“Reliable software must kill people reliably.”

— Andy Mickel (the Pascal guy, not the cop-killer)

Pixiv: R-18


The Pixiv tag “R-18” means different things to different artists. For some, it’s equivalent to “NSFW”, but for many, it’s closer to “includes censored penetration”, and quite often “my mother would kick me out of the basement if she knew I fantasized about this”, with anything not quite as raw left open for all to see.

Gratuitous Mahoro to make it clear that this set has work-safety issues:

[amusing note: Google image search thinks this Mahoro image is related to the Mongolian Society of Interventional Radiology]

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Cop Craft


He’s a jaded chain-smoking detective out to avenge his partner.
She’s a loli knight elf with a chip on her shoulder.
THEY FIGHT CRIME.

From the author of FullMetal Panic! and Amagi Brilliant Park, with character designs by Range Murata (who also illustrated the light novels). The first two episodes were better than I expected, so I watched the third as soon as it was released on Funimation. There’s nothing terribly new here if you’ve heard of Alien Nation or Bright, but so far the execution looks solid, if a bit rushed. I doubt it will get as lively as the OP animation, however.

They’ve got 6 light novels of source material to work with for 12 episodes, so they shouldn’t run out. Just in case, though, the credits promise loli-elf-service, and episode 3 delivers a bit of it. Caveat: there are some gaps in the storytelling that feel like they were a little too focused on making sure they only spend four episodes per book.

On that note, it looks like book 7 is timed for mid-season, after a three-year hiatus.

Short clip after the jump.

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The Respun Marches


As vaguely promised, here’s what happens when I take the sector data for The Spinward Marches and run it through my scripts to create a completely new sector.

But first, a slight tweak: the Importance stat I mentioned ranges from -3 to 5, which is sufficient for my basic goal of separating the wheat from the chaff, but I decided it doesn’t have enough granularity to truly spread the best systems around the sector, so I multiplied it by another derived stat, Resource Units (“stuff to grab”), which ranges from rather negative to quite positive. Avoiding zeroes for both, the exact scoring method used was: ($ix + 4) * ($ru||1)

(yes, the Importance stat is called “ix”, or more precisely {Ix}, because Marc Miller apparently has an affection for chartjunk; there’s also an (Ex), and a [Cx], and if he ever writes another version of Traveller, I imagine it will have <Xx>, ‹Yx›, and «Zx» as well)

Now, let’s respin The Spinward Marches, with data and PDFs courtesy of The Traveller Map!

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#AccidentalParodyAccount


The Writer Beware blog is an excellent resource for learning about the many con artists and general scum preying on would-be authors. Sometimes, however, there’s unintended comedy (emphasis mine):

There’s some disagreement over whether there actually is such a thing as a hybrid publisher–a company that charges substantial fees yet provides a service that’s otherwise equivalent to traditional publishing, including rigorous selectivity and editing, high royalties, offline distribution, non-bogus PR, and more.

Perhaps they should post a list of precisely which traditional publishers qualify under these guidelines, which are widely reported to be more often promised than delivered…

My inner 14-year-old…


…is mostly disappointed with this season.

I gave the obvious pandering-fan-service series a look: Are You Lost?, Magical Sempai, and Hensuki.

Sempai is just a weak premise poorly executed; I gave it two episodes, which is two more than it deserved. The writers of Lost seem to have already forgotten which trope each girl is built around, except for Survival/Exposition Girl; honestly, the high point of the third episode is that they finally stopped making urine-drinking references. Hensuki at least has well-drawn girls who are visually distinctive, with a premise that’s more chūnibyō than kink-of-the-week. Our Hero, however, is duller than stale white bread, so as each girl reveals her “kink”, she also has to spend several minutes telling this dateless loser why he’s so amazing that she fell for him. I’m going to go out on a limb here and bet $10 that clingy little sister is behind it all.

Not sure if I’m up for watching the Accelerator spinoff of the Railgun spinoff of Index. I kind of lost interest in the whole franchise while trying to catch up a while back.

