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Animation / Re: Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on 2017-06-27 22:53:13 »
Incoming Multi-salvo Effortpost

I'm going to start this off by talking for a while about the opening sequence for the 2006 series Welcome to the NHK!. Despite being produced by Gonzo (a studio known for having lots of "QUALITY" throughout the past decade), there are a lot of interesting decisions made about NHK's animation that lend themselves to the overarching themes of the plot. Gonzo also churned out the very cool-looking Gankutsuou in 2004.

Anyway, here is the OP itself. To hell with that, here's an English sub on YouTube. Go and watch this already if you haven't.
Animation / Segments of Animation That You Find Interesting
« Last post by bwbScram on 2017-06-27 22:41:37 »
I've wanted to do this for a while now.

ITT, talk about certain sequences of animation that intrigue you. It can be for any reason, but I am going to focus on stylistic decisions for the majority of analyses here.
Animation / Re: New Game! Appreciation Thread
« Last post by tormaid on 2017-06-22 23:38:09 »
The PV for New Game!! is finally up! I did a quick-and-dirty translation of the dialogue bits for you all here:

This PV features the new OP and ED themes by fourfolium: STEP by STEP UP↑↑↑↑ and JUMPin' JUMP UP!!!!

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INtellectual Exploration / Bingo Meme Thread
« Last post by tormaid on 2017-06-19 22:03:04 »
Making personalized bingo cards has become a meme, so this is a space to post your worst.

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I said I'd post about the PFSense router, so here it is. I've put together the hardware based on a lot of research. There were some hickups, but it ended up OK. I actually finished this almost two months ago, but hey, better late than never!

  • MBD-X10SLL-F-O uATX Server Motherboard (LGA 1150)
  • Intel Celeron G1820T Dual-Core CPU (2C, 2T @2.4 GHz 35W TDP)
  • 8GB Kingston Unbuffered ECC DDR3 1600 RAM
  • SanDisk SSD PLUS 120GB MLC SSD
  • Intel 82573L Gigabit NIC (w/ riser)
  • Supermicro CSE-512L 200B Case w/ 200W Power Supply
  • Supermicro Passive LGA 1150 Heatsink

The reason I went with the Celeron and not the Intel Xeon E3 1220L v3, which has hyperthreading and a much lower TDP at around the same price, is that PFSense only recently added multi-threading support, so I believe I'll actually get better performance out of this higher-clocked chip. It's a little-known fact that all consumer Intel chips in the i3 line and bellow (Pentium, Celeron, Atom) support error-correcting memory, so there are no compatibility issues using this OEM consumer chip. Edit: I might actually be forced to get the Xeon a higher-clocked i3 after all due to OpenVPN adding support for Intel AES-NI hardware acceleration. I will take the opportunity to benchmark this, however, and post an update with the results.

You might also ask (rightly) why anyone would spend $500 on a router. Well, I have two main reasons: the first is that I am now using Ting's gigabit fiber, which you basically need a custom solution like this to take full advantage of, and the second being that I want to run an always-on VPN for privacy at the router level, which actually requires a fair amount of computational power at these speeds. There's other fancy stuff I can do too, like run a router-level firewall and (very importantly) an ad-blocker, but those are the main reasons. Also, if it wasn't clear why I had a second NIC, it's because PFSense requires this for separating the WAN and LAN.

Here are some pictures of the build:
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And finally, I just picked up this military-grade portable server rack for my entire setup that I can just slap a shipping label on and send anywhere I want on eBay last week for cheap. I'm moving in two weeks, so it will definitely come in handy.

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INtellectual Exploration / Re: Introduction Thread - Fall 2016
« Last post by tormaid on 2017-06-13 19:02:37 »
Removed sticky. We can make a new thread for the incoming members this fall.
Submissions are closed. I am currently compiling what I did get and we will be releasing an electronic version this summer, with printed copies available for the activity fair this fall. A big thanks to everyone who submitted stuff!
Submissions are closed. We will not be doing a 2016/2017 T-Shirt. Sorry!
INtellectual Exploration / Re: Visual Novel Recommendation Thread
« Last post by tormaid on 2017-06-07 01:45:13 »
Hey, so there's a humble bundle going on right now for most of Sekai Project's titles. Check it out!
Animation / Re: New Game! Appreciation Thread
« Last post by tormaid on 2017-06-02 15:57:29 »
Just another reminder what the best version of Aoba is~

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