WonderDuck has a post up on how he identified the Akagi, Kongou and Fubuki in the Kantai Collection anime video. I was considering doing the same but he beat me to the punch, plus his post has pictures. But seriously, how big of a challenge could it be to identify which three "ships" were used for this video?
This looks like it could be pretty neat. The plot seems to basically emulate Strike Witches, although I have to admit that I've never watched all of that anime. I just couldn't get past the, uh, lack of pants. I couldn't reconcile that character design choice in my mind. I really like the character design in KanColle, though.
I think the "fleet girls"/ships featured are the Akagi aircraft carrier, the Kongou battleship, and the Fubuki destroyer. Which would make sense for something like this, as those happen to be the first card for each of the first three sets of ten. It doesn't hurt that especially Akagi and to a lesser extent Fubuki are both popular fleet girls outside of Japan.
I've had a bunch of links building up for a while. I'll try to not lose them like I did last time.
Six Lies Most People Believe About U.S. Schools at The Federalist. 1) Rich, suburban schools are better than poor, inner-city or rural schools. 2) Poverty is the root cause of poor education 3) It's better to teach generic philosophies and ideals than specific skill-sets or fundamental knowledge 4) Teachers are well-prepared professionals 5) Education is non-partisan and amoral 6) Everyone should go to college. That's the short lists. Read the reasons and get links in the article.
"Yesterday on Facebook, someone took exception to my saying that Marxist ideas are ascendant in the world. This shocked me so much I didn’t know how to react, and before I had time to explain – I was trying to finish the novel. No, it’s not done yet. Long story, but hey HVAC people this afternoon – people were in a big argument over whether or not we’re living in a police state.
I have opinions on that too (duh) but it has nothing to do with the incontrovertible fact that we’re soaked in Marxist philosophy on all sides.
It’s entirely possible, in fact, that my commenter isn’t aware of that, because fish aren’t particularly aware of water. It takes an effort to become aware of the Marxist premises underlying everything because they’re taken for granted. No one studies Marx himself, because we assume his theories as proven, and the stuff we live in, all over the world, is dictated by his premises."
I had an interesting, and admittedly disturbing experience, which made me reflect upon the end of the world.
I was listening to a radio debate between a Leftist and a Conservative concerning whether or not the Administration lied by making repeated, emphasized, and unambiguous assertions that the (ironically named) Affordable Health Care Act would not outlaw any plan, any policy or any doctor you yourself wanted to keep, if you were satisfied with it.
As I listened to the debate, a sense of disgust and weariness overtook me, for I was certain, before hearing a word, that nothing the Leftist would way would be on the topic, or would actually defend the point in contention.
Then a little cartoon angel on my shoulder appeared in a puff of pink cloud, and told me that, as a gentleman, I should give the Leftist the benefit of the doubt, and hear the argument she had to give. Whether good or bad, it would not harm me to hear the argument, and it would be an offense against openmindedness to decide without hearing.
So I listened. The Leftist, while sounding sweet and light as honey at first, personally attacked the Conservative with whom she was debating, accusing him of wanting to deprive the poor and middle class of health care: the attacks became nastier as the conversation proceeded, and when the Conservative pointed out the illogic and unfairness of this, she haughtily objected that he was attacking her.
This, while the Conservative happened to be someone in the middle class himself who was being deprived of his health care plan, the health care plan that he liked and wanted to keep, deprived by the operation of the law.
In other words, she answered his argument that he was being deprived of his health care plan that he liked by accusing him of wanting to deprive others of theirs. WHen he objected that this was an ad hominem attack, she answered by accusing him of making an ad hominem attack against her.
Five Myths about Ty Cobb. Thanks to the sensationalist (and largely, we now know falsified) biography of Cobb by journalist Al Stump, most people believe the Tigers legendary player was a violent, selfish and greedy, foul-mouthed extreme racist and murderer loved by no one. Those characterizations are mostly, if not entirely, untrue.
I linked this on Facebook. Matt Walsh discusses why the debate on abortion is comprised of two positions that are simply too far apart for compromise.
The WondLa books look fascinating. Will definitely be picking them up as soon as we're all settled in to the new year.
My multiple-months-ago-mishap that caused me to lose weeks worth of posting material because I decided to do a mega-post to make up for how infrequently I was posting has prodded me into considering posting less more often. In the spirit of that intention, here is some cheesecake that I was going to include in a link post. Cosplayer Alisa Farrington as R2-D2:
I wonder how many really hard-core Star Wars geeks actually lose their boner for R2-D2 when they see this picture.
I think if it was a t-back it wouldn't look as good, really.