For being an anime site, I’m going to have to jury rig the reason why I feel like I want to talk about website design. When one visits a site for something to read, you want an unobstructed view of the information. So if you want lovely animu boobs/dfc, you don’t want any censorship. The current modern censorship technique in anime is a blinding shaft of light that gets in the way of the scene. It can be hilarious, but it is also incredibly stupid as it destroys the presentation. It’s a definite mood ruiner. The only exception is when the censorship is part of the anime, meaning it is obviously intentional.
I recently visited a couple of Livejournal-esque pages with their content squished in narrow columns barely larger than 400 pixels, on either side of the screen. Instantly closed the browser tab and didn’t bother. On my widescreen monitor (1680×1050), that is over a thousand horizontal pixels wasted. This is a thing that I get angry over, and by you visiting my site, you’ll already notice I love using up the horizontal space. Sure, I understand the need to frame the text. Centering the content, or being considerate to those with small monitors. That is something I don’t mind.
But to those whose content is any smaller than 500 pixels and squished to either side of the monitor: fuck you.
For someone who has about 95GB out of 465GB available on my HDD, I’ve been extremely conservative in what I download and install. I shouldn’t have to worry about that, but being on a platter based hard drive means that the last 20% of space is definitely right next to the inner circle of the disk is going to be slow. A bunch of anime I’ve been intending to watch and games I want to install have simply been pushed back due to space constraints. The slow down of disk speed is already apparent. So what does this mean?
It’s time to upgrade!
Anyone with a computer tinkerer’s bone in their body knows there’s a [relatively] new piece of hardware in town. The SSD (Solid State Disk) I’ve been dreamily gazing at seems like something I actually need now, considering how fast I consume data off the internet. My only problem with these is that they’re expensive for my rather tiny wallet and have also heard the occasional “My SSD failed after a few days” crowd’s warning crys. If not that, there’s a nice external HDD, the TOSHIBA Canvio Plus — that’s a 2.5″ form factor with 1GB of space (931GB really). Either of which are something that will easily lighten the load on my current situation, but the latter being the most reliable.
It would be rad if anyone with SSD experience commented. The reports of said drives failing is fairly low, but it does happen. Would like to know if it’s actually anything to worry about.
Before I have a go at space itself, let’s start out with a link to an image first. Go ahead and look at it first. I found it while poking around at Kotaku.com, and found it in one of the comments in this news bit.
Seriously. What the hell, science? We’re spending so much time futzing around Earth and killing each other over politics and whales, when we could be out there in the vast beauty of outer space! It minds the boggle! Inconceivable! There’s no reason why we couldn’t be out there researching outer space. Or killing ourselves in outer space over the same things (space politics and space whales). I want my real life EVE Online already. If we ever figure out there’s a new set of physics rules to learn, or that some rules were meant to be broken, it probably means there’s a viable means of traveling through space and we’ve just had our heads stuck in the sand.
The one thing I’m definitely amazed at is how long the Hubble satellite was looking at a tiny spot in the sky. 4 months just to take a picture. And it reveals that much.
I’m pretty late to the party, but now or never. I found two VOCALOID videos of Miku and Gumi singing the song Dearest that’s from the ED of Inuyasha’s 3rd season. If you haven’t heard that song yet, you can go visit youtube and find it there. There’s a couple of duds though, so try to find the Japanese one with Hamasaki Ayumi singing. After that, hit these links:
I already knew Miku and her cohorts would be able to sing like humans if they simulated the effects of breathing. A human sings on lung capacity and a machine doesn’t. I find that interesting to realize that a perfect singer (i.e. vocaloids) needs to have human flaws if we want to hear good singing.
In any case, my nutbladder nearly exploded when I heard Gumi sing Dearest. Japan, the land of Nutbladder Targetting Weaponry, I salute you.
I just realized for all the technology and hardware I drool over, there isn’t a category for it. So I made one for better organization, and quicker post finding. I guess there really isn’t a reason to make a post such as this one. Except for that one post I have about my Toshiba M750. But better late than never!
Micro entries are easier to write, as well. Seeing as my podcast efforts have been thwarted lately, getting in some habitual updates at least every two days would warrant someone to visit me. そですよね？！