This story will disappear as quickly as the one of the black Muslim cop who murdered an innocent white woman.
You know it. I know it. Everyone knows it.
Have the guts to SAY IT.
Back in the day (whenever that was) I used to give the "screen kiss" - yes, literally kiss my TV/computer monitor - when I'd see/hear something especially amazing. Only a few people have earned that. Often Elvis, often Bruce. It's been a while. Until now.
Where can I find me a guy who sings like these guys do?
This made me so, so happy!
Corvallis Fall Festival
Maybe this is a new annual thing for us! Jenni and I repeated our 2016 Autumn Day Tip with a followup visit to the Corvallis Fall Festival. But as always with Jenni and me, it’s not so much the destination as the extended time that she and I get to chat. We could have done that anywhere. Still, participating in a special event just adds more fun.
At 10:00 am Jenni arrived at my house while I was putting my things in the car – so we were immediately ready to jump in and take off. It was a breezy, conversation-filled drive to Corvallis. My parking fairy opened convenient street parking just two blocks south of Central Park. It was 11:30 am.
As per plan, we walked over to Block 15. As if to celebrate our return, the waitress coincidentally seated us at the same table we had last year, tucked away in a corner upstairs. We were delighted.
Block 15’s Oregon Country Beef Burger was so good last year that I eagerly reordered the meal. I couldn’t decide on fries or the beef barley soup – so I got both. I ended up taking most of the fries home for an evening meal. As before, everything was delicious.
iPhone 6 Photo
I think it was about 1 pm when we finished lunch and began our return walk through downtown Corvallis. (I didn’t take any notes this year, so I can only guess on times.) We returned to the Starbucks at SW 4th & Madison, where Jenni got a drink; she also got cash from an ATM. From there we walked back to my car to drop off my takehome container of fries – and also my Icebreaker vest. The weather forecast was 60°F with a high of 66°F under partly sunny skies – but Accuweather and buddies lied. Bright sun. Not a cloud in the sky. I was dressed too warmly. During the week I’d been fighting the onset of a cold and had been uncharacteristically chilled, so I dressed conservatively. I should have worn short sleeves.
We walked up to the festival and did all the loops. The festival advertises 160 vendors, so it takes a couple of hours to get through the whole thing.
The festival has a nice variety of artisans and craftsfolk. Lots of impressive jewelry. Interesting photography (but nothing I’d put in my own house). Unique fabrics and clothing. Other facinating scupltures, paintings, and mixed media works. Jenni and I had a wonderful time absorbing the mix – as well as talking with the artists. Jenni bought some gifts for her friends, but I was much less noble.
Early on we happened upon one of my favorite ceramic studios, STILLFire Pottery. This year they had a number of bowls in sizes I wanted, so it was difficult to show restraint. I limited myself to three bowls – a convenient soup bowl and a small snack bowl in my normal blue/white style… and another shallow bowl similar to the dark one I bought last year. I love these bowls! I think my favorite is the soup bowl.
Sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 pm we headed back to the car. It was an easy jaunt from SW 7th St (where I had parked) over to SW 9th St. Unlike last year, there was no home football game this year, so we had no problems at all with traffic. I took SW 9th to 99W, and we again took the scenic route from Corvallis to Independence to Salem to Woodburn.
And like last year, we stopped at Woodburn Premium Outlet Stores and did some shopping. Neither of us make it down to Woodburn often. The day continued to be sunny and warm – just around 70°F – so walking was extremely pleasant.
When we were finished shopping, I took us home. We were back by 6:40 pm. We had talked non-stop the entire day, and I could have gone on for hours. I was energized. But we did have a lot of things to get done for ourselves over the weekend and had to stop sometime. My rare days with Jenni bring me great joy, and I savor the memories – and am still smiling a day later.
On Saturday I received an order from CDJapan – the Edelweiss CD/DVD performed by 17-year-old singer Asaka. “Edelweiss” is the ED song for Centaur no Nayami. I’ve already added the song to several playlists and have updated one of the music CDs in Ava. The B-song is “Unfulfilled Butterfly,” which isn’t a bad song, but I’m not interested in adding it to any playlists.
The case included a small booklet with photos and lyrics to the two songs on the CD. Because the CD included both the Japanese and English versions of “Edelweiss,” both sets of lyrics are included.
The DVD (region 2) had the “Edelweiss” music video and a 10-minute short on the making of the video. The video was rather low budget, low tech – and it had the quirkyness of those sorts of productions. Both videos were fun to watch, though.