The OP for DanMachi season 2 gleefully spoils the outcome of the first story arc, but since I already knew it was coming from the light novels, it’s no big deal. The opening act’s a bit of a slog, though. The bright spot is that Lili now shows off her figure without being beaten to a pulp first. This is a distinct improvement over the first season, where the combination of casual brutality and Lili-service was jarring (yes, someone turned those scenes into a doujin porn comic or three, sigh). I could do with less Snidely Whiplash from the villains, but I’ll just have to grit my teeth and hope that the upcoming damsel-rescuing makes up for the mustache-twirling ugly people spitting into the camera.

Speaking of pandering fan-service, I recently got around to watching the second season of Rosario And Vampire, which had all the flaws of the first season and a few new ones, but was worth it for Kurumu. I also skimmed the wiki for the manga, and it sounds like the attempt to reconcile fluffy and dark went about as well as you’d expect, with increasingly-convoluted plotting and power-ups leading to Our Hero Becoming The Strongest Ever and Getting The Girl But Not That Girl.

I also rewatched some good stuff: various episodes of Endro, Dog Days, Manaria Friends, and Restaurant To Another World, as well as the AsoIku OVA (nekkid alien catgirls!). I think what makes these series stand out for me is the obvious affection the creators have for the characters. It’s like the anime were just created as an excuse to spend time with them.

In live-action news, I’m already two weeks behind on Krypton, because even though Lobo appears to be out of the picture (woo-hoo), it feels like they hired a bunch of old-school soap opera writers for this season. Like when Seg makes a desperate attempt to turn Lyta against Zod by schtupping her like there’s no tomorrow.

Next Year’s Best Anime…


I don’t think it’s possible to parody the isekai genre, so clearly it’s time to make my own…

(art by Milkpanda; swiped from Pixiv without permission)

1: This Clumsy Princess Is Falling All Over Me!

2: A Wild Loli Appears!

3: Holy Shit Those Tits Are Huge!

4: Her Cooking’s Terrible, But At Least She’s Naked!

5: All The Maids Wear Glasses!

6: Everything’s Better With Catgirls!

7: This Butch Palace Guard Secretly Collects Plushies!

8: My New Robot Girlfriend Needs An Off Switch!

9: Naughty Elves Need Love Too!

10: The Secret Valley Of Monster Girl Sex Slaves!

11: That Alien Nympho Is Over 18 Officer I Swear!

12: There’s Always Room For Slime Girls!

13: Trapped In The Lyin’ Witch’s Wardrobe!

14: Turns Out My Little Sister Is A Succubus!

23: Where Does The Third One Go?

29: Hers Is Bigger Than Mine But She’s Still A Girl So It’s Okay!

37: Mom Is That You?!?

3D Cheesecake 20


The Naming Of Cheesecake’s a bit cloak-and-dagger,
  It isn’t just one of your image search games.
You may think that I’m just a lazy-ass blogger,
  When I tell you, these models have actual names.

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Distributed Coolness


The Universe-As-Written is a terrible place to visit, and it probably doesn’t have catgirls.

A while back, as I was adding examples to PDF::Cairo, I made a comment along the lines of “if I were really going to revive sec2pdf”. Well, I’m not quite doing that yet, but I did extend the example I wrote to do something related: display the distribution of interesting systems in a starmap.

What happened is that I started reading the Giant Tome Of Tables that is Traveller 5.10, found the section on generating systems and sectors, dug out the dusty old scripts I wrote around the T20 rules, managed to successfully reset my password on the CotI forums, looked up the various debates about the available and abandoned systems, and realized something:

they all suck

The problem isn’t the generators for a single world/system (despite the fact that many of them create nonsensical things like tiny rocks with no water or atmosphere that support a population of millions of bronze-age peasants in a police state…), it’s the fact that the rules to populate a region of space are pretty much “roll up a world in X% of the hexes on the map”, with some vaguely-handwaved suggested percentages (“rift = 3%, standard = 50%, cluster = 83%”).

Like most RPG systems, it’s not in the books because it’s good, it’s there because it’s easy to describe in terms of pencil, paper, and dice.

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