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Pokémon Nicknames: Miltank

House-Lisa-Edelstein

Miltank ( in Japanese: ミルタンク  “Miltank”) aka “The Milkcow Pokémon” is a  Normal-type Pokémon.  She does not evolve.

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You have no idea how many “Japanese milking videos” I had to watch to snag this graphic.

I named a Miltank “Lisa Cuddy”.  Lisa Cuddy was a character played by Lisa Edelstein on the Medical-mystery TV series “House”. Sometimes I just name them “Lisa” or “Cuddy”.

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I think that the name is appropriate because the name “Cuddy” sounds and resonates like “udders” as in cow’s udders. Also, cows chew their “cud”, so that is another cow reference. Also, “Edelstein” (her Twitter linked here), sounds like a breed of cow, similar to “Holstein”. Of course both of those names may be appropriate variants for Miltank – but how many Miltank do you really want in your Pokémon Bank?

I like a Miltank to have the “Thick Fat” ability.  It seems fitting for a defensive cow. Some trainers think that her “Milk drink” move is a little bizarre, however.

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Of course, “Bossie” might be good as a cow name. I think that some variant of “Elsie” or “Borden” may be good, as those were famous dairy examples.

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I caught one in a Timerball which I named “Milking Time“.

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Please enjoy some of these Pokémon Miltank cosplays:

When I was growing up, Fathers often used this phrase as a warning to their daughters. You know the old saying:

Why marry a cow, when you can drink milk at home.

Wait, that’s not it … was it: Why buy a cow, when you can pay for your own milk?

… and I don’t think that is it …

Why have sex with a cow, when Lisa Edelstein is married?

No, that’s definitely not it.  Um …

Do you have a favorite name for this unique Pokémon? Please comment!

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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KIMONOS ON MONDAY (Week #33): What is in Jurina’s bag?

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I have a short post this week.  I will share this photo of SKE48 member Jurina Matsui wearing a lovely yukata.  It makes me wonder … what exactly is IN that little handbag of hers?

If you think you have the answer, or have a funny guess, please leave that in the poll above, or the comments below!

Meanwhile, please enjoy these SKE48 trading cards!

For more images of Matsui-san (not many in kimono or yukata unfortunately), please view my Pinterest page linked here.

The girls and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Wasamin, come over here, sit on my lap and tell your Uncle Denny what you want for Christmas!

Iwasa Misaki Christmas

The girls and I* want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thank you for reading my blog this year!

*Denny is having egg-nog, and is delicately delusional at the moment.

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Pokémon Nicknames: Wailmer and Wailord

“Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Pokémon Trainers.”

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Wailmer (in Japanese: ホエルコHoeruko”) is a Water-type Pokémon.

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It evolves into Wailord (in Japanese:  ホエルオーWhaloh”) starting at level 40, where it remains a Water-type. My favorite move to teach it is “Bounce“.

I name male Wailmer or Wailord “Jennings” or “Waylon” after the late country singer Waylon Jennings.

Beats all you never saw …

Name plays on the “lord” part may also be of interest. For example Wailord could be called “Jack” or “JackLord” after the Hawaii Five-O actor with the seaworthy hair.

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Jack Lords hair may have a life of its own!

Perhaps “Ishmael” would be a good name for a whale, as it would be a Moby Dick reference.  Of course you could have called them “Mopey Dick” in the old days before the Pokémon XY name censor came along.  Now you have to use “Moby something”. “Jonah” may be another whale reference. I sometimes use “Slick Willy” or “Slick Willie” after Bill Clinton’s press nickname.

There is a great new Wailmer diving graphic you see in Alpha-Omega, so it would be good to teach your whale HM slave moves such as Dive, Waterfall, Surf, Strength.

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YEEEE HAH!!!

“Just a little bit more than the law will allow.”

I have named female Wailmer “Wilma” after the old Flintstones cartoon character. I thought it might be good for a lady whale.  Also, I use the name “Wynonna” after another country singer – Wynonna Judd.

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I would be happy to be YOUR “HM slave” Wynonna!

Now don’t get mad, I am NOT making fun of Ms. Judd’s weight. I like a big country girl.  True, she is a big lady, but I think that she is grand.

