I am currently watching the anime series Martian Successor Nadesico, which was the popular anime in Japan at one point, and the latest episode just threw one hell of a curveball.
First, some background. In Nadesico, there’s an anime series called Gekiganger 3, which is your stereotypical shōnen mecha series. In the first few episodes, you discover that two of the pilots love the series to bits, including using their moves. Such as the Gekigan Flare, which is used in the third or fourth episode. The episode I just watched was Episode 13.
In this episode, it starts normally. Then, another opening… for Gekiganger 3. Cuts to the characters of that series sitting around… watching Martian Successor Nadesico.
The episode of Nadesico is a clip-show. When it ends, about five minutes before the episode proper does, the bad guy in Gekiganger 3 attacks, using technology inspired by Nadesico. The team respond, and beat him with a Gekigan Flare.
Here’s the really meta part: the scientist says that he got the idea from Nadesico. As I’ve already established, the Gekigan Punch was used in episode 4 or so of Nadesico, and was inspired by Gekiganger. The episode they’re watching in Gekigangar is number 13. Which means that the move was created in the real world, copied by the anime, then copied by the pilots in the real world, which was… Argh. In short, this means that the characters of Gekiganger know they’re in an anime.
Just to make things MORE meta, the episode of Gekiganger ends. And it’s then revealed that the crew of the Nadesico were watching it. Which means the crew of the Nadesico were watching Gekiganger watching them watching them… Which means that THEY know they’re in an anime as well.
Oh, and the previous episode ended with what appeared to be Gekiganger 3 appearing and fighting the Nadesico. Which is either hinting, or even MORE meta.
Right, that’s far too meta for me. I’m going to stop analysing this and enjoy it. It’s pretty good.
There’s a certain level of geeky connection that comes from naming a computer or a device. Some people seem to have naming schemes and consistent themes. I generally don’t. So Tumblr, what do you call your machines?
If you insist. Be warned, I don’t follow any kind of naming “scheme”. I started, and then gave up.
Desktop: Greasy Scotsman - because, when I first got it, there was “… ‘nary an animal alive tha’ can outrun a greasy Scotsman!” I was going through a Simpsons phase at the time.
Creative Zen Vision:M 30GB Hard-Drive Partition: Flash/Macs Rock - the former is the original name (because I was using it as a flash drive), the latter was its name on Macs, renamed by a friend.
2GB Flash Stick: Sticky - see, it’s a memory stick, and… yeah, lame name.
80GB External Hard-Drive: Bouncy - see, it has a rubberised cover around it, so it looks kinda bouncy. Also, with this and Sticky, I’d started playing TF2, and so they’re also named after Demoman grenades. I hope.
4GB Flash Stick: unnamed, because I don’t actually use it that much.
Creative Zen 32GB X-Fi: I don’t honestly know. I only use it for music.
eeePC: SqueeePC - named by a friend. And then it stuck.
Stardock fixes up its Bill of Rights after some criticisms. It’s very nice (via GamePolitics). Entertainingly, Jack Thompson seems to make an appearance in the comments, saying that it’s not real news.
Game for the PS3 and XBox360. About terrain deformation. Including a reverse gravity gun (fire at something, and it drags things to it), a gun that creates a six-foot-wide personnel-tracking boulder, and a grenade that sucks in anything not nailed down, makes the terrain act like jelly, then explodes very violently.
“Note: If you are looking for the comic strip site also called Something Positive, that can be found at somethingpositive.NET. The two sites are unrelated. Ours may be more positive; his may be funnier.”—SomethingPositive.com
"According to the Web site of the Journal of Japan Society for Clinical Anesthesia, there have been multiple reported cases of fires involving electric knives in Japan." So WHY do they still use them?! (via Warren Ellis)
Tumblr assigns a sequential number to each site on their service. The lower the number, the older the site. To find your number, login to Tumblr, go to the Following Page, then click on the name of your site in the top right corner of the screen just below the “log out” link. Now, look at the URL in your browser address bar and note the number at the end of the URL. Mine looks like this:
That means JoeLaz.com was the 18,189th site created on Tumblr. A total of 442,648 sites have been created to date.