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Occasional comments, rants and whines from That Man Who Writes That Thing.

  1. Sailor Moon, but tinier

    by , 18th October 2012 at 05:32 PM (Oranges of Speciousness)
    Do you like Sailor Moon?
    Do you like chibis?
    Do you like overambitious, ridiculously completist projects?

    A while back, I decided to draw every character from Sailor Moon. Not just the major characters, but everyone who ever got a name and dialog (and some that got only one of those things). How many are there? I still don't know, but over 200 episodes, three movies and various specials, my estimate is something in the region of 500.

    And you can chart my progress here. ...
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  2. Fun with Gender Ratios

    by , 14th October 2012 at 05:28 PM (Oranges of Speciousness)
    For a while now I've had a fondness for all-female teams. It started with my Greek Goddess-themed run of Black, and I've kept it up since then. Back in Gen III I learned the value of having a female starter; Ditto was unavailable for a while, and so the only way to breed more of your starter Pokemon was if you lucked out and got a female.

    I get the impression the 1 in 8 gender ratio was introduced to create scarcity, because in almost every case, you find it on a one-off Pokemon, ...
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  3. Top Ten Pokemon (Bovine Swimsuit Edition)

    by , 29th April 2012 at 02:08 PM (Oranges of Speciousness)
    It seems to be the style at the moment to post Top Ten lists of Pokemon. So, because you've all been waiting for it, here's mine. These are the Pokemon I enjoy using the most.

    Disclaimer 1: My opinion on what constitutes a "good Pokemon" is subject to extreme and arbitrary biases such as "it's super-pretty", "it's based on an adorable and/or badass animal" and "it gets this one move that makes a cool noise." This list does not even come close to reflecting mainstream opinions on the ...
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  4. Carole Boston Weatherford was right

    by , 11th August 2011 at 03:19 PM (Oranges of Speciousness)
    Some time ago, I wrote a Bulbanews article about Jynx. It was too long and not particularly well-structured, and contained some slightly misleading information about Saint Nicholas that infuriated the Dutch. Nonetheless, I thought it was one of my better efforts. And what's interesting - at least to me - is that I began writing it with the belief that Jynx was a parody of Ganguro culture who, probably by accident, also bore a resemblance to blackface.

    The Ganguro theory was (and still ...
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  5. Outreach blog: On the matter of bullying

    by , 1st May 2011 at 04:42 PM (Oranges of Speciousness)
    There's a sort of received wisdom that psychological bullying is the lesser cousin of physical bullying. Being beaten up, that's actual bullying. Anything else is just name calling, and can be easily ignored. A while ago, I was debating the subject of homophobic bullying, and a number of people refused to consider the possibility that anybody would commit suicide as the result of psychological abuse. Physical abuse? Sure, they could understand that, but nobody, they claimed, would ever consider ...
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