August 31, 2020

Thanksgiving Coming A Day Early This Year

In one of the bigger out-of-nowhere announcements I've heard in the anime/manga world, Kadokawa and Nagaru Tanigawa released a statement revealing that Light Novel #12, The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya, is being released on November 25.  Note that this will be #11 in the States, as the last two Japanese novels were combined into one here.  In Japan, it's been nine years since the last release.


Providing us with more evidence that Yen Press loves us and wishes us to be happy, they put out a tweet stating that they'll be releasing the digital version in English simultaneously.  And, because that simply wasn't enough good news they're intending to reprint all of the light novels in physical form as well.  Which is great, because old copies are selling online for stupidly high prices.  It's not unusual to see the full US sets of 10 books selling for over $500.

Which is, of course, patently absurd.  

I am greatly amused by the timing of the announcement here in the States... August 31st is, after all, the last day of the Endless Eight time loops.

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August 20, 2020

August 17th, Today, Is The Day The Time Loops Of Endless 8 Start.

Just thinking you might like to know.

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August 19, 2020

Today, August 17th, Is The Day The Time Loops Of Endless Eight Start.

I thought you would like to know.

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August 18, 2020

Today, August 17th, Is The Day The Time Loops Of Endless 8 Start.

Just thought you'd like to know.

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August 17, 2020

15532 To Go

Today, August 17th, is the day the time loops of Endless 8 start.  Just thought you'd like to know!

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August 16, 2020

Derecho's Trumpet

Over at college graduate Brickmuppet's place, he tells a tale of a disappointed tastebuds as he recently had to deal with a cheeseburger made with cheez wiz.  His disgust is entirely understandable.  A mouthful of such a monstrosity when one is expecting a wonderful beef patty with ketchup, mustard, a small amount of relish, and a delightful amount of proud midwestern-made cheese, would be a horrible experience, akin to expecting a Chicago-style Hot Dog and discovering it topped instead with ketchup and raw wheatgrass.


This tale is bad enough, but he then goes on to mention something about a derecho that brought hurricane-force winds through Iowa, Southern Wisconsin, and the entirety of Illinois last Monday.  The National Weather Service defines a Derecho as "a well-organized and long-lived complex of storms producing a family of particularly damaging downbursts."  Tornadoes are a thing involved with these massive storm fronts, and indeed, two were involved in the Rockford area when the beast rolled through around 3pm.

I've helpfully placed an arrow pointing at the rough location of Duckford and Pond Central.  The NWS did a great job with this thing, as they began warning those of us in the path of the storm that we were in for a spot of bother around 9am.  A couple of hours later, they issued something I had never seen before: a "Particularly Dangerous Situation Severe Thunderstorm Watch".  I had slept in that day, having been up very late playing Fate Grand Order.

It wasn't until 130pm or so that I finally noticed the frantic reports coming from the NWS and the decidedly less-frantic heads-up coming from the best weather team in the area, the good folks over at WREX, the local NBC affiliate.  It was that rather calm unconcerned nature from them that fooled me into thinking this wasn't going to be a big deal, just another thunderstorm, ho-hum.  This is odd, as they are usually quite good about getting their point across when it's going to be a bad one.  Well, it didn't take much longer before my complacency was blown out of the water... almost literally.

While that photo above was taken in Chicago, that same wall o' clouds pretty much came through Duckford.  Seriously, it was well-defined enough that when it passed overhead it felt very much like the space station crossing the terminator line in orbit... one moment it's sunlight, the next it's pitch black.  Remember how I mentioned there were two tornadoes that hit the city?  The larger of them was an EF-1 with 100mph winds that touched down just to the north of Duck U and traveled Northeast, eventually causing more than $500,000 in damage to Duck Valley College, the local JuCo, when it ran over them.  This wasn't a glancing blow, this was a direct hit that went through a number of residential areas.

Duck U is at the orange arrow, the estimated tornado path is the purple line.  Just offscreen to the bottom left is the busiest intersection in the city, State St and Alpine Rd (which is that north-south street just to the left of the tornado start point). Duck Valley College is top-center of the map.  The rest of Duckford got away with only 75-80mph wind gusts, torrential rain... after it was all over, I saw a report of rainfall rates of up to three inches/hour... and much trees and roofs blown around.  State and Alpine is approximately the half-way point between Pond Central (far offscreen to the bottom) and The Old Home Pond (well offscreen to the left), so fortunately both locations were spared the worst of it.  But it did get a little exciting there for a while.  At one point here at Pond Central, I had breezes coming from opposite sides of the apartment at once, which has never happened before.  The weatherstripping on the apartment door couldn't keep the glancing wind gusts out, and the floor-to-ceiling windows/sliding glass door to the balcony are like a huge wind magnet.  Thing is, the windows face south, and the door is in the northwest corner of the apartment, facing west, at the end of a hallway.  Usually the wind has to be coming from the dead north to get in there, and it REALLY has to be blowing for it to leak around the door.  But when THAT is happening, the windows to the south are shielded by the building.  I think it's safe to say that the winds were... "confused" during the storm.  I did prepare my emergency nest in the hallway, just in case of Really Bad Things.

Timelapse of Merely Bad Things from the GOES-EAST weather satellite

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August 04, 2020

Air Penguins Redux

In these trying times, when all around us is going insane, when hiding in one's house for a month seems normal, when nothing really makes sense anymore, we need to be reminded that, once upon a time, this was a thing:

I first mentioned them ten years ago, but c'mon... flying penguins!  I only wish the video was longer... I could watch it for hours.  The same company has done many other flying things, including a very impressive (but nowhere near as fun) SmartBird, eButterflies, and... OH!  I just found a longer Air Penguin video!

I want to say something inspiring, like "be like an air penguin", but I can't think of anything.  Oh well.

Air Penguins.

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