Once in a while I get a surprise treat on these orders. I did not pre-order this CD, and when I ordered, CDJapan said the First Press bonus – one of five different photos – was no longer available. But my case included a first press photo. Cool!
The full song has been posted to YouTube: Centaur no Nayami Ending Full - “Edelweiss”
Tsurezure Children, Episode 12 (Season Finale)
Here are the shows from this season that I watched last week…
Tenshi no 3P! (Angel’s 3Piece): Episode 11
Another awful episode… but I guess I’ll see this through to the finish line. At least there might be (cutesy) songs next week.
Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life): Episode 12
Another poorly paced episode. Lots of talking separated by crude action. The ending to the arc was just meh. Akine capturing all the demons without notifying Yūshi in advance was simply dumb and random. Miura’s second attack in the Art Room didn’t make any sense because Tashiro should have been the target, not Yūshi. This entire arc was a muddled mess, and I’ll be happy when this series is over.
Isekai Shokudō (Restaurant to Another World): Episode 12 (Season Finale)
This was a pleasant and interesting episode, with Artorius trying to prevent Alexander from meeting with his granddaughter, Adelheid, although they later crossed paths anyway. And it was nice seeing other characters we’ve known from previous stories. The surprise was finding out that Tenshu (“Master”) is the grandson of one of the four Legendary Warriors. This series has been so episodic that it’s no wonder there was anything special done to mark the end of a season.
New Game!!: Episode 11
Much better than last week! Drama involving Tsubame and Nene was a reasonable story with good resolution and signs of improved bonding. Umiko has become a more appealing character this season, also. I suspect the drama around Kou is overblown (more misunderstandings, I’m guessing).
Tsurezure Children: Episode 12 (Season Finale)
The soccer tournament at sports day was unexpected and funny. Then the last half of the episode focused on two couples – Kana x Chiaki and Chizuru x Takurō. Both couples went through scenes that made my heart ache… but I was so delighted when there were dramatic turnarounds at the end. Tears of joy! This was a superb ending note for the first season of an ongoing series. I really, really want a season 2!
Mahoujin Guru Guru: Episode 12
For some reason the story seemed more focused and interesting this week. Plus there was a grand reunion of characters. I liked this episode.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Episode 25
The new arc begins… field trip to Kirigakure. We all know that this is trouble – but what else can you do to make drama in “peacetime?” This episode was mostly setup for the upcoming conflict.
Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Classroom of the Elite): Episode 11
I’m glad the story didn’t get bogged down in last week’s conflict and instead introduced additional problems. And at the end we were granted a piece of the puzzle, but I can’t tell who is behind that. Class A? Looks like it’s time for Kiyotaka to save the day.
Gamers!: Episode 11
Well… I thought our two couples might have a chance to get things back on track at the RPG amusement park… but then Konoha messed everything up by forcing Chiaki into the mix. What a mess. (My favorite comment at Crunchyroll: “freaking Konoha... I wish Orochimaru could have destroyed you when he had the chance…”) The animation went off-model a few times also. The problem with the series is that the ratio of wins to misunderstandings is low, and the forever cycle of misunderstandings is starting to get tiring. It appears that the season will end next week with stuff still up in the air – because the light novels are all about perpetuating misunderstandings. I’m losing enthusiasm.
Konbini Kareshi (Convenience Store Boy Friends): Episode 12
Another horribly paced and directed episode… dragging out the Mashima-Mishiki story… not helped much by Mishiki being unconscious though most of the episode. (And, hey, if someone is unconsicous in a hospital bed for days or weeks – and then wakes up – shouldn’t the first thing you do is get a doctor or nurse?) The only really surprising thing was the twist with the twin sister… but that just means there’s more to untangle once Mishiki is back on her feet. This series has ended up being terrible. One more week (month, storywise), and we can put this snail out of its misery.
Boku no Hero Academia: Episode 37
The final battle in the final exams… and given that it invoved three of the most powerful characters at the school, the spectacular explosiveness of the battle was not surprising. The trick to the battle was whether or not Katsuki and Izuku could work together. This battle was a captivating end to the final exams.
Centaur no Nayami (a.k.a. A Centaur’s Life): Episode 12 (Season Finale)
No creepy government oversight this week… just two normal (for this show, anyway) high school stories – an RPG story and an arm-wrestling contest. Both stories were amusing, playing on the character traits of the students. The writers didn’t even try to give this episode the feel of a season ending. That’s probably reasonable given that this is an ongoing slice-of-life series with no overall story.
