Quick Netflix Review: Shingeki no Kyojin (“Attack on Titan”)

| February 11, 2014

Shingeki no Kyojin (“Attack on Titan”) (2013) Directed by Tetsuro Araki. 25 episodes, Japanese language, subtitled in English Quick Review: This will either keep your eyes glued to the screen, make you want to learn Japanese, or both. 5 stars. “Are you the food?” “No, we are the hunters.” So begins one of the most […]

Sunday Night Silliness

| March 3, 2013

If you watch this video, a few questions may occur to you: Pirates? On bicycles? In space? Are those really the Power Rangers? And last but most certainly not least: What the hell is wrong with people in Japan? Just watch and see if I’m not right. For the record: I actually like the song. […]

History you should know: the Battle of Wizna, 1939

| February 21, 2013

I’ve previously noted my (admittedly self-described, perhaps immodestly so*) extensive base of knowledge regarding military history in general, and World War 2 in particular. So it is, if not exactly unusual, then at least an occasion of some interest for me to run across information that leaves me wondering why I didn’t already know more […]

Watashi o tanoshima seru*

| February 8, 2013

I revealed my not-exactly-secret-but-not-previously-bruited-about taste for anime a couple of months ago. By “anime” I very specifically exclude garbage that people think of as anime, but isn’t — crap like “Transformers” and so on. Kiddie cartoons. Feh. Now, there are kiddie cartoons that can be classed as anime — Gigantor, Speed Racer, etc. — that’s […]

A/V Hell

| November 1, 2012

It’s only taken me approximately forever, but I have finally achieved Nerdvana: my home theater and peripherals are all working the way I want. The components: TV A/V receiver + speakers (5.1) Blu-Ray player DVD changer DVD player X-Box PC (as a file server for videos & mp3s) And, of course, enough cables to set […]

The original “Band of Brothers”

| October 25, 2012

On this day in history, 25 October 1415: I do love history, even if there might be some dramatic license involved. One wonders how our history might be different had Henry V not died (of dysentery) so young, only a few years after his most famous exploit.

Musical Interlude, J-Pop Edition

| October 9, 2012

Kind of a jamming pop-ish sort of number with actual eye candy (as opposed to the imaginary sort) for your viewing and listening pleasure: I don’t know anything about them other than the group name and the name of the song; too lazy to look up anything about them. And I haven’t the faintest idea […]

An almost perfect 2012 campaign theme song?

| August 24, 2012

It’s called “Take It Back” by Miracle of Sound (whose music I’ve linked before.) It’s got a made-of-awesome beat, and you could probably even dance to it. But the lyrics — which are actually about the situation the gamer faces in Mass Effect 3 — might just possibly be read an altogether different way… When […]

Quote of the Day – “Blast from the Past” Edition

| June 11, 2012

An interesting way of looking at hardship: You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in […]

Quick TV/Netflix Review: “Sherlock”

| May 9, 2012

SherlockStarring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Quick Review: Sherlock Holmes translated to the 21st century works. Especially when the writers are better than merely elementary. And when the creators/writers are part of the Doctor Who camp, you know that at various times it’ll be fascinating, spooky, surprising, and laugh-out-loud funny. 5 stars. The first three […]

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