Neko (lofulah)

The next four years will be interesting

Likely in a bad, terribly, horrible way. Hopefully not, but I expected Trump not to win, but still, it happened.

That said, I think we're doing something wrong if Hillary won the popular vote by only 200k out of 12m. According to Google's numbers, 47% wanted Trump. I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea that 59,611,678 of my fellow human beings in the United States who can vote decided that this man would be a better choice.

This isn't going to be a complete set of thoughts - there's a lot on my Facebook and some tweets, although most of it has been sharing or retweeting other people's content. I think... my primary next step is to figure out the steps I need to take to set up safety nets for those who are likely to be impacted the most and do what I can to minimize the damage to my friends, then their friends, then those that they identify with. I've been thinking about this for most of the past 24 hours while I was conscious and that hasn't changed, so I think it's likely an ok choice.

Beyond that, however... climate change? Getting more involved in politics? I don't know - I loathe the idea of getting involved in politics. I'm not educated enough and even if I were, it's really hard to convince people sometimes.
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OMG Pokemon Go! <3

Lots of bugs and crashing and freezing, although it's been getting better, but oh my goodness. It's absurdly awesome to watch random people all show up in one place, staring at their phones. And then happily exchanging knowing grins (and/or tips!) about Pokemon.
Neko (lofulah)

Kill La Kill

Just finished watching Kill La Kill (24 episodes). I loved it and would highly recommend it for the crazy over-the-top action, crazy comedy (there were at least 5-10 episodes where I started laughing out loud). It reminds me a bit of Gurren Lagann which took mecha anime and then went to the absolute extreme, but instead of mecha, this was the magical girl transformation stuff. (And as such, stupid amounts of fanservice. Maybe to the point where they're parodying fanservice.) Loved the soundtrack as well.
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Recent media

Movies:
- Pacific Rim. Relatively predictable, but not too bad.
- Elysium. Somewhat predictable. Wish there was more about the world of the future and just how the higher class vs lower class separation came about. Instead, it was just an action movie.

Anime:
- Shingeki no Kyoujin / Attack on Titan. Highly recommended. Kinda sad that the season is over, may read the manga.

- Kill la Kill: It's been compared to FLCL. I don't remember enough about FLCL to confirm or deny this. All I can say is it left me literally laughing out loud at various absurdities. Everything is done way over the top.
- Kyoukai no Kanata: Might drop, might not. Looks like it might be turning into a harem series.

Games:
Finished Zelda: Wind Waker HD (Wii U). Not too bad. Rather eagerly anticipating the new Zelda: Link to the Past?-ish-remake?thing? 3DS game. In the meantime, I was talked into buying Pokemon X. First pokemon game in over a decade. Crazy.
Neko (lofulah)

Comic-con 2013!

Went to Comic-con, accompanied by Sharon. Generally didn't plan at all. Survived. Yay.

Saw a number of assorted panels - most were pretty awesome. I think the best were ones by established authors or voice actors and such and panelists were quite happy to chat with each other and joke about things.

Got way too much swag. Ended up having to ship some of it home (well, plushies and a few random bits of clothing).

Picked up MLP chapter 9, con edition, signed by Katie Cook, thanks to Sharon.
Got all 16 autographed volumes of Kevin & Kell.
Got 2 volumes of SMBC.
Bought 2 standalone works for TwoKinds for Sharon, since I'm already getting all of the TwoKinds stuff via Kickstarter.
Said hi to the folks at the Girl Genius folks (already paying crazy amounts for their Kickstarter)
Got a stop-sign shaped sign that says "POOP".
Picked up pushies for friends.
Picked up a Pea Shooter (Plants vs. Zombies) plushie for myself.
Picked up the Mystery Pets Artbook from Diana X. Sprinkle (http://www.dianasprinkle.com/2012/04/mystery-pets-artbook/). Was silly and forgot to get it signed. Whoops. Also got two posters and a comic from a random grab bag.

Also got some random free stuff.
Neko (lofulah)

Wii U

So I got the Wii U a few days ago. Deluxe version. Quite pleased with it - it's pretty and shiny. I'm a bit disappointed that the touch screen is pressure sensitive and not capacitive.