Alternatively, “Winona” as in the shoplifting actress Winona Ryder is also a good name for a whale.

I have also used “Globetrotter” as Wailmer is round like a globe or a basketball.

What is the nickname of your whale?

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Hanako Oku, Christmas “Buds” and Not a Coke Bottle in Sight …

Not a Coke bottle in sight?

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Well, maybe these two I would want for Christmas. Everyone is familiar with those Coca Cola “polar bear”ads.  However, for the Christmas polar bear in my video I will share today, there will be no evidence of the Coca Cola company.

All Hanako Oku fans are familiar with this little Christmas cartoon from a few years ago: Koi Tsubomi (“Love Bud”).  No, not that kind of bud … don’t you dare bring the Anheuser-Busch company in either.   The “bud” in this case is a “flower bud of love” which must winter over, but will assuridly bloom in spring.

I don’t have a clue as to how much input Hanako Oku had in making this cute little video about a piano-playing little girl and her polar bear. The version of Koi Tsubomi used here is shorter in length version than the one on her 2006 album Yasashii Hana no Saku Basho (やさしい花の咲く場所“The Place Where The Gentle Flowers Grow”.  Her full song is linked here.

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Whoever made the cartoon, I wish that they would make more like this!  I know the lyrics are translated from the original Japanese lyrics, but this line especially goes through me.

“Thinking of you, I’ll continue to hold my fleeting dreams in my heart” 

I am NOT crying! I have just had a little bit of a cold lately, and still have the sniffles.

This is one of the most interesting parts in the video: The Polar Bear — who is no longer walking upright like a person, but is now on all-fours like a real bear — is missing the little girl he loves, and then he lets out a howl.  The sound of his lonely cry creates a shock wave, which breaks off a piece of a  nearby iceberg.  The iceberg calves off, splashing into the ocean. I love that moment.

Calving: or “glacial calving” is the breaking off of chunks of ice at the edge of a glacier. This form of ice ablation is often accompanied by a loud cracking or booming sound.

See, I’m all better now.

 

 

KIMONOS ON MONDAY (Week #32): Happy Christmas Kimonos!

Thank you for emailing the photo of your lovely Christmas furisode my dear ... er, cousin.

Thank you for emailing the photo of your lovely Christmas furisode my dear … er, cousin.

Merry Christmas everyone! This week, we will view some Christmas themes on kimonos!  Look how much fun and beauty these lovely women are adding to the decor of the Christmas season.  Thank you, ladies — whoever you are!  You have made this elf especially jolly.

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I think that bright red is a great choice for a kimono or furisode.  The colors of Christmas seem to fit well.  Christmas kimonos are also a great opportunity to experiment with some different patterns.  Kimono gowns are also pretty in Christmas patterns. Here are two good ideas:

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Chestnuts?  Well something around here sure is roasting!

All I want for Christmas is my two front kimono models!

All I want for Christmas is my two front — kimono models!

Tired of giving/receiving those Christmas sweaters everyone laughs about? Consider a Christmas kimono! 

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My blogging year in review Part III: My “bottom ten” posts

Sorry, I only counted NINE bottoms here ...

Sorry, I only counted NINE bottoms here …

As I wrap up my blogging year with another “top ten” list — perhaps a BOTTOM TEN this time —  I want to share my “Top Ten Least Viewed Posts”.  I used the new WP Stats page to see how many views each post received. Some of them even received only one view – and that was probably from me when I was not logged in.  I will admit, some were rather obtuse. I hope that you can find an interesting title in the group.

  1. “Clean up on isle three … Strange person on isle five” linked here.
  1. “Who’s up late polishing the blade?” linked here.
  1. “Nothing fishy going on here” linked here.
  1. “Hanako Oku and the failed Landsat program” linked here.
  1. “MEN!!!”   linked here.
  1. “A dark and nihilistic moment ruined by poor grammar” linked here.
  1. “Even M. Night Shyamalan Didn’t see than one coming” linked here.
  1. “Kimonos on Postage Stamps” linked here.
  1. “Why I like AKB48 Part XXVII” linked here.
  1. “A sense of responsibility changes a woman” linked here.

Thank you for reading my posts this year!

My blogging year in review Part II: Posts I had fun with!

No, no one could ever forget your pretty face, Yuko!

