Serving on a Jury

Recent readers of The Null Set have probably noted that I’ve mentioned having jury duty for these past two weeks. Since people read this blog from around the world and I’m sure at least some of those countries don’t have jury trials (I’d be interested to hear about which countries do and don’t) and even in countries that have jury trials it’s probably not an everyday occurrence to serve on one, I thought my experience as a juror might be found interesting.

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The Problem with Darker Than Black (and Many Other Anime)

The epic marathon reading of Brandon Sanderson continues – the latest to fall before my hungry eyeballs were the first two 1000+ page novels of The Stormlight Archive – which leaves The Alloy of Law as the last Cosmere universe novel I still need to read before being caught up.

Reading the various novels by Brandon Sanderson back-to-back like this focuses my attention on one of the parts to his writing that amazes me that might otherwise go unnoticed or under-appreciated. That is, how well he can create a magic system for each novel/franchise that is completely different from all his other novel/franchises, detail how it works, explore the societal and personal ramifications of this magic system, and show how the various characters can work around the limitations of the magic system to solve problems. This feat of writing excellence was on my mind as I recently finished Darker Than Black.

And not in a good way.

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The Late Spring Season Garden Report

I’m feeling kinda meh about anime right now.  Summer season looks like it’ll be a great time to watch some of those anime series I really should get to already. The Spring season is what it is at this point and nothing there is really inspiring me to write right now. The biggest story out of the spring season now appears to be – People shouldn’t have doubted Kyoto Animation, Hibike! Euphonium is another great series in a long line of great series by KyoAni. The second biggest story is probably – Never discount Mappa, Punchline was a much better series then we all thought it would be. Or to rephrase that, Noitamina squeaks by another season as still having some shred of credibility intact.

Since anime is not generating the posts, I thought I’d cover the other reason why I’ve been kinda scarce around here: June is the true start of gardening season. The focus today will be on the vegetable garden.

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Seven Question Book Questionnaire

Instead of apologizing for the lack of updates around here, I decided to use one of the reasons for my silence as fodder for a new post. This was made easy when I came across an entry on one of the science fiction blog/websites that I frequent that fit my situation perfectly. And since I’m being all meta right now, this upcoming summer season looks to be a weak one and I was starting to plan what I would do extra for The Null Set (maybe another round of anime quizzes, for instance) but I just received a letter saying that I’ve been picked for jury duty for the first half of July. This will not be conducive to spending time on a special project for The Null Set and might disrupt normal posting as well :( .

So, anyways, here’s my answers to a seven question ‘Book Meme’, found here.

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It Was 10 Years Ago

I was going through an old external hard drive the other day for a half-remembered song, finding the CD I’d ripped it from would have been a more labor-intensive process, when I stumbled on a file that made me realize I was coming up to anniversary. An important anniversary.

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Early Season Impressions: Spring 2015 – Seven Layer Cookies

Seven layer cookies, aka Magic Bars, are traditionally made up of seven ingredients that are laid down one at time into a cooking pan before being baked. The result is not a cookie with seven layers, but, if properly done, a cookie that has melded together into a very delicious treat. A good season of anime offers up many different types of shows that, when combined, sort of melt together and provide a satisfying experience to the viewer.

With the remaining series I’ve yet to cover, I thought I’d try to build a seven layer cookie of anime series and hope it would blend together into a first-rate treat. Of course, this wouldn’t be the best seven layer cookie that could be made with this season’s series because I’ve already covered many fine ingredients in earlier posts; but, I think there’s still plenty of noteworthy series left to choose from.

So let’s move to the first ingredient.

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