The initial OS update does take stupidly long.

All was good until last night, when the power adaptor suddenly died while I was playing New Super Mario Bros Wii U. It was rather odd - I don't think I've had a power adaptor die on me like that before. Either way, ended up bringing it back to GameStop, where the dude kindly pulled out another new Wii U, pulled out the power adaptor, plugged it into mine, got my disc out, and the proceeded to do an exchange. Not sure why he didn't just switch the power adaptors. Oh well, more club nintendo points for me, I guess? Thankful that I hadn't bothered running the Wii -> Wii U migration yet, so I didn't really have any data to lose, aside from the NintendoLand and Super Mario Bros. savefiles.

And now, my new-again Wii U is happily (read: slowly) downloading the new OS update. Sigh. Time to do laundry and get food.


Driving down to LA tomorrow. Renting a car from Enterprise at SFO, then driving down Hwy 1 alone, so I can blast MLP music and musicals. Hopefully will not die. =^^=;
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Anime: Kami-sama Hajimemashita

13 episodes. Shoujo series - relatively standard plotline with a poor girl that loses her home and ends up living at a shine. It caught my eye because one of the characters had animal ears. ^^; I'm a sucker for that.

But, all in all, it was quite good. Heck, I'd say I'd even consider watching it again, maybe. It's directed by Akitaro Daichi who also did Jubei-chan and Fruits Basket. It's really quite well done - bits of humor, bit of romance, all spaced out enough so you're never really stuck on one emotion for too long.

I kinda wanna read the manga now.

As the favorable review at http://psgels.net/2013/01/03/kamisama-hajimemashita-review-84100/ notes, it would have been even better as a 26 episode series.
Neko (lofulah)

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (and other recent games)

Finally completed Ni No Kuni [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ni_no_Kuni] tonight. I probably approached 60-something hours. Definitely didn't need that long to beat it, but I enjoyed hunting down rare creatures that'd give me crazy amounts of EXP, and then crafting together right items and such. End final boss was absurdly easy, considering the amount of leveling I had done. (I think I was getting close to level 80.)

All in all, a delightful game. Felt a bit too straightforward, although I think part of that might be because I didn't turn off the "Here's where you go next star marker" - it's on by default, and I suspect it might be more of a challenge if I turned it off. Still, it did make life a lot easier and definitely frustration free (no "ahhhhh, what do I do now?" problems.)

The story was happy. Standard Studio Ghibli fare. Minor plots twists, here and there, but very minor, nothing terribly surprising.

The art and music were both beautiful, as expected from Studio Ghibli. Contemplating playing the DS version, even though it's not translated, but from what I'm reading, the story and everything is generally the same, with slightly less awesomeness, since it's isometric and not real 3D. We'll see.


Also played Bastion [http://store.steampowered.com/app/107100/]. That was a much shorter, but harder game. Also rather beautiful. I loved the narrating. I actually wished Bastion was longer / had a stronger story. I wanted to learn more of what happened to that world.


Oh, and I beat the campaign for Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm sometime ago. Not too much to say there. I'm definitely still enjoying the story. Need to go back and beat it on brutal though.
Neko (lofulah)

Woah..

So apparently Las Pegasus Unicon (a brony convention held in Las Vegas) somehow crashed and burned. From what I can make of things, the organizers didn't budget well and/or got shafted by hotel and other things, resulting in the convention getting cut short, assorted folks being unable to get flights out (what.), people's hotel rooms being charged extra (I guess they booked at con rates, but then when the con management couldn't pay the hotel, it reverted to normal rates? I don't know what's going on here...), official special guest attendees and such not getting paid. Etc. It's a mess.

But not only has the community rallied around to help raise money for people that got hit by unexpected expenses, writers from the show (M.A. Larson and Meghan McCarthy) as well as the major trading card company Enterplay have stepped in to help. The former have set up auctions and the latter has donated a ton of cards (rare collectables and such) towards the charity (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/02/enterplay-adds-full-set-of-cards-to.html).

I know it doesn't _really_ cost these people anything to do this, but the fact that they bothered... o.O