in front of the mouth, so it needs a little more work. So, yeah, cheap planes are no bargain; the Chinese manufacturer put a brushed finish on the sole to hide their poor machining.

Also, while I’m on the subject, Spyderco’s ceramic bench stones aren’t even close to flat. I bought them a long time ago and was never really satisfied with the results, but I’d just assumed that they shipped in decent condition. Nope; I pulled them out while I was working on the plane, checked for daylight with my engineer’s square, and started lapping them on a DMT Extra-Coarse diamond stone. It takes a lot of work to clean them up.]

“Need a clue, take a clue; got a clue, leave a clue.”