No, no one could ever forget your pretty face, Yuko!

I will continue to toot-my-own-horn here and offer up another “Top Ten” list today!  I have made more than 150 posts this year. I will share a selection of my favorites. If you are a recent follower, then you get a chance to see some of my earlier posts!

1. One of my first posts on WP was “Koi Suru Conspiracy Theory” linked here. Looking back, I realized that I made a lot of technical mistakes.  Good thing I only had five followers at the time, and three of those were merchants.

2. I enjoyed writing about my favorite musical performer Hanako Oku in “What Happens in Hanako Oku’s Music Video for “Fuyuhanabi” linked here. I wasn’t trying to be funny here. Oddly, it is the only one of my Hanako Oku posts that was not “tweeted” by anyone!

3. I had the most fun writing “My Mouse Is Very Happy Now” linked here. Unfortunately after I posted it, it was like tumbleweeds.  I think that this is because the music videos for it are only on Jpopsuki, instead of YouTube.  Jpopsuki has very long loading times so I think some readers gave up. Some things I want to share are just not on YouTube.

4. I loved writing about Watarirouka Hasiritai, even though even my friends can’t understand why I adore the squeaky ones so much. I knew that few would take my “straight” review of their DVD seriously, so I tried to make a “mash up” of sorts.  What if the late British author Anthony Burgess wrote the review for me? Hence, my post “Anthony Burgess Reviews My Watarirouka Hashiritai Farewell Concert DVD” linked here.  I was trying to be like an English major and become all “literate” … using the voice of one of his characters — but my readers probably just thought: Denny you are one weird dude : (

5. I do like a good mash-up. However I am not sure if my younger readers know who Dean Martin was however, and what his celebrity roasts were. Perhaps I am of the wrong generation to make “Roasting Yuko Oshima’s Butt” linked here.  This is an example of how I would probably have to explain the jokes to you. I have the cultural references of an aging baby-boomer.

6. My blogs on Pokémon have been fun! For example “Fujin and Raijin and Pokemon” linked here.  I know that many readers are not Pokemon players, however I try to make my Pokémon posts interesting enough that you do not have to play Pokémon video games to enjoy the humor.  I often digress far off topic on the “Pokemon Nickname” posts.

7. Sometimes I write what I think was a pretty good sardonic article about a music video, then RECORD INDUSTRY WEASELS remove the video! A good example is “My Grandfatherly Advice for the Young Miss Mako Kojima” linked here.  My attempt at humor would not make sense if you cannot see what happens in the video.  Dang it! I hated to lose that clip. DANG IT! DANG IT!! DANG IT!!!

8. The reason I started this blog was because I wanted to write about the AKB48 song: “Sakura no ki ni narou – I will become a cherry tree (a graduation song)”  linked here. I had to start a blog, because whenever I tried to talk about it with my friends, they would always say — GET AWAY FROM ME MAN! Unfortunately, all but the lowest quality video clip was removed (by you-know-who).  I encourage you to still watch the low-res version.  It seems funny now, but I was choking up when I wrote that article, as I thought the song was so beautiful.

9. My first ever post! I didn’t know what I was doing! … and another one that had the YouTube clip removed by RIWs was “The Little Great One” linked here.  I loved that video of the end-credits of “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”.  I put related links at the end of the post however. I do not know Hanako Oku from last Tuesday, but there is no one that touches my (musical) heart like her. I could write a Top-Ten just about her videos. She is my raison d’etre.

10. You would not believe how many views my post “Kodoku na Hoshizora” by AKB48: Is it “art” … or do I just have a dirty mind?” has gotten. Again, the music video is on Jpopsuki, not YouTube.  You should see the disgusting Google “search terms” I see on my Stats page for this post — linked here.  It is a great kimono video, well worth the load time.  It has always been one of my favorite AKB48 music videos. Why do perverts want to see this so much?

I guess that is TEN … but you are correct.  I did not include a KIMONO post! I have been encouraged by all the “Likes” that my “Kimonos on Monday” series of posts have received this year. Thank you readers! I hope to keep the kimonos coming in 2015.  So to leave off, here is the lovely Yuko Oshima in one of her own kimono designs.  Sorry about the “derp” face photo above … but you know that I love you Yuko : )

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All better?

