December 31, 2020

New Year's Eve, 2020

I got nuthin'.  I don't even have the annual fireworks picture, thanks to losing it in the failure of my external storage drive.  So here's an old one instead.


I just saw what I typed last year on this date:

"2019 was not a good year. May 2020 be better for all the Pond Scum. Thank you for sticking with me."

Wow.  Good to see the future listens to me, huh?  Happy New Year, everybody.

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December 29, 2020

"Your Train Looks Like..."

Over in some other part of the internet, a discussion of the KiHA 281 DMU was occurring.  Used by JR Hokkaido on their Super Hokuto routes, they've been around since 1994.  Someone described them as looking like something the baddies in HalfLife2 would use, and it's hard to disagree. A comment was made saying that they looked like the trains used on the Narita Express.


I knew it was the other way around, the E259 N'EX EMU didn't take to the rails until 2010, but I was wondering if there was any link between them... the same designer, that sort of thing.  Certainly there had to be something, that's hardly a look that immediately pops to mind when you think "train". Much to my chagrin and annoyance, an hour or so of looking turned up nothing at all... except for one fascinating little factoid.  The man who designed the N'EX?  He also designed the Kikkoman's bottle!

I can see it.  I mean, they both tilt and all...

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December 20, 2020

No, No Thanks, That's Okay...

As found in one of those ridiculous Sharper Image-style catalogues:


Was the marketing department totally unaware, or was this intentional?  Could they really not have known?  If you'd be able to own one of these without saying things like "Pass the smegpot" or "could you make a fresh pot of smeg" all the time, you're a better person than me. 

I'm uneasy about the butter on the toast now.  Does that look like... um... butter... to you?

"Merry Christmas!  I got you some Smeg!"

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December 05, 2020

Is The World Ready For This?

I've never played a Pokemon game.  The only console I've ever owned was the Sears version of what later became known as the Atari 2600... nothing since.  I've never bought a pack of Pokemon cards, either.  I've only seen a couple episodes here or there of the animated series on Cartoon Network or somesuch.  All of which is to say, I've got no background to speak of in the games or lore of one of the most successful entertainment franchises in history.  I know a little bit, sure, but... well.


Which made it surprising that I actually watched most of this video:
Special surprise guest appearance by my hands-down favorite pokemon of all time to boot.

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