June media

Jul. 3rd, 2015 06:54 am
Python Projects, Python High Performance Programming, The Tale of Genji, Triage X, Ranma 1/2 season 7, Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works, Takamiya Nasuno Desu!, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (anime), Song of the Sea.
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Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:03 am
May: HUGPUNX, Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure, Shin Sekai Yori anime, Mikagura School Suite, Ultimate Otaku Teacher, Tale of Princess Kaguya, Elementary season 3, Castle season 7, New Girl season 4, Big Bang Theory season 8, Gotham season 1.
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April media

Jul. 2nd, 2015 08:46 am
April: Moon Shot, Black Star, Bright Dawn, PySide GUI Application Development, American Gods, Anansi Boys, Usagi Drop manga, Yurikuma Arashi, Kirameki Project, ETOTAMA, PUNCH LINE, Wish Upon the Pleiades, Kiminozo: Next Season, Gunslinger Stratos, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon, Plastic Memories, Re-Kan, Archer Season 4 and 5, Red 2
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These things sit around in draft form far too long. You can tell I was sick a lot in March. The Grey King, Silver on the Tree, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Chaos:Making a New Science, Network Security Through Data Analysis, Spice and Wolf 11 and 12, Matplotlib for Python Developers, The First Three Minutes, How to Write A Lot, The Last Three Minutes, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Flag, Testament of Sister New Devil, Sailor Moon, Rumbling Hearts / Kiminozo, Akatsuki no Yona, Saekano, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Bicentennial Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Last Man on Earth, Shin Sekai Yori manga 5-7.
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Continuing with the posting backlog, February was The IT Crowd, Mountain of Storms, The Race Underground, Snow Sense, Company Men, A History of Pi, Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, Greenwitch, Maga-Tsuki, Ranma 1/2 Season 6.

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Writing getting ahead of the posting again, I did want to put up the best of last year. If you skip the rest, do skim this one.

The best read this year, hands-down, was Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation saga. Not every volume is fantastic, but none is bad, and the sum is impressive. I admire Asimov's ability to grapple with big ideas while keeping a great story going, rarely degenerating into Philosophical Position as Character. Other standouts include Reading the Forested Landscape for nonfiction and The God Engines in really disturbing short form.

Best manga: A Town Where You Live. I don't know what nonsense keeps Crunchyroll from sharing the first eleven volumes, but it needs to be fixed. Volume 12 picks up after a huge turning point that's heartbreaking and makes everything following so much more significant. I keep harping, but it's both the high point of the series and an example of the greatness that permeates the entire: nothing's storybook perfect, but people find their way.

I couldn't call In Search of Lost Future the best anime of the year. But it got under my skin, and is particularly anime rather than a story that would work well in another medium or with a different cultural background. It's not quite a love-it-or-hate-it series, more of a love-it-or-meh, but man. It's the one I'd most recommend people give a chance if they're on the fence. And I've got to throw in Encouragement of Climb for simply making me smile every time a new episode came up. Really high honors as well to Space Brothers, Silver Spoon 2, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, all three worth a watch. It was a very good year for anime (of course, I watch a lot, so there's bound to be good stuff in there somewhere.)

Wreck-it Ralph wins for movies on the makes-me-smile basis. It's funny, it's cute, it's heartwarming without being (too) smarmy, and yes I saw the twist a mile away but so what? Honorable mention to Argo for keeping me completely engrossed from start to finish.

Elementary Season 2 continued an excellent show. It's a remarkable balancing act: updating the character and situations, not simply copying the stories and premises, yet feeling true to the spirit of the original. And such, such good chemistry between Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. I think it helps that both have stage experience. Archer gets an honorable mention for being so funny and making me inhale the whole series in very few days.