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Surfing an INNOVATION WAVE with Watarirouka Hashiritai!

This guy is not me, but he might as well be.

This big guy is not me, but he might as well be.

“This is what Rock-and-Roll is all about.” was a phrase often utilized in Creem magazine in the 1970s.  If you ask this old geezer music historian, it perfectly applies to the short-lived AKB48 sub-unit the Watarirouka Hashiritai  (the hallway runners).  Yes, I am serious.  This outfit, with songs by Yasushi Akimoto, were one of my favorite all-time pop groups.

Unfortunately, the Watarirouka Hashiritai group disbanded, then gave their last performance in 2014. I wanted to make sure that I wrote about this piece of AKB History before the end of the year.

What is an “Innovation Wave” you ask? This is when a new idea or phenomenon diffuses across geographic space and throughout social hierarchies.  The analogy is when a trend or fad (like hula hoops) spreads from one area to another. In this case, a wave of popularity is flowing through this Japanese suburb, as the Watarirouka team performs.  The date is August 8, 2010.  AKB48 is growing in popularity in Japan, although their tickets were not yet as impossible to get as they are today. AKB48 subunits would sometimes  perform smaller shows for a specifically targeted audience.  In this case the Watarirouka Hashiritai subunit were performing for a student audience.  I believe these three videos capture the WH innovation wave. Please watch in the available HD!

The girls are singing to “canned” music of course.  That is OK, they do not have to play their own instruments in order to be a good power-pop/bubblegum outfit. The thing to evaluate here is not so much the performance, great as it is – but to see the reaction and interactions of the AUDIENCE. These guys are jumping out of their socks!

Watch this first video “Seishun no Flag”. In this, (Denny switches to his “baby talk” voice:) Mayu is just the “widdlest” soldier here. The crowd is very fired up. They have never seen anything like it. I can empathize with them — to be that close to the wonderful Mayu Watanabe when her star was just beginning to rise. Now this was before Mayuyu became one of the more popular members. I have to think that this was the greatest thing these guys have ever seen. I love how they are jumping around, cheering and calling out the names of the girls. It is almost like some type of nationalistic political rally — but I mean that in the positive way.

Be careful at time 0:35 seconds. Mayu’s skirt twirls up, and you see her bloomers (look away if you must). Notice I said “bloomers”, not “panties”.  She is wearing bloomers – like your Grandmother would wear.

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Look for all the great shots of the audience, such as these:

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Did you see that big goofy-looking dude? I feel like that guy is me, or would be me if I was there. I feel a lot of love looking at this audience.  I wish I was one of them.  All the girls look great in their “grown-woman-in-school-girl-outfits”.   So cute.  Ayaka Kikuchi has a great curvy figure, and her blouse is always coming out at all the right times. The audience loves it.

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I wish I was there to observe – I can feel the INNOVATION WAVE pass through due to the emotional reaction of the audience. I WISH I WAS ONE OF THOSE JAPANESE KIDS! … or at least knew the language! Such joy is written on their faces!  (See the photo at the top of this post.) My heart is exploding with happiness …

The videos capture a very exciting period – the time when AKB and WH were getting better and better with each release. The fan base was growing like an expanding wave — increasingly larger, and as seen in this audience – more and more dedicated. What a great point in AKB48 History! This next video is the girls at their most kawaii.   Oh that Aika Ota!  Love-tan – you are killing me!!!  DOKI DOKI!  

I love the AKB girls!  I love the WH! Mayuyu! Lovetan! Nacchan! Ayarin! Haruna! I love every one of those kids in the audience!!!  I wish I could have been there to feel the innovation wave. I would have liked nothing more than to be there — but if I were —  I would probably have to take a VIAGRA just to keep from pi@@ing myself!!!

PS: You can watch the entire performance at this YouTube site, but it is very low res.  It still sounds GREAT though.  It is a great BUBBLEGUM power-pop show.  The audience is very exuberant. I suggest just minimizing the YouTube, then listen to the concert with headphones in your cubical.

Unfortunately, this will likely be my last Watarirouka post.  Would anyone be interested in a WH photo retrospective collection?

I am not sad that Watarirouka Hashiritai is over.  Even good things come to a conclusion, and the individual members will be moving on to other things.

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