Monday, October 26, 2015

"Comet Lucifer" — A Jack of All Trades?

3 Episode Rule

I was really hoping Comet Lucifer would be amazing. It seemed to have the potential, but I got too annoyed after the 3rd episode to feel like completing this one I'm sorry to say.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

"The Martian" by Andy Weir

In anticipation of the recent Hollywood film directed by Ridley Scott, I decided to purchase and read The Martian by Andy Weir. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. The story is basically a castaway on Mars story, but both the science feels real and the humor (mostly from the smartass character of Mark Watney) is funny and consistent throughout. It's one of the best sci-fi stories I've read in years, and I hope that both its publication and the subsequent movie will inspire the next generation to move off planet.

"Comet Lucifer" First Impressions

Comet Lucifer (コメット ルシフャー) is a very pretty, new anime this season that caught my attention straight away with its science fiction fantasy aesthetics. I wonder if it is a coincidence that something whose first episode begged a comparison to Star Wars is released in the current climate or if it was done deliberately.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Roman Holiday . . . maybe a little late with this one

Roman Holiday is considered one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time. It stars Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, and as someone that's always been a fan of Audrey Hepburn from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "My Fair Lady", I figured it was past time for me to watch such a seminal movie.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Star Wars Ep VII: The Force Awakens — The Trailer

The trailer for the upcoming Star Wars trailer came out last night to almost universal appreciation. If you haven't seen it yet, I'll include the embedded video:


Monday, October 19, 2015

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Movie Poster Review

I'm more than a little excited for Star Wars.

Tonight, they're dropping the first full-length theatrical trailer during Monday Night Football. In anticipation, they released the movie poster yesterday.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

On the Prevalence of Sexual Molestation in Anime — Motivated by Accel World Episode 14

So I just finished watching Episode 14 of Accel World and being thoroughly disgusted, decided to talk about a common portrayal of evil men in anime. This won't be a formal essay so much as a reaction to something I had to sit through just now.

Basically, the stereotypical portrayal of an evil male in anime is one that licks the face of a female character and implies or commits further sexual molestation and rape (and I say further, because licking someone against their will is sexual molestation).

Noumi Seiji

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Accel World - A quick start!

Accel World is an anime that I really didn't need the 3 episode rule for thankfully. It had its hooks into me by the end of the first episode and now that I've seen the first 5 episodes, I'm pretty interested in where it's going. (I couldn't stop after just 3, which is a good sign).

Announcement: Reviews

There's a rule of thumb in anime that you should give a series 3 episodes before making a judgement. I'm not sure if this says more about the creators or about the fandom, but I've decided to begin doing this with all of the anime I can get my hands on. After watching a few episodes, I'll let you know my thoughts and if I'll be continuing the series, and after watching the entire series (or first season), I'll post reviews. If any particular episode is especially amazing, I'll also be posting reviews of that. Same thing goes for television series, but instead of "all", I'll amend that to the ones that look interesting.

This is all part of a new direction I'll be taking the blog in (while continuing in the other directions also). I'll add a section to the Apocalypse Designs website to archive old reviews, and will go back and populate it with the few reviews I've done already. Frankly, I don't have any reliable source of anime reviews, so it's something that I wish someone else had done before me. The TV series part will just be another excuse for content I suppose, not to mention something that I've been doing (and one of the most popular parts of the blog to be honest).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Announcement: Zero Does Mathematics

Hi everyone,

As I may have implied or said outright, I'm no longer happy with the way Zero's Mathematics is turning out. I've grown so much as an educator and curriculum writer in the last two years that looking back at the first two ZAM are unsettling.

I will eventually return to ZAM and start over, making it bigger and better than ever, but in the meantime, I've been kicking around creating a resource for students that is entirely example problems from a variety of subjects, done the way I would do them, with discussion on problems and strategies on the fly.