Knight’s & Magic: Episode 13 (Season Finale)
Appropriately, the Big Battle took place in the season finale. Our team won, of course, and the action was as over-the-top as was expected. In the best of fanfic tradition, the Ikaruka was able to best the overpowered Vyver. I liked that Kid was able to be the one to save the Queen Eleonore – stationed only as a plot device, I think. Not surprisingly, the major villains all survived to fight another day, as the Light Novel series is still in progress. Looks like the foundation is set for Kid x Eleonore and Ernesti x Addy. I’m good with that. Overall… a ludicrous series that was fun.
Centaur no Nayami, Episode 12 (Season Finale)
Hina Logi – from Luck and Logic
Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge, Episode 4
Finally! January 30, 2018. Sentai Filmworks is finally going to release Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless) on home video. The price difference between the Standard Blu-ray release ($52.49) and the Premium Blu-ray release ($97.49) I think is excessive, given the listless extras that Sentai is providing. (Sentai is not very good at premium boxes.) Even though I love the series, I’ll probably just get the standard release.
By the time the series is available on home video, 19 months will have elapsed since the end of the season. Feels longer.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
Last night I saw Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro at Century Theatres. I never tire of this masterpiece! Before the movie, a short and wonderful interview with Pixar’s John Lasseter was presented. He gushed about the art and craftsmanship of the movie – and the movie’s influence on his own career. After the movie another interview short was shown – this one featuring Monkey Punch (the original manga artist/writer) and two of the movie’s animators.
Inbetween was the movie itself – always fun, always amazing – and gorgeous on the big screen. I may never get to see this movie in a theater again. I’m so glad I have it on Blu-ray at home.
A fabulous two hours passed quickly, and I left the theater with a big smile on my face. (And tonight I’m treating myself to revisiting the soundtrack in my iTunes library.)
'The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah actually means “Head of the Year.” Just like the head controls the body, our actions on Rosh Hashanah have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year.
As we read in the Rosh Hashanah prayers, each year on this day “all inhabitants of the world pass before G‑d like a flock of sheep,” and it is decreed in the heavenly court “who shall live, and who shall die ... who shall be impoverished and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.”
It is a day of prayer, a time to ask the Almighty to grant us a year of peace, prosperity and blessing. But it is also a joyous day when we proclaim G‑d King of the Universe. The Kabbalists teach that the continued existence of the universe depends on G‑d’s desire for a world, a desire that is renewed when we accept His kingship anew each year on Rosh Hashanah.'
May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.
I spend a lot of time on, and am a volunteer moderator for, several Stack Exchange sites. (Mi Yodeya is one of them.) SE has a banner ("top bar") that is the same across all sites. It contains notifications, information about the logged-in user, and some key navigation links. For moderators it contains a few more things relevant to that job.
Until recently it looked like this (non-moderator view):
The red counter is the inbox (waiting messages) and the green one is reputation changes. If there aren't any, you just get the gray icons that those alerts are positioned over. If I were a moderator on that site, there'd be a diamond to the left of my user picture and a blue square with the flag count to the left of that.
They've just changed this design. (Well, the change is rolling out.) Here's what it looks like now (for a moderator):
The most important links for moderation are the last two things, the diamond and the blue box with the number (flags). They're on the far right, where they're less likely to be seen for various reasons. (Non-moderators don't get those indicators.)
In the old design, those moderator indicators -- which are important -- were toward the center where they're easier to see. Also, all the numbers were a little bigger and easier to see.
When this was announced there was a lot of immediate discussion in the moderators-only chat room, during which I got a little upset about the reduced usability, especially those moderator controls -- which had a good chance of being scrolled away in a not-huge browser window, because SE doesn't use responsive design. After I calmed down I wrote a post on Meta about how this was going to make it harder for me to do my volunteer job, particularly with vision challenges. I expected to get a few sympathy votes, some "get a bigger monitor" snark (which wouldn't help, by the way), and no results.
That post is now one of my highest-scoring posts on the network. And I have a meeting with the product manager and a designer at SE next week to demonstrate my difficulties in using this in more detail.
Meanwhile, I've gotten some help with userscripts from some other moderators. It's hacky and a little buggy and it slows down page loads and I have no idea how to adjust some things, but at least I can see my notifications and the moderator stuff is in a better place. It'll do for now.
I sure hope I can get them to bake some of this in, though. The page-load delay is a little disconcerting as stuff jumps around on the screen. (Also, userscripts do not work on my Android tablet.)
Beyond the immediate problem, though, what I really hope for is to find some way to raise a little awareness that usability is hard, designers are not the users, there are all kinds of people with all kinds of usage patterns and constraints, and you need to somehow, systematically, figure out how to design for the larger audience. That's going to be the hard part.