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Ryo Hoshi
12 December 2009 @ 08:15 pm
Yes, I'm working on this again. Yay?

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Ryo Hoshi
12 August 2009 @ 10:02 pm
Do you believe everything has a scientific explanation?

I kind of feel like this is asking "is the sky blue?" Of course everything has a scientific explanation -- an explanation which is falsifiable, explains all the facts, and does not contradict terribly a significant amount of knowledge.

A theory must be falsifiable: it must be possible to perform some kind of experiment whose results will prove it false. If the explanation is vague or general enough that you can make it fit any possible result, it is not scientific. (However, it may qualify as a decent starting point; it just isn't a scientific explanation.)

It must explain all the facts. If you have to leave out a fact to make the explanation fit, it's not scientifically valid. Of course, if you can argue sufficiently well that the set of facts left out are in fact not properly belonging but merely coincidental, this can be accepted -- but you'll be expected to provide reasons why you believe this other than 'my explanation will not work otherwise.'

If it requires we ignore a large body of knowledge... Well, I hope that the reasons for this are obvious. If, for the base premise of your explanation requires that we throw out large amounts of explanations which have been working perfectly well, you need to give everybody a very good reason. So far, only a few people have actually managed this feat, so it probably ought to be viewed as an epic feat.

All evidence supports the assumption that we exist in a rational universe, with rules which it obeys. (If this is wrong, there's not much point in doing anything.) We are having to guess what, exactly, these rules are, but they exist. Therefore, there will always, always be a scientific explanation. There simply is no other option.
Ryo Hoshi
15 May 2009 @ 09:02 am
It's Friday again, so...please do comment...

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Ryo Hoshi
15 May 2009 @ 08:48 am
Citrusy Stein/Medusa one-shot fun!

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Ryo Hoshi
08 May 2009 @ 10:41 pm
Quick in-and-out, people...

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Ryo Hoshi
06 May 2009 @ 02:49 pm
Sorry, I had planned to post this last Friday, and even had it almost ready, but I had the pleasure of the last-minute rush to finish covering material before finals. Mind you, because all my finals are next week, expect the next chapter this Friday.

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Ryo Hoshi
23 April 2009 @ 10:57 pm
So...not posted in a while. School's kept me busy, as did a stay in Japan. This is part of a series of Soul Eater fanfics I've got in progress, and is getting posted here first because...well...it's the most likely of the ones I have currently in progress to end up NSFW. (Or, at least, being a hard 'M' rating.) So, enjoy!

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Ryo Hoshi
08 September 2007 @ 08:20 pm
The plot bunny just one day started gnawing upon my ankles. This is PG, with a lemon version being at least strongly considered.

Summary: [AH] Three birthdays in Nami's life, after Arlong gives her a husband for her 16th birthday. LuNa.

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Current Place: Houseboat on the Styx
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Ryo Hoshi
04 February 2007 @ 12:03 am
I'm going to try to be more active this semester — I ought to have the time, since I'm not doing something as stressful as two writing-intensive courses with a zombie laptop & a Linux box that doesn't wanna talk to the print toaster, just a WI lab that's four bloody hours long — and this doesn't depend as much on my muse being a live person.  This will hopefully be a weekly thing; at least for now, I'm going to try to stick to stuff available, legally, for free.  I'm also going to make an effort to avoid spoilers, at least in the post itself.  (Feel free to include spoilers in the comments, though; I won't LJ-cut the reviews if I can help it, so those who want to avoid spoilers can avoid the comments.)

The King in Yellow, by Robert W. Chambers.  (Alternate site)

This book is something of a mixed bag — the stories in the King in Yellow cycle, the first four, are good.  They are, however, noticeably dated as they're set in 1920…and were written in 1895.  HP Lovecraft found them impressive and references them.  Me?  I find them more readable than Lovecraft.  (Sorry, Lovecraft fans — the guy seriously reads like he was being paid by the word.)

Of these four, the first, The Repairer of Reputations, is the most badly dated…and took a couple readings to make sense, as the narrator's certifiable.  The Mask is much better, about a love triangle and a potion that turns things to stone.  Things turn out about as well as one'd expect.  In the Court of the Dragon is the last gasps of the narrator's sanity.

The fourth story in the book, and last one that directly connects to the King in Yellow, is The Yellow Sign.  This is the one most reading -- two people, an artist and his model, slowly get closer...except they're doomed.  So very, very doomed.  ^^♥

The rest…I found a mixed bag.  Most of it still belong in that old genre of 'weird,' but…none are quite as good as the fourth story.  I'd advise skipping through D'Ys unless you like romance.  The following one, The Prophet's Paradise, is made up of a group of sub-stories, some of which even make sense.  It's enjoyable nonetheless.

After that, we get to another 'cycle,' of three stories about artists in Paris.  Four Winds is about an artist returning a starving cat to its owner.  Overall, I rate his sanity as dubious.  First Shell has yet more people of dubious sanity and Paris getting shelled.  Our Lady of the Fields is more romance with, amazingly, a sane artist.  Even more amazing is the doom level.  (Not explaining.)

Rue Barrée is, like most of the stories in this book, about artists, and like D'Ys is a romance.  Also like D'Ys, I'd advise skipping it if it's not your cup of tea.
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Ryo Hoshi
02 January 2007 @ 12:56 am
It was finally declared dead two weeks ago -- sorry for not posting notice sooner but I've been busy configuring my new one (a 17" Widescreen HP Pavilion)...

Some links to make up for the delay:
VLC media player -- self-contained media player, which so far has played all the anime I've tested it on. The codec are part of the program, so you don't need permission to install anything on the computer you're watching on.

PortableApps -- for those even more into feeling like they're on their own home comp when using lab comps and borrowed comps. Install on a nice, big USB key and watch for new modules to be added!