Paul McCool comments

Posted in: Japanese cattle farmers fear U.S. trade deal will be death knell See in context

The USA has gone big SUV and truck happy.

Amen, to that. God forbid they should just build a regular station wagon. I drive a Ford Fusion sedan, because they only offer a wagon in Europe (as the Mondeo). Here in the U.S., I have to buy an SUV to get that same functionality.

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Posted in: 15 rude things not to do on trains in Japan See in context

Looks like I'll need to take a jar of Vick's with me when I go to Japan. I don't do well with, uh, "personal" smells, especially that particular funk of cheap cigarettes, mixed with B.O. and old perfume that wafts along with so many old ladies. A smear of Vick's under my nose works to dilute most odors, plus it makes people think I've got a cold, so they give me some space...

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Posted in: Smoke spread so fast at animation firm victims couldn't open rooftop door See in context

Gasoline fires make HUGE amounts of toxic smoke. Years ago, I took a class as part of my job in proper use of a fire extinguisher, taught by the local fire department. For the fire, they used a 4' by 6' pan with about 20 gallons of gasoline in it. Once that pan was set on fire, it made such an enormous plume of smoke that we had a police helicopter fly over to check it out, because it had gone several hundred feet into the air. Knowing this makes the explanation about the KyoAni fire completely plausible.

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Posted in: Anime studio boss at loss for words as he mourns bright, young staff See in context

My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of all the victims of this horrible act. I cannot fathom the level of depravity it would require to commit such a vicious crime.

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Posted in: Studio arson attack a blow to animation industry, says commentator See in context

This is very true. The animators of today would likely have been the directors and producers of the next decade, so the effects of this tragedy will have a ripple effect on the industry for a very long time. I only hope that KyoAni can rebuild and continue doing the quality work they've become known for.

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Posted in: 33 dead after man sets fire to Kyoto anime studio See in context

I will never understand what drives someone to act in such a depraved manner. Yes, I know mental illness must play a part, but ultimately, it takes some serious personal demons to want to lash out so violently.

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Posted in: #UnwantedIvanka campaign pokes fun at Trump's daughter See in context

When did the G20 become "Take Your Daughter To Work Day"?

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Posted in: How to make Japanese curry in 5 minutes without using instant packs or even a stove See in context

Nah, I'll keep making mine the regular way. Microwaved beef is like shoe leather...

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