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Does anyone out there have a parent who’s in a dangerous line of work (police, military, fire department, maybe EMT, …) and has been since they were a kid? I’m working on writing a character who comes from that sort of background, and I feel like it might be a difficult topic for parents to raise with their children, but I’m really not sure.

If your parent has a dangerous job, when did you find out about it, and how?

Oct 5

So the male skater (Miisha) being interested in Mako’s skill and skating with her made his partner (Janerin) mad and now they’re about to fight. That much I figured.

She voluntarily starts changing into a youma to kick his butt. That I didn’t figure. Suddenly I wonder if these two are actually all that similar to people turned into youma in the past. They’re taking Kunzite’s orders and seem to be willingly carrying them out, but aside from that they’re very much the same people they were before. That is super creepy.

Oct 5
Oh shit, this one WORKED

Oh shit, this one WORKED

Oct 5

A+ bodyguarding, you guys.

Oct 5
Wow, they are not going to shut up about that, huh?

Wow, they are not going to shut up about that, huh?

Oct 5
  1. I don’t buy for a second that all these cameras and monitors existed at the ice rink before Kunzite showed up. No way.
  2. This reminds me- it’s neat to see that the Dark Kingdom aren’t completely clueless when it comes to advanced technology, despite getting most of their powers from magic. It’s true that their Senshi-detection tech has been consistently terrible in one way or another, but ever since the music that wilted flowers they’ve demonstrated that they’re definitely capable of using and even devising these systems to achieve their goals, and that’s very cool.
  3. In this last bit Kunzite steals a trick from Jadeite back in the day- at one point he contacted a subordinate through a pile of TVs and monitors in a junkyard. Jadeite’s version was more obviously magical (and, ironically, probably harder to detect, since the equipment in question didn’t actually work), but Kunzite’s looks more professional.
  4. "skill and grace" hahahahahahaha good luck
Oct 4

The girls are all starstruck watching Mako skate… and Usagi just keeps falling down in the background. No one has even tried to go help her.

I feel bad for saying this, but… it’s kind of hilarious.

Oct 4

I was not disappointed.

Oct 4

(The liveblog returns!)

I like that they included voice clips for each girl’s reaction to stepping out on the ice. Judging by the setup, Usagi’s should be excellent.

andwereallwevegot:

Observation: The thing that I miss most when I get a book in digital but not physical format isn’t the look or the feel or even the smell. It’s the ability to flip through in a quick and intuitive way when I’m looking for a particular page or section.

We don’t generally think of books this way, because culturally we associate them with gaining new knowledge rather than referring to knowledge we already have. But in comparison to (our current forms of) electronic storage, books are very very good at letting you see their entire contents in rapid succession.

One of the things my cbr reader does is give you the option of opening a thumbnail gallery, so you can scroll through and pick a page. Which is absolutely the right idea, but not executed efficiently- the thumbnails are dynamically generated when you ask for them, so loading them for a big file takes all day (and therefore doesn’t help). If the thumbnails were generated and saved when the archive was created or modified, that would be a good solution for comics, where different story moments are portrayed as radically different-looking pages.

For text-only books… you could actually do something similar, I think, but you’d have to change the details to work with the format. A gallery of page thumbnails that represent whole pages in sharply reduced resolution wouldn’t work- if you reduce the resolution enough to show several pages in the space of one, you’ve reduced the text too much to be anything but illegible pixel groupings. Instead you’d want a gallery of page thumbnails that represent part of a page in full or only slightly reduced resolution- a set of all the top right quadrants of pages at 50% zoom, for instance, could show you 16 thumbnails in the size of one page, each in a form you can still read. (Ideally you’d want the option to choose which part of a page you look at when skimming, as well, so that if you can’t spot the thing you’re hunting on any top right quadrant you can switch to skimming bottom right quadrants, or top left ones, or bottom left ones…)

Observation: The thing that I miss most when I get a book in digital but not physical format isn’t the look or the feel or even the smell. It’s the ability to flip through in a quick and intuitive way when I’m looking for a particular page or section.

We don’t generally think of books this way, because culturally we associate them with gaining new knowledge rather than referring to knowledge we already have. But in comparison to (our current forms of) electronic storage, books are very very good at letting you see their entire contents in rapid succession.

It took me a while to piece this together, but when it hit me it was so sudden and so surprising that I had to share. I’m only on the second episode of season two, so please don’t spoil anything! ^^;

The undead phenomenon in In The Flesh is widespread but not contagious. Partially Deceased Syndrome only affects people who died in 2009; anyone who died during or after the Rising stayed dead.

So that means all PDS sufferers died before the Rising. There was a secondary death toll caused by untreated PDS sufferers killing the living and vice versa, but the people who died in those incidents didn’t rise.

No one currently undead was killed in zombie-related violence.

The setting of the series- Roarton village- is a sleepy little town in the back end of nowhere. We don’t know much about life there before the Rising, but it’s hardly the sort of place that has regular gang violence. There isn’t even any traffic- practically no one drives unless they’re going well out of their usual way, and there’s an easily accessible train station for that. Aside from the Rising-dependent events that provide the basis for the show’s plot, I’d say Roarton is an extremely safe place to live.

But there are at least three PDS students at Jem Walker’s high school.

What the heck killed those kids?

IT’S COMING

Mako, how many senpais do you have?

Why is there a skating rink like this?

Why is there a skating rink like this?