Video games are a short list again this year, so Metroid Prime 3: Corruption wins with little competition. The series is a great combination of exploration and shooter, with controls (on both platforms) that brought the console shooter to excellent refinement. I don't intend to replay, though, because of the occasional teeth-gnashing frustration.
How Lovely Are Thy Branches, The End of Eternity,
The Positronic Man, Nightfall, Nemesis, Caliban, Foundation's Fear, Foundation and Chaos, Foundation's Triumph, Warehouse 13 Season 5, Samurai Warriors, Gourmet Girl Grafitti, Rolling Girls, Project Blue Earth SOS, Death Parade, Military!, Spirit of the Marathon, The Interview, Hyperdimension Neptunia.
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The Stars, Like Dust, Pebble in the Sky, Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation, Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation, Foundation's Edge, Foundation and Earth, The Science of Running, Galaxy Railways, Coyote Ragtime Show, Sword Art Online II, In Search of Lost Future, Encouragement of Climb Season 2.
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Queen's Blade, 80/20 Running, The Right Stuff, I, Robot, The Caves of Steel, The Complete Robot, The Naked Sun, Robots of Dawn, Robots and Empire, The Currents of Space, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Argo.
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Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman, Mountain Voices, Linux Security Cookbook, Your Lie in April, I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, Karen Seki, Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru, Girl Friend BETA, A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd, Celestial Method, KimiKiss, Plastic Little, Archer (S1-4), Selfie, My Wife is Wagatsuma-san (81-), Coppelion (1-30), Boys Be second season (1-17)
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Here is Greenwood, Manhattan, Hostage to Alexander, Lassie Come-Home, What to Listen for in Music, Spice and Wolf 8-10, Night at the Museum, Freezing: Vibration, Locodol, Aldnoah/Zero, Rail Wars, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun.
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Ben and Me, Homeland, How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story, An Election, Judge Sn Goes Golfing, The Tale of the Wicked, The God Engines, You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop, My Own Kind of Freedom, Voogie's Angel, Barakamon, A Town Where You Live, Looper.
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July media

Nov. 24th, 2014 06:54 pm
Yowapeda Season 1, Akame ga Kill, HaNaYaMaTa, GLASSLIP, Blue Spring Ride, The Loyal Lieutenant, Never Cry Wolf, Blue, Jetpack Joyride.
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June media

Nov. 23rd, 2014 08:50 am
Y: The Last Man, The War Between the Pitiful Teachers and the Splendid Kids, Learning CFEngine 3, Codex Born, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Cosmos, Manyuu Hikenchou, One Week Friends, Koi to Senkyou to Chocolate.
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Tor announced ages ago that they were going to open up a store to sell their titles in DRM-free e-book form. By the end of 2012. Right.

Having had no end of trouble buying elsewhere*, I was holding out, and it just ain't happening. But! Quietly, at some point, the Wheel of Time fansite Dragonmount set up a store, heavily emphasizing the DRM-free nature, and are selling everything from Tor. Now, as soon as I can get my wallet to stop hiding in the closet, I'll start running up a tab...

Incidentally, when HarperCollins did the Humble Bundle, I was hoping they were coming around (and rebought plenty of books I already owned.) Yeah, they're still using DRM, and also adding watermarks. Sigh.

Publishers, I have a lot of mass-market paper that I'd like to start (EDIT: stop) hauling around. There's a pretty big opportunity here to sell me a book a second time. Your move.

* "Independent" bookstore? Fulfilled through Google, with DRM. Neither Google nor independent was willing to help. Tor editor emailed me the book. Scratch Google and the independent. Kobo? Different publisher, but sold me a collection that was missing one component, not willing to help. Editor emailed me the book. Amazon? I don't even want to try, so editor doesn't need to email me the book.

May media

Nov. 16th, 2014 03:35 pm
Yes, I need to come up with something else interesting to post (doing short stuff on Diaspora now). And apparently focus is on the "post" button when you're doing tags...oops.

The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Little Brother, Stories from the White Mountains, Reading the Forested Landscape, Office Space, Idiocracy, Veronica Mars movie, Thor: The Dark World, Wall-E, The Big Bang Theory season 7, Elementary season 2, New Girl season 3, Castle season 6, High School DxD New, The Comic Artist and His Assistants, Black Bullet, Blade and Soul, Tonari no Seki-kun, Kanojo ga Flag wa Oraretara, Captain Earth.

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I've been keeping up with the writing of these, but not the editing/posting, so catchup time!
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It's pretty clear I've been reading too much of The Economist and MMM, since I found Why did the stock market sell off today? (as explained by every financial publication) hilarious.
Space Dandy, Sakura Trick, The Competitive Runner's Handbook, Spice and Wolf 4-7, My Wife is Wagatsuma-san chapter 1-80, From the New World v. 1-4, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Septerra Core.
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